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stefflon-don-photo-1.jpgInternational recording artist Stefflon Don will not be performing at Reggae Sumfest Blitz all black party, being held at the Hard Rock Cafe party tonight., DownSound Entertainment (DSE), the organisers of Reggae Sumfest have announced.

Stefflon Don's management team cancelled her performance at the last minute, citing a scheduling conflict, DSE stated.

Commenting on the matter, DSE's CEO Joe Bogdanovich said that he was really disappointed with the way in which the matter was handled by Stefflon Don's management team.

"All formalities had been finalised and the fans were really looking forward to enjoying some great music. I think her team acted in a way that was unprofessional and communicated very poorly, which is unfortunate because she is an extremely talented artist," Bogdonavich said.

"However, we've not allowed this setback to ruin the night. Blitz is going to be a great event, and we have some brilliant entertainment lined up for the patrons. It is most certainly an event not to be missed," he added.

The much anticipated party is being hosted by popular rapper and reality TV star Safaree, who will also be performing. The full line up of entertainment includes music by Creep from Chromatic, Rolexx, Noah Powa, and Team Shella.

Popular Jamaican singer Jada Kingdom will also be gracing the Blitz stage. She is best known for hits like 'Best You Ever Had', 'Unwanted', 'Love Situations', and 'Wull On'.

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The British Government's plan to deport a former nurse whose Windrush Generation father served in the Royal Air Force is being cited by politicians and campaigners in the UK demanding an immediate end to what they described as the government's cruel and inhumane hostile environment policy.

Sharon Vitalis has been threatened with ejection from the UK, which would separate her from her two British-born children - one of whom is just 12 years old- despite living in the country for most of her life.

According to Britain's Independent newspaper, the 45-year-old woman, who worked for the National Health Service for more than 15 years, was born in Germany while her father was deployed to the country during service with the RAF. Her family moved back to the UK months after her birth.

Unlike her UK born siblings, who have never faced problems with their status, she has been told she is not British on the ground that she was not born within the nation's boundaries.

Ms Vitalis lived in the UK until the age of six, when she moved to the Caribbean with her mother and siblings to go to school.

She returned when she was in her early 20s and began working as a nurse.

She faced no problem for 17 years, during which she gave birth to a daughter in 1999 and a son in 2005.

Her partner later moved to the US after the couple split.

In 2013, when Ms Vitalis went to collect her 15-year-old daughter from Gatwick Airport after living with her father, she was stopped by immigration officials and taken to a detention centre.

Ms Vitalis was later reunited with her daughter, but she was issued with deportation proceedings and therefore was dismissed from her National Health Service job.

She is currently waiting for an appeal decision in October and is unable to work or claim benefits in the meantime.

The case has emerged amid mounting criticism over the Home Office's hostile environment following the Windrush scandal, which exposed that thousands of Commonwealth citizens had been wrongly targeted by immigration officials, with some detained and deported, costing then Home Secretary Amber Rudd her job.

hands-behind-bars.jpgA Bahamian fugitive, who is wanted on drug charges, has been nabbed in Clarendon.

According to information from the police, 43 year-old Prescott Roxbury, who is from Nassau, was detained along with a woman during an anti-narcotics operation in Commissary, Frankfield about 9 o'clock Saturday night.

Roxbury and the woman, who has been identified as 53 year-old Elaine Edwards of Morant Bay, St. Thomas, were found at a two-bedroom house.

A bag containing 14.5 pounds of ganja, valued at $60,000, was allegedly found in their possession.

They were both charged with possession of and dealing in ganja.

Roxbury and Edwards are scheduled to appear before the Clarendon Parish Court on Thursday.

In September 2015, the Royal Bahamas Police Force listed Roxbury and two other Bahamians as wanted for possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply.

vybz-kartel-photo-10.jpgThe metadata for one of the damning text messages which prosecutors used to convict top entertainers Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm of murder was created six weeks before the victim's death, the Appeal Court was informed on Monday.

Bianca Samuels, one of the attorneys for Shawn Storm, was referring to the text message reportedly found on one of the mobile phones taken from Kartel in which it was said that Clive 'Lizard' Williams "chop up fine, fine."

Samuels was making her submissions in the appeal filed by the two entertainers against their conviction and prison sentence.

She said evidence presented during their 17-week murder trial that ended in April 2014 showed that the metadata was created on July 6, 2011, six weeks before prosecutors claim Williams was killed.

Samuels noted, too, that there was evidence that the mobile phones taken from Kartel were used while the instruments were in the custody of the police.

"This one has left me puzzled," said Samuels, who along with Isat Buchanan and Daynia Allen, represent Shawn Storm.

The panel of three judges hearing the appeal appeared surprised by the assertion.

"Our silence was sharing in your puzzlement," said president of the Court of Appeal Justice Dennis Morrison, who along with justices Patrick Brooks and Frank Williams, are hearing the case.

Samuels said this raises "more than a reasonable doubt" about the integrity of the evidence, which should not have been put to the jury.

The Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA) has embarked on an island-wide drive to clamp down on licensed firearm holders who are said to be using their weapons to carry out a number of illegal activities.

So far, the FLA drive has reportedly had some startling findings.

Among those, FLA authorities said, was a case in which they were able to nab a license firearm holder who was providing security services for a notorious gang leader in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

The gun holder was reportedly serving as a bodyguard for one of the warlords in the once crime-ridden old capital, which for quite some time now, has been the centre of extreme gang activities nationally, including racking up a huge murder tally.

Speaking at an FLA press conference at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew on Friday of last week, Shane Dalling, the authority's Chief Executive Officer, said the licence of the firearm holder in question has been revoked since the alleged nefarious service was discovered.

Dalling said the firearm holder was among over 100 persons whose firearms licences have been revoked since the start of this year.

crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice have reported that an 18-year-old woman died this morning following injuries she sustained in a motor vehicle accident on the Gully Road in Oracabessa, St Mary.

Dead is Abigail Angus, a student at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Reports from the Oracabessa Police are that about 4:20 am, Angus was a passenger in a grey Toyota Fortuner motor truck when the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle which collided with a tree. Angus died while undergoing treatment at hospital.

The Oracabessa Police are investigating.

crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA pedal cyclist is dead and eight persons including a 2-year-old child were injured following a three-vehicle crash along Allan Avenue in Port Antonio, Portland, Saturday night..

According to a preliminary report from the police, a grey Toyota Wish motor car with three people aboard was travelling towards Port Antonio when it crashed into a taxi going in the opposite direction.

The police say the taxi was about to make a right turn unto Smatt Road when it was hit by the Toyota, which swerved into the path of a pedal cyclist, who was hit and thrown unto a concrete-paved walkway, before slamming into a grey motor car - flipping over several times before stopping on its top.

The pedal cyclist was pronounced dead on the scene by a doctor.

The three occupants of the Toyota including a six-year-old child and the driver were rushed to hospital. The four passengers who were traveling in the taxi were also taken to hospital.

The Portland police are investigating.

One of Europe's leading airlines, Eurowings, a subsidiary of one of the world's biggest airline companies, Lufthansa, will begin operating a twice-weekly scheduled service between Germany's largest populated metropolitan region and Montego Bay, beginning July 3 this year.

The scheduled flights will operate every Monday and Friday from Cologne/Bonn, and will use their Airbus 330 aircraft which has 310 seats.

Flights will run July 3 through to October 27, 2017.


braemar-shooting.jpgPeter Champagnie, the lawyer for Andrew Woolery, the licensed firearm holder who shot a security guard during an altercation at Braemar Estate in St Andrew recently is angry about a "vicious rumour" being circulated about non-payment of maintenance fees by his client.

He vowed to aggressively pursue those who have been spreading the 'rumours' via social media.

"It has come to our attention that there are person or persons on social media who have been circulating a lie that Mr Woolery had owed maintenance (on his apartments) for years, and this is not true," said Champagnie.

"We intend to take action against these defamatory statements, because it has caused Mr Woolery a lot of discomfort as he is in real estate and this is a vicious rumour that is being communicated via social media, and people need to desist from doing so," the attorney added.

Meanwhile, Wollery was questioned by investigators from the Half-Way Tree Police Station on Monday about the hooting incident which went viral after it was captured on video.

The video footage shows Woolery engaged in a heated discussion with KingAlarm security officers about leaving the property, before being attacked from behind by a man in civilian clothing, who is said to be a security guard at the complex.

A struggle ensued between the two men, with other personnel entering the fray, and a shot was subsequently fired, hitting the supposed plainclothes security guard in the neck. The injured man was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), where he was admitted in a stable condition.

The King Alarm security officers who were present at the scene have since been pulled from duty.

The attorney is quoted as saying that his client generally in good spirits, with lacerations from being forcefully shoved to the ground having not been to a significant degree, but he has been "complaining of pains in the back and in the head".

An early morning dispute between two men over coal wood left one hospitalised in a serious condition after being attacked with a chainsaw.

The reported attacker, who allegedly struck in Logwood district in St Thomas on Tuesday,has been taken into custody by the police.

Reports are that shortly after 7:00 a.m., the men got into an argument over the wood, with one contending that the other had stolen from him.

Things took a violent turn, and one man allegedly used a chainsaw to cut the other in the belly.

The badly injured man was taken to hospital, while the alleged attacker was taken into police custody.

Up to late on Tuesday, while the police confirmed the incident, there was no clear indication of whether the injured man had survived the attack.

charged.jpgA 15 year old boy who was taken into custody in relation to the death of a teenage girl in Seaview Gardens, St. Andrew has been charged.

15 year old Olivia Gonzales, who was a student of Tarrant High School, was fatally shot on June 30.

Police had reported that Olivia was among a group of friends who were reportedly handling a firearm when it went off hitting her.

Head of the St Andrew South Police Division Superintendent Gary Francis says the boy was charged yesterday with manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm.

Head of the St Andrew South Police Division Superintendent Gary Francis.

In addition Superintendent Francis says the other suspect remains in custody as investigations continue into the incident.

Suzanne Couch has died

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Musician and singer Suzanne Couch died Tuesday morning in Mexico, while reportedly undergoing treatment. Couch was battling stage four breast cancer.

She recently performed at Hope In The Hills benefit concert at Strawberry Hill in St Andrew, where she and her band captivated the audience in a stirring performance, lasting almost two hours.

"This experience has been very emotional for me," she told journalists at the concert.

"I've been wanting to do this show for two years, we had some issues getting sponsorship. Even though there were challenges I knew that I had to keep pushing because I am sick. It's incurable and it's spreading; I'm in a lot of pain and I'm taking a lot of drugs right now. The next stage after this is treatment," Couch said then.

The concert featured her daughter Sarah, along with Billboard artiste Joss Stone and was staged in support of the Hope Institute of Jamaica

Court allows fresh evidence in Kartel's case

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vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgThe Court of Appeal Court has ruled that it will allow the attorneys for Vybz Kartel and his co-convicts to introduce fresh evidence in challenging their 2014 conviction for the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

The panel of Court of Appeal president Justice Dennis Morrison, Justice Patrick Brooks and Frank Williams, granted the application a short while ago.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and Shawn Storm, whose given name is Shawn Campbell, and their co-convicts, Kahira Jones and Andre St John are seeking to have their convictions quashed.

They were convicted in 2014 for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams and given life sentences.

Kartel will be eligible for parole after serving 35 years while Campbell and Jones will have to serve 25 years each before being eligible for parole. St John will do 30 years before being considered for parole.

The convicts were granted leave to appeal their murder conviction after citing several reasons, including claims that they did not receive a fair trial and that justice was miscarried in their cases, as well as that the trial judge, Justice Lennox Campbell, had erred in admitting contaminated cellphone evidence and that there was more than reasonable doubt about the phone's integrity.

ganja-seized.jpgThe Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in collaboration with the United States (US) Coast Guard reportedly interdicted a boat smuggling over 2,000 pounds of ganja in Key West, Florida.

The drugs, worth about US$2 million wholesale, were interdicted on Friday as part of the US Coast Guard's Operation Full Court Press.

"In conjunction with DHS [Department of Homeland Security] partners and the partner nation of Jamaica, we were able to swiftly interdict the 2,116 pounds of marijuana," said Cmdr. José Díaz, commanding officer of the US Coast Guard's Thetis.

"This effort represents an ongoing regional maritime security effort in concert with our international partners to combat transnational criminal networks and promote stability across the Caribbean region by disrupting organized crime illegal activities," he added.

During the patrol, Díaz said Thetis crewmembers also worked with the US Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez crew and the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action to rescue and repatriate 29 Dominican Republic migrants.

police-shooting.jpgTwo men who allegedly engaged a police team in a shootout in St James on Saturday afternoon were shot and killed by the lawmen. One has been identified as Shacardo Malcolm of Five Miles, Irwin in St James.

Reports are that about 1:45 p.m., a team of police officers was on patrol in the Irwin Heights area of the parish that is under a state of emergency, when they were shot at by men who then ran off.

The police gave chase and during an ensuing gun battle, the two men were shot.

They were taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

The police reported recovering a handgun from the scene.

The Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) has commenced an investigation into the incident.

A Jamaica woman is today happy that she met a popular pastor who has reportedly helped her to overcome her case of major demon possession, right into her very vagina.

In an exclusive interview with Yardflex, the woman, named Antoinette (not her real name), expressed her relief that she finally found the problem solver man, who she says pulled a long metal pipe the length of her elbow to her wrist, all the way out of her vagina.

Antoinette told Yardflex that the celebrity preacher also extracted numerous needles out of her during the intense session.

"I have two more sessions with him before me fully cure," Antoinette explained, adding that there is a small monetary cost for each time she visits the demon slayer.

As to exactly why the nefarious creatures have found a home in Antoinette's nether region is hard to say, however, she is hailing the preacher's skill at extracting the unwanted visitors.

crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe brutal murder of an elderly returning resident and his British wife captured the world media and shone the spotlight in an unfavourable way on Jamaica. Now, the police have charged a man for stealing money from the accounts of the elderly Portland couple who were killed last month.

Saqeino Farr, 24, was charged yesterday with seven counts of obtaining goods by means of false pretence and conspiracy to defraud.

The police say Farr, whose mother worked as a domestic helper for the victims 74-year-old Alford Anderson, and his wife Florence, 71, allegedly stole more than $8 million from their credit card accounts and used the money to buy items.

Far is to appear in the Portland Parish Court next Tuesday.

The partially burnt bodies of elderly British couple were found at their home in Mount Pleasant on Friday, June 22.

The police theorised that they were killed to thwart the investigation into the fraud.

The murder investigation is ongoing.

Reports are that recently resigned chairman of Petrojam Dr Perceval Bahado-Singh was paid more than US$75,000 by the state agency as reimbursement for airline tickets he said he purchased, including at least one dated after the event he was scheduled to attend.

Details of the payments were made during a sitting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) as the operations of Petrojam remained under the microscope.

Telroy Morgan, the acting General Manager for Refinery Optimization and Business Support at Petrojam, faced the PAAC instead of its General Manager Floyd Grindley who told the committee he had emergency family business overseas and could not attend.

Morgan told the meeting that Bahado-Singh, who does not live in Jamaica, was reimbursed nearly $10 million for 26 overseas trips between December 23, 2016 and May 10, 2018.

He was also reimbursed for trips he did not attend.

The money for at least two of these trips has since been repaid to Petrojam.

Morgan said Bahado-Singh was reimbursed for a London and Brazil trips totalling more than US$17,000 which he later returned to PetroJam.

The PAAC was told that Grindley gave written instructions for all matters involving the former chairman, including payments and reimbursements, many with only airline itinerary and no meeting itinerary.

Bahado-Singh's direct purchasing of tickets did not receive the prior approval of the permanent secretary and was in breach of the company's procedure.

"For the chairman, based on our review of the facts and data, those didn't follow the regular protocol in terms of getting the PS's approval, because based on the schedules that we have provided and upon examining the facts, the chairman took it upon himself to make those purchases directly in terms of his airline tickets," said the acting chief financial officer, Carlene Evans.

Lawyers urge court to release Mavado's son

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mavado-and-son.jpgLawyers representing dancehall entertainer Mavado's 16-year-old son, who is facing a charge of murder, on Tuesday urged a parish judge to release him on bond.

During the bail hearing before the St. Andrew Parish Court, defence attorney Bert Samuels argued that the teenager is a fit candidate for bail, adding that the evidence against him is weak.

Prosecutors have strongly opposed bail, stating that the eyewitness knew the accused.

The bail hearing will continue on July 31. The teenager and 23 year old Andre Hines were charged three weeks ago with the murder of Lorenzo Thomas, in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew.

Prosecutors reported that on June 5, men armed with guns, machetes and gasoline, invaded Mr. Thomas's home.

He was shot, beheaded and his body set ablaze.

The police say Mavado's son and Mr. Hines were a part of the group.

simon-croskill.jpgReports are that veteran broadcaster Simon Crosskill is in urgent need of blood.

According to a post on Sportsmax's social media page, Crosskill will be undergoing surgery, his fourth in four months.

Persons who want to donate blood can do so by visiting the UWI Blood Bank or any blood bank island wide and give blood under the name Simon Crosskill.

braemar-shooting.jpgPolice are probing the shooting of a man, believed to be a security guard, by a licensed firearm holder on the compound of an apartment complex in New Kingston on Monday at about 6pm on the Braemar Avenue compound. The scenario was caught on video camera by Dancehall artiste, Mr Vegas, who uploaded it to social media.

Detectives from the Half Way Tree Police Station say they are now collecting statements and are looking at video footage from a number of cameras that captured the incident.

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Christopher Townsend, who is representing the licensed firearm holder who was involved in an altercation with security guards at an apartment complex on Braemar Avenue in St. Andrew, says his client is not contemplating legal action at this time. This is in relation to two cases of assault against his client which are under investigation by the police.

The licensed firearm holder gave a statement to the St. Andrew Central Police Wednesday in relation to him allegedly being assaulted by security guards of the apartment complex as well as King Alarm guards.

Mr. Townsend has declined to comment on what led to the incident until he receives instructions from his client.

The police have reported that the businessman's firearm was seized for ballistics testing after he shot one of the guards during the altercation.

In a statement Tuesday, King Alarm said its guards who were involved in the altercation have been pulled from duty pending the outcome of an investigation.

police-shooting.jpgAngry residents of Standpipe off Old Hope Road in St. Andrew on Tuesday morning took to the streets again to protest against the fatal shooting of 26-year-old resident, Shae Williams, otherwise called 'Rufus'.

Williams was shot by police Monday night, after which residents mounted a fiery roadblock across from the United States Embassy. They remounted the roadblock at the same location shortly before 7 o'clock Tuesday morning disrupting traffic. This time they used their bodies and an old bus as the barriers.

The residents claim that Mr. Williams had just driven up on a motorcycle when he was confronted by a police team.

They say he was shot despite denying that he had a gun. Mr. Williams' mother, who claimed that one of the cops admitted that her son was killed in error. She said the police also did not give him assistance after he had been shot.

Meanwhile the Jamaica Constabulary Force Corporate Communications Unit is reporting that at about 8:30 Monday night, the police had a confrontation with two men on a motorcycle, one of whom reportedly pulled a firearm and was fatally shot by the police. A firearm was reportedly found at the scene.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) are probing the incident.

Reports are that there findings contained in an internal audit of the State-owned oil refinery Petrojam indicate that were losses of over $4-billion between April 2015 and October 2017.

The audit, which was conducted by Petrojam's minority owner, Petroleos de Venezuela, PDVSA, finds that Petrojam did not meet its operational targets over the two and a half year period.

And, although Petrojam did turn a profit over the period, the report notes that was only because oil prices were in the company's favour, and other external conditions turned out to be beneficial.

The audit uncovers major inefficiencies at the refinery, caused by outdated technology and worn out facilities. These led to opportunity losses of nearly USD$23-million.

Invoicing errors also led to another 6-million US dollars in losses, while physical losses of product, due to things like evaporation, cost the company USD$2-million more than estimated. That's a total loss of over USD$31-million or JMD$4-billion.

The audit finds that unaccounted oil losses have been increasing in the last two years. This has surpassed the maximum allowed objective for both fiscal years 2015/16 and 2016/17. This was caused by planned and unplanned shutdowns in the different process units, measurement errors, and high rates of sedimentation, among other things.

crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo persons are in custody in relation to the fatal shooting of a 15 year-old girl in Seaview Gardens, St. Andrew on Saturday.

One of the suspects is under 18 years old.

It was reported that Olivia Gonzales, a student of Tarrant High School, was among a group of persons playing with an illegal gun when she was shot.

The firearm used in the incident has not been recovered.

Superintendent Gary Francis, head of the St. Andrew South Police, told RJR News that residents have been cooperating with investigators.

Superintendent Francis said the police are confident that charges will be laid soon following a review of the case.

Government agency Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited (AEROTEL) has accumulated a phone bill of almost $2 million and is unlikely to recover the amount. The company reportedly racked up a bill of $1.9 million over 23 months.

The issue was raised at Tuesday morning's sitting of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Howard Armstrong, General Manager of AEROTEL, explained that the Closed User Group (CUG) phone was not returned to the company after a former chairman, Maurice Henry, left the job at the start of 2012.

He admitted that the phone was not disconnected until 23 months later when roaming bills were generated from as far as the Phillipines. Mr Armstrong said the matter was taken through civil court to recover the funds but the former chairman has been reported as destitute.

PAC member Morais Guy, who said he was disappointed that the matter took 23 months to come to light, called for someone at Areotel to be penalised for the "gross oversight".

fire.jpgResidents of Windsor Avenue in May Pen, Clarendon are on edge after gunmen went on the rampage early Monday morning, firing shots and setting fire to five houses.

The incident happened about 2 a.m.

One woman, who declined to give her name, recounted having to escape the fire with her two year-old baby clutching on her waist.

She, along with other residents, said they examined the rubble afterwards hoping they could salvage some items but everything was destroyed.

Residents reportedly found 40 spent shells in the aftermath.

Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron Powell, head of the Clarendon Police, has said her team is investigating the incident.

Pregnant woman killed in Portland

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA pregnant woman is dead as a result of a vicious incident in which five persons were shot by gunmen in Portland early on Sunday.

The deceased has been identified as Kimberley Baugh, 24, a resident of Orange Bay in the parish.

Reports are that approximately 2:45 a.m., a group of persons was at a premises in Orange Bay cleaning up after a party at the location, when two men with guns went to the premises and opened fire indiscriminately at the group of persons, hitting some of their targets.

Those injured were taken to hospital, where Baugh was pronounced dead.

The other victims have been admitted in hospital

The police said they have apprehended a suspect - a relative of the victims of the shooting - in connection with the attack.

Woman in Trelawny crash identified

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe police have released the identity of the woman who died after the sports utility vehicle collided with a Knutsford Express bus along the roadway in Trelawny Thursday afternoon.

The deceased has been identified as 27-year-old Deandra Bravo of a Marine Circle, Bogue, St James address.

Reports from the Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU), the police's information arm, are that the crash took place at about 4:00 p.m., and the sole occupant of the SUV was trapped in the vehicle, which caught fire and was burnt to a shell with the occupant inside.

The highway had to be closed for hours, with traffic being diverted to the old road through the town of Rio Bueno.

Reports indicate that the bus was traveling towards St Ann and the SUV in the opposite direction, when the collision occurred along the main roadway.

A number of passengers travelling in the bus received multiple injuries, and were rushed to the Falmouth Hospital.

Travelers are being advised that starting from June 30, new US restrictions affecting powders in carry-on luggage will affect people entering America.

As a result, powdered and granular substances such as cosmetics, talcum powder, ground coffee, cake mixes, flour, drink mixes and spices weighing 12 ounces/340 grams or more, must be packed in checked bags only, NMIA Airports Limited - a subsidiary of the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) - outlined in a media release on Thursday afternoon.

It said passengers departing Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) for the US will be checked for powdered substances in packages 12 ounces/ 340 grams or more at the security screening checkpoint.

Powdered or granular substances in packages of 12 ounces or larger will not be allowed beyond the checkpoint. However, medically-prescribed powder-like substances and baby formulas of 12 ounces/340 grams or larger, are exempt, and may be transported in the cabin of the aircraft.

But sealed containers will be inspected for signs of alteration or tampering to the packaging, and containers that are unsealed are inspected to ensure the contents are consistent with the labels.

The airport said passengers will still be able to buy packages of powdered substance in the airport, post-security checkpoint. However, passengers with connecting flights who purchase powdered substances after the security checkpoint must place the item(s) in their checked bags at the point of connection prior to going through security.

Or if the items are placed in Security Tamper-Evident Bags (STEB) at the point of purchase, they may proceed with the item(s) in their carry-on luggage.

The airport said the new procedure is similar to the treatment of Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs).

shocked.jpgThe 13-year-old boy who is accused of the murder of nine-year-old Kadijah Saunders in Whitehouse, Westmoreland, was remanded Wednesday when he made his first court appearance.

He was remanded to a place of safety until he returns to court on July 25.

The boy was charged last week following a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He was taken into custody three weeks ago after Kadijah's body was found in bushes along the Bog main road.

She went missing on June 5 after leaving school in Brontie, Westmoreland.

A post mortem revealed that she was raped and strangled.

Investigators reported that Kadijah was last seen in the company of the teenager as they left school.

They both lived in the same community.

ganja-image-4.jpgA 45-year-old prominent businesswoman has found herself in trouble with the law after police reportedly found approximately 400 pounds of ganja at premises that she is said to occupy.

For her troubles, the woman, identified as Vivien Boland, was on Wednesday hauled before the St Catherine Parish Court at Spanish Town to answer to charges laid against her, which she denied.

She was offered bail in the sum of $150,000.

Reports are that on June 8, police went to a premises in Sligoville, St Catherine, where the woman operates a business and also has her home. Police claimed that during a search of the premises, the quantity of drugs was found.

Boland denied any connection to the drugs, claiming it was not found in her presence.

Her attorneys Peter Champagnie and Kemar Robinson have argued that the location where the search was carried out was also occupied by other persons.

The accused is scheduled to return to court on September 4.

Relatives of a Jamaican man who died after an arrest in Barrie, Ontario, Canada are calling for justice as a police watchdog conducts an investigation into the incident.

Olando Brown died on Friday after an arrest that involved Barrie police officers.

The force said the 32 year-old man went into medical distress after he was taken to a police station.

Ontario's police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, is probing the case and has asked anyone with information to contact it.

Mr. Brown's family has shared a video posted online that appears to show police using a stun gun on a man more than once, and also appears to show the man being hit by an officer.

Members of his family said they are looking for answers.

A vigil for the Jamaican was held in Barrie on Monday. His aunt, Barbara South, said those who attended the vigil were outraged at the incident.

Barrie's police chief told reporters on Monday that officers performed first-aid on Mr. Brown and called paramedics after he went into medical distress.

A lawyer representing Brown's family said his clients want to know why and how their loved one died.

Cops blanket downtown as Livity goes to court

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There was an increase in police personnel outside the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court for the appearance of alleged Tivoli Gardens area leader Leighton Livity Coke, and six other accused on Friday morning.

Following an incident on their last court appearance, the Police High Command indicated that security would be increased in and around the precincts of the Parish Court during high profile court cases.

A supporter of the accused reportedly issued a threat against a Parish Court Judge.

The judge is expected to rule on Friday whether the seven accused will be granted bail.

They are accused of the murder of Patrick Davis, the alleged leader of the Screamers Gang in Denham Town on March 12.

Lawrence Pommels, an operations engineer at the state-run National Energy Solutions (NESOL), who is facing a litany of charges including money laundering, was on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of $800,000 when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

He was ordered to report to the police daily and must surrender his travel documents. A stop order has also been placed on him at all ports. It was revealed in court last week that Pommels and 34-year-old mechanic, Ricardo Harris, were held in connection with the seizure of $85 million in cash.

His attorney, Christopher Townsend, made the successful bail application after dismissing the arguments made last week by the Clerk of the Court that Pommels was a flight risk who had access to large amounts of cash. The clerk had also expressed concern about the safety of a witness in the case.

Pommels and Harris were thrown into the spotlight when detectives swooped down on two houses in New Harbour Village in Old Harbour, St Catherine, and seized millions of dollars in cash and four high-end motor vehicles, including a BMW X6 and an Audi, as well as other valuables on June 7.

The two men were charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act, money laundering, possession of criminal property, and bribery.

Lawrence was reportedly in charge at NESOL, which is located along Washington Boulevard in St Andrew, at the time of his arrest.

The two men were arrested after a high-level probe involving investigators from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) and the Financial Investigation Division (FID).

A Pennsylvania man is facing drug charges after allegedly trying to pass through security at Philadelphia International Airport with more than three dozen bags of heroin.

He was preparing to board an American Airlines flight to Montego Bay, St. James.

Authorities say Augustine Passanante was at the checkpoint when the body scanner detected an anomaly.

Agents reportedly found Mr. Passanante in possession of 42 bags of heroin and a vial of methamphetamine.

He was taken into custody by the police.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 2.

The Parliamentary Opposition's desire during Tuesday afternoon's sitting of the House of get answers from the government about scandal-hit Petrojam ended in a stalemate which saw frayed tempers and shouting matches.

Peter Bunting, member of Parliament for Manchester Central, asked Energy Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley to answer questions related to the upgrade of the Vacuum Distillation Unit, the compensation packages for the Human Resources Manager, donations made by Petrojam in 2017, funds advanced to the Chairman of Petrojam for a trip to London and a retainer paid by Petrojam to an entertainment company.on Petrojam. Wheatley should have respond from last week to Bunting's questions.

However, Karl Samuda, leader of government business, informed the House the questions would not be answered on Tuesday.

Bunting was having none of it and this resulted in several heated exchanges with House Speaker Pearnel Charles, who insisted he move on. Mr. Samuda then indicated the questions would be answered before the end of the Sectoral Debate, but Bunting wanted specifics on the date for the answers.

"What is important to the member is that he can read all the Standing Orders he wishes, he will not get an answer to his question today," Samuda responded, before insisting that he had made it clear the answers would come by the close of Parliament on July 3.

Bunting decided to take a stand against what he described as unfairness by the House Speaker, who he believed was not trying to remain neutral.

He was then joined by the other members of the opposition, who were the picture of solidarity as they stood with him.

They later broke into a chant, repeating, "Let the member speak" as as House Speaker Pearnel Charles tried to quiet Mr. Bunting.

The parliamentarians went several more rounds, but despite the insistence of the opposition MPs, the questions remained unanswered.

Hundreds of Jamaicans were left totally frassed Monday as a National Commercial Bank (NCB) system failure resulted in them being unable to carry out financial transactions at all ATMs and point of sale. Merchants had to send away custormers who tried to pay with NCB debit cards, as the transactions failed to go through.

Hundreds of persons reported being unable to pay for goods using their bank cards or to withdraw money from electronic banking machines.

One NCB customer, Tia Simmonds, was at the Cross Roads branch, where she said many people were stranded as they were unable to withdraw funds.

She said no one from the bank was available to address the concerns of the customers.

Another customer, Claire Clarke, argued that the problem ocurrs at the end of each month.

NCB advised customers Monday afternoon via its Twitter page that ABM, iABM, debit card point of sale and Quisk transactions were all unavailable.

It said all effort was being made to restore services in the shortest possible time.

More shootings and deaths in May Pen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo days after six persons were shot and injured in the May Pen Market in Clarendon, criminals have struck again with fatal consequence at almost the same place in the now volatile town and parish.

Reports are that on Monday afternoon, a man was shot dead in a bus park in May Pen, which is close by a section of the market.

The police reported that about 2:40 p.m., alarm was raised among people doing business in the town centre, when several gunshot explosions rang out.

The police were called and the body of a man was found.

He was later pronounced dead.

On Saturday, six persons were shot and injured during a gun attack in the town's market. A day after, on Sunday, a man was killed at his home in Cow Pond district, May Pen.

He was identified as Horacio Williams, otherwise called 'Ratio' or 'Sambo', who is believed to be about 42 years old.

Reports from the May Pen police were that about 3:00 a.m. they were summoned to the area where it was alleged that men had gained entry to Williams' house and beat him before throwing him into a tank at the premises.

Williams was removed from the tank and taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

robbery.jpgThe Greater Portmore police are seeking the public's help in locating a black SUV which was used in a robbery in the municipality on Thursday.

A radio personality was robbed of more than $600,000 in the incident.

The woman went to a financial institution in Portmore and made a withdrawal shortly after 10 o'clock.

She then drove to her home in Bridgeport when the SUV with two men abroad drove up.

One of the men alighted the vehicle and accosted the woman.

She reportedly resisted his attempts to grab the bag with the cash.

It is reported that she threw the bag onto her roof during a struggle with the robber and made an alarm for assistance from residents. Despite this, the robber climbed onto the roof and retrieved the bag.

The woman again confronted the robber and attempted to recover her bag, but the man pulled a gun and threatened to shoot her.

She relented and the man jumped into the waiting vehicle.

While trying to escape, the driver of the SUV reversed into a wall, extensively damaging the vehicle.

The Greater Portmore Police are urging persons who may recognise the damaged vehicle to contact them.

Fatal stabbing in St Thomas

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crime-scene-knife.jpgA man is in police custody following a fatal stabbing in St. Thomas Monday morning.

The deceased has been identified as 27 year-old Stephen Knight.

Shortly after midnight an argument reportedly developed between the two men in Duckensfield.

Mr. Knight was stabbed with a knife.

He was pronounced dead at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

10 month old found dead in bucket

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe police are investigating the death of a ten month-old girl last night at a house in Mount Moriah, St. Ann.

It's reported that, shortly before 4 o'clock Sunday morning, the child's body was discovered in a bucket of water in the kitchen by one of her siblings.

She was pronounced dead at the St. Ann's Bay Hospital.

The Cave Valley Police confirmed that they received a report.

According to a police source, investigators have collected statements from relatives including the mother of the child.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThere was a double murder in Tollgate, Clarendon Sunday night.

The deceased are construction worker Zephaniah Shaw and Benjamin Clark, both of Decoy Road in the parish.

They were at a bar on Decoy Road when approximately 10:20, five men entered and opened gunfire at them.

Uphell Purcell, Councillor for the York Town Division,stated that one of the men was killed shortly after leaving his political meeting.

Days before, at least two other persons - two businessmen - were shot dead in separate gun attacks. One was attacked and shot while supervising road work along a main thoroughfare just outside the town, while the other was shot by gunmen who invaded his home.

mavado-daughter-and-son.jpgThe 16-year-old son of Dancehall artiste, Mavado, who charged in relation to the brutal murder of a man in Cassava Piece, St Andrew was remanded when he appeared in the Kingston and Andrew Parish Court Tuesday. The teenager was a no-show at his first court appearance last week.

His attorneys Bert Samuels and Bianca Samuels began submissions for a bail application, which is to continue on July 3.

The teenager was charged earlier this month along with 23-year-old Andre Hinds for the June 5 murder of Lorenzo Thomas, popularly known as 'Chulups' and 'Israel'.

Hinds is being represented by attorney-at-law Kemar Robinson.

It is being alleged that the two accused were among a group of men who went to Thomas' house.

The door was kicked open and Thomas was shot, chopped with machetes and then set ablaze.

5 shot in May Pen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgFive people were shot and injured yesterday after a lone gunman opened gunfire on a vendor in the May Pen town centre in Clarendon.

Reports are that about 3:45 pm vendors in the vicinity of the Denbigh/Four Paths bus park were sent scampering for cover when the lone gunman fired several shots.

The gunman, according to eye witness reports, approached a female vendor at her stall posing as a customer.

He then took what appeared to be a revolver from a plastic bag he was carrying and attempted to fire at the vendor.

When that effort failed, he pulled another gun from the same bag and opened fire, hitting the vendor who ran in her bid to escape.

The gunman gave chase, firing several shots in her direction and injured four other persons.

