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January 17, 2018
Community Relations Manager at the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Tanisha Miller (left), converses with community members of Guptar Lane, Annotto Bay, St. Mary, during one of the ECC's 'Read Pon Di Cawna' sessions held in 2017. The commission is reporting success with its 'Read Pon Di Cawna' and Read Across the Region initiatives.
Alfred Francis

Criminals break into police post

Criminals broke into a police station on Monday night, removing two doors from the facility and running away with them.

The incident took place at the newly constructed police post in Green Acres in St Catherine. It was not yet occupied by cops.

"This suggests that the criminals don't really care where, what building and personnel they burglarised, robbed or murdered," Senior Superintendent of Police Gary Griffiths said.

Member of Parliament Christopher Tufton said the incident has further highlighted the need for an operational police post in the area.

"This is an indication of the serious security risk faced by the residents in the area. I am hoping that operations at the facility can start as soon as possible," Tufton said.

2,000 people targeted for HEART Run 

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) is targeting 2,000 participants for the second staging of its Heroes of the Heart 5K run.

Scheduled to take place on January 21 at Emancipation Park in St Andrew, the event involves collaboration with Running Events Limited and Jamaica Moves.

"The inaugural staging of the event in 2017 was received well and was able to garner the support of 1,300 participants.This year, we are hoping to raise that number to 2,000," Deborah Chen, executive director of the HFJ, said.

Prayer breakfast set for tomorrow

The Reverend Astor Carlyle is slated to deliver the main message at Thursday's National Leadership Prayer Breakfast, which will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

This year's breakfast is being held under the theme: Let's Stop It! Return to Righteousness. Organisers of the breakfast said it is a call for every Jamaican to stop those practices that facilitate evil, and recommit to the way of righteousness which is the foundation for true and lasting peace and prosperity for all Jamaicans.

The breakfast is being held against the background of mounting crime and violence. Churches across Jamaica were asked to set aside a time in their main worship services last Saturday and Sunday to pray for the nation's healing.

Water woes in St Mary

Some customers of the National Water Commission (NWC) in St Mary will be without water until next Monday.

The NWC said its customers who are served by the Agualta Vale Relift Station will be the ones affected. The commission said that due to operational challenges along the pipeline network, the restoration date has had to be rescheduled.

The affected areas are: Highgate, Richmond, Esher, Lewis Store, Frazerwood, Clonmell, Belfield, Stockholm Park Housing Scheme, Islington, Albany, Zion Hill, Robins Bay, Heywood Hall, Pinnacle, Lebanon Housing Scheme, Sport Road, Rosend, Baccaswood, White Hall, Nutsfield, Martin, Friendship, Lindon, and Housing Scheme.

Pawn shop head defends company's integrity

Lilieth Douglas, head of CashWiz, said the firm operates with the highest integrity. Her comment follows a revelation in court last week that two of the company's employees were among the 22 alleged Uchence Wilson gang members.

One of the alleged gangsters, Jermaine Stewart was employed to Cashwiz in Cross Roads.

"He disposes of the stolen items through the business knowing that they have been stolen. It is a pawn shop, my lady, cashwiz, that is," lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor said in court.

Douglas yesterday said the pawn shop is a victim.

"We operate above board and under high standards of transparency. All our transactions are recorded, and we are confident that this matter will be closed soon," she said.

Fire victims to get Food For The Poor house 

Food For The Poor will hand over of two two-bedroom houses to fire victims in Kingston tomorrow. The houses, which were constructed using proceeds from Food For The Poor's 5K, are located at Rum Lane, Kingston.

The houses will be handed over by Alfred 'Frano' Francis and Food For The Poor to Paulette Hall and her daughter, Jazzelle Francis. Hall and her daughter are fire victims whose houses were destroyed in July 2016. Since then, Hall has been staying with her daughters and other relatives in a one-bedroom old board structure along with three children.

This structure does not have enough space to accommodate four adults and three children. They have no bathroom and use their neighbour's bathroom, which is not convenient. They lost everything in the fire and are trying their best to put their lives back together.

Man charged with quadruple murder

Detectives from the Westmoreland Division charged 26-year-old Ryan Letsman of Kings Street, Montego Bay in St James in connection with the murder of four persons in Brighton district, Westmoreland which occurred on November 24 last year.

Letsman was arrested by lawmen at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 17 at a bar in Retreat district, Westmoreland and a Smith and Wesson pistol with 13 rounds of ammunition taken from him.

Police said that was pointed out during an identification parade. He has since been charged with four counts of murder, arson, robbery with aggravation, and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

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