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BIKE STOLEN FROM POLICE STATION
A motorcycle that went missing from a police station was reportedly given to a St Andrew man as a gift.
Norman Johnson, 19, who has been charged with larceny after it was found in his possession, said the bike was a birthday gift.
“My uncle is a friend of the police officer and I gave him a talk, and he gave me it for my birthday,” Johnson told parish judge Chester Crooks on Friday.
WANTED MAN CAPTURED IN ST ELIZABETH
Donald Reid, otherwise called ‘John’, who was listed as wanted by the St. James Police, has been captured.
Reid, who is wanted for rape and buggery, was picked up during a Police operation in St. Elizabeth last Wednesday.
FIVE HOMELESS AFTER FIRE
Five persons were left homeless following a fire in Homestead, St Catherine, on Sunday night.
While an investigation has been launched, police sources say that the fire may be the result of arson.
Reports are that just after midnight Sunday, the occupants of the concrete and board structure were awoken by strange sounds.
When checks were made the building was seen ablaze. The occupants managed to escaped.
PSOJ BACKS UWI PROFESSOR
The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) yesterday said it supports the call by professor Anthony Harriott, Head of the Police Civilian Oversight Committee (POCA), for the separation of MOCA from the JCF.
According to the PSOJ, professor Harriott’s argument is based on the correct observation that there is too much structurally wrong with the JCF, and a lack of accountability and effective management within the JCF.
"We encourage calls like these to be made, not only by POCA, but all other well thinking stakeholders in the society," the PSOJ said.
MONTAGUE WANTS TO FORCE PRISONERS TO READ
National Security Minister Robert Montague wants inmates who are unable to read and write to be “forced by law” to attend the requisite adult literacy classes.
The minister giving the keynote address at the passing out parade for the 76th intake of correctional officers at the Carl Rattray Staff College in Runaway Bay, St Ann, last Friday.
“I would also like to see in the new Corrections Act, a system where those who are convicted of larceny - especially praedial larceny - should be sent immediately to Tamarind Farm or to Richmond. If you want to thief farmers’ produce, you must learn how to produce,” he argued.