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Constant Spring market to be sold

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The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) is to enter into negotiations with the National Land Agency (NLA) for the sale of the Constant Spring Market to facilitate the expansion of the Constant Spring Road corridor.

A resolution giving effect to this was approved by the Corporation at its meeting held on Tuesday.

It's understood that the KSAMC has commissioned and received the requisite valuations from the NLA and a private, duly registered valuator.

The private valuation puts the value of the market at $270 million while the public valuation is $186 million.


guns-photo-1.jpgPolice this week searched the house of the woman who has been detained in connection with last month's massive gun bust in Miami, Florida. Detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime branch (C-TOC) also searched several of her relatives' homes in Montego Bay, St James as the probe into the massive gun and ammo find intensified.

On Monday, the woman surrendered to C-TOC branch on Orange Street in Kingston approximately 9:00 am. She was subsequently detained on reasonable suspicion of conspiracy to import guns and ammunition.

The woman's attorney Oswest Senior-Smith, who made an unsuccessful habeas corpus application in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday for her to be charged or released, said he will be renewing his application today.

Her detention came on the heels of the 119 guns and 267 rounds of ammunition seized at Miami Airport in Florida on November 13.

The illegal shipment was destined for an address in Montego Bay, St James.

crime-scene-knife.jpgThe body of 17-year-old Ariel Lawrence was yesterday found with chop wounds on Portmore Parkway in St Catherine, mere hours after she reportedly boarded a taxi in the area.

Ariel, who resided in Old Harbour, was reported missing since Monday night after she took the taxi from Portsmouth in Portmore to Spanish Town.

Reports from the police are that citizens discovered Ariel's body about 1:00 am yesterday and summoned them.

Police officers said when they visited the scene, they saw her body on the roadway with wounds to the upper section.

The scene was processed and the body removed to the morgue pending post mortem examination.

Two women shot at home in Clarendon; one dies

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crime-scene-gun.jpgSeveral residents of York Town, Clarendon and the police are now scrambling for answers following the shooting death of a woman and the injury of 17-year-old girl in the community Tuesday night.

It is reported that 34-year-old Phelesha Myers was in her bed shortly after 8 o'clock when the door was kicked off by a gunman who shot her.

The teenager, who was also in the room, tried to escape and was shot outside.

They females were both were taken to the May Pen Hospital where Myers was pronounced dead and the teen admitted in serious condition.

pnp-councillor-and-son-shot-dead.jpgPeople's National Party caretaker for the May Pen division Carol Ebanks and her son, Jevon Myles, were Wednesday night shot dead at their home in Paisley, Clarendon.

It is reported that Ebanks and her children were in the shop when gunmen invaded the premises firing several shots.

Four of her five children ran for safety but the gunmen reportedly cornered Myles, placed him to lie face down then shot him execution style.

The gunmen then went back into the shop and shot Ebanks who had been hurt in the first round of shooting.

Former mayor of May Pen and councillor for the Hayes division, Scean Barnswell visited the home this morning.

Barnswell said he was saddened death.

"She was quiet, willing and very helpful. She is not the type who would be in a quarrel or contention with anyone," he said.

Two nights ago another woman was shot dead in Clarendon and a teen girl injured.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP), Mexico's leading private airport operator, raised USD 121 million on 9 November issuing 23m five-year notes with a nominal value of MXN 100 each.

GAP is among the pre-qualified bidders participating in the privatization of Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica.

The local currency bonds mature in 2022 with interest payable every 28 days at a variable rate of TIIE-28 plus 44 basis points. GAP maintains a debt-to-EBITDA ratio below 1 with MXN 9bn (USD 473m) in total debt.

GAP's latest bond issuance coincides with a period of sustained growth for the Guadalajara-based company. GAP grew traffic by 11.7% in November over the same month in 2016, a rate equal to passenger traffic growth at the company's airports YTD. GAP projects a 17% increase in aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenues in 2017 and similar EBITDA growth.

GAP maintains the highest possible credit rating from S&P and Moody's. GAP's extraordinary growth in traffic, solid fundamentals and outstanding performance over the past several years has boosted investor confidence leading to a strong demand for the company's equity and debt instruments in the US and Mexican capital markets.

GAP's extraordinary performance in 2017 is attributable to a successful strategy of developing new routes and supporting the growth of airlines within its airport network. The growth in passenger traffic has boosted the company's financial performance, providing handsome returns to shareholders of the NYSE- and BMX-listed equities.

Airports operated by GAP provide an immeasurable economic stimulus to the communities in which they are situated, supporting commercial, tourism and industrial activities.

The Opposition is piling more pressure on the Government over the controversial contract awarded to O'Brien's International Car Sales and Rental Services to source used vehicles for the police.

In a statement released last night, Opposition spokesman Mikael Phillips questioned Friday's announcement that the Cabinet has instructed the National Security Minister to formally write to General Accident Insurance Company Limited to request payment of the performance bond put up by O'Brien's.

According to Phillips, this is a new twist, as the National Security Minister Robert Montague had reported in Parliament last Tuesday that the ministry had already called the bond.

The Opposition spokesman also said the decision by the government to withdraw the moratorium granted to O'Brien's to clear some 66 vehicles from the wharf has blighted the possibility for the cars to be delivered any time soon.

The vehicles have been sitting on the wharf because O'Brien's could not come up the $40 million to pay the required Special Consumption Tax and General Consumption Tax.

Instead, it wrote to the National Security Ministry asking that it pays the taxes since this expense was not including in the bid.

The National Security Ministry refused, however, the Finance Ministry worked out an arrangement for the Customs Department to allow the importer until May next year to pay off the requisite taxes.

Amid the controversy over the granting of this moratorium, the Cabinet had a special meeting on Friday where, on the advice of the attorney general, the offer for the moratorium was withdrawn.

Phillips says the decision to call the bond and withdraw the moratorium signals that the government does not take seriously, the issue of police mobility despite the skyrocketing murder rate.

The $400 million contract to O'Brien's was to purchase 200 used vehicles including pickups.

However, only about 30 have been so far delivered.

crime-scene-gun.jpgGunmen on Sunday evening attacked mourners at a funeral at Kings Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church on Windward Road in Kingston, killing two people and injuring seven others.

The victims were attending the funeral for Romain Anthony White, 30, when gunshots rang out.

The gunmen reportedly travelled in cars and on motor bikes.

Mourners reportedly managed to corner one of the attackers and rained blows on him.

He was, however, rescued by the police and has been taken to the KPH where he is in their custody.

White, a higgler, was stabbed to death more than a month ago on Beckford Street in downtown Kingston in a dispute over a parking space.

Chief Executive Officer of the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) Errol Greene said two of the victims were taken into surgery and the others were being treated in the accident and emergency area.

Meanwhile, Senior Medical Officer at the KPH, Dr Natalie Whylie said the incident resulted in additional surgeons and nurses being summoned for duty.

In addition, Whylie said four emergency theatres had to be opened.

"Usually on a weekend we have one emergency theatre that's open. We had to open four to ensure that the hospital can respond to what is taking place," she said.

"We have also mobilised the emergency laboratory services because we need additional resources, including blood," Whylie added.

A woman, Sudan Anderson, is claiming that her 20-year-old niece who was killed in the shooting incident at a funeral at King's Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church, in east Kingston on Sunday, was being unfairly targeted.

The shooting left at least two persons dead and another seven nursing gunshot wounds.

The Gleaner is reporting that Anderson says her relative, Ashley Hopson, was threatened by gangsters from another area who previously had had a falling out with one of Hopson's deceased family members.

"There is some friction between Charles Street and Matthews Lane. I think she was targeted because she and three youth stand up and di three a dem get shot as well. We had a family who died sometime ago by the name of Demar James. He was a gangster. Tru dat now, is like dem just target anybody from the family. Ashley was loving, caring and have manners. The only thing people can say is that she act like a boy," Anderson said.

The funeral Hopson was attending was that of Romain White, who was stabbed to death by another man, allegedly over a spot where he sold goods in downtown Kingston, just under a month ago.

guns-photo-1.jpgThe woman being questioned in connection with the seizure of a large shipment of firearms and ammunition from the United States, remains in police custody.

She was listed as the intended recipient of the cache of firearms which was intercepted at the Miami International Airport.

The two barrels that were intercepted in the United States last month with 119 guns and more than 200 rounds of ammunition destined for Jamaica, were re-packaged with other goods and allowed to continue to Montego Bay.

It was revealed that the barrels had been under the watchful eyes of American law enforcement agents and personnel from Jamaica's Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime CTOC division since they arrived in Montego Bay last month.

However it is reported that no one came forward to collect them.

The woman who is from Falmouth Trelawny turned herself in to police at CTOC yesterday (Mon) and was interviewed.

Two security guards shot dead in Annotto Bay

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo security guards were shot and killed and a third guard is nursing injuries after they were attacked by gunmen last night while on duty at the Red Stripe Distribution Centre in Annotto Bay, St Mary.

The dead guards have been identified as 57-year-old Vincent Walsh, of Crooked River in Annotto Bay, and 40-year-old Clive Grant, also of Annotto Bay.

Head of the St Mary Police, Superintendent Dudley Scott, says the attack occurred sometime after midnight.

Superintendent Scott says robbery appears to be the motive.

Probe into 119 guns moves to MoBay

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guns-photo-1.jpgThe two barrels that were intercepted in the United States (US) last month with an arsenal of 119 guns and more than 200 rounds of ammunition destined for Jamaica were repackaged with other goods and allowed to continue to Montego Bay, Jamaican law enforcement sources have revealed.

According to one source, the move was part of a covert attempt by American law enforcement operatives to apprehend persons linked to the shipment.

The source revealed that the barrels had been under the watchful eyes of American law enforcement agents and personnel from Jamaica's Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) division since they arrived in Montego Bay last month.

However, it's reported that no one has come forward to collect them.

Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey, who heads C-TOC, declined to comment when contacted today. "I have no comment on that matter," Bailey told The Gleaner.

After days of surveillance, law enforcement insiders said the joint team moved in last evening and retrieved the barrels.

It's reported, too, that investigators collected forensic and other evidence they believe can lead them to the persons connected to the shipment.

guns-photo-1.jpgJamaica's security forces are being warned that they will continue to face the onslaught of illegal guns entering the island, because of the posture of the United States in relation to gun ownership.

Keith 'Trinity' Gardner' a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, is arguing that the plethora of guns in the US will always provide a consistent supply to Jamaica.

His comments are in reaction to the seizure of a huge shipment of illegal guns and ammunition in Miami destined for Jamaica.

The US authorities intercepted 117 illegal guns last month at Miami International Airport.

The issue of illegal guns shipped from the US has been a longstanding one, and a big factor is the ease of ownership in that country.

Mr Gardner, speaking on RJR's Beyond the Headlines, noted that, despite mounting evidence that gun ownership policies need changing, the right to bear arms overrides these concerns.

This means local authorities will have to continue to work hard to stop or minimise the importation of these weapons, he said.

crime-scene-5-larger.jpgThe body of an unidentified man was seen this morning floating in the sea in the vicinity of the waterfront in downtown, Kingston.

The body is believed to be in its late thirties, dark complexion, slim build and is about 5 feet 10 inches long, clad in a black t- shirt and black jeans pants.

Reports from the Denham Town Police are that about 6:45 a.m., residents saw the body and summoned them.

The scene was processed and the body removed to the morgue.

Meanwhile, the Darliston police are investigating the killing of an unidentified man whose body was found along the roadway in Greenwich, Westmoreland on Saturday.

The body is believed to be in its mid thirties, dark complexion, medium build is about 5 feet 6 inches long and was clad in a red and green cap, white shirt, multi-coloured shorts and a pair of black slippers.

Reports are that about 11:40 a.m., the police was alerted to a man seen lying on the ground.

When they arrived they saw the body lying face down in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to the head.

Lisa Hanna weds Richard Lake in ultra private affair

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lisa-hanna-and-richard-photo-1.jpgFormer Miss World beauty queen Lisa Hanna is now Mrs Richard Lake. She and her long time beau, businessman Richard Lake, were married in an ultra-private ceremony in the hills of St Andrew on Saturday.

Pictures show the divorced Member of Parliament and love exchanging vows on a balcony overlooking the city.

Reports are that security was tight as her 'A'-list guests arrived at the private venue all decked out for what could arguably be the wedding of the year.

Hanna announced that she was engaged last year in an Instagram post with a photo of herself showing off a ring, and the caption, "Yes I said Yes!".

Since then, she shared some details of the wedding plan, announcing in September that her dress was being made locally.

Lisa was once married to businessman David Panton, with whom she shares a teenage son; they divorced in 2004 after five years of marriage and Panton, after moving on from a Miss World winner, then hooked up with a Miss Universe winner, Trinidadian beauty, Wendy Fitzwilliams, with whom he also shares a son..

This is also Richard Lake's second marriage.

Cops seek help in finding missing 12-y-o

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missing-girl-tamoy-maxwell.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is appealing for the public's assistance to locate a missing child in Kingston.

A high alert has been activated for 12-year-old Tamoy Maxwell, of Pelican Parade, Kingston 11 who has been missing since Thursday, November 16.

She is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 105 centimetres (3 feet 5 inches) tall.

All efforts to contact her have proven futile.

"Help us bring this little girl home safely," Police Commissioner George Quallo tweeted.

jcf-gun-seizure.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says a major multi-agency transnational investigation is now under way with their United States' law enforcement counterparts following the massive gun seizure in Miami.

The police say the guns and ammunition were inside barrels and cardboard boxes that were to be shipped to Montego Bay, St James.

According to the police, on November 13, US law enforcement were conducting routine security screening at the Miami International Airport in Florida when they came across two blue barrels and two cardboard boxes.

They say the containers were listed as containing household and food items.

The JCF says when the containers were searched, they found 119 firearms and 267 assorted rounds of ammunition.

Among the weapons comprise four rifles and 115 pistols.

Ian Boyne doing well after heart attack scare

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ian-boyne.jpgDeputy chief executive officer of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Ian Boyne is out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the University Hospital of the West Indies and is "recuperating well" in the Tony Thwaites Wing, JIS said in a release yesterday.

Boyne was rushed to the hospital on Saturday after falling ill and news came later that he had suffered multiple heart attacks and was in a coma.

"I am deeply touched by the outpouring of love from all sectors of the society," Boyne is quoted as saying in the release, as he was updated on the concern expressed by Jamaicans at home and abroad on social media and through calls to JIS and radio stations.

The release said he was told that churches everywhere were in prayer for his recovery.

"I am grateful to God. I am a miracle," he added as he reflected on the frightening experience.

Boyne stated that he has been seeing his doctors regularly and paying attention to his diet and exercise routine, and encourages everyone to do the same, the release said.

"And I am deeply moved to know that I am loved and appreciated by my colleagues, especially at JIS and in the media. Tell them I shall be back and doing more programmes and writing more articles in the near future with God's help," the veteran journalist said while asking the JIS to assure everyone that he is doing well

George Nooks' bail extended

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george-nooks-image-1.jpgReggae singer George Nooks had his case was rescheduled to March 27, 2018 when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way-Tree yesterday.

Nooks had his bail extended on his possession of cocaine charge.

Reports are that the judge, Judge Vaughn Smith advised Nooks's attorney, Donahue Martin, that the case should be tried in the Drug Treatment Court. However, Martin said his team is opposed to this move.

Martin also received the judge's approval to review the Duhaney Park Police Station's narcotics and crime diaries from the period May 4 -- 10, 2017. According to the attorney, this request will allow the defence to review the documented events surrounding the case.

Nooks is also being represented by Queen's Counsel Tom Tavares-Finson.

The case has already seen two hearings -- May 17 and July 21.

jcf-gun-seizure.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force is reporting a mega bust in the United States (US) of a shipment of guns and ammunition destined for an address in Jamaica.

In a tweet posted Wednesday afternoon, the police say the shipment of 117 guns and an assortment of ammunition was intercepted by US customs and ‎border protection agents at the Miami International Airport in November.

The police provided no further detail but said investigations are continuing.

golden-crust-hawthorne.jpgNew York-based Jamaican businessman Lowell Hawthorne reportedly committed suicide amid fears over millions of US dollars in tax debt.

The owner of the Golden Krust restaurant chain who committed suicide in his Bronx factory was deep in tax debt and was being sued by a former staffer for thousands in lost wages, court records show.

Lowell Hawthorne was "worried" about the liens, which included more than $150,000 in city taxes on the company's buildings, a police source said.

Authorities also said they discovered a note that Hawthorne left before he shot himself in the head Saturday afternoon. They did not disclose what he wrote.

In addition to Hawthorne's tax issues, a former maintenance staffer was suing him in Manhattan Federal Court. Onetime employee Robert Wray said he was never paid for the overtime he worked during his 11-year tenure.The beloved Golden Krust boss died after shooting himself in the head on Saturday at his Bronx, New York factory. Wray's May 8 lawsuit contends more than 100 other Golden Krust staffers were similarly stiffed on OT.

The case -- which seeks class-action status -- is pending.

Hawthorne's popular restaurant chain did not outwardly appear to be struggling while allegedly cutting corners as it served up meat patties, jerk treats and pastries.

In fact, he boasted about expanding the "McDonald's of the Caribbean" during an episode of CBS' "Undercover Boss" in May 2016.

"By 2020, all Americans we expect to be eating Golden Krust patties," he said.

Hawthorne, 57, shot himself inside the firm's Claremont factory at about 5:30 p.m., police sources said.

Some of his staffers said they suspected something was wrong when they saw his silver Tesla 85D parked oddly outside the factory, straddling two lanes.

On Sunday, friends and relatives were struggling to understand the suicide.

"Does not make any sense whatsoever," said Pat Russo, who worked with Hawthorne and his brother since the 1990s. "The one thing I learned a long time ago: You just don't know what you think you know."

Hawthorne's death hit the city hard.

"We are shocked and saddened by the death of Lowell Hawthorne," tweeted Mayor de Blasio. "Our prayers are with his family and his loved ones."

"The legacy of Lowell Hawthorne will live on," tweeted Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. "I admire him greatly for bringing our shared love for Jamaican culture to life on a larger scale through food and fellowship."

Hawthorne came to the U.S. from Jamaica when he was 21. With the financial help of family, he opened his first Golden Krust store on E. Gun Hill Road in 1989.

There are now 120 stores in nine states, supplying more than 18,000 dollar stores and supermarkets.

In a Twitter message on Saturday, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness offered his condolences to Hawthorn's family and employees.

Sally Porteous hospitalised

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The Manchester Municipal Corporation, where Sally Porteous served as a Deputy Mayor representing the Jamaica Labour Party before she was appointed to the office of Custos, has confirmed that she has been hospitalised.

The corporation said she took ill while attending a meeting in Mandeville on Thursday. She reportedly suffered a brain aneurysm.

According to a post Monday on a Gofundme page that has been set up on her behalf, she has since undergone an operation. It said the operation went well and Porteous will remain in intensive care for several days.

Porteous also served as Councillor for the Mandeville division in the then Manchester Parish Council.

George Nooks' trial to begin today

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george-nooks-image-1.jpgSinger George Nooks is slated to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way-Tree today, when is trial on cocaine possession charges will start.

Nooks is being represented by Queen's Counsel Tom Tavares-Finson and Donahue Martin Junior.

According to police report, in May, the 56-year-old was spotted acting in a suspicious manner by lawmen during an operation in his St Andrew community shortly after 9:00 pm.

He was accosted and a bag he was carrying searched. The bag was found to contain approximately two ounces of cocaine.

Nooks is well known for songs such as Tribal War, God is Standing By, and Ride Out Your Storm.

Jamaican is key IS recruiter says the US

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is-recruiter.jpg(AFP) - The US Treasury Tuesday placed a Jamaica-based Islamic cleric on its terror blacklist, calling him a key recruiter for the Islamic State group and a propagandist who inspired numerous notorious jihadist attacks.

The Treasury placed Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal on its "specially designated global terrorist" sanctions blacklist, saying he helped Islamic State recruits travel to IS-controlled territory and was trusted by the jihadist group to vouch for potential recruits.

In addition, according to the Treasury, he "has directly or indirectly influenced numerous terrorists" including, they said, attacks stretching back to the attempt by Richard Reid to blow up an American Airlines flight headed to Miami in December 2001 with explosives hidden in his shoes.

Faisal, 54, is currently under arrest in Jamaica and facing extradition to the United States.

Born in Jamaica under the name Trevor Forrest, he is linked to the jihadist group Authentic Tauheed, which is aligned with Islamic State, according to the Counter Extremism Project.

He was an imam in London's Brixton district and was convicted in 2003 of soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred, spending four years in prison before being released and expelled to Jamaica.

After that he also spent time in Africa and has a base of support in Kenya, according to the Counter Extremism Project. Several people died in protests in support of Faisal in January 2010 when the Kenyan government moved to expel him from the country.

Crime Stop is offering a $300,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and charge of the men involved in the murder of 29-year-old artiste Cleveland Smith o/c Cleverly. Smith is the nephew of deejay Mr. Vegas.

Another deejay, Munga Honorebel was arrested and charged in connection with the murder earlier this year.

The police say they are anxious to get any information on the names and whereabouts of the other people who were at 315 Molynes Road, Kingston 20, where Smith, who is of a Moonlight Drive address, was shot and killed about 1:00am on February 12.

According to a police report, Smith left home on his green Rambo pedal cycle and headed to 315 Molynes Road where a session was being held. It is alleged that he was accosted by a group of men, one of whom was armed with a gun.

It is further alleged that an altercation ensued between the men and Smith was shot. The men escaped.

Smith was taken to Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) where he was pronounced dead.

The Crime Stop offer expires on November 30, 2018.

lowell-hawthorne-caribbean-bakery.jpgThe Diaspora and Jamaicans at home are reeling from the shock suicide of founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill Lowell Hawthorne. Police sources say 57-year-old Hawthorne killed himself inside his Bronx factory Saturday.

Hawthorne reportedly shot himself with two bullets to the head, while inside the Park Ave. building near E. 173rd St. in Claremont about 5:30 p.m.

Tributes have since been pouring in for a man who was loved by many, not least of all his loyal workers, who cried openly and admitted that they are "shocked and saddened" at his untimely passing.

"He was a good boss, humble and a good businessman," said Pete Tee, 27, a former employee.

"He never seemed sad. This is just terrible news right now."

"He was a nice boss, a wonderful guy," said Woods, an employee since 2003. "He's the kind of guy you want to work for that long. He takes care of his employees."

"I didn't believe the news when I heard it at first," Woods added. "I don't know if the pressure of running the business was too much, but I'm shocked

Meanwhile, there are some persons who simply refuse tp believe that a man like Hawthorne would commit suicide and have been quick to put forward a conspiracy theory.

"If he was a Jamaican citizen, the Jamaican government should get involved. Jamaican police should get involved in the investigation ASAP. I don't believe that he killed himself. I Don't believe it for 1 second."

"THIS STORY MUST COME WITH A SLANT - JAMAICANS are fighters no matter what I DO NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING COMING OUT OF AMERIKKKA, i will not say rip'' until the truth comes out."

Hawthorne opened the first Golden Krust store on E. Gun Hill Rd. in 1989 and built the Jamaica beef patty company into a national empire boasting more than 120 restaurants across the U.S.

It also produces more than 50 million patties a year for retail stores and supplies them to about 20,000 outlets, according to The New York Times.

The opposition People's National Party (PNP) says that in light of revelations of misuse of public funds and breaches of government procurement guidelines at Wednesday's meeting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee of House of Representatives, Prime Minister Andrew Holness must "immediately address these serious and profound issues of poor accountability and probity within the government."

In a statement this afternoon, the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, said that the prime minister must urgently call for a forensic audit of the payments made by the National Security Ministry under the $426.9 million contract with a motor vehicle sales company and account to the country for the $213 million which was reported to have already been paid as deposit to the company for the provision of 200 used vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The Opposition leader is also seeking the intervention of the Contractor General and the Auditor General in light of what he said appears to be "clear breaches of the government procurement guidelines, the repeated failure of the Minister of National Security to answer questions put to him in Parliament, and his gross dereliction of his duties as a minister."

He said this has led to failed policies which are causing the police to face an increase in violent crime and murder without adequate resources to address it.

Dr Phillips said the prime minister should immediately relieve the National Security Minister Robert Montague of his duties, if the country is to have any confidence in the government's determination and ability to fight crime.

"The country has now paid out $213 million to a contractor and yet has only 30 used Toyota Axio cars, which do not meet JCF specifications, to show for it. Where has the money gone?" Dr Phillips queried.

desiree-gibbon-photo-1.jpgdesiree-gibbon-found-dead-in-jamaica.jpgA New York model seeking work in Jamaica was found dead on the side of a road with her throat slashed.

Desiree Gibbon, 26, from Queens, was found by locals bloodied and lifeless a few miles from Montego Bay on the Caribbean island's north coast on Sunday

According to foreign media reports, Gibbon, who had Jamaican roots, had travelled to the island on October 20, and obtained a permit to stay in the country for three months.

Gibbon's father described as her as having a heart of gold. He said that everyone loved his daughter.

"She had to have been lured from that hotel because she had nothing on her," her father said.

Her mother, Andrea Gibbon, said her daughter made friends on the island. She insisted that she would never go out at night alone.

Gibbon's body was discovered with her throat slashed in bushes near the Long Hill main road in St James last Saturday morning.

The elder Gibbon said the family found out about her daughter's death after authorities showed a photo to her uncle, who owns a hotel in Montego Bay.

Gibbon arrived to the country back in October with a three month visa.


Her body was spotted by the horrified residents in the bushes.

Police identified Gibbon after showing her photograph to hotel officials in the area where they thought she may have been staying, according to the New York Daily News.

Grief-stricken family members to Gibbon were at a total loss for words about what may have happened.

'It has to have been a complete stranger. Desiree had a heart of gold, everybody loved her. Everything hurts. It's hard to breathe,' aunt Peggy Brunner told the Daily News.

Parents and relatives created a GoFundMe page to aid in transportation of her body back to the United States as well as funeral costs.

'My heart is truly broken!!! I asking you all to please help me and my sister at this very difficult and heartbreaking time,' her sister wrote to the page.

'My niece was murdered in Jamaica very brutally and we need to get her home as soon as possible!!!! Please help!!!! Thank-you all!!!!,' her aunt added.

Detectives assigned to the St James Police Division are seeking the public's assistance to identify a woman's body that was found along the roadway in Anchovy in the parish on Saturday.

The police say the body appears to be in its mid-twenties.

It is of Caucasian descent, has long blond hair, is of medium build and is about 5'8" long.

It was clad in a grey coloured blouse and a pair of blue jeans shorts.

Reports from the Anchovy Police are that about 9:15 in the morning residents stumbled upon the body and alerted them.

On their arrival, it was seen lying along the roadway with its throat slashed.

tourism-official-rifai.jpgSecretary General of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, in a no holds barred address on Tuesday, told Caribbean tourism stakeholders to stop promoting exclusive resorts, because they are "modern-day plantations".

Rifai, who is based in Madrid, Spain, where he has held the Secretary-General post since being unanimously elected in 2010, made the call during day two of the UNWTO Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth, now on at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Jamaica.

The Secretary General was searingly honest and clearly not concerned about ruffling feathers; he cautioned against the practice of building five-star resorts in three-star communities, where the citizens were not part of the transformation. He told the top level gathering of tourism stakeholders that they cannot continue to have their visitors in bubbles, where there are walls between the visitor and the community.

Rifai emphasised that the opportunities in tourism should carry the end result of inclusive economic growth, more decent jobs, the distribution of wealth, shared prosperity and respect for each other.

His comments were made in the presence of several all-inclusive hotel operators, the country's prime minister, Andrew Holness, president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, tourism minister Edmund Bartlett and several other dignitaries representing the industry.

KC win Flow Supercup

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Kingston College turned in a dominant display to roll over St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) 3-0 in a lopsided finale at Sabina Park to prolong the Corporate Area reign in the lucrative competition for a fourth-consecutive year.

In a time when his team needed him most, with this their final shot at a title, the prolific Rashawn Mackison confirmed his status when he netted a fine treble in the seventh, 44th and 82nd minutes to steer the crystal and $1 million in the direction of North Street.

Mackison ended the competition with six goals, which earned him the KFC Big Deal Golden Boot.

The win by KC saw them joining Jamaica College, St George's College and Wolmer's Boys as the urban area top guns to have grasped the lucrative title, while the hopes of STETHS and their rural area counterparts have been shelved for another year.


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Three people were arrested by Members of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime (CTOC) following a raid at a night club in New Kingston late Friday.

Police say the group of persons who were held, in the clamp down, are also under investigation in relation to human trafficking.

Police say the owner of the night club has since been arrested, another person has been charged for living off the earnings of prostitution, another member from the group has been charged with soliciting.

Police report that at about 11:30 am they went to the club and during a search of the location close to 10 persons were held.

The group members were taken in custody where seven were processed and released while the owner and two other persons were apprehended.

Local authorities report that problem of Human trafficking has been a major concern with several criminals using some sections of the island as a source, transit, and destination country for adults and children for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour.

Farmer found with 450 rounds of ammunition

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ak47-ammunition.jpgA 25-year-old Westmoreland farmer was on Monday taken into custody after police reportedly found 450 9mm rounds of ammunition in his possession in Leamington district in the parish.

Police report that about 4:00 pm, lawmen were in the area when they saw a man walking along the road. He was accosted and searched, and the rounds found in a plastic bag he was carrying. He was subsequently arrested.

Police say his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.

The police and representatives of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFS) have met with the woman who was seen in a video violently beating and threatening to cut off the neck of her young child.

Superintendent in charge of the Westmoreland Police, Lansford Salmon, says the meeting was arranged after the woman reported to the Whithorn police station on Saturday, when the video began circulating on social media.

Superintendent Salmon says the woman is not in custody.

He says the meeting this afternoon will determine the next course of action to be taken as the investigation progresses.

The CPFSA yesterday confirmed that it had begun probing the circumstances that led to the woman using what appears to be a belt to beat a young child while she hurled threats of cutting off the child's neck.

The child protection agency said its investigation revealed that the incident took place in September.

The agency says the woman is currently receiving counselling.

lisa-hanna-photo-1.jpgKD Knight, the legal luminary for, Member of Parliament St Ann Lisa Hanna, says she has no criminal charges to answer in regards to a probe carried out bu the Office of the Contractor General (OCG).

The OCG conducted a probe into the award of contracts by the Office of the St Ann South East MP. The report was tabled in parliament on November 21.

The report follows investigations by the OCG into allegations of acts of impropriety, irregularity and corruption at the office of the Member of Parliament for South East St. Ann and in the award of certain contracts by the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.

Mr Knight says after perusing the document he sees nothing for which the DPP could lay charges.

The report follows investigations by the OCG into allegations of acts of impropriety, irregularity, and corruption at the office of the Member of Parliament for South East St. Ann and in the award of certain contracts by the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.

The OCG says a copy of the report has been submitted to the DPP for investigation regarding breaches of public sector procurement procedures and the attendant regulations.

The OCG says it wants the DPP to make a determination as to whether the actions of the accounting and accountable officers of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation in authorizing and disbursing payments to a named contractor in the amount of 285 thousand dollars, which was awarded by the Corporation was in breach of the Financial Administration and Audit Act.

According the OCG, the payment was done without the requisite verification of the satisfactory completion of work.

The DPP is also being called upon to determine whether the actions of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, in preparing documentation which gave the impression that the complete scope of works had been executed by the contract awardee, while having knowledge of the contrary, amounts to an act of fraudulent misrepresentation.

Additionally, the DPP is being asked to determine whether the actions of Lisa Hanna in making recommendations for the award of contracts to twelve persons affiliated and/or associated with the People's National Party give rise to a conflict of interest.

Mo Bay Flooded!

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mobay-flood-photo-1.jpgDowntown Montego Bay has been flooded after several hours of heavy showers on Wednesday afternoon. The heavy downpour caused the major gullies in the western Jamaica city to overflow their banks, leaving the roads and several buildings flooded.

Several streets and businesses have been extensively flooded. Photos and videos on social media sites show flooded cars abandoned in the streets converted to major waterways. People have also been seeking refuge on their vehicles.


Persons, including students, were trapped in workplaces and schools as the city came to a virtual standstill. High flood waters and damaged roads kept vehicles off the road.

When the rains subsided, many persons had to resort to walking miles to get home.

Meanwhile, at the Farm Primary and Junior High School in Green Pond, teachers and students were trapped at the school up to late last night as one road leading to Montego Bay in one direction caved in and the other leaving through Cornwall Courts was blocked by flood waters.

brianna-brochu-mugshot.jpgA white university student accused of branding her roommate a "Jamaican Barbie" and smearing used tampons on her backpack is not racist, her lawyer has claimed.

Brianna Brochu, a former student at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, is charged with criminal mischief and breach of the peace, but activists want the 18-year-old charged with a hate crime.

Ms Brochu allegedly bragged online about her bullying, describing how she spat in Chennel Rowe's coconut oil and put her toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine", reports the Hartford Courant.

She was later banned from campus by a local community court judge.

"After 1½ month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons oh [sic] her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine, and so much more, I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie," Ms Brochu wrote on Instagram, according to court records.

On Tuesday, members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) arrived outside the Hartford courthouse to demand prosecutors charge Ms Brochu with a hate crime, reports CBS News.

But Ms Brochu's lawyer, Tom Stevens, said he did not expect authorities to file hate crime charges and that his client regretted her actions.

"I think this is sort of not the case that you all have been fanning the flame on," he said outside court, according to the Courant. "I think when it's all said and done, what you're going to see is there was nothing racial that motivated this.

"This was two students who were placed together, I think randomly... who didn't like each other, like has been happening since kids went to school and became roommates."

Gail Hardy, Hartford's State Attorney, said additional information was being reviewed at the request of Ms Rowe's lawyer.

Ms Brochu has admitted licking her former roommate's plate, fork, and spoon and smearing bodily fluid on her victim's backpack, but denies the other accusations she posted on Instagram, according to the local newspaper.

In a Facebook post which has been viewed more than a million times, Ms Rowe said she had developed throat pain and had been unable to sleep or speak.


MBJ Breaks Ground on USD 12m Taxiway Rehabilitation Project Led by S&G

Montego Bay, Jamaica, 21 November 2017 // MBJ Airports, operator of Sangster International Airport, Jamaica's leading gateway to the world, broke ground this month on a USD 12m taxiway rehabilitation project.

MBJ awarded the project to S&G Road Surfacing Materials in June 2017. The Mandeville-based company is responsible for the removal and reconstruction of parts of the taxiway as well as the redesign, resurfacing and widening of other sections, according to standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The project is progressing smoothly and on track to be completed within the contracted 10-month construction period, according to S&G's Project Commercial Director, Marlon Symister. S&G has 150 employees working on the taxiway rehabilitation project. The work is being carried out at night to avoid interrupting normal operations at the airport.

The taxiway rehabilitation project forms part of a structured airport maintenance program being carried out in accordance with the terms of MBJ's 30-year operating concession with the Government of Jamaica. MBJ has a USD 40m budget for the five-year period ending 2020 to carry out maintenance and improvement works under the program.

About MBJ Airports:

MBJ Airports Limited, operator of Sangster International Airport, connects Jamaica to more than 50 international destinations and welcomed a record 3.9m travelers in 2016. MBJ operates the airport under a 30-year concession that began in 2003 and provides employment to more than 150 Jamaicans.

Media Inquiries:

Sharon Hislop, Manager, Commercial Development & Marketing

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MBJ taxiway rehabilitation works are being carried out at night by S&G Road Surfacing Materials of Mandeville.





