Dumfries needs better roads, clean drains | News

Among the myriad of problems plaguing residents of Dumfries, in St James, the bad state of the roads and poor drainage sit on top of the list. “The road situation is very bad and it has been like this for many years,” said Ann-Marie Cope, a resident of the community. “Them (the authorities) just patch up here and there, and not properly fixing the roads. We tired of it.” According to the people, the situation has gotten so bad in recent years that car and bus operators are refusing to…

Gay prostitute hides out in church | News

Robert*, 26, has been practising homosexuality since age 11. However, not many persons are aware that this church boy is earning a living by selling sex on the streets. “I am active in the church and it provides a very good cover. My clients come from a wide cross section of professionals, even married men,” Robert told the WESTERN STAR. “They pick me up and take me to different houses. This lifestyle is dangerous because you arrange a price for a package, you agree to have sex with one person,…

Rape figures alarm Trelawny top cop | News

The migration of criminals from parishes such as St James and Hanover has been listed as a major worry for the Trelawny police. “They come into the parish and purchase houses from where they come out to commit crimes. We will be heavily dependent on the community to provide information which will help in our efforts,” Superintendent of police in charge of the Trelawny, Dwight Powell, said. previous year Despite seeing a reduction in the number of murders committed in the parish last year, when compared with the previous year,…

Pauline Ellis jumps hurdles to earn degree | News

When 47-year-old Pauline Ellis started teaching at the Learning Cottage 12 years ago, she didn’t even have a single CXC subject. However, she said that her employer decided to give her a chance when she hired her. “When I went for the interview, I didn’t have any CXC. My employer said to me that ‘I am not supposed to employ you without subjects, but I am going to take the chance. Seeing that you have the potential, I am going to take the chance with you’,” she told THE STAR.…

Family in danger after massive landslide | News

Veteran journalist Devon Evans and his family are being forced to vacate their premises located at Top Road, St Ann’s Bay after a massive land slippage left several buildings precariously perched. The slippage also blocked the St Ann’s Bay to Lime Hall main road on Sunday. Ten family members are being affected including Evan’s children and grandchildren, the youngest being six years old. No one was injured in the incident which occurred around midnight Saturday into early Sunday morning, after four days of rainfall across St Ann saturated the soil.…

Suspected drowning in Trelawny | News

Police are investigating whether heavy rains have led to the death of a woman in Trelawny. Elizabeth Thompson, also known as ‘Tully’, is believed to have drowned while she was walking along the Barnstaple main road. The Stewart Town police report that at about 2 p.m., Thompson, believed to be about 60, allegedly attempted to cross a body of water in a flooded area. Residents said that she was unable to determine the depth of the water or how close she was to a gully. They said she fell into…

August Town aiming for murder free 2018 | News

Although an air of tense calm currently hangs over sections of August Town following the murder of a well-known member of the community on December 29, 2017, Inspector Stephen Taylor, sub-officer in charge of the August Town Police Station, still harbours hopes of replicating the murder-free year they had in 2016. When he took command of the area that year, Taylor says having numerous community meetings with different groups and residents on street corners resulted in zero murders. However, in 2017, 12 murders were recorded in the St Andrew community,…

Pregnant woman weeps after court ruling | News

A 27-year-old pregnant woman wept uncontrollably in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday when the man she is accused of chopping with a machete decided not to proceed with the case. He said her nine-month-old baby is suffering because she is locked away. Ruth-Ann Wilson was charged with unlawful wounding. But as the complainant stepped in the courtroom, he told Presiding Judge Chester Crooks of his decision. “Your Honour, I don’t want to continue with the case anymore. She has a little baby at home and it…

The healing hands of God saw her through | Features

The Bible says, in James 5:16, that the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Well, Reverend Lesline Henry of the Johns Hall New Testament Church of God in Clarendon knew exactly what that meant when she suddenly fell ill some months ago. Henry testified that she fell ill one Wednesday night while conducting Bible study at her church. “I had just started reading the Bible when suddenly, I felt a sensation in one of my feet. Then I started stuttering and repeating the words I was saying, but…

NEWS SHORTS | News | Jamaica Star

The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining is appealing to motorists to exercise caution for the rest of 2018. The unit is reporting that there have been two road fatalities since the start of the year. A private motor vehicle driver accounted for one death, while a motorcyclist accounted for the other. Hanover and St Catherine accounted for the two fatalities. In 2016, there were 379 road fatalities, while 320 were reported for 2017. The National Water Commission is advising customers in some sections of Clarendon…