Veteran’s Mental Health First Aid in Martinsburg

There are 12 additional vacancies in Veteran’s Mental Health First Aid in Martinsburg  on Friday, December 15 from 8-4.  This class comes with 8 hours of Nursing, Social Work, and Law Enforcement CEUs, and fulfills the WV state requirement for 2 hrs of veteran mental health training for social workers.  The class is free and open to the public.  Please contact Kija Wilson for details.  Thank you!



How to View and Remove EXIF Data

When you take a picture with your camera or phone, it records EXIF metadata, which you can later view in the image’s properties. You cannot stop EXIF metadata from being added to your photographs. You can prevent geotagging by turning it off in your camera or camera app. If your photo already has getotagging and you want to remove all of its EXIF data, there is a way to do it after the fact.

To view and remove EXIF data in Windows, first choose the photo or photos you want to remove the EXIF information from, then right-click and select “Properties.”

If you want to add metadata, you can select values and edit the “Details.” If you want to remove the metadata from your photos, then click “Remove Properties and Personal Information” at the bottom of the properties dialog.

The Remove Properties dialog allows you to make a copy of your photos with “all possible properties” removed or you can click “remove the following properties from this file” and then check the boxes next to each item you want to delete.

If you are trying to remove information in OS X, you’ll have to use a third-party software if you want to easily and completely strip the metadata out of your photos. However, you do have the option to remove the location data from photos in Preview. Open your photo, select “Tools” then “Show Inspector” or press Command+I on your keyboard. Then, click the “GPS” tab, and “Remove Location Info” at the bottom.

Most likely, there is a lot of other information that you probably want to remove as well.

Removing EXIF is a really good idea, especially if you’re like me and have privacy concerns. I would strongly recommend removing the geolocation information. It is really simple to stop geolocation data from ever being stored in your images by turning it off in Android and iOS to begin with.

ConnectSafely’s Summertime Tips for Online Safety and Security

ConnectSafely’s Summertime Tips for Online Safety and Security
Summer vacation usually involves hanging out with friends and playing games. However, an increasing amount of that free time is spent using computers and mobile devices ‒ social networking sites and apps allow young people to stay in close touch with classmates and family even from afar. But be smart, safe and secure and maintain control over who has access to your personal information.

Smart Socializing
Whether posting pictures on Snapchat, posing questions on or using any of the thousands of other social apps and sites where people love to share, Internet Safety Month is a good time to think about what you are sharing.

  • Share with care: Sharing provocative photos or intimate details online, even in private emails, can cause problems later on. Even people you consider friends can use the information you share online against you.
  • Be nice online: Or at least treat people the way you want to be treated. If someone is mean to you, try not to react, definitely don’t retaliate and use privacy tools to block them.
  • Be smart about pictures: It is fun to share pictures and, yes, they can sometimes be wacky. But you never know who might see them or how they might affect you in the future.
  • Avoid in-person meetings with people you don’t know: It is not necessarily bad to interact with strangers online, but be careful with what information you share and very careful (by letting someone else know or having someone accompany you) before agreeing to meet someone you do not know.

Here are more Social Web Tips for Teens and for Parents too. See NCSA’s newly created, research-based Privacy Tips for Teens.

The kick-off to summer brings increased Internet and mobile device use. STOP.THINK.CONNECT

The kick-off to summer brings increased Internet and mobile device use. NCSA has teamed up with ConnectSafely to help people of all ages to take security measures, understand the consequences of their behavior and enjoy the Internet!

“June is a great time to appreciate the warm weather and to consider how the season impacts our online lives. The Internet greatly enhances our summer experiences as we use technology to plan, enrich and share our activities,” said Michael Kaiser, NCSA’s executive director. “To support Internet Safety Month, we partnered with ConnectSafely, a leader in helping families online, and tapped their wisdom to help parents and kids learn solid online safety measures. NCSA also has some user-friendly STOP.THINK.CONNECT. tips for family travel and brides-to-be. With some smart practices, you can help protect yourself, your family and the extended online community while using the Internet with greater confidence.”

“ConnectSafely is pleased to be part of this campaign to help everyone – young and old alike ‒ have a fun and safe summer,” said Larry Magid, ConnectSafely’s CEO. “Besides ‘wear sunscreen to avoid overexposure to the sun,’ our advice this summer is to employ security tools to protect your devices and follow our simple tips to control your online exposure and minimize risks.”

Bader C. Giggenbach: Attorney in Morgantown WV

If you need an attorney, call:

Bader C. Giggenbach

Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
Phone1 (304) 291-5800
Fax: (304) 291-5829
Contact: Contact Me

Bader C. Giggenbach has practiced law in Morgantown, W. Va., since 1994. He practices primarily in the areas of employment, personal injury, family law, criminal defense, and commercial. He is a W. Va. licensed general contractor and has several businesses.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Plaintiff Personal Injury
  • Divorce/Family Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Criminal Defense
  • Driving Under the Influence, DUI
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Commercial Litigation

Cyberbullying Laws in West Virginia

Cyberbullying Laws in West Virginia

Bullying is behavior that may be punished under school policy (see below) and even criminal statutes, such as the following.

