https://ift.tt/2IkNwlF May 15, 2018 MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican journalist was killed on Tuesday in the southern state of Tabasco on the Gulf of Mexico amid deepening violence in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters. Juan Carlos Huerta, a news radio host, was shot dead by armed men as he drove […]
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican journalist was killed on Tuesday in the southern state of Tabasco on the Gulf of Mexico amid deepening violence in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters.
Juan Carlos Huerta, a news radio host, was shot dead by armed men as he drove from his home in the state capital of Villahermosa, authorities said. The attackers escaped, officials said.
Huerta had started his own radio station several months ago, two of his colleagues said.
“In the case of Juan Carlos, he was a leading communicator in his field … and I can say it, a friend. I am deeply saddened,” Tabasco state Governor Arturo Nunez told reporters.
Nunez said roads leaving the capital had been closed as part of attempts to catch the perpetrators.
So far this year, at least four journalists from states marred by worsening violence and the presence of criminal gangs have been killed in Mexico. Last year, 12 reporters were killed, according to free-speech advocacy group Article 19.
Article 19 has said Mexico is the most dangerous country in Latin America for journalists, with the number of killings similar to war zones like Syria.
A proliferation of violent criminal gangs drove the number of all murders in 2017 to more than 28,000, the highest in records going back to 1997.
The spike in violence has battered the popularity of President Enrique Pena Nieto and contributed to support of leftist presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who leads public opinion polls ahead of elections in July.
(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Michael O’Boyle; editing by Grant McCool)
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Mexican investigators say two European cyclists did not die in an accident as first claimed – they were murdered.
The bodies of Holger Hagenbusch, from Germany, and Krzysztof Chmielewski, from Poland, were found at the bottom of a cliff in Chiapas state.
Local authorities had said the pair appeared to have fallen after losing control.
However, relatives and fellow cyclists suspected it was more sinister, and had called for a deeper investigation.
The newly appointed special prosecutor, Luis Alberto Sánchez, said, on Friday, that they were killed in what appears to have been a robbery.
“Our investigations up to now indicate this was an intentional homicide,” he said.
Chmielewski’s body was found first, 40 metres below the road, on 26 April.
Hagenbusch was found eight days later – on 4 May – further down the ravine, but beneath the same road that runs between Ocosingo and San Cristóbal de las Casas in the country’s far south.
The regional attorney general in Chiapas, Arturo Pablo Lievano, originally said there was no evidence of bad intent and everything pointed to an accident. He said they may have been run off the road by a vehicle.
However, Hagenbusch’s brother, Reiner, told the German press he believed they had been killed and there had been some sort of attempted cover-up.
After travelling to Mexico to identify his brother’s body, he also found out information about the Polish biker.
“The Polish cyclist was decapitated and had a foot missing,” he wrote on Facebook.
Investigators now believe that the pair were assaulted on either the 19 or 20 April.
Chmielewski sustained a head injury that may be a gunshot wound, said Mr Sánchez.
His body was found next to a bike – but it was not his own. It belonged to his German companion, which aroused suspicions.
Talking to BBC Mundo, Mr Sánchez said the assailants were probably trying to cover their tracks. “Those that did this wanted to make it appear like an accident, so they put the bike there, but they made a mistake and used the German’s bike,” he said.
Who were the cyclists?
Krzysztof Chmielewski, 37, was a Polish citizen and had been travelling the world by bike for three years.
He had visited 51 countries and in the last year he had been to Canada and the US, before arriving in Mexico. He was planning to continue south all the way to Argentina, and had almost made it to Guatemala when he was killed.
Holger Hagenbusch, a 43-year-old German, was also an experienced cyclist. He had been to 34 countries and had been travelling by bike for four years, according to his blog.
The pair had not set out together, but their paths had crossed in Chiapas.
Mr Sánchez told the BBC: “We think that they were travelling short distance from each other, maybe one was assaulted first … and then the second one arrived and they were both captured.”
He said some of their belongings were missing.
“It was very premature to call this an accident. The bike [belonging to the German] did not show signs of having been in a traffic accident,” he added.
Cyclists pay tribute
On 6 May, people from nearby San Cristóbal de las Casa walked, with their bikes, to kilometre 158 on the highway where the two men were found.
They carried a bicycle that had been painted white – a symbolic gesture used worldwide for cyclists who die while riding – and called for justice for the pair.
Rainer Hagenbusch posted his thanks on Facebook.
Mexico is struggling to tackle a rising murder rate.
It experienced its most violent year in 2017 with more than 25,000 murders, according to official figures.
It is the highest annual tally since modern records began. Organised crime accounted for nearly three-quarters of those deaths.
Police in Cape Breton say they have found the body of a 48-year-old woman believed to have fallen through the ice while cross-country skiing.
They say a Cape Breton Regional Police dive team found the woman’s remains in Waterford Lake at 10:40 a.m.
They say her identification will be confirmed through the medical examiner’s office, and that foul play is not suspected.
Several agencies were involved in the search for the woman from New Victoria, including the local volunteer fire department, a hazmat team and Cape Breton Ground Search and Rescue.
Police were initially called at 9 p.m. Saturday when the woman did not return home, prompting a late-night search by patrol and K-9 officers.
