Fraud Alert: Scammers Claiming To Be Representatives Of Cell Phone Providers

December 3, 2020

SAN JUAN, P.R. – The United States Secret Service (Secret Service) has received multiple reports that individuals falsely claiming to be customer service representatives of local cell phone providers are calling members of the public as part of a scam to receive personal and financial information, announced United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico strongly encourages the public to remain vigilant and not to provide personal information or access codes during these calls.

Reports received by the Secret Service indicate that these scammers falsely represent themselves as employees of the cell phone provider and attempt to obtain personal information from the call recipient by offering a discount to those that register for auto-pay with ATH Movil. The customer receives a call and is told that the cell phone provider is updating the network from 3G to 5G and also offering a discount off their cell phone bill if they pay using ATH-Movil. Customers are then told that in order to receive the discount, they need to confirm account information.

During the call, the scammer sends an authentication code from the cell phone provider’s website to the customer. The scammer then requests that the customer verbally confirm the code claiming that the scammer needs to confirm the identity of the customer before proceeding to discuss their account information. Once the customer provides the code, the scammer gains access to the customer’s account with the cell phone provider. The scammer now controls the customer’s account, and fraudulently requests that the customer provide their ATH Movil information. Customers are then told to turn off their phones for the changes in the account to take place. During this time, the scammers are able to transfer funds to different bank accounts in Puerto Rico and outside of the jurisdiction and/or make fraudulent purchases using the customer’s information.

Those who receive these calls are encouraged not to provide personal information or access codes during these calls. The public can report these scams to the Secret Service by calling 787-277-1515.

Lourdes Ivette Ayala Algarín, 48, Missing in Santurce

November 18, 2020

Agents from the Missing Persons Division of the San Juan Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) are looking for a woman who disappeared on November 10.

Lourdes Ivette Ayala Algarín, 48, was seen for the last time in the early morning hours of that day at her residence, located on Colectora Street in the Figueroa neighborhood, in Santurce.

Ayala Algarín was reported missing by her daughter Vanneliz Caridad Rodríguez Ayala. The woman was described as having a dark complexion, four feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, and having brown hair.

The clothing she was wearing at the time of her disappearance is unknown.

If you know the whereabouts of this person, contact agent Rafael Ortiz Piñeiro, from the CIC of San Juan, at 787-793-1234 extensions 2202/2200/2217, at 787-343-2020

Lourdes Ivette Ayala Algarín, 48,Missing in Santurce

A clash has begun in the PR Electoral Commission as the president calls for an audit

November 12, 2020

The president of the State Elections Commission (CEE), Francisco Rosado Colomer, ordered an audit to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on the handling of early voting ballots for the general elections.

The information came in a letter that Rosado Colomer sent yesterday to the electoral commissioner of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), Nicolás Gautier, who denounced an apparent mismatch in the ballots received and awarded in recent weeks by the Administrative Board of the Absent and Advanced Autumn (Javaa ).

"I take this opportunity to inform you that in response to the request of the commissioners, as approved in the commissioners' meeting, today the Office of the Inspector General has informed us that it will be assuming jurisdiction to carry out an audit related to the handling of ballots, the shipping, and receipt of them, "said Rosado Colomer

Meanwhile, the Citizens Victory Movement at a press conference this afternoon reported that a lawsuit has been filed for access to early voting information.


Over 125 Boxes of Early Voting & Absentee Balots Found in the PR Electoral Commission Offices Vaults

November 11, 2020

The State Elections Commission (CEE) began to count the briefcases of Absent and Early Voting that suddenly appeared in the vaults of the Administrative Board offices in San Juan.

The CEE is utilizing the Roberto Clemente Coliseum to count the ballots and it is estimated that that counting will end tomorrow afternoon.

 The EEC consolidated the 182 briefcases surprisingly found in the vaults.

The EEC added to the count of the 125 briefcases another nine early voting briefcases, which may have more than 4,000 ballots. 

“Already the 125 briefcases are on the 'floor' being worked and there are no longer any on the floor. Yesterday (Tuesday) while those briefcases were being worked the Java mail board brought in additional briefcases. This morning it was agreed that instead of transferring the ballots to the briefcases that were to be worked on during the day, new briefcases should be established, "he said.

“The count is in the minutes. We have not yet submitted the minutes to the system. I cannot tell you specifically the number of ballots. Yes, I can say that all the briefcases that were processed yesterday in accordance with the commission's instructions were the ones that remained from early voting, ”said Ocasio.



May 2, 2020

The earthquake of magnitude 5.4 that shook Puerto Rico this morning caused the collapse of several structures in the municipality of Ponce.

