Venezuelan salsa singer Oscar D’Leon is booked for a concert at the Hard Rock Live in Blue Mall. The concert will be on Friday, 15 January 2019. The also talented sonero and accomplished bass player, promises to perform his best hits, including “Lloraras,” “Ven morena,” “El manicero,” “Sonero,” “Yo quisiera,” among others.
Auditions for the reality show Dominicana’s Got Talent begin this month in the National District. The show seeks to discover hidden talents in musicians, singers, actors, magicians among other performers. The local version of the leading international reality is conducted by Nashla Bogaert, and the producers are her husband David Maler and Gilberto Morillo and Tuto Guerrero.
The program will be televised over four month period, with 16 episodes of 120 minutes each airing from September to December 2019 on Channel 9, Color Vision.
As reported, the auditions start on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 at 8:30pm at the Haz Tu Vida Bar, located on Av. Gustavo Mejía Ricart. The second audition will be on Wednesday, 30 January at 8:30pm at Casa de Teatro, a third on Wednesday, 6 February at Studio Theater of Acropolis Mall at 6pm. Other auditions are set for 1, 8, 15 and 22 February at Comedy Club from 7 to 9pm.
With most of the Dominican population overtly or covertly wanting them to break the 50 year curse and win the championship, the Estrellas moved ahead and now are just one game from the covetted victory. Playing to a full house at their home stadium in San Pedro de Macoris on Tuesday, 22 January 2019, the Estrellas defeated the Toros del Este 3-0. With the standing now 4-1 in the first-to-win-five-games-playoffs, the Estrellas just need to win on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 at the Francisco Micheli stadium in La Romana to realize their dream.
Patricio Veras, the owner of the Cerantra oil recycling plant in West Santo Domingo near Los Alcarrizos said the company was not in operation when an explosion caused the death of four men on 15 January 2019. Judge Francisco Contreras is leading the investigations. On Tuesday, 22 January 2019, Patricio Veras was interrogated by members of the specialized prosecution service of the Ministry of Environment.
José Alberto Adames (Canelo) aged 20 has been shot and killed by the National Police who were looking for him. Adames is accused of shooting and injuring two police officers from Boca Chica.
A major and a first lieutenant from the National Police were shot by Canelo whilst looking for him as he supposedly had a history of criminal activity such as robbery, assault and homicide.
Following the incident Canelo issued a video saying that he would hand himself into the police but he was found before he could and killed in Los Solares de Villa María en Pantoja.
He said on the video that he wanted to leave his family in peace as they had nothing to do with what had happened and he knew why the police wanted to kill him. Others did not know, he said, but he did.
In the last day or so at least five people have been killed and several injured in traffic accidents around the country, in four of the fatalities, motorcycles were involved.
Wilber Sanchez Puente, aged 17 was killed on the road between El Seibo and Pedro Sanchez when his motorcycle collided with a car.
Rafael Soto Mirabal died in an accident on the elevated section of Luperon Avenue with 30 May, and his son was injured.
Two young people, Adalberto Espinal Serrano and Joan Manuel Fana died in an accident involving two motorcycles and injured in the same accident were their passengers, Alexandro Bruno Ciprian and Gina Sarante and finally Rosa Mari Almonte Ozaria died when the motorcycle driven by her boyfriend crashed on the road to Ramon Santana from Santo Domingo.
In the last five months the Dominican Armada (Navy) has impounded 154 boats that were being used for illegal journeys to Puerto Rico and rescued or arrested 911 people. Of those rescued 854 were Dominican, 45 Haitian, 6 Venezuelan, 4 Chinese, 2 Americans, one Italian and one Brazilian. In total 36 people have appeared in court in connection with the Illegal Traffic of Migrants of whom 28 are captains and the rest are journey organizers. Following court appearance 26 were sentenced to preventive custody awaiting trial and 10 have to make periodic appearances and are out on bail.
