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June 17, 2008

PENNSYLVANIA OUTLAWS NAKED PICTURES OF MINORS TAKEN BY CAMERA PHONES

Pennsylvania State Police are dealing with a growing problem in today’s society; teens taking pictures of themselves or others involved in sexual acts and transmitting the images to friends via cell phone. The problem has become so extensive that schools have asked for help from the State Police Cyber Crimes Division. Troopers have been dispatched to assist in the finding and destruction of cell phone images at many Pennsylvania school districts, and according to State Trooper Paul Iannace, the problem is draining the division’s already limited resources. The problem exists not only in...

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Posted in: Sex Crimes & Abuse Allegations

June 16, 2008

WRESTLER’S DOCTOR PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO DRUG OFFENSES

Dr. Phil Astin pled not guilty to a 175-count indictment, alleging conspiracy and illegal distribution of prescription drugs, in Federal Court in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday. Astin was the doctor for professional wrestler Chris Benoit and is accused of providing him with illegal steroids, which led to Benoit’s mental health problems and caused him to kill himself, his wife, and his seven-year old son. Although medical examiners could not link steroid use to Benoit’s actions in June of 2007, they allege that Astin prescribed anabolic steroids to Benoit and other patients. The 175-count...

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Posted in: Drug Crimes, Professional Licensure Issues

June 13, 2008

FOOTBALL PLAYER ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH FELONY FRAUD

A West Virginia University football player was arrested last week after he allegedly charged over $1,000 on credit and debit cards which were not his. Charles Pugh, a safety for the Mountaineers, will face felony charges for fraudulent schemes. Pugh allegedly found car keys in the school’s student union, used the panic button to locate the associated vehicle in a parking garage, and then illegally entered the vehicle from which he removed both a credit and debit card. Police Chief, Bob Roberts, explained that Pugh would be charged with a felony because the amount of unauthorized charges...

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Posted in: Misdemeanor / Felony Crimes

June 12, 2008

RAPPER WARREN G WILL NOT BE CHARGED FOR MARIJUANA OFFENSE

California rapper Warren G, best known for his 1990’s hit single “Regulate”, was arrested Sunday after the vehicle he was a passenger in was stopped by police for running a red light in Hollywood, California. Police stopped the vehicle, driven by G’s friend Ryan Butler, at about 1:40 am, and upon searching the vehicle discovered a bag containing $1,236 and another containing 0.89 ounces of marijuana. The marijuana was found in the trunk. The car belonged to someone else. Both men posted bail and were released Sunday morning. The Los Angeles District Attorney determined there was...

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Posted in: Drug Crimes

June 11, 2008

SENATE CONSIDERS BILL REQUIRING TECHNICIANS TO REPORT CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

The Michigan State Senate took testimony regarding a bill which if passed, would require computer technicians to report any child pornography they find on a client’s computer. According to a Michigan news source, the bill will be introduced along with testimony from Dan Tomaszewski, whose Georgetown Township-based Computer House Calls reported child pornography found last year on a client’s computer, despite there not being a law requiring such action. Although there are no Michigan laws requiring computer...

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