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Old Harbour News

Old Harbour News

A Gordon Wood resident has turned himself over to the Old Harbour Police Station after a deadly feud in the community yesterday.

Sylvester Rickards, 34, remain behind bars, after 18-year-old Adrian Saunders succumbed to injuries sustained in a fight involving the former.

The incident occurred at about 9:00 am in the Gordon Wood community where both men reside.

The police say an unresolved dispute which started last Friday, took a deadly twist some 90 hours later when Rickards, who was walking home, was confronted by Saunders and other men.

A fight broke out during which Rickards used a knife to stab Saunders, who was later pronounced dead at hospital.

Investigation continues.

A man only known as ‘Bud’ is on the run following the death of his brother, who died while undergoing treatment in hospital.

Dead is Jermaine Scille, otherwise called ‘Shaukle’, a 34-year-old labourer of a Succaba Gardens, Old Habrour address.

Information obtained by Old Harbour News is that between 10:00 am and sometime after 3:00 pm on Independence Day, the brothers had a heated dispute during which ‘Bud’ used a piece of metal to hit the deceased in the head.

Scille was rushed to the hospital but died as doctors tried desperately to save his life.

However, Scille’s brother is now a wanted man with the police urging citizens to come forward with any meaningful information that may result in his capture.

Canadian Sprinter Andre De Grasse suffered a second grade hamstring strain and will miss the August 4-13 IAAF World Athletics Championships in London, England.

De Grasse’s team, Doyle Management, issued a stated, stating the athlete is utterly devastated.

“It is with great sadness that Doyle Management announces that Andre will be pulling out of these Championships and ending his 2017 track season. To say he is devastated is an understatement,” the company stated in a media release issued late this evening.

"The entire year this 100m race in London was my focus,” added De Grasse, 22. “I am really in the best shape of my life and was looking forward to competing against the best in the world.

“To not have this opportunity is unimaginable to me but it is the reality I am now faced with. I am sad to miss this chance but I am young and with treatment and rehabilitation I will be back and better than ever in the near future.”

De Grasse, who ran a wind-aided 9.69 seconds earlier this year in 100m, was touted as one of the main challengers to Usain Bolt for the 100m crown. He won bronze in the 100m and silver in the 200m at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Instead Bolt, the fastest man ever in the 100m and 200m sprints, will have one less rival to worry about when the 100m heats get underway on Friday.

De Grasse, according to Doyle Management, picked up the injury on Monday while training at the Mile End Stadium with initial scans diagnosing the athlete with a “hamstring strain affecting the long head of the biceps femoris”.

“The next day he flew to Munich to meet with Dr. Muller Wolfhart for further advice and potential treatment. Dr. Wolfhart diagnosed a grade II hamstring strain, and ruled out the possibility of Andre competing in The World Championships 2017 in London,” the athlete’s agent stated.

Erron Downer starred with both bat and ball for Old Harbour as the former champions edged a nail-biting one-wicket victory over Race Course to reach the SDC T20 semi-finals for the fourth time in history.

Clarendon champions, Race Course played brilliantly, albeit in a losing effort, as they fell just short of the 157 victory target set by Old Harbour at the Three Hills Oval in St Mary on Sunday.

If Race Course were brilliant then Old Harbour, particularly Downer was exceptionally brilliant bowling the last over with the Clarendonians needing 10 runs to secure an amazing triumph.

All hopes rest on the shoulders of former West Indies bowler Krishmar Santokie, who smashed 21 runs off the 19th and penultimate over. The intense battle was, however, truly turn on its head when Santokie was off strike and Race Course needing two runs from the last three balls of the match.

Downer kept his nerves like an experience pro, as Romario Edwards (28) and Santokie (55) were both caught respectively by schoolboys Krischon Givans and Robert Johnson off the fifth and sixth deliveries for a superb win.

Earlier Race Course won the toss and inserted Old Harbour to bat first. Downer held the innings together with a topscore of 46, while Kamar Isaacs made 19, as the two-time champions posted 156 for nine off 20 overs. Hamlet Stewart was the pick of the Race Course bowlers with figures of three for 30.

Race Course were pegged back early in their reply, reaching 60 for five after 11 overs. A 95-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Santokie and Edwards brought their team within the clutches of snatching victory, but were stopped dead in their tracks at 155 for seven by the heroics of Downer, who took two for 23.

In the early game, Heartease of St Thomas defeated St Ann champions Summer Hill by five wickets. In another close battle, Summer Hill first posted 184 for nine off 20 overs, while Heartease responded with 185 for five, achieving victory with one ball to spare.

