Posts Tagged ‘copper’
A New York City police officer was charged on Thursday with conspiring to kidnap, torture, cook and eat women whose names he listed in his computer.
In a criminal complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court, Gilberto Valle III, 28, of Forest Hills, Queens, was charged with conspiring to cross state lines to kidnap the women and with illegally accessing a federal database…
Investigators uncovered a file on Valle’s computer containing the names and pictures of at least 100 women, and the addresses and physical descriptions of some of them, according to the complaint. It said he had undertaken surveillance of some of the women at their places of employment and their homes…
Valle’s court-appointed attorney, Julia Gatto, had vigorously argued to the judge that her client, a 6-1/2 year NYPD veteran who appeared before the judge in a red T-shirt and jeans, was all talk and deserved to be released on bail.
“The best this complaint alleges is talk, just idle talk,” Gatto said. “There is no actual crossing the line from fantasy to reality, your honor…”
Federal prosecutors, in announcing the charges, said Valle had created a document called “Abducting and Cooking: A Blueprint.” Valle also told an unnamed co-conspirator he would kidnap another woman for $5,000, they said.
“This case is all the more disturbing when you consider Valle’s position as a New York City police officer and his sworn duty to serve and protect,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.
His estranged wife is the one who turned him in – after wandering uninvited through his computer.
I think she’s lucky she didn’t end up as his first choice for an entree.
A former Greek policeman who invented 19 fictional offspring to claim benefits for what would have been the largest family in Greece has been arrested for benefit fraud…
The former police officer, divorced and with no children of his own, quit his 1,000-euro-a-month job in 2001 and has been living solely on benefits ever since, police said on Thursday. Using photographs of children he found online, the 54-year-old man forged birth certificates and other documents needed to claim benefits for at least one child a year since 1996.
Police estimate he made at least 150,000 euros in claims over 15 years, but the actual amount is probably much higher.
The fraud was so expert, police said, that they only realized something was amiss when they noticed his was the only Greek family with that many children. The average Greek family usually has two or three children.
Truly sharp coppers, eh?
“We have never seen a scam like this before,” said a police official who declined to be named…
The former policeman, who under Greek law cannot be named, was arrested Wednesday as he was about to collect 8,000 euros in benefits from an Athens branch of Greece’s employment agency OAED. He was taken to the prosecutor’s office Thursday.
Widespread fraud, a generous welfare state and a notoriously inefficient public sector have been blamed as root causes of Greece’s financial trouble that threatens to break apart the euro zone.
Relying on coppers who commit fraud themselves might be part of that equation, as well.
An elderly Georgian woman was scavenging for copper to sell as scrap when she accidentally sliced through an underground cable and cut off internet services to all of neighbouring Armenia…
The woman, 75, had been digging for the metal not far from the capital Tbilisi when her spade damaged the fibre-optic cable on 28 March.
As Georgia provides 90% of Armenia’s internet, the woman’s unwitting sabotage had catastrophic consequences. Web users in the nation of 3.2 million people were left twiddling their thumbs for up to five hours as the country’s main internet providers – ArmenTel, FiberNet Communication and GNC-Alfa – were prevented from supplying their normal service. Television pictures showed reporters at a news agency in the capital Yerevan staring glumly at blank screens.
Large parts of Georgia and some areas of Azerbaijan were also affected…
Dubbed “the spade-hacker” by local media, the woman – who has not been named – is being investigated on suspicion of damaging property. She faces up to three years in prison if charged and convicted.
A spokesman for Georgia’s interior ministry said the woman was temporarily released “on account of her old age” but could face more questioning…
Pulling up unused copper cables for scrap is a common means of making money in the former Soviet Union. Some entrepreneurs have even used tractors to wrench out hundreds of metres of cable from the former nuclear testing ground at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan.
Yup. Let’s wander around a nuclear-testing site trying to find something worth scrounging.
Then, complain to the government a week later about glowing in the dark.
Sunday is the anniversary of something that undoubtedly has changed your life.
