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Murdered policeman identified

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The policeman who was shot dead late Saturday in Clarendon has been identified as Corporal Kevin McLean, 37, of Colleyville in Manchester.

He was assigned to the Chapelton Police Station in Clarendon.

The police report that shortly before 8pm, Corporal McLean was on his way home from work.

On reaching a section of the Grantham main road in Frankfield, he reportedly saw gunmen robbing two Chinese nationals. The gunmen reportedly opened fire on the policeman.

He was pronounced dead at hospital.

Anyone who may be able to assist the police in their investigation is being asked to contact the Frankfield Police at 904-4507, Police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311 or the nearest Police Station.





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court.jpgA man and his lover who hail from St Catherine have been convicted for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl, from two incidents arising in 2010.

The two sexual abusers have been names as Jody-Ann Lindo and David Walters. They were convicted by a jury in the St Catherine Circuit Court last Thursday..

Lindo was convicted on charges of indecent assault and aiding and abetting indecent assault. was found guilty for indecent assault and carnal abuse. The crimes occurred on separate occasions in January 2010 when the complainant, who was 9 years old at the time, went to spend time with Lindo and Walters.

On the first occasion -- the child who was allowed to spend the weekend with the couple -- was awoken by Lindo and taken to a room where she was forced to perform oral sex on Walters, who then had sex with her. On a subsequent occasion the complainant again went to spend time with the couple during which time Lindo used her finger on the child.

The matter was brought to light after the complainant had to seek medical attention.

The couple will be sentenced April 6.





shocked.jpgA nurse attached to St. Ann's Bay Hospital in St. Ann has revealed that at least five sexual abuse cases involving children are seen weekly at the facility.

Carmen Johnson, nurse and departmental manager at St. Ann's Bay Hospital, said the increase in the number of children being sexually abused is alarming.

She said what is more alarming is that the children affected are as young as three years old

The revelation was made today during a violence against women and children march put on by the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ).

The nurses marched from the Association's headquarters in Cross Roads, St. Andrew to the childrens' monument at Secret Gardens on Church Street in downtown Kingston.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThree business operators -- two men and a woman -- were killed by gunmen in Dias, Hanover Friday night.

The deceased have been identified as 49-year-old Peter Aitchison, 49-year-old Noel Mair and his 47-year old spouse Marcia Johnson, all of Dias.

Reports are that about 8:20pm armed men went to a restaurant in the Dias square, operated by Aitchison where they opened fire killing him and Johnson.

The men then went to a bar operated by Mair in close proximity and shot him dead, before escaping the community.

No motives have been established for the attacks.





crime-scene-knife.jpgBarbara Moncrieffe, the co-owner of Moncrieffe's Patio Shop, has been killed, her husband is now battling for life in hospital and two of their teen workers injured in a wild attack at their workplace Friday afternoon.

The attack which occurred shortly after 12 o'clock was allegedly carried out by a 30-odd-year-old male employee, who was not scheduled to work today at the Old Hope Road outfit.

The slain woman reported died on the spot.

The workers, one 19 and the other 18, are cousins. They reportedly received multiple stab wounds to their torsos.The mother of one of the teens said her daughter was seriously injured and was set to undergo emergency surgery. She further said her daughter named her attacker as she arrived at the Kingston Public Hospital.

The attacker escaped but was later apprehended by the police in a nearby bar.





charged.jpgA 53 year-old Jamaican man has been charged with the attempted murder of his partner in Antigua.

Linsome Boyd was charged after 47 year-old Althea Henry was found on a road on Monday.

She was lying on a piece of cardboard with a large, blood-splattered rock next to her head.

The Jamaican was later arrested.

Miss Henry is in critical condition.





Brazil is tracing around 5,000 shipping containers that contain meat products, to determine if the supplies have come from any factories under investigation.

Brazilian authorities are investigating 21 meat processing plants amid allegations of malpractice by staff in relation to meat quality.

Blairo Maggi, Brazil's Minister of Agriculture, told an international news conference that containers with meat from the plants under investigation will be returned.

The minister also said that only six companies are authorised to ship beef abroad, and he is confident the authorities can trace all the meat that has been shipped.





Cop seek Sadan Lloyd Mullings of Elgin Town

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crime-scene-knife.jpgThe police are seeking 26 year-old Sadan Lloyd Mullings of Elgin Town, Lucea in Hanover, who is wanted in connection with several serious crimes in western Jamaica and St Ann.

The police are urging Mullings to immediately turn himself in to the nearest police station.

Reports are that about 9:00 pm last night a team of police from the Mobile Reserve and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) was conducting operations at Armadale, Alexandria in St Ann in search of men implicated in the quadruple murder in Westmoreland on Saturday, March 18.

The police say the lawmen strategically cordoned the premises and instructed the occupants to exit. However, explosive devices were reportedly thrown at the police team. The devices were two grenades, one of which JDF soldiers managed to prevent from detonating.

The policeman who was injured in the incident is said to be recovering, while the gunman who was killed remains unidentified.

Meanwhile, the police say Thursday night's incident "clearly demonstrates the brazenness, and the level of arsenal in possession of criminal elements".





'Bully beef' Ban still in place

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corned-beef-in-tin.jpg corned-beef.jpgDonovan Stanberry, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, said the ban remains in place until the Jamaican authorities have completed their investigations.

"Our team is going to go down to Brazil some time next week...so when we would have gone there, we would be in a position to verify and satisfy ourselves that the (direct) sources from which our corned beef comes are wholesome, so that we can advise the country accordingly," he asserted.

Earlier, the Industry and Commerce Ministry had said it was satisfied with the response from retailers in withdrawing Brazilian corned beef from the shelves since Monday's recall.

It said the major distributors of the product have been cooperating. However, Mr. Stanbury, said there will be challenges in monitoring the general retail trade.

"Of course it is easier to monitor the situation in the larger establishments and get compliance. The greater challenge is monitoring the compliance in some of the smaller establishments in the market and so on because we would not have enough human resources to go to every single establishment (so) we are depending on people complying voluntarily, taking responsibility of their health in terms of consumers not buying and people understanding that this is a precautionary measure," he declared.

The police are this afternoon seeking a man implicated in a grenade-throwing incident on Thursday, in which a police sergeant was injured and an alleged gunman killed.





Brazil urges Jamaica to lift corned beef ban

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corned-beef-in-tin.jpgcorned-beef.jpgThe Brazilian embassy in Jamaica is urging the Government to reconsider the ban on corned beef imports from the South American country.

The Jamaican authority on Monday issued an immediate ban on corned beef products coming out of Brazil, due to wide scale investigations into the sale of rotten beef and poultry by Brazilian meat processors.

In a statement on Thursday, the Brazilian embassy said the 21 meat processing companies under investigation do not have export arrangements with Jamaica. The embassy said the companies that export to Jamaica operate within all licensing and health regulations.

It stated that the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has a rigorous inspection service for animal products with permanent auditing, monitoring and risk assessment. The embassy said it is in contact with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries for any clarification needed on the matter.





The police are maintaining a strong presence in the community of Armadale in St. Ann following last night's incident which left a policeman injured, a suspect dead and another on the run.

Police have confirmed that they were in search of two men wanted in connection with a quadruple killing in Bath, Westmoreland last week.

Deputy Superintendent Richard Hylton, in charge of crime for St. Ann, on Friday afternoon said that an extensive search of the area was carried out with assistance from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).

He said the operation is ongoing to locate the other suspect, while the security forces ensure that the area remains safe for citizens.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake, in charge of Strategic Operations, the police surrounded an unfinished building when a man threw two hand grenades and opened gunfire. One of the grenades exploded, injuring a policeman.

The police returned gunfire and one of the suspects was shot.





Brazil's president on Tuesday said the scandal over the sale of expired meat is an economic embarrassment for the country.

President Michel Temer sought to downplay the scandal, calling it a "fuss" and noting that only three of the more than 4,000 meat packing plants in Brazil have been forced to close.

The European Union, mainland China and Chile have halted some meat imports from Brazil, a major blow to the struggling economy of the country that is among the world's largest exporters of meat.

Brazilian investigators charge that health inspectors were bribed to overlook the sale of expired meats. Police also allege that the appearance and smell of expired meats were improved by using chemic





Cambio worker shot dead in Montego Bay

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA cambio worker was shot and killed while on his way to work in Montego Bay, St James on Tuesday morning.

The deceased has been identified as Richard Smith of a Bogue, St James address.

Reports are that sometime after 8 am, Smith, who was a cashier at a cambio along Barnett Street, was walking to work when he was pounced upon and shot by an unknown assailant.

He ran but collapsed and died a short distance from his workplace.

The Montego Bay police are investigating.





2 men detained in murder of medical doctor

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo men have been detained in connection with last Friday's fatal shooting of 72 year-old medical doctor Garth Officer.

Superintendent Derrick Champagnie, head of Crime for Area Five Headquarters, disclosed that the men, who are from Grants Pen in St. Andrew, were detained last weekend.

Superintendent Champagnie said arrangements are being made for the men to be questioned.

About 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dr. Officer was shot as he drove up to his office, which is also his home on Charlton Avenue in St. Andrew. He was attacked by two men on a motorcycle.





Corn beef still selling downtown

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Despite the recall on corned beef, some street vendors and wholesales in downtown Kingston continue to sell the product.

While acknowledging that a ban is in place, sellers reportedly told a popular news team that they would not stop selling corned beef saying they could not absorb the financial loss. They say it is up to consumers to determine if they want to buy the product.

Meanwhile, it was a different case in the Cross Roads area of the city where corned beef was removed from store shelves. The Commerce Ministry has cautioned customers not to eat corned beef until further notice.

The import ban was imposed after news came that several major Brazilian meat processors have been selling rotten beef and poultry and had allegedly bribed auditors to look the other way.

The ministry said the implicated Brazilian companies supply 99.5 per cent of the corned beef being sold in Jamaica. It said the National Food Recall Committee will meet to determine next steps and inform when it will be safe to consume corned beef.





GraceKennedy says consumers with corned beef can return them to retailers for a refund.

Andrea Coy, head of Domestic Foods at GraceKennedy, says representatives from the company's merchandising division have started to remove the product from the shelves.

She, however, stressed that GraceKennedy has always taken product quality and safety seriously and its suppliers have consistently provided certification that they have met the required standard of international regulators.

She said a team from Grace Foods will be making an urgent trip to Brazil to meet with suppliers and conduct further investigations into the matter.





missing-british-woman-janina-harris.jpgA British woman, who was last seen in Montego Bay, St James has been reported missing since Friday.

She is 37-year-old Janina Harris, who is of slim build and about 165 centimetres (5 feet 5 inches) tall. She is said to walk with a limp.

Reports from police in Montego Bay are that Harris was last seen in the parish about 6:00 pm, in the vicinity of Pier One.

She was dressed in an orange blouse, white leggings and a pair of grey heels.

The police say all efforts to contact her have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Janina Harris is being asked to contact the Montego Bay Police Station at 684-9080-5, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





72-year-old doctor murdered at his gate

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA 72-year-old medical doctor identified as Dr Garth Officer,was gunned down outside his St Andrew home on Friday afternoon.

Dr Officer practised at Charlton Avenue, Grant's Pen in St Andrew.

Reports from the Grant's Pen police are that they were summoned at about 4:30 pm after residents heard explosions, and discovered Officer in the driver's seat of his vehicle, slumped over the steering wheel.

He had suffered several gunshot wounds.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgThe statue commissioned by the government to honour track and field legend, Usain Bolt, is expected to be completed in time for the country's 55th Independence celebrations in August.

That's the word from Sports Minister Olivia Grange, who says the eight-foot sculpture will be mounted in the Statue Park at the National Stadium in Kingston.

The statue is being designed and created by renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson. Grange says the statue will serve as a lasting tribute to the global sprint star, whose world record breaking performances in the 100 and 200-metre sprints have left the world in awe.

Bolt has announced that he plans to retire after the World Championships in London later this year and Grange says the unveiling of the statue will coincide with his departure from international competition. Statues of three other outstanding Jamaican athletes: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown, are also slated to be mounted inside Statue Park as part of the development of the National Stadium complex.

Grange was speaking at the recent media launch of the JN Racers Grand Prix, which will be Bolt's final competitive race in Jamaica.





Cops probe quadruple murder and double murder

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The police are investigating six murders: four in Bath, Westmoreland and a double murder Barrett Town St James late Saturday.

The four killed in Westmoreland are Timothy Bernard,23, otherwise called Tim, Demario McIntosh, 19, Glendon Nannan,68 and 54 Carl Banhan,54 otherwise Calla - all from Bath. The police report that shortly after 9pm on Saaaturday, the men were among a group of person at a bar and cook shop in the area when two men - with pillion riders, drove up on motorcycles.

quadruple-murder-photo-2.jpgThe pillion riders came off the motorcycles and opened fire on the group. The four men sustained bullet wounds and were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Meanwhile the police in St James are investigating Saturday's double murder in Mount Zion, Barrett Town. The Corporate Communication Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force said the men were shot and killed by unknown assailants in the community. One of the men has been identified as Donovan Ricketts, 40, a shop keeper of the community. The other man has not been identified.

quadruple-murder-photo-3.jpgIt's reported that around 9:45pm, residents heard explosion and summoned the police. On arrival, Ricketts and the unidentified man were seen with what appears to be multiple gunshot wounds.

They were pronounced dead at hospital.

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A $180 million lawsuit was dropped on RJR Communications Group and the Jamaica Mortgage Bank (JMB). Banker Dalton Myrie, a former loans officer at JMB is suing for defamation.

Myrie said in court documents that the "false and defamatory" information was provided to the media entity by the bank, where he worked for 20 years.

He's also seeking an injunction preventing the media entity or its servants or agents from republishing the defamatory material that was first published in February 2016.

Documents filed in Supreme Court recently said that despite Myrie's impeccable record, he was the subject of a sting operation and was wrongly charged for corrupt performance of his role as a loans officer with the JMB. The suit claims that RJR inaccurately reported the circumstances of his arrest and charge.

Robert Collie -- the attorney representing Myrie -- stated in court documents that the former loans officer was forced to resign from the mortgage bank but was exonerated by the court due to lack of evidence.

Myrie has said in court documents that the reason for his arrest is that a senior JMB official had a vendetta against him due to his (Myrie's) role in revealing to the JMB Board that the official had threatened a JMB client. He said the official was sanctioned by the Board, which triggered the conspiracy that lead to his arrest. He claimed that a client of the bank was also forced to participate in the plot against him.





latoya-nugent-tambourine-army.jpgReports are that Tambourine Army co-founder Latoya Nugent is currently being transported to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) in a "non-responsive" state. Sources report that she was having seizures earlier and was taken to the Duhaney Park Health Centre for treatment.

The police "claim she is in shock," and she is not talking to anyone the source said. Further claims by the Tambourine Army associate are that the officers are being really unprofessional and getting hostile when people try to record them" adding that their actions are a "gross disregard for human rights".

Nugent, who is of a St Andrew address, was arrested yesterday and charged with three counts of using computer for malicious communication under section 9 (1) of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015. She was scheduled to appear before the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court today.

Nugent allegedly published information on social media maligning several individuals as sexual predators. Formal complaints were made to the police by some of the individuals, following which she was called into the Cybercrimes Unit of C-TOC with her attorney, but she refused. A warrant was subsequently prepared and she was arrested.





british-girl-dies-portland-jamaica.jpgA Denbighshire teenager who left Wales to sail around the world with her family 10 years ago has fallen to her death in Jamaica.

Bethany Smith, 18, was working as a deckhand on a luxury schooner.

She fell while working high up a mast of the 196 ft (60m) vessel Germania Nova which was berthed in the Jamaican town of Port Antonio, Portland.

Her mother Sarah is in Trinidad, whilst her father David is working in the Netherlands.

The teenager spent her early years in Glyndyfrdwy, Corwen, but her parents set sail from Aberystwyth in April 2007 in their yacht "Cape" along with her younger brother Bryn.

After spending three years cruising around the Mediterranean, the family sailed on to the Canary Islands and west Africa where they spent a further two years before crossing the Atlantic in March 2012.

They have since toured the Caribbean islands extensively, writing about their travels online.

Writing in a blog last year, Ms Smith's mother said the family was delighted she had got a job as a trainee on the Germania Nova.

She joined the crew of the schooner in February last year, later crossing the Atlantic on the vessel for the summer charter season in the Mediterranean.

Jamaican police said Ms Smith was cleaning the schooner's mast on Tuesday afternoon when the ropes became undone and she fell on to the deck.

She died later in hospital from multiple injuries.





Jamaican man dies in ICE custody in the US

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The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says a 47-year-old Jamaican man in its custody has died at Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana. ICE said the cause of death is believed to be cardiac arrest.

It said Roger Rayson, who was transferred from the LaSalle Detention Facility to LaSalle General Hospital on February 11 for nausea, vomiting and increased pain, died on Monday. ICE said LaSalle General Hospital diagnosed Rayson with Burkitt Lymphoma (non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma).

Consistent with agency protocols, the appropriate state health and local law enforcement agencies have been advised of the death, as have the [US] Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility," ICE said, adding that it has also informed Jamaican consular officials and the deceased's next of kin.

ICE said Rayson was arrested on November 24, 2014, by US Customs and Border Protection in Miami for possession of cocaine. On April 24, 2015, Rayson was convicted of importation of cocaine and sentenced to 30 months incarceration by the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The Federal Bureau of Prisons released Rayson to the custody of New Orleans ICE on January 28, 2017.

Rayson is the second detainee to pass away in ICE custody so far this year and his death comes as US President Donald Trump has vowed a hiring surge of 10,000 immigration and customs officers to accelerate the deportation of unauthorised Caribbean and other immigrants. (Source: CMC)





lesbian-gay-activist-latoya-nugent.jpgExecutive of women advocacy groups WE-Change Latoya Nugent, who is also an LGBT and women's rights activist, has been charged with breaches of the Cybercrimes Act after allegedly maligning several individuals as sexual predators on social media.

Nugent, a high ranking Tambourine Army member, was charged with three counts of Using Computer for Malicious Communication and is scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.

Nugent allegedly published information on social media accusing individuals of being sexual predators. Formal complaints were reportedly made to the police by some of the individuals, following which she was called into the Cybercrimes Unit of C-TOC with her attorney, but she refused and even mocked the police in a series of posts on social media.

"Me feel disappointed dat fi a Counter Terrorism unit, de police cyah find me all now. Me not even hiding. Look how many people know which part me deh. Me Facebook location also on. Ah wah really a gwaan, lol!" she wrote on Monday evening. Nugent later added: "Six police officers (plus) assault rifles for the feminist lesbian with a computer. The state is coming for me."

A warrant was subsequently prepared and she was arrested and charged on Tuesday evening. Nugent is an outspoken advocate on LGBT and women's rights.





tax-increase.jpgMotorists and cigarette smokers will begin paying more today as several of the tax measures announced last Thursday by Finance Minister Audley Shaw are now in effect. There has been an across-the-board increase of 20 per cent on motor-vehicle licences and related fees.

The Special Consumption Tax (SCT) on alcoholic beverages has also gone up, from a single rate of $1,120 per litre of pure alcohol to $1,230 per litre.

The SCT charged per stick on tobacco products has moved from $14.00 to $17.00. This will be applicable to cigarettes, cigars as well as cigarillos.

Carreras, which is a major distributor of cigarettes in Jamaica, has increased the prices for its products, as a consequence, effective today.

It is expected that the cigarette tax will result in $826 million flowing into the Government's coffers.





rapist-pastor-paul-hanniford.jpgPaul Hanniford, the pastor who was on Friday sentenced to 20 years in prison for having sex with a minor, has filed a notice of appeal. The notice was filed on the weekend. Defence attorney Lyndel Wellesley has confirmed that Hanniford, pastor of City Mission Pentecostal Church, will be challenging his sentence on the basis that it is excessive.

The attorney said that he was not criticising the judge for her decision, but argued that there are persons convicted of murder and other serious crimes who have been given lighter sentences.

Hanniford was found guilty in January by a jury. Prosecutors led evidence that he sexually assaulted a 13 year-old girl at his home in 2015.





Gun, ammo found as cops raid 'Back Road'

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handgun.jpgThe unofficial red-light district of Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St Catherine, known as Back Road was raided by the cops on Saturday morning, during which a 9mm pistol was found and more than 50 persons -- including three minors among 30 females -- were detained.

The near four-hour operation was led by Superintendent of Police Leighton Gray and involved 73 police personnel. A Walther PPK .380 pistol was also recovered in a separate operation miles away in Old Braeton.

Superintendent Gray told the media that the targeted operation was pointed at four nightclubs along the stretch where scantily clad women parade daily, from dusk to dawn, much in the view of passersby.

"They were two different operations. Port Henderson was a cordon and search, carried out along specific targets, including four nightclubs," Gray explained.

"At one of the clubs, persons were searched while exiting. Nothing was found then, but on searching the club, a firearm was found at the rear under a shelf with four rounds of ammunition," he added.

The lawmen's other major find was three female minors among the 50 persons detained.

"It is of note that the operation was also targeting human trafficking and reports of underage children, some, we understand, allegedly involved in prostitution," said Gray.

"However, the three we found, two 17-year-olds and one 16, were patrons at the club. They were processed and handed over to their parents and guardians, who were warned. Two of the club operators were also taken in and warned in that regard," he pointed out.





20 years for rapist pastor Paul Hanniford

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rapist-pastor-paul-hanniford.jpgPentecostal pastor, Paul Hanniford, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl.

The sentence was handed down last week in the Home Circuit Court in downtown, Kingston, by presiding judge, Lorna Shelly Williams.

The defense had called four character witnesses.

Hanniford's lawyer, Linden Wellesley, says the sentence was fair.

However, he believes the current atmosphere regarding abuse and violence against women and children influenced the judge's decision.

Meanwhile, the mother of the 13-year-old girl paced the corridors of the court preaching.

She says while she's grateful for the sentence handed down Pastor Hanniford, who was like a brother to her, should've been given 25 to 30 years in prison.

Meanwhile, the mother says she's fearful.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are yet to establish a motive behind the shooting death of a female shopkeeper was shot dead in Clarendon on Saturday afternoon.

Dead is 55-year-old Novelette Glashen of Bullards Content near Four Paths in the parish.

Reports from the Four Paths police were that about 5:38 p.m., Glashen was standing at the front of her premises, when she was pounced upon by unknown assailants, who opened gunfire, hitting her multiple times.

She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Four Paths police are investigating the incident.

Glashen is not the first female business operator to be killed by gunmen in Clarendon over recent months.





No bail for Peter Abrahams' alleged killer

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peter-abrahams-photo-1.jpgNorman Tomlinson, the man accused of murdering outstanding journalist, Peter Abrahams has been remanded in custody.

Tomlinson, 61, was remanded until March 15 when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court Tuesday.

He was instructed to retain the services of an attorney for his return to court.

Tomlinson -- who is the husband of Abrahams' helper and a resident of Cyprus district in Red Hills, St Andrew -- was charged with murder on February 21.

Abrahams was found dead at his home in Red Hills, January 18.

A post-mortem examination revealed that his injuries were deliberately inflicted.

The 97-year-old Abrahams was born in South Africa, but came to and fell in love with Jamaica, which he made his home for many decades.





Donald Trump's Women's Day tweet backfires

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpgPresident Donald Trump tweeted a message of support for International Women's Day on Wednesday. It didn't go down well.

With his woeful track record of sexist and misogynistic behavior, Trump's claim to have "tremendous respect" for women rang hollow for many Twitter users.





American citizen shot dead in St Catherine

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man from West Virginia in the United States was shot dead in Troja district, St Catherine Monday morning.

Dead is 49-year-old Donovan Powell.

Reports from the Riversdale police are that about 2:00 am, Powell was at home with a female companion when armed men gained entry to the house and opened fire at him.

The men then demanded a large sum of money from his female companion who complied, the police today reported. Powell was pronounced dead at hospital.





shelly-ann-fraser-pryce-facebook-photo-1.jpgDouble Olympic gold medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce this morning announced on social media that she is pregnant, and posted emojis which have led to speculation that the athlete is carrying twins.

"All my focus heading into training for my 2017 season was on getting healthy and putting myself in the best possible fitness to successfully defend my title in London2017," the wrote MVP Track & Field Club athlete who is married to Jason Pryce.

"But life is filled with many blessings with God. So here I am thinking about being the greatest mother I can be with my biggest blessing and the promise God made me," she said on her official Facebook fanpage.

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She added that moving on to the journey of motherhood "I look forward to seeing you all in 2018 when I return to competition on the tracks and around the World."

She concluded by thanking her sponsors NIKE, GraceKennedy and Digicel "for their unwavering support and a loyal fan base that's willing to join and share in my journey", adding that "children are a heritage from The Lord, offspring a reward from him".

The superstar sprinter's post was followed by a number of congratulatory messages from fans and fellow athletes alike with Elaine Thompson, the current double Olympic sprint champion posting "I can't wait to hear aunty Elaine. Congratulations boo I'm excited."





Yard News Headlines

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  • Rene Preval, a low-key technocrat who led Haiti as President during the devastating January 2010 earthquake and a messy and prolonged recovery, has died
  • Jamaica should receive approximately 170 million US dollars from the International Monetary Fund, IMF, following a review of the country's performance, come Apri
  • A Gleaner report says well-known attorney-at-law Harold Brady has reportedly been struck from the list of persons licensed to practice in Jamaica.
  • The National Water Commission NWC says, several of its water supply systems continue to be affected by limited rainfall, and increased water demand.
  • Barack Obama's spokesman President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor ordered his phones to be tapped is "simply false"




extortion-letter-from-criminals.jpgA ‎release from the Commissioner of Police (Acting) Miss Novelette Grant has instructed Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime (CTOC) Branch, Mr. Clifford Chambers to deploy all available assets into the investigation of extortion letters to business owners from the criminal underworld.

"A hotline number has been established at CTOC to receive calls from business operators or anyone who has received any of these letters or telephone calls demanding extortion money. The number is 967-1389. Calls can also be made to 1-800 Corrupt (1-800-267-7878) or Crime Stop‎ at 113.

"In the meantime, the Police are advising persons who have received letters not to pay. It is well known that once you start paying extortion money, ‎it becomes very difficult to stop."

Below is part of the contents of the letter.

"This letter serves to inform you that as of now you will be required to pay a sum of money to this system every month end to operate a business here," a part of the document which the criminals are distributing stated.

"If you choose to close your business establishment and move elsewhere, you may do so at your own free will, however this system will be placed in all three counties Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey therefore if your business or identity comes across the radar in any of the other thirteen parishes or in another area within this parish you now operate it will be treated as a violation and you will be killed," the letter stated.

The letters goes on to state that zero tolerance will be taken towards late payment.

"Avoiding payments (will) result in whatever action that is deemed fit to teach you the importance of compliance and punctuality," the letter stated.





donald-trump-photo-2.jpg(AP) -- President Donald Trump's revised travel ban will temporarily halt entry to the United States for people from six Muslim-majority nations who are seeking new visas, allowing those with current visas to travel freely, according to a fact sheet obtained by The Associated Press.

Trump was to sign the new executive order today.

The directive aims to address legal issues with the original order, which caused confusion at airports, sparked protests around the country and was ultimately blocked by the courts.

The revised order is narrower and specifies that a 90-day ban on people from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen does not apply to those who already have valid visas.

The White House also dropped Iraq from the list of targeted countries, following pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, which had urged the White House to reconsider, given Iraq's key role in fighting the Islamic State group.

The fact sheet cites negotiations that resulted in Iraq agreeing to "increase co-operation with the U.S. government on the vetting of its citizens applying for a visa to travel to the United States."





Two arrested in extortion letter scam

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extortion-letter.jpgThe police are reporting that there is a letter is being circulated to business operators in Clarendon and Manchester from alleged extortionists.

In the letter, there are demands of up to $100,000 in extortion money from the operators.

The police say two men were arrested in Mandeville yesterday and 15 of the letters seized. The men are currently being interrogated and will be charged with multiple criminal offences.

Investigators have also identified the masterminds and other members of this criminal network and will spare no effort in bringing them to justice.

And investigators say they expect to make more arrests shortly as they are in possession of close circuit television footage of men distributing the letters.

The police are also urging business operators not to pay extortion money to anyone but to call them whenever they receive the letter.





Another One Voice gangster killed

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Another man who police claim is associated with the 'One Voice' gang operating in the parish of Hanover has been killed.

On Saturday night, Winston Swaroop, who reportedly was a financier of the gang, was shot by the police..

The Hanover police are reporting that shortly after 9:00 pm on Saturday, members of the security force were on patrol in the Williamsfield, Dias area of the Parish when two men on a motorcycle were signalled to stop.

The police said the pillion opened fire at them and they returned fire, hitting him. The driver of the motorcycle reportedly escaped but it is not clear if he was hurt.

The police said they recovered a 9 mm pistol with five live rounds from the pillion.

This follows the killing of Omario 'Duplex' Burrell, a senior member of the 'One Voice' gang on the night of February 3 in a shoot-out with the lawmen.





nikki-z-photo-3.jpgHapilos Entertainment Group announces that Nicole Duhaney better known as Nikki Z, will assume the duties of Vice President of Client Projects and Content effective immediately.

Her role according to the company president entails of securing clients and projects, on hand interaction with clients regarding project and content, market and promotion. "Nikki Z is our choice because we wanted that person with broad industry knowledge and experience that would also give us the physical, grassroots presence on the ground necessary to provide the assistance and clarity our clients need to navigate the digital distribution process within the global market place", Hapilos Entertainment President, Kelly Dudley stated while further adding "She is also best suited to help us bring more of our artists and producers behind the music out on to the global stage. This is in line with our plans to offer promotional tours for the artists we distribute and the labels we distribute for."

Speaking of what clients could expect from her and the company, Nikki explained "You can expect me to be very proactive with our clients in getting to know their expectations and also being very clear and transparent on what it is we can provide as a distribution service. From this point on I want everyone we cater to, to feel secure in knowing we are working tirelessly to reinvent and find new ways to market and push sales of our music."





harold-brady-taller-photo.jpgThe Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council has struck off senior attorney Harold Brady from the roll of attorneys in Jamaica and he will no longer be able to practice law in the jurisdiction.

has here are reports that well-known attorney-at-law Harold Brady has been struck off the list of persons licensed to practice in Jamaica.

According to sources, the decision was taken this afternoon by a disciplinary committee of the General Legal Council.

It comes a week after Brady was reportedly found guilty of professional misconduct by a panel of his peers.

He was reportedly found guilty on allegations of misappropriation of funds.

The ban was handed down Saturday by

Efforts by Loop News to reach Brady for a comment proved futile but he's likely to appeal the decision that came a week after the disciplinary body found him guilty of professional misconduct.

He was found guilty of misappropriation of funds and failure to account for monies received.

The case against Brady stems from a $140 million transaction in relation to the Factories Corporation of Jamaica, which he represented.

On Thursday, Brady told Loop News that he filed an affidavit that day confirming that $127M had been paid over. He said that the affidavit was accompanied by proof of payment.

"The accounts were audited and it's now established that the funds were paid over by electronic transfer but obviously that was overlooked," said Thursday.





jamaican-woman-visiting-texas.jpgHOUSTON, Texas -- A Jamaican woman was whisked back on a flight to Jamaica and her visa revoked after she arrived at the Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas on Wednesday night.

The woman's family members sought answers from US media outlet KHOU 11 News, who aired their story.

Veronica Gaubault, who was sent back to Jamaica, told the Houston media that US Customs and Border Protection revoked her visa after customs agents inspected her iPhone, iPad and other belongings.

Her cousin, paediatrician Kareen Smith said she waited for approximately four hours before customs agents told her that Gaubault would not be allowed to enter the country. They "just decided they were not going to let her in", she told KHOU 11 News.

A statement from the US Customs and Border Protection said that "It is important to note that issuance of a visa or a visa waiver does not guarantee entry," adding that "a CBP officer at the port of entry will conduct an inspection to determine if the individual is eligible for admission into the US".

When asked why the woman's belongings were searched they said it was for "administrative causes," KHOU 11 News reported.

Smith said text conversations between her and Gaubault were also scrutinised.

