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February 23, 2018

Belize

Labour unionist, Antonio Soberanis remembered

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor His bust rests in the historic Battlefield Park, where he called important meetings over important labour issues of his day, but his grave was not, until recently, given the honour that the late Antonio Soberanis probably deserves. Last Thursday, surviving relatives and friends of the…

Belize Chinese celebrate New Year of the Dog

Source: The Reporter The crackle of firecrackers, and the loud pounding of drums and cymbals all over Belize City last Saturday morning, February 17, signaled the Belizean Chinese community’s annual celebration of the lunar new year – the Year of the Dog, which launched their New Year’s festival,which had begun Friday, February 16.…

Southwest flight from Belize makes emergency landing

Source: The Reporter By Benjamin Flowers A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Belize to Denver, Colorado had to make an emergency landing in Houston after the plane suffered mechanical problems during the flight. A spokesperson for Southwest told international media that Flight 289, which left Belize on Sunday, February 18, had to be…

Taiwan grants $1 Million to Belize towards security cooperation

Source: The Reporter By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The Belize Police Department’s security system has received more assistance from Taiwan. Last Thursday, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize, Charles Liu handed over a cheque valued $1 million towards an ongoing project to strengthen the Department’s security system, to Minister of Home Affairs, Wilfred Elrington. The…

Innovation and Growth in Belize: Impact of Tax Policy

Source: The Reporter “There is an ongoing debate about the impact of a country’s tax structure on entrepreneurship generally, and on innovation specifically. … Suffice to say that most experts believe that relatively high marginal personal and corporate income tax rates discourage entrepreneurs from taking the risks of starting new business ventures and…

12-year-old and Adult Latest Gun Victims of the City

Source: Channel 5 Belize Lloyd Valentine & David Morrison There was a double murder on Wednesday night in the city in which the life of a twelve-year-old student was abruptly cut short on Pregnant Alley in the Mesopotamia Division. David Morrison, the Queen Street Baptist student was simply at the wrong place along with…

Shooting in Twilight of Nomination Day on Police Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize The gun violence was not contained to Pregnant Alley. Two more city residents were injured in a shooting in the Lake Independence area. Emerson Garnett and Houston Apolonio were on Police Street when they came under fire. Apolonio was grazed on the shoulder, but Garnett was hit multiple times and…

1 dead, 2 Injured in Mysterious Orange Walk Altercation

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police are tonight investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Orange Walk Town earlier today.  It is alleged that an individual identified as forty-six-year-old Ariel Audinette was severely beaten by a team of men dressed in camouflage uniforms.  It is not clear at this time whether the…

Fire Claims 2 Houses in Frederick Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize Back to the city where even as police were processing the crime scene at Pregnant Alley, a fire broke just off Hyde’s Lane in the city. It started at a wooden house and quickly spread to another building before the Fire Department could contain the blaze. While Yolanda Ramos and…

Belize City P.U.P.’s Manifesto to be Launched

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Thursday, Belize City’s P.U.P. slate will gather at the Neal Pen Road basketball court to publicly launch their manifesto. But we got a bit of a preview from mayoral candidate Bernard Wagner after his nomination today. He explains that as part of a “people-centered” agenda the P.U.P. aims for…

U.D.P. Take Over Streets in Afternoon

Source: Channel 5 Belize In the afternoon, it was the turn of the United Democratic Party’s supporters to show their muscle in Belize City where just a week ago, the People’s United Party held a mammoth convention.  The U.D.P. brought out its top guns, including the Prime Minister and other ministers to make their…

Luis Dominguez executed in yard on 8th Street

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 19, 2018– Luis Dominguez, 35, a St. Thomas Street resident who was the father of a baby girl 2 years old and a son yet to make his entry into this world, had reportedly been drinking […] Link: Luis Dominguez executed in yard on 8th Street

Hummingbird Elementary girls and Belize Elementary boys to represent Belize District in Volleyball Nationals on Friday

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 19, 2018– The National Sports Council (NSC) coordinated Belize District Primary School Volleyball Tournament, which commenced on Monday, January 15, reached its finals last Thursday, February 15, when Hummingbird Elementary defeated Belize Elementary, 25-11, 25-5, for […] Link: Hummingbird Elementary girls and Belize Elementary boys to

Murder-suicide on Rose Lane

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 19, 2018– A crowd of onlookers gathered on the street in front of #5 Rose Lane on Saturday evening sometime after 5 p.m. A police crime scene tape cordoned off the area from the curious spectators, […] Link: Murder-suicide on Rose Lane

Belizean-flagged ship violating UN sanctions against North Korea

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Fri. Feb. 16, 2018– Reports in the international media say that a Belize-flagged ship has been spotted alongside a North Korean tanker about 250 kilometers east of Shanghai in violation of United Nations sanctions against North Korea. The […] Link: Belizean-flagged ship violating UN sanctions against North Korea

Afternoon Murder in Twin Towns

Source: Channel 5 Belize Gian Espat There’s another murder to report tonight. Twenty-four-year-old Santa Elena caretaker Gian Espat was chopped to death in the west. Just before midday today, police found Espat’s body inside a wooden house at Capital Heights in the Trapiche area of Santa Elena Town. Espat’s was found lying on a…

Co-workers Say No Warning Signs in Murder-Suicide

Source: Channel 5 Belize The families of Jason Emmanuel and Hermelinda Pinks continue to reel in the aftermath of the murder suicide of the pair on Saturday.  Pinks was found dead on her bed with a gunshot to the left side of her temple while Emmanuel was found with a gunshot wound to the…

Toddler Drowns in Silk Grass

Source: Channel 5 Belize A three-year-old toddler from Silk Grass, Stann Creek District, lost his life by drowning in a well in the village. The boy, Keon Martinez, lived with his grandmother, fifty-one-year-old Francine Augustine.  He had been playing on Monday afternoon between one and four o’clock and then disappeared.  His mother, twenty-four-year-old Chelsey…

Mexico’s Gain is Free Zone’s Loss

Source: Channel 5 Belize Business at the Commercial Free Zone continues to be affected by Mexican consumers purchasing goods and services in their homeland, instead of shopping in Belize.  The exclusive business location was established in Corozal in 1994 to attract foreign direct investment.  While it has grown considerably over the past two decades,…

Will Trade Agreement Help?

