Schoolboy nabbed for attack on conductor, MP condemns assault | News

Deputy Superintendent of Police Sharon Beeput, the commanding officer for the Hanover Police Division, says a Green Island High School student was picked up for his alleged role in the physical attack of a bus conductor last week. “We have one, but he is not charged yet and we are doing our work [to arrest the others], but rest assured, they will answer for such an act,” The DSP told WESTERN STAR. A video went viral on social media last week, showing several male students from Green Island throwing blows…

Community Focus: Stay away! – Kilmarnock residents warns criminals | News

The people of Kilmarnock are sending strong warnings that they will not allow wanted men or criminals fleeing from St James in the wake of the state of public emergency to seek refuge in their community. In January, residents from the quiet farming district joined with the security forces to drive out a number of gangsters, said to be members of the Ratty gang, who sought haven in the hills surrounding the area. The operation led to a shoot-out, where one man was shot and killed and a 16-year-old boy,…

‘Panty Pig’ was a good father – Lilliput in mourning after four perish in crashes | News

One of the last things that Panty Pig did before he died was provide diapers for his seven-month-old baby. Panty Pig, whose given name is Odane Smith, died on Saturday. Smith, 25, along with Sheldon Hylton, 35, was travelling in a Nissan Tiida motor car along the Elegant Corridor when on reaching the vicinity of the Sangster International Airport, the driver lost control and ran off the road. Hylton and Smith, otherwise called Panty Pig, died on the spot. “Panty pig was a model father,” said the mother of his…

Ipswich nice, but we need road and water – residents plead for development | News

While the rest of Jamaica grapples with violence, residents of Ipswich in St Elizabeth say they are a crime-free community. However, the neighbourhood lags behind other areas where roads and water is concerned. Residents of the seemingly quiet farming community say they have seen better days and have become victims of empty promises. Daniel Clarke said, “We want likkle road fi go dung pan di main dung deh so. Nuh water nuh ina pipe. A river we go fi catch water, boss, or we get two tank, and when the…

Romantic security guard shot by cops – Says he was getting Valentine’s Day presents for lover | News

When 28-year-old armed security guard Mike Hall reported for duty at the Frome Sugar Estate on Valentine’s Day and saw that his assignment was cancelled, he got him a brilliant idea. He was going to surprise his lady love and take her out for a romantic evening for an experience that he expected would continue through the weekend. He thought that a perfect gift would be an earring and necklace set, and an outfit suited for the occasion. Later that afternoon he left home for downtown Savanna-la-Mar where he visited…

Kilmarnock begs for piped water | News

Prolonged drought threatens to worsen water shortage in the community of Kilmarnock on the Westmoreland-St Elizabeth border. Worried residents are praying for rain soon as it is their primary source of obtaining the precious commodity. “Up to wah day me have to buy water just because of the drought,” Tamara Hudson told the WESTERN STAR during a recent visit to the hilltop community. She, like other residents, noted that it is becoming increasingly tiring and costly to venture outside the community to seek water. The people explained that they have…

Bubbler needs help! – One-time dancer floored by sickness, weight gain | News

Georgia Gray, better known as ‘Bubbler’, was a popular figure on the local entertainment scene in the 1990s and early 2000s, but sickness and financial difficulties have turned her world upside down in recent years. The 53-year-old entertainer is turning to Jamaicans for financial assistance as she tries to overcome hardships. “Mi can’t move about these days because mi have asthma, sugar, pressure, poor blood circulation, and other illnesses,” Bubbler told WESTERN STAR during a recent visit to her home in Rose Mount, St James. Bubbler says she weighs just…

Dom Republic boys learn Patios in Trelawny school | News

Dominican Republic nationals Brayomi and Brayhan Cassy are now adding English and Patois to the list of languages they now speak. The boys, who are students at the Rio Bueno Primary School in Trelawny, speak Spanish and French. They are in Jamaica because their father, Michelet Cassy, is employed as a translator for a company that works from several hotels. “They had no knowledge of the English language, but since arriving here at school, they have become multilingual,” said Audrey Barrett, principal of the 184-year-old Rio Bueno Primary School. “Fluent…