"She visits me, she visits other family we have in New York or Florida, and she goes home," Smith said. "She never overstays her time. She always honours her visa, and for some reason, this is the first time she's been denied."

Legislation allows the US Customs and Border Protection Agency to take steps deemed necessary before allowing travellers to enter the US.





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ganja-image-3.jpgDesmond Campbell, a Jamaican man who is wanted in the United States for drug trafficking, has been held in Spanish Town, St Catherine. He had been on the run from US authorities since 2009 was caught in the old capital during a joint operation by Jamaican and United States law enforcement agents.

Campbell, skipped bail in 2009 while awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to drug trafficking in a New York court. Prosecutors allege that from 2007 to 2009, Campbell was a major player in an international drug network which shipped tonnes of marijuana in containers from Kingston to the United States.

He is facing extradition and will appear in the St Andrew Parish Court this week where the case will be heard.

Campbell is facing 30 years to life in prison.





Teenage girl killed by another teen at party

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe police have identified the 16-year-girl killed at a birthday party in Hanover Sunday night as Shaniekey Brown.

Brown, who is also called Ribbon, is a student of the Merlene Ottey High School.

She's of a Jew Hill address in Johnson, Hanover.

The accused -- who is a female -- is from a prominent high school in Hanover.

Both the accused and deceased are from the same area.

According to the Corporate Communication Unit, the incident occurred at a birthday party around 10:45.

Following an altercation, the accused reportedly left the party and returned with a knife that was used to stab Brown in the neck and shoulder.





3 held in Cherry Gardens murder of Indian man

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held.jpgThree men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Indian businessman Rakesh Talreja, who was shot dead during a robbery at his Cherry Gardens home in St Andrew on Thursday, February 9.

Investigators, acting on information yesterday, reportedly spotted a Nissan Tiida motorcar that fit the description of the car that was allegedly used in the robbery and subsequent murder of Talreja.

The vehicle was intercepted on Deanery Road in Kingston and the driver was arrested. Further investigations led the officers to an address in the Kingston East area, where the other two men were held and placed in custody, the Corporate Communications Unit today reported.

On February 9, Talreja and a friend were at his home when four men entered his premises and proceeded to rob them, after which the men opened fire on the two. Talreja was pronounced dead at hospital while his friend was treated and released.





hands-behind-bars.jpgPolice officers at the Norman Manley International Airport on Wednesday arrested an American man after he was found in possession of six rounds of ammunition.

Reports are that about 1:00 pm, the man arrived at the airport to board a flight destined to Miami, Florida in the US, when anomalies were detected in his suitcase security x-ray. His luggage was searched and six .38 rounds of ammunition were found in a leather pouch.

He was subsequently arrested and is to be interviewed in the presence of his attorney.





The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on Tuesday took its Love Me To Live, Don't Love Me To Death initiative to Portland as it continued its campaign against crime, particularly domestic violence.

Scores of residents who attended the meeting were counselled by Superintendent Velma Thomas Gayle on human trafficking, drugs and domestic violence.

Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent Rex Swearing, head of the Portland, police decried the fact that 30 per cent of Portland's murders were domestic-related.

He said now that 400 police officers have been trained in conflict resolution, more of these situations will be prevented in the future.





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgThe Police High Command has launched a probe into online threats against Opposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, by persons claiming to be fans of jailed entertainer Vybz Kartel.

Social media trolls have been hurling threats at Hanna following comments she made on Nationwide Radio calling for authorities to place a ban on some of Vybz Kartel's music. Hanna's social media pages have also been the target of the trolls.

Head of the Cybercrimes Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Inspector Warren Williams is warning persons that it is a criminal offence to make threats on social media.

Inspector Williams said persons should be aware that they could be charged under the Cybercrimes Act if they use technology to intimidate others.

Speaking about Vybz Kartel on Nationwide 90 FM yesterday, Hanna questioned whether corruption is involved in the recording of songs by the incarcerated artiste.Assistant Police Commisioner Devon Watkis said police are not taking the threats lightly.

Among the comments posted by 'Kartel fans' on Hanna's Instagram page are:

:Yuh want a gaza box

Like u wah get wah lizard ... just saying , Jamaica is not American, why u trying to compare #vybzkartel with #bujubanton , aren't they at two different places ...if so be the case why u guy never do it like American... remember they still haven't find lizard body so how is he in jail ...and just mine they do the same to you ...think before u talk and just go find something productive a

like you want we kid nap and rape you ### big educate woman like you nuh have no more then a topic of vybz kartel like you want man shoot up yah house later badness it name Gaza you can't stop

I use to admire you, but u get bright when u ago talk bout kartle music must get banned, y you banned.





Another prominent senior citizen murdered

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The latest fatality among the retired community in St Andrew is 83-year-old retired agronomist, David Lacey.

The Constant Spring police are now searching for suspects in relation to his murder.

Lacey's body was found with stab wounds at his residence in Aylsham, St Andrew on Friday.

Indications are that the police have not yet established a motive for the murder.

Lacey's killing follows closely behind the murder of South African-born but devoted journalist and public opinion commentator in Jamaica for decades, Peter Abrahams, in Red Hill, St Andrew, recently.

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A post-mortem on Abrahams' body revealed that the 97-year-old died from head injury with a blunt instrument.

Abrahams lived alone and moved around his home in a wheelchair.





Cops probe double murder in Comfort, Manchester

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police say they are following several leads into Sunday's incident where gunmen shot and killed two men in Comfort District, Manchester.

Police say one of the leads is that the murders could be linked to the deadly lotto scam trade.

Police report that shortly after 9:00pm Kemar Reid, 33, and Sollando Thompson, 26, were standing at Reid's gate in the company of Thompson and another man fixing a camera when residents heard explosions and raised an alarm.

Police said when they arrived at the scene of the attack, Reid and Thompson were seen with gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead. The third man escaped unhurt.

Senior police sources have indicated that Reid was before the court for lottery scamming, while Thompson was also listed as a person of interest by the police

Investigators said they reportedly recovered more than 10 spent shells from the scene of the crime.





peter-abrahams.jpgReports are that large sum of cash was withdrawn over a period of time from the bank account of award-winning journalist Peter Abrahams leading up to his murder. It is said that the withdrawals were not made by the 97-year-old Abrahams.

The veteran journalist, who lived alone in REd Hills, St Andrew, died, January 18,of what had appeared to be natural causes. Then the shock came as it was revealed recently that Abrahams was murdered.

On Tuesday, the St Andrew North Police Division charged 61-year-old Norman Tomlinson of Cyprus district, in Red Hills, for Abrahams' murder. Tomlinson is the husband of Abraham's helper. He was charged after being questioned at the Constant Spring Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Office, in St Andrew.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Abrahams' injuries were deliberately inflicted. Abrahams was born in South Africa, but came to and fell in love with Jamaica, which he made his home for many decades.





JenCare owner Jennifer Samuda has died

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jennifer-samuda-jencare.jpgJennifer Samuda, the owner of the popular and trail-blazing JenCare Skin Farm has died.

Mrs Samuda, who was reportedly battling cancer, died on Tuesday night.

Samuda, a former auditor, founded JenCare Skin Farm in 1989, when skepticism was rife about that line of business. She, however, persevered and made her mark in the field, succeeding as the leading skin care and spa business in the island, before setting up branches in New York, Miami and Trinidad and Tobago.

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The success she reaped led to many recognitions including a nomination for the Jamaica Observer's Business Leader Award and the NCB Nation Builder Award in the category of Women in Business.

In a Gleaner Interview in 2010, Samuda said, "when I started this business in the 1980s, people did not recognise or have as much respect for an entrepreneur as they do today. Instead, people looked forward to working for someone and did not strive to start their own businesses. Nowadays 'entrepreneurship' has become a buzz word."

JenCare is now being led by Samuda's daughter, Peta-Gaye Samuda-Palmer.





Robbery at Island Grill Red Hills Mall foiled

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robbery.jpgSecurity personnel from KingAlarm Systems thwarted a robbery at a popular food chain on Red Hills Road in St Andrew yesterday.

Workers who arrived at the Island Grill restaurant located in the Red Hills Mall were pounced upon by gunmen while they opened the establishment.

The police reported that around 7:30 yesterday morning, two armed men entered the premises and "held up" the workers.

"It wasn't a hostage situation. They were robbed of two cellphones. They did not get anything else, no money or anything because KingAlarm intervened and the men fled," a constable from the Constabulary Communications Unit said.





hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgThe Board of the Hampton School for Girls has apologised to Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid over the way they handled his request for a full report regarding principal Heather Murray's appearance on January 5, at the hearing of the alleged rape case against a minister of religion.

The ministry in a release Sunday said board members, at a meeting held yesterday, endorsed an earlier apology to Reid from board chairman, Trevor Blake.

According to the ministry, Blake, in his apology dated February 3, withdrew an earlier statement to Murray's lawyer, which was shared with the media, indicating that no agreement had been reached at a January 11 meeting for her to go on two week's leave to prepare a full report for the board and the minister.

Blake's letter stated inter alia: "I unreservedly withdraw my letter of January 16, 2017, and apologize sincerely for releasing same to the press. I am aware of your commitment to education and to good outcomes for all of those within the system, and regret the impression my letter caused."





held.jpgAn ex-convict was on Saturday held with a loaded submachine gun along Molynes Road in St Andrew. Police subsequently searched his home in Red Hills and found another firearm and several rounds of ammunition.

According to the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), lawmen were conducting vehicular checkpoint operations on Molynes Road when the man, who was driving a Nissan motorcar, was signalled to stop. He complied and was searched along with the vehicle.

The search of the vehicle revealed an Intratec submachine gun loaded with two 9mm rounds.

Further reports are that the lawmen swiftly obtained a warrant and escorted the man to his home in the Red Hills, where one Ruger 9mm pistol and two-hundred assorted rounds of ammunition were seized.CCU said the 57-year-old "lawbreaker" was then taken into custody where it was discovered that he had served a 21-year prison sentence and was only released 3 years ago.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe body of a 35-year-old Tanijah Howell a teacher of Charlemont High School teacher was on Saturday found in bushes in Barrett Hall, St Ann.

Howell hailed from Linstead, St Catherine.

The police did not give any more information on the his death.

Also on Saturday, the skeletal remains believed to be that of a female was discovered along the Priory main road in St Ann. Residents reportedly stumbled on the bones with female clothing beside it.





Amieka Mullings was Monday arrested and charged under the Cyber Crimes Act after she posted pictures on social media claiming that her ex-boyfriend is wanted for rape, assault and murder.

Swift investigations by the police revealed that the information was false, malicious and tantamount to malicious communication under the Cyber Crimes legislation.

Mullings, 35, was detained, interrogated in the presence of her attorney and charged.

Persons are asked to exercise caution in the material they post online and transmit to others, as they may unwittingly be participating in criminal acts.





kevin-nelson-killer.jpgKevin Kemoy Nelson, the man accused of killing reggae singer Anthony Cruz's daughter, Shanice Smith, and her mother inside their Sunrise home reportedly called and texted friends and family members to tell them what he'd done.

Kevin Nelson 32, was married to Karen Lyle, the 40 year-old mother of Shanice Smith.

According to the arrest report, a neighbor told police he'd heard gunshots on Friday night. And Kevin Nelson's sister said he came to her house Friday night and said he'd gotten into an argument with his wife, Karen Lyle and killed her, the report said. When the sister asked Nelson if he was kidding he said yes, the report said.

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Then on Monday morning, Nelson made a 911 call and told the police that there had been gun shots in his area, 2 people were dead and that he was the shooter. The cops immediately went to Nelson's house in Sunrise, but he locked himself inside the house and refused to respond to the police.The report said that during the standoff between Nelson and the police on Monday morning, Nelson texted his dead wife's brother.

"Shanice, Karen and me are all dead. The cops is here and the news crew," the text said, according to the report. An hour later he called Lyle's brother and told him he'd killed Karen Lyle and 15 year-old Shanice Smith, the report said.

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One of Lyle's friends said she received several text messages from Nelson, the first at 10:20 a.m. Monday, less than an hour before the 911 call, the report said.

Nelson told the friend Lyle was cheating on him, lying to him, talking down to him and embarrassing him on a regular basis, the report said. He also said he believed she was having sex with her ex-husband, according to the report.

"I am sorry for everything," his last text read.

When the friend called Nelson, he said "I am sorry to inform you that Karen is deceased," the report said. When she asked what happened to her, Nelson said "I shot her," the report said.

The friend also asked about the teen. "I shot her too," he said, according to the report.

Shanice Smith, who was an 'A' student, had attended Piper High School in Sunrise.

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Anthony Cruz, who has always been very vocal about his love for his only daughter, posted a photo of Shanice on Facebook Monday, hours after the tragedy.

"I can't believe they kill my one and only daughter in ft. lauderdale," he wrote.

Nelson, 32, is facing two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of 40-year-old Karen Lyle and her 15-year-old daughter, Shanice Smith,

Nelson remained behind bars without bond Tuesday.





US Prosecutors say a Jamaican man has been sentenced to serve more than three years in federal prison for threatening an immigration judge.

Attorney G.F. "Pete" Peterman says 42-year-old Delroy Anthony McLean was sentenced Tuesday to serve three years and five months.

McLean was in federal immigration custody awaiting deportation at the Stewart Detention Center in southwest Georgia. Prosecutors say he threatened during a hearing at that facility to "bash the head" of an immigration judge. They say he also threatened the judge's husband and repeated his comments outside the courtroom.

McLean was found guilty during a trial in October. Prosecutors say he is expected to be deported to his native Jamaica after he serves his sentence.

Source: AP





2 men charged in death of teen Shanika Grey

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missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgTwo men have been charged in relation to the death of 15-year-old Green Pond High student Shineka Gray.

The men have been identified as 23-year-old Mario Morrison of Bamboo district, Hanover and 31-year-old Gregory Roberts, Taxi Driver, of Maroon Town, St James. Both men were charged with murder following an interview with the Police on Thursday, February 9.

Gray's body was found with multiple stab wounds on February 1, three days after she was reported missing towards the end of January.

Following investigations, both men were taken into custody.

Commander of the St James Police Division, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth on Thursday gave assurance that the men would be charged before the weekend.





Missing woman found dead with body parts missing

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crime-scene-knife.jpgThe decomposing body of a missing woman was found Saturday morning.

The deceased has been identified as 46-year-old Eroline Chin of Heywood Hall.

Details are sketchy at this time, but residents on the scene said that some of Chin's body parts are missing and that she was found naked.

Reports are that Chin was an alcoholic and suffered from a heart condition.

It is reported that Chin was last seen Saturday, February 4.

Relatives said she often wandered from home whenever she drank.





Cops probe beheading death of St Mary woman

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crime-scene-knife.jpgInvestigators have not yet established a motive for the beheading of a woman in Heywood Hall, St. Mary.

Residents found the torso of 46 year-old Erolyn Chin in bushes Saturday morning. The head was found nearby.

Ms Chin was reported missing on Wednesday.

Superintendent Fabian Farquharson, Commanding Officer for the St. Mary Police, is appealing to members of the public with information which could assist the probe to contact investigators.





Man's head found in plastic bag

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crime-scene-knife.jpgThe head of a male was discovered in a plastic bag Friday morning in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Police officers were patrolling Burke Road about 12:10 when a black plastic bag was discovered with a human head belonging to a male.

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

Investigations continue.





Antiguan cops on lookout for alleged Jamaican rapist

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The police in Antigua & Barbuda are investigating reports that a Jamaican man, accused of rape, has sought refuge in that Eastern Caribbean state.

The Antigua Observer newspaper reports that a photograph has been making the rounds via social media for several weeks, warning women to be on the lookout for the suspect.

The man is accused of a rape in Jamaica.

The newspaper quoted Inspector Frankie Thomas as saying that the police in Antigua-Barbuda are aware of the report but have no concrete information to suggest that the Jamaican is in the country. Despite this, he said investigations will continue and contact might be made with counterparts in Jamaica and other law enforcement agencies.





alkaline-questioning-photo-1.jpgAlkaline's attorney Peter Champagnie says he will be going to court if his client is not released by Monday.

The law allows investigators to hold the dancehall deejay, whose real name is Earlan Bartley, for a certain period of time without him being charged.

Champagnie maintains that Alkaline is fully cooperating with the police as their investigation continues. Is the Vendetta deejay being treated as a suspect or a witness?





Alkaline spent the weekend in jail without charge

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alkaline-photo-11.jpgIt was certainly not a good weekend for "Champion Boy" deejay Alkaline. He has been in police custody since Thursday undergoing question in relation to the January murder of Rohan Morris in Kingston and spent the weekend behind bars despite not being charged with any crime.

The hashtag #FreeAlkaline trended on social media as dancehall fans vented, however, there were some fans who said that the Vendetta deejay was trying too much to be like the World Boss, Vybz Kartel and that Alka needs to be careful. Kartel is serving time in prison for murder.

There is still no word yet on whether or not Alkaline will be charged with any crime. Heads the Criminal Investigations Branch, ACP Powell, says that detectives are currently reviewing the material gathered from their interview of the deejay and will be making a decision soon. Morris was shot 15 times and killed in Maverly on January 13. Investigators say that his 5-year-old daughter witness the gruesome murder.





Jamaicans fearful about Trumps's immigration antics

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgUndocumented Jamaicans in the United States are on edge over President Donald Trump's immigration policy, Jamaican immigration attorneys are urging calm and prodding those nationals who can to legalise their status.

"This is not a good time to be in the United States without proper documentation," cautioned Joan Pinnock, a leading voice on immigration matters and head of the Jamaican American Bar Association.

In an interview with a Jamaican newspaper, Pinnock reportedly said that while President Trump's recent executive order did not include Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals, they needed to be reminded that he had campaigned on deporting all illegal aliens from the country.

Pinnock said that legal residents (green card holders) who qualified should "take the next step and become citizens". She sought to assure those who are sceptical that they would not lose their Jamaican nationality if they became US citizens and would instead enjoy dual citizenship.

According to Pinnock, those who are undocumented could legalise themselves through a petition by a relative such as an adult child. Warning that the current situation "is not a joke", the attorney said that there were currently 500 Jamaicans in detention who had exhausted all legal channels and are to be deported soon.

She noted though that some of the fear among our people "are unfounded", noting that a Diaspora Task Force on Immigration, established shortly after Trump became president, would be officially launched later this month "to help our residents understand the immigration system".





crime-scene-gun.jpgIndia's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from the Indian High Commission in Jamaica, about the murder of an Indian man, at his home in Cherry Gardens, on Thursday.

According to reports today (Feb 11) in news nation, the minister also asked the High Commission to ensure the best possible treatment to 2 wounded Indian nationals, and to coordinate with the affected families.

The minster tweeted the response after her attention was drawn to a news report that a Vasai youth was shot dead by four unidentified men at his Kingston home, in a case of suspected armed robbery. Dead is 25 year old Vasai youth Rakesh Talreja of Cherry Gardens.

In a phone call to the Talrejas, the minister said the Indian High Commission in Kingston would follow up the case with the local police.She also assured the family of assistance in completing formalities and bringing back the body. Two of the young man's relatives are expected to travel to Jamaica soon and begin arrangements for taking the body back to India.

The Constant Spring police still have no leads in the killing of Rakesh, a salesperson at Caribbean Jewellers. Reports are that on February 9, gunmen entered Rakesh's home in Cherry Gardens, Kingston 8, which he shared with two other Indian nationals, with an intention to rob. The robbers took cash and cellular phones, before reportedly shooting Rakesh three times in his back.

The robbers also shot Rakesh's 2 Indian roommates in their legs, before escaping.

Rakesh was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other 2 wounded men were admitted and treated.





Anderson Cooper disproved the White House's list of terrorist attacks it claimed the media underreported in the simplest way possible: By showing clips of his own coverage of those attacks.

"Not only did we cover many of attacks the White House released, we covered them heavily," he said Monday night on "Anderson Cooper 360." "I know because I was there on the ground reporting a number of them. '360' was in Ottawa, Canada, October of 2014, [and] that's on the list."

Also on the manifesto was the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, the 2015 terror attack in Paris, France, and the 2016 assault on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. All three of those stories, and many others on the list, dominated the news cycle for weeks. The Orlando incident even made news a few weeks ago after the widow of the attacker, Omar Mateen, was arrested over allegations of obstruction of justice, among other charges.

The list includes dozens of attacks that received extensive media coverage, some that authorities have said don't appear to be connected to terrorism at all, and several that resulted in no deaths.





Alkaline to spend the night in police custody

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alkaline-questioning-photo-1.jpgDancehall entertainer Alkaline is to spend Thursday night in police custody.

Detectives of the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB), who began questioning the artiste at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, said he will remain in custody for further questioning Friday morning.

Alkaline, whose given name is Earlan Bartley, turned himself in to the police Thursday morning accompanied by his attorney, Peter Champagnie.

He is being questioned as part of a probe into the January 13 murder of Rohan Morris in Marverly, St. Andrew.





Government announces $710 billion budget

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The Government of Jamaica has announced that it intends to spend $710 billion this year to finance its objectives.

The government on Thursday afternoon tabled estimates which are 20 per cent higher than last year's budget.

Debt repayment will account for 44 per cent of the spending. In fiscal year 2017/18, debt repayments will cost $310 billion. This is up 38 per cent from last year due to an increase in principal payments.Public sector wages and salaries will cost $193 billion. It includes monies set aside to meet salary increases that are now being negotiated.

The rest of the money is allocated across the programmes the government sets itself to achieve this year as well as money to be spent on capital projects. But the government has not said how it will finance the plans. Normally 90 per cent would be from revenues with the rest to come from loans and new borrowings.

Finance Minister Audley Shaw is scheduled to open the 2017/18 Budget Debate on March 9, when he will inform the nation how the budget will be funded.





alkaline-photo-11.jpgThe killing of Morris is said to be linked to an ongoing feud between two gangs in the community of Maverley.

"It is believed that (Alkaline) can assist (police) with the investigations," a news release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force said.

Alkaline is being represented by popular defense attorney Peter Champagnie.

Through his attorney, the entertainer made contact with authorities, advising that he would turn himself over to the police for questioning on Thursday morning.

When news broke that the Vendetta deejay was wanted to assist the police in their investigations, he took to social media to denounce it as LIES.





alkaline-questioning-photo-1.jpgReports are that embattled dancehall deejay Alkaline has been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) headquarters in Kingston to undergo a second round of questioning in relation to a murder case.

The deejay, whose real name is Earlan Bartley, reported to the Area 4 police headquarters in Kingston at 9:25 am on Thursday.

He was wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan "Head" Morris of Three Oaks Garden in St Andrew. Morris was shot more than 15 times by armed thugs at his home in January. Sources say the 28-year-old unemployed man was slaughtered while next to a five year old child believed to be his daughter.





alkaline-dancehall-artiste.jpgSuperintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit, says dancehall artiste Alkaline whose real name is Earlan Bartley, is being asked to report to the police in relation to a murder which took place in Maverley on January 13.

Lindsay says the police had tried to get in touch with the New Level Unlocked deejay personally, but were unsuccessful.

On Tuesday, social media accounts for the Jamaica Constabulary Force asked the artiste, to report to Harman Barracks in relation to the murder of Rohan Morris.

He was given until 5:00pm on Wednesday.





us-embassy-jamaica-kingston.jpgWASHINGTON, United States (AFP) -- US embassies could ask visa applicants for passwords to their own social media accounts in future background checks, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday.

Kelly said the move could come as part of the effort to toughen vetting of visitors to screen out people who could pose a security threat.

He said it was one of the things under consideration especially for visitors from seven Muslim majority countries with very weak background screening of their own -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

"We're looking at some enhanced or some additional screening," Kelly told a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee. "We may want to get on their social media, with passwords," he said.





The legal team representing embattled Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter is currently finalising its submission to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal the sprinter's disqualification for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

However, Carter is allowed to compete pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings, this after the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) received confirmation from the IAAF outlining that the sprinter had not been issued a suspension after retroactively testing positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.

JAAA president Dr Warren Blake said he had received confirmation from the IAAF after writing to CEO Olivier Gers and enquiring about Carter's eligibility to compete.

Carter is now expected to start his season shortly after going nearly 17 months since his last race.

Carter will compete this Saturday at the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex as a member of MVP's 4x100m relay team.





alkaline-photo-11.jpgDetectives from the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters are seeking dancehall entertainer Earlan Bartley otherwise called, 'Alkaline' for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan Morris.

The police say they believe he can assist them with the investigations.

Bartley is being asked to report to the Area 4 Headquarters, Harman Barracks in Vineyard Town, Kingston 2 by 5 p.m., on Wednesday, February 8.





Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

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happy-birthday-bob-marley.jpgToday, Bob Marley would have been 72 years of age.

bob-marley-photo-5.jpgIn the 31 years since his untimely death, Marley still remains the most-popular figure in Reggae music. Succumbing to cancer at age 36 in 1981, Marley had become a global ambassador for the music he helped make famous.

Marley's passing shook the reggae and music community to its core; yet, his legacy remains intact through his timeless music catalog and talented children.

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Marley was born in the village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish in Jamaica (also the birthplace of Marcus Garvey). Marley's father was a white Jamaican man of English descent and his mother was a native of Jamaica. Discovering music as a teenager, Marley befriended Neville "Bunny" Livingston (aka Bunny Wailer) who shared his dreams of becoming a musician. Through singer Joe Higgs, the pair met Peter McIntosh (aka Peter Tosh) who also had similar ambitions. Recording his first songs in 1962, Marley and his friends would eventually be renamed The Wailers, after being discovered by a local record producer.

Marrying Rita Anderson (now Marley) in 1966, Marley and his bride made a sojourn to the United States to live near his mother in Wilmington, De. Marley soon teamed up with American singer Johnny Nash ("I Can See Clearly Now") and nabbed a deal with CBS Records. Marley and the Wailers went on tour with Nash before their label deal went sour and the band ended up stranded in London in 1972. From there, Marley contacted Island Records' founder Chris Blackwell and was advanced funds to record the hit album "Catch A Fire."





Police kill leader of One Voice Gang

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The reputed leader of the One Voice gang based in Hanover was reportedly shot and killed by the police last night.

Police are reporting that the gang leader was killed in a shootout.

He has been identified as 21-year-old Omario Burrell, also called Duplex of Mount Pleasant district in the parish.

The Hanover Police say a firearm was recovered at the scene.

They say Burrell was fatally shot during a confrontation with a police team in Mount Pleasant district.

The police say the incident has been reported to the Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Independent Commission of Investigations.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA female student of the Camperdown High School in Kingston who had been reported missing, died in hospital Saturday afternoon from natural causes.

The police's Corporate Communication Unit says the girl, Brittany Thorpe, fell ill Friday after leaving school and was taken to hospital. However, persons who assisted her and the medical team treating her were unable to contact her family, who, on Friday, reported her missing.

She died yesterday afternoon while undergoing care. The police say Brittany's family was aware of her illness.

They say stories being circulated on social media about her demise are not true.





missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgA second man is now in custody as the police say they have made a significant breakthrough in their investigations into the killing of 15-year-old Green Pond High School student Shineka Gray.

Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says the suspect was apprehended during an operation in St Thomas yesterday afternoon. She says he will be handed over to the St James Police in short order. Superintendent Lindsay also confirmed that another man was taken into custody by the St James Police yesterday (Friday).

She says the police are well advanced in their investigations and will inform the public about the reason the 15-year-old was killed after they have gathered all the facts.

The partly decomposed body of the grade ten Green Pond High School student was found in bushes in the community of Irwin Meadows St James on Wednesday, three days after she was reported missing. It's reported that she was last seen heading to a taxi stand after attending the funeral service for a former student at the same institution.





portia.jpgPeople's National Party president Portia Simpson Miller is to demit office on April 2.

A week earlier on March 26, the party will host a special delegates' conference to choose its new president.

Simpson Miller, a short while ago, announced at a meeting of the party's National Executive Council in Manchester that she will submit her resignation as Opposition Leader to Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, after her March 16 contribution to the Budget Debate in parliament.

She said she will resign as Opposition Leader but will remain the Member of Parliament for St Andrew South West.





Young female Burger King worker missing since Friday

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missing-burger-king-worker.jpgNicole Brown, a young female worker at Burger King in Cross Roads has reportedly been has been missing since Friday.

Reports are that Miss Brown was last heard from via WhatsApp when she was at home on Friday at around 1 pm. Brown did not report to work and attempts to call her phone went straight to voicemail.

A voice note from a Burger King worker about the disappearance states that police entered into Brown's residence by kicking in the door and discovered that the blue barrel was missing and all of its contents were thrown out on the floor. Also missing was Brown's bed sheet and pillows. "Wha unnu gather from that," she said.

Reports are that the body of a woman was found in a blue barrel in St Thomas on Sunday.





missing-hanover-woman.jpgResidents in Hanover believe that the decomposing body of a woman that was found in Prospect yesterday is that of 30-year-old Tasha Gordon.

Deputy Superintendent of Police from the Hanover division, Ainsley McCarthy, said yesterday that people who knew her are putting this theory forward.

Gunmen allegedly abducted Gordon, who has been missing since January 9, after they killed her employer, Marvin McIntosh, at his businessplace in Prospect.

The deputy superintendent said based on the level of decomposition of the body that was found, the individual has been dead for more than two weeks.





Another teenage girl missing

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missing-teen-sheree-clarke.jpgThe family members and police have launched a desperate search to locate a 14-year-old female identified as Sheree Clarke, of Christiana, Manchester who has been missing since Thursday, February 02.

She is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 152 centimetres (5 feet) tall.

Reports from the Christiana Police are that about 7:30 a.m., Sheree was last seen at home dressed in a blue tunic and beige blouse and a pair of black shoes. All efforts to contact her have been futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Sheree Clarke is being asked to contact the Christiana Police at 964-2250, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgInvestigators have intensified their probe into the murder of a 15-year-old girl in St. James and reports are that one man is now in custody.

Shanicka Grey, who lived in Mount Salem, Montego Bay disappered from home and was found dead yesterday. The body, which had stab wounds, was discovered in Meadows of Irwin about 5:30 in the afternoon.

Shanicka was a student of the Green Pond High School. Detectives say they are following leads in the case.





missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgThe partially decomposed body of a female has been found in bushes in Irwin, St James.

The St James Police immediately visited the scene, about a mile from Irwin High School.

Reports are that Shineka went to KFC after attending a classmate's funeral and was last seen on January 29, 2017 being followed by friends to the Bogue taxi stand by the Arcade in Montego Bay Jamaica.

She did not return home and was subsequently reported missing.





25 years in prison for rapist taxi driver

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwenty-nine-year-old labourer Loveroy Henry, a taxi driver in Old Harbour, St Catherine was this week sentenced to 25 years in prison for abduction and rape.

He was sentenced in the St Catherine Parish Court to seven years for abduction and 18 years for rape.

The Court heard that in 2013, the complainant who was 17 years old, was travelling in Henry's taxi when he drove off the route to a secluded area. He reportedly forced her to have sex with him and then took her to her home where the girl reported the ordeal to relatives.

A report was made to the police and an investigation launched by the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse. This resulted in Henry being charged with rape and forcible abduction. On January 19, 2017, he was found guilty in a unanimous guilty verdict handed down by the jury.





moravian-sex-pastors-and-lawyer.jpgThe two Moravian ministers charged with having sex with an underage girl have backed away from a threat to file legal action against their alleged victim.Gardner's new attorney, Peter Champagnie,says he advised his client against bringing civil action against the woman at the centre of the case.

"I don't want the impression to be given that there is any threat or intimidation by way of suggesting that there will be civil action against the virtual complainant in this matter. It is inappropriate," high profile celebrity lawyer, Peter Champagnie is quoted as saying.

"What my client elects to do after the criminal case is a matter entirely for him, but, certainly, at this stage, the matter is before the criminal court, and that is where it is going to be ventilated," he said.

Lambert Johnson, the attorney who represented Gardner and Gibson at the time they were arrested and charged, described the allegations against them as a witch hunt. In addition, Johnson asserted that the evidence provided by prosecutors was "riddled" with inconsistencies and bereft of credibility, cogency, or corroboration.