Source: Channel 5 Belize According to Juarez, there are instances where prices on the shelves at the free zone aren’t as eye-catching as they are across the border.  While he could not provide an exact number in terms of closures, Juarez told News Five today that a partial scope trade agreement is in the…

Lovers’ Tragic End: Husband Turned on Wife, then Himself

Source: Channel 5 Belize Early on Saturday morning, it is believed that a well-known Belize City resident took the life of his wife and then turned his licensed firearm on himself. The news of the bloody loss of life has shocked the family of Coastguard Supervisor, Hermelinda Pinks, a purported victim of domestic abuse.  …

Murder Strikes Quiet North Side Neighborhood

Source: Channel 5 Belize There was another murder over the weekend that police have to crack. Just before midnight on Sunday, a City Council employee was shot and killed. Thirty-five-year-old Luis Dominguez, better known as Esse, was at a yard in the Kings Park area when a gunman unleashed a barrage of bullets that…

Out West, Humble Artisan Perishes on Roadside

Source: Channel 5 Belize There was further loss of life over the weekend. In the west, forty-six-year-old Arcenio Itza was knocked down and killed in a hit and run on Saturday night. But his family didn’t find out until late on Sunday. The Succotz carver was walking along the George Price Highway when a…

C.C.J. Puts Pressure on Gov’t to Honor Consent Order

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Mayas of southern Belize continue their fight with the Government of Belize, represented by the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission to enforce the historic consent order made on April twenty-second, 2015, to develop a mechanism to recognize the already agreed communal land rights of the indigenous Maya people. But…

Accused murderer, Norman Slusher, 28, walks

Source: Amandala News No eyewitness testimony, no forensic evidence, equaled a murder acquittal; lack of police professionalism wrecked the case BELIZE CITY, Wed. Feb.14, 2018– This morning, in a case which highlights some of the shortcomings of the criminal justice system, with its […] Link: Accused murderer, Norman Slusher, 28, walks

Mexican businesses abandon Corozal Free Zone

Source: Amandala News NORTHERN FREE ZONE, Corozal District, Thurs. Feb. 15, 2018– A number of Mexican newspapers are claiming that many Mexican businessmen operating in the Corozal Free Zone are closing down their businesses and abandoning the Free Zone. Names of stores were […] Link: Mexican businesses abandon Corozal Free Zone

BDF driver pleads guilty to manslaughter by negligence

Source: Amandala News He was fined $10,000 for death of a toddler, 3 BELIZE CITY, Wed. Feb. 14, 2018– A Belize Defence Force civilian driver who was facing a manslaughter by negligence charge for the death of a 3-year-old toddler, for which he […] Link: BDF driver pleads guilty to manslaughter by negligence

It’s Not TV, It’s HBO: Cable Will Cost You More

Source: Channel 5 Belize The pressure is building on Belizeans in the creative industries – broadcasting, both radio and television, and music and the arts – to begin recognizing copyright and intellectual property and pay the requisite fees to satisfy rights holders. Among the first of the major international companies to come calling on…

Who Wants Marilyn Williams’ Old Job?

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Integrity Commission was named a year ago in response to overwhelming public pressure as it relates to holding politicians accountable for their personal spending and assets. Little has been heard from it since the furore over the term under which persons in public life were to submit returns. Chair…

The Problem with Police Profiling

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Police Department has been explaining its recent move for police officers to take photographs of persons stopped and searched as part of its activities on the ground in various areas. The question has been raised as to whether this is profiling or singling out certain individuals based on their…

Mom Says Tyrone Was Going to Bring Mystery Woman Home

Source: Channel 5 Belize Following his murder, Dianne Martinez told News Five that she would like to know what role, if any, the woman played in her son’s murder. Martinez shared what she knows about her son’s final moments, while meeting up with the woman who is now being questioned.   Dianne Martinez, Mother…

Guat Reporter Was Just Doing His Job

Source: Channel 5 Belize In mid-January, a Guatemalan reporter with Prensa Libre, Rigoberto Escobar, entered into Belize from the western border and claimed he was confronted by the police within the adjacency zone also considered no man’s land. Escobar would go on to complain to the Guatemalan press about the incident going as far…

Will Belize Pursue Canadian Jordan Bacchus for Murder?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jordan Bacchus Canadian fugitive Jordan Bacchus was arrested for drug possession in Sudbury, Canada; he will also be charged for armed robbery and other crimes in Toronto recently. But will he be extradited to Belize? Bacchus is a person of interest in the May 2016 murder of Melvin Almendarez in…

Why Administrators of Municipalities Should Be Secure

Source: Channel 5 Belize In respect of controversial renewal of Miller’s four-year contract, Mayor Bradley says that despite not agreeing on whether city administrators and directors fall under the category of C.E.O.s or permanent secretaries, all nine municipalities have agreed to place these officers on contract.    Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor “That is…

The Belize City Council’s Record from 2015 to 2018, Annotated

Source: Channel 5 Belize Most of the current councilors have been serving since Zenaida Moya’s administration at City Hall. So with the transition process underway, in what state will Mayor Bradley’s successor inherit 109 North Front Street come March seventh?    Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor “This council is, I don‘t want to say…

Both Ombudsman and Contractor General Out of Contract

Source: Channel 5 Belize Lionel Arzu Two important oversight posts in the Government of Belize are presently vacant. Ombudsman Lionel Arzu was not confirmed for a further term, ending a four-year run starting in 2014. Meanwhile, in January, the government withdrew the motion for the re-appointment of Contractor General Godwin Arzu in the Senate…

Mark King threatens lawsuit against Moses Sulph

Source: Amandala News Sulph, the activist, says he won’t back down from King, the defeated former UDP Lake I area rep BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 12, 2018– After falling beneath the radar following his November 2015 resounding defeat at the polls at the […] Link: Mark King threatens lawsuit against Moses Sulph

“Blue Tsunami” hits Belize City

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Sun. Feb. 11, 2018– As the midday hour approached in Belize City, hundreds of people wearing blue and white People’s United Party T-shirts began to appear all over the city; vehicles flying the PUP flag were seen on […] Link: “Blue Tsunami” hits Belize City

Belizean Killed in Melchor Bar

Source: Channel 5 Belize A Belizean businessman was murdered inside his establishment in Melchor de Mencos around ten on Monday night. Thirty-two-year-old Samuel Sosa, who once lived in Benque Viejo del Carmen, was shot and killed whilst inside his restaurant and bar in the neighboring town of Melchor in Guatemala. Sosa’s bar was open…

B.D.F. Dies after Burns from Fire in the South

Source: Channel 5 Belize A soldier of the Belize Defence Force lost his life in unexpected circumstances while attending to household chores on Saturday evening. Twenty-seven-year-old Rodolfo Martinez was operating a lawnmower and had fuel container on him. Around five-forty-five p.m., he entered his home in Big Falls, Toledo for a glass of water,…

Corozal Couple Accuses Housing Employee of Running Scam

Source: Channel 5 Belize A couple from Corozal is claiming that they were victims of a housing scam, but this incident is revealing a bigger issue of alleged corruption at the Housing Department. News Five has been told that between 2016 and 2017 at least six wooden houses were issued to persons who provided…

Family Waits Impatiently for Removal of Killer Bees

Source: Channel 5 Belize A Belize City family is enduring another sleepless night after a horrific episode this past weekend. Their three female watchdogs were mauled and stung to death when set upon by Africanized bees who came seemingly out of nowhere from behind their residence on Mex Avenue. And the dogs were not…

The Electoral Tilt in Belmopan

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tanya Santos is an independent consultant in Natural Resources Management.  She’s been a resident of Belmopan all her life; but these days, she is on the campaign trail for the People’s United Party. Were she to turn things around, Santos would become the first female mayor of the Capital. On…

Lured to His Death on Canal Side: the Murder of Tyrone Gibson

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tyrone Gibson There had not been a murder in the city since January twenty-seventh.  During that time, police put more boots on the ground to curb gun violence and restore some peace on the streets, following the 2017 bumper murder rate. But early on Friday night, the life of Norman…

