We cut through the clutter to tell you some of the most important stories of the day.
The outcome of the police action in the road stunts on a busy thoroughfare in St Andrew is still spinning heads. People continue to argue on social media about the fact that police did not charge the man who came forward saying he was the one involved in doing some dare devil stunts on Dunrobin Avenue. There are two videos showing a Mercedes Benz car in some dangerous manoeuvres, including 360 degree turns. Police did not charge the man but said he will be helping in public education by the police. In trying to explain why the man was not charged, Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson, speaking on a local radio programme, said there are issues involved including identity. He said, in the future, police would not deal with the issue in such a public way. However, police would maintain discretion. He says he has instructed that the “matter be pursued further.”
NORTH EAST LOOKING GOOD
The Area 2 police say serious crime is down by six percent across the three north eastern parishes of St Ann, St Mary and Portland. Head of Area 2, Assistant Commissioner (ACP) Elbert W. Nelson said all category of major crime including murder were down, though robbery and aggravated assault have increased. Speaking at a press conference in St Mary Wednesday, August 21, he said murder was down in St Mary and Portland but up marginally in St Ann. ACP Nelson said: “The area is presently experiencing a six percent reduction in serious and violent crime.”
CHARGED FOR WIFE’S MURDER
A retired police inspector has been charged for the murder of his wife in St Catherine. Sixty-two-year-old Padan Manning has been charged in the death of 65-year-old pensioner Pamela Manning, of Cumberland, Portmore. Reports are that Mrs Manning and her husband were at home Saturday night, August 17, when a dispute developed between them. Mrs Manning was later found with a stab wound to the neck and Mr Manning taken into custody. He was charged Wednesday, August 21.
SEARCH FOR ANOTHER
Police say they are seeking a 52-year-old security guard from Portland for the death 50-year-old Maureen Johnson, Tuesday night in the parish. Reports are that the woman was stabbed to death and her house set ablaze by a man close to her. Police mentioned the murder at a press conference Wednesday at Area 2 headquarters. It was the eighth murder in Portland so far this year.
THIS ONE CHARGED
Sergeant Howard Wilks has been charged with the 2010 murder of two people. The policeman was charged Wednesday, August 21 by the Inspectorate and Professional Standards Oversight Bureau (IPROB) with two counts of murder, following an investigation by The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and a ruling by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).
Sergeant Wilks was charged in relation to the shooting deaths of Shemar Whitely and Denzil Hutchinson on October 13, 2010. Both men were killed during an operation in the Kingston 10 area.
He appeared in court Wednesday and was offered bail and is to return to court October 7.
MORE HELP FOR FARMERS
Member of Parliament for South West St. Elizabeth, Floyd Green has pledged $1 million from his Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to the victims of last week’s fire in Flagaman, St. Elizabeth. This is in addition to the half a million dollars pledged by J.C. Hutchinson, MP in the neighbouring constituency of NW St Elizabeth. Hutchinson, also Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture said he had seen the devastation and was donating his $500,000 drought mitigation fund to the farmers of Flagaman. Approximately 200 acres of farmlands were destroyed on Friday August 16, affecting 47 farmers at an estimated loss of $45 million dollars. Crops destroyed included Cantaloupe and Melon. Also destroyed were farm equipment including irrigation drain hoses and drums. MP Green has been in the area since Friday assessing the damages and coordinating with the various agencies for a speedy response to issues of downed power lines and disrupted telephone service. Mr Green, Mr Hutchinson and a team from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries did a tour of the area on Tuesday. They were accompanied by members of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).