Woman warns about pet adoption ads after paying $500 for nothing:
Florida woman loses $500 after wiring money out-of-state for a dog on craigslist that doesn’t exist.
1. Don’t ever wire money to people you don’t know.
2. Don’t buy pets on craigslist.
Not only do you have to worry about non-existent pets, but too many puppy mills advertise on craigslist.
Delavan man pleads guilty in child-trafficking case:
22-year-old Octavion L. Keith, of Delavan, Wisconisn, pleaded guilty to prostituting a minor on Backpage. However he claimed that he was babysitting the girl’s siblings so she could make money as a prostitute. Riiiiiiiight.
I come from an age when if you were on the internet you never used your real name, hence the reason I’ve been using a pseudonym for 20 years. But today, people not only use their real names but some post almost every aspect of their lives onto social media. One of the many drawbacks to having such an active social media presence is stalking.
25-year-old Michael Maurice Williams of Delray Beach, Florida, is accused of allegedly breaking into the Boynton Beach home of a 20-year-old woman with a burgeoning music career he was following on Instagram. Williams is said to have repeatedly tried to stare into the woman’s bedroom, but one night late in November, Williams reportedly entered her home through the bedroom window, forced the woman down on the bed and tried to forcibly remove her clothing. I’m just going to go ahead and call that attempted rape even though that charge was not mentioned in any of the articles I read.
Williams was foiled by the woman’s 10-year-old brother who charged at him with a knife. Williams pushed the boy away but the woman and her brother were able to force Williams out of the home. Now that’s a brave kid. Williams is currently being held without bail.
While Williams is ultimately responsible for his own twisted actions, social media, much like anything else, should only be indulged in moderation for safety reasons alone.
33-year-old Robert Paul Alexander Edwards, of Gulf County, Florida, has been charged with the second-degree felony of written threat to kill or do bodily injury. The man with four first names allegedly drew a sketch of a school shooting on his stepson’s homework. You can tell by his mugshot that he probably has a history of poor life choices.
The threat was deemed to be not credible, but what was this moron thinking? Did he honestly think it wouldn’t come back to bite him in the ass? If I had to hazard a guess, I would say there’s probably some mental health issues going on here, however, that should not excuse his actions. It makes me wonder if the child is in a safe environment.
20-year-old Andre Smith was shot and killed by 37-year-old Matthew Barry during a craigslist transaction gone wrong, but it’s hard to say who was at fault. Barry was buying an iPhone 7 from Smith and a friend at a CVS parking lot in Davie, Florida. Barry felt he was about to be robbed by Smith and his friend. Barry allegedly warned them he had a gun and the other men allegedly claimed they were armed as well. Barry took off inside the CVS and when the pair followed Barry opened fire striking Smith. Smith was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries. Barry is said to have a conceal and carry permit. So far, no one has been arrested and the investigation is ongoing.
I understand there are communities in our country who may not trust the police and they may have good reason not to. However, I implore anyone who’s looking to buy or sell something on craigslist, or any other online classifieds, to make the transaction at your local police department. This can go a long way in discouraging any kind of tragedy like what happened in Davie from happening to you.
William Napolitano was a Pasco County Schools transportation manager. That was before he was picked up by Homeland Security in a years long child porn investigation. HSI found Napolitano after busting a prolific child porn trader on Kik. Investigators say that Napolitano was in the trader’s contacts list. Napolitano was said to have used the alias of William Snyder and his Kik username was ‘routemeup’. Under that Kik user name he allegedly communicated with undercover investigators on Kik with subjects such as ‘Into yng rape’ and ‘Ynger the better.’
When investigators caught up with Napolitano, he was said to be in possession of lube, a ‘male-enhancement’ device, a screw driver and baby wipes. What some of these scumbags are caught with is almost as funny as the excuses they give. However, child porn is no laughing matter. Whenever one of thsee images is shared it’s like the victim is being violated all over again and Kik is one of the largest trading avenues of the vile material. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like Kik is in any hurry to discourage it.
36-year-old Chad Robison was an employee of a church in Lecanto, Florida. He was arrested back in July after coworkers allegedly found child porn on his work computer. After police were called, investigators were said to have found 3000 videos and 350,000 explicit pictures of minors including several chats Robison reportedly had with a 14-year-old girl on the anonymous chat website Omegle. Robison was said to have used screen recording software to record the video chats he had with the girl. He is said to have wanted to meet the girl as well.
Again to parents, Omegle is a website and not an app and can be accessed by any device with a web browser and camera. This means it could be used on a laptop, a tablet or phone. This also may be a good opportunity to show your kids that if they chat with strangers online, whatever they do can be recorded by the person on the other side of the conversation. It should also be reiterated to them that once an image or video of them is out on the internet it’s out there forever.
26-year-old Robert Lufriu, of Hillsborough County, Florida, was arrested for allegedly soliciting nude photos from a 17-year-old female Facebook friend. Lufriu reportedly asked the girl for a picture after she confided a secret to him. He is said to have threatened to tell her parents if she didn’t send him a nude photo. He then is said to have offered the girl $50, alcohol and to take her shopping if she would provide him with more photos.
What a creep and a scumbag. This guy allegedly blackmailed his victim and basically treated her like a prostitute in order to get her to produce what is basically child porn for him. Not only that, but he seems to be at least a friend of the victim’s family. So he possibly betrayed the trust of a family just so he could treat the victim like his own personal porn factory. He even allegedly admitted to the girl’s parents that he asked her for photos.
Not only do you have to worry about strangers approaching your kids online, but in some cases, trusted friends as well. As they say, keep your friends close and your enemies closer because you never know when your friend is actually your child’s enemy.
30-year-old Colleen Nichols was allegedly found behind the wheel of her vehicle after overdosing on prescription pills in Boca Raton, Florida. In the back of the vehicle was her 4-year-old daughter who just wanted to go her preschool. It doesn’t sound like the car was involved in any kind of collision, thankfully. However, the vehicle was unlocked with Nichols slumped over the wheel. A witness called 911 and EMT’s had to use Narcan to revive her. Reports say Nichols took an almost 30 day supply of Klonipin in a little over a day. After Nichols returned to consciousness, first responders asked her where she thought her daughter was and Nichols was said to have responded by saying: “I don’t know, I must have blacked out, I’m under a lot of stress.”
How much ‘stress’ do you have to be under to take a month’s worth of Klonipin in less than a two-day period? Unless you’re a four-fingered member of a bomb squad in Afghanistan, you’re not under that much stress. Then again, it’s a common characteristic of drug addicts to blame everyone but themselves for their behavior. They tell the most outlandish lies in order to try to get their fix and expect you to believe them. In too many cases, addicts don’t care who the repercussions of their actions affect, even if it’s their own children.
Prescription drug abuse is now the worst drug abuse problem in the U.S. today. Unfortunately, most addicts don’t think they have a problem, and can’t start recovering until they do. The Mayo Clinic website has a detailed guide on how to stage an intervention in case a loved one has a substance abuse problem.
Want another story about a Bad Breeder? Check out this story about a man who took his infant to a craigslist sex date on Crime Classified.