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October 22, 2016
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Soldiers on patrol in Paradise Row, Montego Bay, recently.
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Eight shot, one killed in second city

Gunmen in St. James went on a bar rampage on Thursday in hotbed communities across the parish killing one bartender and injuring three others in separate bar shooting incidents.

A total of eight persons were shot and injured between Thursday and Friday as crime continues to grip the western parish.

The first bar shooting took place in Paradise Norwood about 6:30pm Thursday where 26-year-old Marcia Dixon of Paradise was shot and killed.

Two persons were shot and injured in separate bars in Anchovy.

Father and sons accused of wounding with intent

Three St Catherine men who are charged with the wounding of a fisherman in Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine were remanded when they appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court yesterday.

Those charged are Charles Chambers, 55 and his two sons Jaheel Chamber, 19 and Michael Chambers, 22, of Station Lane, Old Harbour Bay.

When the matter was mentioned, it was revealed that the two sons have additional charges of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Parish Judge Tara Reid-Carr then told the defence that further checks should be made before bail will be consider.

They were remanded until Tuesday October 25.

Allegations are that on October 3, the complainant was pounced upon by the father and son who chop and stabbed him repeatedly. He was hospitalised as a result of injuries.

A report was made to the police after which the Chambers were charged with wounding with intent.

- R.T.

7.5 million worth of ganja seized

Drugs estimated to be valued at $7.5 million were seized at Great Salt Pond, Hellshire in St. Catherine this week.

Police officers assigned to the Marine and Narcotics Divisions seized 34 bags of ganja weighing approximately 805 pounds at Great Salt Pond, Hellshire in St. Catherine on Thursday. This is in addition to 700 pounds of ganja that was seized in the same area on Tuesday.

The cops also found 31 fifteen-gallon drums of fuel amounting to approximately 1,730 in mangroves on Thursday.

The ganja seized on Thursday has an estimated street value of $4 million while that recovered on Tuesday values $3.5 million.

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