As a result, the attorney indicated that the two Moravian ministers were instructed to file civil action against the complainant for defamation, malicious prosecution, and false imprisonment. But Johnson's statement drew condemnation from the chairman of the General Legal Council, Allan Wood, who described it as deeply concerning.





Ski Mask gang high ranking member killed by cops

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe alleged third-ranked commander of the St James-based Ski Mask criminal gang, Jermaine Samuels, was on Monday killed in an alleged confrontation with the police in Settlement district, Old Harbour Bay.

The police said in a news release yesterday that the Ski Mask gang, which operates out of Barrett Town, St James, is responsible for numerous murders, shootings, rapes, and other crimes committed in western Jamaica.

Samuels, who was otherwise called "Bad Bwoy", was said to have fled the parish following the death of the gang's reputed leader Oswyn Jarrett, otherwise called "Ski Mask", along with five other members. The six were killed during a joint police/military operation in the Goodwill community of St James on January 14.

The police said yesterday that a Bersa 9mm pistol and seven 9mm rounds of ammunition were seized during Monday's incident. The matter has also been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations and the inspectorate of the Constabulary.





Pastors and police rep for high-profile molesters

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Pastors and policemen have at least one thing in common, they are the most high profile group whose names are called in child molestation cases.

According to reports, the Head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, told a parliamentary committee that the majority of alleged high-profile perpetrators of sexual offences against underage persons are pastors and policemen..

Ross-Stewart did not provide data on the number of policemen and pastors who've been accused or later found guilty of carnal abuse in recent years.

Her disclosure comes as public spotlight remains on the church community following the recent arrest and charge of three pastors from the Moravian Church in Jamaica for alleged sex offences.

Meanwhile, the CISOCA head said for last year, her office received 1,094 reports of alleged sexual intercourse involving underage persons.

Of that number, 664 reports came from Kingston.

However, Ross Stewart lamented that the conviction rate is among the lowest compared with other categories of sex offences.





A St Catherine man charged with sexually molesting a five-year-old girl will spend more time behind bars as he was remanded when he appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court on Wednesday..

Reports are that the five-year-old is the man's relative.and that his brother threatened persons who attempted to report the matter to the police. Eventually, the Child Development Agency and the police were alerted and carried out a probe into the matter.Both men were later arrested.

The alleged molester is to return to court this Friday.

Meanwhile his brother, who was charged with threatening a crown witness, was granted bail in the sum of $150,000. As a condition of his bail, he has to relocate to another address in St Catherine. He was also warned to keep away from the victim and witnesses in the case.





The General Legal Council has said it is deeply concerned about a statement by an attorney representing clergymen on sexual assault charges.

In a statement published in the Sunday Gleaner, the Council said the attorney noted that he had been instructed to file suit against the complainant for defamation, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.

The Council explains that a criminal prosecution is commenced by the laying of charges. The matter is then to be regarded as being before the court or sub judice.

The General Legal Council said it is highly improper for statements to be published which may have the effect of either threatening or intimidating the complainant or any witness in the matter.

It added that this includes effect which creates the risk that the course of justice may be impeded, obstructed or undermined.

The General Legal Council says the statement is not in keeping with proper standards of the legal profession. As such, it is urging attorneys to desist from such practice.

Last Monday attorney-at-law Lambert Johnson, who represents Moravian pastors Paul Gardener, 54, and Jermaine Gibson, 36, said his clients have instructed him to file a lawsuit against the State for defamation, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.

Both Ministers of Religion have been charged with carnal abuse and indecent assault.





Klansman Gang member to be sentenced today

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Jordan Markland, a member of the notorious Klansman Gang, which operates in Spanish Town and environs, will be sentenced today -- the first to be found guilty under 2014 anti-gang legislation.

Ministers of Parliament passed the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisation) Act in the House of Representatives to give police the power to disrupt and suppress criminal organisations across the island.

Markland will be sentenced when he appears in the St Catherine Home Circuit Court today.

The accused, who was charged on July 4, 2015, was among several members of the feared Klansman and One Order gangs operating in and around Spanish Town, the St Catherine capital. He was held by detectives from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Investigation Branch and the St Catherine North Division.

Other Klansman Gang members also charged were Sheldon Walters, otherwise called 'Terminate', Marlon Tulloch, otherwise called "Gappy"; Horace Swaby; and Jason McLean, otherwise "Daeda". Members of the fearless One Order Gang who were also charged by the police are Aston Daley, otherwise called "Daley Bwoy", Kemar Thompson, otherwise called "Spider Man"; Jahnoi Laing, otherwise called "Rhin" and Nigel Laxbour, otherwise called "Tineyo".

Deputy Superintendent of Police Samuel Blake, head of the Anti-Gang Unit at C-TOC, while noting that public support was critical to success, appealed to the public to help the police in their fight against criminal gangs.





JDF soldier now a suspect in murder of colleague

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court.jpgThe Jamaica Defence Force soldier who was detained last week as a Person of Interest in connection with the fatal shooting of a member of the military in Rock River, Clarendon, is now considered a suspect.

The soldier, who is on detention at JDF headquarters at Up Park Camp, was questioned last week. He is scheduled to be questioned again this week in connection with the murder of Lance Corporal Michael Fraser.

The soldier was shot by gunmen at his house in Rock River last Wednesday.

It's reported that the wife of the soldier under investigation was at the house at the time of the incident. She was not harmed.

A senior investigator says the police are trying to determine whether the killing stemmed from the existence of a love triangle.





Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith says Jamaicans should remain calm despite tension over the new executive orders signed by President Donald Trump, one of which bans travellers from seven Muslim-dominated countries.

"It is very important in these matters that we remain calm and responsible," Johnson Smith said in a release on Monday.

There has been panic among Caribbean migrants in light of the developments over the weekend.

But Johnson Smith says it is extremely unhelpful that people are inciting panic on matters that are very complex and very technical and subject to a lot of uncertainty even in the issuing state.

"The Ministry is making every effort to ascertain the scope of these orders and it is important that we not conflate them, because there is more than one order and they deal with entirely different things," she said.

Johnson Smith said the Jamaican government is examining these issues and noted that the ministry is in contact with the US Embassy here and the State Department overseas through Jamaican missions there.





The police are expressing concern about the increasing number of women being abducted and raped by men posing as taxi operators.

Superintendent Enid Ross Stewart, head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), says that the hunt is on for the suspects.

They have been linked to cases in Kingston as well as Portmore, St Catherine, over the last two weeks.

Unregulated taxis should not be used by commuters... If they have to take them, make sure they capture the license plate number and send it to somebody so that somebody knows where they are and which car they are in," she suggested.

She said investigators suspect that there are other cases which have not been reported.





hands-behind-bars.jpgSt Catherine man who was convicted of the murder of a senior citizen whose house he lived in, and whose body he burnt then buried, has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the Home Circuit Court.

Trial judge, Justice David Fraser, has recommended that Clifton Harrison serve 32 years before being eligible for parole.

Harrison was charged with the death of Louise Barnes, 69, of Old Harbour in St Catherine.

In the trial in November of last year, evidence was led in the St Catherine Circuit Court that in 2009, Harrison killed Barnes at her home in Old Harbour.

He then burnt her body and buried it on the Thetford Farm in the parish.

Relatives of Harrison did not believe stories of Barnes' disappearance from Harrison, and filed a missing person's report.

Intense police investigations led to the arrest and charge of Harrison for the murder.





Cop critical after being shot by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA police officer is in critical condition in hospital after he was shot in the head by men in a car that was being pursued by the cops in Olympic Gardens, Kingston, Saturday night.

Reports are that about 8 pm, the detective, who is attached to the Kingston Central CIB branch, was part of a team carrying out investigations in Fletchers Land when they gave chase to a black BMW motorcar, fitting the description of one which was used to transport men involved a recent murder.

The pursuit of the car ended in Olympic Gardens when men alighted from the vehicle and started firing at the police.

The detective sergeant was shot in the head and rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was admitted in serious condition.

A 19-year-old of a Kingston address was subsequently taken into custody for questioning.

The Kingston Central police are investigating.





Jamaica: In light of recent cardiac mishaps with young Jamaican student-athletes, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona's Research Days 2017 staging slated for February 1-3 on the grounds of the Mona Campus, will reveal the latest results from ongoing research into Electrocardiographic (ECG) testing for local athletes.

In addition to the update on the programme, at Mona's Research Days 2017, student-athletes from identified schools will be offered free ECG tests as part of the continuing "Cardiac Screening in Youth Athletes" executed by lead researcher Dr Lisa Hurlock.

The ongoing research aims to prove whether or not the ECG screening, which is a five minute, simple, pain free test, is a viable tool to help screen for traces of heart disease which may lead to 'sudden cardiac death' in Jamaican athletes. The ECG test is also cost effective as it is relatively affordable in comparison to other screening tests.

An ECG examination traces electrical activity in the heart and according to Dr. Tahira Redwood, Resident in Internal Medicine at the University Hospital of the West Indies, the tests are crucial in early detection of heart attacks or other heart related issues.





trinidad-election-rowley-new-government.jpgPrime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has described as an "act of desperation" the letter written by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar to United States President Donald Trump regarding the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) legislation.

The government and the opposition legislators have been at odds over the passage of the legislation enacted by the United States government in March 2010.

Earlier this month, the Keith Rowley government bowed to opposition demands that the legislation be sent to a joint select committee (JSC) of Parliament even as Finance Minister Colm Imbert, accused the opposition of being "deadly scared" of having to meet with some of the criteria outlined in the legislation, including having to report US bank accounts to the appropriate American authorities.

"They want to be able to say that they are not supporting the legislation because they are awaiting word from the US President or that he is considering their request," Prime Minister Rowley said.





GK Money Services to launch in February

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GraceKennedy subsidiary GK Money Services Ltd, which will in February launch its mobile money product, GK MPay, indicates that it expects to compete strongly around the issue of security.

GK's competitors in the mobile money market are Quisk, currently used by National Commercial Bank, and Conec, a mobile wallet developed and marketed by the Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League.

CEO Don Wehby said Monday, "GK MPay...is compatible with most phones and both mobile networks. It is also extremely safe, as customers won't have to worry about losing their money if they lose their phones as the service is properly encrypted. It is so easy to use that even those who are not as technologically savvy will find themselves understanding it after the first use."

To be launched on February 7, the product allows transfer of cash to any other person with a mobile phone; pay their bills; top up any pre-paid mobile phone and pay for goods and services, and has a wallet limit of $150,000, similar to other mobile money products on the market.





JIS mourns passing of former executive

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jis-winifred-risden-hunter-jan-27.jpgThe Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has expressed regret at the passing of its former Executive Director, Winnifred Risden-Hunter.

Risden-Hunter, affectionately called "Winnie" served the organisation from 1984-1989. She died on January 24 after a brief illness. She was 86 years old.

The former JIS Executive Director had a long and distinguished career in communications serving as Director at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation; Member of the Editorial Advisory Committee, Jamaica Observer; and at Breakfast Club, KLAS Radio.

She was also Director of Public Relations, Jamaica Tourist Board from 1973 to 77.

Risden-Hunter served as Press Secretary to former Prime Minister Edward Seaga from 1982-84.

In recognition for her service, she was awarded the Commander of the Order of Distinction in 1988.

Risden-Hunter leaves behind nephew Peter Risden; niece Suzanne Risden Foster; grand nieces and nephews Luke, Rachel, Victoria, Ethan, Katherine; and friends.

CAPTION: Late former Executive Director of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Winnifred Risden-Hunter.





hands-behind-bars.jpgAn inmate who has been linked to a scam which was being operated from one of the island's correctional facilities has pleaded guilty to six counts of Attempting to Obtain Money by Means of False Pretences.

Andrew Lee Pryce, who was charged with breaches of the Larceny Act, appeared before St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.

He was serving a sentence for similar offences.

On January 5, Pryce was charged with breaches of the Forgery Act.

The charges resulted from an investigation which led to the arrest and charge of correctional officer Toraine Tulloch last month.

It is reported that Mr. Tulloch, who allegedly conspired with Pryce, posed as a policeman and entertainment producer and fleeced several persons of large sums of money.

Pryce is to return to court on Monday in relation to other charges connected to the scam.





Babsy Grange 'sad' at Lindy Delapenha's passing

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has expressed deep sadness with the passing of the late Lloyd Lindbergh 'Lindy' Delapenha.

Delapenha, 89, died peacefully this morning at the Kingston home of his daughter, Marie Claire.

He had suffered a number of strokes recently and lost his speech two weeks ago.





5 in custody after police operation in St Thomas

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hands-behind-bars.jpgFive persons were taken into police custody during a special operation in St. Thomas on Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

Two were arrested in connection with a firearm and ammunition at a house in Danvers Pen. This is the second firearm recovered in St. Thomas in less than 24 hours.

Three other men, arrested in nearby communities, will be questioned in connection with other crimes committed in the parish.





Michael Lee Chin Head of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) will host top Israeli businessmen in March as he seeks to woo substantial investments from that country to Jamaica.

Lee Chin accompanied Prime Minister Andrew Holness to Israel two weeks ago on what he described as a trade mission. The EGC head urged with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to set up a meeting with the principals of the leading companies in the Middle East country.

"I said, 'Please, Prime Minister, can you help us do that - organise the 50 top companies in Israel and I'll come back in the next two months and speak to them and tell them why they should come and invest in Jamaica'?" Lee Chin told stakeholders in the education sector yesterday at Jamaica House in St Andrew.

The EGC chairman discussed with senior technocrats and the leadership of tertiary institutions the role of the education and training sectors in achieving the national goal of five per cent gross domestic product growth in four years.

"The ambition is to sell Jamaica to the most eminent Israeli companies so that they can invest in Jamaica. That was my mission," said Lee Chin, who told the gathering that he was shocked at questions being raised in the press about the trip to Israel.

"I am thinking that if we need growth, we need to go everywhere in the world that can give us growth, and if Israel can give us growth, I don't care, I am going there."





soldier-found-lance-corporal.jpgA member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has been placed under military detention as investigators intensify their probe into last night's murder of a soldier.

JDF Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer Major Basil Jarrett said the soldier is under detention at the army's Up Park Camp headquarters.

However, he declined to give further details.

Meanwhile, the Clarendon police are still questioning a woman in connection with last night's murder of 31-year-old Lance Corporal Michael Fraser in the community of Rock River in the parish.

The investigators say the woman is the wife of another soldier and was found at the home of Lance Corporal Fraser.

Investigators say it appears that the soldier, who was shot in the head, may have been attacked by two men.





The police are currently investigating the authenticity of an audio recording purportedly of a teenager from the Waterhouse area being tortured by an adult male and his cronies.

The disturbing voice note along with what is purportedly a picture of the missing female - who has dark skin and is said to be from the Waterhouse area - has been circulating online.

The Hunts Bay Police said they have heard the voice note and are probing its authenticity. They are calling on anyone with additional information to share it with the authorities.

In the 40 second voice clip, a female is heard begging and pleading for her life while an attacker is heard in the background barking instructions to her and warning that, if she fails to comply, he will harm her.

"Please sir, do no kill me please," the distraught female can be heard saying.

As the teen pleas and begs for mercy, the voices of other males can be heard in the background of what sounds like a car.

"Hey don't try run... if you do that I going @#$..," a man is heard shouting.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe body of a young male found in the vicinity of National Heroes Circle Thursday morning has been identified as that of Grade 8 student, Roshane Smith from the Denham Town High School.

The hands of the 13-year-old were bound and the face covered with a shirt. There were also what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the head, a release from the Education Ministry said.

School administrators report that Roshane was last seen in school on January 19.

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has expressed sadness at the loss of another young life and extended condolences to Roshane's immediate family and members of the school community, especially to his classmates.





Killer caught on CCTV still not identified

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The St Ann police have not yet been able to ascertain the identity of a man, who was captured on CCTV camera shooting Runaway Bay businessman Alfred Whorms.

Whorms, 66, was shot dead at his business place on Wednesday, January 18. The video, which is circulating on social media, shows the man dressed in a safety hat and vest entering the business establishment.

The man proceeded to search for something before shooting the distracted Whorms, who was seen reading a newspaper shortly before.

Superintendent Gary Francis, head of the St Ann police, said he was aware of the video being circulated but did not know who released the video to the public. He said the police have not yet identified the man in the video.





team-jamaica.jpgUsain Bolt's famed triple-triple--three gold medals in three Olympic Games--has vanished, following teammate Nesta Carter being found guilty of doping in the 4×100 relay in the Beijing Olympics

The International Olympic Committee re-tested a sample of Nesta Carter from the Beijing Games and found the presence of the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine. As a result, Carter was disqualified, and took his entire team's performance down with him.

"The Jamaica Olympic Association shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medals, the medallist pins and the diplomas awarded in connection with the men's 4x100m relay event to the athlete and his teammates," the IOC said in rendering its decision.

Methylhexaneamine, a stimulant, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and numerous athletes in various sports have been disqualified for its use. Initially marketed as a nasal decongestant, it was removed from shelves in 1983.





Caricel's injunction bid rejected by Supreme Court

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caricel-logo.jpgThe Supreme Court has rejected the application for an injunction and judicial review to block the revocation or suspension of the telecommunications licence issued to Symbiote Investments.

The Supreme Court handed down its decision a short while ago.

Symbiote, which trades as Caricel, was trying to prevent the Government of Jamaica from yanking its licence which was issued last year.

The licence was granted despite disapproval from the Contractor General.

The licence had also come under additional scrutiny from the US Embassy, which in turn, revoked the visas of some Caricel officials.





Second murder in August Town; man stabbed to death

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crime-scene-knife.jpgThere has been another murder in August Town, St. Andrew.

A man is dead following a dispute on Tuesday morning on Gold Smith Villa Road.

It is reported that around 7:00 a.m., the man was engaged in an argument. During the dispute, a knife was used to stab him.

The man was taken to hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

A suspect is in police custody.

This is the second killing in the community after it recorded zero murders in 2016.





hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo brothers were on Monday charged by investigators assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Spanish Town Office on allegation of sexual assault and threatening a witness.

Charged with grievous sexual assault is 38-year-old security guard Inglesias Williams, while his brother, 36-year-old Joel Williams, otherwise called Roger, was charged with threatening a crown witness.

Both are of a Job Lane address in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Inglesias was charged following investigations that he allegedly sexually assaulted a five-year-old girl last year.





moravian-president-paul-gardner.jpgMoravian clergymen Dr. Paul Gardener, 54, of Burbank Avenue, Kingston 19, and 36-year-old Gibson of Lyndale Close, Kingston 20, were on Monday arrested by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offence and Child Abuse (CISOCA) and charged with carnal abuse and indecent assault.

According to a report from the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, in 2002 Gibson allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with the girl while he was a minister in the church.

It was further reported that two years later Gardener, who was also a minister at the time, also had a sexual relationship with the said girl.

The complainant recently went to the police with a report in the wake of allegations against a St Elizabeth Moravian pastor, Rev Rupert Clarke, who the police said they found in "a compromising position" with a 15-year-old girl.

Yesterday, Johnson said that his clients have instructed him to file a suit against the complainant and he would be pursuing the matter later on.

Readers have commented on the threats by the lawyer and use of "intimidatory tactics", presumably to drive fear into the alleged victim.

Here are some of the comments:

"Threatening lawsuits already! Wow! Accusing the accuser of all kinds of dirty tricks before the case is even mentioned...interesting!

"Eeediat law suit this, .How can you claim malicious arrest agains the complainant and not the police ?.Who you trying to intimidate ?You both was sharing this youngster? I wont even say God help you. He shouldn't. Hope the victim overcome this and have a healthy and productive life,"

"Traumatic experience are filed in the brain of a child??, and can be recalled.

The counter-suit is silent intimidation of the accuser.. We could have others, who might find the strength and courage, to speak up, if they too had similar experiences.

What was secretly done years ago, is openly done today. Big men and 'schoolas': no shame or fear..

For the under 16 to tell of their experiences to a parent or anotger adult, would reap disbelief and chastisement. How dare they point a finger at these' honorable men or women'?.

Let the court deal with it; and the chips should fall where they may. I would like to remind us all, that the Almighty God does not slumber ir sleep. When he says ";be sure your sins will find you out"-, he means it."





moravian-president-paul-gardner.jpgFormer president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Dr Paul Gardner and the former deputy Jermaine Gibson now join their co-worker Rupert Clarke,on sex charges.Clarke, 64, another Moravian minister, is currently before the courts for alleged sexual misconduct.

He has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

The two newest members of the clergy were slapped with charges following investigations by detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

Earlier media reports had stated that Moravian Women Allegedly Abused By Pastors Beginning To Speak Out.

Dr Gardner quit as earlier this month amid allegations of sexual misconduct within the organisation. Gibson, who was his deputy, also resigned.





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x6-trial-powell.jpgBusinessman Patrick Powell, who was freed of murder of Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais, is still before the court for a gun case.

A new trial date is expected to be scheduled on February 16, when the main actor in what was the high profile X6 Murder Trial returns to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in relation to the charge of failing to turn over his licensed firearm.

Powell is accused of failing to turn over his firearm to police investigators probing the shooting death of Kingston College student Khajeel Mais in 2011.

The case was on Monday rescheduled for mention in February, as a result of an outstanding Supreme Court transcript of evidence given by the investigating officer and a member of the Firearms Licensing Authority during the so-called X6 murder trial in the Home Circuit Court.

The transcript was requested by Powell's attorney, Deborah Martin, who said in court yesterday that her client would like to bring closure to the matter.





Teens shot, man murdered in Norwood, St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man was shot and killed and two male teens shot and injured during an attack in the inner city Norwood community in St James, on Monday night.

The deceased has been identified as 24-year-old labourer Kemoy McLennon, also called Loco of Irie Lane, Norwood, St James.

Reports are that sometime after 7pm, McLennon and the two teens were at his home which was invaded by gunmen, who opened fire on the occupants of the house.

The three were shot and taken to hospital where McLennon was pronounced dead.

No motive has been established for the attack.





crime-scene-tape.jpgA second form student of the Mona High School died yesterday after collapsing in Half-Way Tree.

Dead is Darnell Foster, who the Ministry of Education say was rushed to hospital "where he regrettably died."

Minister of Education Ruel Reid, who is currently in the United Kingdom participating in an Education Forum, has expressed condolences to the family, and will visit the school on Thursday morning on his return to the island.

The Education Ministry said that its Trauma Response team has been dispatched to the school where grief counselling is being offered to staff and students.





pentecostal-pastor-paul-hanniford.jpgA man of the frock in the Pentecostal church, Pastor Paul Hanniford has been convicted in the Home Circuit Court for having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.The incident took place two years ago.He's to be sentenced on February 24.

Newspaper reports say that Tuesday's in-camera trial featured testimonies from the victim who is now 15 years old, and her then five-year-old brother who witnessed the incident at the pastor's home. Kingston

Prosecutor Natallie Malcolm led evidence that fifty-five-year-old Hanniford, the pastor of a Pentecostal church, took the two children to his house under the pretence that they were going for a "drive out". According to the prosecution, the pastor gave the five-year-old boy cornflakes and put him around a dining table.

The 13-year-old girl indicated to the pastor that she wanted to use the bathroom and Hanniford accompanied her. He later removed her from the bathroom, took her to a bedroom and assaulted her.

Prosecutors led evidence that the five-year-old boy on hearing his sister crying, rushed to the room and saw the pastor assaulting his sister. Hanniford later returned the children to their mother at his church.

Prosecutors said on reuniting with his mother, the boy made several attempts to tell her about the attack in the presence of the pastor but was shut down by the minister. On the boy's fourth attempt, however, he blurted out an account of what happened.

The following day, the mother repeated what she had heard to the church elders.

Dissatisfied with their response, she took the matter to the police and Hanniford was later arrested and charged.





scam-alert.jpgA 27-year-old businessman has been extradited to the United States of America on lottery scam charges.

He is Lavrick Willocks, otherwise known as "Lav", of Tortuga Drive in Greenwood in St James. He was extradited on Thursday to face charges of Attempt and Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud and Money Laundering Conspiracy.

It is alleged that Willocks is one of the masterminds behind a syndicate which defrauded several US citizens of more than US$5 million. A warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest and extradition.

Willocks was arrested while at a hotel in Kingston on November 16 last year. He was brought before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, where he waived his rights to an Extradition Hearing and was ordered extradited.

He was picked up at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre on Thursday and flown to the United States where he was handed over to US marshals.





Revenge? St Ann businessman shot and killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThere is speculation that revenge could be the motive following the shooting death of businessman Alfred Whorms, on Wednesday morning in St. Ann.

Mr. Whorms, 66, had just opened his hardware store in Runaway Bay, when he was accosted by gunmen and shot in the face.

His body was discovered by an employee.

Mr. Whorms had been involved in a court battle following the shooting of a farmer in Alexandria in April 2011.

He shot and killed 42-year-old Alton Thompson during an altercation at his Grants Mountain property.

The shooting sparked two days of riots, during which police and fire units were damaged.





road-accident.jpgA 71-year-old man died after the vehicle he was driving plunged off the Flat Bridge into the Rio Cobre in Bog Walk Gorge, St Catherine early Sunday

Police have revealed his identified as Jeffrey Anglin, of Willowdene in St. Catherine.

Deputy Superintendent of the Jamaica Fire Brigade in St Catherine, James Lee, says his team was alerted about the incident around 8 o'clock.

"On arrival, the fire brigade did not see anything as the car was completely submerged. The police summoned a wrecker - the car was removed and they saw a body in the car. The body was removed and taken to the Spanish Town Hospital by the police," Lee said.

He took the opportunity to again warn motorists to be careful when using the Flat Bridge. The Bog Walk Gorge was closed to facilitate the removal of the vehicle,





court-case.jpgA taxi driver who diverted from his regular route to a secluded area with one of his passengers, whom he allegedly sexually assaulted, has been convicted of the offence.

The 29-year-old driver of Old Harbour, St Catherine, was found guilty of both rape and abduction in the St Catherine Circuit Court on Thursday.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 27.

He admitted to having had sex with the complainant, who was age 17 at the time of the incident, claiming that the act was with consent.





Police name Mo Bay's 10 Most Wanted

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wanted-man-2017-photo-1.jpgReputed leader of the Ratty Gang, Ryan Peterkin, who also goes by the moniker 'Ratty', is one of the most wanted men on the list of the 10 most wanted recently released by the St James Police Division.

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According to head of the St James Police Division Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, Peterkin and his Ratty Gang are responsible for "several spates of shootings and murders in the Cambridge police area".

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SSP Nesbeth recounted that on December 30 last year, during a confrontation with the police, two members of the notorious gang were shot and killed.

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"We were confronted by members of that gang who fired at the police and based on our training, we were able to manoeuvre tactically, to the extent that two of these members were shot and killed."

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In addition to Peterkin, SSP Nesbeth also pointed to Shaneil Luthan, who is convicted for murder, but who escaped custody two years ago; as well as Arnold Gayle, also called 'Guy', who is also wanted for murder.

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Others rounding off the St James police 10 most wanted list are: Jevaughn Campbell, also called 'Cooking Oil' of Mt Salem; Marcus Robinson, alias 'Rasta'; Adrian Robinson; Kevin Hemmings, also called 'Skelly', Alex Madourie, otherwise called 'Popcorn' or 'Pop'; Delano Wilmot, commonly called 'Lano' of Mother Lane, Cambridge; and Stephano Johnson otherwise called 'Sarge'.

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Cops shot during tussle with detainee

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crime-scene-7.jpgTwo police constables were Wednesday night rushed to hospital after they were shot while taking a detainee into custody at the Coral Gardens Police Station.

The Corporate Communications Unit says the detainee attempted to disarm one of the cops who lost his balance in the attempt.

That's when the cop's weapon reportedly went off firing one round injuring him and another constable.

The constables were taken to hospital for treatment.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo children were among three people who were last night shot dead during a series of attacks in Williamsfield, Hanover.

One-year-old Daquan Davidson and five-year-old Kimani Johnson were killed about 10.50 p.m. when gunmen opened fire on their house.

Their mother and two teenagers were injured.

The police say about five minutes earlier, the same gunmen kicked off the door to the nearby house of 34-year-old Hopeton Lee and fired several shots killing him.

However, Lee's girlfriend and children who were also at home were not harmed.





hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgCEO of the Hampton School Board, Trevor Blake, says that.principal of Hampton School, Heather Murray, will not be sent on leave, as was announced last week by Education Minister, Ruel REid.

The CEO, In a letter to Reid -- and copied to the media --- said the Board had concluded that Murray's actions "did not amount to evidence of professional misconduct in her capacity as a teacher".

Blake further stated that the school is approaching a period of examinations and the withdrawal of Murray would have 'deleterious' effects on those taking exams, and the whole student body.

Last Wednesday, Reid told the media in a release that Murray had been sent on leave. According to him, the decision was taken at a meeting with senior ministry officers, Murray, members of the Hampton School Board, and the Munro and Dickerson Trust at the ministry's head office at National Heroes' Circle.





Kingston, Jamaica: The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) have announced a unique arrangement, where PSOJ member companies will be able to benefit from evidence-based research from the Mona Campus when focusing on areas that contribute to the growth agenda. The university will also be paying more attention to those research areas guided by the Economic Growth Council's eight identified areas of growth.

The plans were announced as part of the launch of the 18th staging of the UWI Mona's Research Days at the Exhibition Seminar Room, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching & Research Complex on Tuesday, January 10.

The 2017 Research Days will present a range of research projects across the Mona Campus' various faculties departments and institutes, showcasing the immense scope of its efforts to add to the region's existing body of knowledge. It also will highlight the relevance of Mona's research to the lives of everyday Jamaicans.

Professor Archibald McDonald, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI Mona, said his organization's contribution is to the benefit all communities.

"Research and innovation are only worthwhile if they have direct beneficial and positive impact on the welfare and livelihoods of the community we serve," said Prof McDonald in his welcome.

PSOJ president Paul B. Scott revealed that the two entities have brokered an agreement to offer more scholarships to fund research.

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Prof. Archibald McDonald (second right), Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UWI Mona Campus discusses future plans for the UWI/Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) partnership with (from left) Dennis Chung, PSOJ CEO; Former Governor General of Jamaica, Professor Sir Kenneth Hall; Prof. Denise Eldemire-Shearer, Chairman of the Research Days Steering Committee and Paul B Scott, President of the PSOJ at the UWI Research Days 2017 launch held on Tuesday, January 10 at the Exhibition Seminar Room at the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex, UWI Mona Campus.

"In our small island nation we must realize that we cannot develop businesses without research. We the private sector must drive innovation," said Mr. Scott.

He went on to say that the private sector must engage partnerships relevant to their own goals.

"We must support research and development, done efficiently and scientific as it is at the UWI... You have our support and confidence," Scott declared.

UWI Research Days 2017 will give insight on over 70 areas of research across the University's programmes under the theme, "Driving Development through Research and Innovation". The research on display will include work from Humanities and Education, Medical Sciences, Faculty of Law, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Mona Social Sciences, Mona Geoinfomatix Limited, The Centre for Disability Studies, The Disaster Risk Prevention Centre, Caribbean Child Development Centre and The Consortium for Social Development And Research.

"Partnerships such as these show the importance of UWI Research Days, which is relevant to this country," said Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer, UWI Mona Research Days Steering Committee Chairperson. "UWI facilitated and executed research is necessary, because since we are a local institution, we have an understanding of the local situation -- culturally, economically, politically, and socially."

Professor Eldemire-Shearer went on to outline a few of UWI's contributions to national policies.

"Firstly, the PATH (Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education) was influenced by the early research of Patricia Anderson and Michael Witter in 1991. Our environmental law has been fashioned by the research done by Professor Mona Webber and company over in the Marine Sciences; and currently, the climate change policies are being influenced by the work of Professor Michael Taylor and his group. UWI research has shaped Jamaican national policies from 20 years ago through to now," she expounded.

Attendees at UWI Research Days 2017 on the Mona Campus will also be able to view interactive displays over three days from February 1 - 3, 2017.

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About The UWI: Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI's seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. For more information, visit www.uwi.edu (Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the "The", hence The UWI.)

For further information, please contact: Carlette DeLeon at 876-383-9768 or e-mail at arlette@breakthroughall.com





Teen shot dead in Hanover

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Hanover police are now probing the murder of a teenager who was shot multiple times in his community, Sunday night.

