Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- Thousands of identities, personal information published in FBI-related hack - Jobs and email addresses of more than 23,000 people
- Caught 'off guard' by vaping craze, Berkshire schools doing more to educate - Students can be found in bathrooms with their e-cigarettes.
- Man in Keller identity theft ring used stolen cards to sell hotel rooms to pimps - Edwards stole more than 1,200 credit and and debit card numbers
- Overserving alcohol, fake IDs remain problems in Five Points - Number of bars over-serving alcohol to students remains a problem.
A nonprofit organization affiliated with the FBI confirmed that hackers breached the web servers of multiple chapters and published the names and addresses of hundreds of law enforcement personnel and thousands of other people online.
The hacked materials, which were released late last week and obtained Sunday by NBC News, include names, job descriptions, email addresses and, in some cases, street addresses of more than 23,000 people in multiple databases. More than 1,000 of the email addresses belong to the FBI.gov domain and the domains of other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
In 2017, 16.6% of surveyed Berkshire County students had used e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days. This year, that number is up to 24.8%. Across the county, educators are grappling with how to reprimand students who vape in schools while also getting them help for the nicotine addictions that are interfering with their learning.
Every two years, the Berkshire Youth Development Project conducts a Bach Harrison Youth Survey — it's sponsored by Berkshire United Way and other groups — on Berkshire County students to assess substance abuse and health risks among the county's youths.
A Lewisville man who stole more than a thousand credit and debit card numbers was sentenced on Monday to nearly five years in federal prison.
Odis Edwards, 40, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud in January.
Edwards stole more than 1,200 credit and and debit card numbers via the darknet and internet chat rooms. He and several others who are charged in the case used counterfeit cards to book more than $250,000 in rooms and incidentals at hotels around Dallas-Fort Worth, authorities said.
While the amount of crime has gone down in the Five Points area, Columbia Police said the number of bars over-serving alcohol to students remains a problem.
Data released by the department shows 27 people committed a violent crime in 2017 in the bar district. That number went down to 20 in 2018. The number of car break-ins has also gone down. In 2017, 73 people were cited for breaking into cars. That number dropped to 43 last year.