Homeowners to be punished for graffiti own goal!

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
Graffiti on VIa Marsala

Fines for those who don’t clean their own walls Non-repayable loans in exchange for a medium-term (cleaning) commitment. A public tender called ‘Muri puliti e protetti’ (‘Clean and protected walls’), was launched by Palazzo d’Accursio as a means to remove graffiti from the buildings, but only three condominiums actually applied for it. Each applicant would […]

‘Igor The Russian’: Bologna’s Springtime Killer Caught

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
Police mug shots

By Samuel Stolton. On Friday December 15th 2017, the Italian government issued a European Arrest Warrant for the extradition of a 36-year-old Serbian man detained in Cantavieja, a small town in the province of Teruel in Spain. Norbert Feher shall be facing charges after admitting to the murders of two Spanish civil guard officers, Victor […]

Violence against women: 9 a day ask for help in Emilia-Romagna

Friday, November 24th, 2017
Logo for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

1,481 cases of violence against children were registered from January to October this year. Twelve feminicides were recorded in 2016 so the regional government has allocated almost four million euros to counteract the phenomenon: 2,900,000 from state funds and one million from regional appropriation schemes. There were 3,139 women who were victims of violence and […]

Merola threatens Via Petroni bars with “legal action”

Sunday, October 29th, 2017
Via Petroni's bars  under strict new rules.

In an opening salvo against two bars in particular, the Mayor is not moving an inch regarding the new strict rules in force against Bar Absolute and Cucchiaio D’Oro. Complaints from the local residents reached a crescendo in the past few weeks as students celebrated like there was no tomorrow. A few incidents of house […]

Body cameras for bus controllers

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Deterrent to minimize Identity thefts Tper controllers will soon board buses with a mini camera. Just as their Seta colleagues already do on bus services in Modena, Reggio Emilia and Piacenza. A system designed primarily to prevent identity thefts from offending offenders, but is also a way to have concrete evidence in the case of […]

Drug Haul Seized in Casalecchio

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

By Samuel Stolton A 35-year-old Bolognese man was arrested on charges relating to the “illegal production, trade and possession of narcotic substances” after a marijuana haul was uncovered by Carabineri at his apartment in Casalecchio. The individual, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was detained outside Casalecchio station after a number of tip-offs from […]

Boom in fines for motorists using phones

Saturday, July 29th, 2017
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Distracted drivers up 37% During the first four days of a targeted campaign on mobile phone use while driving, the municipal police conducted 101 controls and sanctioned 16 motorists for violating Article 173 of the Road Code. The specific law prohibits use of telephones by hand, not just for conversations but also for messaging or […]

Drunken Spanish students damage parked cars

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Chaotic scenes around Porta Saragoza Kicked-in doors, torn-off wing mirrors and just for good measure they also jumped on car bonnets as if they were on a nightclub dance floor. The Spanish students aged 22, 23 and 25 years-old were apparently competing against each other to create the most damage. A local living in Porta […]

Well-mannered bank robbers steal €100,000

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Then take their time robbing safes Customers and employees of the Banco di San Geminiano and San Prospero were politely ushered into a separate room in the bank and asked not to come out until well after the bank robbers were gone. Witnesses caught up in the robbery spoke of two men with “An impeccable […]

Via Petroni: “It’s not our fault”

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
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Traders deny responsibility for social problems And Alce Nero threaten to up & leave City Mayor Virginio Merola appealed for everyone to work together to solve the problems in Via Petroni. Meanwhile, the street traders who many blame for the general degradation and social malaise that seems to be a permanent blotch on the area now, […]