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Anonymous imposters: hiding behind the AntiSec identity
abc.net.au
January 1, 2012

Anyone can say they're part of Anonymous. It's the perfect cover for hackers with motives more sinister than fun and propaganda.

Could that be why private intelligence firm Stratfor was just hacked? The Operation AntiSec collaborators Anonymous and LulzSec dominated media coverage of online security through 2011, taking credit for hacks of Sony, AT&T, the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency and News International newspapers - even though the more serious cybercriminals continued working on the money-spinners. The Stratfor hack looks like all the others. It was announced via Twitter accounts associated with Anonymous. Samples of the pilfered data were posted online as evidence. The hackers taunted the victim about its pathetic defences. And the data vandalism was dressed up as political action.

Surprise man charged with DUI, documents show drug recognition experts said no impairment present
abc15.com
by Christopher Sign
June 9, 2013

Jessie Thornton sleeps during the day and runs errands and works out during the night. "My wife, she's an ER nurse and works three 12-hour shifts, so I adjusted my schedule to be like her schedule," said Thornton.

The 64-year-old retired firefighter moved to a Surprise retirement community from Ohio. Jessie says his late hours have put him in the police spotlight. "I've been stopped 10 times in Surprise and given four tickets, it's amazing," said Thornton. His latest incident with Surprise police officers prompted Thornton to hire a lawyer with plans to sue the department. Around 11 p.m. Thornton, according to Surprise Police Department paperwork, was pulled over for crossing the white line in his lane. "He (the officer) walked up and he said 'I can tell you're driving DUI by looking in your eyes,'" said Thornton. The 64-year-old says his eyes could have been red because he had just left LA Fitness where he was in the pool swimming.

Windows phone scammers continue to try to hack into your computer
abc15.com
by Joe Ducey
March 22, 2012

They say they're calling from Windows Support and that your computer has been sending error messages. All you have to do to fix it, they say, is follow their directions.

Scottsdale resident Linda Hard answered a call like this a few months ago. "I want you to go to the start button and pull up your program list," was the first thing they told her to do. But, that's as far as they got with Hard. "At that point, I said 'this is a scam and I'm hanging up,'" she said. "But there are people out there that wouldn't know it's a scam." And lots of those people have been falling victim to it.

Osage County Sheriff under investigation for harassment, stalking
abc17news.com
July 3, 2013

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is conducting a preliminary investigation into allegations against Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon.

Sheriff Dixon is accused of harassing a Maries County woman. Courtney Duncan Mahaney claims Dixon stalked and harassed her. Dixon appeared in court Wednesday for the case, but sources close to the sheriff say the allegations are false and unfounded. The sheriff will also continue to go about his duties in Osage County. Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman says his office received the complaint from the Belle Police Department last week.

Diabetic teen upset with TSA screeners at Salt Lake City Airport
abc4.com
by Don Hudson
May 7, 2012

A Colorado teen is upset with screeners at Salt Lake City International Airport. The type one diabetic says TSA agents were abrupt, rude and were responsible for breaking her $10,000 insulin pump. A pump she has to have to survive.

Savannah Barry is mad and on a mission. She wants travelers to be warned before they walk through TSA security. "They need to get with the program and have some education across the board for TSA." After participating in a DECA conference in Salt Lake City with several classmates last week, Savannah, who is a type one diabetic and wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day, says she ran into TSA agents who were not prepared to deal with her medical situation.

Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store
abc4.com
by The Time Officers Arrived the Suspect Had Been Subdued by Employees and Shoppers. Police Had High Praise for Gun Carrying Man Who Ended the Hysteria. Lt. Brian Purvis Said
April 26, 2012

A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith's store.

Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith's employee Dorothy Espinoza says, "He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people." Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. "There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms."

Orient Road Jail cleared out to handle RNC arrests
abcactionnews.com
by Sarina Fazan
August 22, 2012

A big factor during the RNC is the potential for a large number of arrests. In anticipation, in an unprecedented move, Hillsborough County jail officials announced one facility is completely cleared and essentially reconstructed just for the RNC.

The man in charge, Colonel Jim Previtera, took charge as he walked us through the Orient Road Jail. The colonel began in the carport, where, he said, "The inmates will be unloaded, they will be searched and walked through a metal detector which has been added for this event." The entire facility has been transformed. At around noon Wednesday, the last of the inmates, excluding a dozen or so trustees prepared to handle cooking and cleaning duties, were moved out to nearby Falkenburg Road Jail. Anyone arrested during the RNC will be brought to Orient Road Jail.

Berks County police officer arrested for shoplifting
abclocal.go.com
July 10, 2013

A Berks County Police officer has been accused of taking his children along for a shoplifting spree.

Officer Glen Oesterling is a member of the Amity Township Police. Investigators say the officer stole hundreds of dollars worth of groceries from the Giant Food Store in West Pottsgrove Township in Montgomery County. Security at the store said when they tried to stop Oesterling, he told them he was a cop. Oesterling has been suspended without pay.

Family dog shot in yard by El Monte police officer
abclocal.go.com
by Leticia Juarez
June 21, 2013

An El Monte family reached out to police for help, and an officer shot one of their beloved dogs.

The family told Eyewitness News they contacted the El Monte Police Department after their 14-year-old son ran away from home. Officers came to the house to get a picture of the boy -- but the family told them to call ahead of time so they could put away their two dogs. They say police never contacted them and ignored a "beware of dog" on the front gate. "They just came in our door without calling us or anything and then our dog ran up to the police and the police shot it," said Chi Nguyen, 11.

Teen arrested after videotaping police confrontation; what are your rights?
abclocal.go.com
October 1, 2012

There's a question of constitutional rights that's increasingly being raised around the country.

The family of a New Jersey teenager is suing a local police department claiming officers arrested the boy simply because he was videotaping a confrontation with cops. 15-year-old Austin DeCaro never imagined his habit of taking his camcorder everywhere would come in so handy on an evening several months ago. "He got out of a car and said, 'All of you get on the curb,' and none of us knew what to do, so I flipped on my camera," said Austin DeCaro, a teenage videographer, "I saw this random guy telling us to sit on the curb and I didn't know if he was a cop or not. I decided I should record it."

     

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