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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.

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Reggae Boy Damion Lowe blasts Bolt in FB post

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kudos to you Mr. Lowe.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brochu's attorney, Tom Stevens, has said Brochu and Rowe had a falling out and Brochu's actions were not racially motivated. Both women had asked school officials for a change in roommates.

Stevens apologized on Brochu's behalf Monday. He said Brochu wanted to apologize sooner, but he advised her not to because of a potential civil lawsuit. Brochu, of Harwinton, had told police her actions were in retaliation for Rowe's "rude behavior" and Rowe posting videos of her sleeping and making fun of her snoring.

Brochu also told authorities that she did put tampon blood on Rowe's backpack and licked Rowe's plate, fork and spoon, but denied doing anything else. She said she lied in the Instagram post in an attempt to "appear funny," a police report said.

Source: NY Post

hands-behind-bars.jpgOne of the students from the Green Island High school in Hanover, who was caught on video attacking a bus conductor with knives and stones, has been taken into custody by the police.

The boy, who was accompanied by his father, surrendered to the police Friday - two days after the incident. The teenager was taken in by his father after he saw the video that is circulating on social media.

Head of the Hanover police, Superintendent Sharon Beeput, told RJR News that the police have identified all the boys involved in the incident

She said the police are in dialogue with the Principal and the Dean of Discipline at the school to have them taken in.

In the video, five boys are seen attacking the conductor with knives. The conductor was slapped in the face by a student holding a chopper before the other boys joined in the attack.

The conductor ran into the bus to seek refuge, but the boys proceeded to hurl stones on the vehicle, smashing several windows.

Several students in the bus were reportedly injured.

moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgMoravian pastor Rupert Clarke has been sentenced to eight years in prison on two counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years old and many are questioning how the man of the cloth was given such a "lenient sentence".

The sentences are to run at the same time which means Clarke will only serve eight years in prison.

The complainants are both sisters.

Clarke was sentenced in the St Elizabeth Circuit Court almost four months after he pleased guilty to the crimes.

On November 29, Clarke had appeared in court for the hearing of an application by the prosecution to transfer the sexual offence matter from the St Elizabeth Circuit Court to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston.

Justice Martin Gayle reportedly granted the application for the matter to be transferred to Kingston when Clarke's lawyer Deborah Martin asked for his client to re-enter a plea.

That's when Clarke changed his plea from not-guilty to guilty on two counts of having sex with a person under sixteen years old.

Clarke, 64 was the pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester.

The police report that in December 2016, a team was on patrol in a community near Santa Cruz when they observed a parked car that aroused their suspicion.

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

He was immediately taken into police custody.

Further investigations revealed that Clarke also had a sexual relationship with the child's sister.

With one of the students from Green Island High School in Hanover who were caught on video viciously attacking a bus driver with knives and stones last week, being already in police custody, the hunt is on for the others who have been identified from the video.

The boy in custody was accompanied by his father when he surrendered to the police on Friday. The father took the initiative reportedly after seeing the video that is circulating on social media.

Now police investigator, who have identified the boys who were actively involved in the incident, are zeroing in on the school community to produce the suspects.

The police are reported to be in discussion with the school's administration to have the boys taken in for questioning.

The video recording has at least five boys attacking the bus operator with knives, a chopper and stones at a bus stop after the operator had made a purchase from a vendor.

One of the boys, with the chopper menacingly in hand, violently slapped the bus man in the face, which spurred on the other boys to join in the attack.

This was while female students on the scene were seemingly recording the incident, labelling it as a report coming "live from Green Island", and, in the process, fostering the assault on the man.

Under relentless attack, the victim first makes a feeble attempt to defend himself, before fleeing into the bus.

The vehicle is then stoned by the attackers, resulting in damage to the unit, including some of its windows.

The bus had passengers when it came under attack, and there are reports that some of the occupants were injured in the process

Teachers plan sickout

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A sickout is reportedly being planned by the country's public school teachers.

Sources have informed The Gleaner/Power 106 news centre that the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), which represents public school teachers, will be stepping up action to protest against the government's wage offer to teachers.

On Friday, at a joint press conference with International Monetary Fund representatives, Finance Minister Audley Shaw insisted that the government could not make a better wage offer to public sector unions which did not accept.

But this after he had previously indicated that the government would be going ahead with plans to pay, this month, the wage increase it has agreed with some public sector unions to all workers, including those who have rejected the deal.

However, the JTA has taken issue with the payment of the five per cent increase, which will cover the first year of the four-year deal.

It said, last week, that the move is unprecedented in light of the fact that the current salary negotiation has not been concluded nor a Heads of Agreement signed.

The JTA had warned that if the payment is made this month it would view the action of the finance ministry as being tantamount to union busting and a breach of Collective Bargaining Rights.

Alleged phone thief battered in Springs Plaza

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phone-thief.jpgAn alleged phone thief barely escape with his life in Half-Way Tree on Saturday afternoon after being viciously attacked by an angry mob who accused him of stealing a woman's phone.

Reports are that about 1:30 pm, a woman was seen on the Springs Plaza in the commercial district, running and shouting "tief, tief, mi want mi phone" while a young man was speeding away from her.\

A man was subsequently held by a private security officer, and within minutes a crowd descended on the pair and demanded that the man be killed.

The male security officer tried to take the man away from the growing crowd but the mob was too much for the officer. They rained blows all over the body of the alleged thief, before other security officers joined in the rescue of the man.

Still, the officers were outnumbered by the angry mob, which included a security guard (from another company), who kicked the bleeding alleged "phone grabber" into his groin, and pulled a ratchet knife from his waist, and attempted to harm the already wounded man. That security guard was eventually pulled away by a small section of the crowd, who begged for "mercy".

The man was eventually rescued by the police. But not before being battered and bruised.

It is unclear if the woman's phone was recovered.

ishawnas-letter-to-dear-dream.jpg'Slippery When Wet' singer, Ishawna set social media alight when she uploaded her typical attention-grabbing semi-nude photo on Instagram with a 'letter' to gossip blogger Dear Dream.

"Dear dream...Hide my ID, I'm with a man and all his b***hes are my fans...they all wanna eat my French Fries🍟 What should I do?! And no mi nah drink nuh bleach!!!! 🙄💦💦💦," she wrote.

The post racked up over 25,000 likes and almost 1,000 comments. I

Dream on Instagram: "Slippery when wet 💦💦When I'm in the mood 💦💦💦"

Has new chick New York dumped Marvin the Beast?

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marvin-the-beast-and-new-york.jpgMarvin The Beast is back on the market.

According to sources, the controversial dancer was dumped by his new lover, exotic dancer New York after just little over a week of dating.

Marvin shocked dancehall fans last week when he confirmed his relationship with the former Vybz Kartel 'Teachas Pet' cast member just hours after his breakup with DHQ Nickeisha became public knowledge.

The 'Beast' and New York instantly became the talk of the town after appearing on Instagram live together locking lips, uploading photos on each others accounts and making a few appearances at a few events.

Well it seems NY has come to her senses as she reportedly gave Marvin the boot earlier this week and deleted all his photos off her Instagram account.

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar Best Collymore, one of the accused in the murder of his wife Simone Collymore, thought he was fleeing to freedom when he made his way to a seaside town in St Elizabeth last month. However, that was not to be, as the Barbados born US national was stopped in his tracks by the police who raided the guest house where he was staying and hauled him back to Kingston where he was arrested and charged.

The polce have now revealed that they were guided to Collymore's hideout via a Crime Stop tip to its 311 hotline.

At the time he was arrested, Collymore was believed to have been taking steps to flee the island by boat, according to the police.

Collymore had been prevented from leaving the island on the eve of his deceased wife's funeral. The cops held on to him, but subsequently released him, and then were later forced to issue a warrant for his arrest and make a call for Collymore to turn himself in.

When Collymore failed to report to a police station, his lawyer made a statement saying that his client was recovering from gun shot woulds which he had received two weeks before his wife's funeral.

Omar Collymore and two co-accused have since been each charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy to murder in relation to the execution-style killing of his wife, 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore, and 36-year-old taxi operator, Winston Walters, on January 2. The two were shot and killed by men travelling on motorcycles outside an apartment complex on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Collymore, 35, Dwight Pink and 27-year-old labourer, Michael Adams, appeared before the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last month.

A fifth form student at Merl Grove High School on Constant Spring Roads is singing praises to the policemen who ran down and held a young scoundrel who grabbed her phone at the bust stop last Friday.

The CSEC student had just exited the school after her Geography extra class on Friday when a group of careless boys passed her and her friends and one grabbed her phone out of her hand and simply continued walking.

"The boy just said "Gimme dis" and took my phone," the shocked student was overheard telling her friends.

Upon realising that there were policemen stationed at intersection of Gore Terrace, Constant Spring Road and Dunrobin Avenue, the girls made an alarm and alerted the cops. The bleached out face hoodlum and his other undesirable mates walked out into the middle of the busy Constant Spring Road, skilfuly dodging speeding vehicles, as they made a bid to escape the cops, who were heading in their direction.

The brave officers showed their determination to duty when they immediately chased the boys and caught the phone grabber, who was easily identified by the Merl Grove student. Alas, however, the phone was not found in his possession. Nonetheless, he was bundled into waiting police vehicle and taken to the station, where his mother was called and informed of the incident.

The phone was finally retrieved by the police, however, the screen had been damaged.

Kudos to the cops on a job well done.

14-year-old and taximan shot dead by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA family is in mourning as a 14-year-old male student from a prominent high school was chased and killed by unknown assailants on Saturday. A taxi operator was also shot dead by the gunmen during a brazen daylight attack along Alexander Road, Hunts Bay, Kingston on Saturday.

The dead have been identified as Domaine Hall, student and resident of Rodney Road, Kingston and Richard Francis, 44 -year-old, taxi operator of 2 Alexander Road, Kingston 13.

Reports are that about 8:30 a.m. Francis was cleaning a grey Nissan Tiida motor car along the roadway when he was attacked and shot several times by two men carrying guns.

Following the attack the men were leaving the area when they saw the teenager, Domaine, who was fetching water at a nearby stand pipe.

Reports are that the teen attempted to run but was chased and shot by the assailants.

The men then escaped from the area.

Police were called to the community and the injured men taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

The incident has triggered shock and anger in the community.

police-commissioner-antony-anderson.jpgFormer army chief Major General Antony Anderson has been appointed Police Commissioner effective March 19.

He will succeed George Quallo who retired earlier this year.

Major General Anderson currently serves as the National Security Adviser, a post he has filled since being appointed in December 2016.

The first person to serve in this capacity in Jamaica, Anderson is the principal adviser to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on internal and external security, intelligence and defence matters.

He is responsible for coordinating security activities across government and liaison with overseas security and intelligence entities.

Anderson has had a military career in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) spanning 34 years, culminating in his six-year tenure as Chief of Defence Staff.

The St Thomas police are on the hunt for an illegal taxi driver who reportedly abducted and attempted to rape a 17-year-old student.

It is reported that sometime after 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, the Yallahs High School student was returning from a work experience assignment.

While walking towards the school gate, a robot taxi operator reportedly drove up and used a knife to force her into his vehicle.

According to reports, he sped off and took her to another community about two miles away from the school and attempted to rape her.

A struggle reportedly ensued, during which the schoolgirl was stabbed in the hand with a knife.

The teen managed to escape and sought help from the occupants of a nearby house.

She was taken to the Yallahs Police Station where the matter was reported.

The student then fainted and had to be taken to hospital where she was admitted and released the following day.

The police say that same day, another woman was raped by a man fitting the description of the student's abductor.

More Italian tourists for Jamaica

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hm-barlett-italy-march-2018.jpgMILAN, Italy: Jamaica's Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (3rd right); is joined by Laurent Parent (centre), Senior Executive for Alpitour World, Italy's largest Tour operator; Delano Seiveright (left), Senior Advisor/Strategist; Elisa Eterno (2nd left), JTB Italy; Matteo Gambardella, Contracting Manager, Alpitour World; Mariangela Montessoro (2nd right), Contracting Manager, Alpitour World and newly appointed Director of Tourism, Donovan White at the Hotel Scala in Milan, Italy on Monday March 5.

Alpitour which owns the Italian airline, NEOS, is to increase the number of seats into Montego Bay, Jamaica from Italy using a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft starting May of this year. Laurent Parent, a Senior Executive for Alpitour World, Italy's largest tour operator, noted that the new aircraft will replace existing once weekly scheduled Boeing 767 charter service between Milan and Montego Bay. The airline will also continue its once weekly flight from the Italian city of Verona, Italy.

Parent added that Jamaica is becoming more and more popular for Italians with Negril and Montego Bay being the biggest draws and pointed to one Negril resort being listed among the tour company's 15 best hotel resorts in the world. Bartlett noted that Italy is among the lead countries being targeted in Jamaica's ongoing European tourism growth strategy which in 2017 recorded 325,804 European tourists approximately 31,000 more than in the year 2016. Jamaica welcomed near 14,000 Italians tourists last year, representing a 44.5 percent increase over 2015.

74-y-o woman RAPED, killed in St Thomas

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA 74-year-old woman is suspected to have been raped and then killed in Duckenfield, St Thomas.

The elderly woman, identified as shopkeeper Eugene James, was found Sunday morning by a neighbour with her hands tied, mouth gagged and throat slashed.

The elderly woman's underwear was removed.

The neighbour became suspicious after noticing that the front door to James' house was partially opened and went to enquire.

She lived alone. It's believed that the perpetrator gained access to the house by removing louvre blades to a window.

hands-behind-bars.jpgA 16-year-old boy from St. James has been charged with the December 29, 2017 murder of Lascelles Warlock, a 53-year-old farmer of Pisgah in St. Elizabeth.

He was charged on Thursday after being pointed out during an identification parade.

The teen was arrested on January 29 following a shootout involving gunmen and the police in Kilmarnock, St. Elizabeth. A man was fatally shot and a loaded Uzi submachine gun seized.

It was reported that Warlock was driving a bus along the Cambridge main road when he was signaled to stop by a man who robbed him and his passengers.

The man then shot Warlock several times.

The passengers were not injured.

A Jamaican man has been awarded almost US$1 million or about J$127 million after having been framed by cops in New York, USA on a drunk driving charge to cover up a collision for which one of the lawmen involved was culpable.

The Jamaican, Oliver Wiggins, 33, ended up being freed and given the award after he could easily prove that he was framed, as he does not drink alcohol, and the result of a breathalyser test confirmed that instead of being drunk, he had no alcohol in his blood.

Reports in the US media indicated that cops tried to charge Oliver Wiggins with driving while intoxicated to cover up for a police officer who ran a marked SUV through a Brooklyn stop sign and ploughed into Wiggins' car.

Wiggins was arrested and charged with impaired driving, resulting in his driver's licence being suspended, and was forced to foot the repair bill for his 2004 Nissan Maxima that his insurance company declined to cover because of the supposed drunken driving.

This was despite the breathalyser test he took at the East Flatbush scene of the crash on April 19, 2015, having showed no alcohol in his blood.

His route out of the problems started while he was at hospital for treatment of a bad wound to one of his wrists after the crash, where Wiggins volunteered to have his blood tested for alcohol or drugs at the health facility. That test came back negative, with reports from the EMT and DWI technician each saying Wiggins had no sign of intoxication.

But that did not stop the arresting officer from officially reporting that Wiggins had slurred speech, watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on his breath, and was observed swaying.

Three months later, prosecutors dismissed the case, following which Wiggins filed a lawsuit in the Brooklyn Supreme Court against the city and the arresting officer, among a number of other cops who were involved in his arrest.

The experience has reportedly motivated Wiggins to become a correction officer in a bid to fairly enforce the law like his father does back in Jamaica.

His lawyer said the unpleasant experience had taught him to have great respect for and appreciation of the need to responsibly enforce the law and protect the innocent in the process.

earthquake.jpgAn earthquake of magnitude 4 strenght was felt in sections of Jamaica early Saturday afternoon.

It reportedly occurred around 1:50pm and was felt in sections of Portland, St Mary, St Thomas, St Catherine and Kingston and St Andrew.

