Ding Dong gets married

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The dancer-turned-recording artiste, Ding Dong Ravers real name Kemar Christopher Dwaine Ottey, got married to his longtime girlfriend, Tashana, in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday in front close friends, family members.

The wedding guest list also included a few Dancehall entertainers and industry players including Ding Dong Ravers' manager, Romeich Major, label mate UpTop Boss Teejay and Jamaican-American rapper Safaree Samuels.

Ding Dong Ravers is yet to announce the nuptials online however Romeich gave Dancehall fans the first confirmation. "Congrats bro bro @dingdongravers 🤔🤔 wonder when a my time 🤣🤣🤣🤣 all best and happiness thanks for making me your #BESTMAN," he wrote on IG.





cisoca-logo.jpgDetectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) are probing the alleged rape of a minor in the Lucea police lock-up in Hanover.

The incident reportedly took place on Monday evening while the 15 year old was in custody.

It is alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a constable on duty at the holding area.

Superintendent Charmaine Shand, head of CISOCA, told RJR News that the girl was taken to the police station after she was remanded by a judge who ruled that she was in need of care and protection.

She said the teenager was awaiting transportation to a Place of Safety when she was sexually assaulted.

Investigators are preparing a file for submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Another policeman, a sergeant attached to Denham Town Police Station, is also being questioned by investigators for the alleged sexual assault of a minor.

Superintendent Chand said the case involves a 16 year old girl.

The DPP will also receive a file on that case.





la-lewis-photo-2.jpgDancehall and graffiti artiste, LA Lewis, was granted bail until June 25 when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on a warrant on Wednesday.

Lewis was answering to a charge of robbery with aggravation in a case that dated back to 1995. In court, he claimed that he did not know there was a warrant out for his arrest, and begged the court to grant him bail to allow him to travel to Canada to meet an engagement.

He is accused of having held a knife to a man's side on Matthew's Lane in downtown Kingston, and stealing the man's wallet which contained $200. The complainant later pointed out Lewis to the police.

In relation to Lewis' plea for bail, presiding Magistrate, Nicole Montague, stuck to the letter of the law and forced the artiste's mind to suddenly shift back from Canada to a Jamaican jail cell.

She informed him that he was not only facing a charge of robbery, but also one of having absconding bail, and as such, he needed to convince the court why he would not repeat the act of absconding bail.

Lewis' countenance fell dramatically after the judge spoke to him, and it was clear that the threat of being locked behind bars was weighing heavily on his mind.

"Your Honour, I thought this case was over. I swear to God!" said Lewis penitently.

"Are you guilty or not guilty?" the judge asked in response.

Lewis breathed hard and took a moment before replying that he was "Not guilty".

He, however, changed his plea to guilty of absconding bail after receiving legal advice.





28-year-old son of Portmore mayor dies

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Portmore Mayor Leon Thomas has been mourning the untimely death of his only 28 year-old son, Leon George Augustus Thomas, who died on June 4.

"He got sick, and complained of a pain in his side," Thomas explained. "They did a body scan, then a biopsy and found a tumour in his kidney. We started treatment, chemotherapy, but his blood count got low, and he left us."

There will be a setup on June 27th in Phoenix Park and the funeral service will be held on June 29th at the New Testament Church in Bayside beginning at 10 am. Interment will be at Meadowrest.

Leon George Augustus Thomas represented the national rugby team, Reggae Warriors, between 2015 and 2018. He was a member of the first Jamaica national rugby to play an international game against Canada which the Reggae Warriors won.

He attended Calabar High school, Portmore Community College and the Excelsior Community College.

The younger Thomas formed and coached a rugby team at the Excelsior Community College in the 2012-13 year.

At the time of his death, he was a Christian-minded businessman, and a sales manager at Courts (Jamaica) Limited.

"He will be missed, he was a great young man, he didn't smoke and drink, he was a Christian," Mayor Thomas said.





Heads of state for Seaga's funeral

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marlon-standing-next-to-edward-seaga.jpgSeveral heads of state and government officials from the Caribbean will be in attendance at the State funeral for the late former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, tomorrow Sunday, June 23.

