Bánovce nad Bebravou
Gypsy teenagers killed in hit and run
Three 15-year old Romany teenagers were killed September 6 at dusk when a speeding car struck them as they were walking along a road in Bánovce nad Bebravou (Trenčín region). Local police apprehended a 28-year old man from Dolné Vestenice that day, who admitted to the killings.
Investigating police found the lower part of a leg (one of the victims') still stuck under the car's bumper. The three dead boys - Štefan C from Veľké Kapušany, Martin T and Ondrej B from Snina - had run away that day from a local Youth Re-education Institute.
The driver had been using a borrowed Fiat Regatta. He said he had not seen the youths walking on the road when he hit them, and that he'd fled the scene for fear of being punished.
Jozef Štumpel to start season with Slovan
Jozef Štumpel, a defenceman with the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, signed a one month contract with Slovan Bratislava. Štumpel will play with the defending Extraliga champs while his contract dispute with the Kings is settled in the US.
"When I was young I dreamed about playing for Slovan," said Štumpel, a native of Nitra. "I am glad I can keep myself in shape with this team."
Police arrest bride outside church
The wedding of 25-year old Mária H. and her 50-year old Dutch husband went smoothly until police arrested the bride outside the church in Trenčianske Teplice on September 11. Mária, who had been living abroad in the Netherlands to avoid arrest, was charged with several crimes, most recently for attacking a civil servant.
A police spokeswoman said that Mária had returned to Slovakia only briefly for the marriage. The reception took place as planned that afternoon, albeit without the bride who was released from custody after midnight.
Compiled by Chris Togneri