FOOD TRUCK OWNER SHOOTS ROBBERS, KILLS ONE
As reported this morning by El Nuevo Dia, a would-be robber was shot
to death overnight by the owner of a food truck selling tripleta sand-
wiches and bakes potatoes in front of the Naguabo Municipal Cemetery.
According to police, two armed individuals arrived at the place at a-
round 12:50AM in a vehicle and announced the robbery immediately
after getting out of the car. The owner, a licensed firearms carrier, repe-
lled the attack by shooting at the assailants. One man was wounded and
attempted to run towards a drug store, but collapsed to the ground. He
was later declared dead at Ryder Hospital in Humacao. Police later arr-
ested two individuals linked to the robbery at a Gulf gas station in Las
Piedras, where the police also seized the vehicle that the food truck ow-
er had described. The suspects, who have yet to be identified by police,
are also linked to a recent robbery in Gurabo.
GOVERNOR BACKS PRIVATE POWER PRODUCTION
From ABC News:
Puerto Rico's governor said Wednesday that he supports privatizing electri-
city production in the U.S. territory as officials seek to restructure the is-
land's troubled public power company. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla told
reporters that he is fine with the idea of privatization as long as there will be
no layoffs at the publicly owned Electric Energy Authority and if it will help
lower electricity bills. "These are measures that have never been ruled out,"
he said. "The authority's transformation has to be a profound one."
CUBAN MIGRANTS NABBED ON MONA
From Fox News Latino:
Eleven undocumented Cuban citizens were detained this week by U.S. autho-
rities when they landed on the tiny Puerto Rican islet of Mona located in the
strait between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, authorities said in a
statement released Thursday. Customs and Border protection reported the de-
tention of the group consisting of eight men and three women.
IVU-FREE SCHOOL SHOPPING JULY 17-18
From The San Juan Daily Star:
Treasury Secretary Juan Zaragoza announced Wednesday the days during
July, as well as January 2016, when consumers will be able to make sales and
use tax-free purchases of school uniforms and materials.“The first of the two
periods, will begin at 12:01 a.m. July 17 and will conclude at midnight July 18
and the second will begin on January 8 at 12:01 a.m. until midnight January 9,
2016,” Zaragoza said. “Although both consumers and businesses are familiar
with how this works, we always call on everyone to verify the information and
the detailed list of IVU exempt articles.” To obtain more information, consu-
mers are urged to visit the Treasury Department’s website www.hacienda.pr.
gov and then click on the publications link under the Internal Revenue area and
tax policy area, where they will find circular letter 15-07 of June 1, 2015.
EX-BANKER TO ASSIST US TREASURY ON PR
Former Lazard Ltd. investment banker Stephen Campbell is joining the U.S.
Treasury to work on domestic finance issues including Puerto Rico’s fiscal
crisis, a department spokesman said. Campbell began June 1 as a counselor
in the Treasury’s domestic finance office, working with Antonio Weiss, also
a former Lazard banker. Weiss serves as an adviser to Secretary Jacob J. Lew
after failing to win Senate confirmation to be undersecretary for domestic
finance. Weiss and other Treasury officials have traveled to Puerto Rico re-
cently as the commonwealth faces a potential cash crunch and struggles with
$72 billion in debt.
CARRAIZO RESERVOIR LEVELS FOR JUNE 5
From Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados:
Carraizo is on the far left, in yellow. AAA may be instituting 48-hour rationing