Criminal statutes

Stalking and harassment. Prosecutors may charge cyberbullying under West Virginia’s stalking and harassment law, as when the bully repeatedly bothers or threatens a victim in a way that causes reasonable mental or emotional distress, or reasonable fear of imminent injury.

Violation of this law carries a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, or both. However, potential fines and time behind bars increase when certain aggravating factors exist. Among such factors are prior harassment convictions and the crime taking place in violation of a restraining order. (W. Va. Ann. Code § 61-2-9a; for more on sentencing in West Virginia, see West Virginia Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences and West Virginia Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences.)

Unlawful telephone calls. Bullies may also face criminal charges for making unlawful telephone calls. This crime applies where someone makes telephone calls to a victim that are obscene, repeated, anonymous, or threatening toward the victim or the victim’s property. The crime of unlawful telephone calls may incur a fine of up to $500, up to six months in jail, or both. (W.Va. Ann. Code § 61-8-16.)

Unlawful computer communications. Conduct that would be criminal under the unlawful-telephone-calls law, but which occurs by way of computer or other electronic device, constitutes the offense of unlawful computer communications. This offense applies to other kinds of similar behavior, too. It carries a fine of up to $500, up to six months in jail, or both. Second and subsequent convictions incur up to $1,000 by way of fine, up to one year in jail, or both. (W.Va. Ann. Code § 61-3C-14a.)

School policies

West Virginia law requires that each county school board establish an anti-bullying policy for its schools. Each policy must contain several components. Among the necessary components are :

  • a definition of harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and a statement prohibiting such behavior
  • procedures for reporting, documenting, and responding to bullying incidents
  • procedures for protecting victims and people who report bullying, and
  • a disciplinary procedure for students who bully.

Board policies must appear in student handbooks, and in county board publications that set forth the rules and standards for school conduct. (W.Va. Ann. Code § 18-2C-3.)

Defenses to Criminal Charges

Depending on the circumstances, those who face criminal charges stemming from bullying accusations may be able to claim the following defenses or ones similar to them.

Free speech

Free speech (which includes words and related actions) is a fundamental, yet limited right under the United States Constitution. Examples of speech potentially constituting a crime are falsely yelling “fire!” in a crowded theatre and comments that may qualify as terrorist threats.

The line between protected and criminal speech isn’t always clear. In a given case, a defense attorney might have a legitimate argument that alleged acts of cyberbullying really constituted legitimate speech that’s protected under the Constitution.

Reasonable reaction

Some crimes require that the victim experience a particular reaction that’s reasonable under the circumstances. For instance, West Virginia’s criminal harassment and stalking law requires that the bully’s behavior cause the victim to feel fear or mental or emotional distress, and that the fear or distress be reasonable under the circumstances. So, if the victim was hypersensitive to behavior that wouldn’t have created the required reaction in a reasonable person, then a violation of the statute hasn’t occurred.

WV State Police Junior Trooper Program

Junior Trooper Program:

Junior Troopers must be age 14 – 17 and enrolled in school. They must be nominated by either a state legislator, county school superintendent, uniformed or retired member of the state police. Once nominated candidates must then submit an essay of 250 words or less on why they want to be a Junior Trooper.

The West Virginia State Police Junior Trooper Academy’s primary purpose is to provide to students, who are interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field, a hands-on view of the West Virginia State Police. Selected students will participate in activities similar to those experiences by a West Virginia State Police Cadet.

The West Virginia State Police Junior Trooper Academy is designed to familiarize students with the West Virginia State Police and the law enforcement /criminal justice community, through relevant classroom lecture and interactive, participatory programs. It is not a disciplinary, recreational or underprivileged camp.

The Junior Trooper Academy will be held at the West Virginia State Police Academy located at Institute, West Virginia, JULY 24 – JULY 28, 2017. Candidates must be between the ages of 14 and 17. Candidates must be nominated by one of the following: an employee of the WV State Police, a member of the WV Legislature, or the school superintendent of the county in which the candidate attends school. Nominees submitted by other persons will not be considered. Only one nomination may be submitted by each nominator. The candidate is required to submit a letter of request (250 words maximum) stating the reason they believe they should be selected to attend. This letter must accompany the nomination form. Nomination forms MUST be submitted by Friday, April 14, 2017. If accepted into the program, participants will be required to submit a sports physical by a physician.

West Virginia State Police , 725 Jefferson Road, South Charleston, WV 25309 (304)746-2107 fax: 746-2281