Officer took part in market attack

first_imgA 44-year-old police officer who had been assigned to the personal guard of Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) MP Costas Barbarousis has been suspended from work and is facing expulsion from the force after it emerged that he played an active role in the far-right group’s raid on an open-air market Mesolongi, western Greece, on Saturday.Police sources confirmed that the officer, identified just by his initials D.M., had been spotted in a video of the incident that was posted on the Internet. The officer is seen in a group of Golden Dawn supporters led by Barbarousis as they walked through a market, where they attacked stalls operated by migrants. The 44-year-old, who served at the Aitolia precinct, is also seen arguing with a woman who objected to the men’s behavior.The incident is an embarrassment for the police force, which has been accused by critics of failing to clamp down on illegal acts by Golden Dawn supporters, including attacks on migrants, because of alleged ties to the party. The force denies it has shown any bias or failed to do its duty.Sources told Kathimerini that police have identified another seven suspects apart from Barbarousis who took part in Saturday’s raid. They are likely to face prosecution.A similar raid, in which two other Golden Dawn MPs participated, took place in Rafina, northeast of Athens, on Friday night. Sources said police have identified two suspects apart from the deputies after viewing footage of the incident. It is expected that the file will be handed to a prosecutor by Friday.Police were yesterday investigating an attack on two Pakistani men in a barbershop in Metamorphosi, northern Athens, on Monday night. A Greek taxi driver was stabbed in the incident after apparently attempting to stop the two attackers. The store was set on fire.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Due to damaged reservoir St George Island waits for water delivery

first_imgLocation of St. George, Alaska. (Image: Google)St. George Island is waiting on an emergency water delivery after falling ice damaged the community’s reservoir yesterday (Feb. 6).Listen nowIn St. George, water is stored in a 280,000-gallon steel tank that draws from an aquifer. The reservoir isn’t insulated. So when cold winds batter the island from the north, water freezes inside the tank, usually near the top.Mayor Pat Pletnikoff said that leaves ice hanging dangerously as the water level drops, like it did yesterday.“The ice came crashing down and apparently crushed the water line on the inside,” Pletnikoff said. “Pinched it off and caused a huge restriction. As a result, the reservoir went dry. We’re pumping water, albeit very slowly.”PenAir is sending a cargo plane to St. George Wednesday (Feb. 8) with 300 gallons of drinking water. The regional carrier plans to bring another 2,000 gallons soon after.Between those deliveries and the steady re-filling of the reservoir, Pletnikoff said the island’s 100 residents should have enough water as the city makes short-term repairs.“I think we’ll be okay after tomorrow,” Pletnikoff said. “There should be enough water built up in the reservoir — sufficient to charge the lines into the community. So water should be available to our residents.”Pletnikoff said the tank has had problems with ice for at least six years. Three winters ago, the roof nearly collapsed when heavy chunks of ice brought down several rafters.St. George is working to design a new reservoir with insulation through the state’s Village Safe Water program, but Pletnikoff said it’s not yet clear who will pay for the structure or when it will be built.last_img read more