Maastricht

Snow in Amsterdam
Jan 22 '19 17:08

There were over 1,635 kilometers of traffic jams across the Netherlands at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, just as the evening rush hour got underway, according to travel association ANWB.

Yellow vests protest
Jan 15 '19 11:40

A Dutch truck driver suspected of killing a Belgian yellow vest protester in a hit-and-run on Friday, will turn himself in to the Belgian authorities on Tuesday, his lawyer said. According to the Public Prosecutor in Liege, the suspect lives in Landgraaf, Limburg, but the lawyer refused to confirm this, NU.nl reports.

Yellow Vest
Jan 14 '19 07:33

A 'yellow vest' protester was killed in a hit-and-run during a highway blockade on the E25 highway near Visé, just across the border with the Netherlands, on Friday. The 50-year-old man was hit by a truck, which then fled the scene. A 56-year-old man from Dongen in Noord-Brabant was arrested on Saturday, the Public Prosecutor in Liege, Belgium confirmed, NOS reports.

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Dec 27 '18 09:57

Jewelry thieves made off with 1.3 million euros of luxury watches in a brazen smash-and-grab robbery in the center of Maastricht Wednesday night. Two burglars made off with 150 watches from the Juwelier Burger on Platielstraat, and were apparently at large.

A video was posted on Facebook claiming to show the end of the burglary. Two people are scene climbing down a ladder at the scene of the crime, and then fleeing on bicycles.

Yellow Vest
Dec 27 '18 09:12

A Yellow Vests protest in Belgium briefly blocked that country's traffic from crossing the border into the Dutch city of Maastricht on Wednesday night. The blockade on the E25 highway in Voeren, Belgium, was just a few hundred meters away from the border point.

Dutch authorities assisted their Belgian counterparts in controlling the protest.

About 20 Yellow Vest demonstrators were involved. They allegedly set a fire using pallets and rubber tires, according to L1.

Bas Schipper and his sister Laura
Dec 24 '18 16:42

A Dutch pre-teen is winning high praise around the Netherlands for racing around the country to play the piano in a fundraising effort. Bas Schipper set a record by playing all the pianos located at 16 different train stations in 18 hours and 10 minutes, breaking the previous record set by Ernesto Dennis by 75 minutes.

In doing so, he managed to raise €61,835 for diabetes research, as of Monday afternoon. The total far exceeded the goal the boy set.

Ambulance
Dec 11 '18 10:10

A family from Maastricht became unwell due to a carbon monoxide leak in their home on Eyckeroed. The two adults and three children were all admitted to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning, NOS reports.

The source of the carbon monoxide leak is not yet known. The fire department reports that all five victims are still in hospital, but in a stable condition.

The family's home was ventilated and the police are now investigating the cause. 

Yellow vests protest
Dec 10 '18 09:16

While "yellow vests" protests resulted in 500 arrests in Paris and 400 in Brussels, the protests in the Netherlands were much quieter. The largest protests only had around 200 participants, and only three people were arrested in Amsterdam, RTL Nieuws reports.

Police guard in a detention center
Dec 6 '18 15:00

The police arrested a "Yellow Vests" activist in Maastricht on Thursday for incitement. The detainee is the same man who was arrested for disrupting public order during a Yellow Vests demonstration in Maastricht on Saturday, the police confirmed to NU.nl.

A spokesperson for the Yellow Vests told the newspaper the the police are trying to get the genie back in the bottle with this arrest. According to him, the arrested activist has always been peaceful. 

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Dec 5 '18 16:30

Protest movement "yellow vests" announced a protest march in Amsterdam on Saturday. Protesters will gather at the Stopera at 11:30 a.m. and then march along the Amstel and around the city hall. The protest was reported to the municipality, a spokesperson for Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said to Het Parool.

Tanja Groen, went missing in Maastricht on 31 August 1993
Aug 31 '18 11:30

Exactly 25 years ago today, 18-year-old student Tanja Groen disappeared without a trace in Maastricht. Even after all this time, her mother Corrie Groen hopes that someone will come forward with information about what happened to her youngest daughter. "You never know if someone will open their mouth", she said to RTL Nieuws.

Around midnight on August 31st, 1993, first year student Tanja left a party at her student association in Maastricht to cycle to her room in nearby Gronsveld. She never arrived there. No sign of her, not even her bicycle, was ever found.

