Case with €700,000 stolen on board Sweden ferry
The alarm center received a call for the police at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday last: a case with €700,000 worth of cash had been stolen from a ferry from Sweden that had just docked. Because calls like this happen very rarely, authorities first had to make sure the information was solid.
19.06.2017, Joosep VärkPM
Man threatens conscripts with gun at Spring Storm, fires shot in air
Police have started an investigation after a local resident on Tuesday fired a shot in the air from a hunting rifle as he was confronting conscripts taking part in the Spring Storm military exercise over alleged trespassing.
No one injured as over 30 vehicles get into accidents on Tallinn Ring Road
According to initial reports no one was injured as more than 30 vehicles got into accidents as a result of black ice that had formed on several sections of the Tallinn Ring Road Friday morning.
Court sends killer of underworld leader to 9.5 years in jail
A court in the southwestern Estonian regional capital Parnu on Friday sentenced Juri Vorobei to 9.5 years in jail for shooting and killing underworld boss Nikolai Tarankov in September 2016.
Judge caught driving under the influence fails to show in court
Behavior of Pärnu county courthouse justice Rein Pokk, who was caught behind the wheel in a state of intoxication, serves as an example on how to handle such situations: do not blow into the breathalyzer but demand a blood test instead as time is ticking in your favor. Next, contest the test procedure and don't show up in court.
25.04.2017, Nils NiitraPM
Offender accuses police of thoughtlessness
The police resorted to ramming tactics while in pursuit of a couple on a speeding motorcycle that tried to outrun the patrol car the night before Saturday. Driver Andre Rider described the police's conduct as dangerous on social media.
24.04.2017, Hanneli RudiPM
KAPO: deportees a terror risk
The Estonian Internal Security Service (KAPO) finds in light of last week's terrorist attacks that people whose residence permit applications have been denied pose a heightened risk.
12.04.2017, Andres EinmannPM
Hit plan let down by SMS
Estonian Imre Arakas, who is under constant police attention in Europe courtesy of his infamous reputation, was caught planning a professional hit in Ireland. He is believed to be connected to several contract killings abroad.
06.04.2017, Joosep VärkPM
Crazed psychiatric patient injures 12 in Valga hospital
A crazed psychiatric patient attacked staff and patients at the Valga hospital in southern Estonia on Sunday night, leaving 12 people injured.
Metropol shooter a criminal rogue
Paata Sakhokia is a criminal figure with a Georgian background who has recently made it to the top of Estonia's most wanted list. He is wanted by both the criminal police and the local criminal underground that branded Sakhokia a rogue through an act of payback carried out in Männiku five years ago.
01.03.2017, Risto BerendsonPM
Enslaving is a systematic problem
Last week, Postimees published an article on a vile case of enslavement in Pärnu where a man was kept in inhuman conditions for weeks while his enslaver used his identity to take out loans and make purchases.
27.02.2017, Joosep VärkPM
Man shot in Rotermann quarter
A man was shot in the lobby of Tallinn's Metropol Hotel at a few minutes to 2 p.m. yesterday. The victim (45) was shot in the leg. He was taken to hospital, and his condition is not life threatening. The prosecution claims to know suspects' identities.
03.02.2017, Andres EinmannPM
Members of the passport mafia stand trial
Members of the so-called passport mafia stood trial again in Tallinn yesterday ten of whom opted for agreement process, while another case was closed due to lack of interest to prosecute. The case of the woman who ran the criminal organization will be heard in general procedure.
27.01.2017, Piret LaksonPM
Bribes give acquaintances the edge
Long-time Technical Director of the North Estonia Regional Hospital (PERH) Ivo Mill is suspected of preferring two construction and one design company for the hospital's construction procurements for which he received more than €50,000 in bribes in just a few years.
19.01.2017, Risto BerendsonPM
Harku gas attack work of fiction
A recently completed internal audit finds that the joint statement by 15 residents of the Harku illegal immigrants detention center that claims police resorted to tear gas during a so-called riot in early December was based on lies.
13.01.2017, Risto BerendsonPM
Leadership crisis in organized crime
Chief of the central criminal police Krista Aas tells Postimees in an interview how her operatives prevented a murder last year, how the police are involved in protecting the suspect in Nikolai Tarankov's murder, how organized crime is reorganizing itself after recent turbulent events, and how detectives discovered one of the past year's most dramatic economic crimes in Poland.
05.01.2017, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian thieves specialized
“Sometimes you have ten minutes, other times it's two hours, as that is how long the ferry takes,” an Estonian policeman in Helsinki describes his work. He gives an account for the first time on how our criminals behave on the other side of the gulf and how they are caught.
04.01.2017, Oliver KundPM
Blackmail using nudes
It all started with words. “See, now you have a man who appreciates you and treats you like a princess,” 37-year-old hobby actor and cashier Margus Sepp wrote to one of his victims in October of 2014. A little later he added: “Darling, you are in my heart, and soul, and head every minute.” (spelling unchanged here and elsewhere – ed.)
03.01.2017, Joosep VärkPM
71 families lose loved ones in road accidents in 2016
Last year 71 people lost their lives in road accidents in Estonia.
Middle-aged women hit by a cut tree
A 53-year-old woman lost her life in Võru county on Tuesday as she was hit by a cut tree in a forest near Augli village, Rõuge municipality, and died at the spot. According to Southern Police Prefecture, a 32-year-old man was doing the logging. Augli village head Silvi Luha said that the victim had been a local resident and her lifelong neighbor. “She was a nice woman, very helpful,” she said.
The state needs warships, helicopters and coastal radar network
Estonia lacks an exhaustive image of what is happening in its territorial waters. Maritime defence is fragmented between three institutions, which can perform only a small amount of approximately fifty tasks, Estonia’s first detailed maritime security report reveals.
27.12.2016, Oliver KundPM
Latvian citizen dies in traffic accident over Christmas
A Latvian citizen died in a traffic accident in Estonia's Harju County on Monday night.
Brothel patron lacked state acceptance
The Russian Federation’s diplomat, who was caught by the police in a brothel behaving curiously served in Estonia temporarily, which means that the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had not been informed of his presence. In connection with the increasing intensity of Russia’s intelligence activities the number of temporary diplomats in the European Union countries has gone up as well.
23.12.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Head of criminal group gets long jail sentence
The first-tier Tartu county court on Thursday found 11 persons guilty of a variety of criminal offenses, including the forming of and belonging to a criminal organization and unlawful handling of narcotic substances.
Worst traffic offender committed 22 violations
The police posted 200 black Christmas cards on Monday, meant for serial traffic offenders, who have gathered five or more violations during past year.
21.12.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Board member of football club detained as suspect in pimping case
Officials of the North prefecture of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board on Monday detained seven men and one woman who are suspected of running two brothels in Tallinn, and according to information available to BNS one of the detainees is a member of the board of football club Nomme Kalju, Tanel Aavik.
Tallinn borough head asks police to strengthen security at Christmas market
The governor of the Central Tallinn borough, Alar Naame, has asked the police to increase their presence at Tallinn's Christmas market to assure visitors' safety.
Detention center faces inmates who are testing the limits
The protest of the inmates of the Harku detention center in early December was caused by a rare coincidence: there are three detainees at once classified by psychiatrists as displaying manipulative behavior patterns.
