Tourist shot in Brazil recovering in hometown
Marián Sklenárik, a 34 year-old native of Košice, is recovering from bullet wounds to his foot and hand in a Košice hospital. Sklenárik was among the European tourists wounded or killed in Rio de Janeiro after being caught in the cross-fire of a drug mafia shoot-out on January 26.
The shooting victim was flown from Brazil to the trauma ward of the Louis Pasteur Faculty Hospital in Košice.
Malý Dunaj oil leak blamed on thieves
An unknown amount of diesel oil leaked into the Malý Dunaj river near the Slovnaft refinery on February 5, said environmental inspectors. The leak was caused by the loosening of an outlet in a shaft which had presumably been installed by thieves hoping to steal the oil.
Head inspector Stanislav Babiak said that oil covered 50% of a 100 to 150 metre stretch of the river by the source of the leak. He said it would take months to clean up the spill.
Slovnaft President Slavomír Hatina responded to the accident by announcing that the firm would immediately adopt measures to eliminate future spills by "covering" all accessible stretches of the pipe with a protective surface. "Though it means a higher cost," he said, "there is no choice."
Thieves steal four kilos of gold from unemployed man
Three unidentified men wearing masks attacked 45 year-old Štefan S., an unemployed Bratislava resident, and stole four kilogrammes of gold from a safe, said Bratislava police on February 3.
Štefan S. said that he had been returning from his Saturday morning shopping when the three men attacked him on the street, tied him up and dragged him up to his flat. They then forced him at gunpoint to open the safe. When they found the gold, they fled from the scene of the crime with the booty.
Dubnica nad Váhom
Police nab telephone line freeloader
Jozef D. (31) of Dubnica nad Váhom was charged on February 1 with telephone fraud after the police discovered that he had been using a police telephone line accessed through his amateur radio-station since 1999. Jozef D. used the police line to make private calls during the year 2000 which amounted to an extra 50,000 crown ($1,100) bill for police.
The police said that by using the police line, Jozef D. had disabled police communication, and therefore endangered the work of the local police and the Interior Ministry.
Violent post office thief arrested near Nitra
Nitra police have arrested a 38 year-old man from Hrušovce accused of violently robbing the Výčapy-Opatovce village post office last year. The man allegedly broke the protective glass separating customers from postal workers, then sprayed tear gas into the employee's eyes and stole the loot. He made off with postal stamps and money stamps valued at some 25,000 Slovak crowns ($532).
Compiled by Spectator Staff from SITA, TASR, and press reports