Colombia Nabs FARC Commander, New Paramilitary Chief

first_imgBy Dialogo March 23, 2010 Colombian authorities captured Saturday in separate operations in the country’s northwest one of the principal leaders of the new paramilitaries and a commander of a FARC guerrilla front, officials said. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe confirmed the capture of Luis Deiber Duran, alias “Morcilla,” head of a paramilitary group known as “Los Urabeños,” in a police operation in Cordoba province. “This morning he was taken prisoner by the National Police in a spectacular intelligence operation. The police proceeded with great skill, so that when they got to the place, they made it impossible for him to get away,” the president said. Uribe added that the arrest took place in a rural area of the municipality of Pueblo Nuevo in Cordoba province. He also recalled that during his government he has made sure, when he received crime reports from citizens, to make the criminals visible, as happened in Duran’s case. “When they began to tell us about the ability of this bandit to harm citizens with drug trafficking, extortion and murder, we made him visible, we denounced him before the citizenry, before the Attorney General’s Office. He often escaped, but the bandit finally falls in the trap,” he said. In another operation, the army nabbed Ruben Dario Ortiz, alias “Moncholo,” chief of Front 47 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in a hamlet in the municipality of Granada in Antioquia province. Moncholo is accused of 23 years of “criminal activities” with Front 47 of the FARC, which has its area of influence in the Antioquia municipalities of Sonson, Argelia, Nariño and San Francisco. “This terrorist is considered a high-value target by security forces and has an arrest warrant out for crimes against humanity, forced disappearance and illicit recruiting,” an army communique said.last_img read more

Naples man claims he broke into home because alligators were chasing him

first_imgA Naples man is behind bars for breaking into a home after claiming to have committed the crime because alligators were chasing him.The homeowner called police after he found 30-year-old Bryan Berkley in his kitchen.At the scene deputies found Berkley breaking into a work truck in the driveway, causing hundreds of dollars in damage to brochures promoting the truck owner’s business.When questioned, Berkley told police he was being chased by alligators and was trying to get a drink of water.He was taken into custody and booked into jail.Deputies also believe Berkley is responsible for damage to a pool cage and screens at another home on the street.He is facing felony charges of Burglary and Grand Theft, and two misdemeanor charges of Criminal Mischief.last_img

20th Annual ‘Chocolate Extravaganza’ adds more Scholarships

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich— There wasn’t an empty chair in the room over the weekend, as chocolate lovers satisfied their sweet tooth’s. Trinity Episcopal Church hosted their annual ‘Chocolate Extravaganza.’ This year marks 20 years that the church has hosted this event to help raise funds for students who want to continue on with their education.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Today’s ‘Photo of the Day’ sent in by Mike DotschNext Photo of the Day for Monday, February 11last_img