The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Royan Gowan of Claremont, Hanover.

Reports are that about 10 pm, residents of Claremont heard several loud explosions and alerted the police, who upon their arrival, saw Gowan suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his head and other parts of his body. He was rushed to the Noel Holmes Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No motive have so far been established for the killing.





burchell-taylor-bethel-baptist.jpgPastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Andrew, Reverend Dr. Burchell Taylor, will be the new speaker at the 2017 National Leadership Prayer Breakfast this Thursday.

This was confirmed by Reverend Dr Stevenson Samuels, Chairman of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee.

Dr. Taylor replaces Moravian minister Bishop Stanley Clarke, who withdrew as speaker last week amid a sex scandal currently involving the Moravian Church in Jamaica.

The president and vice president of the Moravian Church have also vacated their positions following the case now before the court involving a senior pastor and a minor.





Father, daughter killed after tree falls on house

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father-and-daughter-killed-tree-falls-on-house.jpgA father and daughter died on Tay Street in the community of Buckfield, St. Ann early Monday morning after a tree fell on their house.

Shaun Shaw, otherwise called Randy, and his 13-year-old daughter, Sandy Shaw were killed while they slept.

Mr. Shaw's 11-year-old son was also injured.

Residents say they heard a rushing sound as well as screaming coming from the house about 2:15 a.m. They investigated and found Mr. Shaw and his daughter dead in the house, while his son was rescued and taken to hospital.





moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgThree senior members of the local Church community were scheduled to be questioned by investigators from the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on Monday, following allegations of sexual misconduct being made about them.

This was disclosed by Superintendent Enid Ross Stewart, head of CISOCA. She declined to reveal details of the investigations, but commented that the men are high ranking members of the Church.

The investigation comes on the heels of the recent arrest and charge of Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke. Reverend Clarke is accused of having sex with a 15 year old girl.

The clergyman, who is under investigation regarding other allegations, is scheduled to return to court on February 13.





Hampton principal Heather Murray says sorry

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hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgPrincipal of the Hampton School Heather Murray has issued an apology for her action at the bail hearing of Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke a week ago.

Clarke is before the St Elizabeth Parish Court on a charge of having sex with someone under the age of 16 years.

According to Murray, she was so immersed in the emotional trauma of the hurt and embarrassment which the wife of the accused was experiencing, that she failed to realise that her presence in the precincts of the Court could possibly be misconstrued as taking the side of her husband rather than the victim.See full text of apology below:

The past few days have been among the most difficult periods of my life.

I attended the in camera arraignment of Rupert Clarke at the special request of Mrs Yvonne Clarke, my sister and friend, who relied on me for total support during a period of intense physical and emotional distress.

This state of personal turmoil rendered her incapable of being present at the Black River Courthouse while the Resident Magistrate was considering an application for bail.

On a personal level, I had become so immersed in the emotional trauma of the hurt and embarrassment which the wife of the accused was experiencing, that I failed to realise that my presence in the precincts of the Court could possibly be misconstrued as taking the side of her husband rather than the victim. In my sisterly embrace and response of loyalty to her, I failed to take into account that my being there could expose my office or the institution I head to any hint of controversy or cloud of misunderstanding.

At the start of the new school term yesterday (Monday) morning, I apologised to my ladies who greeted me with love and understanding. Now that I have also apologised to the Munro and Dickenson Trust, as well as the Hampton School Board, I hereby offer a fulsome apology to the education community and Jamaica for my presence and actions in Black River which have been misinterpreted as support for the individual accused of rape and molestation of a fifteen year old girl.

The very thought that this might have been conveyed, grieves me deeply. It would contradict everything I have stood for over my lifetime as a teacher, Principal, mother, wife and woman. In this regard, my record of protecting all those under my care can withstand the most exacting scrutiny. There are countless teachers, pupils, parents and workers in the field who can all attest to my resolute and consistent stand against any form of sexual abuse or exploitation.

I also accept that it was imprudent and inappropriate for me to take any steps in the precincts of the Courthouse, irrespective of the legal stipulations, which could interfere with the rights of the free press or impede the work of media practitioners in the pursuit of duty.

Finally, I pledge that I will continue to faithfully serve and protect the children under my care as I have always done throughout my forty years of service to the education system of Jamaica.

Heather Murray (Mrs.)

January 10, 2017





hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgHeather Murray, principal of the all-girls, St Elizabeth-based institution, Hampton School, has been sent on two weeks leave.

According to the Education Ministry, Mrs Murray is also expected to go for professional counselling services given what was described as her recent emotional stress.

At the same time, the school board has been given until January 30 to submit a full report to the Education Ministry on Murray's action outside the St Elizabeth Parish Court last week Wednesday, January 4.

Television footage showed Murray attempting to block the media from taking images of Rupert Clarke, the 64-year-old pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church charged with having sex with a minor.





moravian-church.jpgmoravian-president-paul-gardner.jpgOn Thursday, President of the Moravian Church in Jamaica Dr. Paul Gardner and Vice-President Jermaine Gibson resigned from their positions.

Thursday's resignations in the Moravian Church came days after Dr. Thompson produced e-mails contradicting claims by the church leadership that it had no previous knowledge of allegations of misconduct against Reverend Clarke.

The turmoil inside the church has been rapid since the arrest of Reverend Rupert Clarke on sexual offence charges.

An independent committee is said to be probing allegations against them. Dr. Thompson argues that the time has come for an overhaul of procedures within the Moravian Church.

As the Church reels from another round of conflict within its ranks, it is being asked to take a different approach to its problems.

Former Moravian Minister Dr. Canute Thompson, has called for the denomination to begin the process this weekend.

The e-mails between Dr. Canute Thompson and Dr. Gardner date back to 2014.





PM Holness in Israel

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andrew-holness-photo-4.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make an official visit to Jamaica, following a meeting yesterday in Jerusalem.

The two men discussed possibilities for cooperation in water, agriculture and domestic security.

"Jamaica, like Israel, is a strong democracy, and we have long admired the advances that Israel has made in technology, particularly in cyber security and in agriculture, and in other areas. The potential for cooperation between our two countries is great and Jamaica is very interested in exploring those areas of cooperation," a Jamaica House release quoted Holness.

"The Jamaican people and the Caribbean region is a zone of peace, and we wish peace for all the peoples of the world. And we do extend our sympathies to the people of Israel for the very unfortunate attack on your soldiers recently.





moravian-bishop-stanley-clarke-jan-13.jpgReports are that Bishop of the Moravian Church, Stanley Clark has withdrawn as speaker for this year's National Leadership Prayer Breakfast.

Chairman of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee, Rev Dr Stevenson Samuels, has confirmed that Bishop Stanley Clark, former President of the Moravian Church in Jamaica, advised the Breakfast Committee that the current controversy engulfing his denomination could overshadow the message he would wish to deliver to the nation at the breakfast.

He condemns the alleged actions of his colleague minister and regrets the harm inflicted on the victim, her family, the church and the nation. The Committee will announce his replacement on Monday, January 16.

The National Leadership Prayer breakfast will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Thursday, January 19, 2017, under the theme: God Empowered Intervention for Transformation.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA security officer, who is also reported to have been a businessman, was attacked and shot dead on Thursday night while playing dominoes on Sydenham Avenue in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

His licensed Sig Sauer 9mm pistol was taken by the lone gunman who sprung the attack, the police reported.

Dead is 55-year-old Trevor Cole of Horizon Park in Spanish Town.

Police reports indicated that Cole was among a group of people playing dominoes at a shop at about 9:30 p.m., when the gunman approached and opened fire, hitting Cole several times.

Cole was pronounced dead at hospital.

No one else was injured in the attack.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpg"Shockwaves" is the term being used to describe the possible arrest and charge of two prominent churchmen.. It is reported that they are likely to be charged next week as investigators are finalising statements.

The Jamaican church leaders are under investigation by CISOCA as well as the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

According to a senior investigator, the police have collected several statements from persons alleging that they were sexually abused.

The investigator said that the two individuals are "major" figures in the church community in Jamaica and their arrests will create more shockwaves.

The news comes a little more than a week after Moravian Pastor Rupert Clarke was charged for having sex with a minor in St. Elizabeth.

He is facing more trouble as investigators have collected additional statements against him. They say more charges are pending when he returns to court on February 13.vv





obama-cry-farewell-speech.jpg"For all our outward differences, we are all in this together," he said, warning that naked partisanship, racism, and inequality all threaten democracy. "We rise or fall as one."

"All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into the task of rebuilding our democratic institutions."

The incoming Republican president has smashed convention, vowed to efface Obama's legacy and hurled personal insults left and right, while in a virtually unprecedented move US intelligence has accused the Kremlin of seeking to tip the election in Trump's favor.

Democrats, cast into the political wilderness with the loss of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives plus a majority of statehouses, are struggling to regroup.

Obama painted the task ahead as a generational challenge.

- Emotional finale -

"A faith in reason and enterprise and the primacy of right over might," he said, had allowed the United States to "resist the lure of fascism and tyranny during the Great Depression, and build a post-World War II order with other democracies."

"That order is now being challenged," said Obama in comments that resonate as Americans ponder whether Russia helped to put Trump in the White House.

"First by violent fanatics who claim to speak for Islam; more recently by autocrats in foreign capitals who see free markets, open democracies, and civil society itself as a threat to their power."

"The peril each poses to our democracy is more far-reaching than a car bomb or a missile."

Obama's last trip on Air Force One was a pilgrimage to Chicago, where he addressed a sell-out crowd of some 18,000 not far from where he delivered his victory speech eight years ago.

Diehard fans -- many African Americans -- braved Chicago's frigid winter to collect free tickets, which were selling for upwards of $1,000 a piece on Craigslist.

They were joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill -- who the president described as "family" in an emotional finale to his speech.

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Wiping a tear from his eye, Obama paid a poignant tribute to his own family, his daughter Malia who was present and Sasha who stayed in Washington because of an exam, and the first lady who he addressed as his best friend.

"You took on a role you didn't ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor," he said. "A new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You've made me proud. You've made the country proud."

Obama also acknowledged that his historic presidency was not a panacea for the country's racist past.

"After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America," he said. "Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic. Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society."

- Life after White House -

With an approval rating hovering around 55 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, Obama still carries considerable political weight.

Some 51 percent of Americans polled believe that Trump is doing a bad job as president-elect.

Trump's unorthodox politics have thrown the 55-year-old Obama's transition and post-presidency plans into flux.

Having vowed a smooth handover of power, Obama has found himself being increasingly critical of Trump as he prepares to leave office on January 20.

After that there will still be a holiday and an autobiography, but Obama could find himself dragged backed into the political fray if Trump were to enact a Muslim registry or deport adults brought to the United States years ago by their parents.





Police in St Elizabeth have confirmed reports of intimidation against the family of the 15 year-old girls who was allegedly sexually molested by Moravian Pastor, Rupert Clarke.

However, they say that they are still investigating, although no statements have been given.

Police charged the 64-year-old clergyman after they said a patrol then found him with the girl in a "compromising position" in his parked motor vehicle near Nain, St Elizabeth, on the night of December 28.

Clarke, who was granted $800,000 bail on January 4, is to return to court on February 13.

Since news broke about the incident, there have been raging debates on social media, which have been aggravated by the action of Hampton School Principal Heather Murray, who attempted to blocked television cameras at Clarke's bail hearing.

In the face of condemnation for her attendance in court, Murray issued a statement explaining that she had gone to give support to her friend, who is the pastor's wife, but the calls for her resignation as chief administrator at the all girls school have not ceased.





ganja-seized.jpgTwo men were taken into custody by the police during an operation in St Catherine in which 550 pounds of compressed ganja with an estimated value of $1.5 million was seized.

The police say the men's identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

The police say about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon a team was conducting an anti-narcotics operation on West Avenue in Sydenham, St Catherine, when the ganja was discovered in a storeroom at an establishment.

The police theorise that the ganja was prepared for export.

Meanwhile, the police are reporting that a St James woman was arrested yesterday at the Norman Manley International Airport for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The police say the woman was intercepted by detectives as she attempted to board a flight for Montserrat.

The police say her suitcase was searched and nine-pounds of compressed ganja were found.

She was subsequently taken into custody.





Six people, including two women, believed to be a part of a lottery scam syndicate operating out of Westmoreland and St James, were last week arrested and charged under the Law Reform Act.

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Police report that they have charged Christiana Curtis, 22, customer service agent of 34 Coral Gable, Independence City in Portmore, St Catherine; Landique Woodbourne, 25, of Cambridge, St James; Fabian Ramsey, 27; Viviene Duncan, 39; and Gideon Wright, 22, all of Lambs River in Westmoreland; and Danny Williams, 31 of Darliston district in the same parish.

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The accused, said to be members of an organisation which has affiliates islandwide, were subsequently released on station bail and are scheduled to appear in the St James Parish Court on February 1.

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Police said they were arrested during a series of operations carried out by the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) between January 3 and 9 in Westmoreland, St Catherine, and St James, following allegations that they defrauded a 56-year-old, retired United States citizen of over $3 million.





The care and protection case for the 15-year-old St Elizabeth girl involved in the rape and carnal abuse case against Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke is to go before the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Thursday.

The teenager and another sibling from the same home are now in State care. Reports are that the teenage girl is one of 10 children from a poor family in the extremely rural community; her mother reportedly moved to St Elizabeth after the death of the children's father.

Sources say the family now lives in an abandoned building in an area off the beaten path without plumbing and electricity.

It has been noted that this is the kind of condition which enables lustful men and sexual predators to prey on young victims under the guise of being their saviour.





moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgThe sense of outrage over the actions of Moravian Pastor Rupert Clarke

Here are some of the comments:

"I wish that women from all denominations, who were abused by pastors and other men of the cloth would step out and speak out. Too many of them have got away with it. These wolves in sheep clothing should be exposed. Young people's lives have been scarred while these scoundrels live lofty lives and don't care one damn."

"This is a big problem in society, and the church is no different. Many of the.leaders think it is okay to be an untouchable, because they wear a collar, or have a religious title, whilst the sins of the rest of us becomes an issue. God said it in His word, Numbers 32: 23; "Be sure your sins will find you out".

We are a bunch of 'churchgoers' who believe in the creature (pastors, bishops, etc) and not the Creator. But for His Grace and Mercy, we would all be outcasts. Too many of these leaders set rules but do NOT abide by the guidelines of the Word. Noise and emotions only, to scare people into believing, but not surrendering the old nature. This man and many others in the church, are predators, practicing; wolves in sheep's clothing.

"Can a leopard change its spots? No, but hearts can be transformed. From the abundance of the heart, flows the issues of life. This behaviour did not creep upon the pastor Clarke, if true, this is his secret practice, away from the pulpit.

If what is being said by Dr Thompson about the handling of a report on pastor Clarke's previous behaviour, by Dr Gardener, then this might be a tip of the iceberg. How many more of this kind of behaviour, is known. "Did congregants condone, look the other way, deny or gossip?

Too many spots, too many wrinkles, too much religious practices and NO relationship with Christ. We worship with our lips but our hearts are so far from God. Hearts of DARKNESS. May God be Merciful and heal those taken advantage of; the very vulnerable and young children."

"It is sad to admit but there's really double standard in the churches today. I have discovered this painful fact. There are two set of rules. Some do and will get away with it and judgement on some for the said offence. I pray we will all do as the Bible states that there should be no biases. God is NOT bias."

"My mother used to say, every day bucket go a well one day de bottom left right there. I guess that the church conducts a system of see,hear and speak no evil. They point to others and fail to see that four fingers are pointing right back at them. Now with this revelation what can the head of the church say in their defense - protecting the pastor and the church image I guess. Those who rant, rave, stomp and shout are the same ones doing exactly what they are telling people not to do - Jimmy Swaggart is a good example."

"The "Church" is merely used as another social climbing organization. This sexual assault of a minor by any geriatric minister may not have happened without his access to tax exempt church funds and whatever hopes and dreams his vehicular motel fueled in this youngster's head. This morally depleted social climber needs to be allowed to fall freely to earth. The Organization which has allowed anyone to abuse privileges needs to have their comeuppance. The Ten Commandments is an easily understood document which church leaders may be able to find in the Bible."

"This church leader knew that this Pastor was a sexual predator years ago.They knew what he was involved in hence the reason for his transfer.It does not matter if this Mr Thompson is an ex minister.His story holds facts.Mr Gardener needs to explain what he knows and when he heard."





Authorities on Tuesday removed 1.4 kilograms of cocaine -- estimated to worth $455,700 on the street -- which had been hidden in a female passengers groin area at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James.

The Jamaican woman, who the police said resides in Canada, was at the security checkpoint about 2:30 pm, where she was scheduled to board a Sunwing flight destined to Toronto.

During a search of her body, the illicit drug was found wrapped in a cylindrical parcel in a green and black sock hidden in her underwear and tucked in her groin area, the lawmen reported.

She was subsequently taken into custody. Her identity is being withheld pending further investigations.





Two brothers have been hospitalised after they were attacked by gunmen in Race Track, Clarendon.

Reports are that shortly after 3:30 this morning, armed men kicked in the door of a house in Race Track, near Denbigh in May Pen, and opened fire on two brothers, one five years old and the other 16, while they slept.

They were rushed to hospital where they have been admitted. The 16-year-old is said to be in serious condition.

The Clarendon police are investigating.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpgThe Education Minister Ruel Reid has asked for a full report on all the developments regarding Hampton School principal Heather Murray's presence and actions at court on Wednesday.

She says she was supporting the wife of Reverend Rupert Clarke, the head of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester; the pastor is charged with having sex with a minor.

Murray, who is the head of the all-girls institution, says she is a good friend of Pastor Clarke's wife. Report s are that the minor who the Moravian pastor was caught having sex with also attends Hampton School

Reid has also called for a discussion with the Mrs Murray and the chairman of Hampton School so the matter can be resolved. The meeting should take place by next Wednesday.

Reverend Clarke, who is the head of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester, has been offered $800,000 bail after being charged with having sex with a minor.

He is to return to the St. Elizabeth Parish Court on February 13.





jamaican-man-killed-norval-barrett.jpgThe fiancé of Norval Barrett, the man who was shot and killed during a police pre-planned firearms operation in Cayman, has shared several photos of herself alongside her now deceased fiancé, wrote on Facebook, "Baby wake up please, I need you."

The former accountant also made another post which read, "The love of my life even though you fly away to sleep. Sleep baby sleep until I'm there to wake you up again. I will always love u my baby, words aren't enough to say. RIP my dear lover and friend Norval Maconia Barrett the great one. Shhhhh baby sleep."

Since Martin's post, there has been an outpouring of support from her friends on Facebook who have sent condolences, while others reacted to the post by noting that they heard the tragic developments on the news.

According to police, the operation to execute a firearms warrant and detain a 34-year-old Jamaica man went awry when the suspect exited the premises with a firearm.

A number of shots were fired and the suspect was injured.

Two tactical medical officers, one of whom is an advanced EMT, were part of the operation.

They immediately provided primary medical aid to the suspect and executed basic life support protocols until the ambulance arrived.





Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has been forced to make changes to its flight schedule after a gunman shot and killed five people at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday.

The Trinidad-based airline said that due to the incident in which at least eight other people were injured, some services had been affected.

Caribbean Airlines said BW 3481 will depart Fort Lauderdale at 7:15 a.m. on January 7 and arrive at Piarco International Airport at noon.

It said that BW 036, which makes a stop in Kingston, Jamaica, will operate on January 7 as BW 3036.

The estimated departure time from Fort Lauderdale is 3:10 p.m., with the estimated arrival time at Norman Manley International Airport Kingston at 4:50 p.m.

"Customers booked on the above services are also advised that no date change penalties apply," Caribbean Airlines said.

"All Caribbean Airlines services to and from Hollywood International on January 7 will operate as per the regular scheduled times."

Police said Esteban Santiago, 26, had been arrested after he surrendered following the shooting incident at the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood

The suspect was taken into custody uninjured.





The Ministry of Health is reporting that two imported cases of malaria have been confirmed in Jamaica.

In a release this afternoon, the health ministry said the infection was found in a Jamaican who was living in Ghana and returned to the island in November 2016, while the second person is an Indian national who entered the island in March 2016.

Last year, there were three imported cases of malaria infection.

The symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache, sweats, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

Malaria was eradicated from Jamaica in 1961. However, there was an outbreak in 2006 and an emergency response led to a re-elimination in 2009.

The malaria parasite is transmitted to humans by the infected bite of the female Anopheles mosquitoes called "malaria vectors". There are more than 30 anopheline species that transmit malaria and Anopheles albimanus is considered the principal vector for transmission in Jamaica.

The infected persons are currently under observation.

The Ministry of Health is urging Jamaicans to be cautious when travelling to countries affected by malaria.





The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, (JCTC), is taking issue with several activities which it argues amount to breaches of the framework convention for tobacco control.

It is also seeking urgent legislative intervention to deal with other forms of restrictions on the promotion of tobacco use.

Board Member, Deborah Chen, says close monitoring is needed because of the many ways in which the framework convention is being breached.

She argues that without proper regulation, tobacco use could be openly promoted and the risk increases for usage by young persons.

Meanwhile, the coalition is also seeking urgent legislative action to tackle certain types of advertising which it believes harm the public.

"Right now, in the absence of the comprehensive tobacco control legislation - we are pushing for the full comprehensive legislation to be done. We would like an update as to where the government is, in relation to that legislation because that is what will protect the public - particularly our youth as we are very concerned about them getting encouraged to start smoking," said board member for the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, Deborah Chen.

And the government has indicated that by the end of this year, data from research currently being conducted will be available to guide its decision in finalising regulations.





caricel-logo.jpgIt will be known later this month if an injunction will be granted blocking the revocation or suspension of the telecommunications licence issued to Symbiote Investments. The Supreme Court will hand down its decision on January 24.

The gag order remains in effect until the ruling.

Symbiote, which trades as Caricel, is trying to prevent the Jamaican Government from revoking its licence which was issued last year.

The licence was granted last year, despite disapproval from the Contractor General's Office and it has come under additional scrutiny from the US Embassy which has since revoked the visas of some officials of Caricel.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpgThe St Elizabeth police have now opened a wider investigation into sex crimes allegedly perpetrated by a 60-year-old Moravian minister of religion.

The pastor was last night arrested and is now facing the possibility of rape and carnal abuse of a 15-year-old girl.

The police report that about 9 o'clock last night, a team was on patrol in a community near Black River when they observed a parked car that aroused their suspicion.

They went to investigate and reportedly found the pastor in a compromising position with the child.

He was immediately taken into police custody.

Police investigators spent several hours today questioning a parent of the child and other family members.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA man who resides in the United States, who visited the St Ann's Bay Police Station with a stab wound over a week ago, died in hospital on Tuesday, the police are reporting.

The deceased is 69-year-old Dalbert Clarke, otherwise called 'Delroy', a retired plumber of Orlando, Florida and Discovery Bay, St Ann.

Clarke reportedly turned up at the Runaway Bay police station about 3:00 am on Monday, December 26, with a stab wound to his abdomen.

He was assisted to the St Ann's Bay Hospital, where he was admitted in a serious condition.

There has been no indication of the circumstances under which the stabbing took place.

He reportedly succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.

The police are asking anyone with information that can assist with their investigations, to contact the St Ann's Bay police at 972-2209, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





missionaries.jpgOne of the suspects in the killing of two American missionaries in St Mary in April last year has escaped police custody.

Twenty-five-year-old Dwight Henry, otherwise called 'Dougie' and 'Chino' of Wentworth, St Mary escaped this afternoon.

It's understood that Henry, who was being held at the Oracabessa Police Station, complained about feeling ill.

He was taken to the Port Maria Hospital this afternoon where he reportedly escaped.

Head of the St Mary Police, deputy superintendent Dwight Powell, confirmed the escape but was unable to say how Henry escaped.

Henry was charged with murder and illegal possession of a firearm in June last year.

Andre Thomas was also charged by the police in June 2016 in relation to the murders of the missionaries.

Forty-eight-year-old Randy Hentzel was found dead in Wentworth district in St Mary on Saturday, April 30, and his missionary colleague 53-year-old Harold Nichols was found dead the following day.





New York Times has designated Kingston as one of the top 52 Best Places to Go in 2017, much to the delight of tourism partners and stakeholders.

New York Times, one of the leading newspapers in the United States, made the announcement today, listing Jamaica's capital at number 24.

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) described the designation as an "enviable" one, saying in a news release Wednesday that it comes on the heels of the first anniversary of Kingston being named a UNESCO Creative City of Music.

In highlighting the attributes of Kingston, the New York Times article cited the city's cultural offerings such as the One World Rocksteady Music Festival, the newly opened Peter Tosh Museum and the dub club music parties.

The article also named local spots Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records and Chateau 7 Gourmet Jerk Centre as must-go places to eat, while Courtyard by Marriott and Spanish Court Hotels were recognised as ideal places to stay.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpgManchester-based pastor Robert Clarke, 64, a longstanding minister of the Moravian Church, was granted bail when his matter was brought up in the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Wednesday.

Minister Clarke was charged with rape and having sexual knowledge of a person under 16; he was offered bail in the sum of J$800,000 with one or two sureties.

As a condition of his bail, the Moravian pastor is to report to the Mile Gully Police Station every Saturday between the 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. A stop order has also been placed on him and he was ordered to surrender his travel documents.

The allegations are that about 9:00 pm on December 28, a motorised police patrol in the deep-rural community of Austin in Myersville, south east St Elizabeth, close to the Alpart plant in Nain, came upon a parked car in a secluded area. Further inspection revealed the pastor and a 15-year-old in what the police described as a "compromising position".





Cops seek help in catching St Ann's Most Wanted

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st-ann-most-wanted.pngThe St Ann police are appealing to the public for information that will lead to the arrest of six men wanted for various crimes in the parish, ranging from shooting to murders.

The men are:

• Fifty-one-year-old BRIAN FORBES o/c 'QQ' or 'Cutie', a farmer of Drumily District, Claremont. He is wanted in connection with the murder of 24-year-old Demar Smith, also called 'Chumpy', a bus conductor of Drumilly, and his girlfriend, 15-year-old Amoya Brown, of Good Hope, Clarendon. Both were chopped to death just before daybreak at a house in Drumily, on April 25, 2015.

Forbes is said to frequent bushes on properties belonging to ALCAN.

• DWAYNE CHRISTIE, otherwise called 'Cojack', is wanted for the shooting death of 40-year-old Ronald Gayle, a farmer of Davis Town in Cave Valley, St Ann, on September 30, 2016.

• NICOY CUNNINGHAM, otherwise called 'Hype' of Belle Air, Runaway Bay and Cave Valley, is wanted for the offence of murder committed on April 8, 2016 at Lot 149 Belle Air, Runaway Bay.

• ALBERT DYER o/c Mojo of Douglas Castle, St Ann is wanted in connection to a murder committed on April 10, 2010 also in Douglas Castle.

• Thirty-seven-year-old SHAWN ANTHONY MACOE of Lot 106 Veneta Court, Southborough, Portmore in St Catherine and Greenwich Estate in Steer Town, St Ann is wanted for a shooting committed at Back Hampstead in Runaway Bay on December 7, 2016.

• Twenty-seven-year-old CHRISTOPHER BROWN of Steer Town, St Ann, Princess Street, Kingston and Majestic Gardens, Kingston 11 is wanted in connection to a shooting committed at Roaring River, Steer Town on December 9, 2016.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these men can contact the police at 972-9008, 311 or 119.





crime-scene-gun.jpgMore details are emerging from the Police High Command on the man behind Wednesday's gun attack on the Hunts Bay Police Station. Reports are that Jason Campbell was a contract killer linked to several murders across the country.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, says detectives are going through several cases Campbell might have been linked to. A Glock pistol, 23 rounds of ammunition and a bullet proof vest were taken from Campbell.

Meanwhile, regarding the shooting at the Hunts Bay Police Station. the official police report says that at about 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, a 20-year-old man was leaving the police station when gunshots rang out. He had just reported on condition of bail.

Two policemen were about to conduct patrol duties when they observed the man being chased by an individual firing gunshots. The policemen called out to the shooter and he reportedly turned his gun on them. The report says the gunman kept firing at the police, during which one of the cops fell to the ground.

The gunman continued shooting while he approached the two officers, when other cops emerged from the building and challenged him. He ran across Marcus Garvey Drive still firing at the police.

A gun battle ensued, and in the process, a female pedestrian was shot and injured and the gunman shot. All three injured persons were taken to the Kingston Public Hospital, where the gunman was pronounced dead.

Five policemen, who gave statements, reported that they fired 60 rounds during the incident. Six cars parked near the station were hit by bullets.





crime-scene-gun.jpgShortly before 5am on New Year's Day residents heard explosions in New Town, Sandy Bay, Hanover.

The body of 39 year old Tedford Grizzle was found about an hour later on the road with wounds to the head.

Five spent shells were found at the scene.

The police are investigating.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe man who is accused of killing his girlfriend on Boxing Day in St Thomas has turned himself in to the police.

Odaine Keyes has been wanted for questioning in relation to the killing of 19-year-old Tashoy Barrett, who was found with her throat slashed on Boxing Day at the home that the two shared.

Keyes could not been found since the incident.

Reports are that he turned himself in about 9:30 Sunday morning to the St Thomas Police. He was accompanied by relatives.

About 11 women were killed in domestic disputes in December alone. In total, about 25 women were killed in 2016, compared to 15 in 2015.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA 15 year old boy is among several persons killed with just twelve hours into the New Year. He was stabbed on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew.

The police report that the incident occurred between Central and South Avenue in the vicinity of Savannah Plaza as the teenager was walking .

The 15 year old was approached by men who was stabbed him.

It's believed that his cellphone was stolen by his attackers.

The teenager was pronounced dead at hospital.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA taxi operator was killed along the Johnson Town main road in Lucea, Hanover.

He is 39-year-old Bruce Brown of Kew District in Lucea.

It is reported that approximately 2:30 a.m, motorists who were passing the area saw Brown's body and alerted the police.

The body had what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the left ear.

His black Toyota motor car is missing.

It is believed that his assailants threw him from the vehicle and made off with it.?





Man who shot up police station killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe man who opened gunfire inside the Hunts Bay Police Station this afternoon was killed by police, it has been reported.

The police said the gunman, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, went to the police station with the intention of killing a man who was reporting to the station regarding a criminal matter.

His target and a woman were reportedly shot and have been taken to hospital for treatment.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St Thomas police are investigating yet another domestic murder after the body of a young woman was reportedly found at the home of her boyfriend in the community of Arcadia in the parish Sunday morning.

Dead is 19 year-old Shamaine Tashoy Barrett of Arcadia, St Thomas.

Reports are that after a friend of Shamaine failed to reach her by phone, Sunday morning, they went to her boyfriend's house, where they discovered her body inside with the throat slashed.

An alarm was made.

Police say the boyfriend is being sought for questioning.

Barrett was a student of Paul Bogle Vocational school.

Barrett's aunt said her niece was last seen alive sometime after midnight, when she left church.





2016 murder figures surpass those for 2015

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crime-scene-knife.jpgWith just a few days left in 2016, the police are reporting that 1,300 people have been murdered so far this year.

Last year's murder figure of 1,192 was surpassed last month.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal investigation Branch, has highlighted several factors which he believes have contributed to the increase in murders, chief among them being lack of respect, one person for the other.

"To disrespect somebody is the easiest thing to do, and people interpret that in many, many ways, and that results in death, so gangsters, if you come across their turf, you're disrespecting the gang, and it ends in death," he said.

The same problem obtains in domestic relationships he said, citing simple disputes between couples, in which the woman says something to the man, "which he interprets as being disrespectful to him... it's going to result in death."





crime-scene-gun.jpgChristmas Day ended in horror in the St James community of Hendon, Norwood, Sunday.

It's reported that shortly after 7 p.m three men and a woman were shot dead and a second woman injured at a shop.?

They were playing dominoes when a car with several men aboard drove up.

It's reported that the occupants got out of the car and opened fire on the group, killing the? four people on the spot. The deceased have been identified as 27-year-old Monique Woolery of Llandilo, Westmoreland and 5th Avenue in Montego Hills, Jason Anderson, 30, of Nelly Lane, 39-year-old Leo Mitchell, otherwise called 'Fire' of Columbus Square, Norwood, and 43-years-old Yorken Silvera, of Norwood.

