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FBI Determines American Deaths in Dominican Republic Were Not Tied to Poisoned Alcohol

Dominican Republic by Alexrk.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A rash of American deaths in the Dominican Republican has stirred fears that tourists were being poisoned by alcohol.

But a recent FBI investigation has bolstered Dominican Republic authorities’ findings that the deaths were from natural causes, not foul play.

The FBI conducted toxicology tests for three cases that were initially considered suspicious by family members, and the results ruled out methanol poisoning from alcohol, The Hill reports.

“Toxicology test results to date have been provided by the FBI to Dominican authorities, and family members of the deceased have been informed,” a State Department spokesperson told The Hill in a statement. “The results of the additional, extensive toxicology testing completed to date have been consistent with the findings of local authorities. Our condolences and sympathy go out to the families during this difficult time. Methanol poisoning from tainted alcohol was ruled out by the FBI in these cases during the toxicology screening, and it was not the finding in any other cases of U.S. citizen deaths investigated by Dominican authorities.”

Because some of the victims died after drinking alcohol, families became suspicious that the alcohol was poisoned.

The State Department and Dominican Republic have both said the number of American deaths in the country – 13 in 2018 –were not occurring at an unusual rate.

Sen. Schumer Calls on ATF to Help Investigate Dominican Republic Deaths

Chuck Schumer, via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on the ATF and CDC to help the FBI investigate the deaths of Americans in the Dominican Republic.

“With the spate of sicknesses & deaths of New Yorkers & Americans vacationing in the Dominican Republic,” Democrat from New York tweeted, “The federal government must double its efforts on getting to the bottom of things.”

At least nine Americans have died following similar symptoms while vacationing in the Dominican Republic since June 2018.

“ATF & more CDC experts should help the FBI with fact-finding. Now,” the Senate minority leader said.

The FBI is assisting the Dominican Republic with toxicological analysis.

FBI Analyzes Minibar Samples at Dominican Republic Resort Following Deaths

Dominican Republic via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is analyzing samples from at least one minibar at the popular Bahia Principe resort and hotel in the Dominican Republican after nine Americans have died in the country in the past year.

The FBI is helping Dominican authorities, who routinely test samples taken from minibars when someone dies in a hotel room, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Health told CNN. The samples are tested for bacteria.

Authorities are trying to determine whether the victims consumed alcohol from the resort before they died and if any of the alcohol contained chemicals or other harmful additives.

Agents have been collecting blood samples from people who have died under mysterious circumstances. Those samples will be compared to minibar samples. The results could take up to a month.

Three of the nine victims were found dead in their rooms at the resort.

FBI Assists Dominican Republic with Mysterious Deaths of Americans

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is assisting authorities in the Dominican Republic investigate a string of American tourist deaths in recent months.

Six American tourists have died of unknown causes at resorts since late last year, CBS reports.

The first death involved a Maryland man who died while celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino late last year.

At the same resort in April, Robert Wallace became ill quickly after drinking a scotch from the minbar and died three days later.

At the Bahia Principe resort, Miranda Schaup-Werner and Yvette Monique Sport died of heart attacks, according to death certificates, but Sport’s sister, Felecia Nieves, is skeptical.

“We were promised within three months that we would receive a toxicology report. To this day, which is almost a year now, we’ve got nothing,” Nieves said.

Also at the Bahia Principe resort, Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day both died in their rooms after celebrating their engagements.

Of the nearly seven million tourists who visit the Dominican Republic, U.S. residents are the most common.

TSA Supervisor Charged on Accusations of Paying Underage Girls for Sex in Dominican Republic

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA supervisor is accused of paying two 15-year-old girls to have sex with him in the Dominican Republic, The New York Daily News reports.

Vernon Lythcott, who was arrested at Kennedy Airport as he planned to board a flight to the Dominican Republic, was charged Friday for having sex with the two underage girls.

The 48-year-old Brooklyn man allegedly paid $80 to have sex with the girls.

“The victims also reported that during the course of that night they had used Vernon Lythcott’s cellular telephone to check their Facebook accounts and had also ‘friended’ Lythcott on Facebook,” Homeland Security special agent Karine Stewart stated in the criminal complaint.

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FBI Agents Investigating Sen. Menendez Are Accused of Brow-Beating Two Maids for Information

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents investigating claims that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez was attending sex parties with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic are accused of brow-beating two maids for information, the Miami Herald reports.

The maids are asking the Dominican National Police to investigate the FBI’s handling of them, saying they were illegally detained and felt threatened, the Herald wrote.

The maids are employees of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida doctor who is accused of hiring prostitutes for Menendez, a Democrat, at the vacation home in the Dominican.

The maids said they felt pressured to make false claims that the senator was having sex at the house.

So Far, FBI Probe Unearths No Evidence of Sen. Menendez Using Young Prostitutes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI investigation into whether Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., was given prostitutes while staying at a friend’s resort in the Dominican Republic has so far found nothing substantive, the Washington Post reports, citing two people familiar with the investigation.

Menendez is accused of accepting the prostitutes and free vacations from an eye doctor who is a close friend and major campaign donor.

The FBI is following the lead from an unknown tipster, the Post reported.

Menendez has denied meeting with prostitutes, saying the allegations are part of a smear campaign

“As we have said all along, Sen. Menendez welcomes any review because his actions have been appropriate, and we believe the facts will confirm that,” a Menendez aide told the Post.

The FBI also is investigating Menendez’s role in supporting a contract in the Dominican Republic for his friend, Salomon Melgen.

ICE Nabs 14 Foreign Nationals Accused of Gang Ties

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than a dozen foreign nationals in Milwaukee have been arrested for alleged ties to the Mexican Posse gang, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The suspects – 13 from Mexico, one from the Dominican Republic – are in the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is cracking down on foreign-born gangs.

All have criminal histories, ranging from narcotics trafficking to theft.

“Violent street gangs account for a burgeoning amount of crime in our communities in the Midwest and across the country,” Gary Hartwig, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, told the Journal Sentinel.