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Aug 29 '18 14:30

A police officer who ridiculed a female colleague in front of 140 fellow cops during a Christmas party last year, is guilty of dereliction of duty and has to hand in 16 hours of leave, the court in Maastricht ruled. Dressed as Sinterklaas, the officer mocked his colleague's failed relationship in a poem and song, NOS reports.

Forest
Aug 16 '18 13:10

Twelve Dutch municipalities teamed up with nature organization IVN to plant tiny forests in their towns or cities this autumn. According to IVN, tiny forests make urban areas greener, and contribute to biodiversity and water storage during heavy rainfall, NOS reports.

View from Frontensingel of the Sphinx factory complex in Maastricht
Jun 14 '18 08:33

A man was killed in Maastricht on Monday afternoon when the elevator he was in plummeted six floors. This happened around 5:00 p.m. during work on the former Sphinx building, De Limburger reports.

Emergency services tried to resuscitate the man, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.

The Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment, the former Labor Inspectorate, is investigating the cause of the accident.

Amsterdam
May 30 '18 16:10

Amsterdam has the most to offer of all municipalities in the Netherlands when it comes to culture. Maastricht and Leeuwarden are in second and third place respectively, according to the new Atlas for Municipalities presented in Leeuwarden on Wednesday afternoon, Het Parool reports.

Among the provinces, Groningen has the biggest cultural offering, followed by Zeeland and Noord-Holland. Flevoland is last on the ranking.

Police
May 18 '18 16:00

Deimante Zasytyte, a 5-year-old girl who wasby her biological mother on Sunday, was found. According to the police, she is safe.

The police have information that the girl and her mother are with family in Lithuania. There are no indications that the girl is in any danger, the police said. 

Police officer looking for witnesses
May 14 '18 07:18

The police in Maastricht are looking for a missing 5-year-old girl. Deimante Zasytyte was picked up from her foster family by her biological mother on Saturday evening, and was never returned.

According to RTL Nieuws, the girl was picked up from the Malberg neighborhood of Maastricht around 6:30 p.m. She was taken away in a silver car by a fat woman with long blond hair and glasses, and a man dressed in black cloting, according to information spread through citizens' notification system Burgernet.

Mar 23 '18 09:05

Parties in at least Maastricht, Venray, Beek, and Zeewolde demanded that the votes in the municipal elections on Wednesday be recounted, NU.nl reports. 

In principle, votes are only recounted if mistakes were made or there is evidence of fraud. In all four these cases, parties want the votes recounted over the division of city council seats - the difference between two parties in each municipality is so minimal that an extra vote or two could mean an extra seat.

In Maastricht, the D66 is two votes short of an extra seat.

Police officer and paramedic
Mar 22 '18 13:50

Emergency services acted correctly and performed their duties properly during stabbing incidents in Maastricht last year in which two people were killed, the Inspectorate of Justice and Security concluded after investigating the incident, NOS reports.

Geert Wilders casts his vote in the municipal elections in Duindorp, The Hague, 21 March 2018
Mar 22 '18 09:45

Geert Wilders and his PVV won city council seats seats in each one of the 30 municipalities the party participated in during the municipal elections on Wednesday. In total the PVV currently stands on 74 seats, the Volkskrant reports.

During the previous municipal elections four years ago, the PVV only participated in two municipalities - Almere and The Hague. The party got fewer seats in those two municipalities this time around. In Almere the party dropped from nine to seven seats, and in The Hague from seven to two seats. 

Mar 14 '18 07:45

A medical study among patients with bile duct cancer led by Amsterdam hospital AMC was halted after 14 of the 54 participants died, AD reports.

The study, which was carried out in Amsterdam, Groningen, Maastricht and Rotterdam, started in 2013 and was terminated in 2016 due to the number of deaths. According to AD, the death rate was much higher than expected.

City scape with drawbridge by Vincent van Gogh
Mar 6 '18 15:10

A rarely seen early work by Vincent van Gogh will be displayed by art dealer Ivo Bouwman at the international art fair TEFAF in Maastricht on Saturday. The painting, titled Cityscape with drawbridge, has been privately owned for 114 years, ANP reports. 

An electronic stethoscope
Feb 21 '18 10:40

On Tuesday morning the police officially arrested a Maastricht doctor on suspicion of involvement in the death of his 76-year-old mother-in-law, the police said in a statement.

Feb 15 '18 15:20

A doctor in Maastricht is suspected of murdering his German mother-in-law in a nursing Martha Flora in 2016. The police are also investigating a notary in this case, who is suspected of inaccuracies in the drafting of official documents, including the victim's will, De Limburger reports.

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