The State funeral for Seaga will begin at noon, at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, 1 George Headley Drive off North Street in Kingston. Interment will follow in National Heroes Park.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, said those confirmed, to date, are Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands, W McKeeva Bush, who will be accompanied by Graham Rankin; High Commissioner of Belize to Jamaica, Oliver De Cid; President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr William Warren Smith, accompanied by Dorla Humes; Premier of the Cayman Islands, Alden McLaughlin, accompanied by Arlin Tatum; and Junior Minister, District Administration, Tourism and Transport, Cayman Islands, David Wight, along with a delegation of six.

Also in attendance will be Minister of Planning and Development, Trinidad and Tobago, Camille Robinson-Reis; Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment, Trade and National Health Insurance, Turks and Caicos, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson; Deputy Prime Minister, Belize, Patrick Faber; Minister of Housing, Belize, Michael Finnegan; Minister of State for Legal Affairs, The Bahamas, Elsworth Johnson; High Commissioner to CARICOM and all CARICOM Member States, Reuben Rahming and Guyana's Permanent Representative to the UN, Rudolph Michael Ten-Pow.

Seaga served as Member of Parliament for West Kingston for 43 years, and Prime Minister from 1980 to 1989. He died on his birthday May 28 in Florida

The nation is now observing a period of mourning from June 19 to 22.





Record cocaine seizure destined for Haiti

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cocaine-seized-photo-1.jpgThe United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says it has collaborated with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in seizing a record amount of cocaine in a container ship with merchandise destined for Haiti.

CBP said that the contents of the shipping containers included wine, coated paperboard, vegetable extracts and dried nuts from Chile, carbon black from Colombia and scrap metal batteries from the United Arab Emirates.

CBP said the examination of the MSC Gayane, a 1,030-foot Liberian-flagged container ship, at the Philadelphia seaport netted the historic load of cocaine, the largest cocaine seizure in the 230-year history of US Customs and CBP, with an estimated weight of over 17.5 tons and a street value of about US$1.1 billion.

It said it seized the cocaine, as well as US$56,330 found on the vessel "believed to be proceeds from illegal activity" and that six people had been arrested.

"This is momentous work by the CBP team at the Port of Philadelphia," said Casey Durst, CBP's Director of Field Operations in Baltimore, Maryland.

"Their vigilance and inspectional scrutiny resulted in the interception of the largest seizure of cocaine in the 230 history of US Customs and Border Protection.

"Because of our officers' efforts, over 1 billion dollars of dangerous narcotics was taken off the streets. I have no doubt that our officers saved lives and significantly impacted transnational criminal organisations with this interception," he added.





Portmore serial rapist caught

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police-cars.jpgA man believed to be the so-called Portmore serial rapist is currently in police custody.

According to a Twitter post by the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the man was arrested yesterday evening in Congreve Park, Portmore, St Catherine.

Police reports are that the serial rapist broke into the homes of multiple single women around Portmore, with his victims ranging from 19 to 60 years old.

The incidents of rape are said to have occurred in the Bridgeport, Cumberland, Braeton, Portmore Pines and Silverstone areas.

The police are now asking anyone who may have information to assist with the investigations to contact the Portmore Police Station.





Duncan-Price elected

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Imani Duncan-Price has been elected as the next People's National Party (PNP) representative for the Kingston Central constituency.

Duncan-Price secured 242 of the 461 votes from delegates today.

The other candidates on the ballot were Raymond Pryce, Paul Buchanan, Joan Porteous, and Donald Jackson.





Man charged for stealing fish from Gloria's

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arrested -photo-1.jpgA man was arrested and charged with stealing fish valued at over $17,000 fr from the popular Port Royal eatery, Gloria's. Reports are that Daniel McFarlane was caught trying to sell the 'stolen items' at the Harbour View roundabout.

When he was hauled before the court on Friday to answer the charges, McFarlane told the judge that he found the fish in the garbage.

"Guilty with explanation, Your Honour," said McFarlane when asked what was his plea.

"I never take any fish out of the place, Your Honour. I found them in the garbage, that is my explanation," said the man who is the dishwasher at the restaurant.

But Presiding Magistrate Lorian Montague seemed perplexed.

"Then is good, good fish them have in the garbage sir?" the judge asked.

McFarlane opted not to answer that question and instead asked for time to pay the fine that would be imposed on him for the crime of simple larceny.

"I would ask for two weeks," he said.

"That is reasonable. I will give you two weeks. That is $20,000 and this is only part of the sentence," the magistrate told the accused.

McFarlane had his bail extended and was ordered to return to court on July 12.





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