Blue Wave Sweeps through Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize Just twenty-three days from a municipal election, supporters of the People’s United Party descended in the city seven years after its last national convention. The Opposition, on Sunday, took full advantage of the opportunity to galvanize its base and give the Old Capital a show. They came by the thousands,…

The P.U.P.’s Updated Policies and Plans

Source: Channel 5 Belize The National Convention’s primary business aside, the P.U.P. also has a lot to say about the major issues of the day. From crime to Guatemala, the party produced a number of resolutions outlining its plans and pleas to the government. Reporter Aaron Humes has more on this facet of the…

Johnny B.: “We Will Fight Everywhere” for Municipals

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Briceño The P.U.P. is counting on the surge of energy presented on Sunday to prevail less than a month from now. But with the U.D.P. already boasting of sweeping all sixty-seven seats including Party leader John Briceño’s native Orange Walk Town, where does the Opposition think they have a…

Cordel Hyde Talks Belize City Strategy

Source: Channel 5 Belize Cordel Hyde Lake Independence area rep Cordel Hyde is the acknowledged field general of the P.U.P. in Belize City. It will be his task to shepherd voters to the polls for Bernard Wagner and the P.U.P. slate of municipal candidates, but as he acknowledged on Sunday, it won’t be easy.…

Witness to Mario Vernon Shooting Claims Death Threats by Police

Source: Channel 5 Belize Are Punta Gorda police interfering with a purported witness in the officer-involved killing of Mario Vernon?  Amateur footage has surfaced showing an altercation between a PG resident who emotionally charges to have seen firsthand the fatal shooting of the twenty-four-year-old grandson of famed Belizean musician Leela Vernon.  While none of…

Reginald Garoy Shot in Belize City

Source: Channel 5 Belize Thirty-five-year-old taxi driver Reginald Garoy was shot to the right side of the cheek and right ring finger on Sunday night in Belize City. Garoy told police that he and another person were inside his car by the Rocky Road Bridge at the East Canal when a man walked up…

Couple Shot Inside Store in Orange Walk

Source: Channel 5 Belize A man and his girlfriend were shot in Orange Walk on Sunday night. Police say that twenty-four-year-old Amin Mendez Junior and twenty-year-old Jessica Melendez were inside Mendez’s grocery shop on the corner of Liberty Avenue and Boundary Road when a man entered the store and fired several shots. Mendez was…

Andy Rhaburn Faces More Charges for Carmelita Terror

Source: Channel 5 Belize Andy Rhaburn Additional charges of attempted murder and use of deadly means of harm have been brought against twenty-six-year-old Andy Rhaburn.  The Carmelita resident is accused of killing his mother, Braulia Pech, by bludgeoning her in the head with a crowbar on the morning of January sixteenth.  Forty-three-year-old Lilia Xujur…

Friend Turned Burglar Remanded for Attack on Senior Citizen

Source: Channel 5 Belize Floyd Escarpeta Mahogany Heights resident Floyd Escarpeta has been charged with burglary and theft in connection with breaking and entering into the home of a senior citizen farmer and stealing his valuables and pick-up truck. The twenty-three-year-old is alleged to have entered the residence of ninety-two-year-old Modesto Bardalez on the…

Cricket regular season opens this weekend

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Wed. Feb. 7, 2018– Yesterday, the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA) announced that its Sir Barry Bowen 2018 Harrison Parks Cricket Competition regular season will commence this coming weekend with 7 games scheduled, 6 on Saturday and 1 […] Link: Cricket regular season opens this weekend

2 Cotton Tree villagers charged for Israel Perez’s murder

Source: Amandala News Perez’s body was found in a shallow grave in Harmonyville 9 days after he went missing HARMONYVILLE, Cayo District, Thurs. Feb. 8, 2018– The search for Israel “Prince” Perez, 27, of St. Matthews, Cayo District, who had been missing since […] Link: 2 Cotton Tree villagers charged for Israel Perez’s

Flash flood impacts Unitedville, Cayo

Source: Amandala News UNITEDVILLE, Cayo District, Thurs. Feb. 8, 2018– Rains in the hills led to a flash flood that impacted the residents of the lower areas of the Cayo District today. The flash flood entered homes, flooded farms, and inundated the Iguana […] Link: Flash flood impacts Unitedville, Cayo

Customs Sets Contraband Ablaze in Yo Creek

Source: Channel 5 Belize The flow of contraband items from across the northern border is brisk. It’s big business, though risky, for contrabandistas to illegally bring in tons of items via various transshipment points. Two items which Belizeans have a huge appetite for are cigarettes and beers. Today, the Customs Department destroyed a stock…

The Liquidation of the Civil Service Credit Union

Source: Channel 5 Belize In April of 2016, the Central Bank of Belize announced plans to liquidate four credit unions across the country. These were the Citrus Growers and Workers’ Credit Union; Mount Carmel Credit Union; Police Credit Union; and Civil Service Credit Union. Mount Carmel grabbed the most headlines at the time because…

On Return, P.M. Too Busy for Media Questions

Source: Channel 5 Belize Earlier this week Prime Minister Dean Barrow left the country with his family on personal business in the United States. As has become common practice, the local media camped out this afternoon at the Philip Goldson International Airport in Ladyville awaiting his return. We had several questions for him, including…

Couple Hospitalized after Mid-Afternoon Stabbing

Source: Channel 5 Belize A stabbing incident earlier today on Gill Street has left a couple hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. after receiving injuries to various parts of their bodies.  Thirty-five-year-old Rhonda Burgess and her boyfriend, Erick Tillett, were at home babysitting a three-year-old toddler when they came under attack by an individual who is…

P.U.P. Chairman on DPM Faber’s Comment on Election Outcome

Source: Channel 5 Belize The United Democratic Party remains at the helm of central government until general elections are called.  It means that until then, all municipal bodies will be functioning under the leadership of the Barrow administration.  At the launch of the U.D.P. manifesto last Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber hinted that…

P.U.P. Prepares for What It Says Will Be a Mammoth Convention

Source: Channel 5 Belize Since postponing its national convention a few weeks ago due to inclement weather, the People’s United Party has been busy organizing what it is calling the biggest political gathering that Belizeans will ever witness.  With less than a month away from the March seventh municipals, gears are in motion to…

MLA Urges to Keep Politics Out of Guatemala Dispute

Source: Channel 5 Belize Pablo Mis Alcaldes, as well as traditional leaders, are being urged to rebuff any effort to politicize the territorial issue.  Despite acknowledging the importance of the campaign, Pablo Mis notes that it is imperative that the process is to be conducted in a fair, objective and independent manner.   Pablo…

Maya Wanted Representation on Referendum; G.O.B. Says No Thanks

Source: Channel 5 Belize Pablo Mis The concerns of the Maya community were presented to Prime Minister Barrow in writing in October of last year.  His response, according to MLA Program Coordinator, Pablo Mis, failed to address those fears.   Pablo Mis, Program Coordinator, MLA “At the beginning of 2017, the newly elected seventy-eight…

