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  • Five kidnapped for $125k ransom in Westmoreland

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    WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — Five people were reportedly kidnapped from their home in Galloway district, Westmoreland this morning and held at ransom, according to the police.

    Investigators assigned to the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) say armed men invaded two homes about 3:00 am and robbed the occupants of a Honda Inspire motorcar, two poker boxes and $34,000 before taking them hostage.

    The common-law husband of one of the victims was also injured during the incident.

    C-TOC says the victims — three women, a male and the seven-year-old daughter of one of the women — were released about 10:30 am after $125,000 was paid over to the culprits and the stolen vehicle returned.

    The investigators say they are working assiduously to apprehend the perpetrators responsible for this incident.


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  • Mother and daughters killed in Hanover identified

    Adanique Cunningham and her two daughters, Jayanna Coote, 7, and Shanique Coote, 4.

    The police have revealed the identities of the woman and her two young daughters who were slain in Hanover on Wednesday morning.

    The deceased have been identified as 39-year-old Adanique Cunningham and her daughters, Jayanna Coote, 7, and Shanique Coote, 4, all of Green Island in the parish.

    Reports are that about 7:00 a.m., the two girls' parents had a dispute at the father's home, and the altercation developed into a fight.

    A machete was reportedly brought into play, and the woman and her two daughters were chopped to death.

    The alleged 61-year-old machete wielder was subsequently taken into police custody.



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  • St Catherine man shot in home invasion

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    Raheem Wallace


    A man was shot and injured by gunmen who forced their way into his home  Monday night.

    The victim has been identified as 27-year-old customer service Raheem Wallace, otherwise called Rah of Portmore


    Reports are that at about 11:45 pm, Wallace and his 4-year-old daughter were at home when they were woken up by gunmen who kicked open the back door and entered the house.


    The gunmen opened fire, hitting Wallace 3 times, who fell outside the house. They grab his wallet and other valuables before escaping in a waiting motor car.


    Muir was taken to hospital where he was admitted in Critical conditions.


    The Portmore police are yet to determine a motive but speculate it might be robbery.


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  • Shouting match, fist fight challenge in House amid hospital debate

    Dr Dayton Campbell (left) and Daryl Vaz

    Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz on Tuesday challenged opposition Member of Parliament, Dr Dayton Campbell to a fist fight as the House of Representatives descended into vulgar chaos.

    Speaker of the House, Pearnel Charles was forced to adjourn the sitting for 20 minutes as the proceedings descended into a shouting match between government and opposition members who hurled insults (much of it off mic) at each other.

    The ensuing vulgarity followed lengthy statements by the Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton and his opposition counterpart, Dr Campbell on the state of affairs at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.

    Issues to do with poor air quality, a severe mold infestation and leaking roofs among others have rendered the building sick and forced its evacuation after lengthy delays.

    Clearly peeved by the line of questions coming from Campbell following his statement, Vaz, when he rose to speak, questioned the motives of Campbell - who has been an open and vociferous critic of the Health Minister over his handling of the situation.

    Vaz insinuated that Campbell was conflicted and that he wanted Cornwall Regional to be closed because his services had been contracted by another hospital. According to Vaz, services offered by Cornwall Regional were now contracted out to the facility to which Campbell was employed.

    That comment triggered a shouting match during which Vaz urged Campbell to meet him outside to settle the matter.

    The House Speaker was forced to adjourn the sitting and, on resumption after a 24-minute break, Charles initially stated that he would only allow the Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips to ask questions. That did not stand well with the opposition, whose members are still insisting that they be allowed to ask questions.

    Campbell, responding to Vaz, stated that “only an illiterate person” would have made the comments he made.

    The sitting is continuing although the Speaker, on several occasions, has threatened to adjourn the proceedings.


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  • No birth papers, no job - Man struggles to find work

    Two years ago when he turned 20, Junior Paige found out he was not registered at birth by his mother.

    "The name weh dem (family) gi mi a Junior Paige. Di date a birth weh dem gi mi is di 18th a September 1995, a it mi a grow up wid," Paige told THE STAR.

    Paige found out that he had no papers when he started searching for a job. However, just a month after he made the discovery, the only person he could ask, his mother, passed away suddenly.

    Paige does not know his biological father, and his stepfather couldn't assist either. He has tried getting a birth certificate, but the process has been tedious.

    He said he went to the Registrar General's Department (RGD) and was told to get some more information as to his origin.

    Paige is originally from Hector's River in Portland, but spent some time as a child in Kingston.




    He has been to all the schools he has attended but cannot find any birth papers.

    "I used to go to Mountain View Primary (he lived with relatives for a time in Kingston) and they have no record for me. Then I was transferred to Bell Castle Infant Primary School in Portland and they have me as Junior Johnson," he told THE STAR.

    He even went on to attend Happy Grove High School, even though the school had no birth certificate for him.

    He never graduated though as his mother couldn't afford to send all the children to school.

    Paige found a woman who he was told was his biological father's mother and she gave him some details. However, the RGD said that information was insufficient.

    Paige needs to find his biological father, but he was told the man now lives abroad.

    But having struggled to get jobs in the past and now being unemployed for almost two months, Paige is becoming desperate.

    Paige who wants to be a solider, said that he returned to Kingston in 2016 to search for work and to try and sort out his birth papers.

    He has done small jobs, including washing dishes in a restaurant and being a sideman on a truck.

    But to get a better paying job, he needs a Taxpayer Registration Number, which he is unable to get without his birth papers.

    He helps to take care of his younger brothers and sisters.

    "There is not enough [money] to look after them but when mi have it, mi try help out but now mi nuh have it," he said. "Every time mi have a likkle dollar, mi can't keep it because the situation tough."

    Anyone who might be able to help Paige with a job or to find relatives, may contact him at 402-9076.


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