Murder weapon tendered into evidence

first_img2014 Plantain Walk fatal stabbingAs the trial of a Plantain Walk, West Bank Demerara, mother accused of fatally stabbing her common-lawCurtis McKinnonhusband, Curtis McKinnon, 38, two years ago continues, the murder weapon was tendered in evidence at the High Court.Nicola Joseph is on trial for allegedly killing her husband on July 21, 2014 at their home during an altercation.In the case being heard before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow and a jury of seven men and five women, Police Constable Alex Solomon took to the witness box on Monday where he explained that he was the first Police rank to arrive in the bedroom of the Lot 12 Plantain Walk home where the stabbing occurred.The courtroom was shown a brown-handled stainless steel knife that was tendered as the murder weapon. Additionally, a blood-stained mint green mosquito net was also tendered as evidence.Under cross-examination by Defence Counsel Sonia Parag, the witness was grilled as to why the murder weapon was not photographed as with other pieces of evidence at the murder scene. Constable Solomon explained that as he was first to arrive, he wanted to secure the murder weapon, noting that it bore drops of blood stains. Solomon however admitted that he was unaware whether or not the knife was dusted for finger prints. He further noted that the knife was not shown to the two other Policemen – Sergeant Dyal and Sergeant Singh – both of whom arrived on site sometime later.The two children of the murder-accused also took the stand to give evidence. At this point Joseph faced her head down for much of the two testimonies.First up was 19-year-old Joshua Perou who explained that his stepfather shared a bedroom with his mother, and the four siblings, including himself shared the other bedroom.He stated that on the day in questioned, “Uncle Curtis” went into the bedroom along with his two young sisters, who were also the children of the deceased man. The jurors were told that his mother, Joseph, arrived home some 30 minutes after and an argument ensued. However, he told the court that he could not make out what was being stated.He explained that he pulled the curtain to see what was occurring but was told by his mother to leave the room.While the young man stressed that he could not recall if his mother had anything in her hand, he noted that she went into the kitchen after which she returned to the bedroom.Minutes after, he heard a “chocking sound” and pulled the curtain and saw his step-father bleeding from the chest area. All the while, the witness claimed that his mother was standing at the couple’s bedside.Perou added that he panicked, then ran to get neighbours, assistance, who assisted in transporting his stepfather to the hospital via taxi. When questioned by Prosecutor Siand Dhurjon, the witness told the court that he never saw injuries on his mother that night. When further questioned, he said that the couple shared a loving relationship and that the July 2014 incident was the first time such violence occurred.The defence however sought to establish that his mother was being beaten at the time of the altercation.Meanwhile, the 17-year-old’s sister confirmed most of what her brother told court about the argument. However, she explained that she did hear her mother complain of being beaten and added that when her brother went into the room, he shouted: “Uncle Curt and mommy, ya’ll stop!” The matter will continue at the High Court this morning.last_img read more

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Fishermen Protest Executive Order #84