Jacqueline Willoughby takes on NTUCB

Source: Amandala News Willoughby says NTUCB’s Floyd Neal “is not properly seated” in his post, according to their constitution BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 5, 2018– It has been almost one year now since the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) held an […] Link: Jacqueline Willoughby takes on NTUCB

Magistrate’s vehicle stolen and set on fire

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 5, 2018– The vehicle of a Belize City magistrate was stolen, and then set on fire. Magistrate Shanti Morrison, 34, of Ladyville, told police that she parked her Ford Escape in front of her house at […] Link: Magistrate’s vehicle stolen and set on fire

Civil Service Credit Union “bites the dust”

Source: Amandala News Among other woes, the 67-year-old credit union had issued bad loans to 191 members to the tune of $1.8 million. The Central Bank of Belize has liquidated the credit union; 1,100 shareholders affected. BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 5, 2018– Last […] Link: Civil Service Credit Union “bites the dust”

Bus driver charged with wounding another bus driver

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 5, 2018–A fight between two bus drivers who work for the same company, Lopez shuttle, resulted in one of them, Manuel Alonzo, suffering a wound to his face and the other, Aldoray Flowers, 35, being charged […] Link: Bus driver charged with wounding another bus driver

Belizean-American Suspect in Killing of Arizona Fire Captain

Source: Channel 5 Belize Twenty-one-year-old Hezron Parks is making the headlines in the U.S. where he shot and killed an Arizona fire captain. According to international media, Parks faces second-degree murder charge and was given a three hundred thousand dollar cash bail and put under electronic surveillance because he is considered a flight risk.…

How Police Will Fight Crime in 2018

Source: Channel 5 Belize 2017 ended as one of the most murderous years with one hundred and forty-four homicides. This January, there have been as many as fourteen murders, topping the statistics for the same month last year. This morning, the Ministry of Home Affairs launched a two-year anti-crime strategy.  First and foremost, police…

Operation ACT Continues; Cameras on the Watch

Source: Channel 5 Belize Allen Whylie So what is the fate of Operation ACT now that a National Crime Fighting Strategy has been introduced which will remain in effect for the next two years?  The campaign has been ongoing since late October and while it covers three specific hotspots in Belize City, it has…

Maya march for justice in South

Source: Channel 5 Belize A Bella Vista man has been arrested and charged with the heinous murders of two sisters: Cricencia and Jospehine Oh from the village of San Antonio in southern Belize. The hacked and nude bodies of the two siblings were found on January twenty-first and days later, police charged twenty-year old…

Magistrate’s vehicle stolen, set ablaze

Source: Channel 5 Belize The theft and arson of a vehicle belonging to a member of the judiciary is not an everyday occurrence. But over the weekend Magistrate Shanti Morrison reported that her sixty-five-thousand dollar SUV went missing from the street in front of her house in Ladyville. On Saturday morning around four-thirty it…

City woman sees charges dropped in attempted murder case

Source: Channel 5 Belize Hilda Locario A domestic of Belize City no longer faces attempted murder charges after the prosecution decided not to continue the case against her in the Supreme Court. Forty-two year old Hilda Locario was accused of attempting to kill Shirley Leslie on February fifteenth, 2012 on St. Thomas Street during…

G.O.B. hires another pricey lawyer for U.H.S. case

Source: Channel 5 Belize Ben Juratowich Government is reportedly acquiring the services of another lawyer; he is Ben Juratowich, Queen’s Counsel from a British Law Firm Freshfield Brauckhaus Deringer. He will be representing the Government of Belize in the upcoming U.H.S. case at the Caribbean Court of Justice on March fourteenth. Juratowich’s C.V. features…

Miracle in Chiquibul!

Source: Amandala News Missing Chiquibul park rangers found alive and well! A nation, which had feared the worst, gives a sigh of relief CHIQUIBUL, Cayo District, Wed. Jan. 31, 2018– Today, Wednesday, two Belizean men were found alive and in good health after […] Link: Miracle in Chiquibul!

3 Guatemalan men charged for illegal weapons in Chiquibul

Source: Amandala News SAN IGNACIO, Cayo District, Thurs. Feb. 1, 2018– Three Guatemalan men have been remanded to the Belize Central Prison after they were found with illegal weapons inside the Chiquibul Forest Reserve on Sunday. A joint patrol conducted by the Friends […] Link: 3 Guatemalan men charged for illegal weapons in

Barrow’s $90-million headache sent back to the CCJ

Source: Amandala News Government filed applications at the CCJ in respect of the $90-million Belize Bank judgment BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Feb. 1, 2018– Reporters caught up with Prime Minister Dean Barrow at the launch of his United Democratic Party’s Belize City Council manifesto, […] Link: Barrow’s -million headache sent back to the CCJ

Cayo Mayor Vs P.U.P. Supporter: Mischief or ‘Chance’?

Source: Channel 5 Belize As the March seventh elections draw closer, temperatures are running high in Cayo where the two political parties are clashing and violence is emerging. On Thursday evening, a young man alleges that he was beaten up by the campaign team led by U.D.P. mayor Earl Trapp. While he has several…

Foreign Affairs Says Andrew Bennett Extradition Docs Legit

Source: Channel 5 Belize Andrew Bennett This morning in the Chief Magistrate’s Court, a U.S. request for the extradition of attorney Andrew Bennett got underway.  The extradition request contains seven counts of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Each count carries a prison term of between two and three years in the…

The Section 53 Appeal: Are Catholics Out?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Could the Government of Belize end up going it alone in the upcoming appeal of the August tenth, 2016 judgment of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin regarding the amendment of Section fifty-three of the Criminal Code? Following the momentous decision outlawing sexual acts other than consensual heterosexual intercourse, between man and…

John Brackett Jailed for Revenge Attack on Security Guard

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Brackett Forty-nine-year-old construction worker John Brackett of Prince Street, Belize City, is behind bars tonight. Brackett is accused of the attempted murder by stabbing of thirty-four-year-old security guard Kenrick Valencio, of the Princess Ramada Hotel and Casino. The attack took place on Thursday in front of the Novelos’ Bus…

Teen Love Triangle Leaves 1 Injured, 1 Imprisoned

Source: Channel 5 Belize Elroy Williams Another case of attempted murder was heard in the Magistrate’s Court. Eighteen-year-old Elroy Williams from Lords’ Bank is accused of attacking Michael Jones with a two-by-four board on January thirty-first. It’s a case of a love triangle in which Jones’ current partner was Williams’ girlfriend. Jones said he…

Mexico Reiterates Support for I.C.J. Resolution of Dispute

Source: Channel 5 Belize Mexico was one of the thirteen countries at Wednesday’s meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States which supported Belize and Guatemala during their appearance there. Both Foreign Ministers Wilfred Elrington and Sandra Jovel Polanco tried to rally international support for the upcoming referenda on resolving the…

Tackling Gangs and Crime at Mexico-Belize Border

Source: Channel 5 Belize Mexico continues to count the cost of the ongoing drug war in which thousands have been killed over the years. While the annual murder rate is much smaller than Belize, the sheer numbers are larger although mostly concentrated in the north and center of the country. But more recently there…

