Daily Commentary – Thursday, May 29, 2014 – Social Media Instrumental in Finding Abducted Quebec Infant
- When newborn Victoria McMahon was abducted from a Quebec hospital, the Amber Alert was shared on Facebook. Locals reading Facebook helped find the abductor and Victoria who was unharmed! Victoria’s parents are very thankful for social media!
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24 Year Old Karen Dziewit of Chicopee, MA Faces Wiretapping Charges For Recording Her Own Arrest of Disorderly Conduct
It’s illegal to tape your own arrest, REALLY?
24 year old Karen Dziewit of Chicopee, Mass. charged with daring to record her police arrest. She was arrested over the weekend for disorderly conduct and an open container as she was being a little too loud and belligerent while drinking on Chestnut Street Sunday morning in Springfield and refused to cooperate with police. But that is not the story here. It appears the she activated the voice recording feature on her smart phone and recorded her arrest. The Chicopee woman was taken to police headquarters for booking where the officers inventoried the contents of her purse, they found the phone actively recording the entire process. They added the charge of with unlawful wiretapping.
A Chicopee woman apparently got a little too loud and belligerent while drinking on Chestnut Street Sunday morning, and refused to cooperate with police when they asked her to quiet down. When she was about to be arrested, police say the woman activated the voice recording feature on her smart phone, hid it in her purse and surreptitiously? recorded the entire arrest. Now she faces the unusual charge of unlawful wiretapping.
She was arrested. But, before she was taken into custody, she apparently started the voice recorder in her smart phone and put it in her purse.
She was taken to police headquarters for booking and as officers inventoried the contents of her purse, they found the phone actively recording the entire process.
Not sure if I agree with this one at all. The Daily Caller points out that Massachusetts s is among the least friendly states for citizens recording cops.
While it may seem absurd that a person could be prosecuted for recording the police–something that civil libertarians encourage responsible citizens to do when they are confronted by law enforcement–Massachusetts is among the least friendly states for citizens recording cops. In most states, it is either always legal to record another person, or at least always legal to record the police, who don’t have an expectation of privacy when serving in an official capacity.
Massachusetts and Illinois, however, have laws on the books requiring both parties to consent to be recorded–even if one of the parties is a cop.
- They asked for the public to share photos of NYPD but what they got were photos posted by Occupy Wall Street and others showing officers battling with protesters
NEWMAN LIVES …
Wayne Knight, the actor who played Newman on the comedy show ‘Seinfeld’ was rumored to have died in a car crash when his vehicle hit a semi-tractor-trailer near the Pennsylvania-New York border. Needless to say set the social media a buzz. However, the news of Newman’s demise was a bit premature and greatly exaggerated. In other words, a hoax. Wayne Knight tweeted that he was not dead yet. Actually, his exact words were, “Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, but….I am alive and well!”
The rumors started early Sunday: Wayne Knight — perhaps most famous for being “Newman,” Jerry Seinfeld’s nemesis on the eponymous and wildly popular TV show — had died in a car wreck.
By late afternoon, “Wayne Knight” had become the top trending term in Google searches.
The rumors of his demise, however, were greatly exaggerated. The actor, also known for his roles in “Jurassic Park” and “Toy Story 2,” took to Twitter to refute the claims with a bit of humor.
“Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, but….I am alive and well!” the actor tweeted.
Between Two Ferns: Zach Galifinakis and President Barack Obama … Are You Kidding, Obama Brings the US Presidency to al All-Time Low
Obama, The Comedian in Chief: And you though former President Bill Clinton brought the US Presidency to an all-time low, Barack Obama tries his best to outdo Bubba …
UNREAL … Barack Obama agreed to do an interview on ‘Funny or Die’ to shill Obamacare. It is unbelievable that some one in Obama’s staff actually thought that this was a good idea and does that individual(s) still have a job. This was a complete train-wreck from start to finish. But then again Obama is used to train-wrecks, he has Obamacare. And please to the folks on the LEFT, this was not edgy, avant garde humor, is stunk out loud. Yes I understand this was supposed to be a farce. However, this was so below a president. Speaking of Obamacare, what will Barack show up to next to shill his disastrous “un”affordable healthcare act, cutting the ribbon at supermarkets? That sad reality is that Obama has been nothing but a joke and the American
people sheeple have elected and reelected this un-serious person. The jokes on you America and its not rally that funny.
