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  • Six-month-old among three shot off Maxfied Avenue

    A six-month-old was among three people shot and injured by gunmen along Ramsay Road, off Maxfield Avenue in St Andrew, on Tuesday.

    Reports are that about 8:30 am, men travelling in a motor vehicle went to the community and opened fire at a group of people.

    The men then escaped from the area.

    Three people - including the baby - were subsequently found suffering from gunshot wounds. They were rushed to hospital where they have been admitted.

    There is now a high police presence in the area.

    According to law enforcement officials, there is an ongoing feud between rival gangs on Ramsay Road and surrounding areas.


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  • Five killed in Hanover road crash




    A two-vehicle collision in Hopewell, Hanover on Sunday night has left five people dead.

    The police have not yet released the identities of the deceased.

    Reports are that about 10:00 pm, two Toyota Corolla motorcars, travelling in the opposite direction, collided along the Orchard main road in Hopewell , close to a gas station.

    Five passengers in one of the vehicles suffered multiple injuries and died instantly. The number of occupants in the other car has not yet been confirmed, but it is understood they were rushed to the hospital.

    The car in which the five persons who died were travelling was reportedly extensively damaged.

    The Sandy Bay police are investigating.

    Loop News is tracking this developing story. More details later.


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  • Teen attempts suicide after being punished

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    A male student of a Hanover high school is now in hospital, following what police sources have described as a case of attempted suicide.

    Information reaching The STAR is that the student was spoken to repeatedly by his parents with regards to his low grades, and the amount of time he spends on his cell phone.

    The STAR was told that his father had taken away one phone from him, with the hope that he would pay more attention to his schoolwork.




    However, while the boy and his mother were at home recently, it was discovered that he had acquired another cell phone, for which his mother reprimanded him.

    A few minutes afterwards, a loud sound was heard and it was discovered that the boy had climbed to the top of the family home and jumped.

    He was taken to hospital, and admitted in a serious condition. An appeal for blood donation towards his treatment is now out in his community.

    If he survives the ordeal, the boy could be later charged with attempted suicide.




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  • Marvin thanks Spice for 'not knowing him' - But popular dancer still hurt by artiste's comments

    Popular dancer Marvin Di Beast said although Spice denied knowing him in a recent interview, he is glad for the highlight that she gave him.

    "Mi give thanks fi weh she do, enuh, cuz it just give me a bigger look and give me wings. She just open up people eyes fi go search for who mi is," he said between laughter.

    When asked about Marvin in a recent interview, Spice firmly stated that she was unaware of who he was, but admitted that she knows Shelly Belly.

    "What is up with Marvin the dancer? Why does he do all of these things? I see him climbing on top of trees," the interviewer said, to which Spice responded, "Who is that? I don't know him."

    "It's a brown skin guy. He hangs from trees and he dances and humps the girl and he hangs from railing," the interviewer continued. However, Spice was adamant that she had never met him.

    Marvin told The WEEKEND STAR that he feels hurt by Spice's behaviour and stated that although they are currently not on speaking terms, they had been friends for years.



    "I danced on her sets at Reggae Sumfest, BritJam, and other normal events. We used to be on the road together, so it strange she don't know me now," he said.

    "Me hurt at what she said cuz if she never wah talk about me all she had to do was say next question and talk about something else. Me no respect what she do. If me deh anywhere and Spice song a play me never back down and say me nah dance with a girl cuz is her song a play. Me still show me respect because all a we a product of dancehall," he added.

    Marvin said the two have kept their distance following a particular incident more than a year ago.

    "I was dancing to her song, Sheet, and fell off a building and everyone tink me foot did break. So she make a post say me a dance to her song and say me foot break but me foot never break," he said.

    He said Spice later called to check on him and he told her that he had only received a few scrapes and bruises.

    "Me ask her fi take dung di post and she tell me say she a go take it dung but she never do it. Me do a few interviews and mention say she never take it down. It was a big ting and me lose a lot of shows because of it," he said.

    According to Marvin, Spice was just being spiteful because she and his girlfriend, fellow dancer Nickeisha, are not on speaking terms.

    "Me wish her nothing but love and success in her career, enuh, and me glad for all of what she accomplished. When me hear say she was on Love and Hip Hop, me happy fi her ... and a cheer fi her. Me really feel a way say she say she nuh know me, but me thank her for the highlight same way," he said.


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  • Big bucks for fake rum

    Several persons in Kingston are cashing in on their fake alcohol business. So good is the market, that Jason Smith* has hired an assistant to deliver the products to his customers in other sections of the Corporate Area.

    "Me make me own ting. It sell more than hot bread and the rum head dem love it cuz mine little stronger," he said.

    Smith said his suppliers include numerous bar operators and liquor stores.

    "The bar owners dem give me back the bottles when dem finish and me just full it up and sell them back for $1,000 a bottle. Normally, them would spend $1,700. If is a case dem a buy like the liquor store dem, me sell dem at $800 a bottle," he said.

    Although he was tight-lipped about the ingredients he uses, he stated that the components are similar to those of 'regular' rum.

    "The only difference is that I mix up mine in a drum in a my living room, and the company dem use the sophisticated machine dem. Nuff time me see people bun me out and say dem nah buy from me, but go buy the same ting from a wholesale that me supply," he said.

    On a good week, Smith says he easily makes $70,000 after paying his assistant $10,000 for his services.

    "To me, it's a honest bread because me nah tief nobody and me have a little daughter. Me a go wah move out a me board house and build a concrete and me plan to use this business and do it. Me buy a little bike but me wah upgrade and buy a car, cuz me wah can carry out me family and no worry bout rain," he said.



    A few houses away, Smith's longtime friend James Brown* is busy filling bottles. He told The STAR that he has his own version of top shelf liquor but the demand for that is low.

    "A regular man nah go buy that a bar. People more buy special a bar, so that's why we do this. There is a market in it for everyone so me and my brethren never have the same customer dem. Jamaicans love party bad so dem log on to it," he said.

    Both 'rum' vendors said they are aware that they could be prosecuted if they are caught selling the self-made products, but said they are not bothered or fearful.

    "Life is a gamble, enuh. You just have to do you ting. Police buy from me too but just in case a no any a my police brethren dem run in, me just either go pay dem off or do the time," Smith said.

    On Saturday, the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (CTOC) investigation branch charged two men after they were found selling fake liquor to wholesalers in St Ann. Nineteen cases were seized, valuing approximately $380,000. Attempts to reach CTOC yesterday proved futile.

    *Names changed


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