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NIGHTCLUB KILLING

Owner murdered after refusing entry to two people Police are seeking two Albanians – Manol Tsaousi, 21, and an unidentified accomplice – in connection with the murder of nightclub owner Constantine Nounanakis, 37, who was shot dead by two men to whom he refused entry to the Aqua Club in Kalyvia, Attica, early yesterday. Police said Nanounakis had barred the two men after they caused disturbances during previous visits. The two tried to enter the club in the early hours of the morning and after the doormen told them to leave, they asked to see the owner. When Nanounakis appeared, one of the men took out a gun and shot him. UNTOUCHABLES Police crackdown on tax and city planning offices The Greek Police’s internal affairs unit is to embark on a crackdown on corruption in taxation and zoning bureaus, vehicle inspection units and other state authorities, Public Order Minister Giorgos Floridis told the Athens News Agency yesterday. Floridis also announced a boosting of neighborhood police patrols to cope with the rising number of burglaries. INFANT KILLED Chest of drawers crushes child A 17-month-old baby girl was crushed by a chest of drawers while playing with her twin sister in their bedroom in Volos, central Greece, on Friday. The children opened a drawer and one of the two climbed up on it, causing it to fall on her sister who was crushed underneath. Doctors at Volos Hospital said death was instantaneous from injures to the throat, chest and abdomen. Monk A monk from the monastery of Aghios Ioannis in Kozani was arrested on Sunday after being caught in the act of stealing an icon from a private chapel at the Yiannoulis Mansion in Larissa. The 36-year-old monk claimed he took the icon, which is of no archaeological value, to protect it. He was released pending trial. Ferry aground The passenger ferry Viking Star ran aground north of the Lefkada channel on Friday. It was carrying 44 passengers, mostly Britons, Italians and Germans. Coast guard officials, with the help of a diver, found there was no danger to the ship, which was dislodged by two ships and escorted safely to port. Woman drowned A German national identified as Elke Schmelzer drowned off Alimos Beach on Friday afternoon. She was identified through a document found among her belongings left on the beach. Her body was taken to the Athens morgue for an autopsy. Counterfeiters caught Police arrested a man identified as pharmacist V.H., 44, and his 25-year-old woman companion E.P., both of Attica, in Halkidiki on Saturday for allegedly using counterfeit notes to buy medicine and beauty products from pharmacies in the area. They were found in possession of fake 200-euro notes. Border quake An earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale was recorded as coming from the the Greek-Albanian border area at 5.09 p.m. on Saturday. Thessaloniki University seismologists said the epicenter was 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Kastoria in Albanian territory. No damage was reported.