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Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2021 | 12:14 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Contraband and customs officers unveiled an elaborate ruse to smuggle guns and ammunition in a refrigerator through a Montego Bay wharf as a police campaign to crack down on illegal weapons reaped rewards on Monday. Three high-powered rifles, two...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:09 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: More than 60 students from inner-city communities in Montego Bay, St James, are now facing an uncertain educational future as the Le Antonio’s Foundation and Resources Centre, located at Railway Lane, Montego Bay, was forced to...

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2021 | 12:12 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: When strange sounds inside their Freeman’s Hall, Trelawny, home awakened members of a family early yesterday morning, they discovered a masked gunman who was about to unleash unspeakable terror into their lives. According to the...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:14 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Armed robbers pulled off a daring million-dollar heist in Hopewell, Hanover, the second such incident since Friday, raising the level of panic among residents and business operators in the seaside community. Shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday, as...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:12 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Sheldon Muir, the grieving father of one of the teenage girls who drowned in a section of the Black River on January 2, is blaming the girls’ death on the negligence of Member of Parliament (MP) J.C. Hutchinson. Muir told The Gleaner that the...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:08 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

The St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) has placed stop orders on several multimillion-dollar developments under construction found to be in breach of the Building Act in Greenwood. A team from the StJMC, led by Saadi Campbell, deputy...

Published:Monday | January 4, 2021 | 12:14 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

A desperate search for two teenage girls who were on Saturday swept away in a section of Black River, which flows through Coker district in St Elizabeth, ended tragically yesterday when their bodies were recovered hours apart by divers and the...

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2020 | 12:16 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

A days-old hunt for an elderly man accused of molesting a seven-year-old girl in a small farming St James community, which The Gleaner is choosing not to name, is under way with the police vowing to search “every inch of this parish” to find him....

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2020 | 12:09 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Some business operators in Westmoreland are not pleased with a recent decision by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to alter the COVID-19 curfew hours in the parish and are publicly voicing their disagreement. The disgruntled business...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:06 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

The St James Health Department is now working closely with police to disrupt the activities of thieves who are preying on farmers. The health department has announced that an initiative was started on Monday, targeting meat shops, slaughterhouses,...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2020 | 12:12 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Detectives attached to the Barnett Street and Freeport police stations in Montego Bay are probing whether gunmen who snatched an 18-month-old infant from her mother’s arms on Monday are holding her at ransom to bait her father. The...

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2020 | 12:14 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Scores of angry hawkers demonstrated before the St James Municipal Corporation building in Montego Bay on Monday, saying they are in disagreement with the limited time given for vending during the upcoming Christmas holiday. The mostly placard-...

Published:Monday | December 7, 2020 | 12:11 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

The Wait-A-Bit Police in Trelawny have commenced a full investigation surrounding the death of two men, whose bodies were removed from the rubble of a burnt-out, two-bedroom house in the community on Friday. The police have so far confirmed the...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2020 | 12:16 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Scores of residents in the Melbourne, Quarry, and Salt Spring road sections of Montego Bay, St James, cowered inside their homes on Tuesday night as gangsters brandishing assault rifles engaged each other in an hour-long gunfight,...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2020 | 12:17 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The family of a popular Westmoreland promoter, who allegedly killed himself after shooting his girlfriend and his best friend in a bizarre incident early yesterday morning, says they believe he was murdered and the story fabricated...

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2020 | 12:06 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE PAN Caribbean Sugar Company, the operators of the Frome Sugar Factory in Westmoreland, says the recent flood rains, which affected the island, submerged several acres of matured sugar canes and also did infrastructural damage...

Published:Tuesday | November 10, 2020 | 12:17 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Tragedy struck in Flankers, St James, yesterday morning when fire claimed the life of a five-year-old boy as it destroyed a one-room board house in the New Road section of the community. The dead child has been identified as DeAndre...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 12:15 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Gunshots shattered the calm in the quiet rural district of Good Hope, St Elizabeth, about 1 a.m. yesterday, waking residents, who were gripped with fear as they waited until daybreak to investigate what had happened. When they...

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2020 | 12:18 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Accused killer Ainsley ‘Shortman’ Woodburn, who has been tagged with at least seven murders by the St James police, is slated to appear in the St James Parish Court today to answer murder and gun-related charges. Woodburn, who was...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2020 | 12:14 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The police yesterday sent a warning to event promoters to adhere to stipulations when granted permits to host events and to desist from staging unauthorised parties in the wake of a mass shooting at a Westmoreland party on Sunday...

Published:Saturday | October 31, 2020 | 12:07 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Errol Lebert, chief executive officer at the St Elizabeth Municipal Corporation (StEMC), is not pleased with the decision by Scotia Group Jamaica to close the Black River branch of the bank, saying it could lead to social unrest in...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:20 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Uncertainty clouds the search for missing 35-year-old businessman Andre Burnett, who was reportedly swallowed up by a large wave while swimming off the coast of St Elizabeth on Sunday, as body parts believed to be his were...

Published:Monday | October 26, 2020 | 12:15 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Flood rains wreaked havoc on swathes of western Jamaica on the weekend, resulting in millions of dollars in damage and untold woe for residents who lament being years-long victims of the nightmarish weather. St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland were...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2020 | 2:33 PMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Fifty-seven-year-old Asbert Campbell, one of the most prominent business figures in the Second City, was gunned down shortly after 6 p.m. on Tuesday outside of his shop. Campbell, affectionately called ‘Mr Lee’, was standing outside his Fustic Road...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2020 | 12:11 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Residents and business operators in Montego Bay are raising concerns over the ongoing bloodletting in and around the Second City as gunmen continue their murderous rampage. At least four persons were killed on the Heroes Weekend and leading into...

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