Panorama news: AfD city councilor declares his resignation after the swastika affair

In the course of the swastika affair surrounding a Baden-Baden municipal council, AfD city councilor Martin Kühne has announced his resignation.

Panorama news: AfD city councilor declares his resignation after the swastika affair

In the course of the swastika affair surrounding a Baden-Baden municipal council, AfD city councilor Martin Kühne has announced his resignation. As the AfD faction of the city parliament explained on Wednesday night, Kühne communicated this decision on Tuesday evening in a letter to Mayor Dietmar Späth (independent). "He has not made any statements to our group about the allegations made against him," said his group colleague Alexander Arpaschi. When asked, Kühne did not want to comment on Tuesday. Along with Arpaschi, Kühne is one of three AfD city councilors in the spa town.

The public prosecutor's office in Baden-Baden announced earlier this week that a city councilor was suspected of defacing two cars with Ukrainian license plates with the Nazi symbol and writing the words "Fuck UA" in large letters on the vehicles. For this he received a penalty order in the amount of 50 daily rates, which is not yet legally binding. The incidents reportedly happened in January and March of this year. Town hall chief Späth and the parliamentary groups of the Greens, the Free Citizens for Baden-Baden (FBB), the SPD and the CDU had condemned the incident. If the allegations are true, the person must take the consequences, it was said.

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The flood situation in Bavaria has continued to ease. In the night on Wednesday there were no major operations due to flooding, several police stations reported in the morning. However, the warnings of the flood intelligence service against flooding remain in place for large parts of southern Bavaria.

According to the German Weather Service (DWD), the continuous rain should subside on Wednesday at the edge of the Alps and in the adjacent foreland. From the afternoon local rain showers and heavy rain can occur with the exception of the Alpine region in Bavaria. Wind gusts of up to 60 kilometers per hour and small-grain hail are also possible. The temperatures vary according to the information between 16 and 22 degrees.

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In Verden, a 19-year-old man escaped from police custody on Tuesday evening and continued to flee until Wednesday morning. A police spokesman said on Wednesday morning that the man had fled from the courthouse in Verden at a “favourable moment”. The police did not provide any further information about the circumstances of the escape. The spokesman said there was no danger from the fugitive. The 19-year-old should have been taken into custody for burglary. According to the information, extensive searches for the man have been underway since yesterday evening.

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A small van with eight people drove into a concrete barrier in a construction site area on the A4 motorway near Eisenach. All occupants were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. A person is in mortal danger, said a spokesman for the situation service of the Ministry of the Interior in Erfurt. The spokesman was initially unable to provide any further information about the injuries. According to previous knowledge, the transporter was on its way to Frankfurt on Wednesday morning when the accident occurred at the Eisenach-West connection for reasons that are still unclear. Traffic is being guided in one lane past the scene of the accident.

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A 10-year-old collided with a truck in Oelde and was seriously injured. The boy and his 12-year-old playmate were playing with a ball on a street in the Warendorf district on Tuesday evening when a truck drove up, the police said. The children noticed the vehicle and cleared the way. But when the truck was near the children, the ball suddenly rolled onto the road. The 10-year-old ran after him and collided with the truck. He was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

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The penguin that was violently killed in Rostock Zoo on Tuesday was probably attacked by another animal. "The autopsy showed that the penguin had multiple bite injuries," said a police spokeswoman for the German Press Agency on Tuesday. The wounds would indicate that the attacker could not have been human. It was initially unclear which animal could have killed the penguin.

The animal was taken to the State Office for Agriculture, Food Safety and Fisheries in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for the pathological examination. According to initial police reports, other animals at the Rostock zoo were not injured. A zookeeper had found the lifeless body in the penguin enclosure. Initially, the suspicion of trespassing was also investigated.

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The Bochum fire brigade freed a man who had fallen several meters and was seriously injured from a shaft. The emergency services became aware of the man's plight on Tuesday night through calls for help behind a wall near the main train station, as the fire brigade announced. The seriously injured were treated on site by rescue workers and then lifted out of the five-meter-deep shaft with a stretcher. He came to a hospital.

It was initially unclear why the man was in the not freely accessible track area at a signal box building. The fire department did not give any further details about the man.

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A 41-year-old man wanted to pick up his girlfriend, who was caught drunk at the wheel, from the police station in Minden – and turned up there himself in a car drunk. He, too, now has to face a case for drunk driving, the police said on Tuesday.

