Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has condemned the recent actions of persons placing graffiti with anti-Jew, anti-Semitic statements, in and around the city of Montego Bay.
A team of officers assigned to the St. Mary Police Division seized 24 rounds of ammunition during an operation on Guptar Lane, Annotto Bay, St. Mary on Monday, January 20.
Reports from the Annotto Bay Police are that about 2:47 p.m., they were in the area when a premises was searched ammunition was seized. No one was arrested in relation to this seizure.
Four men, including two brothers, died in a motor vehicle accident which occurred along a section of The Hague main road, in the parish of Trelawny, on Sunday morning.
Detectives at the Constant Spring Police Station in St. Andrew arrested and charged 23-year-old Shauguelle Clarke, otherwise called ‘Quado’, a recording artiste of Buff Bay, Portland with Murder and Arson.
Clarke was charged for the murder of 30-year-old Miguel Williams in Sterling Castle Heights, St. Andrew on April 17, 2019, after he turned himself in to the Police accompanied by his Attorney on Tuesday, January 14.
Quada who is best known on the entertainment circuit for his singles More Money More Life, New Gyal Alert and Hail, is the second person to be arrested and charged in relation to the murder of Williams’.
In December, 30-year-old Andrew Breakcliffe of Sterling Castle Heights was also charged.
Reports are that about 3:45 p.m., Williams was allegedly beaten, set ablaze and his house torched by Clarke and others.
Williams is the man whom, it is alleged, was involved in the rape and slaying of eight-year-old Shantae Skyers whose decomposing was found in a section of the Sterling Castle Heights community in April last year.
She had been missing for several days after she did not return home from school.
He was charged following a question and answer session with detectives.
Clarke joins fellow accused 30-year-old Andrew Breakcliffe, otherwise called ‘Grinch’, of a Sterling Castle Heights address who was also charged with murder and Arson in December 2019.
The court date for Williams has not yet been finalized.
Investigations are ongoing.
A member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) was involved in a murder-suicide which took place in Portmore early this morning.
While unable to reveal his identity, a JDF spokesperson said the individual has been a member of the JDF for 12-13 years.
“Typically when something like this happens, the JDF works closely with the police not only in assisting with the investigation, but also in the management of grief and counselling of the family members that were left behind,” the spokesperson said.
Investigations into the incident are ongoing.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness is assuring the nation that the Government remains resolute in dealing with the crime problem including murders.
Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw has announced that the government is in advanced negotiations for a US$100 million loan from China to fix badly destroyed roads in hilly coffee communities in the island. Speaking last Saturday at the annual Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association (JCEA) Banquet in Kingston, Shaw also urged exporters to focus on improving coffee yields to meet growing global demand and increase foreign exchange earnings. “It doesn’t make any sense that while the market for coffee is increasing globally we are declining in Jamaica,” said Shaw, stating that there is a huge demand for coffee in countries including China which have a growing middle class which were acquiring a taste for fine coffees such as Blue Mountain coffee. The minister warned exporters against focusing on importing too much coffee to blend with local coffee, warning that this served to “adulterate” local coffee production. Instead, Shaw said, they should focus on boosting production of locally grown coffee, noting that it required the “collective will of the growers” and that he would stand with them in assisting the market recovery. JCEA president Norman Grant who also addressed the gathering said in his speech that the JCEA is moving to boost more consumption of coffee by tourists in Jamaica and has made marketing overtures to new destinations in Europe and North America. It is also investing in reviving the Japanese market which still takes the bulk of Jamaica’s coffee exports, Grant said. JCEA activities over the next 12 months will include Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day on January 9, 2020, which will be the event’s second anniversary. Around the period, the JCEA is also re planning a coffee week starting on Sunday, January 3 to Friday, January 10. In 2020 the JCEA will also host the All Japan Roasters Association from February 17 to 20, with a tour of Jamaica Coffee Country. Forty-five delegates will be in attendance. The event is slated to be repeated in 2021.