Mobay mayor hopes state of emergency will ‘brake’ crime | News

  Montego Bay’s mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, hopes support will be given to the state of emergency that is now under way in St James. “Many stakeholders, some openly and some quietly, were calling for such action, and now that it has been declared, I am hoping that they will support the action; and I hope that the police will be able to put not only a dent, but a major lid on the crime activities that are taking place in the parish, especially murders,” said Davis. St James recorded…

Vox Pop: Do you believe that Jericho in Hanover is being properly represented by its Government representatives? | News

  Aston Ellis, farmer: “No, I don’t think so, because I want to see some water and road, but all now, nothing. The authorities are not doing enough for Jericho and more work is needed from them this year.” Floyd Grant, pensioner: “There are no roads or water around, plus the community lacks employment for the people. We are being neglected, and this has gone on for decades. Persons even lost their lives just to get some water. Current (electricity) go away often and the roads need fixing.” Nichole Taylor,…

Crime Stop received more tips in 2017 | News

Crime Stop Jamaica is reporting that there was a 74 per cent increase in tips received during 2017 compared to the previous year. In a release yesterday, the organisation noted that in 2017, it received 912 tips, compared to the 523 tips received in 2016. The organisation is also reporting that the total number of arrests rose by 79 per cent. In 2017, 61 arrests were made, compared to 34 in 2016. However, the success rate fell from one in six in 2016, to a one in eight. In 2017,…

Community Focus: Jericho – 40 years of dry pipes | News

The community of Jericho in Hanover is growing ever more restless as residents blast the authorities for neglect. The people said they have had enough of empty promises by their political representatives and the National Water Commission (NWC), and are demanding that water be returned to their taps as it was 40 years ago. “Jericho has done its waiting, 40 years of it,” said resident Brown-Morris, a retired principal. We have to be buying water from trucks that costs anywhere between $5,000 to $8,000, or some person go down a…

Legal Eagle : A new-look Supreme Court | Features

  The Government, through the minister of justice, has been very critical of the justice system, in general, and the criminal justice system in particular. Some of the comments point to delay in the delivery of judgments, light sentences given to convicts of serious crimes, bail offered to prisoners previously charged with serious crimes, or bail offered to persons charged with murder and firearm offences, and a litany of other complaints. The solutions proposed include the appointment of a new chief justice who will ‘crack the whip’ on the back…

MURDER PRANK ROCKS HIGH SCHOOL … Students now in hot water after photo goes viral | News

Principal at the Cross Keys High School in Manchester says disciplinary actions are likely to be taken against a group of students who he said brought the school’s name into disrepute. A shocking image with a male student, dressed in his uniform, has been making the rounds on social media. The picture shows the boy lying in what appears to be a pool of blood. It has the caption: “Them mash up mi genna tpc”. It gives the impression that the boy was murdered in the classroom. However, it is…

Testimony: From sceptical atheist to man of God | Features

With God all things are possible, and nothing is impossible for Him. Well, for Roger Shakespeare and many other Christians, that is the reality. Shakespeare, who currently serves as a pastor at the Emmanuel Hope Restored Church of God at Chudleigh in Manchester, testified that he was an atheist before he turned his life over to the Lord. He said that three and a half years ago he had nothing to do with God. “Three and a half years ago I was an atheist, but currently I am a pastor.…

Phone call causes ‘sweet’ beating | News

A man who used a stalk of sugar cane to beat his babymother had to apologise yesterday in court. Ethan Bailey pleaded guilty in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, however, his girlfriend begged the court not to proceed with the matter. The court heard that the two were at home when Bailey got a phone call which triggered an argument. The complainant was punched in her face and slapped in her head. Allegations are that Bailey swung a machete at the complainant before using the cane to beat…

Little Tanir is christened | Features

It was 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, when Bishop Donald Dawson, pastor at the Sanguinetti New Testament Church of God in Clarendon, called young parents Regina Hylton and Omarie Wright to take their baby son Tanir to the altar for christening. Supported by the lad’s godparents and officers from that church, the two proudly stood at the altar while facing the pastor and listened to every instruction before he prayed for Tanir and pronounced God’s blessings on him. Dawson reminded everyone that they all have an obligation to ensure…

Seven arrested in gas raid | News

A joint police/military team seized approximately 5,000 litres of petrol resulting in the arrest of seven men in Montego Bay, St James, yesterday. Reports are that at about 2 p.m., during a special operation at various locations along Bay Road and Pimento Way, several men were observed conducting the illegal trade of the petrol from makeshift gas pumps. They were accosted and 50 barrels containing petrol were seized as well as J$200,000 believed to be the proceeds as a result of the sales. Also, motor vehicles were removed from the…