The perpetrator then escaped along Council Street, which runs beside the Clarendon Municipal Corporation building.

The vendor received shots to her buttocks and arms. She and the other four persons were rushed to the May Pen Hospital for treatment.

portland-couple-killed-photo-1.jpgThe farming community of Mount Pleasant in west Portland has been rocked by a double murder after the bodies of Charlie Anderson, 74 and his wife Gayle Anderson, 71, were discovered 'partially burned' in the early hours of Friday morning.

The couple, who had retired to Jamaica from Manchester, England, were said to have sustained several wounds to the neck and face.Mrs. Anderson, who only recently returned to Jamaica from the United Kingdom (UK), was reportedly found with her hands and feet bound. Mr Anderson's body appeared to have been partially burned and also had what investigators believed to be gunshot wounds.

Preliminary police investigations revealed that the couple had recently been defrauded of $8 million Jamaican dollars (£50,000) by credit card scammers.

According to a family member, between August last year and May of this year, a total of 45 credit card transactions were made at prominent hardware stores and supermarkets in Portland without their knowledge.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Throyville Haughton told The Sunday Gleaner: 'Both bodies had wounds to the neck and face. However, we are not yet able to say what might have caused those injuries.

'We are making every effort to bring closure to this heinous crime, and as such, we are getting assistance from our Area Headquarters and also from Technical Services from Kingston. Our detectives are still in the area carrying out investigations.'

Reports are that the woman was forced to return to the UK in order to secure copies of commercial transactions made by the fraudster (s).

"She returned about two or so weeks ago with the printout [record] from her bank in England," commented the source.

"To the best of my knowledge, those documents were handed over to the police, who started their investigation. I also learned that between August last year and May of this year, a total of 45 credit card transactions were made at prominent hardware stores and supermarkets in Portland," the source further disclosed.

According to investigators, they are looking for a man from the Mount Pleasant community who reportedly fled the area a little over a month ago. The police said that they believe that the man could assist with their investigation.

"I am baffled by these murders. They (the deceased couple) have given so much to this community, and they have never said no to anyone. Each time they are in Jamaica, they bring back shoes, clothes, tablets, food stuff, school items, and other stuff for residents," said Jerome Heslop, a farmer from the community. "It is a wicked and sinful act, and the community has lost two great people."

Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs Anderson's sons said in a statement to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: "Our parents Charlie and Gayle enjoyed a long and happy marriage of 55 years and leave behind their four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They were hardworking people, building a business with integrity and making sure we were always provided for. Charlie and Gayle were pillars of the community in Manchester and Jamaica, and were hugely popular and loved by many. They were just beginning the next chapter of their lives, retiring to Jamaica before this terrible tragedy. We would like to thank our friends, family and community for their prayers and support. We are completely devastated and ask for privacy at this extremely difficult time."

hands-behind-bars.jpgFive persons were arrested and several illegal items seized during raids in St. Mary on Wednesday.

Two persons were arrested for lottery scamming while three were held on outstanding warrants.

The raids occurred during a curfew that was imposed in sections of Annotto Bay, St. Mary on Wednesday as the police clamped down on illegal activities in the parish.

The curfew will end at 6 o'clock Friday morning.

However, Assistant Commissioner Norman Heywood, head of Area 2 headquarters, said the police will continue to maintain a strong presence in Annotto Bay to stem the flare-up of violence.

American boy drowns at pool at Bahai Principe

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe police are probing the circumstances which led to an eight year-old American boy drowning at the Bahia Principe Hotel in Runaway Bay, St. Ann on Saturday.

He has been identified as Antoine Bookard of a Philadelphia address.

It's reported that about 5 o'clock, Antoine was in the pool with family members.

Reports are that the pool was closed at the time.

The boy was later found unresponsive.

Antoine was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Clarendon businessman shot dead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgHomicide detectives are probing the fatal shooting of a prominent businessman, political activist and contractor in Clarendon.

Keith Osbourne, 56, otherwise called Smoker, was killed by gunmen Thursday afternoon while he was overseeing repairs along the Paisley main road.

About 12:30, Mr. Osbourne was standing along the road when a Nissan Tiida motor car with several men drove up.

The police say two men alighted and one of them opened fire hitting Mr. Osbourne several times.

The gunmen then drove away.

Investigators say they have not yet established a motive for the killing.

Policeman arrested for stolen vehicle

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hands-behind-bars.jpgInvestigators from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have arrested a police constable for reasonable suspicion of larceny of a vehicle in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

The incident allegedly occurred on Thursday, June 21.

Reports from the Spanish Town police are that about 1:45 p.m. the constable, who is attached to the St James Police Division, was in the process of selling a Nissan AD Waggon when problems emerged.

During the transaction, the prospective buyer reportedly became suspicious when discrepancies were discovered with the documents that were allegedly registered to the vehicle.

The police were called in and an investigation was immediately launched. It revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Portmore, St Catherine exactly a week earlier on June 14.

The car was seized and the constable was taken into custody, but his identity has been withheld pending further investigation.

The Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) is also investigating the development.

Mavado is declaring his son's innocence

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mavado-photo-12-large.jpgAccording to Mavado's attorney Tamika Harris, the entertainer is claiming his son is innocent.

Harris says Mavado is distraught and a little perturbed and maintains that the allegation against his son is not true, and is willing to go at lengths to defend him.

She is representing the 16-year-old who is charged with conspiracy to murder, arson, shooting with intent, as well as illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

As he is a minor, the teen's name cannot be released to the public.

The minor is being charged in connection with the murder of 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas, also known as "Chulups" and "Israel".

Harris also indicated that Mavado is to return to the island but he does not want the media to know when.

court.jpgChief engineer at the state-run National Energy Solutions (NESOL), 33-year-old Lawrence Pommels, and 34-year-old mechanic, Ricardo Harris, who were arrested after $35 million was allegedly found at premises in Old Harbour , St Catherine on June 7, are to make their first appearance in court on Tuesday, June 19.

The men, who have been charged with money laundering, possession of criminal property, breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act and bribery, were booked to appear in the St Catherine Parish Court on Friday, but the date was pushed back to this week.

Their attorneys are expected to apply for bail when the matter is mentioned on Tuesday.

In addition to the cash, four high-end motor vehicles, including a BMW X6 and an Audi, along with other valuables, were also seized by detectives who raided the homes in Old Harbour.

Pommels, a recent graduate of a local university, was reportedly in charge at NESOL at the time of his arrest. NESOL previously operated as the Rural Electrification Programme, which had its mandate widened from just bringing electricity to rural communities.

What is being described as the culmination of a high-level probe saw investigators from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch as well as the Financial Investigation Division (FID), swooping down on two houses in New Harbour Village last week Thursday, resulting in the cash, motor vehicles and other valuables being seized.

Opposition Spokesman on Energy, Phillip Paulwell, has since indicated that he wants the management of NESOL and officials of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology to appear before Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee to answer questions in light of the NESOL developments.

mavado-son-yardflex.jpgA second suspect has been charged with the murder of 23-year-old Lorenzo Thomas, otherwise called 'Israel' or 'Trulups' in Cassava Piece, St Andrew on June 5.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch's (CIB) Major Investigation Division (MID) have charged 23-year-old Andre Hinds along with Dancehall entertainer, Mavado's 16-year-old son.

They are jointly charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, arson, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

The two accused are scheduled to appear in court on Monday, June 18.

Three students of Ardenne High School in Kingston were rushed to hospital following an accident at the 10th Jamaica Driver and Traffic Safety Expo at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston on Saturday.

Reports are that the students from Ardenne High School, were part of group of drummers, performing at the mentioned event when a large screen fell on the stage where they were gathered.

A team of medical officials and other persons from the audience rushed to offer assistance and found one of the students suffering from a head injury, another remained motionless while the third was found with a cut and swelling to his foot.

They were all placed in an ambulance and rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) for treatment.

Alphonso Grennell, one of the organisers of the event explained what caused the accident.

"A heavy gust of wind caused the harness securing the screen on the main stage to break. As a result three members of a performing band were injured, all of whom have been taken to hospital for treatment," Grennell said in release.

The organiser said officials at the event remain committed to safety and as a result, all safety protocols were observed before and during the event.

mavado-and-son.jpgThe police have reported that the 16-year-old son of deejay Mavado was set to have his first appearance in court on Monday, June 18. The juvenile has been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, arson, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

He has been charged by detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) with the June 5 murder of Lorenzo Thomas o/c 'Chulups' and 'Israel' in Cassava Piece, St Andrew.

An adult suspect who was also held in connection with Thomas' killing is reportedly still in custody but the police say his details will be released pending further investigations.

According to reports from the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, Thomas, a 24-year-old labourer was killed by men who kicked open the door to his home about 3:30 am armed with firearms, machetes and gasoline.

The men reportedly fired multiple gunshots at Thomas before inflicting several chop wounds then set him afire.

rapper-xxx-tentacion.jpgDEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Deputies at the Broward Sheriff's Office in Fort Lauderdale, United States are searching for suspects in relation to the murder of Jamaican-American rapper-singer XXXTentacion who was pronounced dead yesterday evening at a Fort Lauderdale-area hospital.

The troubled rapper-singer was fatally shot in the driver's seat of a luxury electric sportscar, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. The 20-year-old rising star, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle dealership.

XXXTentacion had been at RIVA Motorsports checking out inventory when he was approached by two armed suspects as he prepared to drive off in a black BMW i8 at about 4 p.m., sheriff's public information officer Keyla Concepcion said. At least one of them fired, and then both suspects fled the scene in a dark SUV, Concepcion said.

A sheriff's office statement described the shooting as an apparent robbery attempt, adding that no immediate arrests were made. His brief career was mired in controversy.

In 2016, he was arrested on charges including home invasion for a 2015 incident, and less than a month later was jailed on charges that he attacked his girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time.

Later, he faced more charges including witness tampering.

gully-bop-photo-3.jpgDrama-filled dancehall artiste Gully Bop will answer a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm in the St Thomas Parish Court on June 27.

The artiste, whose real name is Robert Malcolm, was last Friday arrested in the parish on assault charges following allegations that he boxed a girl during a dispute.

Gully Bop was arrested after the female complainant made a report at the Morant Bay Police Station that he hit her in the face during an argument at Nuts River . The alleged assault reportedly caused the female swelling and pain.

The entertainer was granted $40,000 bail.

mavado-photo-12-large.jpgJamaican singjay, David Brooks, more popularly known as Mavado was allegedly defrauded of just over $30 million by prominent attorney Jennifer Messado. Reports are that Messado's attorney revealed, too, that she was arrested Tuesday on a fourth set of fraud-related offences and is to appear in court on Friday in relation to those charges.

These latest developments in the seemingly never-ending saga of the prominent attorney and fraud-related charges, were revealed in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court Wednesday afternoon.

Messado, who was led into court in handcuffs is facing fraud-related charges linked to the sale of several properties in St Andrew.

Clerk of Court Hansurd Lawson strongly opposed bail, claiming that, among other things, she has been in contact with one of the complainants in the case and has been moving around money in her bank account related to other complainants.

Despite this, Messado was granted bail by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in the amount of $5 million with the same conditions as her two previous cases.

The Clerk of the Court, in outlining the newest allegations against Messado, said Mavado told the police that in April 2017 he went to view to a property in the Kingston area. Mavado began making arrangements to purchase the property through his attorney, Tamika Harris.

The Clerk of the Court revealed that Mavado later paid Jennifer Messado $30.7 million for the property and signed a sale agreement and a document giving him possession. However, it was later discovered that the property was not for sale.

"The owner of the property said he does not know who Miss Messado is and never gave her permission to sell his property," Hansurd Lawson, the clerk of the court informed the court.

He acknowledged that the entertainer has been reimbursed $7 million, but is "still out of pocket for the rest of his money".

The other complainants in the case for which Messado appeared in court today are St Andrew businessman Norman Horne and his sister, Charlotte.

Horne, according to the clerk of court, was allegedly defrauded of $28 million which he paid Messado for a property located on Argyle Road in St Andrew.

It was later discovered that the property is owned by the Sports Development Foundation and is not for sale.

Munga's murder case now at Supreme Court

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munga.jpgThe murder case involving deejay Munga Honorebel has been transferred to the Supreme Court.

Munga appeared before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Kingston last week, when the decision was made to refer the case to the Supreme Court.

Munga Honorebel, whose real name is Damian Rhoden, is charged with the murder of Cleveland Smith, who was the nephew of Dancehall artiste, Mr. Vegas. Cleveland Smith was shot dead at 315 Molynes Road, Kingston 20, about 1:00 am on February 12, 2017. Munga was arrested on May 27, 2017.

The dancehall deejay who was granted bail in the sum of JM$500,000, is expected to return to court on July 3.

Top lawyer Jennifer Messado arrested AGAIN

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hands-behind-bars.jpgIt is no joke, attorney Jennifer Messado is back in police custody.

She was detained on Tuesday after further allegations of fraud were made against her, this time by two complainants -- a popular entertainer and a well known businessman.

Mrs Messado's attorney, Christopher Townsend, admitted that she was being questioned by detectives of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and it is likely that she will be charged.

Additional fraud charges were laid against Mrs Messado two weeks ago.

The attorney, who specialises in real estate transactions, was re-arrested and charged with breaches of the Forgery Act.

On May 15, during her appearance in the St. Andrew Parish Court on similar charges, the court was told that detectives were opposed to Mrs Messado being granted bail as she was being investigated for other matters.

She was offered bail in the sum of $800,000 and is to return to court on July 3.

Mrs. Messado is charged jointly with Real Estate broker Beverly Barakat.

chase-cross.jpgMavado's 16-year-old son is still in juvie.

The teen was being held at the Constant Spring Police Station but was transferred to the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre early this week.

He was detained last week with other relatives including, recording artiste Chase Cross.

Chase, whose real name is Sameer Coombs, is Mavado's cousin. He was charged with assault and released on bail last week Friday.

However, it was reported on Tuesday that Chase Cross has again been detained by the police.

counterfeit-cigarettes.jpgThe narcotics police on Tuesday seized more than $300 million worth of counterfeit cigarettes in Montego Bay, St. James.

Hundreds of boxes of cigarettes were seized Tuesday morning during an operation in Westgate Hill, St. James.

A man was arrested.

The operation was is ongoing.

police-station.jpgThe police have stepped up their investigation into the murder of Clarendon businessman Brandon Murray at the Mayfair Hotel in St Andrew on Sunday and are hoping that closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras located at the premises can lead them to the killers.

Murray, 47, a restaurateur, was murdered on the compound of the hotel at around 4:45 p.m.

Deputy Superintendent Winston Hunt of the Half-Way Tree Police Station is reported as saying the investigation spanned several parishes.

"The scene was revisited Monday morning and we basically did neighbourhood investigations and appealed to anyone with information pointing to suspects. What I can tell you is that there are [recording] devices. We have made requests to see if those devices were up and running at the time of the incident," Hunt disclosed.

"We are keeping our fingers crossed because we have seen on occasions where even though there are cameras, there are technical challenges," he said.

"The investigation is not confined to the Mayfair Hotel. We have to look at the Clarendon neighbourhood in which he resided and we have to look at the area in which he worked, too. We are keeping an open mind," Hunt said.

Meanwhile, Sport Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange expressed shock at the tragic passing of Murray, who was co-founder of Sporting Central Academy football club.

"Brandon contributed to the development of football in Jamaica, first as a player, football club owner, and as the person best known for the rehabilitation of football fields in Jamaica. I pray for his family and loved ones at this time," Grange said in a statement.

Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon Mike Henry also expressed condolences on the passing of the businessman, which has plunged the Clarendon business community into mourning.



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chase-cross.jpgEntertainer Chase Cross, who just happens to be the cousin of Gully Gad, Mavado, has been charged with assault and released from police lockup. Chase Cross was among a group of people including Mavado's son who was arrested this week.

However, Mavado's 17 year old son remains in police custody and has reportedly been transferred from an adult facility to a lockup for juveniles.

Meanwhile, Mavado who is still wanted by the police for questioning in relation to the violence in the Cassava Piece Community is expected to turn himself in after fulfilling his contractual obligations in the United States according to his lawyer.

The Constant Spring police department issued a notice on Tuesday asking Mavado to report to the police for questioning.

The dancehall singjay was supposed to report by midday on Wednesday but he left the island before the order was issued.

All this stems following an incident in Cassava Piece where shots were fired at Mavado who escaped unhurt. Subsequent that saga a man was brutally murdered in the same community.

Police have since arrested and charged one man, while investigations continue in other matter.

Munga granted bail; returns to court July 3

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munga.jpgDancehall deejay Munga was granted bail in the same sum of $500,000 when he appeared before the Halfway Tree Gun Court on Thursday.

The entertainer was represented by Kaysian Kennedy who appeared on behalf of Munga's lawyer Christopher Townsend who is currently off the island.

Last year, Munga was slapped with a $500,000 bail after he was arrested and charged with the murder of Cleveland Smith, the nephew of fellow entertainer Mr. Vegas in Ackee Walk, St. Andrew.

The dancehall deejay who has maintained his innocence is expected to return to court on July 3.

sandals.jpgSandals Resorts International has dismissed as "misleading and downright spurious" a video criticizing the hotel chain's entertainment hiring practices.

The 10-minute long video accused Sandals of continuously showing disregard for Jamaican professionals by "putting foreign nationals in charge of entertainment, both at the corporate and contractor level". It also accused the resort of racism in its hiring of senior managers including executive chefs and general managers.

Sandals has however rubbished the accusations, stating that 80 per cent of performers in its Jamaican resorts are Jamaicans.

"The remaining 20 per cent are used to execute circus shows, mainly as the local group capable of doing so is fully booked," said the resort in a statement.

It also said, "allegations surrounding racism could be no further from the truth as at SRI, the ratio of expats to Jamaicans is less than two per cent.

"It is important to highlight that Sandals has several Jamaican General Managers and Hotel Managers leading resorts in other islands across the Caribbean," the Gordon "Butch" Stewart-run hotel chain added.

The Ministry of Tourism meanwhile said while it "reviews the concerns within the content, there is present misleading and erroneous information that must also be understood in the context of an increasingly competitive tourism sector."

According to the ministry, the record growth in the industry has left "many hotels and attractions packed and bursting at the seams".

It also supported Sandals' statement that 80 per cent of its entertainers are Jamaican.

"We are working very closely with Entertainment and Culture Minister, Olivia Babsy Grange to meet with all relevant stakeholders to dissect and address upfront all concerns," the ministry said.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Half-Way Tree police are investigating Sunday's murder of a Clarendon businessman and football academy co-founder at a hotel in St Andrew.

It's reported that around 4:45 p.m, 47-year-old John Brandon Murray of a Clarendon Park address in Clarendon, was shot and killed by unknown assailants at the Mayfair hotel on West Kings House Close in St Andrew.

Reports are that approximately 5:15 p.m., the 47-year-old man was driving on Kings House Close and upon reaching the hotel he was attacked by men travelling in a vehicle.

The men opened fire, hitting Murray several times before driving away from the location..

Murray, a former footballer, was co-founder of Clarendon's Sporting Central Academy and a partner in Murray's Fish and Jerk Hut also in the parish.

mavado-photo-12-large.jpgMavado's legal team says that the entertainer is willing to meet with detectives, but the time has to convenient.

In a letter to the police, the lawyers reportedly outlined the artiste's schedule and requested an appropriate date to get the session done. The attorneys say 'Vado is willing to meet with investigators, but has to be mindful of the legal implications if he fails to honour his obligations.

The police issued a statement on Tuesday asking the entertainer, whose real name is David Brooks, to report to the Constant Spring Police Station in St Andrew by midday the following day.

"The police believe that Mr. Brooks can assist with an ongoing investigation," the statement said.

But Mavado's attorneys Peter Champagnie and Tamika Harris say at the time the statement was issued Mavada was overseas honouring previous contractual obligations.

The request for Mavado to report to the police came after a series of incidents in the St Andrew community known as Cassava Piece last weekend.

In the first incident, which occurred last Saturday, Mavado was reportedly shot at by a man with whom he had a dispute earlier.

Days later, two men from the community were shot and killed by unknown assailan

chase-cross.jpgEntertainer, Chase Cross, has been charged with assaulting Anthony Goulbourne, the man accused of shooting at Mavado during a dispute in Cassava Piece on Saturday.

Goulbourne reported that he was assaulted by Chase Cross and Mavado.

Mavado, who is overseas, is expected back in the island this weekend to be questioned by the police.

Chase Cross has been released on station bail.

Since the shooting, rival gunmen have been trading bullets in Cassava Piece.

A man was killed and his body set on fire earlier this week.

The police have since imposed a curfew in the area.

mavado-photo-12-large.jpgDetectives from the Major Investigation Division (MID) have taken over the probe involving Mavado's 17 year old son, along with other relatives and associates of the dancehall entertainer.

This was disclosed during Friday's hearing of a writ of habeas corpus filed in the St. Andrew Parish Court.

Mavado's attorneys had filed the writ demanding the release of the entertainer's son, his brother, two cousins and gardener. They were arrested on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the deadly violence in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew. During the hearing, investigators told the parish judge that the MID now has an interest in the five individuals.

The cops are to return to court on Monday to give the parish judge a status report on the individuals.

KFC signs Leon Bailey for Bid Deal promo

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leon-bailey.jpgKFC Jamaica has announced a partnership with Jamaican football sensation, Leon Bailey ahead of the launch of the company's World Cup marketing campaign.

Bailey, who plays professionally for Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga, will star in marketing campaigns for KFC Jamaica's limited time Winner Box meal offer and its flagship Big Deal, set to launch next week. The partnership will also see KFC teaming up with Bailey, Bailey's brother Kyle Butler and the Phoenix All-Star Academy, as they embark on plans to give back to Jamaica.

Bailey has already begun discussions with KFC to give back to Cassava Piece, from where the sports star originally hails, as well as the wider community, through sports development.

"Bailey has big plans in the near future both in his career on the field and here in Jamaica off the field," said Andrei Roper, Brand Manager for KFC Jamaica."KFC is here to support his vision for his community and Jamaica in any way that we can."

Bailey first honed his skills at Phoenix All-Star Academy, owned and operated by Bailey's father Craig Butler.

The footballer's talent has caught the attention of numerous football clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea and his current team Bayer Leverkusen.

"KFC Jamaica has always been a supporter of youth development through sports and Leon Bailey is the embodiment of development through football," Roper added.

Bailey's great success has garnered the support and adoration of Jamaicans globally.

Restaurants of Jamaica, owners and operators of KFC locally, is the first and only Jamaican Corporate entity that Bailey has partnered with.

Bailey's professional football career began in Belgium at Koninklijke Racing Club Genk (KRC Genk), where he scored his first goal for the team in November 2015. His talent and performance throughout the season saw Bailey top scoring for the club in 2015 and being awarded the Belgian Young Footballer of the Year for the 2015 - 2016 season. Bailey's success continued into the 2016 - 2017 football season, when his goal scored against Rapid Wien in September 2016 was recognized as the Top Goal of the season.

By the end of the 2017 - 2018 football season, Bailey had scored 12 goals over 34 games which played a key role in Bayer Leverkusen's 5th place finish in the Bundesliga.

KFC added that Jamaicans should expect big things from the KFC-Bailey-Phoenix Academy partnership in the future. "Leon is a BIG DEAL in the truest sense. The sky is the limit for him and KFC Jamaica is proud to be a part of his growth and ascension both on and off the field," Roper added.

"This partnership between KFC Jamaica and Leon is very exciting, and one that we plan to bring to life in a BIG way, not just on television and in traditional media, but in the digital and social media space, at our KFC restaurants and in the community."


Tina Myers-Matalon (left), Marketing Manager for KFC Jamaica signs the deal with Craig Butler (right) Head of Phoenix Academy as Andrei Roper (centre), Brand Manager for KFC Jamaica looks on.

Gang leader shot dead by police

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police-cars.jpgThe alleged leader of the Compound Gang, based in Gregory Park, Portmore, St. Catherine, 23-year-old Demar Montague, otherwise called 'Eddie', was fatally shot during an alleged confrontation with the police.

The police say the incident happened yesterday morning about 5:30 a.m. in Portland West area in the parish.

According to the police, Montague, who was wanted for shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm, was shot and injured when he engaged lawmen in an exchange of gunfire during an operation in the area.

They say two firearms - a .40 Smith and Wesson pistol and a .38 revolver, a magazine and nine rounds of ammunition - were seized during the incident.

Montague was taken to hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

The matter has been reported to the Bureau of Special Investigations and the Independent Commission of Investigations.

mavado-photo-12-large.jpgCamika Harrison, one of two attorneys-at-law representing Mavado, who was a "no-show" at Wednesday's questioning session at the Constant Spring Police in St Andrew said he had left the island on Sunday and the police should have been aware of that situation.

"The police has all the necessary resources to check on his whereabouts... They have PICA (Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency), which is at their disposal. They should have known. He has not been in the island for more than 24 hours... He does not live in Jamaica and returned home (to the United States)."

Pierre Rogers is also representing the entertainer.

Harrison said she and Rogers met with a senior cop at the Constant Spring Police arrangements were being made for their client to come in.

Mavado is booked for a show in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Sunday.

johnny-daley-photo-1.jpgFor immediate release June 6, 2018, Kingston Jamaica After what was thought to be a done deal and the start of a new chapter for Comedian and broadcaster Chris Johnny Daley's Johnny LIVE radio show on University owned radio station News Talk 93fm; the show came to a premature halt on Tuesday when Daley was informed that the station was ceasing new programming until further notice.

Negotiations began almost a month ago with Station Managers and Chris Daley and even with the sales team for Newstalk 93 FM. There was an agreement made for the new home of Daley's Johnny LIVE radio show to air on Newstalk 93fm weekday afternoons 2:30-5pm starting on June 4th 2018.

"The station manager assured me that all was well and we were set to sign the final contract on the very first broadcast day Monday June 4, they even wanted the show to start earlier than that date so its a surprise that the University and the Station Management are at odds and i am caught in the middle" Daley explained

The Johnny LIVE Afternoon show was off to a great start and feedback on the the first show on Monday was already positive, however communication with the University and the Radio station's management seemed to have either broken down or was non existent.

"If the Stations Management did not have the authority to engage my show to join the station then they shouldn't have done so. If the University is making this decision without realizing how it affects people then i'm very disappointed. My team and i have made adjustments to our lives to accommodate the daily afternoon show, my producer left another job to work with me, this isn't something to be taken lightly," Daley added

The comedian had also started a social media promotional campaign about his new radio home urging his fans to tune in. This would be the third home of Daley's radio brand as it was previously aired on Suncity Radio and Bess 100FM.

"The whole thing makes me very sad because fans have been asking me when i would be back on radio and i was happy to tell them that Johnny LIVE had a new radio home. I really don't like to be constantly moving the brand from station to station but even if Newstalk can work out its internal issues with the University i doubt i will return to the table because they have been surprisingly unprofessional," Daley stated

In the meantime Daley is focused on his Johnny LIVE Comedy Bar comedy series held on a Tuesday night at 100 Hope Road. He is set to have fast rising American comedian Shuler King appear in Jamaica for the first time on June 26 for a Comedy Bar special.

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgFamily and friends of 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas, otherwise called 'Israel' or 'Trulups', of Cassava Piece Road are in mourning after his bizarre "three deaths on Tuesday morning as violence intensifies in the St Andrew community.

Thomas was reportedly at home early in the morning when armed men kicked in the door to the house that he occupied and shot and then severed his head. His body was then set ablaze by the attackers.

The Police were summoned,the scene processed and his body removed to the morgue.

It's the latest round of violence in and around Cassava Piece in recent days, following the shooting incident involving dancehall entertainer Mavado in the community and the murder of a man in the nearby Constant Spring Market.

Mavado was reportedly involved in a physical confrontation which led to him being shot at on Saturday. Later that day, Cassava Piece resident, Ian Robinson, otherwise called 'Gaza Man', was shot dead at the Constant Spring Market.

Police say they are now monitoring the area and have not made any connection to t

mavado-photo-12-large.jpgPolice officers from the Constant Spring station swooped down on the entertainer's Norbrook residence in search of him.

"We have confirmed that Mavado has left the island, but we have taken his 16 year-old son into custody. Mavado's nephew, Chase Cross, is also in custody as well as his brother and his cousin. They will all be questioned regarding crimes committed in the area," the source said.

The development comes hours after the gruesome murder of a man in Cassava Piece early Tuesday morning as the internecine gang violence intensified in the area.

The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas, otherwise called 'Israel' or 'Trulups', of Cassava Piece Road.

Thomas was reportedly at home early in the morning when armed men kicked in the door to the house that he occupied and shot and then severed his head. His body was then set ablaze by the attackers.

The Police were summoned,the scene processed and his body removed to the morgue

Thomas was the second person killed in three days in the wake of a shooting incident involving Mavado in the community on Saturday. The first murder was that of a Cassava Piece resident, Ian Robinson, otherwise called 'Gaza Man', who was shot dead at the Constant Spring Market.

Mavado was reportedly involved in a physical confrontation which led to him being shot at on Saturday. The police have a man in custody in relation to that shooting but he is yet to be charged.

mavado-photo-12-large.jpgPolice have ordered dancehall artiste Mavado to turn himself into the authorities for questioning and have detained a number of the deejay's close relatives at the Constant Spring lock up in relation to the flare up of violence in the entertainer's Cassava Piece, St Andrew community.

"We are calling on the entertainer to visit the police station as we seek to ask him a number of questions in relation to a number of developments in the Cassava Piece area," a senior officer from the Constant Spring police division is reported as saying.

Police confirmed that Mavado, whose real name is David Brooks, reportedly left the island Monday night, hours before law enforcement officers from the Constant Spring station swooped down on the entertainer's Norbrook residence in search of him.

Reggae Sumfest Jet Blue Prize Giveaway

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red-stripe-presents-reggae-sumfest.jpgPROMOTION NAME: Sumfest Flies with Jet Blue

PROMOTION PERIOD: Friday June 10 - Friday July 6, 2018

PRIZE PACKAGE: - Value - US$592.00

  • 2 Tickets to Colorfest Beach Party
  • 2 tickets to the Blitz
  • 2 tickets to the World Clash
  • Grand Prize - Wins 2 VIP Weekend Tickets to the Festival plus 2 travel certificates valid for return travel from Jamaica to a Jet Blue Destination * (Taxes and fees will apply)



Sweepstake is open to legal residents of Jamaica aged 18 years or older at the time of entry. Not Valid outside of Jamaica and to directors of Downsound Entertainment (including immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses)


  • Follow Reggae Sumfest on Instagram
  • Share the promotion and get 10 new followers for Reggae Sumfest on Instagram. New followers must use the hashtag #followjetbluetosumfest
  • Share a photo of yourself Instagram and include the hashtag #followjetbluetosumfest. Photo should include either
    • A photo of you at the Jet Blue Checkin counter in Kingston or Montego Bay or
    • A photo of you beside the Reggae Sumfest branded truck with a sign showing the hashtag #followjetbluetosumfest
    • A photo of you with a sign holding the Mission statement for Jet Blue
  • Entrants must complete entry form located in the profile of the Reggae Sumfest Instagram page
  • Limit of one (1) Entry per Instagram account will be valid for entry.


Eligible entries would be determined based on the entries on Instagram. All eligible names will be entered into a raffle. Raffle can be drawn manually or electronically (to be determined).

Four Winners will be chosen:

  • First selection - Wins 2 Tickets to Beach Party
  • Second selection - Wins 2 tickets to the Blitz
  • Third Selection - Wins 2 tickets to the World Clash
  • Fourth Selection and Grand Prize - Wins 2 VIP Weekend Tickets to the Festival



WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be advised by email by July 10 2018


Promotion of the sweepstake will be done through social media as well as on radio and select newspaper advertising.


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fatal-crash.jpgFour persons, including two young women, died from multiple injuries they sustained in a two-motorcycle collision along a main roadway in Westmoreland on Wednesday night. The deceased have so far been identified as Shakera Hawthorne, 21; Kadene Campbell, 20; and Ryan Robinson, 31, otherwise called 'Force Ripe', a local deejay, all of Whitehall district addresses in Westmoreland; along with Everton Spence, also 31, of Sheffield district in the parish.

Reports are that about 9:30 p.m., the two motorcycles were being driven along the Sheffield main road in Westmoreland in opposite directions, when the driver of one was preparing to make a turn and was run into by the other motorcycle.

The drivers of the motorcycles and the two females, who were pillion riders on one the bikes, sustained multiple injuries and were taken to hospital, where they were all pronounced dead.

The Westmoreland police are investigating.

New York , New York (May 29, 2018) On May 27 2018, ABC news published previously sealed video evidence from Mark Myrie's 2010 trial on drug-related charges. This excerpt of old surveillance footage was leaked to the internet just as Myrie, known to music lovers as Buju Banton, is preparing to return home after nearly a decade behind bars.

The timing of the ABC report raises many important questions: What purpose does this report serve? Why unseal this dated footage now, when Myrie is preparing to resume his life and career? And finally, why did a American news network that has previously shown little interest in Buju Banton's life and career choose to run a lengthy article that omits crucial and readily available information about the case against Mark Myrie?

"Mark is a warrior," says Attorney David Oscar Markus, who represented Myrie as he defended himself. "He fought two trials and numerous appeals against a system that included a corrupt juror. He could've taken a deal after the first hung trial that would've sent him home, but Mark's philosophy was: better to fight on your feet than live on your knees."

buju-banton-photo-10.jpgBuju Banton's Managment team thanks everyone who has reached out with words of support for the artist. The facts of the case are a matter of public record and we trust that responsible journalists will make sure that the full story is told. Buju has learned from the past and made peace with the court's decision. For now his focus is on the future: returning to his family, recording music for his fans and making a positive contribution to society. For everyone who is unable to offer any words of support we ask that you please allow the artist to continue his journey of redemption in peace and harmony as he works to rebuild his life and career.


Tommy Lee released from police custody

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tommy-lee-sparta-photo-14.jpgDancehall entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta is a free man. The deejay was released from police custody Tuesday afternoon after St James parish judge Sandria Wong-Small made the order.

Tommy Lee was arrested at an ABM in Liguanea two Sundays ago in St Andrew.

Hours after his detention, he was taken to St James for detention under the state of public emergency.

But the judge said she was of the view that Tommy Lee was not properly detained by the police under the state of emergency.

The police had claimed that Tommy Lee had fled St James and that he could not be found at the St Andrew address which was given for him.

But defence attorney Tom Tavares Finson argued that Tommy Lee, whose given name is Leroy Russell, was working in St Andrew at a stage show prior to his arrest.

He also said Tommy Lee has been living outside of St James since 2017.

Reggae Sumfest Flies with JetBlue

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Reggae Sumfest Flies with JetBlue

The North-American-based JetBlue Airways is confirmed as one of the premium sponsors of Reggae Sumfest 2018. Joe Bogdanovich, DownSound Entertainment (DSE) CEO, who acquired the Sumfest Brand in 2016 welcomes the addition of JetBlue to the raft of sponsors. "The fact that JetBlue, an overseas based company, recognizes the value of the Reggae Sumfest Brand on the global scene clearly demonstrates its growth in influence and importance over its history. Jamaican music, since the 1960s, with the emergence of icons such as Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert, and Jimmy Cliff, has not only captured the imagination of numerous people across the globe but has been integral to the mushrooming of Brand Jamaica. Reggae Sumfest is, perhaps, the most influential vehicle to leverage and sustain Brand Jamaica and further promote the island and its music", Mr. Bogdanovich said.

