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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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





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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





DJ Khaled endorses Alkaline

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

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

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

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





Marlon Samuels' tactics are 'harassment'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





Lawyer says Tommy Lee was abducted

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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





5 dead from one vehicle in Hanover crash

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

The deceased were all occupants of the same vehicle.

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

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

All the occupants of the Kingfish died at the scene.

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





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

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

They were ordered to return to court on July 26.

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

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

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

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

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Asian tiger mosquito now biting in Jamaica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Amendments to the Rent Restriction Act

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

He was later pronounced dead at hospital.





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

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

• Leon Blackstock

• Jerome Whyte otherwise called 'Labba'

• Zemar Nelson otherwise called 'Dillen'

• Everton Nelson otherwise called 'Eva'

• Andrew Robinson otherwise called 'Breda Dog'

• Omar Wright otherwise called 'Foxy'

• Kenrick Scott otherwise called 'Mad Max'

• Leon Rose otherwise called 'Hitler'

• Claudius Bryan otherwise called 'Brains'

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

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

• Paul Bryson otherwise called 'Ken'

• Gilbert Mighty otherwise called 'Twinny'

• Davren Johnson otherwise called 'Bling Dog'

• A man known only as 'Biggs'

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





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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

The event was to be hosted in the community square.

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

The properties were put to sale for $232 million.

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





Capleton granted bail of $250,000

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

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

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

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

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

The incident occurred on April 28.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Cops monitoring Portmore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duncan was taken into custody while detectives continued to investigate.

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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





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

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

The ganja weighed a total of 651.8 pounds.

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

The investigation continues into the seizure.





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

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

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

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

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





Political activist gunned down

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

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

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

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

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

The Negril police are investigating the incident.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Another gun retrieved in St James

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

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

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

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

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





Gunmen killed by police in St Mary ID'd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Plane crash victims identified

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





JDF soldier dies at motel in Spanish Town

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

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

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

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

He was lying on his back in the bathtub.

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

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

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hands-behind-bars.jpgMore than 90 people, including one person of interest, were detained on Thursday as the police and military searched for the gunmen involved in Tuesday's mass shootings in Grange Hill, Westmoreland.

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson said the 94 detainees are being processed.

He said the police are still looking for the men who were listed as wanted on Wednesday.

"Of the list that was put out yesterday with five wanted persons and five persons of interest, one of the persons of interest have turned in themselves, the others haven't. I would encourage the persons on the list to turn themselves in by 6 o'clock this evening...and then obviously, we'll conduct operations to try and find those persons who haven't turned themselves in," he declared.

Police and soldiers raided several communities.

Thirteen alleged gang members linked to murders and shootings in Westmoreland, were also captured in the raids conducted by the security forces as well as the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC). Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey, head of C-TOC, said the police are determined to dismantle criminal gangs in Westmoreland.

"The focus will be looking at the organisation and the network from which they are from. In fact, I will tell you that they are from what we call the Dexter Street gang, these 13 persons... They will be taken into Kingson for further processing," he said.

He said the Dexter Street gang and the rival Darling Street gang have been in a deadly feud over the last year and are responsible for several murders and shootings in the area. An AK-47 rifle and several rounds of ammunition were seized during the operation.

Seventeen people were shot, seven fatally, in Tuesday's attacks. Two children were among the victims.





charged.jpgThe Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has launched an investigation following the arrest and charge of Peter Abrahams, Councillor for the Bog Walk Division, with negligent use of a firearm.

Abrahams was on Wednesday charged and later offered bail.

He was charged following the seizure of his licensed firearm by the police on Tuesday morning during a spot check on the Bog Walk main road.

It was reportedly discovered in a car in which four men were travelling.

"Once a licence holder is questioned by the police in relation to his licensed firearm, the authority is usually notified by the police and that will cause the authority to investigate the individual to see if the person can continue to be entrusted with a licensed firearm," Shane Dalling, Chief Executive Officer of the FLA, said of the probe of Mr. Abrahams.

The four men who were found in possession of the gun are still being questioned by investigators.





police-station.jpgWestmoreland police have listed five men from Grange Hill in the parish as wanted and said the suspects are being asked to turn themselves in to the police by midday Thursday,.

The list was released by the law enforcement officials on Wednesday evening, following the shooting death of seven people including two children in the community.

Listed as 'wanted' are:

- Isaiah Perry, otherwise called 'Matthew Perry' or 'Cat' of Kings Valley, Grange Hill, who is wanted for shooting;

- Richard Hamilton otherwise called 'Brutus' or 'Mad Move', 23-year-old, of Paul Island district, Grange Hill, Westmoreland. He is of dark complexion, slim build and is wanted for murder and other related incidents in the division.

- Haldane Hamilton otherwise called 'Fishy' of Paul Island district, Grange Hill. He is of dark complexion, medium build and about 5 feet 11 inches tall. He is wanted for murder;

- Jeffery Ramdass otherwise called 'Boogie' 30-years-old, of Paul Island district, Grange Hill Westmoreland. He's of dark complexion and slim build and is wanted for murder; and

- Burton Shearer otherwise called 'Bap', 49-year-old of Church Lincoln district, Grange Hill, Westmoreland. He is of dark complexion, slim build and 5 feet 11 inches tall. He is wanted for murder.

"These men are considered armed and dangerous; as such their whereabouts must be reported to the police immediately through Crime Stop at 311, 811 or the Police 119 emergency number," said the police who released the photos of four of the suspects.

The lawmen are also reminding people that "it is not only an offence to harbour criminals and provide a safe haven for them but it also places the lives of family and friends at increased risks of attack."

A total of seven persons were killed in a number of attacks on communities in and around Grange Hill since Tuesday morning, which the police have linked to a lotto scam.





police-shooting.jpgIt is being reported that about 8:30 a policeman pulled his gun on a windscreen wiper and opened fire in Liguanea, putting persons lives at risk and actually hitting an innocent female bystander. Reports are that the woman, who was going about her legal business, and just happened to be in the way of the hot-headed policeman's bullets, picked up three shot. .

The bullet missed the intended target, who was said to be the windscreen wiper, and hit the innocent woman instead.

This morning, windscreen wiper, Christopher Rhoden, told The Gleaner his side of the story.

Rhoden said he approached the man's car and attempted to wipe his windscreen but he would not allow it.

"Him select up him gun, so mi say, 'bossy what dat fah, a wah yuh a go do? Kill mi inna de mawnin ya?' Him say him nah tek no check from no man,".

He said the driver then parked at a gas station, exited the car and chased him.

"Run him a run mi dung now, and select the gun, and fire it ... and it (the bullet) end up in a woman right over deh soh; fi nutten at all," Rhoden alleged.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) has confirmed that the licensed firearm holder who accidentally shot a woman in Liguanea, St Andrew this morning is a policeman.

In a statement, the CCU said the incident has since been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations and the Bureau of Special Investigations.

It said the injured woman is receiving treatment in hospital.

It's reported that about 8:30 the policeman pulled his gun on a windscreen wiper and opened fire.

The bullet missed him and hit the woman, who was assisted by a medical doctor and bystanders who came onto the scene.





crime-scene-gun.jpgSchools in Grange Hill, Westmoreland, and surrounding environs were closed early on Wednesday as fear gripped sections of the community following Monday's murderous rampage by gunmen who shot and killed multiple persons and injured several others in separate incidents.

The security forces have blanketed the community and top government and law enforcement officials including National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang and police commissioner Major General Antony Anderson as well as Member of Parliament Dr Wykeham McNeill, the mayor of savanna-la-mar and the Westmoreland custos are now visiting the area.

The carnage began about 7:30 last night in a section of the community called Sterling when gunmen broke into a house and opened fire on 39-year-old Nadine Rowe and her 12-year-old son Nicoy Bourne, killing them.

Hours later, gunmen invaded a bar in Top Lincoln between 11 o' clock and 12 midnight and unleashed a barrage of gunfire on patrons killing two persons and injuring several others.

Around the same time, men armed with guns carried out a drive-by in Morgan Bridge shooting several persons including Odaine Drummond, who died from his injuries.





burnt.jpgThree women were burnt to death in a fire that destroyed the Bad Fowl night club in St Mary early this morning.

The police have confirmed the incident, but said the identities have not yet been ascertained.

The women are believed to have been employed to the club, located in Trinity district.

It is reported that the bodies were found shortly after 5 a.m Thursday after fire fighters extinguished the blaze.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

However, the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force says the Fire Department has started an investigation.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA woman had to be rushed to hospital after being accidentally shot by a licensed firearm holder on the grounds of the Sovereign Centre in St Andrew this morning.

Its reported that the gun owner opened fire on a windscreen wiper which hit the woman causing her to fall to the ground.

A medical doctor and bystanders rushed to the scene and assisted the injured woman into a Sports Utility Vehicle and took her to hospital. The woman seemed to have been shoot three times, twice in the abdomen and once in a leg, the doctor surmised.

According to a report in the Gleaner, their newsteam attempted to speak with the alleged shooter, who was accompanied by a policeman, but he refused to answer questions.The shooter was shielded by the policeman, who took him inside Sovereign.

Another policeman reportedly instructed the alleged shooter not to speak.

However, the windscreen wiper, who has been named as Christopher Rhoden, and who was the alleged target of the gunfire, told the newspaper his side of the story.

Rhoden said he approached the man's car and attempted to wipe his windscreen but he would not allow it. The windscreen wiper, Rhoden, is quoted as saying: "Him select up him gun, so mi say, "bossy what dat fah, a wah yuh a go do? Kill mi inna de mawnin ya?", him say him nah tek no check from no man,".

He said the driver then parked at a gas station, exited the car and chased him.

"Run him a run mi dung now, and select the gun, and fire it ... and it (the bullet) end up in a woman right over deh soh; fi nutten at all," Rhoden alleged.

Two male bystanders who alleged that they witnessed the incident echoed Rhoden's account.

"Mi call to the man before the man fire the gun, enuh, an de man still fire the gun. De man is a wicked man. Dem people deh nuh fi have gun. Because mi call to de man, when mi call to the man, the man turn roun and look pon mi!" alleged one of the eyewitnesses.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Greater Portmore and Kingston Central Police are investigating the abduction and killing of a cosmetologist by gunmen two weeks ago.

The cops say 23-year-old Aneika Thompson, a resident of George's Lane in Central Kingston, was abducted when she left home to visit relatives in the Waltham Park Road area.

They say a few days after she was reported missing, residents of Waterford in St. Catherine saw a woman running from a vehicle crying for help.

The woman was shot several times in the head and her body bundled back into the vehicle by armed men.

Crime scene investigators found a pair of slippers at the scene.Relatives of the missing woman have identified the slippers as belonging to Miss Thompson. The cops are awaiting DNA on blood samples taken from the scene for a positive identification.

It is reported that Miss Thompson became a target of gunmen in her community last year after she resisted their advances.

It is understood that she was shot at and threatened.





Wisynco Group Limited has withdrawn the legal action it filed against the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) over the public education campaign 'Are You Drinking Yourself Sick'.

It has also agreed to pay the legal costs for the foundation, a non-profit organisation.

Chairman of Wisynco William Mahfood said the decision was made after the heart foundation filed court papers indicating that it had "inadvertently and unintentionally" included the CranWata beverage in a social media post related to the campaign.

Mahfood said the foundation went further to indicate that it has taken the necessary steps to ensure the post was no longer accessible on the Internet and that no other "offending" material related to the beverage would be published.

Lawyers for both sides appeared in the Supreme Court today when, according to Mahfood, his company accepted the sworn statement of the foundation.

Wisynco triggered public backlash last week when The Gleaner first reported that it had filed legal action against the foundation to prevent the non-government organisation from repeating information posted on Instagram last month as part of its campaign to warn Jamaicans about the harmful health effects of excessive sugar intake.

The Jamaican conglomerate asserted the post conveyed inaccurate information about the sugar content in its CranWata beverage and claimed, as a result, that it was defamatory.





A magistrate Monday sentenced a pastor, his wife and daughter to four years in prison after they were found guilty of pouring hot liquid on a man following what they described as a "spiritual warfare" two years ago.

Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett imposed the sentence on Nigel Morgan, his wife Althia, and their 23-year-old daughter, Crystal, following the assault on Cuthbert "Mafia" Victory, which left him with burns to his back, shoulders, chest, and face.

Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche had argued that the trio had planned the assault on Victory on April 9, 2016.

A video of the incident, which was widely circulated on social media, showed the older Morgans holding Victory while their daughter pours on him what was later revealed to be a hot liquid.

The video was not tendered in evidence, reportedly because police did not secure a deposition from the person who did the recording.

In her defence, Crystal Morgan told the court that she was feeling ill and was about to make a cup of tea when she heard noises that suggested that her parents were under attack.

"I felt as if my soul left my body," she told the Kingstown Magistrate Court even as she acknowledged that she could not recall how she left the kitchen on the upper floor of their two-storey house, to the street, where she poured the hot water on the man.

She told the court that even up to the point of giving evidence she did not know who it was that she had hurt.

In their defence, the older Morgans presented themselves as having been under attack by Victory, a 39-year-old construction worker, who had gone to visit a friend who was the Morgans' neighbour.

However, they admitted in court that they had attempted to use olive oil on the man while praying for him even though he had not requested any spiritual help.

But the state's main witness, Clint Antoine, who was the Morgans' neighbour at the time of the incident, told the court that the pastor and his wife had been engaged in an exchange of words with Victory.

He said during the fracas Morgan placed his hand on the bottle then placed it above Victory's forehead. The witness said Victory swung his hand and Mrs. Morgan held on to him and they began fighting.

Antoine told the court that the trio continued fighting before Victory was subdued by the Morgans and the daughter then poured the contents of a black and silver kettle on him.





crime-scene-gun.jpgPost mortem examinations on the four bodies found last week in shallow graves in Thomas River near Pennants, Clarendon have revealed that they all had multiple gunshot wounds.

According to the police, DNA samples are now being processed for proper identification of the bodies.

The bodies were found by residents who went to mine sand from the riverbed.

The bodies are believed to be those of four farmers who went missing from St Elizabeth on April 15 and 16.

The missing men are:

*42-year-old Shaun Thompson of School Field District in Malvern

*37-year-old Alwyn Ray Griffiths alias Wallo, of Top Prosper, School Field

*23-year-old Kevon Hutchinson alias Short Boss a businessman of Institution Drive, Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth

*Clinton Hutchinson, a businessman of Rocky Hill District





Kingston College's (KC) Wayne Pinnock shattered the Penn Relays high school boys' long jump record on Saturday after he jumped 7.88m (0.5m/s) as Jamaicans swept all three jump events at the 124th staging of the Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, USA.

Cornwall College's Owayne Owens won the triple jump with a season's best 15.26m (-0.3m/s) in a mild upset after St Jago High's Lushane Wilson had retained his high jump title on Friday.

Pinnock, who jumped an eye-popping 7.99m at the G C Foster Classic in March before winning the Class One event at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' Championships with 7.77m, is the first Jamaican to win the event since 2015, when Jullianie Walker of Calabar tasted success.

He passed the record on his very first attempt, smashing the 7.69m held by former Calabar High athlete Maurice Wignall since 1994 and followed up with jumps of 7.72m (1.5m/s), a wind-aided 7.75m (3.1m/s) then a 7.54m effort before passing on his final two jumps.

Calabar High's Alexander Thompson was second with 7.47m (1.3m/s) with Frank Royal of St Christopher's of Richmond, Virginia, third with a wind-aided 7.42m (2.4m/s).

Shaquille Lowe of KC was fifth with 7.15m, while Wolmer's Boys' Daniel Bogle was sixth with 7.13m and St Jago's Kavion Kerr 10th with 6.63m.





The women's 4x100m team were the only Jamaican winners in the USA vs The Word series at the final day of the 124th Penn Relays Carnival under sunny but cool conditions at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, USA.

The team of Gayon Evans, Kerron Stewart, Schillone Calvert-Powell, Jura Levy ran 43.14 seconds to beat two American teams and Guyana to retain the title they won last year and win it for the seventh time over all.

The USA Red team finished second in 43.18 seconds ahead of the USA-Blue (43.71s) and Guyana (46.40s) as Trinidad and Tobago failed to finish.





Detectives are still investigating the murder in Green Island, Hanover, following last week's gruesome discovery of the mutilated bodies of a heavily pregnant woman and her two children.

The three were chopped to death between Tuesday and Wednesday morning, according to the police who took one man into custody in connection with the triple murder.

The bodies were said to be discovered at their dwelling place in Green Island on Wednesday morning.

The man in custody is the 61-year-old former spouse of the 39-year-old slain, pregnant mother.





Andre Bryan, the alleged leader of the Clansman gang, was again remanded when he appeared before the Home Circuit Court Friday afternoon.Bryan, otherwise called 'Blackman', was charged last month during a clampdown on members of the Spanish Town based gang.

He has been charged under the anti-gang legislation with leading a criminal organisation.

Six other members of the criminal network, including Bryan's mother, Millicent Brown, were also refused bail.

During a bail hearing for Brown Friday afternoon, prosecutors strongly opposed bail and argued that the 53 year old was a major player in her son's criminal enterprise. According to the prosecutors, over the last two years, Brown has been managing extortion money collected by the Clansman gang from businesses in Spanish Town and its environs.They say she also operated an illegal gambling enterprise for the gang in Spanish Town and used the cash to pay for legal services and to secure bail bonds for gang members who are arrested and charged. They added that Brown also used the illegal proceeds to support the families of gang members.

However, her attorney, Shannan Clarke, denied the allegations and argued that her client was only charged because she is the mother of Andre Bryan.

Bail was also refused for another defendant, Boswell Rhoden.

Prosecutors reported that Rhoden, who operated a shop in the Spanish Town bus park, facilitated the gang by hiding their weapons in his establishment.

They say high powered weapons are usually hidden in his shop by members of the Clansman gang.

His attorney, Leroy Equiano, said his client was a tattoo artist and was not associated or involved in the gang.





Police investigators say that the four men whose bodies were found buried in shallow graves in Pennants, Clarendon on Friday were part of a criminal network.Head of the Area Three police, Assistant Commissioner Clifford Chambers says the men were involved in the drugs trade.

The four men were last week reported missing by relatives.

They are brothers Kevon and Clinton Hutchinson of Santa Cruz and Shawn Thompson and Alwin Griffiths, both of Schoolfield near Malvern.

Investigators have been combing a section of the Thomas River where their bodies were found, to determine whether the location was being used to dispose of the bodies of persons who have been murdered.

Reports are that the men could have been involved in the booming guns-for-drugs trade.

Earlier reports had stated that the men were farmers from St. Elizabeth, and they had all gone by car to a neighboring parish.

The girlfriend of one of the men has reportedly come forward to say that prior to him leaving on his journey he had given her his bank card and told her that if anything happened she was to use it as there was money in the bank.





Strong police presence in Arnett Gardens

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police-cars.jpgA strong police presence has been established in Arnett Gardens following the murder of two young men in the area on Thursday.

The police said they have increased their numbers in the area to allay the fears of residents following the deadly attack on two brothers by heavily armed men.

Reports are that the victims - Akeem James, 25, and Damarley Wilson, 20 - were at their home when thugs kicked in the door to the house in which they lived and opened fire, hitting them multiple times.

The injured men were taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

A day after the attack, the residents of the community said they were worried that other attacks will come.

"Is a gang feud a take place in the area and right now we the citizens worried. We going to wi bed and wondering who will be next," said a woman from the community.

Head of the Western Kingston Police Division, Superintendent Howard Chambers, said police personnel are not only out in force monitoring the community, but have also stepped up their search for the men who were involved in the killing.

Police sources said investigators are following several leads in the killing, but were not prepared to disclose any details up to the time of publication.





Triple murderer Bowza was on the run

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Nico Samuels

o/c 'Bowza' - wanted for a triple murder in St. James in 2017

Police say Nico Samuels otherwise called 'Bowza', was on the run for several months was wanted list for a triple murder commited in 2017.

Samuels was killed on Saturday in a joint police/military operation in St James.

The stand off comes just weeks after three men were shot and killed during another gun battle with the police in St James.

Government on January 18, imposed Enhanced Security Measures after the parish of St James recorded 335 murders in 2017.

The Jamaican House of Representatives has since extended the crime-prompted emergency measure until Wednesday, May 2.

Police officials have announced a significant reduction in crime attributed to the implementation of Enhanced Security Measures.





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Nico Samuels

o/c 'Bowza' - wanted for a triple murder in St. James in 2017

St James' most wanted man Nico Samuels otherwise called 'Bowza', has been shot dead and two policemen injured in an intense gun battle at a house in the upscale community of Hatfield, Ironshore in the parish on Saturday.

The reported shootout lasted close to two hours, police sources say, and residents in Ironshore are describing the events that unfolded as a "scene from a movie".

Reports are that about 1:45 p.m., members of a joint police/military team, acting on information, went to an apartment in the upscale area of Ironshore to search for the fugitive, who was wanted for a triple murder committed in 2017.

When the members of the team reached the location they came under heavy gunfire, which was returned

Residents from the community, who took to social media to talk about the incident, said they were left cowering in fear as the sounds of gun shot rang out through the air even as members of the police team tried to corner the wanted man who managed to keep the team at bay for a period of time during the standoff.

"It was like a scene from a movie to the amount of gunshot me hear," said one social media user, who said he lives close to the area where the incident took place.

Police report that at the end of the exchange the man was found suffering from gunshot wounds. Two firearms were reportedly recovered.

The injured man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Two police men who were injured during the exchange have since been admitted.





The British Government has announced another recruitment drive to fill thousands of vacancies in its National Health Services (NHS) by luring nurses from Jamaica, despite the embarrassing scandal over the deportation of Windrush generation Britons after working and paying taxes for decades in the UK.

The British Government says that in the second phase of the "earn, learn, return" partnerships, Jamaican nurses will go to work in the NHS for a fixed term of around three years and then return with new skills and experience. The scheme is intended to increase the NHS workforce by 5,500 full-time nurses and help address a record 34,000 unfilled nursing and midwifery posts across the health service in England.

In November last year ministers announced the scheme's first partnership with India and the aim of recruiting 500 nurses by March, though the Department of Health could not immediately confirm if that had been achieved. But nursing chiefs said it was a short-term solution to staffing shortages caused by years of pay restraint and the removal of bursaries for new nurse trainees, and said urgent investment was needed in the UK training.

They added that Jamaican nurses were already very highly trained, and usually have at least four years training compared to three in the NHS, and said perhaps English staff would have more to learn from them. However, the Department of Health said the programme will support the Jamaican government in improving the knowledge and capability of its staff, particularly in areas like emergency medicine and intensive care.

The new deal comes during a week in which Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd have come under significant pressure for threatening to deport British residents who arrived from the Commonwealth before 1973, and their descendants who cannot prove their residency status. That threat has now been withdrawn due to huge domestic and internaitonal pressure.





Lawyers for Wisynco Group, makers of the CranWata beverage, are reportedly heading to court to ask a judge to temporarily halt a public education campaign being run by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica to warn Jamaicans about the harmful health effects of excessive sugar intake.

The campaign, 'Are You Drinking Yourself Sick' has been airing on local television and various social media platforms.

A report in daily newspaper, The Gleaners, says that Wisynco contends in court documents that on March 1 this year, as part of the campaign, the Heart Foundation published false and defamatory information about CranWata on the social media platform Instagram.

As a result, the St Catherine-based company has filed legal action in the Supreme Court seeking a declaration that the information published was defamatory.

It also wants an injunction that would halt further publication.

According to Wisynco, the Instagram post makes an inaccurate claim about the volume of sugar in each bottle of CranWata then asks: "Are you drinking yourself sick? Drink water instead."

The post has since been removed.

The company sought to explain that because the aim of the campaign is to get members of the public to consume less sugar-sweetened beverages, the "false" information is defamatory because it suggests that drinking Wisynco's products, specifically CranWata, will make them sick.





Jamaican man shot dead in Florida

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe West Palm Beach police in Florida have taken a 32 year old man into custody in relation to the fatal shooting of a Jamaican on Monday morning.

Eric Stewart, 28, was found dead shortly after 4 o'clock outside the Caribbean Choice Restaurant and Bakery.

The police quickly detained Omari Fenton near the scene of the crime.

He has been charged with first-degree murder.

According to court records, in January, Mr. Stewart was arrested for reckless driving and fleeing to elude the police.

He was a United States citizen.





kimberly-risden.jpgThe education ministry has issued a statement that the loss of child development officer Kimberly Risden, who died in motor vehicle accident last Friday, will deal a blow to the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.

Risden, 30, worked at the Summerfield Girl's Home in Clarendon.

It is reported that her motor vehicle was found overturned in bushes in the parish.

The education minister said Risden was dedicated to public service and his thoughts and prayers are with her family especially her partner and two children.

Pointing to the tributes and outpouring of love and sympathy from friends and colleagues on social media, he said it is obvious that her life and work touched many in a positive way.

According to Reid, those who knew Risden well spoke highly of her diligence and commitment to her career, her genuine love for children, admirable traits which he says are crucial in the execution of her specific duties in public service.

He said the entire ministry extends its condolences and stands ready to provide the necessary support through counselling to her family and colleagues.





The Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon had to be dismissed early Tuesday as approximately 50 members of staff and students were rushed to hospital following smoke from a nearby old sugar estate.

Principal Erica Eubanks said most of the affected students had asthma problems.

She said other students were experiencing a burning sensation in their eyes.

The fire started shortly before 10 o'clock in the morning and quickly spreading to within 100 metres of the school forcing dismissal at 11 o'clock.

Eubanks has praised fire fighters from the May Pen Fire Station and the police whom she said responded promptly.





fatal-crash.jpgAn employee of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) died in a motor vehicle crash late on Friday in which her five-year-old son, who was in the vehicle which the mother drove, came out virtually unscratched.

The crash took place on the Sevens Estate road in Clarendon.

Reports from the police are that Kimberly Risden, 30, who was attached to the Summerfield Girls' Home in the parish, was found inside her Honda CRV motor vehicle which had overturned in bushes.

But her five-year-old son was also found in the vehicle, but in a far better physical shape.

The two were taken to hospital, where Risden was pronounced dead and the child was treated and released.

The crash reportedly occurred after a shower of rain left the road surface wet in the poorly lit area.

Risden, a mother of two, has been remembered with several social media tributes.

"She is the nicest person u could ever know. Can't believe it. RIP", is the theme of the tributes to the popular





Another accused, 21-year-old Shaquile Edwards, appeared in courts last week in connection with the murder of St Andrew businesswoman, Simone Campbell-Collymore, in what the police have theorised was a contract killing ordered that her husband, Omar 'Best' Collymore. Edwards is charged with conspiracy to murder.

