Texan murdered in Los Cabos was in error, his ex-girlfriend is implicated

Translated by Fulano from an article in BCS Noticias.

La Paz, Baja California Sur – This Monday, based upon the investigations by the state attorney general, it was reported that the 20-year old man, originally from Texas, was the victim of an attack planned by his former girlfriend, who erroneously believed that the American had kidnapped her daughter, so she planned the attack with her relatives.

The dead man, identified as Ismael Álvarez Terrazas, originally from Texas, USA, and who was beaten to death after being tied up and tortured for hours by relatives of his ex girlfriend, Militza Salas Salinas, who confessed being the intellectual author of the murder.

According to information published by El Jitomatazo, Tuesday afternoon, May 10, Militza Salas made a date with the victim at her home to speak with him, as the woman believed he was the main suspect in having kidnapped her 15 year old daughter.

When Ismael Álvarez Terrazas went to his ex-girlfriend’s home, he was surrounded her relatives, Víctor Tolentino Salas, Amadeo Rentería Salinas and Víctor Salinas and another person identified as Ángel Alain Meza Vega. They gagged and tortured the young American, hoping he would give them the location of the missing adolescent.

However, as the Texan had nothing to do with her disappearance, the attackers continued beating him harder and harder, including with golf clubs.

After leaving him unconscious from the beatings, those responsible saw he was no longer breathing, so they put him in the vehicle he came in, and dumped him at kilometer 116, near the Diamante Motel, where his body was found the next day, May 11, 2016.

According to the autopsy, the cause of death was brain injury and a fracture of the skull, caused by a heavy object.

Days after the murder, Militza’s daughter was found and said she was at a friend’s house and had nothing to do with Ismael.

When the police questioned Salas Salinas, she ended up confessing she was the intellectual author of the crime, as she thought the dead man had taken her daughter.

She also identified the people who had helped commit the murder, and described the details of how it occurred.

Pitched battle in Akumal: 100 injured

Translated by Fulano from an article in Jornadabc.mx.

Cancún, Quintana Roo, May 30, 2016 – A demonstration to try to free up the access to the beach in Akumal Bay (66 miles south), which was taken over by a group of businessmen, turned into a pitched battle which left townsfolk, police and private security guards injured, meanwhile patrol cars, palapas and businesses were burned.

The event happened around 7PM on Sunday, when at least 80 inhabitants of the Akumal community took the road to the bay to recover the beach access. In the zone, security guards from the Akumal Ecology Center attacked the demonstrators, who repelled the aggression.

After the confrontation in the town, around 100 people were injured, including minors. Some homes and automobiles were stoned and there was an unknown number of people arrested and missing, which could be up to 100 persons, according to the National and International Commission of Human Rights Organizations.

Rejects demands for “a piece of the action” from government from charitable donations

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Vigia.net.

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A representative of a charitable association has asked all the candidates vying for Mayor of Ensenada, that in the next administration they do not demand forced contributions to them in return for letters to allow donations of toys and other charitable items from the United States to pass through customs tax free.

Pastor Albert River Colón, president of Agape Misión Mundial, A.C., complained to El Vigía that he has had to pay these forced bribes when he asked for help from legislators, the municipal Department of Family Services, Ensenada councilmen, and even some of the candidates.

“We have had problems with the officials at all levels of government, federal, state and municipal. We ask them to give us a letter to bring the donations through customs. The problems is that many agencies place conditions on these letters. They tell us, “I can give you a letter to bring in the donations if you give me 50% of the donations.”

“Some say 30%, 15% or 20%, depending upon the official. We are asking as a non-governmental organization and we ask to not be treated like this. We are helping the community, and not taking any federal, state or municipal funds. We are helping the shelters, rehabilitation centers and old age homes,” he said.

They give us the squeeze

Rivera Colón urges that they be given the letter free, as besides from making them feel bad, it creates a problem with the sponsors in the United States, as they cannot prove they have delivered the donations. The letters are sent to the administrator, which confirms the charitable associations are legal and this can bring in more donations.

“If it turns out we have to give 50% to the municipal or state Family Services Department, or Sedosol, or a councilman, I cannot very well prove or work. It creates a lack of credibility from our United States donors.”

“Another thing we are asking is that no councilman, deputy or the Department of Family Services or the Social Development, communicate with out United State’s donor,” he said. They end up calling them directly asking for donations from themselves.

Soriana accused a retarded man of stealing US$1.15, and he spent 20 days in jail

Translated by Fulano from an article in Zeta Tijuana.

Erick Javier Najar Montaño, a 32-year old mentally handicapped man went in to branch of Soriana, located in Colonia Ciruelos, in the Coyoacán district of Mexico City, last April 20.

The man took two apples and a drink. However, as he was headed to the cash register to pay for the merchandise, an employee blocked him and accused him of stealing a total of US$1.15.

