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Stories by Adrian Frater/News Editor

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2021 | 12:16 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: The fire that broke out at the Negril Morass in Westmoreland on Saturday, blanketing the resort town in thick smoke for much of the Easter weekend, has completely burnt out, much to the delight of hoteliers. “It burned for two days...

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2021 | 12:20 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Thick, black smoke blanketed several communities in St James after an early-morning fire ripped through the Retirement dump near Granville before being brought under control. Garnet Edmondson, regional operations manager at the...

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2021 | 12:11 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: St James gangster Shaniel Luton, who was reportedly killed in a gangland feud in Haiti in 2019, tops the list of 31 most-wanted men who have been placed on the radar of the newly-formed St James police’s Divisional Fugitive...

Published:Tuesday | March 23, 2021 | 12:20 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: A high-profile St James gangster who was recently convicted of murder is to be sentenced in the St James Circuit Court today. Omar Troy Johnson, 24, of Buck Toe Lane in Salt Spring, is a reputed top-tier member of the G-City gang....

Published:Saturday | March 20, 2021 | 12:07 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate the news out of western Jamaica, based on the latest crime statistics released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for the period January 1 to March 17, murders are...

Published:Tuesday | March 9, 2021 | 12:15 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Movements Dance Company started their 40th-anniversary celebrations in fine style last month when they participated in the launch of’ ‘Africa Rise! Healthier...

Published:Friday | March 5, 2021 | 12:06 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: A day after one of its security officers was killed in a foiled robbery in St Elizabeth, Guardsman Group has committed to mandating the wearing of bulletproof vests among its 300-strong armoured fleet guards.
The security company is also replenishing its stock of bulletproof vests for that cohort.

Published:Thursday | March 4, 2021 | 12:15 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU:- A former medical doctor who was once employed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay is now dead, and his alleged gay lover, a former INDECOM investigator, in police custody in Toronto following a stabbing incident...

Published:Tuesday | March 2, 2021 | 12:18 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: While tackling the parish’s murder spike remains the top priority, the St James police are also turning the spotlight on breaches of the Road Traffic Act to bring more order to the roadways. A multi-agency task force being rolled...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:14 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: A multinational research team, which includes some Jamaicans, is claiming to have made a major breakthrough by using menthol crystals to stop the deadly spread of the coronavirus. The team, which comprises medical doctors and...

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2021 | 12:17 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: The murderous rampage in St James since the start of the year has outpaced corresponding 2020 figures by 222 per cent, with disputes between families and friends proving deadlier than gang feuds. Between January 1 and February 24,...

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2021 | 12:14 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: As the wanton disregard for the COVID-19 health and safety protocols continues to manifest itself in more positive coronavirus cases across western Jamaica, the region’s health services are now in a scary tailspin as hospitals,...

Published:Friday | February 12, 2021 | 12:06 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Despite the blood-curdling murders being committed by some of the nation’s criminals, two former top cops have taken objection to them being referred to as terrorists, saying that the label makes them seem far more powerful than...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2021 | 5:44 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s premier tourism destination Montego Bay further solidified its ties with China when it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a sister city arrangement with Zhuhai last Friday. The pact was signed by...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2021 | 12:06 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Business mogul, the late Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, is poised to be immortalised in Montego Bay, St James, the city where he started his business empire, the Sandals Resorts, over four decades ago, with the naming of a street in his...

Published:Monday | February 1, 2021 | 12:06 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: It is not often that elderly persons get to the golden years enjoying good health. So, for the family of Vera Brown, who celebrated her 100th birthday on January 21, it is more than a miracle that she is still able to clown around...

Published:Monday | February 1, 2021 | 12:06 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Montego Bay-based mathematics guru Richard James and popular Flankers-based barber Robert Hines are today basking in their new-found respect after they were chosen as the two recipients of New Fortress Energy’s (NFE) 2020 Community...

Published:Wednesday | December 30, 2020 | 12:12 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Desiree Rankine, a year-two biology and mathematics student with a 4.12-grade point average (GPA), and Kardine Dunkley, a first-year student whose GPA of 3.904 was the highest among the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) students,...

Published:Monday | December 28, 2020 | 12:05 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite not being able to do face-to-face teaching since March, the staff at the infant department at the Bull Savannah Primary and Infant School in Bull Savannah, St Elizabeth, found a creative way to stage their annual Christmas...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:19 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: In response to cries from vendors, the St James Municipal Corporation has decided to facilitate earlier vending hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve as a result of the nightly curfew for those days beginning...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:27 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: For the first time in 283 years, the Accompong Maroons in St Elizabeth will not be staging their customary face-to-face annual celebrations on January 6, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which features several...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 12:05 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: While western stakeholders are not taking kindly to the news that the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), which has been operating below capacity since being hit by a toxic- fumes issue in 2016, will not be restored to full service...

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:14 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Had there been a tidy transfer between the old and new board installed at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) after the change of government in 2016, indications are that Jamaica could have avoided spending some of the more than $1...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:07 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Several Westmoreland residents are not surprised that their parish has now emerged as the epicentre of the nation’s COVID-19 cases, including Custos Hartley Perrin, who is among those who are deeply worried about persons who are...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:23 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton all but declared the parish of Westmoreland Jamaica’s new COVID-19 epicentre, telling the nation’s Parliament on Tuesday that with more than 100 new confirmed cases, including 12 deaths in the...

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