The police officers first noticed the 28-year-old woman during a check early on Sunday morning. An alcohol test was positive, the woman had to go to the station. Afterwards she told the officials that a friend without a driver's license would pick her up from there by taxi, they said. But the police had doubts about the story.

When a normal car finally pulled up and not a taxi, the officers checked the driver, who turned out to be the woman's partner. The drunk couple was finally advised to take a taxi to get home.

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A senior citizen is said to have been pushed so hard by a mother when she got off a BVG bus in Berlin-Hellersdorf that she fell and was seriously injured. The 78-year-old wanted to leave the 195 bus at a bus stop on Quedlinburger Straße on Monday evening, the police said on Tuesday. Accordingly, it was not possible for her at first because four children were in the way who wanted to get on.

According to the police, the elderly woman is said to have pushed one of the children aside - the 29-year-old mother is said to have shouted at and pushed the elderly woman. The 78-year-old suffered a fracture in her thigh and was taken to a clinic for inpatient treatment. The police are now investigating the mother for assault, a spokesman said.

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A small dog died in Neubrandenburg because of a poisoned bait laid out on the meadow. The poison was probably so heavily dosed that eight-month-old Bolonka Swetna became significantly weaker on the way home and died a few minutes later, the police said on Tuesday. Because sausage bait prepared with pins was found just a few days earlier in another part of the city, the police have now warned animal owners about the dangerous finds.

Dogs are best kept on a leash so that the owner can prevent them from eating the bait. It was initially unclear who might have laid the bait. Information from witnesses is accepted at the Neubrandenburg police station or on the Internet.

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An apartment owner caught a 17-year-old burglar in his bathtub in Münster. According to previous investigations, the young person broke open the apartment door on Monday when the 58-year-old was not at home, as the police announced on Tuesday. Neighbors heard suspicious noises and alerted the homeowner.

When he returned, the apartment owner found the intruder, who was already known to the police for numerous property crimes, lying naked in his bathtub. He said he complied with the request to get out and get dressed until the police arrived. The investigators assume that the young person wanted to steal a mobile phone, clothing and tobacco: He had the presumed loot ready before he made himself comfortable, the police report said.

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A body was found on the banks of the Nidda in Frankfurt on Monday morning. The lifeless body was recovered under the Maybach Bridge in the Eschersheim district, officials said on Tuesday morning. Police say who found the body is still under investigation. The identity of the dead person has not yet been clarified, but it is said to be a man. No information has yet been given on the cause of death. An autopsy is scheduled to take place in the morning.

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In Cologne, the verdict in an abuse trial against a former babysitter is expected on Tuesday (11 a.m.). The 34-year-old is said to have worked as a babysitter and flexible temporary worker in daycare centers in Cologne for years and committed sexual violence to children. He has therefore been before the Cologne district court since April. The public prosecutor's office has requested twelve years in prison and preventive detention for the man. Should the court order preventive detention, the man would not be released after serving his sentence. The defense pleaded for the confessed defendant, however, on a light prison sentence.

According to the prosecutor's office, between November 2019 and the end of May 2022, the German committed sexual violence, some of it severe, to a total of 23 children between the ages of one and six. A girl is said to have been severely disabled. Furthermore, the man is said to have recorded a large number of his deeds in photographs and on film. In a further charge, the public prosecutor's office charges the defendant with possession of child pornography.

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More than four months after the devastating fire that killed three children in Gernsbach, Baden-Württemberg, the investigation has been discontinued. The public prosecutor's office in Baden-Baden announced on Tuesday that the cause of the fire could not be clarified with certainty, even through very extensive investigations. A preliminary investigation against a resident on suspicion of arson resulting in death was discontinued due to a lack of sufficient suspicion.

Three children aged 4, 8 and 14 died in the fire in the early hours of April 13. Eastern European working-class families are said to have lived in the privately rented former hotel in the Reichental district.

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The flood situation in Bavaria has initially calmed down somewhat. On the night of Tuesday, parking lots were under water and the cars parked there were switched by the emergency services, as several police stations reported in the morning. There was no major damage or injuries for the time being. The flood news service (HND) expected continuous rain and overflowing on the Danube and on the rivers south of it on Tuesday. In parts, warning level 3 is to be expected, said a spokesman for the HND. The highest warning level 4 should probably not be reached. In Wasserburg am Inn, the HND expected warning level 4 on Monday evening – but that is no longer to be expected for the time being. The precautions for flood protection in the old town were reduced, as the city announced.