Immediate Press Release
John Alessi Pr Firm
Miami, Florida
Publicist: Maurice Tucker MBA.
November 21, 2017
Contact 305-930-3500
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We Apologize for the Mishap at the 12 Annual Caribbean Splash 2017


Miami, Florida - We the staff and the promoters (Mr. CC Promotions) of the 12 Annual Caribbean Splash 2017 would like to apologize to our fans, friends, sponsors and patrons who attended the event on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at the Orlando Amphitheater. The event was dubbed to be the biggest show to date, but due to unforeseen circumstances and to our dismay the show turned out to be unsuccessful. We strongly regret any inconvenience that we may have caused to anyone who came to the show, and we take full responsibility for these actions. We recognize that there are ongoing issues with the artist(s) and patron(s) which some of these problems are still lingering and could be problematic thus; we intend to identify, address, and come to an immediate resolution with the said party.

We take Full Acceptance

The show was staged like no other event in the Florida, Orlando region and riddled with top-tier Jamaican artist such as Capleton, Busy Signal, Konshens, Chris Martin, Tanya Stephens, Marcia Griffiths and Estelle and that's just to name a few of the acts. Although Capleton and Busy Signal were the two main acts and headliners for the show, the show was centered in part on Busy Signal, as this was his debut performance in Florida. As of such the show was highly anticipated and promoted; we decided to rent a venue with the capacity of 10,000 people that was befitting of the caliber of artist we were promoting. For transparency and clarity, we had a budget of over $200,000 at a minimum which included venue rental of $30,000.00, promotion of $40,000.00 artist down payment over $50,000.00, backline of $14,000.00 and boarding and lodging including flights $30,000.00. Inadvertently the concert ended with a loss of over $80,000. Yes, of course, it was a big budget, but with the sponsors and investors (which we had initially) the show would have been highly successful. At the latter staging of promoting the event (4 days before event) problems ensued, and with futile efforts, we lost a significant sponsor whom we were relying on to cover some of the expenses for the event. On the day of the event, the monetary problems escalated and magnified at a level, which was insurmountable. We critically analyzed and approached the situation with caution by engaging with the artist and their management as a way of finding solutions to the problem. We (as) the management and team knew that we had a binding contract with the artist(s). As of such and because of monetary constraints we had requested if we could pay 70%-80% on their total contract (individually) as to create a fluid continuity of the show but it was denied by Busy Signal, Marcia Griffiths, Chris Martin and Konshens. We will not (apply) the burden of proof on any artist(s) as it was our responsibility to cover all the expenses for the event but we were divergent in our thoughts as we tried to eradicate an ongoing problem by offering a solution. Moving forward we take full responsibility for all our mishaps on the day of the event and any peripheral issues on that said day. We take acceptance for the financial dilemma and we would like to find better solutions in fixing it moving forward. We take recognition for our actions. We as a team do wish to engage with the said artist(s) to find a solution in creating a remedy to this problem and we are receptive to open ideas moving forward. It must be noted that of the 25 artist(s) who were booked to perform at the event 21 took to the stage with electrifying performance including a surprise performance by Craigy T. formerly of T.O.K.


Mr. Cc Promotions is widely known for bringing entertainment to the Jamaican diaspora in Orlando, Florida. His presence is immeasurable with over 2,000 shows to his credit with less than 6 show mishaps, that's less than .3 % of errors which is literally unmatched by any other promoter to date. His accomplishments stretch over 30 years where he has worked successfully with artist such as Sizzla, Movado, UB40, Steel Pulse, Lucky Dube, Jay Z, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Method Man, Red Man, Plan B, Group of Mania, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Shabba Ranks, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Barrington Levy and Freddie McGregor, Kymani Marley, Damion Marley, Stephen Marley, Julian Marley, Wailers Inner Circle and Chronixx. Mr. CC Productions is also known for being a major part of arguably the longest and most successful Reggae Club in the world known as "Jamaikin Mi Krazy" for the past 23 years. Without a doubt, Mr. CC Promotions has influenced the direction of the Orlando Jamaican and Caribbean diaspora with great entertainment, great social lifestyle with prominent and top tier events on a yearly basis. Mr. CC Promotions for over the past 30 years have shed light on the Jamaica community in Orlando and has created strong awareness and recognition of the diaspora with great humility. Mr. CC takes pride and accomplishment with his prominence in the Orlando community; it is partly because of him that the Caribbean and Jamaican citizens have decided to move to Orlando. For decades a lot of people have called Orlando home because of the culture and Jamaican influence Mr. CC has upheld and maintained throughout the past 30 years. Mr. CC loves his people and his culture and he intends to continue to promote great Jamaica music and culture in the community.

Freddie McGregor Jamathon Drop

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3 women gunned down in Area One within 24 hours

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe cops in Westmoreland are investigating the circumstances surrounding Sunday night's murder of a woman, who was shot and killed at her home by gunmen.

She has been identified as 51-year-old Pauline Bremmer of Revival district in Westmoreland. The police report that about 11:00 pm, Bremmer was at home with her 14-year-old son when she was shot dead by armed thugs.

No motive has so far been determined by investigators.

Bremmer became the third female to be gunned down in the Police Area One within a 24 hour period.

A 44-year-old mother, Ann Marie Johnson and her 24-year-old daughter, Shantoy McKenzie were shot and killed at their home in Mother Lane, Cambridge, St James, Saturday night.

Area One covers the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, St James and Trelawny.

Men arrested in $10-million ganja seizure charged

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police say three men who were arrested in connection with the seizure of more than $10 million worth of ganja in St Catherine, on Thursday, have now been charged by the Narcotics Police.

The three men were arrested on Grange Lane, about 8 o'clock Thursday evening, in connection with the seizure of 220 pounds of ganja, which has an estimated street value $11.1 million.

They have been identified as 41-year-old truck driver and businessman, Marlon Williams, of Passagefort, St Catherine; 37-year-old taxi driver, Gerard Samuels, of Lacovia, St Elizabeth; and 41-year-old farmer, Calvin Robinson, of West Cumberland, St Catherine.

The police say Williams was charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, and using premises for the storage of ganja.

Meanwhile, Samuels and Robinson were charged jointly with possession of ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, dealing in ganja, trafficking ganja and conspiracy.

Robinson is also facing a charge of money laundering.

Woman murdered in Linstead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Linstead police have launched an investigation into the murder of a woman in Victoria District, St Catherine, this morning.

The woman has only been identified as a 57-year-old labourer.

Reports are that she was at home about 7:30 this morning, when she was approached by a gunman.

The man reportedly asked for a male relative, who was not at home.

As the man left he reportedly fired several shots, killing the woman.

The police say no motive has yet been established for the murder, but investigators are following useful leads.

"Welcome, this is the first video me a mek why me kill myself. Unuh probably know by now say me dead." These are the spine-chilling words from a 13-year-old boy, who reportedly committed suicide last week, using a licensed firearm belonging to his step-father..

Police say they are aware of many claims being made in the public domain that the video was that of Davion Johnson from Grange Hill, Westmoreland and who was found dead in St Mary on Sunday, November 12.

They have launched an investigation to determine if the video is that of the same 13-year-old boy.

In the video, which is two minutes and 43 seconds long, the teen says, among other things, that he hated being on a bus with school children as they acted like "idiots and lick lick yuh in a yuh head." He said he wanted to shoot them and kill them. In relation to his own future, he said he wanted to grow up and kill people, but he would rather find it better now to do it to himself as he felt this was a better way.

Admitting that there was a possibility that the suicide attempt may fail and that he may end up in the hospital, he plainly stated that he did not want this to happen.

The boy in the video also admitted that he had tried to commit suicide in the past but he could not deal with the pain.

He ends the video with the words:"Rest in peace... Later."

The Police High Command has released the names of the country's top five most wanted criminals.

The men have been described as the country's main violence producers, who are wanted for multiple shootings and murders, as well as confrontations with the police.

They are as follows:

Charles Hamilton, otherwise called 'Thugy, Thugy', who is said to operate in the St Mary area.

Brian Peterkin, otherwise called 'Ratty', who is said to operate in St James.

Nico Walters, otherwise called 'Speckles', who is said to operate in Clarendon.

Davion Brown, otherwise called 'Baltie', who is said to operate in Westmoreland

Shaniel Lutton, who is said to operate in St James.

"These are individuals who are believed to be key players behind the ongoing violence across the country," Police Commissioner, George Quallo, said at a press conference at his office in Kingston on Friday.

"These are men who are involved in multiple shootings, multiple murders and confrontations with the police," said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Selvin Haye, who heads the crime portfolio within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The police declined to provide details on the crimes the men have been linked to, but said they are in pursuit of them.

As the country's crime rate continue to spiral, police warned that they will be intensifying their operations across the island as they seek to place a lid on the crime monster.

Police data shows that a total of 1,404 murders have been committed so far this year, which compares to 1,137 for the same period in 2016.

RJRGLEANER Group Chairman Spaulding has died

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lester-spaulding.jpgChairman of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group J Lester Spaulding has died.

Spaulding died in hospital this morning after ailing for some time.

He was 76.

He was due to retire as group chairman at the end of the year.

crime-scene-gun.jpgAn inmate of the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre was shot dead when he tried to escape custody while on a medical visit to the National Chest Hospital in St. Andrew on Thursday afternoon.

He has been named Kevin Anthony Fletcher.

According to reports, Fletcher who was convicted for murder, was taken to the Chest Hospital by prison wardens for treatment.

He escaped and was chased by the wardens who opened gunfire at him.

He fell into the gully that runs along the Chest Hospital.

Fletcher was removed from the gully and pronounced dead by doctors at the facility.

The Department of Correctional Services said the police and INDECOM are investigating the matter.

Edith Dalton James High is among five schools to receive a walk-through metal detector as well as a number of handheld devices.

The announcement was made by Education Minister Ruel Reid on Wednesday afternoon at a ceremony during which 130 handheld metal scanners and five walk-through detectors were handed over by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Edith Dalton James High will install the walk-through scanner at the entrance to the school this month.

This comes a month after a 15 year-old male student was stabbed to death by a classmate at the school.

Senator Reid, who addressed the ceremony, noted that the government was determined to ensure that there was no recurrence of the incident at the school or any other institution.

"When we did our investigation, the youngster in question had about two or three weapons on his person, and had he been through that kind of surveillance, then they would have been detected and he would have been disarmed," said the minister.

He added that the initiative was a sort of resocialisation in the school system to combat the "high levels of anti-social behaviour and violence across the country."

Other schools to receive walk-through metal detectors are Brown's Town High, Anchovy High and Norman Manley High.

hands-behind-bars.jpgAn American man is behind bars in the United States after being accused of sexually assaulting a minor at a tourist resort in Jamaica.

A statement issued by the US Attorney's office for the northern district of California says a federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted 43-year-old Douglas Peacock for travelling to a foreign country and engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

Mr. Peacock was detained in the Southern District of Florida on Wednesday morning after being arrested on the charge in Miami on November 10.

According to the indictment, Mr. Peacock, who is from Foster City, California, travelled from the US to Jamaica about June 19 this year and engaged in illicit sexual conduct with a minor who was, at the time, under 12 years of age.

It's alleged that Mr. Peacock, while in the pool of a family-friendly resort in Jamaica, molested a six-year-old US citizen. He has been charged with one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. If convicted, he faces a maximum statutory sentence of 30 years.

Jamaican man wanted by cops in Antigua surrenders

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A Jamaican man who was listed as wanted by the police in Antigua-Barbuda has surrendered.

According to the online edition of the Antigua Observer, Conroy Jones turned himself in to the police this week, accompanied by a lawyer.

The Antigua & Barbuda police had issued a wanted bulletin for his arrest nearly a month ago. They said he had been accused of wounding his girlfriend in Antigua on September 16.

It is alleged that he used a machete to chop the woman, who is the mother of his children.

The woman underwent surgery for her injuries.

Jamaican serving in Kuwait dies suddenly

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jamaican-dies-us-military.jpgA Jamaican serving in the American military died in Kuwait on Tuesday morning during a tour of duty.

Hughton Brown attended Wolmer's Boys' School before migrating to the United States where he served in the military for 17 years.

It is not yet clear what are the circumstances of his death.

Relatives of Mr. Brown characterise him as vibrant, "the life of the party," and a lover of photography and motor bikes.

Ganja worth over $11 million seized in Gregory Park

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ganja-seized.jpgNarcotics police seized ganja with an estimated street value of over J$11 million in Gregory Park, St. Catherine yesterday (Thurs).

Reports are that about 8:00 p.m., the team signalled the driver of a Toyota Noah minivan that was travelling along Grange Lane to stop; however, the driver sped away.

The motor vehicle was pursued and was eventually intercepted when the driver drove onto the compound of a business establishment in the area and stopped.

The police subsequently searched the vehicle and found 169 parcels of compressed ganja weighing 1000 pounds.

The premises was also searched and an additional 200 parcels of compressed ganja weighing 1220 pounds were found.

Three men have been taken into custody in relation to this seizure; the Toyota Noah minivan was also seized. Arrangements are being made for the men to be questioned in the presence of their attorneys at law.

crime-scene-tape.jpgJust over two weeks after gangster Omar 'King Evil' Lewis was killed in their community, residents of Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, were exposed to more extreme violence on Monday night when two women were murdered and a man seriously injured in a brazen gun attack.

The deceased women are 41-year-old Cleopatra 'Keisha' Fletcher, a popular nail technician; and her 52-year-old customer, Dawnette Shettleworth, an employee at the Sangster International Airport. The injured man is a 43-year-old JUTA operator.

According to reports, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Fletcher, Shettleworth and the injured man were sitting in Fletcher's salon when an unknown assailant walked into the establishment, pulled a handgun from his waistband, and opened fire. All three persons were hit.

"De man just walk inna de woman and open up gunfire and then run off," recounted a witness, who said the killer wore a hoodie that blocked a clear view of his face. "By the time people rush inna de salon fe help, de woman dead already."

On the night of Wednesday, October 25, when Lewis was killed, he had reportedly gone to that same salon to have his nails done. He was attacked by unknown assailants as he entered his car and was sprayed with a barrage of bullets. He died on the spot.

"Ever since that man (Lewis) was killed, I told myself that I would not be going back to that salon, because I just had a gut feeling that something else was going to happen over there," a female resident told The Gleaner yesterday. "We are all living on the edge here in MoBay because we are all like sitting duck for the gunmen."

While the police have not divulged a motive for Monday night's killing, speculation is rife in the western city that it had something to do with the death of Lewis, who the police said was the leader of the Canterbury-based Nation Crocs gang. At different times in his life, Lewis figured on the police's most wanted list both here in Jamaica and in the United States.

"Rumour a go round seh Keisha know a who kill Omar, so it look like dem decide fe silence her," another resident told The Gleaner. "Keisha a good girl ... hard-working girl ... . She tek pride inna her work so her customer dem love her. It is sad fe see how she just lose her life soh."

Dawnette Shettleworth, apparently, was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The former Mt Salem resident was reportedly off the island at the time of Omar 'King Evil' Lewis' death and wouldn't have been a witness to it.

"Poor Dawnette ... always smiling, don't trouble a soul, and look how she just dead and gone," one of her co-workers told The Gleaner. "Every day or every other day somebody get killed inna MoBay. Me feel like just resign my job and run weh. Me fraid fe walk de streets."

Criminals posing as cops robbing innocent people

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shocked.jpgReports have surfaced that criminals are posing as members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and robbing individuals.

The police are now urging the public to be on the lookout as the men are dressed in fake police clothing and travel in a vehicle with flashing blue lights.

The most recent reported incident occurred Saturday night along East Kings House Road in St Andrew where the men stopped a businessman near the entrance to the Kingsgate Apartments.

He was robbed of a large amount of cash and his licensed firearm.

Head of the JCF Corporate Communications Unit, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said that the victim was approached by two men in a car, who said they were police officers.

They demanded a search of the man's vehicle and he was relieved of his firearm and over one million dollars.

"We are conducting investigations; we have confirmed that these men were not police officers. We are following leads at the moment," Lindsay said as she urged people to be on alert for the fake cops.

"When you are stopped, you need to be 100 per cent sure that persons are in fact police officers and demand to see some form of identification," she advised.

"If they are in a vehicle marked police, call 119 to verify," Lindsay added.

Father, 2 sons murdered in Ebony Park

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA father and his two sons were shot dead by gunmen in a brazen attack in Ebony Park, Clarendon on Sunday night.

Reports reaching Loop News are that at around 8:15 pm residents in the rural community heard loud explosions and alerted the police.

Sources from the area told Loop that the father and the sons were at a shop that they owned in the area when men drove up and opened fire.

The men then fled the area.

Police arrived on the scene a few minutes later and during a search of the area, the father and his two adult sons were found with gunshot wounds.

The murder has again left residents in the area in shock.

"I am very concerned about the spiraling murders," said Uphel Purcell, Councillor for the York Town Division, in which Ebony Park falls.

The father and two sons who were shot dead by gunmen in Ebony Park, Clarendon on Sunday, have been identified.

They are 55-year-old shop owner, Clifton Scott, and his sons, 25-year-old Clifton Jnr and 20-year-old Orville.

Reports are that at around 8:15 p.m., the three were at a shop that they operated in the community, when gunmen went to the location and opened fire before escaping.

Residents who heard the explosions raised an alarm.

On arrival, the police found the bodies of the three men with gunshot wounds.

The murders have left residents of the community in shock.

Two Miles under curfew

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curfew-in-areas-of-west-kingston.jpgA curfew has been imposed in sections of Two Miles in the St. Andrew South Police Division. The curfew began at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 and will remain in effect until 6:00 p.m on Thursday, November 16. The boundaries of the curfew are as follows:

NORTH -Along Waltham Park Road from Crescent road to Norman Lane. SOUTH - Along Norman Lane from Waltham Park to Spanish Town Road;

EAST - Along Spanish Town Road from Norman Lane to Spanish Town Road. WEST- Along Cresent Road from Spanish Town Road to Waltham Park Road.

During the hours of the curfew, all persons within the boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorized in writing by the ground commander.

Dad shot at basic school in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man was shot and injured by gunmen on Tuesday afternoon at Challenge Basic School in Montego Bay, St. James.

The incident took place while parents were collecting their children.

The injured man, who is said to be the parent of a student at the school, has been admitted to hospital in serious condition.

Some 275 persons have been murdered in St. James since January 1.

Two Canadians charged with cocaine sent to prison

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jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgTwo Canadians have been fined and sentenced to prison for cocaine possession and attempting to export the drug from Jamaica.

The sentences were handed down Monday when 22-year-old bartender Mariah Holland and 23-year-old enquiry officer Jaques-Francoise Moukoury appeared in the St James Parish Court.

Holland and Moukoury were arrested by members of the Narcotics Division at the Sangster International Airport on August 31, 2016 as they attempted to board a flight to Canada.

Holland was found in possession of three quart bottles containing six pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $3.4 million; while Moukoury was found in possession of three quart bottles with cocaine four pounds of cocaine valued $2.2 million.

Holland and Moukoury were both fined $1 million or nine months imprisonment for possession of cocaine and $1.5 million or nine months imprisonment for attempting to export cocaine.

They must also serve a three-year mandatory imprisonment term.

bermuda-premier-david-burt-photo-1.jpgPremier David Burt says he remains confident Bermuda's reputation will survive the fallout from the Paradise Papers.

In the House of Assembly on Friday, the Premier said "The reports of Bermuda's demise are greatly exaggerated" and called for a "chorus of unity" in the wake of recent revelations contained in the hacked documents.

Earlier this week, an expert in compliance rules told the Royal Gazette newspaper that the island is "up the creek without a paddle" after the massive leak of documents stolen in a cyberattack on Bermuda-headquartered law firm Appleby, which also has offices in the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands.

The source, who asked not to be named, said: "This is actually really, really bad and it's bad because it demonstrates Bermuda's jurisdictional attitude to shifting public opinion and reality and the rather rigid line of legality."

Burt told MPs a co-ordinated police criminal investigation into the hack is underway in several jurisdictions, including Bermuda, and said he had asked regulators to step up their game.

Burt said his sole concern was "Bermuda and her reputation".

"I am confident that Bermuda's reputation will survive this latest series of events. Within the government, targeted action has been taken to manage the continuing impact of this disclosure.All relevant ministries are working together to coordinate responses as required, but more importantly to strengthen systems of oversight where necessary and communicating clearly that Bermuda is the same, sound place to do business it has always been.The depth and breadth of our energy and skill is such that we can meet this challenge, emerge stronger and continue the work of building a fairer and better Bermuda." Source: ((CMC)

kamina-johnson.jpgfloyd-morris.jpgThe People's National Party's Youth Organisation (PNPYO) is demanding an apology from Senator Kamina Johnson Smith to Senator Dr Floyd Morris for so-called disparaging remarks she made yesterday morning while addressing the Senate on the National Identification and Registration Bill.

Reports are that minutes before the start of the Senate, Morris was given several pages of amendments in writing that he was expected to peruse for discussion.

Morris, who is visually impaired, expressed difficulty and asked for an adjournment of the Senate to facilitate his participation in the debate. The Government senators voted against his request.

"As if this were not enough, the Senate majority leader, Kamina Johnson Smith, went further to mock Dr Morris, saying he would have just completed his PhD and autobiography and should therefore come into no difficulty understanding the amendments provided. This is a clear abandonment of the prior commitment she had made to Senate, during the debate on the Jury Act, to work with the parliamentary clerk to better facilitate disabled members," the PNPYO said in a release.

"This to us, is a disgraceful, calculated attack not only on Senator Floyd Morris, but also the disabled community of this country. the release said.

The PNPYO said Dr Morris's achievements showcase the key role our disabled community can and have played in governance.

Cops on high alert as 'Duppy Film' to be buried today

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duppy-film-marlon-perry.jpgPolice are keeping a close watch on sections of St Thomas following reports that Marlon 'Duppy Film' Perry, the man who was on Jamaica's most wanted list, is to be buried on Sunday.

Perry, who was on the police radar for approximately six years, was in September shot dead during a police operation in Port Morant, St Thomas.

"We are aware that the funeral for Perry is set for tomorrow and as a result we will be monitoring sections of the parish," Beau Rigabe, superintendent of the division told Loop News.

Police say they have not received any reports that criminals are planning possible attacks for the death of Perry but made it clear that they were are not taking anything for granted.

"We have put in place a number of security measures and will be keeping close watch on the area," police said.

Meanwhile a number of residents in the area say there is a tense calm in the area where Perry is to be buried.

"People just a hope say the funeral just come and go without any further incident," said one resident who asked not to be named out of fear.

Three guns, an AK-47 and two pistols, were recovered from the scene where he was cut down by authorities.

Before he was shot dead, Perry, topped the list of most wanted criminals in Jamaica, accused of murders, shootings, rapes and robberies committed in Kingston and St Thomas.

He was also wanted in connection to several murders including the killing of Corporal Kenneth Davis and Constable Craig Palmer.

On June 25, a $1.5 million JMD reward was offered for information leading to Perry's capture.

Several appeals were made to Perry, his associates and anyone able to provide information about his whereabouts to come forward.

Perry refused to turn himself in to the police and managed to evade several operations launched by the police and military to capture and arrest him.

chris-gayle-photo-7.jpgWest Indies cricket superstar Chris Gayle is seeking to cash in on a court case win against an Australian media group, promising a tell-all interview - but only if the price is right.

The all-rounder was accused by Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, in a series of stories last year of exposing his penis to a massage therapist and indecently propositioning her.

But a NSW Supreme Court jury ruled a defamation case in his favour late last month, finding the articles were motivated by malice.

A hearing on damages will be held at a later date, but Gayle is already offering his story for a starting price of US$300,000.

"I have a very interested (sic) successful story to tell!! It can be an exclusive 60mins interview or y'all just have to wait on my next book!," he tweeted to his 3.75 million Twitter followers Friday.

"It's about what transpired in court and behind the scenes in Australia, how they went to bigger heads to get me ban...

"How they want to use me as a scapegoat over a interview - I'll tell you what I do every day after court, believe me, when I break this down to y'all it will be like a movie! No holding back!

"Biding (sic) starts at US$300K for this interview! So much to say & I will!"

Judge frees US woman duped by Jamaican lover

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(AP) - An Upper Darby mother is a free woman, acquitted October 27 by jurors who believed she'd been duped by a Jamaican sweetheart when authorities at the Philadelphia International Airport found 9.2 pounds of cocaine in 10 cans of instant chocolate drink in her suitcase.

"I am still trying to recover," said Tiwanda White, 40, as she was joined by defense attorneys Enrique Latoison and Laura Laszewski at their Front Street law office as they rehashed the case that made for shocking headlines at the time of her arrest in May, 2016. "It has changed my life in almost every aspect."

A jury of eight women and four men deliberated about two hours Thursday, October 26, and about 10 minutes Friday morning, October 27, before returning the not guilty verdict on charges of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver; possession of a controlled substance; and conspiracy to possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, according to Latoison.

White, a caseworker for the Department of Human Services with an exuberant personality, did not testify during the trial, which opened Wednesday, October 25, before Common Pleas Court Judge James P Bradley.

Looking back, White said she was coming off three days of fun in Montego Bay when her life turned upside down - an ordeal she recounted during a 43-minute interrogation by a pair of Homeland Security agents hours after her return to Philadelphia, on the evening of May 24, 2016.

The interrogation was recorded on video, which both the prosecution and defence used, in part, to bolster their case. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Thurstlic-O'Neill described White as seemingly unconcerned in the video, combining her demeanour with other circumstantial elements like paying in cash for her ticket for a last-minute trip, to portray her as a professional drug-running mule, to show her as a willing participant in the smuggling of cocaine valued at as much as US$500,000.

Even Laszewski admitted Wednesday that White's spontaneous trip "would be a red flag, 100 per cent."

Disbarred lawyer Harold Brady saved by the bell!

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harold-brady-photo-2.jpgDisbarred attorney-at-law Harold Brady who was faced with a court order for eviction from his Cherry Gardens rental home and also an order for seizure and sale of goods belonging to him, got a last-minute reprieve on Thursday.

Oswald Sherriah, bailiff for the Supreme Court, said he had the court orders, issued in August, to execute at the Upper St Andrew home.

According to Sherriah, the order for seizure and sale was in relation to outstanding rent totalling US$65,000 or approximately J$7.8 million.

Sherriah had reportedly been waiting outside the Cherry Gardens house since 6 o'clock Thursday morning as Brady had promised to make a payment by 10 o'clock.

The payment was subsequently made and Brady's case closed.

Cops kill three in shootout at Salt Srping

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Three men were shot and killed by the police Wednesday morning in an alleged shootout in Salt Spring, St James.

According to the police, the alleged gunmen opened fire on a team from the Mobile Reserve who were conducting an operation in the community minutes after 6 o'clock.

The gunfire was returned by the police team and the three unidentified men were found suffering from gunshot injuries.

They were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The police say they recovered one Ruger .40 pistol and eight rounds of ammunition as well as a Bersa .22 pistol and a magazine with 5 .22 rounds.

Bermuda Police say they have made two arrests in connection with the killing of a 30-year-old Jamaican man last Friday.

Morlan Steede was reportedly killed by a lone gunman who chased him through the back streets of Pembroke parish.

Steede, who was married and the father of a four-year-old daughter, was shot several times before collapsing in the middle of Parsons Road on the outskirts of Hamilton.

The Bermuda Police confirmed they were looking at the possibility that the killing was related to a drugs feud.

One of the men, who is in his early 20s, has since been released on police bail, while the other man, who is in his mid-20, is still in custody.

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith told a news conference that Steede was not known to police.

Steede's death marks Bermuda's third gun killing and fifth murder for the year.

Following allegations from a taxi operator that drivers of public passenger vehicles owned by members of the constabulary and their friends, often avoid prosecution, Police Commissioner, George Quallo, has promised to identify all members of the JCF, who own public passenger vehicles.

The taximan, in an interview with Nationwide News, noted that these taxis "untouchable".

This follows allegations that some members of the police force are not taking action against bus and taxi operators who break traffic laws because they own or have an interest in the vehicles.

Commissioner Quallo says he's asked the Transport Authority to provide him with a list of public passenger vehicle owners who're JCF members.

The country's top cop says members of the force must get permission from the Police Service Commission to engage in another trade.

ninja-man-photo-5.jpgPopular entertainer Ninja Man and the two men on trial with him for murder all have a case to answer.

The ruling was handed down in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston by presiding judge Justice Martin Gayle.

It came after prosecutors closed their case. The trial is closed to the public.

A total of seven witnesses have been called by prosecutors, including three civilians, reports say.

Ninja Man, given name Desmond Ballentine, is on trial along with his son Janeil and another man Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson, in the Lower Mall Road community in 2009.

fla-logo.jpgThe Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has revoked the gun licences of Jamaica Labour Party candidate in the 2016 general election Trevor Webb who is under investigation after a video of him shooting at bottles in a man's outstretched hands and one on his head went viral.

The licences were revoked on Tuesday by the newly appointed board of the FLA, which is headed by Major General Antony Anderson.

Firearm licences which were issued to a security company headed by Mr. Webb have also been revoked.

In the 45 second video, which is filmed in bushes, the human target is seen with a bottle on his head and both hands which are the target of the shooter.

The shooter manages to fire bullets at the three bottles accurately.

4 reputed Clansman Gang members arrested

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hands-behind-bars.jpgPolice are reporting that four St Catherine men suspected to be members of the Clansman Gang were yesterday arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition on Orange Street in downtown Kingston.

Charged are Dwayne Frater, 34, higgler of Fairview Avenue in Spanish Town; Rolondo Hall, 27, labourer of Pheonix Park in Portmore; Lamar Rowe, 21, mason of Lime Tree Grove in Spanish Town; and Sunmon McFarlane, 23, farmer of Capture Land also in Spanish Town.

Reports are that about 2:30 pm a motorcar in which the men were travelling was stopped.

The car, along with its occupants, was searched and two Glock pistols and 36 rounds of ammunition found.

The arrested men are scheduled to appear before the Corporate Area Gun Court on November 14.

back-to-school.jpgThe Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) has confirmed that it will dispatch a team of emergency responders to the Clarks Town Primary School in Trelawny following a report that a 7-year-old boy was assaulted by a group of boys at the institution.

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison told local news agency, RJR News, that this has become necessary due to the reported severity of the case.

The child's mother alleged that a group of boys attacked her son at school about a week ago, causing him to suffer injuries which had to be treated at hospital. The woman said her son told her four male students held him down while he was using the bathroom and inserted a piece of stick into his rectum.

She also took issue with the police and the school for how she said she was treated after raising an alarm about the matter.

Mrs Gordon Harrison is reserving substantial comment on what took place, pending the outcome of the investigation by her office.

Ninjaman needs heart surgery urgently

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ninja-man-photo-8.jpgControversial dancehall artiste Ninjaman need heart surgery urgently.

On Tuesday, the Ninjaman was diagnosed with a serious heart problem that requires urgent medical attention.

Reports are that Ninja will need three to four months to recover after the operation.

"We have the medical, Ninjaman has a serious heart condition, and he will have to have an operation which will require a recovery period of three to four months. So we want to finish this case as quickly as possible because Ninjaman cannot go under any stress right now and has to remain as calm as possible," Valerie Neita Robinson, Ninjaman's attorney, is reported as saying.

Despite the devastating news, Ninjaman is expected to return to court for his murder trial today (Wed).

Neita-Robinson says her team is now pressing for Ninjaman's case to end so he can be removed from the stressful environment as doctors told him to remain as calm as possible.

The dancehall artiste suffered a mild heart attack in the Supreme Court on Friday morning while his murder trial was underway.

Ninja Man, real name Desmond Ballentyne, along with his son, Jameil, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are on trial for the murder of Ricardo "Trooper" Johnson who was shot and killed on Marl Road, Kingston 11, in March 2009.

In spite of his condition, Ninjaman is expected to return to court on Wednesday.

shocked.jpgA woman in Trelawny is calling for justice after alleging that her seven year old son was physically abused by other boys at the Clarks Town Primary School in the parish a week ago.

According to a report by Jamaican radio, RJR, the woman says her son came and told her four male students, three of whom she said were of her son's age, along with an older boy, held him down while he was using the bathroom and inserted a piece of stick into his rectum.

He was treated at Falmouth Hospital and given medication.

The report further states that mother said she went to the school the following day to find out what had happened. She said the parents of the other boys were called in, but she is not satisfied with how the situation was handled by the school.

The woman said she visited Clarks Town police station on Friday to make a formal complaint but ended up being locked up and charged with disorderly conduct. Further investigations revealed that the police did not even take a report from the mother. She spent the night in lock-up and was offered bail the following day.

Kingston, Jamaica: PanJam Investment Limited (PanJam) has partnered with the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona to host the first 'Imagine Kingston: A Conference on the Regeneration of a City' from November 9 to 12.

stephen-facey.jpgThe four-day conference, which is being jointly held by The UWI's Department of Government, Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Institute of Jamaica's Jamaica Music Museum, will see the convergence of artists, educators, scholars and investors of urban design and landscape studies -- to imagine the regeneration of Kingston.

"We [PanJam] felt this conversation is too important to ignore. For years, we have envisioned a Kingston that thrives as a harbour facing metropolis -- our city has been left neglected for far too long -- developing on its own without a unified economic and physical plan," Stephen Facey, chairman and CEO of PanJam Investment Limited.

"This conference, we believe, should sow the seeds for the visioning of goals that will impact urban policy and garner political, social, and private buy in," Facey added. "Also, continuing the legacy of our founding chairman the late Honourable Maurice Facey is important."

Having invested in Kingston from as far back as the post-independence period, PanJam expressed delight at partnering with The UWI to outline the prospects of the area and the importance of the regeneration of Kingston.

Stephen Facey, chairman and CEO of PanJam Investment Limited.

Stephen Facey, chairman and CEO of PanJam Investment Limited.

Dr Sonjah Stanley Niaah, conference organiser and director of the UWI Institute of Caribbean Studies, posited that the city is waiting to be the catalyst for a fundamental expansion of tourism in Jamaica.

"The conversation about the regeneration of Kingston is important particularly as we are within two years of being declared as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Creative City for Music. Kingston is beckoning us to imagine and reflect the creative cultural ethos it birthed," said Dr Stanley Niaah.

The conference also aims to catalyse the restoration and regeneration as the basis to chart pathways for economic growth.

"Knowing the history of PanJam in Kingston, and particularly in downtown -- with the development of the Air Jamaica Building and the Scotia Centre -- we recognised that the company had a historic, vested interest in seeing its resurgence," Dr Stanley Niaah said of the partnership.

The scholarship and expertise in urban renewal are growing globally and providing governments, policy makers, investors, entrepreneurs, and citizens and various publics with knowledge is at the forefront of the over 60 presentations in the Main Library.

PanJam in Downtown

PanJam was among the first companies to be listed on the newly formed Kingston Stock Exchange (now Jamaica Stock Exchange) in 1965.

That post-Independence period was one which sanctioned the efforts to capitalise on opportunities which positively impacted Jamaica's economic, infrastructural and social needs by businessmen and philanthropists, such as founding PanJam Chairman, the late Honourable Maurice Facey.

In 1966, Facey expedite his dreams for large scale property development in Jamaica and a year earlier, PanJam laid the first blocks on the Air Jamaica Building on Harbour Street in downtown, Kingston.

The PanJam Group also pioneered the development of high-rise buildings across Kingston. Later on in his life, Facey's dream of restoring downtown, Kingston to its former glory sparked the establishment of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the Kingston Restoration Company (KRC) in the 1970s.

