Ten convicted in attempted killing of slugger David Ortiz
A Dominican court convicted 10 people involved in the 2019 attempted killing of former Red Sox baseball star David Ortiz, authorities confirmed on Tuesday. Two men, including the alleged shooter Rolfi Ferreyra Cruz, were each sentenced to 30 years in prison by Santo Domingo’s First Collegiate Court. Three other defendants were acquitted due to insufficient evidence, including Víctor Hugo Gómez Vásquez, who was accused of planning the attack.news.yahoo.com
Dominican Republic rejects criticism of Haitian deportations
The Dominican Republic said it “profusely rejects” criticism of its crackdown on Haitian migrants from a growing number of countries and human rights agencies. Dominican authorities have ramped up border enforcement and deportations of Haitians, saying such actions are crucial to national security amid intensifying turmoil in the neighboring country due to a gang blockade of fuel supplies and a cholera outbreak. In September and October alone, deportation figures shot up by about 50%.news.yahoo.com
Dominican drug lord pleads guilty in US federal court
A powerful drug lord from the Dominican Republic known as “The Abuser” pled guilty to drug trafficking charges in U.S. federal court, authorities said Monday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico said César Emilio Peralta Adamez was accused of importing cocaine into the United States for a decade. Authorities said he led a Dominican-based drug-trafficking organization that imported tons of drugs from Colombia and Venezuela to Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland.news.yahoo.com
Developing late season storm to deliver nasty week of weather
An unusual and impactful late season storm developing north of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico – designated Invest 98L – will gradually organize over the next several days and slide westward toward Florida, bringing dangerous seas, widespread coastal flooding and beach erosion, gusty squalls, and the potential for heavy rain to a wide stretch of Florida’s Atlantic coast starting Tuesday into Wednesday.
Police say campaign signs have been found booby-trapped with razor blades
Political signs in southeastern Pennsylvania have been found booby-trapped with razor blades, police said. One resident sliced their fingers while trying to remove a campaign sign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro from their property.news.yahoo.com
Dominican Republic cracks down at border amid Haiti chaos
As Haiti rapidly spirals into chaos, its island neighbor, the Dominican Republic, has responded with crackdowns on migrants and a military buildup the government claims will “guarantee border security.” On Sunday, Dominican President Luis Abinader announced the country’s biggest purchase of military gear since 1961 – six helicopters, ten aircraft, 21 armored vehicles and four anti-riot trucks. Haiti’s crisis has been exacerbated by the 2021 assassination of ex-Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and gangs have gained increasing power in confronting a weak government.news.yahoo.com
Hurricane Fiona now a Category 3 with top winds of 115 mph; two tropical depressions could form this week
In addition to Hurricane Fiona, which is now a major Category 3 hurricane, National Hurricane Center forecasters also are tracking a disturbance that is expected to approach the Caribbean. It has been given a 40% chance of developing into a tropical depression this week.sun-sentinel.com
Strengthening Hurricane Fiona lashes Dominican Republic after pummeling Puerto Rico
A strengthening Hurricane Fiona was over the Dominican Republic early Monday as its rainbands continued to deluge Puerto Rico, where rain could total up to 20 inches. Fiona, the third Atlantic hurricane of the season, is forecast to become a major Category 3 hurricane by midweek with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.sun-sentinel.com
Fiona enters the Caribbean, hurricane watches hoisted for Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic
The center of Tropical Storm Fiona passed over Guadeloupe – part of the chain of islands flanking the northeastern Caribbean – last night, bringing heavy rains and gusty winds, at times reaching nearly 60 mph, while hurricane watches went up this morning for Puerto Rico and portions of the Dominican Republic as the storm tracked westward into the eastern Caribbean.
Dominican president bars Haitian ex-leader from his country
The president of the Dominican Republic has barred Haiti’s former interim prime minister — who is now an aspiring presidential candidate — from entering the country, a move that further heightens tensions between two nations that share the island of Hispaniola. The order against Claude Joseph that was signed Wednesday by Dominican President Luis Abinader also bans 12 Haitian gang leaders from entering the country. It comes as Haiti is becoming increasingly unstable following the July 7, 2021, assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse.news.yahoo.com
In 1871, the US almost acquired the Dominican Republic. President Ulysses S. Grant hoped that 'the entire colored population of the United States' would move to the island.
Concerned about the future of newly-emancipated Black Americans, President Grant saw the Dominican Republic as a place where they could live freely.news.yahoo.com
Fatal boat trip highlights Haitians fleeing violence
Haitians are fleeing in greater numbers to the neighboring Dominican Republic, where they step onto rickety wooden boats as they attempt to reach Puerto Rico — a trip in which 11 Haitian women drowned this week, with dozens of other migrants believed missing.
Henri continues to dump rain on the Northeast while there are two disturbances to watch
Henri dumped record rainfall on New York City and surrounding areas in the hours before landfall Saturday night. An outer band related to then-Hurricane Henri was enhanced by a strong upper-level low-pressure system to the west to produce the torrent that fell in some areas.
Grace weakens to tropical depression; Tropical Storm Fred gains strength in Gulf
South Florida largely dodged Fred, which could now strengthen back into a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico, but we’ll be carefully watching Tropical Storm Grace as it moves its way in this direction in the coming days.
What’s left of Fred is heading back over water – Florida still has to pay attention
As expected, Fred’s circulation was ripped to shreds by the tall mountains in the Dominican Republic and Haiti last night. What’s left of it has moved out over the Atlantic near the eastern tip of Cuba. The question is, can it recover? And if it does, how quickly?
Tropical Storm Fred forms just south of Puerto Rico, Florida in cone of concern
Tropical Storm Fred officially became the sixth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season late Tuesday night as it strengthened and became better organized while moving south of Puerto Rico. The center of Fred is now just south of the eastern Dominican Republic.
Timely bunt rallies Japan past DR in 9th in Olympic opener
Kai Takuya drove in the tying run with a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt, Hayato Sakamoto followed with a game-ending, bases-loaded single and the Japanese rallied from three runs down in the ninth inning to beat the Dominican Republic 4-3 in the Olympic baseball opener.