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Mexicali had 21 violent deaths in July, making it the deadliest month in the Baja California state capital in six years, Frontera newspaper reported. Mexicali, with 102 such deaths so far in 2012, is on track to have its most violent year during the six-year period, the paper said. It had 17 homicides in June and 16 in May. Story, Frontera (PDF).
According to stories in El Mexicano and Frontera newspaper, a mother of two adolescent girls was deported from the United States to Tijuana, and then apparently drank heavily and allegedly proceeded to beat the girls. The girls were reported to have been born in the United States and therefore U.S. citizens. The girls, 13 and 15, then left to live with an acquaintance of the mother, apparently doing housework at first but then told to perform sexual acts to help their new household out economically. The household kept half of the 400 to 500 pesos ($30 to $37) the girls received, Frontera newspaper reported. Six people were arrested for human trafficking in the case, the paper said, including Lorena "La Happy" Martínez Espinoza, 29, and husband Jorge Arturo García Estrada. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
El Mexicano gave the story sensational front-page play, while making no mention that the regional federal electoral tribunal had made a major ruling against the paper's director in his uphill legal battle to become an Institutional Revolutionary Party senator for Baja California.
Ten complaints have been filed against federal highway police in southern Baja California for alleged extortion attempts, El Mexicano newspaper's San Quintín page reported. The area where the police patrol is around the Rubén Jaramillo community in the Camalú district of the municipality of Ensenada.
Félix Remedios Olivas, 50, in charge of the K-9 team and the DARE program that educates primary school students to stay away from drugs, was shot to death in Chihuahua city, the capital of Chihuahua state. He was traveling in a pickup, while his killers were traveling in a Hummer, media reported. Two bricklayers were wounded when they tried to see what was happening. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
The downtown Mexicali port of entry was shut for four hours Tuesday after a businessman and his nephew were shot in a Honda Pilot while waiting in line to cross the border into Calexico. Authorities told Frontera newspaper that accounting firm owner Oswaldo Guillermo Reyes Mora,
67, and his nephew Genaro
Benjamín Zamudio Urias, 32, were wounded by a .22-caliber gun. Also in the vehicle was a woman identified as
Yadira "N", who had been kidnapped on Nov. 28, 2011 and released 25 days later after payment of a ransom, the paper said. She had been kidnapped by a group of men outside the building housing Grupo Empresarial
RM, which Frontera said is owned by by Reyes Mora. El Mexicano identified her as Reyes Mora's stepdaughter. Frontera said Reyes Mora was hit twice in the left shoulder and Zamudio Urias twice in the right shoulder and also was shot in the right hand. Yadira "N" was not hurt, Frontera said. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Update, Aug. 2: Car used by gunman stolen in Los Angeles in December. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Five police were killed in Veracruz state while stopping an attack on government workers carrying to pay out grants under the Oportunidades antipoverty program. The police were from Tlachichilco in the
Chicontepec sierra in the north of the state.
Meanwhile, authorities reported that they had killed five alleged members of an organized crime group and detained four others in the outskirts of the city of Veracruz.
Story in Frontera (PDF).
Update, Aug. 3: Five arrested in deaths of five police. Story in Frontera (PDF).
World Bank report on the Oportunidades program (PDF).
A building used for the Sierra Madre edition of El Norte newspaper in San
Pedro Garza García was burned by an armed group on Sunday. The group poured gasoline into the building in Nuevo León state and set it aflame. The 12 employees inside escaped; one employee was cut by glass while fleeing the building.
On July 10, the building for La Silla edition in Monterrey and the Linda Vista edition in Guadalupe were attacked with grenades and gunfire. The La Silla building was previously attacked on Sept. 20, 2010 and Jan. 10 and March 31, 2011. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Frontera's Insecurity Barometer for Tijuana had three violent deaths for the week ending July 29. It also reported 30 vehicle thefts and 27 cases of drug possession.
Insecurity Barometer page, Frontera (PDF).
|Publication date||Violent deaths in Tijuana by week according to Frontera's Insecurity Barometer|
|July 2||page did not run|
|April 16||page did not run|
|Total||83 — does not include January, or weeks ending April 15 and July 1|
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