Four Murders: Multiple Shots

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Photo Caption: Latest Murder Victim

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Gun violence continues to reign supreme in St. Kitts and Nevis as last night, St. Kitts recorded its 4th Murder for the year. With a murder rate of 33 per 100k, seemingly there is no end in sight.

Dead is Wade “Grammy” Phipps originally from Mansion but who resided in Cayon.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:45 p.m. at the basketball court in Ottley’s Village. Phipps was shot multiple times. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Phipps was shot in his back, in his arms and in his head.

Such an incident marks the third Murder for the week. The previous two murders occurred in Mansion and Upper Thibou Avenue.

Condolences goes out to his family and friends.

 

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SKNFRS EXPANDS ITS FLEET OF VEHICLES TO MEET INCREASED CHALLENGES

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SKNIS Photo 1:  Chief Fire Officer Everette O’Garro receives the keys for the new fire tenders from PS Osmond Petty

Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 28, 2016 (SKNIS): The men and women of the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services (SKNFRS) took possession of two new fire appliances which were commissioned on Thursday (January 28) at a ceremony at the Basseterre Fire Station.

The two state-of-the-art fire trucks were built by Rosenbauer America, based in the United States. They boast a combined capacity of 1,500 gallons of water, and 250 gallons of secondary media such as foam or powder that can be used to extinguish fires caused by flammable liquids and hydrocarbon fuels. The vehicles were purchased by the Federal Government at a cost of EC $2 million.  

Chief Fire Officer, Everett O’Garro, said the commissioning of the vehicles comes at a critical time when the agency is expanding its fleet to meet the increased challenges posed by climate change and the ongoing infrastructural development.

“This very important acquisition represents a major investment in our ability to provide first rate service to our communities,” he said. “The investment not only improves our capabilities but also will assist us in keeping pace with the advances and overall development that are taking place in our fast growing, beloved federation.”

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SKNIS Photo 2:  The new fire tenders

Thursday’s ceremony marks the second time in less than a year that new fire tenders have been delivered to the SKNFRS. In May 2015, a “best in class” fire truck, also custom built by Rosenbauer, was purchased for the fire and rescue agency.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Osmond Petty, said the Government remains committed to improving the agency’s service to the public.

“I wish to assure you that the Ministry of National Security and by extension the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis will continue to invest in providing resources, not only fire trucks, but also other firefighting equipment as well as training opportunities for firefighters,” he pledged. Mr. Petty said the Government intends for the SKNFRS to remain a “highly respected and renowned worldwide organization with a proud record of effective and efficient firefighting capabilities.”

Petty also encouraged the officers to ensure the vehicles are properly maintained. One of the new fire tenders will serve the Basseterre community while the second will be assigned to the Sandy Point Fire Station.

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HEALTH SMART CARDS SOON TO BE USED BY ALL HOSPITALS IN FEDERATION

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Graphic: Smart Card sample

Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 28, 2016 (SKNIS): More residents of St. Kitts and Nevis will have access to the health smart card and will benefit from the expanded service to include all public hospitals in the Federation by the end of the first quarter of this year.

 

This is according to Caribbean Regional ICT Project Manager in St. Kitts and Nevis, JoAnna Huang, who revealed that the distribution of the card to residents of the Federation began in January 2015 but initially it could only be used at the Joseph N. France General Hospital.

 

“If all goes well, the smart card should be able to be used in all public hospitals within St. Kitts and Nevis, which includes JNF Hospital, Pogson Medical Centre, Mary Charles Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital,” she said.

 

Ms. Huang revealed that the card is an integral part of the Hospital Information System (HIS) and the expansion of its use should begin by the end of March 2016.  She explained the efficiency of the bar-coded, picture identification (ID) card.

 

“The Hospital Information System which is responsible for distributing the card is an automated computerized system and the card was playing a very important role in identifying patient’s medical records, and speed up the administrative procedures,” she said.  “For instance the nurse can scan the card and receive patients’ medical records from the database.  This can save a lot of time going through paper records.

 

She elaborated that the HIS is designed to integrate the individual medical service procedures into a whole process.

