Three Swiss murdered in Philippines

BERN, SWITZERLAND – A 23-year-old Geneva man and a couple aged 67 and 68 were killed Monday and Tuesday in the southern Philippines in two separate incidents, Swiss media are reporting; the Swiss Foreign Affairs office has confirmed the couple’s murder in near Opol, but not the youth’s death. The couple, who lived in the […]

Road and fire deaths

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One of the eight victims of a fire that destroyed two apartments in the centre of Geneva Friday 3 October has died at the Chuv hospitals in Lausanne. Three others remain in the burn unit in Lausanne but are not in critical condition. Le Matin reports that the four others remain in […]

Trouble recovering body of US base jumper

Scene of the Dolent glacier accident 2 October 2014

Diableret jump Friday turned to drama, 2nd mountain death in 2 days GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The body of a 44-year-old American man from Dallas who was part of a group of five experienced base-jumpers at Diablerets Friday has been spotted but rescuers have been unable to retrieve it from cliff area where he died. The […]

Five Swiss die in copter crash near Montbéliard (update)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A helicopter flying from Lausanne to Montbéliard in the Doubs region in nearby France crashed a few hundred metres short of the French town’s airport, killing five of the seven Swiss passengers on board, says French police. The group is reported by local police in France to be from the Féderation vaudoise […]

Geneva police dismantle TV report

Drugs weren’t real and guns were plastic, investigators say GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva police put public broadcaster RTS on the spot late Wednesday by issuing the result of an investigation into the city’s drug scene, following a dramatic TV report in May 2014. Police close to the drug scene were skeptical after the “Temps Présent” […]

Costly timesaver, as man saws border barriers

Image that allowed the police to identify the man who was in a costly hurry

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A man has been arrested on suspicion of repeatedly destroying several barriers at small, unmanned customs posts on the Geneva-French border. His handiwork has cost border guards CHF12,500 in damages. The barriers are in place at night, forcing motorists to take detours. According to the Swiss customs office, the man wanted to […]

Police seek witnesses in accidents

photo, archives

Pedestrians, biker injured in regional road crashes GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police in the Lake Geneva region are seeking witnesses to recent accidents: Prangins: 12-year-old in critical condition A 12-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was hit by a scooter at the Sentier intersection at the Château de Prangins Saturday at 15:45. It appears […]

Wingsuit, paraglider Alpine deaths

Bagnes/Mauvoisin, site of wingsuit accident 23 September 2014

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 26-year-old Russian man and a 28-year-old Italian man have lost their lives in separate accidents in the Swiss Alps Monday. The Russian man, who was using a wingsuit, failed to take off properly from the top of Le Pleureur (3,704 metres) and he crashed into the rocky face of the west […]

Missing person: scientist Fergus McInnes

Fergus McInnes, missing since 9 September

Swiss police investigation into researcher’s disappearance goes public GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Fergus McInnes, a 51-year-old Scottish researcher from Edinburgh, has been missing since he arrived in Geneva 9 September for a conference. He failed to show up at his hotel or at the conference, nor did he catch his flight home a few days later. […]

Missing persons: French teen, Scottish scientist

Maeva, missing since July, when she may have been in Puidoux

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s respect for privacy is usually lauded – until an individual case comes up where it is harder to understand. Two missing persons reports have come in this week, and they underscore the problem. Police in canton Vaud are asking for help finding a 16-year-0ld French girl who has been missing since […]