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Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:As the case against the six entertainers who were arrested in a cocaine bust at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, last year continues to unfold, the two persons who had initially pleaded not guilty have now...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:A French woman who was arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle half a pound of cocaine out of the island in bottles of cosmetics had her case deferred to May 15 when she appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 11:03 PMChristopher Thomas

The case against seven policemen, who allegedly accepted money from a St James businessman in exchange for not prosecuting him on ganja charges, in 2013, has been set for mention on May 5, following their court appearance yesterday.Constables Alman...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:A St James taxi operator, who reportedly hit a policeman with his vehicle while trying to escape the lawman's attempts to give him a traffic ticket, was remanded when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

The two policemen who are charged in connection with the 2013 shooting death of Montego Bay resident Dujean Robinson had their bails extended to April 15, following Tuesday's appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.Constables...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The decision by the Ministry of Agriculture to implement agro-parks in an effort to improve local food production, has resulted in a significant decline in Jamaica's food-import bill, as, since October 2014, approximately 1.7 million...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court has ordered two women, one of whom is accused of biting the other some 20 times during a scuffle, to attend mediation sessions in preparation for the case's next mention on May 14.Decalia...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Resident Magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines ordered on Monday that a man who appeared before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court for stealing a woman's cell phone be remanded in custody after it was revealed that he had recently...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2015 | 11:30 PMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU: KHARELL WISDOM, one of the six entertainers arrested on cocaine charges last December, on Tuesday pleaded guilty and was remanded when he and two of his co-defendants appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2015 | 11:30 PMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU: SYLVAN REID, the People’s National Party (PNP) councillor, who is charged with causing death by dangerous driving in the 2013 death of Jevaughn Whitmore, in St James had his bail extended when he appeared before the Montego...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2015 | 11:04 PMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The Manchester woman who was arrested and charged after she was seen cutting open unfit ackee pods while plying her wares at the Charles Gordon Market in St James, was slapped with a J$20,000 fine in the Montego Bay Resident...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Kevin Tapper, one of the six musicians arrested and charged in connection with a cocaine bust at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, had his sentencing postponed when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Dr Beverly Scott, arguably western Jamaica's best known family therapist, is calling for special counselling to be provided for the relatives of young people whose lives are violently snuffed out.Scott's comments were made against the...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Two of the six musicians held in a cocaine bust at the Sangster International Airport late last year were sentenced to serve prison terms in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.The musicians, Garth Jobson and Ramone...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 11:33 AMChristopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas  Gleaner Writer WESTERN BUREAU: Two St. James men, who were reportedly held with more than two pounds of cocaine during a police raid in March 2013, had their bails extended to May 8, when they appeared in the Montego Bay...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 11:27 AMChristopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas Gleaner Writer WESTERN BUREAU: A St. James woman, who had recently concluded an embezzlement case where she had reportedly stolen $130,000 from her employer in 2013, was back before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

A third man who was implicated in the brutal beating of Mario Deane, who died on Independence Day 2014 from the assault he suffered three days earlier, is yet to be charged as his attorney has not been available to attend the formal police procedure...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

After fearing for several years that the lotto scam was an imminent threat to their survival, stakeholders in the information and communication technology/business process outsourcing (ICT/BPO) sector say the danger is now almost non-existent...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:It was a fun-filled family affair at Sunday's staging of the Wise Women's Club of Montego Bay's sixth annual Country Fun Day fundraiser, to raise funds for scholarships for tertiary-level students attending the Montego Bay Community...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:A St. James man, who reportedly held up a woman with a machete and robbed her of her cell phone, had his case set for trial on April 10, when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.Nineteen-year-old...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2015 | 3:30 PMChristopher Thomas

Serial rapist, Patrick Green, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the rape of five females in Irwin Point, St James.  Justice Martin Gayle handed down the sentence a short while ago in the Western Regional Gun Court. Green was...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU: Garth Jobson and Ramone Rowe, the two Montego Bay based entertainers, who pleaded guilty to cocaine charges following their arrest at the Sangster International Airport on December 18, 2014, had their sentencing put off until March 23...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Three of the six entertainers who were arrested at Sangster International Airport on cocaine charges last December had their case set for mention on March 25 when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday....

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The case against a St James woman who allegedly stabbed a businessman to death at a nightclub in Montego Bay last September has been set for preliminary examination on April 17.RenÈe Hibbert, of a Montego Bay address, is charged with...

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