Mr Sepp Donahower, Director Global Marketing for DSE, shared that, "Jet Blue is the official and exclusive Airline Partner for Reggae Sumfest 2018, and will be the presenting sponsor for the Live Stream of Reggae Sumfest 2018 on all DSE platforms. Since acquisition of Reggae Sumfest in 2016, DSE has been engaged in bringing world class high production Live Streaming and Video content of Reggae Sumfest to the world with ever expanding reach, on multiple streaming and broadcast platforms. In 2017 during festival week, Reggae Sumfest had over 1,250,000 views watching the Live Stream and uploaded videos." Reggae Sumfest for 2018 is expected to continue this explosive streaming and viewing growth, which brought Jet Blue in as a presenting partner for the stream. Fans will be able to access the Live Stream for 2018 through the Live Streaming page on the website." But, as Bogdanovich points out, "there is nothing that can replace the energy and excitement of being at Catherine Hall live".

Past festivals and videos can be viewed on the YouTube channel "Reggae Sumfest Live Streaming & Video.

JetBlue, on the other hand, is elated to take part in Reggae Sumfest and will be working with Reggae Sumfest and the Jamaica Tourist Board to give away hotel and air ticket inclusive packages for two lucky winners to come to the festival from the United States. Additionally, plans are in place for a joint promotion locally to give away tickets to the festival.

"As the official airline partner of Reggae Sumfest, we are thrilled to be a part of this extraordinary event that promotes Jamaican culture and brings people together through their love of music. Reggae Sumfest is a great opportunity to showcase Jamaica as the relevant destination that it is, while also benefitting its tourism industry and local economy", stated Giselle Cortes, Director of International Airports and Commercial. "JetBlue strives to support the communities we serve by providing our customers, business partners and crew members with outstanding experiences such as this one", she added.

JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 102 cities in the US,Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit

"We are very proud of what we have been able to achieve in the past two years. We built on the firm foundation laid by the Summerfest Team and it is our intention to grow the festival further. In keeping with that objective, we are offering patrons more and more each year", Mr Bogdanovich said.

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Sean Paul's announces death of his father

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sean-paul-photo-8.jpgGarth Henriques, the father of international reggae star, Sean Paul, passed away on Thursday after spending over two months in hospital battling from an ailment.

The artiste, whose real name is Sean Paul Francis Henriques, updated fans on Twitter: "With deep regret, I announce the passing of my father, Garth Henriques," tweeted Sean Paul."On behalf of our family, I wish to thank everyone who has offered their kind words and sincere condolences in this time of bereavement. I wish to extend my appreciation to the doctors, nurses and medical team at the University Hospital of the West Indies, and many fan, friends and family who donated blood and offered good wishes."
Last month, he reported that his father was in the intensive care unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), and was in dire need of O Negative blood.

"We have been asking family and friends to give blood if they can, but right now he's in dire need of blood, so if anybody can help out, I would greatly appreciate it," Sean Paul had said.

In a video posted on social media back then, the artiste said his father's illness was the reason he had been keeping a low profile musically over the last few months.

He did not disclose what the illness was.

Hopes of seeing his father improve were dashed on Thursday, as the family reported that the senior Henriques had passed away.

The entertainer has asked for some level of privacy during the challenging period for the family.

vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgLawyers representing jailed dancehall entertainers Vybz Kartel and Shawn "Storm" Campbell will have to wait until July in order to apply to introduce fresh evidence in their case before the Appeal Court.

Justice Dennis Morrison, President of the Appeal Court, declined to hear the application on Thursday during a case management hearing.

"The application was further put off to be heard on the 9th of July," said attorney Bert Samuels, who represents Vybz Kartel and Campbell.

He said the evidence, which was left out at the trial of the men, is crucial to the their appeal - the first hearing of which is also on July 9.

The lawyers were successful on Thursday in filing additional grounds of appeal for Shawn Campbell.

In addition to the late grounds being filed, "orders were made for the prosecution to respond to the arguments and the grounds made by Shawn Campbell because in breach of the orders, the prosecution had not yet given a response to the grounds filed," Mr. Samuels explained.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, Shawn Campbell, along with Kahira Jones and Andre St. John were sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 for the 2011 murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Greater Portmore Police are searching for gunmen behind Thursday morning's deadly attack in Gregory Park, St. Catherine, which left a race horse groom dead. He has been identified as Orlando Marshall otherwise called Coolie.

His girlfriend was also shot and has been hospitalised.

It is reported that shortly after two o'clock, Mr. Marshall and his girlfriend were asleep at their Dover Avenue residence, when armed men kicked off the door and opened gunfire on them.

Mr. Marshall was pronounced dead at hospital.

charged.jpgThe teenagers accused of last week's fatal stabbing of a Bog Walk High student have been charged.

The suspects who are 14, 18 and 19 years old have been charged with murder.

The boys were charged after they were assigned legal aid and questioned.

They are scheduled are to appear before the St. Catherine Parish Court on Wednesday May 30.

Kavaughn Barnes,18, was stabbed on May 14 during a reported dispute with the boys.

Another boy was also stabbed in the incident.

police-federation-logo.jpgThe police say arrangements are being made to interview Leighton "Livity" Coke, the brother of extradited West Kingston strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who was wanted for murder.

They say another man, Christopher "Titi Man" Coke, is also in custody and that he too is to be questioned in relation to the incident.

The police say both men were wanted in relation to the March 12, 2018 murder of Patrick Davis in Rockfort, Kingston 2.

The police say they surrendered to investigators at the Elletson Road Police in Kingston last evening accompanied by their attorneys, this after they were listed among five men wanted by the police in relation to a murder investigation.

Still being sought are Lanchester Coke otherwise called "Bamma T", David Biggs alias "Allen" and a man who goes by the alias "Ratty".

livity-coke-and-4-others-wanted-for-murder-in-east-kingston.jpgLeighton 'Livity' Coke has been listed among five men wanted by the Kingston Eastern Police Division today.

According to the police, Coke, who is the brother of imprisoned gangster Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, and the other men are wanted in connection with the murder of 31-year-old Patrick Davis otherwise called 'P Boy'.

Police say Davis' body was found in Rockfort, Kingston, on Monday, March 12.

The other four men are:

Lanchester Coke otherwise called 'Bamma T';

Christopher Coke alias 'Titti Man';

David Biggs alias 'Alien' ;

and a man only known as Ratty.

Lawmen said that the men are being asked to turn themselves in immediately.

hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo policemen from the St. Ann division were taken into custody Tuesday morning following allegations that they sexually assaulted a woman, Monday night.

Reports from the St. Ann police are that the two officers reportedly sexually assaulted the woman in Runaway Bay.

The police information arm says, a report was made and an immediate investigation launched, and the policemen taken into custody.

The CCU says a file is now being prepared to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, (DPP) for a ruling.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (Indecom) has been informed of the incident.

tommy-lee-sparta-photo-13.jpgThe police have described Tommy Lee as a dangerous gangster who is behind many criminal activities in St James. Ealan Powell, the police commander in charge of the State of Public Emergency in St James, has described the hardcore entertainer as a "serious gangster."

"Tommy Lee, as far as we know, is a serious gangster... Somebody who intelligence report indicate, is behind a lot the criminal activities in St James," Powell said.

He also dismissed assertions that the police transferred Tommy Lee to Montego Day and detained him under the state of emergency to avoid having to release him.

"You can be held anywhere under the state of emergency. If we believe that you flee the state of emergency we can hold you anywhere," he explained.

In the meantime, Powell says investigators will respect the entertainer's human and constitutional rights, but will not relent in their investigations.

"If we have intelligence that he is involved in criminal activities we are going to seek to interview him and to carry out investigations around him irrespective of who he is," Powell insisted.

Tommy Lee's newest attorney, Donahue Martin has complained about a photo of the entertainer dressed in an underwear while in custody being circulated via social media.

"I was made aware of that picture and I find it very unprofessional, and we do intend to write to the relevant authorities, in particular the commissioner of police, to ascertain why it is that this is being done while somebody is a guest of the state," said Martin.

"I believe it had to have been taken by a member of the police, and I find it extremely unprofessional. We expect the commissioner to respond and to deal with whatever disciplinary action ought to be taken," Martin added.

tommy-lee-photo-12.jpgDancehall entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta whose real name is Leroy Russell will remain behind bars until next weekTuesday, May 29

Parish judge Sandria Wong Small have given the St James police permission to hold the Sparta deejay for another seven days after which he must be charged or released from custody. She made the order after the entertainer's attorneys, Tom Tavares-Finson and Donahue Martin, made a habeas corpus application on his behalf in the St James Parish Court today. A habeas corpus application is a writ which requires that a detainee be brought before a judge, especially to secure his release, unless lawful grounds are shown for continued detention.

Tommy Lee Sparta, was transferred from Kingston to the Freeport Police Station in Montego Bay on Monday morning, hours after he was taken into custody in the corporate area. The police say Tommy Lee is being held under the state of public emergency in St James, although they deny that he was transported to St James specifically for this reason.

bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgAs part of Labour Day celebrations, Bounty Killer through his Bounty Foundation will return to the Victoria Jubilee and Kingston Public Hospitals to give the two health facilities a facelift.

Bounty Killer and his team will be painting sections of the hospitals.

Two months after donating some much-needed beds, the dancehall deejay is set to make a significant donation to both hospitals on Wednesday.

In February, Bounty Killer through his Bounty Foundation donated 63 beds to the Kingston Public Hospital and the Victoria Jubilee.

The dancehall heavyweight recently returned to the island following a short tour of Europe.

groovin-in-the-park.jpgGroovin' in the Park has announced the addition of a Women Of Reggae segment to this year's event.

The concert takes place at Roy Wilkins Park in New York, on Sunday, June 24.

The package will now include songbirds JC Lodge, Pam Hall and Marcia Aitken.

The women will join Kenny Babyface Edmonds, Capleton, Busy Signal and Romain Virgo as headline performers for the seventh renewal of the outdoor concert in Queens, New York.

DJ Khaled endorses Alkaline

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dj-khaled-maxim.jpgDJ Khaled has given a huge endorsement to Vendetta artiste Alkaline.

The American record producer uploaded Alkaline's brand new single "Pick Unuh Side" to his Instagram account with over 10.3 Million followers on Monday.

Khaled loved the track instantly especially because Alkaline gave his son Asahd a shoutout. "Star from me born something like Asahd," the Dancehall heavyweight deejays over the catchy beat produced by Chimney Records.

DJ Khaled endorsement will definitely be helping Alkaline's upcoming project due later this year. Meanwhile, the Vendetta boss reunited with his MVP team over the weekend when he performed in Washington D.C with Mavado and Jahmiel.

Marlon Samuels' tactics are 'harassment'

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marlon-samuels.jpgCricketer Marlon Samuels has again gone overboard with his social media antics towards Yanique the Curvy Diva Barrett. Samuels last week issued an online bounty on the head of Yanique for the general public to search for her and message him her location with the hope of a monetary reward that increased on a daily basis. All this effort was to serve her with legal papers which Samuels claims Yanique was avoiding and had been in hiding.

The cricketer took the opportunity to then issue a second bounty for persons to capture video footage of Yanique being served with the alleged papers last Saturday night at the Magnum Kings and Queens Finals at Melbourne Cricket Club.

"If you have a document for Yanique you know who her Lawyer is so sending out a bounty online putting her in danger in public is unnecessary. Having your friend bleach out backstage to give her a document at 1am Sunday Morning at Magnum final show while you wait outside in your car is second hand stalking and you need to stop" A source close to the Curvy Diva explained

The source also confirmed that these tactics by Samuels are dangerous for the safety of Yanique The Curvy Diva, her daughter and her team as well as anyone who would approach her in public at Samuels' behest.

"Yanique's security detail has the right to bodily harm anyone who approaches the artiste in a threatening manner, so people can get hurt trying to collect $20,000," The source added

The source also detailed that the document in question is a letter from Samuels' lawyer asking specifically for an apology from The Curvy Diva, the document is in no way a court document served as commencement of any law suit from Samuels which is what a few persons have been incorrectly speculating.

"All this social media antics for an apology request letter? This is obviously attention seeking behavior, a court summons cant be served after 6pm especially on a weekend so that would not have even been legal and no clerk of the court would have even been a part of that,' The source added.

The source also made it clear that the Curvy Diva will not be responding to Samuels on social media because her lawyer is the one who has been given the authority to address all matters related to this case.

tom-tavares-finson.jpgPopular dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta has hired top criminal defense attorney Tom Tavares-Finson to represent him.

As one of his first tasks, Tavares-Finson today filed a habeas corpus application in the St James Parish Court seeking to have the entertainer released from police custody.

The attorney confirmed a short while ago that the application is to be heard by a judge later today.

Tommy Lee Sparta, whose real name is Leroy Russell, was detained early Sunday morning in Manor Park, St Andrew shortly after he performed at an event.

He was later transferred to St James where he is now being held under the State of Public Emergency there.

Ernest Smith, who previously served as Tommy Lee's attorney, had said the detention was unlawful as the artiste has been living in Kingston for almost five years.

Lawyer says Tommy Lee was abducted

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tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgOn Sunday Tommy Lee Sparta went to an ATM in Manor Park, St Andrew, with his manager Tanya Thelwell after leaving the finale of the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall show when he was detained.

"He was abducted at gunpoint by men in masks and taken to the Half-Way-Tree Police Station where it turned out that the men were police officers," said Smith. "Some time ago they had accused him of causing trouble in Montego Bay. The man has since moved and they are still accusing him of things that happen in the parish. I want to know who down there wants him and I'm going to speak with a judge to set up a hearing application for his release. They moved him like a thief in the night."

This is not the first time Tommy Lee Sparta has featured on the cops's radar.

He, along with three others, were charged jointly in February 2014 with suspected breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) Act, 2013. The trial was scheduled to begin last October.

In June 2017, he was questioned and subsequently released by members of the Elleston Road Police Station about a shooting in the division. In January that same year, former head of the St James Police division, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, listed the artiste as a person of interest in relation to crime in sections of Flanker in St James.

A former member of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire, Tommy Lee Sparta is known for songs including Grim Rim Rave, Holding Out the Pressure, Happy Life, Shook, Some Bwoy, Buss A Blank and We Want Paper.

tommy-lee-sparta-photo-14.jpgThe lawyer for Tommy Lee Sparta is crying foul over the abrupt transfer of his client from Kingston to Montego Bay to face charges. Reports are that the dancehall artiste was arrested on Sunday while at an ATM in MAnor Park by maked policemen. He was taken to the says the police "kidnapped" his client from Half-Way-Tree police lock-up yesterday and took him to St James without his knowledge.

According to Smith, he had requested a habeas corpus at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday which would allow his client to appear before a judge and granted release. But the lawyer later found out that the entertainer was removed from the lockup. The attorney said he had no knowledge as to where in Montego Bay his client was being held.

"About an hour ago I received information that Tommy Lee had been carted to Montego Bay where there is a state of emergency... Men came for him at 8:00 am this morning (yesterday) and kidnapped him, so to speak. I had no idea this was done and clearly it was done to desist my habeas corpus application tomorrow (today) in Half-Way-Tree. I find it hard to believe that a senior officer had no idea that the citizen had been carted to Montego Bay when we spoke," he reportedly told morning tabloid, Jamaica Observer.

5 dead from one vehicle in Hanover crash

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fatal-crash.jpgFive persons died in a two-vehicle collision on the Orchard main road in Hopewell, Hanover Sunday night. Two other persons have been seriously injured.

The deceased were all occupants of the same vehicle.

Three of them have been identified. They are 28 year old Joseph Brown, Phillip Jones, and Nicholas French.

The police report that, shortly after 10 o'clock, a gray Toyota Corolla Kingfish, driven by Mr. Brown, with four passengers, drifted into the path of a white Toyota Corolla wagon travelling in the opposite direction.

All the occupants of the Kingfish died at the scene.

Two persons from the other vehicle have been hospitalised in serious condition.

bail.jpgJamaica Defence Force Corporal Dwight Stephens and his wife Stacey Ann were each offered $600,000.00 bail when they appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court. As a condition of bail, they are both required to report to the police daily and to surrender their travel documents.

They are also banned from all ports of entry and exit.

They were ordered to return to court on July 26.

The police reported that on May 11, 2018 they arrested the couple during operations in Greater Portmore, St. Catherine where over 600 pounds of ganja, cash totalling $265,000, a licensed firearm along with ammunition, and two motor cars were also seized.

The couple was subsequently charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps to export ganja, using premises for drugs, conspiracy, and possession of criminal property.

In applying for bail, their lawyer Peter Champagnie alluded to the fact one of the accused, upon being formally interviewed by the police, told them that where the ganja was found in the house was occupied by a helper and her common husband.

Champagnie also submitted that soldier was suffering from a medical condition and so too does a child of the couple.

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Asian tiger mosquito now biting in Jamaica

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asain-tiger-mosquito.jpgA new species of mosquito has been discovered in Jamaica.

It is the Asian tiger mosquito or aedes albopictus which is similar to the aedes aegypti mosquito which is endemic to Jamaica and which transmits the dengue, Chikungunya, Zika and other viruses.

Acting Chief Public Health Inspector for St Catherine, Grayston Hutchinson told last Thursday's monthly meeting of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation that the Asia tiger mosquito was discovered following surveillance throughout the island.

He was responding to questions from councillors attending the monthly meeting.

The tiger mosquito is so named because of its striped appearance, which resembles that of the tiger.

Similar to the aedes aegypti mosquito, the female is the carrier of several viruses, including yellow fever, dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.

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portland-couple-killed.jpgA Portland couple was killed in a motor vehicle crash along the Iteboreale main road in St Mary on Wednesday, May 16. They were heading back to Portland after reportedly dropping off their son at the airport.

They have since been identified as 61-year-old Adrian Peters, a senior survey technician of East Harbour Road in Port Antonio and 54-year-old Carol-Mae Adams of Anchovy Land Settlement, also in the parish.

It's reported that about 3:30 the two were travelling in a Toyota Corolla motor car towards Portland when a truck, travelling in the opposite direction, allegedly overtook a car.

It's further reported that Peters, who was driving the Corolla, swerved from the path of the truck to avoid a colliaion and lost control of the vehicle.

The car crashed into a wall and the two were pinned down inside the vehicle.

Bystanders rushed to assist Peters and Adams, using hammers and other tools to access the vehicle in an attempt to remove them from the wreckage.

The police were eventually called in to assist and the two were rushed to hospital where they died while being treated.

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Amendments to the Rent Restriction Act

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Several amendments are being proposed to the Rent Restriction Act, which are expected to address current challenges in the rental industry and make it more equitable for landlords and tenants.

Senior director in the housing policy, research and monitoring branch of the ministry of economic growth and job creation, paula parkes, says the challenges which exist in the industry relate mostly to standardisation of security deposits, timely recovery of possessions and breach of tenant and landlord covenants.

Ms Parkes says among the changes being proposed is an amendment to the name of the act to 'the Rent Act'. She said the word 'restriction' will be removed to make it clear that the act covers the entirety of the rental industry.

police-suicide.jpgThe Linstead police in St Catherine have launched an investigation into a suspected case of suicide involving the son of a JLP councillor.

Dead is 30-year-old Kemar Abrahams of Wakefield district in Linstead St Catherine.

Reports are that sometime after 9 o'clock yesterday, Abrahams was at home with his mother when an explosion was heard.

Checks later revealed that he used a licensed firearm to shot himself in the upper body.

He was later pronounced dead at hospital.

The Clarendon police have listed 15 men as persons of interest in the parish and are asking them to immediately visit the May Pen Police Station.

The police said nine of the men are from Farm/Effortville in Clarendon. They are

• Leon Blackstock

• Jerome Whyte otherwise called 'Labba'

• Zemar Nelson otherwise called 'Dillen'

• Everton Nelson otherwise called 'Eva'

• Andrew Robinson otherwise called 'Breda Dog'

• Omar Wright otherwise called 'Foxy'

• Kenrick Scott otherwise called 'Mad Max'

• Leon Rose otherwise called 'Hitler'

• Claudius Bryan otherwise called 'Brains'

The remaining men are from Webb Lane, Palmers Cross in Clarendon, the police said. They are:

• Lennox Bryson otherwise called 'Crimist' or 'Bull'

• Paul Bryson otherwise called 'Ken'

• Gilbert Mighty otherwise called 'Twinny'

• Davren Johnson otherwise called 'Bling Dog'

• A man known only as 'Biggs'

• David Harris otherwise called 'Puppy' from Pennants district in the parish

There are now more details available on the timeline for implementation of the ban on single-use plastic bags and styrofoam boxes in the local retail trade.

Government Senator Matthew Samuda is anticipating that within the next three months there should be significant developments. The upcoming ban was announced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday by Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz. He explained that the widely popular plastic bags will soon be banned and Jamaicans will need to get reusable bags when they go shopping. In addition, regulations will be put in place for garbage bags including allowable sizes and types.

Vaz gave no timeline, but Mr Samuda has given a rundown of the activities that are taking take place and their estimated time of completion. He states that there was lengthy consultation with several groups up to two weeks ago and based on these discussions, the timelines are clearer.

hands-behind-bars.jpgA 40-year-old man who works with the National Commercial Bank and his school teacher wife are in police custody charged with fraud and illegal possession of ammunition. Ronald McLaren and his wife, 47 year Shernett McLaren, were charged on the weekend by detectives of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC).

They have been charged jointly with illegal possession of 50 rounds of ammunition. Mr. McLaren has also been charged with conspiracy to defraud and possession of identity information of NCB customers.

C-TOC detectives raided the couple's St. Andrew residence on Friday as part of a probe into the scamming of debit and credit card holders of the bank. Investigators alleged that Mr. McLaren is one of the persons leaking information on customers to scammers.

McLaren and his wife are booked to appear in court on Friday.

charged.jpgA policeman who was ordered released before the St. Catherine Parish Court last Tuesday has again been arrested and charged with murder. Detective Constable Shawn Pennington was arrested on Wednesday by the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) and charged with the murder of Rishawn Oliver.

This follows a probe by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and a ruling by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. In a news release Wednesday afternoon, INDECOM said Mr. Pennington was taken before Parish Judge Evan Brown in the St. Catherine Home Circuit Court.

He was offered $800,000 bail with sureties. The matter was adjourned for mention on October 25.

However, the case was dismissed by the Parish Court judge last Tuesday when it was ruled that INDECOM did not have the jurisdiction to bring charges against the officer.

Press freedom advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has written to Dr Andrew Wheatley, the Chairman of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament currently examining the Data Protection Bill, to express concerns about the chilling effect which the proposed legislation could have on journalism.

RSF, which produces the annual World Press Freedom Index, is suggesting that the Parliament amend the Bill to include a blanket exemption for journalists.

The group's suggestion echoes similar proposals made by the Press Association of Jamaica and the Media Association of Jamaica.

RSF says it does not believe that the Bill makes a sufficient distinction between gathering "data" for journalistic activities and gathering data for regular commercial purposes and says the Bill's negative impact on journalism could outweigh the advantages the legislation is supposed to provide.

The organisation says it acknowledges the existing exemptions for journalism in the Bill as drafted, RSF Executive Director for North American Margaux Ewen says a clear blanket exemption for journalists should be provided instead of a handful of provisions.

RSF notes that without a blanket exemption, the proposed legislation is potentially threatening for journalists and media outlets.

"It says it aims to protect "sensitive personal data," including "political opinions, philosophical beliefs, religious beliefs or other beliefs of a similar nature," all of which are examples of subjects journalists focus their reporting on. How can journalists report on matters of public interest and hold those in power accountable under such a law?" asks Ewan.

Specific provisions of the Bill about which RSF is raising concern include the power given to the Information Commissioner to enforce, exempt, and penalise data controllers, which would include journalists.

crime-scene-gun.jpgState agency representatives and residents of the Clarendon community of Treadlight were sent scampering Wednesday morning as shots rang out adjacent to a property they were preparing to facilitate birth registration activities.

The event was to be hosted in the community square.

It is reported that about 9.30 a.m, a car drove up and two gunmen got out firing several shots at a man next door.

The target fell after he was hit and it is reported that the gunmen then went over him firing several more shots.

The Health Ministry is rejecting claims being circulated on social media of yellow fever in Jamaica.

Yellow fever is an acute illness caused by the yellow fever virus, which is found in the tropics of South America and Africa.

The virus is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes, such as the aedes aegypti, the same vector that transmits the chikungunya, dengue and zika viruses.

In the meantime, the ministry says it continues to heighten its mosquito control activities island-wide.

Yellow Fever is a Class 1 notifiable disease, which means it is to be reported to the Ministry of Health within 24 hours on suspicion by a healthcare professional.

To prevent the importation of the yellow fever virus into Jamaica where the disease does not occur, but where the mosquito vector and human hosts are present, vaccination against yellow fever is required for Jamaicans travelling overseas to destinations that are reported by the World Health Organisation as countries at risk for yellow fever transmission.

guns.jpgThe police have revealed that the shipment of 19 guns intercepted at the Kingston Container Terminal on November 17 last year was destined for the Westmoreland-based Dexter Street Gang.

According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey, that's when the gang landed on the police's radar.

The weapons and nearly 4,000 assorted rounds of ammunition were found in two freezers at the port.

Bailey, the head of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Division Branch (C-TOC), provided the update at a press conference this morning while revealing that another four members of the gang have been arrested, pushing to 17 the number of alleged members of the criminal network now behind bars.

However, Bailey said the man believed to be the leader of the gang and it's main financier, Shadane Patrick Robinson, also known as Gorgan, remains on the run.

According to the C-TOC boss, Robinson was charged with murder and granted bail and is believed to have fled the island for the United States.

He said investigators believe that two other members of the gang who are wanted by the police -- Oshane Rankine, also called Shabba, and Juwayne Barnes, alias Spent Shell -- have also fled to the US.

The alleged gangsters - 13 males and four females - have been charged under the so-called anti-gang legislation and are scheduled to appear before the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston shortly.

The gangsters have allegedly been linked to nearly 40 murders in western Jamaica in the past 17 months and Bailey said their arrests have since "significantly disrupted" criminal activities.

The gang is responsible for or linked to over 17 murders and 27 shooting incidents in 2017 and since the beginning of the year, 22 murders and several shootings have also been linked to this gang.

The gangsters were arrested between last week Tuesday and Saturday during a series of operations by the security forces.

charged.jpgFollowing last week's arrest and charge of real estate attorney Jennifer Messado for alleged fraud, the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) has charged a second accused in the case. Real estate broker Beverly Barakat was charged on Monday. She was arrested Sunday by C-TOC investigators. Mrs Barakat has been charged with conspiracy to defraud, forgery and operating a real estate brokerage firm without a licence.

It is alleged that she conspired with Mrs Messado in the illegal transfer of a property.

Both women are scheduled to appear before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.

Mrs Messado was arrested and charged on Friday by C-TOC detectives. The attorney has been charged with uttering forged documents, forgery, conspiracy to defraud, causing money to be paid out by forged document, and money laundering. Investigators reported that on December 20 last year, Mrs Messado prepared an Agreement of Sale for two parcels of land without the knowledge and consent of the owner.

They alleged that she collected US$270,000 as down payment from the prospective purchaser.

The properties were put to sale for $232 million.

C-TOC is expected to lay additional charges against Mrs Messado in relation to another property.

A senior investigator said she is being investigated in connection with other real estate transactions.

The police in St. Kitts say they were unaware a Jamaican man who arrived there in January was wanted until he was arrested in Antigua on Friday.

Fitzroy Andre Coore, 23, was held shortly after he arrived at the V.C Bird International Airport on a flight from St. Kitts.

A statement from the St. Kitts police said he arrived in the country on January 18 on a flight from Antigua and at the time of entry he was not flagged as a wanted person.

The police said there was nothing to indicate that their Jamaican counterparts were seeking Mr. Coore's arrest.

They say their enquiries have also revealed that it was not until last month that the authorities in Antigua and Barbuda were notified of his status and they were put on watch.

But they say the authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis were still not notified of this development.

Capleton granted bail of $250,000

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capleton.jpgEntertainer Capleton was granted bail on Monday morning when he appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on rape charges.

He was granted bail in the sum of $250,000.

As a condition of his bail, he was ordered not to make contact with the complainant and be fingerprinted.

The 51 year old artiste whose given name is Clifton Bailey was charged on Friday.

He is accused of forcibly having sexual intercourse with a hairdresser he hired to groom his hair at a hotel in New Kingston.

The incident occurred on April 28.

Reports of a newly-graduated police constable being placed under probe only one day after he reportedly graduated from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) training school have sent social media in overdrive. The new graduate, who was supposed to officially take up his position on the nation's streets as a full-fledge member of the force, is now under investigation in connection with the theft of a laptop.

Reports are that on Saturday, May 12, a software developer of a Kingston 8 address visited the Central CIB office in Kingston and requested the assistance of the police to recover his laptop. He reported that the item had been stolen from his car on Friday while it was parked on the compound of Sovereign Shopping Centre in St Andrew, and that he had reported the matter at the Matilda's Corner Police Station, which covers the area where the laptop was lost.

Police were told that the technician had managed to track his laptop to 96 Orange Street in down Kingston, hence his visit to the Central Police Station. Acting on the information, reports are that a team of officers accompanied the complainant to the location, and during a search, the laptop was recovered at a premises that was being operated as a shop.

The shop owner, when questioned, told the police that the laptop had been left there by a friend who would be returning soon to have it fixed. Shortly after, the person who the shop owner spoke about turned up at the establishment.The individual was held and questioned, and later identified himself as a young police constable who had graduated a day before.

Reports are that the new JCF member was asked where he got the laptop from, and he reportedly indicated that a man known to him as 'Country' of a Waterhouse, Kingston 11 address, gave it to him just hours before he was held. The investigators, acting on the information provided by the police constable, ended up apprehending a man in Seven Miles, Bull Bay, St Andrew.The man was questioned but minutes into the session, he reportedly changed his story and denied knowing the name 'Country', and refuted the claims that the new police constable had made against him regarding the laptop.

However, after further questioning, the man reportedly indicated that he did know the police constable for several years. The man reportedly told the investigators that he was contacted by the police constable before the police team arrived where he was, and told to take the blame for the stolen laptop, and to also tell the police that he was known as 'Country'.

The man reportedly told the investigators that the police constable had told him to tell the detectives that he found the laptop in a garbage bin. The man claimed that he agreed when the police constable made the request, but later changed his story when he found out the seriousness of the matter, and made the decision to speak the 'truth'.

Reports are that statements have since been recorded from all the parties and a formal probe has been launched into the matter.

Tourism Minister, Ed Bartlett is participating in the 9th Asian Leadership Conference (ALC) and the PATA Annual Summit in South Korea. While there, the Minister is expected to participate in a series of panel discussions on the state of the tourism industry globally. He will also use the opportunity to garner support for the Global Resilience and Crisis Management Centre and Observatory, which will be housed at the University of West Indies, Mona.

The Minister's first engagement in South Korea is the 9th Asian Leadership Conference (ALC), where he will speak about: Tourism and Sustainable Development and Globalization and Cooperation in Asia Pacific, at two of the sessions on May 16. The invitation was extended by Sang-Hoon Bang, President and CEO of the Chosunilbo, the largest newspaper in South Korea and hosts of the ALC.

In the letter of invitation, Mr Bang noted that the Minister was invited because of the significant contributions he has made to the global tourism industry as the world's leading Tourism Minister.

"You have played a major role in economic growth and the transformation of communities by constructing tourism infrastructure. Under your leadership, you initiated the Tourism Linkages Network which seeks to develop connections between the tourism sector and other productive sectors of the economy," said Mr Bang.

Since its inauguration in 2005, the ALC has become the most prestigious gathering of global leaders in Asia. Speakers in the past have included former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon; former President of the United States, President Barack Obama and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron.

The Minister will then travel to Gangneung to participate in the PATA Annual Summit (PAS). He will participate as a panellist at the United Nations World Tourism Organization/PATA Leaders Debate on Saturday, May 19.

Minister Bartlett will share his insights on the current challenges being faced by the travel and tourism industry. He will also use the opportunity to discuss airlift issues and will speak on the Global Centre for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management as well as meet with representatives from Samsung to discuss possibilities for partnership.

Minister Bartlett will be accompanied by Dr. Lloyd Waller, Senior Advisor/Consultant and Ms. Anna-Kay Newell, Executive Assistant to the Minister. The team is expected to return to the island on May 21.

Cops monitoring Portmore

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police-cars.jpgThe police say they are closely watching sections of Portmore following reports that there are a number of drug networks being operated in some sections of the huge overall community.

The police said over the last few days they have carried out a series of raids in a number hotspot areas that they are monitoring, and these activities have resulted in at least two major ganja busts.

The most recent incident involved a soldier and his wife, who were allegedly found at a premises with over 600 pounds of the weed, for which they have been charged.

Days before that find, a St Catherine man identified as Cavon Duncan, was held at the Norman Manley International Airport, allegedly trying to leave the island with over 18 pounds of ganja.

The police said he was arrested, and that development led to something more.

Following the arrest at the airport, the police carried out an investigation that led to another man - Ricardo Blake - who is believed to be a major link to an underground drug operation in Portmore.

Duncan and Blake are now facing charges of possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking preparatory steps to export ganja, and conspiracy.

In respect of further details, the narcotics police said about 2:30 p.m., Duncan checked in at the Norman Manley International Airport to board a flight to Panama.

During security screening by port security officers, abnormalities were reportedly observed in his suitcase, and police narcotics personnel were contacted.

The detectives subsequently searched the suitcase in his presence, and allegedly found 10 packages wrapped in foil paper and brown masking tape, each containing the illicit drug.

Duncan was taken into custody while detectives continued to investigate.

The police said a follow-up operation at a premises in Portmore, St Catherine resulted in Blake being arrested in connection with the airport seizure.

The two men have since been booked to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court next Wednesday on the ganja-related charges.

The police monitoring sections of Portmore said they do not believe the cases involving the soldier and his wife, and the two other men, were linked, but they were not ruling out the possibility and would be keeping a close tab on the areas under focus.

Investigators from the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) charged attorney-at- law Jennifer Messado on Friday, May 11.

She has been charged with four counts of forgery, two counts of uttering Forged documents, Conspiracy to Defraud, Causing money to be paid out by forged documents and Money Laundering.

According to investigators on December 20, 2017, the accused prepared an Agreement of Sales for two parcel of land without the knowledge and consent of the owner. It is alleged that Messado forged the signature of the trustee, stamp and letter head of the owner of the properties to facilitate the fictitious transaction and collected 270, 000 USD as down payment for the prospective purchaser.

These properties were put to sale for 232 million JMD or 1.8 million USD dollars.

capleton.jpgCapleton's attorney Christopher Townsend says he is confident that the deejay will be exonerated. Townsend says the artiste made a report to a constable on May 2 that a woman had been attempting to extort money from him after a sexual encounter days earlier.

Allegations are that after the sexual encounter, the woman allegedly complained that she had a cyst on her ovary and had been admitted to the hospital for treatment, and according to Capleton's management team, that was a lie.

His rep claimed that the alleged victim then sent one of her daughters, a 19-year-old, to pick up snacks from the deejay, but the demands did not subside.

Capleton reportedly refused to co-operate once the woman demanded a large sum of money to allow her to be a part of a 'round-robin'.

The rep added that police, both at the Half-Way Tree CIB and officials from CISOCA, are in possession of text messages and conversations relating to the matter.

Reports from the police are that on Saturday, April 28 at about 11:20 a.m., the "Jah Jah City" singer whose real name is Clifton Bailey, reportedly hired a female hairdresser to groom his hair at a hotel in the New Kingston area. While at the hotel, it is reported that he forcibly had sexual intercourse with the female.

The matter was reported to the police and an investigation launched. Bailey was subsequently charged after a question and answer interview was conducted in the presence of his attorney.

He is to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Monday, May 14.

capleton.jpgChristopher Townsend, the lawyer retained by Capleton to represent him in a charge of rape, crying foul over the backward level of the investigation being carried out by the police. Townsend is accusing the cops of rushing to charge the internationally-renowned recording artiste without doing a thorough investigation.

