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Wednesday
Dec072011

Tyler Clementi's Family Starts Foundation to Discourage Cyber-Bullying

Students pay their respects on October 01, 2010 to first-year student Tyler Clementi, 18, who killed himself shortly after being filmed and broadcast over the Internet during a gay encounter, at Rutgers Univeristy in New Brunswick, New Jersey. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(RIDGEWOOD, N.J.) -- The parents of a young suicide victim whose death sparked a national conversation about bullying hope to create something positive from the tragedy.

The parents of Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman who jumped from the George Washington Bridge after his encounter with another man was allegedly streamed online by his roommate, have started a foundation in his name to discourage cyber-bullying.

In a statement the Clementis say they were devastated by Tyler's death 15 months ago and want to help "reduce the anguish" of those who are tormented because of their sexual orientation.

Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him. He is scheduled to go on trial in February.

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Friday
Oct142011

Trucker Pulls License Plate Switcheroo to Evade NY/NJ Bridge Tolls

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A suspected toll evader employed James Bond-style tricks to skip tolls on the George Washington Bridge, using a device to switch the plates on his truck to avoid paying the $65 toll, according to the Port Authority Police Department.

Nelson Vaquiz, 36, of Beaverdam, Va., allegedly had a retractable front license plate that he activated before entering an E-ZPass lane on the bridge Saturday morning.  He did not have an E-ZPass device, which would have allowed him to be charged electronically.

“He had a cable hooked up to his license plate so when he drove up to the toll he was able to pull that particular cable up [and] hide his license plate from the E-Z Pass camera,” said Deputy Chief Keith Walcott of the Port Authority Police Department.

Vaquiz also bent up his rear plate so it couldn’t be read by cameras, police said.  He was arrested and charged with eluding the toll, trying to elude police officers and possession of burglary tools, Walcott said.

Vaquiz was released on bail and his truck was impounded.

Police said he went through the E-ZPass lane on the New Jersey side of the bridge with a truck carrying pipes at 6:35 a.m. Saturday.

A Port Authority police officer saw Vaquiz’s license plate drop back into place and ordered him to pull over, but he didn’t, Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico said.  Other officers forced him to stop before he could go over the bridge and into New York, Marsico said.

Tolls on the George Washington Bridge were increased last month, leading to an outcry from motorists, particularly those who drive larger vehicles that are typically assessed higher fees.  Cash tolls for a five-axle truck rose from $40 to $65, and will increase to $105 on Dec. 6, 2015.

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Wednesday
Sep292010

Victim of Secret Dorm Sex Tape Posts Facebook Goodbye, Jumps to His Death

Photo Courtesy -- Tyler Clementi | Facebook.com(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, 18, posted a goodbye message on his Facebook page before jumping to his death after his roommate secretly filmed him during a "sexual encounter" in his dorm room and posted it live on the Internet. Items belonging to Clementi were found by the George Washington Bridge last week, according to authorities.  Clementi's post on his Facebook page, dated Sept. 22 at 8:42 p.m., read, "Jumping off the gw bridge sorry."  Clementi's body has not been recovered, but police have pulled an unidentified male body from the Hudson River just north of the bridge.  Paul Mainardi, the attorney representing the Clementi family, released a statement confirming Clementi's suicide.  Two students, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, have been charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy after allegedly placing a camera in Clementi's room and live streaming the recording online on Sept. 19, according to a written statement by New Jersey's Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan.  Both Wei and Ravi surrendered to police. Wei has been released on her own recognizance and Ravi posted $25,000 bail.  Lawyers for both Wei and Ravi did not respond to messages left by ABC News.

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