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Stories by Andre Williams/Staff Reporter

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:26 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Jerome ‘Erica’ Vidal could not hold back the tears. Reeling from pain she knows too well, the Hermitage resident tried to come to grips yesterday with the tragedy of losing a third relative to crime. Two of those deaths were the result of gang ­war...

Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:12 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Residents of August Town are concerned that the zero-murder status they are aiming to achieve once again this year could be already under threat following violent incidents over the past month, leaving one resident dead outside of the community and...

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2020 | 12:23 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

A Portmore, St Catherine, man who has been homeless for 18 years and took refuge under the Edgewater Bridge ever since an arson attack rendered him homeless is pleading for a roof over his head. Paul Grant, 55, who earns meagre wages doing odd...

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:27 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Before Jamaica Defence Force Corporal Doran McKenzie took his life with a Glock pistol on Sunday morning, he allegedly posted graphic images of Easy’s body on his WhatsApp status and distributed a voice note explaining why he committed the act, The...

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:23 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Despite the pleas for patience and restraint by a motherlike, elderly woman to whom he often turned for counsel, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Corporal Doran McKenzie defied her earnest appeal moments before gulping down a final drink, intoxicated...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:15 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Residents of Buddho in Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine, have complained that they have been left to tackle the overwhelming mosquito population on their own as the island continues to reel from a dengue outbreak. “Come one evening, when 6 o’clock...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:08 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Leford Samuel Henry, a lanky, old farmer in the hills of Ballimony, a small, remote district in the Garden Parish, is excited to meet people – and understandably so. He is warm, well-spoken and full of life, which one of his firm handshakes...

Published:Friday | January 3, 2020 | 12:56 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Family, friends, and colleagues of Sheldon Henry, the 34-year-old fireman who died tragically in a motor vehicle crash on the McCooks Pen main road on New Year’s Day, described the public servant as a hard worker who was jovial and kept those...

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2020 | 12:22 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Road safety campaigner Kenute Hare is hoping that Jamaica will be able to reverse the massive spike in fatalities from vehicular crashes in 2019, which saw 432 deaths recorded up to yesterday morning. The figure is 43 more than the tally for 2018...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:39 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Fifty workers will be out of a job this weekend as Xxtra, a staple supermarket on the cross-town corridor of Red Hills Road, will close its doors for good, succumbing to economic headwinds that its management said were too strong to battle. The...

Published:Friday | December 27, 2019 | 12:50 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

With road deaths totalling 426 since January 1 this year, the country has inched perilously closer to 1993’s historic figure of 434, with four days remaining in 2019. Thirty persons died in the first 24 days of this month, triggering anxiety among...

Published:Tuesday | December 24, 2019 | 12:09 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

A woman remains hospitalised following a robbery and abduction on Saturday that left her nursing a broken jaw and other injuries after she was beaten by her abductors. Information reaching The Gleaner is that the woman, who is a supervisor at a...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:17 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

More than a week after a bloodbath jolted Dover in west-central St Catherine, a surveillance technician is ruing having had to cancel plans to install security cameras at one of the death scenes two Tuesdays ago, hours before the massacre unfolded...

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:36 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

A Maxfield Avenue, St Andrew, mason is now at large after he was allegedly caught on Monday having sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl whose family had employed him to provide some finishing touches to their home. Residents of Maxfield,...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:36 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

A section of the Spanish Town bus park in St Catherine has been transformed into a mini version of the Riverton dump as the authorities are left to grapple with a garbage collection and disposal nightmare that has morphed into an unsightly health...

Published:Tuesday | December 17, 2019 | 12:22 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Less than a week after the House of Representatives approved a relaxation of regulations under the Noise Abatement Act to allow for events to take place until 4 a.m. on weekends during the festive season, some Corporate Area residents are hopping...

Published:Saturday | December 14, 2019 | 12:09 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Caribbean Airlines pulled the plug on yesterday’s launch of direct flights from Kingston to Havana, angering Cuba-bound travellers who complained that they were not notified in time about the change. Dionne Ligoure, manager of corporate...

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:32 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Investigators probing the murder of a security guard at Unbelievably Low Price Trading in Stony Hill on Wednesday night have revealed that forensic evidence will be crucial to cracking the case and apprehending the killer(s) responsible for the...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:11 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Hundreds of youths who have completed a range of courses under the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) have given the campus a failing grade after receiving no certification and stipend more than a year...

Published:Saturday | December 7, 2019 | 12:35 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

A Grants Pen woman is lucky to be alive following a case of attempted suicide which was thwarted after she was cut loose from a rope by a relative who found her hanging from a tree. It was a last gasp for breath that alerted attention to the...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:56 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

A motorcyclist was killed in a bizarre case of apparent road rage yesterday afternoon after he was kicked off course by a fellow angry biker before ploughing into a utility pole at the end of a chase on a busy Kingston street. The deceased is 51-...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:07 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Red Cross has revealed that its humanitarian teams have come under attack during community clean-ups and sensitisation drives, forcing the organisation to recruit or incorporate residents of volatile inner cities to execute campaigns....

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:30 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Even as the Government ramps up its war against dengue fever by deploying fogging crews and home-inspection teams, vector-control field workers have been the casualty of 21 violent attacks in four parishes this year. Personnel have also escaped...

Published:Thursday | November 28, 2019 | 12:39 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Weeks after the relocation of the Criminal Records Office (CRO) from Duke Street to its current site at 6-8 Orange Street, customers have lamented long waiting periods and failure to deliver documentation on time. The unit is now being operated...

Published:Thursday | November 28, 2019 | 12:38 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

A St Thomas mother and her newborn daughter are said to be hospitalised at the Princess Margaret Hospital in good condition following a bizarre toilet delivery on Saturday night. The mother, who allegedly did not know she was pregnant, went to use...

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