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Arson charges brought against man in Rīga
Arson charges brought against man in Rīga
Two criminal proceedings have been initiated in connection with the fires in two residential houses in Grīziņkalns, Riga, on May 9, and a man born in 1999 has been arrested, the State Police (VP) said.
Police chase moped in Rēzekne
Police chase moped in Rēzekne
It's not exactly Easy Rider, but nevertheless, police in Rēzekne last week found themselves in pursuit of a two-wheeled tearaway in a high-ish speed chase.
Woman gets drunk, robs flat, stabs stranger
Woman gets drunk, robs flat, stabs stranger
In Jūrmala last week, a woman attacked another woman in the street for no apparent reason, stabbing her several times with a knife and causing serious injuries. Within hours of the incident, police officers from the Jūrmala police station arrested the suspect.
Former railway chief might face prison sentence
Former railway chief might face prison sentence
The prosecutor of the Riga Regional Court has asked the former chairman of the board of directors of SJSC Latvijas dzelzceļš (Latvian Railways, LDz) Uģis Magonis and Estonian businessman Oleg Ossinovski, accused of corruption, to be sentenced to four years in prison each, the LETA news agency has found out from the prosecutor's office.
Latvia mulls tightening security after recent TV propaganda hacks
Latvia mulls tightening security after recent TV propaganda hacks
Recent hacking attacks on telecom operators and TV channels are prompting the Latvian parliament to consider tightening security to prevent Russian propaganda from penetrating our TV screens. Specific proposals have not yet been drawn up, reports Latvian Television's De Facto on May 19.
Rīga Central Station a hub for minor crimes
Rīga Central Station a hub for minor crimes
This year, 25 persons declared wanted or missing have been found in Riga's Station Square and 95 administrative offense proceedings have been initiated for various offenses in the vicinity, the State Police said.
Two detained over espionage suspicions in Latvia
Two detained over espionage suspicions in Latvia
The State Security Service (VDD) has detained two persons on suspicion of collecting information and passing it on to the Russian special services, the service said. One of the persons has already been accused of spying for Russia - Sergejs Sidorovs, a taxi driver who passed information to the so-called "Baltic anti-fascists".
Former college principal declared wanted
Former college principal declared wanted
The Riga City Court has suspended the proceedings in the criminal case in which Inese Bunga, the former principal of Riga 1st Medical College, is accused of forgery and has declared her wanted, the LETA news agency reported on May 16.
Infant corpse found in garbage in Ventspils, Latvia
Infant corpse found in garbage in Ventspils, Latvia
The body of a possibly prematurely born infant has been found in a waste container in Ventspils. In connection with the incident, the State Police asked people who have information about the possible mother of the child to contact them. 
Illegal migrant group caught in Baldone, Latvia
Illegal migrant group caught in Baldone, Latvia
Border guards, while inspecting information about suspicious individuals, detained a group of 12 on the grounds of Baldone sanatorium on Monday, May 13. 11 Indian citizens and one Pakistani citizen had  crossed the Latvian-Belarusian border illegally, the border Guard told the media in a statement.
Former LU rector acquitted in illegal benefits payment case
Former LU rector acquitted in illegal benefits payment case
The Rīga City Court in Vidzeme suburb today acquitted Indriķis Muižnieks, former rector of the University of Latvia (LU), in a criminal case of illegal payment of benefits to employees of the university who were leaving their jobs, LETA news agency reported.
Drug dealers detained in Rīga
Drug dealers detained in Rīga
State Police (VP) officers detained two men last Thursday, May 9, and seized large quantities of drugs and psychotropic substances in several searches, along with cash of €4,080 and two cars, police said May 13. 
'Suspicious' cash found in car on Lithuania-Latvia border
'Suspicious' cash found in car on Lithuania-Latvia border
In February this year, customs officers of the State Revenue Service (VID) at the Latvia-Lithuania border crossing point "Grenctāle" inspected a car on its way from Lithuania to Latvia and found undeclared cash of €402,457. The Tax and Customs Police Directorate of the VID has initiated criminal proceedings, VID said on May 10.
Jēkabpils murder suspect might not be alive, says police chief
Jēkabpils murder suspect might not be alive, says police chief
There is reason to believe that Leons Rusiņš, wanted for killing a woman in Jēkabpils in front of her child and mother last year, is no longer among the living, State Police Chief Armands Ruks said in an interview with TV3 broadcast "900 seconds" on May 8 morning.
Police profile 'typical illegal TV distributor' in Latvia
Police profile 'typical illegal TV distributor' in Latvia
The most typical provider of illegal television services is a middle-aged man who has worked in a legal company for such services before, as stated by Vitālijs Polovinskis, deputy chief of the State Police's Economic Crimes Prevention Administration, during a press conference on May 7, held by police in collaboration with the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP).
Security services promise swift action on May 9 provocations
Security services promise swift action on May 9 provocations
The State Security Service (VDD) will keep an eye out for provocations of pro-Kremlin figures on Thursday, May 9, and the service, in cooperation with the State Police, will be working under increased regime this year, monitoring the security situation across the country, VDD said on May 8.
Man accused of war support in Rēzekne, Latvia
Man accused of war support in Rēzekne, Latvia
The State Police (VP) has opened criminal proceedings for support of war crimes against a man who repeatedly placed red and white carnations on the site of the demolished "Alyosha" monument in Rēzekne, VP said May 3.
Lights, camera, action for Riga bicycle thief
Lights, camera, action for Riga bicycle thief
Vittorio de Sica's 1948 masterpiece 'Bicycle Thieves' is a landmark in Italian neorealist cinema – and indeed world cinema. More recently, a slightly less groundbreaking performance was given by a Rīga bicycle thief, though that too was captured on camera.
Construction cartel found in Saldus, Latvia
Construction cartel found in Saldus, Latvia
On April 26, the Competition Council (KP) decided to fine two construction companies - Gate L Ltd and Aksīte Ltd - for a prohibited agreement on the insulation of apartment buildings in Saldus, KP said May 2.

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