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Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012

September is Ensenada's most violent month in six years

The 10 deaths registered in Ensenada this month are the most in six years, Frontera reported. It said there were five deaths in September 2011 and 47 for the year. It said there were five violent deaths in September 2010 and 40 for the year. It said there were four in September 2009 and 37 for the year. In 2008, there were six for September and 63 for the year. There were eight in September 2007 and 57 for the year. There were six deaths in September 2006 and 49 for the year. The paper did not say how many had died so far this year.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
Officials worry that deaths could affect tourism. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

Father-in-law of Ensenada mayor's son slain

Update, Sept. 22: Marijuana found growing at dead man's home

The father-in-law of one of Ensenada Mayor Enrique Pelayo's children was slain in his home Wednesday after returning from a round of work. Authorities said robbery may have been the motive in the death José de Jesús López, 72, in the Valle Dorado subdivision. He owned the transportation business Grupo Turístico De las Dunas and was the father-in-law of Pelayo's son, Enrique Pelayo Navarro.
Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, Agencia Fronteriza de Noticias.

Update, Sept. 22, 2012: Authorities said 19 marijuana plants were found growing at the slain man's home. An autopsy found he had not been using the drug and that he his skull and face had been fractured and that he had received major blows to the chest and abdomen. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012

Mexico to let go 65,000 state and local police following background checks

Interior Minister Alejandro Poiré said Mexico is going to let go 65,000 state and municipal police following checks on their background that found them to be unfit for office. He said checks were performed on 180,000 of the nation's 430,000 state and local police and found 115,000 to be fit to be police.
He said the process of letting the police go would take at least a year.
He made the statement during an appearance in Washington with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Story in Frontera (PDF).

Head of Tijuana police district, 3 other police fired for alleged extortion

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Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

PRI legislator stabbed to death in Nezahualcóyotl in Mexico state

Update, Sept. 22: Wife detained, suspected of stabbing husband to death

jaime serranoInstitutional Revolutionary Party state legislator Jaime Serrano Cedillo was stabbed to death Sunday in Nezahualcóyotl. Serrano had begun serving in the Mexico state legislature on Sept. 5. He is a former president of the PRI in Nezahualcóyotl.
Story in Frontera (PDF).
On Friday, a PRI legislator-elect was shot to death in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora.

Update, Sept. 22: Serrano's wife, Patricia Grimaldo de la Cruz, 47, has been detained. She is suspected of having stabbed him to death during an argument. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

17 bodies dumped at Jalisco-Michoacán border

Seventeen bodies were dumped at the Jalisco-Michoacán border Sunday. Authorities said the bodies were removed from several vehicles at Ejido Modelo in the Tizapán el Alto municipality in Jalisco state. The vehicles then took off. Story in Frontera (PDF).

Insecurity Barometer records 6, or is it 7, violent deaths for Tijuana during previous week

Frontera's Insecurity Barometer for Tijuana had six violent deaths for the week ending Sept 16. It also reported 33 vehicle thefts and 45 cases of drug possession.

The number of deaths appears low, as two stories at the bottom of the Insecurity Barometer page list seven deaths.
Insecurity Barometer page, Frontera (PDF).

Publication date Violent deaths in Tijuana by week according to Frontera's Insecurity Barometer
Sept. 17 6*
Sept. 10 9
Sept. 3 0
Aug. 27 2
Aug. 20 4
Aug. 13 2
Aug. 6 0
July 30 3
July 23 1
July 16 4
July 9 2
July 2 page did not run
June 25 4
June 18 3
June 11 5
June 4 3
May 28 9
May 21 3
May 14 2
May 7 3
April 30 6
April 23 0
April 16 page did not run
April 9 6
April 2 7
March 26 1
March 19 3
March 12 0
March 5 9
Feb. 27 5
Feb. 20 2
Feb. 13 1
Feb. 6 1
Total 106 — does not include January, or weeks ending April 15 and July 1

* The six deaths listed appear to be low as two stories mentioning seven violent deaths ran at the bottom of the page.

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