Posted by: Idioma Extra | June 15, 2010

Tuesday’s News

Woman attacked in home
and suffers slashed arm


Police captured two suspects less than a kilometer away from the home of a U.S. woman who was beaten up and stabbed Saturday.

The crime, believed to be a home invasion, happened in La Cruz, Guanacaste, according to police.

The Poder Judicial said that two men entered the woman’s home Saturday afternoon, beat her up and stole items there. Two suspects were captured a kilometer away, said the Poder Judicial, giving their last names as Alonso Mendoza and Barrero Hurtado. They were being processed in the Liberia prosecutor’s office Monday.

Police identified the woman as Mary Kathleen Gells, 55, originally from Iowa. They said she was a tourist who was on vacation here. Police also said that the woman was admitted to  Hospital Edgardo Baltodano Briceño in Liberia in stable condition. They said she suffered a deep cut in her right arm when she tried to defend herself.

Police said that $1,200 in U.S. currency and 200,000 colons were taken from the woman as well as various pieces of jewelry worth about 500,000 colons. Police said they recovered the jewelry when they detained the two men.

Word of the Day

Main Entry: re·cov·er
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): re·cov·ered; re·cov·er·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French recoverer, from Latin recuperare, from re- + *caperare, from Latin capere to take — more at heave
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 : to get back : regain
2 a : to bring back to normal position or condition <stumbled, then recovered himself>
b archaic : rescue
3 a : to make up for <recover increased costs through higher prices>
b : to gain by legal process
4 archaic : reach
5 : to find or identify again <recover a comet>
6 a : to obtain from an ore, a waste product, or a by-product
b : to save from loss and restore to usefulness : reclaim
intransitive verb
1 : to regain a normal position or condition (as of health) <recovering from a cold>
2 : to obtain a final legal judgment in one’s favor
re·cov·er·abil·i·ty noun
re·cov·er·able adjective
re·cov·er·er noun

More Vocabulary

Deep: adj. extending far downward from an outer surface
Detain: v. to hold or keep in or as if in custody
Slashed: adj. cut with or as if with an edged blade
Stab: v. to wound or pierce by the thrust of a pointed weapon

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Beat up: to strike repeatedly so as to cause painful injury; thrash

     A gang of kids beat him up on the way home from school.

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Given that…
In the event that…


As a consequence…


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