Capleton, 51, is still in police custody after being arrested Friday and charged with rape by detectives at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

The police say the complainant, a hairdresser, reported that he had sexual intercourse with her against her will inside a New Kingston hotel room where she had done to groom his hair on April 28.

But the entertainer's attorney, says he has whatsapp messages and voice notes of the woman "demanding that certain things be done."

Townsend said he offered to turn them over to police investigators who rejected them and advised the entertainer that he could use them for his defence at trial.

"It is their signature behaviour. They have an extremely backward approach towards investigations," he charged.

Townsend said when the woman became aware of the police investigation "she went ahead with her threat" and went to the police.

The police said the woman filed a report on May 2 and acknowledged that Capleton made a report to the Half Way Tree police that same day alleging that he was being extorted by the complainant.

Motorists found operating their motor vehicle without a drivers' licence will not be given the two-day grace period as was proposed by Opposition Senators last week Friday.

They will not even be given the one-day grace period that was the compromise offered Friday morning by Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Donna Scott-Mottley when the Upper House resumed its debate on the long-delayed Road Traffic Act.

However, Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Kamina Johnson Smith said the proposed fine for the breach has been reduced from $10,000 to $2,000. She argued that the Government did not see the proposed 48-hour grace period "as a useful and flexible way to get behavioural change. We believe that that is in fact the problem that the police struggle with now," said Johnson Smith while pointing out that the current Act allows motorists two days to present their drivers' licence to the police.

ganja-seized.jpgThe Narcotics Police are now making arrangements for a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier and his wife to be interviewed in the presence of their attorney, Peter Champagnie, following their arrest in connection with the seizure of over 600 pounds of ganja, along with cash and other items, in Greater Portmore, St Catherine on Friday, May 11.

Reports are that between 12:15 a.m. and 4:15 a.m., narcotics detectives and officers from the St Catherine South Police Division conducted an operation at a premises in Greater Portmore, during which both compressed and loose ganja were reportedly found.

The ganja weighed a total of 651.8 pounds.

Cash totalling $265,000, along with a licensed firearm with ammunition and two motorcars were also seized.

The investigation continues into the seizure.

court-image-1.jpgRomario Brown, a tattoo artiste of a Stony Hill, St Andrew address, who is the accused in Dexter Pottinger's murder, was denied bail when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish court on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old's case was also transferred to the Committal Court and a June 15 mention date was set.

Pottinger's decomposing body was discovered with multiple stab wounds at his Yarico Place home in Kingston 20, Jamaica last year August.

Shortly after, Brown was arrested and charged when he reportedly confessed to killing Pottinger.

The popular fashion designer/stylist had reportedly bailed Brown on August 29, the same day he was reportedly killed by the accused at his home.

Political activist gunned down

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA popular political activist linked to the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) was gunned down by unknown assailants in the West Land area of West End in Negril, Westmoreland on Thursday morning.

Dead is Michael Dawes of the community in which he was killed.

Reports are that about 11:30 a.m., Dawes was on the site where his house was under construction, when gunshots were heard.

The police were summoned and upon their arrival, Dawes' body was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Negril police are investigating the incident.

businessman-huey gowdie-and shango-ex-wife.jpgJailed businessman Huey Gowdie has failed in his bid to have Jamaica's second-highest court throw out his conviction and 10-year prison sentence for shooting well-known businessman Shango Jackson to death in the upscale St Andrew community of Beverly Hills.

The Court of Appeal, in its decision handed down last Friday, rejected legal arguments by Gowdie's attorneys that aspects of his 2016 murder trial were unfair and that the sentence was "manifestly excessive".

"The application for leave to appeal against conviction and sentence is refused," the panel of three judges ruled.

"In all the circumstances, the sentence cannot be regarded as manifestly excessive and there is no basis for this court to interfere with the sentence imposed," the added.

Gowdie was found guilty of manslaughter in the Home Circuit Court in May 2016, four years after he shot Jackson three times during a dispute at the Shenstone Drive premises they shared in July 2012.

Nearly two months after his conviction, Gowdie was sentenced to 10 years in prison at hard labour by Justice Evon Brown, who presided over the trial.

At the time of the killing, Gowdie was involved in a romantic relationship with Jackson's ex-wife. The couple lived in a separate house at the same Shenstone Drive premises where Shango Jackson resided.

niko-chromatic.jpgYardflex has confirmed that popular sound system selector, Niko Chromatic, has died.

The selector's immediate family confirmed his passing, but up to press time neither them nor his Chromatic family had made an official statement.

It is being reported that the Chromatic selector passed away on Tuesday following a long battle with kidney disease.

Niko Chromatic, whose real name is Nicholas Grant, was diagnosed with renal failure in 2015 and over the past two years, his health has been on a steady decline.

Last year a Gofundme account was created to raise funds for the dancehall disc jockey to get life-saving treatment for his illness overseas. There was also a special event held November last year to raise funds to send him overseas for treatment. Many showed their support, but the fund fell short of the target.

Several entertainers and fans donated to the Niko Chromatic Medical Fund.

Niko Chromatic is a co-founder of the famed Chromatic Sound System.

Several tributes have started to pour in for the much loved selector.

Friends and music insiders have been sending condolences via social media.

The police are investigating what they believe is the contract killing of a woman on Lawrence Road in St James Friday night.

Valda Kellier, 57, who resided on Upper Kings Street, in Montego Bay, St James, was murdered about 10:00 pm, while two other people were injured in the gun attack.

The Barnett Street police said residents summoned them soon after hearing the explosions and responding officer found the three people lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.

They were taken to the hospital where Kellier was pronounced dead and the other two admitted in stable condition.

The police are speculating that the murder has an overseas connection.

Another gun retrieved in St James

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guns-photo-1.jpgThe security forces on Saturday recovered another firearm in St James, bringing to nine the number of illegal guns and over 300 rounds of assorted ammunition recovered in the parish over a 24-hour period.

Four AK-47 assault rifles were among the weapons taken out of the hands of hoodlums during the clampdown .

The guns were all found in the Ramble Hill area of the parish during sustained operations by members of the security forces. The team first found four M-16 rifles and over 150 assorted rounds on a premises in the area on Friday, police said.

Four bullet proof vests and magazines were also recovered. Then before the day was done, they found four handguns and over 100 rounds of ammunition in the same area.

The team returned to the area on Saturday where they again reaped success when they seized another handgun and several ammunition.

Gunmen killed by police in St Mary ID'd

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The police have released the identities of two gunmen who reported attempted to commit robberies and murders, and were subsequently killed during a shootout with law enforcers in Islington, St Mary on Friday night.

The men have been identified as 26-year-old Shavaughn Gordon of Smith Lane, Kingston, and 38-year-old Kadini Harrison, otherwise called 'Kaddi,' of Baccas Wood, Islington St Mary.

Two illegal guns were also reported seized during a search for the men after the exchange of gunfire.

According to the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), "the Jamaica Constabulary Force's strategy to deal with the displacement of criminals resulted in the plans of four men (mainly) from Kingston, contracted to carry out killings and robberies in St Mary, being thwarted when they were intercepted on Sports Road in Islington."

Reports are that about 11:30 p.m., a team of officers was on patrol in the area when the driver of a Nissan Bluebird motorcar with the men aboard was signalled to stop.

The driver complied, but the men opened gunfire at the police from the vehicle.The attack was repelled and the men abandoned the car and ran. A search of the community was later conducted and two of the men were found dead with gunshot wounds.

A .357 Magnum handgun with six expended cartridge casings, and a Colt pistol with six .45 cartridges, along with a plastic glove with eleven .45 cartridges, were also reportedly found.

The JCF's communication arm indicated that head of the St Mary Police Division, Superintendent Bobette Morgan, has committed that the police will prevent criminals from escalating crime in the rural parish.

Plane crash victims identified

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The victims in the plane crash have been identified following the discovery of the crash site in Georgia, Trelawny.

They have been identified as Rojorn Campbell, Carlon Snipe and 43-year- old Miguel Jones of Windward Road address in Kingston.

Reports are that about 4:30 p.m.,a Cessna 206 single engine aircraft domestic carrier departed the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James on Thursday, May 3, enroute to the Tinson Pen Aerodrome in Kingston with Campbell as the captain, and Snipe and Jones as passengers.

It was reported that contact was lost with the aircraft while it was in the airspace over Trelawny. A search was subsequently launched, and the aircraft was found destroyed in a densely wooded section of Georgia,Trelawny. The bodies of the three (3) passengers were seen in the area.

An investigation is now underway to determine to cause of the crash.

The search for a Cessna single engine aircraft which disappeared in Trelawny on Thursday ended on a tragic note when the wreckage of the plane along with the bodies of the two pilots and a mechanic were found in Trelawny shortly before 5 o'clock Friday afternoon.

The plane had departed Sangster International Airport in St. James for Tinson Pen Aerodrome in Kingston. It went off radar about 4:35 p.m. in Duncans, Trelawny.

Major Basil Jarrett, Civil Military Co-operation and Media Officer at the Jamaica Defence Force, gave the update.

donisha.jpgJamaican actress and filmmaker Donisha Prendergast, the granddaughter of reggae legend Bob Marley, was detained by the California police earlier this week three of her friends as they were leaving an AirBnB home to prepare for a socially conscious event they organised.

A neighbour reportedly called police on the group of friends - three of whom were said to be black - while witnessing them depart the premises with their luggage.

"There are four police officers here," said 33 year old Prendergast in a live video post in which she spoke to the apparent owner of the home via a phone call in front of the officers. "We watched your neighbour call the police."

The police demanded that the owner appear in person to verify the identity of Prendergast, who apparently was the one who booked the accommodation.

An officer told Prendergast that she was being detained along the street in order for the officers to investigate and to "cover all our bases".

Prendergast told the cop, "You are investigating but I have a lot of sh*t to do. I have an event to do".

An actress, filmmaker and advocate, Prendergast said she was in California to put on an event ironically titled 'We will Rise Together'. She alluded to racial discrimination as a factor behind the incident.

"So much things to say right now. I got surrounded by the police for being black in a white neighbourhood," Prendergast, the daughter of Sharon Marley, wrote on Instagram.

She added: "I am sad and irritated to see that fear is still the first place police officers go in their pursuit to serve and protect, to the point that protocol supersedes their ability to have discernment. Many have suffered and died in moments like these. That's crazy reality check. Give thanks for life and the ability to stand our ground. We are stronger together. Use your voice collectively."

The incident is the latest in the US to stir up passions about institutional racism and echoes of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Last month, two black men were arrested at Starbucks, and led away in handcuffs accused of trespassing, after the manager called police, saying the men refused to buy anything or leave.

Also in April, a black former White House staffer under Barack Obama, said a neighbor called cops on him while he was moving into his New York City apartment.

JDF soldier dies at motel in Spanish Town

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jdf-soldier-dies-photo-1.jpgA member of the JDF died Wednesday night at a Guest House on Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town.

Reports are that the 33-year-old married soldier was with an 18-year-old female, and they both went to a gaming lounge to have drinks.

Reports are that the soldier had a popular stout, and the female chose a beer. Other reports are that he had about 12 energy drinks and took a Viagra tablet. The soldier and the female left the bar and went to a room on the said premises, where they had sexual intercourse.

It is further reported that the soldier went to the bathroom immediately after having completed intercourse. The female reported that she then heard a loud stumbling and gave an alarm after running from the room. The soldier was found with blood running from his mouth,nose and genitals.

He was lying on his back in the bathtub.

Police who responded found the soldier lying naked in the bathtub.

The female companion reportedly stated that during intercourse he complaint of chest pains and went to the bathroom where he collapsed. It is speculated that the Red bull and Viagra speed up his heart rate to about 15 times the normal speed.


hands-behind-bars.jpgMore than 90 people, including one person of interest, were detained on Thursday as the police and military searched for the gunmen involved in Tuesday's mass shootings in Grange Hill, Westmoreland.

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson said the 94 detainees are being processed.

He said the police are still looking for the men who were listed as wanted on Wednesday.

"Of the list that was put out yesterday with five wanted persons and five persons of interest, one of the persons of interest have turned in themselves, the others haven't. I would encourage the persons on the list to turn themselves in by 6 o'clock this evening...and then obviously, we'll conduct operations to try and find those persons who haven't turned themselves in," he declared.

Police and soldiers raided several communities.

Thirteen alleged gang members linked to murders and shootings in Westmoreland, were also captured in the raids conducted by the security forces as well as the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC). Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey, head of C-TOC, said the police are determined to dismantle criminal gangs in Westmoreland.

"The focus will be looking at the organisation and the network from which they are from. In fact, I will tell you that they are from what we call the Dexter Street gang, these 13 persons... They will be taken into Kingson for further processing," he said.

He said the Dexter Street gang and the rival Darling Street gang have been in a deadly feud over the last year and are responsible for several murders and shootings in the area. An AK-47 rifle and several rounds of ammunition were seized during the operation.

Seventeen people were shot, seven fatally, in Tuesday's attacks. Two children were among the victims.

charged.jpgThe Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has launched an investigation following the arrest and charge of Peter Abrahams, Councillor for the Bog Walk Division, with negligent use of a firearm.

Abrahams was on Wednesday charged and later offered bail.

He was charged following the seizure of his licensed firearm by the police on Tuesday morning during a spot check on the Bog Walk main road.

It was reportedly discovered in a car in which four men were travelling.

"Once a licence holder is questioned by the police in relation to his licensed firearm, the authority is usually notified by the police and that will cause the authority to investigate the individual to see if the person can continue to be entrusted with a licensed firearm," Shane Dalling, Chief Executive Officer of the FLA, said of the probe of Mr. Abrahams.

The four men who were found in possession of the gun are still being questioned by investigators.

police-station.jpgWestmoreland police have listed five men from Grange Hill in the parish as wanted and said the suspects are being asked to turn themselves in to the police by midday Thursday,.

The list was released by the law enforcement officials on Wednesday evening, following the shooting death of seven people including two children in the community.

Listed as 'wanted' are:

- Isaiah Perry, otherwise called 'Matthew Perry' or 'Cat' of Kings Valley, Grange Hill, who is wanted for shooting;

- Richard Hamilton otherwise called 'Brutus' or 'Mad Move', 23-year-old, of Paul Island district, Grange Hill, Westmoreland. He is of dark complexion, slim build and is wanted for murder and other related incidents in the division.

- Haldane Hamilton otherwise called 'Fishy' of Paul Island district, Grange Hill. He is of dark complexion, medium build and about 5 feet 11 inches tall. He is wanted for murder;

- Jeffery Ramdass otherwise called 'Boogie' 30-years-old, of Paul Island district, Grange Hill Westmoreland. He's of dark complexion and slim build and is wanted for murder; and

- Burton Shearer otherwise called 'Bap', 49-year-old of Church Lincoln district, Grange Hill, Westmoreland. He is of dark complexion, slim build and 5 feet 11 inches tall. He is wanted for murder.

"These men are considered armed and dangerous; as such their whereabouts must be reported to the police immediately through Crime Stop at 311, 811 or the Police 119 emergency number," said the police who released the photos of four of the suspects.

The lawmen are also reminding people that "it is not only an offence to harbour criminals and provide a safe haven for them but it also places the lives of family and friends at increased risks of attack."

A total of seven persons were killed in a number of attacks on communities in and around Grange Hill since Tuesday morning, which the police have linked to a lotto scam.

police-shooting.jpgIt is being reported that about 8:30 a policeman pulled his gun on a windscreen wiper and opened fire in Liguanea, putting persons lives at risk and actually hitting an innocent female bystander. Reports are that the woman, who was going about her legal business, and just happened to be in the way of the hot-headed policeman's bullets, picked up three shot. .

The bullet missed the intended target, who was said to be the windscreen wiper, and hit the innocent woman instead.

This morning, windscreen wiper, Christopher Rhoden, told The Gleaner his side of the story.

Rhoden said he approached the man's car and attempted to wipe his windscreen but he would not allow it.

"Him select up him gun, so mi say, 'bossy what dat fah, a wah yuh a go do? Kill mi inna de mawnin ya?' Him say him nah tek no check from no man,".

He said the driver then parked at a gas station, exited the car and chased him.

"Run him a run mi dung now, and select the gun, and fire it ... and it (the bullet) end up in a woman right over deh soh; fi nutten at all," Rhoden alleged.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) has confirmed that the licensed firearm holder who accidentally shot a woman in Liguanea, St Andrew this morning is a policeman.

In a statement, the CCU said the incident has since been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations and the Bureau of Special Investigations.

It said the injured woman is receiving treatment in hospital.

It's reported that about 8:30 the policeman pulled his gun on a windscreen wiper and opened fire.

The bullet missed him and hit the woman, who was assisted by a medical doctor and bystanders who came onto the scene.

crime-scene-gun.jpgSchools in Grange Hill, Westmoreland, and surrounding environs were closed early on Wednesday as fear gripped sections of the community following Monday's murderous rampage by gunmen who shot and killed multiple persons and injured several others in separate incidents.

The security forces have blanketed the community and top government and law enforcement officials including National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang and police commissioner Major General Antony Anderson as well as Member of Parliament Dr Wykeham McNeill, the mayor of savanna-la-mar and the Westmoreland custos are now visiting the area.

The carnage began about 7:30 last night in a section of the community called Sterling when gunmen broke into a house and opened fire on 39-year-old Nadine Rowe and her 12-year-old son Nicoy Bourne, killing them.

Hours later, gunmen invaded a bar in Top Lincoln between 11 o' clock and 12 midnight and unleashed a barrage of gunfire on patrons killing two persons and injuring several others.

Around the same time, men armed with guns carried out a drive-by in Morgan Bridge shooting several persons including Odaine Drummond, who died from his injuries.

burnt.jpgThree women were burnt to death in a fire that destroyed the Bad Fowl night club in St Mary early this morning.

The police have confirmed the incident, but said the identities have not yet been ascertained.

The women are believed to have been employed to the club, located in Trinity district.

It is reported that the bodies were found shortly after 5 a.m Thursday after fire fighters extinguished the blaze.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

However, the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force says the Fire Department has started an investigation.

crime-scene-gun.jpgA woman had to be rushed to hospital after being accidentally shot by a licensed firearm holder on the grounds of the Sovereign Centre in St Andrew this morning.

Its reported that the gun owner opened fire on a windscreen wiper which hit the woman causing her to fall to the ground.

A medical doctor and bystanders rushed to the scene and assisted the injured woman into a Sports Utility Vehicle and took her to hospital. The woman seemed to have been shoot three times, twice in the abdomen and once in a leg, the doctor surmised.

According to a report in the Gleaner, their newsteam attempted to speak with the alleged shooter, who was accompanied by a policeman, but he refused to answer questions.The shooter was shielded by the policeman, who took him inside Sovereign.

Another policeman reportedly instructed the alleged shooter not to speak.

However, the windscreen wiper, who has been named as Christopher Rhoden, and who was the alleged target of the gunfire, told the newspaper his side of the story.

Rhoden said he approached the man's car and attempted to wipe his windscreen but he would not allow it. The windscreen wiper, Rhoden, is quoted as saying: "Him select up him gun, so mi say, "bossy what dat fah, a wah yuh a go do? Kill mi inna de mawnin ya?", him say him nah tek no check from no man,".

He said the driver then parked at a gas station, exited the car and chased him.

"Run him a run mi dung now, and select the gun, and fire it ... and it (the bullet) end up in a woman right over deh soh; fi nutten at all," Rhoden alleged.

Two male bystanders who alleged that they witnessed the incident echoed Rhoden's account.

"Mi call to the man before the man fire the gun, enuh, an de man still fire the gun. De man is a wicked man. Dem people deh nuh fi have gun. Because mi call to de man, when mi call to the man, the man turn roun and look pon mi!" alleged one of the eyewitnesses.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Greater Portmore and Kingston Central Police are investigating the abduction and killing of a cosmetologist by gunmen two weeks ago.

The cops say 23-year-old Aneika Thompson, a resident of George's Lane in Central Kingston, was abducted when she left home to visit relatives in the Waltham Park Road area.

They say a few days after she was reported missing, residents of Waterford in St. Catherine saw a woman running from a vehicle crying for help.

The woman was shot several times in the head and her body bundled back into the vehicle by armed men.

Crime scene investigators found a pair of slippers at the scene.Relatives of the missing woman have identified the slippers as belonging to Miss Thompson. The cops are awaiting DNA on blood samples taken from the scene for a positive identification.

It is reported that Miss Thompson became a target of gunmen in her community last year after she resisted their advances.

It is understood that she was shot at and threatened.

Wisynco Group Limited has withdrawn the legal action it filed against the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) over the public education campaign 'Are You Drinking Yourself Sick'.

It has also agreed to pay the legal costs for the foundation, a non-profit organisation.

Chairman of Wisynco William Mahfood said the decision was made after the heart foundation filed court papers indicating that it had "inadvertently and unintentionally" included the CranWata beverage in a social media post related to the campaign.

Mahfood said the foundation went further to indicate that it has taken the necessary steps to ensure the post was no longer accessible on the Internet and that no other "offending" material related to the beverage would be published.

Lawyers for both sides appeared in the Supreme Court today when, according to Mahfood, his company accepted the sworn statement of the foundation.

Wisynco triggered public backlash last week when The Gleaner first reported that it had filed legal action against the foundation to prevent the non-government organisation from repeating information posted on Instagram last month as part of its campaign to warn Jamaicans about the harmful health effects of excessive sugar intake.

The Jamaican conglomerate asserted the post conveyed inaccurate information about the sugar content in its CranWata beverage and claimed, as a result, that it was defamatory.

A magistrate Monday sentenced a pastor, his wife and daughter to four years in prison after they were found guilty of pouring hot liquid on a man following what they described as a "spiritual warfare" two years ago.

Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett imposed the sentence on Nigel Morgan, his wife Althia, and their 23-year-old daughter, Crystal, following the assault on Cuthbert "Mafia" Victory, which left him with burns to his back, shoulders, chest, and face.

Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche had argued that the trio had planned the assault on Victory on April 9, 2016.

A video of the incident, which was widely circulated on social media, showed the older Morgans holding Victory while their daughter pours on him what was later revealed to be a hot liquid.

The video was not tendered in evidence, reportedly because police did not secure a deposition from the person who did the recording.

In her defence, Crystal Morgan told the court that she was feeling ill and was about to make a cup of tea when she heard noises that suggested that her parents were under attack.

"I felt as if my soul left my body," she told the Kingstown Magistrate Court even as she acknowledged that she could not recall how she left the kitchen on the upper floor of their two-storey house, to the street, where she poured the hot water on the man.

She told the court that even up to the point of giving evidence she did not know who it was that she had hurt.

In their defence, the older Morgans presented themselves as having been under attack by Victory, a 39-year-old construction worker, who had gone to visit a friend who was the Morgans' neighbour.

However, they admitted in court that they had attempted to use olive oil on the man while praying for him even though he had not requested any spiritual help.

But the state's main witness, Clint Antoine, who was the Morgans' neighbour at the time of the incident, told the court that the pastor and his wife had been engaged in an exchange of words with Victory.

He said during the fracas Morgan placed his hand on the bottle then placed it above Victory's forehead. The witness said Victory swung his hand and Mrs. Morgan held on to him and they began fighting.

Antoine told the court that the trio continued fighting before Victory was subdued by the Morgans and the daughter then poured the contents of a black and silver kettle on him.

crime-scene-gun.jpgPost mortem examinations on the four bodies found last week in shallow graves in Thomas River near Pennants, Clarendon have revealed that they all had multiple gunshot wounds.

According to the police, DNA samples are now being processed for proper identification of the bodies.

The bodies were found by residents who went to mine sand from the riverbed.

The bodies are believed to be those of four farmers who went missing from St Elizabeth on April 15 and 16.

The missing men are:

*42-year-old Shaun Thompson of School Field District in Malvern

*37-year-old Alwyn Ray Griffiths alias Wallo, of Top Prosper, School Field

*23-year-old Kevon Hutchinson alias Short Boss a businessman of Institution Drive, Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth

*Clinton Hutchinson, a businessman of Rocky Hill District

Kingston College's (KC) Wayne Pinnock shattered the Penn Relays high school boys' long jump record on Saturday after he jumped 7.88m (0.5m/s) as Jamaicans swept all three jump events at the 124th staging of the Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, USA.

Cornwall College's Owayne Owens won the triple jump with a season's best 15.26m (-0.3m/s) in a mild upset after St Jago High's Lushane Wilson had retained his high jump title on Friday.

Pinnock, who jumped an eye-popping 7.99m at the G C Foster Classic in March before winning the Class One event at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' Championships with 7.77m, is the first Jamaican to win the event since 2015, when Jullianie Walker of Calabar tasted success.

He passed the record on his very first attempt, smashing the 7.69m held by former Calabar High athlete Maurice Wignall since 1994 and followed up with jumps of 7.72m (1.5m/s), a wind-aided 7.75m (3.1m/s) then a 7.54m effort before passing on his final two jumps.

Calabar High's Alexander Thompson was second with 7.47m (1.3m/s) with Frank Royal of St Christopher's of Richmond, Virginia, third with a wind-aided 7.42m (2.4m/s).

Shaquille Lowe of KC was fifth with 7.15m, while Wolmer's Boys' Daniel Bogle was sixth with 7.13m and St Jago's Kavion Kerr 10th with 6.63m.

The women's 4x100m team were the only Jamaican winners in the USA vs The Word series at the final day of the 124th Penn Relays Carnival under sunny but cool conditions at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, USA.

The team of Gayon Evans, Kerron Stewart, Schillone Calvert-Powell, Jura Levy ran 43.14 seconds to beat two American teams and Guyana to retain the title they won last year and win it for the seventh time over all.

The USA Red team finished second in 43.18 seconds ahead of the USA-Blue (43.71s) and Guyana (46.40s) as Trinidad and Tobago failed to finish.

Detectives are still investigating the murder in Green Island, Hanover, following last week's gruesome discovery of the mutilated bodies of a heavily pregnant woman and her two children.

The three were chopped to death between Tuesday and Wednesday morning, according to the police who took one man into custody in connection with the triple murder.

The bodies were said to be discovered at their dwelling place in Green Island on Wednesday morning.

The man in custody is the 61-year-old former spouse of the 39-year-old slain, pregnant mother.

Andre Bryan, the alleged leader of the Clansman gang, was again remanded when he appeared before the Home Circuit Court Friday afternoon.Bryan, otherwise called 'Blackman', was charged last month during a clampdown on members of the Spanish Town based gang.

He has been charged under the anti-gang legislation with leading a criminal organisation.

Six other members of the criminal network, including Bryan's mother, Millicent Brown, were also refused bail.

During a bail hearing for Brown Friday afternoon, prosecutors strongly opposed bail and argued that the 53 year old was a major player in her son's criminal enterprise. According to the prosecutors, over the last two years, Brown has been managing extortion money collected by the Clansman gang from businesses in Spanish Town and its environs.They say she also operated an illegal gambling enterprise for the gang in Spanish Town and used the cash to pay for legal services and to secure bail bonds for gang members who are arrested and charged. They added that Brown also used the illegal proceeds to support the families of gang members.

However, her attorney, Shannan Clarke, denied the allegations and argued that her client was only charged because she is the mother of Andre Bryan.

Bail was also refused for another defendant, Boswell Rhoden.

Prosecutors reported that Rhoden, who operated a shop in the Spanish Town bus park, facilitated the gang by hiding their weapons in his establishment.

They say high powered weapons are usually hidden in his shop by members of the Clansman gang.

His attorney, Leroy Equiano, said his client was a tattoo artist and was not associated or involved in the gang.

Police investigators say that the four men whose bodies were found buried in shallow graves in Pennants, Clarendon on Friday were part of a criminal network.Head of the Area Three police, Assistant Commissioner Clifford Chambers says the men were involved in the drugs trade.

The four men were last week reported missing by relatives.

They are brothers Kevon and Clinton Hutchinson of Santa Cruz and Shawn Thompson and Alwin Griffiths, both of Schoolfield near Malvern.

Investigators have been combing a section of the Thomas River where their bodies were found, to determine whether the location was being used to dispose of the bodies of persons who have been murdered.

Reports are that the men could have been involved in the booming guns-for-drugs trade.

Earlier reports had stated that the men were farmers from St. Elizabeth, and they had all gone by car to a neighboring parish.

The girlfriend of one of the men has reportedly come forward to say that prior to him leaving on his journey he had given her his bank card and told her that if anything happened she was to use it as there was money in the bank.

Strong police presence in Arnett Gardens

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police-cars.jpgA strong police presence has been established in Arnett Gardens following the murder of two young men in the area on Thursday.

The police said they have increased their numbers in the area to allay the fears of residents following the deadly attack on two brothers by heavily armed men.

Reports are that the victims - Akeem James, 25, and Damarley Wilson, 20 - were at their home when thugs kicked in the door to the house in which they lived and opened fire, hitting them multiple times.

The injured men were taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

A day after the attack, the residents of the community said they were worried that other attacks will come.

"Is a gang feud a take place in the area and right now we the citizens worried. We going to wi bed and wondering who will be next," said a woman from the community.

Head of the Western Kingston Police Division, Superintendent Howard Chambers, said police personnel are not only out in force monitoring the community, but have also stepped up their search for the men who were involved in the killing.

Police sources said investigators are following several leads in the killing, but were not prepared to disclose any details up to the time of publication.

Triple murderer Bowza was on the run

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Nico Samuels

o/c 'Bowza' - wanted for a triple murder in St. James in 2017

Police say Nico Samuels otherwise called 'Bowza', was on the run for several months was wanted list for a triple murder commited in 2017.

Samuels was killed on Saturday in a joint police/military operation in St James.

The stand off comes just weeks after three men were shot and killed during another gun battle with the police in St James.

Government on January 18, imposed Enhanced Security Measures after the parish of St James recorded 335 murders in 2017.

The Jamaican House of Representatives has since extended the crime-prompted emergency measure until Wednesday, May 2.

Police officials have announced a significant reduction in crime attributed to the implementation of Enhanced Security Measures.


Nico Samuels

o/c 'Bowza' - wanted for a triple murder in St. James in 2017

St James' most wanted man Nico Samuels otherwise called 'Bowza', has been shot dead and two policemen injured in an intense gun battle at a house in the upscale community of Hatfield, Ironshore in the parish on Saturday.

The reported shootout lasted close to two hours, police sources say, and residents in Ironshore are describing the events that unfolded as a "scene from a movie".

Reports are that about 1:45 p.m., members of a joint police/military team, acting on information, went to an apartment in the upscale area of Ironshore to search for the fugitive, who was wanted for a triple murder committed in 2017.

When the members of the team reached the location they came under heavy gunfire, which was returned

Residents from the community, who took to social media to talk about the incident, said they were left cowering in fear as the sounds of gun shot rang out through the air even as members of the police team tried to corner the wanted man who managed to keep the team at bay for a period of time during the standoff.

"It was like a scene from a movie to the amount of gunshot me hear," said one social media user, who said he lives close to the area where the incident took place.

Police report that at the end of the exchange the man was found suffering from gunshot wounds. Two firearms were reportedly recovered.

The injured man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Two police men who were injured during the exchange have since been admitted.

The British Government has announced another recruitment drive to fill thousands of vacancies in its National Health Services (NHS) by luring nurses from Jamaica, despite the embarrassing scandal over the deportation of Windrush generation Britons after working and paying taxes for decades in the UK.

The British Government says that in the second phase of the "earn, learn, return" partnerships, Jamaican nurses will go to work in the NHS for a fixed term of around three years and then return with new skills and experience. The scheme is intended to increase the NHS workforce by 5,500 full-time nurses and help address a record 34,000 unfilled nursing and midwifery posts across the health service in England.

In November last year ministers announced the scheme's first partnership with India and the aim of recruiting 500 nurses by March, though the Department of Health could not immediately confirm if that had been achieved. But nursing chiefs said it was a short-term solution to staffing shortages caused by years of pay restraint and the removal of bursaries for new nurse trainees, and said urgent investment was needed in the UK training.

They added that Jamaican nurses were already very highly trained, and usually have at least four years training compared to three in the NHS, and said perhaps English staff would have more to learn from them. However, the Department of Health said the programme will support the Jamaican government in improving the knowledge and capability of its staff, particularly in areas like emergency medicine and intensive care.

The new deal comes during a week in which Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd have come under significant pressure for threatening to deport British residents who arrived from the Commonwealth before 1973, and their descendants who cannot prove their residency status. That threat has now been withdrawn due to huge domestic and internaitonal pressure.

Lawyers for Wisynco Group, makers of the CranWata beverage, are reportedly heading to court to ask a judge to temporarily halt a public education campaign being run by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica to warn Jamaicans about the harmful health effects of excessive sugar intake.

The campaign, 'Are You Drinking Yourself Sick' has been airing on local television and various social media platforms.

A report in daily newspaper, The Gleaners, says that Wisynco contends in court documents that on March 1 this year, as part of the campaign, the Heart Foundation published false and defamatory information about CranWata on the social media platform Instagram.

As a result, the St Catherine-based company has filed legal action in the Supreme Court seeking a declaration that the information published was defamatory.

It also wants an injunction that would halt further publication.

According to Wisynco, the Instagram post makes an inaccurate claim about the volume of sugar in each bottle of CranWata then asks: "Are you drinking yourself sick? Drink water instead."

The post has since been removed.

The company sought to explain that because the aim of the campaign is to get members of the public to consume less sugar-sweetened beverages, the "false" information is defamatory because it suggests that drinking Wisynco's products, specifically CranWata, will make them sick.

Jamaican man shot dead in Florida

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe West Palm Beach police in Florida have taken a 32 year old man into custody in relation to the fatal shooting of a Jamaican on Monday morning.

Eric Stewart, 28, was found dead shortly after 4 o'clock outside the Caribbean Choice Restaurant and Bakery.

The police quickly detained Omari Fenton near the scene of the crime.

He has been charged with first-degree murder.

According to court records, in January, Mr. Stewart was arrested for reckless driving and fleeing to elude the police.

He was a United States citizen.

kimberly-risden.jpgThe education ministry has issued a statement that the loss of child development officer Kimberly Risden, who died in motor vehicle accident last Friday, will deal a blow to the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.

Risden, 30, worked at the Summerfield Girl's Home in Clarendon.

It is reported that her motor vehicle was found overturned in bushes in the parish.

The education minister said Risden was dedicated to public service and his thoughts and prayers are with her family especially her partner and two children.

Pointing to the tributes and outpouring of love and sympathy from friends and colleagues on social media, he said it is obvious that her life and work touched many in a positive way.

According to Reid, those who knew Risden well spoke highly of her diligence and commitment to her career, her genuine love for children, admirable traits which he says are crucial in the execution of her specific duties in public service.

He said the entire ministry extends its condolences and stands ready to provide the necessary support through counselling to her family and colleagues.

The Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon had to be dismissed early Tuesday as approximately 50 members of staff and students were rushed to hospital following smoke from a nearby old sugar estate.

Principal Erica Eubanks said most of the affected students had asthma problems.

She said other students were experiencing a burning sensation in their eyes.

The fire started shortly before 10 o'clock in the morning and quickly spreading to within 100 metres of the school forcing dismissal at 11 o'clock.

Eubanks has praised fire fighters from the May Pen Fire Station and the police whom she said responded promptly.

fatal-crash.jpgAn employee of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) died in a motor vehicle crash late on Friday in which her five-year-old son, who was in the vehicle which the mother drove, came out virtually unscratched.

The crash took place on the Sevens Estate road in Clarendon.

Reports from the police are that Kimberly Risden, 30, who was attached to the Summerfield Girls' Home in the parish, was found inside her Honda CRV motor vehicle which had overturned in bushes.

But her five-year-old son was also found in the vehicle, but in a far better physical shape.

The two were taken to hospital, where Risden was pronounced dead and the child was treated and released.