There was reportedly significant roof damage to one house in the Kingston 6 area of St. Andrew as a result

lorenzo-eschoe.jpgThe Washington Gardens SDA church posted on their Facebook page Friday morning that their church family is in mourning following the death of their stalwart, Lorenzo Eschoe, who was murdered in Havendale last Thursday night

Eschoe, a certifying officer who was assigned to the Spanish Town Examination Depot in St Catherine was shot and killed in Havendale, St Andrew, at about 10 pm on Thursday.

Police reports are that Eschoe was standing beside his Toyota Wish Motor car at a premises on Lydia Drive in Havendale when men travelling in a Toyota Probox motor car pulled up beside him and shot him seven times

Eschoe died at the spot. His licensed firearm is believed to have been stolen.

In their remembrance, the Washington Gardens church stated: "The Church is deeply saddened by his passing and the circumstances of his death. Uncle Lorenzo as he is affectionately called by all members of the Gemini Pathfinder Club, whose lives he has touched during his sterling and dedicated service to the club; grew up in the Church. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. We wish to express our condolences to his immediate and extended family. Please keep us all in your prayers. #RIP #weepingmayendureforanight #butjoycomethinthemorning #Psalm30v5KJV

Tributes poured out on social with many stating that Eschoe was a wonderful human being whose life was cut short, but noted that God is still in control.

Michael G Lee stated: "Sometimes when we are pained we really done think it through to realize that the GOD who takes us up to our mountain tops and causes us to to be in such a high, still remains the very same GOD when we have our "Down-in-the-valley" experiences.

Our hearts have been torn for two days now. Weep if we must ( CHRIST wept what HIS friend, Lazarus died); but let us lean on the everlasting arms of Almighty GOD and be drawn closer to HIM.

Have a blessed Sabbath."

Marlene Weise, in her tribute declared: "Condolences...May God continue to give all who are grieving especially his family the strength and hope at this time."

Patricia Young, Pathfinder District Director and Adventurers Director at Meadowvale SDA Church, confessed that she has been crying since Thursday, and hailed Eschoe as an awesome man, who "has been involved in the Pathfinder movement from he was a child".

"If you're meeting Lorenzo for the first time, you feel as if you have known him all your life. I have something to do this weekend for Pathfinder and Lorenzo down as one of my speakers," she shared.

Claudette Genas, Family Ministries Director at EJC offered grief counseling at the Washington Gardens SDA Church last Saturday and moment of silence at the Half Way Tree SDA Church in memory of the life Lorenzo Eschoe.

(PICTURE CAPTION: Lorenzo Eschoe (right) representing at a Pathfinder event.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have taken two men into custody in connection with the shooting death of Chinese national, Teng Fei Cheng, 28, in Brown's Town, St Ann on Tuesday afternoon.

The men were arrested on Wednesday evening, and detectives are now reportedly putting together a case against them.

Cheng was attacked and shot at his business place while he sat in his vehicle.

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

There has been speculation that he was a victim of extortion.

Two students stabbed at Ferncourt High

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A dispute between some students at the Ferncourt High School Thursday morning resulted in two of the youngsters being stabbed and wounded.

Seven others were taken into the Claremont Police station for questioning and about 10 cutting instruments to include scissors, knives and half of a machete were seized by the Police.

Classes were disrupted as the St. Ann-based school was on lock-down for few hours, following the stabbing incident.

andrew-holness-photo-4.jpgThe Government of Jamaica is considering making citizens pay for the street lights. This would mean an increase in the already high light bill of each householder, the majority of whom are already paying a hefty taxes to the government.

They are also contemplating using the proceeds from the planned sale of its 20 per cent stake in the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to pay the over $7 billion it owes to the company for streetlights.

Addressing how the government plans to pay future bills, Shaw said the government was considering having Jamaicans pay for it in their light bills.

The money owed for streetlights was revealed by finance minister Audley Shaw, during Wednesday's sitting of the Standing finance Committee of Parliament.

Early last year the outstanding debt stood at $5 billion.Shaw said the debt was now a matter of utmost importance and his ministry is looking at options for making the payments.

Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw told members of Parliament that the final decision to sell Government shares in the JPS rests with the Cabinet but noted that the approach would be to offer these shares to the public.

The National Water Commission and other government agencies owe the JPS another $2 billion.

woman-found-dead-petrice-porteous.jpgThe Lucea police have confirmed that a woman of a Mount Peace address and her son are now both in police custody and are being questioned, in connection with the death of the missing female, whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in the area on Sunday evening, February 25.

The police have also confirmed that the woman is the mother-in-law of the victim and her son who is the prime suspect is said to be her boyfriend.

Investigators pointed out that the victim, 20-year-old mother, Petrice Porteous, otherwise called "Little One" of Mount Peace District was locked in an ongoing family dispute with her mother-in-law up to the time of her death.

She was last seen alive in the company of the accused male on the same night of February 12 that she went missing.


The Lucea police have reported that Petrice resided in Mount Peace with her father and her 3-year-old daughter.

Adolphus Porteous, Petrice's father reportedly told online portal, Newsbug, that he last saw her on January 27 when she left home to spend time with her twin sister in Montego Bay.

According to the father, Petrice worked at an establishment in Sandy Bay, Hanover so she left her sister's house and was going to work.

She was last seen alive on February 12 in Hanover, allegedly when the accused man went to pick her up from work in Sandy Bay.

She was supposed to have been heading home but she disappeared without a trace.

One family member told our news team that reports of her disappearance were made to the police and then contact was made with the accused man.

They were told by him that he dropped her off at the intersection of the Johnson Town main road and Kew main road.

Immediately family members and residents in the community searched sections of bushes over the past week to locate her but were unsuccessful.

On Sunday about 3:45 p.m., residents who were searching, saw dogs fighting over what appeared to be a bloody piece of female clothing at a shallow grave in bushes, at a section of the area known as Kew Top.

The police were alerted and upon arrival, the shallow grave was uprooted and it resulted in the gruesome discovery of Petrice's decomposed body.

One officer stated that it would appear that she was murdered elsewhere and buried at that location. Also, a black substance which resembled engine oil was thrown on the body by her killers, obviously to keep down the scent.

bolt-racers-grand-prix.jpgUsain Bolt will get a chance to live his dream when he plays football at Old Trafford, but in doing so, the Olympic great will also ensure that the dreams of scores of Jamaican children will also be realised.

The retired sprinter will raise a minimum of £250,000 ($44 million) through a football match on June 10, four days before the start of the World Cup.

Bolt, who teased a day earlier that he had signed for a football team, on Tuesday, announced that he will be playing his first official match as a football player at the 'Theatre of Dreams'.

The lifelong Manchester United fan will captain a Soccer Aid World XI that will go up against a Robbie Williams select team, featuring a number of top names.

Bolt, who hung up his spikes after last year's World Championships in London after a stellar career that saw him win eight Olympic medals and break world records in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m as part of Jamaica's team, said he was thrilled to be able to give back in such a meaningful way, while realising a dream of his own.

"This is a win-win, not only will I be playing at Old Trafford and doing something that I have always dreamt of doing, but I will also be ensuring that the dreams of many young Jamaicans will be met through this partnership with Soccer Aid and UNICEF," Bolt reportedly told The Gleaner.

Through the arrangement, UNICEF's local arm will receive a minimum of £250,000 ($44 million) for a charity which is to be determined.

shocked.jpgIn June 2017 the body of a woman, Nadian Dyer was dug out of a "house-tomb" by law enforcement in the parish of Westmoreland. It has been confirmed from an exclusive report, that Ayele Russell, 22, was arrested on an unrelated charge in Brooklyn, New York, on February 12, 2018, under arrest number K18609741Q.

Russell, booked for 2nd-degree felony robbery, is housed at a Brooklyn detention complex as number 1411801054, since February 13. He has since appeared in court and was remanded at Otis Bantum Correctional Center in New York.

Nadian and her 3-year-old daughter went missing for months until news surfaced that they were murdered by her boyfriend and their bodies cemented in a tomb, in a room at the house in Pee Wee Lane, in West End, Negril, in the parish of Westmoreland.

In July 2017 the Westmoreland police were in the process of completing documents to facilitate a search in the United States for a 21-year-old man, identified as Ayele Russell, who they say is wanted in connection with the murder of Nadian Dyer.

Russell is alleged to have killed Dyer's 3-year-old daughter, Orlandie Malcolm, in February 2017 and murdered Dyer, who was known as his girlfriend, in April 2017.

Dyer's body was discovered shortly after 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 7, and removed about 7:30 pm. The victim was identified by her mother with the help of a tattoo on her arm.

Her decomposing body had several stab wounds and a large wound to her stomach. It is believed she was murdered two months before her decomposing body was found.

Police say Russell fled the island to the United States several days before the gruesome discovery of Dyer's body in a tomb in a back room at his home.

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar "Best" Collymore, the 35-year-old man accused of masterminding the murder of his wife Simone in Red Hills, St Andrew, last month, is without legal representation

Collymore and his co-accused, Michael Adams and Dewayne Pink, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday and indicated to the court that he needs to make a telephone call overseas to secure a lawyer.

A March 21 date was subsequently set for him to obtain an attorney and for the case file to be completed.

Collymore, Adams and Pink are charged with two counts of murder in relation to the killing of 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore and 36-year-old taxi operator Winston Watson.

Collymore was captured at a guest house in St Elizabeth during an operation on February 8, two days after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Prior to Collymore's arrest, he was taken into custody after he was held at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston attempting to leave the island.

Bolt signs to football club

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usain-bolt-photo-15.jpgTriple world record holder Usain Bolt, in a move that has set the world of sports on high alert, says he has agreed to sign for a football club.

Bolt, who brought his career to an end following the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, has frequently talked up his footballing prowess and revealed last month he was set for a trial with Borussia Dortmund in March.

"It's something that I want to do," Bolt told the Daily Express in January. "In March we're going to do a trials with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes. If they say I'm good, and that I need a bit of training, I'll do it.

The 31 year old has always spoken of his desire to play football once his sprinting career was over, and on Sunday he tweeted to say "I've signed for a football team! Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT."

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) launch launched a campaign that will target wanted criminals for the Lenten season.

Since the start of the year more than 200 people have been killed across the island.

The JCF says the campaign will be guided by the theme: "What Are You Giving Up for Lent" and will encourage citizens to be alert and report wanted persons whose pictures will be made public.

The police say the initiative is part of its drive to create safer communities across the island and urged law-abiding citizens to give their support.

The JCF says members of the public can share information anonymously by calling its tip line at 811, Crime Stop at 311, the nearest police station or through the Stay Alert app that's available in the Google Play Store.

The campaign ends March 30.

Science lab explosion at Mona High school

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Several students of the Mona High School in St Andrew were on Thursday afternoon rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies following an explosion during a scientific experiment.

It is understood that following the explosion there were cries for help from students.

Several students, along with one teacher, were immediately rushed hospital for medical treatment.

The conditions of the students and teacher could not be immediately ascertained.

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgWord is that accused killer Omar Collymore paid contract killers $500,000 to kill his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore. Mrs. Campbell-Collymore was shot and killed on January 2. She was killed shortly after she boarded a taxi in Red Hills, St Andrew and the taxi driver was also murdered during the incident.

Two men who're believed to be Collymore's co-conspirators are in custody in connection with the crime and Collymore himself has been remanded following his first court appearance.

Statements have been given to the police alleging that Collymore paid $500,000 to contract killers to have his wife murdered.

Investigators are theorizing that he killed his wife in pursuit of life insurance proceeds. Collymore, who has two children with Simone, is also a person of interest in the 2008 murder of Angela Aguiar in Florida. Both Aguiar and Omar Collymore late wife, Simone, had taken out life insurance policies and had named him as their beneficiary.

Although Omar Collymore is a United States citizen, he is originally from Barbados.

St Thomas machete mom loses custody of children

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machete-beaten.jpgWhen St Thomas mother Doreen 'Da' Dyer received her suspended sentence recently, her greatest desire was to be reunited with her children. However, that is not to be. The two children, including the daughter she was seen in a video beating with a machete, will remain in the custody of their aunt until they are 18 years old.

That was the verdict of Senior Parish Judge Fiona Feare-Gregory when Dyer, her sister, and the two children appeared before the Yallahs Children's Court this weeky.

The children, who are twins, are 13 years old.

They were placed in the custody of their aunt after their mother was charged last year October.

The court ruled that Dyer will be able to have supervised visits with her children with her sister present.

Forty-four-year-old Dyer was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to cruelty to a child in the St Thomas Parish Court on February 9.

She was charged by the police last year and was subsequently offered bail.

The partially nude mother was seen in a video beating the girl violently with a machete while uttering expletives.

Clarendon's most wanted killed

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One of Clarendon's most wanted men, Niko Walters, otherwise called 'Freckles' or 'Speckles', unemployed of Farm/Effortville in May Pen, was shot and killed during a confrontation with the police on Monday.

A policeman was shot and injured in the incident.

Reports are that during an operation in the Effortville area, Walters was seen and, on the approach of the police, he pulled a firearm and opened fire, hitting a policeman on the left index finger.

The gunfire was returned and Walters was hit.

He was taken to the May Pen Hospital along with the injured policeman, where Walters died while undergoing treatment.

The administration of the Wolmer's Boys School held further discussions about security at the institution, after a student was questioned by police yesterday (Mon), about a threatening voice note which has gone viral.

The 18 year old student was arrested after the voice note reportedly denoted threats of a mass shooting went viral on social media.

In a statement Monday, the ministry said that as a result of preliminary discussions held among ministry officials and school administrators, a follow up meeting including with the Chairman of the school board is being held.

It said among the matters to be addressed are the general safety and security of the school, risks, threats and areas that may need strengthening.

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry says it is assisting the police in conducting a psychological assessment of the student.

Detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime CTOC, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP Fitz Bailey, questioned the student and his parents in the wake of the threatening voice note he reportedly sent to a teacher.

The ministry says other students are being questioned.

The police is also urging individuals to desist from circulating the audio clip, as it may cause undue anxiety.The

A female entertainer who was reported missing on Thursday following the discovery of the body of accountant Esron Laing, has been found unharmed.

The woman has been identified as Sherine Fox, an up-and-coming artiste who goes by the stage name Sexilous of Pembroke Hall in St Andrew and Rocky Point, Clarendon.

Police say Fox was found Friday afternoon and is currently back with her family. She is not a suspect at this time and investigations into Laing's murder are still ongoing.

Laing was reportedly shot dead after leaving a party in Portland Cottage in Clarendon to take Fox home bout 4 am on Wednesday. His Range Rover was found on the banks of a river in bushes close to where his body was found.

When his body was discovered, only the woman's belongings were found at the scene and in Laing's vehicle.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThe man and a woman who were charged in connection with the murders of the Jamaican-Canadian couple Melbourne and Etta Flake in Retreat, St Thomas were remanded when they appeared before the St Thomas Parish this morning.

Twenty-five-year-old Fabian Skervin and his girlfriend Nekia Thompson are each charged with two counts of murder and one count of robbery with aggravation.

Thompson was questioned by the police on Monday and was charged Tuesday.

Her boyfriend was charged last week.

Thompson's attorney Hensley Williams reportedly asked the court for the matter to be called up at a later date as the necessary files were not available and full disclosure was not made.

They are to return to court on March 1 when it is expected that a bail application will be made.

Skervin and Thompson were picked up during a police operation in Seaforth on February 7.

The woman was released and later taken back into custody and both were subsequently charged.

Eighty-one-year-old Melbourne and 70-year-old Etta were found dead in their house with their hands and feet bound on the morning of January 9.

Man in custody over murder of 14-year-old girl

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hands-behind-bars.jpgPolice in St James are reporting that the man wanted for the murder of a 14-year-old girl was taken into police custody on Saturday.

He is Owen Allen, otherwise called 'Zoo Bug', of Brown's Lane, Granville in the parish.

An appeal was made for Allen to turn himself in to the police following the murder of Tianna Clarke who is also from the area.

Reports are that about 8:30 am Tianna's body was found in an unfinished building in her community.

Hours later, Allen reported to the Freeport Police.

Lawmen said he is to be questioned in the presence of his attorney.

A high level investigative team has been probing a social media threat issued against students of Wolmer's Boys' School in Kingston. This follows the circulation of a voice note with threatening messages purported to be from a student at the school.

