December 20, 1989 |
Shipping resumed in the Suez Canal today after tugs refloated a grounded oil tanker that had blocked the waterway for more than 19 hours. The accident meant both the world's major shipping canals were closed for several hours today. After the U.S. intervention in Panama early today, the Panama Canal Commission ordered the waterway closed until Thursday.
December 29, 1989 |
U.S. officials have recovered the body of an American kidnaped by gunmen loyal to deposed ruler Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega and apparently executed by a gunshot to the head, U.S. officials said today. The officials said the recovered body was that of Raymond Dragseth, a chemistry teacher at the Panama Canal Commission College who was abducted at the outset of the U.S. invasion from his home near the Vatican Embassy, where Noriega has sought political asylum.
May 22, 1995
Michael Patrick William Stone, the 15th secretary of the Army from 1989 to 1993, died Thursday at his San Francisco home of bone marrow cancer. He was 69. At his death, Stone was director of BEI Electronics Inc. in San Francisco. He also was chairman of the board for Projects International Assoc. of Washington, D.C., and director of Canadian Marconi Co., a Montreal-based electronics firm. Stone was appointed secretary of the Army by former President George Bush.
March 4, 1990 |
A bomb tossed through the window of a downtown discotheque wounded 16 American servicemen, one seriously, military and hospital officials said Saturday. Eleven Panamanians were also hurt. It is believed to be the first such attack on U.S. servicemen since the United States invaded Panama on Dec. 20 and overthrew the government of Gen. Manuel A. Noriega. Two victims of the blast quoted witnesses of the attack late Friday at the My Place nightclub as saying the attacker shouted "Viva Noriega!"
March 11, 1988 |
President Reagan ordered a new set of U.S. sanctions applied against Panama on Thursday in an escalation of his Administration's effort to oust Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega, officials said. One source said that the new sanctions include diverting U.S. payments for use of the Panama Canal into an escrow account to withhold the money from Noriega's regime, a proposal that has been under consideration. But White House and State Department spokesmen refused to confirm that report.
January 25, 1990 |
A senior American employee of the Panama Canal Commission was killed Wednesday in the latest in a series of brazen attacks that have pushed the rate of violent crime here to levels unknown under the regime of Manuel A. Noriega. Authorities said they could detect no political motive behind the murder of the commission's acting financial officer, William J. Joyce, who was shot by a masked intruder Tuesday night during a theft of guns and jewelry from his home near the mouth of the Panama Canal.
January 24, 1990 |
Federal prosecutors asked the judge in the Manuel A. Noriega case Tuesday to impose strict procedures for releasing sensitive documents about the deposed Panamanian leader's past involvement with the CIA and the Drug Enforcement Administration. In a new court filing, government lawyers said many records classified "Top Secret" will be sought by defense attorneys and "could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security of the United States" if made public.
January 10, 1990 |
An attorney for a co-defendant of deposed strongman Manuel A. Noriega said Tuesday he is asking for top-secret records of the National Security Agency on grounds that the agency "regularly monitored" all communications of Noriega's Panama Defense Forces. In the first federal court papers seeking U.S. intelligence files in the Noriega case, defense lawyer Michael J.
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December 15, 1990 |
Two members of a longtime Point Loma tuna fishing family were killed along with two others Thursday night when a U.S. tuna boat exploded, caught fire, and sank in the Panama Canal zone. The news stunned the friends and family of Richard Balelo, 51, and Lionel Correia, 37, both of San Diego, whose bodies were found in the port of Balboa along with a Panamanian night watchman and a Korean crew member.
April 6, 1988 |
A war of nerves between the United States and Panama took shape Tuesday as newly dispatched American troops landed in the country, and strongman Manuel A. Noriega began training neighborhood militias to defend the capital city. The streets of Panama City grew tense again as Noriega's soldiers moved to divert protesters from holding rallies. For the first time, a demonstration against Gen. Noriega took place in what was formerly the U.S. Canal Zone.