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Bishop faces backlash after tweet about Pride Month

Rhode Island’s Roman Catholic bishop on Sunday defended a tweet urging Catholics to not support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events, saying it was his obligation to teach the faith “clearly and compassionately, even on very difficult and sensitive issues.”

Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin sparked a backlash beginning Saturday when he tweeted, “A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.”

The posting spurred rebukes by thousands of people who replied on Twitter, including actresses Mia Farrow and Patricia Arquette. Many invoked the scandals of clergy sexual abuse of children in the church.

“This is pure ignorance & bigotry,” Farrow wrote. “Ignore this hate-filled hypocrite. His mind set leads only to suffering. He brings to mind those priests who molested my brothers. Of COURSE we should embrace our LGBTQ brothers and sisters and children. Jesus spoke of love.”

Arquette tweeted, “Shame on you. LGBT kids are thrown out on the streets and abandoned because of poisonous thinking like yours.”

The diocese on Sunday released a statement by Tobin.

“I regret that my comments yesterday about Pride Month have turned out to be so controversial in our community, and offensive to some, especially the gay community,” Tobin said. “That certainly was not my intention, but I understand why a good number of individuals have taken offense. I also acknowledge and appreciate the widespread support I have received on this matter.”

Tobin added that he and the Catholic Church have “respect and love for members of the gay community.”

“As a Catholic Bishop, however, my obligation before God is to lead the faithful entrusted to my care and to teach the faith, clearly and compassionately, even on very difficult and sensitive issues,” he said.

As of Sunday afternoon, 69,000 people had replied to the tweet, about 15,800 liked it and nearly 4,700 retweeted it. Many of those who replied supported the bishop.

The LGBTQ group Rhode Island Pride held a rally outside the diocese’s headquarters in Providence on Sunday evening.

“Jesus never said a word about homosexuality, about Pride, or the Queer community,” the group’s president, Joe Lazzerini, said in a statement. “Rhode Island Pride respectfully calls on Bishop Tobin to do some self-reflection as the majority of Catholic Rhode Islanders in this state reject the idea that to be Catholic is to be complicit to intolerance, bigotry, and fear.

“Bishop Tobin doesn’t represent the majority of Rhode Island Catholics who support the LGBTQIA+ community in Rhode Island,” he wrote.

Tobin is a conservative bishop who has said that he was aware of incidents of sexual abuse reported to church officials while working in Pennsylvania, but that it wasn’t his job to deal with them. He was auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh from 1992 until 1996. A Pennsylvania grand jury report last year detailed decades of abuse and cover-up in six dioceses, including the Pittsburgh diocese.

In July 2018, Tobin deleted his Twitter account, calling it a major distraction, an obstacle to his spiritual life and an “occasion of sin” for himself and others. But he resumed tweeting in January, according to his current Twitter account.

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The Latest: Trump praises Powells, humorist Russell

The Latest on President Donald Trump’s activities on Sunday (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump says retired Gen. Colin Powell and his wife, Alma, are “two people to really look up to.”

Trump spoke Sunday after the Powells were awarded the Lincoln Medal during an annual gala at Ford’s Theater in Washington. America political humorist Mark Russell also received a medal.

The president said he has a “lot of respect” for Powell, a Republican and who was secretary of state under President George W. Bush.

Trump said Russell is someone he “used to watch a lot.”

The president also joked about the odd nature of political relationships in Washington after seeing many members of Congress in the audience. Said Trump: “They hate each other during the day but tonight they love each other.”

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3:50 p.m.

The pastor of a Virginia church has asked God to give President Donald Trump wisdom to lead the country.

Standing with Trump at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, pastor David Platt said Sunday that “fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Trump made an unannounced stop at the church after leaving his private golf club in Sterling, Virginia. The president bowed his head as Platt led the congregation in audible prayer. The president did not address the congregation but mouthed “thank you” as he left the stage.

The White House said Trump stopped at the church to visit with the pastor and pray for the victims of Friday’s deadly mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The Rev. Franklin Graham called for a nationwide day of prayer Sunday for Trump.

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World War II vet, 101, commissions grandson during Air Force Academy graduation

All in the family.

World War II veteran Walter Kloc, 101, traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo., from Amherst, N.Y. to commission his grandson, Joseph, during the Air Force Academy’s graduation exercises last week.