Meanwhile, defending champions Junction/Bull Savannah remain on course to retain their title after completing an easy seven wicket win over Trelawny’s Granville at Treasure Beach. The St Elizabeth champs dismissed the visitors for 71 all out in 17 overs, before racing to 72 for three in 11.3 overs.

Wild card entrant, Greater Portmore’s amazing run continue as they claimed a fantastic last-ball win over Orange Hill of Westmoreland in the Treasure Beach curtain-raiser.

Batting first after winning the toss, Orange Hill amassed 130 for nine from 20 overs.

In their run chase, Greater Portmore remained in the hunt until the very last ball. With two runs required off the final delivery they achieved victory to set-up another clash with arch nemesis Old Harbour in the August 13 semi-final double-header at Ultimate Jerk Centre at 10:00 am.

Junction/Bull Savannah will play Heartease in the second semi-final at the same venue, starting 2:00 pm.

Sunday, 30 July 2017 12:48

PHOTO: Drain cleaning exercise

A crew from the National Works Agency (NWA) recently carried out drain cleaning exercise in the Old Harbour town centre along Darlington Drive.

Whenever it rains, the lower section of Darlington Drive is easily flooded due to clogged drains.

The move by the state agency is a welcome one for shoppers and businesses, except that it’s not done on a regular basis.

Detectives assigned to the Old Harbour Police Station are still searching for clues in relation to yesterday afternoon’s murder of a man at the entrance of Juici Plaza.

The deceased has been identified as Jamel Davey, a 25-year-old labourer of a Smith Avenue address. Police reports are that at about 3:50 pm Davey was talking to a female when he was approached by a man who pulled a gun and shot him three times in the chest.

The frightening incident sent shoppers along the busy East Street corridor scampering while the unmasked killer escaped on foot going eastward, the police informed Old Harbour News.

It’s the fourth murder recorded in the division in the last 10 days and the second in three days after the killing of bus conductor Anthony Pinnock, 27, otherwise called Big Red. Pinnock was walking along East Street at approximately 9:40 pm when he was approached by a man in the vicinity of Courts and was shot dead.

The police say they are yet to find any evidence to determine if the recent killings are all connected, but are following strong leads regarding Davey’s death.

Bloodstain pavement at the entrance of Juici Plaza, Old Harbour where Jamel Davey was murdered

However, the spate of homicides particularly in the town is serious cause for concern among residents and businesses. There’s a worrying trend, as brazen hoodlums are able to carry out deadly attacks in the heart of the town in the last two years.

This trend could also increase in frequency following the July 19 and July 20 Burke Road killings of Warren Smith and Jermi Francis, the latter the police believe is a reprisal to the former’s death.

Burke Road is a small violent-plagued community nestled in the middle of the town. But prior to the June 24, 2017 murder of Kazan Corniffe the troubled community was experiencing some stability.

On July 19, Smith, who is an ex-police officer and deportee, was attacked by three men while walking in the community at about 11:48 pm. One of Smith’s attackers then pulled a gun a shot him dead. Smith is said to be a close friend of Corniffe.

However, minutes later, Francis, alias Jay Jay, a 26-year-old labourer from a section of Burke Road called Africa, was chopped to death by men. It is believed, the police say, that Francis was among the men who attacked Smith and also the one who pulled the trigger.

One man is in custody in relation to the killing of Smith, who was employed as a liaison officer on a construction site.

When contacted by Old Harbour News, head of the Old Harbour Police Division, Supt. Herman Miller says they are doing their very best with the very limited resources.

“We have a clear lead in the last murder. We’ll be going after a certain individual… We are gathering some more information to make sure we don’t miss when we go at him,” said Supt. Miller.

“We are going to increase our operations despite the limited resources, especially in the town centre. And we are going to deal drastically with the illegal vending especially at nights.

“I can reassure members of the public and the business community that with their support we will be able to stabilize the area.”

The veteran cop who has been in charge of division since February 2016, added: “We have to be moving around our resources… and if an incident should take place in one of our hot spots it’s the same person who would normally patrol Old Harbour Bay and other areas, we would have to place there. But sometimes we get support from our head office in Portmore.

“At the same time these criminals are watching and using telephones to know when to move, so it’s not an easy task.”

The National Works Agency (NWA), will today, hosts a stakeholders meeting at the Davis Primary School in Banister, St. Catherine.

The meeting, which will commence at 4:00 pm, is being convened to discuss a planned drainage and road rehabilitation project at Big Pond in the parish.

Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, says that the project, which will be funded by the World Bank, is a collaborative effort of his agency and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).

He says that the proposed project is an intervention meant to mitigate flooding which usually occurs at Big Pond and the surrounding areas after major rainfall events, as was the case earlier this year.