In the more than 10-minute long voice note, a boy can be heard expressing frustration over calling colleagues by phone but not receiving an answer.

He further complained about being "ostracized" and society putting him in "a box with sickos". In the long rant, he chided so-called "friends" who don't remember his name or his birthday, and ignore him when they see him on the road.

He then lists a number of names, before apparently issuing a violent threat against them.

Anxiety over the incident has been fueled by last week's mass killing at a Florida school. A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing at least 17 people.

Police are urging individuals to desist from circulating the audio clip, as it may cause undue anxiety at this time.

In the meantime, the Police High Command is asking persons who may have information that can assist with the investigation to contact the Counter Terrrorism and Organised Crime Branch (CTOC) at 967-1389, 811, Crime Stop at 311 or by using the Stay Alert App to submit information.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Westmoreland police report that fourteen-year-old Alkye Nicola Vaccianie, a student of a White Hall, Negril, Westmoreland address, was shot and injured by an unknown assailant on Friday night.

Shortly after, on Saturday morning, the gruesome discovery was made of the partially-clad body of another 14-year-old girl with injuries to her face, in Brown's Lane, Granville, St James.

The Negril incident occurred in White Hall district at about 8:15 p.m.

Reports are that Alkye was sitting outside a shop, when an armed man approached her and open gunfire at her.

She was hit in the right side, left side and left thigh and was transported to the Savanna-La-Mar Hospital, where she has been admitted.

The Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) is investigating the incident.

florida-victim-helena-ramsay-stoneman-douglas.jpgThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is confirmed that a student of Jamaican heritage was killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. She is 17-year-old Helena Ramsey.

"My family lost an absolutely beautiful member today, due to a senseless school shooting," Curtis Page Jr. said in a Facebook post about Helena, who would have started college next year.

"Helena was a smart, kind hearted, and thoughtful person. She was deeply loved and loved others even more so. Though she was somewhat reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her. She was so brilliant and witty, and I'm still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone."

Page said he hopes others can be inspired by Helena's "life well lived, no matter how short."

Fena Cooper, identifying herself as a cousin, said in a Facebook posting, "Valentine's Day will never look the same for my family.

"Helena, we miss you dearly and are so incredibly sorry that your life was cut short. You didn't deserve this. We love you so much and will miss you greatly."

In a statement, foreign affairs minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, expressed condolences to the family of the dead Jamaican teen as well as to the families and friends of the other victims.

The shooter shot and killed 17 persons last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

omar-best-collymore-aguiar-simore.jpgInvestigators have charged three people in connection with last month's murder of Simone Collymore and taximan, Winston Walters, in Forrest Hills, St Andrew. Among the three accused is her husband Omar Collymore and his arrest has reportedly reignited interest in a 10-year-old murder case in Florida in the United States.

According to the Florida's Sun Sentinel, the murder has renewed interest in a 10-year-old case in the US state.

The Sun Sentinel reports that a decade ago, Omar Best Collymore's girlfriend, Angela Aguiar, was shot dead in a Fort Lauderdale street. Her killer was never charged, but police always considered Collymore someone of interest.

It says Fort Lauderdale detectives are working with Jamaican authorities in hopes of solving the Aguiar homicide. Fort Lauderdale Detective Tracy Figone reportedly told the paper that the two slayings have several similarities.

The paper says in addition to being romantically linked to Collymore, both women had life insurance policies that listed Collymore as a beneficiary.

robbery.jpgA 16-year-old boy is now in hospital battling for life after he was attacked, robbed and then shot by criminals at a football field in St Catherine.

Reports are that at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday the teen and his friends where at the field, close to March Pen Road, having a conversation when two men walked up to the group members.

Sources that one of the men had a machete and the other a firearm.

Reports are that the group members were held up by the thugs and then robbed of their cellphones and other valuables.

Still not satisfied with their illegal act the thugs then opened fire at the victims before running from the area.

The teen was later found suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital where he has been admitted.

Police from St Catherine North Division have since launched a search for the men who carried out the attack.

Third man charged in Simone Collymore's muder

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omar-best-collymore-angela-aguiar-simone-campbell-collymore.jpgDetectives have charged a third man in connection with the shooting death of St Andrew businesswoman, 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore and 36-year-old taxi driver, Winston Walters.

He has been identified as Dwight Pink, who had been in custody for some time before charges were laid on him on Friday. He has been charged alongside Campbell-Colloymore's husband, Omar 'Best' Collymore, and 27 year-old labourer Michael Adams with murder and conspiracy to murder.

Collymore and Adams were remanded when they appeared before the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday. They have been given until February 21 to settle legal representation. Pink was not taken to court.

The 35-year-old Collymore was slapped with murder and conspiracy charges for the execution style killing of his wife and her cab driver, after he was nabbed by detectives during an early morning operation at a guest house in St Elizabeth.

The two were shot and killed by men travelling on motor cycles outside an apartment complex on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew on January 2.

Collymore, who had been listed as a person of interest and asked to surrender to the police, instead went on the run. At the time of his arrest, he was reportedly making arrangements to flee the country by boat.

The United States citizen was himself attacked and shot while sitting in his vehicle at a business place in New Kingston about two weeks after his wife's murder. He and another man escaped with minor injuries.

crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice continue to investigate the stabbing incident involving a 58-year-old visually-impaired male vendor in the Coronation Market on Saturday and are seeking a female vendor who may be able to assist in their investigations.

The victim, Clive Mullings was visited by the police at the Kingston Public Hospital to take a statement.

Reports are that Mullings was walking through the market selling his wares, when he accidentally knocked over a tray of eggs belonging to the female vendor.

An argument developed between Mullings and the female vendor, and during the heated exchange, the woman reportedly used a piece of board to hit the senior citizen, before stabbing him, after which she fled the scene.

Reports are that persons had offered to pay for the eggs, but the woman was hellbent on exacting revenge.

3-year-old girl shot dead in St Mary

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crime-scene-gun.jpgshocked.jpgA three-year-old girl was shot and killed by an unknown assailant in Cane Lane, Annotto Bay in St Mary last night.

She has been identified as Kelecia Matthews, otherwise called Pooka.

The police say she and her stepfather were walking home about 9:40 when a man armed with a handgun fired a shot in their direction.

After the shooting, Kelecia was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was taken to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

Suspended sentence for machete beating mother

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machete-beaten.jpgA sentence has been handed down to the St. Thomas woman who was seen in a widely circulated video on social media last year beating her daughter with what appeared to be a machete.

Doreen Dyer, 44, was on Friday afternoon sentenced to three years probation when she appeared in the St. Thomas Parish Court in Morant Bay.

She has also been ordered to get parental counselling and attend anger management classes.

The presiding judge Mrs Lucian Jackson heard submissions from defense counsel Bertram Anderson and the Clerk of the Court.

After perusing the Social Enquiry Report, she said Miss Dyer's sentence would be three years probation, which is the maximum term the court is allowed to give.

Time was allowed for counsel to explain the sentence to Miss Dyer and when the matter was again called up, she pleaded guilty to the charge.

Miss Dyer broke down in tears when the sentence was handed down andlater said her goal now is to be reunited with her children.

ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgA passenger on a flight arriving from the United States was arrested and charged after a pistol and live rounds of ammunition, and a large sum of undeclared cash were allegedly found in his luggage during a search at the Sangster International Airport on Thursday night.

The accused has been identified as 24-year-old mechanic, Jordan Subaran of a Decatur, Georgia, USA address, and also of New Town, Black River in St Elizabeth.

Reports are that Subaran arrived in the island on board a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta, Georgia at about 9:00 pm on Thursday, February 8.

His luggage was searched and a 9mm Ruger pistol with serial number 33723, along with 29 rounds of 9mm cartridges, were reportedly found.

Additionally, US$63,000, which was not declared, was found concealed in a bag of sweets.

The money has been seized by Customs.

Subaran was charged with failure to declare, and is due to appear in the Western Regional Gun Court.

charged.jpgCriminal charges have been filed against the five Costa Ricans and six Jamaicans who were allegedly held in a multimillion-dollar drug bust in Westmoreland earlier this week.

The police say all 11 have been charged with possession of, dealing in and taking steps to export ganja.

The police say four of the Costa Ricans have been charged with illegally entering the island.

All 11 are scheduled to appear before the Westmoreland Parish Court next Friday.

It's alleged that the men were held by the police while in the process of compressing and packaging approximately 1,000 pounds of ganja valued at $4 million.

ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe police are reporting that four people, including one woman, are in custody after a team of officers assigned to the Westmoreland Police Division seized two firearms and an assorted rounds of ammunition on Dalling Street in Westmoreland on Friday.

Reports are that about 5:45 am, the lawmen were on operation in the area when a premises was searched and the following items seized: two Glock pistols, four magazines, 42 9mm cartridges, and 21 .40 cartridges.

The individuals were taken into custody in relation with the seizure.

The police said their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

omar-best-collymore-aguiar-simore.jpgThe police are finally confirming that Omar Collymore tried to leave Jamaica the Friday before his wife's funeral on Saturday, January 27.

As had been reported, Omar Collymore was stopped at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Friday, January 26, as he was attempting to leave the island.

Collymore was later questioned by investigators and released after reportedly declining to answer hundreds of questions.

The police had also revealed that two people were already in custody in connection with the double murder and that other suspects were being sought for questioning.


Superintendent Paul Thomas, in a recent interview stated that based on investigations, he is confident Omar Collymore is the mastermind, behind his wife gruesome murder. Although the supe did not mention this, reports are that Omar Collymore was a suspect in the 2008 murder of his then girlfriend, who had a US million dollar life insurance policy.

Collymore's girlfriend, Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Her murder took place months after she had taken out a US million dollar insurance and named Omar Best-Collymore as beneficiary. Collymore, who was the only witness to Aguiar's murder. However, two years after Aguiar's murder, in 2010, Omar Collymore received received US$400,000 of the insurance money; Aguiar's son received the other $600,000. In the summer of 2016, the Broward Crime Stoppers began offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Aguiar's killer. Aguiar, of Lauderhill, was a single mother and real estate agent

In an article in 2016 in the Sun Sentinel, the reporter stated that although Aguiar's killer remains on the loose, court documents in a civil case point to her boyfriend at the time -- also her primary life insurance beneficiary -- as a suspect.

However, before the insurance money could be paid out, the insurer investigated, given Aguiar's death happened within its "contestability period" and had been ruled a homicide. In email exchanges between a Fort Lauderdale detective and insurance claims analyst in June and September 2010, the detective said Best Collymore was still considered a suspect in the case.

"No progess. Yes, Omar Best is still a suspect," the detective wrote.

Whether detectives have cleared him of any wrongdoing in the murder or whether he is still suspected of being involved remains unknown. Police would not comment further on the case.

Best Collymore could not be reached for comment despite multiple attempts by telephone.

Ultimately, the civil case was resolved and Best Collymore was awarded $400,000. The rest of the money went to Aguiar's son.

Since Aguiar's killing, police have released few details and currently say the murder is an active investigation. The shooting happened in the 100 block of Northwest Second Avenue where Aguiar was found in the street just west of the railroad tracks and Broward County's Transit bus terminal.

According to a police report, an officer who responded saw Aguiar in the arms of Best Collymore on the ground near the passenger side of their Ford F-150. The officer saw blood on the seat.

Best Collymore told police that the couple planned to meet with friends at a downtown bar and the shooting happened after parking the truck, the report said. As he got out of the driver's seat and bent down to tie his shoe, he heard a "commotion" and stood up, it said.

He walked around the back of the truck and saw a man standing next to Aguiar. According to the report, Best Collymore shouted an expletive and then ran for cover and heard gunshots.

Best Collymore returned to find Aguiar injured. According to a medical examiner's report, Aguiar was shot in the head and chest.

Aguiar's son thinks police have "dropped the ball" on a case that went cold years ago. He believes his mother was targeted and someone somewhere knows who pulled the trigger. Although his young son and daughter will never get a chance to meet their grandmother, bringing the gunman to justice would be "like closing the chapter," Aguiar said.

"Someone's going to break," he said. "I believe over time somebody's going to come forward. It can't be a secret for so long."

Chere Nedd, Aguiar's sister, says she has lost much more than just a sibling.

"She raised me as if I were her own, as if she birthed me herself," she said. "I grieve her as a mother figure as well as a sister."

When Aguiar died, Nedd had not shared news with her sister that she was pregnant. It was while Aguiar rested in her casket and Nedd said her final goodbyes that she had that chance. Nedd went on to give birth to a baby girl, now 7.

Investigators prepared the family for the possibility of no resolution in the case, and when one of the homicide detectives retired from the police department, Nedd said, he told relatives he was sorry there had been little progress.

"I feel like we've been more than patient," she said.

Her sister also described Aguiar as someone lively who embraced her friends and loved dancing and entertaining guests when they came to town. She was a "no-nonsense" person with a beautiful spirit, Nedd said.

"We don't know if this ever will be in the courtroom, but the fact she's not forgotten, it brings comfort to my family," Nedd said, of the recently announced Crime Stoppers reward. "This is a start. At least her name is out there again." (Source:

omar-best-collymore-simore-kids.jpgOmar 'Best' Collymore, who was questioned by the police on two separate occasions and released, has now been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of his wife and a taxi operator.

The police say that Collymore was charged on Saturday after a long question-and-answer session. It is not clear if his lawyer was present.

Collymore, who is a United States citizen, but originally from Barbados, is expected to make his first court appearance later this week.

The police had issued a call for Collymore to turn himself in, but this was not done and according to one of his representatives, Collymore was recuperating from gunshot wounds he had received three weeks ago. However, Omar Collymore was arrested at a guest house in Junction, St Elizabeth last Wednesday night, days after the police announced that he was a wanted man. He was found with bundles of cash.

Investigators believe that Omar Collymore was planning to leave the island by boat.

Omar Collymore's wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and taxi operator Winston Walters were shot dead about 4 p.m. on January 2 along Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Police reports are that Simone and the cab driver had just arrived at an apartment building where Collymore lived when four men travelling on two motorbikes rode up. The two pillion passengers got off the bikes and opened fire on the taxi multiple times. Simone Campbell-Collymore, who was reportedly shot 21 times; both she and Walters died on the spot.

The police had also revealed that two people were already in custody in connection with the double murder and that other suspects were being sought for questioning.

"We are guided by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and now we are ready to charge Mr Collymore for two counts of murder, and this is so due to the extent of the investigation that was carried out and the level of evidence that has been gathered so far," the superintendent of police explained.

arrested -photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is reporting that a warrant of arrest has been prepared for Omar Collymore following investigations into the death of his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and taxi operator Winston Walters.

According to reports, on January 2, Campbell-Collymore was travelling in a taxi on Stanely Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and the driver of the taxi, Walters.

The JCF, on social media site Twitter, said Collymore is being asked to report immediately to either the Constant Spring CIB, the Major Investigations Division or the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters at 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5.

Last month, Collymore and another man were shot and injured by a gunman shortly after they drove onto the premises of the Allied Insurance Brokers on Belmont Road in Kingston.

Popular Jamaican actress Rosie Murray suffered a major heart attack on December 29 and is now in need of life saving surgery.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise US$20,000 ($1.4 million JMD) for an angioplasty.

Murray was active on the theatre scene, appearing in local and international runs in plays such as Saving Grace, and an Actor Boy-nominated performance in, Tek Yuh Hand Offa Me.

In addition to growing a baking business, the former media professional penned and produced her first theatrical production called, A Slice of Life. This incident has put a halt on the major plans Murray had for the production, as it was set to make its first international run as soon as March 2018.

As the fundraising effort nears its end, those unable to contribute to GoFundMe are encouraged to make donations to Murray's savings account number, 407350, at Scotiabank, Christiana branch.

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgDetectives are questioning Omar Collymore, the man who was wanted in connection with last month's killing of his wife, 32 year old Simone Campbell Collymore, and Winston Walters in Forrest Hills, St. Andrew.

Collymore, who has been identified to be a co-conspirator in the double murder, was captured at a guest house in St. Elizabeth during an early morning police operation.

The police believe he was planning to leave the island by boat.

A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to report to the police.

Mrs Campbell Collymore, who was a businesswoman of a Forrest Ridge, St. Andrew address and Mr. Walters, a resident of Stillwell Road, Kingston 8 were shot on January 2.