According to the Montego Bay Police, about 7:30 Ms Woolery and a male companion were walking along Nelly Lane when a white motorcar drove up.

Armed men alighted and started firing shots at the couple, who ran into a nearby shop to take cover. The men continued firing at them while in the shop. Ms. Woolery and four other persons were shot and injured.

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

A 16-year-old girl was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.

Ms. Woolery's male companion escaped unhurt.

The St. James Police are appealing to the public for information to assist in their investigation into the incident.





17 persons killed between December 23 - 26

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are reporting a high number of murders over the Christmas weekend in Jamaica, with 17 killed during the period, December 23 to early on the 26th.

Among them were four shot at a shop in Hendon, Norwood in the western parish of St. James on Christmas night. A fifth person was shot and injured in that incident.

The latest statistics come at the tail-end of a dismal year for the country, with the murder count easily outstipping the 2015 figure.

Data obtained from the police revealed that just over 1300 hundred murders have been committed since January, significantly ahead the 1192 people killed in all of 2015.

In the face of such daunting statistics, the Police High Command is again promising to put in place additional anti-crime measures across the country.

Sunday's target

Regarding Sunday's shooting in St. James, investigators say they believe the gunmen were targeting a single victim.





Manhunt launched for US soldier missing in Jamaica

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police-photo-1.jpgPolice in Jamaica have launched a search for a twenty-nine-year-old member of the US army, who has been missing since Friday, December 23.

The US soldier has been identified as Roshain Brooks of Brooklyn, New York.

He is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 170 centimetres (5 feet 7 inches) tall.

Reports from the Mandeville Police are that about 3:00 p.m., Brooks was last seen on Brumalia Road, Mandeville, Manchester wearing a blue T- shirt, blue denim pants and a pair of red shoes. Efforts to contact him have proven futile

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Roshain Brooks is being asked to contact the Mandeville Police at 904-1577, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





crime-scene-knife.jpgThe Montego Bay police are probing the circumstances surrounding the murder of an unidentified woman whose corpse was discovered with stab wounds in that resort city on Christmas morning.

Reports are that about 8:00 am Sunday, the police, who responded to a call, discovered the body along Church Lane, lying in a pool of blood with stab wounds to the neck.

The deceased was reportedly last seen about 7:30 pm Saturday, entering a building - near where the body was found - in the company of a male.





The Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (CTOC) has launched a probe into the theft of more than J$15 million from an account held by the Ministry of Health at National Commercial Bank.

It's believed that thieves hacked into the account and removed the money between May and last month.

Hackers made off with $6 million between May and June this year. They struck again last month, removing an additional nine million dollars from the account.

A senior investigator revelaed that hackers began targeting the account when the Ministry placed it online earlier this year.

The special account deals with HIV/Aids and is funded by overseas agencies.

The Ministry has confirmed that $6 million has since been recovered by the bank, following intense investigations.

The Ministry says the breach occurred due to malicious software or malware.

Malware are computer programmes designed to infiltrate and damage computers without the user's consent. They can be used to gather sensitive information or gain access to private computer systems.





St Thomas butcher shot dead at home on Christmas Eve

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA St Thomas man was shot and killed at his home during an alleged robbery on Christmas Eve.

He has been identified as 49-year old Wilbert Squire, a meat vendor of Brown's Lane in Morant Bay.

The police say about 9:20 p.m., Squire was in his yard when he was attacked by two armed men.

He was shot several times in the upper body, killing him on the spot.





lobbyist-dr-wayne-west.jpgDr Wayne West, Chairman of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS) is urging Jamaicans to have a heightened awareness of how a recent vote in the United Nations to affirm the mandate of an Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity can affect laws in the country.

Jamaica was one of 77 countries which voted to block the mandate of the Independent Expert; however 84 countries voted for the expert to carry out his mandate to protect the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people.

But that vote by Jamaica and others opposed to the appointment failed. That UN expert, who was appointed on November 1, is now free to do his work.

Dr West nevertheless praised the Jamaican Government for "taking a very sensible stand," on the issue, arguing that the rights being promoted by the new Independent Expert "are really based illogical premises, and are going to lead to great harm."

He told RJR News that, while he has no problem with protecting LGBT people, he is worried the agenda of the UN appointed independent expert is broader than protecting the LGBT community from discrimination.

"The expert himself has articulated that his agenda is actually integrating these concepts into the society, via things such as the education curricular that children are exposed to," he said.

Accordingly, he stressed that "while I do not want violence against anyone, it is wholly illogical to integrate abnormality as normal in the society."

The resolution must now be taken to Parliament for ratification, but Dr West says he fears "activist" judges in Jamaica may follow their counterparts in Belize in implementing the mandate of the LGBT expert through the courts.

"We must make our Parliament aware that we do not want that to happen, and if an activist judge does it, we need challenge it...," he declared.

Dr. West has sharply criticized the UN as an agency, set up to find solutions to global problems, which is now going beyond its mandate to advance the LGBT agenda.





250 pounds of ganja seized in St Bess

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ganja-seized.jpgTwo hundred and fifty pounds of compressed ganja valued at about J$1.5 million were seized by the police in St Elizabeth on Christmas Eve.

According to the police's Corporate Communication Unit, the ganja was seized on the Pedro Plains about 12:45 a.m. yesterday.

The police say they were in the area when a group of men were seen loading parcels onto a vessel. When the men saw the police they ran leaving the parcels behind. Upon inspection the parcels were discovered to be five knitted bags containing compressed ganja.

No arrests were made.





St Lucia considers medicinal marijuana in 2017

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medical-ganja.jpgPrime Minister of St Lucia, Roosevelt Skerrit, says his administration will discuss the issue of medical marijuana in the coming year.

Skerrit who was a guest on a local radio programme on Wednesday said the topic must be discussed in a focused and informed manner, in order to take full advantage of the use of the herb, which many have sworn has saved their lives.

"We have started the conversation. I think we maybe need to put a better structure in place where we can have a more structured, informed dialogue or discussion on medical marijuana, to see how we can take advantage of this.

I think in the New Year you will see a more focused, more structured approach to the discussion...I think that if there is a plant in our country which people are swearing by as having saved their lives or assisted them in reducing the pain or managing their ailment, then I think it is important for there to be a very serious discussion about it, and to see how we can go about taking advantage of this development," the Prime Minister said.

He suggested that Dominica could adopt and tweak measures from other countries that have been successful in the use of medical marijuana.

The Prime Minister said while the government is not opposed to the eventual legalisation of marijuana several things must be carefully considered before such a decision is brought forward.

The issue of marijuana legalisation has been heavily discussed in Dominica. .

In Dominica, marijuana has been classified as a 'Class B' drug, as a result, it is illegal to possess, cultivate, or sell the substance.





Mystery illness of 83 JDF recruits bugging doctors

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Medical authorities have not yet been able to identify the specific respiratory infection that struck 83 Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers at the army's New Castle training base in St Andrew.

So far the dreaded Influenza A (H1N1/swine flu) virus has been ruled out, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston de la Haye. He told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that none of the tests for other viral infections have uncovered any definitive results.

"So far we haven't got a definitive indication of anything specific, and it is with that in mind that we have included PAHO (Pan American Health Organization). They are ready to assist in widening the net of possible pathogens (even those that we don't have the capacity to test for) sending samples to CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States) or CARPHA (Caribbean Publich Health Agency) in Trinidad to do further testing. The aim is to identify the organism and zero in effectively in terms of treatment," he explained.

Dr de la Haye stressed that, apart from the resemblance to H1N1, it is difficult to put a finger on the cause of the symptoms. "It's really just clinical presentations that we can comment on. The presentation being so severe in some, suggesting a possible H1N1," he stated.





2 shot dead at hairdresser in Negril

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men were Thursday afternoon shot dead at a hairdressing parlour in Negril, Westmoreland.

The names of the deceased are yet to be established.

Reports are that about 1:20 the two young men were among other customers at the hairdressing parlour in Negril when gunshots were heard.

Upon the arrival of the police who were summoned, one of the two young men was found slumped in a hairdresser's chair, while the other was found lying outside the establishment, both suffering from gunshot wounds.

The Negril police are investigating.





deputy-commissioner-novelette-grant.jpgDeputy Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant is to act as Police Commissioner effective January 7, 2017.

A day earlier, the current commissioner Dr Carl Williams will go on pre-retirement leave.

The Police Service Commission says Grant will act for 90 days.

It also says it intends to publicly advertise for the post.





Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams resigns

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police-commissioner-dr-carl-williams-photo-1.jpgPolice Commissioner Dr Carl Williams has followed in the footsteps of his predecessor and has resigned the post.

Accordinghe Gleaner has obtained a copy of a letter Williams wrote to the Police Service Commission indicating that he will proceed on early retirement effective January 6.

He also indicated that his decision to step down as police chief was based on personal reasons.

"My retirement is provided for on the basis of my age and years of service," Williams wrote in the letter, addressed to chairman of the PSC Professor Gordon Shirley.

"Having enlisted in the JCF [Jamaica Constabulary Force] in February 1984, it has been my honour to have given more than three decades of tireless service to my country," he added.

Williams was appointed Commissioner in September 2014 after his predecessor Owen Ellington also resigned from the post, in a bid for early retirement.

Williams' decision to step down follows a tough year for the police.

Since the start of the year, nearly 1,200 persons have been reported killed, a near five per cent increase when compared with last year.





The St Catherine North Police have intensified their presence across the division in light of the discovery of an alleged plot by members of the Tesha Miller faction of the Clansman Gang to carry out significant violent attacks in the division during the festive season.

According to police, based on intelligence garnered by the Jamaica Constabulary Force plans are being made to carry out shootings against rival gang members in several communities.

The areas of target include Top Banks, the Spanish Town Bus Park, the Spanish Town Centre, and March Pen Road and its environs.

The police say with the absence of Tesha Miller another man, Akeem Jackson or Johnson, otherwise known as 'Bobo Sparks', has played a lead role in a number of murders and shootings in the division.

The police also say Jackson is the St Catherine North's most wanted man.

Miller is still a Person of Interest and is wanted for questioning.

The police are appealing to both men to turn in themselves immediately.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Tesha Miller or Akeem Jackson is being asked to call the police.





Cops detain 30 in Majesty Gardens

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More than 30 men were detained on Tuesday morning during a joint police/military operation in Majesty Gardens, off Spanish Town Road in St. Andrew.

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the JCF's Corporate Communications Unit, said, among the persons picked up, is a man who was wanted by police for a case of shooting with intent.

She said the community has been tense since a drive-by shooting on Monday night, which resulted in the death of a man. He has been identified as 23-year-old Carlos Green of Majesty Gardens.

It is believed that Mr. Green was by the side of the road when armed men approached and shot him all over his body.

Superintendent Lindsay said the shooting has been linked to a feud involving members of the 'Unruly Gang'.

She said the security forces will continue to maintain a presence in the area.





JDF recruits recovering from mysterious illness

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The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has said about half of its recruits who fell ill last week with respiratory problems have recovered and returned to training at the Twickenham Park range in St. Catherine.

More than 50 recruits were afflicted with flu-like symptoms which Ministry of Health personnel had suspected was the H1N1 virus.

Major Basil Jarrett, JDF Media Affairs Officer, said it started out with two trainees falling ill.

"We didn't think anything of it because recruits go through a very intense and rigorous training programme and sometimes their body just breaks down... but when a third recruit fell ill, we started to connect the dots and we suspected that we might be dealing with something a little bit bigger than typical recruit fatigue," he argued.

However, he said tests by the Ministry of Health have cleared the recruits.

"They came in, they did some tests on the recruits, they swabbed the recruits who were still out at the area and up to yesterday, about 57 of the recruits had reported symptoms. But with testing done by the Ministry of Health this morning, I can confirm that we are not dealing with H1N1," Major Jarrett asserted to RJR News.

He said the other trainees are recovering well.





The Ministry of Health has called in the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) to assist in finding what has caused eighty Jamaica Defence Force soldiers in training to have fallen ill.

One trainee is reported to be in critical condition. This prompted a team from the Ministry of Health to tour the facility in Twickenham Park in St. Catherine Tuesday afternoon.

Dr. Winston De La Haye, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, has said it is not the H1N1 they had initially suspected.

"So far, we have had no result which is positive for H1N1, which is one of the diagnoses entertained, neither is there any other influenza type virus. Other viruses can present those types of symptoms," he informed.

Hence, he said PAHO has been called to test samples to rule out other organisms, such as mycoplasma and legionella.

Although the cause of the illness is still unknown, Dr. De La Haye said the ministry has recommended that the JDF ensure that all future trainees are given vaccination for the influenza virus to minimise the recurrence of such an incident.

In this case, the chief medical officer said trainees who presented symptoms were isolated and all the healthy individuals were given the influenza vaccine.





Recently, a letter writer to The Gleaner complained that Scotiabank Jamaica had increased charges to encash a cheque from $140 to $1,358.

Commerce Minister Karl Samuda has described the decision of to increase by more than 1000 per cent the fee to encash cheques drawn on other banks as preposterous.

Samuda says the Government will be seeking to improve the way it presents information on bank charges to help customers

He says this increase in the cost to encash cheques at Scotiabank is unexplainable.

According to Samuda the bank seems to be ignoring the impact that these charges will have on small businesses.





taxi-man-leo-henry-is-dead.jpgThe taxi driver, who was shot by a security guard at a staff party at the Grand Bahia Principe Hotel in St Ann, after he stabbed his ex-girlfriend has died at hospital.

The police have identified the cabbie as 39-year-old Leo Henry, of Belle Aire Meadows in Runaway Bay, St Ann. Henry was reportedly a popular taxi driver on the Brown's Town to Discovery Bay route.

Reports are that sometime after midnight altercation developed between a female hotel staff member and Henry, who is her ex-boyfriend. He reportedly stabbed the woman on both legs and on her left hand.

A senior security officer at the hotel intervened in the incident and fired his gun and shot Henry. The bullet exited the man's body and hit the 17-year-old son of the hotel employee in his side.

Henry later succumbed to his injuries late Tuesday morning.

The 17-year-old remains in serious, but stable condition at the hospital.

The shooting resulted in chaos, bringing an end to the party as Romain Virgo - who was the featured act - had to abandon his performance.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA supermarket attendant was shot and killed by unknown assailants who ensnared him on his way home from work in the parish of St James on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as 21-year-old Jacob Sinclair of a Cambridge address in the parish.

Reports are that about 9:30 last night, Sinclair was walking in the Train Line section of Cambridge when he was ambushed by unknown assailants who shot him. He died instantly.

While no motive has been established for the killing, the St James Police their investigation.





Ex-cop dies a week after being shot

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ex-cop-leroy-rowe.jpgcrime-scene-gun.jpgA former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who was shot two Saturdays ago in Montego Bay, St James died of his injuries Friday.

Forty-five-year-old Leroy Rowe of Accompong Town, St Elizabeth, passed away in the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he'd been undergoing treatment since being attacked on Saturday, December 10.

Rowe was shot by an unknown assailant while conducting business along Barnett Street.

The killer remains at large.





Husband stabs 50-year-old wife to death in Hanover

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crime-scene-knife.jpgAnother case of domestic violence has claimed the life of a woman after she was stabbed to death during a dispute with her husband at their home in Hanover on Friday.

Jennifer Garrison, 50, of Dias in Hanover, died after being stabbed multiple times with a knife by her husband.

Deputy Superintendent Andrew Nish, acting head of the Hanover Police, said the husband is in police custody and is expected to be charged shortly.

He said a team is conducting grief counselling with family members.

DSP Nish said this was the third time in recent weeks that a domestic dispute in the parish had turned deadly.

Last week, an 18-year-old woman was killed by her alleged ex-boyfriend and an elderly man was also reportedly killed by a woman.





car-crashes-into-departure-lounge.jpgTwo people sustained injuries when a motor car crashed into the glass facade of the departure lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston this morning.

One of those injured is the driver of the motor car. The other is a traveller who was sitting in the departure lounge when the vehicle crashed into the glass facade. The extent of their injuries is not known. Their identities have not been released.

It is reported that the driver does not have a licence to operate a vehicle. He remains in police custody.

Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, says the incident happened about 6:45 a.m. as two brothers, one of whom was the driver, dropped their mother at the airport.

He is reminding drivers to ensure that their engines are switched off before leaving their motor vehicles.





A St Elizabeth man is to appear in court on January 3 next year after he allegedly left the island on a fake Bahamian passport.

The police say 26-year-old Tim Joseph, otherwise called Marvin 'Curtis', a farmer of Waterloo district in St Elizabeth has been charged with uttering forged documents.

The Norman Manley Airport Police say Joseph boarded a flight destined for London, England under the name 'Marvin Curtis'.

On arrival at the Gatwick International Airport, he was being processed when immigration officers detected that his passport was forged and so he was denied entry and returned to Jamaica.





Woman who stole baby from hospital for court today

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court-case.jpgThe medical assistant charged for stealing a one-day-old baby girl from the University Hospital of the West Indies on December 9 is to appear in court Friday.

Forty-seven-year-old Lorna Williams -- who is of a Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 2 address -- is to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The mother reportedly fell asleep with the baby in her hand after receiving medication and awoke, around 10:30am, to find her missing.

The baby was found in Williams' care in Rollington Town, in St Andrew, about five hours later.





edward-braithwaite-to-sir-wth-love.jpgEdward (E.R.) Braithwaite, the Guyanese author of the seminal book, To Sir With Love, which became the basis of a hit move by the same name, has died at age 104.

Braithwaite passed away on Monday in Rockville, Maryland, in the United States.

He had taught at Howard University for many years.

Named Eustace Edward Ricardo Braithwaite at birth, on June 27, 1912, he attended Guyana's prestigious high school, Queen's College, then City College of New York.

He later moved to Britain and fought in the Royal Air Force, but later, even with the benefit of a Cambridge degree in engineering, he was denied a job in a related field because he was Black.

Desperate for meaningful employment, he turned to teaching and wound up in an unruly class in a London slum school. It was that experience in which he helped to turn the lives of his students around while also detailing his experience of racism in Britain that he chronicled in To Sir With Love.

Later he served as a diplomat representing his country, Guyana, at the United Nations and in Venezuela.

He spent much of his later life as a lecturer and wrote several other books.





A police officer on the scene confirmed to Loop News that the alleged ex-lover of the woman was apprehended.

He is now in police custody, where he is to be questioned by investigators.

The incident drew scores of onlookers as a police forensic team examined the crime scene.





Baby thief a no-show in court

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stolen-baby-uhwi.jpgThe medical assistant accused of stealing a day-old baby girl from the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) did not appear in court on Wednesday.

No reason has been given for the no-show of 47-year-old Lorna Williams.

She is expected to appear in court by Friday.

Ms Williams, a resident of Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 2 was charged on Friday with Child Stealing.

She was arrested five hours after the baby was found at her home in East Kingston.

The child was taken from a cot next to her mother on Ward Eleven last week.





Another woman stabbed to death by her ex-lover

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A woman was stabbed by her ex-lover in Ocho Rios, St Ann on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after she made a report to the police that the man had threatened to kill her. The woman has been identified by relatives as 20-year-old Alisa Garey, a bartender of Ocho Rios.

Reports are that the male went to Garey's house on Wednesday morning and threatened to kill her. Garey later went to the Ocho Rios police and reported the threat. It is understood that the male was warned by the police and both left the station in opposite directions.

However, Garey was reportedly pounced upon and stabbed in the chest by her ex-boyfriend at the back entrance of Champion Plaza, on the Ocho Rios bypass. He reportedly then fled the scene.

Garey was assisted to the hospital by relatives, where she died while being treated. This brings to four the number of women murdered as a result of domestic violence in a little over one week.





Peter Bunting not entering PNP leadership race

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peter-bunting-photo-1.jpgPeter Bunting says he will not seek nomination for the post of Presidency of the People's National Party (PNP) following the announcement by party leader Portia Simpson Miller that she will not be seeking re-election.

Dr. Peter Phillips is now the sole aspirant.

This comes eight days after Mr. Bunting said he was interested in the post following the decision by Portia Simpson Miller not to seek re-election.

In a statement Monday afternoon, Mr. Bunting said he held consultations with Parliamentary and local government representatives and has concluded that a large majority feels that " it is Comrade Peter Phillips' turn".

Mr. Bunting said he is of the view that leadership decisions should be made on a wider set of considerations.

He said based on the feedback, it would be irresponsible to cause the party to expend resources and divert focus and energy at this time and he will therefore not make himself available for nomination for the post of PNP President.





plastic-rice.jpgThe Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) has temporarily ceased the clearance of rice at all ports of entry.

The agency made the announcement Monday afternoon amid reports of artificial rice being sold in Jamaica. It said members of the public are urged to call Jamaica Customs or the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and report if they have bought artificial rice or are aware of the places where it is being distributed so that steps may be taken for its removal.

It added that a public advisory will be issued on protecting the health and safety of the population.

In the meantime, the Bureau of Standards has said it is in possession of a sample of the 'plastic' rice, on which tests are being conducted.

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising consumers who have purchased the artificial rice to contact its office and take a receipt to show proof of purchase.





plastic-rice.jpgThe Jamaica Customs Agency has adjusted its decision to put a hold on the clearance of rice at all ports of entry. It delayed shipments on Monday following reports that artificial rice is being sold in Jamaica.

Commissioner of Customs Major Richard Reece confirmed on Monday night that a rapid inspection will be done of all shipments, and then the products will be released.

Major Reece says Customs is to do rapid testing of samples to ensure there is limited delay. He explained that this will be made more efficient because the sources of the rice are known. He noted that this should not result in delays of over a day.

Meanwhile, Major Reece has given the context to Monday's decision. He says members of the public have an important role to play in the monitoring process.





Rice from Guyana and Suriname good to go

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rice-guyana-logo.pngA decision has also been made to clear the rice from two Caribbean suppliers, namely Guyana and Suriname.

He, however, pledged that the authorities will be vigilant in their testing programme, which will include spot checks on all rice imports.

Meanwhile, the Manchester Police have said they have not found any evidence that artificial rice is being sold in the parish.

A video, purportedly originating from Manchester, claimed that the rice is being sold to consumers in the parish. The video has sparked fear among consumers.

Senior Superintendent Wayne Cameron, head of the Manchester Police, says the matter is under investigation, however, there has been no confirmation or official report of any such case of fake rice.





PLASTIC RICE SAGA: No evidence found in samples

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plastic-rice.jpgCommerce Minister Karl Samuda says no evidence of plastic rice has been found in samples which have been tested by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).

Mr. Samuda made the disclosure at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, where he gave the assurance that the rice being sold in Jamaica is safe.

Mr. Samuda said the authorities are trying to find the creator of the social media video showing evidence of artificial rice.

The public is being asked to send samples of the rice to the Bureau of Standards.





beauty-queen-marsha-gay-reynolds-cocaine.jpgA former Miss Jamaica runner-up and JetBlue flight attendant pleaded guilty Monday to taking part in a cross-country drug smuggling operation that was discovered when she bolted from a screening checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport.

Marsha Gay Reynolds abandoned a suitcase loaded with 60 pounds of cocaine. She faces a mandatory 10-year prison term when sentenced March 3 in federal court on a single count of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine.

Reynolds, 32, 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.

Airline employees with the clearance can bypass typical screening, even during personal travel in the U.S., but can be randomly searched.

When she was pulled aside for screening March 18, she flung off her high heels and ran down an upward-moving escalator out of the terminal. Authorities said the cocaine was worth about $3 million.

Reynolds reported to work for a flight to New York the next day and surrendered to the Drug Enforcement Administration there four days later.

The U.S. citizen and resident of Queens, New York, was dressed in a white jail jumpsuit Monday with her ankles chained together and wrists shackled to her waist. She could barely raise her right hand to pledge to tell the truth before her guilty plea.

She spoke in a soft voice and politely answered more than a dozen questions, addressing Judge Virginia Phillips as "your honor" almost each time.

The investigation into a larger drug ring is ongoing, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.

In addition to a co-conspirator identified only as G.B., who fled to Jamaica, court papers refer to others "known and unknown" who carried out the scheme.

G.B. was in the U.S. illegally and stole the identities of mentally disabled men to get passports and driver's licenses in their names that he used to fly, court papers said. He and Reynolds were often on the same flights.

"She was able to facilitate this individual's drug trafficking operation," Mrozek said. "She was ferrying the drugs across the country and then bringing the proceeds of the drug sales back to Southern California."

Defense lawyer Stuart Goldfarb said outside court that he expects Reynolds will be able to get a reduced sentence despite the mandatory minimum. He would not explain how that would happen.

Typically, convicts who testify against co-defendants can get some break in sentencing. Goldfarb said Reynolds was not cooperating at this point with authorities.

Reynolds' plea agreement mentioned nine dates she helped the unnamed co-conspirator pull off the scheme so he could deliver drugs to customers in Massachusetts and elsewhere.

Source: AP





ex-lover-phillip-brown-murder-suspect.jpgPhillip Brown, the man accused of killing his former girlfriend and dumping her body at Crystal Towers on Old Hope Road in St. Andrew on the weekend was charged with murder Tuesday afternoon.

He is scheduled to appear in court next week.

The 35-year-old construction worker surrendered to the police hours after he allegedly killed and tried to dump the body of 31-year-old Kerry Ann Wilson, the mother of his child, at his apartment which is across from the Police Commissioner's office.

Ms Wilson was visiting her child at the apartment when she was attacked.

Preliminary examinations revealed that she died after being struck on the head by a blunt force instrument.





A Cuban national who was among several staying at the Red Cross facility after arriving on the island illegally by boat was shot dead on the compound in Central Village, St. Catherine, Tuesday afternoon.

Reports are that shortly after 1:00 pm, a man went on the Red Cross compound and opened fire on the Cuban man.

The 30-year-old victim was pronounced dead at hospital.

Police are searching for a suspect who goes by the alias Coolie. He is said to be an area leader from the nearby community of Little Lane.





$$$Millions forfeited to the state

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The court has ruled that millions of dollars seized from a woman at the Norman Manley International Airport five years ago be turned over to the State.The Financial Investigations Division (FID) has successfully secured the forfeiture of US$92,657 and TT$11.The money was taken from Dorrette Reynolds as she was about to board a flight to Trinidad and Tobago in May 2011. On Tuesday, the court ruled that based on the evidence and proceedings at the trial, the cash was unlawfully obtained or intended for use in unlawful conduct, and ordered the forfeiture of the cash and interest accrued.Apart from making a false declaration to airport officials, the defendant was found to have a suitcase with false compartments, containing 14 parcels of cash wrapped in plastic, that she denied having any knowledge of.The FID relied heavily on the assistance of the Narcotics Division which carried out the seizure and provided evidence to the court.

On Tuesday, the court also ruled in favour of the Financial Investigations Division in another matter.Justice Lyle Armstrong ordered the forfeiture of US$11,950 plus interest accrued.The case involved the seizure of cash in July 2010 from Kingston-based businessman Constantine Tucker at the Norman Manley International Airport.A statement from the FID said given the failure of Mr. Tucker to properly and truthfully account for the money in any convincing way, the court found that the funds were either unlawfully obtained or connected to unlawful conduct.

St. Ann and St. Mary experience torrential rains

Heavy rains have been impacting sections of St. Mary and St. Ann since Saturday night leaving several roads impassable.

As a result, in St. Mary, the Junction road is blocked.

"The section of road in Georgia that dropped - we have boulders in that section of that corridor....flooding has been reported in several communities and we are moving to carry out what work we can as it continues to rain in the parishes," said Stephen Shaw, Communication Manager at the National Works Agency.

The heavy rain has left flooded streets and buildings in St. Ann, with the communities of Runaway Bay and Dumbarton being affected.

In Mount Edgecombe, the main bridge that connects Runaway Bay to Brown's Town is impassable while the main road connecting Brown's Town to Discovery Bay has been cut in two.

Several houses in Mount Edgecombe have also been flooded, while others are under threat of being flooded.

The Runaway Bay police station was not spared from flood waters and efforts are being made to relocate police personnel and prisoners.





crime-scene-knife.jpgPhillip Brown, the man who was being sought in connection with the murder of a woman at Crystal Towers on Old Hope Road in St Andrew is in police custody.

The 35 year old construction worker turned himself in to detectives assigned to the St. Andrew Central Police early this morning.

Brown went to the police station shortly before 1 a.m.in the company of his relatives.

He was wanted in relation to the murder of 31-year-old Kerry-Ann Wilson, whose body was found, wrapped in a tarpaulin outside the Crystal Towers apartment building yesterday morning.

He was trying to dump the body in a gully when an alarm was made.





Teen stabbed to death by lover

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teen-stabbed.jpgA Hanover teenager is now dead after reportedly being stabbed by her boyfriend early this morning.

The victim has been identified as 18-year-old Shantea Thelwell, of Wells Lane in Sandy Bay, Hanover.

The police Corporate Communications Unit says Thelwell was killed at her home about 1:45 this morning.

The police say she was at home with her companion when they had a dispute and he allegedly stabbed her in the chest with a knife. She was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The police say the companion has not yet been apprehended.





The Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association Jamaica has expressed frustration with what it says have been technical failures with the ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data) system at the Jamaica Customs Agency over the past two weeks.

It has issued a statement highlighting long clearance times and complaints from customers. ASYCUDA is a web-based application that allows clients of Jamaica Customs to undertake e-transactions.

President of the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, Marcia Bent, outlined the challenges facing the members.

"The delays and the down times at this point has resulted in increased storage charges, .... it is adding to congestion at the ports. At this time of the year, there is normally an increase in traffic in commercial activities with the merchants who do seasonal stuff.....

The Association represents more than 200 licensed customs brokers in Jamaica.

Bent says the problems with ASYCUDA has had a ripple effect on other industries.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA St Thomas man said to be of unsound mind has been shot dead by a licensed firearm holder.

It is reported that sometime after 3 o'clock Wednesrday afternoon, the licensed firearm holder visited a property he owns in the Trinityville community which is occupied by 54-year-old Vassell Grannell.

Grannell allegedly threw stones at the licensed firearm owner and told him to leave the property.

It is further reported that while the property owner was running away he fell.

Grannell was reportedly approaching him with a machete when the licensed firearm holder shot and killed him on the spot.





stolen-baby-uhwi.jpgA medical assistant has been charged for stealing a one-day-old baby girl from the University Hospital of the West Indies on Friday, December 09.

On Saturday, the St. Andrew Central Police charged 47-year-old Lorna Williams of Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 2, with Child Stealing. The child was found in Williams' care in Rollington Town in the parish about five hours after she was reported missing. Williams will appear before the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday, December 14.

Reports are that the mother reportedly fell asleep with the baby in her hand after receiving medication. When she woke up at about 10:30 am, the child was missing, according to reports.

The hospital alerted staff members and the police, and a search was carried out and the child located in Williams' care in Rollington Town.





crime-scene-7.jpgcommon-law-husband-of-woman-phillip-brown.jpgDetectives assigned to the St Andrew Central Police Division have listed 29-year-old Phillip Brown of Crystal Towers, Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, as wanted.

The police say Brown is wanted in connection with the murder of 31-year-old Kerry-Ann Wilson, whose body was found wrapped in a tarpaulin in a gully near the Crystal Towers Apartment complex.

The police confirmed Saturday that Brown is Wilson's common-law husband.

Anyone knowing Brown's whereabouts is asked to contact the Half-Way-Tree Police Station at 926-2551, police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311, or the nearest police station.





Woman killed in complex near to police HQ identified

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe police have released the name of the woman believed to have been beaten to death Friday night at the Crystal Towers apartment complex on Old Hope Road in St Andrew.

She is 33-year-old Shelly-Ann Wilson. The police could not immediately provide any further detail on the woman.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the constabulary has, however, confirmed that her common-law husband is a suspect in the killing.However, up to Saturday evening, he was not in custody. CCU said Wilson's body was found shortly after 9 o'clock on Saturday morning in a gully inside the apartment complex located opposite the Office of the Police Commissioner.

Residents reported hearing a loud argument in her apartment. They also reported seeing a man toss a tarpaulin before fleeing the complex.