Campbell-Collymore, 32, and 36-year-old taxi operator, Winston Watson, were shot dead at a premises on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew on January 2 of this year.

Collymore and two other suspects, Michael Adams and Dewayne Pink, were already arrested and charged for involvement with the killings. Edwards joined the defendants when the case was mentioned in the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

All four accused persons were remanded until May 18, by which time Edwards and Collymore are expected to settle their legal representation.

Collymore had previously been given time to get an attorney, but on Thursday he asked for more time to settle his legal representation. He told the court that he is trying to fund his legal fees.

Campbell-Collymore and Watson's were travelling in the latter's taxi when they were attacked and shot by gunmen at a premises. Both died from their injuries.

Collymore was later captured in a police operation at a guesthouse in St Elizabeth in February after it was publicised that a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Prior to being nabbed in St Elizabeth, Collymore had been taken into custody at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston where he was reportedly attempting to leave the island after the killing. But he was later released from custody.





New details emerging about Thursday's incident at the Half-Way-Tree branch of National Commercial Bank (NCB) during which a licensed firearm holder pulled his gun inside the bank causing panic among customers, are showing the other side of the story.

Reports are that the disturbance began shortly after the St. Andrew businessman entered the bank and told one of the cashiers that he wanted to withdraw $700,000 from his account. After being questioned by the cashier and other personnel at the bank about the amount being withdrawn, the businessman was told to sign two withdrawal forms.

After signing the forms, he was reportedly told to rejoin the line. He objected and reportedly became boisterious. Security personnel were called to quell the disturbance. According to the investigator, the situation became tense when security personnel realised that the man was armed.

The investigator said a member of the security team reportedly pulled his pistol and this prompted the businessman to pull his licensed firearm. During the standoff, customers in the banking hallscampering.

The businessman was eventually escorted out of the building by the security team. He was taken to Half-Way-Tree police station where he was questioned and his gun seized.

According to the investigator, the police viewed the surveillance video and decided not to charge him.

The matter was then referred to the Firearm Licensing Authority.

A video of the customers fleeing the bank and the security team escorting the businessman out of the institution with his firearm in his hand, has gone viral on social media.





Another taxi man killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA third taxi operator has been shot dead in the Corporate Area in just over a week.

It is reported that 40-year-old Kerron Morner was about to drive from premises on Conway Avenue in Duhaney Park when he was approached by a gunman who fired several shots hitting him multiple times.

Morner, who lived at 55 Abberville Avenue in Patrick City, died on the spot.

The taxi driver, alias 'Cansie', operated on the Duhaney Park to Half-Way Tree route.

Last week Tuesday, 63-year-old Michael Swaby was shot dead in Three Oaks, St Andrew, reportedly by a man who was posing as a passenger.

Two days later, another taxi operator was murdered along Dunrobin Avenue by two passengers and pushed from his vehicle onto the road.





There are rumblings in the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) regarding what it says are efforts by the Ministry of Education to solicit information from schools as it relates to teachers who were absent during the recent sick-out.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, the Association questioned what was the intended purpose of the information in light of the fact that there was a clear understanding arrived at among the parties in a meeting at the Ministry of Labour on March 14, including that there would be no victimisation.

It expressed concern about a plan to extend the school year to account for the three days lost.





There is something in the air today. It might just be the smell of some good, strong, sensemilia.

Today, April, 20 is being celebrated as National Weed Day in different countries across the world. The day is dubbed 420 because at approximately 4:20 p.m., weed lovers will 'light up' their chalices and 'spliffs' in celebration.

States in The United States such as Colorado and California will have several elaborate celebrations to mark the day, and while the celebrations in Jamaica will not be as massive, local marijuana lovers will not be left out of the day's celebrations.

The second Annual Scarce Festival/ Innocent Plant Symposium and Cannabis Cup is set to take place at the Hope Gardens, St Andrew, between noon and 10 p.m. today, and according to organisers, the event is expected to leave patrons on a high.

The symposium will feature a Cannabis Business Summit and Expo with booths showcasing and discussing some medical cannabis products that are currently being researched and developed by local businesses and households.

The event will also feature growing and processing tutorials and strategy from industry experts Dr Kadamawe Knife, Dr Machel Emanuel, Dr Haughton, and others.

A concert is also scheduled to take place with poetry from Ras Takura, as well as music and dubbing by Teflonzincfence.

In addition, the annual Cannabis Cup will be hosted on the day with persons getting trophies and prizes in six categories best potential medical product, best potential medical product (topical), best CBD flowers, best THC flowers, best Ital (naturally grown) flowers, and best extract.

The event is an initiative of the Department of Economics, the Department of Government and the Department of Life Sciences, the University of the West Indies Medical Cannabis Group and the Centre for Ganja/Cannabis Research at the University of the West Indies in association with the Ganja Growers and Producers Association and the Cannabis Commercialisation Council.





canadian-lawmakr.jpgA Canadian legislator has apologised after statements she made about Jamaica were labelled as racist.

The controversial comments by Nova Scotia lawmaker Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, came during a debate on Tuesday over the Liberal government's proposed Cannabis Control Act.

She said she heard from a friend that smoking marijuana in Jamaica is completely accepted, and there is a completely different work ethic and very low productivity in the island.

She went on to say that Nova Scotia already has a productivity problem, and legalised recreational ganja may only make it worse

Smith-McCrossin apologised in a Facebook post on Wednesday

She said if she had known the statement would cause offense, she would never have made it.

Her apology reads in part: "On April 17, 2018, I made some comments during debate on the government's Cannabis Act that were criticized as racist and insensitive. I am sorry if my comments were hurtful. Had I known that this statement would have caused offense, I would never have made it. These comments do not reflect the views of either the interim leader of the PC Party of Nova Scotia or my caucus colleagues.

As a registered nurse, I have strong views about the public health impact of excessive cannabis use. These concerns have been highlighted elsewhere by former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan in her Task Force Report to the Government

of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association and Doctors Nova Scotia.

My comments came about as a result of a conversation I had with a friend....."





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated to the international community that he would have no objection to gay persons being part of his executive.

Holness' response to journalists in Brussels, Belgium, contradicted a strident position by then Prime Minister Bruce Golding, during a May 2008 interview with the BBC's 'HARDtalk's' host Stephen Shakur, that he would not allow gays in his Cabinet.

"Certainly it's not my business ... . Whatever is in my interest to distribute politically, a person's sexuality, sexual orientation is not a criterion for the use of my discretion. It's not an issue that we are afraid to address. The truth is that in the past, like many developed countries, there was a very conservative view on the matter ... ." Holness explained.

According to him, Jamaica was generally liberally oriented and connected in the world and the country's view on homosexuality was evolving, and while the conversation must be had, it should not be stoked.

"The culture is evolving. People are evolving. Even in the Church, which 10 years ago, had a unified position, the Church in Jamaica now has multiple positions on this. I think Jamaica ought to be given space to find its own position to the problems. But, you know, I think we are generally very liberal, but more so very tolerant. And I think that the first step is that the State protect the human rights of every citizen, regardless of sexual orientation or inclination," the prime minister stated.





The board of director at Hillel Academy, a privately run secondary institution, has apologized for a controversial history assignment given to students.

The apology come in the wake of social media uproar about the assignment, which some commentators argue seemed to legitimize slavery.

The assignment required students to create a model of punishment for slaves and give reason justifying the use of the method.

Among the options for punishment are shackles, collar, and cat-oh-9-tails whip.

The students were also required to discuss chosen punishment type as a demonstration of European civility.

In its statement, the board says on March 9, grade 9 students of Hillel academy received a history assignment called 'punishments for enslaved peoples.'

It says given the language used in the assignment, it accepts and understands the concerns that have been raised; and acknowledges that there should have been greater sensitivity in the wording of the assignment.





Gangster 'Ratty' killed by police in shootout

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gangster-ratty-killed.jpgRyan 'Ratty' Peterkin, the feared gang leader who evaded capture for months, was shot dead as he engaged members of the security forces in a fierce gun fight after he was tracked to a house in Berkshire, St Elizabeth today.

The police and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) report that Ratty was killed in the shootout and two firearms - an AK-47 rifle and a .38 revolver - seized.

It's reported that one of his cronies was also killed in the incident.

The JDF, in a statement this afternoon, reported that a security team went to a house in Berkshire to issue an arrest warrant for Peterkin.

It said as members of the team approached the house, Ratty and his accomplice opened fire and attempted to evade capture.

"A shooting confrontation ensued and Peterkin and his accomplice were shot. The two men were pronounced dead at the Savanna-la-mar Hospital," the JDF said.

Police investigators say Peterkin, who has made the police wanted list several times, is the leader of the Ratty Gang and was implicated in at least five murders, several shooting incidents and other crimes.

It's believed that he fled his base in Montego Bay, St James after the Prime Minister announced a State of Emergency in the parish.

The JDF said the shooting has been reported to the Bureau of Special Investigations and the Independent Commission of Investigations.





sean-paul-photo-9.jpgGrammy-winning dancehall artiste Sean Paul has been making a plea for blood donors needed to help save his father's life.

The 'Mad Love' singer said his father, Garth Henriques, is at the intensive care unit of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and is in dire need of O Negative blood.

In a video posted to his social media platforms, Sean Paul said: "I am presently at the University Hospital of the West Indies where my pops has been fighting for his life humbly for the past two months. We have been asking family and friends to give blood if they can but right now he's in dire need for blood, so if anybody can help out, I would greatly appreciate it."

Individuals interested in donating blood to Mr Henriques can go to the UHWI between 9 30 am and 3 30 pm, or any other blood bank island wide, Sean Paul said.

He also used the platform to encourage Jamaicans to generally donate blood as supplies are notoriously inadequate across the island.





harold-brady-photo-2.jpgA bailiff and other authorities were on duty at a home in Cherry Gardens, St Andrew, seeking to evict disbarred attorney, Harold Brady, from the premises.

Lawyers representing the owner of the property said Brady is being evicted for millions of dollars owed in rent for the premises.

Attorney Nico Pagon from the law firm Messrs Caroline PA, representing the owner of the premises, gave some details of the outstanding rental.

"Initially it was about $7 million for back rent, (but) some amount of monies has been paid," Pagon said.

"Right now the bailiff is executing a writ of possession which we obtained from the Supreme Court for us to have possession of the premises so that we can return it to our client, as well as order (for the) seizure and sale of certain articles," the attorney added.





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Marsha Gay Reynolds, the second-runner up in the 2008 Miss Jamaica World competition, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine almost two years ago has been ordered released from jail.

The 34-year-old Jamaican, a runner-up in the Miss Jamaica World 2008 pageant, which sends the country's representatives to Miss World contests, was a flight attendant with JetBlue Airline when she tried to smuggle nearly 60 pounds of cocaine onto a plane at the Los Angeles International Airport in her carry-on baggage.

On Monday, she was sentenced by a federal judge to time served. Normally the charges carry a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years

The Los Angeles Airport Police reported that the cocaine was worth about US$3 million on the street and US$750,000 wholesale. According to a report in My News LA, the judge cited her "crucial" testimony in the prosecution of her supplier, Jamaican drug dealer Gaston Brown.

"She obviously provided substantial assistance to the government," U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder was quoted as saying.

The judge also reportedly said, without her help, prosecutors would have had a far more difficult time convicting Brown at trial in February for conspiracy and other federal charges.

Brown, 41, was named by a federal grand jury in an indictment accusing him of supplying Reynolds the cocaine that she had attempted to smuggle on to a plane. He is expected to be sentenced in August of this year and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum possible sentence of life.

Meanwhile, Reynolds is expected to be released from custody in time to return home to Queens, New York with her parents who were at her sentencing hearing. She is likely to be released in the next few days and will then spend three years on supervised release, according to City News Service.

On March 18, 2016, Reynolds fled leaving behind her luggage after she was randomly selected for secondary screening at the airport.

She reportedly boarded a flight to Queens, New York, where she has an apartment, then later turned in herself to federal authorities at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

The former Jamaican beauty queen and New York University track athlete was studying to be a nurse while working for JetBlue, her former attorney said.

In court Reynolds acknowledged earning thousands of dollars to help smuggle drugs and money through airport security at LAX and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York by using her 'known crew member' status to breeze past security and then transfer the contraband to a co-conspirator.





held.jpgTwo Colombian nationals are among four persons in custody for allegedly scamming people out of expensive jewellery.

The four - two Colombian males and two Jamaican females - were nabbed on Monday in relation to an alleged scam committed in February, in Manchester.

scam-alert.jpgPolice report that on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the suspects visited Cobbla district, Manchester where they went from house to house promoting the exchange of gold jewellery for appliances.

A woman allegedly handed over a bag containing several pieces of gold jewellery to the accused persons for which they staged test to check the authenticity, police said in a news release.

"The accused then handed back the bag to her and left the location. The bag was later checked, and the victim found that her jewellery was missing," stated the cops in the release issued by the corporate communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

A report of the incident was subsequently filed with the police.

The alleged scammers were nabbed on Monday, when law enforcement officials were alerted that the suspects were in the area. A white Nissan Lafesta motorcar was subsequently intercepted and the four, identified as those involved in the jewellery scam, were taken into custody on suspicion of larceny by trick.

Investigators are appealing to persons who may have been victims of a jewellery scam to contact them immediately.

Persons can contact C-TOC at 937-1389, Police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311 or the nearest Police Station.





The Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn says that a high-level police investigation is underway into reports that murder convict Michael McLean was able to leave his high-security prison several times to engage in sexual activities while he awaited trial.

McLean, 50, was on Thursday given six life sentences for slaughtering six members of a St Thomas family in 2006.

He has been ordered to serve 60 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole but effectively, should serve another 48 years since he has been in custody for the past 12 years.

Throughout his murder trial, McLean repeatedly requested to speak with officials at the Independent Commission of Investigations, saying he wanted to hand over proof that during the 12 years he was in custody awaiting trial he was taken to several guest houses on 19 occasions to have sex with various women.

"In the 12 years I have been in custody I have dated two teachers and a secretary," McLean on the second day of the trial.





A judge last week sentenced an Alabama teenager to 65 years in prison for a series of crimes, including murder, even though a police officer was the one who actually killed the victim.

Lakeith Smith, now 18, was convicted under the state's accomplice liability law in March. Based on that law, a person can be convicted of murder if they were committing a crime with the deceased that led to the other person's death, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. In Smith's case, he was involved in burglaries alongside A'Donte Washington, 16, when a police officer shot and killed Washington in 2015.

In February 2015, both Smith and Washington were part of a group of five who broke into two houses in Millbrook, Alabama, the Advertiser reports. When police responded to the scene, the two sides exchanged gunfire. Body camera footage played in court showed Washington running towards an officer pointing a gun at him. The officer then shot and killed Washington.

Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds sentenced Smith to 65 years in prison on Thursday -- 30 years for a felony murder, 15 for burglary and two 10-year sentences for theft.

"The officer shot A'donte, not Lakeith Smith," said Smith's attorney Jennifer Holton during the trial, as per USA Today. "Lakeith was a 15-year-old child, scared to death. He did not participate in the act that caused the death of A'donte. He never shot anybody."

Though Smith was a minor when the incident took place, he was tried as an adult.

In March, Smith declined a plea deal that would have sentenced him to 25 years in prison; he was convicted later that month.

The other three defendants involved in the burglaries have all entered guilty pleas, Fox 8 Live reports. One has been sentenced to 28 years in prison, while the other two have not yet been sentenced.

And as for the Millbrook police officer who actually killed Washington? A grand jury cleared him of any wrongdoing back in 2016, saying he was justified in fatally shooting Washington, WSFA reported at the time.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.





Jamaican deportee gets 100 months in US prison

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican who returned to the United States after being deported from the country twice has been sentenced to 100 months in prison.

It will run consecutively with his 40 year sentence on state charges for the attempted murder of a police officer in New York.

It's reported that Ronald Greenland, 55, initially entered the US lawfully in 1972, but lost that status due to multiple criminal convictions in Connecticut, Florida, and New York.

On February 23, 2007, an immigration judge ordered Greenland deported to Jamaica, but he later re-entered the U.S. On October 25 last year, he was convicted in New York of attempted murder and attempted assault of a police officer. The following month, Greenland pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, White Plains, New York to federal illegal re-entry after removal following an aggravated felony conviction.

In February this year he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison on the New York state charges and March 28 sentenced to 151 months in federal custody, with 100 months to run consecutively with his state conviction.





robert-montague-photo-2.jpgThe Police High Command has confirmed that an investigation has been launched into an alleged plot to kill former Minister of National Security Robert Montague.

The headline in Sunday's edition of The Gleaner revealed that gun runners based in the United States have placed a bounty on the life of the former Security Minister due to the Jamaican Government's crackdown on gun smuggling into the island.

The report suggests that members of the underworld who smuggle guns from the US via the Bahamas and Haiti into Jamaica are displeased with the crackdown on their business.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, the Police High Command confirmed the report and disclosed that a multi-jurisdictional investigation into the allegations has been launched.

The JCF said it is being assisted by its United States law enforcement counterparts with the investigation.

The probe began several weeks ago following intelligence fed to the High Command.

The statement added that the JCF takes all threats seriously and investigates them.





A robber who was also a would-be rapist felt the ire of residents from the quiet town of Moneague in St Ann on Saturday. The man was set upon and chopped to death by an angry mob after he allegedly robbed and then tried to rape a teenager from the community.

After taking her phone, the thug tried to assault the young girl , but she raised an alarm and residents rushed to her aid.

They reportedly used machetes, and chopped him several times all over his body.

The police were later summoned to the scene, and the man was assisted to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.





Bronze for Yohan Blake in 100m at Gold Coast

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yohan-blake-and-simbine.jpgYohan Blake won the men's 100-metre bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia on Monday after being relegated to third by the South African pair of Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies at the Carrara Stadium

The 2011 world champion entered Monday's final as the hot favorite after posting the quickest time of the season and in the first two rounds, but stumbled early and never regained his form against the two runners to his right.

Simbine, who was fifth at the 2016 Olympics and at last year's world titles, won in 10.03 second, with Bruintjies second in 10.17, shading Blake by 0.02.

There were two other medals for Jamaica on the day as Christania Williams and Gayon Evans won silver and bronze respectively in the women's 100-metre final.

Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye triumphed in the women's race, her first gold medal at a major international meet.

She celebrated with an air punch as she crossed the finish line in 11.14 seconds and relegated Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (personal best 11.22) to silver and bronze. England's Asha Philip was fourth in a repeat of her finish in Glasgow four years ago.

The win for Ahye, a finalist at the 2016 Olympics and the last two world championships, delivered Trinidad and Tobago their first Commonwealth title in the women's 100 and meant a Jamaican hasn't won the title since 2006. It came in the absence of the top Jamaican, Elaine Thompson, who won the Olympic 100-200 double in 2016 but is only running the 200 on the Gold Coast.





Two Falmouth escaped prisoners caught

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Two of four prisoners who escaped from the Falmouth Police Lock-up in Trelawny on Wednesday have been caught.

Travaun Lawson, 22, otherwise called 'Tall Man', of Rose Mount, St James turned himself in to the police in the company of his lawyer while Adrian Stewart, 39, of Dumfries, St James was recaptured during an operation in his community.

Two other escapees are on the run:

1) Mario Morrison, 24, of Bamboo district, Hanover

2) Oneil Demetrius, 31, otherwise called 'Boy Boy', of Lowe River, Wait-A-Bit, Trelawny.

They are both wanted for murder.

The police are urging them to turn themselves in and are reminding family members and residents that it is an offence to harbour a criminal.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Mario Morrison and Oneil Demetrius is being asked to contact the Falmouth Police at 954-3703, Crime Stop at 311, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





Son chops father to death in Green Acres

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A 62-year-old man, James Bunting, was chopped to death, reportedly by his son, Horace, in Green Acres, Spanish Town, St Catherine on Wednesday.

Reports are that approximately 6:00 p.m., the two had an argument and during the heated exchange, the elder Bunting was attacked and chopped in the head.

He was taken to hospital, where he died while undergoing treatment.

The suspect fled the scene and is still at large.

The Green Acres community recently benefited from the establishment of a police post with a newly-assigned service vehicle, reportedly because of the increasing crime numbers there.





Who killed Rooksie?

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice are still probing the killing of Uriel 'Rooksie' James, the reputed leader of the Rose Town-based Discipline Gang who was shot dead on Wednesday.

Police sources say his body was discovered in a car in St Andrew in the vicinity of Dunrobin.

In February, James was shot and injured in the parking lot of the Spartan Health Club in New Kingston.

He was leaving the club shortly before 8 o'clock in the morning when two men dressed like construction workers opened fire. However, he was saved by a team of armed private security officers.

James is said to have several criminal cases before the courts.

However, in July 2015, he was freed of the 1999 murder of security guard Errol McGeachy in Rose Town, Kingston.

Four months earlier he was also freed of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition in connection with the 2011 robbery of a man.





jutc-buses.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says due to recent shootings in August Town, St Andrew, its buses to the area will terminate at the University of the West Indies' (UWI's) Irving Hall, known as the UWI back gate.

"The JUTC has been forced once again to temporarily suspend its service in August Town, St Andrew as a result of violence/renewed shootings this morning," the State-run bus company said on Twitter this morning.

It also urged commuters to be safe.

When contacted, the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) confirmed that there has been shooting in the area but said it has received no official report on the incident.





winnie-mandela-yardflex.jpg"She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones," the family said in a statement.

The ex-wife of Nelson Mandela was known as "mother of the nation" and had been admitted to hospital in January with a kidney infection.

Her family said she "kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one its most recognisable faces."

News of her death comes on the day the US marks 50 years since the assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King -- who her former husband paid tribute to while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

The young activist met Nelson Mandela at a bus stop in Soweto when she was 22 in 1957 and the pair married a year later. Their romance lasted 38 years that was largely spent apart, with Nelson imprisoned for 27 years, leaving Winnie to raise two daughters and keep his political dream alive.

In 1990 the world watched when Nelson Mandela finally walked out of prison -- hand-in-hand with Winnie.

But they separated just two years later and divorced in 1996 after a legal wrangle that revealed her affair with a young bodyguard and she went on to become embroiled in several major controversies.





held.jpgThe St Elizabeth police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a break-in at the Holland Primary School in which several items, including groceries, were stolen.

Christopher Campbell was charged on Thursday with School House Breaking, Larceny and Receiving Stolen Property.

Reports are that an 84 inch television set that was stolen from the Holland Primary School on March 2 was found at Campbell's house during a search by the police.

He was subsequently arrested and charged.

The accused is scheduled to appear in court later this week.





police-commissioner-antony-anderson-photo-1.jpgFormer National Security Advisor and now Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson had his credit card cloned, but the alleged perpetrator is now before the courts.

Forty-four-year-old businessman, Earl Hobins, had his bail extended when he appeared in the St Andrew Parish Court last Thursday to answer to a charge of having benefited from the cloning the credit card of

Hobins has been charged with defrauding General Anderson, with more than $1 million having been reportedly taken from his account.

Anderson took office as Police Commissioner on March 19, 2018.

Fraud Squad detectives began their probe in February of this year after it was discovered that the former Chief of Defence Staff, who was then the National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, had been defrauded.

Investigators said the illegal activities with the card began on February 22.

According to the police, unscrupulous persons cloned Anderson's credit card and stole $1.3 million over a period of seven days.

The investigators said a man and a woman created two cloned cards from Anderson's card, which were used to purchase appliances, car parts and hair, among other items.

Following investigations, Hobins was arrested and charged on March 9.





The St James police are yet to ascertain the identities of three men who were shot dead during a gun battle with a law enforcement team in the parish on Good Friday morning.

Following the gunfight, the police seized two firearms.

Reports are that about 5:45 a.m., a police party conducted a special operation in Sunderland district in St James in search of wanted men and illegal firearms, and came under gunfire in the process.

The police took evasive action and returned the gunfire.

When the shooting subsided, three unidentified men were found suffering from gunshot wounds.

The injured men were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

One black Beretta 9mm pistol, bearing serial number BER020732Z, with a magazine containing one 9mm cartridge; and one black 9mm pistol with the make and serial number erased, loaded with a magazine containing one 9mm cartridge, were seized.

Investigations continue.





KD Knight threatens to 'rouse up' Jamaicans

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kd-knight-photo-1.jpgOpposition Senator K D Knight has threatened to 'rouse up' Jamaicans against the Government if it does not present a crime plan by the end of April.

At Tuesday's sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said a crime plan will be revealed but said he was waiting for the Parliament to back it.

"As I said there is one element that we have not yet settled. The crime plan must include in it, something to say that this Parliament agrees on a set of actions; that we are carving out national security as an area where there is bipartisan support for the policy," Holness said.

Speaking in the Senate this morning, Knight took issue with Holness' pronouncement calling it a public relations tactic.

"Prime Minister come out with this plan; say something that the nation can galvanise around. A wishy-washy approach won't work. People are in fear! People want to know what you are doing; if you can do something; if your government is up to the task. People just don't want some band-aid approach," Knight said.

He made the remark in his contribution to the debate on the resolution to extend the State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division.





anju-blaxx.jpgMusic producer Andrew 'Anju Blax' Myrie and businessman Brent Bunting are headed for mediation in the wounding case currently before the courts.

Earlier this month, Bunting and Myrie were involved in a physical altercation.

Reports are that Bunting, who is the son of politician Peter Bunting, went upstairs to Myrie's apartment to complain about loud music he was playing at the complex when the altercation happened. Both men have accused each other of instigating an attack.

The police were called and Bunting charged with unlawful wounding while Myrie was charged with wounding with intent.

During the altercation, Bunting was thrown down a flight of stairs.

According to arguments presented in court today, Bunting has done surgery to repair injuries to his face.

Myrie too had injuries, but, it was not immediately clear whether he had to seek medical attention to treat them.

They are to return to court on May 24 to report on the progress of their mediation.





The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has taken issue with the media being denied access to cover Tuesday's swearing-in of the new members of the Government Executive - two cabinet ministers and two ministers of state - at King's House.

The PAJ issued a statement later in the day, reminding Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Government that the media should be allowed to cover national occasions and not be relegated to getting pool photographs from the government's information service.

The restriction of access was explained on the basis that King's House is currently undergoing substantial renovations, which made it impossible to utilise the usual space for the ceremony.

Naomi Francis, Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, asserted that "the media was not barred at all," even as she acknowledged that only the state operated Jamaica Information Service was invited to cover the ceremony.

