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Policeman kills brother in law

The Independent Commission of Investigations (Indecom) says it continues to collect statements in relation to the death of a farmer who was shot and killed on the weekend.

Indecom says a specific direction for the investigation has not yet been determined, as it is still at an early stage.

Dead is 41-year-old Christopher Thompson, otherwise called Baboo or Indian of Darliston, Westmoreland.

It is believed that Thompson was killed during a confrontation with his brother-in-law who is said to be a policeman.

Judges upset over non-payment of retroactive monies

The country's judges are said to be upset over the government's delay in paying them outstanding increases.

The judges have been granted a 10 % increase in salary for the 2011-2014 period.

However, they say there are overdue retroactive payments for the period 2009-2011.

The judges were granted a 7 % increase for 2009-2011, but said they were operating on the same 2008 salary, because it was not paid over to them.

Huge cocaine find in Kingston

Over 200 pounds of cocaine was seized at Kingston Wharves yesterday (August 24).

The operation was conducted by members of the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND) and the contraband enforcement team.

Police say the drug weighed approximately two hundred and 67 pounds.

Reports are that about 9:45 a.m., the team carried out a search of a container, which arrived from Suriname en route to China.

JTA seeks Prof. Errol Morrison’s help to resolve President Elect issue

Delegates at the 50th Annual Conference of the Jamaica Teachers
Association (JTA) have given their blessing to a proposal to settle the ugly dispute over the election for the next president.

They have given the go ahead for the Association to secure the services of Professor Errol Miller, a former president, to lead efforts to settle the row about who is the rightful president elect: Norman Allen or Georgia Waugh-Richards.

Security Minister warns residents of Caanan Heights

National Security Minister Peter Bunting has warned residents of Caanan Heights in Clarendon that his Ministry will not waste efforts to aid the community unless the residents themselves make an effort to fight crime.

Mr. Bunting toured the area yesterday (August 22) as part of the Ministry’s Unite for Change initiative, and following concern from the divisional councillor about a spike in crime in the area.

The Minister noted that since the start of the year Clarendon has recorded 50 murders. Of that number, 10 were committed in Caanan Heights.

Water Ministry to address water shortage problem in schools

The Water Ministry says steps are being taken to address the water situation at schools in drought affected areas prior to the start of the new academic year.

Earlier this week, Education Minster, Reverend Ronald Thwaites, reportedly indicated, that students would need to take water to school for drinking, and flushing toilets.

That announcement drew the ire of Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, who is the Opposition's Spokesman on Education. 

Mr. Holness called the situation shameful.

No major problem with incline of Mt. Rosser bypass highway

The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) says it has found no major fault with the slope along the newly opened Linstead to Moneague leg of Highway 2000.

Some motorists have complained that they have developed mechanical problems while trying to traverse the incline along the roadway.

In a statement, the NRSC says it, along with representatives of the Jamaica Automobile Association, toured the highway earlier this week, and that they are satisfied that the slope is safe and comfortable for travelling.

Education Ministry distributes text books to schools

The education Ministry says it will be spending over $973 m under the National Textbook Loan Scheme, and the Primary Textbook Programme, for this academic year.

Under the programme, students at the primary and secondary levels, are provided with, text books.

Chief Education Officer, Dr. Grace McLean, said the Ministry is pleased with the success that has been achieved with the textbook rationalization and re-organisation programme that was embarked on earlier this year.

One of 2 men charged for murder of Dwight Ashall

One of two men taken into custody in relation to a murder in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, two weeks ago has been charged.

He is thirty year-old Shawn Thompson, of Rose Hall in Montego Bay, St. James.

Thompson has been charged for the murder of 41-year-old Dwight Ashall, of Mt. Edgecombe in Runaway Bay.

He appeared in the St. Ann's Bay RM Court on Thursday, where he was remanded into custody.

Thompson is to return to court on August 28.

Investigators say the second suspect is to be placed on an identification parade.

Mentally ill man cuts throat of 2 yr old boy

A St. Ann man who allegedly killed a toddler in the parish yesterday (August 21), is being questioned by police and is expected to be charged soon.

The man, who is said to be mentally ill, had cut the throat of a two year old child.

Dead is 2-year-old Jahiem Cooper, also called Jay, of Lewis District, near Priory in St. Ann.

It is reported that about 5:30 p.m. yesterday, the mentally ill man got into an altercation with another man.


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