Mrs Campbell Collymore was a passenger in a vehicle which was about to enter an apartment complex shortly after 4 p.m., when four men on motorcycles drove up.

The pillion riders pulled guns and opened fire on the vehicle, hitting Mr. Walters, who was the driver, and Mrs Campbell Collymore.

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgPolice in St Elizabeth have reportedly captured a man believed to be Omar Collymore, the accused co-conspirator in the murder of his wife Simone Campbell-Collymore and Winston Watson.

The lawmen said the man was taken from a guesthouse in the parish around 3:00 am. He was reportedly in possession of a large sum of cash.

The capture comes on the heels of a warrant issued on Tuesday for Collymore's arrest.

According to media reports on January 2, Campbell-Collymore, a businesswoman, was travelling in a taxi on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and Walters -- the driver of the taxi.

Both reportedly died on the spot.

The police on Tuesday said after "intensive investigations", Collymore and others have been identified as co-conspirators in the double murder.

The police also revealed in the statement that two people are already in custody in connection with the double murder and other suspects are being sought for questioning.

Bounty Killer donates beds to KPH

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bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgDancehall superstar Bounty Killer handed over 60 beds to the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals in Kingston today.

The deejay said he decided to step in and play his part after seeing several heart-rending stories about the conditions of Jamaica's health sector.

"As a thriving Jamaican who came from nothing to something, I know I had to give back. I also have a special connections with those two hospitals because not only was I born at Jubilee but in the late 80s, when I got shot, KPH was where they took me," Bounty Killer said.

"Over the years, everybody know me 'The Poor People Governor' and it is not just something that I say but it's a lifestyle that I try to live by. We have to give in order to receive, my mother taught me those good values," Bounty Killer added.

The artiste said he has had the desire to start a foundation for sometime now and has had in interest in the health sector. He said that one his friend, a medical doctor who resides overseas, told him that he had the connections to get him the beds at an affordable price.

"We had to start the giving from somewhere so I went ahead and got the beds for the hospital. It did cost a bit of money but I got them into the country hassle-free as I got a waiver from the finance ministry. We see Shaggy adopting the Bustamante Hospital and if the children hospital is in such need, you can just imagine what is happening at the adult ones. We have to realise that all of us are going to age, so as it relates to the education, security and health facilities, the public needs to help it if they can," he said.

The Shaggy and Friend 2018 concert, held last month, raised J$100 million for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Dr Natalie Whylie, senior medical officer at KPH, said the staff and management of the hospital are extremely grateful for the donation.

"He is like the Shaggy of KPH. Currently, both hospitals are running beyond its full potential and is in dire need of assistance. There is a long list of things that we need but those that comes to mind are like patient monitors, ECG machines, stretchers, blood pressure machine, and so on," she said.

"There are a lot of old beds here so we will be getting rid of some of the really old ones and replace them with the new ones that Bounty has donated. We really can't thank Bounty enough for his contribution and we are just hoping that others will follow suit," she said.

And for Bounty Killer, today's donation will be the start of what he has to offer to the health industry.

"Whenever I have something, I will be stretching out my arms in giving because everyone knows that is how we receive our blessings. People always get up and blame the Government but they are not playing their part in society. If we want a better Jamaica, we have to help the Government, " he said.

$41 million to conduct by-elections

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The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has requested $41 million to conduct the by-elections in the North West St Andrew constituency and the Norman Gardens Division of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC).

According to the EOJ, $27 million will be used for the by-election in North West St Andrew and $14 million in the Norman Gardens division. Among other things, the sum requested will be used to train election day workers.

Ambassador Dr Nigel Clarke of the Jamaica Labour Party is being challenged in North West St Andrew by the People's National Party's Keisha Hayle, principal of the Padmore Primary School. The seat became vacant with the resignation in January of longstanding Member of Parliament, Derrick Smith, after 29 years in the constituency.

The Norman Gardens division has been vacant since last October when the PNP's Dr Angella Brown-Burke resigned to contest the by-election for the South West St Andrew seat that was vacated by former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. Brown-Burke is now a member of the House of Representatives.

The PNP will be represented by school teacher, Jacqueline Lewis, in the Norman Gardens division. Lewis won a run-off against Racquel Hall last September and has been acting as the party's caretaker-candidate since that time.

andre-neverson-photo-1.jpg(Crime Watch website): Andre Neverson is a charming Casanova who had a way with the women. But cops say now he's one of America's top 15 most-wanted fugitives as a mighty smooth cold-blooded lady-killer.

"He could turn on a dime and just take somebody out," said U.S. Marshal Bill Costa.

Andre Neverson grew up along the white sandy beaches of the island of Trinidad, until his family moved to Crown Heights, a working-class section of Brooklyn, New York -- a world not quite flashy enough for Andre Neverson.

"He wanted to have houses, cars, luxury cars, BMWs," said Costa.

Neverson was a charismatic player who kept a stable of girlfriends.

"He had many children with different women," said Costa.

But in his heart, none of Neverson's many girlfriends held a candle to his devoted sister Patricia.

"She helped everybody and still did things for us. It was almost like she was two people in one," said Patricia's son Akim Neverson.

What about Akim's mom's relationship with Andre?

"She did everything for him too," said Akim.

With a loan from her brother Andre, Patricia realized her own American Dream, buying a $370,000 brick row house on a quiet street in Brooklyn.

"He was actually one of my favorite uncles. I mean ever since I was born he was always there," Akim tells Crime Watch Daily.

But it turns out Andre Neverson also had a dark side.

"He exhibited a lot of violent tendencies," said retired NYPD Detective Edward Murray.

One night he had an argument with his then-girlfriend, and when her family member intervened, Neverson reacted by pumping six bullets into his body.

"The uncle lived, but Neverson was ultimately convicted of assault and he went to jail in New York State Corrections, and he served five years," said Murray.

Every single weekend for five years, Patricia drove six hours round-trip to visit her brother in jail.

"She's sending money for your books and bringing you groceries when she comes," said Akim.

"And many of his girlfriends came to visit him. And Patricia was able to coordinate the schedule," said Murray.

After serving his time, Neverson was deported to Trinidad, but within a year he wormed his way back to New York.

"He secured somehow a Jamaican passport and he was able to get back into this country through Canada," said Murray.

Back on U.S. soil, Andre moved in with his loving sister Patricia. But the dazzle he once held in her eyes had dulled.

"She kind of didn't have that for five years," said Akim. "She had to learn how to do things on her own."

And with that independence came tensions between the two, all stemming from that loan Andre gave to his sister to buy the house.

"The deed was in his sister's name and he was very, very angry about that for years," said Murray.

Patricia was diligently paying it back. But Andre didn't want the money. He wanted the deed.

"In his mind I think he looked at that house as his road to success, how he could use that equity to grow that into a real estate mogul," said Bill Costa.

And as he worked on ways to wrest control of the house, he worked his charms on a pretty young nursing student named Donna Davis.

"I am very, very proud of my daughter," said Clyde Davis.

Donna's dad Clyde was very protective of his only daughter. So when Andre Neverson came around, he was not pleased.

"To be truthful, I really didn't care for Andre," said Davis.


But as Andre and Donna's relationship was heating up, tensions between Andre and his sister were about to boil over.

"It just escalated things and they got into an argument where there was no turning back," said Ed Murray.

On a steamy July 2002 evening in Brooklyn, Andre makes a chilling phone call to his father.

"Andre told them that he had killed his sister," said Murray.

Andre's dad calls 911 and rushes to the house to find his daughter in a pool of blood.

Cops say after coldly gunning down his sister, Andre flees the house, straight into the arms of the other loving woman in his life.

"That's when he got into an argument with Donna Davis in the car," said Murray.

When Donna, a promising young nursing student, didn't turn up at home that evening, her parents grew concerned.

"My wife, she said, 'Clyde, Donna should be here already,'" said Davis.

Worried, Donna's mother calls the precinct to report her daughter missing. The Davis family knew nothing about Patricia's murder. But that would soon change.

"The parents had heard something had happened to Andre's sister, and putting two and two together, there was obvious concern," said Murray.

It wasn't long after Donna Davis went missing when a man walking his dog around 1 in the afternoon came across a body. It was Donna Davis' body, callously abandoned in a vacant lot, killed by a single gunshot to the head.

"And what hurt me most of all, a dog found the body," said Clyde Davis.

Cops say Andre's motive to viciously gun down his sister was over the house. But what could be behind the senseless murder of his girlfriend?

"Emotions got involved and unfortunately Donna was there at a bad time," said Ed Murray.

U.S. Marshals scour the Tri-State Area, but soon the trail goes ice cold.

Then a possible break. Several months later someone spots the alleged serial killer right on his home turf, in Brooklyn.

"He had broken into one of his girlfriend's apartments 'cause he wanted to see his children, and then there was a dispute there," said Bill Costa. "A 911 call went out and then the hunt for him took a jump start again."

Much to the frustration of police, the cunning criminal slips through their fingers again.

Then years passed with nothing. Until another break lights up investigators' phones. A tipster spots him in Jamaica -- the Caribbean island, not the Queens neighborhood.

"We had a team of marshals that went there. He was actually detained," said Costa.

But once again, Neverson slipped out of the clutches of authorities, and hasn't been located since.

Andre Neverson is now 53 years old, and he's one of the top 15 most wanted in America, with a $25,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

"He's a dangerous man," said Murray.

And the feds want nothing more than to catch him. They're enlisting the help of Crime Watch Daily, hoping to generate an avalanche of tips that could finally put Andre Neverson behind bars.

Patricia's son Akim now works as a corrections officer. He says he's confident that one day his mother's killer -- his own uncle -- will be brought to justice.

"I think it's one of those moments is when he'll slip up," said Akim Neverson.

Andre Neverson is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you've seen him or know where he might be, you are asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at (800) 336-0102. Or you can submit a tip at Crime Watch Daily.

andre-neverson-photo-1.jpgThe man who was shot with Omar Collymore three Fridays ago at Allied Insurance is Andre Neverson and he is wanted in the United States for allegedly murdering his own sister and pregnant girlfriend. Neverson can be seen in the back of the Police van after the shooting.

He reportedly ran away from America and he was allegedly at the home of Simone Collymore the day she was shot and drove with her to the hospital along with Omar Collymore.

Here is a report on Neverson from the US Embassy in Trinidad:Suspected Double Murderer Wanted in the U.S., May be Hiding in the Caribbean (Jan 16, 2014)

Port of Spain: January 16, 2014 Law enforcement authorities are seeking the public's assistance in locating a fugitive wanted in the United States for allegedly killing his sister and an ex-girlfriend in 2002.


Andre Neverson, a Trinidad and Tobago citizen, is believed to have fled the United States and may be residing in Barbados or other Caribbean islands.

Neverson allegedly murdered his sister by shooting her in the head and stomach on July 8, 2002. The next day, he allegedly abducted a former girlfriend. She was found dead two days later with a mortal head wound.

At the time of both murders, Neverson was on parole in the State of New York for attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a firearm.

In November 2002, Neverson, armed with a handgun, allegedly entered the home of another ex-girlfriend in an attempt to visit his daughter. The woman's brother interrupted the unannounced visit, and Neverson fled with no further incident. The New York City Police Department searched the area for the felon, but never located him.

Neverson has been classified as one of the U.S. Marshals Service's "15 Most Wanted" Fugitives.

He is also wanted by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Division of Parole for New York State and the NYPD.

Neverson, 49, is a black male. He is about 6'2" tall and 240 pounds (last reported). He has brown eyes, black hair and a muscular build. Neverson is a native and citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.

He has a violent criminal history with a pronounced pattern of violence toward women. Neverson speaks several languages and is known to always carry a firearm. He usually keeps his head shaved, but has been known to wear wigs to disguise himself. Investigators believe that Neverson is computer savvy.

Due to his past criminal history and the nature of his alleged crimes, Neverson is considered armed and dangerous. Neverson has ties to Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Bahamas, Grenada, St. Vincent and Canada.

A reward of up to US$25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Neverson's arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office, American Embassy/Consulate, or call the U.S. Marshals Service Communications center at 1-800-336-0102.

Tips may also be emailed to:

By U.S. Embassy Port of Spain | 16 January, 2014 | Topics: Press Releases

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgDetectives are asking Omar Collymore to turn himself in to the police immediately, as a warrant has now been prepared for his arrest and charge.

Collymore is wanted in connection with the murder of his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and Winston Walters, a taxi operator of Stillwell Road, committed January 2 along Stanley Terrace, Red Hills, St. Andrew.

Following intensive investigation by the Detectives from the Constant Spring Police Station, Mr. Collymore, the widower of Simone Campbell-Collymore, along with others, have been identified as being involved as co-conspirators in the double murder. Two persons are already in custody and other suspects are being sought for questioning.

As such, Collymore, who is a United States National, is being asked to report either the Constant Spring Criminal Investigations Branch, the Major Investigations Division or the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters.


crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police this morning recovered a Ruger pistol, a Glock pistol and 22 rounds of ammunition from two men who shot Uriel James, the leader of the reputed Rose Town-based Discipline Gang.

News broke earlier that a businessman had been ambushed, shot and injured on Lady Musgrave Road and a video of the men being apprehended by a team of personnel from King Alarm has been making the rounds omn social media.

However, the police have now confirmed that it was the reputed gangster who was in fact shot and injured in the parking lot of the Spartan Health Club on Lady Musgrave Road.

Reports are that James was leaving the club shortly before 8 o'clock when two men dressed like construction workers opened fire.

One of the bullets struck James in his side.

The King Alarm team which was passing the location immediately responded and accosted the two gunmen and held them on them on the ground at gunpoint until the police arrived.

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

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


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dennis-brown.jpgJamaican reggae singer, Dennis Emmanuel Brown CD (1 February 1957 - 1 July 1999) was would have celebrated his 61st birthday today.


During his prolific career, which began in the late 1960s when he was aged eleven, he recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the major stars of lovers rock, a subgenre of reggae.


Bob Marley cited Brown as his favourite singer,dubbing him "The Crown Prince of Reggae", and Brown would prove influential on future generations of reggae singers.


February is Reggae Month and the most appropriate way to kick it off is with the birthday of the legend, Dennis Emmanuel Brown.


Viral child porn video is from Trinidad

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The police have confirmed that the video circulating on social media showing a little girl involved in a sex act, was recorded in Trinidad.

An investigation was launched by Jamaican police and the Office of the Children's Advocate to determine the origin of the video.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick, acting head of the JCF's Corporate Communications Unit, said checks were made on Thursday with international counterparts.

The man seen in the video is reportedly on the run.

The police are again asking persons to desist from sharing the video as it is an offence which could result in them being prosecuted. The public is being urged to delete it if received.

Meanwhile, the grandmother of the girl who was seen in the video filed a report with the Trinidad police on Wednesday night.

According to the Trinidad Express newspaper, the six year old child was accompanied by her grandmother to a police station.

The woman told the police that she knew the suspect.

The police said neighbours beat the suspect and attempted to hand him over to officers, however he escaped.

The case has been referred to the Child Protection Unit.

A man who was accused of circulating nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend on social media was convicted before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.

Donovan Coley was fined $500,000 or 12 months in prison after he was convicted of breaching the Cybercrime Act.

Prosecutors reported that in August 2016, Coley, who had a relationship with the complainant, sent nude photos and private text messages shared between the two, to her new boyfriend.

Coley threatened to publish the material after the complainant decided to end their relationship.

The matter was reported to Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) and Coley was arrested and charged.

Cops probe child sex video

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Jamaican police launched an investigation into a video depicting child pornography that is making the rounds on social media.

The one-minute video shows a young girl, apparently no more than eight years old, being coerced to perform oral sex on an adult male. It has triggered shock and anger across the Island, with people calling for the authorities to leave 'no stone unturned' in their search to capture the perpetrator.

The corporate communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, in a news release on Wednesday evening, said the police - including detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) - are aware of the disturbing video and are currently carrying out investigations to determine its origin.

The release also warned the public to desist from sharing the video "as this action constitutes an offence under the Child Pornography (Prevention) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.

"There is also a strong possibility that sharing the video can result in further trauma to the child," the release said, adding that members of the public are strongly urged to delete the video.

The bodies of the elderly couple slain in St Thomas earlier this month should be back in Canada by Wednesday.