"We find it impossible to believe that, in all the many buildings owned by the government in Kingston, suitable arrangements could not have been made, albeit at short notice, to hold the ceremony at one that could accommodate the media," said PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller.





The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) has taken three people into custody in relation to a probe it is carrying out into the operations of Prisoners for Christ Telemarketing Services, which has allegedly defrauded hundreds of prospective car owners.

The Corporate Area-based company attracted their clientele with a promise of being able to import motor vehicles for persons who make a down payment of $85,000 to $100,000. The victims made the dowpayments, but have now come forward to say that they were fleeced.

MOCA's operations have led to the seizure of several motor vehicles, more than J$1 million and US$1,813 in cash.

Disgruntled clients Prisoners for Christ Telemarketing Services have also seized computers and other equipment from the company. It said these devices contain material which could be used as evidence in the investigation. MOCA is urging persons in possession of the items to hand them over to its agency.





Has Jah Cure been granted his US visa?

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jah-cure-bahamas.jpgReports are that Grammy-nominated Reggae artiste, Siccaturie Alcock, better known as Jah Cure, has been granted a visa to travel to the United States of America.

While social media, up to press time, was not buzzing with the news, it is alleged that the crooner, has finally been given the go-ahead to travel to the States.

"I'm not sure if it's a work permit, or if it's a regular visitor's visa," a Yardflex source revealed. "But his team was working on getting his papers in order and it looks like things free up for the singer."

Another source added, "A long time dem fi leggo di man and mek him start earn. Dem punish the Cure long enough."

It was in November 1998, while driving around Montego Bay, that Jag Cure was pulled over by the police and arrested on charges of gun possession, robbery and rape. He was prosecuted before the Gun Court in April 1999, found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Jah Cure was released on July 28, 2007 and has since increased his fan base and popularity, releasing a number of smash singles and albums and has toured Europe and the Caribbean.





buju-banton-photos-2.jpgGrammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton will do his very first concert, upon release from prison, in the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago on April 22, 2019. A concert is scheduled for Jamaica at a later date.

Jodian Ebanks, a member of the entertainer's marketing team, made the announcement on Sunday at a media briefing held during the Love and Harmony Cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit vessel.

According to Ebanks, "Buju is very excited about being on the road again. Jamaica is very special to him and he wants to be able to give his home country the type of concert it deserves," said Ebanks.

"Trinidad was chosen as the dates, travel schedules, and all the other variables all came together for that time of year and was the best fit," she continued.

Reports are that some of the acts Buju Banton wanted to perform at the Jamaica concert were not available, so that is the reason why the organisers decided to do the Trinidad show first.

Ebanks said the reggae singer is looking forward to his release and the opportunity to make music for his fans.





bolt-again.jpg(AP) - Usain Bolt trained again with German soccer club Borussia Dortmund on Friday and this time scored a header and a penalty in front of nearly 1,500 spectators.

The 31-year-old retired sprint great took part in team exercises under coach Peter Stoeger, exchanging passes with Mario Goetze and others in the relaxed session.

"It was good," Bolt said. "I had fun with the guys. They were very welcoming."

Dortmund said 1,409 spectators came to see the eight-time Olympic champion in action. News agency DPA said there were 137 accredited journalists.

"Usain is an incredibly laid back guy, totally down to earth. I think it was fun for him," Stoeger said. "And he got a stage that he had dreamed about."

The German club broadcast the session live with commentary in English. Bolt later signed autographs for fans as photographers jostled for pictures.

"I think it worked out very well," said Goetze, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014. "Usain felt comfortable, we could accommodate him well. It was a cool exercise."

It was Bolt's second training session with the team. He took part in another behind closed doors on Thursday.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has denied that there has been any pressure from a foreign government which may influence his choice of the country's next National Security Advisor.

"No foreign power could or should or it wouldn't be appropriate to seek to tell the Government of Jamaica or myself as Prime Minister who I should take or not take as adviser. Absolutely not; and it would be highly irregular and highly innappropriate!" the Prime Minister asserted during an interview with the RJR News.

The post of National Security Advisor became vacant following the recent appointment of Major General Antony Anderson as Commissioner of Police.

There has been speculation that a former Commissioner of Police could be appointed to the post.

But the Prime Minister said he is not in a hurry to make a choice.





Man wanted for triple murder held

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA man who was implicated in a triple murder at Yohan Close in Linstead, St Catherine was arrested during an operation in Frazer's Content in the parish yesterday.

According to the police, arrangements are now being made for him to be questioned in the presence of his attorney, after which formal charges will be laid.

The three persons, one of them a teen boy, were found with gunshot wounds by residents about 11:30 pm on January 26.

They were subsequently identified as 36-year-old mason, Shannon Reynolds, otherwise called 'Marlon', 15-year-old John Reynolds and 51-year-old Sonia Hinds, otherwise called 'Tippy', all of Victoria district in the parish.

The police are reminding members of the public that information on wanted persons or any criminal activity may be given confidentially by using the tip line number, 837-888.

Persons may also give information securely by calling 811 or Crime Stop at 311 or by using the Stay Alert app.





13 listed as Persons of Interest

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Thirteen persons have been listed as persons of interest by the Kingston Western Police.

Police investigators say they can assist them in several matters currently under investigation.

All 13 are being asked to report to the Denham Town Criminal Investigations Branch by 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 23.

PERSONS OF INTEREST:

1) David Reid otherwise called 'BJ' of Greenwich Park Road, Kingston 5 and St William Pathway, Kingston 12.

2) Mikail Green otherwise called 'Mosquito' or 'Blacks' of Brynes Street, Kingston 12.

3) Leonardo Campbell otherwise called 'Money' of Harris Street, Kingston 13.

4) Rohan James alias 'Warder' of James Street, Kingston 13.

5) Mugarvey Walker otherwise called 'Life' of Golden Heights, Kingston 14.

6) Rory Headlen otherwise called 'Bowa' of Upper West Street, Kingston.

7) Roger Shaw alias 'Bucky-five star' of Rousseau Road, Kingston 5.

8) Nakeam Kirkpatrick nickname 'OJ' of DeeCee Avenue, Kingston 14.

9) Yeahkark Walker otherwise called 'Prince' of Sunlight Street, Kingston 13.

10) Shadane McKenzie otherwise called 'Murphy' of Sunlight Street, Kingston 13.

11) Oshane Cooper otherwise called 'OB' of Blount Street, Kingston 14 and a Tivoli Gardens Address.

12) Fabian Lynch otherwise alias 'Dozer' or 'Junior' of Chamberlin Road and 4th Street, Kingston 12.

13) Shaquille Harrison otherwise called 'Coke Dust' of Mckenzie Drive, Kingston 14





Red Hills Road shooting victim dies

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crime-scene-gun.jpgOne of the victims of a shooting on Red Hills Road in St. Andrew on Thursday morning has died.

She has been identified as 22 year old Moesha Johnson, of a Red Hills Road address.

It was reported that Ms Johnson and a man were walking when a car drove up and the occupants opened gunfire on them.

Ms Johnson died at hospital.

The man is still being treated.

Residents blocked a section of Red Hills Road afternoon to protest the shooting.

The are blaming the shooting on a feud with persons on Verene Avenue off Cassia Park Road.

A resident said the feud has been ongoing for several months.





Chronixx, Alkaline, win big at IRAWMA

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irawma-awards.jpgReggae singer Chronixx and dancehall sensation Alkaline, were the big winners in three categories each, at the combined 36th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) and 37th Chicago Music Awards at the Logan Center for the Arts - University of Chicago last Sunday evening.

Fans of Africa's reggae star Shatta Wale brought the house down with excitement, applause and cheers, has he accepted the "Special IRAWMA/Martin's International Award of Honor". Wale was hardly able to give his acceptance speech, taking some two minutes to subdue his ecstatic fans Chronixx, captured the Awards for "Best Male Vocalist", "Best Album/CD" for "Chronology" and "Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer", while Alkaline won for, "Entertainer of the Year", "Best Song" and "Best Male Dancehall Artist". The complete list of winners, can be seen also at: http://www.irawma.com.

Winners and performers for the Chicago Music Awards will be coming in a separate release and can be seen at: http://www.chicagomusicawards.org.

Ephraim Martin announced that the 37th International Reggae and World Music Awards will return to Jamaica, on Saturday May 11, 2019 and will be held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

The event was sponsored by. NBC 5 Chicago, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), The Look - A Women's & Men's Store, LaFruteria Inc, Old World Market, Rogers Park Fruit Market, Kingston Mines Blues Club, Payne Center for Medicine and Music, SAPNA (Sri Annamacharya Project of North America), All United Imports, Rasta Love Punch, African Spectrum, Africa USA Today Magazine, CKW entertainment, Golden Krust Bakery, Kensey & Kensey Communications and others





Missing woman's body found in shallow grave

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA St. Catherine woman who was reported missing on Monday was found buried in a shallow grave in St. Thomas Tuesday after her boyfriend reportedly confessed to killing her.

She has been identified as 36-year old Latisha Bravo, also known as Keisha, a store keeper of Linstead in St. Catherine.

According to a police report, Ms Bravo visited her boyfriend in Duhaney Pen, St. Thomas on Sunday.

The following morning they reportedly had a dispute during which it is believed that she was strangled to death. It is reported that he then hid the body under a bed and went to work. About 8 o'clock Monday evening he allegedly took the body to the seaside in Duhaney Pen and buried it.

Later in the night the St. Thomas Police received information that Miss Bravo had been reported missing.

Her boyfriend was taken into custody where he allegedly confessed to the killing.The police say he led them to the shallow grave.





2 charged for shooting death of 3 y-o girl

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men who were detained in connection with last month's killing of a three year old girl in Annotto Bay, St. Mary have been charged.

They were charged on Tuesday evening with murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

Kelecia Matthews, otherwise called 'Pooka', of Cane Lane, was shot on February 14 while walking home with her stepfather.

Residents of Cane Lane have blocked sections of the main road in Annotto Bay to protest the men being charged.

The residents, who also protested the arrest of the men last week, insist that they are innocent.





ruddy-spencer.jpgState minister Rudyard Spencer has found himself in the midst of a firestorm of criticism for telling labourites at a political meeting in Bellefield, Manchester on the weekend that now that a member of the JLP is now at the helm of the RADA, whatever issues they had faced with receiving assistance from the entity, which provides agricultural extension services, were of the past.

SPENCER: Labourites, we have a system where we will now have our own chairman of RADA and things have been happening and things can happen at RADA. But naturally, you will meet some bottlenecks because we have just taken over the system and we are trying to find our way around the system. Where you never have a parish manager for RADA, you now have a Labourite being the chairman of RADA, so whatever problems you use to have ...

(Spencer pauses to hear advice of someone reminding him that the media were present.)

SPENCER: No, no I want them hear.

MAN IN AUDIENCE: Mine weh you a talk seh

SPENCER: Whatever problems you use to have, I believe now most of those problems would have gone away because you have your own manager to assist in the management of RADA ... So therefore, you can't say that you are getting no attention, you can't say nothing is happening, because in fairness, you have your own manager, to report whatever problems you have and expect him to solve those problem.





Clansman Gang top man and family arrested

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigations Branch (C-TOC) is reporting that one of the leaders of the Clansman gang has been arrested and charged.

Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey, head of C-TOC, said the gang leader, 33 year old Andre 'Blackman' Bryan, along with three members of his family were picked up during an operation in an upscale community in St. Andrew on March 4.

The three family members are his mother, 53 year old Millicent Brown, sister Alecia Brown, and his brother, Kevaughn Green. Two other members of the gang, Davion Edwards, otherwise called 'Lizard' and Boswell Rhoden, otherwise called 'Stephan', were picked on in another location on Monday March 5.

Charges in relation to the anti-gang legislation were laid against all six individuals on Monday, March 19. ACP Bailey said C-TOC launched an investigation into the Clansman gang in 2015, which led to the arrest and charge of 32 members over the period.

He said 78 of the 134 murders committed in St. Catherine in 2017 can be attributed to the Clansman gang.





western-union.jpgGraceKennedy Limited (GK) and its partner Western Union announced today an expansion of the company's digital money transfer service, which will allow Jamaicans to send funds via an online platform to 200 countries globally.

Effective April 1, the Jamaica operations of GraceKennedy Money Services, a GK subsidiary, will be the first in the Caribbean and Latin America to offer the digital service at WesternUnion.com.

To use the new outbound service, consumers in Jamaica can begin the registration process online but must go to a physical location to complete the process, including providing identification.

Thereafter they will be able to send and receive funds online. The methods of payment include debit, credit card and Apple Pay.

Previously, money could be received online in Jamaica, but not sent. The launch of the service brings to 42 the number of countries which now have the digital transactional service from Western Union.





President of the opposition Peoples National Party PNP, Dr Peter Phillips, dropped a huge bowl of macaroni in Parliament on Monday when he listed out a litany of woes besetting the Jamaican government: "How can the government who gave up over four billion dollars in revenues in the past two years to the bauxite companies now claim they would have to impose new taxes in order to pay increases for teachers. What kind of madness is that...?"

Minister Phillips then said cheekily, "Sometimes, Mr Speaker, it look like is Macaroni running the government!"

D-E-A-D!

Place mash up!

peter-phillips-photo-4.jpgLaughter!

Video clip gone V-I-R-A-L.

Welcome to Jamaica, the land of wood and water and Macaroni.

For those of you who don't know, Macaroni is the true-to-life, reluctant Internet sensation whose attempts to drive his bus through dangerous waters went viral after it was posted online, complete with a voice saying over and over again, "A couldn't Macaroni that!"

As it turned out, it really wasn't Macaroni driving the bus, but somehow since that viral video, the memes followed and every ridiculous situation and incidents of buffoonery have attracted the label: "A must Macaroni do that."

So, is it really Macaroni who is running the government of Jamaica?

Macaroni, tell us it aint so. - Yasmine Peru

Watch the video clip below of Peter Phillips having his Macaroni Moment.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police are reporting that four members of the Montego Bay based G-City Gang are among the 123 people so far detained in the State of Public Emergency in the St Catherine North division.

The State of Public Emergency was declared yesterday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

According to the police, 96 of the detainees have been processed and released while 27 remain in custody.

*Three detainees wanted for several offences including simple larceny, shooting with intent, unlawful wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

*Three arrested for breaches of the Firearms Act following the seizure of a Glock Pistol with a magazine containing 10 rounds on the Bernard Lodge Main Road

*Two arrested for Breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The public is being reminded that it is an offence to harbour criminals.





commissioner-antony-anderson-sworn-in.jpgMajor General Antony Anderson began his first day as Commissioner of Police, after taking the Oath of Office today.

"Decked in his uniform, the Commissioner of Police was quickly sworn on by Bishop Dr Gary Welsh, Justice of the Peace and Assistant Commissioner of Police, followed by a briefing session with area and section commanders," stated the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Corporate Communication Unit in a release today.

Anderson is replacing George Quallo, who was appointed on April 18 last year, but decided to retire last month after his relationship with National Security Minister Robert Montague soured.





state-of-emergency.jpgOperating hours for businesses and other establishments in sections of the St. Catherine North Police Division, where a State of Public Emergency was declared on Sunday (March 18), have been adjusted in keeping with stipulations under the enhanced security operation.

According to the Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU), the closing hours for all businesses in Spanish Town, Linstead and Bog Walk are now either 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

Those that should close by 7:00 p.m. are cook shops, dry goods establishments and haberdasheries, spirit license premises, service stations, clubs and fast food outlets, pharmacies, and churches. Community recreational facilities should close by 6:00 p.m.

The specified boundaries within which the operation is being undertaken are:

North - from the intersection of the St Ann, Clarendon, and St Catherine parish boundaries towards Garfield Road, the Moneague leg of the North-South Highway and Guy's Hill square;

East - along the St. Catherine parish boundary, to Sligoville, the intersection of Highway 2000, Lakes Pen Road, Port Henderson Road, Salt Pond Road and Hill Run main road;

South - from the Hartland main road to the Hill Run main road, and West - along the parish boundary to Ginger Ridge, Blue Hole, Marley Hill and Dover Road, to the intersection of the PJ Patterson Highway and the Hartland main road.

The CCU has declared that the security forces will also be placing special focus on bus parks within the targeted communities.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared the State of Public Emergency during a press conference at Jamaica House.

A joint Jamaica Constabulary Force/Jamaica Defence Force team was deployed to the area to undertake enhanced security measures for an initial 14 days, in accordance with the Emergency Powers Act.

The Proclamation under the Emergency Powers Act to bring the enhanced security measures into effect was signed by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, and has been gazetted.

The State of Public Emergency in St. Catherine North is the second such this year, following a similar declaration in the western parish of St. James in January.





Suspected serial rapist held in St Thomas

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held.jpgThe police have held a suspected serial rapist in Morant Bay, St Thomas.

He was held during a special operation on the weekend.

The suspect is believed to be involved in several incidents of sexual attacks in St Thomas and sections of the Corporate Area.

The Constabulary Communication Unit says investigations are ongoing and has promised to release more information as soon as it becomes available.

Have information that can help?

CALL:

Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse

926-4079

811

Send tips via:

Stay Alert App

Nearest police station





Visitor dies in St. Ann crash

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fatal-crash.jpgA woman was killed and five persons, including a two year old child, were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Llandovery main road in St. Ann on Sunday evening.

The deceased was a visitor to the island. It's reported that she arrived on Friday for a birthday celebration.

The car in which she was traveling collided with a Sports Utility Vehicle about 7 o'clock.

The driver of the SUV, who was the sole occupant of that vehicle, was also injured.





police-cars.jpgPolice say they have stepped up their search for criminals who robbed and then chopped to death a popular bus operator in Retreat, St Mary.

The dead man has been identified as Michael Walker, alias Jahmikes, a 47-year-old man, who is originally from Salem, Runaway Bay in St Ann.

Police say Walker, who operates a bus in and around St Mary, was found suffering from chop wounds along one of his regular routes last Thursday.

He was rushed to hospital where he was battling for life but later died while being treated.

Police say their initial probe revealed that several personal items belonging to Walker, including money and a cellular phone were stolen, when he was attacked

Police say since the attack they have stepped up their search for the perpetrators and are calling on residents in the parish to provide any information that could assist them in their probe.

And as police dig deeper for clues residents have taken to social to voice their concern over the attack.

"Michael Jahmikes Walker rest in peace me bredda. I wish I cud see you alive one more time again and we drink a one Guinness together.... sighhh smh."

Another post read, "May his soul rest in peace and memories continue resonate each and every day."

Meanwhile, another friend of the deceased man lamented on the senseless killings across St Mary.

"St Mary in the news so much these days for negatives and here I would never imagine my dear friend Michael (Walker) would join in and just gone so. Tears to my eyes. Smh. How could they kill him like that? He did no one anything. I am tired of these killings. Tired, tired rip Michael," the post read.

St Mary has recorded twelve murders since the start of the year.





Jay Z, Beyonce and kids arrive in Jamaica

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jay-and-bey-photo-1.jpgThe power couple and their three children all arrived in Jamaica Sunday night, reports say, adding that Jay Z and Beyonce are in the island to record new music along with a music video.

The platinum-selling artistes, accompanied by their children and nanny, will reportedly be staying at a private residence in Kingston

Just last week, Jay and Bey announced their On The Run 2 tour featuring a Jamaican classic.

The 1977 hit by Marcia Aitken I'm Still In Love (With You Boy) is the background track for the 45 second teaser.

According to 13thstreetpromotions.com, the single produced by Joe Gibbs gave the young Aitkens who was a student at the time, her first number one hit in Jamaica, with high chartings in the US and UK.

The single was featured on her 1981 debut, Reggae Impact, and was a cover of the late Alton Ellis 1967 version.

I'm Still In Love has been sampled by Sean Paul, Beres Hammond, Trinity, and Althea & Donna.





anju-blaxx-and-brent-bunting.jpgBusinessman, Brent Bunting, the son of Central Manchester Member of Parliament and former National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, up to Thursday, was reportedly is still in hospital and his condition was listed as serious.

This follows a fight with music producer Anju Blaxx and a gang of men at a complex in supper St Andrew last Friday. According to reports online, Brent Bunting reportedly complained that loud music which was being played at the complex was preventing his child from sleeping. It's further alleged that a physical altercation ensued and Bunting was tossed down a flight of stairs by Blaxxx and several men.

It's also alleged Blaxxx and his associates stomped on Bunting's face after he was tossed down the staircase.

Bunting's jaw was fractured and he suffered an injury to his eyes.

Facial Reconstructive Surgery was performed on the younger Bunting on Tuesday.

Blaxx reportedly received minor facial injury during the altercation. Both men have accused each other of being the aggressor.

37-year-old Blaxx, whose given name is Andrew Myrie, has been charged with wounding with intent in connection with the incident, while 27-year-old Bunting has been charged with unlawful wounding.

When contacted Wednesday, Head of the St. Andrew North Police Division, Superintendent Glenford Miller, told our news centre that he was in a meeting and could not comment.

In an interview posted online, Brent's father, Peter Bunting is quoted as saying that his son is "lucky to be alive".

The reporter quotes Bunting thus: "Most of the media is carrying publicity for Anju Blaxx when they are not aware of the details of the case. I was not there but from the accounts I have been getting, he is lucky to be alive, some of them had knives, and some even came to his home trying to kick off his door. He had been retreating from the situation and they ran him down and pulled him down the stairs. He was not the aggressor," Producer, Andrew Myrie otherwise called 'Anju Blaxx' walked free from wire fraud charges in the United States in August 2016. His attorney in the case, KD Knight told the press at the time that his client, Anju BLaxx did not make a plea deal with federal agents in the US state of North Dakota where he was charged. Charges against Anju Blaxx were dismissed in the United States after the prosecution there moved a motion for the case to be dismissed.

Anju Blaxx subsequently pleaded guilty in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to aiding in the making of a false declaration to Jamaica Customs in 2013. He was fined $250,000.





Reggae Boy Damion Lowe blasts Bolt in FB post

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damion-lowe.jpgDamion Lowe, the son of former national player Onandi Lowe, has take Usain Bolt to task for his "disrespectful" comments regarding the Reggae Boyz.

In a FB post, the young Lowe told Bolt: "You're basically degrading all the work your fellow Jamaicans have put to get us into the top 50, to have only lost 5 games out of 18."

"You guys should stop seeing Jamaica football as it was in the past. We are rising and it's evident with our results and rankings."

"I guess Mr. Bolt u would rather go represent another country because u think they aren't good enough for your talents. Look what you did for Jamaica it opened so many doors it shined a light on us," Lowe wrote.

"Imagine if u had taken that talent to another country, who would be breaking records for us? who would be winning back to back golds?

"Just like the young man you are talking about if he plays for Jamaica he will be seen as a Jamaican creating wonders in world football and it will give other young players chances, it will open doors for many. If he plays for another country he won't be seen as an ambassador for Jamaica. Be proud no matter what the situation. Yes I'm not playing for the big leagues, but I'm gonna get there one day and I won't and will never regret playing for Jamaica. U know why? Because when I do brand Jamaica will be next to my name. Not Belgium, not Germany not Spain not Norway."

Kudos to you Mr. Lowe.





usain-bolt-and-leon-bailey.jpgDecorated Jamaica Olympic champions Usain Bolt insists he will not encourage Bundesliga star and compatriot Leon Bailey to represent the national team as it is currently below his level.

The 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger has been one of the German league's hottest property's this season, scoring 9 goals in 17 appearances and being an all-around thorn in the flesh of defenders.

The player's talent has garnered attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs, but recently so have some countries.





jamaican-student-and-white-girl-tampon-drama.jpgThe New York Post is reporting that a white former Connecticut university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black Jamaican roommate's belongings has been allowed into a probation programme that could result in criminal charges being erased from her record.

According to the Post, state judge in Hartford on Monday granted 18-year-old Brianna Brochu's request for accelerated rehabilitation. Misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace charges will be erased if she successfully completes two years of probation and 200 hours of community service. Police said the former University of Hartford student wrote on Instagram in October about rubbing used tampons on her roommate's backpack and putting her roommate's toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine." She also called her roommate "Jamaican Barbie," and wrote that she put moldy clam dip in her roommate's lotions and spit in her coconut oil, police said.

The incident went viral after the Jamaican roommate, Chennel Rowe, shared her ordeal on social media. Rowe wrote that she developed throat pain and doctors couldn't pinpoint exactly what was causing it.

Rowe attended the court hearing and did not oppose the probation programme request Monday, saying she hoped Brochu would "change her ways."

Brochu's attorney, Tom Stevens, has said Brochu and Rowe had a falling out and Brochu's actions were not racially motivated. Both women had asked school officials for a change in roommates.

Stevens apologized on Brochu's behalf Monday. He said Brochu wanted to apologize sooner, but he advised her not to because of a potential civil lawsuit. Brochu, of Harwinton, had told police her actions were in retaliation for Rowe's "rude behavior" and Rowe posting videos of her sleeping and making fun of her snoring.

Brochu also told authorities that she did put tampon blood on Rowe's backpack and licked Rowe's plate, fork and spoon, but denied doing anything else. She said she lied in the Instagram post in an attempt to "appear funny," a police report said.

Source: NY Post





hands-behind-bars.jpgOne of the students from the Green Island High school in Hanover, who was caught on video attacking a bus conductor with knives and stones, has been taken into custody by the police.

The boy, who was accompanied by his father, surrendered to the police Friday - two days after the incident. The teenager was taken in by his father after he saw the video that is circulating on social media.

Head of the Hanover police, Superintendent Sharon Beeput, told RJR News that the police have identified all the boys involved in the incident

She said the police are in dialogue with the Principal and the Dean of Discipline at the school to have them taken in.

In the video, five boys are seen attacking the conductor with knives. The conductor was slapped in the face by a student holding a chopper before the other boys joined in the attack.

The conductor ran into the bus to seek refuge, but the boys proceeded to hurl stones on the vehicle, smashing several windows.

Several students in the bus were reportedly injured.





moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgMoravian pastor Rupert Clarke has been sentenced to eight years in prison on two counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years old and many are questioning how the man of the cloth was given such a "lenient sentence".

The sentences are to run at the same time which means Clarke will only serve eight years in prison.

The complainants are both sisters.

Clarke was sentenced in the St Elizabeth Circuit Court almost four months after he pleased guilty to the crimes.

On November 29, Clarke had appeared in court for the hearing of an application by the prosecution to transfer the sexual offence matter from the St Elizabeth Circuit Court to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston.

Justice Martin Gayle reportedly granted the application for the matter to be transferred to Kingston when Clarke's lawyer Deborah Martin asked for his client to re-enter a plea.

