The associated Press has reported the arrest of bricklayer Lorenzo Garcia, 28, in connection with the rape and murder of Carolina Bruts, 23, in Puerto Maya. Atty. Gen. Francisco Alor reported that Garcia confessed to spying on Bruts, and breaking into the apartment she shared with her boyfriend when she was alone.
Some media mistakenly set grisly scene in PA resort
Posted 8/27/10 by Waco Kid and Pelican Paulie
SECURITY AT WORK at the main gate of resort area.
The Puerto Aventuras resort was erroneously identified last week by the media in Mexico, Germany and the United States as the scene of a gruesome mid-August rape and murder. While a homicide did occur nearby in the community of Puerto Maya, across Highway 307 between Lapis and the main road into the Poblado, the crime scene is removed from the gated resort area of Puerto Aventuras where security is stringent, said Colonos General Manager Armando Rincon.
He said the homicide is not a reflection on the resort which has excellent security. “It is unfortunate that some reports identified the Puerto Aventuras resort as the scene of the crime, when in fact it occurred outside the resort,” Rincon said.
The Associated Press and several other news sources in Mexico, identified the victim as 23-year-old Carolina Brust, a biologist from near Frankfurt, Germany, who had recently moved to Mexico and had been living with her boyfriend, reportedly a diving instructor in Playa del Carmen, for about a month.
Her nude body was found in the blood-soaked apartment in what several newspapers said was located in “Puerto Maya in Puerto Aventuras.” Various other reports from the German Press listed the site of the homicide as being in Playa del Carmen or “the Riviera Maya near Cancun.”
The body was found by a neighbor. The victim had suffered multiple stab wounds, some to the neck and hands, indicating a struggle with the killer (s). Some reports quoted investigators, including Q. Roo state Assistant Attorney General Rodolfo Garcia, as saying it was possible the homicide might be the work of more than one person because of its grisly nature.
Subsequently, six men, some reportedly working as bricklayers on a nearby project, were questioned, including the boy friend. Three men allegedly were found with blood on their clothing or person and were detained. Latest reports indicate the police have a suspect. Garcia said the boyfriend was questioned but no charges filed. Local reports indicate the apartment had been broken into previously and items stolen but police said there was no evidence of forced entry just prior to the murder.
Subject: Warden Message: Suspension of Mexicana Airline Flights
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2010 10:26:52 -0500
United States Consulate Merida
August 28, 2010
Mexicana Airlines (Nuevo Grupo Aeronautico, S.A. de C.V.) has announced that, effective at noon, Saturday, August 28, 2010, Mexicana Airlines will suspend all flight operations until further notice. The suspension applies to all Mexicana, MexicanaLink, and MexicanaClick flights. All flights scheduled to depart after this time will be cancelled indefinitely.
In a press release on the company’s website, www.mexicana.com, the airline pledged to assist passengers to the best of its abilities. Passengers who have already flown a leg of their journey are advised to consult the company’s website for further information. The company notes that priority assistance will be provided to “minors traveling unaccompanied, passengers traveling with children under age 3, and special needs passengers.” Individuals who have not yet begun their journey on one of the Mexicana airlines are recommended to make alternative travel arrangements.
The Department of State advises all travelers with reservations on Mexicana, MexicanaLink or MexicanaClick to consult the company’s website for additional guidance and contact information for the airline. Passengers who may become stranded in the middle of their journey and who require assistance beyond that provided by the airline should contact their nearest Embassy or Consulate. While the U.S. Government cannot provide immediate repatriation assistance, it can assist with alternate arrangements as appropriate.
For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Mexico, please contact the U.S. Embassy or the closest U.S. Consulate. The numbers provided below for the Embassy and Consulates are available around the clock. The U.S. Consulate in Merida serves the three Mexican states of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan. Below is the contact information for the US Consulate and the three Consular Agencies located in Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen.
U.S. Consulate Merida
Calle 60 #338K X 29 Y 31,
Colonia Alcala Martin, C.P. 97050.
U.S. Consular Agency in Cancun
Plaza Caracol , third floor, No. 320-323, Boulevard Kukulcan, km. 8.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
011-52-998-883-0272 (direct dial from the U.S.)
202-640-2511 (Vonage dialing from the U.S.)
01-998-883-0272 (dialing from outside Cancun but within Mexico)
883-0272 (dialing from within Cancun)
011-52-998-883-1373 (fax dialing from the U.S.)