The crash reportedly occurred after a shower of rain left the road surface wet in the poorly lit area.

Risden, a mother of two, has been remembered with several social media tributes.

"She is the nicest person u could ever know. Can't believe it. RIP", is the theme of the tributes to the popular

Another accused, 21-year-old Shaquile Edwards, appeared in courts last week in connection with the murder of St Andrew businesswoman, Simone Campbell-Collymore, in what the police have theorised was a contract killing ordered that her husband, Omar 'Best' Collymore. Edwards is charged with conspiracy to murder.

Campbell-Collymore, 32, and 36-year-old taxi operator, Winston Watson, were shot dead at a premises on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew on January 2 of this year.

Collymore and two other suspects, Michael Adams and Dewayne Pink, were already arrested and charged for involvement with the killings. Edwards joined the defendants when the case was mentioned in the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

All four accused persons were remanded until May 18, by which time Edwards and Collymore are expected to settle their legal representation.

Collymore had previously been given time to get an attorney, but on Thursday he asked for more time to settle his legal representation. He told the court that he is trying to fund his legal fees.

Campbell-Collymore and Watson's were travelling in the latter's taxi when they were attacked and shot by gunmen at a premises. Both died from their injuries.

Collymore was later captured in a police operation at a guesthouse in St Elizabeth in February after it was publicised that a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Prior to being nabbed in St Elizabeth, Collymore had been taken into custody at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston where he was reportedly attempting to leave the island after the killing. But he was later released from custody.

New details emerging about Thursday's incident at the Half-Way-Tree branch of National Commercial Bank (NCB) during which a licensed firearm holder pulled his gun inside the bank causing panic among customers, are showing the other side of the story.

Reports are that the disturbance began shortly after the St. Andrew businessman entered the bank and told one of the cashiers that he wanted to withdraw $700,000 from his account. After being questioned by the cashier and other personnel at the bank about the amount being withdrawn, the businessman was told to sign two withdrawal forms.

After signing the forms, he was reportedly told to rejoin the line. He objected and reportedly became boisterious. Security personnel were called to quell the disturbance. According to the investigator, the situation became tense when security personnel realised that the man was armed.

The investigator said a member of the security team reportedly pulled his pistol and this prompted the businessman to pull his licensed firearm. During the standoff, customers in the banking hallscampering.

The businessman was eventually escorted out of the building by the security team. He was taken to Half-Way-Tree police station where he was questioned and his gun seized.

According to the investigator, the police viewed the surveillance video and decided not to charge him.

The matter was then referred to the Firearm Licensing Authority.

A video of the customers fleeing the bank and the security team escorting the businessman out of the institution with his firearm in his hand, has gone viral on social media.

Another taxi man killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA third taxi operator has been shot dead in the Corporate Area in just over a week.

It is reported that 40-year-old Kerron Morner was about to drive from premises on Conway Avenue in Duhaney Park when he was approached by a gunman who fired several shots hitting him multiple times.

Morner, who lived at 55 Abberville Avenue in Patrick City, died on the spot.

The taxi driver, alias 'Cansie', operated on the Duhaney Park to Half-Way Tree route.

Last week Tuesday, 63-year-old Michael Swaby was shot dead in Three Oaks, St Andrew, reportedly by a man who was posing as a passenger.

Two days later, another taxi operator was murdered along Dunrobin Avenue by two passengers and pushed from his vehicle onto the road.

There are rumblings in the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) regarding what it says are efforts by the Ministry of Education to solicit information from schools as it relates to teachers who were absent during the recent sick-out.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, the Association questioned what was the intended purpose of the information in light of the fact that there was a clear understanding arrived at among the parties in a meeting at the Ministry of Labour on March 14, including that there would be no victimisation.

It expressed concern about a plan to extend the school year to account for the three days lost.

There is something in the air today. It might just be the smell of some good, strong, sensemilia.

Today, April, 20 is being celebrated as National Weed Day in different countries across the world. The day is dubbed 420 because at approximately 4:20 p.m., weed lovers will 'light up' their chalices and 'spliffs' in celebration.

States in The United States such as Colorado and California will have several elaborate celebrations to mark the day, and while the celebrations in Jamaica will not be as massive, local marijuana lovers will not be left out of the day's celebrations.

The second Annual Scarce Festival/ Innocent Plant Symposium and Cannabis Cup is set to take place at the Hope Gardens, St Andrew, between noon and 10 p.m. today, and according to organisers, the event is expected to leave patrons on a high.

The symposium will feature a Cannabis Business Summit and Expo with booths showcasing and discussing some medical cannabis products that are currently being researched and developed by local businesses and households.

The event will also feature growing and processing tutorials and strategy from industry experts Dr Kadamawe Knife, Dr Machel Emanuel, Dr Haughton, and others.

A concert is also scheduled to take place with poetry from Ras Takura, as well as music and dubbing by Teflonzincfence.

In addition, the annual Cannabis Cup will be hosted on the day with persons getting trophies and prizes in six categories best potential medical product, best potential medical product (topical), best CBD flowers, best THC flowers, best Ital (naturally grown) flowers, and best extract.

The event is an initiative of the Department of Economics, the Department of Government and the Department of Life Sciences, the University of the West Indies Medical Cannabis Group and the Centre for Ganja/Cannabis Research at the University of the West Indies in association with the Ganja Growers and Producers Association and the Cannabis Commercialisation Council.

canadian-lawmakr.jpgA Canadian legislator has apologised after statements she made about Jamaica were labelled as racist.

The controversial comments by Nova Scotia lawmaker Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, came during a debate on Tuesday over the Liberal government's proposed Cannabis Control Act.

She said she heard from a friend that smoking marijuana in Jamaica is completely accepted, and there is a completely different work ethic and very low productivity in the island.

She went on to say that Nova Scotia already has a productivity problem, and legalised recreational ganja may only make it worse

Smith-McCrossin apologised in a Facebook post on Wednesday

She said if she had known the statement would cause offense, she would never have made it.

Her apology reads in part: "On April 17, 2018, I made some comments during debate on the government's Cannabis Act that were criticized as racist and insensitive. I am sorry if my comments were hurtful. Had I known that this statement would have caused offense, I would never have made it. These comments do not reflect the views of either the interim leader of the PC Party of Nova Scotia or my caucus colleagues.

As a registered nurse, I have strong views about the public health impact of excessive cannabis use. These concerns have been highlighted elsewhere by former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan in her Task Force Report to the Government

of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association and Doctors Nova Scotia.

My comments came about as a result of a conversation I had with a friend....."

andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated to the international community that he would have no objection to gay persons being part of his executive.

Holness' response to journalists in Brussels, Belgium, contradicted a strident position by then Prime Minister Bruce Golding, during a May 2008 interview with the BBC's 'HARDtalk's' host Stephen Shakur, that he would not allow gays in his Cabinet.

"Certainly it's not my business ... . Whatever is in my interest to distribute politically, a person's sexuality, sexual orientation is not a criterion for the use of my discretion. It's not an issue that we are afraid to address. The truth is that in the past, like many developed countries, there was a very conservative view on the matter ... ." Holness explained.

According to him, Jamaica was generally liberally oriented and connected in the world and the country's view on homosexuality was evolving, and while the conversation must be had, it should not be stoked.

"The culture is evolving. People are evolving. Even in the Church, which 10 years ago, had a unified position, the Church in Jamaica now has multiple positions on this. I think Jamaica ought to be given space to find its own position to the problems. But, you know, I think we are generally very liberal, but more so very tolerant. And I think that the first step is that the State protect the human rights of every citizen, regardless of sexual orientation or inclination," the prime minister stated.

The board of director at Hillel Academy, a privately run secondary institution, has apologized for a controversial history assignment given to students.

The apology come in the wake of social media uproar about the assignment, which some commentators argue seemed to legitimize slavery.

The assignment required students to create a model of punishment for slaves and give reason justifying the use of the method.

Among the options for punishment are shackles, collar, and cat-oh-9-tails whip.

The students were also required to discuss chosen punishment type as a demonstration of European civility.

In its statement, the board says on March 9, grade 9 students of Hillel academy received a history assignment called 'punishments for enslaved peoples.'

It says given the language used in the assignment, it accepts and understands the concerns that have been raised; and acknowledges that there should have been greater sensitivity in the wording of the assignment.

Gangster 'Ratty' killed by police in shootout

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gangster-ratty-killed.jpgRyan 'Ratty' Peterkin, the feared gang leader who evaded capture for months, was shot dead as he engaged members of the security forces in a fierce gun fight after he was tracked to a house in Berkshire, St Elizabeth today.

The police and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) report that Ratty was killed in the shootout and two firearms - an AK-47 rifle and a .38 revolver - seized.

It's reported that one of his cronies was also killed in the incident.

The JDF, in a statement this afternoon, reported that a security team went to a house in Berkshire to issue an arrest warrant for Peterkin.

It said as members of the team approached the house, Ratty and his accomplice opened fire and attempted to evade capture.

"A shooting confrontation ensued and Peterkin and his accomplice were shot. The two men were pronounced dead at the Savanna-la-mar Hospital," the JDF said.

Police investigators say Peterkin, who has made the police wanted list several times, is the leader of the Ratty Gang and was implicated in at least five murders, several shooting incidents and other crimes.

It's believed that he fled his base in Montego Bay, St James after the Prime Minister announced a State of Emergency in the parish.

The JDF said the shooting has been reported to the Bureau of Special Investigations and the Independent Commission of Investigations.

sean-paul-photo-9.jpgGrammy-winning dancehall artiste Sean Paul has been making a plea for blood donors needed to help save his father's life.

The 'Mad Love' singer said his father, Garth Henriques, is at the intensive care unit of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and is in dire need of O Negative blood.

In a video posted to his social media platforms, Sean Paul said: "I am presently at the University Hospital of the West Indies where my pops has been fighting for his life humbly for the past two months. We have been asking family and friends to give blood if they can but right now he's in dire need for blood, so if anybody can help out, I would greatly appreciate it."

Individuals interested in donating blood to Mr Henriques can go to the UHWI between 9 30 am and 3 30 pm, or any other blood bank island wide, Sean Paul said.

He also used the platform to encourage Jamaicans to generally donate blood as supplies are notoriously inadequate across the island.

harold-brady-photo-2.jpgA bailiff and other authorities were on duty at a home in Cherry Gardens, St Andrew, seeking to evict disbarred attorney, Harold Brady, from the premises.

Lawyers representing the owner of the property said Brady is being evicted for millions of dollars owed in rent for the premises.

Attorney Nico Pagon from the law firm Messrs Caroline PA, representing the owner of the premises, gave some details of the outstanding rental.

"Initially it was about $7 million for back rent, (but) some amount of monies has been paid," Pagon said.

"Right now the bailiff is executing a writ of possession which we obtained from the Supreme Court for us to have possession of the premises so that we can return it to our client, as well as order (for the) seizure and sale of certain articles," the attorney added.


Marsha Gay Reynolds, the second-runner up in the 2008 Miss Jamaica World competition, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine almost two years ago has been ordered released from jail.

The 34-year-old Jamaican, a runner-up in the Miss Jamaica World 2008 pageant, which sends the country's representatives to Miss World contests, was a flight attendant with JetBlue Airline when she tried to smuggle nearly 60 pounds of cocaine onto a plane at the Los Angeles International Airport in her carry-on baggage.

On Monday, she was sentenced by a federal judge to time served. Normally the charges carry a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years

The Los Angeles Airport Police reported that the cocaine was worth about US$3 million on the street and US$750,000 wholesale. According to a report in My News LA, the judge cited her "crucial" testimony in the prosecution of her supplier, Jamaican drug dealer Gaston Brown.

"She obviously provided substantial assistance to the government," U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder was quoted as saying.

The judge also reportedly said, without her help, prosecutors would have had a far more difficult time convicting Brown at trial in February for conspiracy and other federal charges.

Brown, 41, was named by a federal grand jury in an indictment accusing him of supplying Reynolds the cocaine that she had attempted to smuggle on to a plane. He is expected to be sentenced in August of this year and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum possible sentence of life.

Meanwhile, Reynolds is expected to be released from custody in time to return home to Queens, New York with her parents who were at her sentencing hearing. She is likely to be released in the next few days and will then spend three years on supervised release, according to City News Service.

On March 18, 2016, Reynolds fled leaving behind her luggage after she was randomly selected for secondary screening at the airport.

She reportedly boarded a flight to Queens, New York, where she has an apartment, then later turned in herself to federal authorities at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

The former Jamaican beauty queen and New York University track athlete was studying to be a nurse while working for JetBlue, her former attorney said.

In court Reynolds acknowledged earning thousands of dollars to help smuggle drugs and money through airport security at LAX and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York by using her 'known crew member' status to breeze past security and then transfer the contraband to a co-conspirator.

held.jpgTwo Colombian nationals are among four persons in custody for allegedly scamming people out of expensive jewellery.

The four - two Colombian males and two Jamaican females - were nabbed on Monday in relation to an alleged scam committed in February, in Manchester.

scam-alert.jpgPolice report that on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the suspects visited Cobbla district, Manchester where they went from house to house promoting the exchange of gold jewellery for appliances.

A woman allegedly handed over a bag containing several pieces of gold jewellery to the accused persons for which they staged test to check the authenticity, police said in a news release.

"The accused then handed back the bag to her and left the location. The bag was later checked, and the victim found that her jewellery was missing," stated the cops in the release issued by the corporate communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

A report of the incident was subsequently filed with the police.

The alleged scammers were nabbed on Monday, when law enforcement officials were alerted that the suspects were in the area. A white Nissan Lafesta motorcar was subsequently intercepted and the four, identified as those involved in the jewellery scam, were taken into custody on suspicion of larceny by trick.

Investigators are appealing to persons who may have been victims of a jewellery scam to contact them immediately.

Persons can contact C-TOC at 937-1389, Police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311 or the nearest Police Station.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn says that a high-level police investigation is underway into reports that murder convict Michael McLean was able to leave his high-security prison several times to engage in sexual activities while he awaited trial.

McLean, 50, was on Thursday given six life sentences for slaughtering six members of a St Thomas family in 2006.

He has been ordered to serve 60 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole but effectively, should serve another 48 years since he has been in custody for the past 12 years.

Throughout his murder trial, McLean repeatedly requested to speak with officials at the Independent Commission of Investigations, saying he wanted to hand over proof that during the 12 years he was in custody awaiting trial he was taken to several guest houses on 19 occasions to have sex with various women.

"In the 12 years I have been in custody I have dated two teachers and a secretary," McLean on the second day of the trial.

A judge last week sentenced an Alabama teenager to 65 years in prison for a series of crimes, including murder, even though a police officer was the one who actually killed the victim.

Lakeith Smith, now 18, was convicted under the state's accomplice liability law in March. Based on that law, a person can be convicted of murder if they were committing a crime with the deceased that led to the other person's death, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. In Smith's case, he was involved in burglaries alongside A'Donte Washington, 16, when a police officer shot and killed Washington in 2015.

In February 2015, both Smith and Washington were part of a group of five who broke into two houses in Millbrook, Alabama, the Advertiser reports. When police responded to the scene, the two sides exchanged gunfire. Body camera footage played in court showed Washington running towards an officer pointing a gun at him. The officer then shot and killed Washington.

Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds sentenced Smith to 65 years in prison on Thursday -- 30 years for a felony murder, 15 for burglary and two 10-year sentences for theft.

"The officer shot A'donte, not Lakeith Smith," said Smith's attorney Jennifer Holton during the trial, as per USA Today. "Lakeith was a 15-year-old child, scared to death. He did not participate in the act that caused the death of A'donte. He never shot anybody."

Though Smith was a minor when the incident took place, he was tried as an adult.

In March, Smith declined a plea deal that would have sentenced him to 25 years in prison; he was convicted later that month.

The other three defendants involved in the burglaries have all entered guilty pleas, Fox 8 Live reports. One has been sentenced to 28 years in prison, while the other two have not yet been sentenced.

And as for the Millbrook police officer who actually killed Washington? A grand jury cleared him of any wrongdoing back in 2016, saying he was justified in fatally shooting Washington, WSFA reported at the time.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

Jamaican deportee gets 100 months in US prison

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican who returned to the United States after being deported from the country twice has been sentenced to 100 months in prison.

It will run consecutively with his 40 year sentence on state charges for the attempted murder of a police officer in New York.

It's reported that Ronald Greenland, 55, initially entered the US lawfully in 1972, but lost that status due to multiple criminal convictions in Connecticut, Florida, and New York.

On February 23, 2007, an immigration judge ordered Greenland deported to Jamaica, but he later re-entered the U.S. On October 25 last year, he was convicted in New York of attempted murder and attempted assault of a police officer. The following month, Greenland pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, White Plains, New York to federal illegal re-entry after removal following an aggravated felony conviction.

In February this year he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison on the New York state charges and March 28 sentenced to 151 months in federal custody, with 100 months to run consecutively with his state conviction.

robert-montague-photo-2.jpgThe Police High Command has confirmed that an investigation has been launched into an alleged plot to kill former Minister of National Security Robert Montague.

The headline in Sunday's edition of The Gleaner revealed that gun runners based in the United States have placed a bounty on the life of the former Security Minister due to the Jamaican Government's crackdown on gun smuggling into the island.

The report suggests that members of the underworld who smuggle guns from the US via the Bahamas and Haiti into Jamaica are displeased with the crackdown on their business.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, the Police High Command confirmed the report and disclosed that a multi-jurisdictional investigation into the allegations has been launched.

The JCF said it is being assisted by its United States law enforcement counterparts with the investigation.

The probe began several weeks ago following intelligence fed to the High Command.

The statement added that the JCF takes all threats seriously and investigates them.

A robber who was also a would-be rapist felt the ire of residents from the quiet town of Moneague in St Ann on Saturday. The man was set upon and chopped to death by an angry mob after he allegedly robbed and then tried to rape a teenager from the community.

After taking her phone, the thug tried to assault the young girl , but she raised an alarm and residents rushed to her aid.

They reportedly used machetes, and chopped him several times all over his body.

The police were later summoned to the scene, and the man was assisted to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Bronze for Yohan Blake in 100m at Gold Coast

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yohan-blake-and-simbine.jpgYohan Blake won the men's 100-metre bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia on Monday after being relegated to third by the South African pair of Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies at the Carrara Stadium

The 2011 world champion entered Monday's final as the hot favorite after posting the quickest time of the season and in the first two rounds, but stumbled early and never regained his form against the two runners to his right.

Simbine, who was fifth at the 2016 Olympics and at last year's world titles, won in 10.03 second, with Bruintjies second in 10.17, shading Blake by 0.02.

There were two other medals for Jamaica on the day as Christania Williams and Gayon Evans won silver and bronze respectively in the women's 100-metre final.

Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye triumphed in the women's race, her first gold medal at a major international meet.

She celebrated with an air punch as she crossed the finish line in 11.14 seconds and relegated Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (personal best 11.22) to silver and bronze. England's Asha Philip was fourth in a repeat of her finish in Glasgow four years ago.

The win for Ahye, a finalist at the 2016 Olympics and the last two world championships, delivered Trinidad and Tobago their first Commonwealth title in the women's 100 and meant a Jamaican hasn't won the title since 2006. It came in the absence of the top Jamaican, Elaine Thompson, who won the Olympic 100-200 double in 2016 but is only running the 200 on the Gold Coast.

Two Falmouth escaped prisoners caught

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Two of four prisoners who escaped from the Falmouth Police Lock-up in Trelawny on Wednesday have been caught.

Travaun Lawson, 22, otherwise called 'Tall Man', of Rose Mount, St James turned himself in to the police in the company of his lawyer while Adrian Stewart, 39, of Dumfries, St James was recaptured during an operation in his community.

Two other escapees are on the run:

1) Mario Morrison, 24, of Bamboo district, Hanover

2) Oneil Demetrius, 31, otherwise called 'Boy Boy', of Lowe River, Wait-A-Bit, Trelawny.

They are both wanted for murder.

The police are urging them to turn themselves in and are reminding family members and residents that it is an offence to harbour a criminal.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Mario Morrison and Oneil Demetrius is being asked to contact the Falmouth Police at 954-3703, Crime Stop at 311, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

Son chops father to death in Green Acres

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A 62-year-old man, James Bunting, was chopped to death, reportedly by his son, Horace, in Green Acres, Spanish Town, St Catherine on Wednesday.

Reports are that approximately 6:00 p.m., the two had an argument and during the heated exchange, the elder Bunting was attacked and chopped in the head.

He was taken to hospital, where he died while undergoing treatment.

The suspect fled the scene and is still at large.

The Green Acres community recently benefited from the establishment of a police post with a newly-assigned service vehicle, reportedly because of the increasing crime numbers there.

Who killed Rooksie?

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice are still probing the killing of Uriel 'Rooksie' James, the reputed leader of the Rose Town-based Discipline Gang who was shot dead on Wednesday.

Police sources say his body was discovered in a car in St Andrew in the vicinity of Dunrobin.

In February, James was shot and injured in the parking lot of the Spartan Health Club in New Kingston.

He was leaving the club shortly before 8 o'clock in the morning when two men dressed like construction workers opened fire. However, he was saved by a team of armed private security officers.

James is said to have several criminal cases before the courts.

However, in July 2015, he was freed of the 1999 murder of security guard Errol McGeachy in Rose Town, Kingston.

Four months earlier he was also freed of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition in connection with the 2011 robbery of a man.

jutc-buses.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says due to recent shootings in August Town, St Andrew, its buses to the area will terminate at the University of the West Indies' (UWI's) Irving Hall, known as the UWI back gate.

"The JUTC has been forced once again to temporarily suspend its service in August Town, St Andrew as a result of violence/renewed shootings this morning," the State-run bus company said on Twitter this morning.

It also urged commuters to be safe.

When contacted, the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) confirmed that there has been shooting in the area but said it has received no official report on the incident.

winnie-mandela-yardflex.jpg"She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones," the family said in a statement.

The ex-wife of Nelson Mandela was known as "mother of the nation" and had been admitted to hospital in January with a kidney infection.

Her family said she "kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one its most recognisable faces."

News of her death comes on the day the US marks 50 years since the assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King -- who her former husband paid tribute to while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

The young activist met Nelson Mandela at a bus stop in Soweto when she was 22 in 1957 and the pair married a year later. Their romance lasted 38 years that was largely spent apart, with Nelson imprisoned for 27 years, leaving Winnie to raise two daughters and keep his political dream alive.

In 1990 the world watched when Nelson Mandela finally walked out of prison -- hand-in-hand with Winnie.

But they separated just two years later and divorced in 1996 after a legal wrangle that revealed her affair with a young bodyguard and she went on to become embroiled in several major controversies.

held.jpgThe St Elizabeth police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a break-in at the Holland Primary School in which several items, including groceries, were stolen.

Christopher Campbell was charged on Thursday with School House Breaking, Larceny and Receiving Stolen Property.

Reports are that an 84 inch television set that was stolen from the Holland Primary School on March 2 was found at Campbell's house during a search by the police.

He was subsequently arrested and charged.

The accused is scheduled to appear in court later this week.

police-commissioner-antony-anderson-photo-1.jpgFormer National Security Advisor and now Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson had his credit card cloned, but the alleged perpetrator is now before the courts.

Forty-four-year-old businessman, Earl Hobins, had his bail extended when he appeared in the St Andrew Parish Court last Thursday to answer to a charge of having benefited from the cloning the credit card of

Hobins has been charged with defrauding General Anderson, with more than $1 million having been reportedly taken from his account.

Anderson took office as Police Commissioner on March 19, 2018.

Fraud Squad detectives began their probe in February of this year after it was discovered that the former Chief of Defence Staff, who was then the National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, had been defrauded.

Investigators said the illegal activities with the card began on February 22.

According to the police, unscrupulous persons cloned Anderson's credit card and stole $1.3 million over a period of seven days.

The investigators said a man and a woman created two cloned cards from Anderson's card, which were used to purchase appliances, car parts and hair, among other items.

Following investigations, Hobins was arrested and charged on March 9.

The St James police are yet to ascertain the identities of three men who were shot dead during a gun battle with a law enforcement team in the parish on Good Friday morning.

Following the gunfight, the police seized two firearms.

Reports are that about 5:45 a.m., a police party conducted a special operation in Sunderland district in St James in search of wanted men and illegal firearms, and came under gunfire in the process.

The police took evasive action and returned the gunfire.

When the shooting subsided, three unidentified men were found suffering from gunshot wounds.

The injured men were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

One black Beretta 9mm pistol, bearing serial number BER020732Z, with a magazine containing one 9mm cartridge; and one black 9mm pistol with the make and serial number erased, loaded with a magazine containing one 9mm cartridge, were seized.

Investigations continue.

KD Knight threatens to 'rouse up' Jamaicans

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kd-knight-photo-1.jpgOpposition Senator K D Knight has threatened to 'rouse up' Jamaicans against the Government if it does not present a crime plan by the end of April.

At Tuesday's sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said a crime plan will be revealed but said he was waiting for the Parliament to back it.

"As I said there is one element that we have not yet settled. The crime plan must include in it, something to say that this Parliament agrees on a set of actions; that we are carving out national security as an area where there is bipartisan support for the policy," Holness said.

Speaking in the Senate this morning, Knight took issue with Holness' pronouncement calling it a public relations tactic.

"Prime Minister come out with this plan; say something that the nation can galvanise around. A wishy-washy approach won't work. People are in fear! People want to know what you are doing; if you can do something; if your government is up to the task. People just don't want some band-aid approach," Knight said.

He made the remark in his contribution to the debate on the resolution to extend the State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division.

anju-blaxx.jpgMusic producer Andrew 'Anju Blax' Myrie and businessman Brent Bunting are headed for mediation in the wounding case currently before the courts.

Earlier this month, Bunting and Myrie were involved in a physical altercation.

Reports are that Bunting, who is the son of politician Peter Bunting, went upstairs to Myrie's apartment to complain about loud music he was playing at the complex when the altercation happened. Both men have accused each other of instigating an attack.

The police were called and Bunting charged with unlawful wounding while Myrie was charged with wounding with intent.

During the altercation, Bunting was thrown down a flight of stairs.

According to arguments presented in court today, Bunting has done surgery to repair injuries to his face.

Myrie too had injuries, but, it was not immediately clear whether he had to seek medical attention to treat them.

They are to return to court on May 24 to report on the progress of their mediation.

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has taken issue with the media being denied access to cover Tuesday's swearing-in of the new members of the Government Executive - two cabinet ministers and two ministers of state - at King's House.

The PAJ issued a statement later in the day, reminding Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Government that the media should be allowed to cover national occasions and not be relegated to getting pool photographs from the government's information service.

The restriction of access was explained on the basis that King's House is currently undergoing substantial renovations, which made it impossible to utilise the usual space for the ceremony.

Naomi Francis, Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, asserted that "the media was not barred at all," even as she acknowledged that only the state operated Jamaica Information Service was invited to cover the ceremony.

"We find it impossible to believe that, in all the many buildings owned by the government in Kingston, suitable arrangements could not have been made, albeit at short notice, to hold the ceremony at one that could accommodate the media," said PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller.

The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) has taken three people into custody in relation to a probe it is carrying out into the operations of Prisoners for Christ Telemarketing Services, which has allegedly defrauded hundreds of prospective car owners.

The Corporate Area-based company attracted their clientele with a promise of being able to import motor vehicles for persons who make a down payment of $85,000 to $100,000. The victims made the dowpayments, but have now come forward to say that they were fleeced.

MOCA's operations have led to the seizure of several motor vehicles, more than J$1 million and US$1,813 in cash.

Disgruntled clients Prisoners for Christ Telemarketing Services have also seized computers and other equipment from the company. It said these devices contain material which could be used as evidence in the investigation. MOCA is urging persons in possession of the items to hand them over to its agency.

Has Jah Cure been granted his US visa?

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jah-cure-bahamas.jpgReports are that Grammy-nominated Reggae artiste, Siccaturie Alcock, better known as Jah Cure, has been granted a visa to travel to the United States of America.

While social media, up to press time, was not buzzing with the news, it is alleged that the crooner, has finally been given the go-ahead to travel to the States.

"I'm not sure if it's a work permit, or if it's a regular visitor's visa," a Yardflex source revealed. "But his team was working on getting his papers in order and it looks like things free up for the singer."

Another source added, "A long time dem fi leggo di man and mek him start earn. Dem punish the Cure long enough."

It was in November 1998, while driving around Montego Bay, that Jag Cure was pulled over by the police and arrested on charges of gun possession, robbery and rape. He was prosecuted before the Gun Court in April 1999, found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Jah Cure was released on July 28, 2007 and has since increased his fan base and popularity, releasing a number of smash singles and albums and has toured Europe and the Caribbean.

buju-banton-photos-2.jpgGrammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton will do his very first concert, upon release from prison, in the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago on April 22, 2019. A concert is scheduled for Jamaica at a later date.

Jodian Ebanks, a member of the entertainer's marketing team, made the announcement on Sunday at a media briefing held during the Love and Harmony Cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit vessel.

According to Ebanks, "Buju is very excited about being on the road again. Jamaica is very special to him and he wants to be able to give his home country the type of concert it deserves," said Ebanks.

"Trinidad was chosen as the dates, travel schedules, and all the other variables all came together for that time of year and was the best fit," she continued.

Reports are that some of the acts Buju Banton wanted to perform at the Jamaica concert were not available, so that is the reason why the organisers decided to do the Trinidad show first.

Ebanks said the reggae singer is looking forward to his release and the opportunity to make music for his fans.

bolt-again.jpg(AP) - Usain Bolt trained again with German soccer club Borussia Dortmund on Friday and this time scored a header and a penalty in front of nearly 1,500 spectators.

The 31-year-old retired sprint great took part in team exercises under coach Peter Stoeger, exchanging passes with Mario Goetze and others in the relaxed session.

"It was good," Bolt said. "I had fun with the guys. They were very welcoming."

Dortmund said 1,409 spectators came to see the eight-time Olympic champion in action. News agency DPA said there were 137 accredited journalists.

"Usain is an incredibly laid back guy, totally down to earth. I think it was fun for him," Stoeger said. "And he got a stage that he had dreamed about."

The German club broadcast the session live with commentary in English. Bolt later signed autographs for fans as photographers jostled for pictures.

"I think it worked out very well," said Goetze, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014. "Usain felt comfortable, we could accommodate him well. It was a cool exercise."

It was Bolt's second training session with the team. He took part in another behind closed doors on Thursday.

andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has denied that there has been any pressure from a foreign government which may influence his choice of the country's next National Security Advisor.

"No foreign power could or should or it wouldn't be appropriate to seek to tell the Government of Jamaica or myself as Prime Minister who I should take or not take as adviser. Absolutely not; and it would be highly irregular and highly innappropriate!" the Prime Minister asserted during an interview with the RJR News.

The post of National Security Advisor became vacant following the recent appointment of Major General Antony Anderson as Commissioner of Police.

There has been speculation that a former Commissioner of Police could be appointed to the post.

But the Prime Minister said he is not in a hurry to make a choice.

Man wanted for triple murder held

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA man who was implicated in a triple murder at Yohan Close in Linstead, St Catherine was arrested during an operation in Frazer's Content in the parish yesterday.

According to the police, arrangements are now being made for him to be questioned in the presence of his attorney, after which formal charges will be laid.

The three persons, one of them a teen boy, were found with gunshot wounds by residents about 11:30 pm on January 26.

They were subsequently identified as 36-year-old mason, Shannon Reynolds, otherwise called 'Marlon', 15-year-old John Reynolds and 51-year-old Sonia Hinds, otherwise called 'Tippy', all of Victoria district in the parish.

The police are reminding members of the public that information on wanted persons or any criminal activity may be given confidentially by using the tip line number, 837-888.

Persons may also give information securely by calling 811 or Crime Stop at 311 or by using the Stay Alert app.

13 listed as Persons of Interest

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Thirteen persons have been listed as persons of interest by the Kingston Western Police.

Police investigators say they can assist them in several matters currently under investigation.

All 13 are being asked to report to the Denham Town Criminal Investigations Branch by 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 23.


1) David Reid otherwise called 'BJ' of Greenwich Park Road, Kingston 5 and St William Pathway, Kingston 12.

2) Mikail Green otherwise called 'Mosquito' or 'Blacks' of Brynes Street, Kingston 12.

3) Leonardo Campbell otherwise called 'Money' of Harris Street, Kingston 13.

4) Rohan James alias 'Warder' of James Street, Kingston 13.

5) Mugarvey Walker otherwise called 'Life' of Golden Heights, Kingston 14.

6) Rory Headlen otherwise called 'Bowa' of Upper West Street, Kingston.

7) Roger Shaw alias 'Bucky-five star' of Rousseau Road, Kingston 5.

8) Nakeam Kirkpatrick nickname 'OJ' of DeeCee Avenue, Kingston 14.

9) Yeahkark Walker otherwise called 'Prince' of Sunlight Street, Kingston 13.

10) Shadane McKenzie otherwise called 'Murphy' of Sunlight Street, Kingston 13.

11) Oshane Cooper otherwise called 'OB' of Blount Street, Kingston 14 and a Tivoli Gardens Address.

12) Fabian Lynch otherwise alias 'Dozer' or 'Junior' of Chamberlin Road and 4th Street, Kingston 12.

13) Shaquille Harrison otherwise called 'Coke Dust' of Mckenzie Drive, Kingston 14

Red Hills Road shooting victim dies

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crime-scene-gun.jpgOne of the victims of a shooting on Red Hills Road in St. Andrew on Thursday morning has died.

She has been identified as 22 year old Moesha Johnson, of a Red Hills Road address.

It was reported that Ms Johnson and a man were walking when a car drove up and the occupants opened gunfire on them.

Ms Johnson died at hospital.

The man is still being treated.

Residents blocked a section of Red Hills Road afternoon to protest the shooting.

The are blaming the shooting on a feud with persons on Verene Avenue off Cassia Park Road.

A resident said the feud has been ongoing for several months.

Chronixx, Alkaline, win big at IRAWMA

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irawma-awards.jpgReggae singer Chronixx and dancehall sensation Alkaline, were the big winners in three categories each, at the combined 36th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) and 37th Chicago Music Awards at the Logan Center for the Arts - University of Chicago last Sunday evening.

Fans of Africa's reggae star Shatta Wale brought the house down with excitement, applause and cheers, has he accepted the "Special IRAWMA/Martin's International Award of Honor". Wale was hardly able to give his acceptance speech, taking some two minutes to subdue his ecstatic fans Chronixx, captured the Awards for "Best Male Vocalist", "Best Album/CD" for "Chronology" and "Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer", while Alkaline won for, "Entertainer of the Year", "Best Song" and "Best Male Dancehall Artist". The complete list of winners, can be seen also at:

Winners and performers for the Chicago Music Awards will be coming in a separate release and can be seen at:

Ephraim Martin announced that the 37th International Reggae and World Music Awards will return to Jamaica, on Saturday May 11, 2019 and will be held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

The event was sponsored by. NBC 5 Chicago, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), The Look - A Women's & Men's Store, LaFruteria Inc, Old World Market, Rogers Park Fruit Market, Kingston Mines Blues Club, Payne Center for Medicine and Music, SAPNA (Sri Annamacharya Project of North America), All United Imports, Rasta Love Punch, African Spectrum, Africa USA Today Magazine, CKW entertainment, Golden Krust Bakery, Kensey & Kensey Communications and others

Missing woman's body found in shallow grave

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA St. Catherine woman who was reported missing on Monday was found buried in a shallow grave in St. Thomas Tuesday after her boyfriend reportedly confessed to killing her.

She has been identified as 36-year old Latisha Bravo, also known as Keisha, a store keeper of Linstead in St. Catherine.

According to a police report, Ms Bravo visited her boyfriend in Duhaney Pen, St. Thomas on Sunday.