That's when Clarke changed his plea from not-guilty to guilty on two counts of having sex with a person under sixteen years old.

Clarke, 64 was the pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester.

The police report that in December 2016, a team was on patrol in a community near Santa Cruz when they observed a parked car that aroused their suspicion.

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

He was immediately taken into police custody.

Further investigations revealed that Clarke also had a sexual relationship with the child's sister.





With one of the students from Green Island High School in Hanover who were caught on video viciously attacking a bus driver with knives and stones last week, being already in police custody, the hunt is on for the others who have been identified from the video.

The boy in custody was accompanied by his father when he surrendered to the police on Friday. The father took the initiative reportedly after seeing the video that is circulating on social media.

Now police investigator, who have identified the boys who were actively involved in the incident, are zeroing in on the school community to produce the suspects.

The police are reported to be in discussion with the school's administration to have the boys taken in for questioning.

The video recording has at least five boys attacking the bus operator with knives, a chopper and stones at a bus stop after the operator had made a purchase from a vendor.

One of the boys, with the chopper menacingly in hand, violently slapped the bus man in the face, which spurred on the other boys to join in the attack.

This was while female students on the scene were seemingly recording the incident, labelling it as a report coming "live from Green Island", and, in the process, fostering the assault on the man.

Under relentless attack, the victim first makes a feeble attempt to defend himself, before fleeing into the bus.

The vehicle is then stoned by the attackers, resulting in damage to the unit, including some of its windows.

The bus had passengers when it came under attack, and there are reports that some of the occupants were injured in the process





Teachers plan sickout

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A sickout is reportedly being planned by the country's public school teachers.

Sources have informed The Gleaner/Power 106 news centre that the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), which represents public school teachers, will be stepping up action to protest against the government's wage offer to teachers.

On Friday, at a joint press conference with International Monetary Fund representatives, Finance Minister Audley Shaw insisted that the government could not make a better wage offer to public sector unions which did not accept.

But this after he had previously indicated that the government would be going ahead with plans to pay, this month, the wage increase it has agreed with some public sector unions to all workers, including those who have rejected the deal.

However, the JTA has taken issue with the payment of the five per cent increase, which will cover the first year of the four-year deal.

It said, last week, that the move is unprecedented in light of the fact that the current salary negotiation has not been concluded nor a Heads of Agreement signed.

The JTA had warned that if the payment is made this month it would view the action of the finance ministry as being tantamount to union busting and a breach of Collective Bargaining Rights.





Alleged phone thief battered in Springs Plaza

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phone-thief.jpgAn alleged phone thief barely escape with his life in Half-Way Tree on Saturday afternoon after being viciously attacked by an angry mob who accused him of stealing a woman's phone.

Reports are that about 1:30 pm, a woman was seen on the Springs Plaza in the commercial district, running and shouting "tief, tief, mi want mi phone" while a young man was speeding away from her.\

A man was subsequently held by a private security officer, and within minutes a crowd descended on the pair and demanded that the man be killed.

The male security officer tried to take the man away from the growing crowd but the mob was too much for the officer. They rained blows all over the body of the alleged thief, before other security officers joined in the rescue of the man.

Still, the officers were outnumbered by the angry mob, which included a security guard (from another company), who kicked the bleeding alleged "phone grabber" into his groin, and pulled a ratchet knife from his waist, and attempted to harm the already wounded man. That security guard was eventually pulled away by a small section of the crowd, who begged for "mercy".

The man was eventually rescued by the police. But not before being battered and bruised.

It is unclear if the woman's phone was recovered.





ishawnas-letter-to-dear-dream.jpg'Slippery When Wet' singer, Ishawna set social media alight when she uploaded her typical attention-grabbing semi-nude photo on Instagram with a 'letter' to gossip blogger Dear Dream.

"Dear dream...Hide my ID, I'm with a man and all his b***hes are my fans...they all wanna eat my French Fries🍟 What should I do?! And no mi nah drink nuh bleach!!!! 🙄💦💦💦," she wrote.

The post racked up over 25,000 likes and almost 1,000 comments. I

Dream on Instagram: "Slippery when wet 💦💦When I'm in the mood 💦💦💦"





Has new chick New York dumped Marvin the Beast?

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marvin-the-beast-and-new-york.jpgMarvin The Beast is back on the market.

According to sources, the controversial dancer was dumped by his new lover, exotic dancer New York after just little over a week of dating.

Marvin shocked dancehall fans last week when he confirmed his relationship with the former Vybz Kartel 'Teachas Pet' cast member just hours after his breakup with DHQ Nickeisha became public knowledge.

The 'Beast' and New York instantly became the talk of the town after appearing on Instagram live together locking lips, uploading photos on each others accounts and making a few appearances at a few events.

Well it seems NY has come to her senses as she reportedly gave Marvin the boot earlier this week and deleted all his photos off her Instagram account.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar Best Collymore, one of the accused in the murder of his wife Simone Collymore, thought he was fleeing to freedom when he made his way to a seaside town in St Elizabeth last month. However, that was not to be, as the Barbados born US national was stopped in his tracks by the police who raided the guest house where he was staying and hauled him back to Kingston where he was arrested and charged.

The polce have now revealed that they were guided to Collymore's hideout via a Crime Stop tip to its 311 hotline.

At the time he was arrested, Collymore was believed to have been taking steps to flee the island by boat, according to the police.

Collymore had been prevented from leaving the island on the eve of his deceased wife's funeral. The cops held on to him, but subsequently released him, and then were later forced to issue a warrant for his arrest and make a call for Collymore to turn himself in.

When Collymore failed to report to a police station, his lawyer made a statement saying that his client was recovering from gun shot woulds which he had received two weeks before his wife's funeral.

Omar Collymore and two co-accused have since been each charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy to murder in relation to the execution-style killing of his wife, 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore, and 36-year-old taxi operator, Winston Walters, on January 2. The two were shot and killed by men travelling on motorcycles outside an apartment complex on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Collymore, 35, Dwight Pink and 27-year-old labourer, Michael Adams, appeared before the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last month.





A fifth form student at Merl Grove High School on Constant Spring Roads is singing praises to the policemen who ran down and held a young scoundrel who grabbed her phone at the bust stop last Friday.

The CSEC student had just exited the school after her Geography extra class on Friday when a group of careless boys passed her and her friends and one grabbed her phone out of her hand and simply continued walking.

"The boy just said "Gimme dis" and took my phone," the shocked student was overheard telling her friends.

Upon realising that there were policemen stationed at intersection of Gore Terrace, Constant Spring Road and Dunrobin Avenue, the girls made an alarm and alerted the cops. The bleached out face hoodlum and his other undesirable mates walked out into the middle of the busy Constant Spring Road, skilfuly dodging speeding vehicles, as they made a bid to escape the cops, who were heading in their direction.

The brave officers showed their determination to duty when they immediately chased the boys and caught the phone grabber, who was easily identified by the Merl Grove student. Alas, however, the phone was not found in his possession. Nonetheless, he was bundled into waiting police vehicle and taken to the station, where his mother was called and informed of the incident.

The phone was finally retrieved by the police, however, the screen had been damaged.

Kudos to the cops on a job well done.





14-year-old and taximan shot dead by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA family is in mourning as a 14-year-old male student from a prominent high school was chased and killed by unknown assailants on Saturday. A taxi operator was also shot dead by the gunmen during a brazen daylight attack along Alexander Road, Hunts Bay, Kingston on Saturday.

The dead have been identified as Domaine Hall, student and resident of Rodney Road, Kingston and Richard Francis, 44 -year-old, taxi operator of 2 Alexander Road, Kingston 13.

Reports are that about 8:30 a.m. Francis was cleaning a grey Nissan Tiida motor car along the roadway when he was attacked and shot several times by two men carrying guns.

Following the attack the men were leaving the area when they saw the teenager, Domaine, who was fetching water at a nearby stand pipe.

Reports are that the teen attempted to run but was chased and shot by the assailants.

The men then escaped from the area.

Police were called to the community and the injured men taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

The incident has triggered shock and anger in the community.





police-commissioner-antony-anderson.jpgFormer army chief Major General Antony Anderson has been appointed Police Commissioner effective March 19.

He will succeed George Quallo who retired earlier this year.

Major General Anderson currently serves as the National Security Adviser, a post he has filled since being appointed in December 2016.

The first person to serve in this capacity in Jamaica, Anderson is the principal adviser to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on internal and external security, intelligence and defence matters.

He is responsible for coordinating security activities across government and liaison with overseas security and intelligence entities.

Anderson has had a military career in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) spanning 34 years, culminating in his six-year tenure as Chief of Defence Staff.





The St Thomas police are on the hunt for an illegal taxi driver who reportedly abducted and attempted to rape a 17-year-old student.

It is reported that sometime after 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, the Yallahs High School student was returning from a work experience assignment.

While walking towards the school gate, a robot taxi operator reportedly drove up and used a knife to force her into his vehicle.

According to reports, he sped off and took her to another community about two miles away from the school and attempted to rape her.

A struggle reportedly ensued, during which the schoolgirl was stabbed in the hand with a knife.

The teen managed to escape and sought help from the occupants of a nearby house.

She was taken to the Yallahs Police Station where the matter was reported.

The student then fainted and had to be taken to hospital where she was admitted and released the following day.

The police say that same day, another woman was raped by a man fitting the description of the student's abductor.





More Italian tourists for Jamaica

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hm-barlett-italy-march-2018.jpgMILAN, Italy: Jamaica's Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (3rd right); is joined by Laurent Parent (centre), Senior Executive for Alpitour World, Italy's largest Tour operator; Delano Seiveright (left), Senior Advisor/Strategist; Elisa Eterno (2nd left), JTB Italy; Matteo Gambardella, Contracting Manager, Alpitour World; Mariangela Montessoro (2nd right), Contracting Manager, Alpitour World and newly appointed Director of Tourism, Donovan White at the Hotel Scala in Milan, Italy on Monday March 5.

Alpitour which owns the Italian airline, NEOS, is to increase the number of seats into Montego Bay, Jamaica from Italy using a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft starting May of this year. Laurent Parent, a Senior Executive for Alpitour World, Italy's largest tour operator, noted that the new aircraft will replace existing once weekly scheduled Boeing 767 charter service between Milan and Montego Bay. The airline will also continue its once weekly flight from the Italian city of Verona, Italy.

Parent added that Jamaica is becoming more and more popular for Italians with Negril and Montego Bay being the biggest draws and pointed to one Negril resort being listed among the tour company's 15 best hotel resorts in the world. Bartlett noted that Italy is among the lead countries being targeted in Jamaica's ongoing European tourism growth strategy which in 2017 recorded 325,804 European tourists approximately 31,000 more than in the year 2016. Jamaica welcomed near 14,000 Italians tourists last year, representing a 44.5 percent increase over 2015.





74-y-o woman RAPED, killed in St Thomas

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA 74-year-old woman is suspected to have been raped and then killed in Duckenfield, St Thomas.

The elderly woman, identified as shopkeeper Eugene James, was found Sunday morning by a neighbour with her hands tied, mouth gagged and throat slashed.

The elderly woman's underwear was removed.

The neighbour became suspicious after noticing that the front door to James' house was partially opened and went to enquire.

She lived alone. It's believed that the perpetrator gained access to the house by removing louvre blades to a window.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA 16-year-old boy from St. James has been charged with the December 29, 2017 murder of Lascelles Warlock, a 53-year-old farmer of Pisgah in St. Elizabeth.

He was charged on Thursday after being pointed out during an identification parade.

The teen was arrested on January 29 following a shootout involving gunmen and the police in Kilmarnock, St. Elizabeth. A man was fatally shot and a loaded Uzi submachine gun seized.

It was reported that Warlock was driving a bus along the Cambridge main road when he was signaled to stop by a man who robbed him and his passengers.

The man then shot Warlock several times.

The passengers were not injured.





A Jamaican man has been awarded almost US$1 million or about J$127 million after having been framed by cops in New York, USA on a drunk driving charge to cover up a collision for which one of the lawmen involved was culpable.

The Jamaican, Oliver Wiggins, 33, ended up being freed and given the award after he could easily prove that he was framed, as he does not drink alcohol, and the result of a breathalyser test confirmed that instead of being drunk, he had no alcohol in his blood.

Reports in the US media indicated that cops tried to charge Oliver Wiggins with driving while intoxicated to cover up for a police officer who ran a marked SUV through a Brooklyn stop sign and ploughed into Wiggins' car.

Wiggins was arrested and charged with impaired driving, resulting in his driver's licence being suspended, and was forced to foot the repair bill for his 2004 Nissan Maxima that his insurance company declined to cover because of the supposed drunken driving.

This was despite the breathalyser test he took at the East Flatbush scene of the crash on April 19, 2015, having showed no alcohol in his blood.

His route out of the problems started while he was at hospital for treatment of a bad wound to one of his wrists after the crash, where Wiggins volunteered to have his blood tested for alcohol or drugs at the health facility. That test came back negative, with reports from the EMT and DWI technician each saying Wiggins had no sign of intoxication.

But that did not stop the arresting officer from officially reporting that Wiggins had slurred speech, watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on his breath, and was observed swaying.

Three months later, prosecutors dismissed the case, following which Wiggins filed a lawsuit in the Brooklyn Supreme Court against the city and the arresting officer, among a number of other cops who were involved in his arrest.

The experience has reportedly motivated Wiggins to become a correction officer in a bid to fairly enforce the law like his father does back in Jamaica.

His lawyer said the unpleasant experience had taught him to have great respect for and appreciation of the need to responsibly enforce the law and protect the innocent in the process.





earthquake.jpgAn earthquake of magnitude 4 strenght was felt in sections of Jamaica early Saturday afternoon.

It reportedly occurred around 1:50pm and was felt in sections of Portland, St Mary, St Thomas, St Catherine and Kingston and St Andrew.

There was reportedly significant roof damage to one house in the Kingston 6 area of St. Andrew as a result





lorenzo-eschoe.jpgThe Washington Gardens SDA church posted on their Facebook page Friday morning that their church family is in mourning following the death of their stalwart, Lorenzo Eschoe, who was murdered in Havendale last Thursday night

Eschoe, a certifying officer who was assigned to the Spanish Town Examination Depot in St Catherine was shot and killed in Havendale, St Andrew, at about 10 pm on Thursday.

Police reports are that Eschoe was standing beside his Toyota Wish Motor car at a premises on Lydia Drive in Havendale when men travelling in a Toyota Probox motor car pulled up beside him and shot him seven times

Eschoe died at the spot. His licensed firearm is believed to have been stolen.

In their remembrance, the Washington Gardens church stated: "The Church is deeply saddened by his passing and the circumstances of his death. Uncle Lorenzo as he is affectionately called by all members of the Gemini Pathfinder Club, whose lives he has touched during his sterling and dedicated service to the club; grew up in the Church. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. We wish to express our condolences to his immediate and extended family. Please keep us all in your prayers. #RIP #weepingmayendureforanight #butjoycomethinthemorning #Psalm30v5KJV

Tributes poured out on social with many stating that Eschoe was a wonderful human being whose life was cut short, but noted that God is still in control.

Michael G Lee stated: "Sometimes when we are pained we really done think it through to realize that the GOD who takes us up to our mountain tops and causes us to to be in such a high, still remains the very same GOD when we have our "Down-in-the-valley" experiences.

Our hearts have been torn for two days now. Weep if we must ( CHRIST wept what HIS friend, Lazarus died); but let us lean on the everlasting arms of Almighty GOD and be drawn closer to HIM.

Have a blessed Sabbath."

Marlene Weise, in her tribute declared: "Condolences...May God continue to give all who are grieving especially his family the strength and hope at this time."

Patricia Young, Pathfinder District Director and Adventurers Director at Meadowvale SDA Church, confessed that she has been crying since Thursday, and hailed Eschoe as an awesome man, who "has been involved in the Pathfinder movement from he was a child".

"If you're meeting Lorenzo for the first time, you feel as if you have known him all your life. I have something to do this weekend for Pathfinder and Lorenzo down as one of my speakers," she shared.

Claudette Genas, Family Ministries Director at EJC offered grief counseling at the Washington Gardens SDA Church last Saturday and moment of silence at the Half Way Tree SDA Church in memory of the life Lorenzo Eschoe.

(PICTURE CAPTION: Lorenzo Eschoe (right) representing at a Pathfinder event.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have taken two men into custody in connection with the shooting death of Chinese national, Teng Fei Cheng, 28, in Brown's Town, St Ann on Tuesday afternoon.

The men were arrested on Wednesday evening, and detectives are now reportedly putting together a case against them.

Cheng was attacked and shot at his business place while he sat in his vehicle.

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

There has been speculation that he was a victim of extortion.





Two students stabbed at Ferncourt High

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A dispute between some students at the Ferncourt High School Thursday morning resulted in two of the youngsters being stabbed and wounded.

Seven others were taken into the Claremont Police station for questioning and about 10 cutting instruments to include scissors, knives and half of a machete were seized by the Police.

Classes were disrupted as the St. Ann-based school was on lock-down for few hours, following the stabbing incident.





andrew-holness-photo-4.jpgThe Government of Jamaica is considering making citizens pay for the street lights. This would mean an increase in the already high light bill of each householder, the majority of whom are already paying a hefty taxes to the government.

They are also contemplating using the proceeds from the planned sale of its 20 per cent stake in the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to pay the over $7 billion it owes to the company for streetlights.

Addressing how the government plans to pay future bills, Shaw said the government was considering having Jamaicans pay for it in their light bills.

The money owed for streetlights was revealed by finance minister Audley Shaw, during Wednesday's sitting of the Standing finance Committee of Parliament.

Early last year the outstanding debt stood at $5 billion.Shaw said the debt was now a matter of utmost importance and his ministry is looking at options for making the payments.

Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw told members of Parliament that the final decision to sell Government shares in the JPS rests with the Cabinet but noted that the approach would be to offer these shares to the public.

The National Water Commission and other government agencies owe the JPS another $2 billion.





woman-found-dead-petrice-porteous.jpgThe Lucea police have confirmed that a woman of a Mount Peace address and her son are now both in police custody and are being questioned, in connection with the death of the missing female, whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in the area on Sunday evening, February 25.

The police have also confirmed that the woman is the mother-in-law of the victim and her son who is the prime suspect is said to be her boyfriend.

Investigators pointed out that the victim, 20-year-old mother, Petrice Porteous, otherwise called "Little One" of Mount Peace District was locked in an ongoing family dispute with her mother-in-law up to the time of her death.

She was last seen alive in the company of the accused male on the same night of February 12 that she went missing.

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The Lucea police have reported that Petrice resided in Mount Peace with her father and her 3-year-old daughter.

Adolphus Porteous, Petrice's father reportedly told online portal, Newsbug, that he last saw her on January 27 when she left home to spend time with her twin sister in Montego Bay.

According to the father, Petrice worked at an establishment in Sandy Bay, Hanover so she left her sister's house and was going to work.

She was last seen alive on February 12 in Hanover, allegedly when the accused man went to pick her up from work in Sandy Bay.

She was supposed to have been heading home but she disappeared without a trace.

One family member told our news team that reports of her disappearance were made to the police and then contact was made with the accused man.

They were told by him that he dropped her off at the intersection of the Johnson Town main road and Kew main road.

Immediately family members and residents in the community searched sections of bushes over the past week to locate her but were unsuccessful.

On Sunday about 3:45 p.m., residents who were searching, saw dogs fighting over what appeared to be a bloody piece of female clothing at a shallow grave in bushes, at a section of the area known as Kew Top.

The police were alerted and upon arrival, the shallow grave was uprooted and it resulted in the gruesome discovery of Petrice's decomposed body.

One officer stated that it would appear that she was murdered elsewhere and buried at that location. Also, a black substance which resembled engine oil was thrown on the body by her killers, obviously to keep down the scent.





bolt-racers-grand-prix.jpgUsain Bolt will get a chance to live his dream when he plays football at Old Trafford, but in doing so, the Olympic great will also ensure that the dreams of scores of Jamaican children will also be realised.

The retired sprinter will raise a minimum of £250,000 ($44 million) through a football match on June 10, four days before the start of the World Cup.

Bolt, who teased a day earlier that he had signed for a football team, on Tuesday, announced that he will be playing his first official match as a football player at the 'Theatre of Dreams'.

The lifelong Manchester United fan will captain a Soccer Aid World XI that will go up against a Robbie Williams select team, featuring a number of top names.

Bolt, who hung up his spikes after last year's World Championships in London after a stellar career that saw him win eight Olympic medals and break world records in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m as part of Jamaica's team, said he was thrilled to be able to give back in such a meaningful way, while realising a dream of his own.

"This is a win-win, not only will I be playing at Old Trafford and doing something that I have always dreamt of doing, but I will also be ensuring that the dreams of many young Jamaicans will be met through this partnership with Soccer Aid and UNICEF," Bolt reportedly told The Gleaner.

Through the arrangement, UNICEF's local arm will receive a minimum of £250,000 ($44 million) for a charity which is to be determined.





shocked.jpgIn June 2017 the body of a woman, Nadian Dyer was dug out of a "house-tomb" by law enforcement in the parish of Westmoreland. It has been confirmed from an exclusive report, that Ayele Russell, 22, was arrested on an unrelated charge in Brooklyn, New York, on February 12, 2018, under arrest number K18609741Q.

Russell, booked for 2nd-degree felony robbery, is housed at a Brooklyn detention complex as number 1411801054, since February 13. He has since appeared in court and was remanded at Otis Bantum Correctional Center in New York.

Nadian and her 3-year-old daughter went missing for months until news surfaced that they were murdered by her boyfriend and their bodies cemented in a tomb, in a room at the house in Pee Wee Lane, in West End, Negril, in the parish of Westmoreland.

In July 2017 the Westmoreland police were in the process of completing documents to facilitate a search in the United States for a 21-year-old man, identified as Ayele Russell, who they say is wanted in connection with the murder of Nadian Dyer.

Russell is alleged to have killed Dyer's 3-year-old daughter, Orlandie Malcolm, in February 2017 and murdered Dyer, who was known as his girlfriend, in April 2017.

Dyer's body was discovered shortly after 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 7, and removed about 7:30 pm. The victim was identified by her mother with the help of a tattoo on her arm.

Her decomposing body had several stab wounds and a large wound to her stomach. It is believed she was murdered two months before her decomposing body was found.

Police say Russell fled the island to the United States several days before the gruesome discovery of Dyer's body in a tomb in a back room at his home.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar "Best" Collymore, the 35-year-old man accused of masterminding the murder of his wife Simone in Red Hills, St Andrew, last month, is without legal representation

Collymore and his co-accused, Michael Adams and Dewayne Pink, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday and indicated to the court that he needs to make a telephone call overseas to secure a lawyer.

A March 21 date was subsequently set for him to obtain an attorney and for the case file to be completed.

Collymore, Adams and Pink are charged with two counts of murder in relation to the killing of 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore and 36-year-old taxi operator Winston Watson.

Collymore was captured at a guest house in St Elizabeth during an operation on February 8, two days after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Prior to Collymore's arrest, he was taken into custody after he was held at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston attempting to leave the island.





Bolt signs to football club

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usain-bolt-photo-15.jpgTriple world record holder Usain Bolt, in a move that has set the world of sports on high alert, says he has agreed to sign for a football club.

Bolt, who brought his career to an end following the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, has frequently talked up his footballing prowess and revealed last month he was set for a trial with Borussia Dortmund in March.

"It's something that I want to do," Bolt told the Daily Express in January. "In March we're going to do a trials with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes. If they say I'm good, and that I need a bit of training, I'll do it.

The 31 year old has always spoken of his desire to play football once his sprinting career was over, and on Sunday he tweeted to say "I've signed for a football team! Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT."





The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) launch launched a campaign that will target wanted criminals for the Lenten season.

Since the start of the year more than 200 people have been killed across the island.

The JCF says the campaign will be guided by the theme: "What Are You Giving Up for Lent" and will encourage citizens to be alert and report wanted persons whose pictures will be made public.

The police say the initiative is part of its drive to create safer communities across the island and urged law-abiding citizens to give their support.

The JCF says members of the public can share information anonymously by calling its tip line at 811, Crime Stop at 311, the nearest police station or through the Stay Alert app that's available in the Google Play Store.

The campaign ends March 30.





Science lab explosion at Mona High school

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Several students of the Mona High School in St Andrew were on Thursday afternoon rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies following an explosion during a scientific experiment.

It is understood that following the explosion there were cries for help from students.

Several students, along with one teacher, were immediately rushed hospital for medical treatment.

The conditions of the students and teacher could not be immediately ascertained.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgWord is that accused killer Omar Collymore paid contract killers $500,000 to kill his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore. Mrs. Campbell-Collymore was shot and killed on January 2. She was killed shortly after she boarded a taxi in Red Hills, St Andrew and the taxi driver was also murdered during the incident.

Two men who're believed to be Collymore's co-conspirators are in custody in connection with the crime and Collymore himself has been remanded following his first court appearance.

Statements have been given to the police alleging that Collymore paid $500,000 to contract killers to have his wife murdered.

Investigators are theorizing that he killed his wife in pursuit of life insurance proceeds. Collymore, who has two children with Simone, is also a person of interest in the 2008 murder of Angela Aguiar in Florida. Both Aguiar and Omar Collymore late wife, Simone, had taken out life insurance policies and had named him as their beneficiary.

Although Omar Collymore is a United States citizen, he is originally from Barbados.





St Thomas machete mom loses custody of children

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machete-beaten.jpgWhen St Thomas mother Doreen 'Da' Dyer received her suspended sentence recently, her greatest desire was to be reunited with her children. However, that is not to be. The two children, including the daughter she was seen in a video beating with a machete, will remain in the custody of their aunt until they are 18 years old.

That was the verdict of Senior Parish Judge Fiona Feare-Gregory when Dyer, her sister, and the two children appeared before the Yallahs Children's Court this weeky.

The children, who are twins, are 13 years old.

They were placed in the custody of their aunt after their mother was charged last year October.

The court ruled that Dyer will be able to have supervised visits with her children with her sister present.

Forty-four-year-old Dyer was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to cruelty to a child in the St Thomas Parish Court on February 9.

She was charged by the police last year and was subsequently offered bail.

The partially nude mother was seen in a video beating the girl violently with a machete while uttering expletives.





Clarendon's most wanted killed

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One of Clarendon's most wanted men, Niko Walters, otherwise called 'Freckles' or 'Speckles', unemployed of Farm/Effortville in May Pen, was shot and killed during a confrontation with the police on Monday.