Eighty-one-year-old Melbourne Flake and his 70-year-old wife Etta were found murdered at their vacation home on January 9.

According to a report CBC report, the couple's daughter Laverne Francis said Jamaican officials released the bodies on Friday.

Francis said they now have the final paperwork and a postmortem report which will allow a Jamaican funeral home to begin preparing them to send the bodies to Canada.

The police are continuing their investigation but to date there has been no arrest.

Francis, however, said the police have strong leads.

She has also made the plea for Jamaica's police to invite Interpol to the island so Canadian detectives can assist in the investigation.

Coach charged for raping his teenage athlete

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rape.jpgA 30-year-old athletic coach from a St Catherine-based high school, was arrested and charged by the detectives of the Spanish Town Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on January 22.

He has been charged with abduction, indecent assault and rape of 16-year-old female student of the same institution.

Reports are that about 2 p.m., on December 13, 2017 the female student after completing track and field training, was offered a ride by her coach to the bus stop.

The accused reportedly drove past the child's bus stop and onto a dirt track off the Spanish Town bypass, close to the El Prado Housing Scheme in St Catherine, where he sexually assaulted her.

The matter was reported to the Police on December 19, 2017 and investigations led to the arrest and charge of the school's athletic coach.

He is scheduled to appear before the St Catherine Parish Court on January 30.

jason-hall.jpgLess than a year and a half after joining Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) as Vice President, Marketing, Jason Hall is out of the position as the post has been made redundant, the company said in a release.

"We thank Jason for his contribution to SVL and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours," President and CEO of SVL Ann-Dawn Young Sang said noting that plans as to how the company will move ahead in light of the change would be revealed at the appropriate time.

In September 2016, Hall, who was the former Deputy Director of Tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board was appointed by the Board of Supreme Ventures Limited to the position of Vice President, Marketing. He was responsible for leading the team of brand managers in the development and execution of the marketing strategies needed for the successful growth and profitability of the non-lottery brands under the company's portfolio.

Meanwhile, Financial Analyst and Chartered Accountant, Dennis Chung takes up his appointment as SVL's Chief Financial Officer on Thursday, February 1. Young Sang has also advised that Acting Chief Financial Officer, Lance Thomas has tendered his resignation, effective March 29, 2018.

"Lance has indicated his desire to take on a personal venture, and while we will miss him and his contribution to SVL, we respect his wishes and hope for great success for him," she said.

omar-best-collymore-angela-aguiar-simone-campbell-collymore.jpgReports are that Omar Best Collymore was absent from the Waltham Park New Testament Church of God on Saturday, at the funeral service for his wife Simone Campbell Collymore, who was gunned down on January 2.

In a twist, just days before Simone's funeral, Omar Collymore and another man were shot and injured at Allied Insurance Brokers Limited on Belmont Road in Kingston. News was that Collymore had been shot 19 times and was dead. Yes, Collymore was shot, but he was nowhere near dead.

"The bullet just graze him....Him go hospital but him leave unda the quiet," a source told Yardflex.

Well it would seem that Collymore's absence from Simone's funeral was not due to him being hospitalised, but rather he was in the custody of the police.

Unconfirmed reports are that he was held the day before the funeral trying to leave this island on a fake passport.

Efforts to get a confirmation from the police proved futile.

According to media reports, on January 2 Simone Collymore was travelling in a taxi on Stanely Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and the driver of the taxi -- Winston Walters.

Both were pronounced dead at hospital.

omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgFriends say Simone had moved out of the home she and her husband shared the day before because of Best-Collymore's blatant cheating with multiple women. Security cameras recorded the shooting and men were seen waiting on the arrival of Mrs. Collymore.

Omar Best-Collymore, who was initially a suspect, was also implicated in another murder in 2008 in the States.

His then girlfriend Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Her murder took place months after she had taken out a US million dollar insurance and named Omar Best-Collymore as beneficiary.

In May 2016, Simone Collymore posted the following on Flipagram: "Wow 6 years happy anniversary to you babe love you more than anything. Thank you for tolerating me I love u endlessly and look forward to many more years." The couple had two children.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake is tipped to act as Commissioner in the wake of the impending departure of George Quallo.

Blake is expected to serve as Acting Commissioner until a replacement is found

News came Friday that Quallo, who was scheduled to step down in August, is to demit office as Police Commissioner with the next few days.

Meanwhile, the opposition People's National Party (PNP) says news of Quallo's departure has come at a bad time with a State of Emergency in effect in St. James.

However, Spokesman on National Security, Fitz Jackson says he is not surprised given recent developments.

"Well as the country is aware, there has been much uneasiness between the Commissioner and the Minister (of National Security), which is regrettable. I have now become aware that the commissioner will depart at the end of the month and we hope that there will be some stability as quickly as possible," Jackson said.

Give me six months to fix crime, says Reneto Adams

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renato-adams.jpg"Six months is all I want to bring about significant changes in this country in regards to addressing the spiraling crime problem that has left citizens and other persons in the society in fear," controversial crime fighter, Reneto Adams is reported as saying in an interview with Loop news.

"If I am given an opportunity, I don't even think I would even work for pay. I just have a passion to make sure that decent, law-abiding citizens (can) go about their business in peace, with the exclusion of any criminal interference," added Adams.

He is reported as saying that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is presently without a leader who can motivate its members, command the respect of the wider Jamaica, and drive fear into the criminal networks.

Adams' summation of Quallo upon his appointment as Commissioner was that he was a good gentlemen whose personality was more suited for a senior position in the church.

Adams is confident that if a survey is carried out across the island among citizens both in the Jamaica Labour Party and the People's National Party, even within the church, the result would acknowledging the extent of public desire for him to be tackling the crime monster.

Adams said right now the overwhelming number of good citizens of the country are living in fear and it should not be so, but the other way around, with the criminals on the run.

He also had a direct message for criminals who are wreaking havoc across the island.

"Let me make it clear right now, we do not have any bad man again. What we have are some wicked little boys who we can deal with!

"In my days, what we had were bad men, but they had to comply, and in the event there were confrontations with the police, they were sent to other destinations which I won't mention," said Adams.

OUT! Police Commissioner Quallo to leave office

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deputy-commissioner-george-quallo.jpgPolice Commissioner George Quallo is to step down from the position in days.

Multiple news sources on Friday confirmed Commissioner Quallo's pending departure and the Police Services Commission later verified it with a release stating that Commissioner Quallo was resigning.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security Fitz Jackson also told RJR News that he confirmed this with the Commissioner.

Deputy Commissioner Clifford Blake is tipped to act as Commissioner of Police until a replacement is found.

Mr. Quallo was scheduled to demit office in August following his appointment in April 2017

No bail for major bank scammers

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court-image-1.jpgFive members of a major scamming network which targeted bank accounts were remanded Friday afternoon when they appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court.

The defendants, including a woman, were arrested and charged last week following raids by MOCA.

Prosecutors on Friday reported that on January 15, MOCA detectives raided the homes of the five individuals and seized cellular phones, laptop computers and other electronic devices.

An analysis of the devices revealed the names and banking information of scores of persons with accounts at various financial institutions.

Investigators alleged that the group has been hacking bank accounts and stealing millions of dollars.

Those charged are Nasha Rolle, Travis Wilson, Ortalan Powell, Romaine Barrett and Douglas Walker.

Mr Barrett, a student of the University of Technology (UTECH), and Mr Walker were charged last year with possessing the identity of persons; distribution of the identity information as well as conspiracy.

They are still awaiting trial.

Prosecutors opposed bail and told presiding judge Chester Crooks, that the accused are wanted in other police divisions for questioning in connection with scamming activities.

student-murdered-avinash-gordon.jpgThe police say they are following several leads in the murder of 18 year old Clarendon College student Avinash Gordon.

Avinash was found with stab wounds at her home in the Bushy Park Housing Scheme in May Pen, shortly after 2 o'clock Thursday morning.

Superintendent David White, head of the Clarendon Police, told RJR News that detectives are hoping to make an early breakthrough in the case.

Reports from the police are that the teenager was at home with two other girls.

The girls, who were in a separate room, reported hearing strange sounds, then screams coming from Avinash's room sometime after 2 o'clock.

They called the police.

The injured 18 year old was found in her room.

It's reported that there was no forced entry at the house.

It is understood that her mother was not at home at the time as she works in another parish.

Her father is a police detective.

10 killed in 12 hours

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shocked.jpgTen persons, including a 15-year-old student, were shot and killed and five others wounded as gunmen went on a rampage in several parishes over the past 12 hours.

According to police reports, four persons died and three others were injured in August Town, St Andrew while three persons were shot dead in Linstead, St Catherine, all within one hour last night.

The other killings occured in east Kingston, St Elizabeth and St James.

In the August Town incident, it's reported that several persons were standing outside a shop with armed thugs approached and opened fire.

When the shooting ended seven persons were found with gunshot wounds, four of whom later died.

Over in Linstead, police reports are that a man, his 15-year-old son who attends Bog Walk High School and a woman were shot dead by unknown assailants in Victoria district.

Residents discovered the bodies and alerted the police.

In St Elizabeth, the police say a truck driver was shot and killed and his assistant injured after they were robbed by two men they offered a ride.

crime-scene-tape.jpgTwo more persons have been killed in the parish of Westmoreland since the start of the year, bringing the total to 12.

Dead is 26-year-old Devon Paltie of Three Miles River in the parish.

According to reports, about 12 pm Paltie, who operates a car wash, a bar and a restaurant, was at the business establishment when a group of men entered the premises.

One of Devon's attackers reportedly had a brief conversation with the businessman before he and his accomplices started to fire a barrage of gunshots, forcing workers and customers to scamper for cover.

Paltie and his wife were hit several times. They were taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His wife was admitted for treatment. She suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. The Savanna -la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are investigating.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police apprehended two men in Papine, St Andrew who hacked their way into banks earlier this month, according to National Security Minister Robert Montague.

"There is a case two weeks ago where they arrested two youngsters up in Papine. They were able to break in to two of our banks in Jamaica and hit some accounts," said Montague at the JSE Investments and Capital Markets Conference on Thursday.

"When the police raided and picked up one of the guys, he was so bold that he handed over his laptop and denied any involvement," he said.

A forensic cyber expert working with the Jamaica Constabulary Force examined the laptop and identified involvement.

"When they broke all the firewalls the young man looked up and said: 'Kiss mi neck. Mi never know say you have dem yah police deh a Jamaica'," said Montague.

Hackers can accumulate hundreds of millions of dollars annually by taking "five cents" daily from each account, he said. The strategy of stealing in cents allows hackers to take from accounts without account holders readily recognising their losses.

Classes at the St Jago High School in St Catherine were suspended on Thursday after an alleged shooting incident on the campus.

According to reports, hundreds of students huddled down in the auditorium after armed men fired shots on the compound about 11:00 am.

Superintendent Beau Rigby, who is in charge of St Catherine North division, where the school is located, said criminal elements were reportedly on the compound.

crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA Clarendon College sixth form student has been killed.

According to reports, eighteen-year-old Avinash Gordon was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of her house about 2:15 Thursday morning.

The police report that she was home with relatives when screaming was heard coming from her room.

When her relatives went to investigate she was found suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Wanted man held in Stony Hill

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held.jpgA wanted man was among four men arrested this morning in an operation in Long Wall, Stony Hill, St Andrew, the police have reported.

Three of the men are from West Kingston addresses and the other is from a St Thomas address.

Police said the men were taken into custody about 10:30 am; however their identities are being withheld pending further questioning in relation to several major crimes committed in the Kingston Western Division and other areas.

The police also reported that, hours after arresting the men an operation was carried out in Matthews Lane, Kingston where a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol with one 9mm cartridge was seized.

However it was not disclosed if the gun find has any relation to the arrest of the men.

Politician's father attacked in St Elizabeth

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kern-spencer.jpgThe father of former Member of Parliament, Kern Spencer, escaped major injuries last evening after he was attacked by gunmen as he returned home in Balaclava, St Elizabeth.

Seventy-year-old Daniel Spencer sustained injuries to his abdomen after a shot fired by one of three gunmen hit his belt buckle and exploded.

His son Kern says it's a miracle that his father was not killed and is thankful that his injuries are not serious.

According to the former politician, his father was returning home sometime between 8 o'clock and 8:30 last evening when he was pounced upon by the gunmen as he opened the gate to his house.

He said his father, who is a licensed firearm holder, challenged the gunmen who ran into nearby bushes as they fired gunshots.

The elder Spencer was taken to hospital where he received treatment for wounds he received.

Spencer has been released from hospital and is recuperating.

13 persons killed between Saturday and Sunday

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At least 13 people were reportedly murdered between Saturday and Sunday, across eight parishes.

This figure includes a triple murder in St Thomas and two murders at a funeral in St James, where a state of public emergency has been declared.

Female janitor killed execution style in Clarendon

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crime-scene-gun.jpgGunmen yesterday shot and killed a mother execution style and attempted to set her house on fire with her children inside in Lionel Town, Clarendon.

Dead is 35-year-old janitor Joy Cammock.

The police say early yesterday morning Cammock and her three children were awoken by strange sounds in their yard.

She went to investigate and shortly after explosions were heard.

When she did not return, her eldest daughter made checks and saw her in a kneeling position with gunshot wounds to the body.

The police say it is suspected that her attackers attempted to set fire to the house as a section of the premises appeared to have been lit.

Lawyer found bludgeoned to death in St Ann

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lawyer-found-dead.jpgPolice are searching for clues connected to the murder of a St. Ann based attorney and social worker.

Lois Ferguson-McKoy, 54, of Heartstones Ridge Estate in Shaw Park, Ocho Rios, was last seen alive about 7:30 Wednesday evening.

Reports are Ferguson-McKoy, otherwise known as Neo Makeba, who is a returning resident, was last seen alive on Wednesday night in the company of a man who was living with her as a condition of his bail.

The police say after her mother became concerned after not seeing her for more than three days and asked a cousin to make checks.

On Saturday afternoon, her house was checked and she was seen lying face down in blood, dressed in a white blouse, blue jeans pants and a pair of black shoe.

The police say she had a wound to the right side of the head.

The police say the man was not seen at the house at the time of the discovery.

200 arrested in St James state of emergency

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state-of-emergency.jpgThe security forces in St James have reported that approximately 200 people have been arrested since Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the state of emergency last Thursday.

The police said operations have been conducted in the communities of Flanker, Norwood, Glendevon, Salt Spring and several other communities throughout the parish.

"We have taken into custody over 197 persons over a period of three days," said Inspector Dian Bartley of the Constabulary's Corporate Communication Unit (CCU).

The police said eight people were arrested for the brazen shooting incident along the Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday, January 16 where one man was killed and two others injured.

Two others were also taken into custody in relation to the shooting death of a man in Ironshore, St James.

Police said these men are expected to be charged later this week. Also, three other individuals have been charged with misdemeanour crimes and have since been granted bail.

There are currently 111 people remaining in custody, 10 of whom are to be charged with varying offences to include incidents of shootings and murders.

immigration.jpgA video reportedly showing Customs and Border Protection agents demanding proof of citizenship from Greyhound bus passengers in Florida last week has sparked fresh outrage over the Trump administration's hard-line immigration policies.

"If I haven't committed a crime why do I have to show you ID?" one passenger can be heard saying.

A second video shows agents escorting a woman off the bus, her suitcase in tow. The woman was Jamaican and had been visiting family, according to the Florida Immigrant Coalition, an advocacy group.

Customs and Border Protection said a woman was detained because she overstayed her tourist visa, though they did not specify if it was the same person shown in the viral video.

"While performing an immigration inspection at a Ft. Lauderdale bus station, Border Patrol agents identified a passenger who was illegally residing in the United States," the agency told HuffPost in a statement. "The subject was an adult female that had overstayed her tourist visa. She was arrested and transported to the Dania Beach Border Patrol station for further investigation and later turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) for removal proceedings."

The Jamaican woman had been visiting family: "My mother-in-law came to visit me last week," the woman's daughter-in-law told the coalition. "She's my daughter's grandmother and this was the first time meeting each other. I dropped her off at the Greyhound bus stop Friday morning and never got word of her arrival. I'm very concerned about these officers questioning her without a lawyer present."