"I have several structures on the floor. I have the balcony of the Massacre Museum on the floor, which had already been reported to be damaged by the first tremor, but it fell afterwards because we have had five aftershocks after the first and we have all felt them strong, "said the municipal executive in a telephone interview.

Meléndez turned to Twitter where he posted some photos of the structural damage caused by the earthquake, which had an intensity of V in Yauco, according to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network.

"I cannot approach you much, because I am leaving in a hurry, but I have to go to the condos now to check for possible damage. Most of it has been in the urban area, " he said.

One of those affected was Edwin Torres Rodríguez, who is making arrangements with the municipality of Ponce to be able to remove his grandmother who is trapped in her home after a wall collapsed due to the tremor.

Meanwhile, through social networks, Father Orlando Lugo posted a photo on Twitter showing a crack in the structure of the parish house as a result of the earthquake.

In January, an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 affected Puerto Rico. After the quake, the island has experienced hundreds of aftershocks for months.


Watch: PR Nurses Protest on Friday

Nurses Demand Equipment & Salary Justice in Caravan

May 1, 2020

Dozens of nurses from all over the island joined this morning in a caravan of cars, in protest, in demand of better medical teams to face the Covid-19, wage justice and for the government to speed up the delivery of the promised incentive for over a month.

The caravan —in the framework of International Labor Day— started at around 8:30 in the morning from a supermarket located near the Plaza Las Américas shopping center in Hato Rey, continued with a stop in front of the Ashford Presbyterian hospital Community in Condado, continued to the Capitol and would conclude with a stop at the Hospital Centro Médico in Ríos Piedras.

Juan Carlos del Valle, spokesman for the Health Movement, was the main voice of the demonstration that, according to estimates by the Police, has the participation of more than 30 vehicles and between 70 to 80 protesters.

"The Healthcare Movement calls for a fair salary increase for each health professional. We demand that the dismissals cease and desist. We demand greater supervision of the representatives and legislators of the Hospital Association who are exploiting our nurses. We demand that incentives and aid are given for each nurse, "Del Valle said.

Del Valle also called for better fringe benefits for nursing professionals and indicated that so far the Police Bureau has not intervened with the protest that he referred to as a "passive".

The movement's spokesperson estimated that more than 100 nurses from all over the Island participated. Many of these were afraid to speak to the press for fear of retaliation in their hospitals.

Nurse Genesis Piña, from a hospital in an area of ​​San Juan, advocated equality for all her colleagues. "We deserve equality because we are in front of the Covid-19 every day fighting against everything, for our patients, our citizenship and taking care of our family at the same time. We need them to be fair, to give us what we deserve, equality and equipment. My Hospital provides me with everything, but I want them to treat colleagues equally, "he said.

From the vehicles, other nursing professionals showed signs with messages alluding to their struggle. "Visible to the Covid-19. Invisible to the government," "I need equipment," "We need proof of Covid-19, gowns, gloves, face masks for front-line personnel," "Promises ran out," read some of the banners.

87 People at the Luis Muñoz Marín Airport Test Positive in the COVID-19 Rapid Test

April 24, 2020

The Puerto Rico National Guard reported today that, since they began conducting rapid tests for COVID-19 at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport , a total of 87 people have tested positive for the disease.

According to a statement released by the government, the figure is divided into 70 airline employees and 17 passengers. It was indicated that the people were sent to their homes under the supervision of the Department of Health and a family doctor with the instruction to perform the molecular test.

Health personnel began to do the rapid tests at the airport, also called serological tests, on April 14. According to the statement, 3,966 passengers have received the same.

Since the National Guard operation began at the airport, on March 17, 67,110 passengers have been medically evaluated and their temperature taken. Of these, 337 passengers received screening in the triage area, 186 passengers received the molecular COVID-19 test and were sent to their homes under Health and GP supervision.

Another 307 passengers were sent to home isolation and two people were sent to the hospital.

Meanwhile, 2,237 truckers were evaluated at the San Juan Pier, six were sent to the triage area and six were sent to home isolation.

Also, in coordination with the Department of Health and 330 centers, tests were carried out on 10 employees at the Carmelite Home in San Juan, which provides services to older adults.



Images of the Huge Asteroid 52768 Revealed

April 18, 2020

New observations made from the Arecibo Observatory show preliminary radar images of "1998 OR2", a huge space rock that will approach slightly and completely safe on April 29.

"There is no risk of impact from this asteroid since the space rock would be passing 16 times the Earth-Moon distance, but the interesting thing about this slight approach is that the asteroid's large size will allow it to be seen through telescopes," the Caribbean Astronomy Society said,

The educational entity clarified that the asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye, and indicated that the closest approach occurs on April 29, 2020, around 5:56 am local time.