A policeman was shot and injured in the incident.

Reports are that during an operation in the Effortville area, Walters was seen and, on the approach of the police, he pulled a firearm and opened fire, hitting a policeman on the left index finger.

The gunfire was returned and Walters was hit.

He was taken to the May Pen Hospital along with the injured policeman, where Walters died while undergoing treatment.





The administration of the Wolmer's Boys School held further discussions about security at the institution, after a student was questioned by police yesterday (Mon), about a threatening voice note which has gone viral.

The 18 year old student was arrested after the voice note reportedly denoted threats of a mass shooting went viral on social media.

In a statement Monday, the ministry said that as a result of preliminary discussions held among ministry officials and school administrators, a follow up meeting including with the Chairman of the school board is being held.

It said among the matters to be addressed are the general safety and security of the school, risks, threats and areas that may need strengthening.

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry says it is assisting the police in conducting a psychological assessment of the student.

Detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime CTOC, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP Fitz Bailey, questioned the student and his parents in the wake of the threatening voice note he reportedly sent to a teacher.

The ministry says other students are being questioned.

The police is also urging individuals to desist from circulating the audio clip, as it may cause undue anxiety.The





A female entertainer who was reported missing on Thursday following the discovery of the body of accountant Esron Laing, has been found unharmed.

The woman has been identified as Sherine Fox, an up-and-coming artiste who goes by the stage name Sexilous of Pembroke Hall in St Andrew and Rocky Point, Clarendon.

Police say Fox was found Friday afternoon and is currently back with her family. She is not a suspect at this time and investigations into Laing's murder are still ongoing.

Laing was reportedly shot dead after leaving a party in Portland Cottage in Clarendon to take Fox home bout 4 am on Wednesday. His Range Rover was found on the banks of a river in bushes close to where his body was found.

When his body was discovered, only the woman's belongings were found at the scene and in Laing's vehicle.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe man and a woman who were charged in connection with the murders of the Jamaican-Canadian couple Melbourne and Etta Flake in Retreat, St Thomas were remanded when they appeared before the St Thomas Parish this morning.

Twenty-five-year-old Fabian Skervin and his girlfriend Nekia Thompson are each charged with two counts of murder and one count of robbery with aggravation.

Thompson was questioned by the police on Monday and was charged Tuesday.

Her boyfriend was charged last week.

Thompson's attorney Hensley Williams reportedly asked the court for the matter to be called up at a later date as the necessary files were not available and full disclosure was not made.

They are to return to court on March 1 when it is expected that a bail application will be made.

Skervin and Thompson were picked up during a police operation in Seaforth on February 7.

The woman was released and later taken back into custody and both were subsequently charged.

Eighty-one-year-old Melbourne and 70-year-old Etta were found dead in their house with their hands and feet bound on the morning of January 9.





Man in custody over murder of 14-year-old girl

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hands-behind-bars.jpgPolice in St James are reporting that the man wanted for the murder of a 14-year-old girl was taken into police custody on Saturday.

He is Owen Allen, otherwise called 'Zoo Bug', of Brown's Lane, Granville in the parish.

An appeal was made for Allen to turn himself in to the police following the murder of Tianna Clarke who is also from the area.

Reports are that about 8:30 am Tianna's body was found in an unfinished building in her community.

Hours later, Allen reported to the Freeport Police.

Lawmen said he is to be questioned in the presence of his attorney.





A high level investigative team has been probing a social media threat issued against students of Wolmer's Boys' School in Kingston. This follows the circulation of a voice note with threatening messages purported to be from a student at the school.

In the more than 10-minute long voice note, a boy can be heard expressing frustration over calling colleagues by phone but not receiving an answer.

He further complained about being "ostracized" and society putting him in "a box with sickos". In the long rant, he chided so-called "friends" who don't remember his name or his birthday, and ignore him when they see him on the road.

He then lists a number of names, before apparently issuing a violent threat against them.

Anxiety over the incident has been fueled by last week's mass killing at a Florida school. A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing at least 17 people.

Police are urging individuals to desist from circulating the audio clip, as it may cause undue anxiety at this time.

In the meantime, the Police High Command is asking persons who may have information that can assist with the investigation to contact the Counter Terrrorism and Organised Crime Branch (CTOC) at 967-1389, 811, Crime Stop at 311 or by using the Stay Alert App to submit information.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Westmoreland police report that fourteen-year-old Alkye Nicola Vaccianie, a student of a White Hall, Negril, Westmoreland address, was shot and injured by an unknown assailant on Friday night.

Shortly after, on Saturday morning, the gruesome discovery was made of the partially-clad body of another 14-year-old girl with injuries to her face, in Brown's Lane, Granville, St James.

The Negril incident occurred in White Hall district at about 8:15 p.m.

Reports are that Alkye was sitting outside a shop, when an armed man approached her and open gunfire at her.

She was hit in the right side, left side and left thigh and was transported to the Savanna-La-Mar Hospital, where she has been admitted.

The Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) is investigating the incident.





florida-victim-helena-ramsay-stoneman-douglas.jpgThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is confirmed that a student of Jamaican heritage was killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. She is 17-year-old Helena Ramsey.

"My family lost an absolutely beautiful member today, due to a senseless school shooting," Curtis Page Jr. said in a Facebook post about Helena, who would have started college next year.

"Helena was a smart, kind hearted, and thoughtful person. She was deeply loved and loved others even more so. Though she was somewhat reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her. She was so brilliant and witty, and I'm still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone."

Page said he hopes others can be inspired by Helena's "life well lived, no matter how short."

Fena Cooper, identifying herself as a cousin, said in a Facebook posting, "Valentine's Day will never look the same for my family.

"Helena, we miss you dearly and are so incredibly sorry that your life was cut short. You didn't deserve this. We love you so much and will miss you greatly."

In a statement, foreign affairs minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, expressed condolences to the family of the dead Jamaican teen as well as to the families and friends of the other victims.

The shooter shot and killed 17 persons last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.





omar-best-collymore-aguiar-simore.jpgInvestigators have charged three people in connection with last month's murder of Simone Collymore and taximan, Winston Walters, in Forrest Hills, St Andrew. Among the three accused is her husband Omar Collymore and his arrest has reportedly reignited interest in a 10-year-old murder case in Florida in the United States.

According to the Florida's Sun Sentinel, the murder has renewed interest in a 10-year-old case in the US state.

The Sun Sentinel reports that a decade ago, Omar Best Collymore's girlfriend, Angela Aguiar, was shot dead in a Fort Lauderdale street. Her killer was never charged, but police always considered Collymore someone of interest.

It says Fort Lauderdale detectives are working with Jamaican authorities in hopes of solving the Aguiar homicide. Fort Lauderdale Detective Tracy Figone reportedly told the paper that the two slayings have several similarities.

The paper says in addition to being romantically linked to Collymore, both women had life insurance policies that listed Collymore as a beneficiary.





robbery.jpgA 16-year-old boy is now in hospital battling for life after he was attacked, robbed and then shot by criminals at a football field in St Catherine.

Reports are that at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday the teen and his friends where at the field, close to March Pen Road, having a conversation when two men walked up to the group members.

Sources that one of the men had a machete and the other a firearm.

Reports are that the group members were held up by the thugs and then robbed of their cellphones and other valuables.

Still not satisfied with their illegal act the thugs then opened fire at the victims before running from the area.

The teen was later found suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital where he has been admitted.

Police from St Catherine North Division have since launched a search for the men who carried out the attack.





Third man charged in Simone Collymore's muder

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omar-best-collymore-angela-aguiar-simone-campbell-collymore.jpgDetectives have charged a third man in connection with the shooting death of St Andrew businesswoman, 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore and 36-year-old taxi driver, Winston Walters.

He has been identified as Dwight Pink, who had been in custody for some time before charges were laid on him on Friday. He has been charged alongside Campbell-Colloymore's husband, Omar 'Best' Collymore, and 27 year-old labourer Michael Adams with murder and conspiracy to murder.

Collymore and Adams were remanded when they appeared before the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday. They have been given until February 21 to settle legal representation. Pink was not taken to court.

The 35-year-old Collymore was slapped with murder and conspiracy charges for the execution style killing of his wife and her cab driver, after he was nabbed by detectives during an early morning operation at a guest house in St Elizabeth.

The two were shot and killed by men travelling on motor cycles outside an apartment complex on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew on January 2.

Collymore, who had been listed as a person of interest and asked to surrender to the police, instead went on the run. At the time of his arrest, he was reportedly making arrangements to flee the country by boat.

The United States citizen was himself attacked and shot while sitting in his vehicle at a business place in New Kingston about two weeks after his wife's murder. He and another man escaped with minor injuries.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice continue to investigate the stabbing incident involving a 58-year-old visually-impaired male vendor in the Coronation Market on Saturday and are seeking a female vendor who may be able to assist in their investigations.

The victim, Clive Mullings was visited by the police at the Kingston Public Hospital to take a statement.

Reports are that Mullings was walking through the market selling his wares, when he accidentally knocked over a tray of eggs belonging to the female vendor.

An argument developed between Mullings and the female vendor, and during the heated exchange, the woman reportedly used a piece of board to hit the senior citizen, before stabbing him, after which she fled the scene.

Reports are that persons had offered to pay for the eggs, but the woman was hellbent on exacting revenge.





3-year-old girl shot dead in St Mary

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crime-scene-gun.jpgshocked.jpgA three-year-old girl was shot and killed by an unknown assailant in Cane Lane, Annotto Bay in St Mary last night.

She has been identified as Kelecia Matthews, otherwise called Pooka.

The police say she and her stepfather were walking home about 9:40 when a man armed with a handgun fired a shot in their direction.

After the shooting, Kelecia was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was taken to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.





Suspended sentence for machete beating mother

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machete-beaten.jpgA sentence has been handed down to the St. Thomas woman who was seen in a widely circulated video on social media last year beating her daughter with what appeared to be a machete.

Doreen Dyer, 44, was on Friday afternoon sentenced to three years probation when she appeared in the St. Thomas Parish Court in Morant Bay.

She has also been ordered to get parental counselling and attend anger management classes.

The presiding judge Mrs Lucian Jackson heard submissions from defense counsel Bertram Anderson and the Clerk of the Court.

After perusing the Social Enquiry Report, she said Miss Dyer's sentence would be three years probation, which is the maximum term the court is allowed to give.

Time was allowed for counsel to explain the sentence to Miss Dyer and when the matter was again called up, she pleaded guilty to the charge.

Miss Dyer broke down in tears when the sentence was handed down andlater said her goal now is to be reunited with her children.





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgA passenger on a flight arriving from the United States was arrested and charged after a pistol and live rounds of ammunition, and a large sum of undeclared cash were allegedly found in his luggage during a search at the Sangster International Airport on Thursday night.

The accused has been identified as 24-year-old mechanic, Jordan Subaran of a Decatur, Georgia, USA address, and also of New Town, Black River in St Elizabeth.

Reports are that Subaran arrived in the island on board a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta, Georgia at about 9:00 pm on Thursday, February 8.

His luggage was searched and a 9mm Ruger pistol with serial number 33723, along with 29 rounds of 9mm cartridges, were reportedly found.

Additionally, US$63,000, which was not declared, was found concealed in a bag of sweets.

The money has been seized by Customs.

Subaran was charged with failure to declare, and is due to appear in the Western Regional Gun Court.





charged.jpgCriminal charges have been filed against the five Costa Ricans and six Jamaicans who were allegedly held in a multimillion-dollar drug bust in Westmoreland earlier this week.

The police say all 11 have been charged with possession of, dealing in and taking steps to export ganja.

The police say four of the Costa Ricans have been charged with illegally entering the island.

All 11 are scheduled to appear before the Westmoreland Parish Court next Friday.

It's alleged that the men were held by the police while in the process of compressing and packaging approximately 1,000 pounds of ganja valued at $4 million.





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe police are reporting that four people, including one woman, are in custody after a team of officers assigned to the Westmoreland Police Division seized two firearms and an assorted rounds of ammunition on Dalling Street in Westmoreland on Friday.

Reports are that about 5:45 am, the lawmen were on operation in the area when a premises was searched and the following items seized: two Glock pistols, four magazines, 42 9mm cartridges, and 21 .40 cartridges.

The individuals were taken into custody in relation with the seizure.

The police said their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.





omar-best-collymore-aguiar-simore.jpgThe police are finally confirming that Omar Collymore tried to leave Jamaica the Friday before his wife's funeral on Saturday, January 27.

As had been reported, Omar Collymore was stopped at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Friday, January 26, as he was attempting to leave the island.

Collymore was later questioned by investigators and released after reportedly declining to answer hundreds of questions.

The police had also revealed that two people were already in custody in connection with the double murder and that other suspects were being sought for questioning.

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Superintendent Paul Thomas, in a recent interview stated that based on investigations, he is confident Omar Collymore is the mastermind, behind his wife gruesome murder. Although the supe did not mention this, reports are that Omar Collymore was a suspect in the 2008 murder of his then girlfriend, who had a US million dollar life insurance policy.

Collymore's girlfriend, Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Her murder took place months after she had taken out a US million dollar insurance and named Omar Best-Collymore as beneficiary. Collymore, who was the only witness to Aguiar's murder. However, two years after Aguiar's murder, in 2010, Omar Collymore received received US$400,000 of the insurance money; Aguiar's son received the other $600,000. In the summer of 2016, the Broward Crime Stoppers began offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Aguiar's killer. Aguiar, of Lauderhill, was a single mother and real estate agent

In an article in 2016 in the Sun Sentinel, the reporter stated that although Aguiar's killer remains on the loose, court documents in a civil case point to her boyfriend at the time -- also her primary life insurance beneficiary -- as a suspect.

However, before the insurance money could be paid out, the insurer investigated, given Aguiar's death happened within its "contestability period" and had been ruled a homicide. In email exchanges between a Fort Lauderdale detective and insurance claims analyst in June and September 2010, the detective said Best Collymore was still considered a suspect in the case.

"No progess. Yes, Omar Best is still a suspect," the detective wrote.

Whether detectives have cleared him of any wrongdoing in the murder or whether he is still suspected of being involved remains unknown. Police would not comment further on the case.

Best Collymore could not be reached for comment despite multiple attempts by telephone.

Ultimately, the civil case was resolved and Best Collymore was awarded $400,000. The rest of the money went to Aguiar's son.

Since Aguiar's killing, police have released few details and currently say the murder is an active investigation. The shooting happened in the 100 block of Northwest Second Avenue where Aguiar was found in the street just west of the railroad tracks and Broward County's Transit bus terminal.

According to a police report, an officer who responded saw Aguiar in the arms of Best Collymore on the ground near the passenger side of their Ford F-150. The officer saw blood on the seat.

Best Collymore told police that the couple planned to meet with friends at a downtown bar and the shooting happened after parking the truck, the report said. As he got out of the driver's seat and bent down to tie his shoe, he heard a "commotion" and stood up, it said.

He walked around the back of the truck and saw a man standing next to Aguiar. According to the report, Best Collymore shouted an expletive and then ran for cover and heard gunshots.

Best Collymore returned to find Aguiar injured. According to a medical examiner's report, Aguiar was shot in the head and chest.

Aguiar's son thinks police have "dropped the ball" on a case that went cold years ago. He believes his mother was targeted and someone somewhere knows who pulled the trigger. Although his young son and daughter will never get a chance to meet their grandmother, bringing the gunman to justice would be "like closing the chapter," Aguiar said.

"Someone's going to break," he said. "I believe over time somebody's going to come forward. It can't be a secret for so long."

Chere Nedd, Aguiar's sister, says she has lost much more than just a sibling.

"She raised me as if I were her own, as if she birthed me herself," she said. "I grieve her as a mother figure as well as a sister."

When Aguiar died, Nedd had not shared news with her sister that she was pregnant. It was while Aguiar rested in her casket and Nedd said her final goodbyes that she had that chance. Nedd went on to give birth to a baby girl, now 7.

Investigators prepared the family for the possibility of no resolution in the case, and when one of the homicide detectives retired from the police department, Nedd said, he told relatives he was sorry there had been little progress.

"I feel like we've been more than patient," she said.

Her sister also described Aguiar as someone lively who embraced her friends and loved dancing and entertaining guests when they came to town. She was a "no-nonsense" person with a beautiful spirit, Nedd said.

"We don't know if this ever will be in the courtroom, but the fact she's not forgotten, it brings comfort to my family," Nedd said, of the recently announced Crime Stoppers reward. "This is a start. At least her name is out there again." (Source: epesantes@sun-sentinel.com)





omar-best-collymore-simore-kids.jpgOmar 'Best' Collymore, who was questioned by the police on two separate occasions and released, has now been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of his wife and a taxi operator.

The police say that Collymore was charged on Saturday after a long question-and-answer session. It is not clear if his lawyer was present.

Collymore, who is a United States citizen, but originally from Barbados, is expected to make his first court appearance later this week.

The police had issued a call for Collymore to turn himself in, but this was not done and according to one of his representatives, Collymore was recuperating from gunshot wounds he had received three weeks ago. However, Omar Collymore was arrested at a guest house in Junction, St Elizabeth last Wednesday night, days after the police announced that he was a wanted man. He was found with bundles of cash.

Investigators believe that Omar Collymore was planning to leave the island by boat.

Omar Collymore's wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and taxi operator Winston Walters were shot dead about 4 p.m. on January 2 along Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Police reports are that Simone and the cab driver had just arrived at an apartment building where Collymore lived when four men travelling on two motorbikes rode up. The two pillion passengers got off the bikes and opened fire on the taxi multiple times. Simone Campbell-Collymore, who was reportedly shot 21 times; both she and Walters died on the spot.

The police had also revealed that two people were already in custody in connection with the double murder and that other suspects were being sought for questioning.

"We are guided by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and now we are ready to charge Mr Collymore for two counts of murder, and this is so due to the extent of the investigation that was carried out and the level of evidence that has been gathered so far," the superintendent of police explained.





arrested -photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is reporting that a warrant of arrest has been prepared for Omar Collymore following investigations into the death of his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and taxi operator Winston Walters.

According to reports, on January 2, Campbell-Collymore was travelling in a taxi on Stanely Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and the driver of the taxi, Walters.

The JCF, on social media site Twitter, said Collymore is being asked to report immediately to either the Constant Spring CIB, the Major Investigations Division or the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters at 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5.

Last month, Collymore and another man were shot and injured by a gunman shortly after they drove onto the premises of the Allied Insurance Brokers on Belmont Road in Kingston.





Popular Jamaican actress Rosie Murray suffered a major heart attack on December 29 and is now in need of life saving surgery.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise US$20,000 ($1.4 million JMD) for an angioplasty.

Murray was active on the theatre scene, appearing in local and international runs in plays such as Saving Grace, and an Actor Boy-nominated performance in, Tek Yuh Hand Offa Me.

In addition to growing a baking business, the former media professional penned and produced her first theatrical production called, A Slice of Life. This incident has put a halt on the major plans Murray had for the production, as it was set to make its first international run as soon as March 2018.

As the fundraising effort nears its end, those unable to contribute to GoFundMe are encouraged to make donations to Murray's savings account number, 407350, at Scotiabank, Christiana branch.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgDetectives are questioning Omar Collymore, the man who was wanted in connection with last month's killing of his wife, 32 year old Simone Campbell Collymore, and Winston Walters in Forrest Hills, St. Andrew.

Collymore, who has been identified to be a co-conspirator in the double murder, was captured at a guest house in St. Elizabeth during an early morning police operation.

The police believe he was planning to leave the island by boat.

A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to report to the police.

Mrs Campbell Collymore, who was a businesswoman of a Forrest Ridge, St. Andrew address and Mr. Walters, a resident of Stillwell Road, Kingston 8 were shot on January 2.

Mrs Campbell Collymore was a passenger in a vehicle which was about to enter an apartment complex shortly after 4 p.m., when four men on motorcycles drove up.

The pillion riders pulled guns and opened fire on the vehicle, hitting Mr. Walters, who was the driver, and Mrs Campbell Collymore.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgPolice in St Elizabeth have reportedly captured a man believed to be Omar Collymore, the accused co-conspirator in the murder of his wife Simone Campbell-Collymore and Winston Watson.

The lawmen said the man was taken from a guesthouse in the parish around 3:00 am. He was reportedly in possession of a large sum of cash.

The capture comes on the heels of a warrant issued on Tuesday for Collymore's arrest.

According to media reports on January 2, Campbell-Collymore, a businesswoman, was travelling in a taxi on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and Walters -- the driver of the taxi.

Both reportedly died on the spot.

The police on Tuesday said after "intensive investigations", Collymore and others have been identified as co-conspirators in the double murder.

The police also revealed in the statement that two people are already in custody in connection with the double murder and other suspects are being sought for questioning.





Bounty Killer donates beds to KPH

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bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgDancehall superstar Bounty Killer handed over 60 beds to the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals in Kingston today.

The deejay said he decided to step in and play his part after seeing several heart-rending stories about the conditions of Jamaica's health sector.

"As a thriving Jamaican who came from nothing to something, I know I had to give back. I also have a special connections with those two hospitals because not only was I born at Jubilee but in the late 80s, when I got shot, KPH was where they took me," Bounty Killer said.

"Over the years, everybody know me 'The Poor People Governor' and it is not just something that I say but it's a lifestyle that I try to live by. We have to give in order to receive, my mother taught me those good values," Bounty Killer added.

The artiste said he has had the desire to start a foundation for sometime now and has had in interest in the health sector. He said that one his friend, a medical doctor who resides overseas, told him that he had the connections to get him the beds at an affordable price.

"We had to start the giving from somewhere so I went ahead and got the beds for the hospital. It did cost a bit of money but I got them into the country hassle-free as I got a waiver from the finance ministry. We see Shaggy adopting the Bustamante Hospital and if the children hospital is in such need, you can just imagine what is happening at the adult ones. We have to realise that all of us are going to age, so as it relates to the education, security and health facilities, the public needs to help it if they can," he said.

The Shaggy and Friend 2018 concert, held last month, raised J$100 million for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Dr Natalie Whylie, senior medical officer at KPH, said the staff and management of the hospital are extremely grateful for the donation.

"He is like the Shaggy of KPH. Currently, both hospitals are running beyond its full potential and is in dire need of assistance. There is a long list of things that we need but those that comes to mind are like patient monitors, ECG machines, stretchers, blood pressure machine, and so on," she said.

"There are a lot of old beds here so we will be getting rid of some of the really old ones and replace them with the new ones that Bounty has donated. We really can't thank Bounty enough for his contribution and we are just hoping that others will follow suit," she said.

And for Bounty Killer, today's donation will be the start of what he has to offer to the health industry.

"Whenever I have something, I will be stretching out my arms in giving because everyone knows that is how we receive our blessings. People always get up and blame the Government but they are not playing their part in society. If we want a better Jamaica, we have to help the Government, " he said.





$41 million to conduct by-elections

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The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has requested $41 million to conduct the by-elections in the North West St Andrew constituency and the Norman Gardens Division of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC).

According to the EOJ, $27 million will be used for the by-election in North West St Andrew and $14 million in the Norman Gardens division. Among other things, the sum requested will be used to train election day workers.

Ambassador Dr Nigel Clarke of the Jamaica Labour Party is being challenged in North West St Andrew by the People's National Party's Keisha Hayle, principal of the Padmore Primary School. The seat became vacant with the resignation in January of longstanding Member of Parliament, Derrick Smith, after 29 years in the constituency.

The Norman Gardens division has been vacant since last October when the PNP's Dr Angella Brown-Burke resigned to contest the by-election for the South West St Andrew seat that was vacated by former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. Brown-Burke is now a member of the House of Representatives.

The PNP will be represented by school teacher, Jacqueline Lewis, in the Norman Gardens division. Lewis won a run-off against Racquel Hall last September and has been acting as the party's caretaker-candidate since that time.





andre-neverson-photo-1.jpg(Crime Watch website): Andre Neverson is a charming Casanova who had a way with the women. But cops say now he's one of America's top 15 most-wanted fugitives as a mighty smooth cold-blooded lady-killer.

"He could turn on a dime and just take somebody out," said U.S. Marshal Bill Costa.

Andre Neverson grew up along the white sandy beaches of the island of Trinidad, until his family moved to Crown Heights, a working-class section of Brooklyn, New York -- a world not quite flashy enough for Andre Neverson.

"He wanted to have houses, cars, luxury cars, BMWs," said Costa.

Neverson was a charismatic player who kept a stable of girlfriends.

"He had many children with different women," said Costa.

But in his heart, none of Neverson's many girlfriends held a candle to his devoted sister Patricia.

"She helped everybody and still did things for us. It was almost like she was two people in one," said Patricia's son Akim Neverson.

What about Akim's mom's relationship with Andre?

"She did everything for him too," said Akim.

With a loan from her brother Andre, Patricia realized her own American Dream, buying a $370,000 brick row house on a quiet street in Brooklyn.

"He was actually one of my favorite uncles. I mean ever since I was born he was always there," Akim tells Crime Watch Daily.

But it turns out Andre Neverson also had a dark side.

"He exhibited a lot of violent tendencies," said retired NYPD Detective Edward Murray.

One night he had an argument with his then-girlfriend, and when her family member intervened, Neverson reacted by pumping six bullets into his body.

"The uncle lived, but Neverson was ultimately convicted of assault and he went to jail in New York State Corrections, and he served five years," said Murray.

Every single weekend for five years, Patricia drove six hours round-trip to visit her brother in jail.

"She's sending money for your books and bringing you groceries when she comes," said Akim.

"And many of his girlfriends came to visit him. And Patricia was able to coordinate the schedule," said Murray.

After serving his time, Neverson was deported to Trinidad, but within a year he wormed his way back to New York.

"He secured somehow a Jamaican passport and he was able to get back into this country through Canada," said Murray.

Back on U.S. soil, Andre moved in with his loving sister Patricia. But the dazzle he once held in her eyes had dulled.

"She kind of didn't have that for five years," said Akim. "She had to learn how to do things on her own."

And with that independence came tensions between the two, all stemming from that loan Andre gave to his sister to buy the house.

"The deed was in his sister's name and he was very, very angry about that for years," said Murray.

Patricia was diligently paying it back. But Andre didn't want the money. He wanted the deed.

"In his mind I think he looked at that house as his road to success, how he could use that equity to grow that into a real estate mogul," said Bill Costa.

And as he worked on ways to wrest control of the house, he worked his charms on a pretty young nursing student named Donna Davis.

"I am very, very proud of my daughter," said Clyde Davis.

Donna's dad Clyde was very protective of his only daughter. So when Andre Neverson came around, he was not pleased.