19.12.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Lepp suspected of embezzling money for talk show
Suspicions brought against Tallinn TV (TTV) director Toomas Lepp suggest he turned the channel's „Club of Free Thought“ (Vaba Mõtte Klubi) program into a hidden cash machine by selling the talk show to his own television channel through an acquaintance's shell company while having TTV pick up the production costs.
08.12.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Police arrest chief of Tallinn TV on embezzlement suspicions
Officers of the Central Criminal Police on Wednesday morning detained Toomas Lepp, manager of Tallinn TV (TTV), as suspect in an embezzlement inquiry.
Charges reveal Savisaar's secret life
One of the most thrilling reads of recent years, Edgar Savisaar's criminal file, reveals how things were done in the capital during Savisaar's time in the mayor's office. The most telling example is construction tycoon Aivar Tuulberg's bribery affair.
06.12.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonia's new farm minister has been punished for criminal offense
Estonia's new Minister of Rural Affairs Martin Repinski received a conditional prison sentence for attempted fraud as a minor, the news portal of the public broadcaster ERR reports.
Ladies' man turns out to be HIV positive
Anton, diagnosed with HIV about 15 years ago, has had many sexual partners he might have knowingly infected with the virus.
30.11.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Battalion chief resigns over drunk driving
The chief of the Estonian defense forces' Engineer Battalion, Lt. Col. Eero Tepp, has come under criminal investigation and had to resign after causing an accident while driving under the influence.
25.11.2016, Georgi BeltadzePM
Car lands in house after flight of fifty meters
A 22-year-old woman crashed her BMW into a residential building on Viljandi's Köstri street after the speed at which the vehicle was traveling caused it to fly out of a steep turn and take flight, passing over a parked vehicle and a fence for a total distance of several dozen meters on Monday. The driver, who initially fled the scene, was found to be under the influence of narcotic substances.
23.11.2016, Marko SuurmägiPM
Syrian father threatened to kill mother
A scenario the authorities have feared for some time materialized last week when the police had to arrest the father of a family of refugees relocated to Estonia.
23.11.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Tarankov killed by son of old friend
The man who admitted to killing underworld leader Nikolai Tarankov is a close family acquaintance of the victim. His father had been friends with Tarankov for decades.
16.11.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
2 Estonians killed working on high voltage power line in Sweden
Two workers from Estonia were killed in a work related accident in Sweden on Monday when they began replacing a high voltage power line without making sure that power had been switched off and were hit with 30,000 volts of power.
Child survives fall from eighth floor
A two-year-old child was taken to the Tallinn Children's Hospital's intensive care unit after miraculously surviving a fall from an eighth floor window in Tallinn's Lasnamägi borough a week ago. Neighbors said that while the boy did not break a single bone, he suffered injuries to internal organs.
01.11.2016, Heilika LeinusPM
Ministry looking to train assistant policemen in the army
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has made a proposal to the defense ministry to consider complementing basic training of conscripts with a course for assistant police officers.
21.10.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Latvian police catch Estonians with EUR 2 mln worth of hashish
Latvian police detained two Estonians on the Latvian-Lithuanian border earlier this month after finding hashish worth more than two million euros hidden in the cars driven by them.
Quota refugees submit 2 applications for family reunification
Of the refugees relocated to Estonia under the European Union's relocation plan, two have submitted applications for reuniting with their families.
Estonian court sends man to 4 years in jail for stabbing police officer
The Tartu county court on Thursday handed down a four-year jail sentence to a man who stabbed and injured an on-duty police officer in Jogeva county in December last year.
13.10.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Vao investigation closed without results
The attention of the Estonian public was drawn to the Vao Refugee Center on September 3 of last year after the side wall of the building was set ablaze at night. Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas reacted with a flash visit to the center, while President Toomas Hendrik Ilves demanded all parliament parties condemn the incident. Both Rõivas and Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur expressed hope that the arsonists would be found quickly. That hope did not materialize, and the investigation was closed without result this week.
12.10.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Technical inspection rules to change
Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kristen Michal has sent out for coordination the new traffic act bill that will lead to a more flexible technical inspection procedure. The draft act will change how vehicles are submitted for regular, repeat, and extraordinary inspections and exempt vehicles used only on small islands from regular inspection.
05.10.2016, Eleen LaasnerPM
Estonian criminals crossing borders
Even though Estonia is not internationally infamous for its criminals, nor do criminals from other countries like to come to Estonia, statistics shows the number of criminals whose apprehension requires international cooperation is on the rise.
30.09.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Punishment for post-accident alcohol consumption to be toughened
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Estonian parliament decided to form a work group to draft an amendment to toughen punishment for consuming alcohol after an accident.
Suspected killer of underworld leader taken into custody
A man suspected of killing the alleged leader of Estonia's underworld Nikolai Tarankov was taken into custody by a first-tier court at the end of last week.
Government to boost security of hundreds of buildings
State agencies, the Estonian National Museum, certain bridges, server rooms, and backup generators of hospitals are just some of the things to be added to the government's new list of objects of national security relevance. The latter will have to take more stringent security measures against potential attacks.
21.09.2016, Oliver KundPM
Darja's killer found thanks to detectives' patience
Talk, talk, talk. Ten times over if necessary – that was the key to finally cracking the case of the murder of 14-year-old Darja.
20.09.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Two youths named as suspects in killing Narva schoolgirl in December
A young man born in 1997 is suspected of killing a schoolgirl in the northeastern city of Narva in December 2015 and another youth of the same age, of concealing the crime.
Kremlin propaganda portal head Kornilov detained by Estonian police
Aleksandr Kornilov was detained yesterday as suspected in tax offence. In 2014 annual account by security police Mr Kornilov is listed for advancing the Kremlin propaganda.
17.08.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Two men die in grain elevator accident in Tartu
On Friday morning three workers were trapped in grain in an elevator of the grain processing company Tartu Mill in Estonia's second-largest city of Tartu as a result of which two men died.
Vandals endeavour to empty reservoir
This Sunday, owner of Kunda, Lääne-Virumaa cement factory's hydroelectric plant and AS Generaator CEO Jan Niilo randomly showed up to check situation. To his surprise, he found the reservoir quietly letting out water.
10.08.2016, Karel ReisenbukPM
Police solves some 500 incidents at Weekend
This weekend in Pärnu, police were busy. At the Weekend Festival Baltic, a total of 27 crimes were registered. 156 misdemeanour procedures were launched including 96 involving minors. Of the latter, 84 had to do with minors consuming alcohol, reported the police.
08.08.2016, Katriin TrallaPM
Editorial: attitudes can be altered
With Estonia recently shocked by three young lives lost in a wrecked car driven by fourth youngster, we ought to think deep about the sickening speeding recorded this past weekend.
Crooks took all the homeless ones had left
A criminal group led headed by Vitas Malinauskas and Aleksandr Tšistov cheated nearly 90 outcasts out of income, for a couple of bottles of beer or vodka, leaving the people in debts and misery.
05.08.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Next four refugees from Greece arrive in Estonia
Two Syrian families arrived in Estonia from Greece on Thursday under the European Union's migrant relocation program, the Ministry of the Interior said.
