SACRAMENTO, CA – A man was sentenced to 29 years in prison after being found guilty of the production of child pornography and other charges, this according to a statement released by United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, FBI Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller, Butte County District Attorney Michael L. Ramsey, and Paradise Police Chief Gabriela F. Tazzari Dineen.
According to the statement, 23-year-old Jordan James Kirby, of Paradise, was sentenced by United States District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr.
According to court documents, between 2011 and 2013, Kirby used various online identities on Facebook to solicit women and juvenile girls for lascivious and sexually explicit photographs, which he would then use them to extort them. Generally, Kirby’s initial posts stated that he was an agent for a modeling agency and offered thousands of dollars to girls for photographs of themselves in their underwear, bikinis, or various stages of undress. As an inducement, Kirby told the girls that he had come into a large amount of money, and sent pictures of himself holding a large wad of cash, or a large amount of cash spread on his computer. After receiving the desired photos, Kirby used the embarrassing pictures to extort or attempt to extort sex acts from victims. On March 6, 2015, Kirby pleaded guilty to two counts of enticement of a minor, three counts of attempted production of child pornography, and one count of attempted enticement of a minor. The victims were between the ages of 10 and 15.
US Attorney Wagner said: “While always reprehensible, on-line exploitation and extortion of under-aged victims inflicts very real and lasting harm upon our community’s most vulnerable victims. We will continue to work together with our federal and local law enforcement partners to bring such predators to justice.”
“Kirby took unlawful and inappropriate pictures of multiple children, using social media as a platform for his crimes, and then extorted an threatened children to obtain more photographs. His is conduct is reprehensible,” said Supervisory Special Agent Monica M. Miller. “Kirby committed his crimes by exploiting the anonymity and distance of internet communications. This case highlights the need for family dialogue about the potential dangers of online interaction. Social media platforms present safety risks that are akin to any public space and all users should know the steps to take to report suspicious activity. In this case, prompt response from the victims’ parents enabled law enforcement to identify Kirby, ceasing his ability to continue to victimize others. We thank our law enforcement partners for the collaborative effort to identify Kirby and ensure that he faced justice for his crimes.”
District Attorney Michael L. Ramsey said: “I appreciate the collaborative work with both the local and federal agencies that resulted in taking a predator off of the streets for the next twenty-nine years.”
Chief Tazzari-Dineen said: “The Paradise Police Department considers the safety of all citizens to be a top priority and it is especially true of children. A predator of young children has been removed from our community. We appreciate the collaboration and assistance of the local FBI Office and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office with this investigation.”
This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Paradise Police Department and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherry Haus prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.
HARLAN, KENTUCKY – On Wednesday the Harlan Police Department issued a warrant for the arrest of Frozen’s own Queen Elsa.
According to Harlan Police, Queen Elsa of Arendelle is dangerous and officials are warning citizens to stay away from her and do not attempt to apprehend her alone.
On Wednesday, having weathered a string of cold winter storms, the Harlan Police Department posted to their Facebook page an all-points-bulletin letting citizens of Harlan know they had put out a warrant for the movie character of “Frozen.”.
According to sources close to the actor, Disney’s sequel to the popular movie “Frozen” is in jeopardy. With the star facing criminal charges rumors have it that Disney may scrap the movie. We have reached out to Disney for comment, but we have not heard back from their representatives.
Elsa is described as a blonde female and was last seen wearing a long blue dress and is known to burst into song “Let It Go.”
Harlan is currently under another winter storm advisory Friday and into Saturday night. Harlan officials have confirmed they will prosecute Elsa to the full extent of the law if these winter storms continue.
In a follow-up post officials said, “All kidding aside, the weather has been very dangerous and temps will get worse. Everyone please take precautions to stay safe and warm. Stay off the roads unless it is an emergency. Watch out and help others who may need help. HPD is doing a great job during this time but it takes everyone working together.”
Let’s hope they catch her before the sequel.
COOL, CA – A really Cool story caught my eye over at KCRA3 news about a CHP officer taking to Facebook to help out the community of Cool and surrounding areas.
The media attention started yesterday, after California Highway Patrol Officer Ian Hoey posted a picture on Facebook of a motorcyclist who he pulled over for going 85 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. The motorcyclist is believed to be a serial speeder and all-around nuisance in the area.
Officer Hoey, who was recently assigned to the area, took to Facebook yesterday and introduced himself on a local community page, “What’s Happening on the Divide,” a page dedicated to the area known as the Divide, which includes the community of Cool.
Officer Hoey posted:
“Good morning Divide. My name is Ian Hoey and I am one of two officers designated as Community Resource Officer. We cover most of El Dorado County. I am here for your traffic complaints. Please don’t post names or license plates publicly. Call the CHP office at 530-622-1110 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. “
Officer Hoey also took note of one particular nuisance in the area, a motorcyclist who has been seen speeding and driving dangerously in the area. Based on information provided by community members, Officer Hoey estimated a time and place where he might catch the culprit racing through the area.
