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Drunk hits house, kills sleeping man
Robbers drive into jewellery shop
Family drugs operation in trouble
Migrants pulled from river
Štúrovo ambulances in danger

Drunk hits house, kills sleeping man

The drunk 26-year-old driver of a Mercedes Benz truck crashed into a house in Drnava in Rožňava district, killing 59-year-old Karol R., who had been asleep in his bed.
The driver, who was taking nine young people back from a disco in the early morning of January 26, escaped without injury, but four young people in the truck were not so fortunate. Two women who were in the house at the time of the crash were also severely injured as the walls collapsed on them.

Robbers drive into jewellery shop

Police are searching for two men who robbed a jewellery shop in Bratislava's Aupark shopping centre.
The men broke the storefront window by driving into it backwards with their dark blue BMW at 06:00 on January 25. With black masks on their heads they then entered the premises and took an estimated Sk500,000 ($10,200) worth of jewellery.
The act was videotaped by security cameras and did not take longer than 60 seconds, said Bratislava police spokeswoman Marta Bujňáková.

Family drugs operation in trouble

A family business ran into trouble when police found out a father and daughter were selling drugs together.
Jozef R., 45, and his daughter, who police merely said was an "adolescent" have been charged with the unlicensed supply and holding of narcotic substances.
The girl was caught by police with 10 grams of heroin after she was allegedly ordered by her father to pick up supplies from an as yet unnamed dealer.
The man has been remanded in custody while investigations continue. His daughter has been released pending further enquiries.

Morava River
Migrants pulled from river

Seven illegal immigrants, including three children, were saved from drowning after police pulled them from the river Morava on the Slovak/Austrian border January 28.
The river, which runs into the Danube just outside Bratislava, has claimed the lives of a number of illegal immigrants trying to get to the West.
Last year a group of 17 Indians drowned trying to cross the Morava.

Štúrovo ambulances in danger

Residents in the town of Štúrovo on the Hungarian border may soon have to call for ambulances from neighbouring Hungary in emergencies.
The town is under threat of having its ambulance service cut because of cuts in government funding for crews across the country.
With the nearest Slovak hospital 70 kilometres away in the town of Nové Zámky the situation would be impossible, says the town's mayor, and resident's may have to call across the Danube to the town of Esztergom in emergencies.
"I hope that we won't have to conclude an international agreement on the provision of emergency health services through ambulance crews from Esztergom hospital, even though it's within a stone's throw. It would be an absolute precedent.
"This state has to look after its own citizens," said Štúrovo Mayor Ján Oravec.
The town's single ambulance crew has been struggling to survive and recorded heavy losses last year. Doctors at the town's small health care centre say the situation can only improve if the government changes its funding system to one based on numbers of ambulance crews in a region and not numbers of insured people.
"With this model of financing the ambulance station in Štúrovo in practice can no longer exist," said the manager of the Štúrovo health clinic, Ladislav Matuška.

Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports

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