Fast-forward 50-plus years, the company led by chairman and CEO of PanJam Investments Limited Stephen Facey, is still specifically invested in downtown with the redevelopment of the former Oceana Hotel.

trevor-webb-politician-sharp-shooter.jpgTrevor Webb, the politician who was captured in a recent video shooting at water bottles that were in a man's outstretched hands and on his head could be charged, police sources have confirmed.

The incident has been described as 'a serious matter' that has not only endangered the life of another individual in the case of the man holding the bottle but has also sent a wrong message to those who look up to individuals in power for guidance.

Reports have also surfaced that the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), is also probing the matter.

In the video, Webb and the other persons are seen at what appears to be a remote location and can be heard celebrating after the politicians points and discharges his weapon hitting the water bottle on the man's head and the other two in his outstretched hands.

More rain this weekend

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The Meteorological Service of Jamaica is forecasting another rainy weekend as a trough produces unstable conditions.

It says Doppler radar reports light to moderate showers across sections of eastern and central parishes and weather conditions are expected to become less stable tomorrow as the trough deepens across the region.

Periods of light to moderate and at times heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop tomorrow morning across sections of most parishes.

These showers are expected to continue to affect the island until Sunday evening.

Dr. Ford sentenced to 6 months in prison

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court.jpgPopular medical doctor Jephthah Ford has been sentenced six months in prison on each of two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The sentences are to run concurrently.

However, Ford's attorney Bert Samuels has indicated that his client will be appealing and Parish Judge Simone Wolf Reece granted bail pending the outcome.

Earlier, Samuels had recommended that a fine be imposed instead of custodial sentence.

In August, Ford was convicted on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Prosecutor Joel Brown led evidence that Ford offered police investigators millions of dollars to free two Surinamese men who were held with US$533,000 or approximately J$55 million during a police operation along Half Way Tree Road, in St Andrew in July 2014.

The police investigator testified during the trial that he met with Ford at his St Andrew offices and secretly recorded the meeting.

He said it was during that meeting the well-known medical doctor offered him a percentage of the money confiscated to free the men.

Samuels acknowledged that it was a serious offence, but cautioned that it involved no violence and resulted in no monetary value to Ford.

regulator-wentworth-graham.jpgA body found at the Fisherman's Beach in St Catherine has been identified as that of Wentworth Graham, the chief regulatory officer at the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

The body was found late Tuesday evening.

Graham, 48, went missing from the Spanish Hospital on Monday, two days after he was admitted.

That same day, he was seen in Lake's Pen, St Catherine.

The Portmore Police who are investigating have not yet determined the cause of death.

Earlier this year, Graham filed a claim against the Jamaica Stock Exchange and its managing director, Marlene Street Forrest, alleging breach of his employment contract, following efforts to suspend him from the job.

Graham was attempting to block the suspension, which he was fighting before the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT), and any other action that could result in his dismissal. (PICTURE OF Wentworth Graham)

ninja-man-photo-7.jpgDancehall artiste Ninja Man has been rushed to hospital complaining of chest pains.

Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentyne was attending his murder trial when he reported feeling ill.

The trial, is however, continuing in Ninja Man's absence after the artiste reportedly gave permission to his lawyers to do.

A witness who lives overseas is now testifying.

Ninja Man was taken back into police custody on October 17 as his murder trial started in the Gun Court.

In 2009, he was arrested and charged along with his son, Janeil, and another man, Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson that same year.

Usain Bolt, Chris Gayle for Melbourne Cup Carnival

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bolt-private-plane-party.jpgThe Jamaican star duo of the legendary Usain Bolt and explosive West Indies opener Chris Gayle are down to be part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival .

Bolt, who ran his last race at the world championships in august is in Melbourne for a holiday and is expected to attend the birdcage this Saturday on Derby day along with Gayle who earlier this week won a defamation case against the Australian Fairfax Media.


Other guests include businesswoman Priscilla Presley; actors Melissa George, Jane Seymour; Zoe Ventoura and Hugh Sheridan.

Bolt is expected to spend time again with good friend and former Australian 400 metres runner John Steffensen.

Following a now viral video, which shows several female students Anchovy High School in St. James attacking the Dean of Discipline after he tried to break up a fight, the girls are to be disciplined.

Following the meeting, Board Chairman at Anchovy High, Calvin Brown, says that disciplinary action will be taken against the students directly involved in Monday's incident and a committee will continue further investigations into the incident.

It has been decided that classes will resume on Wednesday.

white-bully-room-mate.jpgCollege freshman Brianna Brochu, 18, was arrested for allegedly harassing her roommate, and the acts she reportedly committed are downright disturbing. Here's everything to know about her.

Brianna Rae Brochu, 18, was arrested on Oct. 28, after her roommate Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe claimed that she was ill due to bullying from Brochu. Here are five things to know about Brianna, who is now facing criminal charges.


1. Brianna Brochu covertly harassed her black roommate Chennel Rowe, and allegedly contaminated her belongings, in order to get her to move out. "After one and a half months spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons on her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine, and so much more, I can finally say goodbye to Jamaican Barbie," Brochu, who is white, allegedly wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post, via the New York Times. Just awful.

2. Brochu was charged with criminal mischief. She was arrested on Oct. 28, and charged with the misdemeanors of third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of the peace. Her court date is Nov. 15.

3. She was also expelled from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. "As of this morning, Brianna Brochu is no longer a student at the University of Hartford," the school's president, Gregory S. Woodward, stated on November 1. "She will not be returning to the institution."


4. Rowe has responded to Brochu's actions in a passionate Facebook post. "As a young African American woman I don't want to become another statistic," she wrote. "When it comes to college incidents/crimes and racial cases justice needs to be served." You can read more here.

5. Celebrities like Shonda Rimes are outraged by the student's heinous behavior. "That this type of ignorant hate can flourish in 2017 tests my faith in humanity?" the Grey's Anatomy showrunner tweeted.

cocaine-seized-photo-1.jpgTwo Jamaicans who were held in Cayman on September 29 following the seizure of 438 pounds of ganja have pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges. They have also pleaded guilty to illegal landing. A third individual has denied any connection to the importation and possession charges, though he admitted illegal landing.

Ceaphus Reynolds, 42, and 45-year-old Eyon Johnson will be sentenced next year, having pleaded guilty to charges of importing ganja and immigration offences The other man, 36-year-old Linton Nightpole Pallarchie, will face trial.

The three men entered their various pleas via video link from prison on Tuesday. The Magistrate ordered reports in preparation for sentencing, as drug smuggling carries a heavy penalty.

The police caught the men after several reports were called in to 911 about the arrival of a canoe and suspicious activity in the beachfront neighbourhood in South Sound, a well populated residential area.

The men attempted to flee but were tracked by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Joint Marine Unit and a police helicopter. The police seized the boat and drugs.

jazzy-rowe-facebook-live.jpgIn a Facebook live video, Jamaican student in the US, Chennel 'Jazzy' Rowe details her nightmare encounter with a white room-mate who tried to poison her with various methods: "While I've been here [at school], I've been getting sick," Rowe said in the post. "Not knowing why, I've been getting sick. It started with throat pain. I thought maybe because it's colder up here, I'm just probably catching a cold... The sore throat pain got worse and it was just throat pain. And this was happening for about a month. It got to the point where I had extreme throat pain where I couldn't sleep, to the point where I couldn't speak. Like I'd try to whisper, and I could barely whisper."

Rowe said she went to the health clinic on campus, where they ran three tests and prescribed her antibiotics. She added that all of the tests came back negative and that no one could figure out what was wrong with her; just that it was some "bad bacteria" that was causing her pain. Now, she says she has to travel from the University of Hartford to her native New York for doctor's appointments.

Rowe also took to Facebook, where she wrote the following message: "As a young African American woman I don't want to become another statistic. When it comes to college incidents/crimes and racial cases justice needs to be served. Colleges are known to just sweep issues that happen within the campus under the rug, making the issue disappear and not doing anything about it. Now this isn't right at all and this is where the public gets involved to push for things to be done right. I'm not holding my tongue any longer about my situation because this is just ridiculous to hear nothing back from my school about this situation. As a African American woman I have to fight for myself and others to not become some statistic. I'm not making this known. I'm giving you guys the option to choose where you would like to hear this information either through Facebook live or Instagram. I will then go on live and let it be known... "It's the fact that I didn't know all of this was happening and it's the fact that she's been posting it on her Instagram," Rowe said. "And I didn't know anything about it until my neighbor's friend (told me). If only I knew. I just want to know the 'so much more.' I want to know all the posts."

Rowe's video, which has since garnered national attention, has even prompted the University of Hartford to speak up. The school's president, Greg Woodward said in a statement in part: "Acts of racism, bias, bullying, or other abusive behaviors will not be tolerated on this campus... I pledge to do everything in my power to work with our community to address related concerns together." Jazzy Rowe

brianna-brochu-mugshot.jpgBrianna Rae Brochu, 18, a freshman at the University of Hartford, was arrested on Oct. 28, after her roommate Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe claimed she became severely ill from deliberate acts of bullying by Brochu. Rowe posted a 103-minute Facebook Live video [watch below] on Monday, Oct. 30 about her experience living with Brochu. Rowe said she had felt "unwanted in [her] own room" since being randomly assigned to live with Brochu in late August. After she moved in, Rowe said she started getting sick, with "severe throat pain" that forced her to visit the University's medical center. That severe pain, Rowe claimed, was brought on by Brochu's alleged acts of rubbing her bodily fluids on Rowe's belongings, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions and spitting on her belongings.

When Rowe finally decided to move out of the room she shared with Brochu, she said she was approached by a neighbor and residents aids, who informed her of "very concerning" posts online seen on Brochu's social media accounts. They showed Rowe a post that Brochu allegedly wrote, which read: "Finally did it yo girl go rid of her roommate!! After 1 1/2 month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons oh her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine, and so much more I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie."

Brochu has denied the acts written in the post, according to police [via the Harford Courant]. However, Brochu admitted to licking her roommate's plate, fork, spoon and smearing her own bodily fluid on Rowe's backpack, police said. She told West Hartford police that those other statements [in the online post] were lies and a way to "appear funny" online. Rowe told police that "she has felt ostracized by Brochu," as reported by the site.

Brochu claimed she was reacting to a "hostile environment" created by Rowe, who allegedly posted Snapchat videos, poking fun at Brochu for snoring. Brochu also reportedly requested her own room change last month, but was unsuccessful.

Brochu has been charged with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors, state court records show. Brochu was scheduled to appear in Hartford Community Court on Wednesday, Nov. 1, after she was released without having to post bail, according to the site.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is refuting claims that the police were involved in the fatal shooting of alleged Kingston area leader Valbert Harley otherwise called Waldie.

Thirty-eight-year-old Harley and three others were shot and injured on Mountain View Avenue in Kingston 3 yesterday afternoon.

In a statement, the JCF says around 12:30 Harley and his brother, who are jointly charged in a murder matter, were travelling from the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court in a Honda motorcar along with another man.

They reportedly pulled over along the roadway to make a purchase from a vendor when men travelling in a dark colour motorcar drove up, exited from the vehicle and opened gunfire hitting them and two other persons, including the vendor.

The police say a team was summoned to the scene and the injured men were taken to hospital where Harley was pronounced dead while the others admitted.

The police say Harley is said to be an area leader who operates out of Olympic Gardens, St. Andrew.

According to the police, he is described as the 'Don of all dons' as he claimed to be in charge of the entire Kingston and St. Andrew.

crime-scene-gun.jpgA policeman who was on suspension from the force after he was charged with murder was killed execution style at a dance early this morning. Another man was also injured in the early morning attack in Orangefield, in Ewarton, St Catherine.

The policeman has been identified as 35-year-old constable Courtney Linton, who was attached to the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Division, popularly referred to as the Police Flying Squad.

Reports are that the policeman, who was on suspension on a murder charge for the past five years, was at the dance playing a sound system when men in a white Nissan motor car drove up.

Two of the men reportedly pulled guns and opened fire, hitting Linton and the other man.

Patrons ran for cover during the melee.

Linton was reportedly shot multiple times, even after he fell to the ground. He died on the spot.

The other man received a shot in the right shoulder and is being treated at hospital.

In a statement this morning, Police Commissioner, George Quallo, said detectives from the Major Investigations Division and the St Catherine North Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the shooting.

Commissioner Quallo expressed condolence and said teams from the Community Safety and Security Branch and the Chaplaincy Unit were dispatched to assist family members.

This morning's shooting came days after another policeman was shot dead.


NMIA Bidder GAP Upgraded by Moody's to Highest Possible Credit Rating

nmia-jamaica.jpgGuadalajara, Mexico, 30 October 2017: Moody's Investor Service has upgraded Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) to the highest possible issuer and debt rating category with a stable outlook.

Moody's upgraded GAP's issuer rating from Baa1/ to A3/ GAP's senior unsecured regular bond/debenture rating was also upgraded from Baa1/ to A3/

GAP is Mexico's leading airport operator and is among the pre-qualified bidders for Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica.

The company reported an 11.9% increase in passenger traffic at its 13 airports year-to-date over the first nine months of 2016. GAP opened nine new domestic routes in Mexico during 3Q17 and three new international routes.

GAP reported a 19.6% increase in aeronautical revenue for the first nine months of 2017 to MXN 6.1bn (USD 320.7m), while non-aeronautical revenue grew 18.9% to MXN 2.1bn (110.1m) and overall revenue was up 11.4% to 9.3bn (485.6m).

Passenger traffic at GAP's 12 airports in Mexico ranged from 138,700 at its smallest in Manzanillo to 9,406,800 at its largest in Guadalajara between January and the end of September.

The company operates airports in major tourism destinations like Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta as well as in major business hubs like Guanajuato and Hermosillo, at the center of Mexico's auto manufacturing industry.

GAP is listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange with ADRs listed on NYSE. It has a market capitalization of USD 5.35bn.

crime-scene-demo.jpgThe Clarendon police say they are following strong leads in Sunday night's shooting of eight persons in the community of Farm.

One of the victims, a woman, died.

She has been identified as 37 year old Lacia Mantack, a hairdresser of Evans Avenue in Farm.

The other seven persons, including a five year old girl, have been hospitalised.

About 6 o'clock, the individuals were among spectators who had just left a football match.

The group stopped at a shop when gunfire came from the direction of bushes.

The injured persons were taken to hospital, where Ms Mantack succumbed to her injuries.

The attackers escaped.

Kemps Hill murder

In the meantime, the Clarendon police were later called to another murder scene in Kemps Hill.

They found the body of 22 year old Mikhail Mitchell with bullet wounds.

Reports are that shortly before 9 o'clock, the police went to Mr. Mitchell's house where his body was found on the verandah.

No motive has been established for the killing.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police High Command is keeping a close watch on Cockburn Pen in St. Andrew following the shooting death of alleged gangster Valburn Harley, otherwise called Valdy.

Harley was among four persons shot by gunmen along Mountain View Avenue on Monday afternoon.

Harley was on his way from the Home Circuit Court shortly before 1 o'clock. He stopped at a fruit vendor along Mountain View Avenue when a car with men aboard drove up.

The men opened fire hitting him, his brother and another passenger in the vehicle.

A vendor was also shot and injured.

Harley and the injured persons were taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The police are trying to establish a motive for the attack.

Director of Elections takes government to court

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The Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, is now taking legal action to prevent the Electoral Commission of Jamaica from removing him from the job.

Fisher's one-year appointment expires Tuesday and it is reported that the post is to be advertised on the expiration.

The elections boss is contending that his one-year appointment was illegal because the law clearly states that the appointment must be for seven years.

Fisher who is being represented by attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman has brought an action in the Supreme Court against Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and the Electoral Commission of Jamaica.

He is seeking an injunction to bar the Commission from removing him from the post.

When the matter came before the Supreme Court this afternoon, Justice Carolyn Tai adjourned it until tomorrow and directed that the respondents be served.

chris-gayle-photo-6.jpgSYDNEY, Australia (AFP) -- West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle Monday won a defamation case against an Australian media group which claimed he exposed his genitals to a massage therapist.

The lurid accusations were made by Fairfax Media newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times in a series of stories in January last year.

They claimed the all-rounder exposed himself to team masseuse Leanne Russell in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney and "indecently propositioned" her.

Gayle denied the allegations, saying the journalists behind the story wanted to "destroy him".

His teammate Dwayne Smith, who was in the changing room at the time, also denied the incident took place.

A NSW Supreme Court jury ruled in Gayle's favour, finding Fairfax was motivated by malice.

The media group had defended the articles on the basis the allegations were substantially true and in the public interest.

"At the end of the day I'm very, very happy," Gayle said after the verdict, according to the Herald, adding that coming to court had been "very emotional".

"I'm a good man. I'm not guilty," he said.

The publication of the stories followed an uproar after Gayle attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: "Don't blush, baby."

During the week-long hearing, a tearful Russell stood by the allegations, saying she had gone to the room looking for a towel and came across Gayle.

She alleged he lowered the towel he was wearing and asked: "Are you looking for this?"

Gayle's close friend Donovan Miller told the hearing that since the allegations the West Indian had become "scared, especially (around) females and he always feels someone is out to get him".

A hearing on damages will be held at a later date.

Fairfax Media later released a statement saying said the company was "concerned with the conduct of the trial to the extent that on Friday it sought an order that the jury be discharged and a new trial ordered".

"Fairfax believes that it did not get a fair trial," it concluded. "It is seriously considering its appeal rights."

chris-gayle-photo-6.jpgA massage therapist said she "cried uncontrollably" after star West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle allegedly exposed himself to her, telling a Sydney court Wednesday it left her "very upset".

Gayle is suing Fairfax Media newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times over a series of stories in January last year detailing the lurid accusations.

On the opening day of his defamation action Monday, he denied the allegations and claimed the media group was out to "destroy" him. His teammate Dwayne Smith, who was present at the time, has also denied the incident.

The newspapers said the all-rounder exposed himself to masseuse Leanne Russell -- who was working for the West Indies team -- in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney and "indecently propositioned" her.

She told the NSW Supreme Court she went to the changing room to look for a towel and came across Gayle.

Gayle asked her: "What are you looking for?" the court heard, according to the Herald.

"I said, 'a towel'," she replied, and he "pulled his towel out and down".

"I saw the top half of Chris' penis -- I apologise. I thereafter shielded my view. I said no and walked out."

Russell said she told the West Indies team's physiotherapist about the incident immediately and was "very upset" and "crying uncontrollably. I was crying like a child".

On Tuesday, Smith admitted he sent a text to Russell that simply said "sexy" after she massaged him the day before the Gayle incident.

Russell said she was "sick of being treated this way" and had spoken out to get other women to realise "this happens all the time and nobody has the guts to speak out and they should", according to the Herald.

Fairfax said it was defending the articles on the basis the allegations were substantially true and in the public interest.

Their publication followed an uproar after Gayle attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: "Don't blush, baby."

Gayle has since nicknamed his baby daughter 'Blush'

Police in New York recently arrested and charged a woman with second-degree murder, burglary and two counts of assault in the home invasion which left a 91-year-old Jamaican man dead and his 100 year old wife hospitalized.

Prosecutors in the United States say that the woman, 45-year-old, Suzette Troutman, the couple's caregiver, was the mastermind behind what they call "the sick crime".

Reports are that Troutman's nephew, Dwayne Blackwood, 27, was arrested last week Friday and charged with the same offences.

Ninety-one-year-old Waldiman Thompson, who migrated from Jamaica decades ago, died of a heart attack on October 11 after two men entered the Brooklyn home he shared with his wife, Ethlin, and tied them up before escaping with US$5,000.

The New York Daily News reported that Ethlin managed to escape and called for help.

When police arrived, her husband was found unconscious and face down near his bedroom with a blanket wrapped around his head and a pillow pressed to his face. He was pronounced dead at hospital.

ID parade for killers of Mandeville cop

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The police say the three suspects in custody for the killing of Corporal Melvin Smith in Mandeville, Manchester last Friday are to be placed on identification parades as they follow strong leads.

Head of the Police Area Three, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Clifford Chambers, says the three men were apprehended in Clarendon and are to be questioned in relation to the killing of the corporal.

Head of the Police Area Three, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers

The police say shortly after 8 o'clock Friday night, Smith was assisting a man who was robbed of his motorcycle.

He chased the robbers and a shoot-out ensued.

One of the men fell from the motorcycle and ran.

The second man reportedly shot the corporal.

He returned fire, injuring one of the robbers before he collapsed.

The policeman was taken to hospital where he died.

ophelia-walloston-nurse-killed.jpgcrime-scene-gun.jpgOphelia Walloston, a registered nurse of Lime Hall St, was shot multiple times by a man outside a supermarket in the parish capital of St Ann's Bay at around 6:30 pm on Friday evening. She died on Saturday morning while undergoing treatment.

Police sources said the shooter, who turned himself over to law enforcement officials after the incident, was previously in a relationship with the Walloston.

He reportedly confronted her about her relationship with another man, telling her she was ungrateful in light of all he had done for her, before pumping at least three bullets into her upper body.

Unconfirmed reports are that Walloston had a restraining order taken out against her attacker and had filed a complaint against the man earlier Friday.

crime-scene-demo.jpgThe police are probing the murder of popular producer, Tru Blue.

Ralston "Tru Blue" Wellington, who was shot and killed at his Maxfield Avenue home in St Andrew on Friday evening.

According to the Corporate Communications Unit of the JCF at about 6:15 pm, explosions were heard coming from the Swettenham Road, Kingston 13 home of the dancehall producer.


On investigation by his family members, the 44-year-old's body was found in his yard with what appeared to be gunshot wounds. The police were called in and the body subsequently removed.

No motive has yet been established for the killing.

Tru Blue, who was off the music radar for close to a decade, co-produced Whine Yuh Waist Suh by Vybz Kartel and Don Andre last year.

crime-scene-demo.jpgWhat is this government doind aboub crime?!! The JLP was given power partly on their promise to reduce crime and violence, but ever since the have won, they have proven to be ineffective to the point of being criminals. The crime monster is out of hand. Just look at the statistics for one parish - Clarendon.

Since the start of the year, more than 130 people have been killed in Clarendon. Note, this is just ONE parish.According to official reports, this is more than the 114 killed over the same period last year.

Clarendon's murder figures got an increase over the weekend when gunmen on Sunday evening sprayed bullets on a group of people attending a party in the Clarendon community of Farm.

When the shooting ended, one woman was killed and six other people injured.

A child is among those injured.

According to police sources, a group of residents at a get-together were surprised by gunmen, armed with high-powered weapons.

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Sentence reduction day a success; 40 plead guilty

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At least 40 accused people pleaded guilty to various offences as part of the Supreme Court's Sentence Reduction Day initiative currently underway.

In the Home Circuit Court, 14 persons pleaded guilty to offences ranging from murder, wounding with intent, manslaughter and sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years old.

Up to midday in the Gun Court, eight accused persons opted to plead guilty for various offences.

Among the accused who took advantage of Sentence Reduction Day is Omar Graham, who pleaded guilty to murder and three counts of wounding with intent.

Mr. Graham is a former employee of Moncrieffe's Patio Shop in St. Andrew, who is accused of going on a murderous rampage at the workplace in March this year.

Prosecutors indicated that Mr. Graham, who was fired by the operators of the company, returned there on March 24 and attacked employees with a blunt object.

During his rampage, Barbara Moncrieffe, co-owner of the establishment, was beaten to death. Three other employees were hospitalised with serious injuries.

Another accused, Phillip Brown, the man who beat his pregnant ex-girlfriend to death inside her Crystal Towers apartment in St. Andrew last December, also pleaded guilty to murder.

Lorna Williamson, the woman accused of stealing a newborn baby at the University Hospital of the West Indies last December, has also pleaded guilty.

Ms. Williamson wiped tears from her eyes as she entered her plea.

All three accused will be sentenced on December 15.

The programme is still underway in the Gun Court.

The initiative will be made available at the St. Catherine Circuit Court on Friday.

Sentence Reduction Day provides an opportunity for accused persons to enter a guilty plea and benefit from a maximum of up to 50 per cent reduction in their sentence.

A woman and her daughter who were arrested by the police in Park Lane, St Andrew on Wednesday, have been released.

Their arrests sparked violent protests, with residents blocking the roadway, stoning cars and buses.

A Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus was badly damaged by the protesters.

The woman and her daughter are relatives of the prime suspect, now in custody, in connection with last month's murder of two teenagers - 17 year old Renaldo Byfield and 18 year old Jordan Campbell - in Comfort, Clarendon on September 8.

The teenagers, who were residents of Whitehall Avenue, had been reported missing a day earlier.

The woman and her daughter were questioned briefly by the police about the suspect, who has been listed by the police as a "violence producer".

He is also being investigated by the St Andrew South and the St Andrew Central Police in connection with several murders.

Gunmen kill two at stop-light; 2 others injured

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crime-scene-gun.jpgRampaging gunmen went left two men dead and two others wounded during an attack along the Flanker main road on Sunday night.

The deceased have been identified as 24-year-old Daniel Anglin and 20-year-old Shawn Titus; both of Flanker, St James.

Reports are that about 11:05 pm, Anglin and Titus were among four occupants of a motorcar which stopped at a stoplight along the Flankers main road, when men travelling in another motorcar opened fire on the quartet.

The four were shot and taken to hospital where Anglin and Titus were pronounced dead and the two other occupants admitted.

The Coral Gardens police are investigating.

School security guard shot dead by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgGunmen shot and killed a security guard at the Thompson Town High School in Clarendon early Monday morning.

The dead security guard has been identified as 39-year-old Alrick Carty.

A second guard who was also shot is now hospitalised.

Reports are that the guards were conducting a routine patrol of the school compound about 1:30 when they were pounced upon by two men.

The guards reportedly beckoned to the men who responded by opening gunfire.

The gunmen escaped in a waiting motor car and left behind a steel cutter.

child-porn-sentence.jpgA Jamaican man, who was held with child pornography on his cellphone earlier this year, was on Thursday sentenced to five years and eight months in a US prison.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Anthony Carl Spence, 45, arrived at the Orlando International Airport from Jamaica on February 6, with a smartphone that had videos of a toddler being sexually abused and a young child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Reports from US media said Spence allegedly told investigators that one of the two videos found on his phone was shown to a class of Jamaican school children "in order to determine whether any of them had ever been molested".

He also claimed a girlfriend in New York sent him one of the videos and the other he had forwarded to a relative as a warning that her child "could be acting in a similar manner".

When asked about the incident involving the Jamaican school children, Spence reportedly told investigators that he was not employed by the school, but his nieces attended and he'd gotten permission from a teacher to show students one of the videos, the complaint said.

Spence, who told agents he had five daughters, allegedly admitted sending the videos to a number of friends and relatives while in Jamaica, including "women with children," court documents said.

Spence was arrested and charged in federal court with a count of possession of child pornography and was found guilty by a federal jury on July 26.

ramdial-son-suv.jpgBusinessman Dennis Ramdial was on Monday afternoon shot dead outside his business place on Beechwod Avenue, St Andrew, just three months after his son, Richard, was murdered in a sports utility vehicle along Ruthven Road.

Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says Dennis Ramdial was standing outside his business place when gunshots were heard.

She said it was later found that the businessman was shot.

He was rushed to hospital where he died.

On July 13, Ramdial's son, was shot more than a dozen times as he sat in his Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle in rush hour traffic along Ruthven Road.

Police suspected that Ramdial was the victim of a contract killing and were said to be following several leads into the brazen murder which had sent shockwaves across the Corporate Area.

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) -- A magistrate court has ordered the deportation of a 33-year-old Jamaican national, who has been described as one of that country's 10 most wanted criminals.

Jermaine Gordon, who is wanted on murder and other related charges in Jamaica, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh on Tuesday, after he was captured by police here last Friday. The court ordered that he leaves Antigua on Thursday.

Observer Radio quoted the police as saying that Gordon had admitted entering the island by boat illegally and had been residing in Antigua for some years.

Gordon is facing at least two murder charges in Jamaica.

Regional Director of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Michael Bent is encouraging Jamaicans to treat mental health illnesses with the same regard and seriousness as physical illnesses.

Bent made the call on World Mental Health Day, celebrated on October 10, as he addressed a Mental Health Forum at the Ridgemount United Church Hall in Manchester.

"So often we have persons seeing mental health illness as something I should disassociate myself from. I have looked at situations where I have seen persons in families and workplaces show a different level of care and support to those with mental health illnesses as opposed to those with physical illnesses. I am going to urge persons to treat mental health illness with the same importance as physical illness" Mr. Bent said.

"It is important that we seek to find an environment in the workplaces where we can promote good mental health. I am challenging all persons to identify with one of the objectives of this Forum, which is aiming to spread the understanding of employment practices that support good mental health" Mr. Bent continued.

Bent reasoned that if persons in society, including family members and colleagues take a different approach to persons suffering from mental health issues, sometimes the result and severity of the illness can be different. He challenged the audience to take a keener interest in mental health, not only during its commemoration in October, but throughout the year.

Acting Parish Manager for the Manchester Health Services, Sandia Chambers Ferguson noted that the lack of support for persons with mental health disorders, coupled with the fear of stigma, prevent many persons from accessing treatment to live healthy and productive lives.

She added that she believes that there is an urgent need to not only restore but maintain dignity in mental health. This, she added requires a multi-faceted approach, which will only be achieved by: increasing awareness, empowering employees to manage persons with mental health challenges, strengthening the capacity of the country's mental health teams to manage persons diagnosed with mental health illnesses and empowering mental health staff to manage their own personal challenges that impact their health.

The Forum, which targeted employers and employees, provided information on relaxation techniques, making the workplace therapeutic, creating a mentally healthy work environment and physical therapy for persons with psycho-social disabilities.

Garvey bust at UWI drenched with paint

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garvey-bust-defaced.jpgThe day after the country celebrated National Heroes' Day, vandals defaced the bust on national hero Marcus Garvey bust at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.

A picture was circulated on Twitter showing the bust looking as if paint had been poured on it, with feathers stuck to it, accompanied by a cardboard "notice", dated October 17, stating: "take down this fake statue".

The current bust was installed on August 27 to replace a previous bust of the hero, following outcry from various sections of the society, including members of the Rastafarian movement, arguing that the statue was not a true depiction of Garvey.

Sculptor Raymond Watson created both busts.

guns.jpgThe police have revealed that the 19 illegal firearms that were found yesterday at the Kingston Freeport Terminal in Newport West arrived at the facility in a shipment from United States of America.

The firearms, seized by detectives assigned to the Narcotics Division along with the Jamaica Customs Agency, the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET), are:

• Six rifles

• One Intratec Submachine gun

• Six Glock pistol

• Two Taurus 9mm pistol

• One smith and Wesson 9mm pistol

• One Guger pistol

• One Heckle & Koch pistol

• One Cobray pistol and hundreds rounds of assorted ammunition.

The firearms and a large quantity of assorted rounds of ammunition were reportedly found in a freezer unit of the container between the hours of 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm.

No one was taken into custody in connection to the seizure.

ganja-image-5.jpgThe police arrested a 22-year-old Haitian after he attempted to smuggle 1600 pounds of ganja with an estimated street value of over J$6.5 million. He has been identified as Love Darlen's Felix otherwise called 'Odian Powell'.

The Haitian was charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja and illegal entry into Jamaica.

Reports are that the accused was taken into custody during an anti-narcotics operation along the Hellshire coast-line, vicinity of the old Shrimp Factory, in St Catherine. Thirty-five knitted bags and two buckets were found containing the compressed ganja.

Police report that a Haitian passport in the name of Love Darlen's Felix was found in a bucket amongst the drugs and prior to the find the accused gave his name as Odian Powell.

The police added that further investigation revealed that the accused didn't arrive in Jamaica through a legitimate port of entry and was in the process of going back to Haiti with the drug.

He was brought before the court and was remanded until Tuesday, November 21.

Police continue to investigate the matter.

Usain Bolt is 23rd on Forbes athletes Rich List

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Track and field superstar Usain Bolt, despite retiring from the sport in August, has been listed on the Forbes' Rich List as the 23rd highest earning athlete in the world.

The earnings which span June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017, include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements, licensing and appearance fees.

The figures are calculated before taxes and fees are taken into account, with Forbes estimating the total worth.

Bolt who took bronze in his final 100 meters at the IAAF World Championships in London, pocketed $34.2 million of which $2.2 million was earned on the track and $32 million in endorsements. His biggest deal is with Puma, which pays him more than $10 million annually. He also added Mumm, XM, Kinder, Advil and Sprint to his endorsement portfolio over the last 12 months and is an investor and performer in the new annual Nitro Athletics track and field series that launched in 2017.

Top spot is held by Portugal and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo who earned $95 million. The accolade capped a great year for the 32-year-old, who also picked up a Champions League winner's medal and Best Fifa Men's Player honours.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James ($86.2m) is second with Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi ($80m) in third.

Tennis great Roger Federer ($64m) and NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant ($60.6m) round of the top 5.

Rounding out the top 10 are Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck ($50m), golfer Rory McIlroy ($50m), Golden State Warriors sharp shooter Stephen Curry ($47.3m), Houston Rockets point guard James Harden ($46.6m) and Mercedes driver and Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton ($46m).

Serena Williams is the highest ranked female athlete at joints 51st with earnings of $27 million.

Catholic church set on fire again

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The Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Old Hope Road in St Andrew was again set on fire late Wednesday night causing "severe damage" to the interior of structure.

The church today said on social media that an intruder entered the building and vandalised it. Selected sections of the interior, including the pulpit, were set on fire, the Facebook post said.

"Security personnel, employed by the church, extinguished the fire and the police were summoned", it continued.

This attack is the second in just over a month.

The September 17 blaze, which police believed to have been the work of arsonists, was put out by fire-fighters from the Half-Way-Tree Fire Department.

The damage during that incident was estimated at three million dollars.

Clarendon wanted women held by police in Kingston

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Two Clarendon women who are wanted for murder were reportedly picked up by the police in a community along Re Hills Road, in St Andrew on Thursday.

Unconfirmed reports are that the women were staying near to the Hundred Lane section of Red Hills Road, when the police launched an intensive search in the area. However, residents made the job of the officers much more difficult as they protested and even allegedly stone the buses.

shane-alexis.jpgThe People's National Party says it has taken note of a press release issued by Young Jamaica, the youth arm of the Jamaica Labour Party, contents of which have been published in the media.

The Party issued a statement stating that contrary to the assertions made in the press release, Dr. Shane Alexis was not granted a scholarship through the Jamaica/Cuban programme which over many years has afforded Jamaicans the opportunity to study in the neighbouring country free of cost.

TherRelease said Dr. Alexis studied at his family's expense and to his credit has spent all of his professional years serving the Jamaican people in the public health system.

Dr Alexis has instructed his attorneys to pursue legal redress in this matter, as he and his family have been hurt by the false and defamatory charges contained in the press release.

tremayne-brown.jpgTremayne Brown, the rescuer of a drowning boy in Trench Town, Kingston, received the Badge of Honour for Gallantry at King's House in St Andrew today.

Twenty-four-year-old Brown was hailed as a hero by residents of Trench Town and Arnett Gardens following his valiant rescue of 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds who was swept away in a gully on Collie Smith Drive on September 8.


Last month, Culture Minister Olivia Grange disclosed that Prime Minister Andrew Holness suggested that Brown be given a national award for risking his own life to save 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary.

In a JIS interview Brown, who a few months before his valiant effort was deported from England, said his life had changed a lot since the day of the rescue and opted to thank Jamaicans for being so welcoming of him.