Hoey saw the motorcyclist speeding and issued the driver a citation and a warning that residents were watching him.
When all was said and done, Officer Hoey posted a photo (with the riders permission) of the traffic stop to the community page on Facebook and wrote:
“Here is a picture of the traffic stop this morning. Thank you for your help bringing this to our attention. We rely on the community to help us out as we cannot be everywhere at once. The driver was issued a citation for 85MPH. He was also advised of the community’s complaints on him. Those of you that beeped, yelled and waved at me out there… You’re welcome!”
The photo has garnered Officer Hoey a whole lot of attention with KCRA3 driving out to interview him, as well as area residents. The picture now has close to 500 likes on Facebook with 145 comments, mostly in support of Officer Hoey.
Some comments posted:
“Chp OfficerHoey, you are a rock star! You are everything that is right about community law enforcement.”
“I’m a former Marine and a current Fire Captain down the hill and There are no bigger heros to us then cops. It’s too bad more people don’t go above and beyond like this. Great job on this one!”
“Officer Hoey Rocks!!! Thanks for careing so much for the community.From University Falls issues to speeding complaints the community spoke and this officer responded! Way to serve and protect From this post I can see it’s much appreciated!”
One person, who may not have notice Officer Hoey’s comment that he did post the photo with the permission of the rider, commented, “While it is much appreciated that the CHP are helping to make the divide a safer place, (and I may be mistaken) but couldn’t this be considered public humiliation by posting a picture of the culprit?”
Officer Hoey wasn’t through. He also posted a photo of a meeting he had with John Veigna with El Dorado County, who is working on putting some much needed parking signs up on Wentworth Springs Road.
At the end of the day Officer Hoey posted:
“Well folks, I have been assigned to the Placerville area since late 2008, but I feel as though I have connected with your community more in one day than I have in the past 5 years. Thank you for being so receptive and welcoming. Today was very productive. Aside from the yellow motorcycle, I issued citations on Hwy 49, Hwy 193 and Wentworth Springs Rd. All citations that were issued for speed were between 71 and 85 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. Also a citation for driving over the double yellow lines. A few verbal warnings were thrown in there as well. …and Thanks for the birthday wishes. Most appreciated! “
Social media at its best – pretty Cool.
AUBURN, CA – A woman was arrested for burglary on Friday after someone recognized her photo posted on the Placer County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page.
According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, 39-year-old Leslie D. Weger (aka Kimmer Smith) was arrested Friday afternoon for commercial burglary after someone recognized her photo on Facebook.
On Wednesday, the department posted the winning surveillance photo of Weger as she was walking out of the Best Buy store in Auburn with a stolen laptop computer.
Weger, was also arrested on August 30 – get this – for the same crime at the same store.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Department would like to extend their thanks to all their Facebook peeps for a job well done.
PLACER COUNTY, CA – The Placer County Sheriff’s Department today posted a big thank you on their Facebook page after receiving numerous responses to an earlier post that led to the arrest of a woman accused of credit card fraud and more.
“Thanks to many of our Facebook followers, Katie Ryan-Johnson was arrested following tips YOU provided!” Continuing Placer County Sheriff’s wrote, “When we recently posted a surveillance photo of a woman entering a Target store and using credit cards she’d stolen from numerous cars in Auburn and Colfax. detectives received dozens of tips that immediately led them to Ryan-Johnson.”
Placer County Sheriff’s Facebook friends shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for a thank you from Katie, but rest assured she’s snug as a bug in Placer County Jail. She was arrested on numerous charges, including burglary, theft of credit cards, forgery and identity theft.
Place County Sheriff’s said it best, “THANK YOU for taking the time to assist in this case and for being observant citizens! There is no way we can be everywhere all of the time, and it takes a partnership with you to stop crimes like this.”
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CA – With temperatures in Death Valley reaching near records this summer, officials would like visitors to know that it’s ok to fry that proverbial egg in the hot hot sun. No seriously give it a try, but please use protection.
Apparently an overzealous employee at Death Valley National Park decided to post a video to demonstrate just how hot it gets in Death Valley by cooking an egg.
Obviously the employee has a lot of friends in that thing we call social networking, because park visitors are all trying to cook an egg, and her video has garnered close to 700,000 hits.
What’s the problem? Oh the eggs are cooking, but people are trying to fry the eggs directly on the pavement, leaving a complete mess behind.
If you’ve ever tried to fry an egg on the pavement then you know what I’m talking about. When I first move to Sacramento from the San Francisco Bay Area, my kids gave it a try. Okay, I gave it a try, the kids just watched. To this day I still tell my wife I have no idea what that spot is on the patio.
