March 10, 2017
Superintendent of Police Wayne Cameron

Elderly woman jailed for extortion

A 60-year-old woman is believed to be the main player behind an extortion scheme in central Jamaica.

Superintendent Wayne Cameron, head of the Manchester police, said the woman is among five persons, taken into custody in connection to the attempted extortion of several businesses in central Jamaica.

Several business persons in Mandeville were served with letter last week by persons demanding extortion payments of up to $100,000 each month.

Four arrested for farm work scam

Four persons, three females and one male, were yesterday arrested in sections of Spanish Town, St. Catherine and Mount Pleasant, Manchester by detectives from MOCA for their suspected involvement in an Oversees Employment Fraud Scheme.

The operation followed a report to MOCA last November that persons purporting to be employees of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security were fleecing persons of money with the hope of providing them with overseas employment.

Following investigations, the identities of the suspects were obtained, resulting in the arrest of the persons.


Portland road gets multimillion-dollar fix


Some $28 million is being spent to fix a massive breakaway along the Breast Works to Windsor main road in Portland.

Stephen Shaw, manager of communication and customer services at the National Works Agency, said that under the project, a gabion retaining wall will be constructed and the roadway reinstated.

The road is an important access to several communities, including the Rio Grande Valley, and the main access to the starting point of popular tourist attraction, rafting on the Rio Grande.

The roadway located at West Retreat in the parish failed during heavy rains in December 2015 and has been reduced to single lane traffic.

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