Minister: Tallinn airport bomb threat maker knew how to make himself hard to find
Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said that the person who made a bomb threat against Estonia-Germany flights knew how to make finding him as difficult as possible.
Latvian stabs fellow bus passenger in Estonia
A mentally unstable Latvian citizen on Wednesday evening seriously injured a fellow passenger with a knife on a Tallinn-Vilnius bus.
Estonian police snipers destroy WWII-era shells
For the first time ever, Estonia used police snipers on Tuesday to render harmless pieces of ammunition from the period of World War II.
17-y-o Pokemon Go player injured after jumping out of window
A 17-year-old boy sustained minor injuries after jumping out of a window on the upper floor of a two-story private home in Viimsi, a residential district adjacent to Tallinn, while playing Pokemon Go on Wednesday.
Infamous mushroom seller attacks people in Tallinn marketplace
While in Finland as seller of mushrooms, Mart Kuus attacked a policeman. Early yesterday morning, he assaulted people in Tallinn Central Marketplace. Police found him carrying a knife and two weapons.
22.07.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Boy of 16 dead after tinkering with stranger's car
In Võru County late last Friday a man aged 55 hit a lad of 16 in the face, the latter having tinkered with the vehicle of his acquaintance. Afterwards, the boy died in hospital.
19.07.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Estonian in Nice: Promenade is closed, tourists are leaving
The seaside of Nice, the French city struck by a deadly terrorist attack on Thursday night, has been emptied of people and many tourists are heading towards the airport, an Estonian man told BNS from the Mediterranean resort.
A great mystery: the location of murder and transport of body
One thing we will never know how is how the naked corpse of Varvara was transported to 400 metres from where she lived, to a forsaken lot behind an ice hockey arena.
06.06.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Tartu deputy mayor leaves office
Kajar Lember, deputy mayor of Tartu who is suspected of repeated bribe-taking, resigned from the office of deputy mayor and from the supervisory boards of all companies connected with the city on Thursday.
Tartu deputy mayor suspected of EUR 850,000 benefit fraud
Kajar Lember, deputy mayor of Estonia's second largest city Tartu who was on Tuesday detained by the police for alleged bribe-taking, was still detained on Wednesday afternoon and is being suspected of benefit fraud in the amount of more than 850,000 euros.
Man who fled Finnish mental hospital caught in Estonian capital
A man who escaped from a psychiatric hospital in central Finland where he was held after being found too mentally ill to face murder charges was detained by the police in Tallinn Tuesday evening.
Special units to get a boost
Police special unit K and border guard strike teams on Eastern border will get dozens of new members and equipment for added special operations capacity.
03.05.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Handgun allegedly used to murder underworld leader lost by police
At long last, investigation files on paid murder of underworld leader Kalev Kurg (44) ten years back are public. Turns out, despite the efforts applied not a clue was found. All traces led straight to nowhere.
29.04.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Police in front of house waiting for key at moment of murder
Last Friday in Viljandi, policemen were waiting downstairs to unlock apartment house main door while Rene (38) having obtained stepfather's weapon fired a deadly shot in the staircase. From there, all the police could do is arrest the murderer as, regrettably, the victim was beyond help.
19.04.2016, Marko SuurmägiPM
Believed killer of 9-year-old is no longer alive
The 9-year-old Narva girl whose naked body was found five days after her disappearance not far from her home in the northeast Estonian border city was murdered by a man who intentionally took an overdose of drugs and died days after being contacted by investigators, prosecutors believe.
Police: Crackdowns on immigrants in St. Petersburg increasing pressure on Estonian border
Russian authorities conducting raids on illegal immigrants in St. Petersburg can be felt also on the Estonian border, in the form of growing numbers of attempts at illegal crossing of the border, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board says.
Drunk driver hits bus shelter, seven reported injured
Seven people including a child were reported injured after a drunk driver crashed into a bus shelter shortly after noon on Monday in Tallinn.
Editorial: fighting? Seek to agree
The truck transport tussle is worthy or broader public attention. The law says carriers adhere not to rules. Truckers smell persecution. Feels like the nation needs to interfere.
«Not humans but robots» – truck drivers honk horn at perceived police persecution
As one, truckers of Estonia have opted to open their mouths and speak their mind about the punitive police raids seemingly bordering on bullying and increasing in volume. Instead of improving anything, they say it's applying brakes on business.
11.03.2016, Aivar PauPM
Editorial: how to restore sense of security in society?
Last week, Estonia was in shock by the brutal beating in Tartu of a father under the very eyes of his small son, having reprimanded young guys for kicking over a trash can. By today, we know of the lengthy punishment register of the offenders.
Private detectives behold business boom on horizon
There are no private detectives in Estonia, as if. Even so, the third attempt to regulate the market as prescribed by coalition treaty has created quite a stir. Some smell the hairy hand of major security companies and vested business interests. Others hope the work will get the more exciting.
09.03.2016, Liis VelskerPM
«Pro» ranks thinned
In two initial months of the year the police caught eight professional thieves in Tallinn. A record.
«An excellent result,» observed Toomas Jervson of Northern prefecture. His «apartment group» hunting the burglars day in and day out, eight arrests is over 10 percent of the total of 70 or so in the business in Tallinn.
04.03.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Finnish court metes out long prison sentences to gang of Estonian drug criminals
A court in Espoo, southern Finland on Tuesday sent five Estonians to prison for a long time for severe drug-related crimes and other offenses, and one Estonian was jailed for helping them.
Woman tortured by male acquaintance with electric shocks
Mid-January, Pärnu County Court convicted Erki Osa (38) in unauthorized use of car, drunk driving, as well as for keeping a woman he knew in his apartment to beat her and torture with electricity.
29.02.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Kids do drugs at party, GHB talk unconfirmed
As established by police, drugs were used at birthday party of girl aged 16 in Raplamaa on Friday. Talk of «date rape» poured in glasses of girls was not confirmed.
18.02.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: children playing
Some two dozen minors got caught in a Rapla County birthday party by police, drunk. Turned out afterwards, drugs were involved. As one developed alcohol poisoning, they hauled her to the highway side so arrival of ambulance would not spoil the fun. The kids were taken to police station to be fetched by parents.
Criminal case triggered by big mouth
«Meet you at midnight, at door to your house, see what life is all about.» A short summary of what the guy told boss when threatened to be sacked. The seriousness of what was said brought police to his home to find hundreds of illegal cartridges.
12.02.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Estonian police nab Lithuanian car thieves
Estonian police captured two Lithuanian car thieves in the southern Viljandi County the night into Friday and a third man who initially escaped was nabbed in the morning.
12.02.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Editorial: Uber kaput?
These days, taxi app gets you an available driver in the blink of an eye. Basically, the technological solutions have triggered a taxi revolution especially embodied by the Uber-like drive sharing solutions. Anybody could do taxi now.
Estonian police: Passenger carriage using Uber app still requires license
The North prefecture of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board continues to be of the opinion that drivers transporting passengers using the Uber app must have a corresponding operating license and doing it without a license constitutes an act of misdemeanor.
Dealer swollows fentanyl as arrested. Stomach cut open
Under very eyes of police, a dealer swallowed large amount of fentanyl. To save his life, stomach had to be cut open in hospital and plastic bag with drugs removed.
