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A PLYMOUTH prisoner has shared pictures of his cell on Facebook, apparently having taken them with an illicit mobile phone.

The pictures, which appear to have been taken by drugs kingpin Jason Crocker jailed for five years in 2013, show two cells including one decorated with cuttings from The Herald detailing Crocker s caging.

The images taken between October 2014 and more recently were shared this month and also show cells filled with property including games consoles, a TV, toiletries and clothes.

Worryingly one image appears to show a cell door wedged shut from the inside using a broom handle.

Last October, drug kingpin Jason Crocker pleaded guilty to having a prohibited item in prison without authority namely a mobile phone.

The offence can carry up to two years extra added to a convict s sentence although the maximum handed down by Plymouth magistrates since police launched an operation to target phones in HMP Dartmoor has been just six months.

At his sentencing Plymouth Magistrates Court heard how interrogation of Crocker s Blackberry mobile showed it had been used to take photographs and video inside the prison, while he claimed he had only used it to contact friends and family.

Deputy District Judge Rose sentenced Crocker to 16 weeks, to be served concurrently not in addition to his existing jail sentence.

At the time police said he had been using Skype and Blackberry Messenger, accessing social media and using his phone to form new relationships with a number of women.

Crocker, aged 36, was jailed to five years and four months in December 2013 for conspiracy to supply heroin.

The Herald printed an article entitled Good Riddance which pictured all those convicted for drug offences alongside Crocker, which now appears to have pride of place on his cell wall.

On the day, Herald bills described how the Heroin Kingpin Put Behind Bars which also appears to have been placed on his wall, clearly in an effort to remember his heady days as Plymouth s criminal mastermind.

The photos appear to show two different cells used by Crocker, one with grey tiling with a calendar dated October 2014 and one with blue tiling, suggesting he has been moved at some stage, taking his phone with him. Police sources have told The Herald the images are not from HMP Dartmoor.

The photos also show the small luxuries he has earned, including a large stereo system, photos of family and friends, a television, PlayStation console, a Nintendo Gamecube, a DVD player and movies, as well as a wooden pole to jam against his cell door to keep unwanted guests, such as prison officers, at bay for when he wants a little private me time.

Ensuring he is well turned out for any eventuality, Crocker has also snapped his array of soaps, lotions, toothpastes and assorted male perfumery

His Facebook page, which remains hidden to anyone who is not his friend , also reveals his fellow convicts in an assortment of poses.

During their investigation into the use of mobile phones in HMP Dartmoor, Devon and Cornwall Police told The Herald that mobile phones were a source of intimidation both inside and outside the prison. .

On the prison market an illicit phone could be worth around 500. A number are held on wings and rented out to prisoners who invariably have their own personal SIM card, which can be secreted in a large number of places including on the body.

More pliable prisoners are bullied into holding the phone by the owner until it is rented out, so that they carry the risk if is found.

They are also bullied into paying for its replacement if it is seized.

Police said there have been cases nationally where prisoners have used mobile phones to threaten and intimidate witnesses and victims, while some will use them to keep in contact with their criminal colleagues, as well as their friends and family members.

The illicit phones have also been used to make arrangements for delivery of illicit substances, including more phones, illegal drugs and legal highs.

The Prison Service is investigating the information supplied to them regarding Crocker and are understood to be tracing his current whereabouts.

References

  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.plymouthherald.co.uk)

Motorola found guilty of infringing on MMS patent owned by "patent troll"

On Wednesday, a jury in Delaware found Motorola guilty of infringing on a patent related to the MMS technology used for multimedia texting on mobile devices. The patent is owned by Intellectual Ventures, a company known for its holdings of intellectual property. This was the second time that the two companies squared off in court.

The first time, a mistrial was declared when a jury could not reach a verdict on a case heard back in February 2014.

In addition to finding Motorola guilty of infringing on the MMS patent, the jury cleared the company of illegally using a patent related to wireless bandwidth. Motorola and Intellectual Ventures will also be facing each other in court again starting today. That case involves the alleged infringement by Motorola on another tech patent owned by Intellectual Ventures.

The “patent troll” owns more than 70,000 patents and applications and had used licensing as a way to monetize the portfolio.

Now, the company is said to be more focused on protecting its patents in court.


Motorola was originally sued by Intellectual Ventures in 2011 and again in 20131.

The patent holding company claimed at the time that several Motorola mobile devices were using its technology without permission.

source: Reuters
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  1. ^ Motorola sued again by patent troll (www.phonearena.com)
  2. ^ Reuters (www.phonearena.com)

NVC offers student discounts for ‘Once On This Island’

Napa Valley College Performing Arts invites teachers to bring their students from all K-12 schools to attend special student matinees of the upcoming musical production of Once On This Island on April 15, 16, 20 and 21. These performances will start at 10 a.m. and tickets are $10 each.

Once On This Island, written by Lynn Ahrens and with music by Stephen Flaherty is based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy.

It debuted on Broadway in 1990 and in 1995 won the Oliver Award for Best New Musical.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen s The Little Mermaid, it tells the story of Ti Moune, a girl on a tropical island who is aided by the gods of earth, water and love in her quest for love.

For information about the discount student tickets, call the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center Box Office at 707-256-7500

Public Performances will be April 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and April 12, 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 military, students and seniors (60+) and $15 for cchildren 13 and under, and can be purchased at NapaValleyTheater.org1 or by calling the box office at 707-256-7500.

Opening weekend will have a family four-pack special for $50.

Use Discount Code OOTI2015FAM when making your purchase.

References

  1. ^ http://NapaValleyTheater.org (NapaValleyTheater.org)
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