Galifinakis asked Obama, “what is it like to be the last black president”? Obama’s visibly annoyed and thin skinned response was, “Seriously, what is it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president”!
Other questions Obama is asked and comments:
- Where are you planning to build your presidential library, in Hawaii or you home country of Kenya?
- You said if you had a son, you would not let his play football. What makes you think he would want to play football, what if he is a nerd like you?
- Obama shilling Obamacare … Have you heard of the Affordible Healthcare Act … Zach responds, Oh that’s the thing that doesn’t work.
Bill O’Reilly adds his two cents on Obama’s foolish PR attempt. O’Reilly said, Abraham Lincoln Would Never Have Appeared on Funny or Die. Actually, Josh Lincoln and George Lincoln would not have appeared on this show. Who you ask? Exactly.
As anyone could have expected after watching Fox News today, Bill O’Reilly opened his show with a take down of President Barack Obama’s appearance on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. “Using a comedic web site to enroll people is a little bit desperate, don’t you think?” he asked.
“I’m all for PR,” O’Reilly continued, saying he would have fine with someone like Press Secretary Jay Carney going on Funny or Die, but not with the president of the United States. “All I can tell is you is Abe Lincoln would not have done it,” he said definitively.
“There comes a point when serious times call for serious action,” O’Reilly said. “We’re a divided nation which talking points believes is in decline. Mr. Obama is quick, has a good sense of humor, those are assets. But he needs to be aware, he needs to be aware of how his enemies perceive him, because I believe the testing of America is just getting started.
A note to The Raw Story, it is no success just because people clicked on a the Healthcare.suck website from this interview. 19,000, really? You could get 190,000 to click on a story that is entitled bizarre banana falls. Just because people click on a page hardly means they have signed up for Obama’s failed and disastrous health care plan. You know better than that.
But it also has apparently been effective. A government health care spokeswoman said Tuesday afternoon that 19,000 viewers of the Galifianakis video had clicked through to visit Healthcare.gov.
It is a shame just how low this president has sunk the United States.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME … REMEMBER WHEN LAWS USED TO PROTECT OR PROVIDE JUSTICE FOR THE VICTIM?
How can it be that a man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law? Massachusetts highest court ruled the following on Wednesday, “A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering these parts of her body is not a person who is ‘partially nude,’ no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing.” The Court overruled a lower court and stated that the State law “does not apply to photographing (or videotaping or electronically surveilling) persons who are fully clothed and, in particular, does not reach the type of upskirting that the defendant is charged with attempting to accomplish on the MBTA.” Unbelievable! What ever happened to intent? Hell, what ever happened to Justice?
Just curious, what would have happened if he was doing this on a play ground?
A man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law because the women were not nude or partially nude, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Wednesday.
The Supreme Judicial Court overruled a lower court that had upheld charges against Michael Robertson, who was arrested in August 2010 by transit police who set up a sting after getting reports that he was using his cellphone to take photos and video up female riders’ skirts and dresses.
The ruling immediately prompted top Beacon Hill lawmakers to pledge to update state law.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court’s justice is not only blind, it’s stupid as well.
19 Year Old SIU Student Pravin Varughese Missing Since 2/12/14 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL (Update: Found Deceased)
19 year old Pravin Varughese has been missing since Wednesday night, February 12, 2014 from the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Varughese was last seen at a party in the 600 block of West College Street in Cabondale. According to accounts, Varughese called a friend in Chicago a couple hours later after leaving the party. His friend stated that it sounded like the missing SIU student was running or arguing with some one. Varughese posted a message on Twitter suggesting that he had been in a fight, “Bloody knuckles… guesss i was in a fight #backdown”.
Missing – Pravin Varughese
- Varughese is of Indian descent
- 150 pounds
- short brown hair
- brown eyes
- He was unshaven when last seen, and wearing a red shirt with dark blue jeans and purple shoes
- He has the words “Fear God” tattooed on his chest
The family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts. 19-year-old Pravin Varughese was last seen Wednesday night at a party on the Carbondale campus.