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World War II veteran Walter Kloc, 101, flew from Amherst, New York to commission his grandson, Joseph, during the U.S. Air Force Academy’s class of 2019 graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs. (US Air Force Academy)

“I’m so excited for him,” Joseph’s father, William Kloc, told WGRZ earlier in the week. “He’s fulfilling his dream and he was so excited that his grandfather, a World War II Air Force bombardier pilot, could come and commission him.”

The Air Force posted the moment on social media.

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“This is what it’s all about,” the academy wrote on Facebook. “Walter received a standing ovation, and everyone in the room was gifted with a memory they’ll never forget. #USAFAgrad 🎓”

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported that Joseph Kloc was commissioned as a second lieutenant, along with nearly 1,000 of his fellow graduates. Approximately half that number will attend pilot training, while others will become combat systems operators and control remotely piloted aircraft.

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Winning ticket for $344.6M Powerball jackpot sold in North Carolina

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The lone winning ticket for Saturday night’s $344.6 million Powerball jackpot was purchased in North Carolina, lottery officials confirmed Sunday.

The lucky ticket was sold at Carlie C’s grocery store in Hope Mills, outside Fayetteville. It’s the only one that matched all six winning numbers exactly, with 6-15-34-45-52 and Powerball 8, according to the N.C. Education Lottery.

Carlie C’s is eligible to receive a $50,000 retailer incentive award for selling the winning ticket, according to the statement.

The winner, who has yet to come forward has 180 days to claim their prize money and can either receive their winnings as a lump sum of $223.3 million or in installments of an estimated $344.6 million over 30 payments.

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Saturday was the fifth time that a North Carolina ticket hit the Powerball jackpot and the seventh time the state has seen a winner of either the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot.

“This is a life-changing event and we’re excited that someone in North Carolina won this jackpot,” said N.C. Education Lottery Executive Director Mark Michalko.

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“Our advice to the winner is to sign that ticket to establish your ownership of it and then secure it in a safe place. Then, take your time and put together a plan with the help of financial and legal advisers for how you would like to claim your prize.”

Click for more from Fox46Charlotte.com.

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Rhode Island bishop facing backlash for tweeting Catholics ‘should not support’ Pride Month events

A Roman Catholic bishop from Rhode Island is facing backlash for a tweet labeling LGBTQ Pride Month events as “especially harmful for children” and arguing that those who follow the faith should not support them.

Bishop of Providence Thomas Tobin sent the message on Saturday, the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month and argued that the events in the honorary month “promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals.”

This year’s Pride Month commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, which launched the gay rights movement.

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The largely hostile response to Tobin’s tweet prompted him to trend on the social media site and thousands of users have responded since. On Sunday, he released a statement saying he regretted that his comments “turned out to be so controversial in our community, and offensive to some, especially the gay community.”

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“That certainly was not my intention, but I understand why a good number of individuals have taken offense,” Tobin continued. “I also acknowledge and appreciate the widespread support I have received on this matter.”

Tobin said that the Catholic Church has “respect and love for members of the gay community, as do I … As a Catholic bishop, however, my obligation before God is to lead the faithful entrusted to my care and to teach the faith, clearly and compassionately, even on very difficult and sensitive issues.”

As Pride Month celebrations ensue, Tobin said he would be “praying for a rebirth of mutual understanding and respect in our very diverse community.”

Joe Lazzerini, the president of Rhode Island Pride told WPRI that the LGBTQ community has a number of Catholic supporters in the area.

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“There are Catholics all across Rhode Island who support the LGBTQIA+ community and I honestly think that it’s shameful that Bishop Tobin is resorting to these attacks on the first day of pride month, on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall,” Lazzerini said.

“Pride isn’t harmful, love is not harmful, it’s 2019,” Lazzarini said. He told the Boston Globe that he was “flabbergasted” by Tobin’s statements, and found his assertion that Pride events are harmful to children especially offensive given the Catholic church’s history of rampant child abuse.

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Tobin, who has headed the Providence diocese since 2005, has expressed conservative views on sexuality before. In May 2012, he described President Barack Obama’s support for same-sex marriage as “a sad day in American history.”

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Red light cameras banned in Texas

Drivers in the Lone Star State are about to be seeing less red.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Saturday evening he signed legislation that bans red light cameras across the state.

House Bill 1361, authored by Republican state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, would prohibit the use of “photographic traffic signal enforcement systems.”

RED-LIGHT CAMERAS COME UNDER FIRE, AT LEAST 7 STATES TRYING TO BAN THEM

The Republican governor took to Twitter to give people a personal view of him signing House Bill 1631.

