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BOY, 16, BEATEN, CHOPPED, SHOT DEAD

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "NINE persons from Barataria have been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of a 16-year-old boy from Morvant, who was abducted, badly beaten, chopped and shot on Saturday night. His body was then tied to a tree at Maracas, St Joseph.

A passer-by found Arron London’s body tied to a tree among bushes, at about 11.45 pm on Saturday, and contacted the St Joseph police.

London, who, his mother Benedict said, was a slow-learner, had bruises, chop and bullet wounds about his body.
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QEH warned

Image via Wikipedia NationNews - Barbados: "Three unions are demanding that the management of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) stop “breaking” age-old employment practices.
But up to late yesterday it remained unclear if the hospital would face serious disruptions over the issue.
The Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) yesterday joined the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) in complaining about alleged changes in QEH hiring practices.

Guyanese pleads guilty in NY terror plot

Image via Wikipedia Trinidad Express "One of four men accused of plotting to kill thousands and cause an economic catastrophe by blowing up John F Kennedy International Airport pleaded guilty to a lesser charge yesterday.

Abdel Nur, of Guyana, who was extradited to the United States from Guyana to face the charges, appeared before US District Judge Dora Irizarry in New York with a grizzled beard and white shirt provided to him by the government.

He spoke in halting English. He admitted that he provided material support to terrorists, a charge that was not in the original indictment against him. The lesser charge spares him a possible life sentence. Instead, he now faces up to 15 years in prison."
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Daughter ignores mom's advice ...ends up dead

Trinidad Express "Adoma Clarke-Fonrose begged and pleaded with her daughter to have little or nothing to do with her close male friend who showed all the signs of being a controlling and aggressive individual.

Her daughter, Tessa, 20, tried to leave the man but ended up dead, stuffed into a drain running below the Churchill Roosevelt Highway area near the St Augustine Girls’ High School.

Tessa’s close male friend remained in police custody last night.
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'Dudus' in drag: How accused Jamaican drug lord evaded arrest

Los Angeles Times: "When accused Jamaican drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was finally arrested last week, authorities said he had evaded capture since last month's deadly clashes in West Kingston with the help of disguises. At the time of his arrest, The Times reports, 'He was dressed like a woman and wearing a wig, police said.'

The revelation that Coke moved about Jamaica disguised as a woman has sparked some discussion on the island about the nature and role of powerful 'dons' in the broader society. Writing in the Jamaica Observer, columnist Chris Burns notes that while the image of Coke in a woman's wig is at first comical, it also reveals nagging social problems in Jamaica.
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Why Al went for ‘Dudus’

JamaicaObserver.com: "FORMER Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, who is now before the courts in the United States on drug and gun-running charges, wanted to end the violent history that has stained him and his family, according to the Rev Al Miller.
Miller, who heads Fellowship Tabernacle, was one of the last persons to have contact with Coke before he was captured by police, whisked through the Jamaican courts and flown to the United States."

Li’l Rick is going to court ......

NationNews - Barbados: "RICKEY “LI’L RICK” REID, through attorney-at-law Santia Bradshaw, will be bringing legal action against Starcom Network Inc. for alleged defamation of character.

In a media release yesterday, Bradshaw said some of the statements published by Starcom via the Internet and in the local Press were “grossly defamatory” and “calculated to cause injury” to Reid’s reputation.

Bradshaw demanded a public retraction of a published statement about Reid and an apology in terms to be approved by her. She also informed the broadcast entity of her intention to claim monetary compensation."

Aging sniffer dogs blamed for Guyana drug lapses

The Associated Press: "GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Sniffer dogs are being blamed for airport security lapses in Guyana, where police said Monday that their canines are too old or not skilled enough to detect drugs stuffed inside suitcases.
Police in the South American country are preparing to buy and train new animals to replace the force's three sniffer dogs — two at the main international airport and one at police headquarters, police Chief Henry Greene said.
'The record shows they are not making many cases. The new dog we have has made only one case,' Greene said."

US issues Haiti travel advisory after 4 Americans killed in separate muggings

The Canadian Press: "PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The U.S. Embassy is advising travellers to exercise caution in Haiti after four U.S. citizens were killed in separate robberies near Port-au-Prince's airport.
All those killed were visiting relatives in Haiti, embassy officials told The Associated Press on Monday. The attacks occurred over three months and in three different locations.
The warning comes as scores of Americans are streaming in to provide post-earthquake aid and help with reconstruction. It says authorities believe criminals may be targeting travellers arriving from the United States and advises caution in arranging transport from the airport."

Abusive husband held after wife found dead

Kaieteur News: "FERRY STREET, NEW AMSTERDAM – Last evening, ranks in Division ‘B’ of the Guyana Police Force detained a man after his reputed wife, 40-year-old Pauline David of Ferry Street, New Amsterdam was pronounced dead at the New Amsterdam Hospital a few hours earlier.
Police arrived at the home of the couple and minutes later, about 20:10 hours, departed with 49-year old Keith Simon.
The couple’s second child, 17-year old Elizabeth Simon, said her mother began complaining of lower abdominal pains since Friday and was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital, “They gave she saline and three set of tablets. Then she start to feel worse and she get weak and drowsy. The same thing keep happening till today (Sunday) and she didn’t talking. They take she back to the hospital and then we get the news this afternoon.” The child said her mother was declared dead just after 16:00 hours.
Elizabeth Simon said her parents’ relationship was no ideal situation, “They used to fight a lot.”&quo…

Guyana cop accused of murdering teenage student

Taiwan News Online: "A policeman in Guyana has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a 16-year-old student.
Prosecutors say officer Quancy John was responding to a report about a group of students making trouble outside a high school when he shot Kelvin Fraser. Authorities say the teenager was shot in the back as he and other students ran away from the police patrol."

Early morning stabbing leaves Summersdale man deadm

Image by Orbital Joe via Flickr St Lucia News Online: "Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 53-year-old, Athanasius Laborde of Summersdale, Castries.

Reports indicate that about 2:45am, on Friday the 25th of June, 2010, Laborde was at his home when he was attacked by someone who allegedly stabbed him multiple times about his body. He was later found in a chair in a sitting position in his verandah."

Politicised racial divide hinders development-UK High Commissioner

Stabroek News: "British High Commissioner to Guyana, Fraser Wheeler says this country has a “politicized racial divide” which strains its development and that from a donor perspective all political and civil society players need to find some form of accommodation."

Four murders in five hours

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday"our murders were recorded within the space of five hours between Friday night and yesterday, making it a busy night for officers of the Homicide Bureau Arouca office as crime continues to go unabated.

The victims are: Neelan George, of Calvary Hill, Morvant; Bernard Walcott, 31, of Monroe Road, La Canoa; Andre Martinez, of Todd Station Road in Talparo; and Stefan Alexander, of Sherwood Park in Arima.

In the latest killing, Alexander was standing outside his home at about 1 am, when a car stopped on the roadway and the occupants attempted to bundle him into the vehicle."
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Missing woman’s body found stuffed in canal

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A family’s search for a missing woman ended early yesterday morning, when she was found stuffed in a canal under the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in the St Augustine area.

Tessa Fonrose, 20, of Stella Street, St Augustine, was last seen going to do laundry at her boyfriend’s home, mere houses from hers."

'Dudus' captured; Bruce released?

Jamaica Gleaner News"Golding is no doubt wishing that all his problems could fly away as quickly as Coke did last week. It has been a tough, gruelling and arduous 10 months for him since the United States first made its request for Coke's extradition. He took daredevil risks with his political career and on one particular weekend in May, the entire Jamaica did not know who would emerge as prime minister the following week. Golding survived, pleaded for the country's forgiveness, pledged recommitment to an agenda of change and, most important, offered not his sacrificial lamb but gave up the Big Bad Wolf that everyone wanted to see caged."
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Who first gave Tivoli its guns?

Image by freestylee via Flickr JamaicaObserver.com: "IF we should follow the narrative according to Eddie Seaga, the architect of Tivoli Gardens and Jamaica's most confrontational prime minister (1980 to 1989) and political leader (1974 to 2005), there are no guns in Tivoli Gardens.
When Seaga openly drank beer with Lester Lloyd 'Jim Brown' Coke (after 'Jim Brown' was freed of murdering eight men in Rema in 1984) in his 'Let bygones be bygones' meeting, and had declared the Shower Posse leader the protector of his community in 1992 as Seaga walked at the head of Coke's funeral procession, there were no guns in Tivoli Gardens, just doves, heavenly music, free housing, free electricity, free water supplies and a member of parliament prepared to defend his people against the background of those realities."
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Guyana man fined for exhuming body, abusing it

The Associated Press:: "GEORGETOWN, Guyana — A 20-year-old garbage collector in the South American country of Guyana has pleaded guilty to performing an indecent act on a dead body after he allegedly exhumed the corpse of an elderly woman and had sex with it.
Roopram Bacchus appeared before a judge Friday and testified that he had a drinking problem. The judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation and fined him $200. He faces a year in prison if he is unable to pay the fine."
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video--Tight Security at Court as Jamaican 'Drug Lord' is denied bail....