The following morning they reportedly had a dispute during which it is believed that she was strangled to death. It is reported that he then hid the body under a bed and went to work. About 8 o'clock Monday evening he allegedly took the body to the seaside in Duhaney Pen and buried it.

Later in the night the St. Thomas Police received information that Miss Bravo had been reported missing.

Her boyfriend was taken into custody where he allegedly confessed to the killing.The police say he led them to the shallow grave.

2 charged for shooting death of 3 y-o girl

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men who were detained in connection with last month's killing of a three year old girl in Annotto Bay, St. Mary have been charged.

They were charged on Tuesday evening with murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

Kelecia Matthews, otherwise called 'Pooka', of Cane Lane, was shot on February 14 while walking home with her stepfather.

Residents of Cane Lane have blocked sections of the main road in Annotto Bay to protest the men being charged.

The residents, who also protested the arrest of the men last week, insist that they are innocent.

ruddy-spencer.jpgState minister Rudyard Spencer has found himself in the midst of a firestorm of criticism for telling labourites at a political meeting in Bellefield, Manchester on the weekend that now that a member of the JLP is now at the helm of the RADA, whatever issues they had faced with receiving assistance from the entity, which provides agricultural extension services, were of the past.

SPENCER: Labourites, we have a system where we will now have our own chairman of RADA and things have been happening and things can happen at RADA. But naturally, you will meet some bottlenecks because we have just taken over the system and we are trying to find our way around the system. Where you never have a parish manager for RADA, you now have a Labourite being the chairman of RADA, so whatever problems you use to have ...

(Spencer pauses to hear advice of someone reminding him that the media were present.)

SPENCER: No, no I want them hear.

MAN IN AUDIENCE: Mine weh you a talk seh

SPENCER: Whatever problems you use to have, I believe now most of those problems would have gone away because you have your own manager to assist in the management of RADA ... So therefore, you can't say that you are getting no attention, you can't say nothing is happening, because in fairness, you have your own manager, to report whatever problems you have and expect him to solve those problem.

Clansman Gang top man and family arrested

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigations Branch (C-TOC) is reporting that one of the leaders of the Clansman gang has been arrested and charged.

Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey, head of C-TOC, said the gang leader, 33 year old Andre 'Blackman' Bryan, along with three members of his family were picked up during an operation in an upscale community in St. Andrew on March 4.

The three family members are his mother, 53 year old Millicent Brown, sister Alecia Brown, and his brother, Kevaughn Green. Two other members of the gang, Davion Edwards, otherwise called 'Lizard' and Boswell Rhoden, otherwise called 'Stephan', were picked on in another location on Monday March 5.

Charges in relation to the anti-gang legislation were laid against all six individuals on Monday, March 19. ACP Bailey said C-TOC launched an investigation into the Clansman gang in 2015, which led to the arrest and charge of 32 members over the period.

He said 78 of the 134 murders committed in St. Catherine in 2017 can be attributed to the Clansman gang.

western-union.jpgGraceKennedy Limited (GK) and its partner Western Union announced today an expansion of the company's digital money transfer service, which will allow Jamaicans to send funds via an online platform to 200 countries globally.

Effective April 1, the Jamaica operations of GraceKennedy Money Services, a GK subsidiary, will be the first in the Caribbean and Latin America to offer the digital service at

To use the new outbound service, consumers in Jamaica can begin the registration process online but must go to a physical location to complete the process, including providing identification.

Thereafter they will be able to send and receive funds online. The methods of payment include debit, credit card and Apple Pay.

Previously, money could be received online in Jamaica, but not sent. The launch of the service brings to 42 the number of countries which now have the digital transactional service from Western Union.

President of the opposition Peoples National Party PNP, Dr Peter Phillips, dropped a huge bowl of macaroni in Parliament on Monday when he listed out a litany of woes besetting the Jamaican government: "How can the government who gave up over four billion dollars in revenues in the past two years to the bauxite companies now claim they would have to impose new taxes in order to pay increases for teachers. What kind of madness is that...?"

Minister Phillips then said cheekily, "Sometimes, Mr Speaker, it look like is Macaroni running the government!"


Place mash up!


Video clip gone V-I-R-A-L.

Welcome to Jamaica, the land of wood and water and Macaroni.

For those of you who don't know, Macaroni is the true-to-life, reluctant Internet sensation whose attempts to drive his bus through dangerous waters went viral after it was posted online, complete with a voice saying over and over again, "A couldn't Macaroni that!"

As it turned out, it really wasn't Macaroni driving the bus, but somehow since that viral video, the memes followed and every ridiculous situation and incidents of buffoonery have attracted the label: "A must Macaroni do that."

So, is it really Macaroni who is running the government of Jamaica?

Macaroni, tell us it aint so. - Yasmine Peru

Watch the video clip below of Peter Phillips having his Macaroni Moment.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police are reporting that four members of the Montego Bay based G-City Gang are among the 123 people so far detained in the State of Public Emergency in the St Catherine North division.

The State of Public Emergency was declared yesterday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

According to the police, 96 of the detainees have been processed and released while 27 remain in custody.

*Three detainees wanted for several offences including simple larceny, shooting with intent, unlawful wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

*Three arrested for breaches of the Firearms Act following the seizure of a Glock Pistol with a magazine containing 10 rounds on the Bernard Lodge Main Road

*Two arrested for Breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The public is being reminded that it is an offence to harbour criminals.

commissioner-antony-anderson-sworn-in.jpgMajor General Antony Anderson began his first day as Commissioner of Police, after taking the Oath of Office today.

"Decked in his uniform, the Commissioner of Police was quickly sworn on by Bishop Dr Gary Welsh, Justice of the Peace and Assistant Commissioner of Police, followed by a briefing session with area and section commanders," stated the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Corporate Communication Unit in a release today.

Anderson is replacing George Quallo, who was appointed on April 18 last year, but decided to retire last month after his relationship with National Security Minister Robert Montague soured.

state-of-emergency.jpgOperating hours for businesses and other establishments in sections of the St. Catherine North Police Division, where a State of Public Emergency was declared on Sunday (March 18), have been adjusted in keeping with stipulations under the enhanced security operation.

According to the Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU), the closing hours for all businesses in Spanish Town, Linstead and Bog Walk are now either 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

Those that should close by 7:00 p.m. are cook shops, dry goods establishments and haberdasheries, spirit license premises, service stations, clubs and fast food outlets, pharmacies, and churches. Community recreational facilities should close by 6:00 p.m.

The specified boundaries within which the operation is being undertaken are:

North - from the intersection of the St Ann, Clarendon, and St Catherine parish boundaries towards Garfield Road, the Moneague leg of the North-South Highway and Guy's Hill square;

East - along the St. Catherine parish boundary, to Sligoville, the intersection of Highway 2000, Lakes Pen Road, Port Henderson Road, Salt Pond Road and Hill Run main road;

South - from the Hartland main road to the Hill Run main road, and West - along the parish boundary to Ginger Ridge, Blue Hole, Marley Hill and Dover Road, to the intersection of the PJ Patterson Highway and the Hartland main road.

The CCU has declared that the security forces will also be placing special focus on bus parks within the targeted communities.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared the State of Public Emergency during a press conference at Jamaica House.

A joint Jamaica Constabulary Force/Jamaica Defence Force team was deployed to the area to undertake enhanced security measures for an initial 14 days, in accordance with the Emergency Powers Act.

The Proclamation under the Emergency Powers Act to bring the enhanced security measures into effect was signed by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, and has been gazetted.

The State of Public Emergency in St. Catherine North is the second such this year, following a similar declaration in the western parish of St. James in January.

Suspected serial rapist held in St Thomas

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held.jpgThe police have held a suspected serial rapist in Morant Bay, St Thomas.

He was held during a special operation on the weekend.

The suspect is believed to be involved in several incidents of sexual attacks in St Thomas and sections of the Corporate Area.

The Constabulary Communication Unit says investigations are ongoing and has promised to release more information as soon as it becomes available.

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Visitor dies in St. Ann crash

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fatal-crash.jpgA woman was killed and five persons, including a two year old child, were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Llandovery main road in St. Ann on Sunday evening.

The deceased was a visitor to the island. It's reported that she arrived on Friday for a birthday celebration.

The car in which she was traveling collided with a Sports Utility Vehicle about 7 o'clock.

The driver of the SUV, who was the sole occupant of that vehicle, was also injured.

police-cars.jpgPolice say they have stepped up their search for criminals who robbed and then chopped to death a popular bus operator in Retreat, St Mary.

The dead man has been identified as Michael Walker, alias Jahmikes, a 47-year-old man, who is originally from Salem, Runaway Bay in St Ann.

Police say Walker, who operates a bus in and around St Mary, was found suffering from chop wounds along one of his regular routes last Thursday.

He was rushed to hospital where he was battling for life but later died while being treated.

Police say their initial probe revealed that several personal items belonging to Walker, including money and a cellular phone were stolen, when he was attacked

Police say since the attack they have stepped up their search for the perpetrators and are calling on residents in the parish to provide any information that could assist them in their probe.

And as police dig deeper for clues residents have taken to social to voice their concern over the attack.

"Michael Jahmikes Walker rest in peace me bredda. I wish I cud see you alive one more time again and we drink a one Guinness together.... sighhh smh."

Another post read, "May his soul rest in peace and memories continue resonate each and every day."

Meanwhile, another friend of the deceased man lamented on the senseless killings across St Mary.

"St Mary in the news so much these days for negatives and here I would never imagine my dear friend Michael (Walker) would join in and just gone so. Tears to my eyes. Smh. How could they kill him like that? He did no one anything. I am tired of these killings. Tired, tired rip Michael," the post read.

St Mary has recorded twelve murders since the start of the year.

Jay Z, Beyonce and kids arrive in Jamaica

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jay-and-bey-photo-1.jpgThe power couple and their three children all arrived in Jamaica Sunday night, reports say, adding that Jay Z and Beyonce are in the island to record new music along with a music video.

The platinum-selling artistes, accompanied by their children and nanny, will reportedly be staying at a private residence in Kingston

Just last week, Jay and Bey announced their On The Run 2 tour featuring a Jamaican classic.

The 1977 hit by Marcia Aitken I'm Still In Love (With You Boy) is the background track for the 45 second teaser.

According to, the single produced by Joe Gibbs gave the young Aitkens who was a student at the time, her first number one hit in Jamaica, with high chartings in the US and UK.

The single was featured on her 1981 debut, Reggae Impact, and was a cover of the late Alton Ellis 1967 version.

I'm Still In Love has been sampled by Sean Paul, Beres Hammond, Trinity, and Althea & Donna.

anju-blaxx-and-brent-bunting.jpgBusinessman, Brent Bunting, the son of Central Manchester Member of Parliament and former National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, up to Thursday, was reportedly is still in hospital and his condition was listed as serious.

This follows a fight with music producer Anju Blaxx and a gang of men at a complex in supper St Andrew last Friday. According to reports online, Brent Bunting reportedly complained that loud music which was being played at the complex was preventing his child from sleeping. It's further alleged that a physical altercation ensued and Bunting was tossed down a flight of stairs by Blaxxx and several men.

It's also alleged Blaxxx and his associates stomped on Bunting's face after he was tossed down the staircase.

Bunting's jaw was fractured and he suffered an injury to his eyes.

Facial Reconstructive Surgery was performed on the younger Bunting on Tuesday.

Blaxx reportedly received minor facial injury during the altercation. Both men have accused each other of being the aggressor.

37-year-old Blaxx, whose given name is Andrew Myrie, has been charged with wounding with intent in connection with the incident, while 27-year-old Bunting has been charged with unlawful wounding.

When contacted Wednesday, Head of the St. Andrew North Police Division, Superintendent Glenford Miller, told our news centre that he was in a meeting and could not comment.

In an interview posted online, Brent's father, Peter Bunting is quoted as saying that his son is "lucky to be alive".

The reporter quotes Bunting thus: "Most of the media is carrying publicity for Anju Blaxx when they are not aware of the details of the case. I was not there but from the accounts I have been getting, he is lucky to be alive, some of them had knives, and some even came to his home trying to kick off his door. He had been retreating from the situation and they ran him down and pulled him down the stairs. He was not the aggressor," Producer, Andrew Myrie otherwise called 'Anju Blaxx' walked free from wire fraud charges in the United States in August 2016. His attorney in the case, KD Knight told the press at the time that his client, Anju BLaxx did not make a plea deal with federal agents in the US state of North Dakota where he was charged. Charges against Anju Blaxx were dismissed in the United States after the prosecution there moved a motion for the case to be dismissed.

Anju Blaxx subsequently pleaded guilty in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to aiding in the making of a false declaration to Jamaica Customs in 2013. He was fined $250,000.

Reggae Boy Damion Lowe blasts Bolt in FB post

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damion-lowe.jpgDamion Lowe, the son of former national player Onandi Lowe, has take Usain Bolt to task for his "disrespectful" comments regarding the Reggae Boyz.

In a FB post, the young Lowe told Bolt: "You're basically degrading all the work your fellow Jamaicans have put to get us into the top 50, to have only lost 5 games out of 18."

"You guys should stop seeing Jamaica football as it was in the past. We are rising and it's evident with our results and rankings."

"I guess Mr. Bolt u would rather go represent another country because u think they aren't good enough for your talents. Look what you did for Jamaica it opened so many doors it shined a light on us," Lowe wrote.

"Imagine if u had taken that talent to another country, who would be breaking records for us? who would be winning back to back golds?

"Just like the young man you are talking about if he plays for Jamaica he will be seen as a Jamaican creating wonders in world football and it will give other young players chances, it will open doors for many. If he plays for another country he won't be seen as an ambassador for Jamaica. Be proud no matter what the situation. Yes I'm not playing for the big leagues, but I'm gonna get there one day and I won't and will never regret playing for Jamaica. U know why? Because when I do brand Jamaica will be next to my name. Not Belgium, not Germany not Spain not Norway."

Kudos to you Mr. Lowe.

usain-bolt-and-leon-bailey.jpgDecorated Jamaica Olympic champions Usain Bolt insists he will not encourage Bundesliga star and compatriot Leon Bailey to represent the national team as it is currently below his level.

The 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger has been one of the German league's hottest property's this season, scoring 9 goals in 17 appearances and being an all-around thorn in the flesh of defenders.

The player's talent has garnered attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs, but recently so have some countries.

jamaican-student-and-white-girl-tampon-drama.jpgThe New York Post is reporting that a white former Connecticut university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black Jamaican roommate's belongings has been allowed into a probation programme that could result in criminal charges being erased from her record.

According to the Post, state judge in Hartford on Monday granted 18-year-old Brianna Brochu's request for accelerated rehabilitation. Misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace charges will be erased if she successfully completes two years of probation and 200 hours of community service. Police said the former University of Hartford student wrote on Instagram in October about rubbing used tampons on her roommate's backpack and putting her roommate's toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine." She also called her roommate "Jamaican Barbie," and wrote that she put moldy clam dip in her roommate's lotions and spit in her coconut oil, police said.

The incident went viral after the Jamaican roommate, Chennel Rowe, shared her ordeal on social media. Rowe wrote that she developed throat pain and doctors couldn't pinpoint exactly what was causing it.

Rowe attended the court hearing and did not oppose the probation programme request Monday, saying she hoped Brochu would "change her ways."

Brochu's attorney, Tom Stevens, has said Brochu and Rowe had a falling out and Brochu's actions were not racially motivated. Both women had asked school officials for a change in roommates.

Stevens apologized on Brochu's behalf Monday. He said Brochu wanted to apologize sooner, but he advised her not to because of a potential civil lawsuit. Brochu, of Harwinton, had told police her actions were in retaliation for Rowe's "rude behavior" and Rowe posting videos of her sleeping and making fun of her snoring.

Brochu also told authorities that she did put tampon blood on Rowe's backpack and licked Rowe's plate, fork and spoon, but denied doing anything else. She said she lied in the Instagram post in an attempt to "appear funny," a police report said.

Source: NY Post

hands-behind-bars.jpgOne of the students from the Green Island High school in Hanover, who was caught on video attacking a bus conductor with knives and stones, has been taken into custody by the police.

The boy, who was accompanied by his father, surrendered to the police Friday - two days after the incident. The teenager was taken in by his father after he saw the video that is circulating on social media.

Head of the Hanover police, Superintendent Sharon Beeput, told RJR News that the police have identified all the boys involved in the incident

She said the police are in dialogue with the Principal and the Dean of Discipline at the school to have them taken in.

In the video, five boys are seen attacking the conductor with knives. The conductor was slapped in the face by a student holding a chopper before the other boys joined in the attack.

The conductor ran into the bus to seek refuge, but the boys proceeded to hurl stones on the vehicle, smashing several windows.

Several students in the bus were reportedly injured.

moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgMoravian pastor Rupert Clarke has been sentenced to eight years in prison on two counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years old and many are questioning how the man of the cloth was given such a "lenient sentence".

The sentences are to run at the same time which means Clarke will only serve eight years in prison.

The complainants are both sisters.

Clarke was sentenced in the St Elizabeth Circuit Court almost four months after he pleased guilty to the crimes.

On November 29, Clarke had appeared in court for the hearing of an application by the prosecution to transfer the sexual offence matter from the St Elizabeth Circuit Court to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston.

Justice Martin Gayle reportedly granted the application for the matter to be transferred to Kingston when Clarke's lawyer Deborah Martin asked for his client to re-enter a plea.

That's when Clarke changed his plea from not-guilty to guilty on two counts of having sex with a person under sixteen years old.

Clarke, 64 was the pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester.

The police report that in December 2016, a team was on patrol in a community near Santa Cruz when they observed a parked car that aroused their suspicion.

They went to investigate and reportedly found the pastor in a compromising position with a child.

He was immediately taken into police custody.

Further investigations revealed that Clarke also had a sexual relationship with the child's sister.

With one of the students from Green Island High School in Hanover who were caught on video viciously attacking a bus driver with knives and stones last week, being already in police custody, the hunt is on for the others who have been identified from the video.

The boy in custody was accompanied by his father when he surrendered to the police on Friday. The father took the initiative reportedly after seeing the video that is circulating on social media.

Now police investigator, who have identified the boys who were actively involved in the incident, are zeroing in on the school community to produce the suspects.

The police are reported to be in discussion with the school's administration to have the boys taken in for questioning.

The video recording has at least five boys attacking the bus operator with knives, a chopper and stones at a bus stop after the operator had made a purchase from a vendor.

One of the boys, with the chopper menacingly in hand, violently slapped the bus man in the face, which spurred on the other boys to join in the attack.

This was while female students on the scene were seemingly recording the incident, labelling it as a report coming "live from Green Island", and, in the process, fostering the assault on the man.

Under relentless attack, the victim first makes a feeble attempt to defend himself, before fleeing into the bus.

The vehicle is then stoned by the attackers, resulting in damage to the unit, including some of its windows.

The bus had passengers when it came under attack, and there are reports that some of the occupants were injured in the process

Teachers plan sickout

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A sickout is reportedly being planned by the country's public school teachers.

Sources have informed The Gleaner/Power 106 news centre that the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), which represents public school teachers, will be stepping up action to protest against the government's wage offer to teachers.

On Friday, at a joint press conference with International Monetary Fund representatives, Finance Minister Audley Shaw insisted that the government could not make a better wage offer to public sector unions which did not accept.

But this after he had previously indicated that the government would be going ahead with plans to pay, this month, the wage increase it has agreed with some public sector unions to all workers, including those who have rejected the deal.

However, the JTA has taken issue with the payment of the five per cent increase, which will cover the first year of the four-year deal.

It said, last week, that the move is unprecedented in light of the fact that the current salary negotiation has not been concluded nor a Heads of Agreement signed.

The JTA had warned that if the payment is made this month it would view the action of the finance ministry as being tantamount to union busting and a breach of Collective Bargaining Rights.

Alleged phone thief battered in Springs Plaza

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phone-thief.jpgAn alleged phone thief barely escape with his life in Half-Way Tree on Saturday afternoon after being viciously attacked by an angry mob who accused him of stealing a woman's phone.

Reports are that about 1:30 pm, a woman was seen on the Springs Plaza in the commercial district, running and shouting "tief, tief, mi want mi phone" while a young man was speeding away from her.\

A man was subsequently held by a private security officer, and within minutes a crowd descended on the pair and demanded that the man be killed.

The male security officer tried to take the man away from the growing crowd but the mob was too much for the officer. They rained blows all over the body of the alleged thief, before other security officers joined in the rescue of the man.

Still, the officers were outnumbered by the angry mob, which included a security guard (from another company), who kicked the bleeding alleged "phone grabber" into his groin, and pulled a ratchet knife from his waist, and attempted to harm the already wounded man. That security guard was eventually pulled away by a small section of the crowd, who begged for "mercy".

The man was eventually rescued by the police. But not before being battered and bruised.

It is unclear if the woman's phone was recovered.

ishawnas-letter-to-dear-dream.jpg'Slippery When Wet' singer, Ishawna set social media alight when she uploaded her typical attention-grabbing semi-nude photo on Instagram with a 'letter' to gossip blogger Dear Dream.

"Dear dream...Hide my ID, I'm with a man and all his b***hes are my fans...they all wanna eat my French Fries🍟 What should I do?! And no mi nah drink nuh bleach!!!! 🙄💦💦💦," she wrote.

The post racked up over 25,000 likes and almost 1,000 comments. I

Dream on Instagram: "Slippery when wet 💦💦When I'm in the mood 💦💦💦"

Has new chick New York dumped Marvin the Beast?

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marvin-the-beast-and-new-york.jpgMarvin The Beast is back on the market.

According to sources, the controversial dancer was dumped by his new lover, exotic dancer New York after just little over a week of dating.

Marvin shocked dancehall fans last week when he confirmed his relationship with the former Vybz Kartel 'Teachas Pet' cast member just hours after his breakup with DHQ Nickeisha became public knowledge.

The 'Beast' and New York instantly became the talk of the town after appearing on Instagram live together locking lips, uploading photos on each others accounts and making a few appearances at a few events.

Well it seems NY has come to her senses as she reportedly gave Marvin the boot earlier this week and deleted all his photos off her Instagram account.

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar Best Collymore, one of the accused in the murder of his wife Simone Collymore, thought he was fleeing to freedom when he made his way to a seaside town in St Elizabeth last month. However, that was not to be, as the Barbados born US national was stopped in his tracks by the police who raided the guest house where he was staying and hauled him back to Kingston where he was arrested and charged.

The polce have now revealed that they were guided to Collymore's hideout via a Crime Stop tip to its 311 hotline.

At the time he was arrested, Collymore was believed to have been taking steps to flee the island by boat, according to the police.

Collymore had been prevented from leaving the island on the eve of his deceased wife's funeral. The cops held on to him, but subsequently released him, and then were later forced to issue a warrant for his arrest and make a call for Collymore to turn himself in.

When Collymore failed to report to a police station, his lawyer made a statement saying that his client was recovering from gun shot woulds which he had received two weeks before his wife's funeral.

Omar Collymore and two co-accused have since been each charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy to murder in relation to the execution-style killing of his wife, 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore, and 36-year-old taxi operator, Winston Walters, on January 2. The two were shot and killed by men travelling on motorcycles outside an apartment complex on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Collymore, 35, Dwight Pink and 27-year-old labourer, Michael Adams, appeared before the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last month.

A fifth form student at Merl Grove High School on Constant Spring Roads is singing praises to the policemen who ran down and held a young scoundrel who grabbed her phone at the bust stop last Friday.

The CSEC student had just exited the school after her Geography extra class on Friday when a group of careless boys passed her and her friends and one grabbed her phone out of her hand and simply continued walking.

"The boy just said "Gimme dis" and took my phone," the shocked student was overheard telling her friends.

Upon realising that there were policemen stationed at intersection of Gore Terrace, Constant Spring Road and Dunrobin Avenue, the girls made an alarm and alerted the cops. The bleached out face hoodlum and his other undesirable mates walked out into the middle of the busy Constant Spring Road, skilfuly dodging speeding vehicles, as they made a bid to escape the cops, who were heading in their direction.

The brave officers showed their determination to duty when they immediately chased the boys and caught the phone grabber, who was easily identified by the Merl Grove student. Alas, however, the phone was not found in his possession. Nonetheless, he was bundled into waiting police vehicle and taken to the station, where his mother was called and informed of the incident.

The phone was finally retrieved by the police, however, the screen had been damaged.

Kudos to the cops on a job well done.

14-year-old and taximan shot dead by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA family is in mourning as a 14-year-old male student from a prominent high school was chased and killed by unknown assailants on Saturday. A taxi operator was also shot dead by the gunmen during a brazen daylight attack along Alexander Road, Hunts Bay, Kingston on Saturday.

The dead have been identified as Domaine Hall, student and resident of Rodney Road, Kingston and Richard Francis, 44 -year-old, taxi operator of 2 Alexander Road, Kingston 13.

Reports are that about 8:30 a.m. Francis was cleaning a grey Nissan Tiida motor car along the roadway when he was attacked and shot several times by two men carrying guns.

Following the attack the men were leaving the area when they saw the teenager, Domaine, who was fetching water at a nearby stand pipe.

Reports are that the teen attempted to run but was chased and shot by the assailants.

The men then escaped from the area.

Police were called to the community and the injured men taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

The incident has triggered shock and anger in the community.

police-commissioner-antony-anderson.jpgFormer army chief Major General Antony Anderson has been appointed Police Commissioner effective March 19.

He will succeed George Quallo who retired earlier this year.

Major General Anderson currently serves as the National Security Adviser, a post he has filled since being appointed in December 2016.

The first person to serve in this capacity in Jamaica, Anderson is the principal adviser to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on internal and external security, intelligence and defence matters.

He is responsible for coordinating security activities across government and liaison with overseas security and intelligence entities.

Anderson has had a military career in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) spanning 34 years, culminating in his six-year tenure as Chief of Defence Staff.

The St Thomas police are on the hunt for an illegal taxi driver who reportedly abducted and attempted to rape a 17-year-old student.

It is reported that sometime after 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, the Yallahs High School student was returning from a work experience assignment.

While walking towards the school gate, a robot taxi operator reportedly drove up and used a knife to force her into his vehicle.

According to reports, he sped off and took her to another community about two miles away from the school and attempted to rape her.

A struggle reportedly ensued, during which the schoolgirl was stabbed in the hand with a knife.

The teen managed to escape and sought help from the occupants of a nearby house.

She was taken to the Yallahs Police Station where the matter was reported.

The student then fainted and had to be taken to hospital where she was admitted and released the following day.

The police say that same day, another woman was raped by a man fitting the description of the student's abductor.

More Italian tourists for Jamaica

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hm-barlett-italy-march-2018.jpgMILAN, Italy: Jamaica's Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (3rd right); is joined by Laurent Parent (centre), Senior Executive for Alpitour World, Italy's largest Tour operator; Delano Seiveright (left), Senior Advisor/Strategist; Elisa Eterno (2nd left), JTB Italy; Matteo Gambardella, Contracting Manager, Alpitour World; Mariangela Montessoro (2nd right), Contracting Manager, Alpitour World and newly appointed Director of Tourism, Donovan White at the Hotel Scala in Milan, Italy on Monday March 5.

Alpitour which owns the Italian airline, NEOS, is to increase the number of seats into Montego Bay, Jamaica from Italy using a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft starting May of this year. Laurent Parent, a Senior Executive for Alpitour World, Italy's largest tour operator, noted that the new aircraft will replace existing once weekly scheduled Boeing 767 charter service between Milan and Montego Bay. The airline will also continue its once weekly flight from the Italian city of Verona, Italy.

Parent added that Jamaica is becoming more and more popular for Italians with Negril and Montego Bay being the biggest draws and pointed to one Negril resort being listed among the tour company's 15 best hotel resorts in the world. Bartlett noted that Italy is among the lead countries being targeted in Jamaica's ongoing European tourism growth strategy which in 2017 recorded 325,804 European tourists approximately 31,000 more than in the year 2016. Jamaica welcomed near 14,000 Italians tourists last year, representing a 44.5 percent increase over 2015.

74-y-o woman RAPED, killed in St Thomas

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA 74-year-old woman is suspected to have been raped and then killed in Duckenfield, St Thomas.

The elderly woman, identified as shopkeeper Eugene James, was found Sunday morning by a neighbour with her hands tied, mouth gagged and throat slashed.

The elderly woman's underwear was removed.

The neighbour became suspicious after noticing that the front door to James' house was partially opened and went to enquire.

She lived alone. It's believed that the perpetrator gained access to the house by removing louvre blades to a window.

hands-behind-bars.jpgA 16-year-old boy from St. James has been charged with the December 29, 2017 murder of Lascelles Warlock, a 53-year-old farmer of Pisgah in St. Elizabeth.

He was charged on Thursday after being pointed out during an identification parade.

The teen was arrested on January 29 following a shootout involving gunmen and the police in Kilmarnock, St. Elizabeth. A man was fatally shot and a loaded Uzi submachine gun seized.

It was reported that Warlock was driving a bus along the Cambridge main road when he was signaled to stop by a man who robbed him and his passengers.

The man then shot Warlock several times.

The passengers were not injured.

A Jamaican man has been awarded almost US$1 million or about J$127 million after having been framed by cops in New York, USA on a drunk driving charge to cover up a collision for which one of the lawmen involved was culpable.

The Jamaican, Oliver Wiggins, 33, ended up being freed and given the award after he could easily prove that he was framed, as he does not drink alcohol, and the result of a breathalyser test confirmed that instead of being drunk, he had no alcohol in his blood.

Reports in the US media indicated that cops tried to charge Oliver Wiggins with driving while intoxicated to cover up for a police officer who ran a marked SUV through a Brooklyn stop sign and ploughed into Wiggins' car.

Wiggins was arrested and charged with impaired driving, resulting in his driver's licence being suspended, and was forced to foot the repair bill for his 2004 Nissan Maxima that his insurance company declined to cover because of the supposed drunken driving.

This was despite the breathalyser test he took at the East Flatbush scene of the crash on April 19, 2015, having showed no alcohol in his blood.

His route out of the problems started while he was at hospital for treatment of a bad wound to one of his wrists after the crash, where Wiggins volunteered to have his blood tested for alcohol or drugs at the health facility. That test came back negative, with reports from the EMT and DWI technician each saying Wiggins had no sign of intoxication.

But that did not stop the arresting officer from officially reporting that Wiggins had slurred speech, watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on his breath, and was observed swaying.

Three months later, prosecutors dismissed the case, following which Wiggins filed a lawsuit in the Brooklyn Supreme Court against the city and the arresting officer, among a number of other cops who were involved in his arrest.

The experience has reportedly motivated Wiggins to become a correction officer in a bid to fairly enforce the law like his father does back in Jamaica.

His lawyer said the unpleasant experience had taught him to have great respect for and appreciation of the need to responsibly enforce the law and protect the innocent in the process.

earthquake.jpgAn earthquake of magnitude 4 strenght was felt in sections of Jamaica early Saturday afternoon.

It reportedly occurred around 1:50pm and was felt in sections of Portland, St Mary, St Thomas, St Catherine and Kingston and St Andrew.

There was reportedly significant roof damage to one house in the Kingston 6 area of St. Andrew as a result

lorenzo-eschoe.jpgThe Washington Gardens SDA church posted on their Facebook page Friday morning that their church family is in mourning following the death of their stalwart, Lorenzo Eschoe, who was murdered in Havendale last Thursday night

Eschoe, a certifying officer who was assigned to the Spanish Town Examination Depot in St Catherine was shot and killed in Havendale, St Andrew, at about 10 pm on Thursday.

Police reports are that Eschoe was standing beside his Toyota Wish Motor car at a premises on Lydia Drive in Havendale when men travelling in a Toyota Probox motor car pulled up beside him and shot him seven times

Eschoe died at the spot. His licensed firearm is believed to have been stolen.

In their remembrance, the Washington Gardens church stated: "The Church is deeply saddened by his passing and the circumstances of his death. Uncle Lorenzo as he is affectionately called by all members of the Gemini Pathfinder Club, whose lives he has touched during his sterling and dedicated service to the club; grew up in the Church. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. We wish to express our condolences to his immediate and extended family. Please keep us all in your prayers. #RIP #weepingmayendureforanight #butjoycomethinthemorning #Psalm30v5KJV

Tributes poured out on social with many stating that Eschoe was a wonderful human being whose life was cut short, but noted that God is still in control.

Michael G Lee stated: "Sometimes when we are pained we really done think it through to realize that the GOD who takes us up to our mountain tops and causes us to to be in such a high, still remains the very same GOD when we have our "Down-in-the-valley" experiences.

Our hearts have been torn for two days now. Weep if we must ( CHRIST wept what HIS friend, Lazarus died); but let us lean on the everlasting arms of Almighty GOD and be drawn closer to HIM.

Have a blessed Sabbath."

Marlene Weise, in her tribute declared: "Condolences...May God continue to give all who are grieving especially his family the strength and hope at this time."

Patricia Young, Pathfinder District Director and Adventurers Director at Meadowvale SDA Church, confessed that she has been crying since Thursday, and hailed Eschoe as an awesome man, who "has been involved in the Pathfinder movement from he was a child".

"If you're meeting Lorenzo for the first time, you feel as if you have known him all your life. I have something to do this weekend for Pathfinder and Lorenzo down as one of my speakers," she shared.

Claudette Genas, Family Ministries Director at EJC offered grief counseling at the Washington Gardens SDA Church last Saturday and moment of silence at the Half Way Tree SDA Church in memory of the life Lorenzo Eschoe.

(PICTURE CAPTION: Lorenzo Eschoe (right) representing at a Pathfinder event.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have taken two men into custody in connection with the shooting death of Chinese national, Teng Fei Cheng, 28, in Brown's Town, St Ann on Tuesday afternoon.

The men were arrested on Wednesday evening, and detectives are now reportedly putting together a case against them.

Cheng was attacked and shot at his business place while he sat in his vehicle.

He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

There has been speculation that he was a victim of extortion.

Two students stabbed at Ferncourt High

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A dispute between some students at the Ferncourt High School Thursday morning resulted in two of the youngsters being stabbed and wounded.

Seven others were taken into the Claremont Police station for questioning and about 10 cutting instruments to include scissors, knives and half of a machete were seized by the Police.

Classes were disrupted as the St. Ann-based school was on lock-down for few hours, following the stabbing incident.

andrew-holness-photo-4.jpgThe Government of Jamaica is considering making citizens pay for the street lights. This would mean an increase in the already high light bill of each householder, the majority of whom are already paying a hefty taxes to the government.

They are also contemplating using the proceeds from the planned sale of its 20 per cent stake in the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to pay the over $7 billion it owes to the company for streetlights.

Addressing how the government plans to pay future bills, Shaw said the government was considering having Jamaicans pay for it in their light bills.

The money owed for streetlights was revealed by finance minister Audley Shaw, during Wednesday's sitting of the Standing finance Committee of Parliament.

Early last year the outstanding debt stood at $5 billion.Shaw said the debt was now a matter of utmost importance and his ministry is looking at options for making the payments.

Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw told members of Parliament that the final decision to sell Government shares in the JPS rests with the Cabinet but noted that the approach would be to offer these shares to the public.

The National Water Commission and other government agencies owe the JPS another $2 billion.

woman-found-dead-petrice-porteous.jpgThe Lucea police have confirmed that a woman of a Mount Peace address and her son are now both in police custody and are being questioned, in connection with the death of the missing female, whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in the area on Sunday evening, February 25.

The police have also confirmed that the woman is the mother-in-law of the victim and her son who is the prime suspect is said to be her boyfriend.

Investigators pointed out that the victim, 20-year-old mother, Petrice Porteous, otherwise called "Little One" of Mount Peace District was locked in an ongoing family dispute with her mother-in-law up to the time of her death.

She was last seen alive in the company of the accused male on the same night of February 12 that she went missing.