first_imgMembers of a fishing crew pulling in the catch of the day at a local beachAn association of small scale fishermen and women from nine coastal counties under the banner of the Liberia Artisanal Fishermen Association (LAFA) has expressed disappointment with Executive Order 84, issued by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Executive Order 84 reduces Liberia’s Inshore Exclusion Zone (IEZ) from six nautical miles to three, and is among other measures aimed at revitalizing commercial and semi-industrial fishing in Liberia.The group, with a reported membership of 350,000 and headquartered in West Point, said in a letter to House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay, which was read in Tuesday’s session, that Executive Order 84 is not in the their best interest.“This decision has the propensity to create serious hardship on the already poor and struggling artisanal (small scale) fishermen,” stated the letter under the signatures of Mr. Jerry N. Blamo, the Secretary General, and President Nyantee Sleh Sr.“Moreover, with respect to the 2010 Fisheries Regulation that brought the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project (WARFP) to Liberia, the executive order undermines government’s commitment to the next five years of the WARFP project. In 2010, the fisheries regulation was approved to regulate the sector and to restrict the inshore-exclusive zone (IEZ),” the letter said.It added: “Honorable Speaker, in putting this regulation into action, stakeholder consultative meetings were held and all stakeholders from various institutions, including the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project (WARFP) and the international communities, participated in these meetings, which brought to being the fisheries regulation.”Members of the House of Representatives have voted unanimously for the letter to be forwarded to the leadership and to meet with the President, because of the gravity of the complaint, which involves the livelihoods of 350,000 fishermen and women who are from nine coastal counties, namely: Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Sinoe, Grand Kru and Maryland counties.Executive Order 84Executive Order 84 quoted Article 7 of the Constitution in which it made reference to the equitable management of Liberia’s natural resources so as to advance the general welfare of the people and the economic development of the country.The Order said the fishery resources of Liberia have been underutilized for over a decade and the government intends to encourage investment in the sector to ensure the sustainable development and utilization of its natural resources.It said in furtherance of its intentions to start sustainably utilizing its fishery resources, the government has recognized that the Bureau of National Fisheries, a unit under the Ministry of Agriculture, needs to be granted an autonomous status to enable it meet up with the demands of the fishing industry, and reduce the government’s bureaucracy around the process of obtaining a fishing license.The government has therefore initiated a process to pass legislation to transform the Bureau of National Fisheries to an autonomous agency of government charged with the responsibility of managing and developing Liberia’s fishery resources, which would eventually attract investment and expand Liberia’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors.The Order further said the Liberian government is cognizant of the lengthy process involved with passing said legislation, and realizes the need to institute an interim measure to ensure that Liberia begins the process of reforming its fisheries sector.In view of the foregoing, President Sirleaf issued an interim measure until such time the National Fisheries Act is enacted into law thus establishing an autonomous fisheries agency.The Order granted the Maritime Authority complete supervisory and fiscal authority of the Bureau of National Fisheries and Liberia’s fishery resources pending the enactment of the National Fisheries Act. This authority, she said, shall include the promulgation of regulations, guidelines, fees and the granting of licenses and authorizations for the sustainable utilization and management of Liberia’s fishery resources.In its application, the Order charged the LMA to ensure that the objective is implemented, with the following measures in place:“Supervisory and fiscal responsibilities over the Fisheries Sector…of the Bureau of National Fisheries shall now come under the full and complete control of the Liberia Maritime Authority; that the Inshore Exclusive Zone (IEZ) as established by the Fisheries Regulations of 2010 is hereby reduced from 6 nautical miles to 3 nautical miles. This is to ensure that industrial and semi-industrial fishing can restart and again become viable. That fishing vessels below 500 gross tons shall be exempt from all APM Terminal and other port charges; that the cumulative stock of fishery resources to be harvested shall not exceed 100,000 metric tons per annum; and that the Bureau of National Fisheries, under the supervision of the Liberia Maritime Authority, will issue and publish revised guidelines and fiscal regime for obtaining Fishery License.”Meanwhile, a UK-based non-profit organization, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), has also frowned on the government for the Executive Order which aims to revitalize commercial and semi-industrial fishing in Liberia. However, the government has termed as “inaccurate” EJF’s interpretation of Executive Order 84.According to a Ministry of Information press release, contrary to what the EJF asserts through its media campaign, the revitalization of commercial and semi-industrial fishing will, in no way, cause a drop in fish supplies to the local market but would rather lead to an increase.The new guidelines, the release said, will be published before any new license is issued, and will ensure all fishing vessels take all catch in Liberia to the local market; and will lead to the consequent reduction in fish imports from Sierra Leone and other countries. Liberia currently imports nearly 50,000 metric tons of fish per year.The release said the economic benefits from the domestic harvesting of fish rather than importing of fish will help the country’s balance of payment and the foreign exchange situation; and the benefit will help the country, including artisanal fishermen.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Photos: Canadian Rangers Patrol Group visits FSJ

first_imgThe Canadian Rangers Patrol Group spent the weekend in Fort St. John, during a break from a trip that will see 35 Rangers snowmobile from Kitimat, BC to Churchill, Manitoba.They arrived in Fort St. John not by snowmobile but by bus after the trip from Powder King to Fort St. John was cut short, because of the lack of snow.  The following photos were submitted thanks to Dan Davies.– Advertisement -35 snowmobiles lined up and ready to head out on the next phase of their journey to Churchill, MB.  They were all quite happy with the snow this morning! (Believe it or not).Rangers unload the bus this morning in a snow storm at BaldonnelLinda Nielsen, president of the legion, receiving a thank you plaque from Major Tim Beyers, the Commanding Officer of the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol GroupTwo Rangers relaxing on their cots at the North Peace High School Gym.Advertisement Maryanne Wettloufer, of Masset, BC, Port Clements Ranger Patrol, talking with Fort St. John Cadet Riley Buck at the Legion Ranger welcome and open house.last_img read more