The man accused of robbery, who can only write his name, and cannot read, and who has the mind of a 9 or 10 year old, was forced by the Public Minister to sign a declaration where he confessed being guilty of the crimes, said the newspaper Reforma.

The newspaper reported that the man took two apples, one for him and the other for his girlfriend, however, as he had no place to put the fruit, he put it inside his backpack, then walked to the refrigerators to get a drink.

Inside the store’s storeroom, according to what was reported in the case file FCY/COY-2/00398/16-04, the man was beaten by store security personnel, they took him out the back door and put him into a police patrol vehicle to take him to the Public Minister.

At the Public Minister, Soriana did not seek an agreement to pay, in spite of the fact the $1.15 of merchandise never left the store.

“The merchandise was never stolen, the apples and the drink went out the back door and never to the cash registers. In addition Erick Javier was going towards the cash registers when he was beaten,” explained Félix Piceno, the accused’s lawyer.

For the presumed robbery, he spend more than 20 days in the Men’s Center for Psycho-social Rehabilitation.

The defense lawyer said that Criminal Judge 31 did not authorize his release, in spite of the fact psychological examinations performed demonstrated his mental incapacity.

The accused’s defense had asked for the store videos, but the attorney for Soriana argued that they could not show them, as they were erased by the security camera system.

“Far from the handicapped problem Erick has, he a very intelligent, a man who works and studies, helped by his aunts and uncles at home,” said Rosa Elena Amador, who knows the accused, to the Mexico City news media.

The only family Javier has are his aunts and uncles and his grandmother, as his father abandoned the family eight years ago and his mother went to the United States, from where she never returned.

Lack of public services makes Popotla an unhealthy location

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

 

ROSARITO, Baja California – The lack of public services in the restaurant zone of Popotla, makes this tourist location an unhealthy site, as there are constant complaints of sewage and grey water discharges into the ocean. In addition, food waste and fish cleaning remains are tossed like garbage into the water.

On the social networks are circulating videos which show a man throwing food discards at the shoreline, and waiting for the waves to take the garbage, with no control over this.

Workers in the location who asked to remain unidentified, say this is a common practice, as they have the idea that the marine life will consume the viscera from the fish they clean there to be sold or cooked.

They say it is impossible to throw all these discards into the trash and wait for a trash collection, as the discards decompose rapidly and fill the area with bad odors.

In this respect, the president of the National Chamber of the Restaurant Industry (Canirac) in Rosarito, Rosario Castillo, said that because this area in Popotla is an illegal settlement, there is no supervision and the handling of restaurant waste is uncontrolled.

He said that the sea water is contaminated from these practices, even if a large part of the garbage tossed into the ocean is eaten by local sea life, the food chain is contaminated and the degree to which it is affected is unknown as there are no official studies on it.

He said that for example, restaurants which are regulated must have grease traps in their pipes and pay to dispose of garbage, among other regulations that must be complied with to avoid contamination.

Tourist bus with Japanese and American tourists stoned in Tijuana

Translated by Fulano from an article in Diario Tijuana.

TIJUANA, May 14, 2016 – Japanese and American tourists who were traveling in a passenger bus had the scare of their lives when attacked as the bus they were travelling in was stoned by a person (apparently acting alone) who fled after two rocks broke the windshield.

Librado, the driver of the Ticketon bus No. 515, said that two rocks thrown with force hit the windshields which broke and left the driver with no visibility. Meanwhile, the 18 passengers in the bus screamed terrified. The driver kept control of the bus and stopped a few meters ahead.

This happened at 1:40PM this Saturday, at the intersection of calle Segunda and Madero, a few steps from the vehicle access to San Diego.

The Japanese and American citizens took photographs of the incident and demanded to leave Mexico as soon as possible, said the bus driver, who later presented himself to the Public Minister to file a complaint for property damages and attempted injuries.

La Paz police were ambushed

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.

LA PAZ, Baja California Sur, May 13, 2016 – For more than a half-hour, state preventative police and members of organized crime had a gun battle in a commercial zone of La Paz, Baja California Sur. In the attack this morning, there were at least two dead and four people wounded, according to diverse sources.

The battles started between calle Himno Nacionaly and the Transpeninsular Highway in colonia Diana Laura Riojas, where presumable armed men traveling in a white Volkswagen Jetta blocked circulation of another vehicle in which state preventative police were travelling, and the shot repeated at them.

The police, seeing it was an ambush and were outnumbered by the criminals, called for support from their companions who arrived in minutes, as many were near the location. The battle became heavier, causing students in basic level schools nearby to take refuge under their classroom desks.

The criminals tired to flee the  location of the attack, and the police caught them one block away, between a hotel and a propane gas store in colonia El Progresso, where two of the attackers were killed and three more were injured, all police officers.

