Police investigate shooting incident at MovieTowne

Police are investigating a shooting incident at MovieTowne in Port-of-Spain.

Initial reports indicate that a man was shot in the front of MovieTowne near the Pricemart carpark.

The man ran to the back of MovieTowne to Festa Plaza and stopped outside the Royal Princess Members Club where he sought help from persons there.

He was later taken for medical attention.

We will have more information when we get it. 

DOMA: Urgent action needed on murders of prison officers

The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) says the silence of major interest groups to the high rate of murders of prison officers, is not serving the country well.

DOMA says there must be an urgent response to the murders of prison officers.

The organisation issued the following statement on Wednesday:

"We wish to offer sincere condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Prison Officer Darren Francis.

Gasparillo man abducted

Po­lice are now re­view­ing video footage as they search for 24-year-old Jonathan Ram­cha­ran, who was re­port­ed­ly kid­napped at a shop­ping cen­tre in San Fer­nan­do this morn­ing.

Ram­cha­ran had re­port­ed­ly left his Gas­par­il­lo home to go to the bank to con­duct busi­ness. Po­lice are first­ly try­ing to as­cer­tain if he made it to the bank and which bank he went to.

Minister orders investigation into alleged corruption at Chaguanas Borough Corporation

Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Haji Kazim Hosein has ordered an investigation into suspected building approval corruption at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation.

This follows the submission of documents by Cunupia Councillor Vandana Mohit alluding to improper practices at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation's building department. 

This comes after a recent shooting incident at the councillor's home, which she has called a reprisal for her questioning delays in the building approval process for certain burgesses in her electoral district.

Fourth suspect in cigarette van robbery, charged

A Talparo man was held in connection with a robbery at a mini-mart last week in the Longdenville area.

He is due to appear before a Chaguanas Magistrate charged with robbery with aggravation, against two victims, malicious damage and possession of ammunition.

Serdon Atwell, 34, of Todds Road, Talparo, was charged after being arrested by officers of the Central Division Task Force at his home, following a robbery and police-involved shooting on Friday 12th October, 2018.

UWI: Robbery yes, but no evidence of attempted sexual assault

The University of the West Indies says an initial investigation reveals no evidence of attempted or alleged sexual assault on a student at the campus yesterday, contrary to what has been mentioned on some social media sites.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the university's St Augustine Campus said it is working with the relevant authorities to investigate the incident but notes that according to a report from campus security, there was, in fact, a robbery involving a student near the Student Activity Centre (SAC).

Driver has no permit, no insurance but $13,000 in weed

One man was arrested and a quantity of marijuana seized by officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force, Charford Court Base, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Port of Spain district, yesterday.

Officers conducted the exercise between 10 am and 12:10 pm on Tuesday, during which they had cause to stop and search a motor vehicle with a lone male occupant along Charlotte Street in the vicinity of the Renegades Pan Yard.

The search resulted in a black bag with 1.3 kilogrammes of marijuana being discovered hidden in the vehicle.

Wrong fine given to Scarlet Ibis poachers

En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Au­thor­i­ty (EMA) chair­man Nadra Nathai-Gyan yes­ter­day ad­mit­ted it was re­gret­table that the new $100,000 fine for poach­ing of a Scar­let Ibis, an En­vi­ron­men­tal­ly Sen­si­tive Species (ESS), took too long to be gazetted.

Prison officer murdered at New Grant home

Yet an­oth­er prison of­fi­cer has been gunned down while off du­ty.

The lat­est at­tack oc­curred ear­li­er this morn­ing af­ter Dar­ren Fran­cis, 38, was shot in the head by an un­known as­sailant at his home at Hill View Av­enue, Sixth Com­pa­ny, New Grant.