November 14, 2013 |
The last status update that Brendan DeVoue posted to his Facebook profile was a birthday greeting to his older brother. That was more than two months ago - an eternity in social-media time. The King of Prussia 18-year-old, though, has been sharing plenty online with his friends over at Twitter, the telegraphic platform that limits posts to 140 characters. DeVoue tweets about high school, soccer, and random life observations (I get cranky when I'm sick) multiple times a day. He also shares Vines, six-second-or-less looping videos.
February 5, 2012
State Rep. Mark Cohen hasn't racked up 40 years in the Pennsylvania legislature by taking his political opponents lightly. When he heard that Numa St. Louis, 31, an Olney educator, was planning a run against him this spring, Cohen discovered they were both Facebook devotees - St. Louis with more than 700 friends, Cohen with more than 5,000. Not only that, St. Louis had created a campaign page - Team Numa - and many of Cohen's colleagues in the state House were listed as Numa's friends.
July 24, 2011 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California man who trolled women's Facebook pages searching for clues that allowed him to take over their e-mail accounts was sentenced Friday to more than four years in state prison after a judge rejected a plea for a lighter sentence and likened the man to a Peeping Tom. Women in 17 states, including New Jersey, and in the District of Columbia and England were victimized. Once he took over their e-mail accounts, George Bronk searched their folders for nude or seminude photographs or videos sent to their husbands or boyfriends and distributed the images to relatives, friends, and coworkers on their contact list, prosecutors said.
January 26, 2012 |
BOUYED BY A Facebook campaign called "Guide Joe Home," thousands of students, alumni and fans lined the streets of State College for the funeral procession of Joe Paterno. The goal was to make a single-file "human chain" that would be along the side of the road and guide Paterno's hearse. More than 7,000 people wrote they were planning to take part. In many areas, the crowd swelled to four deep and more along the route, which went past Beaver Stadium and the library that bears Paterno's name.
May 23, 2013 |
The day after he replaced his Facebook picture with that of a shotgun shell, a Chester County man shot and killed his longtime girlfriend, officials said. Gregory Twyman, 44, was charged with murder in the Tuesday slaying of Jamica Woods in East Fallowfield Township. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Twyman called 911 and said, "I need the police. I just shot my girlfriend. " On Monday, the affidavit said, Twyman altered his Facebook profile picture to that of a shotgun shell.
April 25, 2012 |
A 22-year-old Lansdale man was arrested Monday and charged with statutory rape, indecent assault, corruption of minors, and related offenses after an adult relative found disturbing posts on the 12-year-old victim's Facebook page, investigators said. Sgt. Alex Kromdyk identified the suspect as Lafonsa Perry of the 100 block of Penn Street. Kromdyk said the Facebook posts indicated that Perry had sex with the girl when she was 11. During a forensic interview with Mission Kids, a nonprofit that helps children deal with law enforcement officials, the girl said Perry had given her marijuana while the two were in his bedroom and engaged with her in sexual intercourse.
September 12, 2012 |
The 26-year-old Philadelphia man who created Facebook pages titled "Kill Mitt Romney" and "Kill Seth Williams" was being sought Monday for criminal solicitation to commit murder and other offenses, authorities said. Joshua Scott Albert first stirred anger last month with a Facebook page titled "I Support Chancier McFarland & Rafael Jones," referring to the men charged with the murder of Officer Moses Walker Jr. Albert, who won brief notoriety as the man behind an anonymous blog about Philadelphia's restaurant industry, gained the attention of the Secret Service, who investigated him for his "Kill Mitt Romney" page.
September 11, 2012 |
There apparently is a limit to what you can write on Facebook. The District Attorney's Office said Monday that it has charged a blogger, Joshua Scott Albert, with three counts each of criminal solicitation to commit murder, terroristic threats and harassment for Facebook pages he created calling for the murders of two top law-enforcement officials here and another page that supported two alleged cop killers. Tasha Jamerson, D.A.'s Office spokeswoman, said the charges were approved over the weekend and that authorities are looking for Albert, 26. Albert, a former Philadelphia restaurant worker and creator of the infamous Staph Meal blog, had created a Facebook page called "I Support Chancier McFarland & Rafael Jones" - the two alleged cop-killers who gunned down Officer Moses Walker Jr., who was off-duty, during an attempted robbery in North Philly on Aug. 18. That page was removed Aug. 26. (A new page with that same name has since been created, but it is not immediately clear if Albert created it. As of about 12 p.m. Monday, it had just one comment on it that said, "Take this junk off!"
June 15, 2011 |
After a bitter fight with her child's father, police said, a Southwest Philadelphia woman took to her Facebook wall and offered $1,000 to anyone who would murder her ex. London Eley, 20, didn't have to wait long. Timothy Bynum, 18, of Darby, soon volunteered for the job. The hit was never carried out, but police believe the plot was more than just idle talk. When officers arrested Bynum on Friday, they found a loaded .22 caliber handgun in his apartment, with the serial number partially obliterated.
October 22, 2010 |
Authorities in South Jersey have issued subpoenas to Facebook as they investigate menacing threats made earlier this week over the social networking site to students attending a Gloucester County high school. The postings - made by someone calling himself David Prezet - were reported on Tuesday to police in Harrison Township. According to students at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, "Prezet" threatened to "blast everyone in the school. " Students said yesterday they were on edge because the poster indicated he was coming to the school that day. Superintendent John Horchak III said the poster claimed he was going to enroll that day. That did not happen.