 

“In doing so,” Ms. Huang said, “The process of doctor visits, to registration; doctor consultations, to the pharmacy, can be seamless and the waiting time in between can be eliminated.  The professionals in the hospital can concentrate more on their role, rather than the administrative work that usually takes place.”

 

The procedure to receive a smart card is simple and it can be given to anyone three years of age and older.

 

“If you are the existing patient of hospital what you need is to update your information in the system,” the Caribbean ICT Project Manager said.  “If you are new to the hospital you might need to fill out the registration form at the counter and also present at least one form of ID, whether it’s passport or driver’s license at the office.  And the last step would be to take a snapshot.  The hospital staff will take a snapshot and the card can be printed within a minute.”

 

The HIS is possible chiefly due to the assistance of the Government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) through the International Corporation for Development Fund (ICDF).

 

“It is a foundation whose chairmanship is held by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in ROC (Taiwan),” Ms. Huang said.  “The ICDF organization will be in compliance with ROC (Taiwan’s) foreign policy to work on different cooperative projects.  These projects could be in the areas of agriculture, information technology, food processing and renewable energy, depending on the needs of ROC’s diplomatic allies.”

 

The most recent contribution by the ROC (Taiwan) through the ICDF took place on January 13, 2016 and consisted of 38 Acer computers with desktops, four Microsoft Service Pro tablets, as well as one multipurpose HP printer along with other accessories.  They will be used in medical records, accident and emergency, doctor consultation, laboratory, central medical supply, cashier and the wards areas.

 

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SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR  MANSION VILLAGE SHOOTING

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 27, 2016, 2015 (RSCNPF):  A man has been arrested on suspicion of  the murder of  Lanelle O’loughlin which occurred at 7.00am today (January 27) in Mansion Village.

It is too early at this time to statewhether charges will be forthcoming.  

The suspect will be interviewed and the investigation will be continued in order to establish the facts. 

We thank the public for their continued support in our partnership efforts with them to prevent further murders and to bring to justice those who are responsibl

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ONE ARRESTED AND  CHARGED FOR SUNDAY NIGHT’S SHOOTING IN

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LIME KILN

Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 27, 2016, 2015 (RSCNPF):  One person is in custody and has been charged with the offence of Attempted Murder in relation to a shooting incident on Sunday (January 24) in Lime Kiln. 

In custody is Phoenix Grant Ryhs Southwell of Jones Street, Fortlands.  He was arrested and charged today (January 27) for the offence of  Attempted Murder. 

Detective Superintendent Mitchell, Head of the Violent Crimes Unit, thanks the public for providing information that has helped with this arrest and encourages a continued partnership as the Police continues to focus on citizen safety in the Federation.  If you have any information that can assist the police regarding criminal activity, please call any Police Station or Crime Stoppers, our confidential hotline, at 1-800-8477 (TIPS).  

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EARLY MORNING MURDER: POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN MANSION VILLAGE

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 27, 2016 (RSCNPF):  The Police Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) is currently investigating a shooting incident in Mansion Village which  resulted in the death of Lanzelle O’loughlin, a 25 year old male from Molineux.

The shooting occurred around 7.00am today (January 27).  

Initial investigations have revealed that he was shot by an unknown assailant(s) in the vicinity of the Moravian Church on the island main road. He was transported to the Mary Charles Hospital where he was pronounced dead.   

The scene was processed and the investigation is ongoing. 

We appeal to anyone who may have information relative to the incident this morning to please contact the Police. You can do so by calling any Police Station or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 (TIPS). 

 

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FISHERIES BILL AIMS AT SAFEGUARDING FISHING PRACTICES IN ST. KITTS AND NEVIS

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Photo: Fishing vessels docked in Dieppe Bay, St. Kitts.
 
Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 26, 2016 (SKNIS): A Bill shortly entitled the Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Resources Bill 2015, aimed at safeguarding fishing practices in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, was read a second time by The Honourable Eugene Hamilton, Minister of Agriculture, and passed into law during the first sitting of National Assembly for 2016, on Tuesday, January 26.

 

Minister Hamilton commented on and outlined issues relating to the Bill.