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Tax gets put to good use to renovate two schools

first_imgDesigned for 600 students, California City High will help ease crowding at Mojave High and eliminate the need for California City teens to travel to Mojave for school. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The modernization is being funded by a parcel tax and state matching funds. At the time the parcel tax was approved, the state was paying 80percent of the cost for modernization projects, but that has gone down to 60percent, Phelps said. Voters throughout the school district approved a districtwide five-year, $25.50-per-parcel tax in March 2002 to renovate campuses. Schools to be modernized are Mojave Elementary, Mojave High School, Robert P. Ulrich Elementary, Joshua Middle School and Red Rock School. In the same March 2002 election, California City voters approved a tax to finance a $16million bond measure to build an elementary school and a high school in California City. Construction has begun on those two projects. MOJAVE – The extra $25.50 annual tax property owners have been paying from a 2002 ballot measure will be put to use this summer renovating Mojave High School and Mojave Elementary. With escalating construction costs, the district is reviewing how much of the nearly $8million project can be done with the available funds. “We are in the process of determining what we can do. Construction costs for modernization are going up, too,” Superintendent Larry Phelps said. The work will take about a year and will include replacing walls, windows and flooring; doing electrical work and plumbing; and improving access for the disabled. last_img read more

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OUTRAGE AS LETTERKENNY BEAUTY SPOT LITTERED AGAIN

first_imgSome the rubbish dumped at Kirkstown.Once again the scenic Kirkstown Woods in Letterkenny has been used as a dumping spot by mindless and disrespectful individuals. Locals and walkers who use the area are angered at this serial practice and are calling on the local authourity to implement stiffer fines on the culprits involved when caught.Local man Gabriel Flood sent us these pictures which once again show the mess left by these dumpers. The rubbish shown in the photos has been placed there within the last week.OUTRAGE AS LETTERKENNY BEAUTY SPOT LITTERED AGAIN was last modified: April 4th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Area land survey begins

first_imgU.S. Forest Service officials have a lot of work on their hands. They are studying approximately 700,000 acres of land stretching from Santa Fe Springs north to the San Gabriel Mountains. The purpose of the study is to determine whether – and, if so, which – areas might qualify for national park status. The study of portions of the Angeles National Forest and communities along the San Gabriel River are part of the San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains Special Resource Study. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“The idea is to determine whether or not it makes any sense to declare some of these areas as part of a national park to assure their long-term preservation,” said Fred Latham, city manager for Santa Fe Springs. “It’s not changing how the land is used, but it would allow for preservation of that land.” Martha Crusius, project manager for the Forest Service, said the agency is working with residents, organizations and agencies in some 50 communities. Officials are gathering information regarding recreational resources, habitat restoration, watershed improvements and flood protection. The objective is not to create a massive, contiguous local national park, she said, but to identify specific areas within the 700,000-acre study area to determine which locations might warrant special attention. “Are \ unique mountain ranges that they would qualify for national recognition? Are there other historical trails that could be considered for national designation?” asked Belinda Faustinos, executive director of the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. “There’s a lot of great cultural and natural history that’s never been put into an evaluation,” Faustinos added. The comprehensive study is still in its early phases. The process is detailed and involved, Crusius said, and the agency must still assess its findings and submit them to Congress for consideration. In addition, the study’s emphasis is on natural habitats and resources, not on newly developed areas, officials stressed. It will not include developed projects, such as the proposed Santa Fe Springs Park nature sanctuary. “We’re looking largely at partnership opportunities that build on what’s already happening, what’s already there – historic trails, nodes of parkland that are connected with trails, managing historic sites,” Crusius said. Ultimately, any wilderness areas or trail corridors included in the Forest Service’s network of parks could mean more than just national recognition; it could bring federal funding to the areas. “Projects might have a lot better chance of competing for federal dollars,” said Faustinos. “Any way to get additional money for the San Gabriel Valley and the San Gabriel Valley Watershed is great.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Man leads police on Valley chase after stealing ambulance