“Hi, Governor Greg Abbott here at the capitol on Saturday, signing bills,” he said.

Seconds later, the governor held up the bill with his signature, saying the document “is now law.”

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Stickland told FOX7 the bill was motivated by “a lot of reason.”

“No.1, privacy concerns. We think that the right to due process matters,” he told FOX7. “You have the right to face your accuser in court.”

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill on Saturday night that bans red light cameras across the state. (FOX4)

The new law included a grandfather clause for cities involved in red light camera contracts that have yet to end, except if the contract includes a provision allowing for state law to break it.

“So, currently, we think as it is, the bill will continue to operate red light cameras in just two cities for a couple of years until the contract is timed out,” Stickland told FOX7.

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Ever since becoming legal in 2007, Texas lawmakers have made attempts to turn the cameras off that were unsuccessful until now, according to the Star-Telegram.

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‘Mentally ill’ Miami con man sentenced to 18 years in prison for impersonating Saudi royal, swindling dozens

A 48-year-old Miami con man was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison on Friday after having spent years impersonating Prince Sultan Bin Khalid Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia and swindling wealthy investors out of millions.

Anthony Gignac, who reportedly suffers from mental illness as a result of a traumatic childhood, has spent the majority of his life falsely claiming to be various Saudi royals. He has documented the tremendous wealth he’s accumulated by defrauding investors rigorously on his social media accounts, which show off his private jet, expensive meals, diamond-encrusted hands, Rolex watches and beloved chihuahua, Foxy.

Prosecutors painted a picture of a criminal “mastermind” with no regard to the lives he ruined financially throughout the duration of his trial, which concluded on Friday. Gignac is believed to have conned dozens of wealthy individuals worldwide out of more than $8 million over the last few years, but he insists that there are others who should also be held accountable.

“The entire blame of this operation is on me, and I accept that,” he told U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga, before arguing that “other people” should also have been charged.

“I am not a monster,” he added, according to the Miami Herald.

Gignac has been in and out of prison most of his adult life over the last 30 years and has been arrested at least 11 times, prosecutors said.

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The Miami native is a U.S. citizen but was born in Bogota, Colombia, where his brother claimed they were abandoned by their parents. They were adopted by a family in Michigan, and allege that they experienced abuse as children.

Gignac’s brother reportedly said it would be too painful to attend the trial, but prepared a statement to be read in court in his brother’s defense.

“This horrific history is the underlying reason for his criminal life,” Gignac’s brother said of him. Specifics on their upbringing are not available.

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Gignac impersonated Prince Sultan Khalid Al-Saud, the 79-year-old governor of Mecca (HASSAN AMMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Gignac’s criminal enterprise began in 1987 after he secured a California state ID identifying himself as Khalid al-Saud. The real Khalid Al-Saud is the 79-year-old governor of Mecca. Gignac went to great lengths to impersonate Al-Saud, even ripping photos of the prince and posting them to his own Instagram account: @PrinceDubai_07.

In 1991, at the age of 21, Gignac swindled the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles for a $3,488 bill and a limousine company for $7,500 while posing as a Saudi prince. He was arrested and pleaded no contest to charges of grand theft, credit card abuse and check forgery, and was labeled as the “Prince of Fraud” by the Los Angeles Times.

That arrest proved to be the tip of the iceberg, as Gignac continued to spend the next 26 years impersonating Saudi royals and creating a criminal enterprise.

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In 2015, he joined forces with a North Carolina businessman, Carl Williamson, to create Marden Williamson International. The fraudulent company reportedly presented Gignac as a member of the Saudi royal family who was offering exclusive business deals and investment opportunities.

Things began to change for Gignac in 2017, when he expressed interest in purchasing the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami. He met with esteemed real estate developer Jeffrey Soffer, who became interested in negotiating a deal for the $1 billion hotel with who he believed was a legitimate investor.

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Federal authorities were tipped off to Gignac’s scheme by real estate mogul Jeff Soffer, who became suspicious of Gignac while they were discussing a deal for the con man to purchase the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami. (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts)

Soffer reportedly shelled out $50,000 for gifts to woo the “Sultan Bin Khalid Al-Saud” — and the two began to spend more time together in business meetings and aboard private jets. Eventually, however, Soffer became suspicious and began to doubt that Gignac was really who he said he was.

