Petkov claims online innocence

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

TRENTON — The long-running tensions on Detroit Street continue as Jennifer Petkov faces court hearings to determine if a personal protection order was violated, and denied to local police authorship of Facebook postings aimed at a dying girl.

Two days after an Oct. 18 arraignment in Wayne County Circuit Court on allegations that she violated a personal protection order, Petkov visited Trenton Police to report that several accounts on Facebook were using her name against her will.

Petkov presented police with printouts showing at least six different accounts listed under the name “Jennifer Petkov,” according to a report. She told police she does not have an account with the social networking site but wanted the incident documented because she was worried that someone might think the accounts were being operated by her.

Although the Facebook printouts were accepted by the department, police reported that the case is closed and there will be no further investigation.

A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 20 regarding allegations that Petkov violated a personal protection order obtained by Rebecca Rose, the grandmother of Kathleen Edward, an 8-year-old girl dying of Huntington’s disease.

Petkov caught international attentions two years ago when it was revealed she posted altered images on Facebook of Detroit Street neighbors Kathleen and her mother, Laura Edward, who died at age 24. Petkov served seven days in jail for violating a no-contact probationary order given after she plead guilty in February to assault and battery for attempting to run down a neighbor with her vehicle. The sentence included 18 months of probation, during which prosecutors allege that Petkov had continued contact with the neighborhood.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)

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