The Good Will Not Suffer with the Bad in Mexican Travel

Source: Channel 5 Belize Mexicans are not alone in engaging in criminality. Witness Robert Gentle, who was recently caught driving a Lincoln Navigator over the border in which cocaine was found. He tried to make a run for it and Mexican police cut his legs from under him, shooting out his tires and forcing…

Cities and Towns Doing More for Themselves

Source: Channel 5 Belize Belize’s two cities and seven towns have been clamoring for greater autonomy. Belize City, under Darrell Bradley’s leadership, led the way with the installment of the twenty-million dollar municipal bond to fix hundreds of streets. Last year, the government amended legislation giving towns like San Ignacio and Santa Elena the…

Faber Tells Election Contenders, ‘Go Home!’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Since 2006, the United Democratic Party has, with few exceptions, been the political party in control of both central and municipal governments. The Opposition People’s United Party has held on to a few strongholds like Orange Walk Town but constantly butted heads with the governing party. But so confident are…

Why P.M. Says Let the Sunshine In

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow On Monday, February fifth, the Supreme Court is expected to hear the case of Sunshine Holdings against the B.T.L. Employees’ Trust in a partial continuation of the original Telemedia saga which had been brought in the main to its conclusion last November. Of the over half a billion…

Finance Minister Claims Immunity in CLICO Case

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow On Tuesday, we reported that a group of former holders of premium annuities with the defunct Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) took an appeal of previous judicial decisions to the Caribbean Court of Justice. When the company folded in 2009, the fifty-four holders of what are known as…

“We’re Still Friends with the U.S.”

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow During U.S. President Donald Trump’s live televised State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, he intimated that American foreign assistance should always serve American interests and go to its friends and not enemies. The comments came in the wake of more than one hundred countries…

Lost and Found Park Rangers Blame It on the Rain

Source: Channel 5 Belize The combined effort of the Belize Defense Force, the Belize Police Department and the Forestry Department led to the successful location of two park rangers who had gone missing on Monday evening in the Chiquibul.  Luis Ramirez and Elroy Villanueva became disoriented and lost their way from a camp at…

Missing Rangers Found after Intensive Search

Source: Channel 5 Belize Luis Ramirez & Elroy Villanueva The Ramirez and Villanueva families are breathing easier tonight now that their two loved ones, rangers Luis and Elroy, have been located in the Chiquibul Forest. At about now, Ramirez, we are told, is being transported to the Loma Luz Hospital in Santa Elena, Cayo.…

Finally an Arrest for Double Murder of Toledo Sisters…

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilmer Alexander Escobar A man was arrested and charged today for the shocking double killing of two sisters in the south, eleven days ago. Police say that twenty-one-year-old Wilmer Alexander Escobar of Bella Vista Village has been charged for killing Josephine and Crecencia Oh. Unconfirmed reports are that Escobar confessed…

Man Arrested in Belmopan Killing of Errol Gabourel

Source: Channel 5 Belize Devon Brooks There’s another murder arrest. One month after the vicious killing of twenty-six-year-old Errol Gabourel Smith, Devon Brooks of Cotton Tree village has been charged with his murder. On December twenty-seventh, the body of Gabourel, also known as “Rabbit,” was found in the Belize River outside of Roaring Creek.…

2013 Murder Suspect Walks from Supreme Court

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Martinez Meanwhile, twenty-nine-year-old John Martinez was acquitted of murder before Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas today. He was charged with the February 2013 murder of thirty-seven-year-old Ernest Savery in Ladyville. Savery had been shot once in the abdomen while crossing the street from his home to his girlfriend’s residence…

Exploding oven kills Sandhill baker

Source: Amandala News SANDHILL, Belize District, Mon. Jan. 29, 2018– A father of three is dead after there was an explosion inside the kitchen at his family bakery in the village of Sandhill. Amandala has learned that Alfonso Moralez, Jr., 59, and his […] Link: Exploding oven kills Sandhill baker

Despite the rain, all PLB Week 3 games completed

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 29, 2018– Both basketball and football games were rained out in Belize City over the weekend, where the MCC was deemed unplayable on Sunday for the CYDP Peace Cup finals; and the Belize Elementary Gym was […] Link: Despite the rain, all PLB Week 3 games

Potato farmers may come out on top this year

Source: Amandala News After consultations with the farmers, Ministry of Agriculture says no importation licenses will be issued BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Thurs. Jan. 25, 2018– Local potato farmers (of Irish potatoes) in the north and west suffered massive financial losses last year because […] Link: Potato farmers may come out on top this

PACT vs PSU

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 29, 2018– At the middle of the month, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), whose board is chaired by Dr. Percival Cho, closed its offices and told its employees to return to work in a week. […] Link: PACT vs PSU

Retired Senior Citizen Killed in Fatal Collision on Boom Road

Source: Channel 5 Belize A BelAm retiree residing in Burrell Boom, Belize District, perished in a fatal traffic accident on Monday afternoon. Seventy-seven-year-old George Young was heading to Burrell Boom when he collided into an eighteen-wheeler truck carrying a bulldozer and driven by businessman Anselm Gillett.  About a mile and half pass the dump…

Ahmad Family to Address Phone Records in Murder Case

Source: Channel 5 Belize Now to another sensational case, the December twenty-eighth murder of Fareed Ahmad in Hattieville. News Five confirmed last week that police had met with Ahmad’s family to go over recently obtained phone records. This was intended to help the investigation by addressing two prevailing theories about Ahmad’s death inside his…

Minister Acknowledges Mistreatment in 2016 Raid

Source: Channel 5 Belize At the time of the January eleventh meeting between members of the Ahmad family and Police personnel in Belize City, they expressed their remaining displeasure over the rounding up of its members back in 2016 by the Special Branch of the police department. As many as twenty persons including pregnant wives,…

Ex’s Jealous Rage Takes Out Gavin Palmerston in Ladyville

Source: Channel 5 Belize Gavin Palmerston There were three murders over the weekend, one in Ladyville, another in Belize City and the third occurred this morning in Dangriga. We start tonight’s newscast with the stabbing murder of forty-one-year-old Gavin Palmerston on Friday night. Palmerston was with a lady friend around eighty-thirty when he was…

Who Wanted Jermaine “Onion” Hyde Dead?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jermaine “Onion” Hyde A Hattieville resident was the second murder victim for the weekend. Jermaine Hyde aka “Onion’’ was executed on Saturday morning here in the city. Hyde was last seen alive in the area of the Swing Bridge buying his favorite tacos.  His body was found on Thurton Lane…

San Pedrano Artist Chopped to Death in Dangriga

Source: Channel 5 Belize Miguel Angel Guerrero In Dangriga early this morning, an artist from San Pedro was found dead. Miguel Angel Guerrero was chopped to the neck and left to die on the street near the Havana Club in that southern municipality. Guerrero was seen alive on Saturday night, but so far no…

P.G. Residents Take to the Streets to Protest Mario Vernon Case

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Saturday morning in Punta Gorda, despite inclement weather, residents, including family and friends of Mario Vernon Junior took the streets to protest his killing.  The twenty-four-year-old grandson of Leela Vernon was shot and killed by police constable Tevin Aranda on January thirteenth.  While his death has been ruled a…