U.S. Consular Agency in Cozumel
Plaza Villa Mar en el Centro, Plaza Principal, (Parque Juárez between Melgar and 5th Avenue) 2nd floor, locales #8 and 9,
Cozumel, Quintana Roo.
011-52-987-872-4574 (direct dial from the U.S.)
202-459-4661 (Vonage dialing from the U.S.)
01-987-872-4574 (dialing from outside Cozumel but within Mexico)
872-4574 (dialing from within Cozumel)
Fax dialing from the US: 011-52-987-872-6662
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen
“The Palapa,” Calle 1 Sur, between Avenida 15 and Avenida 20,
Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo
011-52-984-873-0303 (direct dial from the U.S.)
202-370-6708 (Vonage dialing from the U.S.)
01-984-873-0303 (dialing from outside Playa Del Carmen but within Mexico)
011-52-984-873-0481 (fax dialing from the U.S.)
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is located at:
Paseo de la Reforma 305
06500 Mexico, D.F.
Tel : ( 01-55 ) 5080-2000
Fax: ( 01-55 ) 5525-5040
From the U.S.:
Recreation, leisure issues top
September 11 Colonos meeting
Posted 8/27/10 by Pelican Paulie Recreation and leisure activity top the Colonos meeting scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11, with the first quorum call at 9:30 a.m. followed by a second call at 10 a.m. in the Colonos meeting room. Of seven agenda items, three deal with recreation and/or leisure: Item 4 concerns a presentation and discussion on continuing efforts to create and site a children’s playground; item 5 is a presentation by the sports and cultural committee and item 6 a discussion on beach access.
hareholders wishing to participate must register at the Colonos office on either Sept. 6, 7 or 8 bringing proof of ownership of home, land or condo. Owners can participate via a proxy that must present a simple proxy document valid for the date of the meeting (Sept. 11) and signed by two witnesses. The proxy must also have copies of I.D. documents of the proxy and the grantor.
Also on the agenda are approval of financial statements, appointment of tally and quorum clerks, a presentation on the garbage recollection and separation program, the perennial discussion of the beach access issue and designation of a recording secretary to write the minutes.
From staff and other reports
YOUNG RUNNERS inadvertently form a pyramid during last year’s run walk event.
THE SLOW SEASONhas arrived and Cafe Ole has closed for a month or so and a new restaurant called “Mango” has opened at the former Richard’s establishment…There is unconfirmed hearsay that Gringo Dave’s has been sold but Dave has been retained for a year to run it. Giving that hearsay some flesh is an ad that has Gringo Dave’s house for sale…The third annualPuerto Aventuras 1, 5 and 10 Km road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 28. A $50 peso fee must accompany registration prior to the 4 p.m.deadline Saturday, Nov. 27. Non-runners are welcome to sign up for a walk, as usual. More reminders later…
Posted o8/16/10 by Pelican Paulie
The Colonos has released a list of 55 property owners and various associations that are delinquent in fee payments totaling $1,773,926.57 MXP, or $31,129.11 USD. As in the case of condo associations whose budgets are put at risk by deadbeat owners, infrastructure progress on a Colonos scale is also impeded by non-payment of expected revenue. Condo associations that are not up to date in payments suffer a double whammy since they also lose an offered 10 percent discount by the Colonos for those associations that pay on time. In some cases in the list, there is only a construction fee in arrears although the construction is completed, said Colonos Manager Armando Rincon. He said that while the delinquencies pose some serious budget problems, maintenance work is progressing on street signs, street patching and other maintenenace necessities, albeit with financial difficulties.
This comes at a time when the Mexican press is reporting considerable slowdown in the national tourism season along the Maya Riviera, reportedly down by some 15 percentage points or so by some counts. Another press report says “for sale” signs are popping up in the Cancun Hotel Zone as results of economic doldrums and fear of what is reported as encroachment of criminal activity from the city of Cancun to the hotel zone. Also impeding a healthy economic climate via tourism was the cancellation of Mexicana Airlines flights to Cancun, the press has reported.
As to the delinquent fees Condo Esmeralda Association, for example, and as a result of an extra effort on the part of its vigilance committee, has been able to free itself of the stigma of being on the list, thus saving 10 percent of its payment that can now be applied to building maintenance needs, improvements or other fixed costs.
The list, as presented by the Colonos: