Legal ONDCP 

Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of the Civil Forfeiture Regime in Antigua & Barbuda

The Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has upheld the Constitutionality of Antigua and Barbuda’s civil forfeiture regime, which provides for the forfeiting of the proceeds and instrumentalities of crime without the need for a criminal conviction. The appeal was brought by Ahmed Williams after a forfeiture order was made by Justice Clare Henry against his two parcels of real property. Williams had previously been convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to sell. At trial, Williams maintained that his assets were not obtained through money laundering…

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Crime & Police 

Police Search for Man who Peddles Off Bryson’s Warf

Police are currently searching for a man, who apparently rode his bicycle off Bryson’s Warf into the sea early Sunday morning, and has not been seen since. He is described as slimly built, and is approximately 5ft-8ins in height. He was last seen dressed in dark coloured clothing. It was reported that the man rode his Lime Green Bicycle westward along Newgate Street around 2:30 am on Sunday, and allegedly snatched a mobile phone from a man, who was seated inside his vehicle in the vicinity of the police station….

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Disaster Disaster Management 

Government Issues Voluntary Evacuation Order and imposed a State of Emergency for Barbuda

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday imposed a State of Emergency on Barbuda and a Voluntary Evacuation Order. Cabinet decided, in light of the destruction on the island of Barbuda caused by Hurricane Irma, to declare a State of Emergency for Barbuda only. The declaration of a State of Emergency in Barbuda is necessary for the Government to protect life and property there and to allow authorities to carry out necessary work for the immediate safety of the island and its rehabilitation, including the attraction of disaster relief…

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Disaster Disaster Management Regional News Regional Travel & Tourism 

LIAT Announces 26 Flight Disruptions Due to Hurricane Jose

LIAT wishes to advise passengers that due to effects of the passage of Hurricane Irma and impending passage of Hurricane Jose that several destinations have been affected. A Hurricane watch is in effect for Antigua & Barbuda. A Tropical Storm watch is in effect for St. Kitts and Nevis. As a result of the closure of several airports in the northern part of the network as well in the interest of the safety of our passengers and crew, several flights have been cancelled. Please note that the following flights have…

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Disaster Disaster Management 

Jose to Become Major Hurricane by Friday

Jose expected to become a major hurricane by Friday, with watches issued for the northern Leeward Islands. At 11:00am ECT or 1500z the center of hurricane Jose was located near latitude 14.9 north, longitude 50.6 west or about 715 miles east of the lesser Antilles. Jose is moving toward the west-northwest at 18 miles per hour. This general motion is expected to continue with a slight decrease in forward speed during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48…

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Crime & Police 

Whenner Rd. Man Fined $47k for Weed Stuffed Teddy Bears

Twenty-seven year old Glenroy Anthony Fletcher of Whenner Road, was convicted and fined $47,000 in the St. Johns Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, for smuggling 2 ¾ pounds of Cannabis into the country. The Court heard that on Wednesday 9th August, members of the Police K-9 Unit were conducting a routine search at Deep Water Harbour, when the handler was alerted to a cardboard box by one of the K-9 dogs. A search was carried out on the box and two brown teddy bears were found among baby items, stuffed with…

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Crime & Police 

Three Charged With Xavier Thomas’ Murder

Police have now charged three men in connection with Friday night’s shooting at Cedar Grove, which led to the death of 20yr-old Xavier Thomas. Dorian Marshall, Jason Millette and Shalom Bailey all of Donavans were jointly charged on Monday with Murder and two counts of Shooting with intent to murder. They are accused of opening fire on 20yr-old Xavier Thomas, 49yr-old Lorne Nicholas and 32yr-old Shane Mathew all of Cedar Grove, while they were sitting on a corner in the village. Xavier was shot in her left leg and abdomen…

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Crime & Police 

Wanted Suspect, Dorian Marshall, in Custody

Dorian Marshall of Donavans, who was wanted by police in connection with a number of serious criminal offences, is now in police custody. Marshall was apprehended on a Warrant in Green Bay in the early hours of Monday morning. Acting on intelligence, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, K-9 Unit and the Special Services Unit found him hiding inside a house and arrested him. Further investigations are now ongoing into these matters.

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Crime & Police 

Police Probe Cedar Grove Shooting, One Dead

Police are continuing their probe into Friday night’s shooting at Cedar Gove, where one person was killed and two others nursing gunshot wounds at Mount St. Johns Medical Center. Dead is 20yr-old Xavier Thomas of Cedar Grove. It is alleged that shortly after 9 pm on Friday, the deceased along with 49yr-old Lorne Nicholas and 32yr-old Shane Mathew all of Cedar Grove were sitting on a corner in the village, when a vehicle pulled alongside them and an occupant inside the vehicle opened fire at them. Thomas was shot in…

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Crime & Police 

Green Bay Man to Serve 3yrs in Breach of Previous Court Conviction

Saleim Harrigan, aka “Chucky” of Green Bay was sentenced to serve 3yrs at Her Majesty’s Prison for breaching a previous conviction, which was handed down in the High Court of Justice. In June of 2016, Harrigan was convicted on a charge of Unlawful Wounding, and was sentenced by the then High Court Judge, Justice Albert Redhead to three years suspended sentence for two years, and was also ordered to attend counselling once per month. However, on July 19th of this year, he was found in breach of those conditions, when…

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