Due to the traffic generated daily on the Transpeninsular Highway, being one of the main highways in La Paz, reinforcements were delayed several minutes, and the police cordoned off all the access routes to prevent civilian traffic.

Pedestrian routes between Tijuana and San Ysidro will change on July 15, 2016

Translated by Fulano from an article in Journadabc.mx.

Tijuana, May 12, 2016 – Starting on July 15, the pedestrian crossing from San Ysidro to Tijuana, which has operated for decades and has become a traditional point of reference for Mexicans and foreigners will be moved to the El Chaparral installations, and the traditional access which was next to the Sentri lane will be used only for entering Mexico, said Mexican and United States authorities in a joint bulletin.

The crossing, which has a daily flow of 25,000 people in both directions, will modify the daily environment in the areas were dozens of shops have been located for years and which have provided a living for entire generations. Pedestrian traffic will be moved to a high crime area located in front of the northern part of Plaza Viva Tijuana, which now is frequented by those importing and residents of colonia Federal, and people who live in the Tijuana River Channel.

“The governments of Mexico and the United States are pleased to announce that the Western Pedestrian Access (PedWest) at El Chaparral-San Ysidro will start to process northbound pedestrian traffic starting on July 15, 2016,” it was reported.

Travelers who are going to the United States can cross at the Western section of the El Chapparal, and access the new pedestrian building, as well as the installations at the new Multi-modal Transport Center on Virginia Avenue in San Ysidro, California it said.

It was explained that eventually the El Chaparral crossing will process southbound pedestrian traffic , and will include a the Tijuana Multi-modal Transportation Center.

“Mexico and the United States will continue to work jointly to finish the expansion, modernization and processing capacity of the El Chaparral-San Ysidro port of entry, the largest on our common border and in the Western hemisphere. More than 50,000 vehicle and 25,000 pedestrians cross the border daily in both directions, uniting the communities of Tijuana and San Diego in a vibrant bi-national regions,” indicated the press release.

Mexican police are one of the worst in the world, even worse than African countries

Translated by Fulano from an article in Zeta Tijuana.

Mexican police are evaluated among the worst in the world in performance and effectiveness, and that included placing them below African countries, reported the World Internal Security and Police Index 2016.

According to the report, the diagnosis prepared by the International Association of Police Sciences, placed Mexico in 118th place of the 127 countries evaluated for capacity. processes, legitimacy and results of security institutions.

The rating Mexico received places it below countries like Sierra Leone, Zambia, Liberia, Tanzania, Guinea, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Mexico is rated higher than only nine countries, such as Venezuela, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Pakistan, Uganda and Nigeria.

The worst evaluation for Mexican police was in the area of legitimacy, and it is ranked 125th of the 127 countries evaluated, the two lower countries were Congo and Pakistan.

The countries with the best evaluations in the study were: Singapore, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Germany and Australia.

Regarding the ranking of Latin American countries, the worst were Mexico and Venezuela, and Venezuela is facing an economic and political crisis.

Meanwhile, the best Latin American countries were Uruguay and Chile.

According to the index, Mexico has doubled it police forces in the last 30 years, but even so it is placed in the lowest levels for performance and effectiveness.

The study measures legitimacy according to indicators of due process and confidence levels. “Legitimacy is a way to understand how the public views security providers, especially the police, from a favorable point of view,” said the report.

“With a high score in legitimacy, it is not likely to have civil disturbances caused by dissatisfaction with security forces. Meanwhile, a low score indicates such dissatisfaction is a significant risk factor, even when the security forces have adequate resources and effectiveness,” warned the report.

 

Tourists visiting Los Cabos complain of hospital prices, US Consulate issues an alert

Translated by Fulano from an article in BCS Noticias.

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La Paz, Baja California Sur (BCS). – In the Los Cabos municipality, American tourists have filed complaints against hospitals in the tourist resort, mainly for their high prices and not displaying their prices in public, as because of this the State Department has issued an alert for Americans who visit or live in that area of Baja California Sur.

The United States Consulate in Tijuana reported that in recent years it has received numerous complaints from American citizens related to hospitals and clinics which have charged excessive fees or which provide bad medical attention.

“We urge visitors to obtain as much information as possible on the clinics and medical personnel if they are considering medical procedures or surgeries, and when it is possible, patients should travel with a relative or some other responsible person,”  recommends the consular site.

Also, by means of the alert issued, the consulate is asking its personnel and official visitors to abstain from going to medical installations which do not appear on the prepared list of public and private institutions.

Some of the complaints the consulate site has documented are linked to hospitals that keep patients without providing medical attention until they pay and even take their passports.

Foreigners also say that some hospital centers change their feed, charge more, fail to provide details of the charges and offer cash to ambulances to bring them patients.