A passenger on a public bus is being hailed as a Heroes Day hero when he used his licensed firearm to kill one of two thieves trying to rob a passenger bus on Monday, National Heroes Day.

The police say a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver with five rounds of ammunition was taken from the dead thief.

Reports are that the bus was travelling along Spanish Town Road around 5:45 Monday morning when the two men attempted to rob passengers.

The driver and another man were shot during the robbery.

The license firearm holder reportedly intervened and shot one of the men.

The injured persons were taken to hospital where the gunman was pronounced dead.

patrick-powell-mais-killer-free.jpgBusinessman Patrick Powell has been ordered to pay the family of slain Kingston College student Khajeel Mais just over 2 million dollars.

The order was made in the Supreme Court yesterday by Justice Stephanie Jackson Haisley in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the businessman by the parents of the 17-year-old.

Jackson Haisley ordered that Powell pay the estate of Khajeel Mais special damages of 1.7 million dollars with interest of three per cent from July 1, 2011, the same day he was killed.

Powell has also been ordered to pay 206,788 dollars in special damages with three per cent interest from February last year.

The award comes 20 months after the case ended with a default judgement.

Powell did not contest the suit.

He is serving a nine-month sentence for failing to turn over his licensed firearm and ammunition to police investigators probing Mais death.

Khajeel Mais was shot and killed while traveling in a taxi in Havendale, St Andrew.

In the lawsuit, Noel and Allana Mais contended that their son was lawfully travelling in a taxi when Powell pulled alongside the vehicle.

They claimed that the businessman negligently and without cause discharged his firearm and shot their son who later succumbed to his injuries.

According to Noel and Allana Mais, the businessman failed to carry out any or sufficient enquiries before resorting to the use of lethal force in firing on their son, who was unarmed and posed no threat to him.

guns-found-at-newport-west.jpgThe Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) is searching for a St. Andrew woman for questioning in connection with Sunday's arms and ammunition find at a warehouse at Newport West in Kingston.

The shipment of guns and ammunition, which was concealed as food items, was addressed to the individual.

Six guns and more than 500 rounds of ammunition were seized by the Customs Enforcement Team.

Shortly after midday, four hand guns, two M-16 rifles and 507 assorted rounds of ammunition were found in a barrel.

It was shipped from the United States and destined for an address in Kingston 11.

PNP says candidate Shane Alexis is legal

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shane-alexis.jpgThe People's National Party has accused the ruling Jamaica Labour Party of using scare-mongering tactics, following the JLP's revelation that PNP candidate for South East St Mary in the upcoming by-election, Dr Shane Alexis, is a Canadian citizen.

In a news release, the PNP noted that the Jamaican Constitution is clear that persons born in Commonwealth countries are eligible to sit in the Houses of Parliament, and slammed JLP Member of Parliament and Minister of Finance, Audley Shaw, over what it said was Shaw's suggestion that Alexis was not properly nominated.

"Shaw's scare mongering is despicable and can only be viewed as a desperate attempt to distract the voters of South East St Mary," the PNP said.

"Mr Shaw knows very well that there are members of his own Party currently seated in the Houses of Parliament, who also hold Commonwealth citizenship. He should also be aware that former JLP leader and former Prime Minister, the Most Hon Edward Seaga was not born in Jamaica," the party said.

The PNP explained that Alexis was born in Canada, but came home to Jamaica as a young child, and attended Sts. Peter and Paul Preparatory School and Campion College in Jamaica.

He completed his undergraduate education in Jamaica and thereafter received a scholarship to study medicine in Cuba, the party said, noting that after completing his medical training, Dr Alexis returned to Jamaica and worked in several public medical institutions, including doing training and working at the Kingston Public Hospital, Bustamante Hospital for Children and the Annotto Bay Hospital.

In addition, Alexis has served as president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association, and was appointed to the board of the National Health Fund (NHF) by the present JLP administration, noted the PNP.

"Having lived the majority of his life in Jamaica, Dr Alexis is committed to service and the country's development," the party said.

Top gangster killed by cops; Glock seized

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gunman-killed.jpgThe police say a gunman linked to a gang in Old Harbour was killed during a confrontation with them last night.

The dead man has been identified as Paul J. Lewis.

Police reports are that Lewis fired shots at them, they responded with gunfire hitting Lewis who later died.

They say a Glock 40 pistol with 12 rounds was seized.

The police say Lewis was a member of the G-City gang that was circulating voice notes with death threats against the police after their leader was fatally shot.

Big bad USA eliminated from World Cup!

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The United States have been eliminated from World Cup contention, a shocking loss to Trinidad and Tobago ending the Americans' streak of seven straight appearances at football's showcase.

Twenty-eight years after a stunning victory at Trinidad put the Americans back in the World Cup after a four-decade absence, their chances for next year's tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela.

Trinidad and Tobago scored a pair of first-half goals, and the United States were eliminated with a 2-1 defeat Tuesday night -- the first time missing the World Cup since 1986.

The U.S. entered their final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica left the Americans little margin for error.

The 28th-ranked Americans needed merely a tie against 99th-ranked Trinidad, who their sixth straight qualifier last week. But the defeat -- coupled with Honduras' come-from-behind 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama's 2-1 victory over Costa Rica on Ramon Torres' 88th-minute goal -- dropped the Americans from third place into fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.

bail.jpgThe police say that six inmates escaped from the Linstead Police Lock-up on Wednesday morning.

Reports are that about 9:30 am, police at the facility went to make checks and discovered that several of the inmates were missing.

The escapees on the run are:

- Shane Wellington, 25-year-old of Cassava Pond, Ewarton, St Catherine, charged with murder and frequents Ewarton and Breadnut Hill in St Ann.

- Ezroy Cohen, 28-year-old of Banbury, Linstead. He was charged for burglary and rape.

- Damion Daley, 24-year-old of Banbury, Linstead. He was charged for arson.

- Daniel James, 22-year-old of Troja, St Catherine. He was charged for rape.

- Anthony Jarrett, 29-year-old of Mountain Pass, Linstead and Church Pen, Old Harbour both in St Catherine. He was charged for murder.

The sixth inmate who escaped custody, Alwayne Shakespear, was recaptured in the Linstead Market later in the day.

The Police are asking these men to turn themselves in or anyone with information as to their whereabouts to call the Linstead Police 985-2285, Police 119 Emergency Number or the nearest Police Station.

The Jamaica Evangelical Alliance (JEA) is seeking to distance itself from an upcoming conference examining the church and anti-sodomy laws across the Commonwealth.

The conference, dubbed Intimate Convictions, is to be held tomorrow and Friday at the University of the West Indies Regional headquarters.

A flyer advertising the conference says distinguished speakers from the Anglican, Adventist, Baptist, Roman Catholic Evangelical and United Churches would be making presentations.

However, in a release the JEA says it deems this conference as another attempt by the homosexual community to advance the homosexual agenda and to undermine the stance of the church against the normalisation of homosexuality.

The JEA says it categorically denies that any of its member denominations, organisations or individuals are presenters at or supporters of the upcoming conference.

The group says the Jamaican church stands united on the matters of buggery and homosexuality.

It has declared that it can, without fear of contradiction, say all denominations and umbrella groups affirm the biblical stance that the practice of homosexuality and buggery are sinful and inappropriate behaviours.

The JEA says it's time to make clear that the declarations of personal opinions by certain persons from the church be differentiated from the stance of the Jamaican Church as a whole.

Meanwhile, the church group is advising the homosexual community to repent and be baptised and seek trained professional counselling to address their sexual and relationship addictions.

$24 million worth of cocaine found at Port

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jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgCocaine valuing more than $24 million was seized at the Port of Kingston on Friday, but no arrest has been made in conjunction with the find.

The drug was seized by members of the Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) and officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Narcotics Division

According to Jamaica Customs, the team, while conducting routine operations, was alerted to a container that arose their suspicion. A further examination of the container led to the discovery of 15 rectangular packages with white powdery substance, which is believed to be cocaine.

The matter is currently being investigated by the Border Protection Division of the Jamaica Customs Agency and the Narcotics Division.

The police are warning motorists to desist from driving through the cane field along the Mandela Highway.

The Police, speaking via Twitter this morning, said motorists have been using the cane field to avoid traffic along the major thoroughfare.

They say drivers oftentimes get stuck while using the area and then turn to the police for assistance.

But, the police say they are not in a position to help.

They argued that given limited resources the police are unable to assist motorists who use the route illegally.

The police are urging motorists to use the main thoroughfare at all times.

Three men, including a Haitian, are now in police custody following the seizure of over 1,600 pounds of ganja, valued at $6.5 million in Hellshire, St Catherine, on Sunday.

According to law enforcement sources, the ganja was found by detectives from the Police Narcotics Division in 35 knitted bags and two plastic buckets.

The find was made along a section of the Hellshire coastline.

Investigators are now conducting secondary operations at addresses linked to the three men.

The Immigration status of the Haitian national is also being investigated.

Police are investigating a possible case of arson in Bobo Hill in St Andrew on fire Friday morning after several buildings were set ablaze, allegedly by a man who accused the Rastafarians on the Hill of killing his animal.

According to residents were meeting at a property when a man armed with a gun entered and accused them of killing his goat.Firefighters had to carry out cooling down operations in Bobo Hill, Bull Bay, St. Andrew after a man set several buildings .

"He then came into the camp, set our guard house on fire (and) our government buildings which includes office and conference centre doubling up as tabernacle while our tabernacle is being built," she said.

The man also set the houses of two priests on fire.

The police are investigating the incident.

The Grade 10 male student, who fatally stabbed another at the Edith Dalton James High school in Duhaney Park, St Andrew on Thursday has been charged with murder.

Police report that the student, who is from a St Andrew address was slapped with the charge on Saturday. The name of the student has been withheld because he is a minor.

Reports are that at about 11:30 am, the two grade 10 boys had a physical altercation. During the melee, one student pulled a sharp instrument and stabbed the other grade 10 student identified as Clive Matherson.

"One student was walking past and bounce off the other student watch; the (owner of the watch) told the other student to pick up the watch and an argument developed," one alleged eyewitness said.

The watch owner, Matherson was reportedly stabbed by the other student. The injured teenager was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident has left students and teachers in shock.

lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgOpposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs Lisa Hanna has apologised for the blunder which resulted in her wrongly expressing condolences for the death of St Lucia's Ambassador to the Organisation of American States, Anton Edmunds.

Hanna had issued a release yesterday expressing regret at the unfortunate demise of the St Lucian diplomat, whom she claimed, was a victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday.

However, it was later revealed that the information was false.

This prompted Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, to issue a release urging Hanna to exercise restraint and sensitivity when dealing with diplomatic issues.

Hanna, who was recently appointed the spokesman on foreign affairs, said the release with unverified information was inadvertently sent from her office.

A Grade 10 male student was fatally stabbed by another at the Edith Dalton James High School in Duhaney Park, St Andrew on Thursday morning.

Reports are that at about 11:30 am, the two grade 10 boys had a physical altercation. During the altercation, one student allegedly pulled a sharp instrument and stabbed the other student.

"One student was walking past and bounce off the other student watch; the (owner of the watch) told the other student to pick up the watch and an argument developed," one alleged eyewitness said.

The watch owner was then reportedly stabbed by the other student. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident has left students and teachers in shock.

andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgA video showing 10 St Catherine students participating in a sex challenge sweeping social media surfaced earlier this week and has been widely circulated, triggering outrage among many Jamaicans appalled at the lewdness of the minors. They were caught on video in their school uniform participating in a rather disturbing social media game.

The students were given a five-day suspension after school officials saw the video on Monday.

St Catherine High, a school which was attended by both Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, Member of Parliament Juliet Holness, has faced flak since the emergence of the vulgar video.

lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgOpposition spokesperson on foreign affairs, Lisa Hanna was left with egg on her face after a release she issued mourning the death of a St Lucian diplomat in the Las Vegas massacre turned out to be erroneous.

The statement attributed to Hanna was issued yesterday afternoon by the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) hours after St Lucia's Ambassador to the Organisation of American States Anton Edmunds rubbished the fake news in a post on his Facebook page.

Edmunds made the post at 10:52 pm Tuesday in response to news on social media that he was among the fatalities in Sunday's massacre in Las Vegas when a gunman fired on patrons at a concert, killing 58 people and himself in what is now acknowledged as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

"So, before anyone continues to believe the false narrative that I was part of the death toll in Vegas, I was not there. I am fine, and the victims of this and other tragedies need our thoughts, prayers and support," Ambassador Edmunds wrote.

"The writers of the false narrative need to be flogged for screwing around with my family and friends," he added.

In her release, Hanna said she was "saddened by the tragic death" of Edmunds "and the other victims of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada".

"It is with regret that I learnt that the ambassador had succumbed to the injuries sustained in the incident on Sunday night which claimed 58 other victims. Ambassador Edmunds succumbed to his injuries yesterday following the shooting incident," Hanna said.

The Health Ministry is rejecting the claim made by Education Minister, Ruel Reid, that the government is postponing its Human Papilloma Virus, HPV, vaccination programme.

The Health Ministry says it's proceeding with the programme, despite a claim to the contrary yesterday by Minister Reid.

It's also emphasizing that portfolio Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has not made any assertion that the programme is being postponed or pulled back.

Once again, Minister Reid - who's also the Information Minister - is at the centre of an episode of public miscommunication. He's caused confusion over the state of the HPV vaccination programme, saying the government was 'pulling back' to allow further sensitization.

At a press conference yesterday at his Heroes Circle Office, in downtown, Kingston, Nationwide News asked Minister Reid if by 'pulling back' he meant the programme was being postponed. He said, 'yes', adding that the government is 'caring' and 'responsive'. But the Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Melody Ennis, is contradicting him. She says the Health Ministry is proceeding with the programme.

The rollout of the programme has raised concerns. Many parents and other stakeholders aren't sure of the side effects of the vaccine which is to help prevent cervical cancer in girls.

The vaccination programme is targeting over 22,000 grade 7 girls in schools islandwide. The government has been criticized for not ensuring there was adequate public education ahead of the rollout of the programme on Monday.

The vaccine is not mandatory.

Dr. Ennis says parents will be required to fill out a form stating whether they want their daughters to get the vaccine. She says the Health Ministry will have further dialogue with parents who decide not to allow their daughters to take it.

A police sergeant died in a motor vehicle accident in Riversdale, St Catherine late Monday night.

He has been identified as Sergeant Mervin Ellington, who was assigned to the St Catherine North Division.

Reports are that at about 10 pm, Ellington was driving his private motor car from Riversdale towards Bog Walk when, upon reaching the Berwick Main Road, he came upon a breakaway at a section of the road that forced his car to run off the road and into a river.

The vehicle reportedly became submerged in water, before residents of the area went to Ellington's rescue and pulled the unresponsive police officer from the car.

He was rushed to the Linstead Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

After news broke of Ellington's death, the Jamaica Police Federation expressed their condolences to his family and friends, and colleagues from the St Catherine North police division.

It's the latest tragedy to hit the JCF in recent weeks following the killing of a police officer in Portmore two weeks ago, and a gun attack on a policewoman and her daughter last week that left both hospitalised.

machete-beaten.jpgThe National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) has joined the probe into the incident in which a 44 year old woman in St. Thomas used a machete to beat her 12 year old daughter.

The woman was detained last weekend, after the incident, which was recorded, went viral on social media.

Kaysia Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of the National Parenting Support Commission, said the agency will be speaking with other entities investigating the matter. This is aimed at streamlining and coordinating the intervention to ensure that the child gets the type of support needed.

In an interview with RJR News on Monday, Ms Kerr said her office will also speak with the woman in an effort to "start changing (the) mindset about how we go about punishing."

"The fact that your parents might have punished you by hitting does not make it right. There are other non-violent ways of ensuring that children comply to what's expected of them." she asserted.

Ms Kerr said she is deeply distressed by the video, especially in relation to what the child has been subjected to.

"A young girl is now thrust in the limelight in a way that she perhaps would not have bargained for. It's almost as if she's now going to be the poster child for abuse because her face was shown in the video," she argued.

Police have interviewed the mother involved in the incident. She is expected to be charged with cruelty to a child.

Her daughter has been released into the custody of a relative.

machete-beaten.jpgThe police say that they have picked up the 12-year-old complainant in a video circulating on social media of a woman beating a child with what appears to be a machete.

According to a release from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the incident took place sometime last year but the video recently surfaced on social media. Police say they have since collected statements from the child as well as the person who recorded the video.

The police say the child's mother remains in custody and the matter is being investigated by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse as well as the Child Development Agency.

machete-beaten.jpgThe Office of the Children's Advocate has strongly condemned the actions of a mother who was seen in a video circulated on social media beating her daughter mercilessly with a machete.

"We condemn the behaviour of the mother, for even if the mother feels that she is justified in approaching the child to deal with a particular issue, there are ways to impact and impose discipline on children without resorting to violence," Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison told Loop reporter Claude Mills on Monday morning.

She praised the quick action of the police force, who only hours after the video began circulating on social media, took the mother and daughter into custody. It is unclear whether the child in question will be taken into state care and what will happen to any other children in the woman's care.

"We don't have all the information at this time. However, now that woman has been arrested, the relevant agencies can now come in and attempt to repair the relationship between the mother and daughter. Members of the office of the Children's Advocate are now in St Thomas and once they have been debriefed, we can make a better assessment of the situation," she said. Chief Executive Office of the Child Development Agency (CDA) Rosalee Gage-Grey says the agency is now conducting an assessment into the case of the 12-year-old girl being beaten with a machete by her mother in St Thomas.

Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106, Gage-Grey said the CDA stepped in for the protection of the child.

She said the agency is doing an intervention with the family as well as with the community.

A video of the beating has been circulating heavily on social media and has received strong outcry.

The viral video shows the partially nude mother beating her daughter violently with a machete while cursing expletives.

The 44-year-old woman was arrested on the weekend and remains in police custody.

Meanwhile, head of the St Thomas police, Senior Superintendent, Beau Rigabe, says investigations into the video of a woman in the parish beating her teenage daughter with a machete has revealed that the incident happened last year.

He said the woman is being interviewed by investigators with the of view of laying charges against her.

The police had previously indicated that she's likely to be charged with cruelty to a child.

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A 71-year-old Canadian man is in police custody after he was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act at the Norman Manley International Airport on Friday.

Reports from the police are that the man, Derrick Harmon of a Canadian address, checked in to the airport to board a flight destined for Toronto, Canada about 1:30 am, when his luggage was searched and a powdery substance in a package labelled 'Soy Beverage' found.

On further examination, the substance was found to be cocaine with an estimated street value of $768, 000.

Harmon is charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine, and taking steps preparatory to the export of cocaine and is to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Tuesday.

"Adult seen in video beating a child now in Police custody in St Thomas" the Jamaica Constabulary Force disclosed on Twitter this afternoon.

The woman who is seen wearing only panties, is currently in police custody over a video making the rounds on social media, showing her beating a child with a machete.

In the video, the woman, can be heard saying "mi tired a oonu", while gripping the back of a young girl's garment and hitting her several times with the object.

The child is wailing and at one point is on the ground when the woman finally releases her hold.

The girl then flees from the yard and the woman can be heard uttering expletives. A dog that came between the obviously enraged woman and the girl, as she inflicted blows to the child, was also slapped with the machete.

An onlooker could also be heard towards the end of the film encouraging the angry woman, as the girl manages to break free from the woman's hold and escape.

In a message on Twitter this afternoon, the police posted that they were aware of the "disturbing video" being circulated on social media and that the woman had been arrested in St Thomas.

The JCF said it would provide more information on the incident later.

St Mary shop owner shot dead at businessplace

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA shopkeeper was shot dead in Islington, St. Mary on Wednesday afternoon.

He has been identified as 40 year old Horace Ellis, a resident of the community.

About 5:45, Mr. Ellis was at his businessplace when a gunman entered.

He shot Mr. Ellis, killing him on the spot.

The police are investigating.

Social media mourn death of Moneague cabbie

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Many persons have taken to social media to express their shock at the brutal murder of Damion Gordon, a taxi driver of Moneague in St Ann. Gordon was stabbed to death by men posing as passengers, who then dumped his body in bushes and deposited his 4-year-old son on the roadside.

One person said: "The youth just stop a school gate, collect him son and buy a bag juice. Jesus Wept these dirty bad-minded people that live in this surrounding yah only God can put some fire on them oh God man, humble youth. Jovial and everything. Father God set a fire on the killers, torment them to the grave.....a feel it so till... His son is so traumatise."

Another person commented: "Still can't believe, was such a humble and jovial young man, jah know star, great lost to the community."

The police are appealing to anyone with information on Gordon's killing to contact them.

Jamaican man kidnapped and killed in Antigua

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crime-scene-7.jpgA Jamaican with an alleged drug background has been killed after being robbed and kidnapped in Antigua, where he was living.

The body of Kenroy Simpson, 26, was found in a field on Wednesday morning with bullet wounds.

The Antiguan police reported that Simpson's Cedar Grove home was invaded by armed men wearing masks and dressed in camouflage, who robbed him and his girlfriend of an undetermined sum of money before driving away with Simpson.

Media reports pointed to him as having been arrested and charged with drug-related offences earlier this year.

He was also reportedly questioned about alleged connections with money laundering activities.

shocked.jpgReports have surfaced that data have revealed that 85% of young women in Mount Salem, St. James, which was declared the first Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) nearly a month ago, are engaged in some form of prostitution.

The information was revealed on Thursday by Omar Sweeney, Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). He lamented that this is evidence of a lack of guidance for young persons in inner-city communities.

Mr. Sweeney said the issue is one of many to be tackled by the Social Intervention Committee within zones of special operations.

Taximan stabbed to death in front of his 4-y-o son

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A 36-year-old taxi operator was stabbed to death in front of his four-year-old son by men posing as passengers in the Amity Hall area of Moneague in St Ann on Monday.

His four-year-old son was also a passenger in the vehicle.

The dead man has been identified as Damion Gordon of Moneague in the parish.

Reports are that on Monday afternoon, Gordon picked up the men to take them on a charter in the Amity Hall area of Moneague.

While headed on the charter with the men, Gordon was attacked and stabbed multiple times.The men threw his body from the vehicle in bushes and took his motor vehicle in the process.

Gordon's four-year-old son was deposited by the roadside in another section of the community.

A resident found the boy and alerted other community members.

A search later resulted in Gordon's lifeless body being found in bushes.

The St Ann police say that the four-year old boy is receiving counselling at this time.

A search has been launched for Gordon's vehicle and his attackers.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St. Catherine South police have confirmed a double shooting in Hellshire.

Reports are that pastor is among the victims.

The pastor and his church member were allegedly shot and injured during a robbery at a house Thursday morning about 11 o'clock.

It is reported that gunmen entered the house and began robbing them.

During the incident, the pastor was shot in the face and hand while the other person was shot in the neck and hand.

Robbery is said to be the motive.

Bolt for Commonwealth Games?

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usain-bolt.jpgTrack and Field sensation, Usain Bolt is possibly considering making an appearance at the Commonwealth Games next year in Australia.

Reports are that negotiations started with the eight time Olympic champion to be in attendance at the event following his retirement from the track at the end of the IAAF World Championships recently in London. His presence in the Gold Coast during the April 4 to 15 event would be a coup for the organisers.

The track and field legends presence will possibly be in an ambassadorial role.

The games organisers say Bolt draws a massive audience wherever he goes and will ensure the eyes of the world are on the coast during the games next year.

Organising Committee Chairman Peter Beattie could not confirm Bolt's visit but said organisers would be delighted if he was present.

Following Tuesday night's incident in which a female police inspector was attacked at her home in Morris Meadows, Portmore, St. Catherine, the police are on extremely high alert.

The police inspector and her two children - one of whom is a district constable and the other a student - were shot and injured. Their injuries are not considered life threatening.

The cop managed to shoot at her attackers, however - one of whom later succumbed to his injuries.

The dead gunman, who is said to be from Little Lane in Central Village, St. Catherine, has been identified by Kayon Edwards, otherwise called Saltfish. He was a person of interest in connection with two murders in the Central Village Police area.

The police captured one of the other suspects in the attack on Wednesday morning when he turned up at hospital with bullet wounds.However, the cops are seeking the public's help in locating another suspect who goes by the alias Bulbie.

Investigators are urging Bulbie, a resident of Twickhenham Gardens in Central Village, St. Catherine to surrender to them immediately.

Threat level against police elevated to 'extreme'

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The threat level against the Police has been elevated to extreme in the aftermath of attacks against at least three police officers at their home in recent weeks and several other incidents in which police officers on patrol were fired on.

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Corporate Communications Unit, said police officers in four parishes have been placed on high alert especially since Tuesday night's incident in which a female police inspector was attacked at her home in Morris Meadows, Portmore, St. Catherine.

Superintendent Lindsay said the latest attack against the police inspector has forced the Police High Command to raise the threat level against officers.

"We now have the intelligence community advising that these four parishes - St. Thomas, Westmoreland, Clarendon and St. James - have received threats against police officers arising from fatal shootings in these parishes," she highlighted.

In a later statement Wednesday afternoon, The Police High Command added St. Catherine as one of the parishes in which the threat level against officers was high.

The High Command is urging police personnel to take the threat assessment seriously and raise their level of awareness especially off duty. Officers have also been advised to take the necessary measures to keep themselves and their families safe. In the meantime, a manhunt has been launched for the brother of Raheem Chantiloupe. The police say he has issued death threats against the Portmore police.Extreme means that attacks against police officers, on or off duty, are imminent.

One of the gunmen who attacked a female police inspector and her daughters in a home invasion on Tuesday night died as a result of gunfire that was returned by the cop in the incident.

The oficer and her two daughters were shot and injured in the attack at her home in Morris Meadows, Portmore, St Catherine.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Derrick Knight, in charge of Area Five, disclosed that the attack is suspected to have been spurred by the death of a man identified as 23-year-old Raheem Chantiloupe, who was fatally shot during a confrontation with a police team in Naggo Head in the parish about 3:00 pm.

Chantiloupe had been on a murder charge.

Reports are that about 8:20 pm, three men invaded the family's home and opened gunfire, injuring the female police inspector and her two daughters --one of whom is a police officer.

The policewoman is reported to have returned gunfire and one man, suspected to be one of the gunmen who invaded her home, was found dead in the aftermath of the incident. He remains unidentified. Initial reports were that the man was found injured and taken to hospital.

The other suspects reportedly escaped nearby. The Inspectorate of the Constabulary and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) are now probing his death.

Wanted man 'Shitta' surrenders to police

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A man who was listed as wanted by the Clarendon police is now in custody.

Christopher Lynch, otherwise called 'Shitta', one of the men on the Clarendon most wanted list turned himself in to the May Pen Criminal Investigation Branch earlier on Tuesday.

Police said Lynch, wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of his father, Winston Lynch in Gayle district Clarendon last Friday.

Lynch, who is from Hayles in the parish, was one of two men listed as wanted by the police on Monday.

The second man, Nyko Walters, remains on the run.

The police say Walters, otherwise called Speckles of Farm/Effortville in Clarendon, is wanted for murder, shooting and robbery.

He is known to frequent Chapelton, Canaan Heights and Summerfield in the parish.

Political ombudsman held up and robbed in Kingston

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Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown was held up and robbed shortly after midday on Saturday.

According to reports, the outspoken ombudsman was standing along Cunningham Avenue with two other women chatting when two men drove up on a motorcycle.

The men asked the women for directions and soon after demanded that Mrs Parchment Brown hand over a ring on her finger. She complied and the men then drove off.

The St Andrew Central Police are probing the incident.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police say two persons were detained this morning following the fatal shooting of Jamaica's most wanted criminal, Marlon 'Duppy Film' Perry, in Port Morant, St Thomas.

According to Superintendent Beau Rigabe, head of the St Thomas Police, it's not clear at this time whether the two persons detained are connected to Perry.

But Rigabe said they were at the guest house where Perry engaged a police team in a shoot-out in which he was killed.

The identities of those detained are being withheld pending further investigations.

Perry was killed after he reportedly engaged the police in a shoot-out about 10:40 a.m.

He was pronounced dead at the Princess Margaret Hospital in the parish.

An AK-47 rifle and two 9mm pistols were reportedly recovered from the scene.

Perry is accused of carrying out several killings, including those of Corporal Kenneth Davis and Constable Craig Palmer on December 22, 2015, and also for a string of shootings, rapes and other crimes.

Vybz Kartel hospitalized

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgIncarcerated Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel has been admitted to hospital with a kidney infection.

According to reports, the deejay fell ill yesterday afternoon and told prison officials that he was suffering from severe back pains.

Vybz Kartel was treated by medical staff at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Center, however following treatment, he complained about the same condition.

The deejay was then taken to hospital early this morning after his condition did not improve. It's reported that Kartel has been ill since last week Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Gaza nation is expressing concern for their boss and have flooded social media with expressions of sympathey.

School teacher and her 7-y-o son killed in car crash

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Three people, including a woman and her seven-year-old son, were killed last night following a head-on collision between a truck and a car in Bog Walk, St Catherine.

Dead are 34-year-old Sheryl Francis-Parkes, a teacher of the Mickleton Housing Scheme and her seven-year-old son, Ajani Parkes.

A woman identified as Jean Grant, of an unknown address, also died in the crash.

Reports are that about 7:45 Francis-Parkes was driving a Toyota Corolla motor car towards Bog Walk.

Upon reaching Kent Village the car collided with a Leyland truck driven by Marcus Robinson of Greater Portmore, St Catherine.

All three occupants of the Corolla were pronounced dead at hospital.

Deputy Superintendent in charge of operations at the Police Traffic Division, Courtney Cubrie, says the investigation is under way to determine who is at fault.

Dominica's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, says at least 15 people are dead and 20 others are missing after Hurricane Maria.

In an interview today on ABS News in Antigua, Prime Minister Skerrit said it was a miracle that the death toll was not in the hundreds.

Hurricane Maria ripped through Dominica as a category four storm late on Monday, damaging hundreds of homes.

Skerrit said he has spent the last 24 hours surveying by air the destruction caused by the powerful storm.

He said the destruction is widespread.

The Dominican Prime Minister, who broke down into tears, says the needs are great as thousands of citizens are displaced.

The University of Technology's (UTech) Students' Union and the Papine police are urging students to take designated vehicles or the Jamaica Urban Transit (JUTC) buses when commuting to and from classes.

This comes after UTech students were allegedly kidnapped and robbed by a taxi man and two men posing as passengers in a red-plated motor car travelling from the University to downtown Kingston last night.

"I'm encouraging students to take the shuttle buses provided by the Students' Union, which travels to Half Way Tree, Downtown, Spanish Town, Old Harbour and Portmore," President of the Students' Union Granville Knight instructed.

Meanwhile, personnel at the Papine Police Station said that they are working on having a meeting with taxi operators in Papine to discuss the safety of students.

Hurricane Maria making its way through the Caribbean

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hurricane-maria-storm.jpgHurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength Atlantic storm of the season, is bearing down on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The category five tempest has already inflicted "widespread damage" on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

It briefly weakened to a four but is now again packing top sustained winds of 280km/h (175mph).

The storm is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, this season's other category five hurricane.

The governor of Puerto Rico, a US territory, has told the island's 3.5 million people to seek shelter with the hurricane poised to make landfall around 8am local time (1300 GMT).

Officials there fear the debris left by Irma earlier this month could now prove extremely dangerous in the winds of Maria.

There are also concerns that heavy rain could cause landslides in some places, and that a predicted storm surge of up to 9 feet (2.7m) could swamp low-lying areas.

Puerto Rico has been a haven for people fleeing other storm-ravaged Caribbean islands in recent weeks.

Hundreds of shelters have been set up by the authorities, but correspondents say the human impact of the storm could depend on how seriously the warnings are taken.

140 killed as another powerful quake rocks Mexico

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Nearly 140 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake.

The toll could rise further. Rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City -- home to 20 million people -- were clawing through the rubble of at least 49 collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies.

Mexico City recorded 36 of the deaths, while Morelos state directly south of it saw 64 killed. The others were registered in Puebla (29), a town southeast of the capital, and in Mexico state (nine), which lies just to the west of the capital.

National Coordinator for Civil Protection Luis Felipe Puente said a total of at least 138 people died.

"I'm so worried. I can't stop crying. It's the same nightmare as in 1985," Georgina Sanchez, 52, sobbed to AFP in a plaza in the capital.

Amamia Sanchez, a 45-year-old secretary cried out: "It's just not possible that this happened also on September 19."

In the quake exactly 32 years earlier, 10,000 people perished in Mexico City. Memories of that event spurred panic on Tuesday and prompted many to quickly run for safety outdoors when walls around them swayed and cracked.

Hurricane Maria devastates Dominica

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hurricane-maria.jpgCategory Five Hurricane Maria pounded Dominica on Monday night, leaving the world fearing widespread devastation on the eastern Caribbean island, but there is still no clear word on the true level of destruction, as communication services were knocked out by the storm.

The hurricane, with winds of 160 miles per hour, badly damaged the Dominica Prime Minister's house overnight and left much of the island in ruins.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit posted on Facebook that initial reports are of widespread devastation.

He said the country had lost all that money can buy.

Maria is the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Dominica - a country with a population of 73,000.

Government of Trinidad and Tobago has said it is mobilising a team to assist the country.

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard is also preparing to send a supply vessel and take Defence Force personnel to Dominica.

Several other Caribbean islands, including St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, have also reported damage to their telecommunications infrastructure. Telephone calls to those regions have failed to connect.

Hurricane Maria is now taking aim on islands already crippled by Hurricane Irma, as it barrells toward St. Croix and threatens severe damage to Puerto Rico.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is seeking the public's assistance in locating the family of 69-year-old Keith Ranstan Porter, who they said is hospitalised in New York.

Porter whose birthdate is May 4th, 1948 was born in Clarendon, was never married and has five children.

Four of the five children are: Keith Porter, Nicole Porter, Shauna Porter and Peter Porter.

The ministry, in a release this afternoon, said Porter also has two uncles in Jamaica with the names Ashton Porter and Leslie Porter.

A family address given is in the Kingston 3 area. He has been in the United States for four years.

The ministry is asking Porter's family to contact its offices at 21 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5 (New Kingston) or telephone number, 426-4220 extension 3352.

andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness says he expects the High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to take certain action in the coming weeks to show that it is serious about issues of sexual harassment in the organisation and the wider society.

There has been widespread concern following allegations that cops are being denied promotions because they reject the sexual advances of their superiors.

In an interview on Nationwide radio this morning, Holness said he believes it is important that the force takes a proactive approach to ensure that a certain standard is maintained and that members of the force are equipped to deal with domestic issues when they arise.

"I'm expecting that in the weeks to come we will see some action to show that the police is taking this matter very seriously," he said.

Holness also said that, already, he has met with Police Commissioner George Quallo following reports that cops were being denied promotions because they refuse to have sex with their superiors.

The National Security Minister has said there are almost 400 vacant posts to be filled in the constabulary and has publicly called for Quallo to explain why they are not being filled.

According to Montague, the government has the money to pay the promoted cops.

sonya-kay-forbes.jpgPolice investigators are trying to figure out if medical doctor Sonya-Kay Forbes was killed by an intruder at her St. Andrew residence or she was killed under other circumstances.

Dr. Forbes was found dead at her Cunningham Avenue home on Wednesday, with a stab wound to the abdomen.

Investigators have not come to a conclusion on what led to Dr. Forbes death.

He said the police have not declared that she was murdered. He explained that investigators are awaiting an autopsy report and forensic tests.

Investigators have so far collected a statement from Dr. Forbes' mother who was in the house at the time of her death.

