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  • Cab Driver Shot Dead; 14-Y-O Student Chased And Also Shot Dead

    A 14-year-old male student from a prominent high school and a taxi operator were shot dead by gunmen during a brazen daylight attack along Alexander Road, Hunts Bay, Kingston on Saturday. 

    The dead have been identified as Domaine Hall, student and resident of Rodney Road, Kingston and Richard Francis, 44 -year-old, taxi operator of 2 Alexander Road, Kingston 13.

    Reports are that about 8:30 a.m. Francis was cleaning a grey Nissan Tiida motor car along the roadway when he was attacked and shot several times by two men carrying guns.

    Following the attack the men were leaving the area when they saw the teenager, Domaine, who was fetching water at a nearby stand pipe.

     

    Reports are that the teen attempted to run but was chased and shot by the assailants.

    The men then escaped from the area.

    Police were called to the community and the injured men taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival. 

    The incident has triggered shock and anger in the community.

     

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  • Former scammer turns to farming - Says he no longer needs to hide from police

    At age 18, when most teenagers are about to embark on their first job or begin university, Jamar 'Venom Hype' Allen was living in the fast lane.

    A typical day in his world would involve fly cars, partying and girls. The Montego Bay-born Allen told THE STAR that his involvement in lottery scamming paid for his lavish lifestyle, but he decided to give up all criminal activity for farming following the death of one of his close friends.

    The 26-year-old, who is also an up-and-coming entertainer, said that he was introduced to illegal trade by a schoolmate.

    "Me did know say his parents was so poor and me used to see him with some flashy tings and money, and me continue to ask him how him dweet and him eventually let me in on it," Allen said.

    "Him end up dead now still because da scamming ting deh cost nuff people life. Right now, me encourage every youth fi work fi dem honest bread. A bare de Laurence and bad mind involved. Me fren a drive him drop top Benz inna MoBay, and it just turn over and kill him, and di car neva have no mechanical problem," he added.

     

    MADE MILLIONS

     

    Allen told THE STAR that although he was only involved in lottery scamming for a few months, he made millions of dollars, all of which was wasted because of his immaturity.

    He said that he continued life in the fast lane until he was nabbed by the police in 2010 while he was exiting a Western Union location in Montego Bay.

    "This time me buck up inna some serious police. Two times before some other police hold on pon me and take weh di money and let me go. But dem one deh nah give no bly," he said.

    After spending six months behind bar for lottery scamming, Allen said he relocated to Kingston with the hopes of re-embarking on a music career, but by then his mentor Vybz Kartel was already behind bars.

    "I was never signed to his label but had connections to him musically. But when he got incarcerated, things slow down. Never go back a MoBay because is like di police dem take set on me," he said.

     

    BIG MISTAKE

     

    Reflecting on the life that he lived, Allen said he made a big mistake by getting involved in lottery scamming.

    "Looking back at my life, I made some really messed up decisions which could have gotten my family killed. Gang life is no joke thing. It can never do no good for anyone. I even tried to kill myself by ingesting some tablets, but God spared my life," he said.

    These days, he is satisfied with his life as a farmer in St Mary. He told THE STAR that his days are spent on his farm planting or reaping his crops while honing his musical craft.

    "Nah tell no lie, farming not as profitable as scamming, but me life is way more comfortable. It feels good fi know say nobody no out there anymore a bawl cause me take dem cash and no police nah look fi mi. Me just a go use this farming ting and nurture mi music career because a deh so me interest lie," he said.

     

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  • Cops launch search for missing three-year-old girl in St Catherine

    Police and members of a family in St Catherine have launched a desperate search to locate a three year-old girl who has gone missing.

    The child identified as Nyomi Gregory of Lluidas Vale, Union District in St. Catherine was last seen on Sunday, February 25.

    Police said an Ananda Alert has since been activated for the missing toddler.

    She is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 74 centimetres (2 feet 5 inches) tall.

    Reports are that Nyomi was last seen in her community dressed in a yellow blouse, pink shorts and a pair of white slippers.

    Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Gregory is being asked to contact the Shady Gove Police at 903-6218, Police 119 emergency numbers or the nearest Police Station.

     

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  • JUST IN: Earthquake reported across several parishes locally

    Scores of Jamaicans have reported that they felt the effects of an earthquake across several parishes locally.

    There has been no official report from the Earthquake Unit about the development, some Jamaicans have however taken to social media, while others have been calling into to the Loop News Centre to report that they felt what they believed was an earthquake.

    Among the social media postings on the matter was the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on its official Twitter page asking the question: “Did you feel the earthquake in Kingston,” the JCF stated on the page.

    Quick out of the block was sprint star, Usain Bolt who said he felt a similar effects at his house.

    “Was that an earthquake or my house moving ?” Bolt wrote on his twitter page.

    “I also felt it in August Town and it scared the hell out of me,” said another user, Chantelle Minott.

    “I am near to South Camp Road region and I felt it,” said another user.

    “Jamaica, we just had an earthquake,” said politician Raymond Pryce on his Twitter page.

    And it appears the matter should soon be reaching the attention of the cabinet as one member of the body Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton chimed in with his comment: “Felt the earthquake? Hope that you are all safe.”

    He made the comment while calling on persons to take the appropriate emergency action if necessary.

     

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  • Young couple charged with elderly Jamaican-Canadians’ murder, remanded

    Melbourne and Etta Flake

    Monday, March 12 is the new mention date for murder accused, 25-year-old Fabian Skervin and his girlfriend, Nekia Thompson.

    The two are before the St Thomas Parish Court for the brutal murder of Jamaican-Canadian returning residents, 81-year-old Melbourne Flake, and his 70-year-old wife, Etta, at their vacation home in Retreat, St Thomas on January 9.

    The date was set when Skervin and Thompson appeared in court on Thursday. They were remanded in custody and a bail application is expected to be made when they next appear in court.

    Skervin and Thompson are each charged with two counts of murder and one count of robbery with aggravation, for the slaying and robbery of the elderly couple.

     

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