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Chad Young, CEO & MD of IRIE and ZIP FM passes away ( OFFICIAL MEDIA STATEMENT)

Chad Young, CEO & MD of IRIE and ZIP FM passes away



At approximately 5:00 pm this afternoon (Thursday, February 27, 2014), Chad Young, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IRIE FM and ZIP 103 FM, passed away after succumbing to illness.


He was 27 years old.


Chad Young, CEO of Irie & Zip FM is dead

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Irie FM and Zip FM, Chad Young, is dead.


Mr. Young died at home in Ocho Rios, St. Ann a short while ago, after a brief illness.


He was 27 years old.


Chad Young took over management and control of Grove Broadcasting Company from his late father Karl Young, four years ago.


Grove Broadcasting Company owns Irie FM and Zip FM.


Four ecapees from Santa Cruz lock-up still on the run


Man arrested along with entertainer Tommy Lee charged for murder

One of the men who were recently arrested in a lottery scamming probe in the Kingston 5 area has been charged with murder by the St. James police.

He is 20-year-old Oshane Rankine of Dalling Street Westmoreland.

A statement from the police’s corporate communications unit says Rankine was charged on Saturday, February 15 in connection with the October 2013 shooting death of 27-year-old Ramar Cunningham in Lilliput, St. James.

Civic groups react to INDECOM’s report

At least two civic groups are decrying the spike in the number of civilians fatally shot by the police last year.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says 258 persons were fatally shot by the police in 2013.

This represents a near 18 per cent increase over 2012 when 219 persons were fatally shot.

Spokesperson for Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) Susan Goffe says the mechanism for holding members of the security force accountable remains subject to a great amount of delay.

Police awaiting DNA in alleged sexual assault of teen girls

The St Catherine North police say they are awaiting the results of DNA samples taken from a suspect  linked to the sexual assault of four female students on the grounds of  the McGrath High School last month.

Investigators say the suspect has been released from custody pending the results of DNA testing which will help determine if he was linked to the crime.

No breakthrough in murder cases

The St Ann police say there has been no breakthrough in at least three murders that took place in the parish in the last two weeks.

However, law enforcement officers  say even though there have been no arrests, they are following leads in the three cases and are working hard to nab the perpetrators.

Police say they have still not determined a motive for the killing of 67-year-old  Bevin James of Crescent, St Ann's Bay , St Ann.

St Ann police warn teens

Head of the St Ann police, Superintendent Yvonne Martin-Daley is urging persons in the parish especially teenagers to inform their parents or other relatives of their whereabouts  when they leave home.

She says this will limit the likelihood of them being harmed.

The St Ann top cop  was speaking in relation to the December 30 murder of 16 year old Tashiek Nugent.

Police seize weapons

Two high-powered weapons and 351 assorted rounds of ammunition were seized in Westmoreland last night.

Police say the guns were seized by a team from the Trans-national Crime and Narcotics Division during follow-up operations in Big Bridge.

The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) says the weapons—a beretta 40-calibre rifle, and a fal 7 point six two rifle—, along with the ammunition were seized during a four-hour-long operation.

Meantime, police say Westmoreland has been the scene of two other seizures since the start of this week.


Water woes in St Elizabeth

The councillor for the Braes River Division in the St. Elizabeth Parish Council is appealing to residents to be patient as efforts are being made to restore water supply to the area.

Donovan Pagon says the National Water Commission(NWC) has pledged to replace the pump at the Bogue Station by this weekend.

Mr Pagon says since the pump was taken out of service over a week ago, several communities including Bogue, Georges Valley and Braes River have been without piped water.


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