She reportedly found her daughter dead in her bedroom.

A knife was also found in the room.

There was no sign of forced entry to the residence.

Investigators have also collected statements from persons at the gated complex.

The cops are reviewing evidence that someone attempted to clean up blood found in Dr. Forbes bedroom.

The 40 year-old medical doctor, was assigned as an eye specialist at the Kingston Public Hospital.

3 Jamaicans in custody in Cayman after drugs find

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custody.jpg(CMC) -- Three Jamaicans are now in police custody in the Cayman Islands following the seizure of a large quanta of drugs last week.

The police report that officers from the Joint Marine Unit were patrolling the eastern side of Grand Cayman late Thursday when they came upon a canoe from Jamaica.

It's reported that during a brief pursuit, the occupants of the vessel started to throw packages overboard.

The canoe was eventually intercepted and several packages were recovered.

The police also seized caged roosters.

The men were held on suspicion of importation.

Contractor shot dead; his daughter shot in the head

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crime-scene-gun.jpgJimmy Riley, a sub-contractor of Green Bottom, Nineteen Miles in Clarendon was shot dead Saturday night, while his daughter, a 17-year-old student of Vere Technical High School, was shot in the head in the incident.

According to reports, Riley was at home when he was attacked and shot.

Upon the arrival of the police he was found lying on his back in a pool of blood on the verandah.

His daughter was taken to the May Pen Hospital where she was later transferred and underwent surgery.

No motive has been established for the killing. The police continues to investigate.

5 shot, one fatally, on West Bay Farm Road

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice say they have stepped up their search for a group of men who on Friday shot dead a 53-year-old man and injured four other persons, including two women, in West Bay Farm Road, Kingston.

Dead has been identified as Owen Bowen, otherwise called 'Mattis' or 'Carter' of Lenwood Path, Kingston 11.

Reports from the Hunts Bay police are that about 6:45 pm the five were on the roadway when a group of men with guns approached the group of persons and opened fire.

The men then escaped from the area.

Police were called and the victims found suffering from gunshot wounds.

They were rushed to hospital where Bowen succumbed to his injuries.

The other four has since been admitted in hospital. One of the women is said to be in serious condition, while the others are reportedly stable.

Hunts Bay police are investigating.

student-killed.jpgThe New York Police Department (NYPD), is set to release the body camera footage of a fatal shooting which claimed the life of a Jamaican male student during a standoff with cops in his Bronx apartment.

Cops are reportedly set to release footage of the standoff with the 31-year-old Jamaican student, Miguel Richards, on Thursday, after he was allegedly was shot and killed by cops during a wellness check requested by his landlord.

Richards was shot 16 times during the confrontation after cops claim that he brandished a small knife and a toy gun with a laser scope while they repeatedly told him to surrender.

Sources say Richards was a university exchange student from Jamaica, who was studying information technology in the United States.

Family members say they are shocked as Richards he has no prior arrest record, nor did he show any sign of mental illness.

trench-town-hero-gully-rescue.jpgA Trench Town man is today quite upset as he says he's a hero too and wants recognition for saving drowning boy 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds and his rescuer, Tremayne Brown

Alphonso 'Vivian' Coombs, a 26-year-old resident of Trench Town says he played a vital role in the rescue effort of a little boy from raging flood waters last Friday in the community - an event which has turned another resident, Tremayn Brown, into a celebrated hero.

Reports are that Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary, was playing with friends on his way home from school when he found himself being swept away by flood waters in the gully on Collie Smith Drive.

After seeing Renaldo in the gully desperately clutching and gasping for air in the muddy flood water, Brown took off his shoes, jumped into the gully, and held on to the little boy.

Coombs said he subsequently played an instrumental role in rescuing the pair - after Brown was found in the ferocious water clinging on to a tree root with one hand while firmly holding the child with the other - but expressed disappointment that he has not received any of the praise.

"Right now I am here with mixed emotions, I am the person who pulled Brown from the gully and held on to him for several minutes before help came," Coombs said.

"But a one man alone ah get everything," he told Loop News and also repeated the same story to news out, The Star.

"So me woulda love to know if I'm not somebody too. How comes no one is highlighting me?"

Social media has mixed feelings on the matter as some say Brown is the real hero while others agree that Coombs should get recognition.

National honour for man who saved drowning boy

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Tremayne Brown the man who last week risked his own life to save a drowning boy, 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary has received job offers, gifts and praises for his selfless, heroic act is to be given a national award.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange reportedly told The Gleaner newspaper that Prime Minister Andrew Holness was moved by the actions of Brown, .

According to Grange, the prime minister suggested that Brown be given a national award for his brave feat.

It is anticipated that Brown could be awarded the Badge of Honour for Gallantry in October, this year, when 171 other Jamaicans will be conferred with national honours.

Renaldo was on his way home from school when he and friends decided to play in the gully's rushing waters. He, however, got into difficulties and was swept away by the currents from Seventh Street on Collie Smith Drive.

Residents attempted to save the boy but failed, However, Brown ran from the Boys' Town Vocational Training Centre, where he works part-time as a labourer, and jumped into the water clutching the boy.

Cops kill 2 gunmen in Hellshire

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police-tape-feb-3-2016-kaf.jpgTwo men were on Tuesday killed and their firearms seized after they allegedly opened gunfire at lawmen in Hellshire, St Catherine.

According to the Hellshire police, officers responded to reports about 5:30 pm yesterday that gunmen were at the Hellshire Beach Club in St Catherine.

The lawmen said they were greeted by gunfire upon entering the premises and in turn, shot at their attackers.

The two men were hit. A .45 pistol with 5 rounds and Intratec sub-machine gun with three rounds were reportedly taken from them.

The police are yet to identify the two bodies, which they described as both 5 feet 8 inches long, slim built and of dark complexion.

The matter has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

Government to get rid of 'red money'

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red-money.jpgThe government announced that the one, ten and 25-cent coins -- which many Jamaicans refer to as "red money" -- are to be put out of circulation by the Bank of Jamaica, due to the downward trend in their use since 2005.

Information Minister, Senator Ruel Reid explained at a post-Cabinet press briefing this morning that Cabinet had approved the proposal to demonetise these coins because an efficiency assessment had determined that the cost of making these denominations consistently exceeded their face value.

The one, five and 20 dollar coins will remain in circulation.

A Jamaican athlete reportedly perished and another one hospitalised after the car they were travelling in crashed and burst into flames along Hope Road in St Andrew early this morning.

Dead is Jordan Scott who attended the University of Technology (UTECH). He previously attended the Petersfield High School in Westmoreland.

Michael Campbell, who was a member of the 4x100m relay team in London, has been hospitalised in serious condition.

Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent of Police Calvin Allen, said the they were travelling in a Honda Civic towards Papine on Hope Road about 4:45 a.m. when on reaching near the intersection with Lady Musgrave Road, the driver reportedly lost control of the motor car.

SSP Allen said the Honda Civic crashed into the concrete median and then burst into flames after hitting a wooden utility pole.

Both persons in the ill-fated car were rescued from the inferno where one was pronounced dead at hospital and the other one admitted in serious condition.

Investigations continue.

The driver of a Honda Civic was burnt to death after his car crashed into a utility pole on Hope Road, St Andrew Sunday morning.

Reports are that at male passenger was assisted to the hospital in serious condition, but the driver, who was trapped inside the vehicle, was unable to receive much needed assistance.

Eyewitnesses say that the Honda Civic was travelling along Hope Road towards Papine at approximately 4:45 am, when the driver overtook an ambulance at the intersection of Hope and Lady Musgrave Roads.

The driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a median and then a utility pole, after which the car burst into flames.

A team from the York Park fire station responded and extinguished the fire, however the driver did not survive.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St Thomas police are now searching for gunmen who carried out a double killing at a service station in the parish last night.

Dead are 21 year-old Katherina Brown, also called Trina, a cashier at the Morant Bay Petcom Service Station, and 57 year-old Christopher Higgins, of North Street in Morant Bay.

It is reported that about minutes after 11 p.m., a Suzuki Swift motor car drove onto the compound and about three men alighted from the vehicle firing several shots, killing Higgins on the spot.

The men then allegedly went inside the convenience store at the gas station and opened fire, hitting Brown several times.

The police say the men escaped in the same car.

The police say they later spotted the vehicle in Bull Bay in St Thomas and Kingston East police gave chase.

The men allegedly jumped out of the car and fired at the police before escaping into bushes.

dex-pot.jpgThe man charged with the murder of popular fashion designer, Dexter Pottinger, is also before the court for the murder of a woman last year.

Twenty-one year-old Romario Brown was charged last night by the Constant Spring Police with Pottinger's murder.

The police say he's a tattoo and makeup artist from Stony Hill, in St. Andrew. Brown is also called 'Travis'.

In April last year, he allegedly strangled a woman, Alexia Bepatt.

It's a story of two murders, of eerily similar circumstances, allegedly committed by the same man.

According to a Jamaica Observer newspaper report published May 13 last year, Brown was allegedly having an affair with the woman.

On the day of April 8, 2016, Brown reportedly went to Bepatt's home in Mona, in St. Andrew.

During an intimate moment, an argument developed. He's accused of strangling the woman. He then reportedly stole her boyfriend's laptop from the home.

The report says Miss Bepatt was later found partially naked and unconscious. It says she was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The prosecution says Brown fled the scene but was picked up on a security camera. He was implicated in the murder following further investigation by the police.

The Police say phone records revealed that he was the last person to speak to Miss Bepatt on the day she was killed. Her phone and the missing laptop were also found at Brown's home.

Brown was denied bail several times last year. On the first occasion, the police objected to bail arguing he'd flee the country. It's uncertain when he was granted bail and the progress of that 2016 murder case. He's now accused of Pottinger's murder.

Last week Thursday at about 5:20 in the afternoon, the police say Pottinger's decomposing body was found at his home in Yarico Place, St. Andrew.

The police say a relative discovered the body.

The relative visited Pottinger's home after becoming concerned about not being able to make contact with him for several days. The police say Pottinger reportedly had multiple stab wounds to the back. Pottinger's car and TV were also missing. A day later, the designer's car was found in Rocky Valley Stony Hill, St. Andrew.

Brown resides in the same area. He's scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish court later this month in relation to Pottinger's murder.

Thriller U's father found dead

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Thadious Jamieson, the father of reggae singer Thriller U, who has been missing since last week,has been found dead.

The singer last week pleaded for information on the whereabouts of his 73-year-old father, offering a $500,000 reward.

The body of Jamieson, who was last seen alive a week ago in Spanish Town St Catherine, was found in bushes near the Simon main road in Tredegar Park, St Catherine this morning after an anonymous caller to the police reported a foul odour.

The police are carrying out investigations.

The deceased Jamieson was affectionately called 'Mr Teddy' and was in good health according to his son, having beaten prostate cancer a few years ago. He went missing on Saturday, September 2.

In 2009, Thriller U's daughter was killed in a brutal murder in Florida, where she was visiting with her mother. The killer has since been found and jailed.

dexter-pottinger-photo-by-marvin-bartley.jpgThe suspect arrested in connection with the murder of popular Jamaican fashion designer Dexter Pottinger, has been charged.

He is 21 year old Romario Brown, a resident of Rocky Valley in Stony Hill, St. Andrew. Brown was reportedly out on bail on a charge of murder.

He was charged Monday night by detectives attached to the St. Andrew North Police Division.


Brown was arrested on Friday during an operation in St. Ann's Bay, a day after Mr. Pottinger was found murdered at his St. Andrew residence.

His decomposed body had stab wounds.

Investigators say the knife used in the attack and a television stolen from Mr. Pottinger's house were found at Brown's Stony Hill residence.

The National Security Council has admitted that it gave the wrong figure for murders committed in Mount Salem, St. James, when it named the community as the first zone of special operations.

But it says it stands by its decision to declare the community a zone.

In a release this afternoon, the council said the decision to declare Mount Salem as the first zone was justified based on the relevant legal criteria, intelligence, and the strategic and operational considerations of the Joint Command.

When the zone was announced on Friday, the police claimed that there were 54 murders in Mount Salem, since the start of the year

But local political representatives and residents rejected those claims saying about 12 people had been killed in Mount Salem.

The council has now admitted the error but says the murder figure was only a single element of the data provided, and the error would not have changed the recommendation made by the Joint Command.

The council is also holding off on providing the revised murder figure for Mount Salem, saying it first wants the Jamaica Constabulary Force to review its systems of data collection and collation.

It says it's anticipating that the correct information will be provided within the next 48 hours.

The security council says while it is sensitive to the concerns of the residents regarding stigmatisation, it does not believe it is acceptable that persons in the community live in fear.

And it's calling for all law-abiding members of the community to stand with the security forces against criminal elements.

hurricane-irma-photo-2.jpgA Jamaican family of 10 in the Turks and Caicos Islands is this evening making a plea to the Government to make provisions for them and other Jamaicans to return home as Hurricane Irma approaches.

Sandra Walker, who lives on Providenciales, the most developed island in the chain, says she wants to get off the island; however they are unable to get a flight out of the country

Walker, who says she has a four-month-old baby and is with eight other family members, is appealing to the Andrew Holness led administration to arrange for an airplane to evacuate Jamaicans living on the island as soon as possible.

She says her family is on standby on a flight but every time they call to check they are told to keep on checking.

"I think they are trying to trick us. Irma is supposed to make landfall on Thursday but the airport sent out an advisory that they will be closed on Thursday," she said.

"Where we live is really close to the sea and there is no way we can survive a category 5 hurricane. We can barely manage a category 3."

Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, is nearing the northern Leeward Islands an advisory from the Meteorological Service of Jamaica said this evening.

hurricane-irma-photo-1.jpgThe Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management says by Friday into Saturday, Jamaica should begin feeling the effects of the very powerful Hurricane Irma which is forecast to pass north of the island.

The minister with responsibility for disaster risk management, Desmond McKenzie, was this morning briefed by the director of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Evan Thompson and the Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Major Clive Davis.

Here are five things you should do as you prepare for the storm:

1. Check to ensure that the galvanised or zinc sheeting on the roof of your house is properly fastened, check hurricane shutters, hooks, latches and repair where necessary.

2. Keep in stock extra plastic bags and sheets of plastic to prevent important documents, paintings, equipment and furniture from getting wet.

3. Trim trees that touch power lines or hang over the house and other buildings.

4. Make sure that emergency cooking facilities such as coal stoves are in good working condition, and that you have emergency supplies including water boots, raincoats, flashlights, batteries,

portable radio, kerosene lamps, matches and the necessary medical supplies.

5. Store extra food, especially those which can be eaten without cooking or which need very little preparation.

Entertainer Thriller U of the group LUST is seeking the public's assistance for the safe return of his father who has been missing since September 2.

The singer has posted a $500,000JA reward for the safe return of his 72-year-old father, Thaddeus Jameson who was last seen in Spanish Town.

The Spanish Town police are investigating.

Thaddeus Jameson who lives in Sligoville was last seen in Greendale, Spanish Town at around 2:30 pm last Saturday.

Thriller U is imploring anyone with information to come forward.

11-year-old shot and killed in Trench Town

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAn 11-year-old boy was fatally shot on Sunday night in Trench Town, St. Andrew.

He has been identified as Michael Keating of Fifth Street. About 9:35, the child was at home when a man entered the yard. Shortly after, explosions were heard.

The child was later found with a bullet wound to the head.

No motive has been established.

Residents in Granville, St. James are facing difficulty leaving or entering the community as thugs blocked several roads Monday morning and reportedly fired shots.

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the police Corporate Communications Unit, said the incident stemmed from an operation in the community on Saturday in which a man was killed by the police.

Superintendent Lindsay said his cronies are wreaking havoc in the community as residents are reluctant to support their protest.

The deceased is Curtis Coke of a Gordon Crescent address. At the time of the incident, a 9 milimetre pistol was sezied from him. The killing is being investigated by INDECOM and the Inspectorate of the Constabulary.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Lindsay said the police are trying to restore order in the Granville.

robbery.jpgCouncillor for the Sydenham Division in South Central St. Catherine, Hawthorne Thompson, is recuperating in hospital after being shot outside his business place on Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town early Monday morning.

The incident occurred about 1 o'clock.

Mr. Thompson, who is a licensed firearm holder, was able to return fire, injuring both of his attackers, who have also been hospitalised. One of the men is said to be in critical condition.

Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Member of Parliament for St. Catherine South Central, gave an update on Mr. Thompson's condition.

"The councillor is in relatively good health. The shot went straight through, it did not damage any of his organs and as such we are more than elated to know that," he told RJR News.

The councillor was reportedly in the process of closing his business establishment when the incident happened.

Robbery is suspected to be the motive for the attack. However, the police are still carrying out investigations.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are reporting that the cause of death of the 13-year-old boy on Milk River Road in Clarendon on Thursday, August 31 was not as previously reported in the media.

A spokesman for the police has indicated that young Kemaro Myles, who lives in Kitson Town, St Catherine, and his friends -- two adults and another juvenile -- were playing with a gun, passing it around, and the weapon accidentally went off, killing Myles.

It was previously reported that Myles was travelling in a motor truck along the Milk River main road about 10:30 pm when the driver stopped to urinate. At that time, gunmen reportedly pounced upon them and opened fire, hitting Myles in the head, killing him. The police were alerted and the boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police source further stated that the two adults who were with Myles were taken into custody and questioned when the new situation of how the young man died came to the fore. The two adults will be charged shortly while the fate of the juvenile is being assessed in conjunction with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gunmen shoot up police vehicle in Tanglewood, St Ann

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA police vehicle was reportedly shot-up along the Tanglewood Main Road in St Ann, early Friday morning.

The incident occurred about 1:35 am.

Police reports are that two officers were on board the vehicle, when they saw men in bushes.

One of the men reportedly approached the vehicle and opened gunfire.

The officers returned the fire, however the men escaped.

None of the police officers was wounded in the incident.

The windscreen and gas tank of the police vehicle were damaged.

Cops probe shooting death of mother and son

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police-hat.jpgThe Manchester police are investigating the shooting death of two residents in the parish early yesterday morning.

Dead are Doreen Hamilton, 57, and her son Orane Hamilton, 38, both of a Cedar Garden Road address in Mandeville.

According to the police, explosions were heard around 1:00 am at the house where the two were living. Residents in the area raised alarm and the police summoned

The police found the mother and son with several gun shot wounds.

No motive has been established for the killing.

Suspect held in murder of Dexter Pottinger

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chains-and-hands.jpgPolice have apprehended a suspect for the murder of popular fashion designer, Dexter Pottinger.

Police sources say that the suspect a male in his 20's was held late Friday during an operation in the corporate area.

"The suspect is in custody at this time and is to be questioned," police source said.

Police have declined to comment further on the development.


News of arrest comes hours after police also found the car of fashion designer in the Stony Hill area of St Andrew on Friday.

Police report that the body of Pottinger was found in a state of decomposition at his house on Washington Boulevard on Thursday.

Sources report that the body was found with stabs wounds reportedly to the back.

The gruesome discovery of the 34-year-old's body was made by a relative who went to the house after making several failed attempts to contact Pottinger.

The discovery produced high emotions among many in the society, including musicians and members of the fashion industry with whom Pottinger work closely for a number of years.


crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St James police are probing the murder of a 19-year-old woman who was shot and killed shortly after returning from work Thursday night.

She has been identified as Trudy-Ann Lennon of Mount Carey, St James.

Reports are that about 9:00pm Lennon alighted from a taxi in Mount Carey when she was pounced upon by a gunman who opened fire hitting her.

She was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The shooter reportedly fled the scene in a waiting motorcar.

No motive has been established for the attack.

U-15 footballer stabbed in prank gone wrong

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The Annotto Bay Police in St Mary are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 15-year-old Rushawn Duncan of Crooked River District in the parish who was fatally stabbed in his community last week Thursday.

Police reports are that about 9:15 pm Rushawn was one of two friends allegedly attempting to play a prank on another teenager, when the plan went awry and Rushawn was stabbed in the chest.

He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Rushawn was a member of the Jamaica Under-15 national football squad.

At this time the police do not suspect foul play.

The police said that they will be asking the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling on the case once the investigation is complete.

Two held in murder of 12-y-o boy

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo suspects have been held in connection with Wednesday's murder of a 12 year old boy in Clarendon.

They were among five men held during an operation in Gimme-mi-bit in the parish yesterday.

The other men were questioned and released.

During the operation the police seized two illegal firearms, one of them suspected to be the murder weapon.

Kemarie Miles of Kitson Town, St. Catherine, was fatally shot in Milk River on Wednesday night.

It was reported that the boy was on a truck with several men when the driver stopped to allow him to urinate.

He was shot in the head and died on the spot.

The men on the truck were questioned on Thursday.

crime-scene-gun.jpgSeventy-year-old George Hall of Sun Valley Road, Montego Bay, St James was one of two men shot and killed during an attack along a Montego Bay roadway on Thursday morning.

Reports are that about 8:40 am, Hall was driving his Toyota Hiace panel van along Leader Avenue, Montego Bay when he was pounced upon and shot multiple times by unknown attackers.

He died on the spot.

Reports are that a man, who was a passenger in a motorcar driving by at the time of the attack, was shot in the back of the head by a stray bullet. He died on his way to hospital.

Justin Silvera, the one-year-old he son of former People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament for St Mary West, Jolyan Silvera, was on Tuesday found dead in a swimming pool at his Kingston home.

According to police reports, Justin was at home with his father and caregiver, who were reportedly having a conversation in the kitchen, when it was realised that the toddler went missing.Subsequent checks were made and Justin was found floating in the pool. He was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he was pronounced dead.

The PNP last evening tweeted its condolences to Silvera.

"Our heartfelt condolences to Jolyan Silvera and family at this difficult time. Love from your PNP family," the party said on Twitter. And Prime Minister Andrew Holness also offered his condolences.

Four persons shot dead in Clarendon in 24 hours

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crime-scene-demo.jpgThe police in Clarendon have their hands full as they investigate another four murders in twenty-four hours.

Among those killed are 12-year-old student Kemarie Miles, a student of Kitson Town in St Catherine. He was killed along the Gimmi-mi-bit main road as he urinated last night.

Miles had just got off a truck heading to Knockpatrick, Manchester when a gunman walked up and shot him in the head. He was taken to the May Pen Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Earlier, 57-year-old gardener, Phillip 'Roderick' Thomas of James Hill was shot and killed by unknown assailants. Thomas was sitting with a female on a platform when six men - three of them armed - showed up.

The men robbed his companion of her two cell phones and a ring valued at about $61,000 before opening fire hitting Thomas in the head.

The police had just gone to a murder scene on Young Street, Lionel Town, where 26-year-old tailor, Ricardo James popularly called 'Ricky Trooper' was shot and killed by a gunman. James was sitting on a verandah sewing when the gunman approached him from the rear of the house and shot him in the head and neck before escaping. He was pronounced dead at the Lionel Town hospital.

In the fourth incident, Sharpe Avenue residents stumbled on a body lying face down, with what appears to be gunshot wounds and its hands tied.

13-year-old shot dead in Clarendon

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are reporting that a 13-year-old boy was shot dead in Clarendon Wednesday night.

According to reports from the Milk River police, Kemaro Myles, who resides in Kitson Town, St Catherine, was travelling in a motor truck along the Milk River main road about 10:30 pm, when the driver stopped to urinate.

At that time, gunmen reportedly pounced upon them and opened fire, hitting Myles in the head.

The police were alerted and the boy was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The lawmen did not say what happened to the driver of the truck. Other reports state that it was the boy who had made a urine stop and that he was shot while in the act.

Investigations are ongoing.

dexter-pottinger-photo-by-marvin-bartley.jpgPolice investigators on Thursday evening turned up at the St Andrew home of designer Dexter '3 D' Pottinger whose body has been found. The body had started to decompose.

One woman who said she went to see the body said she observed blood stains inside the home. Police sources said the body was found with what appeared to be several stab wounds. Neighbour told the police they heard him screaming for help around 4:30 Wednesday morning.

Police say Mr. Pottinger's car and television were stolen.

As news of the murder spread, several people gathered at near the Yarico Place residence, including one man who the police had to restrain because he rushed on the scene attempting to see the body.‎

‎Pottinger started out in the fashion industry as a model with Saint International and was signed to an agency in London before transitioning to a respected stylist and designer.

He was also a make-up artiste and has had long association with members of the entertainment fraternity, including Ce'cile.

In 2015, he was announced as the face of the Dream Frame

Neighbours say at least one television set appeared missing.

jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgThe Narcotics Police are reporting the seizure of nearly 200 pounds of what's suspected to be cocaine with an estimated street value of more than a $100 million. The seizure was made yesterday at the Kingston Container Terminal.

The police say about 2:45 Narcotics Police along with members of the Customs Contraband Enforcement Team conducted a snap operation. They examined a 40-foot container and found five leather bags hidden inside. The bags had 78 parcels each containing white powdery substance resembling cocaine.

The weight of the drugs was roughly 187 lbs with an estimated street value of $101 million. The Police say the container also contained a shipment of rice destined for a local distributor who they're now trying to find. The shipment transited Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic from Guyana and then Jamaica.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police say the leader of the Unruly Gang in Annotto Bay and two other suspected criminals have been killed. The 37-year-old gang leader, Lincoln Crosdale was killed yesterday morning in the parish.The other two are 24-year-old security guard Ricardo Griffiths and 24-year-old Sherwayne Campbell. A fourth man reportedly escaped injuries.

The men were killed at about 9:30 yesterday morning, after being ambushed by seven other gunmen.

The shootings are suspected to be reprisal killings.

However new reports are that the three were farmers in the parish.

Head of the St. Mary Police, Superintendent Fabian Farquharson says yesterday, the men went to Long Road in Annotto Bay to a property owned by Crosdale's father.

He says the men had reportedly planned to use the area for farming.

While the men were heading to the property, seven men came out of the bushes and opened fire at them.

Crosdale, Griffiths and Campbell were shot, however, the fourth man escaped injuries.

Superintendent Farquharson says the police are following early leads that could help them find the killers.

He says the fourth person who escaped says he is able to identify all seven attackers.

Meanwhile, he says the dead men can be described as 'career criminals.'

He says Crosdale, in particular, purported to be farmer, but was before the courts for shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm.

He was expected in court this Thursday.

The charges stem from a shooting in June, when Crosdale, Griffiths and Campbell allegedly opened fired at the police after robbing a Chinese businessman.

Triple murder in St Mary

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe community of Long Road, close to Annotto Bay in St Mary, was the scene of a horrific triple murder on Monday morning.

Those killed are: 33-year-old Lincoln Crossdale, otherwise called Blacks, Ricardo Griffiths, 25, alias Ricky and 24-year-old Sherwayne Campbell, all of Annotto Bay, St Mary.

Initial reports are that at about 9:30 am, Crossdale, Griffiths, Campbell and a fourth man went to a farm in the Long Road area.

When they arrived at the farm, masked gunmen reportedly opened fire at all four.

Griffiths, Crossdale and Campbell were hit, while the fourth man managed to escape unharmed.

The police were alerted and the bodies of Griffiths and Crossdale were found with multiple gunshot wounds.

The gunshot-riddled body of Campbell, was found hours later in bushes.

All three men were pronounced dead at hospital.

No motive has yet been determined for the killing.

Earlier this year, the Annotto Bay community was rocked by a double murder, while almost a year ago, a triple murder occurred in the area.

A security guard who reportedly shot and killed a businessman in Clarendon yesterday is now being questioned by detectives.

The police say the businessman was shot during an altercation with the security guard who is a licensed firearm holder.

The incident reportedly took place at the home of the former lover of the businessman.

According to reports, the altercation developed when the businessman visited the home of his former lover with whom he has a child and saw the security guard.

The two reportedly got involved in a tussle when the security guard pulled his licensed firearm and discharged two shots hitting the businessman in the neck.

Over 1000 persons killed in Jamaica since January

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The Jamaica Constabulary Force is reporting that the murder tally has now passes the 1,000 mark.

According to the police, as at Saturday, there were 1,005 homicides.

Citing the statistics at a press conference this afternoon, opposition spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting, said this is 197 more murders or a 24.4 percent increase when compared with the similar period last year.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting

Bunting said that the statistics also show that other major crimes have gone up.

Shootings and motor vehicle theft are among the crimes that have increased.

FLA finds file linked to X5 case

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The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is reporting that it has now found a file linked to the X6 murder case.

However, the authority said the file did not belong to businessman Patrick Powell.

Powell who was on trial for the murder of schoolboy Khajeel Mais was freed of the charges after the prosecution's case collapsed.

The revelation was contained in a statement released today detailing the series of controversy at the FLA.

Speaking Monday afternoon on Nationwide Radio, FLA executive director Shane Dalling said the file was found hidden in a bag in an office that was occupied by one person.

Dalling declined to provide details but said the file belonged to an individual who became involved as a result of a "mix up".

Dalling said since that matter is in court, he could not say more.

However, he said the person in whose office the file was found is no longer with the FLA.

6-y-o shot dead as he slept with mother, sisters

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daughter-killed-shaniel.jpgAs sleuths in Clarendon tried to uncover the motive behind a triple shooting in Race Course on Thursday night, others were busy probing an early-morning gun attack which left another child dead and his mother nursing gunshot wounds.

Residents of Farm, an impoverished and war-torn community in the parish, said six-year-old Timothy Bassaragh was shot and killed as he, his two sisters, and his mother slept inside their home about 6:45 a.m.

The boy was reportedly hit in the throat and head by the gunmen's bullets, which pierced holes through their front door. The mother was also shot in the hand.

Resident and relatives of the young boy cried openly as they mourned his death. He had just won a scholarship towards resources for the upcoming school year, they said.

daughter-killed-shaniel.jpgThe mother of 14-year-old Shaniel Bartley, who was among six persons shot, three fatally, in Race Course, Clarendon, reportedly took the child to her business place hoping to protect her from rapists who are said to be on the prowl in sections of the community. Early this month, a teenage girl narrowly escaped when she was attacked, not far from yesterday's shooting scene, by a man who was later found by residents and chopped. That man managed to escape his beating, but not before leaving some residents skeptical of other predators in the area.

"That is why the woman carry har pickney beside her here," said a man who was among several gathered at the ill-fated bar following the incident in which Bartley was killed. It reportedly occurred about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. "Is not like she stay in the bar. Is right here at the front of the restaurant she always sit down, and any little bad word or so, you see she walk out," he said.

"I don't know why them do it, but I feel it for the little girl more than anybody else. Trust me, she was a very good little girl. She never use to stay in the bar. Is just her mother she wait on in the evenings," frowned the man as the onlookers again peered into the Newclear Jerk and Pub, where Bartley's body and that of Amoy Ricketts, 24, were, the night before, sprawled dead amid crates of overturned juices near the rear exit.

Half of the premises served as a bar, while the other half was a food shop. Three gunmen reportedly entered both outlets and opened fire after calling out the bartender, who was peppered with bullets as she tried to flee.

Thirty-three-year-old Randy Ranger, who was also shot, made his way into a taxi and reportedly died en route to hospital, while the other three persons - identified as the teenager's mother, a man called 'Chef', and another man known to the group as 'Kirk' - were hospitalised.

"He was a very good youth. Him was like my hand and my foot. Him do everything for me, and is just one year since him come back from The Bahamas and them kill him," cried Vinnette McFarlane, Ranger's mother. His sisters and grandmother were inconsolable inside their yard yesterday.

Ranger was said to have gone to the premises to purchase chicken and chips when he got caught in the gunfire.

The police have now released the identities of the three people who were last night murdered in the violence-plagued community of Race Course, Clarendon.

They are: 13-year-old Central High School student, Shaniel Bartley; 24-year-old Amoy Ricketts otherwise known as 'Dolly' a bartender of New Longville; and Randal Ranger of the Water Well Housing Scheme.

It is reported that about 9:30 p.m, the three were among people at a bar in Race Course when two men got out of a motor vehicle, entered the bar and opened fire killing them and injuring three others.

The police suspect that Ricketts could have been the intended target as, before alighting from the vehicle, the gunmen called her by name.

It is reported that she did not respond to them.

Following more complaints this year of some schools denying students access to their CSEC and CAPE results because of non-payment of fees the Education Ministry has taken steps to end the practice.

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid says after the complaints surfaced last weekend he contacted the Caribbean Examinations Council, CXC.

He told reporters that action by CXC has been taken which will make it impossible for schools to block students from accessing their CSEC and CAPE results in the future.

st-marys-college.jpgA decision has been made by the administration of St. Mary's College in Above Rocks, St Catherine to release CSEC and CAPE results to students.

The school's CXC online portal is now open to all students.

Reports had surface over the weekend from parents whose children attend the institution that the administration had decided to withhold CSEC and CAPE results from those who have outstanding fees.

Students were instructed by the principal that they would be allowed to view their results after they received clearance from the school's office.

jamaican-woman-police-officer.jpgThere is a probe into a viral video of a highly frustrated female police officer telling her superior that she "cyaan tek it no more" and accusing her boss of harassment and trying to blacklist her from moving up the ranks of the constabulary.

Social media users have reacted in shock to some of the allegations made in the video, with many persons calling for an immediate probe.

"Look like C Spring Station. Is whe di bitch dat tekkin set name? Is Brimm she said? I feel it for the poor lady till tears come to my eyes. I felt her pain as she come back from sick leave is dis Force Cacki Cooler a harass di ooman when shi waan go lunch.

"Big up whoever is di officer that videoed it, he/she know whe a gwaan why dem do it. Onoo nuh see Inspector a di door di whole time n dont do or sey nuttin.

JUSTICE FI DIS POOR HARRASSED TILL SHE AT HAR BREAKING POINT OFFICER. Commish beg u a speedy transfer fi har preferably a desk job mek she get back herself in order. JUSTICEEEEE

"I believe the officer. Jamaican female police officers are some of the worst people in the country. They are quicker to assault citizens than the male officers. Most of them bring their problems to work. Plus police learn to intimidate people so if a police officer say they're being intimidated, I believe. It seems as if the harasser wants the woman to resign, so she is making life difficult for her. Imagine she want to demote the woman and lessen her pay? Anyone would lose it right there."

"Is Constant Spring Police Station, is "Miss Green" she in charge. Think she was at Half Way Tree station once. Poor woman fed up; instead she a do her job she a harass the poor woman."

"Indeed ! Maybe she went to her superiors and she was ignored. Maybe the other cop knows that she have so much power over her and knows how to press her buttons. But anyone looking on will know the cop venting cant be mad. it must be coming from somewhere. And those recording should not have placed it on social media. Should have been dealt with internally. It does not look good for the force overall."

Meanwhile, police sources said the incident highlights the pressure that lower ranked officers come under from their superiors - a development that places rank and file officers under severe stress.

crime-scene-gun.jpgA 13-year-old girl who is allegedly the daughter of a policeman was killed Thursday night when gunmen struck a restaurant and bar in Race Course, Clarendon shooting six persons, three fatally.

About 9:30 persons were at the premises when gunmen entered.They opened fire hitting the six persons.

The teenager and the bartender died at the scene.

The other four persons were taken to hospital where one of them, a man, died while undergoing treatment.

The 15-year-old son of a popular Dancehall/Reggae artist could be facing jail time after he was recently arrested and charged with three counts of sexual offences.

According to reports, the boy whose name is being withheld due to his age was charged by the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse with one count of having sex with a person under 16, one count of abduction and one count of indecent assault.

The offences were reportedly committed earlier this year while he was at school.

Meanwhile, he was granted station bail and is set to appear in the Corporate Area Juvenile Court on September 22 to answer to the charges.