08.02.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
70 people operating as professional thieves in Tallinn
Northern prefect Kristian Jaani and criminal police chief Urmet Tambre cover nuances of last year's crime and Estonia-related human trafficking.
04.02.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian woman suspect in murder investigation in Finland
A 20-year-old Estonian woman is being suspected of killing a man in Finland and the Finnish police is to apply for her to be taken into custody on Monday, the daily Turun Sanomat reports.
Estonian construction businessman Mati Heinsar killed in road accident in Latvia
The Estonian national killed in a road accident on the Liepaja-Riga road shortly after midday on Tuesday was construction businessman Mati Heinsar.
Gallery: guy takes car to test ice at sea. Too thin
On the one hand, it didn't go too well with the lad opting to test thickness of ice in Rohuküla, Lääne County for the vehicle sank to the bottom of the sea. On the other hand, it wasn't too bad at all as no human got hurt.
13.01.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Middle-aged machinery operator killed in Rakvere plant accident
The worker killed in an ammonia leak at the Rakvere meat processing factory on Saturday morning was a middle-aged machinery operator who had worked in this field for his whole life, officials said.
Criminal proceeding opened as MP's blood alcohol content exceeds 1.5 permille
A criminal procedure was opened after Dmitri Dmitrijev, the MP who crashed his car while intoxicated shortly after midnight on Thursday, was found to have a blood alcohol concentration higher than 1.5 permille.
Drug users to be warned by police SMS
The so-called weekend drug users will be getting warnings from police as text messages aimed at avoiding major problems and calling people to order.
08.01.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Estonian police may send liaison officer to Lithuania to combat car theft
Since groups of thieves from Lithuania have set their sights on luxury cars in Estonia, the Estonian police is considering sending a liaison officer to Lithuania to more effectively combat such crimes.
People allowed to return to Tallinn's main courthouse after bomb threat
The Liivalaia courthouse in Tallinn was evacuated following a bomb threat on Monday afternoon and people were allowed back into the buding after a bomb squad had given the all-clear.
Three year old out for a walk, barefoot and alone
Just happening to pass by, a man in Saaremaa this Tuesday morning found a three year old out in December weather barefoot, coat not buckled and in underwear, and weeping, writes local newspaper Meie Maa.
23.12.2015, Piret LaksonPM
Dog tormenting video triggers murder threats
At her leisure, a young mother uploaded the video in Internet, showing tormenting of dogs. Great was the public outrage and in social media the clip quickly reached thousands.
15.12.2015, Martin LainePM
New car theft now historically easy
Standing in a supermarket line to pay for daily groceries, a guy just might be standing right behind you busy amplifying the signal of your car key so his buddy can drive your wheels off the parking lot and into the wild unknown. This is what the new generation car thieves are about. For them, the business is increasingly a piece of cake.
11.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Murder not suspected with child found dead
As affirmed by prosecutor's office, Darja (14) was found dead in the woods at Narva city northern edge yesterday afternoon. The girl went missing Friday night in the area of Rahu St, Narva. Forensic pathologist and investigators, having performed initial procedures on location, did not detect facts pointing to violent death.
10.12.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Girl of 14 found dead in Narva
A 14-year-old girl who went missing in the northeast Estonian border city last Friday was found dead on Wednesday.
09.12.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Estonians involved in Vantaa shooting
All three individuals involved in a shooting at Vantaa Myyrmäe railway station in Finland on Monday night were Estonian citizens dwelling in Finland.
02.12.2015, postimees.ee, virumaateataja.eePM
UK court gives long jail terms to Estonian watch robbers
The Leeds Crown Court on Monday handed down long prison sentences to three Estonian men it found guilty of a robbery conspiracy in which high value watches worth approximately 1.3 million euros were stolen at gunpoint in Leeds and in London, Yorkshire Evening Post said.
Police catch man as suspect in double murder
Police alerted by neighbors found the bodies of two men in their 50s apparently stabbed to their deaths in a village in western Estonia on Tuesday evening and arrested a 51-year-old man as suspect in the killings shortly afterwards.
By phone, police threatened of repeat of Paris events in Narva
In Estonia, the initial serious repercussion of Friday's terrorist events came in less than 24 hours. From, Narva, alarm centre received a phone call from a man promising to repeat everything what had just transpired on the streets of Paris.
16.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Police plagued by cooked up complaints
11:30 pm, on September 8th. The place is Rahumäe Police Station, Tallinn. Daniil, a gymnasium student sits there with his mother, telling investigator-on-duty the terrifying tale of how two hours before he was attacked by two unknown crooks, in Lasnamäe, who hit him over the hear with a club, and robbed personal items: a Pepe Jeans coat, Puma footwear, Calvin Klein bag with Armani purse etc.
13.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Defiant Congolese triggers rebellion
The Tuesday rebellion at Harku Detention Centre was sparked as a detainee was told of decision to extend his stay for two months. The Congolese opted to protest, soon joined by a couple of dozen people.
12.11.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Protest takes place in Harku illegal immigrants detention center
A protest took place in Estonia's Harku detention center for illegal immigrants on Tuesday as detainees demanded for a fellow detainee to be released from a solitary confinement cell.
Cup of corruption running over
The latest cases of corruption on topmost political level raise the issue of how rotten is the state of Estonian political and economic elite, and how adequate are the investigative bodies to find it out.
10.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
People disappearing creates fear
Searches for Markkus (17) lost in Võru, South Estonia for tenth day have come to seeking help from soothsayers and diviners. The visions claimed by the latter have yielded no fruit.
05.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
«Passport mafia» led by babushka
Investigators have reasons to believe that the criminal scheme published yesterday may have been a lot broader and lasted a lot longer than herewith officially shown.
29.10.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Mobile speed camera tested: 94 percent exceed limit during half hour
At end of this year, interior ministry and Road Administration will launch tests of mobile speed cameras which will feature the remarkable quality of not being located at a traditional «known» spot. Rather, the devices are relocated according to need.
30.09.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Student accused of shooting teacher pleads guilty
The closed court session in Viljandi courthouse over student accused of killing a teacher at Paalalinna School begun by a large gathering of reporters and photographers in front of the building.
18.09.2015, Marko SuurmägiPM
An evil person set fire to refugee's house
Yesterday, officials and media were busy around the burnt house of Vao refugees with the occasional villager daring to show up to take a look.
04.09.2015, Kristi ErlichPM
Police search premises of North Tallinn borough govt
Officials from the office for combating corruption crimes of Estonia's Central Criminal Police were searching the premises of the borough government of North Tallinn on Thursday afternoon.
Estonian PM visits refugee center at Vao
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas visited the accommodation center for asylum seekers at Vao on Thursday, following an arson attack committed against a building of the accommodation center in the early morning.
Cops cuss traffic offender, get fired
Having flung curse words at a traffic offender who provoked them by insults, veteran police patrol officers get sacked that very day.
31.08.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Ex-head of Latvian Railways tried to escape arrest
Ugis Magonis, the former head of Latvijas Dzelzcels (Latvian Railways), tried to escape from the anti-corruption officers who arrived to detain him last week, information obtained by BNS suggests.
Estonians trust police, volunteer rescuers the most - survey
Of the institutions responsible for internal security, the police and volunteer rescuers are trusted the most by Estonians whereas trust in assistant police officers has weakened, it appears from a security study commissioned by the Interior Ministry.