In Passau, the level of the Danube exceeded reporting level 3, but the increase leveled off by morning. Four levels of notification are issued by the HND. At warning level 1, small overflows are to be expected, at level 4, built-up areas can be flooded on a large scale.

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A memorial for fallen Soviet soldiers has been damaged by unknown persons in Genthin (Jerichower Land). As the police announced in Burg on Tuesday, one of a total of seven nameplates was torn down and thrown into the bushes. The crime was discovered on Monday. The panel, measuring around 30 by 80 centimetres, was attached to a concrete wall with epoxy resin adhesive. So far, there is no evidence of the possible perpetrators, it said. The police are asking the public for information.

The memorial commemorates the Soviet soldiers and officers of the Red Army who fell in the fighting around Genthin in the spring of 1945. The memorial is freely accessible. The city secured the torn-off plaque.

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Two men aged 18 and 19 probably took their friend's car without authorization and were then seriously injured in an accident in Flensburg. According to police early Tuesday, the two lost control of their vehicle during the night and crashed into three parked cars. Some of the vehicles were badly damaged in the collision. The two injured were taken to a hospital, but police said they are not life-threatening. The amount of property damage and the exact background were initially unclear.

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A 74-year-old man was traveling in his electric wheelchair with a good two per thousand alcohol on a Saxon federal road and caused traffic to stop. Officials became aware of the senior on Sunday evening on the B 87 near Gräfendorf near Torgau, as the police announced on Monday. A column of vehicles had already formed behind him.

When the police tried to stop the man, he initially saw no need to stop and drove on - but he was stopped a little later. Since he was already driving in wavy lines, a breath alcohol test was ordered. According to the police, this resulted in a value of around 2.2 per mille, whereupon the senior was forbidden to continue driving. The 74-year-old is being investigated on suspicion of drunk driving.

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A sleeping man fell from a moving mobile home onto a main road in Rhineland-Palatinate on Monday night. The 40-year-old suffered lacerations and abrasions, the police in Bernkastel-Kues said. His fellow passengers drove on.

The man had attended a football game in Mainz with other people. He was drunk and lay down on a bed in the RV. In doing so, he rolled against a side flap that was not properly locked, which opened as a result.

Witnesses finally found him standing on the side of the road on the B 50 near Morbach. The passengers of the 40-year-old were informed via their mobile phone. They had not yet noticed their loss.

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A wedding parade with around ten vehicles blocked Autobahn 63 in the direction of Alzey for a short time and obstructed traffic. On Sunday, the cars drove between Wörrstadt and Saulheim at low speed on the motorway and blocked all lanes, the police said on Monday. According to a spokesman, the officials received the information from a witness who made a video of the motorcade. As a result, four of the drivers involved were identified. The police are looking for other witnesses who saw the incident. It is now being checked whether the short-term blockade is due to coercion on the road.

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According to the police, a driver pushed away two climate activists with his car during a road blockade in Munich. The man pushed the two protesters in front of him at walking speed on Monday, the police said. He then disappeared without paying any further attention to the incident. Rescue workers did not find any injuries to the activists on site, said a police spokesman. On the platform X (formerly Twitter), the group "Last Generation" distributed a video intended to show the incident. The police investigated.

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A 56-year-old woman drove her car into oncoming traffic in the Uelzen district and died shortly after the accident. It came on Sunday afternoon between Bienenbüttel and Niendorf for reasons that are still unclear in a right turn on the oncoming lane, as the police announced on Monday.

There she collided with an oncoming car in which a 28-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were sitting. The woman is nine months pregnant. The occupants of the other car suffered minor injuries. All came to hospitals. The 56-year-old died in the hospital.

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Ten people were injured in a collision between a car and a coach on Sunday afternoon on the A10 east of Berlin. The 50-year-old driver was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, the police said on Monday.

According to the information, the man crashed his car into a coach between Marzahn and Hohenschönhausen for reasons that are still unclear. Nine people between 44 and 83 years from the bus suffered minor injuries, rescue workers treated them on site. According to the information, there were a total of 18 people in the coach. Investigations into the exact cause of the accident are ongoing. The RBB had previously reported about it.

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