True Crime Online newsletter - May 11, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Florida woman uses Pizza Hut app to request 911 assistance
A Florida woman being held hostage with her children used a Pizza Hut ordering app to ask store employees to call 911 on her behalf. The Pizza Hut in Avon Park received an online order about 3:40 p.m. Monday from regular customer Cheryl Treadway and Chef Alonia Hawk noticed the comments section for the order of a small hand-tossed classic pizza with pepperoni read, "Please help! Get 911 to me," and "911 hostage help." Manager Candy Hamilton printed the order and contacted police. "We've never seen that before," Hamilton told WFLA-TV. "I've been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through." Police said Treadway and her children were being held in their home at knife-point by the woman's boyfriend, Ethan Earl Nickerson, 26. A Highlands County Sheriff's Office negotiator arrived on the scene and Treadway came out of the home with one of the children, but two others remained inside with Nickerson. "She comes running toward us but two kids are still in the house with a person who's on narcotics and you don't know how their mindset with a knife, and we need to get them out," the negotiator, Lt. Curtis Ludden, told WTSP-TV. Nickerson was arrested without incident about 20 minutes later, police said. Treadway and her children were not injured. Treadway told police she and Nickerson had been arguing and he had taken her phone away after threatening her with the knife. Treadway said she convinced Nickerson to let her use the phone to order pizza and he took the phone back after the order. Nickerson was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, battery, false imprisonment, and obstructing justice by depriving communication to law enforcement.

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Woman starts website to bust New York subway perv - 05/11/15
A woman who created a website detailing her encounter with an upskirt photographer in the New York subway said she wanted to "raise awareness" and spur police action. The woman, who requested anonymity, said she was at the Fulton Street subway station in Manhattan Thursday morning when "the guy lifted up my skirt and put his phone under it to take a picture up my skirt."

Woman convicted for defying online ban - 05/09/15
A Mosgiel woman, who victims say bullied and abused them online, has been convicted for not adhering to her ban from Facebook. Susanne Frances Day (47) was convicted and fined $500 for breaching a restraining order when she appeared before Judge John Macdonald in the Dunedin District Court yesterday.

The Right Way to Handle Social Media Harassment and Bullying - 05/09/15
Before the dawn of the MacBook Air, a girl’s only experiences with harassment involved dodging kids in the schoolyard. What an innocent time. Now that we spend the bulk of our waking hours glued to social media, the chance of being targeted increase drastically­and unfortunately that’s especially true for teen girls.“By nature, girls are socialized not to be aggressive, so we’ve found more passive ways to deal with conflict,” says Corrie Sirota, a clinical social worker. “Boys punch each other, while girls use words, eye-rolling, shunning, and exclusion.”

When Trolls Attack: Feminist Deck’s Kiva Bay and Kickstarter Battle the Dark Forces Of Internet Bullshittery - 05/08/15
We recently had the pleasure of telling you about artist Kiva Bay’s awesome Feminist Deck project – a series of adorable cards depicting and celebrating living female feminists she admires. We are also honored to have two of our own – Sam Maggs and yours truly – depicted in the deck. This project has a Kickstarter, and it needs your help.

‘Put on your raping shoes and find this b*tch': Abby Martin is the latest target of crazed Chris Kyle sycophants - 05/08/15
Fans of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle have threatened to rape and kill former RT anchor Abby Martin for criticizing the deceased Navy SEAL and creating a T-shirt they find offensive. “Some psychotic Chris Kyle fan just doxxed me & my family’s personal information on a bunch of sniper forums. If anything happens to me or them you know who to blame. These are the real f*cking terrorists,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

Hollaback! Creator Wants To Take On Twitter Trolls - 05/08/5
Online harassment is a widespread issue: According to data from Pew Research, a whopping 92% of 18 to 29 year olds have experienced it. But, there are no simple, reliable resources for reporting it, or learning how to deal with it. Hollaback! founder Emily May plans to change that with her new project, HeartMob.