Cops probe double murder in Clarendon

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice investigators are probing a double killing in the parish Clarendon.

A taxi-man 52 year old Renald Allen and a bartender, 36-year-old Marcia Forda were shot and killed at a bar in Red Road, near the Bustamante Highway on Wednesday evening.

The police report that shortly after 7:00 p.m.,Forda,who was a bartender at the establishment, and Allen, were attacked by gunmen who shot them several times.

The police are reportedly following leads and have ruled out robbery as the motive.





pnp-headquarters.jpgPeople's National Party's Ralston Wilson will be among the Councillors sworn in at the St. Catherine Municipal Corporation on Thursday after a magisterial recount for the Ginger Ridge division confirmed that he won the seat in the Local Government election.

Mr. Wilson defeated the Jamaica Labour Party's Huit Johnson by 16 votes in the final count.

Following the recount on Tuesday, Mr. Wilson's lead was increased to 18 votes.

Mr. Johnson, who will be the councillor/caretaker says he has accepted the decision.





There has been a change to the islandwide de-bushing and drain cleaning programme which remains at the centre of controversy. The programme has been reduced from $600 million to $400 million.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The Opposition earlier walked out of the House after insisting that the Prime Minister should speak about the programme.

Mr. Holness subsequently did speak on the matter, in the absence of the Opposition, and outlined that $400 million will be spent on the programme and that there will be a change to its scope.

"We have expended approximately $219 million out of the $400 million that has been allocated. The balance of approximately $180 million will be used exclusively to deal with the island's drainage network according to the strategic templates of priorities prepared by the NWA," he asserted.





Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits Trinidad

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earthquake.jpgA magnitude 6.2, earthquake hit Trinidad and Tobago at roughly 5:42pm on Tuesday afternoon.

The epicenter of the earthquake occurred just 16km south east of Scarborough, Tobago at a depth of 29km.

It was located 78 km north east of Arima and 99 km north east of Port of Spain.

People reported feeling the earthquake nationwide including Chaguanas, Trincity, Point Fortin, Couva, Arima, Santa Cruz, Port of Spain.

There is no tsunami warning currently in place.





Granville Valentine, General Secretary of the National Workers' Union (NWU), has described the dismissal of 12 workers from the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) as an inhumane and unlawful act of political discrimination.

The workers, mainly from the agency's Parks and Markets Department, were recently handed termination letters, dated November 30.

They carried out a peaceful protest at the agency's Half Way Tree headquarters Monday afternoon.

Mr. Valentine, claiming political victimisation, said the workers are supporters of the People's National Party (PNP).

"It is inhumane, it is downright cruel to men of straw. These are persons who are at the lowest level of the economic scale and it's unfortunate that right after the national election, that persons would have taken such steps, which is deemed and looks in every direction to be political victimisation," Mr. Valentine lamented.

The NWU general secretary said a meeting on Monday with union representatives and the management of the NSWMA ended on a hopeful note.

"We are expecting that the senior management must do the prudent thing and reinstate these persons with immediacy and ensure that they too have a good and peaceful Christmas," he declared.





woman-shot-dead-chrissy-vaughan.jpgThe police in St James have vowed to bring to justice the man responsible for Monday morning's gun slaying of popular Montego Bay mortician, 31-year-old Chrissy Vaughan.

"He (killer) is known to the persons who were there (crime scene ) and we think that in very short order he will be brought to justice," head of operations at the St James Police Division, acting Superintendent of Police, Gary McKenzie told members of the western Jamaica media fraternity, at a press conference at the Freeport Police Station on Monday afternoon.

The shooting occurred sometime after 2 am, outside a club in Bogue Village, St James, where Vaughan was among a group of patrons when a fight broke out between two members.

One of the two reportedly took out a gunand fired, shooting the mortician in her head, as she sought to flee the scene in her motorcar. She lost control of the vehicle which slammed into a sidewalk.

The police discovered Vaughan slumped around the steering wheel of the vehicle, suffering from gunshot wound. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"Early this morning, the police were notified that an explosion was heard in the Bogue Village area. Based on what we gather so far, persons were at a club. They are known to each other and the understanding is that a dispute developed and one person drew a firearm and fired shots, one of which caught her," DSP McKenzie related.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA woman was fatally shot in Montego Bay, St. James early Monday morning.

She has been identified as 31-year-old Christine Johnson, an embalming officer from Bogue in the parish.

About 2:00 a.m., Ms Johnson was at a party with a man, when an argument developed between her companion and another man.

Ms Johnson walked away from the argument and proceeded to her car. But as she was about to drive off, one of the men allegedly pulled a firearm and shot Ms Johnson in the head.

The car crashed into an embankment.

Both men left the scene.

Ms. Johnson was pronounced dead at hospital.





Would-be robber shot and killed by ex-JDF soldier

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man was shot and killed in Half Way Tree, St. Andrew Monday afternoon.

It is reported that he attempted to rob a former member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) who had just left the bank. The ex-soldier was reportedly in civilian clothing when the male trailed him from the bank and attempted to rob him at about 12:20 p.m.

The would-be robber reportedly attacked the ex-soldier with a knife, slashing him on the hand, thus forcing the former army man to use his licensed firearm to shoot his attacker. The man reportedly died on the spot.

The dead man has been identified by his alias Biggie. He was from Chestnut Lane in Kingston.

A photo of the would-be thief laying facedown in a blue shirt is being circulated on social media.





peter-phillips-photo-2.jpgpeter-bunting-photo-1.jpgFollowing Sunday's announcement by People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller that she will not be seeking re-election, the two Peters - Dr. Peter Phillips and Peter Bunting -- have confirmed that they will be available for nomination when the time comes.

In an interview Sunday night, Mr. Bunting told popular radio station RJR, that he was up to the task of leading the PNP in the next general election.

"I intend to offer myself when the schedule for nominiations is made clear and to signal that I'm available for the next four years until the next general and local government election," he declared.

Also speaking with the same entity following the party's National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, Dr. Peter Phillips announced his intention to bid for the PNP presidency.

"Certainly, when the arrangements are in place for our elections to be held for the presidency of the party, I intend to offer myself," he stated.





cholera-cemetery-in-st-andrew.jpgA public health expert wants details on the process which resulted in approval being given for a commercial development on a cemetery on Waterloo and West Kings House Roads in St Andrew where victims of the 1860 cholera outbreak are buried.

The land has been partially cleared and drilling equipment is in place.

Town Clerk Robert Hill reportedly told RJR News that approval was granted in September for work to be done on the land and NEPA and the Public Health Department have declared that there are no public health risks.

Head of the School of Public Health and Health Technology at UTECH, Professor Winston Davidson, says this will not be enough to ease public concerns.

"I don't know that there are any hazards, but it is very important for the public to know the evidence...I have never researched this. But it is something that I have to look at ...."





Four persons killed in Manchester in 24 hours

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crime-scene-7.jpgFour persons were murdered in Manchester in two incidents between yesterday and this morning.

Three persons were killed in Craighead. The other incident took place in Albion.

Report are that a family was attacked at a house in Craighead early Sunday morning. Two women and a man were killed and the house set on fire. They have not yet been identified.

Meanwhile, in Albion on Saturday afternoon, 33-year-old Mark Evans, a taxi operator, was shot and killed by a gunman on Palm Drive. The police report that about 4:45 residents heard explosions. A man was seen running away with a gun in his hand.

Evans' body was found in the driver's seat of his car with what appeared to be bullet wounds.





portia.jpgComrades, I have been in politics for many years and I have been assessing my future as leader of my beloved People's National Party. I have been reflecting on what the past 10 years have meant and mean. It has been quite a journey.

We have been in Government and in Opposition. In 2012, we had a landslide victory and led a four-year period of some of the most fundamental strides to set the Jamaican economy on the right track. Now we are back in Opposition by the slimmest margin ever. What decade it has been! We have held together through some very stormy seas.

Earlier this year, I signalled to the Party that I wanted to see us through the Local Government Elections. There was a reason for that. I never wanted a new leader of this movement to commence their term with an election loss which we expected in the Local Government election. I wanted to give that person a clean slate on which to build. I have given over 40 years of selfless and dedicated service to this great Party and country. I have been through some tough battles for this party. I have witnessed many Comrades fall. There were times along the way when only a few brave souls were left standing.The only thing we had was courage but we were fighting for a cause and we were never going to quit on the people.

In you my Comrades, I see the best of humanity - You are resilient and hopeful, caring and strong. These virtues give me an unshakable faith in the future of the PNP. With courage and confidence in our ideals, this great party will never tire, never falter, and never fail. It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your President. I have been blessed to represent my party and nation. I am proud of and happy about the strong endorsement given to me by the delegates of the Party in September. To receive 93% of the votes is indeed an overwhelming endorsement. However, there comes a time when one must assess their political future.

Today, I am indicating to the Party that I will not offer myself for re-election as President of this noble movement for the next political year beginning in September. I want the transition to a new leader to be seamless. I will lead the officers to establish clear guidelines and a period for campaigning. There will be sanctions and a ban on public advertisements. Any action by candidates and their supporters to tarnish other comrades or bring the party into disrepute will be met with sanctions. Those who want leadership must remember that the PNP is bigger than all of us. If we cannot put the party before personal ambitions, we do not deserve to lead this movement. I will do everything I can in the time I have left as Leader of this Party to lead our reconnection with the Jamaican people and to influence the return to power of the PNP.

Comrades, let us resolve today to do our best to unite the party and build bonds that will never be broken by pettiness and personal ambitions. I thank you for the prayers that have lifted my spirits. I thank you for the countless acts of sacrifice, courage, generosity, and grace that I have witnessed especially over the last 10 years.

God bless you.





hands-behind-bars.jpgOdane Smith, otherwise called 'Queng Queng',an alleged West Kingston gangster has been slapped with charges relating to two counts of murder.

Smith was recently listed as one of the Kingston Western Police Division's most wanted men; he was earlier this week charged with the two counts of murder and is expected to face a third capital charge soon.

Smith was held during a police operation in the division on November 22.

In a follow-up security operation in the division on Thursday afternoon, an illegal gun was seized and five men taken into custody.

The gun, an Intratech 9mm pistol, was reportedly seized on Gem Road.





julian-robinson.jpgMember of Parliament for St Andrew South East Julian Robinson took over as general secretary of the People's National Party (PNP) on Sunday, promising to lead a secretariat that is fair and impartial.

Robinson replaces Paul Burke, who served as PNP general secretary for the past three years.

He said his team will focus on people, processes and policies.

Robinson said he wants to ensure that the PNP's processes are in line with first world standards.

In addition, he said the policies developed by the party must be to uplift quality of life for all Jamaicans.





Another cop shot dead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe policeman who was fatally shot on Maxfield Avenue in Kingston this morning has been identified.

He is 31-year-old Corporal Kamoi Miller who was attached to the Kingston Eastern Division. It is believed he was off-duty at the time of the incident.

Our news team understands that the 31-year-old officer was found slumped over the steering wheel of a 2011 Toyota Rav 4 he was driving with gunshot wounds to the back and head.

Residents initially heard the explosion and a subsequent crash. They called the police, who found their colleague dead in the car.





Portia to step down as leader of the PNP

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portia.jpgPresident of the People's National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller says she will be stepping down soon.

Speaking on Sunday to members of the PNPs National Executive Council (NEC) at Cedar Grove Academy in Portmore, St Catherine, Mrs Simpson Miller announced her imminent departure and promised to give the new president enough time to rebuild the party to win the next general election.

It was only in September that she was reconfirmed as PNP President when she dismissed a weak challenge from Dr. Karl Blythe.

Sunday's announcement came amidst calls for Mrs Simpson Miller to step down, in light of the defeats suffered by the PNP in the February 25 general election and the November 28 local government election.

Portia Simpson Miller was first elected PNP President in February 2006. In that contest she prevailed over three other candidates - Dr Peter Phillips, Dr Omar Davies and Dr Karl Blythe.





UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday apologised for the first time to the people of Haiti for the role played by the world body's peacekeepers in sparking a devastating cholera epidemic in the country.

"On behalf of the United Nations, I want to say very clearly we apologise to the Haitian people," he said three times -- in Haitian Creole, French and English.

"We simply did not do enough with regards to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti," Ban said. "We are profoundly sorry for our role."





new-jdf-chief-meade.jpgBrigadier Rocky Meade has been sworn in today as Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).

The swearing in ceremony took place at 3:00 p.m. at King's House.

Brigadier Meade will succeed Major General Antony Anderson who has been appointed National Security Advisor.

He has been Deputy Chief of Defence Staff for five years.





fidel-castro-el-general-photo-2.jpgThe Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has announced that the Jamaican flag will be flown at half-mast tomorrow, December 2, on all government offices and national buildings as a tribute to the late former President of the Republic of Cuban Fidel Castro Ruz, who died on last Friday.

According to the OPM, Jamaica will join the rest of Caricom in the symbolic gesture of condolence to mark Castro's passing and mourn with the people of Cuba.





5 seats to PNP and 5 to JLP in St Thomas

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pnp-headquarters.jpgThe tie in the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation remains after the official count was completed in all ten divisions.

Both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP) has five seats in the ten member corporation.

In the Seaforth division, Vivene Spencer of the JLP polled 1,223 votes, beating the PNP's Dexter Effs, who polled 719 votes.

In the White Horses division, Hubert Williams of the PNP polled 1,301 votes, defeating the JLP's Daveon McKenzie, who polled 1,007 votes.

The final count in the municipality ended about 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.





prince-harry-and-rihanna-photo-1.jpgPrince Harry is on a royal tour in the Caribbean and found himself in Barbados for festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the island nation's independence from Britain.

The country's most famous native star, Rihanna, was also in attendance, and the two met up twice on Wednesday.

Rihanna sang the Barbados national anthem with the country's national youth choir and the Prince made a speech before a mega concert at Kensington Oval cricket ground in Bridgetown in front of a 20,000-strong crowd.

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice have identified the businessman who was shot and killed in Twickenham Park , St Catherine yesterday as 49-year-old Shawn Hall of March Pen Road in Spanish Town.

It is reported that about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Hall was standing at his tyre shop along the Greendale Main Road in Twickenham Park when he was pounced upon by a group men dressed in orange shirts.

The reportedly shot him several times, killing him on the spot and then escaped.

No motive has been established.

Persons in the Twickenham Park area have described Hall as a good person who provided employment for several persons in and around the community.





us-wanted-top-10.jpgA man believed to be a Jamaican citizen has been listed as one of the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

While acknowledging that the man's identity and nationality is still uncertain, FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola said investigators are calling him 'Marlon Jones'.

In a statement posted on the FBI's website, Garriola said 'Jones' has an "extensive violent criminal" history and uses multiple alias names and dates of birth.

"We're calling him Marlon Jones based on his criminal history in New York, but at this point it's anyone's guess what his actual birth name is. We don't believe he is a US citizen," Garriola said.

According to the FBI Special Agent, 'Jones' has been charged with crimes in the state of New Jersey under the name 'Rasheen Brantley' and served time in New York under the name 'Floyd Evans'. Further, he said 'Jones' has used the names 'Anthony Howard', 'Anthony Winter' and variations of those names.Garriola said Jones is about 5'10" tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has provided dates of birth ranging from 1970-1981.

"The biggest challenge right now besides finding him is trying to figure out who he really is," the FBI agent underscored.

Garriola said 'Jones' is wanted in connection with the early-morning killing of four people, including Jamaican gang leader Robert 'Rodigan' Davis, in California on October 15 this year. The Los Angeles Police report that 10 persons were also injured in the shooting.





Cops probe murder in Spanish Town

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man was shot and killed in Spanish Town, St Catherine this afternoon.

The police say that the was standing near a tyre repair shop along the Greendale main road in Twickenham Park when he was pounced upon by men who shot him.

The identity of the dead man, who is said to be from the Young Street area of the Old Capital, was not revealed by the police.

A probe is being conducted by the St Catherine Major Investigation Division.





jetblue.jpgReports are that a JetBlue Airways flight which had been scheduled to land in Kingston at 6 p.m on Wednesday had to be diverted to the Sangster International Airport because there were no lights on the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

The plane, which left Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at 5 o'clock this afternoon is carrying 150 passengers.

One passenger on board said the plane had started its descent into Kingston, when the pilot announced that the Norman Manley airport had advised that the runway lights were not working.

As a result, the plane had to be diverted to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.





Dictionary.com's 2016 Word of the Year: Xenophobia

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The Word of the Year embodies a major theme resonating deeply in the cultural consciousness over the prior 12 months. This year, some of the most prominent news stories have centered around fear of the "other." Fear is an adaptive part of human evolutionary history and often influences behaviors and perceptions on a subconscious level. However, this particular year saw fear rise to the surface of cultural discourse. Because our users' interest in this overarching theme emerges so starkly for one specific word in our trending lookup data, xenophobia is Dictionary.com's 2016 Word of the Year.

The word xenophobia is actually relatively new, and only entered English in the late 1800s. It finds its roots in two Greek words, xénos meaning "stranger, guest," and phóbos meaning "fear, panic."

Dictionary.com defines xenophobia as "fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers." It can also refer to fear or dislike of customs, dress, and cultures of people with backgrounds different from our own.

Within the recent past, we can date user interest in the term xenophobia to April 2015, when there was a massive surge in lookups that was larger than any of the peaks seen in 2016. This spike in lookups was connected to attacks on foreign workers and overall rising xenophobia in South Africa. While lookups for xenophobia in the US also rose during that time, it was lookups from Dictionary.com's worldwide users that made this particular surge so significant.

The largest spike in data for the term xenophobia this year occurred on June 24 with a 938% increase in lookups-that's hundreds of users looking up the term each hour. This was the day after the UK voted to leave the European Union as the result of a much debated referendum, also known as Brexit. Another lookup trend that was influenced by the Brexit vote: user interest in the term hate crime soared in the month of July as newspapers covered an increase in crimes motivated by prejudice in post-Brexit UK. In October, the British Home Office reported a 41% increase in hate crimes the month following the EU referendum.

Soon after Brexit, the second largest surge in lookups this year for the term xenophobia leads us to the 2016 US presidential race. On June 29, President Obama gave a speech in which he expressed concern over the use of the term populism to describe Donald Trump's political rhetoric. Obama insisted that this was not an example of populism, but of "nativism or xenophobia." The biggest spike in lookups for the term populism occurred on June 30 as a result of Obama's speech.





10 per cent voter turnout

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The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is reporting a 10 per cent voter turnout between the hours of 7 and 11 o clock for Local Government Elections.

A total of 183,743 ballots were cast across all 7,050 polling stations.

Meanwhile, 782 electors voted for the mayor of the Municipality of Portmore during the same time period. This accounts for 8.12 per cent of the electors eligible to vote in that election.

Voting continues slowly across the island, with polls set to close at 5:00 p.m. today.





Teen shot on Local Government Election Day

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTeenager has been rushed to hospital after being shot multiple times along Windward Road in Kingston on Monday afternoon, Loop News understands.

The shooting occurred as Jamaicans cast their ballots in Local Government Elections but it's unclear if the incident was politically motivated.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's information arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), has confirmed the incident but said it could not offer any more details at this time.

Investigators are probing the scene.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man was beaten to death by residents of Cockburn Avenue in Kingston, after an 84-year-old woman was found dead inside her house.Reports are that the grandmother had also been raped.

The police have not released the names of the deceased.

The Constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit says initial reports are that the woman's relatives discovered her body about 7:30 am.





jamaican-sophia-lamb-and-andre-curtis-photo-op.jpgCops are searching for a Jamaican man, Andre Curtis, who is the estranged husband of a 44-year-old nursing assistant found stabbed to death in her Bronx apartment Saturday.

Sophia Lamb's mother found her sprawled out on the living room floor in their shared Baychester Ave. home near Aldrich St. in Co-op City at 1:45 p.m., police said.

Lamb died at the scene.

Her husband, Andre Curtis, was kicked out of the home weeks ago - but was back Friday night trying to talk to Lamb, her mother, Sylvia Malcolm told the Daily News.

According to reports, police were eyeing Lamb's husband as a "person of interest," and no one was charged with the killing as of Saturday night. Curtis moved into the apartment with Lamb and her parents in June after emigrating from Jamaica, relatives said. The pair had met in the island 15 years ago.

Within a month of moving to the Bronx, Curtis' normally cheery personality changed - and he became cold and controlling, said Lamb's father, Audley Malcolm.

"She wanted to have dinner with her sister, he said no. She would come home late from work and it's a problem," the grieving dad said.

"I told her, go to Immigration [Services] and cry like you've never cried before, throw yourself on the floor and tell them you're not leaving until they come and take him back to Jamaica."

Lamb's co-workers at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, Westchester County, were among those who rushed to the scene in disbelief. Mourners huddled in the building's lobby and sobbed as technicians from the city medical examiner's office carried Lamb's body out of the building.





producer-seanizzle-involved-in-car-crash-in-serious-but-stable-condition.jpgProducer and artiste Seanizzle, whose given name is Sean Reid, is said to be in "serious but stable condition" at the Kingston Public Hospital after an early morning accident.

Seanizzle's car is reported to have been pushed over an island into oncoming traffic, where a Toyota Rav 4 slammed into his car.

Producer Black Sheep said that he saw Seanizzle at the KFC on Washington Boulevard at about midnight on Sunday.

"He had been recording songs and had gone to get food for the artistes. He went through the drive through and I went inside but we left at about the same time. I turned down to Duhaney Park side and he went up the Boulevard," he said.

Black Sheep then reported dropping off a USB storage device at a nearby plaza and then heading in the direction towards Seanizzle's studio when he encountered a traffic jam in the vicinity of overhead bridge at Drewsland.

"Then mi bredrin say 'nu Izzy car that', and mi say no, him muss reach home by now. So we jump out in time fi see the police dem put him in a jeep. Then his car ketch a fire, and the police start push everybody back," Black Sheep said.

Black Sheep, who visited the KPH, noted that Seanizzle was conscious but "woozy" because he had suffered a concussion in the accident.

"The nurse asked him what year it was and he said 2012, but she said that was understandable. Mi just glad say him alright, he is in serious but stable condition but because it is a head injury, the doctors have to monitor him. Is a double lick him get, first from the taxi man, then from the Rav 4," he said.

Artiste Mr G. who refers to Sean as his 'brother' says it was God who saved Sean.

Seanizzle has been producing music for over a decade.





fidel-castro-collage.jpgU.S. President Barack Obama has spoken out on the passing of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro (pictured with former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1963), saying that history will record and judge the 'enormous' impact that Castro had on 'the people and the world around him.

The White House released Obama's statement on Saturday morning in which he noted the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba has been marked by 'discord and profound political disagreements' for nearly six decades. Obama offered his condolences to Castro's family and said his thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people.

Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule. He has been branded 'one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century'.





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Fidel Castro (gesticulating), with two members of the 1970s Jamaican Peoples' National Party Government, P.J. Patterson and Arnold Bertram, to his left.

Leader of the opposition Peoples' National Party, Portia Simpson Miller, in her tribute to Fidel Castro, said he was a great leader and consummate friend of Jamaica, whose legacy will live on.

Mrs. Simpson Miller, in her statement, said despite being born into material comfort, Mr. Castro dedicated his life to the struggle for Cuba's social and economic revolution and the liberation of the Cuban people.

She said, through his efforts, Cuba stands as a proud nation, providing quality education and training, a first rate health care system, among other social advances.

She noted that many of Jamaica's best medical practitioners were trained free of cost in Cuba and Cuban doctors, nurses and other health care professionals continue to share their expertise locally.





PM Andrew Holness remembers Fidel Castro

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fidel-castro-el-general-photo-2.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has written to Cuban President Raul Castro extending deep sympathies on behalf of Jamaica at the passing of Fidel Castro, Cuba's revolutionary leader.

In a statement on Saturday morning, Mr. Holness remembered Fidel Castro for his revolutionary leadership and guidance of the Cuban state. He said many Jamaicans still vividly remember his visits to Jamaica and his passionate speeches in defence of the right to self-determination.

The Prime Minister said the people of Jamaica remain deeply appreciative of the significant contribution that Cuban medical personnel continue to make to Jamaica through technical cooperation, initiated under the leadership of Fidel Castro.





fidel-castro-el-general-photo-1.jpgBearded and ferocious, Fidel Castro ruled Cuba unchallenged for nearly half a century despite being hated by the United States whose secret service more than once tried to assassinate him.Castro, who famously proclaimed after his arrest in a failed coup attempt that history would absolve him, has died aged 90, Cuban state media reports.

At the end, an elderly and infirm Castro was a whisper of the Marxist firebrand whose iron will and passionate determination bent the arc of destiny

"There are few individuals in the 20th century who had a more profound impact on a single country than Fidel Castro had in Cuba," Robert Pastor, a former national security adviser for President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, told CNN in 2012.

"He reshaped Cuba in his image, for both bad and good," said Pastor, who died in 2014. "Cuba will be a different place because he lived and he died."

Castro lived long enough to see a historic thaw in relations between Cuba and the United States. President Barack Obama announced in December that the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and urged Congress to lift a 52-year-old economic embargo.

Cuban President Raul Castro -- who took over from his ailing brother more than eight years earlier -- announced the breakthrough to the nation, but observers noted Fidel's silence on the matter.

Castro's stage was a small island nation 90 miles from the underbelly of the United States, but he commanded worldwide attention.

"He was a historic figure way out of proportion to the national base in which he operated," said noted Cuba scholar Louis A. Perez Jr., author of more than 10 books on the island and its history.

"Cuba hadn't counted for much in the scale of politics and history until Castro," said Wayne Smith, the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba from 1979 to 1982.

Castro became famous enough that he could be identified by only one name. A mention of "Fidel" left little doubt who was being talked about.

No other non-royal ruler clung to power as long as Castro did.





There are reports of a generally low turn out of Election Day workers and members of the security forces, who voted today (Friday) ahead of Monday's Local Government poll.

In St. Thomas, rain affected the turnout at polling stations, but in Portland, voting went smoothly. In West Portland there was 70 per cent turnout at the four polling stations. In Kingston and St. Andrew, voting got off to a smooth start, but few voters also turned out Friday morning.

Some Thirty-eight thousand 877 special services electors were eligible to vote.

Election Day workers and members of the security forces who did not vote today will not be able to do so on Monday.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe five-month-old baby who was shot along with her mother Friday morning in Farm Heights, St. James is undergoing treatment at hospital.

The infant was reportedly shot in the abdomen when gunmen opened fire her and her mother on the Farm Heights main road about 8:45 a.m.

The mother, 30-year-old Alexia Brown, died on the spot.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, head of the St. James Police, said the motive for the shooting is not yet clear.

He is urging anyone with information to assist the police.





wanted-man-roshad-moss.jpgRoshad Moss - alias 'Shut' of Lime Hall, St Ann, man once considered St Ann's most wanted - and who has been charged in relation to two murders in Lime Hall, St Ann - was remanded in custody when he appeared before the St Ann Parish Court recently.

He will next appear in court on December 14, by which time his attorney is to receive the file in relation to the charges. He appeared in court on Thursday, November 17, on charges of accessory to murder that occurred in 2015 and a murder committed earlier this year.

Moss first came to national attention when he was charged in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Maurice Cox, Jr on May 29, 2015. The main perpetrator behind Cox's killing, Kevin Rattigan, was on the run for over a year before being caught on Tuesday, September 27.

Police said Rattigan and Moss were members of the 'After Dark' gang that has since been dismantled by the St Ann police. However, Moss allegedly committed another murder while on bail for that offence. Police say Moss was a key player in two murders in Lime Hall on Tuesday morning, January 5, when a taxi operator, David Hudson and Damion Campbell, alias 'Iron Man' were shot and killed in a home invasion.

Reports are that at about 1:30 am, 30-year-old Hudson, was at home when he was pounced upon by gunmen who opened fire killing him. Campbell, who was also at the home, was shot and died in hospital on January 6.

Moss turned himself over to the police on January 6 and was later charged, but only in connection with Campbell's murder. Those murders were believed to have been connected to the disappearance of four family members - who are now presumed dead - on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Moss was granted bail again by the courts in relation to the murder of Campbell. One of the conditions of his bail was that he was to report to the Crofts Hill police, in Clarendon. However, the police later said that Moss was not reporting. Following several attempts to locate Moss, he was apprehended in a taxi close to the community of Moneague, St Ann on September 28.





Mother shot dead, baby shot and injured in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAlexia Brown 30-year-old mother of Farm Heights, St James was shot and killed and her five months old baby shot and injured during an attack by unknown assailants in her St James community on Friday morning.

Reports are that about 8:30, Brown was walking in her community when she was pounced upon by unknown men who alighted from a motor car which drove up.

The mother and her baby girl were shot and rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead, while the toddler admitted in a serious condition.





Popular Mo Bay photographer stabbed to death

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mo-bay-patrick-osbourne-nov-25.jpgA popular photographer from the second city, Montego Bay, was set upon and stabbed to death by unknown attackers close to his workplace Thursday night.

The deceased has been identified as 42-year-old Patrick Osbourne of Pitfour, St James address.

Reports are that about 9:30, Osbourne who just left work was about to enter his car when he was attacked from behind and stabbed multiple times.

He was pronounced dead at the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was rushed.

The police are yet to establish a motive for the killing.





PNP councillor Kari Douglas injured in accident

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pnp-councillor-kari-douglas.jpgPeople's National Party (PNP) councillor for the Trafalgar Division, Kari Douglas, was reportedly injured in a motor vehicle accident last night.

Member of Parliament for St Andrew South East Julian Robinson, in whose constituency the Trafalgar division falls, says Douglas was not seriously injured.

He also says she is expected to make a quick recovery.

Robinson says Douglas had just entered her car, which was stationary, when it was hit head on by a car along Old Hope Road.

Robinson is calling for all candidates participating in the local government election campaign, to be very careful as they traverse the roadways.





leo-taddeo-chairman-new-ear-homes.jpgFollowing quite a lengthy submission by Queen's Counsel K.D Knight in the St Catherine Parish Court, the bail conditions of Leo Taddeo, the director of New Era Homes, were changed

Taddeo, whose title has included chairman and CEO of New EraHomes, was arrested in the latter part of 2015 and slapped with charges of sexual grooming/soliciting sex from a minor. It alleged that in 2013, the accused man was driving his private motor vehicle and saw a group of children and called them, two of whom are sisters. It is further alleged that Taddeo offered them $500 on each occasion that he fondled them.

In September 2015, he allegedly offered one of the sisters several thousand dollars for sexual relations. The child reportedly told her father about the incident, and Taddeo was subsequently nabbed in a sting operation.The Crown also outlined that there are other charges pending against Taddeo because investigations have revealed that it was a frequent practice for Taddeo to solicit young people for sexual acts.

New Era Homes is the developer behind Caribbean Estate, Caymanas Country Club Estate, among other projects.

Knight argued that the bail conditions were inconvenient and onerous for his client, given his hectic travel schedule across the island. Taddeo is charged with sexual grooming.

The judge agreed to change the bail conditions to allow Taddeo to report twice instead of three times to the Matilda's Corner police station.

When Taddeo attended court two months earlier, the judge had granted the lifting of the stop order between September 17 to 28th to give Taddeo enough time to see the physician on September 20th and return his travel documents to the court by September 28th. But Taddeo had since decided against traveling.

The New Era Homes director will return to court in January. New Era Homes is the developer behind Caribbean Estate, Caymanas Country Club Estate, among other projects.

He will return to court on January 29, 2016.





hotel-workers-mangled-vehicle-nov-23.jpgLoved ones are expressing shock and sorrow at Tuesday night's fatal collision that claimed the lives of two female employees of the Bahia Principe Hotel in St Ann, adding to the tragedy in June that claimed four workers from the very same hotel

The victims have been identified as 23-year-old Jodian Duncan, a waitress of Exchange, St Ann- and 24-year-old Shanique Grey, a member of the kitchen staff, from Oracabessa, St Mary.

Reports are that at about 11:45 pm, Duncan and Grey were passengers on board a 29 seater Bahia Principe staff bus, travelling east towards Ocho Rios, when the vehicle collided into a truck, which was parked in the vicinity of the Pearly Beach property on the Dunn's River main road. One of the females died on spot and had to be cut from the wreckage. The other female died at the St Ann's Bay Hospital.