The Lucea police have reported that Petrice resided in Mount Peace with her father and her 3-year-old daughter.

Adolphus Porteous, Petrice's father reportedly told online portal, Newsbug, that he last saw her on January 27 when she left home to spend time with her twin sister in Montego Bay.

According to the father, Petrice worked at an establishment in Sandy Bay, Hanover so she left her sister's house and was going to work.

She was last seen alive on February 12 in Hanover, allegedly when the accused man went to pick her up from work in Sandy Bay.

She was supposed to have been heading home but she disappeared without a trace.

One family member told our news team that reports of her disappearance were made to the police and then contact was made with the accused man.

They were told by him that he dropped her off at the intersection of the Johnson Town main road and Kew main road.

Immediately family members and residents in the community searched sections of bushes over the past week to locate her but were unsuccessful.

On Sunday about 3:45 p.m., residents who were searching, saw dogs fighting over what appeared to be a bloody piece of female clothing at a shallow grave in bushes, at a section of the area known as Kew Top.

The police were alerted and upon arrival, the shallow grave was uprooted and it resulted in the gruesome discovery of Petrice's decomposed body.

One officer stated that it would appear that she was murdered elsewhere and buried at that location. Also, a black substance which resembled engine oil was thrown on the body by her killers, obviously to keep down the scent.

bolt-racers-grand-prix.jpgUsain Bolt will get a chance to live his dream when he plays football at Old Trafford, but in doing so, the Olympic great will also ensure that the dreams of scores of Jamaican children will also be realised.

The retired sprinter will raise a minimum of £250,000 ($44 million) through a football match on June 10, four days before the start of the World Cup.

Bolt, who teased a day earlier that he had signed for a football team, on Tuesday, announced that he will be playing his first official match as a football player at the 'Theatre of Dreams'.

The lifelong Manchester United fan will captain a Soccer Aid World XI that will go up against a Robbie Williams select team, featuring a number of top names.

Bolt, who hung up his spikes after last year's World Championships in London after a stellar career that saw him win eight Olympic medals and break world records in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m as part of Jamaica's team, said he was thrilled to be able to give back in such a meaningful way, while realising a dream of his own.

"This is a win-win, not only will I be playing at Old Trafford and doing something that I have always dreamt of doing, but I will also be ensuring that the dreams of many young Jamaicans will be met through this partnership with Soccer Aid and UNICEF," Bolt reportedly told The Gleaner.

Through the arrangement, UNICEF's local arm will receive a minimum of £250,000 ($44 million) for a charity which is to be determined.

shocked.jpgIn June 2017 the body of a woman, Nadian Dyer was dug out of a "house-tomb" by law enforcement in the parish of Westmoreland. It has been confirmed from an exclusive report, that Ayele Russell, 22, was arrested on an unrelated charge in Brooklyn, New York, on February 12, 2018, under arrest number K18609741Q.

Russell, booked for 2nd-degree felony robbery, is housed at a Brooklyn detention complex as number 1411801054, since February 13. He has since appeared in court and was remanded at Otis Bantum Correctional Center in New York.

Nadian and her 3-year-old daughter went missing for months until news surfaced that they were murdered by her boyfriend and their bodies cemented in a tomb, in a room at the house in Pee Wee Lane, in West End, Negril, in the parish of Westmoreland.

In July 2017 the Westmoreland police were in the process of completing documents to facilitate a search in the United States for a 21-year-old man, identified as Ayele Russell, who they say is wanted in connection with the murder of Nadian Dyer.

Russell is alleged to have killed Dyer's 3-year-old daughter, Orlandie Malcolm, in February 2017 and murdered Dyer, who was known as his girlfriend, in April 2017.

Dyer's body was discovered shortly after 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 7, and removed about 7:30 pm. The victim was identified by her mother with the help of a tattoo on her arm.

Her decomposing body had several stab wounds and a large wound to her stomach. It is believed she was murdered two months before her decomposing body was found.

Police say Russell fled the island to the United States several days before the gruesome discovery of Dyer's body in a tomb in a back room at his home.

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar "Best" Collymore, the 35-year-old man accused of masterminding the murder of his wife Simone in Red Hills, St Andrew, last month, is without legal representation

Collymore and his co-accused, Michael Adams and Dewayne Pink, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday and indicated to the court that he needs to make a telephone call overseas to secure a lawyer.

A March 21 date was subsequently set for him to obtain an attorney and for the case file to be completed.

Collymore, Adams and Pink are charged with two counts of murder in relation to the killing of 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore and 36-year-old taxi operator Winston Watson.

Collymore was captured at a guest house in St Elizabeth during an operation on February 8, two days after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Prior to Collymore's arrest, he was taken into custody after he was held at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston attempting to leave the island.

Bolt signs to football club

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usain-bolt-photo-15.jpgTriple world record holder Usain Bolt, in a move that has set the world of sports on high alert, says he has agreed to sign for a football club.

Bolt, who brought his career to an end following the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, has frequently talked up his footballing prowess and revealed last month he was set for a trial with Borussia Dortmund in March.

"It's something that I want to do," Bolt told the Daily Express in January. "In March we're going to do a trials with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes. If they say I'm good, and that I need a bit of training, I'll do it.

The 31 year old has always spoken of his desire to play football once his sprinting career was over, and on Sunday he tweeted to say "I've signed for a football team! Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT."

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) launch launched a campaign that will target wanted criminals for the Lenten season.

Since the start of the year more than 200 people have been killed across the island.

The JCF says the campaign will be guided by the theme: "What Are You Giving Up for Lent" and will encourage citizens to be alert and report wanted persons whose pictures will be made public.

The police say the initiative is part of its drive to create safer communities across the island and urged law-abiding citizens to give their support.

The JCF says members of the public can share information anonymously by calling its tip line at 811, Crime Stop at 311, the nearest police station or through the Stay Alert app that's available in the Google Play Store.

The campaign ends March 30.

Science lab explosion at Mona High school

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Several students of the Mona High School in St Andrew were on Thursday afternoon rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies following an explosion during a scientific experiment.

It is understood that following the explosion there were cries for help from students.

Several students, along with one teacher, were immediately rushed hospital for medical treatment.

The conditions of the students and teacher could not be immediately ascertained.

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgWord is that accused killer Omar Collymore paid contract killers $500,000 to kill his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore. Mrs. Campbell-Collymore was shot and killed on January 2. She was killed shortly after she boarded a taxi in Red Hills, St Andrew and the taxi driver was also murdered during the incident.

Two men who're believed to be Collymore's co-conspirators are in custody in connection with the crime and Collymore himself has been remanded following his first court appearance.

Statements have been given to the police alleging that Collymore paid $500,000 to contract killers to have his wife murdered.

Investigators are theorizing that he killed his wife in pursuit of life insurance proceeds. Collymore, who has two children with Simone, is also a person of interest in the 2008 murder of Angela Aguiar in Florida. Both Aguiar and Omar Collymore late wife, Simone, had taken out life insurance policies and had named him as their beneficiary.

Although Omar Collymore is a United States citizen, he is originally from Barbados.

St Thomas machete mom loses custody of children

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machete-beaten.jpgWhen St Thomas mother Doreen 'Da' Dyer received her suspended sentence recently, her greatest desire was to be reunited with her children. However, that is not to be. The two children, including the daughter she was seen in a video beating with a machete, will remain in the custody of their aunt until they are 18 years old.

That was the verdict of Senior Parish Judge Fiona Feare-Gregory when Dyer, her sister, and the two children appeared before the Yallahs Children's Court this weeky.

The children, who are twins, are 13 years old.

They were placed in the custody of their aunt after their mother was charged last year October.

The court ruled that Dyer will be able to have supervised visits with her children with her sister present.

Forty-four-year-old Dyer was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to cruelty to a child in the St Thomas Parish Court on February 9.

She was charged by the police last year and was subsequently offered bail.

The partially nude mother was seen in a video beating the girl violently with a machete while uttering expletives.

Clarendon's most wanted killed

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One of Clarendon's most wanted men, Niko Walters, otherwise called 'Freckles' or 'Speckles', unemployed of Farm/Effortville in May Pen, was shot and killed during a confrontation with the police on Monday.

A policeman was shot and injured in the incident.

Reports are that during an operation in the Effortville area, Walters was seen and, on the approach of the police, he pulled a firearm and opened fire, hitting a policeman on the left index finger.

The gunfire was returned and Walters was hit.

He was taken to the May Pen Hospital along with the injured policeman, where Walters died while undergoing treatment.

The administration of the Wolmer's Boys School held further discussions about security at the institution, after a student was questioned by police yesterday (Mon), about a threatening voice note which has gone viral.

The 18 year old student was arrested after the voice note reportedly denoted threats of a mass shooting went viral on social media.

In a statement Monday, the ministry said that as a result of preliminary discussions held among ministry officials and school administrators, a follow up meeting including with the Chairman of the school board is being held.

It said among the matters to be addressed are the general safety and security of the school, risks, threats and areas that may need strengthening.

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry says it is assisting the police in conducting a psychological assessment of the student.

Detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime CTOC, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP Fitz Bailey, questioned the student and his parents in the wake of the threatening voice note he reportedly sent to a teacher.

The ministry says other students are being questioned.

The police is also urging individuals to desist from circulating the audio clip, as it may cause undue anxiety.The

A female entertainer who was reported missing on Thursday following the discovery of the body of accountant Esron Laing, has been found unharmed.

The woman has been identified as Sherine Fox, an up-and-coming artiste who goes by the stage name Sexilous of Pembroke Hall in St Andrew and Rocky Point, Clarendon.

Police say Fox was found Friday afternoon and is currently back with her family. She is not a suspect at this time and investigations into Laing's murder are still ongoing.

Laing was reportedly shot dead after leaving a party in Portland Cottage in Clarendon to take Fox home bout 4 am on Wednesday. His Range Rover was found on the banks of a river in bushes close to where his body was found.

When his body was discovered, only the woman's belongings were found at the scene and in Laing's vehicle.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThe man and a woman who were charged in connection with the murders of the Jamaican-Canadian couple Melbourne and Etta Flake in Retreat, St Thomas were remanded when they appeared before the St Thomas Parish this morning.

Twenty-five-year-old Fabian Skervin and his girlfriend Nekia Thompson are each charged with two counts of murder and one count of robbery with aggravation.

Thompson was questioned by the police on Monday and was charged Tuesday.

Her boyfriend was charged last week.

Thompson's attorney Hensley Williams reportedly asked the court for the matter to be called up at a later date as the necessary files were not available and full disclosure was not made.

They are to return to court on March 1 when it is expected that a bail application will be made.

Skervin and Thompson were picked up during a police operation in Seaforth on February 7.

The woman was released and later taken back into custody and both were subsequently charged.

Eighty-one-year-old Melbourne and 70-year-old Etta were found dead in their house with their hands and feet bound on the morning of January 9.

Man in custody over murder of 14-year-old girl

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hands-behind-bars.jpgPolice in St James are reporting that the man wanted for the murder of a 14-year-old girl was taken into police custody on Saturday.

He is Owen Allen, otherwise called 'Zoo Bug', of Brown's Lane, Granville in the parish.

An appeal was made for Allen to turn himself in to the police following the murder of Tianna Clarke who is also from the area.

Reports are that about 8:30 am Tianna's body was found in an unfinished building in her community.

Hours later, Allen reported to the Freeport Police.

Lawmen said he is to be questioned in the presence of his attorney.

A high level investigative team has been probing a social media threat issued against students of Wolmer's Boys' School in Kingston. This follows the circulation of a voice note with threatening messages purported to be from a student at the school.

In the more than 10-minute long voice note, a boy can be heard expressing frustration over calling colleagues by phone but not receiving an answer.

He further complained about being "ostracized" and society putting him in "a box with sickos". In the long rant, he chided so-called "friends" who don't remember his name or his birthday, and ignore him when they see him on the road.

He then lists a number of names, before apparently issuing a violent threat against them.

Anxiety over the incident has been fueled by last week's mass killing at a Florida school. A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing at least 17 people.

Police are urging individuals to desist from circulating the audio clip, as it may cause undue anxiety at this time.

In the meantime, the Police High Command is asking persons who may have information that can assist with the investigation to contact the Counter Terrrorism and Organised Crime Branch (CTOC) at 967-1389, 811, Crime Stop at 311 or by using the Stay Alert App to submit information.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Westmoreland police report that fourteen-year-old Alkye Nicola Vaccianie, a student of a White Hall, Negril, Westmoreland address, was shot and injured by an unknown assailant on Friday night.

Shortly after, on Saturday morning, the gruesome discovery was made of the partially-clad body of another 14-year-old girl with injuries to her face, in Brown's Lane, Granville, St James.

The Negril incident occurred in White Hall district at about 8:15 p.m.

Reports are that Alkye was sitting outside a shop, when an armed man approached her and open gunfire at her.

She was hit in the right side, left side and left thigh and was transported to the Savanna-La-Mar Hospital, where she has been admitted.

The Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) is investigating the incident.

florida-victim-helena-ramsay-stoneman-douglas.jpgThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is confirmed that a student of Jamaican heritage was killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. She is 17-year-old Helena Ramsey.

"My family lost an absolutely beautiful member today, due to a senseless school shooting," Curtis Page Jr. said in a Facebook post about Helena, who would have started college next year.

"Helena was a smart, kind hearted, and thoughtful person. She was deeply loved and loved others even more so. Though she was somewhat reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her. She was so brilliant and witty, and I'm still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone."

Page said he hopes others can be inspired by Helena's "life well lived, no matter how short."

Fena Cooper, identifying herself as a cousin, said in a Facebook posting, "Valentine's Day will never look the same for my family.

"Helena, we miss you dearly and are so incredibly sorry that your life was cut short. You didn't deserve this. We love you so much and will miss you greatly."

In a statement, foreign affairs minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, expressed condolences to the family of the dead Jamaican teen as well as to the families and friends of the other victims.

The shooter shot and killed 17 persons last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

omar-best-collymore-aguiar-simore.jpgInvestigators have charged three people in connection with last month's murder of Simone Collymore and taximan, Winston Walters, in Forrest Hills, St Andrew. Among the three accused is her husband Omar Collymore and his arrest has reportedly reignited interest in a 10-year-old murder case in Florida in the United States.

According to the Florida's Sun Sentinel, the murder has renewed interest in a 10-year-old case in the US state.

The Sun Sentinel reports that a decade ago, Omar Best Collymore's girlfriend, Angela Aguiar, was shot dead in a Fort Lauderdale street. Her killer was never charged, but police always considered Collymore someone of interest.

It says Fort Lauderdale detectives are working with Jamaican authorities in hopes of solving the Aguiar homicide. Fort Lauderdale Detective Tracy Figone reportedly told the paper that the two slayings have several similarities.

The paper says in addition to being romantically linked to Collymore, both women had life insurance policies that listed Collymore as a beneficiary.

robbery.jpgA 16-year-old boy is now in hospital battling for life after he was attacked, robbed and then shot by criminals at a football field in St Catherine.

Reports are that at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday the teen and his friends where at the field, close to March Pen Road, having a conversation when two men walked up to the group members.

Sources that one of the men had a machete and the other a firearm.

Reports are that the group members were held up by the thugs and then robbed of their cellphones and other valuables.

Still not satisfied with their illegal act the thugs then opened fire at the victims before running from the area.

The teen was later found suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital where he has been admitted.

Police from St Catherine North Division have since launched a search for the men who carried out the attack.

Third man charged in Simone Collymore's muder

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omar-best-collymore-angela-aguiar-simone-campbell-collymore.jpgDetectives have charged a third man in connection with the shooting death of St Andrew businesswoman, 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore and 36-year-old taxi driver, Winston Walters.

He has been identified as Dwight Pink, who had been in custody for some time before charges were laid on him on Friday. He has been charged alongside Campbell-Colloymore's husband, Omar 'Best' Collymore, and 27 year-old labourer Michael Adams with murder and conspiracy to murder.

Collymore and Adams were remanded when they appeared before the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday. They have been given until February 21 to settle legal representation. Pink was not taken to court.

The 35-year-old Collymore was slapped with murder and conspiracy charges for the execution style killing of his wife and her cab driver, after he was nabbed by detectives during an early morning operation at a guest house in St Elizabeth.

The two were shot and killed by men travelling on motor cycles outside an apartment complex on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew on January 2.

Collymore, who had been listed as a person of interest and asked to surrender to the police, instead went on the run. At the time of his arrest, he was reportedly making arrangements to flee the country by boat.

The United States citizen was himself attacked and shot while sitting in his vehicle at a business place in New Kingston about two weeks after his wife's murder. He and another man escaped with minor injuries.

crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice continue to investigate the stabbing incident involving a 58-year-old visually-impaired male vendor in the Coronation Market on Saturday and are seeking a female vendor who may be able to assist in their investigations.

The victim, Clive Mullings was visited by the police at the Kingston Public Hospital to take a statement.

Reports are that Mullings was walking through the market selling his wares, when he accidentally knocked over a tray of eggs belonging to the female vendor.

An argument developed between Mullings and the female vendor, and during the heated exchange, the woman reportedly used a piece of board to hit the senior citizen, before stabbing him, after which she fled the scene.

Reports are that persons had offered to pay for the eggs, but the woman was hellbent on exacting revenge.

3-year-old girl shot dead in St Mary

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crime-scene-gun.jpgshocked.jpgA three-year-old girl was shot and killed by an unknown assailant in Cane Lane, Annotto Bay in St Mary last night.

She has been identified as Kelecia Matthews, otherwise called Pooka.

The police say she and her stepfather were walking home about 9:40 when a man armed with a handgun fired a shot in their direction.

After the shooting, Kelecia was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was taken to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

Suspended sentence for machete beating mother

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machete-beaten.jpgA sentence has been handed down to the St. Thomas woman who was seen in a widely circulated video on social media last year beating her daughter with what appeared to be a machete.

Doreen Dyer, 44, was on Friday afternoon sentenced to three years probation when she appeared in the St. Thomas Parish Court in Morant Bay.

She has also been ordered to get parental counselling and attend anger management classes.

The presiding judge Mrs Lucian Jackson heard submissions from defense counsel Bertram Anderson and the Clerk of the Court.

After perusing the Social Enquiry Report, she said Miss Dyer's sentence would be three years probation, which is the maximum term the court is allowed to give.

Time was allowed for counsel to explain the sentence to Miss Dyer and when the matter was again called up, she pleaded guilty to the charge.

Miss Dyer broke down in tears when the sentence was handed down andlater said her goal now is to be reunited with her children.

ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgA passenger on a flight arriving from the United States was arrested and charged after a pistol and live rounds of ammunition, and a large sum of undeclared cash were allegedly found in his luggage during a search at the Sangster International Airport on Thursday night.

The accused has been identified as 24-year-old mechanic, Jordan Subaran of a Decatur, Georgia, USA address, and also of New Town, Black River in St Elizabeth.

Reports are that Subaran arrived in the island on board a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta, Georgia at about 9:00 pm on Thursday, February 8.

His luggage was searched and a 9mm Ruger pistol with serial number 33723, along with 29 rounds of 9mm cartridges, were reportedly found.

Additionally, US$63,000, which was not declared, was found concealed in a bag of sweets.

The money has been seized by Customs.

Subaran was charged with failure to declare, and is due to appear in the Western Regional Gun Court.

charged.jpgCriminal charges have been filed against the five Costa Ricans and six Jamaicans who were allegedly held in a multimillion-dollar drug bust in Westmoreland earlier this week.

The police say all 11 have been charged with possession of, dealing in and taking steps to export ganja.

The police say four of the Costa Ricans have been charged with illegally entering the island.

All 11 are scheduled to appear before the Westmoreland Parish Court next Friday.

It's alleged that the men were held by the police while in the process of compressing and packaging approximately 1,000 pounds of ganja valued at $4 million.

ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe police are reporting that four people, including one woman, are in custody after a team of officers assigned to the Westmoreland Police Division seized two firearms and an assorted rounds of ammunition on Dalling Street in Westmoreland on Friday.

Reports are that about 5:45 am, the lawmen were on operation in the area when a premises was searched and the following items seized: two Glock pistols, four magazines, 42 9mm cartridges, and 21 .40 cartridges.

The individuals were taken into custody in relation with the seizure.

The police said their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

omar-best-collymore-aguiar-simore.jpgThe police are finally confirming that Omar Collymore tried to leave Jamaica the Friday before his wife's funeral on Saturday, January 27.

As had been reported, Omar Collymore was stopped at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Friday, January 26, as he was attempting to leave the island.

Collymore was later questioned by investigators and released after reportedly declining to answer hundreds of questions.

The police had also revealed that two people were already in custody in connection with the double murder and that other suspects were being sought for questioning.


Superintendent Paul Thomas, in a recent interview stated that based on investigations, he is confident Omar Collymore is the mastermind, behind his wife gruesome murder. Although the supe did not mention this, reports are that Omar Collymore was a suspect in the 2008 murder of his then girlfriend, who had a US million dollar life insurance policy.

Collymore's girlfriend, Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Her murder took place months after she had taken out a US million dollar insurance and named Omar Best-Collymore as beneficiary. Collymore, who was the only witness to Aguiar's murder. However, two years after Aguiar's murder, in 2010, Omar Collymore received received US$400,000 of the insurance money; Aguiar's son received the other $600,000. In the summer of 2016, the Broward Crime Stoppers began offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Aguiar's killer. Aguiar, of Lauderhill, was a single mother and real estate agent

In an article in 2016 in the Sun Sentinel, the reporter stated that although Aguiar's killer remains on the loose, court documents in a civil case point to her boyfriend at the time -- also her primary life insurance beneficiary -- as a suspect.

However, before the insurance money could be paid out, the insurer investigated, given Aguiar's death happened within its "contestability period" and had been ruled a homicide. In email exchanges between a Fort Lauderdale detective and insurance claims analyst in June and September 2010, the detective said Best Collymore was still considered a suspect in the case.

"No progess. Yes, Omar Best is still a suspect," the detective wrote.

Whether detectives have cleared him of any wrongdoing in the murder or whether he is still suspected of being involved remains unknown. Police would not comment further on the case.

Best Collymore could not be reached for comment despite multiple attempts by telephone.

Ultimately, the civil case was resolved and Best Collymore was awarded $400,000. The rest of the money went to Aguiar's son.

Since Aguiar's killing, police have released few details and currently say the murder is an active investigation. The shooting happened in the 100 block of Northwest Second Avenue where Aguiar was found in the street just west of the railroad tracks and Broward County's Transit bus terminal.

According to a police report, an officer who responded saw Aguiar in the arms of Best Collymore on the ground near the passenger side of their Ford F-150. The officer saw blood on the seat.

Best Collymore told police that the couple planned to meet with friends at a downtown bar and the shooting happened after parking the truck, the report said. As he got out of the driver's seat and bent down to tie his shoe, he heard a "commotion" and stood up, it said.

He walked around the back of the truck and saw a man standing next to Aguiar. According to the report, Best Collymore shouted an expletive and then ran for cover and heard gunshots.

Best Collymore returned to find Aguiar injured. According to a medical examiner's report, Aguiar was shot in the head and chest.

Aguiar's son thinks police have "dropped the ball" on a case that went cold years ago. He believes his mother was targeted and someone somewhere knows who pulled the trigger. Although his young son and daughter will never get a chance to meet their grandmother, bringing the gunman to justice would be "like closing the chapter," Aguiar said.

"Someone's going to break," he said. "I believe over time somebody's going to come forward. It can't be a secret for so long."

Chere Nedd, Aguiar's sister, says she has lost much more than just a sibling.

"She raised me as if I were her own, as if she birthed me herself," she said. "I grieve her as a mother figure as well as a sister."

When Aguiar died, Nedd had not shared news with her sister that she was pregnant. It was while Aguiar rested in her casket and Nedd said her final goodbyes that she had that chance. Nedd went on to give birth to a baby girl, now 7.

Investigators prepared the family for the possibility of no resolution in the case, and when one of the homicide detectives retired from the police department, Nedd said, he told relatives he was sorry there had been little progress.

"I feel like we've been more than patient," she said.

Her sister also described Aguiar as someone lively who embraced her friends and loved dancing and entertaining guests when they came to town. She was a "no-nonsense" person with a beautiful spirit, Nedd said.

"We don't know if this ever will be in the courtroom, but the fact she's not forgotten, it brings comfort to my family," Nedd said, of the recently announced Crime Stoppers reward. "This is a start. At least her name is out there again." (Source:

omar-best-collymore-simore-kids.jpgOmar 'Best' Collymore, who was questioned by the police on two separate occasions and released, has now been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of his wife and a taxi operator.

The police say that Collymore was charged on Saturday after a long question-and-answer session. It is not clear if his lawyer was present.

Collymore, who is a United States citizen, but originally from Barbados, is expected to make his first court appearance later this week.

The police had issued a call for Collymore to turn himself in, but this was not done and according to one of his representatives, Collymore was recuperating from gunshot wounds he had received three weeks ago. However, Omar Collymore was arrested at a guest house in Junction, St Elizabeth last Wednesday night, days after the police announced that he was a wanted man. He was found with bundles of cash.

Investigators believe that Omar Collymore was planning to leave the island by boat.

Omar Collymore's wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and taxi operator Winston Walters were shot dead about 4 p.m. on January 2 along Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Police reports are that Simone and the cab driver had just arrived at an apartment building where Collymore lived when four men travelling on two motorbikes rode up. The two pillion passengers got off the bikes and opened fire on the taxi multiple times. Simone Campbell-Collymore, who was reportedly shot 21 times; both she and Walters died on the spot.

The police had also revealed that two people were already in custody in connection with the double murder and that other suspects were being sought for questioning.

"We are guided by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and now we are ready to charge Mr Collymore for two counts of murder, and this is so due to the extent of the investigation that was carried out and the level of evidence that has been gathered so far," the superintendent of police explained.

arrested -photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is reporting that a warrant of arrest has been prepared for Omar Collymore following investigations into the death of his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and taxi operator Winston Walters.

According to reports, on January 2, Campbell-Collymore was travelling in a taxi on Stanely Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and the driver of the taxi, Walters.

The JCF, on social media site Twitter, said Collymore is being asked to report immediately to either the Constant Spring CIB, the Major Investigations Division or the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters at 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5.

Last month, Collymore and another man were shot and injured by a gunman shortly after they drove onto the premises of the Allied Insurance Brokers on Belmont Road in Kingston.

Popular Jamaican actress Rosie Murray suffered a major heart attack on December 29 and is now in need of life saving surgery.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise US$20,000 ($1.4 million JMD) for an angioplasty.

Murray was active on the theatre scene, appearing in local and international runs in plays such as Saving Grace, and an Actor Boy-nominated performance in, Tek Yuh Hand Offa Me.

In addition to growing a baking business, the former media professional penned and produced her first theatrical production called, A Slice of Life. This incident has put a halt on the major plans Murray had for the production, as it was set to make its first international run as soon as March 2018.

As the fundraising effort nears its end, those unable to contribute to GoFundMe are encouraged to make donations to Murray's savings account number, 407350, at Scotiabank, Christiana branch.

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgDetectives are questioning Omar Collymore, the man who was wanted in connection with last month's killing of his wife, 32 year old Simone Campbell Collymore, and Winston Walters in Forrest Hills, St. Andrew.

Collymore, who has been identified to be a co-conspirator in the double murder, was captured at a guest house in St. Elizabeth during an early morning police operation.

The police believe he was planning to leave the island by boat.

A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to report to the police.

Mrs Campbell Collymore, who was a businesswoman of a Forrest Ridge, St. Andrew address and Mr. Walters, a resident of Stillwell Road, Kingston 8 were shot on January 2.

Mrs Campbell Collymore was a passenger in a vehicle which was about to enter an apartment complex shortly after 4 p.m., when four men on motorcycles drove up.

The pillion riders pulled guns and opened fire on the vehicle, hitting Mr. Walters, who was the driver, and Mrs Campbell Collymore.

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgPolice in St Elizabeth have reportedly captured a man believed to be Omar Collymore, the accused co-conspirator in the murder of his wife Simone Campbell-Collymore and Winston Watson.

The lawmen said the man was taken from a guesthouse in the parish around 3:00 am. He was reportedly in possession of a large sum of cash.

The capture comes on the heels of a warrant issued on Tuesday for Collymore's arrest.

According to media reports on January 2, Campbell-Collymore, a businesswoman, was travelling in a taxi on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and Walters -- the driver of the taxi.

Both reportedly died on the spot.

The police on Tuesday said after "intensive investigations", Collymore and others have been identified as co-conspirators in the double murder.

The police also revealed in the statement that two people are already in custody in connection with the double murder and other suspects are being sought for questioning.

Bounty Killer donates beds to KPH

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bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgDancehall superstar Bounty Killer handed over 60 beds to the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals in Kingston today.

The deejay said he decided to step in and play his part after seeing several heart-rending stories about the conditions of Jamaica's health sector.

"As a thriving Jamaican who came from nothing to something, I know I had to give back. I also have a special connections with those two hospitals because not only was I born at Jubilee but in the late 80s, when I got shot, KPH was where they took me," Bounty Killer said.

"Over the years, everybody know me 'The Poor People Governor' and it is not just something that I say but it's a lifestyle that I try to live by. We have to give in order to receive, my mother taught me those good values," Bounty Killer added.

The artiste said he has had the desire to start a foundation for sometime now and has had in interest in the health sector. He said that one his friend, a medical doctor who resides overseas, told him that he had the connections to get him the beds at an affordable price.

"We had to start the giving from somewhere so I went ahead and got the beds for the hospital. It did cost a bit of money but I got them into the country hassle-free as I got a waiver from the finance ministry. We see Shaggy adopting the Bustamante Hospital and if the children hospital is in such need, you can just imagine what is happening at the adult ones. We have to realise that all of us are going to age, so as it relates to the education, security and health facilities, the public needs to help it if they can," he said.

The Shaggy and Friend 2018 concert, held last month, raised J$100 million for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Dr Natalie Whylie, senior medical officer at KPH, said the staff and management of the hospital are extremely grateful for the donation.

"He is like the Shaggy of KPH. Currently, both hospitals are running beyond its full potential and is in dire need of assistance. There is a long list of things that we need but those that comes to mind are like patient monitors, ECG machines, stretchers, blood pressure machine, and so on," she said.

"There are a lot of old beds here so we will be getting rid of some of the really old ones and replace them with the new ones that Bounty has donated. We really can't thank Bounty enough for his contribution and we are just hoping that others will follow suit," she said.

And for Bounty Killer, today's donation will be the start of what he has to offer to the health industry.

"Whenever I have something, I will be stretching out my arms in giving because everyone knows that is how we receive our blessings. People always get up and blame the Government but they are not playing their part in society. If we want a better Jamaica, we have to help the Government, " he said.

$41 million to conduct by-elections

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The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has requested $41 million to conduct the by-elections in the North West St Andrew constituency and the Norman Gardens Division of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC).

According to the EOJ, $27 million will be used for the by-election in North West St Andrew and $14 million in the Norman Gardens division. Among other things, the sum requested will be used to train election day workers.

Ambassador Dr Nigel Clarke of the Jamaica Labour Party is being challenged in North West St Andrew by the People's National Party's Keisha Hayle, principal of the Padmore Primary School. The seat became vacant with the resignation in January of longstanding Member of Parliament, Derrick Smith, after 29 years in the constituency.

The Norman Gardens division has been vacant since last October when the PNP's Dr Angella Brown-Burke resigned to contest the by-election for the South West St Andrew seat that was vacated by former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. Brown-Burke is now a member of the House of Representatives.

The PNP will be represented by school teacher, Jacqueline Lewis, in the Norman Gardens division. Lewis won a run-off against Racquel Hall last September and has been acting as the party's caretaker-candidate since that time.

andre-neverson-photo-1.jpg(Crime Watch website): Andre Neverson is a charming Casanova who had a way with the women. But cops say now he's one of America's top 15 most-wanted fugitives as a mighty smooth cold-blooded lady-killer.

"He could turn on a dime and just take somebody out," said U.S. Marshal Bill Costa.

Andre Neverson grew up along the white sandy beaches of the island of Trinidad, until his family moved to Crown Heights, a working-class section of Brooklyn, New York -- a world not quite flashy enough for Andre Neverson.

"He wanted to have houses, cars, luxury cars, BMWs," said Costa.

Neverson was a charismatic player who kept a stable of girlfriends.

"He had many children with different women," said Costa.

But in his heart, none of Neverson's many girlfriends held a candle to his devoted sister Patricia.

"She helped everybody and still did things for us. It was almost like she was two people in one," said Patricia's son Akim Neverson.

What about Akim's mom's relationship with Andre?

"She did everything for him too," said Akim.

With a loan from her brother Andre, Patricia realized her own American Dream, buying a $370,000 brick row house on a quiet street in Brooklyn.

"He was actually one of my favorite uncles. I mean ever since I was born he was always there," Akim tells Crime Watch Daily.

But it turns out Andre Neverson also had a dark side.

"He exhibited a lot of violent tendencies," said retired NYPD Detective Edward Murray.

One night he had an argument with his then-girlfriend, and when her family member intervened, Neverson reacted by pumping six bullets into his body.

"The uncle lived, but Neverson was ultimately convicted of assault and he went to jail in New York State Corrections, and he served five years," said Murray.

Every single weekend for five years, Patricia drove six hours round-trip to visit her brother in jail.

"She's sending money for your books and bringing you groceries when she comes," said Akim.

"And many of his girlfriends came to visit him. And Patricia was able to coordinate the schedule," said Murray.

After serving his time, Neverson was deported to Trinidad, but within a year he wormed his way back to New York.

"He secured somehow a Jamaican passport and he was able to get back into this country through Canada," said Murray.

Back on U.S. soil, Andre moved in with his loving sister Patricia. But the dazzle he once held in her eyes had dulled.

"She kind of didn't have that for five years," said Akim. "She had to learn how to do things on her own."

And with that independence came tensions between the two, all stemming from that loan Andre gave to his sister to buy the house.

"The deed was in his sister's name and he was very, very angry about that for years," said Murray.

Patricia was diligently paying it back. But Andre didn't want the money. He wanted the deed.

"In his mind I think he looked at that house as his road to success, how he could use that equity to grow that into a real estate mogul," said Bill Costa.

And as he worked on ways to wrest control of the house, he worked his charms on a pretty young nursing student named Donna Davis.

"I am very, very proud of my daughter," said Clyde Davis.

Donna's dad Clyde was very protective of his only daughter. So when Andre Neverson came around, he was not pleased.

"To be truthful, I really didn't care for Andre," said Davis.


But as Andre and Donna's relationship was heating up, tensions between Andre and his sister were about to boil over.

"It just escalated things and they got into an argument where there was no turning back," said Ed Murray.

On a steamy July 2002 evening in Brooklyn, Andre makes a chilling phone call to his father.

"Andre told them that he had killed his sister," said Murray.

Andre's dad calls 911 and rushes to the house to find his daughter in a pool of blood.

Cops say after coldly gunning down his sister, Andre flees the house, straight into the arms of the other loving woman in his life.

"That's when he got into an argument with Donna Davis in the car," said Murray.

When Donna, a promising young nursing student, didn't turn up at home that evening, her parents grew concerned.

"My wife, she said, 'Clyde, Donna should be here already,'" said Davis.

Worried, Donna's mother calls the precinct to report her daughter missing. The Davis family knew nothing about Patricia's murder. But that would soon change.

"The parents had heard something had happened to Andre's sister, and putting two and two together, there was obvious concern," said Murray.

It wasn't long after Donna Davis went missing when a man walking his dog around 1 in the afternoon came across a body. It was Donna Davis' body, callously abandoned in a vacant lot, killed by a single gunshot to the head.

"And what hurt me most of all, a dog found the body," said Clyde Davis.