In particular, he was tipped off by the fact that Gignac frequently consumed pork products, which goes against the practices of the Muslim faith.

His security team began to investigate Gignac and discovered his true identity, and reported him to federal authorities.

Gignac was arrested and charged alongside his business partner Carl Williamson, who later committed suicide.

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The ensuing trial stretched on for the last two years and has concluded with an 18.5-year prison sentence for Gignac.

All of his wealthy trappings flaunted on his Instagram account including Cartier bracelets, his red Ferrari and diamond rings are set to be auctioned off to pay back millions he stole from the 26 victims of his crimes.

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‘Mentally ill’ Miami con man sentenced to 18 years in prison for impersonating Saudi royal, swindling dozens

A 48-year-old Miami con man was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison on Friday after having spent years impersonating Prince Sultan Bin Khalid Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia and swindling wealthy investors out of millions.

Anthony Gignac, who reportedly suffers from mental illness as a result of a traumatic childhood, has spent the majority of his life falsely claiming to be various Saudi royals. He has documented the tremendous wealth he’s accumulated by defrauding investors rigorously on his social media accounts, which show off his private jet, expensive meals, diamond-encrusted hands, Rolex watches and beloved chihuahua, Foxy.

Prosecutors painted a picture of a criminal “mastermind” with no regard to the lives he ruined financially throughout the duration of his trial, which concluded on Friday. Gignac is believed to have conned dozens of wealthy individuals worldwide out of more than $8 million over the last few years, but he insists that there are others who should also be held accountable.

“The entire blame of this operation is on me, and I accept that,” he told U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga, before arguing that “other people” should also have been charged.

“I am not a monster,” he added, according to the Miami Herald.

Gignac has been in and out of prison most of his adult life over the last 30 years and has been arrested at least 11 times, prosecutors said.

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The Miami native is a U.S. citizen but was born in Bogota, Colombia, where his brother claimed they were abandoned by their parents. They were adopted by a family in Michigan, and allege that they experienced abuse as children.

Gignac’s brother reportedly said it would be too painful to attend the trial, but prepared a statement to be read in court in his brother’s defense.

“This horrific history is the underlying reason for his criminal life,” Gignac’s brother said of him. Specifics on their upbringing are not available.

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Gignac impersonated Prince Sultan Khalid Al-Saud, the 79-year-old governor of Mecca (HASSAN AMMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Gignac’s criminal enterprise began in 1987 after he secured a California state ID identifying himself as Khalid al-Saud. The real Khalid Al-Saud is the 79-year-old governor of Mecca. Gignac went to great lengths to impersonate Al-Saud, even ripping photos of the prince and posting them to his own Instagram account: @PrinceDubai_07.

In 1991, at the age of 21, Gignac swindled the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles for a $3,488 bill and a limousine company for $7,500 while posing as a Saudi prince. He was arrested and pleaded no contest to charges of grand theft, credit card abuse and check forgery, and was labeled as the “Prince of Fraud” by the Los Angeles Times.

That arrest proved to be the tip of the iceberg, as Gignac continued to spend the next 26 years impersonating Saudi royals and creating a criminal enterprise.

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In 2015, he joined forces with a North Carolina businessman, Carl Williamson, to create Marden Williamson International. The fraudulent company reportedly presented Gignac as a member of the Saudi royal family who was offering exclusive business deals and investment opportunities.

Things began to change for Gignac in 2017, when he expressed interest in purchasing the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami. He met with esteemed real estate developer Jeffrey Soffer, who became interested in negotiating a deal for the $1 billion hotel with who he believed was a legitimate investor.

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Federal authorities were tipped off to Gignac’s scheme by real estate mogul Jeff Soffer, who became suspicious of Gignac while they were discussing a deal for the con man to purchase the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami. (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts)

Soffer reportedly shelled out $50,000 for gifts to woo the “Sultan Bin Khalid Al-Saud” — and the two began to spend more time together in business meetings and aboard private jets. Eventually, however, Soffer became suspicious and began to doubt that Gignac was really who he said he was.

In particular, he was tipped off by the fact that Gignac frequently consumed pork products, which goes against the practices of the Muslim faith.

His security team began to investigate Gignac and discovered his true identity, and reported him to federal authorities.

Gignac was arrested and charged alongside his business partner Carl Williamson, who later committed suicide.

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The ensuing trial stretched on for the last two years and has concluded with an 18.5-year prison sentence for Gignac.

