Kiddy Counterfeiter Case Collapses; Basel Corona Triage And Test Center Closes; Excavations Reveal 3000 Year Old Settlement

News For 16 June 2020

Last week an 8 year old boy in Baselland made international headlines when he was found guilty of passing counterfeit money, resulting in a criminal record that would have stretched to 2032.  Apparently, the authorities found the scrutiny too much to bear, and had second thoughts about just how criminal the child's acts were.  The saga began when the boy tried to pass some obviously fake notes he had found at last spring's Fasnacht parades at a Volg store in Diegten.  The clerk at the store notified police who subsequently took the matter rather seriously, and referred the case to the prosecutor's office.  By the time the uproar resulted in sanctions against the boy, it seems the magistrate in charge had a change of heart.  As of last Friday, the boy and his family had been contacted by all the parties to apologize and provide notice that no legal sanctions would be applied.


After conducting nearly 10,000 tests for the CoronaVirus, the triage and testing center at the Predigerkirche next to the University Hospital will be closed this weekend.  According to the authorities, as of June 15, there are 983 cases of diagnosed infection in the canton, however, the number of new cases has dwindled to the level where testing can be moved back into the hospital's facilities.  At its peak, the makeshift testing center had seen up to 500 people per day seeking testing for their symptoms.  However, the level of activity has now dropped to 50-100 people per day which hospital facilities can handle at their location on Spitalstrasse.


In the vicinity of the Bayeler Foundation in Riehen, another excavation site has yielded archeological clues to human settlement of the Basel area in 1300 BC.  Settlers of the village were bronze age farmers that had cleared nearby forest for their crops.  According to archeologists, the clearing caused instability in the surrounding hills, which subsequently eroded and caused slides that destroyed the community.  If you are interested in learning more, On June 19 at 6 p.m., cantonal archaeologist Guido Lassau will lead the excavation live on Instagram on the occasion of the European Archeology Days.