Alleged peacemaker charged with assault | News

A woman who is accused of assaulting a teenager told the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last Friday that her intention was to be a peacemaker. Sophia Grant, who pleaded guilty with explanation to assault occasioning bodily harm, said on April 12, she saw Twins, who she knows very well, armed with sticks and boards. She believed they were going to fight students at a nearby school and tried to stop them. “Me keep telling them to hol up dem head and stop do certain things,” Grant said in…

Check Up: Why are her gums bleeding? | Features

Dear Readers, J.S. is a 52-year-old female writer who lives in Spanish Town and says she is looking out for Check Up to address her problem. Whenever she brushes her teeth, they bleed and her gums do, too. When she wakes in the mornings and spits, she sees blood in her saliva and if she drinks anything hot or cold it affects her teeth. At times her gums swell and pain her. She writes, “Please help me by telling me how to treat this problem”. Sore gums which are accompanied…

Man killed in shoot-out with police | News

June 11, 2018 The Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) are probing a case where a man, who reportedly engaged a police team in a shoot-out, was shot and killed yesterday. According to the police information arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), Devon Evans, 30, of Plum Lane, Olympic Gardens, was fatally shot during a confrontation with the police on Hill Avenue, St Andrew, at approximately 7:30 on Sunday morning. A 9 mm Taurus pistol with a magazine containing five 9 mm rounds of ammunition were…

Businessman murdered at hotel – Hailed as good citizen | News

The murder of popular businessman Brandon Murray has shocked the parish of Clarendon, where the late landscaper was revered. Murray was fatally shot by armed men at the Mayfair Hotel in St Andrew yesterday. Uphel Purcell, councillor for the York Town Division in Clarendon, said he has known the Murray family for a number of years. “We actually grew up in the same communities,” he said, noting that the family owns land in various parts of the parish. He lauded the Murrays for establishing their businesses in the parish and…

Market Life: Stroke doesn’t stop vendor from earning a living | Features

Madge Bernard has been in the vending business for more than 10 years but illness is taking a toll on her bodily. Bernard, 63, had to scale back on her duties as she suffered a minor stroke five years ago. She told The STAR that this changed her life drastically, but she is trying to make the best of the situation given the circumstances. “A Princess Street mi used to sell but because of the sickness me just affi a gwaan do this,” she said. Currently, Bernard sells at the…

Massive hole in Llandewey bridge … Residents want it fixed | News

Residents of Llandewey in western St Thomas have called for the authorities to fix a bridge in their community, which they say is a threat to life and property. The bridge has a huge hole in floor and residents said the structure is also broken. To keep the bridge passable to vehicular traffic residents have, in the past, placed metals and dirt on compromised section of the structure. “It poses a great threat to pedestrians,” said Horace Ogilvie, a resident of Llandewey. He said that with no street lights near…

Turn to the Lord in difficult times | Features

There have been many reports of near-death experiences by many persons over many years. Well, Gary Peart is one individual who has had such an experience. He testified that in 2007, he was travelling on the road from Brown’s Town to Alexandria in St Ann when his life and that of his wife were saved by the Lord. “There is a section of that road that does not have any sidewalk and only has a stone wall on the other side. On the right side – that is when you…

Big win for Newstead Primary | News

Newstead Primary School from St Mary on Thursday won 10 computers and $100,000 after placing first in the 2017-18 staging of the LASCO Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP). Eleanor Nelson, a Peace Corps volunteer at Newstead Primary, said the students collected 132,000 plastic bottles as part of the exercise. She said the children devoted themselves to the protection of the environment. Nelson said the school had only one working computer before Thursday’s win. “It was an incredible feat,” she said. Meanwhile, Lascelles Chin, founder and executive director of the Lasco…

Student attempts suicide at school | News

A 15-year-old schoolboy yesterday attempted suicide in his classroom. “Wi go in one of the classrooms and saw him with the cord around his neck and the other end was in the ceiling and he was standing on the chair,” an eyewitness told THE STAR. The incident took place just before 8 a.m. Students who discovered the boy standing on the chair with the cord around his neck raised an alarm and persons rushed to get him down. The Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon-Harrison, said that she wasn’t aware of the…