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Manchester cops seize firearm
One firearm and several rounds of ammunition were seized by the Police in Trinity district, Porus in Manchester on Sunday.
Reports from the Porus police are that about 7:45 p.m., lawmen on a snap raid seized one 9mm Browning and thirteen 9mm rounds was seized at a premises. One man was taken into custody.
Illegal gun found in Trench Town
Last Sunday, the security forces found one illegal firearm with three live rounds during a search of a property in Trench Town, Kingston.
The incident occurred during a mobile patrol of the area at approximately 3:50 p.m. According to reports, a joint Jamaica Defence Force (JDF)/Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) security team was conducting a patrol in the area when they were fired upon by gunmen. The patrol team took evasive action before trying to apprehend the men made good their escape.
A search of the area was conducted and one CZ 9mm pistol with three live rounds and one magazine were found nearby.
The weapon, magazine and ammunition were taken to the Denham Town Police Station for processing. No one was detained in connection with the findings.
New Fisheries Act coming
Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw, says the new Fisheries Act will come into force soon.
He explains that this new law will not only facilitate modern fisheries management and development strategies, and significantly increase the maximum fines for breaches of the law, but will also transform the Fisheries Division into the National Fisheries Authority (NFA).
Shaw informed that among the key improvements to be facilitated by the creation of the NFA is the establishment of a compliance division, which will have staff dedicated to fisheries surveillance.
Port Authority financing major projects
The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) is financing five major projects from its 2019/20 capital budget of approximately $4.39 billion.
These, according to the2019/20 Jamaica Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, are the Port Royal Cruise Port; Logistics Development; Business Process Outsourcing (BPO); the Port Community Systems (PCS); and the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) Quay Wall, and Falmouth Developments.
The document states that $1.17 billion is budgeted to initiate work to establish Port Royal as a new cruise ship destination, in keeping with plans to further boost Jamaica’s capacity in this regard.
Meanwhile, nearly $891 million will be spent to complete an 18,000-square metre logistics facility at the Port of Kington, which is expected to contribute to economic growth and revenue expansion.
Land Agency to get two new divisions
Two new divisions have been established at the National Land Agency (NLA) to continue the titling of land under the Registration of Titles Act.
They are the Land Administration and Management Division (LAMD) and the Adjudication Services Division (ASD).
The departments were created out of the merger of the NLA with the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP), the latter of which was officially closed in December 2018.
Senior Director of LAMD, Felicia Wiltshire, explained that the new division will “continue the functions of LAMP as you know it”.
“The NLA (through LAMD) will be assisting persons in getting registered titles, and where titles exist, we will assist persons in dealing with these titles, such as estates, and whole or part transfer of titles,” she said.
The project areas for LAMD operations are St Catherine, excluding Portmore; St Mary; Portland; St Thomas; Rock Hall, St Andrew; Lawrence Tavern and its environs in St Andrew; and Rose Town, Kingston.
Cop charged with murder
A police constable was charged for the death of a man, whose unidentified burnt remains were found on Rousseau road, Kingston 5 on Sunday.
A woman who was implicated in the incident was also charged.
Charged with murder is Junior Hayles, 30, a police constable assigned to the Kingston East Division.
Nicola Montaque, 34, beauty therapist of Daytona, Portmore, St Catherine, has been charged with conspiracy to murder.
Reports from the Denham Town Police are that about 7:30 p.m. on July 1, 2018, residents observed tyres burning behind a church and summoned the fire brigade.
The firemen discovered the burnt remains during cooling down operations and alerted the police. The scene was processed and the remains removed to the morgue.
Post mortem examinations revealed that the man died from a gunshot wound to the head. Following intensive investigation by the detectives from the Kingston West Division, DNA confirmed the identity as that of 33-year-old Vince Walcott, otherwise called ‘Steven Chambers’, of Mount Royal Estate, Bridgeport, St Catherine. The case file, which included a range of forensic evidence, was submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for a ruling.
The DPP subsequently ruled that both persons be charged. Hayles and Montaque were charged on Monday. Their court date will be announced later.