Estonian man suspected of causing fellow countryman's death in Finland
The police in eastern Finland are investigating a shooting case in which an Estonian man stands suspected of causing the death of a fellow countryman, Finnish news agency STT reports.
Court verdict becomes final for Estonia's 41st convict sentenced to life
The stepping into force on Wednesday of the life sentence handed down to Oleg Pitjukov by a court in the southwestern resort town Parnu for murder and causing of serious physical harm in January brings the number of convicts serving a life sentence in Estonian jails to 41.
LSD lands sporty lad in wheelchair
Last week, extraordinary indeed was a criminal case settled at Harju County Court.
12.06.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Drunk driver involved in multi-victim accident
On Saturday morning, a serious traffic accident happened at Tartu Highway and F. R. Kreutzwaldi St intersection, Tallinn, as a Mercedes-Benz at left-turn from Kreutzwaldi St was hit by a BMW with Gregori (22) drunk at the wheel. According to police, the BMW went above speed limit. Eve (42), the driver of the Mercedes, was sober.
Editorial: Why? Let’s look within
Saturday morning sunshine, central Tallinn. Slowly and serenely, townsfolk start strolling about. The coffee shops open their welcoming doors, and all is quiet... till the bang. The shock, the blood, the tears, and the ambulances screaming their way towards what just happened. Not limited to the people in both cars involved, a traffic island was rudely invaded as one of the vehicles was flung in its midst. 14 injured, all told.
Police needs help breaking up fights
As uncovered by Estonian Institute for Open Society research published in March, police investigators indeed deem inability of men to control their aggressiveness the chief cause for violence against women – while not discounting thoughtless behaviour by the ladies themselves. A more recent study on assessment by police shows the same: often, they claim, it’s also thoughtless actions by women that may lead to physical or sexual violence.
30.04.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Death of builder raises eyebrows
In theory, anything is possible. The dead man was discovered on a forest path he had no reason to wander. Next to corpse stood sports shoes several sizes smaller. His skull features a large hole, probably by a hit from behind with a blunt object. The conclusion: deranged, the man might have fallen to his own death in dark woods. This, at least, was what prosecutor’s office thinks how Christer Loorents, a builder, perished.
22.04.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
India's top court holds first hearing in Estonian ship guards' case
The Supreme Court of India on Friday held the first hearing in the case of the 14 Estonian maritime guards held in India since October 2013, but the court did not make a decision and the next hearing is to take place in April.
Thugs try robbing police of €80,000
What a flop: criminals decide to rob the €80,000 offered them for a drug deal, unaware it was a trap set by police.
08.04.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Prosecutors charge Vaino Pentus, Siim Roode in Autorollo case
The North district prosecutor's office has charged Vaino Pentus and Siim Roode with offenses committed in connection with the insolvency of the road haulage company OU Autorollo.
University research fellow offers altering exam results for sex
Middle-aged, hiding behind a fictitious name, the man made a staggering proposal to Postimees journalist posing as 12th grader struggling with sciences: for ten intimate encounters, he may improve the gal’s math state exam result in public database. Two weeks later, as it all turned out to be journalistic experiment, Fred – a research fellow at University of Tartu – fled into the night as cameras flashed their light, denying everything.
01.04.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Police seeks option to select crimes worthy of investigation
A fresh example out of real life: a divorced father was supposed, at ex-wife’s request, to drive daughter to a dancing class by car. The child failed to exit the building in time, searching for her clothes. The father entered to help the kid, found the clothes and got his daughter to the class on time. Arriving home, the mother filed complaint to court as, entering into the apartment, the father violated court-imposed ban of approach. Legally speaking, this was illegal entry into private property.
30.03.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Car thief on run pinned by police dog fangs
Late last Sunday night, a grand police operation to grab Lithuanian car thieves culminated with K-Commando special unit ambush in Pärnu County, Estonia. An alleged criminal, attempting to sprint into the woods, ended up bitten by service dog.
26.03.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Russia presents note to Estonia over investigation of Ganin death
Russia has presented a note to Estonia demanding faster investigation of the killing of Russian national Dmitry Ganin during the riots of April 2007.
«You’ve done everything right and then the state turns its back on you»
The headline is quoting a foreign investor and entrepreneur after €37,000 were stolen from his company by an executive. Though the theft is evidenced by video materials and falsification of company accounts, this was not reason enough for police to investigate. At least not until Postimees took a journalistic interest.
20.03.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Guys accused of rape acquitted
By two instances of court, Ida-Viru County youths accused in attempted rape of girl of 12 as the court and prosecutors office failed to verify guilt.
13.03.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
«But he is a soldier, and so lonesome!»
«Thanks you a lot for receiving me into your life and I’m very much happy too so I found the best woman in the world. I have very much good feelings for you and this keeps me alive. I am a loving and honest man and I promise you will never regret meeting me when I am at home,» reads the English of a most romantic man on the planet.
12.03.2015, Liisa TagelPM
Fast loan sharks seized
The sight in Rahumäe, Tallinn police house parking lot last week was rather unusual: law and order people in private clothing, having held an outwardly calm chat with three guys, pinned the latter to the ground. A criminal gang that spent these past years assuming SMS quick loans and charging instalment purchases using identities of homeless and outcasts was thus apprehended.
11.03.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Fights in homes increasingly police priority
Last year, over 9,000 incidents of domestic violence were reported to Police and Border Guard Board, 3,500 of these registered in Harju County. Northern Prefecture offence against person department head Rait Pikaro says the cases are increasingly a priority for police these past years and reporting thereof is increasing.
11.03.2015, Toomas RandloPM
People sneaking into Estonia apply fresh approach
Illegal entrants across border line from Russia have buried dreams of easy «transit» into Nordics. Now, the red line is Piusa River at Estonia’s South-Eastern edge: once over that, they promptly surrender to authorities.
19.02.2015, Oliver KundPM
Viljandi school shooter remains unrepentant
By psychiatrists’ decision yesterday, the Viljandi school shooter Vahur will stand trial in court. Meanwhile, there is no desire in the youth to offer any public explanations.
10.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Port worker dies falling between ship and berth in Tallinn
In Old City Harbour of Tallinn, last night a port employee perished having fallen between passenger ship and the berth.
09.02.2015, Andres EinmannPM
Theft of drug money ends in disability
Court hearing commences regarding cruel beating known by dramatic arrest on Virtsu-Kuivastu ferryboat last October.
05.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
The historic investigation into Assar Paulus
In judicial practice of Estonia, this was a first. Never before have four enforcement agencies joined hands, all at once, to bring evidence about a criminal organisation: the police, tax and customs board, security police (the Kapo) and prosecutor’s office. With Assar Paulus (52), such was the case.
03.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Criminal case of Estonia's underworld authorities reaches court
Criminal case of Assar Paulus, alleged head of an organized crime group, has been sent to the court by the Public Prosecutor's Office.
Police find fully equipped functioning drug lab
This past Friday, Harju County Court issued long jail-terms to men caught busy preparing a drug lab in Harju County big enough to flood the local market and beyond.
02.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Eesti Energia says killed miners had years of experience
The two miners killed in an accident in the underground Estonia mine Thursday night had many years of experience, said the owner of the mine, the state-held energy group Eesti Energia.