Whether for good or for bad is a question only you can answer.
On this day in 1973 — on April 3 of that year — a man did something no one had ever done before…The man’s name was Martin Cooper. He was 44 at the time. He made a cell phone call.
The world’s first. At least the first public one; the cell phone had been tested in the lab, but never tried in the real world.
“As I walked down the street while talking on the phone,” Cooper once told an interviewer, “sophisticated New Yorkers gaped at the sight of someone actually moving around while making a phone call…”
Cooper, who was the general manager of Motorola’s communications systems division, had the idea that people didn’t want to be tethered to a stationary telephone, even if the phone could ride along with them in their car. He thought that the phone should be so portable that it could go anywhere they went.
As he explained it in a later interview: “People want to talk to other people — not a house, or an office, or a car. Given a choice, people will demand the freedom to communicate wherever they are, unfettered by the infamous copper wire…”
When Martin Cooper made that first cell phone call, he did not make it to another cell phone. People didn’t have them yet — who could he call?
No, he made the cell phone call to a land line — specifically, to the land line of his chief competitor at Bell Labs.
Motorola had beaten Bell to become the first company to make personal cell phones work. Cooper, you might say, rubbed it in. Think how the Bell Labs research engineer must have felt when he heard Cooper calling him from the noisy streets of Manhattan.
He’s still alive, by the way. He’s 82. He still works in the technology field.
Bravo! Some of my peers hope he doesn’t think of any else as disruptive.
Poisonally, I welcome change as critical as the communications revolution he kicked off. If your head is screwed on tight enough – you not only can deal with qualitative change, you should be able to turn it to your own advantage. If you wish to.
Father Christmas had a bad surprise in store on Thursday for a suspected Sicilian mafia member – an arrest for racketeering.
A policeman dressed as Father Christmas arrested the man in a sting operation as he was coming out of a shop where he had extracted some protection money.
“Father Christmas” dropped the bag of sweets that he was giving out and arrested 37-year-old Salvatore Politini, alleged to be a member of the Santapaola mafia clan in police footage shown on Italian television…
The shopkeeper had been allegedly forced to pay the mafia a protection racket of around 260 euros every month for 10 years.
The man arrested was carrying a ceramic plate and a panettone cake – believed to be payment in kind from other extortion victims.
I hope the shop owner was giving him the stale panettone.
Daylife/Reuters Pictures used by permission
Best news in months. Carlos Barrios Edison Pena becomes the 13th of the 33 trapped miners to reach the surface in Copiapo, Chile.
The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.
The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.
An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys…
While it could take many years to develop a mining industry, the potential is so great that officials and executives in the industry believe it could attract heavy investment even before mines are profitable, providing the possibility of jobs that could distract from generations of war…
“This will become the backbone of the Afghan economy,” said Jalil Jumriany, an adviser to the Afghan minister of mines…
The Pentagon task force has already started trying to help the Afghans set up a system to deal with mineral development.
Almost 400 properties in the Westhoughton areas of the town were cut off after a vital copper safety component, worth just £20, was stolen.
United Utilities, the electricity firm, said nobody was injured but damage was caused to appliances including televisions, microwaves and a baby monitor…
The alarm was first raised shortly before 8am when people called the fire brigade to report their appliances had started smoking and catching fire.
Mr Williamson said: “230 volts is the normal voltage and when you lose the safety gear, that voltage can start to fluctuate and can go up to 400 volts, which is far over what most appliances can handle…”
The spokesman added: “We want to stress that the copper stolen had such a small monetary value.
“Anyone going into a substation is risking their lives. There are thousands of volts in the substation and if someone takes a wrong turn, then they could be dead, and it just isn’t worth the risk…”
“There were no injuries from the incidents and no substantial fire damage. “Within the properties, though, a number were affected by the smoke.
What a creep!
The authorities ask folks to be on the lookout, extra vigilant – and report anyone stealing equipment like this. Before you beat his butt!