Eight other employees of the hotel are in stable condition in the hospital. The police had said that preliminary investigations have suggested that speeding may have been a cause of the accident. Several friends, family members and co-workers of the deceased women took to Facebook to express their sadness at the passing of the two females.

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Lattie Kiara Robinson, a friend of Jodian Duncan posted, "Mr death seh him nah give nuh warning when him a come. Yuh nah here nuh calling all. Yuh hear a mourning and bawling. Sigh... today ur here tomorrow ur gone. Joe Joe Duncan (Jodian Duncan) smh pass the accident last night only to reach home hearing ur involved in that accident and pass away sigh #Rip Jody remember the days at Bahia u were a fun loving person surely gonna missed by many. #REST IN PARADISE HUN."

Kenzie Duncan wrote: "God I Call Up On You This Morning Only You Can Help US! I pray for Joe Joe Duncan family and the bahia staffs god cover us help us to cope. Jesus you know the pain we are feeling now. (R.I.P) FRENNY."

A strong message was posted by a friend of both crash victims, Aries TJ Johnson.

who commented on the fact that several other staff members of Bahia Principe died months before in an accident in Llandovery, St Ann. "Few months ago sum died and now look at this Shanique Shaniboo Grey, shes gone and I went to school with Jody (Jodian Duncan). Not a nice feeling at the momemt and me and Shanique will alwasy be reasoning. Now her life as ended rip ladies."

On Tuesday night, June 21, four employees of the Bahia Principe Hotel died as a result of injuries they received in a three vehicle collision on the Llandovery main road. Those killed at that time were: 21-year-old Michael Glasgow of Village Green, St Ann's Bay, St Ann; 22-year-old Eric Forbes of Steerfield, St Ann; 24-year-old Jaynor Powell of Charles Town, St Mary and Teisha Douglas from St Thomas.





DHS: Tens of Thousands of Green Cards Have Vanished

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green-card.jpgTens of thousands of green cards, used to identify foreign citizens living inside the United States legally, are unaccounted for, Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson reported Tuesday.

"It appears that thousands of green cards have simply gone missing," Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said in a news release Monday. "In the wrong hands, green cards may enable terrorists, criminals, and undocumented aliens to remain in the United States. It is vital that USCIS [United States Citizenship and Immigration Services] ensure better tools and procedures are in place to mitigate such risks."

More than 200,000 approved applicants have reported to USCIS over the past three years their cards were never delivered, The Daily Caller reported. Hundreds of those were sent to the wrong addresses, according to the IG report, revealing "the problem was far worse than originally thought," the IG wrote.

The actual number of missing cards is not known for certain, since the USCIS uses reports from applicants to determine its number.

Carlson said Tuesday the INS "tried to downplay this." Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera told Carlson it was a "significant bureaucratic screw-up," but said, "They have no evidence . . . that any of these [missing cards] have gone to anyone ineligible to receive them."

Rivera said the missing cards are a problem, but people overstaying their visas are a bigger threat. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul called the missing green cards "unacceptable."

"We cannot let 'free passes' into America fall into the wrong hands and be used by terrorists, criminals, or others to hide amongst us," McCaul said in a statement on his official website.





Dudus is NOT dead; he did not hang himself in prison

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dudus-disguise.jpgThe police have said there is no truth to the rumours that former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke committed suicide in a United States prison.

In a news release Saturday, the police dispelled the rumour, which is being circulated across the media landscape.

The police categorically stated that it is false, as Jamaica Constabulary Force's international law enforcement partners have confirmed and assured them that there is no truth to the assertion.

The police also discouraged the spread of such rumours, advising the public to desist from making such "frivolous and mischievous" statements that could lead to "unwarranted panic and anxiety in some quarters".





West Kingston violence intensifies

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Police on Wednesday warned the public to avoid the West Kingston section of the city after the lawmen came under heavy gunfire. The police later reported the arrest of two men following a gun find that same evening.

There is a recent flare-up of violence in the area resulting in several murders. This week, a vendor was killed in the Coronation Market, leaving other vendors in fear. The police were quick in apprehending a suspect in the Tuesday morning murder.

Despite several issues such as street lighting and the functioning of parish councils being highlighted in Wednesday's local government debate, an appeal by the Jamaica Labour Party's Kenisha Allen to vote against the PNP dominated post-debate talks.





Jamaican HIV-positive man to be extradited to Canada

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A Jamaican man is to be extradited to Canada where he is wanted on 12 counts of aggravated sexual assault.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Thursday said that George Flowers has been accused of having unprotected sex with four women knowing that he was HIV-positive and without informing them of his status.





zika-virus.jpgThe naysayers believe that the Zika virus threat was nothing but a big hoax and now the World Health Organisation on Friday announced in an online press conference that the Zika virus outbreak no longer poses a world public health emergency.

"The Zika virus remains a highly significant and long-term problem, but it is not any more a public heath emergency of international concern," the world health body's emergency committee chair Dr David Heymann said.

While Zika causes only mild symptoms in most people, pregnant women with the virus were said to risk giving birth to babies with microcephaly - a deformation that leads to abnormally small brains and heads.

Many athletes and other competitors stayed away from the Rio Olympics over the great Zika fear triggered by the WHO, however, there were no reports of anyone catching the Zika virus while in Brazil, the supposed epicentre of the disease.





crime-scene-demo.jpgA robbers was reportedly killed while attempting to rob a school-boy in the Corporate Area this week.

A man was Thursday stabbed to death after he attempted to rob two students along a dirt track on Molynes Road in St Andrew. Reports from the Half-Way Tree police are that about 6:00 pm, the now deceased, armed with a firearm, allegedly robbed a student. He then reportedly proceeded to rob another student, who allegedly stabbed him multiple times.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

However, the police are now seeking the public's assistance to identify him. The police say he is of dark complexion, medium build and about five-foot-10-inch long. The deceased has cornrow hairstyle, a tattoo on his lower arm marked "N", and was clad in a blue T-shirt, white merino, blue jeans pants, and a pair of black slippers, the police say.

The incident comes several weeks after a Jamaica College third form student was stabbed to death by a man during a robbery attempt.





Murder accused murdered on his court day

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man accused of murder was shot and killed while getting ready to attend court Monday morning.

Dead is Milton Grant, 27, who was pounced upon by gunmen at his home in Thompson Pen, St Catherine while cleaning his shoes.

Grant was shot multiple times.

The Major Investigation Division of the St Catherine North Police Division, which is investigating the homicide, is yet to establish a clear motive for the crime.

Grant was to appear in the St Catherine Parish Court.





crime-scene-7.jpgTwo people were yesterday pronounced dead after they were hit by an out-of-control motor truck along the Sandy Bay main road in Hanover.

Dead are: 33-year-old Christopher Leite of New Hampshire, United States of America and 34-year-old Damion Jones, whose residence the police did not disclose.

Reports from the Lucea Police are that about 7:45 pm, Leite and Jones were standing on the roadway when the driver of a white Isuzu motor truck lost control of the vehicle and crashed into them, causing severe head and body injuries.

They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.





The director of a West Virginia development group and a mayor are under scrutiny after a racist post about first lady Michelle Obama caused a backlash and prompted calls on social media for both women to be fired.

Clay County Development Corporation director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the post following Donald Trump's election as president, saying: "It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I'm tired of seeing a Ape in heels."

Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling responded: "Just made my day Pam."

The post, first reported by WSAZ-TV, was shared hundreds of times on social media before it was deleted.





Jah Cure arrested in The Bahamas, but charges dropped

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jah-cure-bahamas-photo-1.jpgReggae singer Jah Cure is once again a free man after he was arrested in Bahamas on Tuesday over his now-viral altercation over the weekend at the Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel.

The Grammy-nominated singer was reportedly charged with 'Disturbance of the Peace' however the charges were later dropped after the artiste pleaded not guilty. Cure's manager was also charged for the incident and pleaded guilty, he was fined $150 Bahamian dollars or one month in prison.

JAH CURE arrested in Bahamas / NOVEMBER 2016





jah-cure-bahamas.jpgAt a press conference on Monday, reggae singer Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, denied that he was involved in the fight, which was captured on video and shared thousands of times on social media. Jah Cure, who had earlier posted on social media, reiterated that he was trying to "be a peacemaker and saviour" and stop the fight when he was attacked by a drunk man, causing him to "fall" on the ground and appear to be unconscious.

He also denied that he was "fighting over a married woman," or was fighting with his sound engineer or a concert promoter, as was splashed all over social media.

Instead, Jah Cure claimed that he was breaking up a fight between a drunk man and one of his friends, after the drunk man allegedly grabbed a woman's "bottom" who was with a man in his entourage.

Jah Cure said if the security officers at the Atlantis resort had "done their job" instead of allegedly "pulling out their phones to record," the entire situation could have been avoided. He said his lawyers have drafted a letter to the head of the Atlantis security team and the matter will be handled the "proper way." He has also requested that the person who videotaped the encounter be "dealt with" accordingly.

"There was no security at the Atlantis hotel that came to help which is a big negligence," Jah Cure said at a press conference on Monday.

"Because there was no security, I, Jah Cure, had to take up the job as the security, which Atlantis needs to pay me for because it bring me into a situation and ridicule me in a certain way and have me getting discriminated all over the world because someone supposed to be doing their job and not have their device in the Atlantis using it to make the video and create a lot of negative and lies...

"But on the negligence of the Atlantis. . . if their security wasn't trying to record this and they was doing their job, Jah Cure would not have been in this mess. So I end up doing the Atlantis security guard work by parting this. I am an artist that came here for a show, I am not a referee, I am not a fight parter," he added.

"My lawyer is addressing it, they are sending a letter to the head of security over there. We are approaching everything properly because this created such a bad energy for me."

The singer also stressed that he was not injured during the fight and at no time was he knocked unconscious.

The hotel has since stated that their security was in fact in place and made efforts to get things under control.





Workers injured at Royalton hotel construction site

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Four workers were injured in a reported accident at the construction site at the Royalton Blue Waters hotel in Trelawny this morning.This is the second construction accident at a Royalton property this year.

It is reported that the workers were installing glass fixtures when the accident occurred. The injured workers were taken to hospital for treatment.

Mayor of Falmouth, Garth Wilkinson, who confirmed the incident says a technical team from the parish council has been dispatched to the site to conduct an investigation and provide him with a report.

In May, five construction workers were injured after the collapse of a section of the Blue Diamond Royalton hotel construction site in Negril, Hanover.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA security guard was shot and killed by gunmen after a robbery at the Newell PC Bank in St Elizabeth this afternoon.

The guard's name has not been released, but The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre understands that he was employed to Guardsman Limited.

The police report that shortly after 2 o'clock, four men entered the bank and got into an argument with the security guard.

It's reported that a tussle ensued and the guard was shot several times.

Before escaping, police sources say the gunmen forced open a door at the bank and stole over $100,000.

It's believed that they also stole the guard's firearm.





A former national footballer who has been held in connection with Saturday's shooting death of a pastor and a deacon in Montego Bay is now in hospital under police guard after he was shot during a firefight with the police.

The dead clergymen have been identified as 27-year-old Pastor Ryan Jackson and 23-year-old Deacon Bucklair Smith, both of Rose Heights in St James and who conducted their ministry at First Fruit International Church of Jesus Christ Healing and Deliverance Ministry.

The Montego Bay police report that about 5:40 pm police were on an operation in the Kerr Crescent area of Montego Bay when they heard several explosions and went to investigate.

The police say two men opened gunfire at them when they got to the location.

The police returned the fire, hitting one of the men who, they said, was later found with a 9mm pistol containing six rounds of ammunition. His accomplice managed to escape. Jackson and Smith were found with gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

A senior investigator said that the former national football representative, who played once for Jamaica on the Under-23 team, was wanted in connection with a murder committed in St James earlier this year.





YARDFLEX Weekly Headline Roundup

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- Security boosted in W. Kingston following outbreak of violence

- 5 Confirmed Cases of Zika Virus in St Elizabeth

- Bravo sent home from Zimbabwe tri-series after blasting WICB president Cameron

- PNP supporters out for Angela Brown Burke

- Transport Ministry to Appoint Investigator In Charge to Determine Cause of Plane Crash

- Record betting on US presidential election

- KPH certified as centre of excellence for spinal surgery

- Beenie Man and D'Angel's Marco Dean records song for his birthday

- Curvy diva Yanique records single- sets her sights on making her name in the dancehall





For the second time in two weeks, persons have invaded educational facilities, disrupting operations.

On Wednesday, there was an incident at Cumberland High in St Catherine, when gunmen entered the compound and the previous week, there was an incident which led to the shooting of two students at Robert Lightbourne High School in St Thomas.

The Education Ministry said normality returned to Cumberland High on Friday.

In the meantime, Coleridge Minto, Director of Safety and Security in the Safe Schools Programme, is urging teachers and students to download the Stay Alert app.The app can be used to alert the police even without data or internet.

In the wake of reports of criminals dressed in school uniform, the Education Ministry is urging administrators of educational facilities to ensure that students are properly identified while wearing their uniform.





Tivoli tense as Dudus' son shot

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The police and military are maintaining a strong presence in sections of West Kingston following the shooting of four persons, including the son of convicted drug kingpin Christopher Dudus Coke on Friday afternoon.

Michael Christopher Coke was shot in the abdomen and is now in hospital. Donovan Samuels, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for the Tivoli Division, was injured in the chaos while trying to escape the gunfire. He reportedly suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Shortly after midday on Friday, a group of JLP supporters had gathered at the Livity Plaza along Spanish Town Road following the nomination of their candidates, when gunmen from Denham Town reportedly opened fire on them. The shooting sparked chaos, forcing shoppers and motorists to flee the market district.

The police say the shooting is part of the ongoing feud between gunmen from Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town.





Cop shot during gas station robbery

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA policeman is now in hospital in serious condition after he was shot and injured during a robbery attempt in St Andrew last night.

His identity has not been released.

However, the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) says he is assigned to the Protective Services Division.

The Half-Way Tree Police reports that two men armed with guns were in the process of robbing a pump attendant at a gas station along Washington Boulevard when the policeman attempted to assist and was shot several times.

CCU says his condition is considered serious, but stable.





crime-scene-7.jpgA 12-year-old boy is dead and his eight-year-old twin sisters are now in hospital, one of them in critical condition, after boulders fell on a house in Broadgate, St Mary last night.

The dead boy has been identified as Raheem Davy.

Relatives report that Raheem and his sisters were at home watching television when three large rocks fell on their house.

It's reported that all three sustained multiple injuries and were taken to hospital where Raheem was pronounced dead.

Relatives say the house was completely destroyed.

Councillor for the Castleton Division Lenford Danvers visited the family and is trying to arrange assistance.





National Commercial Bank (NCB) is reporting a net profit for the twelve months totaled $14.4 billion dollars for its 2016 financial year.

This represents a 17.5 per cent increase over last year, or in dollar terms, $2.1 billion increase in profit.

Net interest income, which is NCB's largest source of revenue, increased by 8.3 percent or $2.2 billion due to an increase in its loan portfolio.

Loans and advances increased to $189.1 billion from $165.4 billion last year.





Dudus' son undergoes surgery after shooting incident

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dudus-disguise.jpgMichael Christopher Coke, the son of incarcerated Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, underwent surgery this morning and remains hospitalised in stable condition.

According to police reports, the younger Coke was among a group of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters gathered at a plaza in west Kingston when he was shot in the upper part of his body.

The shooting triggered fears among residents of reprisal attacks.

However, head of the Kingston Western Police Division Superintendent Howard Chambers says a number of measures have been put in place to ensure there is no escalation of violence in the area.

Among them is the deployment of additional police personnel along with members of the Jamaica Defence Force to hotspots and a curfew which will remain in place until tomorrow.

Chambers says the police are continuing their investigation into the circumstances under which Coke was shot and are urging persons who were present to come forward and assist investigators.





scene-of-plane-crash-greenwich-town.jpgA small plane has crashed in Greenwich Farm, St. Andrew.

Three passengers were on board. Two have reportedly succumbed to their injuries.

UPDATE: Minister of Transport and Mining, Mike Henry, is to appoint an Investigator-In- Charge (IIC), to determine the cause of the crash of the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre (CATC) aircraft in the Greenwich Town area of St Andrew this afternoon.

According to a release from the ministry, this appointment is in keeping with the requirements of the Civil Aviation Act and Henry will name the IIC on the recommendation of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.

Minister Henry explained that the investigation will gather information from all available sources to determine the cause of the crash. These will include but are not limited to: the aircraft records, the pilot and students' pilot records, eye witness statements, air traffic control reports and accident scene evidence.

He added that it is regrettable that only one person survived the crash and even though he is in critical condition, prayers and excellent medical care can result in total recovery. Henry has also extended condolences to families of the victims and has promised to publish the cause or causes of the crash, as soon as the investigation is completed.





US government puts hold on gun exports to Jamaica

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gun-shooting.jpgThe United States Government has placed a temporary hold on the export of firearms to Jamaica.

A statement from the US Embassy in Kingston Thursday afternoon said in light of recent events concerning the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), it is reviewing the firearm export licensing approval process.

During the review, there will be a temporary pause on firearm exports as the US authorities request further guidance from Washington on the long-term status of export licences for firearms from the United States destined for Jamaica.

The FLA has recently been in the spotlight in the wake of the Patrick Powell trial.

Calls have been made for an immediate investigation to determine why it did not withdraw the firearm users licence issued to Mr. Powell, who was recently found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais.

Concern has also been raised after an internal check of the FLA's records revealed systemic weaknesses in its operations.





Major police operation Downtown nets nine

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police-cars.jpgNine men were detained on Thursday during a major police operation in downtown Kingston.involving officers from Mobile Reserve, Caribbean Search Centre and the Kingston Central Police Division.

The cops targeted men involved in purchasing stolen phones and petty robbers roaming the commercial district.

Ground Commander Deputy Superintendent Conroy Reid, told RJR News that the operation was part of the police initiative to clamp down on robberies and other illegal activities in the lead up to Christmas.

The cops seized a quantity of ganja and searched several stalls owned by vendors along Orange Street and Luke Lane.





flight-instructor-jonathan-worton-killed-in-plane-crash.jpgFriends and family have taken to social media to pay tribute to Jonathan Worton a young flight instructor who was killed in a plane crash on Thursday in Greenwich Town.

Was tragically killed when the plane he was travelling in reportedly crashed into a house and burst into flames on impact.

Worton was remembered as a kind and gentle soul as friends and family took to Facebook and other social media channels to mourn his untimely passing.

"Somebody please tell me I'm dreaming. Please tell me it's not true. My friend isn't dead!! Jonathan Worton... omg why," said one woman in disbelief.

Another woman added, "No words can express this terrible loss - R.I.P Jonathan Worton We are Praying for the entire Worton Family at this time."

Worton, after graduating from the Caribbean Aviation Training Center in 2014, was appointed by the school to the position of Assistant Ground School Instructor.





j-c-student-killed.jpgQuacie Hart, the man accused of the murder of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis, has been charged by CISOCA with having sex with a minor.

He was charged on Wednesday.

It is alleged that he impregnated the minor.

This is the third charge to be laid against him as he was out on bail for illegal possession of a firearm, when he allegedly killed the Jamaica College student.

He was remanded on Wednesday when he appeared in the St. Andrew Parish Court for the murder of Nicholas Francis and is to return to court on November 23.

Hart is accused of killing the schoolboy while attempting to steal his cellphone and watch on October 23. The incident took place on a bus near Jamaica College.





Two dead following plane crash In Greenwich Town

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scene-of-plane-crash-greenwich-town.jpgThe Health Ministry is reporting that the third victim of the Greenwich Town plane crash is alive, though critically injured.

Earlier, the police and the Fire Department had reported that the third victim was pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

However, the chief medical officer Dr Winston De La Haye told The Gleaner a short while ago that the patient, a student pilot, is alive.

"He became conscious enough to give a history to doctors at KPH. He's now sedated with burns to 60 per cent of his body, bone fractures, eye trauma and obviously inhalation injuries from any fumes he is likely to have inhaled," De La Haye said.

He said the patient is expected to go to the Intensive Care Unit.

The fight instructor and another student were pronounced dead on the scene.

The aircraft burst into flames on impact and also ignited a house.

The police say the small aircraft crashed sometime after 1 o'clock this afternoon on Seaview Lane in the community.

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller in whose South West St Andrew constituency the crash happened visited the scene expressing regret at the incident.

A female relative of one of the victims who turned up at the scene was crying uncontrollably.

In the meantime, the Civil Aviation Authority has launched a probe into the incideni.





It was total disorder in the once noble and upstanding House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon as Opposition members tried to block the tabling of a bill.

The Bill, the Local Governance (Amendment) Act, 2016, would split the Portmore municipality from the St Catherine Municipal Corporation. The Opposition has been insisting that there should first be consultation with the people of Portmore.

It also says there should be no change until the Electoral Commission of Jamaica indicates its agreement with the proposal.

And, in a major blow to the government, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has recommended that it delays the legislation that would split the Portmore municipality from the St Catherine Municipal Corporation.

For more almost three decades, the parliament has adopted a convention of accepting recommendations of the ECJ. The ECJ made the recommendation following its hastily convened meeting Wednesday to consider the Local Governance (Amendment) Act, 2016.





hands-behind-bars.jpgOne of the major players in the illicit lottery scam, who was wanted for extradition to the US was taken into custody following a joint operation in Kingston on Saturday, November 5.

A Panamanian woman who attempted to help him to escape the police dragnet was also taken into custody for immigration and other violations.

He is 27-year-old of Lavarick Willocks of Tortuga Drive, Greenwood in Trelawny who has been wanted for extradition to the US from March of this year. The female has been identified as 23-year-old Aylin Panay of Panama.

Earlier this year a major operation was conducted across western Jamaica, the Corporate Area and St. Mary to capture Willocks and his associates.

Nineteen persons were taken into custody, including seven of whom extradition warrants were executed on. He however managed to elude the police and has been on the run since.

Reports are that on Saturday, November 5 members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) Fugitive Apprehension Team and the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) carried out another operation in the Corporate Area for his arrest. He was captured a hotel in Kingston where he was found hiding in a garden.

A search of his hotel room yielded USD$10,000, $148,000 JMD, several electronics devices and jewellery, which were seized by the police.

Willocks will appear before the court on Tuesday, November 8.





The police are reporting that 28-year-old Ashema Miller, a banker of Belgrade Loop, St Andrew has been missing since Saturday.

She is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 165 centimetres (5 feet 5 inches) tall.

The Constant Spring Police say Miller was last seen at home wearing a pink blouse, light blue jeans and a pair of multi-coloured beaded slippers.

Her hair was braided at the time.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Ashema Miller is being asked to contact the Constant Spring Police at 924-1421, police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





crime-scene-demo.jpgYoung woman, believed to be around seventeen-years-old, was hacked to death in full public view by a man on Sunday afternoon on Washington Boulevard, Kingston 20.

Reports from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit are that around 5:00PM a female was standing on Washington Boulevard, near the entrance of the Cooreville Gardens community, when a man walked up to her and started to chop her with a machete.

The woman, whose identity is at this time unknown, died on the spot.

However, the woman's attacker, whose identity is being withheld, is in police custody.

An eyewitness to the incident used social media to share the details of the horrific ordeal.

"Wow. The world is just so evil. Was just at a crime Scene right now on the Boulevard. A man chop up a little girl, no more than 15 n just stood over her body," said the man on Facebook.

Police say that while the incident appears "unprovoked" they are investigating the matter.





buju-banton-daughter-jodi.jpgJodian Myrie, the daughter of incarcerated Grammy award winning dancehall artiste Buju Banton is representing the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the local government election set to be contested this month.

Jodian, graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and the University of Technology where she pursued a course in marketing, will represent the Hagley Park Division of the St Andrew East Central constituency, which is represented by Dr Peter Phillips of the People's National Party (PNP).

The election is set for November 28, with Nomination Day scheduled for this Friday, November 11.

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Accused in JC student's murder for court Wednesday

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j-c-student-killed.jpgQuacie Hart, who was last week charged with the murder of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis, will appear before the St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday, November 9

Reports are that about 4:20 pm on October 26, Nicholas was a passenger on a bus travelling along Old Hope Road in St Andrew, when Hart allegedly tried to rob him of his cellular phone.

Nicholas reportedly resisted and was stabbed in the left side of his chest. He was taken to hospital where he died while being treated.





khajeel-mais-mother.jpgAllana Mais, the mother of slain Kingston College student Khajeel Mais, is to contest the November 28 local government elections.

Mais was presented by PNP President and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller as the party's candidate for the Norbrook Division at a meeting of candidates for the imminent local government poll held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on Sunday.

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Norbrook has traditionally voted for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), but Mais, who said she was "from a PNP family", believes she has a very good chance of winning.

Sunday's candidate meeting was the first of two meetings. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday in Montego Bay, St James.





Victims in Portmore triple murder identified

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have identified the three people who were murdered along Grange Lane in Independence City, Portmore, St Catherine last night.

They are: a female known only as 'Maxine' and two men known as 'German' and 'Albert'.

The police say a man remains in hospital in serious but stable condition.

According to the police about 8 o' clock, all four were at a pub playing dominoes when a man armed with a gun entered the premises and opened gunfire hitting them multiple times.

A motive is yet to be established.





A third teacher collapses and dies at school

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Shenoria Hemmings Lee, language arts teacher at the Spanish Town High School in St Catherine, collapsed shortly after making a presentation at a National Standards Curriculum Workshop at Central High School in Clarendon. She was taken to May Pen Hospital where she was reported dead.

"As the minister of education, I express condolence to the teacher's immediate family and indeed the school family and friends and colleagues. It is a very sad day for education. We are grieving, and may her soul rest in peace," said Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid, who was informed about the teacher's death just after returning from St Thomas, where he visited Robert Lightbourne High School at which a student was shot on Wednesday,

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), in a statement, also extended condolence to the school and immediate family of the teacher.

JTA President Howard Isaacs said the association is extremely concerned about the number of teachers dying while on the job. He appealed to his colleagues to do what they can to avoid the deterioration of their health, and urged the Ministry of Education to meet with the JTA to discuss the welfare of teachers.

Hemmings Lee's death comes just after the deaths of fellow teachers, 39-year-old Christopher Gayle of Kingston College, and Nadine Trail of Norman Manley High, who both died last month.





schoolboy-dies-after-match.jpgAnother student athlete has died after competing in a sporting activity.

Sixth-former Saymar Ramsay of Spot Valley High in St James died after playing a basketball match in Montego Bay against Cornwall College yesterday.

It's reported that after the game Ramsay complained about feeling ill and was taken for medical treatment.

He subsequently died.

His death comes weeks after St George's College football player Dominic James collapsed at a football match and later died..





Hillary Clinton challenges FBI over email probe

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hillary-clinton-photo-1.jpgHillary Clinton's presidential campaign team has challenged the FBI over its decision to brief US lawmakers on a new inquiry into the Democratic candidate's email use.

FBI Director James Comey informed Congress of the move in a letter on Friday, 11 days before the election.

Mrs Clinton told supporters the move, was "unprecedented" and "deeply troubling".

But Republican opponent Donald Trump has praised the bureau's decision.

In his letter to Congress, Mr Comey said the FBI had learned of fresh emails which might be "pertinent" to its previous inquiry into the Democratic candidate's use of a private server when she was secretary of state in the Obama administration.

Mr Comey has defended the move, insisting that not making it public would be "misleading" and also risked being "misunderstood", given that the FBI does not know the significance of the newly found emails.

In a memo he acknowledged "we do not ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations". But he said he felt an "obligation" to do so given that he had previously testified that the FBI investigation was complete.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said the information provided by Mr Comey was "long on innuendo" and "short on facts".

There was, he said, "no evidence of wrongdoing. No charge of wrongdoing. No indication this is even about Hillary".

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Mr Trump meanwhile has said the issue is the biggest political scandal in the US since Watergate, which brought down President Richard Nixon.

At a rally in Colorado on Saturday, he said: "Her criminal action was wilful, deliberate, intentional and purposeful.

"Hillary set up an illegal server for the obvious purpose of shielding her illegal actions from public disclosure and exposure."

The FBI has already established that Mrs Clinton had held classified information on a private email server.

In July, Mr Comey said Mrs Clinton's handling of sensitive material during her tenure as secretary of state was "extremely careless", but cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing.





$1 Million reward for info in JC student's murder

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j-c-student-killed.jpgThe reward for information leading to the arrest of the man wanted in the murder of Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis has been increased to $1 million.

Crime Stop is offering to anyone who comes forward with the information that leads to the arrest of Quacie Hart. Funds for the reward were provided by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and family and friends of Jamaica College.

Persons with information about Hart's whereabouts are being asked to call Crime Stop at 311. Crime Stop says that persons do not have to reveal their identity when they provide information on the whereabouts of Hart.

On Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

President of JC's Old Boys Association Major Basil Jarrett said yesterday that so far the association had collected $215,000 to offer as a reward.

Jarrett said persons wishing to contribute to the reward may contact JC's Old Boys Association, which has an office on the school's Old Hope Road campus.





Cops probe double murder in Clarendon

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Clarendon Police are investigating a double murder in Hayes on Monday.

Those killed have been identified as Natasha Lewis, 38, and labourer Garsham Dixon, 54, both from Raymond District.

Mr. Lewis and Ms. Dixon were killed as they stood among a group of persons in the community some time after 5:00 p.m. The group was approached by heavily armed men who opened fire.

The community has been tense since Saturday's killing of a 26 year old woman.

Shop operator Althea Linton was taken from her home shortly after 4:00 a.m. Her body was found with gunshot wounds in the nearby community of Land Lease about four hours later.





It has revealed that there have been more attacks on students in the Corporate Area, following last week's fatal stabbing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis.

Errol Holmes, President of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Jamaica College, has shared information that at least two other attacks have taken place, which involved students from the institution, as well as Ardenne High and Kingston College.

Mr. Holmes made the disclosure following Monday's silent protest at Jamaica College against violence affecting children.

He is pushing for an exclusive JUTC school bus service for the Corporate Area during peak hours or for legislative changes to be made, which will force public transport operators to have video recording devices in their vehicles.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are still processing the three men who have been held in connection with the killing of Dr Martin Garwood whose body was found at his home last week.

The police say following investigations they intercepted a vehicle with the three men aboard and subsequently arrested them.

Their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

Forty-year-old Garwood was murdered at his home in Barbican, St Andrew last Wednesday.

He was attached to the Kingston Public Hospital and was also the doctor of the Young Reggae Boyz team.

His colleagues reportedly went in search of him when he didn't turn up for work on Wednesday and calls to his cell phone went unanswered.

When they arrived at his residence, they observed blood and alerted the police who later found his body with multiple stab wounds.





Suspect in murder of JC student charged

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j-c-student-killed.jpgThe suspect in the killing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student, Nicholas Francis, has been charged and is set to appear in court on Friday.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police force, via its twitter handle, announced Sunday afternoon that Quacie Hart has been charged for the killing of the student. This is after Hart turned himself in to the Half-Way Tree police last night. He was accompanied by his lawyer Adrian Christie. Crime Stop had announced a J$1 million reward for information leading to Hart's arrest.

Last Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Toyota Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

The police named Hart as a person of interest a day after the incident. Hart is currently on bail after being previously charged for illegal possession of a firearm. He is set to appear in court on January 17, 2017 on that matter.





march-pen-fat-man.jpgMarvin 'Fat Man' Campbell, the man charged in connection with the October 9 March Pen Road killings, was remanded on Tuesday when he appeared before the St. Catherine Parish Court.

He is to return next Wednesday to settle legal representation.

He told the Parish Judge that he is in the process of hiring an attorney. Mr. Campbell was charged last week with five counts of murder.

Investigators say Campbell, who is reportedly a member of the Clansman gang, led a group of gunmen to his family's house in March Pen where five persons were shot and the house set on fire.

Three children, including his 14-year-old son, were among those killed. Campbell, is also facing charges of rape and incest.





Ardenne High School student drowns at YMCA pool

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The Ardenne High student who was rushed to hospital this afternoon (Tuesday) after an incident at the Kingston YMCA has died.

