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Security guard receives 16 years in prison for murder of Carla Stefaniak
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Security guard receives 16 years in prison for murder of Carla Stefaniak

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 17, 2020

Bismarck Espinoza Martínez was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the November 2018 murder of Carla Stefaniak, a tourist who was killed during a visit to…

United States donates armored vehicles, helps expand crime investigation lab in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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United States donates armored vehicles, helps expand crime investigation lab in Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 10, 2020

A financial contribution from the United States allowed Costa Rica to expand its forensic laboratory, and the U.S. Embassy provided four new armored vehicles to Costa Rican…

Three North Americans receive jail time for Costa Rica-based telemarketing scam
Crime
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Crime
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Three North Americans receive jail time for Costa Rica-based telemarketing scam

Alejandro Zúñiga - January 27, 2020

Two U.S. citizens and a Canadian were sentenced to prison for their participation in a telemarketing scheme that defrauded victims in the United States from a call…

French chef stabbed to death on Costa Rican beach
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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French chef stabbed to death on Costa Rican beach

AFP and The Tico Times - January 23, 2020

A French chef who was vacationing on a beach in northwestern Costa Rica was stabbed to death in an apparent fight over a cell phone, judicial police…

Costa Rica registers decrease in homicides for second straight year
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica registers decrease in homicides for second straight year

Alejandro Zúñiga - January 3, 2020

For the second time in a row, Costa Rica closed a calendar year with a decrease in the number of homicides. The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) recorded…

U.S. Embassy safety tips for international tourists and residents in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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U.S. Embassy safety tips for international tourists and residents in Costa Rica

The Tico Times - December 17, 2019

The U.S. Department of State classifies Costa Rica among its safest international destinations (Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions).  However, the State Department says visitors and residents should…

Cat’s out of the bag: Feline evades eight prison guards
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Cat’s out of the bag: Feline evades eight prison guards

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 23, 2019

At The Tico Times, we don't usually report on everyday crime, but this story is too purr-fect to ignore. According to the daily La Nación, eight prison guards…

Costa Rican priest wanted for child abuse is arrested in Mexico
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rican priest wanted for child abuse is arrested in Mexico

AFP and The Tico Times - August 20, 2019

Costa Rican ex-priest Mauricio Víquez, accused of sexual abuse of minors, was arrested in Mexico in an operation coordinated by the two countries, official sources from Costa…

Suspect in Carla Stefaniak’s death charged with second-degree murder
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Suspect in Carla Stefaniak’s death charged with second-degree murder

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 31, 2019

Last November, United States tourist Carla Stefaniak was found dead near the San Antonio de Escazú apartment she had rented through Airbnb. Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Police…

OIJ investigates bomb that damaged Teletica building
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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OIJ investigates bomb that damaged Teletica building

Luis Fernando Cascante / Semanario Universidad - July 29, 2019

A device that exploded Saturday at 11:30 p.m. and damaged a window of the Teletica ​​building was a fire extinguisher tube that could be activated remotely and…