Death Reported on Boom-Hattieville Road

Source: Channel 5 Belize This evening, there was loss of life on the Burrell Boom Circuit. The details we have gathered so far are that just before five p.m. today, a Toyota Rav-Four SUV with Belize City license plates was traveling on the Boom Hattieville Road when the driver’s side of the SUV was…

Handling the Sarstoon

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Friday the Minister of Defence John Saldivar addressed an unexpected visit to Belize from members of the Guatemalan Armed Forces who were said to be asking about an earlier engagement between Belizean police and a Guatemalan reporter. While there are few such encounters at the western border, it is…

Bandits Not Hogging FIFA-Certified Isidoro Beaton Pitch

Source: Channel 5 Belize On a more positive note, the Isidoro Beaton Stadium at the corner of the Ring Road and San Martin Road was recently certified to FIFA-standard. It is the second stadium in Belize after the FFB Stadium on the Hummingbird Highway to reach this standard and the first using artificial turf.…

The Best of Belizean Sports

Source: Channel 5 Belize Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…] Link: The Best of Belizean Sports

Ladyville man charged for double murder

Source: Amandala News LADYVILLE, Belize District, Fri. Jan. 26, 2018– On Thursday night police charged, Ladyville resident Jessie Mejia, with two counts of murder in connection with the Tuesday night shooting on Marage Road, located in an area of the village known as […] Link: Ladyville man charged for double murder

Amandala’s year in review: Part 2

Source: Amandala News July “Tied up, naked and dead,” Amandala’s lead story on July 4, was about a mysterious murder that shocked the Bangladeshi community, a small, close-knit business community operating in various parts of the country. Abdush Salam, 29, a Bangladeshi businessman […] Link: Amandala’s year in review: Part 2

GOB violated Finance and Audit Act

Source: Amandala News GOB overspent by millions; laws broken, say PUP senators BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 25, 2018– Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) senators Eamon Courtenay and Valerie Woods called a press briefing this morning to update the media on government’s very late […] Link: GOB violated Finance and Audit Act

Gov’t Also Afoul of Official Financial Regulations

Source: Channel 5 Belize Accompanying the Finance and Audit Reform Act are Fiscal Transparency and Responsibility Regulations.  That set of guidelines contains sixteen steps, including a fiscal outlook and mid-year review report, none of which have been presented to Auditor General Dorothy Bradley.  While the citizens of Belize clamored for these measures to be…

Social Partner Senators Show Rare Unity

Source: Channel 5 Belize Mark Lizarraga In an unprecedented move, six of the non-government parliamentarians, including church senator Ashley Rocke, sided with Senator Eamon Courtenay on Wednesday when a call was made to bring the Financial Secretary before the upper house.  While the People’s United Party is devising a plan of action, business senator…

Accidental Oven Blast Kills Baker, Injures Brother

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alfonso Moralez Jr. Two brothers were caught in an explosion inside their family bakery in Sand Hill, Belize District, this morning. One of them is dead and the other is hospitalized following an accidental blast that happened inside an oven in the kitchen. The IN-n-Out Bakery has been in operation…

B.D.F. Graduates 89; Gets New Commander

Source: Channel 5 Belize At Price Barracks in Ladyville this afternoon, it was out with the old and, especially, in with the new. The national army is now forty years old and has had seven Belizeans in charge. Today, an eighth accepted his new responsibilities under the watchful eye of Governor General Sir Colville…

Some Parts of Cayo Inundated by Rains

Source: Channel 5 Belize In the west, water levels rose cutting off access at Iguana Creek Bridge to the Spanish Lookout Community. Several other villages such as Santa Teresa and San Marcos are inundated. According to Assistant NEMO Coordinator Johnny Ramclam, western Belize experienced continuous rains, which started from six-thirty on Thursday through to…

Customs Talks Improving Business

Source: Channel 5 Belize Colin Griffith International Customs Day was observed around the world today in honor of this vital cog in the international financial and trade machine. As has become tradition, Belize’s Customs and Excise Department planned an outdoor open day in downtown Belize City at the Battlefield Park to bring its work…

Customs Watches for Contraband Potatoes

Source: Channel 5 Belize The news makes regular reports on persons caught with uncustomed goods, usually contraband from the free zone and Mexico. Often these matters are settled by the department without a need to go to court or even arrest. But does the law change when the offenders are repeaters and occasionally flagrant…

NWC’s Ann-Marie Williams Headed for CARICOM Post

Source: Channel 5 Belize Ann-Marie Williams Ann-Marie Williams is moving on up. She is leaving her Executive Director position with the National Women’s Commission (NWC) for a regional job. Williams is heading to the CARICOM Secretariat to serve as the Deputy Program Manager for Gender and Development. She is finishing off her work at…

Outgoing City Mayor Calls for Public Sector Reform

Source: Channel 5 Belize Darrell Bradley Earlier this week, News Five sat down with outgoing Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley in his final days as head of the municipal government.  The two-term mayor spoke candidly about the need for good governance, as well as the doing away with corruption in public office.   Darrell…

3 Charged for Murder of Thomas Henry

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tyler Herrera Cruz Belmopan Police say they’ve got a two-for-one murder case solved. This evening, police charged Tyler Herrera Cruz and Joseph Cadle for the killing of Thomas Henry, but they say the investigation has led them to solve another homicide in that jurisdiction. They aren’t able to release details…

Arrest Announced in Ladyville Double Murder

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jesse Mejia As you heard, three persons were charged in connection with the murder of Thomas Henry in Roaring Creek, who is one of four persons killed by gun violence on Tuesday. Tonight, police have also charged Jesse Mejia for the double murder of Casey Lozano and Marlon Spain that…

Major Crimes Down for 2017

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police are reporting a significant decrease in the number of major crimes reported across Belize in 2017. Some one thousand, nine hundred and ninety-two major crimes – defined as murder; rape and unlawful sexual intercourse; and robbery, burglary and theft – were reported in 2017 compared to two thousand, one…

How G.O.B. May Have Violated Finance and Audit Act on Appropriations

Source: Channel 5 Belize Is the Barrow Administration guilty of breaking the Finance and Audit Reform Act?  It’s an admission that Financial Secretary Joseph Waight reportedly made before the Senate on Wednesday, in respect of expenses related to Hurricane Earl and Belize Infrastructure Limited, BIL.  That piece of legislation was brought into existence by…

In Ladyville, 2 Shot Dead; 2 More Injured

Source: Channel 5 Belize Marlon Spain & Casey Lozano Within hours of the execution of Paul Jex, a double murder around seven p.m. rocked the Ladyville community. Casey Lozano and Marlon Spain were gunned down on Marage Road in the Japan area of the village. Two other persons were injured and lived to tell…

Police Detain 2 after Incident

Source: Channel 5 Belize Joseph Myvett Just now you heard about the tragic killing of Thomas Henry in Roaring Creek Village. He was murdered in the presence of his common-law-wife and their three children. The family in Roaring Creek says the gunmen wanted Orlando Smith and he acknowledges as much. That is their account…

