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  • Congresswoman urges Caribbean nationals to apply for citizenship before December 23

    Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke is urging Caribbean nationals who want to file immigration applications and petitions to submit them before December 23, 2016, when several fees will increase.

    Citizenship confers enormous benefits, such as the right to vote, that allow people an opportunity to enjoy the full blessings of American life.

    It relieves and protects those lacking citizenship status, resident foreign nationals, from the fear that any interaction with the law enforcement officials or the court system could result in deportation proceedings and a forced separation from loved ones,” said Clarke, the daughter of the Jamaican born councilor Dr. Una Clarke.

    “Citizenship makes it possible to fully enjoy the fruits of one’s labour. As the daughter of parents who came to the United States from the nation of Jamaica and the representative of a community that includes immigrants from around the world, I am hopeful that individuals who are eligible to apply for citizenship will complete the required paperwork and submit their forms before fees increase on December 23.”

    She said her staff stands ready to assist interested individuals by inquiring about the status of pending applications as well as provide references to local organizations that assist in completing the application process and paperwork.

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  • Video Of St James Schoolgirl's Murder Found On Cell Phone

    The police in St James are reportedly in possession of a video recording of the fatal knife attack on 15-year-old Shineka Gray.

    A reliable police source says the recording of the murder of the Green Pond High School student was found on a cellular phone that the police seized as part of their investigation.

    Gray was last seen alive two Sundays ago. 

    She reportedly left her home in Mount Salem to attend the funeral of a friend, then took a taxi to an unknown destination.

    In the aftermath of Gray’s disappearance, her family used social media and flyers to solicit the assistance of the public to find her.

    The search ended last Tuesday when her body was found in the Meadows of Irwin community, in St James, with multiple stab wounds.

    While two suspects are now in custody, the police are yet to release any official statement on the status of the overall investigations.


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  • Clarke's Street Resident Killed While Mourning Shineka Gray

    It was less than five hours since the news broke that the decomposing body of 15-year-old Shineka Gray had been found in Irwin Meadows, St James. Grieving residents of Clarke's Street, Mt Salem, where she lived, were out in the street, some crying as they discussed the awful tragedy.

    Suddenly, all hell broke loose! Heavy gunfire, unleashed by heavily armed thugs, erupted around them, causing mass panic as residents fled in all directions in a mad scramble to get out of the line of fire.

    When the shooting ended as the marauding 'shottas' made good their escape, one resident lay dead, having sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the head and upper body. The dead man was subsequently identified as 27-year-old Owayne 'Pushead' Nicholson of a Clarke's Street address.

    "We can't even grieve in peace. I believe MoBay is under a curse. Every day is the same thing - shooting, murder, rape. Why? When will it end?" said an elderly resident of Clarke's Street, tears rolling down her face.

    The tragic news for Clarke's Street came at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday with reports that the police had found a body in Irwin Meadows. Relatives and residents who had been searching for Shineka since she failed to return home from the funeral of a friend on Sunday rushed to the scene.

    "Me nah lie. Me haffi bawl when me see wah dem do to the little girl. Dem stab her up bad ... it was not a pretty sight," said a resident, who was among those who rushed to the scene. "What could this likkle girl do mek somebody do her like that? God help us all!"

    Following the disappearance of Shineka Gray, relatives and friends were using social media in their search for her, posting pictures on Facebook and asking members of the public to look out for her.

    Yesterday, speculations were rife all over that she might have been kidnapped, raped, and then killed by her attacker, who chose the isolated location in Irwin Meadows to dump her body.

    Yesterday, tears flowed freely at Green Pond High School as students and teachers struggled to come to grips with the death of Shineka, who was described as "friendly and easy to get along with". Several students fainted and had to be rushed to hospital.

    "Sir, it could be me ... me cry all night last night. People can so wicked?" a grade nine student, who resides in the volatile Glendevon area, asked. "We are all in danger ... the killer could be right here with us and we don't know."

    For Michael Ellis, the principal, the school had lost an exemplary student, who has a lot of potential and who was clearly on a path to making something positive out of her life.

    "I taught her when she was in grade seven. She was a very good student, quiet, but very good at her lessons," said Ellis. "We have lost a very good student who had a lot of promise, and today is indeed a sad day for Green Pond High School."

    Yesterday, the St James police issued a statement that having processed the crime scene, they will be following certain leads, which they hoped would help them to identify and arrest the killer.

    In the case of 27-year-old Owayne 'Pushead' Nicholson, it appeared that he was the target of the gunmen, who invaded Clarke's Street shortly after 9:30 p.m.

    "We have had several shooting incidents in recent days and I know it was only going to result in something like this," a Clarke's Street resident told The Gleaner. "The illegal guns are here in large numbers and until they are taken out of the hands of these killers, the killings will not stop."


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  • Son of alleged X6 killer gets bail – for allegedly crippling a man

    IT took the police close to two years to bring charges against 21-year-old Jahnai Powell, son of alleged X6 killer Patrick Powell, for allegedly crippling a man in 2009.

    Yesterday, the court was told that it was the influence of the youth’s family that had been preventing his arrest.

    The startling revelation was made by clerk of court Hansurd Lawson in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court where Powell was offered $350,000 bail on a charge of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and his case set for mention on August 24.

    But the assertion was dismissed by attorney Peter Champagnie, who said that the junior Powell had not been arrested all along because the complainant had given a vague statement to the police.

    The attorney also complained that Powell was only arrested to lure his father back to the island from the United States where he had fled, following the shooting death of 17-year-old Kingston College Student Khajeel Mais on July 1.

    Following Champagnie’s rebuttal, Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey cautioned her clerk to “stick to the facts”.

    The young man was charged last week stemming from allegations that on November 12, 2009 he and others attacked a man in the Belgrade Loop community of upper St Andrew, leaving him paralysed. Powell was charged a little over a week after he was taken into police custody, during the hunt for his father.

    The junior Powell’s appearance in court came a day after his father also appeared in court to answer charges in relation to Mais’ murder. The senior Powell is to return to the Home Circuit Court next Monday.

    Mais was killed after a taxi in which he was travelling ran into the back of a BMW X6 sport utility vehicle (SUV), which was allegedly being driven by the elder Powell at the time. Shots were reportedly fired by the driver of the SUV and Mais was hit in the head. The teenager was said to be on his way to a fete at Meadowbrook High School when the incident occurred.

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  • Breaking News:Teen murdered by lover in Hanover

    Detectives in the Hanover Police Division have launched an investigation into the stabbing death of a young female in the Sandy Bay area early Sunday morning.

    Dead is 18-year-old Shantay Thelwell of a Well Lane, Sandy Bay address in the parish.

    According to information from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), a heated dispute between Thelwell and a male companion took place at her home at around 1:45 am.

    Sometime during the argument, a knife was used to stab the teen in her chest. She was taken to hospital, where she died while undergoing treatment.

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