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WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao - Early this morning the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard intercepted two go-fasts with approximately 50 Venezuelans who were trying to enter the island illegally.

This action took place in the Fuik area, on the south-east side of the island.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Friday May 26th at approximately 09:35 p.m. a police patrol and paramedics were sent to Delta Mart Gas Station in Dutch Quarter to investigate a case involving a man that was leaning against the wall of the building and was bleeding.

On the scene the patrol and paramedics encountered the victim who after been checked by paramedics seemed to have suffered tow stab wounds to his back from which he was bleeding.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As promised the French Traffic Authorities and Police Department held a joint traffic control on Wednesday May 24th between 04:00 p.m. and 06:00 p.m.

The location of this control was at the round about on Union Road- Cause Way Bridge and the border at Bell view.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Prosecutors Service has decided, on basis of the preliminary evaluation of the case, that the National Police (Landsrecherche) will not be investigating the police officer who was involved in a possible threat-case as reported earlier this week.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On May 17th Custom Officers at the Princess Juliana International airport confiscated 1 (one) kilo of cocaine from a male passenger with initials J.E.M. who arrived on the Insel Air flight from Curacao. The suspect had swallowed 83 "bolitas" which was proven from X-ray pictures taken at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The suspect was brought to the station to discharge the "bolitas". Investigations in this matter are ongoing.

On May 13th Customs Officers at the Point Blanche Harbor facilities along with the Coast Guard and the Justice K9 confiscated 101 packages of marijuana hidden in banana slips from a vessel originating from St. Vincent. This shipment of marijuana with a total weight of approximately 36 kilos was destined for Tortola.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Tuesday May 23rd at approximately 02.00 p.m. several police patrols, Forensic Department and paramedics were sent to Philips Drive in Middle Region after receiving a call of a shooting that had taken place. On the scene the investigating officers located the victim who according to him and witnesses was shot by an unknown armed man. The victim also stated that the suspect entered his home and demanded money from him but did not comply with this demand and was then shot.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten- The Court Appeal (Hof) decided that there will be no decision taken today, as planned before, in the request for suspension of Francesco Corallo.

The case will be now handled on June 6th 2017.

HOLLAND - The public prosecution department is preparing a massive DNA research project in the hunt for the killer of an 11-year boy almost 20 years ago, officials said on Tuesday.

New techniques have allowed scientists to identify dna found on Nicky Verstappen’s body and clothes. This dna is currently being compared with samples held in the national dna bank as well as its equivalent in Belgium and Germany.

However, if no match is found, officials plan to launch a mass screening to look for the killer or killers relatives.  They expect that 15,000 men, mainly from Limburg, will be asked to take part in the programme on a voluntary basis.

Judges have already given the go ahead to the screening, the public prosecution department //www.om.nl/actueel/nieuwsberichten/@99073/gezamenlijke/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=https://www.om.nl/actueel/nieuwsberichten/@99073/gezamenlijke/&source=gmail&;ust=1495632525627000&usg=AFQjCNFE75qNoRpoL9om4-ufRRlqvH5mNQ">statement said.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Sunday May 21st at approximately 1.45 a.m. a police patrol was directed to Hollywood Casino in connection with three suspicious men, who were walking through the .On the scene the patrol encountered an off-duty colleague who informed them that he had also observed the suspicious behavior of these men. He also stated that the men had left the scene in a white car with heavily tinted windows. 

During a search of area the suspected vehicle was seen driving in Cole Bay. The vehicle in which two men were driving at the time was stopped on the Welfare Road by the patrol to be controlled.

CUPE COY, St. Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating an armed robbery at the Starz Casino in Cupe Coy which took place on Friday May 19 th at approximately 12.15 a.m. According to witnesses two men wearing dark clothing and armed with guns stormed into the casino and while threatening the cashier robbed the establishment of an undisclosed amount of cash.

After committing this act the robbers fled the scene in an awaiting vehicle.

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