Here is a roundup of the week’s news from Sunday April 28 to Saturday May 4, 2019.
Cabinetmaker found dead
A cabinet maker was found dead at his home in Logwood Valley, Duncans.
Reports are that about 6:05 a.m., family members discovered the body of 50-year-old Lloyd Hemans at his house lying in a pool of blood.
The police were called and the body was removed to the morgue after the scene was processed.
At the time of writing, it was still not clear what caused Hemans’ death.
Falmouth Mayor Congratulates Trelawny Municipal Corporation Debate Team
The Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Colin Gager, has congratulated the Trelawny Municipal Corporation for winning the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition.
Mr. Gager was in attendance of the grand finals of the contest held on April 25 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.
“I am happy and delighted that this team, coming from Trelawny, could be able to perform so well today that they have taken the top prize. They are a dedicated team and… they try to do everything to make sure that the name of the Trelawny Municipal Corporation is lifted, and I am happy,” he told JIS News.
The competition, which lasted six weeks, was organised by the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU) in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and the Jamaican Association for Debate and Empowerment (JADE).
A total of 20 teams from various ministries, departments and agencies matched wits in five rounds of matches, with the Trelawny Municipal Corporation defeating the Ministry of National Security to take the coveted title.
District Constable Freed of Bomb Threat Charges
District Constable Jason Williams, who was arrested last year in relation to a series of bomb threats which disrupted court sittings in downtown Kingston, was freed of the charge on Monday morning when he appeared before the St Andrew Parish Court.
Mr Williams and businessman Cardel Clarke of Top Town in Clarke’s Town, Trelawny were charged with Creating Public Mischief.
The district constable was freed after the prosecution decided not to pursue the case against him.
He had been in custody since January.
His Attorney, Vincent Wellesley, said there was no evidence linking his client to the bomb threats.
Mosquito Breeding Sites Reduced In Trelawny
There has been a decrease in mosquito breeding sites in the parish of Trelawny, says Chief Medical Officer at the Falmouth Hospital, Dr Diane Dale.
She told JIS News that the decline is attributed to extensive mosquito control activities done by the Trelawny Health Department since a dengue fever outbreak was declared in January of this year.
“We intensified mosquito control activities right across the parish. This was facilitated with some additional resources that would have strengthened our mosquito control actions, by virtue of having temporary vector control workers, additional transportation (for the workers) as well as contracting private pest control operators that would have assisted with fogging activities,” Dale said.
She added that there are still at-risk communities in the parish that the department continues to monitor, and that the department continues to educate residents in the parish about dengue-prevention methods.
Trelawny Police Name Most Wanted Men
Detectives assigned to the Trelawny Police Division have listed four men as being the most wanted in the parish, and are urging them to turn themselves in by Monday, May 6.
The men are:
Lascelles Wright, otherwise called ‘Byah’ or ‘Stella’, of Tyre district in Trelawny, who is wanted in relation to the murder of Jason Sinclair on January 22 in Tyre district.
Rayon Russell of Felicity Road in Montego Bay, St James, who is wanted in relation to the murder of Albert Mowatt on March 20 at Market Street in Trelawny.
Renard Gayle, otherwise called ‘CJ’, of Hague, Trelawny, who is wanted in relation to three counts of wounding with intent that were committed on April 28 at about 4:10 p.m. in Martha Brae, Trelawny.
Nickell Pinnock of West Road, Kingston 12, who is wanted in relation to the murder of Owen Green on March 28 in Kinloss district, Clarks Town in Trelawny.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of any of the four men is being asked to contact the Falmouth police at 876-954-3271, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.
Additionally, members of the public are being reminded that it is an offence to harbour criminal elements and that doing so presents serious risks to their families and associates.
Trelawny Municipal Staff Transferred As Hundreds of Thousands Of Dollars Go Missing
Falmouth Mayor Collen Gager has been forced to shake up operations at the new Falmouth Market as hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees have gone down the rabbit hole.
The new $300-million facility was opened last October after years of delay and missed deadlines, but Gager said the Trelawny Municipal Corporation is not reaping the projected financial returns due to uncollected or unaccounted for fees.
“Unscrupulous workers have colluded with vendors and robbed the municipality of thousands of dollars,” Gager told The Gleaner. “We had to remove all the workers who were originally placed there and put in new workers.”
The Gleaner was told that at the old facility – from which the market was relocated as part of the cruise shipping development in the seaside town – an average of $300,000 was collected weekly from the roughly 400 vendors.
The new facility, which hosts 700 vendors and a weekly market fee of $2,000, should be pulling in roughly $1.4 million in fees weekly, and the mayor reveals that the municipal corporation is seeing less than half of that amount weekly.
“At the new market, with over 700 registered vendors, we are barely collecting $600,000,” Gager revealed.
An operation revealed that hundreds of vendors were being allowed to operate without proof of paying the required fees officially.
“The racket was discovered when the municipality sent supervisors to check the vendors for receipts to indicate that they were paying their fees,” said Gager. “We found hundreds of vendors with their wares on display but no receipts to indicate payment.”
“All the old members of staff at the market have been deployed elsewhere to prevent further pilferage, and a cashless system will be instituted,” said Gager.
From The Gleaner Via.
Trelawny Major League Results
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Duncans 0 – Jackson Town 1
Coopers Pen 2 – Kinloss 1
Granville vs SaltMarsh (Granville failed to show).
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Duanvale 4 – Invaders 1
Prospect Links 0 – Rio Bueno 5
Wait-a-Bit vs Friendship (did not play, Friendship failed to show).