Phone records show he called a friend in Chicago almost two hours later.
That friend said it sounded like Varughese might have been running or arguing with someone. Varughese also posted a message on Twitter suggesting he may have been in a fight.
Pravin Varughese Twitter account: @TheOnlyPravin (warning: adult language)
The SIU teen’s Twitter account shows a tweet at 11:06 p.m. Wednesday that reads: “99% of the time I have no idea whats (sic) going on,” and another at 11:17 p.m. that reads: “Bloody knuckles . . .guess I was in a fight #backdown.”
FACEBOOK – MISSING: Pravin Varughese
My brother, Pravin Varughese, has been missing since Wednesday, February 12. He is a sophomore at SIU Carbondale, and he was last seen at 606 West College around 11:15/11:30 PM. He was also wearing the same shirt as pictured Wednesday night.
Especially to those who live in or knows anyone that lives in Carbondale or anywhere near the area: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share this event. My family and I do not know many people in Carbondale, and we really need your help in order to spread awareness. We do have police and detectives involved, but the more people that are involved, the sooner we can find him. And for those who are far, we ask that you share this event and please please please keep Pravin and his safety in your prayers. Doing this would really mean a lot to me and my family.
If you have ANY information about Pravin since 2/12, PLEASE do NOT hesitate or be scared to contact anyone of us; every bit of information can really help us out. We’re not trying to get anyone in trouble or anything; all we want is Pravin home safely.
-Carbondale Police Department (618) 457-3601
-Detective Weisenperger (618)839-7965 OR (618) 457-3200 Ex441
-Priya Varughese (847)873-6633
-Ashly Thomas (847)322-0558
UPDATE I: Missing SIU Student Found Dead.
Carbondale police told us they found the body of SIU student Pravin Varughese on Tuesday. The Morton Grove teen disappeared over the weekend.
They say foul play is not suspected — but that may change and there’s still mystery as to what happened the young man’s last tweet “Bloody knuckles . . . guess I was in a fight #backdown.”
The sad specter of what happened ended in a wooded area off East Main Sstreet in Carbondale. Investigators found the body of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese.
Carbondale police said there is an additional reward of up to $1,000 for information given to Crime Stoppers at 618-549-2677. Anonymous tips can also be sent through the Carbondale police website or contact Carbondale Police Department (618) 457-3601
Teenage Girl at the Center of the Maryville, Mo. Rape Case Daisy Coleman Hospitalized after Suicide Attempt … Cyber-Bullied to Commit Suicide (Update: No Rape Charges for Matt Barnett)
More cyber-bullying leads to attempted suicide of Maryville rape victim …
Daisy Coleman, the female teen at the center of the Maryville, MO rape case has been hospitalized after an overdose suicide attempt. The Missouri teenager alleged in 2012 that she and another friend were sexual assaulted at a house party when they were ages 14 and 13. The firestorm and cyber-bullying that ensued was enormous. The case gained national attention and the “hacktivist” group Anonymous came to her aid and mounted a call for action in the case as it appeared it was being glossed over. The 16 year old girl is now at the Kansas City children’s psychiatric hospital after ingesting an unidentified amount of pills Sunday evening. The news of Daisy’s attempted suicide was released by her mother, Melinda Coleman, in a Facebook post.
A Maryville Mo., teenager, who has been at the center of a rape case which made national headlines, was in a Kansas City hospital on Monday night after attempting to take her own life.
Daisy Coleman is the teen who claimed to have been raped by two high school students when she was 14 years old. Her family has accused prosecutors of dismissing her claims.
The rape accusations made by Daisy and her family subjected them to harassment from several Maryville community members, including both parents and students. The case eventually caught national attention.
Melinda Coleman also begged cyber ‘hacktivist’ organization Anonymous, which showed support for her daughter late last year when the story was in the headlines, not to abandon the case after she said they failed to follow up on any of her leads.