Headless body found in San San in Portland

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crime-scene-demo.jpgThe headless body of a man was discovered in Portland on Tuesday.

The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the so far unidentified man after his partially decomposed body was discovered.

The body was found in the Fern Hill area of San San in the parish.

Reports were that about 6:30 pm, residents stumbled upon the body and alerted the police.

The body was clad in underwear only.

Police investigations continue into the matter.

Pastor on sexual charges wants to do DNA

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Pastor Kenneth Blake of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, who is accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a 14 year old girl, has been offered bail in the sum $1.5 million. Blake, 56, of Harbour View in St Andrew, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday on several charges on Wednesday, and signed an order authorising a DNA test after his attorney indicated to the court that Blake was prepared to take the step in a bid to establish innocence on his part.

Blake was charged last week by CISOCA following allegations that he had been molesting the child since 2015 when she was 12 years old.

He has been charged with rape, sexual touching, having sexual intercourse with a minor, grievous sexual assault of a minor under the age of 16 and forcible abduction. Further allegations are that he used cash and other forms of gifts to keep her quiet about their alleged sexual contacts. Notably also, the child is a daughter of a former officer of the church with whom the pastor has acknowledged having had an intimate relationship with in the past

In court, Blake's lawyer, Able-Don Foote, suggested that the allegations against his client emanated from malice and ill-will from the complainant's mother, whom he alleged had stolen $300,000 from the church

The attorney confirmed that Blake was previously in a relationship with the child's mother, who was an officer of the church up to July of this year. Foote said the relationship between the two adults ended early in 2015.

It was suggested that the sexual abuse allegations emerged after Blake stopped supporting the child's mother and she fell into financial difficulties, which culminated with the alleged theft from the church.

The attorney said evidence will be presented at trial to show that a dispute between the mother and the pastor is the root cause of his court case.

Blake is to return on October 5.

Among the two senior members of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA)those reportedly dismissed is a director of the agency who was named in a damning letter by an alleged whistle blower inside the FLA and another staff member who is reportedly close to the director.

In the letter, the whistle blower claimed that the director and his crony use their offices to abuse, intimidate and bully staff into executing corrupt demands. have been dismissed amid a major corruption probe.

A third person could be dismissed Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Gleaner is reporting that their sources say that the number of suspicious FLA files submitted to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) has increased from the 100 initially reported to 257.

belafonte.jpgIn honor of its 25th Anniversary, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) has announced three recipients of the 2017 Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, the institute's highest award that honors outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to civil and human rights. This year's honorees include the artist and activist Harry Belafonte, Birmingham's first African American Mayor Dr. Richard Arrington, Jr. and activist Viola Luizzo (posthumously). The awards will be presented at BCRI's gala on Saturday, Nov. 18.

"We are both proud and humbled to have the opportunity to honor these icons that helped shape our country and opened so many doors that were previously closed," stated Andrea L. Taylor, BCRI President, and CEO.

Harry Belafonte, Jamaican-American musician, actor and human rights activist, joined the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. He became one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s closest confidants. Over the years he organized demonstrations, raised money and contributed his personal funds to keep movement activities going. Belafonte has advocated for a range of other humanitarian causes.

In 1987, he received an appointment to UNICEF as a goodwill ambassador. Belafonte has been involved in prostate cancer advocacy since 2006 when he was diagnosed and successfully treated for the disease.

He became the first African American to win an Emmy for his 1959 TV special Tonight with Belafonte. In 2000, Belafonte won a Grammy Award for his lifetime achievement in music.

Richard Arrington, Jr. was the first African American mayor of the city of Birmingham, serving 20 years, from 1979 to 1999. Under his tenure as Mayor, Birmingham went from a racially divided city dependent on the steel industry to an economically and culturally diverse hub of the southeastern United States.

Throughout the '70's and early '80's, Arrington led the drive for the establishment of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. A Civil Rights Institute Task Force and Board of Directors were appointed, a site was acquired, and, after much debate, funds to build the Civil Rights Institute were attained. Mayor Arrington also authorized plans for a Civil Rights Cultural District, including a renovated Kelly Ingram Park, a Jazz Hall of Fame in the historic Carver Theatre, and landscaping of public space around the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Viola Liuzzo was killed by Ku Klux Klan members following a voting rights march in Alabama in 1965. Liuzzo was the only white female protester to die in the civil rights movement. Liuzzo traveled to Alabama from Detroit in March 1965 to help the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) with its efforts to register African-American voters in Selma. Her decision to go to Alabama was driven in part by the events of March 7, 1965, in Selma--also known as "Bloody Sunday." Liuzzo had watched the brutal assault on the protesters in a news broadcast and felt compelled to find a way to join the fight for civil rights.

The Harvest Temple Apostolic Group has expressed regret after sexual charges were laid against one of its pastors last week. The pastor and St. Andrew businessman has been charged with several offences after being accused of having sexual relations with a child.

He is to appear in the St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday to answer to allegations of rape, forcible abduction, sexual touching of a child, sexual intercourse with a child under sixteen and grievous sexual assault. In a notice in Tuesday's Gleaner newspaper, Kingsley Carter, Presiding Bishop of Harvest Temple Apostolic Group, expressed concern and regret about the allegations. Bishop Carter also expressed concern about the minor involved, her family and the accused pastor's immediate church family. The Bishop stated that the church group is committed to the law of the land and if a person is found guilty of an offence, the law should take its course.

The pastor was charged following investigations into allegations that he had sexual relations with the child between 2015 and this year.

October 27 sentence date for Dr Ford

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dr-ford.jpgPopular medical doctor, Jephthah Ford, is scheduled to be sentenced on October 27 following his conviction on corruption charges.

The sentencing date was set in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court this morning.

Ford's attorney Patrick Bailey requested a social enquiry report.


Ford was convicted last week on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The court heard that he offered a police sergeant millions of dollars to release two Surinamese men and the just over US$500,000 with which they were held during a police operation near Half-Way Tree in St Andrew in 2015.

The conversation between Ford and the cop was recorded on tape.

9 in custody over ammo find

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hands-behind-bars.jpgNine persons were taken into custody after 19 rounds of ammunition were found by police in Williamsfield, Manchester on Sunday.

The Williamsfield police report that a bag was found with 19 rounds of 9-mm bullets during a search of a unit in an apartment complex in the community.

The identities of those in custody have not been released by the police.

Car crash victim identified

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wrecked-car.jpgThe police have released the identity of the man who was killed in Friday morning's crash on the Spanish Town Bypass in St. Catherine.

He is 47 year-old Joseph Edwards of Sunflower Avenue in Hellshire Park, St. Catherine.

Mr. Edwards was a passenger in a Toyota Wish motorcar which collided with a JUTC bus.

The Toyota Wish was travelling in an easterly direction along the Spanish Town Bypass, when it drifted into the path of the JUTC bus that was travelling in the opposite direction.

Mr. Edwards died on the scene while the drivers of both vehicles were hospitalised.

usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015.jpgbolt-hamstring-injury-image.jpgWorld 100m & 200m record holder Usain Bolt silenced the haters on Thursday. After his apparent injury in the relay at the World Championships, there were those who questioned whether he really suffered an injury in his farewell race.

Bolt, who pulled up in closing stages of the anchor leg of the relay, fell to the ground before getting back up and walking across the finish line.

On Thursday, Bolt took to Twitter to share a photo of his injury and addressed those who did not believe that he was injured. The tweets were deleted shortly after being posted.

"Sadly I have a tear of the proximal myotendinous junction of biceps femoris in my left hamstring with partial retraction. 3 months rehab. I don't usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured.

He added: "I have never been one to cheat my fans in anyway & my entire desire at the championship was run one last time for my fans. Thanks for the continued support my fans and I rest, heal and move onto the next chapter of my life #Love&LoveAlone"

It had been planned for the 30-year-old sprinting great, a lifelong Manchester United fan, to play against Barcelona Legends in a charity match to raise money for the Manchester United Foundation.

guns-in-marverley.jpgA man believed to be a former policeman was shot dead by the police along Mobberly Avenue in Maverly, Kingston 20, on Wednesday night.

Police are still in the process of confirming the identity of the deceased, but strongly believe he's a former cop.

Reports are that the police, acting on information they received, went to a premises along Mobberly Avenue at about 8pm when they were confronted by the man who pointed a firearm at the cops.

The law enforcement, in response, reportedly took evasive action and opened fire at the man, hitting him several times in the upper body.

He was pronounced dead at hospital. No police was hurt in the incident.

The police said they recovered a M16 rifle and a hand gun along with 13 9mm and 17 .5.56 rounds from the scene.

Dr. Ford guilty!

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dr-ford.jpgPopular family physician, Dr Jephthah Ford, has been found guilty of corruption charges.

The verdict was handed down in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday by Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece.

He is to return to court on August 22 when a date will be set for sentencing.

Ford was convicted on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice following an incident in 2014 in which two Surinamese men were held with US$533,886 or J$55 million, during a police operation along Half-Way Tree Road, in St Andrew.


The trial, which began in 2016, featuring testimony from Police Sergeant Franklyn McLaren that he secretly made a recording of Ford offering him millions of dollars to end the investigation against the two men and release the cash.

In April 2014, Dr. Ford was offered bail in the sum of J$1 million when he appeared in court to answer to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. He was allegedly caught on camera trying to bribe a policeman, offering him 40 per cent of approximately J$60 million that was seized from two Surinamese nationals. Ford had contacted the policeman a day before the foreigners were taken before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court and promised to give him the funds if he decided against taking the men to court and returned the money to them.

Allegations were that Dr Ford first offered the policeman 25 per cent of the money, but after he gave the policeman a chance to determine how much he wanted, settled at 40 per cent, when the cop reportedly suggested 50 per cent.

shaneke-williams-instagram.jpgSpartan Health Club's position on the issue of Shaneke Williams' entry in the 2017 Miss Jamaica World Pageant.

Our "Criteria for Entry" is set out on the Miss Jamaica World website and the relevant criteria as relate to Miss Williams are as follows:

Section (d) of Article 1(The Entrant) "Shall be a person whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute the Miss Jamaica World Beauty Pageant or MJW title or the Promoter or any other person associated with them".

Section (g) "The Promoter has the right, without giving any reason whatsoever, to bar any applicant from entering the Miss Jamaica World Contest whom he feels may bring the Contest into disrepute".

Anyone accused of the actions that Miss Williams was accused of and was before the nation's court for a criminal offence in the same year as the staging of the pageant would obviously face exclusion from the pageant. There is no investigative arm to the Miss Jamaica World Pageant and traditionally, prospective contestants are allowed to hand in Entry Forms on the day that the "Finalists" are to be selected. My understanding is that Miss Williams Entry Form was handed in on that last day. I was totally unaware that the Shaneke Williams who was in the line-up of contestants was involved in any criminal trial or any type of scandal whatsoever. To the best of my knowledge neither did any of the other judges.

In a Jamaica Observer Online article Miss Williams is quoted as saying: "Before entering the competition, I knew what the situation was and I made it clear to them that I am at a state right now where I'm recovering mentally and emotionally from this ordeal and I would not want to enter knowing that it would implicate them or affect my chances of winning the crown," she said.

"It was made known to me that it should not be an issue because there was no criminal record and I'm not convicted of any crime," Williams added.

Again, no communication between Miss Williams and any Miss Jamaica World 2017 team member was made known to me and if any team member had approached and encouraged her to enter knowing of this incident in her recent past, I would find it very disturbing.

I had a very long meeting with Shaneke yesterday, Tuesday August 15 I found her to be a bright young lady albeit maybe with some "issues" which should not be surprising considering her recent past. I made the point that while she may see the Miss Jamaica World Pageant as a platform to make a statement and redeem her reputation that would be selfish if it was going to be at the expense of her fellow contestants, sponsors, past winners and contestants and the Pageant itself.

I told her that she should have come in to see me and identify herself and her situation before entering. She did not mention then that she had been in dialogue with anyone on the team. I handed her a letter explaining our reasons for refusing her entry and she seemed in full agreement and requested the opportunity to withdraw voluntarily. I agreed and gave her a timeline in which to submit the letter. The timeline has not been met but the letter will still be accepted if and when it comes.

We have offered to maintain Miss Williams gym membership awarded when she was initially selected as a "Finalist" as we do not see her as a criminal or even as an unsavoury person but just someone who does not meet the criteria for entry into the Miss Jamaica World Pageant at this time.

2-year-old shot and injured near Jarrett Lane

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The Peace Management Initiative (PMI) will be providing counselling to the family of the two year old boy who was shot in the Mountain View Avenue area on Tuesday evening.

The boy was injured near Jarrett Lane as gunmen traded bullets, however, that the injuries sustained by the child are not life threatening.

A source close to the case said doctors believe that the child has suffered a broken bone as a result of the incident. They have ordered an x-ray.

Tuesday's incident was the latest flare up of gang violence in the area.

Berthlyne Plummer, a senior Social Worker at the PMI, said several teams from the organisation have been dispatched to the community and will be working with the police to restore calm to the area.

Among their mandate will be to provide counselling and mediation sessions for community members. Miss Plummer said the intervention also involves community meetings and interactions with persons involved in violence in the affected areas.

Tropical wave to bring rain this weekend

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The Meteorological Service says a Tropical Wave currently across the eastern Caribbean is expected to move in the vicinity of Jamaica on Friday.

As a result, the island is expected to experience periods of moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms across sections of most parishes during the afternoon on Friday into Saturday.

The Meteorological Service says it will continue to monitor the situation.

lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgMiss Jamaica World 1993 and MP for South East St Ann, Lisa Hanna, has called on the organisers of Miss Jamaica World 2017 to remove controversial Shaneke Williams from the line-up of finalists selected to vie for the crown at the grand coronation slated for September 23.

The former Miss World took to social media early this week where she posted: "Caesar's wife should be above suspicion... Ought not Miss Jamaica World to be held to a similar standard?"

"Suspicion alone is enough to disqualify anyone from being "married" ... it should be enough to disqualify anyone from competing to represent our country as Miss Jamaica World. The Coordinators of Miss Jamaica World 2017 would be wise to recall the "Caesar Wife principle." #LisaHannaMJW1993," she continued in her post on Instagram.

Williams, whose entry in this year's beauty pageant has been met with strong criticism because she was earlier this year freed of rape charges, yesterday pleaded with Jamaicans to give her a chance.

"I think it's unfair to label an accused person as a criminal when there is no criminal record or fact to support the claims that were made against me."

Williams, who insisted she was innocent, was freed of a charge of aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching in the case of a 15-year-old girl, which was alleged to have occurred in November 2013.

The case was dismissed after the complainant indicated that she did not wish to proceed with the matter.

Since Williams was named among this year's MJW contestants, many social media users have since questioned the move by Spartan Health Club, which is the franchise staging the pageant, to allow her to compete.

According to one person who identifies as Chasechs: "I keep asking people, how can she ethically and morally perform her duties as MJW if she wins or places in the top 3? The target market of MJW is not just to represent jamaica but it is largely to uplift women and young ladies in our society. How can she posibly do this? Some will say that she was not found guilty but she was not found to be innocent either! The complainant drop the case, what wouls have happened if they had continued?

How can she address a gathering of women and girls and speak about sexual abuse, voilence againts women/children and women in the professional world? International representation is one thing but how can she carry out her duties is she wins? Some will say she is just a finalist she may not win, well I say without a ticket yuh cyah win. She has a ticket right now as a finalist. She is too tainted to be considered in this pageant.

While we don't want to condemn her to darkness, the MJW is not a platform for her to seek redemption and forgiveness. You don't reward a recovering drug addict with a pharmaceutical company, Nor an alleged alcoholic with a beer brewery. Its just not logical nor ethical."

crime-scene-gun.jpgA man, who was jointly charged with murder, was shot dead at the supermarket where he works by an unknown assailant in the full view of shoppers and staff members Wednesday morning.

The deceased has been identified as 21-year-old Ochille Hall of a Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland address.

Reports are that about 10:57 am, Hall was on the job when he was approached by the gunman who opened fire hitting him several times.

He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident caused customers and workers to scamper for cover.

According to a highly placed source, investigators suspect that Hall's murder was a reprisal killing.

Hall's co-accused, Aaron Wedderburn, was shot dead at the entrance of the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital on Thursday, July 27.

The Savanna-la-Mar police are investigating.

Supermarket worker shot dead at Price Rite

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA supermarket worker was shot dead as he was leaving his job at a supermarket located in what is called the Price Rite section of Chancery Street, off Red Hills Road in St Andrew on Tuesday night.

Reports are that the male worker at Shopper's Delite supermarket was ambushed by a lone gunman a few yards from his workplace at minutes to 10. The police reports that the man was shot in the back of the head, after which several more shots were fired al over his body.

He was pronounced dead at hospital.

The police team spent several hours at the supermarket on Wednesday gathering information.

Investigations continue.

A tweet quoting Nelson Mandella posted by Barack Obama in response to the situation in Charlottesville has become the most popular Twitter message of all time.

Obama's tweet has been liked 2.9 million times while 1.2 million people have retweeted it.

He wrote: 'No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.'


He continued: 'People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.'


Finishing his message, he said: 'For love comes more naturally to the human heart that it's opposite - Nelson Mandela.'


In comparison, Donald Trump insisted both sides were at fault during the demonstration that claimed the life of anti-fascist protester Heather Heyer.


Trump's response to the crisis has been attacked by both Republicans and Democrats, although is approach has been praised by the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke.

It took Trump more than 48 hours to condemn the racist organization before attempting to blame anti-fascist protesters for the violence.

shaneke-williams-instagram.jpgMiss Jamaica World pageant finalist Shaneke Williams, says she is pressing ahead in the competition and says she is being bullied on cyberspace.

Williams, who is among the 16 finalists announced for this year's pageant, says she has been on the receiving end of cyber-bulling and hatred, due to the fact that she was arrested for a serious crime in 2015.

Williams was charged with aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching, in the alleged incident involving a 15-year-old in November 2013. The case involved former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Don Creary, who was charged with rape. However, the matter was dismissed by the court after the complainant indicated she did not wish to proceed with the case.

"I believe that at the end of the day, I have a story to be told and this is why I decided to enter the pageant. I believe it is a platform for me to share my side of the story, to inspire others who may be experiencing a similar experience," Williams said.

Williams also said she decided to enter the competition because she wanted to help to empower persons, especially those who have faced similar tribulations.

She said she anticipated a high level of scrutiny from her inclusion in the pageant, but was unprepared for the "bullying and hate" that has followed.

donald-quarrie.jpgTechnical leader for Jamaica's team to the recent IAAF World Athletics Championships Donald Quarrie who revealed the verbal confrontation between quarter milers Shericka Jackson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson at the Word Championships in London, says he told the nation because he had to do it before social media picked it up and ran with it.

The two MVP athletes had an argument over the selection of uniforms for the final of the women's 4X400m relay on Sunday after which McPherson was withdrawn from the line-up citing an injury which Quarrie had questioned. Jamaica eventually failed to finish.

Olympian, Quarrie, who was speaking on Hitz 92 FM's Girls Sports club on Tuesday, says he wanted the public to know what had happened.

"Social media is a means of information being passed around; I figured that this was going to go out and we didn't want the public to think we are hiding something from them," said Quarrie.

Quarrie has maintained that McPherson had no intention to run with team-mate Shericka Jackson after the verbal altercation, despite relay coach Paul Francis' advice that the athlete had a leg injury.

court.jpgKenneth Blake, the 52-year-old pastor of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, located on Slipe Pen Road, was on Tuesday arrested and charged with rape, forcible abduction, grievous sexual assault, sexual touching and sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years old. Blake was being sought by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) for allegedly repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her, is now in jail. He was charged after he surrendered to investigators at CISOCA.

According to reports, Pastor Blake was accompanied by his attorney and members of his congregation, law enforcement sources revealed. He is scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on August 22.

It was last week that Jamaican newspaper, the Gleaner, broke the story that the pregnant 14-year-old gave investigators a detailed statement in which she alleged that Blake initially forced himself on to her before he began to reward her after their sexual encounters.

"He would give her money and other gifts so that she would not tell anyone," one source revealed.

However, according to the source, the alleged sexual relationship came to light in June this year when the 14-year-old discovered that she was pregnant and confessed everything to her mother. According to law-enforcement sources, the pastor is engaged to the mother of the pregnant 14-year-old girl.

One source said the child reported that she would often visit the clergyman's St Andrew home to look for her older sister, who was sent to live with the pastor "due to the lack of convenience at her mother's home".

She reported that during one of those visits in 2015, the pastor sent her older sister to downtown Kingston before having sexual intercourse with her against her will.

According to her account, the clergyman also supplied her with money and other gifts before their sexual encounters ended in April this year.

shaneke-williams-woman-charged-with-don-creary.jpgshaneke-williams-instagram.jpgSocial media is not having it and they are making Miss Jamaica World (MJW) contestant know that they are not in favour of her being a finalist in the contest. Shaneke Williams, the woman who was freed of a charge of aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching in the case of a 15-year-old girl has been selected as a finalist in the Miss Jamaica World beauty pageant and many are voicing their opinion that this is wrong.

"Suppose she wins and this gets out to the international media?" seems to be the main concern.

"Shaneke Williams was arrested for aiding and abetting RAPE & sexual touching of a minor yet she's a contender in MJW? RUBBISH", said one user, "But girl, imagine if she win and that come across international media? It will be a scandal," said another in response.

However, since Williams was named among this year's MJW contestants, many Twitter users have questioned the move by Spartan Health Club, which is the franchise staging the pageant, to allow her to compete.

One user noted that the charges were dropped.

"Cannot believe she made it through," another said.

The aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching case was dismissed after the complainant, who is now 19 years old, indicated that she did not wish to proceed with the matter.The incident was alleged to have occurred in November 2013.

The Facebook page for the pageant officially announced that Williams is among the 16 beauties selected on Saturday to embark on the journey to Miss Jamaica World 2017.

The 16 finalists selected on Saturday are: Shaneke Williams, Kadejah Anderson, Brianne St.Juste, Jaavonne Taylor, Latoya Tingle, Solange Sinclair, Amaya Lewis, Megan McNaughton, Rochelle Duncan, Sukanya Wilmot, Alana Pennant, Alyssa Booth, Sasha Henry, Leah Hollingsworth, Jeneque Pinnock and Melissa Douglas.

Blanche Blackwell (nee Lindo), mother of music mogul and businessman Chris Blackwell died on August 8 in London. She was 104.

Olivia "Babsy" Grange, minister of culture, gender affairs, entertainment and sport, said Blanche Blackwell was "an exceptional host who welcomed and introduced several leading figures including, actors, authors, and singers to Jamaica at her home at Bolt House in St Mary, and encouraged some of her famous guests to set up homes on the island".

Among those who established homes near Bolt House were the playwright, actor and composer Noël Coward; and the James Bond author Ian Fleming.

Grange said "Mrs Blackwell was muse" to both men and had "inspired some of the great works that Fleming and Coward produced while in Jamaica".

Sally Henzell, widow of film director Perry Henzell, remembers Blackwell as a woman of substance.

"She had verve and character. She was interested in everything and managed to keep her life together -- physically and mentally -- right to the very end," said Henzell.

Blanche Blackwell was a society beauty who beguiled the guests who came to her home, Bolt House, in St Mary, Jamaica. Errol Flynn referred to her laugh as "like the sounds of water tinkling over a waterfall" and was madly in love with her. He even considered proposing to her (even though he was still married). At first she had not wanted to meet him, telling him she was suffering from boils on her bottom.

"He was the most handsome man I had ever seen," she says swooning still at the thought. "We became great friends."

She would later become the lover of the married Fleming, who is thought to have based the character of Pussy Galore from Goldfinger on her (although Blanche shakes her head, unaware of this, and laughs at the mention that men found her intoxicatingly beautiful).

Born in 1912 in Costa Rica, she was descended from Sephardic Jews who had fled Portugal during the Inquisition. The family set up home in Jamaica in the 1700s and became wealthy merchants. Their business included rum and sugar, and they owned vast tracts of land. (Her brother Roy sold Coward the land for his Jamaican houses).

Blanche married Middleton Joseph Blackwell and they had a son Chris Blackwell (the founder of Island Records who, as a young man, was appointed to work on the set of the film Dr No by Fleming).They divorced when Chris was 12.

Firmly ensconced in society circles it was not long before Blanche would meet the philandering, but very much married, Fleming.

Indeed, she was 44 and he was 48 when they encountered each other.

"I remember I sat next to him at dinner and he said: 'Why haven't I seen you before?'" she says sitting elegantly in her Knightsbridge apartment, beautifully dressed and wearing a slash of vibrant coral lipstick. "I told him I was just over from England and he said: 'Oh good God, you're not a lesbian, are you?' And I laughed."

Blanche, Fleming and Coward made a trio everyone wanted to be seen with.

The free-spirited Blanche became Fleming's muse and her presence seriously worried the author's wife Ann, who was often in the UK. She was aware of her husband's philandering (Ann, too, was unfaithful) but she realised his relationship with Blanche was different. On one occasion when Ann returned to their Jamaica home Goldeneye she ripped up the garden Blanche had lovingly planted.

"She disliked me but I can't blame her," Blanche says. "When I got to know Ian better I found a man in serious depression. I was able to give him a certain amount of happiness. I felt terribly sorry for him." Their relationship would last until shortly before his death.

pnp-winston-green-larger.jpgDr Winston Green, the Member of Parliament for St Mary south east has died.

Dr Green, who was a dentist, died shortly after 5 o'clock this morning (Monday) at Andrew's Memorial Hospital after he reportedly fell and hit his head at home.

Dr Green had a history of seizures; however, it is not known if the seizure contributed to his death.

He became the Member of Parliament for St. Mary South Eastern after he defeated the Jamaica Labour Party's Dr Norman Dunn in the February 2016 general election.

Dr Dunn challenged the election result and this led to a magisterial recount, in which Dr Green was officially declared the winner by five votes.

Green fell and hit his head while at home. Dr Green of the People's National Party defeated the Jamaica Labour Party's Norman Dunn by five votes after a magisterial recount at the Sutton Street Court in the last general election.

policeman-son-shot.jpgThe police constable whose two year old son was fatally shot in Braeton, St. Catherine on Thursday, is to be questioned by INDECOM investigators on Monday. The investigators were preparing to question him on Friday, however, this had to be postponed as the policeman is said to be too traumatised to give a statement. His firearm has been seized by INDECOM for testing.

It is reported that about 6 p.m. on Thursday, the policeman, who is attached to Mobile Reserve, went home after feeling ill. He fell asleep with his firearm but he awoke shortly after and saw his son with the pistol.

It's reported that the policeman was attempting to retrieve the firearm from the toddler when it went off. The child was shot in the head.

The policeman and his wife were rushing the injured boy to the hospital when the vehicle crashed into a taxi along the Braeton main road.

The child later succumbed to his injury.

policeman-son-shot.jpgThe two-year-old son of the policeman's is dead in a bizarre accident Thursday night.

The baby has been identified as Almando McLean Jr, whose father is assigned to the Mobile Reserve.

Reports are that the policeman had fallen asleep next to his son at his Portmore, St Catherine home. When he woke up, the lawman reportedly saw Almando Jr with his licensed firearm.

While the cop was in the process of retrieving the gun from his son, the firearm reportedly went off hitting the child in the neck.

The tragic situation escalated when the cop reportedly crashed his private motor car into the rear of another vehicle, at a section of the Old Braeton main road, while transporting his injured son to the Spanish Town Hospital.

The boy reportedly sustained head injuries and he and his father were assisted to the hospital, where the child was pronounced dead.

The police are investigating.

12-month sentence for ganja cop

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA senior policeman, who was held along Mandela Highway in St Andrew with more than 100 pounds of ganja some three years ago, was fined over $500,000 and slapped with a 12-month prison sentence in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday.

Inspector Dale Isaacs from the Mobile Reserve of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was fined $15,000 or 30 days for possession of ganja, and $500,000 or six months, plus a direct 12-month sentence, for dealing in ganja.

Isaacs was held by members of the JCF Anti-Corruption Branch on Mandela Highway in St Andrew with the ganja in his private motorcar in 2014.

He was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

6 shot including 10-year-old girl; four dead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA 10-year-old girl is among six persons who were shot Saturday morning in the Whitfield Town area, in St Andrew South West, as tensions in the community remain very high.

Four of the six who were shot have since succumbed to their injuries.

Senior Superintendent Arthur Brown, head of the St Andrew South Police Division, confirmed the gruesome incident and stated that the incident happened between 1:30 -3:30 am on Saturday.

He said while there might be evidence of gang violence he is still yet to confirm a motive of the killing.

"Some doors were kicked off and six persons were shot in total, four succumbed. A 10-year-old was shot and injured also, she's at Children's Hospital [Bustamante Hospital for Children], the other person is at the Kingston Public Hospital".

"I wouldn't want to put it down to that [gang violence] because unfortunately some persons who weren't involved, got caught in it." He said.

He said the community remains very tense, but sought to reassure citizens that there will be increased police presence in the community and everything will be done to bring criminals to justice.

court.jpgThree members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old boy in Westmoreland, have been charged.

Constables Romaine Wellington; Lushana Bryan and Adrian Jackson, who are attached to the Westmoreland Police Division, were charged on Thursday with kidnapping, extortion, as well as attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The cops reportedly demanded a two million dollar ransom to release the teenager. They are booked to appear in court on August 17.

And details have emerged on how the teenager was kidnapped by the cops.

A source close to the case told RJR News that the 15-year-old was taken off a bus last week after he was reportedly held in possession of an illegal gun by the police officers.

They then kidnapped him and demanded that the money be paid or he would be killed.

The cops were held in a sting operation in St Elizabeth on Sunday when they went to collect the money. They reportedly threw away the weapon which the teenager had.

meadowbrook-high-student.jpgAdministrators at Meadowbrook High will on Monday stage a candlelight vigil on the school grounds in celebration of the life of 17-year-old Mickolle Moulton, who was gunned down in Arnett Gardens on Sunday.

Retired Major Paul Brown, president of the Meadowbrook High Parent -- Teachers' Association (PTA), said the vigil -- which is a collaboration between the PTA, the past students' association, classmates and Mickolle's teachers, the school board, friends and other members of the school family -- is expected to be a mark of solidarity against violence, especially when it concerns the youth of Jamaica.

Brown said the event, expected to begin at 6:00 pm, will feature a prayer for Jamaica's youth, remembrance and reflections on Mickolle's life, and a candle-lighting ceremony

Donovan Thomas, president of the school's past students' association, said the event will provide an avenue for stakeholders to assist Mickolle's classmates, friends and those close to her to get over the tragic incident.

Thomas also added that one of the aims is to stand united and highlight that such incidents cannot continue.

"We are doing whatever we can in our space to show that we grieve with the family and friends of Mickolle and are taking a stand against violence towards youth," he said.

In the meantime, Thomas said the past students' association believes that providing proper guidance for youth is one of the starting points to curb the crime monster.

usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgLONDON, England -- Jamaican based franchise company FRANJAM has signed a major contract with the UK based Casual Dining Restaurants Group (CDRG) to open 15 Tracks & Records restaurants across the United Kingdom over the next five years, making it the first Jamaican owned restaurant franchise concept to open on an international scale.

"For us this is a significant milestone in the company's development. When we created the Tracks & Records concept it was done with these major markets in mind. The UK has been a key target market for us since the conceptualisation stage over seven years ago and there is no greater satisfaction than to see it unfold in this way," said FRANJAM's Managing Director Gary Matalon.

He added that he believes this signifies the first time a local, homegrown concept has evolved into becoming an international franchise and it confirms brand Jamaica's potential and gives widespread hope that many other Jamaican brands through this business model can be exported.

Tracks & Records, a Jamaican themed restaurant, which boasts eight-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Usain Bolt as a key partner, started operations in Kingston, Jamaica in April 2011 and is the first restaurant of its type in the island.

"I'm happy to be able to share a taste of the Jamaica that I know and love with the rest of the world through the opening of these restaurants across the UK - London has always been a special place for me and I thank Aly and CDRG for giving us the opportunity to share our vision and our culture with you all," Bolt said.

FRANJAM is a franchise company founded to own, develop and license Jamaican themed restaurants.

crime-scene-gun.jpgA two-year-old has died after reportedly shooting him/ herself with the father's firearm in Portmore, St Catherine yesterday.

According to reports, the father, who is a police officer, was sleeping when the child got hold of his service pistol.

It is further understood, that the policeman tried to take the gun away from the toddler when it went off.

The policeman reportedly crashed while on his way to the hospital and the toddler succumbed to the bullet wound.

Five prisoners are now on the run after escaping the Ocho Rios lock up in St Ann early this morning.

The details surrounding the jail break are at this time sketchy; however the communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force listed the following men as escapees:

• Gary Ferguson, 48, charged with illegal possession of firearm and rape

• David Anderson, 28, charged with rape

• Leroy Laud, 61, illegal possession of firearm

• Nicholas Massop, 22, charged with murder

• Reynardo Williams, charged with illegal possession of firearm

A search is continuing for three fishermen who have been missing since their vessel capsized near the Pedro Cays.

A fourth fisherman was rescued by the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard. The Coast Guard received a distress call on Wednesday morning.

Major Sheldon Bryan, acting Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer at the Jamaica Defence Force, said that the vessel was north of the Pedro Cays.

Major Bryan said the Coast Guard and fishermen went to the area. They were able to recover the boat but not the men. The search continues.

Defending 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica is second on the list of first round qualifiers with 12.66 seconds behind the world record holder from the United States, Kendra Harrison, who clocked 12.60s at the IAAF World Championships in London this morning.

Australia's Sally Pearson, Olympic champion here five years ago, underlined her status as a medal contender after two miserable years of injury problems, progressing to this afternoon's semi finals as the third swiftest runner with a time of 12.72s, just 0.02s ahead of Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz.

Jamaica's other three athletes -- Meagan Simmonds, Yanique Thompson and Rushelle Burton -- are also through to the next round, having clocked 12.78s, 12.88s and 12.94s, respectively.

Jamaica's Ristananna Tracey clocked a personal best of 53.74 seconds to cop the bronze medal in the women's 400 metres hurdles behind Kori Carter in first and Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad, both of the USA.

Carter won in 53.07seconds with Muhammad in 53.50.

Tracey held off the defending champion Zuzana Hejnova, with the Czech athlete recording 54.20.

crime-scene-gun.jpgReports are that the 12 year old student of Immaculate Conception High School who was shot along with her 17 year old sister at their home in Arnett Gardens, Kingston on Sunday morning is recovering.

The child, whose name is being withheld, is still hospitalised.

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison, says preliminary reports indicate that the 12 year old was injured by the same bullet that killed her sister.

Although Mrs Gordon Harrison could not say where on the body the girl was hit, she indicated the child had been in critical condition but is not now "making good progress".

Meanwhile, the Children's Advocate said the investigation into the shooting of the two sisters is progressing despite some time being lost due to false claims that the girls were attacked because they rejected sexual advances.

meadowbrook-high-student.jpgThe mother of 17 year old schoolgirl Mickolle Moultan, who was killed in Arnett Gardens on Sunday has been relocated.

Head of Area 4, ACP Ronald Anderson says the mother was relocated today (Mon) for her safety.

He says the mother was relocated due to unfavourable comments made regarding the reason for the killing of the 17 year old.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner George Quallo tweeted today that the "police do not have any facts to support sexual assault or threat in the unfortunate murder of young Micholle Moulton".

The tweet from the commissioner followed media reports that the girls were attacked because they resisted the sexual advances of men in the community.