Two killed in mining accident in NE Estonia
Two workers were killed in an accident in the Estonia mine in northeastern Estonia Thursday night.
Snowtubing claims life in South-Estonia
At Ansomäe ski centre near Otepää, a day of winter fun for company staff finished in tragedy as two «train» tubes broke off and flung into tall pines lining a steep slalom slope.
28.01.2015, Jaan OlmaruPM
Woman dies, another sustains injuries in snowtubing accident near Estonian ski resort
A 49-year-old woman died and a woman one year her junior sustained injuries in a snowtubing accident near the south Estonian ski resort Otepaa on Tuesday.
Glamorous crook acted as citizen of Estonia
A jurist posing as Estonian citizen while organising a grand extortion scheme with help by Moscow law enforcement in high likelihood used a fake Estonian passport.
22.01.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Sweden’s asylum seekers are hopping to Estonia for shopping
In Police and Border Guard Board internal mailing list, Northern prefect thereof Kristian Jaani painted an overview of last year highlighting the rising trend of people waiting for asylum in Sweden travelling to Estonia to buy cheap alcohol though not permitted to leave the kingdom.
22.01.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Fewer flunks at traffic tests
Road Administration has come public with theory and driving tests results and provided an overview of serious slips by ladies and gentlemen while doing the drive.
21.01.2015, Rivo VeskiPM
Pay of €1,000 a month not «police magnet» enough
In the interview underneath, Police and Border Guard Board Northern Prefecture prefect Kristian Jaani shares about shortcomings in fighting home violence and why pawn shops should ban cash.
21.01.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Former Guantanamo inmate granted flat and helper in Estonia
Wednesday night saw arrival into Estonia of Ahmed Abdul Qader (31) released from detention in Guantanamo for over 12 years.
16.01.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
13-y-o boy in serious condition after stabbing by 16-y-o
A 13-year-old schoolboy was reported in serious condition after being stabbed with a knife by a boy three years his senior in a village situated some 50 kilometers to the south of the capital Tallinn on Friday.
Estonian president, PM offer condolences over terrorist attack in Paris
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Prime Minister Taavi Roivas have extended condolences to France over the massacre in the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.
Minister: Focusing on media security not necessary at present
It has not been necessary in Estonia to put a special focus on questions of media security, Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said on Thursday.
Police launch criminal probe into Auvere power plant accident
The East Prefecture of the Police and Border Guard Board has opened a criminal investigation into Tuesday's accident at the Auvere power plant in northeastern Estonia that left eight people injured.
Number of serious road accidents slightly up in Estonia in 2014
While the number of serious road accidents in Estonia moved up narrowly in 2014, fewer people were injured and killed in such accidents than in 2013, tentative figures released by the police show.
Estonian citizen detained at Moscow protest on Tuesday is released
The Russian police on Tuesday detained an Estonian citizen at a protest in Moscow but released the person on Wednesday noon.
Estonian politician, former Tallinn mayor Hardo Aasmae dies in accident
Hardo Aasmae, Estonian politician, public person and former mayor of Tallinn, died on Monday evening at the age of 63 as a result of an accident.
High official of Estonian Culture Ministry who was caught stealing resigns
Raul Oreskin, deputy secretary general for fine arts of the Estonian Ministry of Culture who was caught stealing in a Tartu department store on Monday, has submitted a letter of resignation which the culture minister has accepted.
«Nigerian scam» strikes car biz in Estonia
Estonia has contracted a modern version of Nigerian scam – a middle aged man paid €2,000 for a car that to this day fails to materialise.
19.12.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Italian journalist Chiesa ordered to leave Estonia
The Italian journalist and politician Giulietto Chiesa who was detained in Tallinn on Monday over violating the Estonian entry ban has been released and ordered to leave the country.
Bitcoin offers options to launder money
In Estonia, two criminal investigations are underway regarding those trading with Bitcoin – the virtual money. According to Financial Intelligence Unit chief Aivar Paul, the strictness is due to Estonia being transit state for money laundering.
16.12.2014, Marge TubalkainPM
Kidnapping, business brawl or family feud?
Under obscure circumstances, a well known recreational fisherman disappeared at half way from Tartu to Tallinn, his only known link to criminal world being his brother.
10.12.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Greed lands drug dealer in jail
Not long ago, prison doors closed upon drug dealer Ilja Tsihhon (32). His is a story of how, despite the many signs of danger, a greedy crook still stepped into the trap set by police, and how €5,000 of police special operations money were lost.
03.12.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Court spares Estonian javelin world champion Varnik of jail
A court here on Tuesday spared former javelin world champion Andrus Varnik of jail for breach of probation but ordered the retired athlete to undergo treatment for alcoholism.
Cop complains about kick by boss
New standard set at solving differences on the job: a policeman just thoroughly demoted during reforms tells internal audit his new superior kicked and verbally abused him at exercises. The kick was a reality, but this week prosecutor’s office closed the case due to lack of necessary elements of criminal offence.
28.11.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Bomb threat made to Estonian parliament
A bomb threat was made to the Estonian parliament before noon Thursday but no explosives were found.
Editorial: the global echo of a death
One tragic incident which, on the face of it, might touch but the persons directly involved (and their neatest-dearest) may evolve into a chain reaction lasting for months – a story on every TV screen on the planet. A story to be interpreted with broad generalisations or used for propaganda.
Youth in Rakvere ravaged with drugs
Since September, Rakvere has seen nine young people hospitalised – probably by smoking synthetic cannabis aka spice.
20.11.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Conscript hospitalised by explosives
A month ago, a conscript at Kuperjanov Infantry Battalion was hospitalised due to injuries by an explosives package going off.
19.11.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Court hands non-suspended jail terms to Russian anglers who resisted arrest
The Viru County Court on Thursday handed down non-suspended sentences to two Russian citizens who resisted arrest by Estonian border guards after illegally entering Estonian waters by boat on Narva River in September.
Russian border guard quits cooperation with Estonia
At the beginning of November, former Border Guard Board director-general Vice-Admiral Tarmo Kõuts and University of professor emeritus Ülo Vooglaid handed the Riigikogu a collective address to restore standalone Border Guard. According to interior minister Hanno Pevkur (Reform Party), the idea ought to at least be discussed.
12.11.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Police find 120,000 illegal cigarettes in car in SE Estonia
Police in Polva County in southeastern Estonia found 120,000 illegal cigarettes in a car that turned into a side road after the driver had noticed a patrol Monday afternoon.
Bums and fools in loan shark jaws
While investigating an international computer fraud, in spring of 2012 economy police spotted a suspicious behaviour pattern of its alleged leader and his acquaintances – the young guys loved to have dealings with outcasts or people slightly disabled. Daily.
11.11.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Underage Estonian girl raped in India
A 17-year-old Estonian girl was raped in Goa, India by a local man, Deccan Heraldine reports.
Rector of Tallinn University of Technology to resign due to drunk driving
Rector of the Tallinn University of Technology Andres Keevallik is to resign due to a traffic accident he caused on Tuesday evening while intoxicated.
30.10.2014, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
All were having lots of fun and then came the shock...
