Columns Crime & Police Rawlston Pompey 

SHANNON MARTINEZ – FROM VACATIONER TO PRISONER

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY There may be very little doubt that the ‘…Promotional Strategies’ of the Tourism Ministry, a foundation reportedly laid by embattled  former Minister Asot Michael, may have been among the considerations influencing Eddie Martinez to consider Antigua and Barbuda for a family vacation. There may also be no doubt that the Texas family of four had ended what has been described by an empathizing Texas Fire Chief Palmer Buck as ‘…a fantastic vacation’ [Kxan News: June 15, 2018]. There may also be no doubt that either one of…

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Charity Disaster Disaster Management 

Barbuda Recovery Gets EC$115,000.00 from FirstCaribbean Bank

A brief ceremony was held at the Office of the Minister of Barbuda Affairs Hon. Dean Jonas this morning (Tues), to hand over a Cheque to assist with the post-Irma rehabilitation Programme on the sister island of Barbuda. Country Manager of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Glen Smith said that following the devastating hurricanes of Irma and Maria, the institution has taken the decision to donate US$450,000 towards disaster recovery efforts in the region. He said FirstCaribbean’s operations in several islands were impacted to include the British Virgin Islands, Turks and…

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Crime & Police Health 

Ministry Discredits Assault Video – “No Such Incident Has Occurred at Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital”

Press Release It has been brought to the attention of the Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment that a video of an individual beating another person and claiming that the beating took place at the Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital in Antigua has been circulating on social media. The Ministry wishes to state categorically that no such incident, as displayed on the said video, occurred at the Clarevue Hospital in Antigua, either in recent times or in the past. The Ministry condemns the irresponsible use of social media for such wanton…

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Crime & Police 

Over 80 Thousand Dollars Worth of Drugs Found in Sealed Food Cans

Police on Thursday 7th June, 2018 intercepted 2.5 lbs of high grade cannabis with an estimated street value of $10,000.00ECD. The drugs originated in Canada and was packaged in a false compartment of a box containing hose for a vacuum cleaner. Kadesh Hodge of Piggott’s was taken into custody in connection with the substance found. Also on Thursday 7th June, 2018 members of the Narcotics Department and the K-9 unit during a routine patrol at the Deep Water Harbour. The K-9 detected on 2 barrels which were checked and one barrel…

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Crime & Police Legal 

National Security Minister Meets with Prison and GARD Officials

The rehabilitation of inmates is one of the key programs being focused on by the Minister of National Security the Hon. Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin as he seeks to bring all stakeholders together in order to achieve a desired goal. On Tuesday, the Minister met with Executive Director of the GARD Centre along with members of the Community Development Center and representatives from Her Majesty’s Prison. Executive Director of the GARD Centre, Roberta Williams, stressed the need for more awareness about the re-entry program that is being managed by her organization.…

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Crime & Police 

Grays Farm Man Wanted for Armed Robbery- Urged to Turn Himself In

Police have issued a wanted bulletin for the immediate arrest of Junior Emanuel, aka “Junie” of Lovelace Road, Grays Farm. He is wanted in connection with an alleged Armed Robbery and an attempted robbery, which took place in St. Johns, Sunday night. It is alleged that he robbed a Pares Village man at gunpoint of EC$300 on Redcliffe Street, around 9:30pm on Sunday. The man had just exited the automated banking machine at ECAB, when the incident occurred. It is further alleged that he attempted to rob a female from…

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Carnival Charity Community Development Disaster Disaster Management Education 

Aid for Devastated Barbuda school

On 8th May a visit was arranged by the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission to Barbuda with the purpose of presenting a number of necessary items to help the Sir McChesney George Secondary School in Barbuda. As we are all aware, the island was devastated by Hurricane Irma last September. Recovery efforts are on-going and a number of Barbudans are returning home and facing a daunting task of re-settlement given that many properties are roofless and many others completely devastated. Her Excellency Karen-Mae Hill, the Antigua and Barbuda High Commissioner in…

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Crime & Police ONDCP 

Over Three Hundred Thousand Dollars Worth of Drugs Found

On Tuesday, 15th May 2018, the ONDCP intercepted a Dominican male and an Antiguan female, both residents of All Saints, with illicit drugs during another successful counter-narcotic operation. The 49-year-old male and the 33-year-old female were detained and questioned. A search warrant was subsequently executed on a residence in the Lindsey area where another quantity of Cannabis was discovered. The drugs carry a total weight of 90.9lbs with an estimated wholesale value of Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Three Hundred and Sixty EC Dollars ($360,360.00 ECD). A cash amount of…

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Crime & Police 

Suspended Police Officer Ray John Charged with Five Counts

Police have now charged 47 year old Ray Anthony John and 63 year old Yvonne Nickie both of Gunthropes jointly, with five counts of Conspiracy to Forge Antigua and Barbuda Passports, Contrary to Common Law. John was further charged with the larceny of 54 Multi-Layered Infilling Sheets and one Multi-Layered Infilling patch, valued at EC $21,700, the property of the Antigua and Barbuda Passport Office. He was also charged for receiving four Multi-Layered Infilling Sheets and one Multi-Layered Infilling patch valued at EC$1,300, the property of the Antigua and Barbuda…

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