Christopher "Dudus" Coke appeared in U.S. court after the government sought for months to extradite him from Jamaica. He pleaded not guilty to charges of running a massive drug ring in the eastern United States from his Caribbean stronghold.
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Tropical Storm Alex Forms in the Caribbean

Image by Getty Images via @daylife AccuWeather.com - Hurricane 2010 - Atlantic Basin: "As of 5:00 a.m. EDT the first tropical storm of the season has formed in the western Caribbean. Tropical Storm Alex is located near 16.9 north, 84.9 west or about 220 miles to the east of Belize City, Belize. Maximum-sustained winds are 40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph, mainly occurring on the east side of the storm center. Estimated surface pressure of the system is 1004 mb or 29.65 inches. The system is moving west-northwest at about 8 mph."
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Tropical depression in Caribbean headed west

The Associated Press "MIAMI — The first tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season has formed in the Western Caribbean and is headed west, but forecasters can't yet say if it will pass over the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Saturday that the storm has winds of about 35 mph (55 kph) and was expected to resume a west-northwestward motion later in the day."

Police make City sweep .....

Image via Wikipedia NationNews - Barbados: "Bridgetown was the usual hive of activity once again on Thursday when school children descended into The City after the end of the school term.
In what has become a tradition, the stragglers, some of them looking most unkempt, headed for Swan Street to “pull a lime” or go from store to store looking around.
But personnel from the Royal Barbados Police Force were hot on their heels, in an attempt to keep them on the move, ensuring there would be no liming and blocking of store entrances.
“Move and keep moving!” came the call from stern officers who had no trouble in getting their jobs done. That call was issued to both school children and the usual limers."

Accused Jamaican Drug Lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke Pleads Not Guilty in NYC

Aol News "Suspected Jamaican drug baron Christopher 'Dudus' Coke pleaded not guilty today to charges of trafficking drugs and guns in a New York court.

Coke, 41, was extradited from Jamaica on Thursday, two days after being captured, according to the BBC. Attempts to capture him last month led to running gun battles in Kingston, Jamaica, and left more than 70 people dead.

Coke pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine. He also pleaded not guilty to engaging in a firearms-trafficking conspiracy. If found guilty of the drug-trafficking charge, he could be sent to jail for life."

Raw Video: Jamaican Gang Leader Arrives in NY

Authorities say Jamaican gang leader Christopher 'Dudus' Coke has arrived in New York to face drug trafficking charges. He is expected to appear in court on Friday. Earlier the 42-year-old had waived his right to extradition in Jamaica
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Masked bikers disrupt cricket

Bermuda Sun... "Police swooped on a Premier Division cricket game after masked bikers sparked fears of gun violence.

Two men, with dark visors pulled over their faces and the licence plate removed from their vehicle, rode through Somerset Cricket Club in a chilling incident with echoes of the Good Friday shooting at Victor Scott Field.

Lil Rick axed; Starcom keeping airwaves clean

NationNews - Barbados: "Popular entertainer Lil Rick, the “Hypa Dawg”, has been axed by STARCOM NETWORK INC. as it clamps down on dirty lyrics on the airwaves.
Yesterday, the radio network announced that it had decided to “sever all ties” with the controversial DJ following an incident last Saturday that breached guidelines aimed at keeping the airwaves clean.
The guidelines virtually ban the airing of recordings that in the network’s opinion “contain sexual crudity, social degradation or exhibit unmistakably poor taste”.
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‘Dudus’ in NY court today .....

JamaicaObserver.com: "UNITED States law enforcement agents yesterday afternoon delivered former Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke to authorities in New York where he is expected to be arraigned in a Manhattan Federal court today on drug- and gun-trafficking charges.
Late yesterday evening, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara issued a news release saying that Coke was now in that city “to face charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine and conspiracy to illegally traffic in firearms”."
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Rihanna In Barbados Free Land Controversy

Image via Wikipedia Rihanna In Barbados Free Land Controversy: "Politicians in Barbados have been blasted after they gave Rihanna a free piece of land.
The 'Te Amo' singer - who was born on the island - was handed the real estate in the area of Apes Hill, by Minister of Housing and Lands Michael Lashley.
The gift was a thank-you to RiRi for drawing interest to the Caribbean island nation - but the gesture has angered other officials.
Government Minister Gline Clarke has now slammed the gift, as he doesn't think rich celebrities such as Rihanna should be awarded when other Barbadian residents live in poverty."
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‘Dudus’ gets his day in court ....

JamaicaObserver.com: "FORMER Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke will appear in court today for a heavily resisted hearing into the request for his extradition to the United States.
Coke is expected to waive his rights to the extradition trial, and should this happen, he could be in the hands of US marshals and off the island before the weekend to face drug and gun-trafficking charges, Observer sources said"
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Aggressive Rottweiler Attacks Child

Image via Wikipedia 7 News Belize: "By now, we all know about the case of Edmund Spain who died after being attacked by two pitbulls. But a lesser known case involved a 3 year old from Cayo who was mauled by her family's pet Rottweiler on Friday. She did not suffer fatal injuries, but she did get seriously bitten, so much so that she had to hospitalized for 5 days.
It happened as the toddler was outside eating on the stairs of her home and the dog which was supposed to be tied - got loose and attacked her. Laisha was badly bitten to the head and had to be transferred to the KHMH. Today we met up with the little girl and her parents as they were being released from the hospital"
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Boy tops exam — SEA results today

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "FROM nine o’clock this morning, some 17,270 pupils across the country will learn which secondary school they have been assigned to based on results of the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination they wrote in April.

Minister of Education Dr Tim Gopeesingh yesterday at a news conference at his St Clair office said the full SEA results would be released today rather than tomorrow as he said the results need not first be sent to Cabinet."

Disguises May Have Helped Jamaican Drug Lord Elude Arrest

NYTimes.com: "MEXICO CITY — It took more than a month for the Jamaican authorities to find Christopher Coke, the island’s most wanted man, and what sat atop his head at the time of his capture — a bushy black wig — provided at least one clue as to why.

Jamaican police officers and soldiers had gone house-to-house last month in a deadly siege of Mr. Coke’s stronghold, the Tivoli Gardens neighborhood in Kingston, the capital, but they came up empty in their hunt for the elusive Mr. Coke."

Pitbull Owners Charged For causing Death

7 News Belize: "The owners of the two pitbulls which attacked Edmund Spain on May 31st, and are being blamed for his death, were arraigned today in Magistrate's court. Shelda Patnett and Leon Lopez were charged with Manslaughter by Negligence, Causing death by careless conduct and keeping an unmuzzled ferocious dog."
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Is Weather A Worry?

Image via Wikipedia 7 News Belize: "Hurricane season is here and the question is do you need to worry about a strong tropical wave that's developing in the Central Caribbean? Probably not right now, but According to the Belize Metrological Service, there is a 40 percent chance this system could become a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours. In that case it would be called Alex. And even though it poses no present threat to Belize, the system is being monitored closely."
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Rapist attacks attorney with shoe

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A MAN about to be sentenced yesterday for raping a 13-year-old girl, leapt from the dock inside the San Fernando High Court and struck an attorney in the face with a shoe, and threatened to kill him.

Jason Martin, 34, then pushed aside two policemen, but another officer sprung on him preventing a possible fatal assault on attorney Ainsley Lucky and the presiding judge, Justice Anthony Carmona."
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Dudus captured......Cops tailed ‘Dudus’ for hours before pulling over car

JamaicaObserver.com: "CHRISTOPHER 'Dudus' Coke — Jamaica's most wanted fugitive — was captured yesterday afternoon in a police dragnet along the Mandela Highway in St Catherine.
The capture of Coke, who is wanted by United States authorities to answer drug-trafficking and gun-running charges, comes just short of a month after he escaped from his former stronghold of Tivoli Gardens in West Kingston when the security forces stormed the community to execute an arrest warrant on him and restore order after gunmen loyal to him barricaded all entrances to Tivoli and launched unprovoked attacks on the State."

Tivoli residents happy Coke unharmed eaking & Current Jamaica News - JamaicaObserver.com: "JUBILANT Tivoli Gardens residents yesterday flocked to the streets of their community as news spread that their former community leader Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was safely in the custody of the police.
The throng of people -- among them the elderly and the very…

A body bag near Burdon Canal Bridge

Amandala Online: "A mother’s worst nightmare came true as a teenager, a recent high school graduate, who was reported to police last week Thursday, June 17, 2010, as missing since the day before, Wednesday, June 16, was discovered fatally stabbed and cut multiple times over her body, with a plastic bag on her face on the morning of her prom.

CLICO sorry

NationNews - Barbados: "CLICO International Life Insurance (CIL) has been issuing letters of apology to policyholders for the inability to honour its financial obligations.
The correspondence blamed the company’s liquidity problems on the near collapse of its Trinidad and Tobago-based parent company, CL Financial, as well as policyholders withdrawing their investments.
The company informed policyholders that it was working with the assistance of a consulting actuary and accounting firm Ernst & Young to develop a proposal on the options available to settle its obligations.
Ernst & Young is also preparing a report to illustrate how Government can provide temporary liquidity support."
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Strong tropical wave in central Caribbean could become Alex

Image by mira d'oubliette via Flickr St. Petersburg Times: "For three weeks, we've enjoyed a quiet start to the above-average hurricane season forecasters predicted.

Looks like trouble is finally brewing.

The Atlantic basin's first tropical depression could form in the central Caribbean in the next few days, the National Hurricane Center said.

There is a 20 percent chance of the strong tropical wave becoming a tropical cyclone by Thursday, NHC forecasters said Tuesday afternoon."
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Passenger dies after fall while boarding plane

Stabroek NewsA passenger who fell and struck his head on Saturday, while boarding a Caribbean Airlines plane at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, died on Sunday morning at the Georgetown Public Hospital."

Robbery/shootout at Mahdia… Bandit, victim dead

Kaieteur News: "A robbery went horribly wrong when two men, one of whom was said to be the brother of a boutique owner in Mahdia, attacked another businessman in the lawless Mousie Creek landing in the Konawaruk area.
The ensuing shootout left a robber and a dredge owner dead and a third man badly wounded.
Police identified one of the dead as 35-year-old Oswald Bourne, of Block 22 Wismar, while the slain dredge owner has been identified as Devon Thomas, of Mainstay."

SEVEN MURDERS IN 36 HOURS

Image via Wikipedia Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday"SEVEN more murders have been recorded over the last 36 hours, pushing the murder toll to 250.

Dead are a couple who only recently moved into the Biche area, a 19 year-old housewife of Cedros, a 46 year-old man of Maturita Village, Arima, a 17 year-old girl of Le Platte Village, Maraval, a man of Marabella and a 23 year-old man of Las Cuevas.

Late Friday, the body of a 46-year-old man was found down a precipice at Maturita Village, Arima at about 5 pm."

House bombed, man killed in Gravel Heights

JamaicaObserver.com: "TENSIONS were high this morning in a section of Gravel Heights, St Catherine, after gunmen firebombed a house with a family of four inside, and killed a man hours after.
The mom, dad, and two kids ages seven and eight escaped injury.
About an hour after, gunmen killed a man identified as Jason Brown, in another section of the community.
The residents believe the incidents are related and tied to an ongoing feud between Gravel Heights and Tredegar Park.
This afternoon the police said Brown, a labourer, was at home with his parents when men armed with guns and dressed in army fatigues entered the home."
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Used car dealer among 8 held during search for 'Dudus'

JamaicaObserver.com: "A prominent used car dealer was among eight people held for questioning yesterday during a joint police/military operation in the upper St Andrew community of Smokey Vale.
A woman who was also among the eight was processed and released shortly after."

Caribbean Under Fire for Pro-Whaling Stance

IPS ipsnews.net: "PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jun 20, 2010 (IPS) - The votes of six Caribbean countries could help decide whether or not the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will ease the 1986 global ban on commercial whaling and allow hunting in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica.

Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada, all members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), also belong to the IWC, which was set up in 1964 to provide for the conservation of whale stocks.

A proposal to allow a limited number of legal whale catches will be put forward during the IWC's Jun. 21-25 meeting in Morocco. Environmentalists and others opposed to lifting the ban are calling on Caribbean governments not to give in to countries like Japan that have used their financial muscle in the past to gain support in the 88-member IWC."

Jamaica triples reward for tips leading to arrest of reputed drug lord

The Canadian Press "KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica has tripled the cash reward it is offering for information leading to the arrest of a reputed drug lord at the centre of a bloody manhunt.
A Sunday police statement said $60,000 is being offered for Christopher Coke, Jamaica's most-wanted fugitive. Police had initially offered $20,000."
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Horse cart operator executed

Kaieteur News: "Just when it was felt that the police had a lid on execution style killings in the city, a 26-year-old Albouystown resident was discovered dead in an abandoned building at 18 George Street, Werk-en-Rust with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to his head.
The body of Quincy Beete, a horse cart operator of Curtis Street, Albouystown, was discovered in the house which was formerly a church, around 15:30 hours, minutes after he was executed."
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‘Radio’ executed in George St house

Stabroek News "Jamal Beete, the brother of wanted man ‘Cobra’, was found dead yesterday afternoon in an unoccupied George Street house, with a gunshot wound to his head."
The 26-year-old draycart driver, better known as ‘Radio’, lived in Curtis Street, Albouystown with his relatives, who said they had no idea how he ended up in the house at Lot 18 George Street, Werk-en-Rust.