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February 22, 2018
Residents at Berrydale in Portland are expressing fear that the continuous use of trucks and other heavy-duty equipment by sand mining operators to transfer aggregate from the Rio Grande could compromise the integrity of that roadway.

Four guns stolen from Manchester house

Thieves broke into a house in New Green, Manchester, on Monday night and stole four guns.

The men reportedly entered the house, which belongs to a businessman, broke into a safe and stole three shotguns, one 9mm Smith and Weston pistol and 20 rounds of ammunition.

Cops seek witness for court

Detectives assigned to the St Catherine Scenes of Crime Unit are seeking the public's assistance in locating a witness who is vital to a case that is currently before the court.

She is Janice Donaldson of Kent Village, Bog Walk, St Catherine. Donaldson is scheduled to appear before the St Catherine Parish Court on Tuesday, February 27.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Donaldson is being asked to contact the Spanish Town police at 984-2305, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

PAJ wary of data collection act

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has called for the practice of journalism to be exempted completely from the provisions of the Data Protection Act, which is now being examined by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament.

The PAJ said that although Section 37 exempts journalism from some provisions of the data-processing regime, it is concerned that the enactment of the bill in its current form is likely to generate challenges to publication of important stories, which will necessitate expensive and time-consuming court proceedings.

PNP takes issue with road

Andrew Swaby, minority leader for the People's National Party at the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Council, has called on the political ombudsman and the Office of the Contractor General to urgently launch a probe into the allocation of $21 million to fix three roads in North West St Andrew.

A by-election will be held on March 5 and Swaby is of the opinion that the roadwork is being used to sway the election in favour of the governing Jamaica Labour Party's Nigel Clarke.

The roads that are to be repaired are Rosehall Avenue in Hughenden ($6,252,500), Moonlight Drive in Havendale ($10,974,500) and Rosewell Avenue in Chancery Hall ($4,570,000).

Toyota recalls cars

Toyota has announced it is recalling 21,700 Toyota and Lexus cars for problems with the fuel line that have the potential to cause fire.

Toyota is recalling roughly 11,800 of its 2018 Camry sedans because it's possible that the fuel pipes and the fuel hoses in the engine compartment were not properly connected during assembly.

It is also recalling approximately 9,900 of its 2015-2018 Lexus RC F, 2016-2018 Lexus GS F, and 2018 Lexus LC 500 cars.

 Prisoners deserve a chance - Charles

Pearnel Charles Jr, the minister of state in the Ministry of National Security, says inmates in the penal system deserve a chance to make positive contributions to the society.

The Department of Correctional Services recently handed over desks and chairs to the St Michael's Primary School in Kingston. The furniture were made by the inmates.

Senator Charles Jr said the gift to the school, and others given to various institutions, are a "clear statement to Jamaica that the people who make mistakes deserve a chance to contribute positively, and these inmates have started to do so already".

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