ABLV name crops up in deadly Maltese corruption investigation
ABLV bank, the local Latvian bank which is currently liquidating itself in response to U.S. allegations of institutionalized money laundering, is making new international headlines as part of an ongoing investigation in Malta about corruption among senior officials.
Donkey dong done wrong
In another unusual day at the office for Riga's municipal police, officers were called to the scene April 14 after reports of a lewd and drunken donkey in the back of a delivery lorry.
Anti-graft authority probing public road maintenance company
The recent raid at the offices of Latvia's public road maintenance company, Latvijas autoceļu uzturētājs, was carried out as part of an investigation over abuse of power and organized fraud, Jēkabs Straume, the head of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau told LTV April 13. 
15% of Latvian teenagers use marijuana
About 15% of young Latvian people aged 15 and above use marijuana, according to research by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. 
Murder suspected in former prosecutor's disappearance
The State Police suspect that Biruta Loze, a former prosecutor who used to work at the Prosecutor General’s Office department for the investigation of crimes of totalitarian regimes and who went missing last month, might have been murdered.
Police have new camera to capture cellphone use behind the wheel
Anyone who has driven on Latvia's roads for more than 10 minutes cannot fail to notice that use of the cellphone while driving is commonplace. But now police say they have a new tool to crack down on chatterbox chauffeurs driving without due care and attention.
No presidential pardon for 2009 rioter
There is to be no presidential pardon for Ansis Ataols Bērziņš, recently extradited from the Czech Republic to Latvia, as a result of his conviction on charges of rioting in 2009.
Police close two illegal streaming websites
In late February the State Police shut down two illegal streaming websites, detaining four people who ran them. The websites caused losses of more than €200,000 to copyright holders, the police told the press March 14.
35 Latvian drug mules sentenced last year
Last year, 35 residents of Latvia were sentenced abroad for drug trafficking, the Foreign Ministry's State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs told Latvian Radio 4 on March 5. 
Official charged for false asset declaration
The Prosecution Office for Investigation of Financial and Economic Crimes has charged Inga Kolegova, the head of the State Environmental Service, with providing false information in her asset declaration, reported LETA February 26. 
Guselnikov: I have evidence against Rimšēvičs
Owner of Norvik Banka, Russian-born British citizen Grigory Guselnikov, has enough evidence to prove allegations against Latvia's central bank governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs who is being investigated for bribery, Guselnikov told LTV on February 22. 
Police start probe over ABLV allegations
The Latvian State Police has started a probe about possible money laundering schemes at ABLV Bank as suggested by a recent report of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Crime rate down in Latvia
Latvia recorded its lowest ever crime rate last year, Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers said at the annual meeting of the Prosecutor General’s Office.
Latvian central bank boss Rimšēvičs: "I will not step down."
At an extraordinary 75-minute press conference February 20, central bank governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs said he will not step down from the job he has held since 2001, despite calls from the President, Prime Minister, Finance Minister and others to do so in the wake of an investigation into his affairs by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB).