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  • HE WASN’T A THIEF’: Family, friends say man who died in stolen bus crash was no crook

    Some people have moved to clear the name of one of two alleged thieves who died when the stolen Hiace bus they were travelling in fell off a precipice in the Cave Valley area in St Ann last week Tuesday.

    Relatives and friends of 25-year-old Rolando Laoe, a labourer of 2 Greendale Close, Kingston 19, claim that he was merely a passenger in the stolen bus after hitching a ride with the other alleged bus thief, who has been identified as 34-year-old Marvin Murray, a labourer  of Waltham Avenue, Kingston 13.

    "Him beg a ride from a boy, never know say a thief them thief the bus, and the bus crash...," one of Laoe's relatives, Angelina Laoe wrote on Facebook.

    However, police reports give a different account of the crash.

    Police said that, at about 4 am, Murray and Laoe stole a 15-seater Toyota Hiace bus from a yard in the Wild Cane community of Cave Valley last Tuesday.

    Further reports are that, while the men were making their escape, they lost control of the vehicle and it fell over a precipice on the Bottom Cascade main road at about 7:45 am.

    Both men sustained serious injuries and were rushed to the hospital, where one was pronounced dead. The other injured man later succumbed to his injuries.

    Laoe's cousin, Ramona Mona Shandalan appeared upset over the allegations against her late relative.

    "There is no more to the story more than he died yesterday after meeting in an accident Sunday, simple!!! Sighs #RIP cous kmt...." she wrote on Facebook in response to queries on how he died.

    Several friends of Laoe supported his family members’ claim that he wasn’t stealing the bus. Others just expressed shock at his death in the crash.

    Daneille Bell commented: "Jahh knw yoooow, nobody don't really knw we tomorrow may bring a swear RIP."

    Shannakaye Rowe posted, "When am going to wake from this dream am. In everything is just not the same without you Rolando Laoe I really missing you.. I know you are gone forever but you will always be I'm my heart."

    Others, such as Audreana Pinnock, were overcome with grief.

    Pinnock commented: "Lado why did  you  go and  do  this  to ur self  yow smh I miss you  I wish you were still here to .... around  me when  I come to treez it's jus no longer  the same."

    In the meantime, the local police are still maintaining that Laoe and Murray were involved in the stealing of a bus, which was driven over a precipice, killing them.

    FEATURED IMAGE- Rolando Laoe, one of the deceased men, who succumbed to injuries he received in the crash last Tuesday.


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  • Woman claims - Pastors scammed me out of $5 million

    A retired accountant said she is now at her wits ends after shelling out more than $5 million to two pastors, who claimed to be selling a property, as she is yet to receive the land or her money back after more than two years.

    "I keep getting promises and nothing is forthcoming. I want my money, and I don't want it in pieces because I paid them one time. I told them I'm not trying to punish them. I just want my money," a frustrated Alice Brown* told THE STAR.

    She said the pastors, who are two sisters, told her that they owned the land located in Mona Heights, St Andrew, and they had run into some arrears with the taxes. She said the pastors said they wanted to sell the land because they paid the owed sum and wanted to rid themselves of the property.

    Brown said she had no reason to doubt the women, given their standing as religious leaders, so she gladly entered into a sale agreement with them, dated December 31, 2015. The agreement stated that the property is registered in someone else's name, but the sisters will obtain the title and transfer it to Brown by February 15, 2015.

    Brown provided THE STAR with documentation to show that she paid $5 million for the property, and a further $40,000 for the sales agreement.

    However, she got suspicious when the date passed and she did not receive the title for the land.


    Blaming the government


    "A lot of things I was asking them, and they responded, 'I'd rather not say'. They kept blaming the government for not finalising the agreement with the land title. I even asked her (one of the pastors) which ministry it was, and who they are dealing with from the ministry so I could speak with them, and she said she would rather not say," Brown said.

    After much pressing, Brown said the pastors reluctantly gave her the name of a man who they claimed was the government agent responsible for processing the land title. However, Brown said when she contacted the individual, he said he had no direct business with the pastors and he was not a government representative.

    This, along with several other red flags, caused Brown to contact her lawyer about the matter. They subsequently filed a claim in March 2015 against the pastors and other parties involved in the sale of the property.

    Brown said one of the pastors then contacted her requesting time to repay the money, but that is yet to happen.

    Acting on advice of her lawyers, Brown then reported the matter to the Fraud Squad in April 2015, but to date, no charges have been made.