The tweet added "let's accord her respect".

andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has vowed that the killing of 17-year-old schoolgirl Mickolle Moultan, which he said represents one of the vilest attacks on our young women, will not be in vain. The Meadowbrook High School student was shot dead and her 12- year-old sister shot and injured in their Arnett Gardens community on Sunday. According to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Holness made the vow when he visited Moltan's mother this afternoon.

"I thought I would come here and say your daughter's death cannot be in vain. We have to put a stop to it to prevent other innocent girls and boys from being killed. This could be anybody's child. This is a great distress but we are resolved to deal with it and to support you in this time," the prime minister said.

However, with over 900 murders since the start of the year, someof them vile to the extreme, many are not consoled by the PM's vows. Here are some of the thoughts expressed on social media:

PhilT McNasty Mark Trought The life of a brilliant girl with her head on her shoulder taken away by one with only pubic hair on his head. Life nuh fair at all!.

G.W.G This just a "very weak" statement PM. See, this has happened too many times, and nothing has been done. So the results will be the same.

You all dont want to offend the gunman them.

Leon Cooke BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. We all heard similar speech when the Muschette High student was killed, when there were quadruple killings in Westmoreland, triple killings in Hanover, kidnapping, rape and murder of the young girls across the island. Come on man, lets stop the promises and sweet talks. Tell the island the people the truth. Crime is a business and those in the hierarchy only want it to be at a TOLERABLE LEVEL. When we kill and maim each other, these are the persons that benefits the most; Criminal Lawyers (some of which are politicians), Private Doctors, Morgue Operators and Security Firms. They are all getting rich because of the foolish criminal decisions of the poor.

If crime is to be stopped; women/men need to start working on making themselves quality individuals. In making yourself a quality individual, you are able to choose a quality partner and have quality life. Am not saying everything will always be perfect but there would be a change in the right direction.

Too many children being born to uneducated/unskilled persons with low self-esteem who does not love or respect themselves, others or anything in society. Children grown in unstable and loveless homes tend to become unstable individuals who become menace to society. Time for women to lock-up and men to cover-up until they know they have achieved a quality life and is able to chose a quality partner. As a result, they will be able to have quality children and help to create a quality society. Most of the world's problems have its roots in humans failing to empower themselves and poor reproductive management.

NejeeperKNG Mr. Andrew Holness--on a scale of 1 to 10...this is a 100. It doesn't get any more barbaric than this. The message now should be immediate surrounding of the area. This should be a Special Zone where the JDF/JCF must live. Helicopters should be wailing at nights, the searchlight should be bright. The more the people refuse to give up the killer/s is the more JDF/JCF they must see. Lock the area down and they will eventually tell who the killer/s are (dem might run weh already but at least they are known and can be hunted like the animals they are). Bring the criminals to their knees. This area should be quarantined no later than Wednesday (tomorrow). It should have been done much sooner.

Andrew--is this what we came to--if so, what is it that we are really celebrating?

instaboss.jpgThe police are trying to locate one of their own who has been implicated in the shooting death of a St Mary entertainer over two months ago. The development comes following a protest staged on Wednesday morning in Prospect, St Mary by friends and family members of the entertainer, who was fatally shot allegedly at a party in May.

The entertainer, 31-year-old Kriston Pearson, also known as Instaboss or Maffie of Charles Town, St Mary and Exchange in Ocho Rios, St Ann, was shot dead on May 7.

The friends and family members, who gathered and staged a peaceful protest, said that the alleged killer cop is on the run and there are no attempts being made to apprehend him.

They contend that the cop has left the force and is now overseas. They have also complained that there has been no progress in the case.

However, Superintendent in charge of Area Two operations, Michael Smith told members of the media last week that investigations are ongoing to locate the cop.

While admitting to having heard that the cop might have left the island, SSP Smith indicated that the police are making the relevant checks to ascertain the cop's whereabouts.

It is alleged that sometime after 4 am, at a party in Trinity, near Port Maria in St Mary, Pearson and the cop had an altercation over a woman. Eyewitnessesalleged that Pearson used a bottle to hit the cop and it was at that moment the cop pulled his firearm and shot Pearson in the chest. Pearson was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cop was reportedly also taken to the hospital, and received treatment for his injuries. The policeman was then interviewed by officers attached to the INDECOM and was later released.

Licensed firearm holder kills robber

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One of two men who robbed patrons at a business place on Dunrobin Avenue in St Andrew last week night, was fatally shot by a licensed firearm holder. The other man escaped.

Reports from the police were that about 10:30, the two men, who were armed with guns, robbed patrons of the business place of cell phones and cash.

As the men were leaving, they reportedly attempted to take one of the patrons with them.

The patron resisted the attempt to take him away, and the men were said to have opened fire at him.

A licensed firearm holder engaged the men in a gunfight, and one of the men was hit

He later died at hospital.

The Board of Management of the St Andrew High School for Girls said it is appalled at the "inaccuracies" in a press release issued by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in which it refuted claims that the Government owes the institution nearly $13.4 million.

Yesterday, the ministry described the institution as misleading in a number of area and said that it did not receive the income and expenditure reports as requested by them prior to the start of the 2016/2017 school year. In response, the school issued a release a short while ago saying it stands by the veracity of its prior statement, which was sent to the media on Thursday.

The school explained that since it was never their intention to air their concerns in the public domain, it has written to portfolio minister, Ruel Reid, and will submit to him a detailed response to the issues raised by the ministry in a press release yesterday.

The board said it now awaits Reid's invitation to the meeting of which it was advised in the memorandum from the Regional Director dated August 2.

The police are reporting that Anthony Johnson, otherwise called Screw, the Leader of the Barnes Road gang , is in police custody following an early morning operation.

The gang has been linked to several murders in East Kingston.

Meanwhile, the police have also made an appeal for a man, known only as Nooksie, to turn himself in.

Nooksie is said to be a key figure behind the upsurge of violence in East Kingston.

He's considered the leader of one of the gangs fighting for control of territory.

Nooksie is wanted by police for several murders and shootings in the Kingston Eastern Police Division.

In the meantime, the four men who were detained on Monday in connection with the gang violence involving individuals from Oliver Road and Jarrett Lane in East Kingston have been released.

Deputy Superintendent Rory Martin, Acting Commander of the Kingston Eastern Police Division, told RJR News that the men were processed and it was determined that they were not linked to the ongoing violence.

peter-phillips-photo-2.jpgLeader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips is urging the Arnett Gardens community to work along with the police to identify the killers of Meadowbrook High School student, Mickolle Moulton.

"This brutal killing of the 17-year-old and the shooting of her younger sister, signal a new low to which our society has plunged in relation to crime and violence," Phillips said in a release today.

"I offer condolences to the family, community, schoolmates and teachers, and pray for a speedy recovery for her sister who suffered injury in the attack," he added.

Mickolle was shot through her bedroom window Sunday morning, while on a bed with her 12-year-old sister at her Arnett Gardens home.

They were taken to hospital where Mickolle was pronounced dead and her sister reportedly remains in stable condition. It is alleged that Mickolle was killed because she refused the sexual advances of men in the community.

Jamaicans at home and abroad are asking the same question: What are the plans to curb crime and violence in Jamaica land we love? The latest statistics show that almost 900 people have been murdered in Jamaica since the start of the year.

Over the past several months the Police High Command has been grappling with a flare-up of gang violence in St. James, St. Catherine, Clarendon and the Corporate Area.

Scores of persons have been killed over the period, including women and children.

Crime data reportedly obtained by radio station RJR, allegedly shows that between January 1 and the end of last month 872 persons were murdered across the island.

This is 157 more or a 22 per cent increase over last year's figure for the corresponding period.

There were 140 murders in July.

This followed the month of June which recorded 157 murders and May which registered 138.

The data showed that the last three months have been the bloodiest with nearly half of the murders occurring during the period.

St James had the most murders - 176 murders recorded at the end of July.

Another troubled parish is Westmoreland which has recorded 82 murders, followed by Clarendon with 80, St. Catherine North 75; St. Catherine South 72 and St. Andrew South 72.

Hanover has registered 40 murders and East Kingston, which is now the scene of a bloody gang violence, 28 murders at the end of last month.

Another trouble spot, West Kingston, has recorded 60 murders since January.

London 2017 organisers have released a statement confirming that a number of teams had reported cases of gastroenteritis at their official hotel.

Several Jamaicans competing at the London World Championships are said to be presenting diarrhoea-like symptoms.

It was not immediately clear who are the athletes and how many have shown the symptoms, but according to Television Jamaica's Spencer Darlington, Jamaica's team doctor Kevin Jones confirmed the development.

Jones also reported that 400m runner, Chrisann Gordon, had stomach issues yesterday and had to be treated.

In the meantime, the Guardian has reported that 30 athletes from several countries have been infected in a suspected outbreak of the norovirus resulting in vomiting.

Six members of the Canadian team have reportedly turned up with the symptoms.

London 2017 organisers have released a statement confirming that a number of teams had reported cases of gastroenteritis at their official hotel.

"Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC medical staff, in addition we have been working with Public Health England to ensure the situation is managed and contained," the organising committee said.

Public Heath England today said that laboratory tests had confirmed that two infections were caused by the norovirus.

meadowbrook-high-student.jpgLeader of the Opposition, Peter Phillips has condemned the savage murder of Meadowbrook High School student, Mickolle Moulton and is urging the Arnett Gardens community to work along with the police to identify and bring those responsible to justice.

"This brutal killing of the 17-year-old and the shooting of her younger sister, signal a new low to which our society has plunged in relation to crime and violence," Phillips notes.

"Here is a girl who has committed herself to her academic studies so she could make her contribution to her family, community and country. She has been brutally cut down before she could fulfill her potential." Phillips said.

The promising student was slain while asleep in her home on Tenth Street, Arnett Gardens, over the weekend.

"The community, must work hand in hand with the police and spare no effort in bringing the perpetrators to justice. I offer condolences to the family, community, schoolmates and teachers; and pray for a speedy recovery for her sister who suffered injury in the attack."

Weekend rain an independence blessing

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Jamaicans are hailing the showers which bathed the island last weekend as an inependence blessing.

The island, which was celebrating 55 years of being an independent nation, felt the effects of a strong Tropical Wave currently across the central Caribbean.

The system, which produced a large area of showers, thunderstorms, and strong winds moved across Jamaica Saturday morning into Sunday.

Despite the rains, however, the biggest national celebration, Grand Gala, was still held at the stadium.

However, charity show, 'A St Mary Mi Come From' was not so lucky, as the projected crowd of thousands did not show up to St Mary, which was pelted with rain. The event was held with a crowd that was estimated to be under three hundred.

crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are probing a suspected case of murder-suicide in August Town, St. Andrew.

The bodies of Kyron Beckles and his wife Althea, both 40 years old, were discovered Friday morning after a neighbour reported to the police that calls to the couple went unanswered.

Inspector Stephen Taylor, in charge of the August Town police division says that the bodies were discovered in a room at the couple's house.

The woman, who appeared to be strangled, was seen lying on a bed with her hands across her chest. Beckles' body was found with electrical cord around the neck and tied to a closet.

Inspector Taylor said it is believed the man strangled his wife then hanged himself.

Mrs Beckles, who resided overseas, had only this week returned to Jamaica for a surprise visit to her husband.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) -- The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) says as many as 30 passengers on board an American Airlines flight were injured during turbulence as the aircraft approached the Piarco International Airport late yesterday.

Initial reports had indicated that 22 people were injured.

The Airport Authority said three had to seek medical attention at hospital.

"On Wednesday 2nd August, 2017 at 9pm, American Airlines Flight 2713 contacted the ATC Tower to advise that they experienced severe turbulence while en route from Miami to Port of Spain and would require medical assistance upon arrival at the Piarco International Airport, as there were injuries on board," the AATT said in a release on Thursday.

The authority said the aircraft landed safely at 9:33 pm and emergency response agencies arrived on site immediately to lend support.

AATT said it remains committed to the safety and security of customers.

st-andrew-high-school-for-girls.jpgSt. Andrew High School for Girls, The Queen's School, Holy Childhood, St Thomas Technical and Mona High have all been named by Education Minster, Senator Ruel Reid, as institutions that are in breach of the administration's voluntary contribution policy and which need to get in line.

Reid is describing the decision of some school administrators to demand auxiliary fees from parents as 'An attempt to extort parents.'

Minister Reid charged Wednesday morning at a Post Cabinet media briefing that some school administrators, including principals, may be extorting parents in demanding certain fees and he says he'll be taking 'very strong action' in response.

Minister Reid says the actions of the schools are a 'corrupt act' against the policy of the government and may be interpreted as extortion.

Meanwhile, the JTA said the "unfortunate" comments will serve no useful purpose than to create animosity and confrontation and could also destroy the integrity of schools' boards and administrators.

The association further recommended that the minister withdraws his "unfortunate statements and encourage continued dialogue and consultations with the schools in order to arrive at an amicable resolution to the issues at hand".

JTA said it "cannot, and will not condone any action that deprive students of their education and would therefore urge school administrators to do all in their powers to ensure that the relationship with the parents and community as well as the MoE, Youth and Information and other stakeholders remain cordial."

court-image-1.jpgFormer police constable Mark Russell was sentenced to life in prison for killing an unarmed teen from the inner city community of Whitfield Town in St Andrew.

Russell and High Court judge, Justice David Fraser has stipulated that he will have to serve at least 24 years in prison before he's eligible for parole.

Some of his former colleagues wept in court after the sentence was announced.

During a two-week trial, prosecutor Jeremy Taylor led evidence, that Russell placed a police-issued M16 rifle in the hands of 18-year-old Ravin Thompson as he lay wounded along Darling Street in downtown Kingston.

According to the evidence, Russell took back the weapon before Thompson was shot several times by another constable, identified as Morris Lee.

Fraser, in passing sentence, said he could not ignore the fact that the nature of the allegations are horrific.


court-image-1.jpgThe court has ruled that the termination of the contract for University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona consultant, Professor Brendan Bain, was a breach of his right to freedom of expression as guaranteed in the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms and that the university must pay Bain $4.72 million in lieu of notice of the termination of his contract and any other sum that may have been withheld should be paid.

The ruling comes a year and a half after Bain sued the university for $40 million in damages for defamation, arising from the May 2014 termination of his two-year contract by the UWI.

Bain, who was the director of Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network when he was fired, in addition to the defamation award, Bain was seeking nine months' salary for breach of contract, which he said was the time left in the contract. He said he earned US$12,380 per month.

He was also asking the court to award him US$37,000 for the three months' notice of the termination of his contract as the university had only given him three weeks notice instead of the three months notice stipulated in the contract.

Bain, who asked Justice Lennox Campbell, Justice Paulette Williams and Justice Frank Williams to make substantial awards for constitutional and vindicatory damages.

Bain was fired by the university on the grounds that his constituents had lost confidence in him after he gave an expert report in a court in Belize. A church group opposed to a court case brought by a gay man who was seeking to challenge the country's Buggery Law had asked him to give the report.

crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe police say they are trying to their colleague who has been implicated in the shooting death of a St Mary entertainer, 31-year-old Kriston Pearson, also known as Instaboss or Maffie of Charles Town. Instaboss was fatally shot allegedly at a party on May 7

Family members and friends of the entertainer staged a protest on Wednesday morning in Prospect, St Mary.

They that the alleged killer cop is on the run and there are no attempts being made to apprehend him.

They contend that the cop has left the force and is now overseas. They have also complained that there has been no progress in the case.

However, Superintendent in charge of Area Two operations, Michael Smith told members of the media Wednesday that investigations are ongoing to locate the cop.

While admitting to having heard that the cop might have left the island, SSP Smith indicated that the police are making the relevant checks to ascertain the cop's whereabouts.

He also said that contact has been made with Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and they have given the assurance that the case file has been completed and the police officer is to be arrested.

It is alleged that sometime after 4 am, at a party in Trinity, near Port Maria in St Mary, Pearson and the cop had an altercation over a woman.

Some eyewitnesses at the time had alleged that Pearson used a bottle to hit the cop and it was at that moment the cop pulled his firearm and shot Pearson in the chest.

Pearson was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cop was reportedly also taken to the hospital, and received treatment for his injuries.

Robber shot dead by licensed firearm holder

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgOne of two men who robbed patrons at a business place on Dunrobin Avenue in St Andrew on Monday night, was fatally shot by a licensed firearm holder.

The other man escaped.

Reports from the police were that about 10:30, the two men, who were armed with guns, robbed patrons of the business place of cell phones and cash.

As the men were leaving, they reportedly attempted to take one of the patrons with them.

The patron resisted the attempt to take him away, and the men were said to have opened fire at him.

A licensed firearm holder engaged the men in a gunfight, and one of the men was hit

He later died at hospital.

court-image-1.jpgA Jamaican woman has been awarded more than TT$200,000 in damages by the courts for unlawful detention by immigration authorities in Trinidad and Tobago.

It has been reported that Sasha Watson, was among scores of detainees kept at the Immigration Detention Centre in Aripo, Trinidad, where she faced "squalid and oppressive conditions and was denied human rights".
Her lawyers, according to the Trinidad Express, said it was unlawful for police and immigration authorities to round up foreigners and detain them at the
detention centre in Aripo, where they were denied fundamental human rights.

On July 3, Trinidadian High Court Judge, Frank Seepersad, ruled in favour of Watson and ordered that the State pay her TT$209,641.20, inclusive of damages, interest and costs.

Brown-Burke wins

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mayor-angela-brown-burke.jpgAngela Brown Burke has been elected Chairman of the People's National Party's constituency organization in St. Andrew South Western.

Brown Burke, a vice-president of the PNP, secured 595 votes, while the other candidate, Audrey Smith Facey received 502.

All told, 1105 delegates voted, but eight ballots were spoilt.

Brown Burke, having secured the chairmanship of the constituency, is likely to be the PNP's candidate to contest the upcoming by-election to succeed Portia Simpson Miller as Member of Parliament for the constituency.

peter-phillips-photo-3.jpgOpposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips says it is unfortunate that more than 100 years after Emancipation, approximately seven hundred thousand Jamaicans have no legal ownership of land.

Dr. Phillips says it is for this reason, the opposition recently established a land commission, to prepare a policy framework that will establish a legal pathway to land titles for those Jamaicans who are still squatters in the land of their birth.

He says while Jamaica has achieved legal freedom, there still persists a slavery of the mind and it was this condition that led National hero Marcus Garvey, to recognize the need for emancipation from mental slavery.

He says the celebration of Emancipation Day, should be recognized as the firm foundation on which ordinary Jamaicans with extraordinary bravery and vision, force the re-fashioning of the nation's culture, social economic and political arrangement.

Church hits rock bottom over buggery law

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The 13-member Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) will be holding a special sitting in the coming weeks to hopefully arrive at a uniformed position on the repeal or retention of the buggery law.

The special sitting was deemed necessary after The Sunday Gleaner brought to public attention a submission by head of the Anglican Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Bishop Howard Gregory, to the parliamentary committee examining the Sexual Offences Act and related laws.

Gregory, in what he underscored was a personal position, recommended the removal of the offence of buggery from the law books, the widening of the definition of rape, and recognition of marital rape.

But it is Gregory's position that Section 61 of the Offences Against the Person Act of 1864 which criminalises the 'abominable' anal sex - consensual or otherwise - should be struck from the law books which has sparked a firestorm.

The popular Jamaican born barber shot dead outside a Queens bar this week was targeted for his jewelry by an ex-con paroled in January on a drug conviction, US police said Friday.

Zanu Simpson, 32, was sitting in his vehicle when he was shot in the head three times early Tuesday morning outside the Queens bar.

According to US media reports police are hunting 31-year-old accused killer Tyson Boateng.

A witness who drove by the crime scene told police a man in a charcoal gray hoodie leaned into the driver's side window of Simpson's vehicle and repeatedly punched him. Then the witness heard a gunshot and saw Simpson slumped over in his seat.

Simpson's belongings, including a gold ring, glasses and cash, were found near his $60,000 white BMW X5. Police also found a gun believed to be the murder weapon and a live round.

Boateng was conditionally released by parole officials after he was convicted of selling drugs on Long Island and sentenced to up to four years in prison.

Simpson, who worked with his brother at the Strickly Skillz Barbershop in Hollis, died at Jamaica Hospital around 1:00 am Tuesday.

Tourists killed in St Ann crash

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crime-scene-7.jpgTwo foreigners died early Saturday morning in a three-vehicle crash involving two motorcars and a truck in St Ann. Two other people sustained injuries in the incident.

Dead are 33-year-old Traverso Dujon and Dwayne Malcolm of United States addresses.

The two were reportedly passengers in a Toyota Wish motorcar travelling along the Queens Highway about 6:15 am, when the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle and collided with a truck.

It then slammed into a Honda Fit, which, along with the truck, was headed in the opposite direction.

Dujon, Malcolm and the two passengers of the Honda Fit were taken to hospital where the two foreigners were pronounced dead and the other two passengers admitted in stable condition.

Zum, the popular producer and operator of Good Good Productions was seriously injured in a gun attack along the Salt Marsh main road in Trelawn on Thursday.

The 34-year-old Montego Bay-based music producer, whose real name is Evan Powel, was attacked shortly after seven Thursday evening. Reports are that Zum was driving when men in another vehicle opened fire on him. He was shot several times, however reports are that the shots were in his lower body.

The car in which he was travelling was riddled with bullets all along the right side of the vehicle.

A licensed firearm holder who was a passenger in the vehicle returned fire and the gunmen sped off.

Head of the Trelawny Police, Superintendent Clive Blair Powell confirmed the incident and disclosed that Zum has been hospitalised in serious but stable condition.

US barber born in Jamaica murdered in his BMW

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA popular Jamaican-born barber based in Queens, New York was shot and killed during what police believe was a botched robbery attempt.

Zanu Simpson was reportedly sitting in his white BMW X5 sport utility vehicle early Tuesday morning when he was shot and killed.

A man in a grey sweatshirt reportedly forced his way through the passenger side window of Simpson's car. A tussle ensued between the two and Simpson was shot three times in the head, according to reports.

Simpson, who was born in Jamaica and regularly touted his Jamaican heritage, operated the Strickly Skillz Barbershop with his brother, Samuel, in Queens.

"That was like my other half," the victim's brother, Samuel Simpson, is quoted as saying by the New York Daily News. "Everybody says we looked alike. They always called us twins."

There has been an outpouring of tributes to Simpson on social media since news broke of his death.

Police are still searching for Simpson's killer.

US drops deportation case against Jamaican man

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The deportation case against a Jamaican man who was convicted of a 2013 drug offence in Massachusetts has been dropped by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

A Hampshire Superior Court judge quashed the conviction.

Shawn Davis had his conviction erased after judge Richard Carey ruled in his favor on Friday that he was not properly counselled by his attorney that his guilty plea in the case would likely lead to deportation.

ICE confirmed on Tuesday that it was no longer pursuing the case.

Davis who immigrated to the United States as a child, was arrested in Cummington, Massachusetts and sentenced to a year in jail on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and drug conspiracy.

After his release, Davis filed to reverse his conviction.

In an affidavit, he wrote that he would have never agreed to his plea deal if he knew he would later have to leave the United States.

ak-47-recovered-by-police.jpgA set of gangsters from Downtown Kingston reportedly attacked a police team along Tower Street and later fled leaving behind an AK-47 assault rifle and a magazine with 20 live rounds on Monday.

The police reports are that at about 5:30 Monday afternoon officers were on patrol in the area when they were attacked by gunmen. The men reportedly opened fire at the police team, before fleeing on foot.The police emphasise that at no time was there an exchange of gun fire, as is being reported.

According to Christopher Brown, crime officer for the East Kingston Division, a team of police officers went in the area and they came under heavy gunfire from men hiding at a premises. The men who fired at the police later ran from the area when they were approached. A search was carried out at the premises and the AK-47 found.

Several roadways leading in and out of the area, where the incident occurred, were blocked off by the police up to late Monday. The law enforcement officials are still searching the area for the men.

Since the incident, several voice notes have been circulating, among social media users, warning persons to stay away from the area.

Two British women were taken into custody following a ganja and cocaine seizure at Sangster International Airport in St. James.

The incidents took place Saturday July 22 and Sunday July 23.

In the first incident on Saturday, the woman was checking in to board a flight for Europe. When her luggage was searched, nine tins labelled 'Linstead Market Callaloo' and 'Linstead Market Ackee,' were found to contain cocaine.

The second woman, who was also scheduled to board a flight destined for Europe, had her luggage searched and 25 tins, each marked 'Linstead Market Callaloo' containing compressed ganja, were reportedly found.

George Nooks cocaine trial December 6

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george-nooks.jpgEntertainer Nooks goes to court on December 6 to answer to charges of cocaine possession.

In May, the police reported that 56-year-old George Nooks was spotted acting in a suspicious manner by lawmen during an operation in his community. However, there are conflicting reports from the police as to where exactly the incident took place.

Anyway, Mr Nooks was reportedly accosted and a bag he was carrying searched. The bag was found to contain approximately two ounces of cocaine., the police report in a statement

George Nooks who is represented by Tom Tavares-Finson appeared before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. last Friday.

Reports are that Jamaican prisoners will soon be allowed conjugal visits.

National Security Minister, Robert Montague, made the disclosure Monday afternoon during an address at the Jamaica 55 Disapora Conference in downtown Kingston.

Montague said he believes that allowing inmates to have sexual relations with their partners will be beneficial. On the matter of prison reform, the national security minister indicated that the Government continues to introduce more initiatives to rehabilitate inmates.

He noted that the country has a recidivism rate of 47 per cent.

Montague also said prisoners have been reclassified to separate hardened criminals from low-level offenders. Additionally, Montague said more space is being created to reduce overcrowding and that more prisoners have been put to work.

He noted that two of the meals provided in prisons each day come from food produced by inmates.

The national security minister also informed that cell phone jammers have been restored at correctional facilities to reduce criminal activity.

Cops, brazen gunmen trade shots Downtown

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Reports are that brazen gunmen this afternoon forced the police into retaliatory mode as they challenged the lawmen on the streets of Downtown Kingston in areas including South Camp Road, near to the Ice Factory and Beeston Street.

Eyewitnesses told Yardflex that the gunmen were determined to show the police the strength of their firepower and the cops were equally determined to stop the gangsters in their tracks.

"Don't venture downtown," an eyewitness warned in a voice note, even as he lamented the total lack of law and order.

"I grow up in ghetto, but mi never see anything like this before," he said.

Checks with the police communications unit, CCU, revealed that there were reports of a joint police military operation on Monday and reports of a gunman being killed inside Coronation market, after he had fired upon persons in the market.

wanted-man-saddam.jpgSadain Mullings, alias Saddam, of Elgin Town, Hanover, the man, who was on the police Most Wanted list and linked to more than 20 murders in the western end of the island was shot dead during a gun battle with police on Saturday.

Reports are that the 26-year-old wanted man was shot and killed during a confrontation with members of the Mobile Reserve and the Westmoreland police in the Whitehouse community of Westmoreland on Saturday morning.

A UZI sub machine gun and a Glock pistol were seized during the standoff.

The Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) has commenced their probe into the fatal shooting.

Saddam was wanted for up to 20 murders in western parishes and also for attacking the police with grenades in St Ann earlier this year.

Wheelchair bound man shot and killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Trelawny police are investigating the murder of a wheelchair bound man, who was shot and killed in Falmouth early Friday morning.

The deceased has been identified as 30-year-old Oberie Forrester of Wellington Street, Falmouth, Trelawny.

Reports are that about 2 am, Forrester was pounced upon and shot multiple times by unknown assailants at the intersection of Pitt and Peel Streets.

He was taken to the Falmouth Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Forrester had survived two previous gun attacks.

The police have not yet established a motive for the killing.

Well-known Mo-Bay businessman executed

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mo-bay-businessman-executed.jpgThe Montego Bay business community was thrown into mourning yesterday afternoon when prominent 52-year-old businessman Winston Chue, of a Westgate Hill address, was murdered gangland-style on Miriam Way in the downtown section of the western city.

According to reports, at approximately 1:50 p.m., Chue alighted from his vehicle in front of his under-construction building, where he sold and repaired truck parts, when he was attacked from behind by an unknown assailant, who fired several shots at his head. The killer then took Chue's licensed firearm and fled.

"We were inside the building when we heard about five or six shots, and when we rushed out, we saw him on the ground with his head covered in blood," said an employee, who asked not to be identified. "Jah know! Dem deal with the boss wicked.

A police patrol, which responded to the gunfire, rushed Chue to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, but by then, he had already died.

Chue's death brings to six the number of persons killed in Montego Bay over the past 72 hours. Some 148 persons have been murdered in St James since the start of the year.

bermuda-premier-david-burt.jpgDavid Burt 38, is now Bermuda's youngest premier after his opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP) stormed to victory over the ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) in Tuesday's general election, winning two-thirds of the seats. Burt was sworn in yesterday.

The PLP won 24 of the 36 seats in the House of Assembly, the OBA taking the other 12 after losing seven seats on the night in a stunning reversal of a weekend opinion poll which gave the OBA a double-digit lead.

Turnout was 72.98 per cent with the PLP winning 58.89 per cent of the vote to the OBA's 40.61 per cent.

Just before 11:20 pm (Bermuda time), Burt, who has a Bermudian father and Jamaican mother, got word of his own win in Pembroke West Central over the OBA's Nick Kempe and shouted "Hallelujah!"

Burt, who increased his majority almost fourfold from 2012, when the PLP's previous 14-year reign ended in a 19-17 defeat to the OBA, embraced his wife Kristin, before declaring that he felt "fine" about the result.

Burt, a father of two, said of the overall result across the country: "I'm certainly happy for the results ...but, the fact of the matter is, this is about work. We cannot pretend that we can celebrate a victory today when there is still a huge challenge to Bermuda.Father of two Mr Burt said he was not daunted by the prospect of becoming Bermuda's youngest Premier, at the age of 38.

Mr Burt's sister, Winsome Burt-Smith, was less measured in her reaction. "My brother is Premier! Thank you Jesus!" she yelled. His young nephews Trae and Terique Smith said they predicted the result.

Terique, 13, said: "It was expected. He's always been a leader. He's a people person -- he's always out there. He gives to the people; he never holds back."

Trae, 17, added: "I think he's going to be a great Premier. He is always an honest person."

The OBA's biggest casualty was Bob Richards, the former finance minister and deputy premier, who lost by 513 votes to 419 in Devonshire East to union activist Christopher Famous, who is also a newspaper columnist.

Afterwards, Richards -- the son of Sir Edward Richards, a former United Bermuda Party (UBP) premier who was born in British Guiana (now Guyana) -- announced his retirement from politics.

Nandi Outerbridge, the former Minister of Social Development and Sport, was another high-profile OBA casualty during a night of high drama as she was soundly defeated in St George's West by Kim Swan, a former leader of the now defunct UBP, which ran the country for 30 years until losing to the PLP in 1998.

On a disastrous night for the OBA, defeated former premier Michael Dunkley acknowledged that his party had suffered some "crushing defeats" on a "tough day".

15-y-o Jamaican boy killed in Florida crash

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crime-scene-5.jpgA 15-year-old boy from Jamaica died in a traffic mishap in Florida, USA on Sunday night, with seven other persons being hositalised as a result of the incident.

Dead is Travis Bernard of Montego Bay, St James.

Reports were that the mishap took place on Highway 192 near the Osceola-Brevard county line.

Indications were that a 40-year-old woman of Royal Palm Beach, Florida was driving at about 11:50pm, when a tyre blew out on her Toyota SUV.

She lost control of the vehicle, which overturned.

Bernard was reportedly ejected from the vehicle, and pronounced dead where he landed at the scene of the crash.

Three adults suffered serious injuries, while the driver, another adult and two teenagers were treated at hospital for minor injuries.

Weather clears as Bermudans head to the polls

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Early-morning showers gave way to sunny skies as voters headed to the polls on Tuesday in a general election expected to produce another nail-biting finish between the ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA), which is seeking a second five-year term, and the opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP), which previously led the country for 14 years.

The OBA prevailed by two seats - 19 to 17 - at the last election in December 2012 with outright victory only confirmed on the stroke of midnight. But it became a minority government after two of its former cabinet ministers resigned to become independents.

Both parties, each fielding a full slate of 36 candidates, are confident of success after 40 days of campaigning.

The OBA is led by Premier Michael Dunkley, 59, while Opposition Leader David Burt is 38. He has led the PLP since last November when Marc Bean resigned following a stroke earlier in the year.

Five independents - including Paula Cox, a former PLP premier who quit the party after being rejected by party bosses despite being backed by her Devonshire North West branch are also in the mix.

Only two of the PLP's 36 candidates are white while the OBA's line-up includes 13. Bermuda's 65,000 population is 55 per cent black and 35 per white (plus 10 per cent others).

The PLP is fielding eight women candidates, the OBA 12.

Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (local time) as a weather system which dumped an inch and a quarter of rain on the island on Monday began moving away, and will close at 8 p.m.

There are 46,669 registered voters - an increase of nearly 3,000 from April 2016.

The OBA inherited a national debt of US$1.4 billion after taking office. It has since risen to $2.4 billion with the government having to fork out $500,000 a day to service the crippling debt.

In his party's final news conference before election day, Dunkley noted the OBA's record on tourism and improving the economy.

"We have made progress in restoring jobs, opportunity and hope, but we still have a ways to go," he said.

"Our mission is to extend the recovery and renewal into every household. Now Burt and his colleagues have been trying to convince you that the choice in this election is between them and us, but the real choice is actually much simpler and much more important. Will Bermuda move forward or back?"

The PLP reiterated its pledge that education remains its top priority.

According to Burt, students had been forgotten under the OBA, while frequent changes in Education Ministers had created inconsistencies and a lack of accountability.

"It is a baffling exercise to imagine what the One Bermuda Alliance had been thinking when they had been wilfully ignoring the needs of our children and our teachers," he said.

don-tropical-storm-watch-warning.jpgLIAT has announced the cancellation of several flights to the southern Caribbean as the airline continues to monitor Tropical Storm Don.

The Antigua-based carrier has cancelled flights to and from Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Guyana.

However, flight LI 309 from Antigua to St Lucia will operate as scheduled.

LIAT says flights to the northern islands in the Eastern Caribbean chain will not be affected.

The airline says passengers who have been affected will be allowed to rebook within the next two weeks with all change fees waived.

Meanwhile, in it's latest advisory issued at 11 o'clock this morning, the Miami based National Hurricane Centre says maximum sustained winds in the centre of Tropical Storm Don have decreased to near 40 miles per hour.

However, a tropical storm warning remains in effect for Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines while a tropical storm watch remains in effect for Barbados and Bonaire.

6 Western Union outlets closed

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western-union.jpgWestern Union's Agent in Jamaica, GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS), has announced the closure of six of the remittance outlets across Jamaica as it seeks to combat fraud across its network.

The locations involved in the temporary closure include three in Montego Bay, St James; one in Falmouth, Trelawny; one in Brown's Town, St Ann; and one in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

GraceKennedy Money Services says it has decided to close these locations because of an unusually high number of suspected fraudulent transactions being reported at them.

It says these fraudulent transactions have occurred despite enhancement of its antifraud programmes and continued investment in technology.

GraceKennedy Money Services says the affected locations will be reopened if and when it is satisfied that adequate additional anti-fraud measures have been taken.

A Jamaican doctor who was in the Cayman Islands to fill a temporary post has died from injuries she received after being mowed down as she exited the Owen Roberts International Airport yesterday.

