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Free Wi-Fi Can Lead to Identity Theft

Arlington, Va. - The Better Business Bureau warns that free Wi-Fi connections can lead to identity theft.

Scammers can create free Wi-Fi areas and monitor everything you do on the internet.

Some scammers will create these areas near hotels, hoping that people will use their connections instead of paying for a connection to the hotel's Wi-Fi service.

They can steal any information you send over the internet, from email account passwords to credit card numbers.

The BBB advises that you should do all of your important work on your home network and that you should set your computer to not automatically connect to wireless networks.

Breaking Into Jail?

           36-year-old Matthew Matagrano is a Yonkers, New York native that is facing charges such as: burglary, possession of forged instruments, larceny and promoting prison contraband. Officials say Matagrano was posing as a corrections officer to gain access into several prisons in New York, including the Manhattan Detention Center and Rikers Island. For at least a week Matagrano was using a stolen uniform and fake credentials to pose as an intelligence officer. Allegedly Matagrano was sneaking cigarettes and other contraband into the facilities.

Man in wheelchair robbed at Newport News convenience store

Surveillance Photo - NNPD

Surveillance Photo – NNPD

Newport News, Va. – Police are investigating after they say a customer in a wheelchair was robbed at a Newport News convenience store last week.

According to Newport News Police Spokesperson Harold Eley, it happened on Friday, February 1, 2013 shortly after 8 p.m. at the Mo’s Convenience Store, located on the corner of Warwick Boulevard and Old Courthouse Way.

Man shot during robbery in Newport News

Newport News, Va. – Newport News police are searching for two men wanted in a shooting and robbery. 

On January 15, 2013, at 6: 04 p.m., police responded to the Olde Towne Market located at 39th Street and Marshall Avenue to calls of a shooting.

Officers located a 26-year-old Newport News man suffering multiple gunshot wounds to his abdomen, hip, thigh, and ankle. The victim was transported to a local area hospital with reportedly non-life threatening injuries.  Wednesday morning, he remains in the hospital in stable condition. 

Police say the injured man was the victim of a robbery. Witnesses observed the shooting and indicated the victim was shot by a black male wearing all dark clothing. A second male went through the victims’ pockets, and both men ran away from the scene. The investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone with information about the shooting and robbery is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Woman accused of threatening to burn down parents' home

Woman accused of threatening to burn down parents' home

Newport News Police have arrested and charged a 33-year old woman for allegedly threatening to burn down her parents' home.

According to Holly McPherson, spokeswoman for the Newport News Police Department, on Friday around 10 p.m. officers arrived at the 600 block of Dorene Place. The police came in reference to calls of threats to burn down the house. 

After arriving, the homeowners told the officers their daughter, Kisha Jackson, came to pick up her children, but was upset. The woman threatened to burn down the house and placed a full gas can on the lawn.

The woman's father told her to leave and she retrieved the gas can and left in her vehicle. The police say alcohol was a factor in this incident

Police charged Jackson, of the 500 block of Collinwood Place, with misdemeanor assault and threats to bomb\burn. According to McPherson, the police arrested Jackson at her home without incident.

Newport News man arrested for murder

Newport News police say they have arrested a man for homicide.

Police have arrested and charged 20-year-old Joseph Thomas. 

Thomas was arrested around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning at his home in Newport News. Police believe Thomas shot and killed a 26-year-old, Brandon Johnson, in May of 2012.

Back then – police say they found Johnson lying on the sidewalk on Chestnut Avenue – near 22nd Street.

He died at the scene.

Police also say another man was shot – but he survived. Thomas is also being charged for wounding that man.

Two men shot in Newport News on 22nd Street and Chestnut

Update: Newport News mom charged after leaving four kids home alone

Newport News police have charged a woman accused of leaving her four children home alone.

Neighbors say there has to be a mistake.

Four children, all under the age of seven – left home alone.

The youngest was just six months old.

Police say their mother, 24-year-old Shante Payne, left them on their own inside her apartment.

Newport News police were called to the home on Garden Drive after a neighbor walking by heard a child crying through an open door.

Officers say Payne came back 20 minutes later and told them she had only been gone a few minutes. A neighbor tells NewsChannel 3 she thinks this is all a big misunderstanding.

Police charged Payne with three counts of child neglect, and one count of contributing to the deliquency of a minor.

The children were not hurt, and are being cared for by relatives.