15 packets of marijuana found in Cedros

A quantity of marijuana was discovered by officers of the Central Division Task Force and Central Division Major Crime Unit in the Cedros district during an anti-crime exercise yesterday.

Officers under the supervision of Snr. Supt. Inraj Balram and ASP (Ag.) Richard Smith, conducted the exercise between 11 am and 5 pm, on Thursday 18th October, 2018, during which they proceeded to Bamboo Village, Cedros.

'Gladiator' gunned down

Pop­u­lar ra­dio per­son­al­i­ty Ri­car­do “Glad­i­a­tor” Welch was mur­dered in Sam Bou­caud, San­ta Cruz this morn­ing.

The talk show host was gunned down in what ap­peared to be a dri­ve-by shoot­ing along San­ta Lu­cia Dri­ve.

Welch, 54, lived in the area.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Welch was dri­ving to work in his Toy­ota Pra­do when he was at­tacked by a gun­man. His Toy­ota Pra­do ran off the road­way and crashed in­to a wall.

Two in court for wasting police time

Two men are ex­pect­ed to ap­pear be­fore a San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trate to­day, charged with the waste­ful em­ploy­ment of po­lice time af­ter fak­ing their own kid­nap­pings.

The ac­tion has in­curred the ire of South­ern Di­vi­sion Snr Supt Zamsheed Mo­hammed, who warned yes­ter­day that po­lice would not tol­er­ate false re­port­ing. He said kid­nap­ping is a high pri­or­i­ty of­fence which re­quires sig­nif­i­cant man­pow­er as the CID, Task Force, An­ti- Kid­nap­ping Squad, Cy­ber­crime and oth­er units are de­ployed im­me­di­ate­ly.

Over $100,000 in drugs seized in Palo Seco

A quantity of marijuana was seized by officers of the South Western Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Palo Seco district.

The exercise, coordinated by Snr. Supt. Neville Adams and Supt. Deonarine Basdeo, was conducted between 2 am and 4 pm on Wednesday. 

During the exercise, officers were patrolling an area off Beach Road, Palo Seco, when they observed a man disembarking a pirogue with two crocus bags in his hands.

As the officers approached the suspect, he dropped the bags and ran back to the boat, which then sped off.

Police investigate shooting incident at MovieTowne

Police are investigating a shooting incident at MovieTowne in Port-of-Spain.

Initial reports indicate that a man was shot in the front of MovieTowne near the Pricemart carpark.

The man ran to the back of MovieTowne to Festa Plaza and stopped outside the Royal Princess Members Club where he sought help from persons there.

He was later taken for medical attention.

We will have more information when we get it. 

DOMA: Urgent action needed on murders of prison officers

The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) says the silence of major interest groups to the high rate of murders of prison officers, is not serving the country well.

DOMA says there must be an urgent response to the murders of prison officers.

The organisation issued the following statement on Wednesday:

"We wish to offer sincere condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Prison Officer Darren Francis.

Gasparillo man abducted

Po­lice are now re­view­ing video footage as they search for 24-year-old Jonathan Ram­cha­ran, who was re­port­ed­ly kid­napped at a shop­ping cen­tre in San Fer­nan­do this morn­ing.

Ram­cha­ran had re­port­ed­ly left his Gas­par­il­lo home to go to the bank to con­duct busi­ness. Po­lice are first­ly try­ing to as­cer­tain if he made it to the bank and which bank he went to.

Minister orders investigation into alleged corruption at Chaguanas Borough Corporation

Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Haji Kazim Hosein has ordered an investigation into suspected building approval corruption at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation.

This follows the submission of documents by Cunupia Councillor Vandana Mohit alluding to improper practices at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation's building department. 

This comes after a recent shooting incident at the councillor's home, which she has called a reprisal for her questioning delays in the building approval process for certain burgesses in her electoral district.