    Yesterday, the detective corporal, who is investigating the matter, told THE STAR that he recently received the case from his superiors and he is working on the matter. However, he said he could not give a timeline for when an arrest would be made.

    "I understand the fact that she (Brown) is in a situation, and that her money is out there, but things have to be done in a particular way. Given the fact that it is a fraudulent matter, it's not a straight forward thing," the investigating officer said.

    Several calls to the implicated pastors' phones went unanswered.

    *Name changed by request




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  • Woman stabbed to death at St Andrew home

    Police are investigating the death of a St Andrew woman found with multiple stab wounds at her home Tuesday night.

    The deceased has been identified as 56-year-old Utelene Dawn Nugent of a Stock Farm Road, Kingston 9 address. 

    Loop News understands that, at sometime after 8 pm, residents of the community heard screams coming from Nugent's house.

    The police were alerted and, upon their arrival, lawmen found the body of Nugent lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds.

    Police were unable to confirm reports that Nugent's motorcar was stolen.

    There have been an outpouring of tributes via social media to Nugent, who has been described as a "God-fearing woman" with a "beautiful soul".

    Immaculate Conception Parish and Missions wrote on Facebook that Nugent was "a woman of prayer, a teacher, a friend: author dedicated to this page. We have been blessed by her ministry and passion for the faith."

    Apostle Solomon Ofori said he was shocked when he received the news that Nugent was murdered "in cold blood".

    "Dawn, a lively and charismatic lady, taught me and took me through the ropes of office space planning and management whilst we worked for the same company," he said, adding "Dawn you've gone too soon and you will surely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Till we meet again, rest peacefully in the bosom of your creator, my dearest friend."

    Meanwhile, others used social media to condemn yet another "senseless killing" of a productive member of Jamaican society.

    One man expressed outrage of the "apparent targetting" of women.

    "This apparent targeting of our women by these weak, sick, lazy hopeless men is real for me today. I feel sadness in every fibre of my being. If the police can't help us and the government continues to appear impotent in their response to this obvious woman targeting group of thugs, clearly we the people will have to take matters in our hands and find ways to protect ourselves and our families and friends," he said.

    Nugent reportedly leaves behind two children, a son and a daughter.



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  • Four men listed as wanted by the St Ann police for murder, shootings

    The St Ann police are appealing to the public for information leading to the arrest of four men wanted for various crimes in the parish, ranging from shooting to murders.

    Those wanted are: 

    • BRIAN FORBES, aka ‘QQ’ or ‘Cutie’, a 51-year-old farmer of Drumily District, Claremont. He is wanted in connection with the double murder of 24-year-old Demar Smith, also called ‘Chumpy’, a bus conductor of Drumilly, and his girlfriend, 15-year-old Amoya Brown, of Good Hope, Clarendon. Brown and Smith were chopped to death just before day break at a house, shared by all three, where Smith was a tenant, on April 25, 2015. The incident also took place in Drumily.  Forbes is said to frequent bushes on properties belonging to ALCAN. 


    • DWAYNE CHRISTIE, otherwise called ‘Cojack’ is wanted for the shooting death of 40-year-old Ronald Gayle, a farmer of Davis Town in Cave Valley, St Ann on September 30, 2016. 


    • CHRISTOPHER BROWN, 27, of Steer Town, St Ann, Princess Street, Kingston and Majestic Gardens, Kingston 11 is wanted in connection to a shooting committed at Roaring River, Steer Town on December 9, 2016. 


    • SHAWN ANTHONY MACOE, 37, of Lot 106 Veneta Court, Southborough, Portmore in St Catherine and Greenwich Estate in Steer Town, St Ann is wanted for a shooting committed at Back Hampstead in Runaway Bay on December 7, 2016. 


    Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these men can contact the police at 972-9008, 311 or 119 or the nearest police station. 


    FEATURED IMAGES: (From left) Brian Forbes, Dwayne Christie, Christopher Brown and Shawn Anthony Mascoe 


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  • Cops seize 78,000 tubes of bleaching cream

    A man was arrested and charged with breaches of the Pharmacy, Food Handlers and Customs Act after he was found with tens of thousands of tubes and jars of bleaching cream on Tuesday.

    The Jamaica Constabulary Force, in a post to Facebook, said approximately 78,000 jars/tubes of bleaching cream were seized in the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation (C-TOC) raid.

    However, no more details were immediately available.

    FEATURED PHOTO: File photo of bleaching cream

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