Body Found Decomposing in Dangriga

Source: Channel 5 Belize An unidentified body, reportedly in an advanced state of decomposition, was discovered in Dangriga earlier today.  News Five understands that the corpse was found in an area off the highway and that arrangements were being made for an autopsy to be conducted onsite.  It is unclear whether the unnamed individual…

Technology to Manage Sustainability of Forests

Source: Channel 5 Belize This morning at the Radisson in the city, a pair of strategies was formally introduced by the Forest Department for sustainable forest and forest fire management.  The launch coincided with the presentation of SMART Technology, short for Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool.  Funded by the Global Environmental Fund, both documents…

Women Conference on Inclusion in History

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Building People Movement and Belize Women’s Political Movement held their first annual policy conference. The two organizations brought women leaders together from a number of schools and organizations to discuss how they can get women recognized for their contributions and included in the historical accounts on they have shaped…

Upgrade Coming for George Price Highway

Source: Channel 5 Belize Back in December, the Ministry of Works and M and M Engineering signed a contract for eleven million dollars to rehabilitate the Roaring Creek Bridge connecting the village to the capital, Belmopan, on the George Price Highway. It is part of a four-part series of rehabilitation works intended to cover…

San Estevan Ferry Needs Another Week to Re-Open

Source: Channel 5 Belize Residents of the north, particularly the villages of San Estevan, Chunox, Copper Bank and Progresso, can expect further delays as the ferries connecting the villages are still down for repair. The San Estevan Ferry which connects to cane fields in the villages of Caledonia, Buena Vista and surrounds has been…

3 Mexicans hit Atlantic Bank for over $100,000

Source: Amandala News The trio raided the bank’s ATM almost countrywide BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 22, 2018– Three Mexican nationals, a couple – a man and a woman – and another man, were charged with theft when they appeared today before the Chief […] Link: 3 Mexicans hit Atlantic Bank for over 0,000

2 Maya sisters, 17 and 19, hacked to death

Source: Amandala News The sisters left home to go to church in San Jose, Toledo District SAN JOSE, Toledo District, Mon. Jan. 22, 2018– The tragic double murder of two young women from San Antonio in the Toledo District has sent shockwaves through […] Link: 2 Maya sisters, 17 and 19, hacked to

Guadalupe Flores, 29, busted with contraband goods and weed

Source: Amandala News GUINEA GRASS, Orange Walk District, Fri. Jan. 19, 2018– Guadalupe Reymundo Flores, 29, a laborer of Guinea Grass, Orange Walk District, is in police custody pending arraignment on charges of drug trafficking and possession of contraband goods after he was […] Link: Guadalupe Flores, 29, busted with contraband goods and

William Godoy’s Family Protest Murder Charge

Source: Channel 5 Belize The first murder victim on the island is Alfredo Cowo and tonight, a San Pedro mechanic is spending his first night behind bars at the Central Prison for that murder. But the family of William Godoy isn’t convinced that he is the killer and believes Godoy was charged to cool…

MLA/TAA Calls on All to Do Their Part

Source: Channel 5 Belize In light of the tragic incident, alcaldes are being reminded to make certain that the highest level of attention is paid to complaints where women and children are being violated.  There is also an appeal for anyone with information that can lead to an arrest, or the solving of this…

Killer Bees Strike Down Omar Cruz in Unitedville

Source: Channel 5 Belize Residents of Unitedville in the Cayo District are calling on authorities to tend to an abandoned building containing a swarm of Africanized or “killer” bees which severely stung a senior citizen ten days ago. Sixty-two year old Omar Cruz was at work in his property when the swarm attacked without…

A Shocking Double Murder of Sisters in San Jose, Toledo

Source: Channel 5 Belize Cricencia Oh A grisly discovery of two nude bodies on a remote road in the Toledo District has left the southern community in shock. The bodies are that of two sisters – sixteen-year-old Josephine Oh and nineteen-year-old Cricencia Oh. The girls received huge chop wounds – and photos of the…

Woman Shot While Talking to Friend

Source: Channel 5 Belize There were two separate shootings on Sunday night on the south side of Belize City. Around six-thirty p.m., a data entry clerk was shot to the right arm as she spoke with a man on Casaurina Street. Twenty-six-year-old Ajesha Humes is tonight hospitalized in a stable condition at the K.H.M.H.…

Eleck McKoy Targeted on Antelope

Source: Channel 5 Belize Minutes later, gunshots rang out again; this time on Antelope Street Extension. Eleck McKoy was shot to the face by a lone gunman who came up to him at close range and opened fire. Police say that they have not been able to gather much information as McKoy discharged himself…

Andrew Bennett released on $100,000 bail

Source: Amandala News The Belizean attorney is wanted in the US (Puerto Rico) on 6 counts of money laundering BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 18, 2018– For the first time since Belize signed an extradition treaty with the United States in 2000, someone for […] Link: Andrew Bennett released on 0,000 bail

Eyewitness to police beating executed in golf cart

Source: Amandala News His assailant didn’t care that the victim’s    pregnant girlfriend was with him in the cart SAN PEDRO, Belize District, Wed. Jan. 17, 2018– The circumstances surrounding the deaths of Fareed Ahmad, 39, and Mario Vernon Jr., 24, have led, not […] Link: Eyewitness to police beating executed in golf cart

US says no more work visas for Belize, Haiti and Samoa

Source: Amandala News Observers say it is punishment for Belize because we voted against the US in the United Nations General Assembly BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 18, 2018– Exactly one week ago, US President Donald Trump made his “shithole countries” remark, a reference […] Link: US says no more work visas for Belize,

P.G.’s Freedom Fighters shock BDF in PLB season opener

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 15, 2018– It was probably the last thing that BDF coach Eric Gongora expected yesterday afternoon when first half got under way for his BDF squad against the Freedom Fighters team from Punta Gorda at the […] Link: P.G.’s Freedom Fighters shock BDF in PLB season

Butane Prices to Go Up, But Not Till March

Source: Channel 5 Belize Brace yourself for another increase in butane prices. That’s the official word from the government following eight days of negotiations with Liquid Petroleum Gas Importers: BWEL, Gas Tomza and Zeta Gas. As we have been reporting for days, both sides were at an impasse earlier this week after the importers…

Guatemala Gets Its Way: O.A.S.’ Magdalena Talamas Exits

Source: Channel 5 Belize There have been developments in respect of relations with Guatemala. Special Representative of the O.A.S. Secretary General for Belize-Guatemala Affairs, Magdalena Talamas, has been reassigned from her post at the Adjacency Zone, following a protest by the Guatemalan government demanding her removal.  President Jimmy Morales, as well as former Foreign…

Showdown at the Border in Guat Journalist’s Own Words

Source: Channel 5 Belize Still on Guatemala…a journalist Rigoberto Escobar Lopez who claims he was assaulted on Tuesday at the adjacency zone at the western border is taking his case to the Guatemalan Human Rights Office. Escobar told the Guatemalan media that he is pressing ahead with his complaint. The reporter says in an…

Benefit Concert for Fire Victims this Weekend

Source: Channel 5 Belize As many as thirty-eight persons, adults and children, have been left homeless due to raging fires in Belize City. This weekend, twenty-five artists and fifteen DJ’s are coming together in a benefit concert that will hopefully uplift the spirit of those affected as well as raise money to help them…