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The incident began about 3:35 p.m. and ended when the suspect was arrested by CHP Officer Charles Simco at 4:10. Gnesi was arrested on suspicion of stealing a vehicle and evading the police. Hahn said the suspect had just been released from the hospital, where he sought treatment for leg pain. During the pursuit, which ranged from 40 mph to 90 mph, the right side of the ambulance was scratched and dented when Gnesi hit a concrete guardrail on the right shoulder of the northbound I-5, north of the Rinaldi Street exit. Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Kim Kempton said paramedics had apparently just dropped off a patient at the hospital when Gnesi spied the ambulance and took off. The paramedics reported the vehicle as stolen, and its whereabouts were tracked with its global-positioning satellite system. Assistant Fire Chief Tony Varela said a Los Angeles engine company was the first response agency to spot the stolen vehicle, which was heading north on the San Diego Freeway. VALENCIA – A man who stole an ambulance parked outside a San Fernando Valley hospital surrendered Tuesday afternoon after a pursuit that ended at a Valencia apartment complex. Suspect Yevgeni Gnesi, 20, of Lakewood – just released from Mission Community Hospital in San Fernando – took off in the Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance and spoke to fire officials on the two-way radio as he headed north on the Golden State (5) Freeway. “He was using the ambulance radio, talking to the Fire Department, saying he would give (the ambulance) back to them when he saw his girlfriend,” said Officer Wendy Hahn of the California Highway Patrol. Gnesi’s girlfriend reportedly lives in the Stone Creek apartment complex in Valencia, at McBean Parkway and Arroyo Park Drive. The suspect fled from the northbound 405 to I-5, exiting on McBean and ending up in a no-parking zone at the complex, where he was taken into custody. No one was injured. Resident Erik Lemus said he turned on the TV when he heard the sirens and the buzz of helicopters overhead. “I saw the ambulance on the TV, turning down into this parking lot section,” he said. He promptly whisked away his daughter Alyssa, 10, who sat on the patio, drawing. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Leeds could still sign Matej Vydra… but he wants Premier League move

first_img RANKED Talks over an £11million move for the former Watford ace have been held, though no deal has been signed off as of yet despite weeks of discussions.According to the Sun, moving to Elland Road is attractive to Vydra, but the Czech Republic international is not rushing through a deal as he hopes a Premier League side will move for him before the transfer window closes. 2 LATEST Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Vydra netted 21 times in the second tier last term, and recently-appointed Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa wanted to make him the Whites’ third signing of the summer after loan deals were completed for Chelsea pair Lewis Baker, the midfielder, and goalkeeper Jamal Blackman. moving on Vydra finished last season as the second division’s top goal scorer TOP WORK Latest transfer news Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 IN DEMAND targets three-way race LIVING THE DREAM The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Leeds United could still wrap up the signing of Matej Vydra, though the Derby forward is holding out for a move to the Premier League.The Rams are open to selling the 26-year-old, who finished last season as the Championship’s top scorer, to help comply with Financial Fair Play Rules, and Leeds have been leading the race for him. Blackman’s loan move from Chelsea to Leeds was confirmed on Monday Vydra could still remain at Pride Park for the upcoming season, with manager Frank Lampard last week admitting: “There is a lot of speculation but he is still our player.“We will see, but while he performs as well as he did last year, with the level of goals, I expect him to stay.”last_img read more

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School board taps building monitors

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Two-year terms expire Dec. 31 for six members of the committee, two of whom sought another a term; the others said they would not be returning. The committee’s role is to review and report on the spending for school construction, but in the past some members have said district staff has made it difficult for them to execute their roles. Eric Cohen, who was not appointed for a second term, said he was not surprised the board of education decided to reduce the size of the committee without telling them first. “I think it’s been in keeping with the experience we’ve had with them the last two years,” he said. “I can’t say I’m relieved, but I’m OK with not having to do it anymore.” SIMI VALLEY – The school board has appointed three members to an independent oversight committee responsible for monitoring the expenditure of $145 million in construction and improvements at Simi Valley’s 29 campuses. New to the panel are Marie Bennett and Paul Goodnaugh; Michael McCaffrey was elected for a second term. The Simi Valley Unified board also agreed to reduce the watchdog group from 13 members to nine. “It may change,” said Lowell Schultze, associate superintendent of business and facilities. “We have all the required areas covered. We are going to try this.” last_img read more

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A’s Mailbag: What will the A’s do with Marcus Semien?

first_imgWinter Meetings are a mere week away, the Hot Stove is warming and 2020 is near. It’s time for an Oakland A’s mailbag.From @DankHungary: Odds on locking Marcus up?The A’s future with Marcus Semien is getting murkier by the day. It’s hard to assess the odds that the MVP finalist and the A’s might settle on an extension this year. There are a few angles to gauge the situation. An extension, a trade and an arbitration settlement all seem to be on the table.MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweeted that …last_img read more

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