Greyhound said it's investigating the incident, and said it's at the mercy of law enforcement agencies.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police are reporting that a teenage boy has been arrested and charged with the murder of 33-year-old Koyodian Grant, otherwise called 'Rasta', craft vendor of Catadupa in St James who was shot dead earlier this month.

Lawmen reportedly picked up the minor in his community last Thursday during the state of emergency in the parish.

Reports are that on January 14, Grant was standing along the roadway when he was pounced upon by the accused, who opened gunfire hitting him.

He was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The teen has been charged and is scheduled to appear before the St James Family Court on Thursday.


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The number of reported murders in Jamaica since the start of 2018 has hit the one hundred mark.

The data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force cover the period January one to January 20.

A breakdown of the data revealed that 13 more people were murdered when compared to the same period in 2017.

The St. Catherine North and Clarendon police divisons each recorded 13 murders.

Nine were reported in the St. Andrew South division.

However, while the police continue to grapple with an increase in killings there has been a reduction in other major crimes.

Reported cases of aggravated assault declined by 51 per cent while break-ins were down 50 per cent.

The data for the January 1 to 20 period showed that fewer rape cases were reported - a 60 per cent decline.

The number of reported robberies fell by 16 per cent.

The British Government has issued a warning to its citizens who are staying at resorts in Montego Bay, St James.

The Foreign Office today urged British nationals to stay inside their hotels and limit travel beyond their respective security perimeters.

It also urged them to exercise particular care if they have to travel at night and to follow the advice of Jamaican authorities, including restrictions in selected areas.

Similar warnings have also been issued by the governments of the United States and Canada.

The warnings were issued in response to the spate of killings in St James and the state of public emergency imposed in the parish by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

15-year-old boy fingered in murders and shootings

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crime-scene-tape.jpgA15-year-old boy, who has been implicated in several shootings and murders was reportedly arrested. According to reports, the boy who was also connected to the recent shooting in the vicinity of the Sangster International Airport, was captured in a building in Codac Street, Montego Bay.

According to one resident, the 15-year-old is one of the 'danger man' in the community, citing, "don't mek the boyish look fool yuh."

Moments after the teen was arrested, his mother rushed to the scene, crying and begging the security forces not to kill him. According to her, he was just young and misguided, while adding that her other son was killed last week on her birthday.

"Please don't kill him! A just last week dem shoot him bredda on mi birthday," she said, "Mi nah guh swear fi him because me nuh know wha him a do when him nuh inna me presence, but please don't hurt him," she added as tears poured from her eyes.

Rifle and ammo found in Flanker

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe joint military and police team deployed in Montego Bay, St James is reporting that during today's major security operations a rifle and ammunition were found in the Flankers area some time around noon.

Reports are that members of the security forces went into unoccupied premises in the area and, after a thorough search, the weapon was found hidden in a rice bag.

Although no one was arrested in connection with the find, Inspector Dian Bartley of the Joint Police Military Communications Unit said the early results are very encouraging.

"We went into a number of hotspots and crime ridden areas in Montego Bay from as early as 5:00 am today and are very happy with this seizure," said Bartley, adding that numerous incidents of shootings and murder in the space have been committed with similar high-powered weapons.

"We will now rely on the ballistic and forensic technology to determine if this particular rifle was involved in any of the several murders committed over the past 2 weeks," Bartlett added.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness' this afternoon declared a state of public emergency for the parish of St James.

Some 335 murders were recorded in the parish last year and at least four people have been murdered in that western parish since the start of the year.

Omar Best Collymore, the husband of Simone Collymore, who was gunned down in Red Hills recently, was shot up on Friday as he was about to go into an insurance company to drop off papers for a claim.

Collymore and another man were shot several times, but report are that they are now both critical in hospital

Collymore was a suspect in the hit on his wife, and also remains a suspect in the 2008 murder of his then girlfriend in Florida. After her murder, Collymore collected US$40,000 in insurance money.

His new wife, Simone had reportedly taken out a two billion dollar insurance policy on her life.

Collymore, who was released without charges two Wednesdays ago, is said to have hired Peter Champagne as his lawyer.

As of now, the question remains, Who wanted Omar Best Collymore dead?

The funeral service for his wife Simone, will be held on Saturday at a church on Waltham Park Road.

crime-scene-gun.jpgOne man has been confirmed dead and several other people injured following a shooting at a funeral in Quarrie, near Salt Spring , St James this afternoon.

Mourners were attending the funeral of he Oshane 'Ganda' Duhaney, the alleged leader of the Waltham Gang . Duhaney was murdered several weeks ago in St Ann.

The shooting happened despite the presence of security personnel who have increased their numbers in St James, now under a state of public emergency.

It is reported that moments after the hearse drove off from the church, a man pulled a firearm and pointed it at another man but was disarmed and shot several times.

He died on the spot.

During the ensuing melee, other men reportedly pulled guns and began firing wildly injuring several persons.

The shooters managed to escape.

However, it is understood that one weapon has since been recovered by members of the security forces.

There is now a strong police-military presence in the community and a helicopter hovering.

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hands-behind-bars.jpgDetectives assigned to the St Catherine branch of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) disclosed that a teacher in that parish has been charged with having sex with a minor.

According to the agents, the primary school teacher was last Friday charged with the offence along with other breaches of the Sexual Offences Act such as indecent assault and grievous sexual assault.

Reports are that the accused, who teaches the complainant at a primary school in the parish, allegedly convinced the child to engage him in sexual activities on more than one occasion.

He is scheduled to appear before the St Catherine Parish Court on Friday to answer to the charges laid against him.

The police said his name is currently being withheld to facilitate further investigations.

This is the second such report in days. A St Thomas teacher was yesterday arrested and charged with a similar offence.

andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgAccording to Jamaica's prime minister, Andrew Holness, the recently declared state of emergency which many person have long been calling for took some time because of a number of reasons.

"The Government has been contemplating this action for some time. This is not an action that can be taken in an arbitrary way. It requires a great deal of planning and it is not just an action for show. It is an action where we have to plan out both the opening and the ending game and that kind of planning takes time but more importantly it takes resources to be behind it and I believe that we are now at the point where the actions are now aligned with resources. But there is one other important alignment. The Government cannot act without public support and as the person in charge of the Government and given the context in which we are calling this state of emergency having gone through one in 2010, we must always be considerate of what happened before, we must make sure that we learn from the errors and that this is not something that is arbitrary. It is not done in an arbitrary way. This is an instrumental, well planned out action. And yes it took some time. Some persons may have felt it should have happened a long time ago, but I am now of the view that this has happened when we have an alignment of all the variables to make this operation successful."

State of Emergency declared for St James

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state-of-emergency.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has declared a state of emergency in St James.

This means that extraordinary powers have been given to the security forces and some rights have been suspended.

Members of the security forces may also search places without a warrant.

The declaration coincides with an increase in violence including murders and shootings.

The latest incidents occurred three hours apart near the round-a-bout to the Sangster International Airport on Tuesday leaving one man dead and three others seriously hurt.

St James ended 2017 with a record 332 murders, that's 67 more than reported in 2016.

Since early this morning soldiers and police have been blanketing parts of St James carrying out searches.

In making the declaration this morning, Holness said in as much as some rights have been suspended, the security forces were expected to be humane to all citizens.

Machete-wielding mom in court; case rescheduled

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machete-beaten.jpgDoreen Dyer, the St Thomas mother who was seen in a video beating her daughter with a machete had her case rescheduled to February 9 when she appeared in the Morant Bay Parish Court this morning.

The court was told the social a enquiry report was not ready, hence the new date, at which time the judge would make a decision as to sentencing.

At the previous court appearance Dyer's lawyer has asked the court to indicate what sentence it would be imposed if she were to plead guilty.

The 44-year-old mother is charged with cruelty to a child.

Dyer was charged by the police on October 6 and was subsequently offered bail.

The video shows the partially nude mother beating the girl violently with a machete while cursing expletives.

The police said their investigation revealed that the incident happened last year.

banned-juices.jpgThe North-East Regional Health Authority is advising the public to avoid purchasing or consuming coconut water, sorrel juice and other juices labelled 'Portland's Best' and bottled at 'Long Bay, Portland' as the Portland Health Department has found these products to be unsafe for consumption.

The Portland health department has carried out a series of inspections at the processing establishment as well as testing of the products and has found breaches that could compromise the health of the public.

The Health Department has subsequently taken enforcement action by closing the establishment.

Additionally, the public is reminded to purchase and consume food products from only approved establishments (those certified by the Public Health Department).

Two girls die in fire at Walker's Place of Safety

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fire.jpgReports are that two girls aged 12 and 16 have died in a fire at Walker's Place of Safety on Lyndhurst Crescent in Kingston early this morning.

Thirty four other children who were housed at the facility have been moved to a temporary holding facility at a nearby church.

In the meantime, counselling is being offered to the children and staff through the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.

"This is a truly devastating and traumatic experience for all involved," State Minister for Education Floyd Green.

Green also said the cause of the fire remains undetermined and an investigation will be conducted with the help of the fire department to find out what happened.

The Walker's Place of Safety serves as a transitional residence for children, generally up to 12 years old, who have been abandoned or removed from their homes because of unstable conditions.


Kingston, Jamaica - January 11, 2018 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced its earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of 2017.

  • Consolidated Sales: Approximately 66 trillion Korean won
  • Consolidated Operating Profit: Approximately 15.1 trillion Korean won

The above figures are estimates of consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS. Please note that Korean disclosure regulations do not allow earnings estimates to be provided as a range. Therefore, in compliance with such disclosure regulations, the above figures represent the median of the earnings estimate range, provided below.

  • Sales: 65 ~ 67 trillion Korean won
  • Operating Profit: 15.0 ~ 15.2 trillion Korean won

Overall the company estimated full-year 2017 consolidated sales of approximately 239.60 trillion Korean won and consolidated operating profit of approximately 53.60 trillion Korean won.

The above figures are estimates of consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS.

2017 3Q, 2016 4Q and FY 2016 consolidated figures based on K-IFRS are as follows

(in trillion won)



FY 2016





Operating Profit




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Boat sinks in the Caribbean Sea

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According to Reuters, police and relatives of the surviving passengers of a boat that departed Venezuela for the Dutch Caribbean island on Tuesday, confirmed the boat had been trying to reach the city of Willemstad in Curaçao, despite a travel ban imposed by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions after Maduro ordered a trade blockade with Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire on Friday.

Venezuelan authorities allege the smuggling of products out of Venezuela to neighbouring countries is one of the causes of the severe shortage of food and other basic products that the South American country has been facing for several years.

A search has been launched in Caribbean waters after a boat filled with Venezuelans capsized near the Dutch island of Curaçao.

The Venezuelan authorities said a boat carrying 34 people has capsized killing four people and another 28 have been reported missing.

crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgAn argument between two minibus passengers over fare turned deadly yesterday when one was stabbed in the chest.

Dead is 45-year-old Craig Anderson from Olympic Way in St Andrew.

Reports are that about 5:00 pm, Anderson was on the bus, which plies the Waterhouse to downtown Kingston route, where he got in an argument with another passenger who refused to pay his fare.

The man then used a knife to stab Anderson in his chest.

The suspect escaped while Anderson was rushed to the Kingston Public Hopsital where he died while undergoing treatment.

No bad blood between Security Minister and Commish

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security-minister-robert-montague.jpgNational Security Minister, Robert Montague, has said there is no truth to reports that there is a breakdown in the working relationship between himself and Police Commissioner, George Quallo.

"Myself and the commissioner, we are on the same page, we have one goal," Montague is reported to have said

The minister and police commissioner gave responses to public concerns on the matter following the handing-over of pins to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to mark the organisation's 150th anniversary.


Police Commissioner Quallo, in his response, shared similar sentiments.

"Absolutely no issue; I have no problem," the commissioner said, indicating that both himself and the 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.

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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.


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.


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.


'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.


'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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KC win Flow Supercup

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Farmer found with 450 rounds of ammunition

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

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

Police say his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.

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

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

Superintendent Salmon says the woman is not in custody.

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

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

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

The agency says the woman is currently receiving counselling.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mo Bay Flooded!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

About MBJ Airports:

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

Media Inquiries:

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





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


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

We take Full Acceptance

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


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

Freddie McGregor Jamathon Drop

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3 women gunned down in Area One within 24 hours

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

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

No motive has so far been determined by investigators.

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

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

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

Men arrested in $10-million ganja seizure charged

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

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

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

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

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

Robinson is also facing a charge of money laundering.

Woman murdered in Linstead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RJRGLEANER Group Chairman Spaulding has died

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

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

He was 76.

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

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

He has been named Kevin Anthony Fletcher.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jamaican man wanted by cops in Antigua surrenders

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

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

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

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

The woman underwent surgery for her injuries.

Jamaican serving in Kuwait dies suddenly

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

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

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

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

Ganja worth over $11 million seized in Gregory Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Criminals posing as cops robbing innocent people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Father, 2 sons murdered in Ebony Park

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

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

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

The men then fled the area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Residents who heard the explosions raised an alarm.

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

The murders have left residents of the community in shock.

Two Miles under curfew

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

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

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

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

Dad shot at basic school in St James

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

The incident took place while parents were collecting their children.

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

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

Two Canadians charged with cocaine sent to prison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judge frees US woman duped by Jamaican lover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disbarred lawyer Harold Brady saved by the bell!

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

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

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

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

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

Cops kill three in shootout at Salt Srping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 reputed Clansman Gang members arrested

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ninjaman needs heart surgery urgently

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was treated at Falmouth Hospital and given medication.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stephen Facey, chairman and CEO of PanJam Investment Limited.

Stephen Facey, chairman and CEO of PanJam Investment Limited.

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

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

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

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

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

PanJam in Downtown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More rain this weekend

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

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

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

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

Dr. Ford sentenced to 6 months in prison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The body was found late Tuesday evening.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A witness who lives overseas is now testifying.

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

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

Usain Bolt, Chris Gayle for Melbourne Cup Carnival

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

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


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

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

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

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

It has been decided that classes will resume on Wednesday.

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patrons ran for cover during the melee.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the victims, a woman, died.

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

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

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

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

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

The attackers escaped.

Kemps Hill murder

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

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

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

No motive has been established for the killing.

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

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

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

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

A vendor was also shot and injured.

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

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

Director of Elections takes government to court

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gayle has since nicknamed his baby daughter 'Blush'

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

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

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

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

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

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

ID parade for killers of Mandeville cop

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

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

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

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

He chased the robbers and a shoot-out ensued.

One of the men fell from the motorcycle and ran.

The second man reportedly shot the corporal.

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

The policeman was taken to hospital where he died.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

No motive has yet been established for the killing.

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

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

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

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

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

A child is among those injured.

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

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Sentence reduction day a success; 40 plead guilty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All three accused will be sentenced on December 15.

The programme is still underway in the Gun Court.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gunmen kill two at stop-light; 2 others injured

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

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

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

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

The Coral Gardens police are investigating.

School security guard shot dead by gunmen

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

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

A second guard who was also shot is now hospitalised.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was rushed to hospital where he died.

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

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

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

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

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

Gordon is facing at least two murder charges in Jamaica.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garvey bust at UWI drenched with paint

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

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

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

Sculptor Raymond Watson created both busts.

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

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

• Six rifles

• One Intratec Submachine gun

• Six Glock pistol

• Two Taurus 9mm pistol

• One smith and Wesson 9mm pistol

• One Guger pistol

• One Heckle & Koch pistol

• One Cobray pistol and hundreds rounds of assorted ammunition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police continue to investigate the matter.

Usain Bolt is 23rd on Forbes athletes Rich List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catholic church set on fire again

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

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

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

This attack is the second in just over a month.

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

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

Clarendon wanted women held by police in Kingston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The driver and another man were shot during the robbery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Powell did not contest the suit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PNP says candidate Shane Alexis is legal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top gangster killed by cops; Glock seized

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

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

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

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

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

Big bad USA eliminated from World Cup!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The escapees on the run are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$24 million worth of cocaine found at Port

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The man also set the houses of two priests on fire.

The police are investigating the incident.

The Grade 10 male student, who fatally stabbed another at the Edith Dalton James High school in Duhaney Park, St Andrew on Thursday has been charged with murder.

