It's that time of year again. Many Dominicans are coming home for the holidays, and the criminals are on the lookout for them. Every year around this time, cars leaving all the airports in the country are targeted. Last year, there was a suggestion that it was an inside job. When you come through customs and fill out the forms, you are supposed to put your address. In some instances, when people arrived at their destination, there were tigueres they to rob them. Coincidence? Who knows. Just be careful if you're visiting this month. One of the tactics is to damage your car, to get you to stop, and then BAM! Robbery happens. Be careful.
The alleged murderers of Van Teasley have been captured. This is a photo of one of the alleged killers, Luiggy Miguel Gonzalez. He used to work at the brothel near the colonial zone, Juan Bin Bin. Trying to confrm the photo of the other suspect.
Another hotel, Casa Conde Boutique Hotel, is open in the colonial zone. It is really amazing how many hotels have been opening lately. Especially with many of the hotels that are here are struggling. This hotel is located on El Conde, right around the corner from the Hotel Roma. Best of luck to them.
There is new money in circulation. And they are replacing all old money now. The only problem is that most of the vending machines won't accept the new money. If you get money out of the ATMs, all the money you receive will be the new money. Remember, NEVER accept any money that is torn or defaced in any way. No one else will accept it. Many times they try to pawn the defaced money off on foreigners who don't know any better.
Yesterday, I started hearing rumblings about an American being killed in his apartment here. Today, it has been confirmed. Van Teasley, a lawyer from Washington, D.C., was found bound and gagged in his apartment in the Gazcue section of Santo Domingo. The cause of death was strangulation.
I did not know Van well. We corresponded a couple of times by email. The last time I saw him was while the NYC Bar was open. He told me that he had purchased an apartment in Gazcue. Just awful news to hear. May he rest in peace.
Add to this, another transsexual (Kimberly Sody) has also been killed. It seems like a monthly occurrence that a transsexual is being killed in the Dominican Republic. There will be a protest about all the killings on Monday. May both of these people rest in peace.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A 55-year-old American was found strangled in his apartment in the Dominican Republic's capital, authorities said Saturday.
Police identified the victim as Van Teasley and said his body was discovered early Friday. He had been bound and gagged.
Officials said police were alerted by a friend of the victim, Jeffrey Gordon Stroud, who was concerned that Teasley was not answering his door bell or responding to phone calls. The door to the victim's apartment was unlocked when police arrived to investigate, authorities said.
Another friend, Dana Fonville, said in a telephone interview from the United States that Teasley was a criminal defense attorney practicing in Washington, D.C.. He said Teasley had bought the apartment in Santo Domingo to use for brief vacations and visited 10 to 12 times a year.
"I'm very angry. He was a generous individual and was very well liked. He had a very alive personality and was very upbeat," Fonville said.
He said Teasley arrived in the Dominican Republic on Thursday and was scheduled to return to the U.S. on Tuesday.
A few days ago someone set one of the subway cars on fire. Over 35 people were hurt, some very seriously. A suspect has allegedly confessed. And there is talk of this being a terrorist attack. The suspect has been given a year of preventive custody, while it is all sorted out.
A Hazmat team rushed on to a plane from Philadelphia in the Dominican Republic after a man sneezed and yelled: 'I have Ebola!'
The American passenger, who does not have Ebola, was detained by four officers and taken to the airport's medical center in Punta Cana as he declared: 'I ain't from Africa'.
The remaining 255 people were forced to stay on board for two hours until he was cleared, despite airline staff insisting they believed it was a poor-taste joke. This is the man that sneezed and yelled 'I have Ebola!' as the four-hour flight neared Punta Cana.
The incident on Wednesday came as the White House agreed to step up medical screening at hospitals across the nation after the first man diagnosed of Ebola in the US died. The man had reportedly been sneezing and coughing through the four-hour US Airways flight - an early sign of the often fatal disease.
A video taken by one of the passengers in the middle of the Boeing 777 shows passengers standing up ready to leave before a flight attendant on a speakerphone tells everyone to sit down. She then started by explaining that 'after 30 years in the business' she is sure 'this man is an idiot'.
However, a team would be boarding the plane that 'looks scarier than it is'. People filming the incident on their phones shouted 'boo!' at the unnamed passenger as he was forced to stand and remove his luggage from the overhead compartment before being escorted off the plane. He then underwent intensive medical checks and interviews with airport officials to determine that he had been joking.
'It was a false alarm set off by the passenger who is slightly unbalanced,' Alberto Smith, director of operations at Punta Cana Airport, told Acento.com.do. He did not elaborate on what he meant by 'unbalanced'. He added that the passenger 'did it for attention', and explained: 'His passport does not show any recent trips to Africa. The closest he came to the continent was in 2012 when he visited Europe.'
Walter Zemialkowski, director of terminals and maintenance at the airport, said the passenger is believed to have the flu. Ten people, including seven healthcare workers and three family members, are considered at high risk for Ebola after they were exposed to Thomas Eric Duncan - the first US Ebola victim to be diagnosed in the country and die - after he became contagious. Another 38 more are being monitors by the CDC for possible risk of the disease.
This is a video taken by Diario Libre. It shows how after almost a year-and-a-half, the work in the colonial zone is far from done. But I think mostly what it shows is that there was not a lot of thought and planning put into this. Where is everyone going to park?
Sorry for not posting in a while. But my laptop finally died. I need a new motherboard. I thought I would be able to purchase one in Santo Domingo. But no. I have called everywhere and I have to get it from the states. In the meantime everything related to updating the blog was on my laptop and I couldn't figure anything out. I will figure this out and try and post something soon.
Here is a great new service that allows you to pay your bills (in the Dominican Republic) on the internet. No muss. No fuss. Even better. Say you got a frantic call from a 'significant other,' telling you how the electricitiy is going to be cut off. You have gotten so many phone calls, you don't know what to believe. Well, this is the service for you. You can get the account number from them and pay it online. Yourself. You can also load minutes onto phones in the D.R. Such a smart idea.
Former New Yorker (Harlem!) living in Santo Domingo since January 2004. The person I was when I arrived is a totally different person today. I still love living in the D.R. Even with all its obvious contradictions. This blog is where I write about things I find interesting with the gay community, news, gossip, culture, and of course, men. Strictly from my point-of-view.