Latest Dominican Republic News

Border Patrol makes arrests in Rangeley area

Jul. 19, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says agents have arrested six people working in the Rangeley, Maine, area who are in the country illegally. Agents said Friday two men from the Dominican Republic and one from Guatemala entered the United States illegally through Texas and three Ecuadorians...

Wife: Ex-Red Sox slugger Ortiz recovering from 3rd surgery

Jul. 11, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is recovering from a third surgery after experiencing complications resulting from his gunshot wound. Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, says in a statement Thursday that he is "recovering well and in good spirits." He had the surgery earlier this week at Massachusetts...

8 Haitians, 1 Dominican killed when car plunges into canal

Jul. 8, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A government doctor in the Dominican Republic says a sedan overloaded with people lost control on a tight turn and careened into an irrigation canal, killing eight Haitians and one Dominican. National Institute of Forensic Science doctor Miledis Almonte says three others...

Indians pitcher Carrasco being treated for leukemia

Jul. 6, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is being treated for leukemia, and he says it's going to make him stronger than he was before. Carrasco hasn't played for Cleveland since May 30. The 32-year-old right-hander says he got a blood test after a spring-training physical prompted some concern,...

Man who targeted immigrants in extortion scheme sentenced

Jul. 3, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A New York City man originally from the Dominican Republic has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for his role in a kidnapping and extortion scheme that targeted new immigrants. Federal prosecutors in Connecticut say 51-year-old Pascual Rodriguez, who was sentenced...

Suspect arrested getting off flight from Dominican Republic

Jul. 1, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Customs and Border Protection agents took a murder suspect into custody as he stepped off a plane from the Dominican Republican at New Jersey's Newark International Airport. Authorities say 27-year-old Ubaldo Nunez was apprehended without incident Sunday night. The Passaic County...

Police: $30,000 offered in shooting that wounded Ortiz

Jun. 30, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Police say a suspected drug trafficker offered to pay $30,000 for the shooting that wounded baseball slugger David Ortiz, who was sitting near the intended victim. National Police spokesman Frank Félix Duran Mejía told a news conference on Sunday that the...

Schumer: ATF should investigate Dominican Republic deaths

Jun. 30, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat said Sunday that the U.S. government should step up efforts to investigate the deaths of at least eight Americans in the Dominican Republic this year. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should lend support to the FBI and local law enforcement,...

Dominican police arrest 'mastermind' in David Ortiz shooting

Jun. 28, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic announced Friday that they have arrested the man behind the shooting of baseball great David Ortiz in an apparent case of mistaken identity. Police said Víctor Hugo Gómez was detained in the Caribbean country. No...

Amid crisis, Haiti fights to save oil used in fine perfumes

Jun. 28, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) — High up in the hills of rural Haiti, where some women sit topless on porches and bleating goats break the silence, a group of men gather roots to produce an essential oil used in fine perfumes ranging from Chanel to Guerlain. Then they load heavy bales of the beige, stringy roots...