"To be truthful, I really didn't care for Andre," said Davis.

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But as Andre and Donna's relationship was heating up, tensions between Andre and his sister were about to boil over.

"It just escalated things and they got into an argument where there was no turning back," said Ed Murray.

On a steamy July 2002 evening in Brooklyn, Andre makes a chilling phone call to his father.

"Andre told them that he had killed his sister," said Murray.

Andre's dad calls 911 and rushes to the house to find his daughter in a pool of blood.

Cops say after coldly gunning down his sister, Andre flees the house, straight into the arms of the other loving woman in his life.

"That's when he got into an argument with Donna Davis in the car," said Murray.

When Donna, a promising young nursing student, didn't turn up at home that evening, her parents grew concerned.

"My wife, she said, 'Clyde, Donna should be here already,'" said Davis.

Worried, Donna's mother calls the precinct to report her daughter missing. The Davis family knew nothing about Patricia's murder. But that would soon change.

"The parents had heard something had happened to Andre's sister, and putting two and two together, there was obvious concern," said Murray.

It wasn't long after Donna Davis went missing when a man walking his dog around 1 in the afternoon came across a body. It was Donna Davis' body, callously abandoned in a vacant lot, killed by a single gunshot to the head.

"And what hurt me most of all, a dog found the body," said Clyde Davis.

Cops say Andre's motive to viciously gun down his sister was over the house. But what could be behind the senseless murder of his girlfriend?

"Emotions got involved and unfortunately Donna was there at a bad time," said Ed Murray.

U.S. Marshals scour the Tri-State Area, but soon the trail goes ice cold.

Then a possible break. Several months later someone spots the alleged serial killer right on his home turf, in Brooklyn.

"He had broken into one of his girlfriend's apartments 'cause he wanted to see his children, and then there was a dispute there," said Bill Costa. "A 911 call went out and then the hunt for him took a jump start again."

Much to the frustration of police, the cunning criminal slips through their fingers again.

Then years passed with nothing. Until another break lights up investigators' phones. A tipster spots him in Jamaica -- the Caribbean island, not the Queens neighborhood.

"We had a team of marshals that went there. He was actually detained," said Costa.

But once again, Neverson slipped out of the clutches of authorities, and hasn't been located since.

Andre Neverson is now 53 years old, and he's one of the top 15 most wanted in America, with a $25,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

"He's a dangerous man," said Murray.

And the feds want nothing more than to catch him. They're enlisting the help of Crime Watch Daily, hoping to generate an avalanche of tips that could finally put Andre Neverson behind bars.

Patricia's son Akim now works as a corrections officer. He says he's confident that one day his mother's killer -- his own uncle -- will be brought to justice.

"I think it's one of those moments is when he'll slip up," said Akim Neverson.

Andre Neverson is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you've seen him or know where he might be, you are asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at (800) 336-0102. Or you can submit a tip at Crime Watch Daily.





andre-neverson-photo-1.jpgThe man who was shot with Omar Collymore three Fridays ago at Allied Insurance is Andre Neverson and he is wanted in the United States for allegedly murdering his own sister and pregnant girlfriend. Neverson can be seen in the back of the Police van after the shooting.

He reportedly ran away from America and he was allegedly at the home of Simone Collymore the day she was shot and drove with her to the hospital along with Omar Collymore.

Here is a report on Neverson from the US Embassy in Trinidad:Suspected Double Murderer Wanted in the U.S., May be Hiding in the Caribbean (Jan 16, 2014)

Port of Spain: January 16, 2014 Law enforcement authorities are seeking the public's assistance in locating a fugitive wanted in the United States for allegedly killing his sister and an ex-girlfriend in 2002.

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Andre Neverson, a Trinidad and Tobago citizen, is believed to have fled the United States and may be residing in Barbados or other Caribbean islands.

Neverson allegedly murdered his sister by shooting her in the head and stomach on July 8, 2002. The next day, he allegedly abducted a former girlfriend. She was found dead two days later with a mortal head wound.

At the time of both murders, Neverson was on parole in the State of New York for attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a firearm.

In November 2002, Neverson, armed with a handgun, allegedly entered the home of another ex-girlfriend in an attempt to visit his daughter. The woman's brother interrupted the unannounced visit, and Neverson fled with no further incident. The New York City Police Department searched the area for the felon, but never located him.

Neverson has been classified as one of the U.S. Marshals Service's "15 Most Wanted" Fugitives.

He is also wanted by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Division of Parole for New York State and the NYPD.

Neverson, 49, is a black male. He is about 6'2" tall and 240 pounds (last reported). He has brown eyes, black hair and a muscular build. Neverson is a native and citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.

He has a violent criminal history with a pronounced pattern of violence toward women. Neverson speaks several languages and is known to always carry a firearm. He usually keeps his head shaved, but has been known to wear wigs to disguise himself. Investigators believe that Neverson is computer savvy.

Due to his past criminal history and the nature of his alleged crimes, Neverson is considered armed and dangerous. Neverson has ties to Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Bahamas, Grenada, St. Vincent and Canada.

A reward of up to US$25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Neverson's arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office, American Embassy/Consulate, or call the U.S. Marshals Service Communications center at 1-800-336-0102.

Tips may also be emailed to: usms.wanted@usdoj.gov

By U.S. Embassy Port of Spain | 16 January, 2014 | Topics: Press Releases





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgDetectives are asking Omar Collymore to turn himself in to the police immediately, as a warrant has now been prepared for his arrest and charge.

Collymore is wanted in connection with the murder of his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and Winston Walters, a taxi operator of Stillwell Road, committed January 2 along Stanley Terrace, Red Hills, St. Andrew.

Following intensive investigation by the Detectives from the Constant Spring Police Station, Mr. Collymore, the widower of Simone Campbell-Collymore, along with others, have been identified as being involved as co-conspirators in the double murder. Two persons are already in custody and other suspects are being sought for questioning.

As such, Collymore, who is a United States National, is being asked to report either the Constant Spring Criminal Investigations Branch, the Major Investigations Division or the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters.

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police this morning recovered a Ruger pistol, a Glock pistol and 22 rounds of ammunition from two men who shot Uriel James, the leader of the reputed Rose Town-based Discipline Gang.

News broke earlier that a businessman had been ambushed, shot and injured on Lady Musgrave Road and a video of the men being apprehended by a team of personnel from King Alarm has been making the rounds omn social media.

However, the police have now confirmed that it was the reputed gangster who was in fact shot and injured in the parking lot of the Spartan Health Club on Lady Musgrave Road.

Reports are that James was leaving the club shortly before 8 o'clock when two men dressed like construction workers opened fire.

One of the bullets struck James in his side.

The King Alarm team which was passing the location immediately responded and accosted the two gunmen and held them on them on the ground at gunpoint until the police arrived.

James is said to have several criminal cases before the courts.

In July 2015, he was freed of the 1999 murder of security guard Errol McGeachy in Rose Town, Kingston.





TRIBUTE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENNIS BROWN

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dennis-brown.jpgJamaican reggae singer, Dennis Emmanuel Brown CD (1 February 1957 - 1 July 1999) was would have celebrated his 61st birthday today.

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During his prolific career, which began in the late 1960s when he was aged eleven, he recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the major stars of lovers rock, a subgenre of reggae.

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Bob Marley cited Brown as his favourite singer,dubbing him "The Crown Prince of Reggae", and Brown would prove influential on future generations of reggae singers.

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February is Reggae Month and the most appropriate way to kick it off is with the birthday of the legend, Dennis Emmanuel Brown.

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Viral child porn video is from Trinidad

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The police have confirmed that the video circulating on social media showing a little girl involved in a sex act, was recorded in Trinidad.

An investigation was launched by Jamaican police and the Office of the Children's Advocate to determine the origin of the video.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick, acting head of the JCF's Corporate Communications Unit, said checks were made on Thursday with international counterparts.

The man seen in the video is reportedly on the run.

The police are again asking persons to desist from sharing the video as it is an offence which could result in them being prosecuted. The public is being urged to delete it if received.

Meanwhile, the grandmother of the girl who was seen in the video filed a report with the Trinidad police on Wednesday night.

According to the Trinidad Express newspaper, the six year old child was accompanied by her grandmother to a police station.

The woman told the police that she knew the suspect.

The police said neighbours beat the suspect and attempted to hand him over to officers, however he escaped.

The case has been referred to the Child Protection Unit.





A man who was accused of circulating nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend on social media was convicted before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.

Donovan Coley was fined $500,000 or 12 months in prison after he was convicted of breaching the Cybercrime Act.

Prosecutors reported that in August 2016, Coley, who had a relationship with the complainant, sent nude photos and private text messages shared between the two, to her new boyfriend.

Coley threatened to publish the material after the complainant decided to end their relationship.

The matter was reported to Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) and Coley was arrested and charged.





Cops probe child sex video

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Jamaican police launched an investigation into a video depicting child pornography that is making the rounds on social media.

The one-minute video shows a young girl, apparently no more than eight years old, being coerced to perform oral sex on an adult male. It has triggered shock and anger across the Island, with people calling for the authorities to leave 'no stone unturned' in their search to capture the perpetrator.

The corporate communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, in a news release on Wednesday evening, said the police - including detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) - are aware of the disturbing video and are currently carrying out investigations to determine its origin.

The release also warned the public to desist from sharing the video "as this action constitutes an offence under the Child Pornography (Prevention) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.

"There is also a strong possibility that sharing the video can result in further trauma to the child," the release said, adding that members of the public are strongly urged to delete the video.





The bodies of the elderly couple slain in St Thomas earlier this month should be back in Canada by Wednesday.

Eighty-one-year-old Melbourne Flake and his 70-year-old wife Etta were found murdered at their vacation home on January 9.

According to a report CBC report, the couple's daughter Laverne Francis said Jamaican officials released the bodies on Friday.

Francis said they now have the final paperwork and a postmortem report which will allow a Jamaican funeral home to begin preparing them to send the bodies to Canada.

The police are continuing their investigation but to date there has been no arrest.

Francis, however, said the police have strong leads.

She has also made the plea for Jamaica's police to invite Interpol to the island so Canadian detectives can assist in the investigation.





Coach charged for raping his teenage athlete

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rape.jpgA 30-year-old athletic coach from a St Catherine-based high school, was arrested and charged by the detectives of the Spanish Town Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on January 22.

He has been charged with abduction, indecent assault and rape of 16-year-old female student of the same institution.

Reports are that about 2 p.m., on December 13, 2017 the female student after completing track and field training, was offered a ride by her coach to the bus stop.

The accused reportedly drove past the child's bus stop and onto a dirt track off the Spanish Town bypass, close to the El Prado Housing Scheme in St Catherine, where he sexually assaulted her.

The matter was reported to the Police on December 19, 2017 and investigations led to the arrest and charge of the school's athletic coach.

He is scheduled to appear before the St Catherine Parish Court on January 30.





jason-hall.jpgLess than a year and a half after joining Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) as Vice President, Marketing, Jason Hall is out of the position as the post has been made redundant, the company said in a release.

"We thank Jason for his contribution to SVL and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours," President and CEO of SVL Ann-Dawn Young Sang said noting that plans as to how the company will move ahead in light of the change would be revealed at the appropriate time.

In September 2016, Hall, who was the former Deputy Director of Tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board was appointed by the Board of Supreme Ventures Limited to the position of Vice President, Marketing. He was responsible for leading the team of brand managers in the development and execution of the marketing strategies needed for the successful growth and profitability of the non-lottery brands under the company's portfolio.

Meanwhile, Financial Analyst and Chartered Accountant, Dennis Chung takes up his appointment as SVL's Chief Financial Officer on Thursday, February 1. Young Sang has also advised that Acting Chief Financial Officer, Lance Thomas has tendered his resignation, effective March 29, 2018.

"Lance has indicated his desire to take on a personal venture, and while we will miss him and his contribution to SVL, we respect his wishes and hope for great success for him," she said.





omar-best-collymore-angela-aguiar-simone-campbell-collymore.jpgReports are that Omar Best Collymore was absent from the Waltham Park New Testament Church of God on Saturday, at the funeral service for his wife Simone Campbell Collymore, who was gunned down on January 2.

In a twist, just days before Simone's funeral, Omar Collymore and another man were shot and injured at Allied Insurance Brokers Limited on Belmont Road in Kingston. News was that Collymore had been shot 19 times and was dead. Yes, Collymore was shot, but he was nowhere near dead.

"The bullet just graze him....Him go hospital but him leave unda the quiet," a source told Yardflex.

Well it would seem that Collymore's absence from Simone's funeral was not due to him being hospitalised, but rather he was in the custody of the police.

Unconfirmed reports are that he was held the day before the funeral trying to leave this island on a fake passport.

Efforts to get a confirmation from the police proved futile.

According to media reports, on January 2 Simone Collymore was travelling in a taxi on Stanely Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and the driver of the taxi -- Winston Walters.

Both were pronounced dead at hospital.

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgFriends say Simone had moved out of the home she and her husband shared the day before because of Best-Collymore's blatant cheating with multiple women. Security cameras recorded the shooting and men were seen waiting on the arrival of Mrs. Collymore.

Omar Best-Collymore, who was initially a suspect, was also implicated in another murder in 2008 in the States.

His then girlfriend Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Her murder took place months after she had taken out a US million dollar insurance and named Omar Best-Collymore as beneficiary.

In May 2016, Simone Collymore posted the following on Flipagram: "Wow 6 years happy anniversary to you babe love you more than anything. Thank you for tolerating me I love u endlessly and look forward to many more years." The couple had two children.





Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake is tipped to act as Commissioner in the wake of the impending departure of George Quallo.

Blake is expected to serve as Acting Commissioner until a replacement is found

News came Friday that Quallo, who was scheduled to step down in August, is to demit office as Police Commissioner with the next few days.

Meanwhile, the opposition People's National Party (PNP) says news of Quallo's departure has come at a bad time with a State of Emergency in effect in St. James.

However, Spokesman on National Security, Fitz Jackson says he is not surprised given recent developments.

"Well as the country is aware, there has been much uneasiness between the Commissioner and the Minister (of National Security), which is regrettable. I have now become aware that the commissioner will depart at the end of the month and we hope that there will be some stability as quickly as possible," Jackson said.





Give me six months to fix crime, says Reneto Adams

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renato-adams.jpg"Six months is all I want to bring about significant changes in this country in regards to addressing the spiraling crime problem that has left citizens and other persons in the society in fear," controversial crime fighter, Reneto Adams is reported as saying in an interview with Loop news.

"If I am given an opportunity, I don't even think I would even work for pay. I just have a passion to make sure that decent, law-abiding citizens (can) go about their business in peace, with the exclusion of any criminal interference," added Adams.

He is reported as saying that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is presently without a leader who can motivate its members, command the respect of the wider Jamaica, and drive fear into the criminal networks.

Adams' summation of Quallo upon his appointment as Commissioner was that he was a good gentlemen whose personality was more suited for a senior position in the church.

Adams is confident that if a survey is carried out across the island among citizens both in the Jamaica Labour Party and the People's National Party, even within the church, the result would acknowledging the extent of public desire for him to be tackling the crime monster.

Adams said right now the overwhelming number of good citizens of the country are living in fear and it should not be so, but the other way around, with the criminals on the run.

He also had a direct message for criminals who are wreaking havoc across the island.

"Let me make it clear right now, we do not have any bad man again. What we have are some wicked little boys who we can deal with!

"In my days, what we had were bad men, but they had to comply, and in the event there were confrontations with the police, they were sent to other destinations which I won't mention," said Adams.





OUT! Police Commissioner Quallo to leave office

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deputy-commissioner-george-quallo.jpgPolice Commissioner George Quallo is to step down from the position in days.

Multiple news sources on Friday confirmed Commissioner Quallo's pending departure and the Police Services Commission later verified it with a release stating that Commissioner Quallo was resigning.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security Fitz Jackson also told RJR News that he confirmed this with the Commissioner.

Deputy Commissioner Clifford Blake is tipped to act as Commissioner of Police until a replacement is found.

Mr. Quallo was scheduled to demit office in August following his appointment in April 2017





No bail for major bank scammers

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court-image-1.jpgFive members of a major scamming network which targeted bank accounts were remanded Friday afternoon when they appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court.

The defendants, including a woman, were arrested and charged last week following raids by MOCA.

Prosecutors on Friday reported that on January 15, MOCA detectives raided the homes of the five individuals and seized cellular phones, laptop computers and other electronic devices.

An analysis of the devices revealed the names and banking information of scores of persons with accounts at various financial institutions.

Investigators alleged that the group has been hacking bank accounts and stealing millions of dollars.

Those charged are Nasha Rolle, Travis Wilson, Ortalan Powell, Romaine Barrett and Douglas Walker.

Mr Barrett, a student of the University of Technology (UTECH), and Mr Walker were charged last year with possessing the identity of persons; distribution of the identity information as well as conspiracy.

They are still awaiting trial.

Prosecutors opposed bail and told presiding judge Chester Crooks, that the accused are wanted in other police divisions for questioning in connection with scamming activities.





student-murdered-avinash-gordon.jpgThe police say they are following several leads in the murder of 18 year old Clarendon College student Avinash Gordon.

Avinash was found with stab wounds at her home in the Bushy Park Housing Scheme in May Pen, shortly after 2 o'clock Thursday morning.

Superintendent David White, head of the Clarendon Police, told RJR News that detectives are hoping to make an early breakthrough in the case.

Reports from the police are that the teenager was at home with two other girls.

The girls, who were in a separate room, reported hearing strange sounds, then screams coming from Avinash's room sometime after 2 o'clock.

They called the police.

The injured 18 year old was found in her room.

It's reported that there was no forced entry at the house.

It is understood that her mother was not at home at the time as she works in another parish.

Her father is a police detective.





10 killed in 12 hours

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shocked.jpgTen persons, including a 15-year-old student, were shot and killed and five others wounded as gunmen went on a rampage in several parishes over the past 12 hours.

According to police reports, four persons died and three others were injured in August Town, St Andrew while three persons were shot dead in Linstead, St Catherine, all within one hour last night.

The other killings occured in east Kingston, St Elizabeth and St James.

In the August Town incident, it's reported that several persons were standing outside a shop with armed thugs approached and opened fire.

When the shooting ended seven persons were found with gunshot wounds, four of whom later died.

Over in Linstead, police reports are that a man, his 15-year-old son who attends Bog Walk High School and a woman were shot dead by unknown assailants in Victoria district.

Residents discovered the bodies and alerted the police.

In St Elizabeth, the police say a truck driver was shot and killed and his assistant injured after they were robbed by two men they offered a ride.





crime-scene-tape.jpgTwo more persons have been killed in the parish of Westmoreland since the start of the year, bringing the total to 12.

Dead is 26-year-old Devon Paltie of Three Miles River in the parish.

According to reports, about 12 pm Paltie, who operates a car wash, a bar and a restaurant, was at the business establishment when a group of men entered the premises.

One of Devon's attackers reportedly had a brief conversation with the businessman before he and his accomplices started to fire a barrage of gunshots, forcing workers and customers to scamper for cover.

Paltie and his wife were hit several times. They were taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His wife was admitted for treatment. She suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. The Savanna -la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are investigating.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police apprehended two men in Papine, St Andrew who hacked their way into banks earlier this month, according to National Security Minister Robert Montague.

"There is a case two weeks ago where they arrested two youngsters up in Papine. They were able to break in to two of our banks in Jamaica and hit some accounts," said Montague at the JSE Investments and Capital Markets Conference on Thursday.

"When the police raided and picked up one of the guys, he was so bold that he handed over his laptop and denied any involvement," he said.

A forensic cyber expert working with the Jamaica Constabulary Force examined the laptop and identified involvement.

"When they broke all the firewalls the young man looked up and said: 'Kiss mi neck. Mi never know say you have dem yah police deh a Jamaica'," said Montague.

Hackers can accumulate hundreds of millions of dollars annually by taking "five cents" daily from each account, he said. The strategy of stealing in cents allows hackers to take from accounts without account holders readily recognising their losses.





Classes at the St Jago High School in St Catherine were suspended on Thursday after an alleged shooting incident on the campus.

According to reports, hundreds of students huddled down in the auditorium after armed men fired shots on the compound about 11:00 am.

Superintendent Beau Rigby, who is in charge of St Catherine North division, where the school is located, said criminal elements were reportedly on the compound.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA Clarendon College sixth form student has been killed.

According to reports, eighteen-year-old Avinash Gordon was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of her house about 2:15 Thursday morning.

The police report that she was home with relatives when screaming was heard coming from her room.

When her relatives went to investigate she was found suffering from multiple stab wounds.





Wanted man held in Stony Hill

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held.jpgA wanted man was among four men arrested this morning in an operation in Long Wall, Stony Hill, St Andrew, the police have reported.

Three of the men are from West Kingston addresses and the other is from a St Thomas address.

Police said the men were taken into custody about 10:30 am; however their identities are being withheld pending further questioning in relation to several major crimes committed in the Kingston Western Division and other areas.

The police also reported that, hours after arresting the men an operation was carried out in Matthews Lane, Kingston where a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol with one 9mm cartridge was seized.

However it was not disclosed if the gun find has any relation to the arrest of the men.





Politician's father attacked in St Elizabeth

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kern-spencer.jpgThe father of former Member of Parliament, Kern Spencer, escaped major injuries last evening after he was attacked by gunmen as he returned home in Balaclava, St Elizabeth.

Seventy-year-old Daniel Spencer sustained injuries to his abdomen after a shot fired by one of three gunmen hit his belt buckle and exploded.

His son Kern says it's a miracle that his father was not killed and is thankful that his injuries are not serious.

According to the former politician, his father was returning home sometime between 8 o'clock and 8:30 last evening when he was pounced upon by the gunmen as he opened the gate to his house.

He said his father, who is a licensed firearm holder, challenged the gunmen who ran into nearby bushes as they fired gunshots.

The elder Spencer was taken to hospital where he received treatment for wounds he received.

Spencer has been released from hospital and is recuperating.





13 persons killed between Saturday and Sunday

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At least 13 people were reportedly murdered between Saturday and Sunday, across eight parishes.

This figure includes a triple murder in St Thomas and two murders at a funeral in St James, where a state of public emergency has been declared.





Female janitor killed execution style in Clarendon

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crime-scene-gun.jpgGunmen yesterday shot and killed a mother execution style and attempted to set her house on fire with her children inside in Lionel Town, Clarendon.

Dead is 35-year-old janitor Joy Cammock.

The police say early yesterday morning Cammock and her three children were awoken by strange sounds in their yard.

She went to investigate and shortly after explosions were heard.

When she did not return, her eldest daughter made checks and saw her in a kneeling position with gunshot wounds to the body.

The police say it is suspected that her attackers attempted to set fire to the house as a section of the premises appeared to have been lit.





Lawyer found bludgeoned to death in St Ann

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lawyer-found-dead.jpgPolice are searching for clues connected to the murder of a St. Ann based attorney and social worker.

Lois Ferguson-McKoy, 54, of Heartstones Ridge Estate in Shaw Park, Ocho Rios, was last seen alive about 7:30 Wednesday evening.

Reports are Ferguson-McKoy, otherwise known as Neo Makeba, who is a returning resident, was last seen alive on Wednesday night in the company of a man who was living with her as a condition of his bail.

The police say after her mother became concerned after not seeing her for more than three days and asked a cousin to make checks.

On Saturday afternoon, her house was checked and she was seen lying face down in blood, dressed in a white blouse, blue jeans pants and a pair of black shoe.

The police say she had a wound to the right side of the head.

The police say the man was not seen at the house at the time of the discovery.





200 arrested in St James state of emergency

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state-of-emergency.jpgThe security forces in St James have reported that approximately 200 people have been arrested since Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the state of emergency last Thursday.

The police said operations have been conducted in the communities of Flanker, Norwood, Glendevon, Salt Spring and several other communities throughout the parish.

"We have taken into custody over 197 persons over a period of three days," said Inspector Dian Bartley of the Constabulary's Corporate Communication Unit (CCU).

The police said eight people were arrested for the brazen shooting incident along the Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday, January 16 where one man was killed and two others injured.

Two others were also taken into custody in relation to the shooting death of a man in Ironshore, St James.

Police said these men are expected to be charged later this week. Also, three other individuals have been charged with misdemeanour crimes and have since been granted bail.

There are currently 111 people remaining in custody, 10 of whom are to be charged with varying offences to include incidents of shootings and murders.





immigration.jpgA video reportedly showing Customs and Border Protection agents demanding proof of citizenship from Greyhound bus passengers in Florida last week has sparked fresh outrage over the Trump administration's hard-line immigration policies.

"If I haven't committed a crime why do I have to show you ID?" one passenger can be heard saying.

A second video shows agents escorting a woman off the bus, her suitcase in tow. The woman was Jamaican and had been visiting family, according to the Florida Immigrant Coalition, an advocacy group.

Customs and Border Protection said a woman was detained because she overstayed her tourist visa, though they did not specify if it was the same person shown in the viral video.

"While performing an immigration inspection at a Ft. Lauderdale bus station, Border Patrol agents identified a passenger who was illegally residing in the United States," the agency told HuffPost in a statement. "The subject was an adult female that had overstayed her tourist visa. She was arrested and transported to the Dania Beach Border Patrol station for further investigation and later turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) for removal proceedings."

The Jamaican woman had been visiting family: "My mother-in-law came to visit me last week," the woman's daughter-in-law told the coalition. "She's my daughter's grandmother and this was the first time meeting each other. I dropped her off at the Greyhound bus stop Friday morning and never got word of her arrival. I'm very concerned about these officers questioning her without a lawyer present."

Greyhound said it's investigating the incident, and said it's at the mercy of law enforcement agencies.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police are reporting that a teenage boy has been arrested and charged with the murder of 33-year-old Koyodian Grant, otherwise called 'Rasta', craft vendor of Catadupa in St James who was shot dead earlier this month.

Lawmen reportedly picked up the minor in his community last Thursday during the state of emergency in the parish.

Reports are that on January 14, Grant was standing along the roadway when he was pounced upon by the accused, who opened gunfire hitting him.

He was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The teen has been charged and is scheduled to appear before the St James Family Court on Thursday.





100 MURDERS IN FIRST 20 DAYS OF THE YEAR

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The number of reported murders in Jamaica since the start of 2018 has hit the one hundred mark.

The data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force cover the period January one to January 20.

A breakdown of the data revealed that 13 more people were murdered when compared to the same period in 2017.

The St. Catherine North and Clarendon police divisons each recorded 13 murders.

Nine were reported in the St. Andrew South division.

