February 08, 2018
Gladstone Taylor / Photographer A man walks around with stems of marijuana at the Bob Marley Earthday Celebration in St. Andrew on Tuesday February 6, 2018

The March 5 by-elections in the St Andrew North Western constituency and the Norman Gardens division will cost the country $41 million.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica said $26.8 million will be spent for the election in St Andrew North Western, where the people will be voting for Derrick Smith's replacement.

Some $13.9 million is to be spent in the Norman Gardens division, which was left vacant following Angela Brown Burke's election to the House of Representatives.

Persons who use cell phones while operating motor vehicles will be prosecuted when the new road traffic bill is signed into law. The House of Representatives passed the bill on Tuesday which will require drivers to have a licence in their possession while operating a vehicle.

Offences under the bill include: driving without required motor vehicle insurance coverage ($20,000); driving a motor vehicle without being the holder of a permit or driver's licence ($40,000); failure of driver to obey traffic light ($24,000); loud noises within silence zones ($5,000), failure to wear a protective helmet ($5,000); failure to comply with traffic signs ($10,000); and failure to stop at pedestrian crossings ($12,000).

The body of a resident was discovered at the Hanover Infirmary yesterday morning.

"This incident is being investigated by the police as we speak, and as such, there is not much that can be disclosed at this time," Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie said yesterday.

"I do, however, wish to express my regrets at the passing of the resident, and I wish to encourage the staff at the infirmary and the residents, who would naturally be affected by this loss of life."

Four Costa Ricans were among 11 persons arrested in Westmoreland after cops seized approximately 1,000 pounds of ganja and two motor cars in Sweet River on Tuesday.

Reports are that at about 11 a.m., lawmen were carrying out an operation in the Sweet River district when they discovered a shed in bushes with several men and a woman in the process of compressing and packaging ganja.

The ganja, along with the two motor cars, was seized and the group of handlers arrested for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

A Trelawny family will bury two members, a brother and a sister, on Saturday.

Cecil Stewart, 54, died on January 8 after a battle with prostate cancer. His sister, Beverly Stewart, 72, died on January 30 after a prolonged illness.

The funerals will be held at the William Knibb Baptist Church at 1 p.m. The bodies will be buried at the Martha Brae Cemetery.

Albert 'Bertie' Stewart, a brother, said his family has lost five members since October, 2017.

Four individuals who were recently listed as wanted by police in St James turned themselves in on Monday. They include Tajay Dixon, 21, and Fiona Williams, both of Grange Pen, Lilliput, St James, who were wanted for shooting with intent.

Timoy Spence and Leon Spence, both of Red Square, Tucker, in St James, also surrendered to the police. They were wanted for shooting with intent.

The police are renewing their appeal for all persons listed as wanted to turn themselves in to the nearest police station.

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