Cops say Andre's motive to viciously gun down his sister was over the house. But what could be behind the senseless murder of his girlfriend?

"Emotions got involved and unfortunately Donna was there at a bad time," said Ed Murray.

U.S. Marshals scour the Tri-State Area, but soon the trail goes ice cold.

Then a possible break. Several months later someone spots the alleged serial killer right on his home turf, in Brooklyn.

"He had broken into one of his girlfriend's apartments 'cause he wanted to see his children, and then there was a dispute there," said Bill Costa. "A 911 call went out and then the hunt for him took a jump start again."

Much to the frustration of police, the cunning criminal slips through their fingers again.

Then years passed with nothing. Until another break lights up investigators' phones. A tipster spots him in Jamaica -- the Caribbean island, not the Queens neighborhood.

"We had a team of marshals that went there. He was actually detained," said Costa.

But once again, Neverson slipped out of the clutches of authorities, and hasn't been located since.

Andre Neverson is now 53 years old, and he's one of the top 15 most wanted in America, with a $25,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

"He's a dangerous man," said Murray.

And the feds want nothing more than to catch him. They're enlisting the help of Crime Watch Daily, hoping to generate an avalanche of tips that could finally put Andre Neverson behind bars.

Patricia's son Akim now works as a corrections officer. He says he's confident that one day his mother's killer -- his own uncle -- will be brought to justice.

"I think it's one of those moments is when he'll slip up," said Akim Neverson.

Andre Neverson is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you've seen him or know where he might be, you are asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at (800) 336-0102. Or you can submit a tip at Crime Watch Daily.

andre-neverson-photo-1.jpgThe man who was shot with Omar Collymore three Fridays ago at Allied Insurance is Andre Neverson and he is wanted in the United States for allegedly murdering his own sister and pregnant girlfriend. Neverson can be seen in the back of the Police van after the shooting.

He reportedly ran away from America and he was allegedly at the home of Simone Collymore the day she was shot and drove with her to the hospital along with Omar Collymore.

Here is a report on Neverson from the US Embassy in Trinidad:Suspected Double Murderer Wanted in the U.S., May be Hiding in the Caribbean (Jan 16, 2014)

Port of Spain: January 16, 2014 Law enforcement authorities are seeking the public's assistance in locating a fugitive wanted in the United States for allegedly killing his sister and an ex-girlfriend in 2002.


Andre Neverson, a Trinidad and Tobago citizen, is believed to have fled the United States and may be residing in Barbados or other Caribbean islands.

Neverson allegedly murdered his sister by shooting her in the head and stomach on July 8, 2002. The next day, he allegedly abducted a former girlfriend. She was found dead two days later with a mortal head wound.

At the time of both murders, Neverson was on parole in the State of New York for attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a firearm.

In November 2002, Neverson, armed with a handgun, allegedly entered the home of another ex-girlfriend in an attempt to visit his daughter. The woman's brother interrupted the unannounced visit, and Neverson fled with no further incident. The New York City Police Department searched the area for the felon, but never located him.

Neverson has been classified as one of the U.S. Marshals Service's "15 Most Wanted" Fugitives.

He is also wanted by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Division of Parole for New York State and the NYPD.

Neverson, 49, is a black male. He is about 6'2" tall and 240 pounds (last reported). He has brown eyes, black hair and a muscular build. Neverson is a native and citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.

He has a violent criminal history with a pronounced pattern of violence toward women. Neverson speaks several languages and is known to always carry a firearm. He usually keeps his head shaved, but has been known to wear wigs to disguise himself. Investigators believe that Neverson is computer savvy.

Due to his past criminal history and the nature of his alleged crimes, Neverson is considered armed and dangerous. Neverson has ties to Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Bahamas, Grenada, St. Vincent and Canada.

A reward of up to US$25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Neverson's arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office, American Embassy/Consulate, or call the U.S. Marshals Service Communications center at 1-800-336-0102.

Tips may also be emailed to:

By U.S. Embassy Port of Spain | 16 January, 2014 | Topics: Press Releases

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgDetectives are asking Omar Collymore to turn himself in to the police immediately, as a warrant has now been prepared for his arrest and charge.

Collymore is wanted in connection with the murder of his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and Winston Walters, a taxi operator of Stillwell Road, committed January 2 along Stanley Terrace, Red Hills, St. Andrew.

Following intensive investigation by the Detectives from the Constant Spring Police Station, Mr. Collymore, the widower of Simone Campbell-Collymore, along with others, have been identified as being involved as co-conspirators in the double murder. Two persons are already in custody and other suspects are being sought for questioning.

As such, Collymore, who is a United States National, is being asked to report either the Constant Spring Criminal Investigations Branch, the Major Investigations Division or the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters.


crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police this morning recovered a Ruger pistol, a Glock pistol and 22 rounds of ammunition from two men who shot Uriel James, the leader of the reputed Rose Town-based Discipline Gang.

News broke earlier that a businessman had been ambushed, shot and injured on Lady Musgrave Road and a video of the men being apprehended by a team of personnel from King Alarm has been making the rounds omn social media.

However, the police have now confirmed that it was the reputed gangster who was in fact shot and injured in the parking lot of the Spartan Health Club on Lady Musgrave Road.

Reports are that James was leaving the club shortly before 8 o'clock when two men dressed like construction workers opened fire.

One of the bullets struck James in his side.

The King Alarm team which was passing the location immediately responded and accosted the two gunmen and held them on them on the ground at gunpoint until the police arrived.

James is said to have several criminal cases before the courts.

In July 2015, he was freed of the 1999 murder of security guard Errol McGeachy in Rose Town, Kingston.


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dennis-brown.jpgJamaican reggae singer, Dennis Emmanuel Brown CD (1 February 1957 - 1 July 1999) was would have celebrated his 61st birthday today.


During his prolific career, which began in the late 1960s when he was aged eleven, he recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the major stars of lovers rock, a subgenre of reggae.


Bob Marley cited Brown as his favourite singer,dubbing him "The Crown Prince of Reggae", and Brown would prove influential on future generations of reggae singers.


February is Reggae Month and the most appropriate way to kick it off is with the birthday of the legend, Dennis Emmanuel Brown.


Viral child porn video is from Trinidad

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The police have confirmed that the video circulating on social media showing a little girl involved in a sex act, was recorded in Trinidad.

An investigation was launched by Jamaican police and the Office of the Children's Advocate to determine the origin of the video.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick, acting head of the JCF's Corporate Communications Unit, said checks were made on Thursday with international counterparts.

The man seen in the video is reportedly on the run.

The police are again asking persons to desist from sharing the video as it is an offence which could result in them being prosecuted. The public is being urged to delete it if received.

Meanwhile, the grandmother of the girl who was seen in the video filed a report with the Trinidad police on Wednesday night.

According to the Trinidad Express newspaper, the six year old child was accompanied by her grandmother to a police station.

The woman told the police that she knew the suspect.

The police said neighbours beat the suspect and attempted to hand him over to officers, however he escaped.

The case has been referred to the Child Protection Unit.

A man who was accused of circulating nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend on social media was convicted before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.

Donovan Coley was fined $500,000 or 12 months in prison after he was convicted of breaching the Cybercrime Act.

Prosecutors reported that in August 2016, Coley, who had a relationship with the complainant, sent nude photos and private text messages shared between the two, to her new boyfriend.

Coley threatened to publish the material after the complainant decided to end their relationship.

The matter was reported to Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) and Coley was arrested and charged.

Cops probe child sex video

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Jamaican police launched an investigation into a video depicting child pornography that is making the rounds on social media.

The one-minute video shows a young girl, apparently no more than eight years old, being coerced to perform oral sex on an adult male. It has triggered shock and anger across the Island, with people calling for the authorities to leave 'no stone unturned' in their search to capture the perpetrator.

The corporate communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, in a news release on Wednesday evening, said the police - including detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) - are aware of the disturbing video and are currently carrying out investigations to determine its origin.

The release also warned the public to desist from sharing the video "as this action constitutes an offence under the Child Pornography (Prevention) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.

"There is also a strong possibility that sharing the video can result in further trauma to the child," the release said, adding that members of the public are strongly urged to delete the video.

The bodies of the elderly couple slain in St Thomas earlier this month should be back in Canada by Wednesday.

Eighty-one-year-old Melbourne Flake and his 70-year-old wife Etta were found murdered at their vacation home on January 9.

According to a report CBC report, the couple's daughter Laverne Francis said Jamaican officials released the bodies on Friday.

Francis said they now have the final paperwork and a postmortem report which will allow a Jamaican funeral home to begin preparing them to send the bodies to Canada.

The police are continuing their investigation but to date there has been no arrest.

Francis, however, said the police have strong leads.

She has also made the plea for Jamaica's police to invite Interpol to the island so Canadian detectives can assist in the investigation.

Coach charged for raping his teenage athlete

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rape.jpgA 30-year-old athletic coach from a St Catherine-based high school, was arrested and charged by the detectives of the Spanish Town Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on January 22.

He has been charged with abduction, indecent assault and rape of 16-year-old female student of the same institution.

Reports are that about 2 p.m., on December 13, 2017 the female student after completing track and field training, was offered a ride by her coach to the bus stop.

The accused reportedly drove past the child's bus stop and onto a dirt track off the Spanish Town bypass, close to the El Prado Housing Scheme in St Catherine, where he sexually assaulted her.

The matter was reported to the Police on December 19, 2017 and investigations led to the arrest and charge of the school's athletic coach.

He is scheduled to appear before the St Catherine Parish Court on January 30.

jason-hall.jpgLess than a year and a half after joining Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) as Vice President, Marketing, Jason Hall is out of the position as the post has been made redundant, the company said in a release.

"We thank Jason for his contribution to SVL and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours," President and CEO of SVL Ann-Dawn Young Sang said noting that plans as to how the company will move ahead in light of the change would be revealed at the appropriate time.

In September 2016, Hall, who was the former Deputy Director of Tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board was appointed by the Board of Supreme Ventures Limited to the position of Vice President, Marketing. He was responsible for leading the team of brand managers in the development and execution of the marketing strategies needed for the successful growth and profitability of the non-lottery brands under the company's portfolio.

Meanwhile, Financial Analyst and Chartered Accountant, Dennis Chung takes up his appointment as SVL's Chief Financial Officer on Thursday, February 1. Young Sang has also advised that Acting Chief Financial Officer, Lance Thomas has tendered his resignation, effective March 29, 2018.

"Lance has indicated his desire to take on a personal venture, and while we will miss him and his contribution to SVL, we respect his wishes and hope for great success for him," she said.

omar-best-collymore-angela-aguiar-simone-campbell-collymore.jpgReports are that Omar Best Collymore was absent from the Waltham Park New Testament Church of God on Saturday, at the funeral service for his wife Simone Campbell Collymore, who was gunned down on January 2.

In a twist, just days before Simone's funeral, Omar Collymore and another man were shot and injured at Allied Insurance Brokers Limited on Belmont Road in Kingston. News was that Collymore had been shot 19 times and was dead. Yes, Collymore was shot, but he was nowhere near dead.

"The bullet just graze him....Him go hospital but him leave unda the quiet," a source told Yardflex.

Well it would seem that Collymore's absence from Simone's funeral was not due to him being hospitalised, but rather he was in the custody of the police.

Unconfirmed reports are that he was held the day before the funeral trying to leave this island on a fake passport.

Efforts to get a confirmation from the police proved futile.

According to media reports, on January 2 Simone Collymore was travelling in a taxi on Stanely Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and the driver of the taxi -- Winston Walters.

Both were pronounced dead at hospital.

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgFriends say Simone had moved out of the home she and her husband shared the day before because of Best-Collymore's blatant cheating with multiple women. Security cameras recorded the shooting and men were seen waiting on the arrival of Mrs. Collymore.

Omar Best-Collymore, who was initially a suspect, was also implicated in another murder in 2008 in the States.

His then girlfriend Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Her murder took place months after she had taken out a US million dollar insurance and named Omar Best-Collymore as beneficiary.

In May 2016, Simone Collymore posted the following on Flipagram: "Wow 6 years happy anniversary to you babe love you more than anything. Thank you for tolerating me I love u endlessly and look forward to many more years." The couple had two children.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake is tipped to act as Commissioner in the wake of the impending departure of George Quallo.

Blake is expected to serve as Acting Commissioner until a replacement is found

News came Friday that Quallo, who was scheduled to step down in August, is to demit office as Police Commissioner with the next few days.

Meanwhile, the opposition People's National Party (PNP) says news of Quallo's departure has come at a bad time with a State of Emergency in effect in St. James.

However, Spokesman on National Security, Fitz Jackson says he is not surprised given recent developments.

"Well as the country is aware, there has been much uneasiness between the Commissioner and the Minister (of National Security), which is regrettable. I have now become aware that the commissioner will depart at the end of the month and we hope that there will be some stability as quickly as possible," Jackson said.

Give me six months to fix crime, says Reneto Adams

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renato-adams.jpg"Six months is all I want to bring about significant changes in this country in regards to addressing the spiraling crime problem that has left citizens and other persons in the society in fear," controversial crime fighter, Reneto Adams is reported as saying in an interview with Loop news.

"If I am given an opportunity, I don't even think I would even work for pay. I just have a passion to make sure that decent, law-abiding citizens (can) go about their business in peace, with the exclusion of any criminal interference," added Adams.

He is reported as saying that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is presently without a leader who can motivate its members, command the respect of the wider Jamaica, and drive fear into the criminal networks.

Adams' summation of Quallo upon his appointment as Commissioner was that he was a good gentlemen whose personality was more suited for a senior position in the church.

Adams is confident that if a survey is carried out across the island among citizens both in the Jamaica Labour Party and the People's National Party, even within the church, the result would acknowledging the extent of public desire for him to be tackling the crime monster.

Adams said right now the overwhelming number of good citizens of the country are living in fear and it should not be so, but the other way around, with the criminals on the run.

He also had a direct message for criminals who are wreaking havoc across the island.

"Let me make it clear right now, we do not have any bad man again. What we have are some wicked little boys who we can deal with!

"In my days, what we had were bad men, but they had to comply, and in the event there were confrontations with the police, they were sent to other destinations which I won't mention," said Adams.

OUT! Police Commissioner Quallo to leave office

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deputy-commissioner-george-quallo.jpgPolice Commissioner George Quallo is to step down from the position in days.

Multiple news sources on Friday confirmed Commissioner Quallo's pending departure and the Police Services Commission later verified it with a release stating that Commissioner Quallo was resigning.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security Fitz Jackson also told RJR News that he confirmed this with the Commissioner.

Deputy Commissioner Clifford Blake is tipped to act as Commissioner of Police until a replacement is found.

Mr. Quallo was scheduled to demit office in August following his appointment in April 2017

No bail for major bank scammers

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court-image-1.jpgFive members of a major scamming network which targeted bank accounts were remanded Friday afternoon when they appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court.

The defendants, including a woman, were arrested and charged last week following raids by MOCA.

Prosecutors on Friday reported that on January 15, MOCA detectives raided the homes of the five individuals and seized cellular phones, laptop computers and other electronic devices.

An analysis of the devices revealed the names and banking information of scores of persons with accounts at various financial institutions.

Investigators alleged that the group has been hacking bank accounts and stealing millions of dollars.

Those charged are Nasha Rolle, Travis Wilson, Ortalan Powell, Romaine Barrett and Douglas Walker.

Mr Barrett, a student of the University of Technology (UTECH), and Mr Walker were charged last year with possessing the identity of persons; distribution of the identity information as well as conspiracy.

They are still awaiting trial.

Prosecutors opposed bail and told presiding judge Chester Crooks, that the accused are wanted in other police divisions for questioning in connection with scamming activities.

student-murdered-avinash-gordon.jpgThe police say they are following several leads in the murder of 18 year old Clarendon College student Avinash Gordon.

Avinash was found with stab wounds at her home in the Bushy Park Housing Scheme in May Pen, shortly after 2 o'clock Thursday morning.

Superintendent David White, head of the Clarendon Police, told RJR News that detectives are hoping to make an early breakthrough in the case.

Reports from the police are that the teenager was at home with two other girls.

The girls, who were in a separate room, reported hearing strange sounds, then screams coming from Avinash's room sometime after 2 o'clock.

They called the police.

The injured 18 year old was found in her room.

It's reported that there was no forced entry at the house.

It is understood that her mother was not at home at the time as she works in another parish.

Her father is a police detective.

10 killed in 12 hours

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shocked.jpgTen persons, including a 15-year-old student, were shot and killed and five others wounded as gunmen went on a rampage in several parishes over the past 12 hours.

According to police reports, four persons died and three others were injured in August Town, St Andrew while three persons were shot dead in Linstead, St Catherine, all within one hour last night.

The other killings occured in east Kingston, St Elizabeth and St James.

In the August Town incident, it's reported that several persons were standing outside a shop with armed thugs approached and opened fire.

When the shooting ended seven persons were found with gunshot wounds, four of whom later died.

Over in Linstead, police reports are that a man, his 15-year-old son who attends Bog Walk High School and a woman were shot dead by unknown assailants in Victoria district.

Residents discovered the bodies and alerted the police.

In St Elizabeth, the police say a truck driver was shot and killed and his assistant injured after they were robbed by two men they offered a ride.

crime-scene-tape.jpgTwo more persons have been killed in the parish of Westmoreland since the start of the year, bringing the total to 12.

Dead is 26-year-old Devon Paltie of Three Miles River in the parish.

According to reports, about 12 pm Paltie, who operates a car wash, a bar and a restaurant, was at the business establishment when a group of men entered the premises.

One of Devon's attackers reportedly had a brief conversation with the businessman before he and his accomplices started to fire a barrage of gunshots, forcing workers and customers to scamper for cover.

Paltie and his wife were hit several times. They were taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His wife was admitted for treatment. She suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. The Savanna -la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are investigating.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police apprehended two men in Papine, St Andrew who hacked their way into banks earlier this month, according to National Security Minister Robert Montague.

"There is a case two weeks ago where they arrested two youngsters up in Papine. They were able to break in to two of our banks in Jamaica and hit some accounts," said Montague at the JSE Investments and Capital Markets Conference on Thursday.

"When the police raided and picked up one of the guys, he was so bold that he handed over his laptop and denied any involvement," he said.

A forensic cyber expert working with the Jamaica Constabulary Force examined the laptop and identified involvement.

"When they broke all the firewalls the young man looked up and said: 'Kiss mi neck. Mi never know say you have dem yah police deh a Jamaica'," said Montague.

Hackers can accumulate hundreds of millions of dollars annually by taking "five cents" daily from each account, he said. The strategy of stealing in cents allows hackers to take from accounts without account holders readily recognising their losses.

Classes at the St Jago High School in St Catherine were suspended on Thursday after an alleged shooting incident on the campus.

According to reports, hundreds of students huddled down in the auditorium after armed men fired shots on the compound about 11:00 am.

Superintendent Beau Rigby, who is in charge of St Catherine North division, where the school is located, said criminal elements were reportedly on the compound.

crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA Clarendon College sixth form student has been killed.

According to reports, eighteen-year-old Avinash Gordon was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of her house about 2:15 Thursday morning.

The police report that she was home with relatives when screaming was heard coming from her room.

When her relatives went to investigate she was found suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Wanted man held in Stony Hill

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held.jpgA wanted man was among four men arrested this morning in an operation in Long Wall, Stony Hill, St Andrew, the police have reported.

Three of the men are from West Kingston addresses and the other is from a St Thomas address.

Police said the men were taken into custody about 10:30 am; however their identities are being withheld pending further questioning in relation to several major crimes committed in the Kingston Western Division and other areas.

The police also reported that, hours after arresting the men an operation was carried out in Matthews Lane, Kingston where a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol with one 9mm cartridge was seized.

However it was not disclosed if the gun find has any relation to the arrest of the men.

Politician's father attacked in St Elizabeth

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kern-spencer.jpgThe father of former Member of Parliament, Kern Spencer, escaped major injuries last evening after he was attacked by gunmen as he returned home in Balaclava, St Elizabeth.

Seventy-year-old Daniel Spencer sustained injuries to his abdomen after a shot fired by one of three gunmen hit his belt buckle and exploded.

His son Kern says it's a miracle that his father was not killed and is thankful that his injuries are not serious.

According to the former politician, his father was returning home sometime between 8 o'clock and 8:30 last evening when he was pounced upon by the gunmen as he opened the gate to his house.

He said his father, who is a licensed firearm holder, challenged the gunmen who ran into nearby bushes as they fired gunshots.

The elder Spencer was taken to hospital where he received treatment for wounds he received.

Spencer has been released from hospital and is recuperating.

13 persons killed between Saturday and Sunday

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At least 13 people were reportedly murdered between Saturday and Sunday, across eight parishes.

This figure includes a triple murder in St Thomas and two murders at a funeral in St James, where a state of public emergency has been declared.

Female janitor killed execution style in Clarendon

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crime-scene-gun.jpgGunmen yesterday shot and killed a mother execution style and attempted to set her house on fire with her children inside in Lionel Town, Clarendon.

Dead is 35-year-old janitor Joy Cammock.

The police say early yesterday morning Cammock and her three children were awoken by strange sounds in their yard.

She went to investigate and shortly after explosions were heard.

When she did not return, her eldest daughter made checks and saw her in a kneeling position with gunshot wounds to the body.

The police say it is suspected that her attackers attempted to set fire to the house as a section of the premises appeared to have been lit.

Lawyer found bludgeoned to death in St Ann

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lawyer-found-dead.jpgPolice are searching for clues connected to the murder of a St. Ann based attorney and social worker.

Lois Ferguson-McKoy, 54, of Heartstones Ridge Estate in Shaw Park, Ocho Rios, was last seen alive about 7:30 Wednesday evening.

Reports are Ferguson-McKoy, otherwise known as Neo Makeba, who is a returning resident, was last seen alive on Wednesday night in the company of a man who was living with her as a condition of his bail.

The police say after her mother became concerned after not seeing her for more than three days and asked a cousin to make checks.

On Saturday afternoon, her house was checked and she was seen lying face down in blood, dressed in a white blouse, blue jeans pants and a pair of black shoe.

The police say she had a wound to the right side of the head.

The police say the man was not seen at the house at the time of the discovery.

200 arrested in St James state of emergency

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state-of-emergency.jpgThe security forces in St James have reported that approximately 200 people have been arrested since Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the state of emergency last Thursday.

The police said operations have been conducted in the communities of Flanker, Norwood, Glendevon, Salt Spring and several other communities throughout the parish.

"We have taken into custody over 197 persons over a period of three days," said Inspector Dian Bartley of the Constabulary's Corporate Communication Unit (CCU).

The police said eight people were arrested for the brazen shooting incident along the Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday, January 16 where one man was killed and two others injured.

Two others were also taken into custody in relation to the shooting death of a man in Ironshore, St James.

Police said these men are expected to be charged later this week. Also, three other individuals have been charged with misdemeanour crimes and have since been granted bail.

There are currently 111 people remaining in custody, 10 of whom are to be charged with varying offences to include incidents of shootings and murders.

immigration.jpgA video reportedly showing Customs and Border Protection agents demanding proof of citizenship from Greyhound bus passengers in Florida last week has sparked fresh outrage over the Trump administration's hard-line immigration policies.

"If I haven't committed a crime why do I have to show you ID?" one passenger can be heard saying.

A second video shows agents escorting a woman off the bus, her suitcase in tow. The woman was Jamaican and had been visiting family, according to the Florida Immigrant Coalition, an advocacy group.

Customs and Border Protection said a woman was detained because she overstayed her tourist visa, though they did not specify if it was the same person shown in the viral video.

"While performing an immigration inspection at a Ft. Lauderdale bus station, Border Patrol agents identified a passenger who was illegally residing in the United States," the agency told HuffPost in a statement. "The subject was an adult female that had overstayed her tourist visa. She was arrested and transported to the Dania Beach Border Patrol station for further investigation and later turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) for removal proceedings."

The Jamaican woman had been visiting family: "My mother-in-law came to visit me last week," the woman's daughter-in-law told the coalition. "She's my daughter's grandmother and this was the first time meeting each other. I dropped her off at the Greyhound bus stop Friday morning and never got word of her arrival. I'm very concerned about these officers questioning her without a lawyer present."

Greyhound said it's investigating the incident, and said it's at the mercy of law enforcement agencies.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police are reporting that a teenage boy has been arrested and charged with the murder of 33-year-old Koyodian Grant, otherwise called 'Rasta', craft vendor of Catadupa in St James who was shot dead earlier this month.

Lawmen reportedly picked up the minor in his community last Thursday during the state of emergency in the parish.

Reports are that on January 14, Grant was standing along the roadway when he was pounced upon by the accused, who opened gunfire hitting him.

He was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The teen has been charged and is scheduled to appear before the St James Family Court on Thursday.


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The number of reported murders in Jamaica since the start of 2018 has hit the one hundred mark.

The data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force cover the period January one to January 20.

A breakdown of the data revealed that 13 more people were murdered when compared to the same period in 2017.

The St. Catherine North and Clarendon police divisons each recorded 13 murders.

Nine were reported in the St. Andrew South division.

However, while the police continue to grapple with an increase in killings there has been a reduction in other major crimes.

Reported cases of aggravated assault declined by 51 per cent while break-ins were down 50 per cent.

The data for the January 1 to 20 period showed that fewer rape cases were reported - a 60 per cent decline.

The number of reported robberies fell by 16 per cent.

The British Government has issued a warning to its citizens who are staying at resorts in Montego Bay, St James.

The Foreign Office today urged British nationals to stay inside their hotels and limit travel beyond their respective security perimeters.

It also urged them to exercise particular care if they have to travel at night and to follow the advice of Jamaican authorities, including restrictions in selected areas.

Similar warnings have also been issued by the governments of the United States and Canada.

The warnings were issued in response to the spate of killings in St James and the state of public emergency imposed in the parish by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

15-year-old boy fingered in murders and shootings

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crime-scene-tape.jpgA15-year-old boy, who has been implicated in several shootings and murders was reportedly arrested. According to reports, the boy who was also connected to the recent shooting in the vicinity of the Sangster International Airport, was captured in a building in Codac Street, Montego Bay.

According to one resident, the 15-year-old is one of the 'danger man' in the community, citing, "don't mek the boyish look fool yuh."

Moments after the teen was arrested, his mother rushed to the scene, crying and begging the security forces not to kill him. According to her, he was just young and misguided, while adding that her other son was killed last week on her birthday.

"Please don't kill him! A just last week dem shoot him bredda on mi birthday," she said, "Mi nah guh swear fi him because me nuh know wha him a do when him nuh inna me presence, but please don't hurt him," she added as tears poured from her eyes.

Rifle and ammo found in Flanker

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe joint military and police team deployed in Montego Bay, St James is reporting that during today's major security operations a rifle and ammunition were found in the Flankers area some time around noon.

Reports are that members of the security forces went into unoccupied premises in the area and, after a thorough search, the weapon was found hidden in a rice bag.

Although no one was arrested in connection with the find, Inspector Dian Bartley of the Joint Police Military Communications Unit said the early results are very encouraging.

"We went into a number of hotspots and crime ridden areas in Montego Bay from as early as 5:00 am today and are very happy with this seizure," said Bartley, adding that numerous incidents of shootings and murder in the space have been committed with similar high-powered weapons.

"We will now rely on the ballistic and forensic technology to determine if this particular rifle was involved in any of the several murders committed over the past 2 weeks," Bartlett added.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness' this afternoon declared a state of public emergency for the parish of St James.

Some 335 murders were recorded in the parish last year and at least four people have been murdered in that western parish since the start of the year.

Omar Best Collymore, the husband of Simone Collymore, who was gunned down in Red Hills recently, was shot up on Friday as he was about to go into an insurance company to drop off papers for a claim.

Collymore and another man were shot several times, but report are that they are now both critical in hospital

Collymore was a suspect in the hit on his wife, and also remains a suspect in the 2008 murder of his then girlfriend in Florida. After her murder, Collymore collected US$40,000 in insurance money.

His new wife, Simone had reportedly taken out a two billion dollar insurance policy on her life.

Collymore, who was released without charges two Wednesdays ago, is said to have hired Peter Champagne as his lawyer.

As of now, the question remains, Who wanted Omar Best Collymore dead?

The funeral service for his wife Simone, will be held on Saturday at a church on Waltham Park Road.

crime-scene-gun.jpgOne man has been confirmed dead and several other people injured following a shooting at a funeral in Quarrie, near Salt Spring , St James this afternoon.

Mourners were attending the funeral of he Oshane 'Ganda' Duhaney, the alleged leader of the Waltham Gang . Duhaney was murdered several weeks ago in St Ann.

The shooting happened despite the presence of security personnel who have increased their numbers in St James, now under a state of public emergency.

It is reported that moments after the hearse drove off from the church, a man pulled a firearm and pointed it at another man but was disarmed and shot several times.

He died on the spot.

During the ensuing melee, other men reportedly pulled guns and began firing wildly injuring several persons.

The shooters managed to escape.

However, it is understood that one weapon has since been recovered by members of the security forces.

There is now a strong police-military presence in the community and a helicopter hovering.

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hands-behind-bars.jpgDetectives assigned to the St Catherine branch of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) disclosed that a teacher in that parish has been charged with having sex with a minor.

According to the agents, the primary school teacher was last Friday charged with the offence along with other breaches of the Sexual Offences Act such as indecent assault and grievous sexual assault.

Reports are that the accused, who teaches the complainant at a primary school in the parish, allegedly convinced the child to engage him in sexual activities on more than one occasion.

He is scheduled to appear before the St Catherine Parish Court on Friday to answer to the charges laid against him.

The police said his name is currently being withheld to facilitate further investigations.

This is the second such report in days. A St Thomas teacher was yesterday arrested and charged with a similar offence.

andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgAccording to Jamaica's prime minister, Andrew Holness, the recently declared state of emergency which many person have long been calling for took some time because of a number of reasons.

"The Government has been contemplating this action for some time. This is not an action that can be taken in an arbitrary way. It requires a great deal of planning and it is not just an action for show. It is an action where we have to plan out both the opening and the ending game and that kind of planning takes time but more importantly it takes resources to be behind it and I believe that we are now at the point where the actions are now aligned with resources. But there is one other important alignment. The Government cannot act without public support and as the person in charge of the Government and given the context in which we are calling this state of emergency having gone through one in 2010, we must always be considerate of what happened before, we must make sure that we learn from the errors and that this is not something that is arbitrary. It is not done in an arbitrary way. This is an instrumental, well planned out action. And yes it took some time. Some persons may have felt it should have happened a long time ago, but I am now of the view that this has happened when we have an alignment of all the variables to make this operation successful."

State of Emergency declared for St James

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state-of-emergency.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has declared a state of emergency in St James.

This means that extraordinary powers have been given to the security forces and some rights have been suspended.

Members of the security forces may also search places without a warrant.

The declaration coincides with an increase in violence including murders and shootings.

The latest incidents occurred three hours apart near the round-a-bout to the Sangster International Airport on Tuesday leaving one man dead and three others seriously hurt.

St James ended 2017 with a record 332 murders, that's 67 more than reported in 2016.

Since early this morning soldiers and police have been blanketing parts of St James carrying out searches.

In making the declaration this morning, Holness said in as much as some rights have been suspended, the security forces were expected to be humane to all citizens.

Machete-wielding mom in court; case rescheduled

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machete-beaten.jpgDoreen Dyer, the St Thomas mother who was seen in a video beating her daughter with a machete had her case rescheduled to February 9 when she appeared in the Morant Bay Parish Court this morning.

The court was told the social a enquiry report was not ready, hence the new date, at which time the judge would make a decision as to sentencing.

At the previous court appearance Dyer's lawyer has asked the court to indicate what sentence it would be imposed if she were to plead guilty.

The 44-year-old mother is charged with cruelty to a child.

Dyer was charged by the police on October 6 and was subsequently offered bail.

The video shows the partially nude mother beating the girl violently with a machete while cursing expletives.

The police said their investigation revealed that the incident happened last year.

banned-juices.jpgThe North-East Regional Health Authority is advising the public to avoid purchasing or consuming coconut water, sorrel juice and other juices labelled 'Portland's Best' and bottled at 'Long Bay, Portland' as the Portland Health Department has found these products to be unsafe for consumption.

The Portland health department has carried out a series of inspections at the processing establishment as well as testing of the products and has found breaches that could compromise the health of the public.

The Health Department has subsequently taken enforcement action by closing the establishment.

Additionally, the public is reminded to purchase and consume food products from only approved establishments (those certified by the Public Health Department).

Two girls die in fire at Walker's Place of Safety

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fire.jpgReports are that two girls aged 12 and 16 have died in a fire at Walker's Place of Safety on Lyndhurst Crescent in Kingston early this morning.

Thirty four other children who were housed at the facility have been moved to a temporary holding facility at a nearby church.

In the meantime, counselling is being offered to the children and staff through the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.

"This is a truly devastating and traumatic experience for all involved," State Minister for Education Floyd Green.

Green also said the cause of the fire remains undetermined and an investigation will be conducted with the help of the fire department to find out what happened.

The Walker's Place of Safety serves as a transitional residence for children, generally up to 12 years old, who have been abandoned or removed from their homes because of unstable conditions.


Kingston, Jamaica - January 11, 2018 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced its earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of 2017.

  • Consolidated Sales: Approximately 66 trillion Korean won
  • Consolidated Operating Profit: Approximately 15.1 trillion Korean won

The above figures are estimates of consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS. Please note that Korean disclosure regulations do not allow earnings estimates to be provided as a range. Therefore, in compliance with such disclosure regulations, the above figures represent the median of the earnings estimate range, provided below.

  • Sales: 65 ~ 67 trillion Korean won
  • Operating Profit: 15.0 ~ 15.2 trillion Korean won

Overall the company estimated full-year 2017 consolidated sales of approximately 239.60 trillion Korean won and consolidated operating profit of approximately 53.60 trillion Korean won.

The above figures are estimates of consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS.

2017 3Q, 2016 4Q and FY 2016 consolidated figures based on K-IFRS are as follows

(in trillion won)



FY 2016





Operating Profit




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Boat sinks in the Caribbean Sea

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According to Reuters, police and relatives of the surviving passengers of a boat that departed Venezuela for the Dutch Caribbean island on Tuesday, confirmed the boat had been trying to reach the city of Willemstad in Curaçao, despite a travel ban imposed by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions after Maduro ordered a trade blockade with Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire on Friday.

Venezuelan authorities allege the smuggling of products out of Venezuela to neighbouring countries is one of the causes of the severe shortage of food and other basic products that the South American country has been facing for several years.

A search has been launched in Caribbean waters after a boat filled with Venezuelans capsized near the Dutch island of Curaçao.

The Venezuelan authorities said a boat carrying 34 people has capsized killing four people and another 28 have been reported missing.

crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgAn argument between two minibus passengers over fare turned deadly yesterday when one was stabbed in the chest.

Dead is 45-year-old Craig Anderson from Olympic Way in St Andrew.

Reports are that about 5:00 pm, Anderson was on the bus, which plies the Waterhouse to downtown Kingston route, where he got in an argument with another passenger who refused to pay his fare.

The man then used a knife to stab Anderson in his chest.

The suspect escaped while Anderson was rushed to the Kingston Public Hopsital where he died while undergoing treatment.

No bad blood between Security Minister and Commish

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security-minister-robert-montague.jpgNational Security Minister, Robert Montague, has said there is no truth to reports that there is a breakdown in the working relationship between himself and Police Commissioner, George Quallo.

"Myself and the commissioner, we are on the same page, we have one goal," Montague is reported to have said

The minister and police commissioner gave responses to public concerns on the matter following the handing-over of pins to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to mark the organisation's 150th anniversary.


Police Commissioner Quallo, in his response, shared similar sentiments.

"Absolutely no issue; I have no problem," the commissioner said, indicating that both himself and the m