Of the 154 boats involved, 60 were not properly registered, 37 were registered (but the owners did not have authorization to leave port), 16 were Haitian owned, 26 were fiberglass, 12 were canoes, two speedboats and one semi-submersible.
The figures are based on illegal journeys carried out in the last five months from 23 August 2018 to 21 January 2019.
Due to increased surveillance of the areas of the coast from where the boats usually departed, there is now a new route leaving from Peravia province, even though it is much further to Puerto Rico from there.
The Public Prosecution Agency has confiscated several kilos of drugs, different assets and firearms from Robinson Olivares Núñez (el Compa) along with others accused of being in a supposed network of drug dealers that was operating in the National District and Santo Domingo province. Those accused along with El Compa, are Ramón Domingo Hurtado Camilo, Margarito Mejía Aquino, Ángel Rafael Lluberes Belén and Alejandro Juan Brazobán Bautista, and a judge has handed down one year of preventive custody as well as declaring the case to be complex to allow more time to gather evidence for the case. They were all sent to jail in La Victoria.
The assets confiscated included a commercial center, vehicles and other properties valued at more than RD$400 million along with RD$600,000 in cash.
32-year old Colombian drug lord Julián Alberto Jiménez Monsalve (Machete) captured on Saturday, 19 January 2019, by Dominican authorities was living in a luxurious mansion in Punta Cana, posing as a prosperous Venezuelan cattle rancher. The head of the Grupo Delincuencial Organizado Robledo of Medellín was deported to Colombia on the same day he was captured.
Jimenez Monsalve is thought to be responsible for around 40 murders along with drug dealing in his home country, from where he escaped from authorities in 2015.
Now it is known that “Machete” is one of the most sought after criminals in the Valle de Aburra in 2018, and had been living in the Dominican Republic for some time. He was supposedly here legally. He had been issued an identity card (cedula) and driver’s license in the name of Venezuelan David José Mateo. The Central Electoral Board (JCE), that handles the civil registry in the country, said it would investigate how he obtained the fraudulent identification documents.
Media reports say that from the Dominican Republic, he continued his life in crime, directing operations in Colombia and Central America and was in close communication with Mexican drug cartels.
According to the mayor of Medellin, Federico Gutiérrez, his capture was a result of a coordinated effort involving Dominican and Colombian authorities. As reported, Machete’s arrest occurred during an operation led by the Policía Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá of Colombia, in conjunction with the Dirección de Inteligencia Policial (DIPOL), with the backing of the Colombia Attorney General Office, INTERPOL and Dominican authorities.
The capture of “Machete” is the latest in a series of arrests of individuals from foreign countries who have set up residence in the Dominican Republic and are linked to organized crime and drug dealing. These including José Luis Díaz Sosa (Piru) from Puerto Rico, captured in November 2018, Canadians Kenny Joseph Pasacal Maheu and Denis Desputeaux who were arrested in June last year for drug dealing and Carlos José Gascon González, alias “El Gocho” who was a Venezuelan drug lord and hit man and he was arrested in December 2017.
The new president of the National Drug Control Agency (DNCD), Vice Admiral Félix Alburquerque Comprés has ordered changes across the agency including in central departments, regional offices, as well as the ports and airports around the country. In addition, he has ordered that all of the Army, Armada and Air Force agents who were working for the DNCD in different areas to leave the agency and return to their respective institutions to be replaced by new personnel.
The DNCD heads of the international airports at Las Americas (Santo Domingo), Punta Cana, Santiago, and Puerto Plata have all been removed as well as the regional heads in San Francisco de Macoris, La Romana, Santiago and Puerto Plata cities. Other changes are of personnel in the areas of administration, investigation, intelligence and operations. The whole DNCD department in Bani has been transferred.
According to the new president, the changes are routine, to ensure the improvement in response faced with the current level of criminal activity.
The changes come after a respected Police colonel was murdered in a drug surveillance operation on 8 January 2019 in Baní.