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  • Police link killing of 7 in Westmoreland to lotto scam-related feud

     

     

     

    Jamaica’s security forces have heightened their presence in several Westmoreland communities due to the flare up of activities linked to the illicit lottery scam that led to the killing of seven people in the parish on Tuesday, police said.

    Two children – a two-year-old and a 11-year-old – were among the seven killed in separate incidents in Sterling district and Top Lincoln, according to a news release issued by the corporate communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

    Eight others were reportedly injured in the shooting spree.

    The police have attributed the most recent flare-up of violence to inter and intra-gang feud in the parish some of which is related to the illicit lottery scamming that has accounted for a large percentage of the murders, shootings and other violent crimes committed in parish.

    Superintendent Gary McKenzie strongly condemned the brutal slayings and extended his deepest condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of those who were slain by “ruthless gangsters”.

    “No effort will be spared in bringing the killer/s to justice. Our future leaders are being brutally slain. I am appealing to the citizens to desist from providing a safe haven for these criminals and for the citizens of Jamaica to unite and help in the fight against crime,” he said.

    He is also assuring residents that in order to mitigate the threat to public safety there will be special focus in areas of Sterling district, Top Lincoln, Kings Valley, Little London and Frome in the parish.

    The lottery scam, which targets elderly Americans, has been a fuel for criminal activities in western Jamaica in recent years.

    The Police are appealing to anyone who may have information about the incidents that can assist with the investigation can contact the Morgans Bridge Police at 955-1375, Crime Stop at 311, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

     

     

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  • LA Lewis to miss royal wedding - Entertainer says schedule was too busy

    Controversial dancehall artiste LA Lewis has said that while he would not be attending the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, he has sent his love and apologies for being absent via a letter.

    The wedding will take place on May 19, with the ceremony scheduled for the St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle at noon.

    At least 600 guests are expected to attend the ceremony, and while the 'Seven Star General' will not be among them, he stated that he will personally offer his best wishes when he visits Buckingham Palace this month end.

    "I was not invited, but you know LA Lewis does not need an invitation as it relates to the royal family. If LA Lewis should just pop at any given time, 'acceptation' will always be there because I am the only royalty in the Caribbean," he said.

    LA Lewis is known for his gimmicks in the dancehall scene and his alleged affiliation to the Queen of England, Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

    He added that it was natural for Prince Harry and Markle to be disappointed that he would not be in attendance, but blamed a busy schedule.

    "I had sent them both a letter to let them know I wouldn't be there because me have previous engagements because I am busy working on a lot of projects," he said.

    Among his projects, he said he would be meeting with Chinese businessmen to discuss business ventures.

    "Anyone would be disappointed if I can't make it because I am like the JPS in any party. When LA is around, the energy is always on," he said.

    Keeping a straight face, he stated that he would be in England this month end to shoot the music video for his single, Big Up The Greatest Queen.

    He told The STAR that Queen Elizabeth is excited to be part of the music video since she has already done the intro to the track.

    "Her Majesty is really excited to be in it. This is the first time in history that her voice has been in a song and people want to know how I got the copyright and ting because the song is on iTunes and you have to get the clearance for that. So that again is another 'sobolius' move by LA Lewis and Trillionare Records," he said.

    He also has a message for the royal couple on their wedding day: "Just enjoy yourself and make crazy love and make some heir for the throne."

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  • Bloody Tuesday in Westmoreland: Two-year-old among seven killed

     

    Seven people including a two year old baby were shot and killed as gunmen went amok in separate incidents in the Grange Hill area of Westmoreland on Tuesday.               

    The deceased, all of Grange Hill, Westmoreland are: 21-year-old Nicoy Myers of New Town; Odane Drummond; Nadine Rowe and her 11- year-old son, Nicoy Bourne; Sheldon Morgan Snr and his 2 year-old child, Sheldon Morgan Jr; and 22-year-old unemployed Tristan Brown.  

    Reports are that shortly after 8:00 am, gunmen travelling in a silver motor car drove into the Sterling section of Grange Hill and opened fire on a group of people.

    When the men left the area, Drummond, along with a female vendor and three males were found suffering from gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital where Drummond was pronounced dead and the other four admitted in serious condition. 

    Shortly after, gunmen struck again in the community, where they went to Rowe's home and shot her and her son to death.

    The bloodletting in the area continued later when armed men went to another section of the community and opened fire on Morgan and his son, killing them on the spot.                     

    The gunmen then drove to another section of the community and shot up a group of persons at a shop, killing Brown and injuring another man.

    Then at about 10:00 pm, a group of gunmen went to the Fullersfield area in Grange Hill where they opened fire at a group at a shop. Residents ran in a bid to escape but Myers was found dead in bushes where the attack occurred.

    Before leaving, the gunmen set the shop and three adjoining houses on fire.   

    The Morgan's Bridge police are investigating.

    Westmoreland has been a hotbed of violence, with some 60 people killed in the parish since the start of the year.

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  • Three dead in fiery Trelawny crash

    The scene of the fatal accident

    A woman was among three persons killed in a motor vehicle collision along the Trelawny roadway on Monday afternoon.

    The identity of the deceased have not yet been ascertained.

    Reports are that about 1:45 pm, a Nissan Tiida, which was heading in the direction of Falmouth, collided with a Toyota Wish - being operated as a taxi and driving in the opposite direction - along the Duncans main road.

    The Nissan Tiida reportedly burst into flames, burning the two occupants beyond recognition.

    One female passenger from the Toyota motorcar received multiple injuries and died on the spot.

    Members of the traffic division of the Falmouth Police Station are investigating.

     

     

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  • Father charged for killing his two daughters and their mother

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

    The Hanover police have charged a man for the murder of his two daughters and their mother at his Green Island, Hanover home last week.

    Paul Coote, 60, is scheduled to face the charge in the Lucea Parish Court on Wednesday, May 2.

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

    It is reported that about 7:00 am on Thursday, the two girls' parents had a dispute which developed into a fight. A machete was brought into play and the woman and her two daughters were hacked to death.

    The machete wielder was subsequently taken into police custody.

    The alleged dispute between the man and the pregnant woman was reportedly over the paternity of Cunningham's unborn child.

     

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