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January 18, 2018
Bedford Park Road, which has been in a deplorable condition for over 10 years and has gotten worse with the increase in rainfall. Residents say nothing has been done about it.

Man arrested for trying to rape woman in bushes

Investigators in the St Catherine North Police Division on Tuesday arrested a man, who allegedly attempted to rape a woman in bushes.

The STAR was informed that at about 1:30 p.m. on January 16, the 45-year-old man was hired by the woman to transport her child from school.

While on the journey for the child, the man reportedly diverted into bushes and held down the female.

It is reported that the woman fought off the man who reportedly touched her inappropriately during the act.

The woman managed to escape and ran breathlessly to the Guanoboa Vale Police Station and reported the matter.

An investigation was launched which resulted in the man been held on suspicion of attempt with intent to rape.

His name has been withheld by the police pending further investigation.

Second ticket amnesty rakes in $256m

Preliminary figures show that Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has collected approximately $256 million in traffic fines at the end of the second Traffic Ticket Amnesty, which ran from November 27, 2017 to January 13, 2018. A breakdown of the figures suggests that $233 million relates to outstanding tickets covered by the amnesty, while of the approximately 127,000 transactions 98,814 are related to the amnesty.

TAJ saw a significant increase in customer traffic at Tax Offices islandwide, as well as on its online payment facility on the last two days of the amnesty, with over $103 million collected. Of note was that the 'Virtual' Tax Office or online payment platform ranked as the top collection point, collecting $20 million on the final two days.

Teacher of the Year to create mentorship programme

LASCO Teacher of the Year 2017, Ingrid Peart-Wilmot, is planning to create a teacher mentorship programme.

She said the objective is to provide an avenue for teachers to offer their knowledge and expertise to others with less experience.

She will be calling on the support of the other finalists in the LASCO competition to get the programme going this year.

"As I was saying to the other finalists, we need to form a group and see how we can collaborate to reach the many schools across Jamaica. We need to look at some of the best practices and see how we can make the classrooms in Jamaica a better place," she said.

Peart-Wilmot, who is a teacher at Bishop Gibson High School in Manchester, is also the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Teacher of the Year for 2017.

Gun found in motor vehicle

One man is now in custody following the seizure of a firearm and several rounds of ammunition in Falmouth, Trelawny on Tuesday.

Reports from the Falmouth police are that at about 7:30 a.m., the man's motor vehicle was searched and one illegal 9mm pistol and one magazine containing nine 9mm rounds of ammunition were found. This resulted from preliminary investigations that were conducted into a report that was made by him.

Four schools get money for upgrade

Four schools in Clarendon are to receive additional funding from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to undertake refurbishing and upgrading works.

They are Denbigh Primary, Denbigh High, Frankfield Primary and Infant, and Edwin Allen High.

The projects to be undertaken include the building of an auditorium at Denbigh High; roof repair at Frankfield Primary and Infant; a new classroom block at Edwin Allen High to ease overcrowding; and enclosure of classroom space at Denbigh Primary.


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