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Scavenger found dead

A scavenger was found lying on his back dead in a canal in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City, Tuesday afternoon.

Police Officer 2 Raymond Bandojo of Police Station 4 yesterday identified the fatality as Juanito Laserna, 65, of Zone 14A in Tasimico Compound, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

Bandojo said that they received a call from a concerned citizen that the body of an unidentified man was found at a canal in Purok Malvar at about 4:10 p.m.Tuesday.

Laserna was identified by his sister, Leonida Urbando, also of Talisay City, at the Alisbo Memorial Chapels when she heardabout the discovery of a dead man who fit the description of her brother over the radio, Bandojo said.

There were no visible wounds that would indicate any foul play but city medico legal officer Ely Cong has been requested to conduct an autopsy on Laserna’s body, to determine the cause of his death, Bandojo added.*APN

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3 apprehended for ‘jai-alai’: cops

Three men were apprehended by Station 8 policemen Tuesday for alleged jai-alai operations in Sitio Magsungay, Brgy. Singcang-Airport, and in Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.

Station 8 commander, Chief Insp. Danilo Francisco, yesterday identified those arrested as Ryan Bautista, 19, and Joshua Villanueva, 20, of Purok Sigay in Magsungay and Edwin Malinao, 19, of Purok Paghidaet in Brgy. Tangub.

Bautista and Villanueva were apprehended at about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday in Purok Sigay by Police Officer 2 Jundy Flores, Police Officers 1 Jholex Lagtapon and Reanan Langrio while they were allegedly collecting bets for jai-alai.

The police seized P130 in bet money, three tally sheets with number combinations written on them, three tipsters with the codename “NBA” and a cellular phone from Bautista and Villanueva during their arrest, police records showed.

Police also arrested Malinao while he was allegedly soliciting and collecting bets for jai-alai in Purok Paghidaet at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police recovered P89 in bet money, tipsters with the codename “Jai Alai de Manila” and several pieces of yellow pad paper with number combinations from Malinao.

Meanwhile, a farmer was also arrested in Bago City, Negros Occidental, for allegedly soliciting bets for jai-alai Tuesday, Bago police acting commander, Chief Insp. Rico Santotome ,said yesterday.

Santotome said Oscar Vergara, 54, of Purok Langka in Brgy. Taloc, Bago City, was arrested on complaints of a concerned citizen who sent an SMS message to their "Text-a-Crime" number.

Police Officer 3 Angelo Geroche seized P92 in bet money, tipsters of the illegal numbers game of jai-alai with codename "Speed", a ballpen and several tally sheets from Vergara.*APN

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