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National Police announce operation to combat crime wave in Costa Rica’s Northern Zone

Responding to pressure from residents in Costa Rica's Northern Zone, who say they increasingly have become targets for assaults and robberies, the Public Security Ministry announced Thursday that it had conducted the first of several sweeps of the area in an effort to catch the bad guys.

With no police station, Nuevo Arenal is a target for criminals, say residents

Residents and business owners in Nuevo Arenal, a town in north-central Costa Rica near the Arenal Volcano, are demanding a greater police presence after a spike in crime in recent months.

For family in the rain, Arenal Springs to the rescue

My family vacation was a rainy-season disaster in the making - but then a miracle happened. It’s called the Arenal Springs Hotel.

Suspects in alleged rape of US tourist released

On Tuesday, the Judicial Investigation Police told The Tico Times that the U.S. tourist had not returned to La Fortuna to identify the four suspects, and without further evidence, police released the suspects later that day.

Costa Rica police arrest 4 suspects in alleged rape of US tourist

A spokeswoman for the Judicial Investigation Police confirmed to The Tico Times that security cameras and witnesses identified four suspects who were at a La Fortuna bar, El Establo, the last place where the victim was seen before the alleged rape took place early Sunday morning.

Update: US woman allegedly raped in tourist town La Fortuna

A 19-year-old woman from the U.S. state of Wisconsin was allegedly raped by seven men in La Fortuna de San Carlos, in the Northern Zone of the country, according to Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).

US man stabbed to death in coffee town north of San José

Three armed assailants allegedly killed U.S. retiree Kurt Heigis, 64, Sunday night in San Ramón, a coffee town 36 kilometers northwest of San José. Police are investigating.

TRAVEL ALERT: Heavy rains close road to Arenal Volcano

Tourists traveling to La Fortuna's famous Arenal Volcano and lake should take note of landslides along Route 142.

Arenal: No lava, no cry

The volcano that made La Fortuna abruptly quieted in October of 2010. Can the town rebrand itself as a rain-forest-adventure destination?

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