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U Florida Student Arrested After Breaking Into His Ex-Girlfriend’s Apartment

He really wanted his sweater back, apparently.

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University of Florida student Theodore Tenaglia. (Image: Alachua Jail)

University of Florida student Theodore Tenaglia was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated stalking and burglary after he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home to retrieve a sweater he had left there, according to police.

A Gainesville Police report says Tenaglia had emailed his ex-girlfriend several times — who he had been in a relationship with for about a year and a half until breaking up two months ago — indicating he wanted to see her on Valentine’s Day and get his sweater.

He went to his ex-girlfriend’s residence and banged loudly on the door. His ex was inside, but did not answer the door out of fear, according to police per the Gainesville Sun.

Tenaglia then entered the home through a back window after removing a screen.

His ex told police that she had blocked him on all social media, which is why he was emailing her.

According to the Sun’s account:

After the incident, police say Tenaglia sent the woman emails that said, “I’m sorry if I scared anyone there if you just leave my stuff outside to tomorrow I’d appreciate it,” and “Please don’t press charges I’m out of you life I’m sorry.”

The woman told police she feared Tenaglia because on Tuesday he had gotten into her vehicle and refused to get out after she told him to. The woman drove him to his fraternity house thinking he’d get out, but he didn’t and started screaming at her.

Afraid, she jumped out of her vehicle in the middle of the roadway and ran to the fraternity house, where other members of the fraternity had to help get her get Tenaglia out of the car, the report says.

Tenaglia was arrested at a fraternity house, but it was unclear if he was a member.

 

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Pennsylvania University Stunned by Child Pornography Allegations

Popular philosophy professor at Bloomsburg University charged with possessing child porn.

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Scott Lowe, a professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, was arrested late last week and charged with with four counts of possessing child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. The charges against the popular professor have left students and administration at the school of just over 9,000 students shocked.

The school’s newspaper, The Voice, reported:

Steve Hales, the head of the Philosophy department, expressed his disbelief for the situation, “It seemed like must be some kind of disturbing mistake which I couldn’t understand.” Hales was a friend to Lowe and, like many who knew him, could not understand what was happening. Lowe was known to be easy to get along with, reliable and was a very popular professor. Lowe enjoyed hanging out with his friends and playing pub trivia, according to Hales.

Bail for the 56-year-old Lowe was set at $250,000 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for February 28.

According to Lehigh Valley Live, a routine audit on the professor’s computer turned up “alarming malware associated with his internet usage of the Bloomsburg University network,” which led to a police investigation.

Several students told The Voice that they got no messages from the school about the situation and were surprised to find that classes were either cancelled or that other professors had stepped in to teach.

Miranda Jacobs told the paper that she had “heard a lot of stories about this guy about him being really nice and just very family oriented.”

 

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Parents of Fraternity Hazing Victims to Attend Two-Day Retreat

Over a dozen parents will connect and plan for future action to stop hazing.

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When sending their children off to college, parents want them to learn and have fun. They don’t expect them to be involved in a fatal hazing incident. Sadly, that is a tragic reality for some families.

Three years ago, Tucker Hipps passed away at just 19 years old during a hazing incident. A Clemson University sophomore at the time, he wanted to join Sigma Phi Epsilon, a campus fraternity. But on a morning run with some of the fraternity members on September 22, 2014, he was allegedly forced by a fraternity member to walk over a narrow bridge crossing Lake Hartwell. He then fell from the bridge and died from his injuries.

His mother, Cindy Hipps, is hosting the inaugural Parents Anti-Hazing Retreat in Greenville, South Carolina this Friday and Saturday. Over a dozen parents who have lost children to hazing will attend the private event where speakers and activities are scheduled. Two of the speakers include author and journalist Hank Nuwer and Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Hipps has already taken legal action herself. In 2016, the Tucker Hipps Transparency Act was signed into law by former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. This law requires tracking and public reports of misconduct by fraternities and sororities at public universities.

Parents from all over the country will attend the two-day conference this weekend to connect with other parents and help plan what action could be taken to stop future hazings from happening to other students.

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California Man Arrested with AR-15 After Threats to Shoot Up College

27-year-old made threats on Facebook against an unspecified college.

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A 27-year-old man was arrested in Norco, Calif. after authorities were alerted to threats he made on social media to shoot up a local college campus. Authorities did not name the school, but the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that Riverside Community College District police were involved in the investigation.

Jacob Ryan McBain is shown in a photo released by law enforcement officials (Image: Riverside Sheriff’s Department)

Jacob McBain was arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to information from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators said the threats came from McBain’s Facebook page and were deemed credible. At the time of arrest, deputies discovered a loaded AR-15, two loaded handguns, and a large amount of ammunition, according officials.

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