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January 08, 2018
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer A motorist drives by a section of Port Royal Street in East Kingston, just about 40 feet away from the roundabout that has had extensive road work done. But yet this area that has been in urgent need of repair for many years, is left in the same condition.

Three of the four deceased in the motor vehicle collision on the McCooks Pen main road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Friday have been identified.

They are 27-year-old Tameka Tomlinson of St John's Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine; 37-year-old Avia Simpson of Longville Park, Clarendon; and Sanny Harvey.

Eight others were injured. Among them are a lance corporal from the Jamaica Defence Force and a constable from the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Investigations continue.

Two men are in custody following a seizure of a CBRPS Bullpup SKS assault rifle, after a motor car in which it was being transported was intercepted on the Greenvale Road in Mandeville, Manchester, on Saturday.

Charged with illegal possession of firearm are Lamornth Jackson, 28, of Bois Content in St Catherine, and Ricardo Lewis, 25, of Portmore, St Catherine.

Reports from the Mandeville police are that at about 9:35 a.m., a team of officers was on patrol in the area when the driver of a grey Toyota Vitz, which was being driven by Jackson in a dangerous manner, was signalled to stop.

The vehicle was searched and the firearm found at the back seat of the motor car. Jackson was also slapped with an additional charge of dangerous driving.

Their court dates will be announced at a later date.

The St James police seized two firearms and arrested two men on the Anchovy main road in the parish on Saturday.

The firearms seized are one Glock pistol with a magazine containing ten 9mm cartridges and another 9mm pistol containing three 9mm cartridges.

Reports are that at about 3 p.m., a patrol team was conducting spot checks in the area when they signalled the driver of a white Toyota Axio motor car to stop.

The driver complied and he along with a male passenger and the vehicle were searched and the firearms and ammunition found.

Both men were taken into custody, however, their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

Cecil Thoms, communications manager of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, said starting January 15, the company's premium service will require mandatory use of its smarter card.

He said that the system is a precautionary measure against theft which has plagued the country for years.

He believes that the smarter card is much more effective and convenient to passengers and drivers alike.

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