However, while the police continue to grapple with an increase in killings there has been a reduction in other major crimes.

Reported cases of aggravated assault declined by 51 per cent while break-ins were down 50 per cent.

The data for the January 1 to 20 period showed that fewer rape cases were reported - a 60 per cent decline.

The number of reported robberies fell by 16 per cent.





The British Government has issued a warning to its citizens who are staying at resorts in Montego Bay, St James.

The Foreign Office today urged British nationals to stay inside their hotels and limit travel beyond their respective security perimeters.

It also urged them to exercise particular care if they have to travel at night and to follow the advice of Jamaican authorities, including restrictions in selected areas.

Similar warnings have also been issued by the governments of the United States and Canada.

The warnings were issued in response to the spate of killings in St James and the state of public emergency imposed in the parish by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.





15-year-old boy fingered in murders and shootings

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crime-scene-tape.jpgA15-year-old boy, who has been implicated in several shootings and murders was reportedly arrested. According to reports, the boy who was also connected to the recent shooting in the vicinity of the Sangster International Airport, was captured in a building in Codac Street, Montego Bay.

According to one resident, the 15-year-old is one of the 'danger man' in the community, citing, "don't mek the boyish look fool yuh."

Moments after the teen was arrested, his mother rushed to the scene, crying and begging the security forces not to kill him. According to her, he was just young and misguided, while adding that her other son was killed last week on her birthday.

"Please don't kill him! A just last week dem shoot him bredda on mi birthday," she said, "Mi nah guh swear fi him because me nuh know wha him a do when him nuh inna me presence, but please don't hurt him," she added as tears poured from her eyes.





Rifle and ammo found in Flanker

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe joint military and police team deployed in Montego Bay, St James is reporting that during today's major security operations a rifle and ammunition were found in the Flankers area some time around noon.

Reports are that members of the security forces went into unoccupied premises in the area and, after a thorough search, the weapon was found hidden in a rice bag.

Although no one was arrested in connection with the find, Inspector Dian Bartley of the Joint Police Military Communications Unit said the early results are very encouraging.

"We went into a number of hotspots and crime ridden areas in Montego Bay from as early as 5:00 am today and are very happy with this seizure," said Bartley, adding that numerous incidents of shootings and murder in the space have been committed with similar high-powered weapons.

"We will now rely on the ballistic and forensic technology to determine if this particular rifle was involved in any of the several murders committed over the past 2 weeks," Bartlett added.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness' this afternoon declared a state of public emergency for the parish of St James.

Some 335 murders were recorded in the parish last year and at least four people have been murdered in that western parish since the start of the year.





Omar Best Collymore, the husband of Simone Collymore, who was gunned down in Red Hills recently, was shot up on Friday as he was about to go into an insurance company to drop off papers for a claim.

Collymore and another man were shot several times, but report are that they are now both critical in hospital

Collymore was a suspect in the hit on his wife, and also remains a suspect in the 2008 murder of his then girlfriend in Florida. After her murder, Collymore collected US$40,000 in insurance money.

His new wife, Simone had reportedly taken out a two billion dollar insurance policy on her life.

Collymore, who was released without charges two Wednesdays ago, is said to have hired Peter Champagne as his lawyer.

As of now, the question remains, Who wanted Omar Best Collymore dead?

The funeral service for his wife Simone, will be held on Saturday at a church on Waltham Park Road.





crime-scene-gun.jpgOne man has been confirmed dead and several other people injured following a shooting at a funeral in Quarrie, near Salt Spring , St James this afternoon.

Mourners were attending the funeral of he Oshane 'Ganda' Duhaney, the alleged leader of the Waltham Gang . Duhaney was murdered several weeks ago in St Ann.

The shooting happened despite the presence of security personnel who have increased their numbers in St James, now under a state of public emergency.

It is reported that moments after the hearse drove off from the church, a man pulled a firearm and pointed it at another man but was disarmed and shot several times.

He died on the spot.

During the ensuing melee, other men reportedly pulled guns and began firing wildly injuring several persons.

The shooters managed to escape.

However, it is understood that one weapon has since been recovered by members of the security forces.

There is now a strong police-military presence in the community and a helicopter hovering.

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hands-behind-bars.jpgDetectives assigned to the St Catherine branch of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) disclosed that a teacher in that parish has been charged with having sex with a minor.

According to the agents, the primary school teacher was last Friday charged with the offence along with other breaches of the Sexual Offences Act such as indecent assault and grievous sexual assault.

Reports are that the accused, who teaches the complainant at a primary school in the parish, allegedly convinced the child to engage him in sexual activities on more than one occasion.

He is scheduled to appear before the St Catherine Parish Court on Friday to answer to the charges laid against him.

The police said his name is currently being withheld to facilitate further investigations.

This is the second such report in days. A St Thomas teacher was yesterday arrested and charged with a similar offence.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgAccording to Jamaica's prime minister, Andrew Holness, the recently declared state of emergency which many person have long been calling for took some time because of a number of reasons.

"The Government has been contemplating this action for some time. This is not an action that can be taken in an arbitrary way. It requires a great deal of planning and it is not just an action for show. It is an action where we have to plan out both the opening and the ending game and that kind of planning takes time but more importantly it takes resources to be behind it and I believe that we are now at the point where the actions are now aligned with resources. But there is one other important alignment. The Government cannot act without public support and as the person in charge of the Government and given the context in which we are calling this state of emergency having gone through one in 2010, we must always be considerate of what happened before, we must make sure that we learn from the errors and that this is not something that is arbitrary. It is not done in an arbitrary way. This is an instrumental, well planned out action. And yes it took some time. Some persons may have felt it should have happened a long time ago, but I am now of the view that this has happened when we have an alignment of all the variables to make this operation successful."





State of Emergency declared for St James

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state-of-emergency.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has declared a state of emergency in St James.

This means that extraordinary powers have been given to the security forces and some rights have been suspended.

Members of the security forces may also search places without a warrant.

The declaration coincides with an increase in violence including murders and shootings.

The latest incidents occurred three hours apart near the round-a-bout to the Sangster International Airport on Tuesday leaving one man dead and three others seriously hurt.

St James ended 2017 with a record 332 murders, that's 67 more than reported in 2016.

Since early this morning soldiers and police have been blanketing parts of St James carrying out searches.

In making the declaration this morning, Holness said in as much as some rights have been suspended, the security forces were expected to be humane to all citizens.





Machete-wielding mom in court; case rescheduled

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machete-beaten.jpgDoreen Dyer, the St Thomas mother who was seen in a video beating her daughter with a machete had her case rescheduled to February 9 when she appeared in the Morant Bay Parish Court this morning.

The court was told the social a enquiry report was not ready, hence the new date, at which time the judge would make a decision as to sentencing.

At the previous court appearance Dyer's lawyer has asked the court to indicate what sentence it would be imposed if she were to plead guilty.

The 44-year-old mother is charged with cruelty to a child.

Dyer was charged by the police on October 6 and was subsequently offered bail.

The video shows the partially nude mother beating the girl violently with a machete while cursing expletives.

The police said their investigation revealed that the incident happened last year.





banned-juices.jpgThe North-East Regional Health Authority is advising the public to avoid purchasing or consuming coconut water, sorrel juice and other juices labelled 'Portland's Best' and bottled at 'Long Bay, Portland' as the Portland Health Department has found these products to be unsafe for consumption.

The Portland health department has carried out a series of inspections at the processing establishment as well as testing of the products and has found breaches that could compromise the health of the public.

The Health Department has subsequently taken enforcement action by closing the establishment.

Additionally, the public is reminded to purchase and consume food products from only approved establishments (those certified by the Public Health Department).





Two girls die in fire at Walker's Place of Safety

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fire.jpgReports are that two girls aged 12 and 16 have died in a fire at Walker's Place of Safety on Lyndhurst Crescent in Kingston early this morning.

Thirty four other children who were housed at the facility have been moved to a temporary holding facility at a nearby church.

In the meantime, counselling is being offered to the children and staff through the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.

"This is a truly devastating and traumatic experience for all involved," State Minister for Education Floyd Green.

Green also said the cause of the fire remains undetermined and an investigation will be conducted with the help of the fire department to find out what happened.

The Walker's Place of Safety serves as a transitional residence for children, generally up to 12 years old, who have been abandoned or removed from their homes because of unstable conditions.





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Kingston, Jamaica - January 11, 2018 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced its earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of 2017.

  • Consolidated Sales: Approximately 66 trillion Korean won
  • Consolidated Operating Profit: Approximately 15.1 trillion Korean won

The above figures are estimates of consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS. Please note that Korean disclosure regulations do not allow earnings estimates to be provided as a range. Therefore, in compliance with such disclosure regulations, the above figures represent the median of the earnings estimate range, provided below.

  • Sales: 65 ~ 67 trillion Korean won
  • Operating Profit: 15.0 ~ 15.2 trillion Korean won

Overall the company estimated full-year 2017 consolidated sales of approximately 239.60 trillion Korean won and consolidated operating profit of approximately 53.60 trillion Korean won.

The above figures are estimates of consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS.

2017 3Q, 2016 4Q and FY 2016 consolidated figures based on K-IFRS are as follows

(in trillion won)

2017.3Q

2016.4Q

FY 2016

Sales

62.05

53.33

201.87

Operating Profit

14.53

9.22

29.24

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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Boat sinks in the Caribbean Sea

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According to Reuters, police and relatives of the surviving passengers of a boat that departed Venezuela for the Dutch Caribbean island on Tuesday, confirmed the boat had been trying to reach the city of Willemstad in Curaçao, despite a travel ban imposed by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions after Maduro ordered a trade blockade with Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire on Friday.

Venezuelan authorities allege the smuggling of products out of Venezuela to neighbouring countries is one of the causes of the severe shortage of food and other basic products that the South American country has been facing for several years.

A search has been launched in Caribbean waters after a boat filled with Venezuelans capsized near the Dutch island of Curaçao.

The Venezuelan authorities said a boat carrying 34 people has capsized killing four people and another 28 have been reported missing.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgAn argument between two minibus passengers over fare turned deadly yesterday when one was stabbed in the chest.

Dead is 45-year-old Craig Anderson from Olympic Way in St Andrew.

Reports are that about 5:00 pm, Anderson was on the bus, which plies the Waterhouse to downtown Kingston route, where he got in an argument with another passenger who refused to pay his fare.

The man then used a knife to stab Anderson in his chest.

The suspect escaped while Anderson was rushed to the Kingston Public Hopsital where he died while undergoing treatment.





No bad blood between Security Minister and Commish

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security-minister-robert-montague.jpgNational Security Minister, Robert Montague, has said there is no truth to reports that there is a breakdown in the working relationship between himself and Police Commissioner, George Quallo.

"Myself and the commissioner, we are on the same page, we have one goal," Montague is reported to have said

The minister and police commissioner gave responses to public concerns on the matter following the handing-over of pins to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to mark the organisation's 150th anniversary.

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Police Commissioner Quallo, in his response, shared similar sentiments.

"Absolutely no issue; I have no problem," the commissioner said, indicating that both himself and the minister were committed to tackling the country's challenging crime problem.

Montague denied reports that he asked Quallo to resign following a meeting between the two men on Monday.

The meeting was held to discuss the commissioner's report on the New Year's Day traffic jam on the Palisadoes Road in East Kingston, which significantly affected operations at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).





The Bahamas could legalise ganja

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ganja-image-4.jpgA movement is building in the Bahamas to decriminalise marijuana.

This follows a town-hall meeting held there by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Commission on Marijuana last week.

The initiative is one of several in Caribbean countries, with some stakeholders eager to join other international communities and embrace the region's marijuana culture.

The meeting is part of CARICOM's mandate to ascertain public opinion in CARICOM member-countries on the issue.

The Commission was established by CARICOM leaders in 2014 with the objective being to conduct a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the Caribbean.

The Commission also seeks to determine whether there should be a change in the current drug classification of marijuana thereby making the drug more accessible for all types of usage and to recommend, if there is to be a reclassification, the legal and administrative conditions that shall apply to address the issues identified.

The Bahamas was the latest stop for the Commission with the most recent public consultations taking place in Guyana in November and Antigua and Barbuda last year.

The Bahamas meeting follows initiatives in Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean countries to explore marijuana decriminalisation.

Last year, the Jamaican government and tourism officials established the first official links to surging weed tourism, nearly two years after the country enacted legislation to ease penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

"Cannabis-infused tourism has a place in Jamaica's product mix, alongside all-inclusive resorts and mass tourism," said Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica's tourism minister.

In a recent radio interview, the Prime Minister of St Kitts Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, said his government was "ready for open dialogue with the relevant stakeholders on the issue of the decriminalisation of marijuana".





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men have been taken into custody for the brazen gun attack which left 16-year-old Cornwall College student Mark Williams dead in St James on Tuesday.

The police said the two suspects, who were on bail for murder, were arrested on Wednesday in Montego Bay. Their identities are being withheld at this time.

Williams was killed while on his way from Bible study in John's Hall, St James Tuesday night.

It is said that he had just disembarked a taxi at the intersection of Tucker and Meadows of Irwin roads and was heading towards his stepfather's car when gunmen opened fire at the vehicle.

The student's stepfather is a police corporal.





A Chinese woman, who was seen slapping a school girl in a video being circulated on social media, has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, the police have reported.

The woman is observed in the 30-second clip holding the child by her collar and asking her about money.

Twelve seconds into the video, the woman slapped the child, who is dressed in school uniform, and hurled expletives at her.

Police said the incident took place in a grocery store on Main Street in Clarks Town, Trelawny.

The woman has since been identified as 53-year-old Chinese national Yuemei Pan.

Reports are that about 12:45 pm, the teen went into the store operated by Pan, picked up an item to purchase and went to the counter.

Pan later grabbed the teen and proceeded to slap her in the face while accusing her of stealing.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA man was chopped to death after security guards caught him picking limes on the Good Hope Farm in Trelawny on Wednesday.

Dead is Patrick Walden of Friendship, St James address.

Walden, who was reportedly trespassing on the property around 10:00 pm, accosted and attacked the security guards with a knife.

During the confrontation, one of the security guards used a machete to chop him several times.

Walden was taken to the Falmouth Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The two security guards are in police custody.





The United States government is warning its citizens to exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to crime.

The Level 2 "exercise increased caution" travel advisory was issued on Wednesday amid out of control crime in the country, where more than 40 homicides have been recorded since the start of 2018 against the background of one of the bloodiest years in the island's history with more than 1,600 dying violently in 2017.

The US government has advised its citizens to not travel to some sections of Kingston, some sections of Montego Bay, and anywhere in Spanish Town due to "violence and shootings" which it says occur regularly in those areas.

"Violent crime, such as home invasions, armed robberies, and homicide, is common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, even at all-inclusive resorts," said the advisory. "Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents."

Specifically, in Kingston, the US government personnel are prohibited from traveling to downtown Kingston - which is defined as the areas between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half Way Tree and Old Hope Roads, and includes Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, and Arnett Gardens; Standpipe, Grants Pen, and Cassava Piece.

US government officials are also prohibited from traveling to Flankers, Canterbury, Norwood, Rose Heights, Clavers Street, and Hart Street in Montego Bay.

The US has four advisory levels. Level 1 is exercise normal precaution; the second level is increased caution, Level 3 is reconsider travel and the fourth level is do not travel.





handgun.jpgShortly after 50-year-old Dalton Green was fined more than $40,000 for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act in the Westmoreland Parish Court, law enforcement officers searched his home and found two illegal handguns.

Lawmen are now speculating that the seizure is directly lined to the guns for drugs trade between Jamaica and Central American countries.

The officers reportedly conducted a search of Green's home in Peggy Barry district in Grange Hill, Westmoreland about 2:20 pm on Wednesday where they found the illegal firearms and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

The weapons found are an Intratec 9mm sub-machine gun with a magazine containing 17 rounds of ammunition and one 9mm pistol with a magazine containing eight rounds.

An additional 104 9mm rounds of ammunition were also found.

Green is scheduled to appear before the Western Regional Gun Court on Thursday, January 18 for the firearm charges.





Jamaican man kills his friend at party in Florida

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shocked.jpgThe families of two friends from high school in Jamaica are now in mourning after one shot the other dead on New Year's Eve during a house party in Lauderhill, Florida.

According to US reports, the accused gunman, 24-year-old Shevon "Natty" Salmon reportedly confessed to firing a handgun at Paul Anthony "Mafia" Nelson, 26, who was sitting on a couch in the Florida apartment.

It was further reported that Salmon did not say why he shot his friend, and police have not described a possible motive.

Before the killing, Nelson had stopped by his former home and Salmon joined him to "smoke" at the Lauderhill party house, a police report stated.

After the gunfire, party guests disarmed Salmon, who reportedly left the apartment and took a cab home. Nelson, who was shot multiple times in his chest, died at the scene.

Salmon was arrested last Tuesday at his Miramar home and faces one charge of premeditated murder.

He is in a Broward County jail receiving medical care, and his initial court hearing is pending.





Journalist Janice Budd to be buried January 27

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janice-budd-photo-1.jpgThe funeral service for journalist and communications specialist, Janice Budd, will be held on Saturday, January 27, at the Swallowfield Chapel in St Andrew, at 10:00 am.

Budd, who has had a long and distinguished career in media, passed away on January 2 after losing her battle with cancer.

She had been ailing for some time.

During her early foray into media, Budd worked at the Jamaica Information Service, and later on served at Television Jamaica, CVM Television and the Jamaica Observer newspaper.

At the time of her death, Budd was the communications manager at the Shipping Association of Jamaica.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA policeman's son, sixteen-year-old Cornwall College student Mark Williams was pronounced dead at hospital on Tuesday night after gunmen ambushed his step father, a police corporal assigned to the Trelawny Police Department, and fired a barrage of bullets at them at the intersection of the Meadows of Irwin and Tucker in St James.

According to the police, about 9:20 pm the police corporal went to pick up his step-son, who was coming from Bible Studies in John's Hall, St James, with his private motor vehicle, when they were attacked shortly after the teenager alighted from a taxi.

"As he [the police corporal's step-son] disembarked a taxi and was approaching the car, they heard explosions coming from nearby bushes. He saw three men running towards his car from the rear firing at them; he returned the fire and the men made good their escape. His step-son on hearing the explosions ran off

He said the teenager was later found suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police corporal escaped unhurt, but bullets reportedly extensively damaged his motorcar.

Reports are that the police corporal is involved in a case in which he reportedly shot and injured an alleged murderer in Ironshore, St James last year.

That matter is currently on trial.





Retired couple tied up and killed in St Thomas

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crime-scene-8.jpgA man said to be in his 80s and his wife, believed to be in her mid-70s, were found dead in their Retreat District, St Thomas home on Tuesday.

They have been identified as Melbourne Flake and his wife, Etha, who were both Canadian and Jamaican citizens.

The couple were reportedly found inside their house - in separate rooms - with their mouths gagged, hands and feet bound, and their heads apparently bashed in.

Reports are that they were last seen alive at around 5 pm Monday. About 10 am Tuesday, an alarm was raised by a labourer and his assistant who went to the premises to work but did not get a response from the couple.

The police were summoned and, on their arrival, the gruesome discovery of the deceased was made.

There was reportedly no signs of forced entry.

Investigations continue.





Guns, ammo seized by police

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgTwo firearms with 19 rounds of ammunition were seized by the police in St James yesterday, bringing to six the number of illegal guns seized in less than 48 hours.

The police say two men were taken into custody in connection with the seizure, but their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

It's reported that a police team was conducting spot checks along the Anchovy main road shortly after midday when they signalled the driver of a motorcar to stop.

According to the police, the driver, a male passenger and the vehicle were searched and the guns found.

Also, three firearms including an AK-47 rifle, and 40 assorted rounds of ammunition were seized in separate incidents in St Catherine and Manchester yesterday.

The other firearm was seized in Clarendon on Friday.





crime-scene-demo.jpgA section of Waltham Park Road was blocked by the police Sunday morning as they investigate the killing of a man on Wellington Drive in Kingston 11.

The dead man has been identified as Junior Diamond.

Details of the incident are not yet clear, however, the incident took place sometime between last night and this morning.

About 20 spent shells were recovered from the scene.





JUTC driver stabbed by gunman on bus

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jutc-bus.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says one its drivers was stabbed while disarming a gunman on one of its buses in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, last evening.

In a tweet, the JUTC said the driver was stabbed in his chest and has been hospitalised.

The state-owned bus company says both the gunman and firearm were handed over to the police.





38 persons murdered since the start of 2018

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe murder tally continues to spiral as police figures show at least 38 homicides have been committed since the start of the year.

Police statistics show that for the first six days of the year, there were 38 murders, 16 shootings and 17 robberies.

This is compared with 23 murders, 18 shootings and 16 robberies over the similar period last year.

Jamaica closed 2017 with 1,616 murders, one of the highest homicide figures on record.

St James in the western section of the island led with 335 murders, followed by Clarendon with 168 and Westmoreland with 147.





Commission Quallo says he did not resign

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police-commissioner-george-quallo.jpgPolice Commissioner George Quallo in an interview with the Gleaner has dismissed reports by the Jamaica Observer that he is leaving the force.

"I did not resign. You can quote me on that," Quallo reportedly told The Gleaner Monday afternoon.

Asked whether he was fired, Quallo replied: "I was not fired."

Commissioner Quallo this morning met with the National Security Minister Robert Montague.

The National Security Ministry said the meeting centred on the murder spike, his plan going forward, and the embarrassing New Year's Day airport road gridlock.

Close to 40 persons have been murdered since the start of the year.





Police Commissioner Quallo OUT?

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george-quallo.jpgAfter serving nine months in the position, Commissioner of Police, George Quallo is reportedly out of a work. According to Jamaica Observer, their sources in the National Security Ministry, say that Commissioner Quallo was told that it was time for him to leave during his meeting Monday morning with National Security Minister Robert Montague.

The commissioner left that meeting and is now meeting with the Police Service Commission, the oversight parliamentary body of the police force.

Quallo, who was appointed in April 2016, turns 60 in August this year and would have gone on retirement at that time.

According to the Observer, it is not yet clear who will be appointed to act as commissioner as Deputy Commissioner Novelette Grant, who was considered for the job and actually acted for 90 days after Carl Williams opted to go on early retirement last January, is going on departmental leave on Friday prior to pre-retirement leave.

Grant is scheduled to retire close to August.

Meanwhile, 38 murders have been committed since the start of the year, and the National Security Minister, Robert Montague, seems clueless.

Since news of Quallo's dismissal surface, many have been questioning whether or not Montague still has a job.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have launched a manhunt for four men who yesterday shot dead a pregnant woman in Linstead, St Catherine.

The woman has been identified as 40 year old Zoe King, a resident of Orangefield.

King was killed at her home shortly after 11 yesterday morning.

It's reported that King, who was scheduled to have her baby next week, was at home when four armed men entered the yard.

She ran from the house but was chased and shot.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Senior Superintendent McArthur Sutherland says the cops are following strong leads in the case.

It's reported that the men were in search of King's cousin who was involved in a motorbike accident with them last week.

King's common-law-husband Constable Courtney Linton, was shot dead by gunmen in Orangefield on October 31, last year.





wife-killer.jpgOmar Best Collymore, the husband of Simone Collymore, who was gunned down in Red Hills on Tuesday, was released without charges on Wednesday. He is said to have hired Peter Champagne as his lawyer

Simone and Omar in May, 2010 and the couple traveled to Jamaica where they both had homes.

Simone Campbell-Collymore was shot as she was about to go into a taxi. A total of nine shots were fired, the taxi driver, was also killed on the scene.

Friends say, she moved out of the home they shared the day before because of Best-Collymore's blatant cheating with multiple women. Security cameras recorded the shooting and men were seen waiting on the arrival of Mrs. Collymore.

Omar Best-Collymore, who is the main suspect, was also implicated in another murder in 2008 in the States.

His then girlfriend Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Her murder took place months after she had taken out a US million dollar insurance and named Omar Best-Collymore as beneficiary.

In May 2016, Simone Collymore posted the following on Flipagram: "Wow 6 years happy anniversary to you babe love you more than anything. Thank you for tolerating me I love u endlessly and look forward to many more years." The couple had two children.





girlfriend-killed-by-suspect-in-red-hills-murder.jpgElijah Aguiar was on the cusp of adulthood, then 17, when detectives came to his door at sunrise to tell the teen his mother was dead.

Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Although her killer remains on the loose, court documents in a civil case point to her boyfriend at the time -- also her primary life insurance beneficiary -- as a suspect.

This summer, Broward Crime Stoppers began offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Aguiar's killer. Aguiar, of Lauderhill, was a single mother and real estate agent. For loved ones like Elijah Aguiar, knowing no one has paid for his mother's death has taken its toll.

"I'm not healed all the way; I don't think I ever will be," Aguiar, now 25, said. "My life turned upside down."

Court documents show Angela Aguiar bought a $1 million life insurance policy about a month before her death. She named her boyfriend, Omar Best Collymore, as her primary beneficiary.

He submitted a claim for the money two years after her death, records show.

However, before the insurance money could be paid out, the insurer investigated, given Aguiar's death happened within its "contestability period" and had been ruled a homicide. In email exchanges between a Fort Lauderdale detective and insurance claims analyst in June and September 2010, the detective said Best Collymore was still considered a suspect in the case.

"No progress. Yes, Omar Best is still a suspect," the detective wrote.

Please continue reading at: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-cold-case-fort-lauderdale-angela-aguiar-20160826-story.html





crime-scene-gun.jpgJust two days into the new year, the police were summoned to the scene of a double murder on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

The lawmen have identified the deceased as 36-year-old Winston Walters, a taxi operator of Stillwell Road, Kingston 8 and Simone Colleymore, businesswoman of Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

According to police reports, unknown assailants travelling on motorcycles opened gunfire hitting the two people several times about 4:00 pm Tuesday.

The police were summoned and the victims were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The lawmen did not disclose further information but said investigations continue.

Meanwhile, the police have reported that a Kingston woman was shot dead Wednesday morning by unknown assailants on Oilea Lane in Jericho district, Linstead, St Catherine.

Dead is 40-year-old Zoe King of a Chisholm Avenue address in Kingston 14. Police said she was reportedly chased by a group of armed men around 11:15 am and shot dead.

The police did not say what spurred the attack. Investigations are ongoing.





Tributes pour in for late journalist Janice Budd

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janice-budd.jpgTributes have been pouring in, especially on social media, for late journalist Janice Budd died on the second day of 2018 after a long battle with cancer. She was 49.