Police report that the student, who is from a St Andrew address was slapped with the charge on Saturday. The name of the student has been withheld because he is a minor.

Reports are that at about 11:30 am, the two grade 10 boys had a physical altercation. During the melee, one student pulled a sharp instrument and stabbed the other grade 10 student identified as Clive Matherson.

"One student was walking past and bounce off the other student watch; the (owner of the watch) told the other student to pick up the watch and an argument developed," one alleged eyewitness said.

The watch owner, Matherson was reportedly stabbed by the other student. The injured teenager was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident has left students and teachers in shock.

lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgOpposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs Lisa Hanna has apologised for the blunder which resulted in her wrongly expressing condolences for the death of St Lucia's Ambassador to the Organisation of American States, Anton Edmunds.

Hanna had issued a release yesterday expressing regret at the unfortunate demise of the St Lucian diplomat, whom she claimed, was a victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday.

However, it was later revealed that the information was false.

This prompted Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, to issue a release urging Hanna to exercise restraint and sensitivity when dealing with diplomatic issues.

Hanna, who was recently appointed the spokesman on foreign affairs, said the release with unverified information was inadvertently sent from her office.

A Grade 10 male student was fatally stabbed by another at the Edith Dalton James High School in Duhaney Park, St Andrew on Thursday morning.

Reports are that at about 11:30 am, the two grade 10 boys had a physical altercation. During the altercation, one student allegedly pulled a sharp instrument and stabbed the other student.

"One student was walking past and bounce off the other student watch; the (owner of the watch) told the other student to pick up the watch and an argument developed," one alleged eyewitness said.

The watch owner was then reportedly stabbed by the other student. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident has left students and teachers in shock.

andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgA video showing 10 St Catherine students participating in a sex challenge sweeping social media surfaced earlier this week and has been widely circulated, triggering outrage among many Jamaicans appalled at the lewdness of the minors. They were caught on video in their school uniform participating in a rather disturbing social media game.

The students were given a five-day suspension after school officials saw the video on Monday.

St Catherine High, a school which was attended by both Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, Member of Parliament Juliet Holness, has faced flak since the emergence of the vulgar video.

lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgOpposition spokesperson on foreign affairs, Lisa Hanna was left with egg on her face after a release she issued mourning the death of a St Lucian diplomat in the Las Vegas massacre turned out to be erroneous.

The statement attributed to Hanna was issued yesterday afternoon by the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) hours after St Lucia's Ambassador to the Organisation of American States Anton Edmunds rubbished the fake news in a post on his Facebook page.

Edmunds made the post at 10:52 pm Tuesday in response to news on social media that he was among the fatalities in Sunday's massacre in Las Vegas when a gunman fired on patrons at a concert, killing 58 people and himself in what is now acknowledged as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

"So, before anyone continues to believe the false narrative that I was part of the death toll in Vegas, I was not there. I am fine, and the victims of this and other tragedies need our thoughts, prayers and support," Ambassador Edmunds wrote.

"The writers of the false narrative need to be flogged for screwing around with my family and friends," he added.

In her release, Hanna said she was "saddened by the tragic death" of Edmunds "and the other victims of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada".

"It is with regret that I learnt that the ambassador had succumbed to the injuries sustained in the incident on Sunday night which claimed 58 other victims. Ambassador Edmunds succumbed to his injuries yesterday following the shooting incident," Hanna said.

The Health Ministry is rejecting the claim made by Education Minister, Ruel Reid, that the government is postponing its Human Papilloma Virus, HPV, vaccination programme.

The Health Ministry says it's proceeding with the programme, despite a claim to the contrary yesterday by Minister Reid.

It's also emphasizing that portfolio Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has not made any assertion that the programme is being postponed or pulled back.

Once again, Minister Reid - who's also the Information Minister - is at the centre of an episode of public miscommunication. He's caused confusion over the state of the HPV vaccination programme, saying the government was 'pulling back' to allow further sensitization.

At a press conference yesterday at his Heroes Circle Office, in downtown, Kingston, Nationwide News asked Minister Reid if by 'pulling back' he meant the programme was being postponed. He said, 'yes', adding that the government is 'caring' and 'responsive'. But the Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Melody Ennis, is contradicting him. She says the Health Ministry is proceeding with the programme.

The rollout of the programme has raised concerns. Many parents and other stakeholders aren't sure of the side effects of the vaccine which is to help prevent cervical cancer in girls.

The vaccination programme is targeting over 22,000 grade 7 girls in schools islandwide. The government has been criticized for not ensuring there was adequate public education ahead of the rollout of the programme on Monday.

The vaccine is not mandatory.

Dr. Ennis says parents will be required to fill out a form stating whether they want their daughters to get the vaccine. She says the Health Ministry will have further dialogue with parents who decide not to allow their daughters to take it.

A police sergeant died in a motor vehicle accident in Riversdale, St Catherine late Monday night.

He has been identified as Sergeant Mervin Ellington, who was assigned to the St Catherine North Division.

Reports are that at about 10 pm, Ellington was driving his private motor car from Riversdale towards Bog Walk when, upon reaching the Berwick Main Road, he came upon a breakaway at a section of the road that forced his car to run off the road and into a river.

The vehicle reportedly became submerged in water, before residents of the area went to Ellington's rescue and pulled the unresponsive police officer from the car.

He was rushed to the Linstead Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

After news broke of Ellington's death, the Jamaica Police Federation expressed their condolences to his family and friends, and colleagues from the St Catherine North police division.

It's the latest tragedy to hit the JCF in recent weeks following the killing of a police officer in Portmore two weeks ago, and a gun attack on a policewoman and her daughter last week that left both hospitalised.

machete-beaten.jpgThe National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) has joined the probe into the incident in which a 44 year old woman in St. Thomas used a machete to beat her 12 year old daughter.

The woman was detained last weekend, after the incident, which was recorded, went viral on social media.

Kaysia Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of the National Parenting Support Commission, said the agency will be speaking with other entities investigating the matter. This is aimed at streamlining and coordinating the intervention to ensure that the child gets the type of support needed.

In an interview with RJR News on Monday, Ms Kerr said her office will also speak with the woman in an effort to "start changing (the) mindset about how we go about punishing."

"The fact that your parents might have punished you by hitting does not make it right. There are other non-violent ways of ensuring that children comply to what's expected of them." she asserted.

Ms Kerr said she is deeply distressed by the video, especially in relation to what the child has been subjected to.

"A young girl is now thrust in the limelight in a way that she perhaps would not have bargained for. It's almost as if she's now going to be the poster child for abuse because her face was shown in the video," she argued.

Police have interviewed the mother involved in the incident. She is expected to be charged with cruelty to a child.

Her daughter has been released into the custody of a relative.

machete-beaten.jpgThe police say that they have picked up the 12-year-old complainant in a video circulating on social media of a woman beating a child with what appears to be a machete.

According to a release from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the incident took place sometime last year but the video recently surfaced on social media. Police say they have since collected statements from the child as well as the person who recorded the video.

The police say the child's mother remains in custody and the matter is being investigated by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse as well as the Child Development Agency.

machete-beaten.jpgThe Office of the Children's Advocate has strongly condemned the actions of a mother who was seen in a video circulated on social media beating her daughter mercilessly with a machete.

"We condemn the behaviour of the mother, for even if the mother feels that she is justified in approaching the child to deal with a particular issue, there are ways to impact and impose discipline on children without resorting to violence," Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison told Loop reporter Claude Mills on Monday morning.

She praised the quick action of the police force, who only hours after the video began circulating on social media, took the mother and daughter into custody. It is unclear whether the child in question will be taken into state care and what will happen to any other children in the woman's care.

"We don't have all the information at this time. However, now that woman has been arrested, the relevant agencies can now come in and attempt to repair the relationship between the mother and daughter. Members of the office of the Children's Advocate are now in St Thomas and once they have been debriefed, we can make a better assessment of the situation," she said. Chief Executive Office of the Child Development Agency (CDA) Rosalee Gage-Grey says the agency is now conducting an assessment into the case of the 12-year-old girl being beaten with a machete by her mother in St Thomas.

Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106, Gage-Grey said the CDA stepped in for the protection of the child.

She said the agency is doing an intervention with the family as well as with the community.

A video of the beating has been circulating heavily on social media and has received strong outcry.

The viral video shows the partially nude mother beating her daughter violently with a machete while cursing expletives.

The 44-year-old woman was arrested on the weekend and remains in police custody.

Meanwhile, head of the St Thomas police, Senior Superintendent, Beau Rigabe, says investigations into the video of a woman in the parish beating her teenage daughter with a machete has revealed that the incident happened last year.

He said the woman is being interviewed by investigators with the of view of laying charges against her.

The police had previously indicated that she's likely to be charged with cruelty to a child.

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A 71-year-old Canadian man is in police custody after he was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act at the Norman Manley International Airport on Friday.

Reports from the police are that the man, Derrick Harmon of a Canadian address, checked in to the airport to board a flight destined for Toronto, Canada about 1:30 am, when his luggage was searched and a powdery substance in a package labelled 'Soy Beverage' found.

On further examination, the substance was found to be cocaine with an estimated street value of $768, 000.

Harmon is charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine, and taking steps preparatory to the export of cocaine and is to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Tuesday.

"Adult seen in video beating a child now in Police custody in St Thomas" the Jamaica Constabulary Force disclosed on Twitter this afternoon.

The woman who is seen wearing only panties, is currently in police custody over a video making the rounds on social media, showing her beating a child with a machete.

In the video, the woman, can be heard saying "mi tired a oonu", while gripping the back of a young girl's garment and hitting her several times with the object.

The child is wailing and at one point is on the ground when the woman finally releases her hold.

The girl then flees from the yard and the woman can be heard uttering expletives. A dog that came between the obviously enraged woman and the girl, as she inflicted blows to the child, was also slapped with the machete.

An onlooker could also be heard towards the end of the film encouraging the angry woman, as the girl manages to break free from the woman's hold and escape.

In a message on Twitter this afternoon, the police posted that they were aware of the "disturbing video" being circulated on social media and that the woman had been arrested in St Thomas.

The JCF said it would provide more information on the incident later.

St Mary shop owner shot dead at businessplace

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA shopkeeper was shot dead in Islington, St. Mary on Wednesday afternoon.

He has been identified as 40 year old Horace Ellis, a resident of the community.

About 5:45, Mr. Ellis was at his businessplace when a gunman entered.

He shot Mr. Ellis, killing him on the spot.

The police are investigating.

Social media mourn death of Moneague cabbie

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Many persons have taken to social media to express their shock at the brutal murder of Damion Gordon, a taxi driver of Moneague in St Ann. Gordon was stabbed to death by men posing as passengers, who then dumped his body in bushes and deposited his 4-year-old son on the roadside.

One person said: "The youth just stop a school gate, collect him son and buy a bag juice. Jesus Wept these dirty bad-minded people that live in this surrounding yah only God can put some fire on them oh God man, humble youth. Jovial and everything. Father God set a fire on the killers, torment them to the grave.....a feel it so till... His son is so traumatise."

Another person commented: "Still can't believe, was such a humble and jovial young man, jah know star, great lost to the community."

The police are appealing to anyone with information on Gordon's killing to contact them.

Jamaican man kidnapped and killed in Antigua

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crime-scene-7.jpgA Jamaican with an alleged drug background has been killed after being robbed and kidnapped in Antigua, where he was living.

The body of Kenroy Simpson, 26, was found in a field on Wednesday morning with bullet wounds.

The Antiguan police reported that Simpson's Cedar Grove home was invaded by armed men wearing masks and dressed in camouflage, who robbed him and his girlfriend of an undetermined sum of money before driving away with Simpson.

Media reports pointed to him as having been arrested and charged with drug-related offences earlier this year.

He was also reportedly questioned about alleged connections with money laundering activities.

shocked.jpgReports have surfaced that data have revealed that 85% of young women in Mount Salem, St. James, which was declared the first Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) nearly a month ago, are engaged in some form of prostitution.

The information was revealed on Thursday by Omar Sweeney, Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). He lamented that this is evidence of a lack of guidance for young persons in inner-city communities.

Mr. Sweeney said the issue is one of many to be tackled by the Social Intervention Committee within zones of special operations.

Taximan stabbed to death in front of his 4-y-o son

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A 36-year-old taxi operator was stabbed to death in front of his four-year-old son by men posing as passengers in the Amity Hall area of Moneague in St Ann on Monday.

His four-year-old son was also a passenger in the vehicle.

The dead man has been identified as Damion Gordon of Moneague in the parish.

Reports are that on Monday afternoon, Gordon picked up the men to take them on a charter in the Amity Hall area of Moneague.

While headed on the charter with the men, Gordon was attacked and stabbed multiple times.The men threw his body from the vehicle in bushes and took his motor vehicle in the process.

Gordon's four-year-old son was deposited by the roadside in another section of the community.

A resident found the boy and alerted other community members.

A search later resulted in Gordon's lifeless body being found in bushes.

The St Ann police say that the four-year old boy is receiving counselling at this time.

A search has been launched for Gordon's vehicle and his attackers.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St. Catherine South police have confirmed a double shooting in Hellshire.

Reports are that pastor is among the victims.

The pastor and his church member were allegedly shot and injured during a robbery at a house Thursday morning about 11 o'clock.

It is reported that gunmen entered the house and began robbing them.

During the incident, the pastor was shot in the face and hand while the other person was shot in the neck and hand.

Robbery is said to be the motive.

Bolt for Commonwealth Games?

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usain-bolt.jpgTrack and Field sensation, Usain Bolt is possibly considering making an appearance at the Commonwealth Games next year in Australia.

Reports are that negotiations started with the eight time Olympic champion to be in attendance at the event following his retirement from the track at the end of the IAAF World Championships recently in London. His presence in the Gold Coast during the April 4 to 15 event would be a coup for the organisers.

The track and field legends presence will possibly be in an ambassadorial role.

The games organisers say Bolt draws a massive audience wherever he goes and will ensure the eyes of the world are on the coast during the games next year.

Organising Committee Chairman Peter Beattie could not confirm Bolt's visit but said organisers would be delighted if he was present.

Following Tuesday night's incident in which a female police inspector was attacked at her home in Morris Meadows, Portmore, St. Catherine, the police are on extremely high alert.

The police inspector and her two children - one of whom is a district constable and the other a student - were shot and injured. Their injuries are not considered life threatening.

The cop managed to shoot at her attackers, however - one of whom later succumbed to his injuries.

The dead gunman, who is said to be from Little Lane in Central Village, St. Catherine, has been identified by Kayon Edwards, otherwise called Saltfish. He was a person of interest in connection with two murders in the Central Village Police area.

The police captured one of the other suspects in the attack on Wednesday morning when he turned up at hospital with bullet wounds.However, the cops are seeking the public's help in locating another suspect who goes by the alias Bulbie.

Investigators are urging Bulbie, a resident of Twickhenham Gardens in Central Village, St. Catherine to surrender to them immediately.

Threat level against police elevated to 'extreme'

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The threat level against the Police has been elevated to extreme in the aftermath of attacks against at least three police officers at their home in recent weeks and several other incidents in which police officers on patrol were fired on.

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Corporate Communications Unit, said police officers in four parishes have been placed on high alert especially since Tuesday night's incident in which a female police inspector was attacked at her home in Morris Meadows, Portmore, St. Catherine.

Superintendent Lindsay said the latest attack against the police inspector has forced the Police High Command to raise the threat level against officers.

"We now have the intelligence community advising that these four parishes - St. Thomas, Westmoreland, Clarendon and St. James - have received threats against police officers arising from fatal shootings in these parishes," she highlighted.

In a later statement Wednesday afternoon, The Police High Command added St. Catherine as one of the parishes in which the threat level against officers was high.

The High Command is urging police personnel to take the threat assessment seriously and raise their level of awareness especially off duty. Officers have also been advised to take the necessary measures to keep themselves and their families safe. In the meantime, a manhunt has been launched for the brother of Raheem Chantiloupe. The police say he has issued death threats against the Portmore police.Extreme means that attacks against police officers, on or off duty, are imminent.

One of the gunmen who attacked a female police inspector and her daughters in a home invasion on Tuesday night died as a result of gunfire that was returned by the cop in the incident.

