Geneva’s illegal resort taxis thumped

Maverick taxi doing Geneva airport-resort runs

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Fines of up to CHF10,000 have been issued to illegal minibus drivers after police in Geneva this spring pulled in for questioning 11 operators of illegal taxis making runs between the airport in Geneva and the ski resorts of Nendaz and Verbier. The group was identified thanks to close work between customs […]

Youth dies in Yverdon car crash

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A Neuchatel youth died Friday after he was injured in a Thursday evening car crash on the road from Yverdon-les-Bains to Champvent. He was on a stretch of road that curved left when, for reasons that are not yet clear, his car drifted to the right and up onto the grassy border […]

Swiss return stolen Roman coins to Serbia

Stolen Serbian Roman era coins, illegally excavated for sale online in Switzerland

BERN, SWITZERLAND – A Serbian man arrested by Swiss customs in 2011 for stealing 150 ancient coins never saw his expected booty from their sale, and Serbia received the treasures Tuesday, handed back by the Swiss ambassador to the country. The theft is one of some 100 cases handled by Switzerland’s special unit for the […]

McDonald’s gunman gets 16 years and psychiatric help

BERN, SWITZERLAND – A gunman who shot and seriously injured two employees at a McDonald’s restaurant in Biel/Bienne 28 November 2011 was sentenced to 16 years Tuesday but the sentence is suspended as long as he is placed in a special penal unit for psychiatric treatment. The two employees, a 30-year-old man and 46-year-old woman, […]

Apt. break-ins down in Geneva, house burglaries up

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Cell phone grabbed from woman’s hand – city seeing a spate of pickpockets GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The nature of crime, theft in particular, is changing in Geneva, with a reassuring fall in the number of apartment break-ins this year, but bolder pickpocketing going on. A Geneva woman had her cell phone grabbed from her hand […]

Area men die in road accidents

Geneva’s fifth road fatality in 2014 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 33-year-old Geneva man died Sunday evening when he was thrown 30 metres from his motorcycle in Vernier after being hit by a car. His death brings to five the number of fatalities on Geneva roads this year. The motorcyclist was on the Nant-d’Avril at 19:00, […]

Deadly Alpine weekend

Accidental sirens in Valais GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Four people died in separate accidentes in the Swiss Alps over the weekend, cantonal police in four areas report. A 53-year-old Vaud man died after slipping and falling 300 metres at noon Sunday as he was coming down the Hannibal couloir from Mont Vélan in Valais, near Bourg-St-Pierre. […]

Adeline murder: La Pâquerette director reprimanded

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HUG investigation finds rules were followed for social therapy outing GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The director of La Pâquerette in Geneva has been reprimanded but she will not be fired; she will be moved to a post that is not linked to penal services. Procedures were followed, but relations last September were not what they should […]

Totally drunk, driver hits bus stop, misses cops

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – A 48-year-old Frenchman is undoubtedly nursing a mega hangover Monday after he miraculously avoided doing more harm Sunday evening than running into a bus stop at “En Coppoz” in Monts-sur-Lausanne. He was heading from Cugy towards Lausanne about 18:30 when he lost control of his car. Unluckily for him, and perhaps luckily […]

2-yr-old drowns near Bouveret

Man critical after motorcycle accident in Vaud GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A two-year-old boy died Saturday evening in a canal near the campground at Bouveret, at the east end of Lake Geneva, in canton Valais. The child’s parents called police at 18:45 to say he was missing and 15 minutes later he was found inanimate in […]