‘Where is anonymous now?’ Dr Coleman wrote on Facebook Monday. ‘My daughter has been terrorized to the point she tried to kill herself last night. She may never be ok. Where are you and your super hacking skills and internet help now…….we really need them.’
Coleman was 14 in January of 2012, when the 17-year-old son of Republican state representative plied her and a 13-year-old friend with alcohol and then had sex with the semi-conscious girls. The assailant, Matthew Barnett, recorded the alleged assault on his phone, then left Coleman unconscious on her family’s frozen front lawn in Maryville, Missouri.
Barnett was arrested and charged in the case and confessed to police that he and his high school football teammates had sexual relations with the girls. He maintained that the girls were intoxicated, but awake, and that the sex and taping were consensual. Weeks after his arrest, all charges against Barnett were dismissed.
The Kansas City Star: Daisy Coleman, teen at center of Maryville sexual assault case, is recovering after suicide attempt.
The case centered on a January 2012 house party in which Daisy Coleman and a friend — ages 14 and 13 at the time — alleged they were sexually assaulted at the home of Matthew Barnett, then a 17-year-old Maryville High senior and the grandson of a former state representative.
Barnett was arrested on charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the latter for allegedly leaving Coleman incapacitated by alcohol and barefoot in her yard in 30-degree temperatures.
Also, 17-year-old Jordan Zech was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, which involved using a friend’s cellphone to film a portion of the encounter between Coleman and Barnett. (The case of a 15-year-old boy, who admitted having intercourse with the younger girl despite her repeated refusals, was handled in juvenile court.)
Two months later, however, Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice dropped the felony charges against the two older youths, citing a lack of evidence and, later, a lack of cooperation on the part of the alleged victims’ families.
Currently the alleged rape case is being reviewed by a special prosecutor after initial charges against boys were dropped.
A special prosecutor appointed in a controversial case of an alleged rape in Maryville, Missouri, promised on Monday to review the case “without fear and without favor.”
“I know that this case has raised a variety of concerns in northwest Missouri, so please know this: This case will be thoroughly reviewed,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said.
“I can also assure you that politics, connections or any other reason you can think of will not play a role in our review of this case. It will be the evidence, as it is in every case that we review,” she said.
A judge appointed Baker as special prosecutor days after a different prosecutor, who dropped charges, said he’d request the move.
UPDATE I: Dead rabbits have been dumped in Paige Parkhurst’s family car as fellow Maryville rape victim Daisy Coleman attempts suicide
UPDATE II: No Rape Charges for Suspect in Daisy Coleman Rape case … pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment. (bumped from 1/8/14 – 5:48 am)
A Missouri man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old schoolmate when he was 17 was charged Thursday with a misdemeanor child endangerment charge.
The charge against 19-year-old Matt Barnett was filed in Nodaway County Court in Maryville. He is scheduled to be arraigned later Thursday. His lawyer, J.R. Hobbs, didn’t immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.
Two years probation and no jail time?
A Missouri man pleaded guilty Thursday to a second-degree misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with a highly publicized sex assault case involving a teenage girl, a prosecutor said.
Matthew Barnett, 19, was sentenced to two years’ probation.
Prosecutors said Barnett, then 17, gave alcohol to his victim, Daisy Coleman, until she was impaired, and left her outside her home in temperatures below freezing during the early morning hours of January 8, 2012.
16 Year Old Victoria Jackson Missing Since 12/19/13 in Pasadena, TX … Believed to have Met Man On-line at Social Media Website
16 year old Victoria Jackson has been missing since Thursday, December 19, 2013 in Pasadena, Texas. According to the teen’s mother, Victoria Jackson never came home from school and she believes that here daughter was tricked by a man she met on a social media website. Texas Equusearch is aiding in the search for the missing girl.
Missing – 16 year old Victoria Jackson
Victoria Jackson, 16, has been missing since December 19. Her mother says the 16-year-old never came home from school.
Jackson’s mother says she believes her daughter was tricked by a man she met on a social media website.
Jackson is about 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs around 135 pounds and has brown hair and blue-green eyes.
If anyone has any information regarding Victoria Jackson’s whereabouts is asked to contact 877-270-9500.