JK Rowling suffers despicable Twitter backlash for voicing Labour support.. but Harry Potter author has the last laugh - 05/08/15
JK ROWLING has hit back against vile trolls who posted vile comments about her on Twitter. The Harry Potter author, a popular target for the nasty cyber bullies, was targeted for a barrage of online harassment in the wake of the General Election, with Tweets accusing her of being a “traitor to Scotland” and “Blairite scum”.

Millburn Police Department secretary arrested - 05/08/15
The secretary to the Millburn chief of police has been suspended following her arrest May 5 in connection with illegal cyber activities. According to Millburn Police Capt. Michael Mulligan, Nancy Maran, a 35-year-old Springfield resident and employee of the police department for seven years, was arrested by local police and charged with one count of cyber harassment and one count of identity theft.

Rio Ferdinand Receives Abuse on Twitter Following the Death of His Wife - 05/08/15
Rio Ferdinand has been the victim of an awful wave of abuse from Twitter users in the wake of his wife Rebecca Ellison’s death. Rebecca passed away on Friday, May 1st after a battle with cancer. As was unfortunately inevitable, among the outpouring of support from the football world and fans of the former England and Manchester United defender were a vocal minority who used the opportunity to spew forth hateful bile, because this is the Internet and being famous means even your most tragic moments won’t see you being granted a pass by the inexplicably angry.

Hacking baby monitors - 05/08/15
Baby monitors, they’re an electronic window into your home… that computer hackers can break into. You use it to check on your child. They use it to steal information from you. It`s happened all over the country. You hear a voice in your house and you don`t know who it is. Only to discover, it`s coming from the baby monitor. So how do computer hackers break in and take control?

Royal Palm Beach man stalked girlfriend, made phony 911 call - 05/08/15
A Loxahatchee man is in the Palm Beach County Jail after he allegedly violated a restraining order held by his former girlfriend, then made a phony 911 call in which he stated an armed man was at the woman’s residence, according to an arrest report. Cody A. Linsinbigler is facing charges of contempt of court for violating an injunction, cyber-stalking and misuse of 911. Linsinbigler, 27, is being held in lieu of $12,000 bail.

MPs targets of violent harassment - 05/08/15
Nine out of 10 New Zealand MPs have been victims of harassment, which has sometimes included physical violence, a new study shows. The research paper by the University of Otago and Capital and Coast District Health Board is based on anonymous responses from 102 sitting MPs and finds 87 per cent of them have been targets of harassment, ranging from abusive emails to violence.

Complaint Claims University Where Student Was Killed Failed To Act On Relentless Yik Yak Threats - 05/07/15
The University of Mary Washington's campus in Fredericksburg, Virginia, was hit by a spate of violent threats against a feminist student group for months leading up to the alleged murder of a group member in April. Documents provided to The Huffington Post show the administration was keenly aware of the continued harassment, which was posted on the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak, but a federal complaint filed Thursday alleges the public university failed to act on this knowledge and permitted a hostile environment against female students.

'Polite' bank robbery suspect posted videos to Instagram - 05/07/15
A Virginia man accused of posting photos and videos of his bank robbery to Instagram said he didn't rob the bank, he just "politely" asked for money. Dominyk Antonio Alfonseca, 23, who was arrested Monday about 30 minutes after he allegedly used a note to rob the Townebank in Virginia Beach, posted two videos of his time inside the bank to Instagram along with a picture of the note he handed the teller.

Day 1 of second Facebook murders trial wraps up - 05/05/15 heard opening statements and testimony from witnesses in a Johnson County double murder case that's more than three years old Monday. Barbara and Janelle Potter are charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Billy Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth, and both are pleading not guilty. Payne and Hayworth were shot and killed at their home in front of their six-month-old son. Prosecutors said a dispute on Facebook, involving Janelle Potter, led to the murders.

Dial Dalfred: Cyber stalking - 05/04/15
It’s an issue that’s become more and more prevalent in this digital age, stripping its victims of privacy and security in their own homes. Most people utilize their webcams and online massaging to keep in touch with family and friends they can’t meet face to face. What was once a luxury for some Acadiana residents, is now being used as a tool a by outsiders to invade their privacy


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