39 illegal Venezuelans, Jamaican held

Officers of the Central Division held 39 Venezuelan nationals and one Jamaican national during an anti-crime exercise conducted in Chaguanas overnight into this morning.

The exercise, coordinated by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Samuel Seepersad, included officers of the Criminal Investigations Department, Central Division Task Force, the Special Operations Unit, the Canine Branch and Courts and Process Branch, and was conducted between 10 pm on Sunday and 4 am on Monday.

COP calls out off-duty officers in response to murder spike

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has announced measures to be taken to peg back the spike in homicides in the last 36 hours, which includes the calling out of all officers who are off-duty. 

In a statement on Monday, the commissioner said the measures will include:

• Detention of suspects in shooting incidents for questioning;

• Every available police officer will be out on the streets conducting static and foot patrols;

• All Emergency Response Patrol Vehicles will be on patrols;

• Officers who are currently on days off, have been called out to duty;

EMA monitors red river report

As it con­tin­ued to mon­i­tor the Oropouche Riv­er, near the Dig­i­ty Mud vol­cano site, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Au­thor­i­ty (EMA) is­sued a stern warn­ing that peo­ple who pol­lute the na­tion’s rivers can be fined up to $100,000.

The riv­er turned red last week­end, ac­cord­ing to the care­tak­er of the Dig­i­ty Mud vol­cano site Rakesh Ram­per­sad but by the time EMA in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rived, the con­t­a­m­i­na­tion had dis­ap­peared.

Laventille man charged with cruelty to 4-year-old

A Laventille man has been charged with cruelty to a four-year-old child, whose leg was broken during a beating.

Kerry Wilson, 41, was charged with the offense on Friday, after being arrested by officers of the Child Protection Unit-Port of Spain Division.

Reports indicate that the female minor was at the home of the accused during the period August 30th, 2016 to December 4th, 2016, when he allegedly dealt her several blows about her body with his hand.

Assault charges against A&V CEO dismissed

The assault charges laid against the Chief Executive Officer of A&V Oil and Gas Limited, Hanif Baksh, and his son-in-law, Bill Ramsundar, were dismissed Monday at the Siparia Magistrates' Court.

Senior Magistrate Margaret Alert agreed to have the charges dismissed following a request made by Baksh's attorney, Senior Counsel Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj.

Maharaj asked the court to discharge the accused persons due to the prosecution's unpreparedness for the matter to move to trial.

Choo Kong stabbed multiple times; police suspect robbery

Police have now confirmed that 69-year-old actor and playwright Raymond Choo Kong was stabbed multiple times by a lone assailant who then robbed him of his belongings while inside the living room of his Arima home.

Investigators close to the case told Guardian Media that they believe the lone assailant climbed into the roof of an adjoining business place and then climbed into Choo Kong's verandah shortly before noon today.

The assailant then made his way through a door that was open and confronted Choo Kong in his living room.

Raymond Choo Kong found dead - homicide suspected

Award-winning actor, producer and director Raymond Choo Kong has been found dead in a suspected homicide.

A family member found him after 12 noon on his recliner in his living room at his Green Street, Arima home.

Police say there appears to be marks of violence on the body and a broken chair next to the recliner. 

Police also found blood on the ground.