All of his wealthy trappings flaunted on his Instagram account including Cartier bracelets, his red Ferrari and diamond rings are set to be auctioned off to pay back millions he stole from the 26 victims of his crimes.

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Missing mom’s estranged husband and his girlfriend arrested

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Police in Connecticut have arrested a missing mother of five’s estranged husband and his girlfriend on charges of evidence tampering and hindering prosecution.

New Canaan authorities announced Sunday the arrests of 51-year-old Fotis Dulos (‘DOO-lohs) and 44-year-old Michelle Troconis. Both were detained on $500,000 bail and are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Norwalk Superior Court.

Details of the allegations were not released.

Fifty-year-old Jennifer Dulos went missing May 24 after dropping her kids off at school. Police have already searched locations in several towns, including a park in New Canaan where Jennifer Dulos’ vehicle was found.

Jennifer and Fotis Dulos have been embroiled in a contentious divorce and child custody case for the past two years.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Fotis Dulos and Troconis have criminal court lawyers who could respond to the allegations.

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Maryland couple found dead in Dominican Republic hotel room

A Maryland couple has been found dead in their hotel room in the Dominican Republic.

The news of the death of Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day, who were engaged and had posted numerous photos on social media showing how much they were enjoying their vacation, comes just days after a Delaware woman said that that she was assaulted while vacationing in the Dominican Republic earlier this year. It also comes weeks after the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for Americans traveling there, citing a rise in crime.

The bodies of Holmes, 63, and Day, 49, were found Thursday by an employee of the Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana who went to their room after they failed to check out, according to multiple published reports. The couple were scheduled to return to the U.S. that day.

CNN reported that a spokesman for the Dominican Republic National Police, Frank Felix Duran Mejia, said there was no evidence of violence.

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Friends of the couple posted on Facebook that conversations with them over the phone recently indicated they were happy and excited to return home and to their future as a married couple. They arrived at the hotel on May 25.

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The Dominican newspaper Diario Libre said that a hotel employee mentioned that Holmes contacted the front desk about feeling ill, but that the couple turned down treatment.

The Delaware woman, Tammy Lawrence-Daley, said she was attacked in Punta Cana, which is a popular tourist area. She said that her attacker wore a uniform that indicated he was an employee of the all-inclusive resort in which she was saying.

Lawrence-Daley, who said she was vacationing in the Dominican Republic with her husband and some friends, posted photos of her bruised and swollen face on Facebook. She suffered a broken nose, other facial fractures and bites on her body, among other things, she said.

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She told the Associated Press that she went public about the attack, which she said occurred in January, to heighten awareness about the dangers of visiting the country, even for tourists staying at an all-inclusive resort.

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Lawrence-Daley said the attack happened when she was walking on the property at about 10:30 p.m. to buy a snack. She said the man who attacked her came at her from behind and forced her into a maintenance room. She said the hotel employees were slow to act when her husband and friends reported that she had not returned to the room. Security workers eventually found her in the maintenance room, she said.

In March, a New York couple visiting the Dominican Republican was reported missing after they did not get on their flight home even though they checked out of their hotel at the scheduled time. Weeks later, National Police commander Frank Félix Duran Mejía said that the couple apparently had gotten into an accident, possibly due to a mix of speeding, alcohol and dark roads. Orlando Moore, 43, and Portia Ravenelle, 32, had planned a four-day getaway and also had posted photos of their vacation on social media, praising the trip. The couple’s car was retrieved from the sea, and Moore’s decomposed body was recovered from the water. Ravenelle reportedly had ended up at a hospital, where she died.

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Tammy Lawrence-Daley after an attack at a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in January 2019. Lawrence-Daley made the attack public on social media, detailing a vicious hours-long assault by a man she said was wearing the uniform of an all-inclusive resort. (Chris Daley via AP)

New York Reps. Adriano Espaillat and Eliot Engel wrote FBI Director Christopher Wray, indicating they wanted more evidence that the tragedy was an accident, and asking that the agency “work quickly to conduct a thorough investigation regarding details of their reported deaths that raise questions for us,” according to the New York Daily News.

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The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for the Dominican Republic in April, urging those visiting there to “exercise increased caution…due to crime.”

“Violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault is a concern throughout the Dominican Republic,” the advisory said. “The wide availability of weapons, the use and trade of illicit drugs, and a weak criminal justice system contribute to the high level of criminality on the broader scale.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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