The oficer and her two daughters were shot and injured in the attack at her home in Morris Meadows, Portmore, St Catherine.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Derrick Knight, in charge of Area Five, disclosed that the attack is suspected to have been spurred by the death of a man identified as 23-year-old Raheem Chantiloupe, who was fatally shot during a confrontation with a police team in Naggo Head in the parish about 3:00 pm.

Chantiloupe had been on a murder charge.

Reports are that about 8:20 pm, three men invaded the family's home and opened gunfire, injuring the female police inspector and her two daughters --one of whom is a police officer.

The policewoman is reported to have returned gunfire and one man, suspected to be one of the gunmen who invaded her home, was found dead in the aftermath of the incident. He remains unidentified. Initial reports were that the man was found injured and taken to hospital.

The other suspects reportedly escaped nearby. The Inspectorate of the Constabulary and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) are now probing his death.

Wanted man 'Shitta' surrenders to police

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A man who was listed as wanted by the Clarendon police is now in custody.

Christopher Lynch, otherwise called 'Shitta', one of the men on the Clarendon most wanted list turned himself in to the May Pen Criminal Investigation Branch earlier on Tuesday.

Police said Lynch, wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of his father, Winston Lynch in Gayle district Clarendon last Friday.

Lynch, who is from Hayles in the parish, was one of two men listed as wanted by the police on Monday.

The second man, Nyko Walters, remains on the run.

The police say Walters, otherwise called Speckles of Farm/Effortville in Clarendon, is wanted for murder, shooting and robbery.

He is known to frequent Chapelton, Canaan Heights and Summerfield in the parish.

Political ombudsman held up and robbed in Kingston

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Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown was held up and robbed shortly after midday on Saturday.

According to reports, the outspoken ombudsman was standing along Cunningham Avenue with two other women chatting when two men drove up on a motorcycle.

The men asked the women for directions and soon after demanded that Mrs Parchment Brown hand over a ring on her finger. She complied and the men then drove off.

The St Andrew Central Police are probing the incident.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police say two persons were detained this morning following the fatal shooting of Jamaica's most wanted criminal, Marlon 'Duppy Film' Perry, in Port Morant, St Thomas.

According to Superintendent Beau Rigabe, head of the St Thomas Police, it's not clear at this time whether the two persons detained are connected to Perry.

But Rigabe said they were at the guest house where Perry engaged a police team in a shoot-out in which he was killed.

The identities of those detained are being withheld pending further investigations.

Perry was killed after he reportedly engaged the police in a shoot-out about 10:40 a.m.

He was pronounced dead at the Princess Margaret Hospital in the parish.

An AK-47 rifle and two 9mm pistols were reportedly recovered from the scene.

Perry is accused of carrying out several killings, including those of Corporal Kenneth Davis and Constable Craig Palmer on December 22, 2015, and also for a string of shootings, rapes and other crimes.

Vybz Kartel hospitalized

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgIncarcerated Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel has been admitted to hospital with a kidney infection.

According to reports, the deejay fell ill yesterday afternoon and told prison officials that he was suffering from severe back pains.

Vybz Kartel was treated by medical staff at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Center, however following treatment, he complained about the same condition.

The deejay was then taken to hospital early this morning after his condition did not improve. It's reported that Kartel has been ill since last week Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Gaza nation is expressing concern for their boss and have flooded social media with expressions of sympathey.

School teacher and her 7-y-o son killed in car crash

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Three people, including a woman and her seven-year-old son, were killed last night following a head-on collision between a truck and a car in Bog Walk, St Catherine.

Dead are 34-year-old Sheryl Francis-Parkes, a teacher of the Mickleton Housing Scheme and her seven-year-old son, Ajani Parkes.

A woman identified as Jean Grant, of an unknown address, also died in the crash.

Reports are that about 7:45 Francis-Parkes was driving a Toyota Corolla motor car towards Bog Walk.

Upon reaching Kent Village the car collided with a Leyland truck driven by Marcus Robinson of Greater Portmore, St Catherine.

All three occupants of the Corolla were pronounced dead at hospital.

Deputy Superintendent in charge of operations at the Police Traffic Division, Courtney Cubrie, says the investigation is under way to determine who is at fault.

Dominica's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, says at least 15 people are dead and 20 others are missing after Hurricane Maria.

In an interview today on ABS News in Antigua, Prime Minister Skerrit said it was a miracle that the death toll was not in the hundreds.

Hurricane Maria ripped through Dominica as a category four storm late on Monday, damaging hundreds of homes.

Skerrit said he has spent the last 24 hours surveying by air the destruction caused by the powerful storm.

He said the destruction is widespread.

The Dominican Prime Minister, who broke down into tears, says the needs are great as thousands of citizens are displaced.

The University of Technology's (UTech) Students' Union and the Papine police are urging students to take designated vehicles or the Jamaica Urban Transit (JUTC) buses when commuting to and from classes.

This comes after UTech students were allegedly kidnapped and robbed by a taxi man and two men posing as passengers in a red-plated motor car travelling from the University to downtown Kingston last night.

"I'm encouraging students to take the shuttle buses provided by the Students' Union, which travels to Half Way Tree, Downtown, Spanish Town, Old Harbour and Portmore," President of the Students' Union Granville Knight instructed.

Meanwhile, personnel at the Papine Police Station said that they are working on having a meeting with taxi operators in Papine to discuss the safety of students.

Hurricane Maria making its way through the Caribbean

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hurricane-maria-storm.jpgHurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength Atlantic storm of the season, is bearing down on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The category five tempest has already inflicted "widespread damage" on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

It briefly weakened to a four but is now again packing top sustained winds of 280km/h (175mph).

The storm is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, this season's other category five hurricane.

The governor of Puerto Rico, a US territory, has told the island's 3.5 million people to seek shelter with the hurricane poised to make landfall around 8am local time (1300 GMT).

Officials there fear the debris left by Irma earlier this month could now prove extremely dangerous in the winds of Maria.

There are also concerns that heavy rain could cause landslides in some places, and that a predicted storm surge of up to 9 feet (2.7m) could swamp low-lying areas.

Puerto Rico has been a haven for people fleeing other storm-ravaged Caribbean islands in recent weeks.

Hundreds of shelters have been set up by the authorities, but correspondents say the human impact of the storm could depend on how seriously the warnings are taken.

140 killed as another powerful quake rocks Mexico

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Nearly 140 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake.

The toll could rise further. Rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City -- home to 20 million people -- were clawing through the rubble of at least 49 collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies.

Mexico City recorded 36 of the deaths, while Morelos state directly south of it saw 64 killed. The others were registered in Puebla (29), a town southeast of the capital, and in Mexico state (nine), which lies just to the west of the capital.

National Coordinator for Civil Protection Luis Felipe Puente said a total of at least 138 people died.

"I'm so worried. I can't stop crying. It's the same nightmare as in 1985," Georgina Sanchez, 52, sobbed to AFP in a plaza in the capital.

Amamia Sanchez, a 45-year-old secretary cried out: "It's just not possible that this happened also on September 19."

In the quake exactly 32 years earlier, 10,000 people perished in Mexico City. Memories of that event spurred panic on Tuesday and prompted many to quickly run for safety outdoors when walls around them swayed and cracked.

Hurricane Maria devastates Dominica

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hurricane-maria.jpgCategory Five Hurricane Maria pounded Dominica on Monday night, leaving the world fearing widespread devastation on the eastern Caribbean island, but there is still no clear word on the true level of destruction, as communication services were knocked out by the storm.

The hurricane, with winds of 160 miles per hour, badly damaged the Dominica Prime Minister's house overnight and left much of the island in ruins.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit posted on Facebook that initial reports are of widespread devastation.

He said the country had lost all that money can buy.

Maria is the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Dominica - a country with a population of 73,000.

Government of Trinidad and Tobago has said it is mobilising a team to assist the country.

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard is also preparing to send a supply vessel and take Defence Force personnel to Dominica.

Several other Caribbean islands, including St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, have also reported damage to their telecommunications infrastructure. Telephone calls to those regions have failed to connect.

Hurricane Maria is now taking aim on islands already crippled by Hurricane Irma, as it barrells toward St. Croix and threatens severe damage to Puerto Rico.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is seeking the public's assistance in locating the family of 69-year-old Keith Ranstan Porter, who they said is hospitalised in New York.

Porter whose birthdate is May 4th, 1948 was born in Clarendon, was never married and has five children.

Four of the five children are: Keith Porter, Nicole Porter, Shauna Porter and Peter Porter.

The ministry, in a release this afternoon, said Porter also has two uncles in Jamaica with the names Ashton Porter and Leslie Porter.

A family address given is in the Kingston 3 area. He has been in the United States for four years.

The ministry is asking Porter's family to contact its offices at 21 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5 (New Kingston) or telephone number, 426-4220 extension 3352.

andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness says he expects the High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to take certain action in the coming weeks to show that it is serious about issues of sexual harassment in the organisation and the wider society.

There has been widespread concern following allegations that cops are being denied promotions because they reject the sexual advances of their superiors.

In an interview on Nationwide radio this morning, Holness said he believes it is important that the force takes a proactive approach to ensure that a certain standard is maintained and that members of the force are equipped to deal with domestic issues when they arise.

"I'm expecting that in the weeks to come we will see some action to show that the police is taking this matter very seriously," he said.

Holness also said that, already, he has met with Police Commissioner George Quallo following reports that cops were being denied promotions because they refuse to have sex with their superiors.

The National Security Minister has said there are almost 400 vacant posts to be filled in the constabulary and has publicly called for Quallo to explain why they are not being filled.

According to Montague, the government has the money to pay the promoted cops.

sonya-kay-forbes.jpgPolice investigators are trying to figure out if medical doctor Sonya-Kay Forbes was killed by an intruder at her St. Andrew residence or she was killed under other circumstances.

Dr. Forbes was found dead at her Cunningham Avenue home on Wednesday, with a stab wound to the abdomen.

Investigators have not come to a conclusion on what led to Dr. Forbes death.

He said the police have not declared that she was murdered. He explained that investigators are awaiting an autopsy report and forensic tests.

Investigators have so far collected a statement from Dr. Forbes' mother who was in the house at the time of her death.

She reportedly found her daughter dead in her bedroom.

A knife was also found in the room.

There was no sign of forced entry to the residence.

Investigators have also collected statements from persons at the gated complex.

The cops are reviewing evidence that someone attempted to clean up blood found in Dr. Forbes bedroom.

The 40 year-old medical doctor, was assigned as an eye specialist at the Kingston Public Hospital.

3 Jamaicans in custody in Cayman after drugs find

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custody.jpg(CMC) -- Three Jamaicans are now in police custody in the Cayman Islands following the seizure of a large quanta of drugs last week.

The police report that officers from the Joint Marine Unit were patrolling the eastern side of Grand Cayman late Thursday when they came upon a canoe from Jamaica.

It's reported that during a brief pursuit, the occupants of the vessel started to throw packages overboard.

The canoe was eventually intercepted and several packages were recovered.

The police also seized caged roosters.

The men were held on suspicion of importation.

Contractor shot dead; his daughter shot in the head

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crime-scene-gun.jpgJimmy Riley, a sub-contractor of Green Bottom, Nineteen Miles in Clarendon was shot dead Saturday night, while his daughter, a 17-year-old student of Vere Technical High School, was shot in the head in the incident.

According to reports, Riley was at home when he was attacked and shot.

Upon the arrival of the police he was found lying on his back in a pool of blood on the verandah.

His daughter was taken to the May Pen Hospital where she was later transferred and underwent surgery.

No motive has been established for the killing. The police continues to investigate.

5 shot, one fatally, on West Bay Farm Road

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice say they have stepped up their search for a group of men who on Friday shot dead a 53-year-old man and injured four other persons, including two women, in West Bay Farm Road, Kingston.

Dead has been identified as Owen Bowen, otherwise called 'Mattis' or 'Carter' of Lenwood Path, Kingston 11.

Reports from the Hunts Bay police are that about 6:45 pm the five were on the roadway when a group of men with guns approached the group of persons and opened fire.

The men then escaped from the area.

Police were called and the victims found suffering from gunshot wounds.

They were rushed to hospital where Bowen succumbed to his injuries.

The other four has since been admitted in hospital. One of the women is said to be in serious condition, while the others are reportedly stable.

Hunts Bay police are investigating.

student-killed.jpgThe New York Police Department (NYPD), is set to release the body camera footage of a fatal shooting which claimed the life of a Jamaican male student during a standoff with cops in his Bronx apartment.

Cops are reportedly set to release footage of the standoff with the 31-year-old Jamaican student, Miguel Richards, on Thursday, after he was allegedly was shot and killed by cops during a wellness check requested by his landlord.

Richards was shot 16 times during the confrontation after cops claim that he brandished a small knife and a toy gun with a laser scope while they repeatedly told him to surrender.

Sources say Richards was a university exchange student from Jamaica, who was studying information technology in the United States.

Family members say they are shocked as Richards he has no prior arrest record, nor did he show any sign of mental illness.

trench-town-hero-gully-rescue.jpgA Trench Town man is today quite upset as he says he's a hero too and wants recognition for saving drowning boy 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds and his rescuer, Tremayne Brown

Alphonso 'Vivian' Coombs, a 26-year-old resident of Trench Town says he played a vital role in the rescue effort of a little boy from raging flood waters last Friday in the community - an event which has turned another resident, Tremayn Brown, into a celebrated hero.

Reports are that Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary, was playing with friends on his way home from school when he found himself being swept away by flood waters in the gully on Collie Smith Drive.

After seeing Renaldo in the gully desperately clutching and gasping for air in the muddy flood water, Brown took off his shoes, jumped into the gully, and held on to the little boy.

Coombs said he subsequently played an instrumental role in rescuing the pair - after Brown was found in the ferocious water clinging on to a tree root with one hand while firmly holding the child with the other - but expressed disappointment that he has not received any of the praise.

"Right now I am here with mixed emotions, I am the person who pulled Brown from the gully and held on to him for several minutes before help came," Coombs said.

"But a one man alone ah get everything," he told Loop News and also repeated the same story to news out, The Star.

"So me woulda love to know if I'm not somebody too. How comes no one is highlighting me?"

Social media has mixed feelings on the matter as some say Brown is the real hero while others agree that Coombs should get recognition.

National honour for man who saved drowning boy

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Tremayne Brown the man who last week risked his own life to save a drowning boy, 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary has received job offers, gifts and praises for his selfless, heroic act is to be given a national award.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange reportedly told The Gleaner newspaper that Prime Minister Andrew Holness was moved by the actions of Brown, .

According to Grange, the prime minister suggested that Brown be given a national award for his brave feat.

It is anticipated that Brown could be awarded the Badge of Honour for Gallantry in October, this year, when 171 other Jamaicans will be conferred with national honours.

Renaldo was on his way home from school when he and friends decided to play in the gully's rushing waters. He, however, got into difficulties and was swept away by the currents from Seventh Street on Collie Smith Drive.

Residents attempted to save the boy but failed, However, Brown ran from the Boys' Town Vocational Training Centre, where he works part-time as a labourer, and jumped into the water clutching the boy.

Cops kill 2 gunmen in Hellshire

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police-tape-feb-3-2016-kaf.jpgTwo men were on Tuesday killed and their firearms seized after they allegedly opened gunfire at lawmen in Hellshire, St Catherine.

According to the Hellshire police, officers responded to reports about 5:30 pm yesterday that gunmen were at the Hellshire Beach Club in St Catherine.

The lawmen said they were greeted by gunfire upon entering the premises and in turn, shot at their attackers.

The two men were hit. A .45 pistol with 5 rounds and Intratec sub-machine gun with three rounds were reportedly taken from them.

The police are yet to identify the two bodies, which they described as both 5 feet 8 inches long, slim built and of dark complexion.

The matter has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

Government to get rid of 'red money'

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red-money.jpgThe government announced that the one, ten and 25-cent coins -- which many Jamaicans refer to as "red money" -- are to be put out of circulation by the Bank of Jamaica, due to the downward trend in their use since 2005.

Information Minister, Senator Ruel Reid explained at a post-Cabinet press briefing this morning that Cabinet had approved the proposal to demonetise these coins because an efficiency assessment had determined that the cost of making these denominations consistently exceeded their face value.

The one, five and 20 dollar coins will remain in circulation.