On the face of it, nothing foreboding at the German lesson this Monday at Paalalinna School in Viljandi. A teacher for decades, Ene Sarap was obviously in a good mood, asking the kids about their holidays. «All were having lots of fun,» the school shooter Vahur (15) said afterwards.
30.10.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Unknown hooligan vandalizes War of Independence monument
An unknown hooligan wrote numbers on the monument to the victory in the War of Independence in Tallinn and the police are looking for the vandal.
The Tuesday 7.30 am teachers meeting
Main piece of advice to teachers in Viljandi after losing their colleague shot dead this Monday is do talk about it. Talk to the point, and speculate not.
29.10.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Lawyer for Kohver hands FSB new materials
Yesterday, Eston Kohver’s defence lawyer claimed he failed to receive all documents from Estonia needed to help prove his client’s innocence.
28.10.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
The diligent student with a dark troubled soul
While people close to Vahur (15) who shot his teacher say he was a good student and ready to relate, in social media the lad left an impression rather different and dark.
28.10.2014, Oliver KundPM
Vahur calm after killing teacher
While firing shots at his teacher, Vahur – a 9th grader at Paalalinna School in Viljandi – was calm and composed. Felled by the bullets from a revolver belonging to boy’s father, Ene Sarap who used to teach German died before the blackboard.
28.10.2014, Nils NiitraPM
15-y-o student who killed teacher fired several shots from father's gun
A 15-year-old boy fired several shots from his father's gun and killed a female teacher in a school in the South Estonian town of Viljandi early on Monday afternoon.
Editorial: example alone matters
A sad story laid out in Postimees today: having battered his pregnant partner, a man may get three years if convicted. Just a case among thousands, though...
Former Russian minister blocked from entering Estonia
This Sunday at Tallinn Airport, border guards blocked entry into Estonia by former Russian minister for nationalities, academician Valery Tishkov – a man under prohibition to enter by Ministry of the Interior. Mr Tishkov (72) was scheduled to speak yesterday at an event organised by media club Impressum on «National relations and conflicts in mirror of politics».
In Viimsi, security firm fighting fungus high hunters
Every fall sees Viimsi Commune visited by «mushroom pickers» with hazy eyes and weird ways, out to consume and sell intoxicating fungi.
14.10.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Era of drone freedom is over
Today, Estonian Civil Aviation Administration enforced rules regarding where and how high unmanned aircraft may be flown over our land. The rules are aimed at avoiding accidents. In times that lie ahead, done pilots may come under police surveillance.
02.10.2014, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: peepshow stars against own will
Easy to label stuff... the police set up security cameras and we pour forth phrases like Surveillance Society, Big Brother, Police State. In some ways that may be – the police knows information is an advantage and we do want them to do well protecting us.
Editorial: when foreign policy turns domestic
Russia’s neighbours are getting the feeling of living at the foot of a volcano. Firstly, one is forced to learn all about volcanoes. Also, preparedness is needed for earthquakes shaking the occasional fence.
Security Police: the kidnapped officer is Eston Kohver
As confirmed to Postimees by Estonian Security Police, the security police officer apprehended near Luhamaa border point and taken to Russia at gunpoint this morning is indeed Eston Kohver – as claimed by Federal Security Service of Russian Federation (FSB) in its statement this (Friday) evening.
05.09.2014, Karin KangroPM
FSB confirms apprehension of Estonian security police officer
Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation announced Friday night of having apprehended, during an operation in Pskov Oblast, an employee of Estonian Security Police.
05.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Security Police «for now excludes political motives for kidnapping officer»
According to Security Police director-general Arnold Sinisalu, KAPO is for now excluding a political motivation for the kidnapping of our officer at the Estonian-Russian border.
05.09.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Ilves expects swift solution for kidnapping
President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves says armed kidnapping info Russia of security police officer this morning near Luhamaa border point is unacceptable. He expects the incident to be solved swiftly.
Heyday for hotels
State visit by US President Barack Obama brought benefits to hotels of Tallinn but spelled loss for shops and cafes in the «closed zone».
05.09.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
Drinking freedom applied as duty
Justice minister Andres Anvelt is asking everybody to send their suggestions on how to tame those tippling in public space.
29.08.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Criminal Police performs «informant pay» reform
Cutting the chances of policemen pocketing the cash instead of awarding informant, and becoming subjects to blackmail.
28.08.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
During Obama visit, the wise will walk
Better not take a car to Tallinn city centre next Wednesday.
28.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Blanket booze biz ban from 3 am?
Bars blasting with partying – Friday nights straight through to Early hours of Mondays – have forced the town of Võru to seek ways of curbing night-time sale of alcohol.
21.08.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Minors torching ghost schools
The former schoolhouse at Õismäe Road 130, Tallinn is surrounded by large blocks of flats, a kindergarten and a sports ground where children are playing a good game of football.
19.08.2014, Meribel SinikaldaPM
Editorial: locking up the inner beast
If all goes according to plan, in ten years lion’s share of Estonia’s passenger carrying buses should be equipped with alcolocks. Drunk driving will be no more – with driver brains no longer working, a device will decide whether the guy goes to work or not that day.
Tipsy bus drivers to be «alcolocked»
Police thinks alcohol activated vehicle immobilisers work well to keep drunk drivers off any vehicle.
19.08.2014, Merike TederPM
Murder prompted by broken relationship
Detailed questioning of murderer attempting to burn herself and child last December was cut short by suicide of suspect.
18.08.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
IT-helper, for faster fire-fighting
«I was on duty as the Kangadžungel store caught fire, and thanks to the new system I found the Kunderi Street water hydrant,» said Ramon Ruotsi, senior operational officer at Northern Rescue Centre. Mr Ruotsi went on to explain that only the rare few hydrants stick out in the street, most being buried under it.
14.08.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Drunk driver dragnet, at dusk
Friday, 10 pm. Six policemen are gearing up for an «everybody blows» raid. With their glowing vests lit up by headlights, people find the brake pedal real fast.
11.08.2014, Merilyn SädePM
Doping committee «disturbed by behaviour of the accused»
At long last, the report by a committee investigating activities of former Tartu sports physician Vitali Bernatski, allegedly a mediator of doping substances, came public yesterday. As expected, no-one’s guilt or innocence is directly proven therein. For the next steps, the ball was now thrown to Estonian Olympic Committee.
08.08.2014, Peep PahvPM
Road Administration testing new type of speed camera
Not mass produced yet, the speed camera is based on current laser-based measuring technology.
05.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Is Estonian police turning dogs on peaceful citizens, cruelly beating alternative-culture-loving concert-goers and opponents of the government, having basically pulled out all the stops? Or is it, rather, that the Estonian police can’t guarantee the basic order, is letting crooks throw their weight around and retreating before all who have the guts to curse them waiving fists and what not?
Police «victim» a likely provocateur
Passerby’s eye is not always right – to summarise a mid-July conflict at a Tallinn event Cultural Dust (Kultuuritolm).
05.08.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Saving the fellow drug addict
On Monday, a man stepped in the Erika St syringe exchange station, in Kopli, Tallinn – announcing he saved his fourth person dying from fentanyl overdose. Not a record-breaker, though.