A report on the Cayman Compass website said the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has confirmed that 62-year-old Dr Vary Jones-Leslie, died at 8:45 this morning at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

The driver of the taxi van which struck her, a 69-year-old Bodden Town man, was treated at hospital and released. Police did not immediately state whether anyone else was in the van at the time of the crash.

Jones-Leslie, who is an obstetrician-gynecologist, who worked at the Spanish Town Hospital until her retirement last year, was visiting Cayman to work a temporary fill-in post at the public hospital.

She was struck on Owen Roberts Drive across the street from the Andy's Rent-A-Car building around 10 o'clock yesterday morning. She was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in critical condition.

The woman was struck on Owen Roberts Drive across the street from the Andy's Rent-A-Car building around 10 a.m., police said. She was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in critical condition, medical personnel confirmed. Her family members flew in from Jamaica later on Monday to visit her at the hospital.

Social media photos of the woman lying injured in the road were circulated shortly after the crash. Police confirmed that the person pictured was the accident victim, but asked that the photos not be distributed.

The pictures also showed some bags and luggage strewn about the street and what appeared to be a luggage trolley lying in the street as well.

The police investigation following the crash blocked the main entrance into the busy airport for about four hours yesterday.

Social media photos of the doctor lying injured in the road were circulated shortly after the crash.

The pictures also showed some bags and luggage strewn about the street and what appeared to be a luggage trolley lying in the street.

Police confirmed that the person pictured was the accident victim, but asked that the photos not be distributed.

crime-scene-5.jpgThe Police High Command has launched a top-level investigation to determine why the police personnel who intercepted the suspected killers of Corporate Area businessman Richard Ramdial released them minutes after they were held.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell says he has ordered the cops implicated in the matter to provide statements detailing the sequence of activities and their actions.

Ramdial, travelling in his dark blue Benz SUV was shot dead by two gunmen on Ruthven Road on Wednesday around 4:30 p.m.

The gunmen then reportedly boarded a white motor vehicle that headed south on Ruthven Road but was soon after intercepted on Balmoral Avenue by cops assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse.

Powell says the vehicle was stopped after the police control broadcast a radio transmission detailing the getaway car and its licence plate number.

So why then did the cops release the men and the vehicle?

However, he said, at the time, the cops were satisfied that the men were clear, having searched them and checked their hands for gun powder residue.

crime-scene-gun.jpgA St Andrew man accused of chopping and shooting a developer to death is yet to be charged in connection with the incident. The accused, whose name is being withheld, was arrested by the Constant Spring Police on Friday, July 7, in connection with the death of 46-year-old developer Andre Rickards, of Havendale in St Andrew, who was constructing a house next door to the accused in Stony Hill.

Reports are that the two men had a long-running disagreement over the placement of a wall and, on Friday, the dispute led to Rickards' death under unusual circumstances.

The accused reportedly invited Rickards over to his house and offered him fruits. But, it is reported that as soon as Rickards went over to the property, he was stabbed, disarmed of his licensed firearm and shot multiple times.

Rickards was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police subsequently arrested the suspect, who is still being questioned over the incident.

court.jpgThe man who was detained in connection with the seizure of 170 pounds of cocaine at a house in Caribbean Estates, Portmore, St Catherine last week Friday, has been charged.

The police have released his name as Michael Abrahams, 36.

He was on Tuesday charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Abrahams is to appear in the St Catherine Parish Court on Thursday.

The huge cocaine find has an estimated value of more than $92 million.

The Narcotics police are continuing investigations into the find.

man-chopped-to-death.jpgA 21 year old woman was found stabbed to death at her house in Amity, Westmoreland on Tuesday.

She has been identified as Debby-Ann Morris.Her two month old daughter, who was also at the house, was unharmed.

Ms Morris' mother-in-law, said to be of unsound mind, has been taken into custody in connection with the incident. About 3 o'clock, the mother-in-law went to a woman's house in the community and told her that she had killed someone.The woman raised an alarm and the police were called.

The police went to the house of Miss Morris, where they found her body with stab wounds.

'Grab chain' robber shot by victim

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Just two days after businessman Richard Ramdial was shot on Ruthven Road in busy traffic, a robber was shot a short distance away after allegedly trying to steal a chain.

According to reports, the man, identified as a chain grabber, was shot on Carlton Crescent off Half Way Tree Road on Wednesday afternoon.

It is reported that he was shot by a licensed firearm holder whose chain he had stolen.

The area was cordoned off and there was a pile up of traffic as commuters headed home.

PM Holness, show us your cell phone bill

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andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgThe National Integrity Action (NIA) is urging Prime Minister Andrew Holness to open his cell phone bills to public scrutiny. Professor Trevor Munroe, Executive Director of the agency, said this is to ensure fairness and transparency.

Both the prime minister and national security minister have opted to use their private cell phones for government business.

In reaction to public outrage to the cell phone bill of Finance Minister Audley Shaw, the Mr. Holness on Tuesday directed that there be a cap on cellular phone expenses.

"Most of all, I would suggest that the prime minister, as head of the government, revisit and dust off Ministry Paper No. 19 of 2002, which sets out very clearly the code of conduct for ministers in Jamaica and ensure that the ministers re-familiarise themselves with the code of conduct, as well as (that) he enforces it without fear or favour when that code is being violated," he suggested.

richard-ramdial-photo-2.jpgSince news of the contract style murder of businessman, Richard Ramdial broke, colleagues and friends have taken to social media to issue tributes to the entrepreneur, who was involved in automobile and manufacturing, and had been exploring the production of by-products made from cannabis.

Former president of the Used Car Dealers' Association, Ian Lyn said he attended St George's College with Ramdial and remembered him as "humble and respectful".

"I'm in shock at the murder of Richard Ramdial in Jamaica, he was the coolest youth I knew at St Georges College even though he drove the most Mercedes Benz I have ever seen in high school," Lyn, who is now based overseas, wrote on Facebook.

"He always remained humble and respectful no matter what but nothing in life happens except by Allah (God) active or permissive will so we thank God for his life and pray for his family and friends RIP Ramdial!!!" Lyn added.

Ramdial's Facebook page was flooded by friends expressing sadness at his death.

"Too much violence... it happens every day ..when it happens to someone we know it really puts things into perspective," one friend said.

Another added, "Richard Ramdial, no!! Oh my God no!!"

There was also shock and anger over the brutal slaying.

"Still can not believe it. A hit in the middle of New Kingston," said a man in disbelief.

Another friend of Ramdial pleaded with the authorities to "catch these monsters!!"

richard-ramdial-photo-1.jpgThe driver of a Mercedes Benz sports utility vehicle who was killed Monday when his high-end vehicle was shot up by armed men along the busy Ruthven Road in St Andrew had a licensed firearm, which was not taken. Police suspect that businessman Richard Ramdial was the victim of a contract killing and are following several leads into the brazen murder which has sent shockwaves across the Corporate Area.

Ramdial was gunned down on Tuesday evening while he was in his Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle in rush hour traffic along Ruthven Road in St Andrew.


Reports are that at around 4:30 pm, a gunman disembarked a motorcycle and pumped more than 12 bullets into the driver's side of Ramdial's left-hand-drive vehicle. Other reports say that two men in a Camry which was parked up on the side of the road pounced on an unsuspecting Ramdial and fired nearly 16 bullets in his luxury vehicle.

Ramdial, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he was pronounced dead. The incident caused a traffic gridlock in New Kingston and surrounding areas.

shocked.jpgA senior judge attacked by a woman on the grounds of the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston on Friday during a brief conversation outside of the court room.

Reports are that the well-known male judge was struck in the face by the woman

Details of the conversation that led to the attack are unclear at this time, but immediately after the incident, law enforcement officials rushed to escort the woman from the location.

It is not clear what action, if any, was taken against the female following the incident that drew a large crowd.

"All I know is that I see the judge talking to the woman, and then minutes after I heard a loud slap echoing across the court grounds," said one woman, who claimed she was an eyewitness.

"When I look, is the woman me see a fling box on the judge," the alleged eyewitness said.

Law enforcement officials reportedly then went to the compound and apprehended the woman.

The incident has brought into sharp focus the safety of officials who work in the island's justice system.

Sources claim the woman who carried out the attack is a close relative of the judge.

x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-2.jpgPatrick Powell, who shot to notoriety in the infamous X6 trial, again made quite a few headlines when he begged the Parish Judge Vaughn Smith to "have mercy" in deciding on a gun matter related to the case in which he was found innocent.

However, interesting as that might be, what Yardflex finds intriguing is that RJR News reported last month that checks by them have revealed that that if convicted for the offence under the Firearms Act, Powell faces a maximum fine of J$400 or 12 months in prison!

Well, Powell was found guilty on Tuesday, July 11 and will be sentenced on August 9. We wait with bated breath the outcome of this. Will it be yet another travesty in our justice system which could fine Reputed Clansman leader Tesha Miller only one hundred Jamaican dollars after pleading guilty to one count of false declaration in April.

Miller's sentence was handed down by Parish Judge Sanchia Burrell after pleading guilty to one count of using a fictitious name. The reputed gangster was charged by the Immigration Investigation Unit last Tuesday following his deportation from Bahamas on April 4. He was charged following allegations that he left the island using fictitious names. However, the police have reported that there are other matters pending against Miller.

Attorney-at-law, Linton Gordon is urging citizens not to resist being stopped and searched in areas designated as Zones of Special Operations. The Zones of Special Operation Act is expected to come into effect in short order as a means of addressing the country's crime problems.

Gordon says any attempt to resist being searched, will be in breach of the new law when it comes into effect. Gordon emphasizes that it's important to note that certain constitutional rights which give protection from entry without warrant will be suspended.

He adds that the security forces can use force to enter premises where any effort is being made to resist them in these zones.

Meanwhile Mr. Gordon says the provisions under the new law, open the door for the rights of residents to be abused.

traffic-boss-calvin-allen.jpgChantel Allen, 19, the daughter of Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, was reportedly shot in the leg when the off duty policeman opened fire at the car she was travelling in, reportedly after the vehicle struck the cop along Bernard Lodge Road in Portmore, St Catherine on Saturday morning.

Since the incident, reports have been circulating on social media that the teen was ironically travelling in one of the many illegal taxis that her father, Superintendent Allen, head of the Police Trafic Division, has been fighting to get off Jamaica's roadways.

However, law enforcement officials says that Chantel Allen, was travelling in a red plate (legal taxi).

The incident took place at about 5:30 am. The driver of the cab claimed that he swerved to avoid a pothole but ended up hitting the policeman, who was walking along the roadway. The taxi operator, in his report, added that, after realizing that he hit someone, he stopped to assist the victim. But the police constable, who sources say was in plain clothes, reportedly pulled a weapon and fired at the vehicle.

Chantel Allen, after being shot and injured, was taken to the Andrews Memorial Hospital, and is now recuperating. The accused policeman was subsequently taken into police custody along with his firearm. The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has since launched an investigation into the matter.

patrick-powell.jpgAfter being acquitted in the case of murdered Kingston College school-boy Khajeel Mais, businessman Patrick Powelll finally has a guilty charge. But with the pitiful fine on the books for that particular gun charge, he may well have been found innocent.

Powell, who made the headlines last month when he begged the Parish Judge Vaughn Smith to have mercy on him, was on Tuesday morning found guilty of failing to hand over his licensed firearm to the police. The verdict was handed down by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.


Powell was charged with failing to hand over his licensed firearm for inspection to detectives who investigated the shooting death of Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais, in 2011. He will know his fate on August 9, when the sentencing is scheduled to be handed down.

Powell was freed of Mais' murder in October 2016 after the prosecution offered no further evidence in the case before the Home Circuit Court. The acquittal came after the prosecution's main witness denied giving a statement to police that implicated Powell in the killing.

audley-shaw-photo-1.jpgThere are more questions are being raised in the wake of a report that Finance Minister Audley Shaw has racked up cell phone bills amounting to $8.3 million.

RJR News reported on Monday that the bills were generated from March last year to February this year. In December, Mr. Shaw's cell phone bill reached over $838,000 and more than $1.5 million in August. In October the bill was more than $4.2 million.

During those three months the Finance Ministry said Mr. Shaw travelled overseas for official and urgent personal reasons.

A query with the service provider later showed that the charges were due to data usage while roaming.

The Finance Ministry reported that Mr. Shaw has paid roughly $2.6 million for personal roaming data usage.

crime-scene-tape.jpgA man was chased and shot dead at a plaza along Washington Boulevard in St Andrew on Thursday.

Reports are that at about 3:30 pm, a vendor, was standing inside the plaza, located at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Patrick Drive, when he was attacked by unknown assailants.

The vendor in a bid to escape tried to run but was chased and then gunned down.

The men who carried out the attack then escaped from the area.

Sounds of the explosions sent members of the public doing business in the area scampering for cover.

One person is disputing the story that the man was chased, claimimg that: "The man wasn't chase a same place him sell him dead."

Cop shot dead in Central Village

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) is reporting that 34-year-old Constable Hurburt Hyman, who was assigned to Mobile Reserve, was shot dead about 9:05 pm on Monday.

He was reportedly walking with a woman along Hamilton Drive in the Central Village community when gunmen approached and shot him. The woman, according to CCU, was grazed by a bullet and was treated at hospital.

However, Hyman died on the spot, CCU said.

This is the fourth police officer killed since the start of the year.

Policeman found dead at home

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The body 40-year-old Constable Kevin Thompson of Six East in Greater Portmore, who was stationed in St Thomas, was found at his Portmore home Monday night.

A female companion reports that he was complaining of chest pain when she last saw him alive on Saturday evening.

The woman said that she had gone to the policeman's home to check on him Sunday but did not get an answer when she knocked and she assumed that he had gone to work, so she left the premises.

However, she said when she went back yesterday evening and did not get a response when she knocked on the the front door, she went to the back of the house and saw flies on the window.

The police summoned, she said, who then forced the door open and found Thompson dead inside the house.His wife also rushed the scene. A colleagues who said he knew the deceased for more than 21 years, described Thompson as a "nice, nice person.

An American pilot was arrested and charged Sunday morning for attempting to take ammunition onboard a flight at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Fifty four-year-old Michael Gorham, of Georgia, was charged with illegal possession of ammunition and unlawful attempt to take ammunition onboard an aircraft.

The police's Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) says one 9mm Lugar round of ammunition was found in Gorham's luggage during security checks about 8:45 a.m. at the airport.

He is scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday, July 14.

Amendments coming to Rent Restriction Act

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Reports are that acting director of the Rent Assessment Board, Leyton Baker, says proposed amendments to the Rent Restriction Act, have moved to another stage.

The Rent Restriction Act was last amended in 1983, but since then rental arrangements and legal problems have multiplied significantly. Some of the noted ones include the security deposit, and the ability to recover possession for non payment of rent. In 2011, the government announced that a review would be done to address several controversial issues.

Meanwhile, the Rent Assessment Board is seeking to defend itself against criticism that it is unable to properly handle complaints being made by both landlords and tenants. Baker states that the agency is successful in mediating various types of disputes.

"Anything dealing with harassment , we always try to make contact with the other party. Sometimes the issues are settled on the phone. Also - the tenant and the landlord don't have to go to court to sue, they can come to the board. We sue for arrears of rent, excess rent, recovery of deposits (but for) recovery of possessions - they have to go to court to deal with that," he said.

9-y-o-girl-killed.jpgA 14-year-old boy used a gun belonging to a licensed firearm holder to kill a nine-year-old girl in St James yesterday. Reports are that the child, Kala Bailey, and her brother were playing with the 14-year-old inside the family's home in the community of Hendon-Norwood in Montego Bay.

The police said that shortly after 3:00 pm, on Friday, Kela and two other children, aged six and three, were in a downstairs room along with the 14-year-old when a gunshot was heard. Unaware of what was happening adults rushed downstairs where they said they saw the teen running away with a gun in his hand.

They then discovered the blood-drenched body of the Glendevon Primary and Junior High School student with what happened to be a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where she died while undergoing treatment.

According to other sources say the teen brandished a firearm and asked Kala's brother if he would tell anyone if he shot her. Before the boy could answer, the 14-year-old fired one shot in Kela's chest at close range.

The alleged teenaged killer fled the scene with the gun in his hand. However, he was handed over to the police shortly after the incident and remains in custody.

Commanding officer for the Police Area One, Assistant Commissioner Warren Clarke says preliminary investigations have revealed that the firearm is owned by someone who resides at the house where the killing occurred.

Digicel apologises to customers

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digicel-photo-1.jpgTelecoms giant Digicel was slapped on the wrist by the OUR when they went ahead and charged their customers new fees with out properly informing them. Now, Digicel is offering an apology.

The company is circulating text messages to customers, apologising for their decision to, without notice, charge a prepaid maintenance fee to those whose monthly spend falls below $50.

"We're sorry we didn't tell you before charging a maintenance fee. You've been rebated JMD15. Plus, enjoy JMD16 in FREE talk time on us," a text message from Digicel to a prepaid cell phone said today.

The move comes subsequent to a release from the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), which stated that they had requested an explanation from Digicel regarding the fee, and were awaiting a response by June 30 (today).

Digicel's new fee took effect on Thursday, June 22.

The OUR requested that Digicel shows evidence that it had provided customers with sufficient advance notice; the exact amount to be charged; and the basis of such a charge.

Have you seen this missing 13-y-o girl?

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missing-girl-afeliah-battiste .jpgAn Ananda Alert has been activated for 13-year-old Afeliah Battiste of Gordon Town Road, Kingston 6 who has been reported missing since Wednesday.

She is said to be of dark complexion, slim build and is about 145 centimetres (4 feet 9 inches) tall.
According to the Papine police, Afeliah was last seen in Papine Square in St Andrew about 9:20 am, wearing a pink blouse, blue jeans and a pair of black-and-white Nike Air sneakers.

All efforts to contact her have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Afeliah Battiste is being asked to contact the Papine police at 927-2047, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

super-lotto-winner.jpgA 76-year-old retired parish council worker from Trelawny, on Tuesday took home a cheque for a whopping $117 million which was his total for winning a share of the June 16 Super Lotto.

The pensioner, identified only as W Gordon from Granville near Falmouth, tried his best to disguise himself by putting on a red, green and gold tam with hanging locks covering his face. The locks are fake, however, as Mr Gordon says he is a Christian.

According to that he is a devout Methodist who attends church in Falmouth and believes that God had a hand in his luck.

Interestingly, in an interview with another site, Mr Gordon says almost missed out on his super blessing, $117 million prize, after a friend provided him with the incorrect draw results.

"I bought my ticket days before the draw, around Wednesday, and I didn't check my numbers same time. I asked someone to give me the draw numbers but the ones he gave me were wrong.

But Gordon, a Trelawny resident who has been an avid Lotto and Super Lotto player for over 10 years, had a hunch to check the numbers himself. He was right. And the rest is history.

burrell-viewing.jpgHundreds of persons came out on Wednesday to pay their final respects to the late president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell, at a Thanksgiving Service at the National Arena in Kingston.

Several persons paid tribute to Captain, among them Bruce Gaynor, JFF's vice president; Brazilian Rene Simoes, former Reggae Boyz technical director; Canadian Victor Montagliani, president of CONCACAF and vice president of FIFA; Curacao's Rignaal Francisca, acting president of the Caribbean Football Union, Sports Minister Olivia Grange and Portia Simpson-Miller, former Prime Minister of Jamaica.

Employees of Captain's Bakery Norma Fearon-Moody, Alice Gillespie-Clarke and Sharon Irons Francis, together paid tribute to Captain Burrell.

Musical tributes in songs were came from Ernie Smith, who did "I Believe", the Jamaica Constabulary Force choir, Richie Stephens who sang "My Way" and Ashe Assembly - the group performing "Rise Up", which was done to celebrate Jamaica's qualification to the World Cup in France 1998.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness read the first lesson, with Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips doing the second, Burrell's friend Julie Jones the third and the fourth done by Captain Burrell's brothers, Carlton and Edward.Captain Burrell's close friend, Horace Reid, a former General Secretary of the JFF, did the eulogy.

Reverend Adinhair Jones gave the homily and he preached about the resurrection, with Al Miller, who worked closely with Captain Burrell during his tenure as president of the JFF, prayed for the family.

The National Arena was transformed into the national colours of black, green and gold and Captain Burrell's casket was draped with a flag of Jamaica.

The Combined Military Band was also a vital part of the service and their duties included playing the National Anthem at the beginning of the service.

Captain Burrell led the JFF from 1994, excepting for a four-year period. After ailing for the past year, Captain Burrell passed away on June 6 at the John Hopkins Oncology Centre in Baltimore, USA, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer. He was 67.

The case of the American woman on trial for informing a crew of seven Jamaican-born men, suspected to be drug-dealers, about an investigation being conducted by her former husband, who is a police detective, and his team is rather interesting. The woman pleaded guilty in court in the US and faces a maximum punishment is 20 years in federal prison and a fine of US$250,000.

According to a report from the SunSentinel, the defence for Porsha Session, 31, said she acted naively to retaliate against her then-husband because he was cheating on her. Federal authorities said that her actions compromised the undercover investigation and an insider informant who was secretly working with them was "outed" and the man died of a gunshot wound a short time later under suspicious circumstances but was officially ruled a suicide, US media reported.

SunSentinel also stated that Session's defence attorney Fred Haddad said that there was no evidence to suggest she was aware of the potential consequences and recommended that she be sentenced to house arrest, partly because she has no prior criminal history. However, prosecutors said that because Session was married to a police, she should have known the potential dangers and that she was putting others at risk, adding that she deserves a much harsher punishment than the 15 to 21 months in prison recommended by sentencing guidelines.

Session admitted that she snooped in her now ex-husband's work email and discovered memos that contained sensitive information about the investigation, the suspects and an informant who was working for agents inside the group.She pleaded guilty to federal obstruction of an official proceeding - a grand jury investigation - and admitted she made six phone calls to one of the suspected drug dealers and warned him that an insider was helping law enforcement, SunSentinel outlined.

The undercover investigation, which started in October 2012, was focused on a "crew" of seven Jamaican-born men suspected of operating a significant drug-dealing business in the Lauderhill and Fort Lauderdale areas, prosecutors Jeffrey Kaplan and Paul Schwartz said.

digicel-photo-1.jpgThe Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) says it has written to Digicel requesting an explanation on the company's decision to start charging a prepaid maintenance fee (PMF) to customers whose monthly spend falls below $50.

The OUR, in a release this morning, said it also wants Digicel to provide evidence that it had provided customers with sufficient advance notice; the exact amount to be charged; and the basis of such a charge.

Digicel has been asked to respond to the OUR's queries by Friday.

OUR said it received a letter dated June 23, 2017 from Digicel, advising that the purpose of the PMF is to ensure that all customers adequately contribute to the cost of operating and maintaining their accounts on its systems and networks, in circumstances where they spend less than $50 within a calendar month.

This new measure took effect on Thursday, June 22.

In its response, the OUR noted that while Digicel has updated its terms and conditions on its website with the PMF (clause 10.4), there is no indication of when its customers were notified, if indeed they were notified at all.

The OUR also expressed its disappointment that Digicel had not notified the regulator of this new fee prior to implementation.

Police say Hanover's most wanted man, Thirty-three-year-old Shernardo Leslie otherwise called "Blacks" was fatally shot in an attack on the police on Friday.

Reports from the Lucea Police are that about 8:50 p.m., a police operation was in progress when a motorcar was signalled to stop. Men alighted from the vehicle and opened gunfire at the Police who returned gunfire.

Leslie, who police say is a multiple murderer, was later discovered with gunshot wounds and rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The other men made good their escape in the area.

The Inspectorate of the Constabulary and the Independent Commission of Investigations INDECOM are investigating.

However, in an interview with the Gleaner, Superintendent of Police Sharon Beeput, the commanding officer for the Hanover Police Division, is quoted as saying that Leslie was a known enforcer in the parish.

"This man has been giving us a lot of trouble since the start of the year. We believe he has had a hand in the vast majority of the 36 murders we have had in the parish this year," said Beeput. "With him now out of the way, we should have some measure of peace now."

Leslie, known in the criminal underworld as 'Blacks,' was implicated in a recent quadruple murder, two triple murders and two double murders. He was said to be the chief enforcer for the One Voice gang, one of the three criminal gangs operating in the parish.

A senior citizen who pleaded guilty to impregnating an underage girl 10 years ago, was sentenced to three years imprisonment when he appeared in the St Catherine circuit court.

He is 70-year-old Cecil hall of Linstead St Catherine.

Hall's troubles with the court started after he attended family court in February for a maintenance hearing.

During his attendance, he allegedly said that he would not be paying anymore money to the mother of his 10-year-old child.

The child's mother then revealed to the court that he needs to live up to his responsibility and that he impregnated her when she was only 15 years old. An inquiry was made by the presiding parish judge, after which documentary evidence confirmed that hall committed carnal abuse.

Cop shot and injured in West Kingston

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crime-scene-gun.jpgSergeant attached to the Kingston Western Division was shot and injured and three illegal firearms seized in two separate attacks on the Police in West Kingston, last night.
Reports are that about 12:30 a.m, a police team was on duty in the Coronation Market and its environs when a group of men armed with high-powered weapons attempted to enter the market space.

The police were however vigilant and took command of the space and prevented them from doing so, as a result the gunmen fired at the police who countered the attack.

During the shooting, the sergeant was shot and injured as also one of the gunmen.

On the approach of the police to the injured gunman the team came under heavy gunfire from the Lizard Town and Tivoli Gardens communities. Reinforcement was sought and teams from Divisions within Area 4, Mobile Reserve and the Jamaica Defence Force assisted.

Both injured men were taken to hospital where the policeman was treated and the unidentified gunman pronounced dead. Two firearms, a 9mm pistol and a .38 revolver were seized in the incident.

About an hour earlier in the Rose Town community, a police team was on mobile patrol when they too were attacked by gunmen armed with high-powered weapons. The lawmen repelled the challenge and the gunmen fled. The gunmen were however accosted by another police team that was on patrol in the area.

One gunman was shot and injured and a 9mm Luger pistol with two rounds of ammunition seized from him. The other men escaped in the community.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

portia-simpson-miller-jis-official-photo.jpgCouncillor for the Payne Land Division in the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Council Audrey Smith Facey looks set to be the next Member of Parliament for St Andrew South Western. Reports are that she is miles ahead of Karl Blake the other candidate interested in replacing outgoing Member of Parliament Portia Simpson Miller.

Blake is the councillor for the Greenwich Town Division, also in the constituency of St Andrew South Western. He is recuperating from a brazen attack by gunmen recently, when he was shot at the divisional office located at Caribbean Palms along Spanish Town Road in the constituency.

His divisional secretary and longstanding member of the PNP, Maxine Simpson was killed during the incident.

A US trial for 10 defendants in a multimillion-dollar Jamaican lottery scam case has been delayed until early next year.

US District Judge Dan Hovland rescheduled the trial that was to begin July 17 in federal court in North Dakota to January 22, 2018, after one of the suspects' attorneys said he had a conflict next month and also needed more time to prepare.

Federal prosecutors didn't object to the change. US Attorney Chris Myers anticipates the trial might last as long as three weeks.

A total of 15 people are charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering in the scam that authorities said bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than US$5.7 million. The suspects could face decades in prison if convicted.

Nine of the 10 suspects facing trial are Jamaicans who pleaded not guilty earlier this year. They include Lavrick Willocks, who authorities allege was the mastermind. The tenth suspect is a US citizen who pleaded not guilty in August 2015.

Two of the remaining five suspects are in custody in Jamaica awaiting extradition, and three remain fugitives.

Authorities have dubbed the case "Operation Hard Copy," a reference to lists of prospective victims' contact information used by scammers. North Dakota authorities began investigating in 2012, starting with the case of a Harvey woman who lost her life savings of more than US$300,000 to the scam. The probe involves the FBI, the US Postal Inspection Service and the Justice Department's Office of International Affairs.

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3 wanted men arrested in major operation

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arrested -photo-1.jpgThe police are reporting that a major operation in the Kingston Western Division on Thursday, led to the arrest of three wanted men and three persons of interest -- one of whom was wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of two people and the injuring of another at the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston -- on Wednesday.

The man, whose identity is being withheld, was nabbed during an operation that began about 4:00 am and spanned several communities to include Tivoli Gardens, Golden Heights, Pink Lane, Charles Street and Hannah Town.

Two other persons of interest were also arrested during the operation.

One of the men is wanted for questioning in relation to the murder/shooting on Metcalfe Street. The other is wanted for questioning in relation to a murder in the Kingston Central Division.

Additionally, three men who were wanted for various offences including robbery and shootings were also arrested, while another three were arrested on warrants.

Ninety-seven males were processed and released.

court-case.jpgA man who is accused of sexually assaulting an underage boy was offered $200,000 bail when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.

The accused, a 29-year-old computer technician, was recently arrested and charged following allegations that he held a knife at the boy's neck and buggered him after the youngster went to his home.

The accused was offered bail by Parish Judge Simone Wolfe-Reece on conditions that he surrenders his travel documents with a stop order in place and stays away from children.

He is to return to court on July 31.

11 year old girl's murder a reprisal say cops

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crime-scene-7.jpgThursday night, 11-year-old Taysha Hughes, also called Angel,a student of the Holy Family Primary Schoolwas murdered in Central Kingston in a hail of bullets.

Now, the Police are theorizing that her killing was a reprisal for the shooting death of alleged don, Nicholas Malcolm, in the community.

The police were reportedly processing the scene where Malcolm and a 12-year-old boy had been shot on Wildman Street about 10: 00 pm, when they were summoned to a second shooting on the nearby Fleet Street about 10:30pm.

They found Taysha along with four men suffering from gunshot wounds.One of the men, identified as 26-year-old Richard Allen otherwise called 'Finey', was wearing a mask, the police said.

Reports are that the girl was reportedly among three men standing on Fleet Street, when they were attacked by masked gunmen.

The police speculate that Allen was one of the attackers and was shot by his cronies.

portia-simpson-miller-jis-official-photo.jpgThe Court of Appeal on Friday morning dismissed the appeal brought by former People's National Party (PNP) president Portia Simpson Miller and four other party functionaries in the Trafigura case.

The decision was announced by Appeal Court President Dennis Morrison.

This paves the way for Mrs. Simpson Miller, PNP Chairman Robert Pickersgill, Regional Chairman Phillip Paulwell, former General Secretary Colin Campbell and businessman Norton Hinds to answer questions in open court.

The issue surrounds a $31 million donation made to the PNP by the Dutch firm Trafigura Baheer in 2006.

This raised questions regarding possible undue influence being exerted by the company which was seeking to do business with the Government of Jamaica at the time of the donation.

bolt-racers-grand-prix.jpgEight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt will run the 100 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on July 21, organisers announced on Wednesday.

The Jamaican sprinting legend is competing in his final season before retirement and will use the Monaco event as a warm-up for the world championships in London that start on August 5.

The world-record holder (9.58sec) won his first race of the year in Kingston earlier this month in 10.03sec, and is also due to run in Ostrava on June 28.

Bolt, who has won three Olympic 100m-200m doubles, will only compete in the 100m for his farewell at the worlds.

The 30-year-old saw his tally of Olympic gold medals reduced from nine to eight earlier this year, when the Jamaican team were stripped of their 2008 4x100m medals after Nesta Carter's disqualification for doping.

The police are reporting that wo females are in custody following the seizure of a M16 assault rifle, two magazines and 31 rounds of ammunition on Commission Road in Rockfort, Kingston yesterday.

And many persons are gleeful that finally women are being held for crimes and criminality. The general consensus is that women (sot these two specifically, but women in general) have long been enablers for gunmen who kill at will.

"They should be shown no mercy by the Courts as a strong message needs to be sent that the desire to eat a food is no justification for being an enabler of criminality which is exactly what these women are doing," one person commented on social media.

"I hope after thorough investigation, they are found guilty and or they give up their men.... and all are locked away. Time for this slackness to stop.. All these so call bad men don't live in silos, their female companion are aware of there dealings. LOCK THEM UP...", another person has commented.

While a third sums it up thus: "Yes!! Lock them up, question them thoroughly, they knew about them. These are the types of mothers, sisters, babymothers, etc..whom are aiding and abetting these notorious criminals. They too, shall get some serious sentences, especially, if there are any 'bodies' on these arms! Time for the justice department to start use these female "hoodlums" as examples. I am telling you, THEY KNEW ABOUT THEM!!! Lock them up!!!!!"

According to reports from the police, during a special operation about 5:30 pm, a premises was searched and the firearm and ammunition found in the ceiling of a room.

The females, whose identities are being withheld pending further investigations, were subsequently arrested.

A grade nine student at the Norman Manley High School in St Andrew was stabbed in the back by a Grade 11 student who should not even have been at school, reports say.

The injured boy was rushed to hospital where he was admitted in a serious but stable condition, while his attacker, an older boy, fled the compound.

"This morning, a Grade 11 student, who should not even have been at school, came here and stabbed a Grade 9 boy in the back," said principal Adaire Powell-Brown.

"It seems to be an attack that was carried over from an altercation between the two some time ago away from the school. So it was rather strange that he would follow the young man here to commit the act," added Powell-Brown.

The principal lamented that despite efforts geared at instilling discipline and respect in the daily lives of her students, some would rather subscribe to uncaring and violent ways to exact revenge.

The Hunts Bay police are investigating.

crime-scene-gun.jpgOn Friday afternoon, heavily armed men shot and killed a man moments after he left court where he was involved in a matter.

The deceased has been identified as Steven Malcolm, a senior member of the Nation Crocs gang that operates in Canterbury here in St James.

According to police Malcolm was shot about 11:30, shortly after he left court and was picked up by men in a motor car.

The police said that after going through the traffic light on Howard Cooke Drive the vehicle stopped on Queens Drive, where Malcolm reportedly got out to talk to men in a parked car, when heavily armed men alighted from another vehicle that was on the scene and peppered him with bullets. He was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Frightened pedestrians ran in different directions for cover, while motorists sped away from the scene but soon created a large build-up of traffic in the congested city.

The shooters, in an attempt to elude the police who were quick on the scene, abandoned their motor car after it hit an embankment.

Bill Cosby's wife reacts to mistrial

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cosby-trial.jpgCamille Cosby, the longtime wife of Bill Cosby, reacted in a lengthy statement about her husband's sexual assault case ending in a mistrial on Saturday morning.

After six days of deliberation, the Pennsylvania jury were unable to render a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault with which Cosby had been charged.

"How do I describe the district attorney? Heinously and exploitively ambitious," her statement began. "How do I describe the judge? Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the district attorney. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? Totally unethical."

Cosby continued in her statement: "How do I describe many, but not all, general media? Blatantly vicious entities that continually disseminated intentional omissions of truths for the primary purpose of greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of a human life." The 73-year-old philanthropist, who's been married to "The Cosby Show" creator since 1964, added that "historically, people have challenged injustices."

Cosby then said she was "grateful to any of the jurors who tenaciously fought to review the evidence; which is the rightful way to make a sound decision." She added that his trial ending this way was a "manifestation of justice, based on facts, not lies." She also thanked her husband's attorneys "for their hard work" along with her staff "for their continuous commitment to our family and me."

Cosby ended her statement by thanking her family, friends and supporters "who never gave up on us, despite it all."

cosby-trial.jpgCosby, who turns 80 next month, was subdued and seemed almost dazed when O'Neill declared the mistrial. The Hollywood icon left the courtroom without comment after sitting in his chair at the defense table for several minutes, simply gazing outward. At one point, counselor Angela Agrusa patted him on the shoulder.

He remains free on bail pending the new trial.

It took 52 hours for the predominantly white jury of seven men and five women to decide that it could not decide the case. "We, the jury, are