So what did park employees do? They counter-attacked by posting a message on Facebook, certain it would go viral. They’re suggestion for doing that nasty little thing with the egg – use protection! Tinfoil, a pan, anything, but don’t place the egg directly on the pavement.
“An employee’s posting of frying an egg in a pan in Death Valley was intended to demonstrate how hot it can get here, with the recommendation that if you do this, use a pan or tin foil and properly dispose of the contents.” Park employees wrote, “However, the Death Valley NP maintenance crew has been busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot.”
The post hasn’t eggsactly gone viral, and currently only has a measly 381 likes. So do Death Valley National Park a favor and head over to their post on Facebook and show them some social love – and above all – Use protection!
The highest recorded temperature on record was recorded in Death Valley’s Furnace Creek at a tepid 134 degrees. This summer Death Valley recorded a 130 degree temperature.
Yesterday Michael Jackson’s dermatologist, Arnold W. Klein, posted a photo of himself overlaid on top of a photo of Michael Joseph Jackson on Facebook, with the comment “hmmmmm,” leading many to believe that he’s the father of Michael’s eldest son, better known as Prince Jackson.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Klein was Jackson’s dermatologist and speculation over the years had people questioning his relationship to Prince and Paris, with some wondering if they were his children.
Prince was born Feb. 13, 1997 to Jackson and the singer’s ex-wife, Debbie Rowe. Sister Paris Jackson was born a year later, with the couple divorcing in 1999. A custody fight ensued resulting in the pop singer reportedly paying $6 million to settle a custody battle with Rowe, giving him full custody.
Michael always claimed they were his children and Klein had previously denied being the father of the two children.
Michael’s third child Prince Michael II, or “Blanket,” was through an anonymous surrogate mother.
At the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was being tried for the death of Michael Jackson, Klein had been portrayed as an enabler who fueling Jackson’s addiction to Demerol.
It was around that time that Klein filed for bankruptcy, blaming his financial troubles on his former office manager, Jason Pfeiffer, and former accountant, Muhammad Khilji, who he said embezzled more than $8 million.
In a not very flattering Vanity Fair article, Klein comes across as unstable, claiming on Facebook that his former accountant Khilji used hawala, the ancient informal money-transfer system employed by al-Qaeda to move funds around the world, to clean out his employer’s assets and transfer them into far-flung bank accounts.
In the article Klein is quoted as saying, “They opened 41 illegal bank accounts in my name,” said Klein. “I have records of all this stuff. Also, they tried to overdose me … so I would bleed to death They tried to overdose me on Coumadin [blood thinner], because I was in atrial flutter [abnormal heart rhythm], and they changed my will in the middle of the night without notarizing it.”
It should also be noted that Debbie Rowe was Klein’s medical assistant.
Unbeknownst to all those Little Monsters that follow Lady Gaga’s every move, the Bieberholics have been busily recruiting beliebers across the nation and the biebersphere.
Bieber has just blown by Lady Gaga to become the first artist ever to reach 2 billion YouTube views, this according to social-media stats service Famecount.com. Currently they have Bieber at 2,012,524,264 views and Gaga at 1,887,277,009.
How is that even possible? Because Bieber has over 1 million subscribers on YouTube, giving him nearly 94 million views a month.
For you non-beliebers out there ““ Bieber started his career on YouTube when at 12 years old he posted some videos and ended up with millions of views. This caught the attention of Scooter Braun and Usher. The rest, as they say, is history.
Not is all lost Little Monsters. According to Famecount.com you’re still leading the way on Facebook with 44,739,729 fans and Twitter with 15,276,277 followers. This compared to Justin’s 37,122,624 Facebook fans and 13,993,268 Twitter followers.
So what has catapulted Bieber into the top slot? His latest Christmas release “Mistletoe,” which currently has over 30 million views and climbing.
Damn! And I thought he would just fade off into the sunset.
Looks like I’m headed to the doctors. I need to get a bieber shot. The last thing I need is to catch bieber fever.
I hate to be an enabler, but here’s the Mistletoe video. . .
I’m sure everyone read WTF to mean What The F***, but what it really means is What The Facebook.
Corny I know, but read on . . .
Nirvana’s iconic album Nevermind is celebrating it’s twenty year anniversary. That’s quite a milestone, especially if anyone reading this remembers the release way back in September 1991.
You remember 1991 right? That was the year of Desert Storm and gas was just north of a dollar at $1.12 per gallon, and you could still afford to go to a concert. There was also the firestorm in the Oakland hills that burned thousands of homes and killed 25 people. Sadly that was also the year we lost Freddie Mercury lead singer of Queen due to the AIDS virus.
This hit the news twenty years ago! It’s old news. Facebook – get over yourselves. You are not the internet police, Google is.
Just relax and take a hit of this wild ass weed I just scored with my medical card. After all, we have progressed as a society – at least I’d like to think we have.
Later dude . . . I have a concert to get to.