Big Pond, located along the main road from Old Harbour to Bartons, was one of several corridors in St. Catherine that were left impassable for several days, resulting from the rains between May 13 and 18.

The Big Pond conundrum has been a perennial problem for decades, leaving many residents frustrated and feeling hopeless. But the planned project is welcome relief for the affected residents who advisedly should turn out in droves to ensure their input is ventilated and given consideration.

Mr. Shaw says that there are naturally occurring sinkholes at the location and as part of the proposed project, these sinkholes will be rehabilitated.

The project will also include the installation of pipe culverts, the upgrading of existing culverts and the widening of sections of the Myton and Fraser gullies.

The project will be implemented in two phases and, once completed, should mitigate flooding in Old Harbour and surrounding areas.

The National Works Agency (NWA) is currently carrying out restorative work at the Nightingale Grove Bridge that crosses the Old Harbour Road main road.

Workmen contracted by the NWA have been installing gabion baskets to control soil erosion at the base of the bridge.

An NWA representative informed Old Harbour News that its engineers had observed soil erosion at the location following recent heavy rains.

The work is scheduled to last for several more weeks.

Meantime, Old Harbour News has learnt that work along the Bushy Park main road from Gutters is slated to commence in approximately six weeks.

The road has been in a terrible state of disrepair for many years and also the subject of quite a number of demonstrations staged by affected commuters and residents.

The road works, including Old Harbour Bay, forms part of a massive $50 million road repair programme in the parish of St Catherine.

Two-time champions Old Harbour are through to the quarter-finals of the SDC Community T20 Cricket after crushing Melrose by 106 runs at Port Esquivel yesterday.

Old Harbour’s victory was set up by T20 star Rovman Powell, who blazed an even century, as the hosts posted 219 for four from 20 overs.

In reply, Melrose were restricted for 113 for nine when their quota of deliveries ended, as the impressive Krischon Givans bagged four wickets for nine runs.

Heartease of St Thomas also join Old Harbour into the last eight from Group A after beating St Andrew parish winners Richmond by five wickets in the early game at the same venue.

The other teams through to the quarter-finals are defending champions Junction of St Elizabeth, Clarendon’s Racecourse; Greater Portmore and St Ann champions Summer Hill.

All four teams in Group each had a victory and a defeat to their name and are well aware that victory would certainly guarantee them a berth to the next round.

The odds of an Old Harbour victory improved dramatically when Powell was included in the starting XI. And the West Indies batsman wasted little after Old Harbour won the toss and opted to bat.

Powell, walked to the crease after Old Harbour lost their first wicket with 32 runs on the board and immediately took on the Melrose attack, belting nine sixes and six fours from during his 60-ball knock.

Erron Downer, who struck 51 off 24 balls, also batted brilliantly, while Devoy Smith’s 38 came off only 19 deliveries in a fantastic display of power-hitting.

In the field, the hosts were equally impressive against the Kingston representatives, also Romario Lynch (26) offered any real sort of resistance against the bowling of Givans and Downer, who took two for 22.

Earlier Richmond made 182 for nine from their 20 overs with Horace Miller (65) topscoring. Heartease responded successfully with 184 for five in 18.5 overs, thanks to Jowayne Robinson’s match-winning knock of 97.

An estimated 2,000 new homes will be constructed in Colbeck, Old Harbour, following last Friday’s ground-breaking ceremony led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

The Villages of Colbeck Phase I and II will be built on 394 acres of land, encompassing the Colbeck Castle – a 300 year-old national heritage monument – and is slated for completion in October 2018.

The $5.4 billion development is a joint venture project between the NHT and BCR Industries Company Limited, with the Trust controlling 70 per cent ownership.

The development comprises 595 serviced lots; designated areas for one high school and four basic schools and parks; spaces for recreational, historical, cultural, religious, agricultural, and commercial purposes.

The prime minister says the NHT is far advanced in the delivery of some 8,000 housing solutions in St. Catherine and Clarendon.

Phases III and IV of the Villages of Colbeck are also in the pipeline which will bring the total amount of units to 2,597.

“The NHT is doing all that it can to make homeownership much easier, and we are going to reach the point in Jamaica, where the cost of squatting will be higher than the cost of acquiring your legal home,” he told the audience.

During the ceremony NHT contributors were reminded that they can access increased funding following improvements made to the Home Grant programme.

Persons earning below $12,000 weekly and who have been contributing for over seven years, can now get up to $2.5 million.

By combining this, with their mortgage loan, contributors should be able to purchase a unit equivalent in value to an NHT studio.

“We are widening the reach of the NHT (by) increasing the allocation to ensure that all Jamaicans have a housing solution,” Holness said.

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