01.08.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: a reform better unnoticed by citizens
With state organisations reorganising their staff and activities, to the man in the street the true reasons for it will often remain hazy – for the simple reason, mostly, that they have no direct contact with the domain. Some, of course, will always emotionally say that officialdom needs thinning; others will worry about the service – the state being thin as it is.
High risk families entered into police register
Neighbours, relatives and teachers alike have become better at letting the police and child welfare know of kids in trouble.
16.07.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonia has over hundred useless pet registers
Cats and dogs entered into workbooks not found when lost.
15.07.2014, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Benches dear to drunks taken away
In the fall of 2012, Tallinn City Centre government ordered a dozen benches for Uus Maailm and Lastekodu Street. By now, some have been removed as having become popular among the drunkards of the area whose behaviour proved bothersome to other people.
14.07.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Cities limit tippling
July saw entry into force of Law and Order Act provision allowing alcohol to be consumed at many a public spot – as long as others aren’t bothered. At that, local government hands were left untied to set aside areas for minors or promotion of health where booze isn’t okay.
10.07.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Disorder ordered in public order?
July 1st. New law allows for polite binging and protects people by silent hours starting 60 minutes sooner.
16.06.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Businessmen pull mega wool over banker eyes
In October 2006 SEB entered a good deal, or so it seemed. The bank agreed to lend €18.5m (290 million Estonian kroons) so real estate developers could erect a nice business and parking building in Tallinn city centre.
22.05.2014, Risto BerensonPM
Dreary traffic data demands change of penalties
Traffic is slipping. How to get a grip – by counselling drunk drivers or turning up heat upon those at wheel without licence? Time will tell which works best.
13.05.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Rod takes kids down path of crime
Kids punished physically are more likely to commit crimes, consume alcohol and be bullied at school, claims a fresh University of Tartu study. Justice minister Andres Anvelt says this points to family violence spreading outside homes, the problem demanding forceful intervention.
06.05.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: good to snatch the filthy cash
Time and again, writers and movie makers have sought, with a measure of success, to paint captivating pictures of great crooks and their struggles in life – as, perhaps, exemplified by the Corleone family saga written by Mario Puzo and set to the silver screen under Francis Ford Coppola. Oh the drama and the dreams turned upside down...
Drug money laundered in casinos
While chasing street dealers, investigators stumble upon large drug proceeds attempted to be legalized in novel ways.
05.05.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Model father or godfather?
A family man, a history lover, a committed patriot – reading criminal police operational information, this is exactly what the top Estonian underworld chief Assar Paulus is like.
17.04.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Pills peddled containing hazardous residues
Central Criminal Police says pills are being passed around in Estonia, resembling the narcotic substance known as ecstasy yet containing extremely dangerous residual products from chemical industry. The pills, red or blue in colour and appearing exactly like ecstasy, have surfaced in several places around Estonia.
Ship guards: invited over, at gunpoint
The men held in Indian jail close to half year say they’ve never been interrogated, neither has any official substantiated their arrest.
07.04.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Estonian car thieves plague elite of Stockholm
Swedish media says crooks from Estonia caused 80 million kronor worth of harm.
17.03.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Tallinn abuzz with black banned baton business
Around the harbour, foreigners are being sold telescopic batons. For buyers, «no entry» into Estonia may result.
17.02.2014, Irina KablukovaPM
Father attacks kindergarten teacher, hauls daughter away
How to take the news that an angry father, under approach ban, hit a hindering teacher in the face, grabbed the sleeping child and run off? In Tallinn, the situation was solved by successful raid by special police unit.
13.02.2014, Risto BerendsonElu
Kas sina teadsid, et Robert Downey Jr oskab NII hästi laulda?
Eelmisel nädalal laaditi Youtube'i video Robert Downey Jr-i ja Stingi kolme aasta tagusest ühisest esinemisest ning see levib internetis kulutulena.
Divisive figure arrested, suspected of corruption
Saturday night, Central Criminal Police apprehended Maardu community centre director Andrei Zarenkov as accused in corruption. Also, criminal policemen took two consecutive nights to search residences and workplaces related to Mr Zarenkov.
Summertime murder destined to remain a mystery
Never will we know if the man, for no obvious reason shooting a youth at a Lasnamäe, Tallinn bus stop, thought to defend his own honour – or that of the girl accompanying victim.
28.11.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Law & Order wages to get another lift
Next year, 4,100 Police and Border Guard Board employees will get a raise – over 75 per cent of officialdom thereof. According to interior minister Ken-Marti Vaher, the new salaries system will better reflect work load and specific character of regions. «First and foremost, we desire to raise basic wages for police officers with lower incomes and those with higher degree of job-related risk,» explained the minister.
Seven held for vote buy-up
Last week, seven persons were detained by Central Criminal Police for alleged vote-buying at local elections, most of them operating in Ida-Viru County.
22.10.2013, Oliver KundPM
Police chief «planned to exit system»
Executing his reforms, Police and Border Guard Board director general Elmar Vaher is guided by principle of no cosy posts for friends.
24.09.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: fresh police boss takes bull by horns
Interior minister’s search for new police chief was time-consuming and tough, with many a mishap along the way – such as the admitted failure of initial competition; proposal to appoint prisons manager Priit Kama triggering a storm in parliamentary committee.
Estonian police opens misdemeanor proceeding into attack on Tallinn deputy mayor
The North prefecture of the Estonian police is investigating an attack on Tallinn Deputy Mayor Mihhail Kolvart in a public place as a misdemeanor.
Police Probes deals by Tartu Consumers Cooperative
Police and Southern District Prosecutor’s Office have launched criminal proceedings into deals in Tartu Consumers Cooperative (TTK); the latter’s press representative says no suspects have been named. Thus, no official suspicions and accusations can be claimed.
13.09.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Estonia's road death toll at 40 after 8 months
Forty people were killed in traffic accidents in Estonia in the first eight months of this year, which is significantly less than in the corresponding period in 2012 and 2011.
Varying fines for like traffic offences
As revealed by analysis of traffic fines imposed, punishments may greatly vary in Estonia, regionally.
29.08.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: Fineland Estonia?
Compared to five years ago, traffic offences are down over two times.
Russian citizen suspected of murder caught in Tallinn
During a special operation in Tallinn the Estonian police arrested Russian citizen Mikhail Krishyan who is wanted by Interpol on suspicion of organizing a murder.
Editorial: police passivity leads to loss of trust
While explaining police decision not to investigate theft of a mobile phone, a vital fact was recently revealed by Northern Prefecture criminal bureau chief Priit Pärkna: police would rather not deal with minor thievery, as otherwise there would be no time, money and people for solving the more serious crimes. To the point, to a degree – with resources restricted, choices need to be made... rationally speaking.
Police balks at seeking telephones by positioning
Despite technical capability available, police will not be looking for stolen telephones by mobile positioning, considering it ineffective.
24.07.2013, Oliver KundPM
Over 10 pct severe accidents involve drunk driver
A drunk driver is involved in over 10 percent of severe accidents that happen in Estonia but the number of such accidents has decreased in comparison with previous years, an analysis of traffic accidents in the first six months of this year by the Road Administration shows.
Estonian policemen help keep order at Positivus Festival in Latvia
Policemen of the Estonian West prefecture were in Latvia this weekend to help their Latvian colleagues keep order at the Positivus Festival which is popular also among Estonians.