THURSDAY'S DISCOUNT NEWS
LOCAL: FAKE COP APPROACHES KIDS IN DES PERES
The City of Des Peres Department of Public Safety issued a warning for residents regarding a man who is allegedly targeting juveniles by posing as an undercover police officer. The advisory states that on Sunday night two boys were allegedly approached by a man in the area of Greenbriar Ridge Drive and Old Dougherty Ferry Road. The man told them he was an undercover police officer and offered the boys candy if they got inside his car. The boys fled the scene and the suspect drove north toward Dougherty Ferry. Police say the suspect is a white man possibly in his 30s, wearing glasses, and driving a four-door sedan. Officials say this is currently the only report of this type of incident they have received.
LOCAL: ANOTHER LOCAL CHARITY SCAMMER
A Belleville woman has been indicted after she allegedly stole from a charity meant to help first responders. Denise Robtoy has formally been charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, and making a false statement to federal agents. Robtoy is accused of embezzling funds from the 3rd annual John Perry Golf Benefit, which was held in October, 2013. All proceeds from the tournament are supposed to benefit the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund and BackStoppers. The tournament was started to in honor of Deputy U.S. Marshal John Brookman Perry, who was killed in the line of duty in 2011. If convicted, Robtoy could serve 45 years in prison.
DICK MOVE?: A GUY LEFT A GREAT AMAZON REVIEW FOR A WI-FI THERMOSTAT... BECAUSE HE CHANGES THE TEMPERATURE REMOTELY WHILE HIS WIFE CHEATS ON HIM
We're not sure if this Amazon reviewer is lying . . . but if he's telling the truth, this is as good as reviews get. There's a guy from Ohio whose screen name is "The General", and he left an Amazon review a few months back for the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat . . . it's a thermostat you can control remotely from your phone. He gave it five stars. And the REASON he loves it is because he can mess with his wife . . . since she CHEATED on him. Turns out his wife found a new guy, cheated on him, ended things with him, and even kicked him out of the house. Now she and the new guy . . . a banker named Carl . . . get-it-on in the house. And The General can mess with them while they do . . . by changing the temperature on the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat from his cell phone. Sometimes he'll drop the temperature down to 40 degrees. Sometimes he'll crank it up to 80. And sometimes, when they go on vacation, he blasts the air conditioning the entire time to drive up their electricity bill.
A GUY BOUGHT EVERY APPLE PIE AT BURGER KING SO THE OBNOXIOUS KID BEHIND HIM COULDN'T GET ONE
There's a story online that we can't PROVE is real . . . but we sure hope it is. A guy says he was at a Burger King after a really bad day, and a woman and her kid got in line behind him. She was on her phone, and the kid was out of control . . . yelling, hitting her, and going on and on about how he wanted a, quote, "[effing] apple pie." So the guy asked the woman if she could quiet the kid down, because he had a headache. But the woman yelled that it was none of his business how she raised her kid, called her kid "sweetie," and promised he'd have his apple pie soon. Then when the guy finally got to the front of the line, he asked how many apple pies they had in stock. They told him 23. And he bought ALL of them . . . just so the kid couldn't get one. As he walked away with the pies, he heard the woman yelling at the clerk asking how they could be out of apple pies. Consumerist.com is doing a poll on what the guy did: 55% say it was a brilliant lesson for the mom and the kid, 4% say the guy was a jerk for doing it, and 40% say the guy wasn't mean ENOUGH . . . he should have handed the pies out to everyone ELSE.
CREEPER: MAN TO PLEASE GUILTY TO CHILD PORN POSSESSION
Paul Michael Barbour, the Long Beach resident and children's dance contest emcee charged with child pornography possession, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court. Barbour, 33, is scheduled to be sentenced October 20 and faces a federal prison term of five to 20 years, a $250,000 fine and a possible lifetime of supervised release, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Shay. Tuesday's trial lasted about 35 minutes, Shay said, and Barbour pleaded guilty. The court questioned him about his plea agreement, making sure he understood his rights. "The court does a very thorough change of plea to make sure the defendant understands his rights," Shay said. Under the terms of Barbour's change of plea filed July 25, he also must register as a sex offender, undergo psychological counseling, not be around children and not possess any pornographic materials.
CREEPER: MOM SAYS STRANGER SENDING TEXTS TO SON
A mother told News 4 police initially refused to investigate a man who she says is sending creepy texts to her son. Stefanie Fisk told News 4 her 12-year-old son has been receiving strange, creepy, and random texts from a man more than twice his age. Fisk said her son initially though it was from a relative, but she became worried when the man began to ask more personal questions. According to Fisk, the man asked her son to meet and buy alcohol. After that text was sent, Fisk said she called the number back. “He mentioned he was a 30-year-old black man who is doing great and he does this and that even though I’m just trying to figure out why you were on the phone with my son,” Fisk said. Fisk said the man, who goes by Joe, eventually hung up. Fisk then called police, but she claims an officer told her nothing could be done. “He said ‘I’m sorry we can’t help you with any of this. I do apologize because the man has not physically threatened to hurt him over the phone or he has not tried to hurt him. We can’t do anything.” News 4 contacted St. Louis County police. Authorities said the officer who spoke to Fisk was wrong and that they are investigating.
CREEPER: HOUSTON MAN OUT OF JAIL GETS TRACKED BY GOOGLE SOFTWARE AND CAUGHT WITH MORE CHILD PORN
Does Google have the right to tip off police if it sees that you have allegedly illegal content in your email? This question will concern some after news emerged that a Houston man, John Henry Skillern, was arrested by police for possession of child pornography. Police said that Google has spotted three allegedly pornographic images of children in Skillern's email and had tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. "He was trying to get around getting caught, he was trying to keep it inside his email. I can't see that information, I can't see that photo, but Google can," Det. David Nettles told KHOU. Skillern, 41, who works at Denny's and is a registered sex offender, was arrested after police obtained a warrant. Police say they found more evidence of child pornography on Skillern's devices. I have contacted Google to ask whether the police's declaration of the company's involvement was accurate. Moreover, I asked whether this was part of standard operating policy. Google has never made a secret of the fact that it scans email content. Its Terms of Service was updated in April to explain that the company's "automated systems analyze your content (including emails)."
CREEPER: FLORIDA MAN FINDS PHONE FULL OF CHILD PORN AFTER BUYING USED CAR
An unsuspecting car buyer made an unsettling discovery when he found child pornography on a cell… The Orlando Sentinel reports that this week prosecutors filed charges against 62-year-old Jesse A. Brown for child pornography. Brown was previously convicted in 1992 of sexually abusing two 8-year-old girls in South Dakota, and sentenced to roughly 19 years in prison. In 2012, Brown relocated to the Winter Garden area of Orlando. Soon after police started receiving complaints that Brown was attempting to lure children into his car. Police arrested Brown and he was later convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in Florida. He was sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison followed by 10 years probation. Brown's 2005 Pontiac was Grand Prix was towed and sold. When the new owner cleaned out the car he came across Brown's phone and saw pornographic images of children. The owner immediately contacted the authorities, who questioned Brown about the phone.