However, several observatories are already observing it, while anyone with a small telescope and who knows how to point it to the right place and time, will be able to see asteroid 52768 looking like an apparent star moving "very slowly," the organization said.

By April 24, the asteroid will be bright enough to be easily spotted through telescopes, so he shared illustrations and instructions to try to locate it in the sky.

his is considered a "Potentially Dangerous Asteroid", but only because it occasionally approaches less than 20 times the Earth-Moon distance, and because of its large size. Still, there is no risk since its orbit has been calculated for at least the next 200 years, and its trajectory does not represent any danger.

The radar images that will be obtained from Arecibo will allow us to better understand the shape and size of this space rock. Asteroid 52768 belongs to a class or type of space rocks called "Love" and it is anticipated that after April 2020, it would be returning to the vicinity of our planet on April 16, 2079, when it will pass 4.6 times the distance from Earth- Moon.



Almost 1,000 Members of the PR Police Force are in Isolation

April 17, 2020

A total of 997 officers from the various divisions of the Police Bureau remain in isolation due to the emergency caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus, the government reported in its most recent breakdown of statistics.

The figure represents an increase of 70 officers compared to the 927 who were isolated, according to the report released Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, 495 members of the Uniformed resumed their work after completing the isolation process, but the number of employees who tested positive for the COVID-19 rose to 65; on Thursday, the number of agents infected with the virus remained at 55. So far, the Police Bureau has carried out 462 tests, and 396 have shown negative results.

Meanwhile, the Mayagüez Drug Division remains the most affected with 17 positive cases, representing an increase of two compared to Thursday's numbers. The Morovis police area boasts eight cases, while Yauco reported seven positives. In addition, five cases of infected agents were confirmed in Morovis, while four cases were found in the Mayagüez Motorized Unit, as well as the Carolina Joint Operations Division.

On the other hand, the Guaynabo precinct barracks, the Luis Muñoz Marín international airport and the Adjuntas barracks remain closed. However, the Police reopened the Carolina Homicide, Mayagüez Explosives and the Arecibo Motorized Units.

Meanwhile, 28 agents assigned to various divisions of the Guayama Command (Technical Services, Homicides, one shift from the Command Center) and agents from the Guayama district were sent in preventive isolation after a Homicide agent tested COVID-19 positive. in a quick test. The result of the molecular test is expected to confirm. The staff was isolated because they worked on the same shift or had contact with the infected agent.


Coast Guard offloads 1,100 pounds of marijuana in San Juan, Puerto Rico

April 11, 2020

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump (WPC-1111) offloaded approximately 1,100 pounds of marijuana, Wednesday, at Sector San Juan.

The seized drug shipment is estimated to have a wholesale value of more than $1.3 million.

The interdiction was a result of an international, multi-agency law enforcement collaboration in support of Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard and Campaign Martillo, and member of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area sponsored Caribbean Corridor Strike Force.

united states coast guard Multimedia Release U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast Contact: 7th District Public Affairs Office: 305-415-6683 7th District online newsroom MULTIMEDIA RELEASE: Coast Guard offloads 1,100 pounds of marijuana in San Juan, Puerto Rico Coast Guard offloads 1,100 pounds of marijuana in San Juan, Puerto Rico Coast Guard offloads 1,100 pounds of marijuana in San Juan, Puerto Rico Editor's Note: Click the images above to download the photo and video. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump (WPC-1111) offloaded approximately 1,100 pounds of marijuana, Wednesday, at Sector San Juan. The seized drug shipment is estimated to have a wholesale value of more than $1.3 million. The interdiction was a result of an international, multi-agency law enforcement collaboration in support of Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard and Campaign Martillo, and member of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area sponsored Caribbean Corridor Strike Force. "Through this time of uncertainty, Coast Guard cutter crews remain vigilant and on watch to safe guard the American people from all maritime threats," said Lt. Johnston Ariail, the commanding officer of the William Trump. "This includes preventing drug smugglers from attempting to infiltrate our borders by capitalizing on the current pandemic."

The seizure occurred during a patrol, when William Trump crew sighted a suspect go-fast vessel with two people aboard. As the cutter's small boat crew approached the suspect vessel, they observed multiple bales of suspected contraband being jettisoned from the go-fast. The crew of the William Trump recovered 37 bales and 12 individual packages, which tested positive for marijuana. The cutter's crew offloaded the contraband in coordination with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-HSI, DEA and CCSF special agents in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


April 5, 2020

Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced announced tonight more restrictions on the operation of establishments and commercial premises during Easter as a measure to curb infections with COVID-19

Through a new directive, Vázquez Garced announced that businesses should remain closed between Friday, April 10 to Sunday, April 12. Only pharmacies will be allowed to open medicine, as well as gas stations, only for the sale of fuel.