OMG … TMZ is Reporting Paul Walker of “The Fast and the Furious” Movie Fame Died Saturday Afternoon in Single Car Accident (Fiery Car Crash) in Santa Clarita, CA (Pics) (Update: Autopsy Delayed) … RIP
OMG … TMZ is reporting that Paul Walker, the actor best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in “The Fast and the Furious” movies has died this afternoon in a single car crash. Say it isn’t so. Walker was just 40 years old. Hmm, but I do not see this updated on IMDb. The actor born on on September 12, 1973, in Glendale California is also known for his other roles in my favorites, as Lance Harbor in ‘Varsity Blues’, Lewis Thomas in ‘Joy Ride’ and ‘Into the Blue’ with Jessica Alba. Damn, that is just too bad. Even though the movies were never meant for my demographic, I was a huge Fast and Furious fan.
Paul Walker: September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013 … Rest in Peace
Paul Walker — best known for his role in “The Fast and the Furious” movies – died Saturday afternoon after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California … TMZ has learned.
The accident happened in Santa Clarita — north of Los Angeles — and according to multiple sources connected to Paul … the actor was in a Porsche when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree … and then the car burst into flames.
Several of our sources — some who are still at the scene of the accident — tell us Paul and another person in the car were killed.
UPDATE I: The actor has been taking people on test drives of the car at a car show to raise money for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.
Only the Good do die young. Paul Walker was reported to have been taking people on test spins in his Porsche to raise money for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines when the accident occurred. Walker was a passenger in a friend’s car and both were attending a charity event for his organization, Reach Out Worldwide.
UPDATE II: Trying to figure out why I do not see any news agencies reporting this. Please tell me this is not a hoax.
UPDATE III: From The Santa Clara Valley Signal … UPDATE: Actor Paul Walker believed killed in Valencia car crash.
Two people were killed Saturday afternoon when a Porsche sports car crashed and burst into flames in Valencia, and initial reports indicated the passenger was actor Paul Walker.
The single-car crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Hercules Street near Constellation Road in the Rye Canyon Business Park, fire officials said.
The red Porsche was reduced to unrecognizable twisted metal in the single-car crash.
Sheriff’s Department officials did not confirm that the actor was killed in the crash, saying the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office would determine the victims’ identities and causes of death. The coroner’s office could not be reached for comment late Saturday.
Spectators gathered at the scene, and several said the passenger was the star of “The Fast and the Furious” series of films. One witness at the scene said he tried to put the fire out and recognized Walker inside the vehicle.
“Him and his buddy, his brother in arms at heart just decided to joyride, take a spin. Something we all do. We’re all car enthusiasts. … We’re all here driving, enjoying each other, and God must’ve needed help,” said Antonio Holmes, who said he was a friend of Walker.
UPDATE V: BBC has pictures of the car wreck … OMG, just terrible!!!
UPDATE VI: VIDEO remembrance of Paul Walker … the terrible sick irony that he would die in a car crash as a passenger when he was made famous with mad driving skills in the Fast & Furious movies. Just terrible. Just not right.
2 Fast 2 Furious Behind The Scenes – Paul Walker (2003)
2 Fast 2 Furious Audition car race
UPDATE VII: Paul Walker – Facebook.
It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. – #TeamPW
UPDATE VIII: Before and after pics of Paul Walker and the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that belonged to a friend.
UPDATE IX: Paul Walker dead: Live reaction and tributes after Fast and Furious star killed in car crash, including comments from Jessica Alba, Vin Diesel.
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The autopsy of “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker will be delayed until later in the week, as a Los Angeles coroner awaits the actor’s dental records.
The bodies of Walker, 40, and his friend Roger Rodas were deemed “unidentifiable,” a rep for the L.A. County coroner told TMZ, after being badly burned in a fiery car crash on Saturday.
Speed played a role in the one-car crash that killed “The Fast and the Furious” actor Paul Walker in Southern California on Saturday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Walker, 40, was a passenger in the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames in the city of Santa Clarita on Saturday afternoon.
“Speed was a factor in the solo vehicle collision,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.