 

“Mr. Speaker, the objects and reasons for the Bill are clear in all of its articles that outline especially dealing with administration, with conservation and with prohibited activities,” said Minister Hamilton. “The functions, Mr. Speaker, and powers and duties of the minister within the act, states where an entity is authorized by the Government of St. Christopher and Nevis to register fishing vessels, they are entitled to fly St. Kitts and Nevis’ flag and use or intended to be used for fishing or related activities in areas beyond national jurisdiction, liaise and as appropriate, give direction to such entity in relation to matters falling within the scope of the act, as well as bilateral, regional and international cooperation and all matters falling within the scope of the implementation of international standards for flags state performance.”

 

He further stated that the Bill will allow the Government to identify, administer and ensure that illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing is at minimum.

 

The agriculture minister spoke to the introduction of the act, and its future.

 

“In 1984, Mr. Speaker when the act was first established as a harmonized piece of legislation, none could foresee I believe, the intricacies of fishing, something like 10-15 years later,” he said. “And so because of the intricacies, it has been determined Mr. Speaker that at least in licensing of fishing vessels, it is important to have a licensing committee.”

 

Minister Hamilton explained that a licensing committee is encouraged and is part of the act because it helps to rule out the doubt that an individual who applies for licensing may have in terms of if it is a one man decision for him to obtain or be denied a license.

 

“At least there is a committee established to be able to look at the application,” he said, adding that the licensing committee is encompassed in article 11 and consists of an addition in the form of an appeals committee. He noted that an appeals committee is important because it allows for someone who was aggrieved by the decision of the director from the licensing committee to find reasons to appeal in order to be reconsidered for whatever licenses they require.

The Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Resources Bill 2015, is a Bill to provide for the conservation, management, development and sustainable use of fisheries, aquaculture and marine resources of Saint Christopher and Nevis, to monitor and control Saint Christopher and Nevis fishing vessels beyond the fisheries waters, to repeal the Fisheries Act 1984 and for related matters.

 

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POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN LIME KILN

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 25, 2016, 2015 (RSCNPF): The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is currently investigating a shooting incident in the Lime Kiln area. The incident occurred about 9.50pm on Sunday (January 24) and resulted in injuries to 20 year old, Cameron Liburd Jr of Lime Kiln.   

Initial investigations have revealed that Liburd was shot by an unknown assailant(s) who fired several gunshots at him striking him multiple times. He was transported to the J. N. France General Hospital and is being treated for the injuries sustained. 

Investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) and Technicians from the Forensics Services Unit have canvassed the scene for evidence. The investigation is ongoing. 

The Police Service encourages anyone with information that can assist the police in this crime, or any other crime to call any Police Station in the federation or Crime Stoppers, our confidential hotline, at 1-800-8477 to share information. 

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POLICE SEARCH  RECOVERS STOLEN ITEMS, THREE IN CUSTODY

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 25, 2016 (RSCNPF):  Officers of Division “B” of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force executed a search warrant on a premises at Farm’s Site, Sandy Point on Saturday (January 23) for controlled drugs, arms and ammunition as well as stolen goods.

A number of electronic devices including cell phones and televisions were found  and were seized by the Police. Some of the items have since being positively identified by the owners who were victims of home burglaries and in one case the location was a church. 

A small quantity of vegetable material suspected to be cannabis was also seized from the premises.

Three persons who occupied the house were arrested on suspicion of Burglary as part of ongoing investigations by the Sandy Point Police and are expected to charged shortly.

As a result of this this search, progress was made towards solving two separate burglaries.  

In commenting on this success, Supt. Cromwell Henry remarked, “this was the result of intelligence led policing and the use of forensics to solve crime.”  He thanked the officers of the Division for their continued  commitment to the task of making the Federation a safe place to live and work.  

To provide information on any criminal activity, citizens can call any Police station or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 (TIPS).

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POLICE INVESTIGATING BURGLARY IN NEVIS

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 24, 2016 (RSCNPF): The Criminal Investigations Department of Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is investigating a burglary that occurred in the Ramsbury area of Nevis.

Investigations revealed that the residents secured their home on Saturday night (January 23) and went to bed. They were awoken by a noise around 2.00am and upon checking found three (3) masked men, armed with a gun and two knives inside the residence. The burglars stole a sum of money and a flat screen television.

The scene was processed by investigators from the Criminal Investigations Department and  the Crime Scene Unit.

Investigations into this matter is ongoing.

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