Budd, who was employed to the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) as operations manager, communications and member services, was admitted to Andrews Memorial Hospital in St Andrew last year. She passed away at her home in Portmore, St Catherine.

In his reflection, SAJ Chief Executive Officer Trevor Riley said the association had lost "a gifted colleague".

"Janice joined our team just under three years ago as head of communication and member services in the substantive post of operations manager," Riley said.

"In a very short time she endeared herself to the shipping community by employing her well-seasoned skills of a communicator, providing public relations support for the Shipping Association of Jamaica and the Caribbean Shipping Association.

"She was relentless in the delivery of quality service. Our senior management team visited her just last Thursday, December 28 and Janice was lamenting the fact that she was unable to be at work, promising to beat her illness and get back to duty shortly," Riley added.

"Our association and the country have lost someone who made a real mark on several sectors -- media, banking, shipping. We have lost a gifted colleague.

"Everybody in our industry who interacted with Janice has a wonderful personal story to tell about some act of kindness or compassion that she performed," Riley said.

"The Shipping Association of Jamaica joins with all her colleagues to express regret to Janice's parents, siblings and other relatives. May her soul rest in peace."

Budd's stellar journalism career saw her working at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, Jamaica Information Service, CVM Television, Radio Jamaica, Television Jamaica, and the Jamaica Observer which she joined in November 2010, serving as Sunday Editor until her departure in April 2013 for National Commercial Bank (NCB).

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips also paid tribute to Budd, saying that her "untimely passing... is another major blow to the nation's media".





Four murders in Clarendon by January 3

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crime-scene-7.jpgJust three days into the New Year, Clarendon recorded four murders taking place.

About 8 p.m. on Wednesday 39-year-old taxi driver Orlando Beckford of Glenmuir Housing Scheme was shot and killed by unknown assailants. Beckford was reportedly operating his taxi from Hayes to May Pen when he stopped to let off a passenger in the vicinity of Girls Town. He was pounced on by armed men who opened fire hitting him.

Beckford managed to drive close to the Hayes Police Station and was assisted to the Lionel Town Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Fifteen minutes later, in Rocky Point, barber Fitzroy Paul Joseph was shot and killed by unknown attackers.

According to reports, Joseph was at a friend's house when gunmen kicked open the door and fired several shots hitting him in the upper body.

The other murder victim has been identified as 17-year-old Odane Baker otherwise called 'Omari' of Rhules Pen were shot and killed by gunmen.

Reports are than about 1:15 p.m. residents heard several loud explosions and called the police.

Baker's body was found with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the face and upper section of his body in a dirt track. He was taken to the May Pen Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The fourth victim was killed early yesterday morning in York Town.

He was identified as Franklin Morgan who hails from the area but migrated to the United States years ago. Morgan was recently deported back to Jamaica.

He was shot while riding his bicycle along the road in the community by an unknown attacker.





The remains of the four Jamaicans who perished in a massive fire at a Bronx apartment in New York are to be flown to Jamaica for burial.

The family of the deceased, who are all relatives, have started a GoFundMe page to raise money to assist with the cost of flying the bodies to Jamaica.

It's understood that the Jamaican government has also pledged to assist with funeral expenses.

Thirty-seven-year-old Katherine Stewart-Francis, seven-year-old Charmela Francis and two-year-old Kylie Francis, and 19-year-old Shantay Young died when a three-year-old child, playing with a gas stove in a ground floor apartment, set off a fire that quickly engulfed the five-storey building where they lived.

Eight other persons also died in the blaze.

Stewart-Francis' husband and father of Kylie and Charmela remain in hospital in critical condition.





St Ann records first murder for 2018

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crime-scene-7.jpgOcho Rios in St Ann on Monday recorded its first murder of 2018 after an altercation resulted in a man being fatally stabbed and a chase that ended with a policeman being shot in the buttocks by his colleague.

Dead is 21-year-old Nakeem Gardner of Pimento Walk, Ocho Rios.

Reports are that Gardner was in the company of friends at Little Dunns River when an argument developed between him and a man who was among a group of persons said to be visiting from St Catherine.

It's reported that the brother of the man from St Catherine brandished a knife and stabbed Gardner in the neck.

He was taken to the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The attacker, his brother and two other men fled the scene in a Toyota Probox motor car which was later intercepted by a police team.

It's reported that the men exited from the car and a tussle ensued between a policeman and one of the men from the vehicle.

A policewoman reportedly pulled her service weapon and fired two shots.

It was later discovered that one of the shots hit her colleague in his buttocks.

He was taken to hospital where he received treatment and was released.

The men from the car were subsequently taken into custody.





crime-scene-gun.jpgAkeem Taylor, one of two men shot and killed during a confrontation with the police at his house in Albion, Montego Bay last Friday morning, lost his father the day before earlier at the hands of gunmen.

Reports are that 19-year-old Akeem was the son of Aaron Taylor, one of the two men gunned down along Howard Cooke Boulevard on Thursday.

The senior Taylor and Kerry Fairclough were killed by men who shot up the motorcar they were travelling in along the busy thoroughfare in broad daylight.

The following morning, the police say about 4:45 they went in search of wanted men at a premises at Albion when they were greeted with gunfire.

The fire was returned and after the shooting died down the police found Taylor and Shawn Bent suffering from gunshot wounds.

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

The police say two illegal handguns, a 9mm Taurus and a 9mm Smith and Wesson, were recovered from the men.

The Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECPM) has commenced their probe into the killing.

Meanwhile, the young Taylor was said to be wanted in connection with the brutal gun slaying of 52-year-old airport worker Dawnette Shettleworth and 41-year-old nail technician Cleoapatra Fletcher in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay two months ago.





US weapons instructor dies in Jamaica

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA weapons instructor from the United States, who reportedly experienced difficulties breathing while in Jamaica, died after being rushed to the St Ann's Bay Hospital on Thursday.

The deceased has been identified as 37- year-old James Lawrence Ellis of Mississippi.

A post-mortem examination and a toxicology test are to be conducted to determine the cause of his death.

Ellis, who was said to have been drinking heavily before he complained of difficulties breathing, was visiting the island.

He was staying at a popular resort in Ocho Rios, St Ann with his wife.

After dinner, Ellis, along with his wife went to their bedroom, where he took his medication

However, he later complained of breathing difficulties and his wife called for assistance.

Ellis was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The St Ann police are conducting an investigation into the incident.





One of Westmoreland's most wanted men, Davion Brown, otherwise called 'Balti' of a Savanna-la-Mar address has been charged with murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Detectives assigned to the Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch say that Brown, who was arrested on December 15, was interviewed in the presence of his lawyer and was formally charged.

In August, Brown was named as wanted for the murder of 22-year-old Ocielle Hall on Great Georges Street in Westmoreland and in September he allegedly engaged lawmen in a confrontation, during their attempt to apprehend him.

The police say detectives continue to follow strong leads on other cases where they consider Brown to have been a major player.

They are appealing to the public to share information on crimes which Brown may have committed.

He is scheduled to appear before the Westmoreland Parish Court on January 9, 2018.





Scores of persons missed their flights out of the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday evening because of lengthy traffic delays along the Palisadoes strip, which leads to the airport.

The daylight New Year's party, Sandz and other activities brought a high volume of people and motor vehicles to the strip, and created a traffic pile-up which was disastrous. The security minister has caled for a full report and has blasted those in authority who made a decision to grant permits to the promoters of the event, without figuring out how they were going to ensure that the corridor remained free-flowing.

Several airline passengers in a desperate bid to make their flights, got out of cars and began walking with their luggage in hand towards the airport.

The bumper to bumper pile up of traffic extended from the airport round-about close to the entrance of the airport to the Carib Cement Company on Michael Manley Boulevard with very little movement as unruly motorists created multiple lanes.

Some flights at the airport were delayed because flight crew members were also caught in traffic.

Bicycles and motorcycles were being charted by desperate would-be passengers to get to the airport.

The police were kept busy as they sought to direct the high volume of traffic entering and exiting the strip.

One of the cops said he has never experienced such traffic build up in his seven years in the force.





Four Jamaicans killed in deadly Bronx apartment fire

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bronx-fire-photo-1.jpgReports are that at least four Jamaicans, are among the 12 people killed in a fire at an apartment building in the Bronx, New York last night. The Bronx is a popular area for Jamaican living in New York to reside.

The four family members include father, mother and two young daughters. They are said to be members of a Spanish Town St Catherine family; a fifth member of the family is reportedly hospitalised in critical condition.

An official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said Jamaican authorities in the United States have been contacted by American officials and a statement will be issued shortly.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the fire was the deadliest in the city for at least 25 years. The victims include a one-year-old child.

The five-alarm fire broke out a little before 7pm on the first floor of a brick building at East 185th Street and Prospect Avenue and quickly spread upstairs, city Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said alongside New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference.

The cause of the city's deadliest fire in at least a quarter of a century was under investigation. Investigators said a natural gas line may have fueled the flames of the blaze.

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According to reports in the Daily Mail, the New York City Housing Preservation and Development revealed that the apartment had at least six open building code violations. Two violations reported in August 2017 were for a broken smoke detector and for a defective carbon monoxide detector in the same apartment on the first floor. It was not clear if the detector had been fixed or replaced or whether it had played any role in the fire.

It took an estimated 170 firefighters working in just 15 degrees to rescue people from the building as water sprayed from hoses froze into ice on the street.

De Blasio confirmed that four of the 15 injured are in critical condition and fighting for their lives at a local hospital.

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'This is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city in at least a quarter century,' de Blasio said, adding that the fire will rank as one of the 'worst losses of life to a fire' in many years for the city.

City officials advised people in the area to close their windows to keep out the smoke.

Witness, Xanral Collins, told the New York Post that he feared children were among the dead or injured.

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'A father ran into the building, he couldn't get in,' said Collins. 'I saw him screaming, 'My babies are dead! My babies are dead!''

Another witness, Jamal Flicker, told the newspaper that he said he saw flames near the trash cans.

'It started down where they take the garbage,' Flicker said, adding that he heard a woman yelling, 'We're trapped, help!''

Video of the scene showed numerous firefighters wheeling victims out on stretchers. An EMT was seen administering chest compressions to one victim as two other firefighters wheeled them to a rescue unit nearby.





Clarendon couple shot by gunmen

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crime-scene-8.jpgA man and a woman were shot and injured as they sat in a car on Grantham Avenue in May Pen, Clarendon yesterday afternoon.

Reports are that the victims were sitting in a car talking when men travelling on a motorcycle drove up and opened fire, hitting both of them.

They were taken to hospital where they have been admitted.

The woman is said to be in serious but stable condition.

No motive has been established for the shooting.

Investigations continue.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA gunman who attempted to rob a licensed firearm holder of his gun in the Widcombe area of Barbican in St Andrew on Tuesday was shot and killed by the same man he tried to rob.

Reports are that about 8:15 last night the man and a woman were examining a vehicle that was parked at a gate in the community when two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, held them up.

The armed robber demanded that the man handed over his gun.

A struggle ensued and the man managed to reach for his gun and fire several shots.

The two robbers ran and one subsequently collapsed clutching a handgun.

He died later died on the spot.

The second robber escaped.The dead robber remains unidentified.

The police were called in and they said that they recovered a nine millimetre pistol with a magazine containing nine 9 millimetre cartridges at the scene.

The male and the woman were not harmed during the incident.





Christmas Day murder in Clarendon

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crime-scene-demo.jpgA Clarendon man 36-year-old Miruts Milton aka 'Ghetto', a carwash operator of Harris Street, May Pen, was shot and killed by unknown attackers on Christmas Day.

The incident happened along Howard Avenue in May Pen minutes after midday on Monday.

Reports are that residents heard explosions and summoned the police.

Upon their arrival, Milton was found lying face down in blood with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.





shocked.jpgEven as the JLP came to power with promises to lower the murder rate, Jamaica has already recorded 1581 murders, according to the latest data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Periodic Serious and Violent Crimes Review.

This is 257 more, or a 21 per cent jump over the corresponding period last year.

Three hundred and twenty-five people 325 have been murdered in St James, followed by St Andrew South with 188, Clarendon 166, Westmoreland 147, St Catherine North 138 and Kingston Western 125.

The data also show a jump in shootings across the island in the current crime-wave.

There have been 1443 reported cases of shootings, compared with 1100 over the corresponding period last year.

Nearly one hundred people have been murdered so far this month.

Fifty-three children and eight members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force have been murdered this year.

Illegal guns have featured in 82 per cent of the country's murder, according to the review.

The data also show that a record number of illegal guns and ammunition have been seized this year.

So far, 846 illegal guns and 21,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized by the security forces.

During the corresponding period in 2016 the police seized 632 illegal guns and 8,000 rounds of ammunition.

The cops are also seizing more high powered rifles this year compared with previous three years.

The data show as well that there has been a major jump in fatal shootings by the police this year, with 156 people being shot dead by the police, compared with 93 over the corresponding period last year and 90 in 2015.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has been complaining about the spike in fatal shootings by the police this year.





The communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) has been making excellent use of social media in recent times. However, there are reports are that head of the Corporate Communications Unit fell in some very hot water following what is now said to be an unauthorised tweet.

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay has reportedly been removed from her position as head of the CCU as a result of a fallout over the release of information on the massive gun and ammunition find earlier this month.

The social media release of the information reportedly compromised a covert operation, involving US and local law enforcement officials, to nab the perpetrators behind the shipment that was destined for Montego Bay, St James.

"That information should not have been released. That's why there was no info on the seizure up to nearly a month after it happened," a JCF insider said.

The mega bust of more than 100 illegal firearms and 200 assorted rounds of ammunition was made by border protection agents at Miami International Airport on November 13. However, the public was not made aware of the massive find until December 7, when the JCF tweeted information of the seizure along with a photo of US agents purportedly examining the firearms.

Lindsay, who has denied that she authorised the release of the information, has reportedly been transferred to the Half-Way Tree Police station where she will take up an administrative officer role.





Burnt remains of woman found in Sandy Gully

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crime-scene-tape.jpgThe burnt remains of a woman were found in Sandy Gully in Cassia Park, St. Andrew this morning.

She has not yet been identified.

The police, in an advisory, have asked members of the public to avoid Cassia Park road.

The area has been cordoned off to facilitate the processing of the crime scene.

Motorists were advised to use Washington Boulevard and other alternative routes.





crime-scene-7.jpgA postmortem performed on the body of a 17 year old student, who was found dead in Portmore, St Catherine, shortly after she boarded a taxi, revealed that she was murdered.

The postmortem conducted on Friday, revealed that Ariell Lawrence died from two bullet wounds to the head.

The Greater Portmore Police have now launched a homicide investigation.

The teenager's body was found along the George Lee Boulevard near the Town Centre Plaza two weeks ago after she boarded a taxi enroute to her home in Spanish Town.

It's reported that Ariell visited a friend in Portsmouth, Portmore and after leaving the friend's home she boarded a taxi for home.

However, shortly after 1:00am , her body was found along the George Lee Boulevard.

The police report that after boarding the taxi, she sent a message to a friend friend stating that she was uncomfortable in the vehicle.

Over the past several months, the police in Portmore and the Corporate Area have been investigating a series of abductions by men posing as taxi operators





Illegal streetlight argument can't Dunn

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The St Mary South East Member of Parliament Dr Norman Dunn is refuting media reports that he admitted to facilitating the illegal connection of streetlights in the constituency ahead of the recent by-election.

In a release to the media this morning, Dunn said he sought assistance through the relevant constituted authority for the streetlights to be installed temporarily.

The St Mary South East Member of Parliament says this was after residents complained of an increase in robberies and other crimes in the area where there was an influx of strangers due to the impending by-election.

In his statement this morning, Dunn insisted that at no point did he admit to illegally connecting the streetlights.

Dunn asserts that the report carried by the media house is a misrepresentation of the facts and expressed disappointment with the reportage.

The installation of the streetlights reportedly triggered a series of outages, prompting the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) to disconnect them.

The JPS has since reinstalled the streetlights.

However, the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is insisting that Dunn should be held responsible for the illegal connections.

The PNP points out that tampering with the property of the JPS is a breach of the law and the MP should be made to account for his actions, as would any ordinary citizen.





jps.jpgJPS The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says it still does not know who is responsible for the streetlights that were illegally installed in St Mary.

Earlier this month, the JPS removed nine illegally installed streetlights in the community of Epsom.

The company said the streetlights were removed from another area and brought to the community.

A JPS representative told our news centre this morning that a probe into the matter has not unearthed any information about who installed the illegal lights.

The representative noted that the installation of illegal streetlights is an ongoing challenge which the JPS continue to tackle.





Uchene gangsta given bail to feed her newborn baby

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bail.jpgAll except one of the 26 members of the Uchence Wilson-led gang were remanded into custody when they appeared in the Supreme Court yesterday.

They were ordered to return to court on January 10, 2018.

Tashina Beckford, a member of the gang, was granted bail, as she had recently given birth.

The gang was dismantled during operations conducted in St Catherine, Clarendon and the Corporate Area on Saturday, December 2 in which 15 key players were taken into custody by the police.

An additional 11 persons were subsequently arrested, making the total to 26, which includes two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

All 26 suspects are charged with breaches of the anti-gang legislation.





Man shoot dead 15-y-o Seaview girl at her home

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA 26-year-old man is now on the run after allegedly killing a 15-year-old Jose Marti High Schoolgirl at her home in Seaview Gardens, St Andrew Thursday afternoon.

Reports are that shortly before 3 p.m the man, who is said to be a family friend visited Hume while she was at home with relatives.

An explosion was heard before the man was seen running from the house.

Hume who would have celebrated her 16th birthday next Wednesday was later discovered suffering from a gunshot wound to the forehead.

Family members, who tried frantically to save her life, rushed her to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

According to residents, the man who is suspected to have committed the murder did so after the teenager, sent him a message that she did not want to be in a relationship with him.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgLast Tuesday, Ariell Lawrence went to visit a friend in Portsmouth in Portmore, St Catherine. After leaving the friend's home she reportedly boarded a taxi en route to Spanish Town. Reports are that shortly she boarded the taxi she texted one of her friends telling the person she felt uncomfortable in the taxi cab. Shortly after, at about 1.00 a.m., her body was found along the George Lee Boulevard, the roadway near the HEART Academy in Portmore.

The Greater Portmore police are now probing the circumstances which led to the death of the 17 year old.

Investigators are probing whether she jumped or was pushed from the moving vehicle.

A post mortem is to be performed.

The police in Portmore and the Corporate Area have been investigating a series of abductions by men posing as taxi operators.

Two weeks ago a woman was robbed and pushed from a moving taxi cab she boarded in New Kingston. She sustained multiple injuries.





16-year-old charged in Clarendon triple murder

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA teenage boy has been arrested and charged in connection with a triple murder in Osborne Store, Clarendon last month.

The 16-year-old has been charged with three counts of murder, robbery with aggravation and illegal possession of firearm, according to the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

His name is being withheld because he is a minor.

According to investigators, the teen was arrested during an operation last week and pointed out during an identification parade.

Another suspect in the triple murder, identified as Jermaine Bailey, better known as 'Jermi', was reportedly killed in the operation.

Clifton Scott Snr and his two sons, Clifton Jnr and Orville, were shot and killed after gunmen invaded a shop and dwelling house in the community of Osborne Store on November 12.

It's reported that the gunmen robbed patrons of cash and electronic items before opening fire.

The CIB said other suspects are being pursued and are appealing to members of the public who have information on the incident to come forward.





'Titty Man' charged with murder in church shooting

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA west Kingston man, Tajay James, popularly known as 'Titty Man', has been arrested and charged with murder and other serious crimes for his alleged role in the deadly attack on mourners attending a funeral at a church in east Kingston.

James has been charged with three counts of murder, three counts of shooting with intent, three counts of wounding with intent and three counts of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Three persons were killed and six others injured after gunmen, armed with high-powered weapons, sprayed mourners with bullets outside the King's Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church on December 10.

"The Criminal Investigation Branch wishes to assure the public that no efforts will be spared to properly investigate these and other serious crimes and bring to justice criminal suspects who, by their actions, seek to drive fear and panic in the society," said acting Assistant Commissioner McArthur Sutherland, who heads the CIB.

Police investigators believe the shooters were targeting a rival gangster from west Kingston who was attending the funeral.





crime-scene-gun.jpgDaring gunmen opened fire this morning hitting three men on Royal Avenue in Linstead, St Catherine.

Reports are that one man died on the spot while two others were taken to hospital with life threatening injuries.

Up to a short while ago none of the victims had been identified, but residents told our news team that the three were at their usual hangout spot.

Police redirected traffic, turning a one-way road into a two-way as they combed the scene for clues, following reports that the shooters jumped two fences to make their escape.





Well-known entertainer Stacious, along with Karlene Smith, popularly known as the Dancehall Queen, were to of the person from the entertainment industry, who pleaded with Justice Martin Gayle to show mercy and give Ninja Man a chance

Stacious and Carlene were giving character evidence during the sentencing hearing for Ninja Man, his son Janeil and co-convict Dennis Clayton in the Home Circuit Court today.

The three were convicted last month of killing Ricardo Johnson, popularly known as 'Ricky Trooper', in the St Andrew community of Lower Mall Road in 2007.

But Stacious, in her testimony, said the Ninja Man she knows is not the person who was convicted of murder.

She described the entertainer as a kind, caring person who still has a lot to give to the Jamaican society.





Life in Prison for Ninja Man

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ninja-man-photo-9.jpgVeteran dancehall deejay Ninja Man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, and 20 years for shooting with intent. The deejay must serve 25 years before he will be eligible for parole.

His son Janeil and co-convict Dennis Clayton were slapped with life in prison for murder, but they will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

The sentences were handed down by Justice Martin Gayle in the Home Circuit Court a short time ago.

"Thumbs up, judge," Ninja Man said after his sentence was announced.

The others showed no emotion.

The three were convicted last month of murder and shooting with intent.





Journalist Ian Boyne of 'Profile' is dead

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ian-boyne.jpgVeteran journalist Ian Boyne is dead. He died this morning at the University Hospital of the West Indies

Boyne who was the deputy chief executive officer of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) had reportedly been recuperating after being rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies on Saturday, December 2.

The highly respected and internationally acclaimed journalist whose career in all facets of media spans 30 years, was most known for his personality television series Profile -- the longest running seasonal show on local television. It features successful and remarkable personalities, many of whom overcame significant hardships.

Profile celebrated 30 years this March, earning Boyne many accolades, including congratulations from Prime Minister Andrew Holness who said it was admirable that the programme, which represents "the power of good journalism", was still on air when internationally, successful programmes rarely surpass 25 years.

Boyne, arguably a self-made success, published a book on the series in 2013 titled Profile of Excellence: Strategies for Extraordinary Achievement from 25Years of Interviewing Remarkable People', co-written with author and motivational speaker Glenford Smith. At the time it was published, Boyne had already done 1,300 interviews on Profile.

Meanwhile, there continues to be an outpouring of condolences on social media following news of the death of veteran journalist Ian Boyne this morning at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

One Twitter user sharing the sentiment of many said "The entire Jamaica mourns today. Sleep in Peace veteran."





Drama as cops hold Westmoreland's Most Wanted

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A police service vehicle was damaged after irate residents demanded the release of Davion "Baltie" Brown, in Grange Hill, Westmoreland Friday afternoon, during attempts by the police to place into custody the parish's most wanted man.who reportedly ran into the path of an unmarked police vehicle on patrol and was hit.

Brown was reportedly hit by a police patrol vehicle and was in the process of being assisting by the cops when an object wrapped in a multi-coloured handkerchief was found in his right front pocket.

It was removed and found to be an illegal chrome and black Taurus 9-millimetre pistol with five live rounds.

The cops later found out that Brown was the same man who was wanted for the daylight killing of a man in a supermarket on Great George's Street in Savanna-La-Mar in August. He is also wanted for several other serious crimes in the parish, including shooting at the police.

They placed Brown in the vehicle, however, at that point irate residents demanded that they release him, and backed their demands with missiles hurled at the police vehicle.

The police then fired shots into the air to disperse the unruly crowd.

Brown was subsequently taken to the Savanna-La-Mar hospital for treatment before being taken into custody.





Constant Spring market to be sold

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Two women shot at home in Clarendon; one dies

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

Barnswell said he was saddened death.

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

However, only about 30 have been so far delivered.





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

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

The gunmen reportedly travelled in cars and on motor bikes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





Two security guards shot dead in Annotto Bay

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

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

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

Superintendent Scott says robbery appears to be the motive.





Probe into 119 guns moves to MoBay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Lisa Hanna weds Richard Lake in ultra private affair

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is also Richard Lake's second marriage.





Cops seek help in finding missing 12-y-o

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

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

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

All efforts to contact her have proven futile.

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





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

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

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

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

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

Among the weapons comprise four rifles and 115 pistols.





Ian Boyne doing well after heart attack scare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





George Nooks' bail extended

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hawthorne's death hit the city hard.

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

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

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

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

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





Sally Porteous hospitalised

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

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

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

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





George Nooks' trial to begin today

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

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

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

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

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





Jamaican is key IS recruiter says the US

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

The Crime Stop offer expires on November 30, 2018.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





KC win Flow Supercup

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

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

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

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





NIGHT CLUB RAID!

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

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

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

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

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

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





Farmer found with 450 rounds of ammunition

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

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

Police say his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.





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

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

Superintendent Salmon says the woman is not in custody.

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

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

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

The agency says the woman is currently receiving counselling.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Mo Bay Flooded!

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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


About MBJ Airports:

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


Media Inquiries:

Sharon Hislop, Manager, Commercial Development & Marketing

T: +1 876 952 3124 | E: shislop@mbjairport.com


Photos:

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

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WE APOLOGIZE FOR PROBLEMS ON THE 12 ANNUAL CARIBBEAN SPLASH 2017

OUR FORMAL APOLOGY TO FANS | PATRONS | FRIENDS| SPONSORS| VENDORS


Immediate Press Release
John Alessi Pr Firm
Miami, Florida
Publicist: Maurice Tucker MBA.
November 21, 2017
Contact 305-930-3500
Email : Johnalessifirm@gmail.com

We Apologize for the Mishap at the 12 Annual Caribbean Splash 2017

Apology

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

We take Full Acceptance

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

30 YEARS OF PROMOTION & GIVING BACK TO THE ORLANDO COMMUNITY

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





Freddie McGregor Jamathon Drop

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3 women gunned down in Area One within 24 hours

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

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

No motive has so far been determined by investigators.

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

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

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





Men arrested in $10-million ganja seizure charged

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

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

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

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

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

Robinson is also facing a charge of money laundering.