He has been identified as Jevaughn Brown -- a third form student at the Hope Road based institution, in St Andrew. Ardenne Principal Nadine Malloy said that the student was visiting the YMCA for community service at the time of the incident.

However, early reports are that after the community service session ended, and the work coach left, the student, despite prior warnings, went into the deep end of the pool and got into difficulties.

The student was rushed to the nearby Andrew's Memorial Hospital on Hope Road where he died.





Man jailed for killing fellow Jamaican in the UK

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killer-douane-brown.jpgA report from bbc.com says that a Jamaican man has been jailed for 21 years in the United Kingdom for stabbing another Jamaican to death inside an Internet cafe.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jamaican Douane Brown reportedly stabbed Horace Williams in the neck at the cafe in Smethwick in April of this year.

Brown, who is from Bickington Road in Birmingham, was convicted by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court, capping a five-day trial.

The convict will serve at least 21 years behind bars for the offence.

Reports are that on the day of the incident, both men exchanged glances across the cafe some time before Brown reportedly pulled a folding knife from his jacket pocket and launched the attack that led to Williams' death.

It was theorise that there was some history of bad blood between the two men, but the attack was reportedly not prompted by any aggression on Williams' part.





Teen found with gun and arrested

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The police are reporting that a teenager is now in custody following the seizure of a homemade firearm and one 9mm round of ammunition at a shop on the Mammee Bay main road in St Ann, this morning.

Reports from police in St Ann's Bay are that about 1:20 am, lawmen carried out a raid at the shop at which the teenager was a patron.

A search of the premises and his person resulted in the seizure of the firearm and ammunition, the police say.

The police say his court date will be announced later while investigations continue.





j-c-student-killed.jpgThe man wanted for the shocking killing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student, Nicholas Francis, is now in police custody.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police force says Quacie Hart turned himself in to the Half-Way Tree police last night. He was accompanied by his lawyer.

The CCU says he is being processed and is expected to be questioned later.

Crime Stop had announced a J$1 million reward for information leading to Hart's arrest.

Last Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Toyota Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

He was then thrown out of the bus, breaking one of his hands in the process.

The police named Hart as a person of interest a day after the incident.





vegas-and-khajeel-mais-family.jpgMr Vegas was part of a prayer vigil held in Half-Way-Tree offering moral support to the family of the late Khajeel Mais on Tuesday.

Mais, 17, was shot and killed when the taxi he was travelling in collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle on Highland Drive in Havendale in 2011. It is alleged that the driver of the BMW got out and fired shots at the taxi, hitting the boy.

The St Andrew businessman, Patrick Powell, 59, who was fingered in the murder of Khajeel Mais, was freed on Monday after the seven-member jury was directed by Justice Lloyd Hibbert to return a not-guilty verdict on murder and shooting with intent charges.

According to Mr Vegas, he and other Jamaicans are dissatisfied with the court's ruling.





bulldozer-red-hills-road.jpgThe Supreme Court has turned down an application seeking an injunction to prevent the registered owner of the property at 85 Red Hills Road in St. Andrew from evicting the current occupants.

The court's decision on Wednesday is unwelcome news for scores of families who are facing eviction from the property.

"What it means is that we still have the purview of acting on the court orders by removing persons from the property; unless of course, the government comes up with something substantive in terms of an offer and at this time I'd prefer something in a more formal way directed at us," explained attorney Franklin Grenyion, who is representing the owner.

The eviction was halted following the government's intervention last Thursday.

Housing Minister Dr. Horace Chang had asserted that the government has the authority to acquire certain properties for particular types of developments under the Local Improvement Act.





Hunt on for killer of JC third form student

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j-c-student-killed.jpgA hunt is now on for a man who fatally stabbed a student of Jamaica College in St. Andrew.

Nicholas Francis, who was a third form student, was held up yesterday afternoon while on a bus.

The incident took place near the school. It's reported that a passenger attempted to steal Nicholas' cellphone.

Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, says the student was stabbed twice and later succumbed to his injuries. He is appealing to those who saw to come forward.

And in light of yesterday's incident the Education Minister says the authorities might have to take a second look at increasing security on public passengers buses.





US ganja farmers 'fretting'

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ganja-seized.jpgGARBERVILLE, California (AP) -- Laura Costa's son and husband moved quickly with pruning shears as they harvested the family's fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm.

The farm, hidden along a winding mountain road in a remote redwood forest, is just one of many illegal "grows" that make up Northern California's famous Emerald Triangle, a marijuana-producing mecca at the intersection of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties.

California voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use -- an issue that has sown deep division here among long-time growers. The Costas and many fellow marijuana farmers have yearned for the legitimacy and respectability that could be bestowed by legalization. But they also fear Proposition 64 will bring costly regulations and taxes and could put them out of business if corporate interests and big farms take over.

"It will end traditional marijuana farming like this," said Laura Costa, sitting in the middle of one of four 40-plant gardens, puffing on a glass pipe. "It will end our way of life."





tesha-miller-photo-2.jpgAttorney-at-law, Bert Samuels, says that his client, reputed gang leader Tesha Miller, is living in fear because of trumped-up charges.

He says the police have linked miller to some 77 gang-related murders committed in Spanish Town, since March. However, he says his client knows nothing about them.

Mr. Samuels states that Miller has a suit in the Supreme Court against the Attorney general and the police, for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and breaches of his constitutional rights, which is set for hearing November 7 to 9.

The suit results from a case some years ago in the gun court, in which Miller was accused of robbing a taxi driver of a motor vehicle.

Samuels says Miller was convicted of the charge, but he was freed on appeal, following investigations which proved that at the time when its alleged that Miller was involved in the robbery, Miller was actually at a police station reporting, based on a court order.

The attorney says he fears that Miller might not be able to attend court come next month, because he is afraid that the police will want to hold him on trumped up charges.





vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgOn Monday, businessman Patrick Powell was acquitted of murder and shooting with intent charges of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais in the Home Circuit Court after the case against him crumbled.

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The verdict has set social media on fire with making a comparison with Vybz Kartel's 2011 murder trial.

Michael Dawson, the co-author of Vybz Kartel's book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has spoken out in the wake of the "not guilty" verdict: "Vybz Kartel must be justly granted his freedom if we are going to convince the people of Jamaica that there are the same set of rules for the sons of poor people and the sons of rich people."

Michael Dawson further stated that "This has to be done either by the DPP's office in the name of equal rights and justice, initiating the process to have his conviction overturned, or not oppose his Appeal. Justice must be equitable if our nation is to move forward. Sam Sharpe and Paul Bogle did not die so a rich person has a better chance at justice than a poor person; that should have ended in the 1800s, this generation in 2016 must believe that they will be treated fairly under the law, if they are going to respect the law."





The police are still processing the Barbican, St Andrew property where the body of Young Reggae Boyz doctor Dr Martin Garwood was found Wednesday morning.

Garwood who was 40 years old, worked at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Jamaica Constabulary Force Communication Officer Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says Garwood's colleagues went in search of him when he didn't turn up for work on Wednesday and calls to his cell phone went unanswered.

When colleagues arrived at his residence, they observed blood and alerted the police who later found Garwood's body with multiple stab wounds. Lindsay says information gathered suggests that the incident may have happened around 2 o'clock Wednesday morning.

She says the doctor's black Honda CR-V motor vehicle may have been taken by the killer or killers. However, Superintendent Lindsay says there was no sign of forced entry to the doctor's residence.





JC student stabbed to death on coaster bus

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j-c-student-killed.jpgJamaica College is in deep grief following the murder of a ?third-form student who was stabbed and killed on a bus near the school Wednesday afternoon by a man attempting to steal his cell phone.

Fourteen-year-old Nicholas Francis reportedly boarded a green Toyota Coaster bus in the vicinity of Blue Castle Drive on Old Hope Road in St Andrew and was soon after accosted by a man who demanded his phone.

Francis resisted and was stabbed in the hand and chest by his assailant.

The student was then thrown from the bus, breaking his arm in the fall.

It's not clear what happened to the perpetrator.

The driver of the bus took the student to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he died.

Francis played an active role at the recent funeral of fellow third former, 14-year-old Jordan Miller, who died at home in late August.





Jamaican man gets 34-month sentence in Cayman

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court.jpgA Jamaican man, who escaped a gun conviction in the Cayman Islands, was sentenced to 34 months imprisonment for his role in drug trafficking and other related offences.

Jamaican national Marlon Crowe, along with Caymanians Leon St. Michael Hydes and Clebeland Swaby Powery, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to import 194 pounds of ganja and were sentenced last Wednesday to prison terms ranging from 34 months to four and a half years.

According to www.caymancompass.com, Justice Charles Quin found three men not guilty of possessing an unlicensed firearm and then sentenced them for the ganja in which the firearm had been found.

On February 4, Cayman's Joint Marine Unit on board the vessel Guardian found the men in a boat drifting approximately 20 miles off East End.

Also on board was a large amount of ganja.

The men were arrested on suspicion of importation of the drug.

A firearm and 64 rounds of ammunition were also found on the vessel that police officers later brought to Grand Cayman.

Justice Quin found there was no case for them to answer to because there was no forensic evidence such as fingerprints or DNA to link any of them to the gun.

Attorney Crister Brady advised the court that Crowe, 34, had no previous conviction in Cayman or in Jamaica.

Crowe was sentenced to 34 months, while Swaby and Hydes were sentenced to three and a half years and four and a half years, respectively.





Ministry of Health prepared to probe dog meat saga

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chinese-cooking-dogs-in-jamaica.jpgThe Health Ministry is now prepared investigate into whether Chinese restaurants are serving dog meat, this following a recent picture of a a skinned, unseasoned animal, resembling a dog, in a cooking pot which started making the rounds on social media. It was accompanied by a voice note of a woman saying that she was now offering the proof that Chinese were cooking dog and serving as other acceptable meats.

Since then there have been many comments on Facebook as many claim they would not be ordering any more Chinese food.

The Ministry of Health is now weighing in on the issue and they are promising to launch an investigation into the allegations.

"If there are sufficient reasons for us to launch an investigation, then we will do that," an official from the Ministry of Health reportedly said.

The social media message, which has sent tongues wagging across Jamaica, contains an image of

Under Jamaica's Public Health Act, the slaughter of animals or poultry for human consumption is monitored by the health authorities.





Sharon James, Tesha Miller's mother fed up

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Tesah Milller's mother Sharon James, says she is now considering legal action against the police who have been constantly harassing her in search of Miller.

The mother of reputed Clansman Gang leader, who is the caregiver for several children, says the frequent visits by the police since Miller's deportation from the United States in March this year has been traumatic

James says she is now considering counselling for the children.

Communications officer at the Jamaica Constabulary Force Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said the police have been making visits to locate Miller as the investigators have an interest in him. But she says she is unable to speak to the frequency of the visits. She reiterated that Miller remains a person of interest and the police are making efforts to find him.

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Bert Samuels says Miller is living in fear because of the potential for trumped up charges against him. He says the police have linked Miller to some 70 murders, but his client says he knows nothing about them.





Young Reggae Boyz team doctor stabbed to death

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Team doctor for Jamaica's Young Reggae Boyz Dr Martin Garwood was on Wednesday stabbed to death at his home in Barbican, St Andrew.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit has confirmed the incident, but said it has no details.

However, police investigators say Dr Garwood, who also worked at the Kingston Public Hospital, was stabbed multiple times.





Alia Atkinson breaks World Record in Tokyo

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alia-atkinson-photo-3.jpgJamaica's Alia Atkinson has broken the 50 metres breaststroke short course world record at the FINA World Cup Tour in Tokyo.

Alia won the event in 28.64 seconds, beating the old mark of 28.80 seconds which was set by Jessica Hardy in Berlin in 2009. This is Alia's second world record as she is currently tied with Ruta Meilutyte for the 100 metres breaststroke record. She won today's event ahead of Russia's Yulia Efimova and American Molly Hannis.

The Jamaican is one of only three women ever to have broken the 29-second barrier in the 50 metres breaststroke. She will receive a US10,000 bonus from FINA for breaking the world record, along with 20 points towards her cluster bonus.





x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-2.jpgPatrick Powelll was tried in the court of public opinion and found guilty as sin for the 2011 murder of former Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais. He was set free by the court on Monday after the prosecution's star witness turned 'hostile' and the case crumbled.

Social media has erupted with the theme being that Fada God nah sleep and the murderer of the young boy, whoever he or she is, will be meet hisor her Waterloo.


All we have the energy to do is share some of the thousands of comments from social media.

Dean

This is the most ridiculous and intentionally corrupted case I've ever seen in all my life. Mek mi feel like mi neva learn nuttin growing up. Jah know


Rush

How vybe kartel found guilty and this guy clear and present with all evidence implicating him but he walks free


Kidani

Failure to hand over his firearm is a fine ,which he can pay he's off


Desroy Smith from Facebook, 1 hour ago

How convenient! Free him of murder, then charge him for withholding the murder weapon. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!


Russian_

NO JUSTICE


Homar

I don't want hear or see nothing about this case anymore. ... that firearm should be seized immediately after the shooting. . What is happening in Jamaica???


Herbert

Seems to me that the system was played to set Mr Powell free. First how can a firearm holder refuse, for five years, a lawful request for the provision of his gun for ballistic testing in a murder case. Could the firearm licence not be revoked rendering possession illegal and forcing Mr Powell to 'take' in his firearm. Over the intervening 5-year period why was the 'gun charge' not taken before the courts before the murder trial given the importance of the potential ballistic evidence, now immediately after his acquittal that case is before the courts. The playing of the system continues even after the trial with both defence lawyers on Beyond the Headlines sanitizing their client and ducking questions about Mr Powell's refusal to submit his gun for testing.


Norman_S

We would also like to know if the firearm permit has been renewed within the last 5 years.., while the police needed it for examination...!?


Nicole Henry from Facebook, 2 hours ago

KARMA naah release him.....

Stewart from Facebook2 hours ago

It's all about the money. God not sleeping n no bad deed will go unpunished


Heidi-Ann

Send home the man, prosecutors already freed him of murder, so tell me now after 5 yrs u going to try him on gun charge when u never took his gun or his X6, where u going to find the evidence now?


Ashley 2

Oh please what a travesty of justice, so many years later they are talking about him not turning in his gun, could not happen here his old ass would be sitting in a cell.


Pixie

This is fuckry. The key evidence in the crime wasn't turned over. What a bomboclat system wicked, court and everybody working with this man.


Okema

There is no justice for mediocre are the poor......but the rich will get away with anything


Dale

A money run Jamaica, as long as u have u money u can't go jail.


Colin

This come in like circus


Marva

The judge police killer Powell and his lawyer are a sets of evil heartless people the judge should have ordered this man to turned his gun in are you telling me that this killing took place 5yrs ago and he still holding his gun no somethings is not adding up the blasted man killed the young boy are we that blind wake up people he knows that if he turned the gun in and they run ballistic on it the truth will comes out smh


Sandra

All he may end up doing is pay a fine


Kellkell

Me would a pay smadi shoot him in a him head 1 bbc shot!


Brenda

That's putting the cart in front of the horse or what, that should have been done already, that would have clear up every thing perfectly.


Deon

after 5 yrs him never turn over gun.


Marva

What sort of nonsense is this how comes he got acquitted and the murder weapon is still with held by the by this man where Jamaica got their laws from


Whitney

In all of 5 years. now the court a ask him to turn over his gun. After d case close... Unu really love insult d average man. This case grieve mi to d core. No man mi ago pray cause nothing abt this is right





x6-murder-trial-khajeel-mais.jpgx6-trial-powell.jpgThe family of Khajeel Mais refused to speak with reporters after accused Patrick Powell walked free in the X6 murder case on Monday.

Mais' parents left the court teary-eyed after the crown, unable to prove that Powell was on the scene when the former Kingston College student was shot, offered no further evidence in the case. Mais was shot dead on July 1, 2011 while he was travelling in a taxi in Havendale to meet up with friends to attend a fete at the Meadowbrook High School. The killer was believed to be driving a BMW X6 sports utility vehicle. Powell's Belgrade Loop, St Andrew, home was subsequently raided by the police and two BMW X6 vehicles were seized.

The case began to crumble last week when star witness Wayne Wright, the taxi driver, said he did not see the shooter and said that cops asked him to lie that he saw the killer. Earlier this month, Khajeel's sister Kimberly took to social media to vent her frustration with the delay and the pace of the justice system.

"At first, they gave Vybz Kartel's case precedence, saying limited court rooms available to try cases. Vybz Kartel has been convicted (more than two) years now... So I guess a life wrongfully taken does not matter to the country," she said in a Facebook post.





x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-1.jpgX6 Murder Trial: Khajeel Mais murder accused Patrick Powell walks free

Businessman Patrick Powell has been found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais.

The prosecution rested its case Monday morning in the Home Circuit Court.

Jurors were instructed to return a not guilty verdict after the prosecution said it had no further evidence to offer on the matter.

Lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor told the court that when the prosecution started the case, it was presented on the basis of credibility and identity. He said it had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Powell was at the scene of the incident. He said only one person could do that and that was taxi driver Wayne Wright.

The prosecutor said with Mr. Wright responding the way he did during cross examination last week, the crown could no longer proceed with the matter.

Powell was accused of opening fire on a taxi in which the teenager was a passenger on July 1, 2011. Khajeel died after being shot in the head and back.

Last Friday, prosecutors requested an early adjournment to review their case after the key prosecution witness recanted on his statement. The driver of the taxi testified that he did not see the shooter. He denied giving a statement to the police, identifying Mr. Powell as the man who fired on his vehicle along Highland Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew.

Prosecutors were forced to treat him as a hostile witness.





Supreme Ventures CEO Brian George has died

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brian-george.jpgPresident and Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Ventures Limited Brian George died this morning (Sunday).

George, a Trinidadian, is survived by wife Keneea and his sons, Christopher and Matthew.

Supreme Ventures Limited in a statement issued Sunday says it is mourning the untimely passing of its President and CEO, Brian George.

"The entire SVL family is deeply shocked and saddened by Brian's death. He had been battling illness for some time but continued on a daily basis to discharge all of his duties to SVL. We are just trying to come to terms with this significant loss. We will miss him beyond words," said SVL's Chairman, Paul Hoo.

George became President and CEO of Supreme Ventures in 2003. At the time of his passing, he was also Chairman of the Jamaica Gaming Association and Deputy Chairman of the National Health Fund (NHF) board.





Cop shot during spot check in St Ann

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA Police Corporal remains hospitalised after he was shot and injured while on duty early this morning in St Ann.

He is Corporal Stevenson Walker of the St Ann's Bay Police Division.

It is reported that Walker was conducting a spot check along the Priory main Road in St Ann when he signalled a silver Toyota Corolla to stop.

The police say the driver disobeyed.

One occupant of the vehicle allegedly opened fire hitting Walker in the leg.

He was taken to the hospital and is said to be in stable condition.





JTA saddened by deaths of two teachers

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The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) says it's saddened by the sudden deaths of two teachers in separate incidences on Tuesday. The deceased teachers are 39-year-old Christopher Gayle of Kingston College and Nadine Trail of Norman Manley High.

A team led by JTA President, Howard Isaacs, visited both institutions yesterday where he expressed condolences to the staff and the families of the deceased teachers.

Isaacs noted that teachers face high stress levels in carrying out their professional duties.

He also pledged the JTA's support for teachers saying the association recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Health Fund to further enhance their welfare.





march-pen-fat-man.jpgThe main suspect in the March Pen attack in St Catherine has been charged with five counts of murder.

Marvin Campbell Snr was charged this afternoon after being questioned by police investigators. He's scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday, October 25. Campbell, otherwise called 'Fat Man', has been in custody since last Wednesday when he surrendered to the police.

Three children are among the five victims of the attack. They are two-year-old, Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old, Revaughn Evans and 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jnr. The other casualties were 22-two-year-old Venisha Bartley and 24-year-old Salesha Evans. Two other persons were also injured in the October 9 attack.

The police had reported that gunmen went to the community, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting occupants. The houses were later set on fire.





x6-trial-powell.jpgProsecutors on Friday morning applied to the court to treat their star witness at the trial of Patrick Powell, as a hostile witness. Powell is accused of the murder of 17 year old Khajeel Mais.

Jeremy Taylor, the lead prosecutor, applied for the order on the grounds that the witness has shown himself to be "adverse" and "inconsistent". The key witness, Wayne Anthony Wright, on Friday morning insisted that he did not see the person who fired on his taxi which led to the death of Khajeel, who was a passenger. This is a major blow to the prosecution which had stated at the opening of the trial that its case rests on the testimony of Mr. Wright.

Lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, requested an early adjournment for his team to examine the case to decide the way forward following Friday's major setback.

Prosecutors say they were challenging his testimony after he changed the statement he gave to the police in July 2011.In the statement read out by the prosecutors, Mr. Wright had reported that he knew the shooter. However, the witness insisted that he did not make such a statement.

The prosecutors also accused him of lying when he testified on Thursday that he did not know Khajeel and was seeing him for the first time when he chartered his taxi on the night of July 1, 2011.Mr. Wright insisted that he gave a statement to the police on July 5 but denied giving a second statement on July 8.

Prosecutors pointed Mr. Wright to the second statement in which he said he knew the shooter and saw him on the night of the incident. But he again insisted he made no such statement. He maintained that he took evasive action on the night of the shooting and did not see who fired on the vehicle.

The star witness told the court that the police tried to coerce him into saying Mr. Powell was the shooter. Mr. Wright said the police also tried to force him to say that he saw Mr. Powell with a gun on the night of the incident. However, he testified on Friday that he refused to do so.

Following heated exchanges, defence attorneys told the court they had no questions for the witness.





Seven shot - one fatally in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgDespite efforts by the security forces to stem gun violence in the western Jamaica parish of St. James, seven persons were shot, one fatally, on Thursday. Three of the shootings took place at bars.

In the first incident, gunmen opened fire on patrons at a bar in Paradise, Norwood at about 6:30 p.m. The bartender, 26-year-old Marcia Dixon of Paradise, was shot and killed. Three men injured in that incident.

About two hours later, two women were shot and injured in Anchovy. It is reported that gunmen walked into a bar and fired at patrons. The female bartender was shot and seriously injured. Minutes later, gunmen opened fire at another bar nearby, injuring the bartender. Investigators believe both Anchovy incidents are connected.

Meanwhile, a man was shot and injured in Mount Salem at about 8:00 p.m., as he was walking along Katan Lane. He was found by residents suffering from a bullet wound to the thigh.





Prosecutors submit evidence in X6 murder trial

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court.jpgProsecutors on Wednesday submitted evidence to show that 17 year old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais, died in 2011 after being shot twice when businessman Patrick Powell allegedly opened fire on the taxi in which he was a passenger. This was revealed in testimony from one of the crime scene investigators called at the trial of Mr. Powell before the Home Circuit Court.

Mr. Powell is facing charges of murder and shooting with intent.

Over the next few days, prosecutors are expected to show that the teenager died after being shot in the head and back when Mr. Powell allegedly opened fire on the taxi. In laying the foundation for that evidence to be delivered by the pathologist, the prosecutors called one of several investigators in the case.

Detective Sergeant Paul Thompson told the court that on July 14, 2011, he witnessed the post mortem performed on the body of the teenager. The sergeant told the trial that two expended bullets and bullet fragments were taken from Khajeel's body. Photographs were shown to the seven member jury.

Prosecutors are leading evidence that road rage led to the fatal shooting of the teenager. They argued that Mr. Powell, in a fit of rage, opened fire on the taxi along Highland Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew, after it bumped into his BMW X6 motor vehicle. The bullet struck Khajeel who was on his way to a school event.Another detective sergeant who gave testimony on Wednesday disclosed that he inspected the taxi and found bullet holes in the rear registration plate; the back seat and on the driver side of the vehicle.

Sergeant David Campbell said he also observed bloodstains in the passenger side of the vehicle and on the back seat. He said he collected samples of blue paint from the left side and bumper of the taxi, a Toyota Succeed. Prosecutors said the blue paint matches that of the BMW X6 driven by Mr. Powell. The court heard testimony on Tuesday from a body repairman who said the X6 vehicle was taken to his garage for repairs.





court.jpgA seven member jury of five men and two women has been empanelled in the trial of businessman Patrick Powell arising from the 2011 shooting death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

Mais' mother, Allana Mais was first to take the witness stand and broke down in tears at the start of her testimony.

Businessman Patrick Powell is being tried for murder and shooting with intent in relation to the 2011 death of 17-year-old Khajeel.

Khajeel was reportedly travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. He is accused of murdering Mais, who was reportedly travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. It is alleged that the driver of the BMW got out and fired at the car, hitting the boy.

Powell is also charged with shooting at taxi driver Wayne Wright with intent to cause harm.





court.jpgOn Tuesday morning, Allana Maise, mother of Khajeel Maise broke down on the witness stand as she recalled how she found out about her son's death.

The mother of slain Kingston College student Kahjeel Mais today fought back tears as she recalled watching her son die at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

"I saw Khajeel laying on a bed in one of the cubicles. I saw nurses and doctors around him. I watched him take his last breath," Allana Mais testified.

She was giving evidence in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston where businessman Patrick Powell is on trial for killing Mais in Havendale, St Andrew in 2011.

"I saw him (Khajeel) breathing for a while then there was a gasp then there was nothing," Allana Mais added as she was overcome with emotion.

Allana Mais testified that moments earlier she left her son at a taxi stand on Mannings Hill Road. According to her evidence, he was going to meet up with some friends before going to a fete at Meadowbrook High School.

She said she got a call from a family acquaintance who informed her that "dem shoot up" the taxi in which Kahjeel was travelling.

During cross-examination by Powell's attorney Deborah Martin, the married mother of three admitted that Kahjeel had "behaviourial issues" while at KC and outside of the institution.

"He had a matter at the Juvenile Court?" asked Martin.

"Yes", Mrs Mais replied.

"Where he was before the court?" Martin continued.

"Yes, he was," the mother replied.

Mrs Mais also conceded that administrators at Kingston College called her a few times about her son's conduct.

Before that, lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, in his opening address to the seven-member jury, outlined allegations against Powell before suggesting that 17-year-old Mais was killed in "an exaggerated form of road rage."

He charged that the taxi in which Mais was travelling hit a BMW X6 and the driver of the luxury vehicle came out and fired several shots into the taxi.

"They were new, they were the rave then ... the IT in luxury vehicle," Taylor said in reference to the BMW X6.

"Someone was angry because of what happened on the road, what happened to their vehicle. The allegation is that Mr Powell was this person who was angry and angry to the extreme," he added.





court.jpgThe murder trial of businessman Patrick Powell has been opened to the public after prosecutors today reversed their decision to have the case tried in camera.

High Court judge Lloyd Hibbert made the announcement in the Home Circuit Court a short while ago where the trial is about to begin.

After the announcement, several persons outside the courtroom were allowed to enter.

Firearm cases are generally tried on a Gun Court indictment which, under law, stipulates that they should be closed to the public.

Powell was charged with murder and shooting with intent arising from the death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Kahjeel Mais in July 2011 in Havendale, St Andrew.

Mais was travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 sports utility vehicle.

It's reported that after the crash the driver of the luxury vehicle got out of his car and fired a bullet into the taxi before fleeing the scene.

Powell has pleaded not guilty.

A seven-member jury has been selected comprising five men and two women.





hillary-clinton.jpgThe third and final presidential debate has ended, and it can now be said: Hillary Clinton crushed Donald Trump in the most effective series of debate performances in modern political history.

The polling tells the story. As Nate Silver notes, on the eve of the first presidential debate, Clinton led by 1.5 points. Before the second, she was up by 5.6 points. Before the third, she was winning by 7.1 points. And now, writing after the third debate -- a debate in which Trump said he would keep the nation "in suspense" about whether there would be a peaceful transition of power, bragged about not apologizing to his wife, and called Clinton "such a nasty woman" -- it's clear that Trump did himself no favors. Early polls also suggest Clinton won.





X6 Murder Trial: Judge clarifies social media ban

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court.jpgThe Judge in the so-called X6 murder trial has sought to clarify his ruling on social media postings on the case.

Last week, the judge ordered social media posts by the family of a murder victim to be removed.

However, the Jamaican Bar Association said it noted reports about the family of Khajeel Mais harshly criticising the justice system on social media and of a Supreme Court Judge ordering the removal of the posts.

It said it raised the issue of curtailment of freedom of speech.

However, 9n Tuesday, the judge clarified that his order was not meant to stop all social media posts about the case, but those which could prejudice the trial.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert said sought to make it clear that freedom of speech did not mean people can say anything they felt. He said statements that defame the court are not permitted and people can be cited for contempt of court. The trial took a break this morning to deal with procedural issues, but was expected to resume at noon.

Businessman, Patrick Powell, is on trial for the murder of schoolboy Kahjeel Mais. The prosecution is alleging that the 17-year-old school boy was killed in Havendale, St Andrew in 2011 by an enraged Powell after the taxi hit his BMW X6.

After the accident, Powell is alleged to have got out his X6 and opened fire on the taxi hitting the schoolboy.





One of St Elizabeth's 'most wanted' killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police have confirmed that one of St Elizabeth's most wanted was shot and killed in Mocho district, St James, today.He is 30-year-old Dwight Williams, otherwise called 'Dewie', of Retirement district, St Elizabeth.

The police say residents of Mocho district reported hearing groans coming from a house and went to make checks. Williams was subsequently found on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds.

The Police were summoned and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police say Williams was wanted for the September 15 shooting death of 26-year-old Renaldo Wallace otherwise called 'Bumps', of Retirement district as well as several other shootings.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe police officer responsible for sharing gruesome footage of last Sunday's March Pen massacre, where five people were burned to death in the St Catherine community, now faces possible dismissal for his actions.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Wray Palmer, who heads the Inspectorate of Constabulary ,told THE WEEKEND STAR that sharing confidential information is in breach of the force's policies and anyone who engages in this kind of activity will face sanctions.

"They will be changed departmentally, and they will be tried in front of an enquiry. After that, the sanctions can range from being reprimanded to dismissal for that same act," Palmer said. He added that the officer responsible for sharing the video on Facebook was still under departmental investigation, after which sanctions would follow.

The video, which has since gone viral, shows the burnt remains of the victims as well as the rubble that was left as a result of the fire.





patrick-bailey-photo-1.jpgInvestigators probing last month's killing of a man at the Barbican, St. Andrew home of attorney Patrick Bailey are said to be following strong leads.

A police source confirmed that investigators questioned Mr. Bailey earlier this week in the presence of four attorneys. Statements were also collected. No one has yet been charged in connection with the killing, as investigators are yet to identify a suspect, or a motive.

On September 30, the body of 51-year-old contractor Junior Jermaine, who was reportedly employed to Mr. Bailey, was discovered with stab wounds at the attorney's home. Investigators seized a spent shell, suggesting that Mr. Jermaine was also shot.

Mr. Bailey reportedly called police to his home after he found Mr. Jermaine dead in his living room. Investigators claim there were no signs of forced entry to the house.





tastee-cheese.jpgus-teen-steals-cheese.jpgAn American youngster is now facing possible prison time after being accused of stealing more than $20.5 million worth of Jamaican Tastee cheese from a warehouse in Moonachie, New Jersey.

Eighteen-year-old Darluis Ortiz was arrested this week and slapped with charges of theft, burglary, conspiracy, and possessing burglary tools, according to NBC New York.

When the accused cheese thief appeared in court on Thursday, prosecutors alleged that he stole pallets of Tastee cheese products valued at US$160,000 (or just over J $20.5 million) on September 23. It then took investigators two weeks to track him down.

Ortiz, who was being held in the Bergen County jail, was offered bail at US$150,000 (J$19.2 million).





Bolt donates to Haiti relief

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usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-5.jpgUsain Bolt while refuting reports that he had donated $10 million to Haiti in the aftermath of the Hurricane Matthew, has, however, revealed that he is assisting the neighbouring country.

"On seeing the devastating images caused by Hurricane Matthew, especially of the children, I was moved to assist and will encourage others to do so," the many-time Olympic medallist Bolt told the media.

Meanwhile, the decorated athlete is set to take part in the second staging of the Jamaica National Foundation Heroes in Action 8k run/walk and 4k fun run in his home town,Falmouth on Sunday.