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June 2019 Blog Posts (7)

Counterfeit Booze May Be What's Killing People in Dominican Republic

Of the 10 Americans who have mysteriously died during their trips to the Dominican Republic in the last year, nine showed symptoms commonly associated with methanol poisoning. Now, both Dominican authorities and the FBI are looking into a counterfeit alcohol as the possible culprit.

The nine victims died from either pulmonary edema, the medical term for fluid in the lungs, or of a heart attack. At least four of them had drunk an alcoholic beverage at resorts in Punta Cana, Santo…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 30, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Sen. Schumer Calls on ATF to Investigate Dominican Republic Deaths

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is asking for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate recent deaths of Americans vacationing in the Dominican Republic.

Schumer on Sunday (6/30) said the agency should look into the deaths of at least eight Americans who died in the Dominic Republic this year,…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 30, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Search extended for N.J. couple who vanished in Barbados

Officials on Friday (6/28) said the search for a New Jersey couple who went missing in Barbados after heading out on a jet ski…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 29, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Update on Derrick Keller, Houston Native Wrongly Jailed in Thailand

Derrick's only crime was playing a part in promotional videos.

“He has produced as evidence the contract he signed. He has provided the script he was supposed to read. He has produced financial records from the U.S. showing he has no money,” Derrick's Dad, Dana Keller told Fox 26 in Houston. 

Derrick Keller’s trial is set forJuly. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 30 years.…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 26, 2019 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Arkansas Med School Grad Missing in Mexico

A man from northwest Arkansas has gone missing while celebrating his graduation from medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico, according to his friends and family. Jessy Pacheco, who also attended the University of Arkansas — Fort Smith, was last seen Saturday, CBS affiliate KFSM-TV reported.

Pacheco's family fears he has…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 22, 2019 at 10:21am — No Comments

Tourists Urged to Stop Sharing Vacation Pics

Law enforcement agencies have warned holidaymakers not to post holiday snaps on …


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 22, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

U.S. Citizen, Navy Vet, Faces up to 30 Years in Thai Prison on Bogus Charges; Media and U.S. Government Shrug

I just got off a Skype call with the family of Derrick Keller, a U.S. Navy veteran who has spent the past year in a jail cell in Thailand because, two years earlier, he was hired to perform in a promotional video for a business that turned out to be crooked.

The only thing more frustrating than this is the wilful lack of attention demonstrated by Derrick's representatives, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and most of the media. With the exception of KHOU -- Houston's CBS affiliate --…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 18, 2019 at 11:24pm — No Comments

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