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Popular Puerto Viejo nightclub Johnnys Place closed indefinitely following weekend shooting

first_imgThe incident happened a day before Costa Rica’s National Police posted a press release on its website titled “Police reinforce vigilance in the southern Caribbean of Limón,” indicating that an alliance with a local tourism board and residents will lead to the installment of 11 new security cameras at Playa Cocles, Manzanillo and Puerto Viejo.It also noted that the Public Security Ministry and Tourist Police opened a new three-story station in Cocles to “reinforce vigilance in several of the more frequented beaches of the southern Caribbean.”The plan also includes two new patrol vehicles, new all-terrain vehicles donated by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) and 10 new officers, who will double street patrols of south Caribbean communities and beaches at night and in the early morning. They will “confront criminals who usually attack properties in isolated and hard-to-reach areas,” the report states.“The situation has improved considerably, and we believe the police now have more resources, and we support those efforts that benefit us all,” the release quotes Jorge Molina, president of the local tourism board, as saying.In the past few years, increases in robberies, home invasions and violent attacks in the southern Caribbean, coupled with a shortage of police resources and manpower, have prompted local hotel and business owners and residents to rally behind community policing and victims assistance initiatives. Local community members have been working tirelessly to lobby for more cops, security cameras and patrols. They also help victims, including tourists, file criminal complaints and put the word out on social media when crimes occur.But the shooting at Johnny’s wasn’t in an isolated area – it was right next to a police station. In a posting on a southern Caribbean community Facebook group, some residents complained that police officers just 20 meters away failed to quickly respond to the emergency, allowing the perpetrator to flee.One alleged witness wrote: “Last night, 1:30 in the morning, Johnny’s is full, inside shots are heard, many, they don’t stop, we all run out, I reach the police, and a wounded victim arrives, too. 4 officers attending to him [the victim], shots continue, I ask the police officer who’s holding a machine gun, aren’t you going to see who’s shooting??? NO. The officer goes back into the police station…..Meanwhile, a car leaves at a high speed … and runs over someone … I go back to the police station….the 4 cops are still there….I tell them, you know they just ran someone over??? Yes, we’re leaving now….30 minutes later they leave….”Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean zone isn’t alone in facing increasing crime. A report on Monday by Teletica’s Álvaro Sánchez noted that assaults, robberies and home invasions are up across the country, on par to reach the highest numbers since President Laura Chinchilla took office four years ago on a platform to improve public security. The story even cites a store owner in Santo Domingo de Heredia, Germán Azofeifa, who has been attacked and robbed 30 times in the last five years. Johnny’s Place, a beloved institution in the southern Caribbean beach town of Puerto Viejo known for its reggaeton and R&B DJs, has closed following a shooting early Sunday morning. Club owner Johnny León says it might be for good.“No one died this time, but I don’t want to be caught in a crossfire again,” León said. In the early hours of Sunday morning, a man pulled out a gun and opened fire inside the bar, wounding five people, according to Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigative Police (OIJ).The victims were named as Ditier Castro, 21; Darcy Zaira Romero, 47; Raul Enrique Moraga, 24; Carlos Vaz Mcleod, whose age wasn’t specified; and his mother, Icylin Mcleod.Some of the wounded piled into a car and headed for the nearby Hone Creek Clinic, in Talamanca. On the way, their car struck pedestrian Andrei Medrano, a private security guard who now is in critical condition at the Calderón Guardia Hospital, in San José. The five shooting victims were taken to Tony Facio Hospital in Limón, where they are in stable condition, according to OIJ spokesman Marco Monje.The shooter fled the scene, and police did not immediately make an arrest. Monje said the apparent motive for the shooting was personal problems between the suspect and one of the victims. When the first shot was fired, León said he was serving drinks, and along with many of his terrified patrons, he got down on the floor. His wife, Argerie Guido, was behind the register, and his son José Joaquín was working behind the bar. When the shots stopped, José Joaquín turned on the lights, and the family waited about 30 minutes for police to show up, León said.Only two policemen were on duty in the area, according León, who said he spoke at length with police officers and provided them with videos from security cameras. Based on those videos, police identified the suspect, León told The Tico Times.León also learned from police that the shooting allegedly involved members of rival gangs from Cahuita, a town located 16 kilometers north of Puerto Viejo.Until recently, many of the shootings in the area have taken place in the street, not inside businesses, León said. “We haven’t slept well since then,” said Guido, León’s wife. “We are really worried about the safety in the area.” A shiny new police station in Playa Cocles, on the southern Caribbean coast. Courtesy Public Security Ministry Facebook Commentscenter_img Johnny’s has long attracted locals and travelers with its reggaeton and hip-hop DJs. Photo from Facebook No related posts.last_img read more

It is the harsh reality of the NFL Players come

first_imgIt is the harsh reality of the NFL.Players come, players go. Friends — good friends — become separated, opponents even.Well, there will be a good friend missing when the Arizona Cardinals make their 2013 debut Friday at Green Bay.For the first time since 2000, Adrian Wilson will not be on the field. There will be no No. 24.And sure, five months have passed since his release in March, and the team has had six weeks of offseason work between minicamp and OTAs plus another two weeks of training camp without Wilson, yet him not being around remains very strange to many of the veterans. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Oh man, it’s unbelievably odd,” said Larry Fitzgerald, who is now, along with Darnell Dockett, the longest-tenured Cardinals player. “A-Dub was one of my closest — if not closest — friends on the team. Being with a guy for nine years and spending so much personal time with him off the field, it’s just been an adjustment. It’s an unfortunate part of our business, but it happens. “I talk to him all the time. He’s happy in New England. He has a chance to go out there and compete for an AFC Championship. He’s excited about that, but it’s still different.”Different. It’s the word Calais Campbell used to describe not seeing Wilson in the locker room.“That’s the guy that’s been around my whole career, but I know he’s in a good place and he’s happy,” Campbell said. Karlos Dansby spent his first six NFL seasons teaming with Wilson on the Cardinals’ defense. Now back in Arizona after three years in Miami, he can’t help but think what might have been if Wilson were still around.“He helped build this organization. It’s hard not to see his face around because he’s been the face of this organization for a long time,” Dansby said. “I hate that they had to part ways at the time they did, especially with my return. It would’ve been sweet to have him in the locker room with me, just to relive some of those moments and try to get back to some winning football here in Arizona. It’s tough not having him around, but that’s part of the game.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   It is. Change is inevitable, especially in the NFL.Wilson was one of 25 veterans from last year’s 5-11 team to leave in the offseason.“I wish him the best,” Campbell said. “I hope to see him in the Super Bowl. I know that’s why he went to New England, so he could get a chance at a Super Bowl. I hope to see him there and play against him and compete for it.” – / 13last_img read more