Homeless person found dead in an Edam garbage dumpster

An investigation into the death of a man found inside a garbage bin in Edam late Sunday morning suggested that no foul play was involved. Police say the man was a 39-year-old from Muntendam, a small village in Groningen over 170 kilometers away from where he was found dead.
The body was found with its legs sticking out of a wheelie bin on the grounds of a meeting center used by the Edam-Vollendam municipality, and managed by the regional water board. “We live here in the street and were sent photos by our neighbors,” a local resident told broadcaster NH. “We were shocked.”
Submitted by Zack Newmark on December 16, 2019 - 11:50

Utrecht mass shooting suspect ignores court order to attend hearing

Gokmen T., the suspected gunman in a mass shooting on a tram in Utrecht in March, did not appear in court for a proforma hearing in his case on Monday, despite a court order that he attend. A lot of violence would have been needed to get him to the courtroom, the court said. "It is not up to the suspect to dictate whether he appears or not, but under these circumstances the court refrains from forcing him to be present," the court president said, according to broadcaster NOS. 
Submitted by Janene Pieters on December 16, 2019 - 11:04

Costs of hiring temp healthcare staff up 49% in 4 years

Hospitals and other care institutions in the Netherlands are spending more and more on temporary workers. Between 2015 and 2018, the costs involved in hiring temps increased by 49 percent, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on December 16, 2019 - 10:10

Chocolate spread for babies wins most misleading product "award"

Chocolate spread marketed for babies "from the age of 8 months" by De Kleine Keuken won the most misleading product of the year award by food watchdog Foodwatch. The chocolate spread got 23 percent of the more than 10 thousand votes.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on December 16, 2019 - 09:20

Increase in sexual harassment cases at sports associations

The number of cases reported to the sports disciplinary court ISR increased significantly. In past years the ISR handled an average of five cases per year. So far this year there's been 52, excluding doping cases. "This mainly concerns sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior", ISR secretary Henk van Aller said to the Telegraaf.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on December 16, 2019 - 08:53

Utrecht's new fast-tram service starts running

Utrecht's highly anticipated fast tram line between Utrecht Central Station and the Science Park officially started running on Monday, after a dress rehearsal on Saturday when people could ride the tram for free. From Monday, the Uithoflijn will run 10 trams per hour along nine stops in both directions, NU.nl and Leeuwarder Courant report.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on December 16, 2019 - 08:19

Quarter of elderly targeted by scammers

At least a quarter of elderly people in the Netherlands have been targeted by scammers who tried to chat their way into their homes. Over a fifth of targeted people had money or other valuables stolen, according to a study by seniors' organization KBO-PCOB among 1,300 senior citizens. The organization called for measures, AD reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on December 16, 2019 - 07:52

Suspected car thief killed in crash with police vehicle

A man was killed in an accident with a police car in Riethoven, Noord-Brabant during the early hours of Monday morning. He was driving a car stolen from Waalre around 15 minutes before the crash, the Oost-Brabant police said on Twitter.
According to the police, patrolling officers spotted the car in question shortly after receiving a report of the car theft and gave chase. When the police went around a bend on Hobbel, the stolen car was standing stationary in the middle of the road. The police officers could not prevent a collision. This happened at around 1:45 a.m.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on December 16, 2019 - 07:25

Guns N' Roses named final Pinkpop 2020 headliner; Joins Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone

American rock band Guns N' Roses was announced as the final headlining act for music festival Pinkpop. The 2020 edition of the event is a three-day affair, which will feature the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Post Malone as the closing acts on each of the first two nights.
The festival takes place from June 19 - 21 in Landgraaf, Limburg. It will be the 51st time the annual event is organized, and the 24th time the festival is spread out over three days.
Submitted by Zack Newmark on December 14, 2019 - 09:30

Child in Amber Alert found safe; Family was very worried

Relatives of a missing one-year-old boy say they are very concerned about the child's welfare after he was allegedly kidnapped by his mother. Rowena van der. V. was recently stripped of all unsupervised visitation rights with her 14-month-old son, the boy's uncle Thijs Roseboom told Hart van Nederland
Submitted by Zack Newmark on December 14, 2019 - 08:09