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Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Two die in St Bess crashes

The St Elizabeth Police are probing the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two persons in crashes last Friday.

The Black River police report that about 7:30 p.m., the driver lost control of an Isuzu motor truck heading towards Black River in the parish. All the occupants sustained multiple injuries and were taken to hospital.

Paul Richards of Bucknor district in Clarendon, who was one of three passengers in the vehicle, was pronounced dead. The others were admitted for treatment.

Later that night, 23-year-old Demar Dunkley, a bauxite plant operator of New Building district, was driving a Honda Fit motor car along the Cheapside district main road. On reaching a section of the roadway, he allegedly lost control of the motor vehicle, which crashed into a tree. He sustained multiple injuries and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.



C-TOC arrests woman for Petroleum Act breaches

A 76-year-old woman was arrested last Friday by detectives from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) for breaching the Petroleum Act.

Reports are that about 5 p.m., officers attached to the C-TOC were conducting operations in Greenwich Town, Kingston, during which several premises were searched. Fourteen 45-gallon drums of fuel, one gas pump and 12 empty drums were found in what investigators say was an unlicensed gas distribution operation.

Superintendent of Police Leon Clunis said C-TOC is moving apace to have all illegal gas outlets comply with the regulations stipulated by the Petroleum Act or be disbanded.



Trinidad PM to undergo heart tests


Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday announced that he would be travelling to the United States tomorrow to undergo medical tests regarding his heart.

“I am in my 69th year. I am not as young as I used to be. There are benefits at being at my age, but there’s also downsides,” he told reporters, adding “as a matter of fact, I take this in stride going forward.

“There was a time when I didn’t have any such condition and like I said I had no such symptoms that slowed me down or caused me to think, but I have to be aware and modern technology allows one to be aware of what is happening with you”.

Rowley told reporters that he was “delinquent” in dealing with the situation after his doctors had informed him of the matter in 2017

“I should have gone back to do these tests last year September, but that was the budget time and so on and son on and I put it off,” he said, adding that after the budget, he had to deal with the revamping of the state-owned oil company, PETROTRIN that had been losing billions of dollars annually," Rowley said.

“I am in relatively good health but I have observations to make and I have to be guided by the experts who are better at telling me what is happening … . It starts with a series of tests,” he said, adding that they would be done in California.