"From Monday to Thursday, the order will continue as it is," said Vázquez Garced. "From Friday to Sunday, you can only travel on public roads for emergencies or essential services , " said the president, noting that supermarkets and restaurants, among others, will be closed.

However, the governor called for more controls in places where people crowd, such as banning people without masks or covered mouths from entering supermarkets, and ensuring that people wait in lines at distances of six feet or more. among them.

he state epidemiologist, David Capó, explained that, as of Sunday night, 492 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed on the island. As for the projections worked by the medical team, it is estimated that in one week there will be 936 cases. Two weeks later, the number will rise to 1,300 confirmed cases, said epidemiologist Juan Carlos Reyes, a member of the medical “task force”.

By May 4, when the contagion level is expected to peak, the positive cases would be around 1,748, Capó said.

Three Women are the Most Recent Victims of the Coronavirus in Puerto Rico

April 4, 2020

Three women, aged 66, 61 and 75, are the most recent victims of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Puerto Rico, bringing the total number of deaths to 18, the Health Department reported this morning.

Meanwhile, 74 new positive cases were reported, so the total number of people infected increased to 452.

The women were treated in isolation rooms after testing positive for the disease. However, Their health conditions worsened until they died.

The first two patients perished in hospitals in the metropolitan region, while the third was in the Caguas region.

"The rapid increase in both deaths and positive results from COVID-19 gives us a clear signal of the seriousness of the matter and the certainty that we still have work to do to stop the spread of the virus. In this situation, the message must be reiterated: stay at home and take preventive hygiene measures, social distancing and comply with the curfew, " said Health Secretary Lorenzo González, through written statements.

Of the new positive cases, nine were obtained in the Public Health Laboratory of the Department of Health, four in the Veterans Hospital and 61 in private laboratories.

According to the agency, so far, 4,190 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Puerto Rico, of which 2,605 have been negative and about 1,129 are still awaiting the results.

At the same time, they warned that the majority of positive cases are from people with no travel history, so the spread of the virus on the island is carried out through community infection.

According to Health figures, until now, 51 infected people had a travel history, 75 did not have it, and 326 cases did not have the information available.

Likewise, it was reported that 164 people were asymptomatic at the time of the test and 275 did not have that information available. Only 13 people, according to Salud, had symptoms at the time of the COVID-19 test.

Coast Guard repatriates 35 migrants to the Dominican Republic, following at-sea interdiction off Puerto Rico

April 3, 2020

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard repatriated 35 migrants to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Friday, following the interdiction of an illegal migrant voyage Thursday by Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) law enforcement crews in the Mona Passage.

The interdiction is the result of ongoing efforts in support of Operation Caribbean Guard and the CBIG.

“In these times of uncertainty due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our forces in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are fully dedicated to preserving the safety of life at sea and to protecting the security and safety of our fellow citizens in our nation’s southernmost maritime border,” said Capt. Eric King, Sector San Juan commander. “Our Coast Guard men and women are fully executing all service missions in the Caribbean, as we continue to work closely with our CBIG, federal, state and municipal partners to protect the islands from illegal drug trafficking, migrant smuggling organizations and other illicit activities. Of equal importance, our crews are working tirelessly with our industry, federal, state and local port partners to facilitate safe and secure maritime commerce to the islands in this critical time.”

During a routine patrol of the Mona Passage late Wednesday night, the crew of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection DHC-8 maritime patrol aircraft detected a suspect “yola” type migrant vessel in waters south of Mona Island, Puerto Rico. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air & Marine Operations (AMO) crew and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos (WPC-1118) responded to carry out the interdiction. Upon arriving on scene, the AMO interceptor vessel stopped the 30-foot blue and wooden makeshift boat. Shortly thereafter, the Tezanos’ crew came alongside the interdicted vessel and embarked 35 migrants, including 30 men, four women and a female minor of Dominican nationality.

The cutter Joseph Tezanos transported the migrants to Dominican Republic waters, where they were repatriated at-sea just off Santo Domingo to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel.

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. Throughout the interdiction Coast Guard crewmembers were equipped with Personal Protective Equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19. No migrants were reported to be sick or to have any COVID-19 related symptoms.

“Migrants attempting to enter Puerto Rico illegally by sea are risking their lives,” said Lt. Anthony Orr, Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos commanding officer. “In these Pandemic times, illegal immigration in the Mona Pass calls for our crews to maintain a heightened state of vigilance as the situation poses a serious risk for possible contamination to enter through our southernmost maritime border”