Durham regional police say the man used the site Plenty of Fish, with the profile name “VINCY1969,” to meet and befriend at least two women between September and November 2017. Continue reading →
PICKERING, Ont. – Police say a 48-year-old man from Pickering is facing charges after he allegedly defrauded people he befriended through an online dating site.
Durham regional police say the man used the site Plenty of Fish, with the profile name “VINCY1969,” to meet and befriend at least two women between September and November 2017.
Police allege the man would promise the women discount prices for merchandise and would request an email money transfer, but his alleged victims didn’t receive the products as promised.
A 48-year-old Pickering man is facing charges for defrauding his victims of cash after meeting them through an online dating site. https://t.co/jGgxQIhnGJ pic.twitter.com/GJICI1Uco5
— DurhamRegionalPolice (@DRPS) April 5, 2018
Investigators say two women have contacted police to report the alleged fraud.
Police say 48-year-old Hugh Odel Brian Gilbert has been charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000.
They say the investigation is ongoing and police want to ensure there are no further victims.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Philadelphia police are still searching for those responsible in the fatal shooting of a Temple University student on Saturday night. Officers found Daniel Duignam, a 21-year-old student at Temple’s Fox School of Business, shot multiple times shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Temple University Confirms 21-Year-Old Student,…
PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Philadelphia police are still searching for those responsible in the fatal shooting of a Temple University student on Saturday night.
Officers found Daniel Duignam, a 21-year-old student at Temple’s Fox School of Business, shot multiple times shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Philadelphia Police Homicide Capt. John Ryan said during a press conference on Monday that Duignam called 911, telling the dispatcher he couldn’t breathe.
When police arrived on the scene, they found the apartment ransacked and no forced entry. Ryan says they believe Duignam knew who was inside the apartment with him at the time and that money was taken from his apartment.
“We’re looking for anyone who might have information,” said Ryan.
Police say there are currently no suspects.
“On behalf of everyone at Temple, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to Daniel’s family and friends at this tragic time. They are in the thoughts and prayers of us all. The death of a member of Temple University’s community takes an enormous emotional toll on all of us,” Temple University President Richard Englert said in a statement.
Those that knew Duignam have taken to social media to send condolences.
The 21-year-old student was from Tatamy, Pennsylvania, about 55 miles north of Philadelphia.
Duignam’s grandfather was the former mayor of Tatamy.
In a post on the Tatamy Borough’s Facebook page, current Mayor Christopher Moren called his death a “senseless tragedy.”
“I am beyond heartbroken to let you know that one of our own has fallen to a senseless tragedy. Dan was the grandson of former Mayor Luke Duignam. I cannot imagine their pain and sadness,” said Moren.
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A policeman who killed his ex-girlfriend when she yelled at him for cheating and making “the other woman” pregnant, will be sentenced next week.
State advocate Gugu Shange on Thursday argued in the Pietermaritzburg high court that Constable Vuyani Brian Welcome should be given a higher sentence than the prescribed minimum of 15 years, which is applicable in the matter as the murder was not planned or premeditated. She said that as a policeman, his job was to protect, not kill.
Welcome has explained in a guilty plea how he killed Zanele Sibiya, who was also a police officer, on August 19 last year in Estcourt.
He said he was involved with two women, neither of whom knew he was cheating on them. In February 2017, Sibiya fell pregnant, but later had a miscarriage.
The next month, his other girlfriend fell pregnant. In August Sibiya found out about the other woman. She was furious, so he dumped her.
The fatal confrontation happened when she came to meet him at a bar. He got into her car.
“The conversation between us started off politely but soon became very uncomfortable. She brought up the fact that she had lost our baby and now another woman was pregnant with my child. She was very angry and began screaming at me, indicating that I am a terrible person who used her. I tried defending my actions but she was not prepared to listen. She continued shouting until I reached a point when I could no longer take it.”
Welcome drew his firearm and shot Sibiya once in the head. He said when he realised she was dead, he began to panic. He drove the vehicle to a nearby embankment where he abandoned it. He then got a lift to the bar and picked up his car. He was arrested later that day.
His attorney, Lauren Marais, said his sentence should be less than 15 years because he had a clean record, admitted guilt and the murder happened on the spur of the moment.
The parents of education expert Professor Graeme Bloch have been found tied up and murdered in their Cape Town home on Saturday.
Rosalie Bloch, 84 and Aubrey Jackson, 94, were discovered at about 09:00 by a relative who went to fetch them.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said the provincial detectives were investigating a case of murder and house robbery following the incident.
No arrests have been made.
The ANC expressed its shock and sadness at the “brutal, callous and cold-blooded killing” of Bloch’s parents. Bloch is married to former politician Cheryl Carolus.
“We strongly condemn the cowardly act visited on the defenceless and elderly. It is disheartening to note that we still have amongst us, those who are determined to trample on other people’s right to live driven by selfish and cruel intentions,” ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said in a statement.
He urged law enforcement agencies to work hard in their quest to ensure that the couple’s murderers were caught and that they face the full might of the law.
Mabe also called on all South Africans to act in concert to ensure that criminals had nowhere to hide.
“We express our sincere condolences to comrades Graeme Bloch, his wife and fellow activist comrade Cheryl Carolus and the Bloch family on their untimely loss.
“The ANC wishes Rosalie Bloch and Aubrey Jackson eternal peace,” he said.
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