Extraditions Proceedings against Attorney Andrew Bennett Begin before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer

Source: Channel 5 Belize Andrew Bennett One hundred thousand dollars, plus one surety of the same amount; that’s the cost of Andrew Bennett’s freedom after appearing before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer this morning as extradition proceedings against him begin.  Represented by a trio of fellow attorneys led by Anthony Sylvester, the forty-six-year-old was escorted…

Andrew Bennett Arraigned and Released on Bail

Source: Channel 5 Belize Andrew Bennett In his submission, Sylvester made the point that Bennett was not a flight risk and had to prove to the court that his client would not abscond should he be granted bail.  Sylvester and his legal team, which includes attorneys Illiana Swift and Gavin Courtenay, went as far…

SolGen Explains Objection to Bail for Andrew Bennett

Source: Channel 5 Belize Nigel Hawke Representing the United States government in the matter is Solicitor General Nigel Hawke.  In court, the SolGen did not offer much, save for an objection to bail as more of an official procedure than a serious concern.   Nigel Hawke, Solicitor General “We issued our formal objection because…

Should Andrew Bennett’s Right to Practice Law Be Taken Away?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred Elrington Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, who signed off on the bundle of documents presented to him on January tenth, also weighed in on Bennett’s dilemma as an embattled attorney. Elrington says on record that Bennett’s right to practice law should not be taken away on the strength of an…

Dr. Errol Elrington’s Fugitive Status

Source: Channel 5 Belize Errol Elrington Errol Elrington, he is the sibling of Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington who fled to Belize in 2014 as a fugitive of the United States.  The doctor is being sought by authorities in respect of his alleged role in defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of almost half a million U.S.…

Police Look for 1 Person in Cattouse, Revers Shooting

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police say they are looking for one person in connection with the shooting of Damion Cattouse and Carolyn Revers. The couple was shot on Tuesday night while they were on North Front Street. Cattouse remains hospitalized at this time. Here’s what police have to say on the shooting.   ASP…

Opening of the 2018 NEBL Season: Belize Hurricanes Prepare

Source: Channel 5 Belize This Friday night at the Belize Elementary School Gymnasium in Belize City, the National Elite Basketball League semi-pro season officially opens with a matchup between Smart Belize Hurricanes and the Verdes Basketball Club, formerly the Cayo Western Ballaz. It’s a home game for the Hurricanes, who say they plan to…

Healthy Living Prepares for the Upcoming Flu Season

Source: Channel 5 Belize U.S. news outlets have been reporting a severe flu epidemic that has swept across the United States for over a week of. In comparison to last flu season, the U.S. is seeing more cases of the flu leading to hospitalization and more flu-related deaths. If the adage is true that…

Early Morning Conflagration Displaces 28

Source: Channel 5 Belize A fire burnt out more than seven families in the early hours of this morning. Sometime after twelve, the fire started in an abandoned building on Glenn Street and the flames spread quickly. The blaze destroyed two other houses and left around twenty-eight persons without a roof over their head.…

Was Fire Service Called Too Late?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Residents and fire victims believe that the firemen were not prepared to take on the midnight inferno. They claim that the fire truck arrived thirty minutes after the blaze started and that the trucks didn’t have enough water. Well, Fire Chief says not so. He says they were notified of…

NEMO/CEMO and Human Services to Rescue

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Ministry of Human Development and the City Emergency Management Organization have teamed up to provide much needed immediate relief for the families. Today, Minister Edmond Castro and Philip Willoughby met with the victims at the City Hall to distribute some food and other necessities. CEMO says that majority of…

After Short Price Hike, Importers Holding Butane Hostage?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Last Friday, the price of LPG went up by seven dollars per hundred pound cylinder. While that increase kept supply of butane going, there is information of an impasse between Liquid Petroleum Gas importers and the Government. Complaints reaching our studios were that importers were selling butane to distributors at…

Foster Mom Vows to Do Right by Murdered Alfredo Cowo

Source: Channel 5 Belize Twenty-six-year-old Alfredo Cowo was ruthlessly dispatched in the early hours of Tuesday morning, as he sat in a golf cart with his girlfriend in the vicinity of Central Park in San Pedro.  But his murder is not going down quietly. The fisherman was shot and killed by an unknown gunman…

Jacqueline Willoughby resigns from the PSU

Source: Amandala News Willoughby, a trustee, cited a “toxic … anti-union atmosphere” in the Public Service Union BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 15, 2018– Longtime trade unionist and former Public Service Union (PSU) president Jacqueline “Jackie” Willoughby, who is a trustee on the union’s […] Link: Jacqueline Willoughby resigns from the PSU

Woman awarded $250,000 in malpractice judgment

Source: Amandala News A doctor erroneously told her that her womb was cancerous and removed it without her consent BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 15, 2018– It happens far too frequently at Belize’s public health facilities that doctors botch procedures and cause unnecessary and […] Link: Woman awarded 0,000 in malpractice judgment

Leela Vernon’s grandson shot dead

Source: Amandala News A police officer killed him, but said it was in  self-defense PUNTA GORDA, Toledo District, Mon. Jan. 15, 2018– The death of Mario “Jun Jun” Vernon, Jr., 24, has sent shockwaves through the entire town of Punta Gorda not only […] Link: Leela Vernon’s grandson shot dead

Breaking: PACT Sends Staff Home in ‘Restructuring Exercise’

Source: Channel 5 Belize This just in…There was a major shakeup at the Protected Areas Conservation Trust today. At one o’clock this afternoon, staff members were individually called into an unscheduled meeting and notified that the PACT offices will be closing immediately due to a “restructuring exercise” as government conducts the standardization of statutory…

P.C. Tevin Aranda Charged for Manslaughter in Mario Vernon Death

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tevin Aranda Twenty-three-year-old Tevin Aranda has been charged with manslaughter, following the shooting death of Mario Vernon Jr. in Punta Gorda Town on Saturday night.  The arraignment of the police constable in the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court earlier today, is perhaps little or no comfort to Vernon’s grieving family.  They strongly…

Mario Vernon Shot Dead by Police in Cloud of Mystery

Source: Channel 5 Belize Mario Vernon A well-known resident was shot dead over the weekend in Punta Gorda.   Mario Vernon, the grandson of the late Leela Vernon, was shot by a cop and there are differing accounts on what went awfully wrong on Saturday night. The official report is that police fired at him…

Police Looking for 1 in Cran Street Shooting

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kareem Williams Over the weekend in the city, there were two shootings between Friday night and Sunday night, but fortunately, there was no loss of life. In the first incident, a man was shot in the leg as he walked on Cran Street. Police say want to question one person…

Teenager Shot on Armadillo Street

Source: Channel 5 Belize Alejandro Cowo In the second shooting, two persons were injured including a minor. According to police, a group of men were socializing in a yard on Armadillo Street in Belize City when two persons rode up on a cycle and one of them fired several shots. The teenage boy was…

Chinese Businessman Stripped of $63,000 by Robbers

Source: Channel 5 Belize A brazen robbery took place this morning on Cran Street in north side Belize City. A Chinese businessman was approached by two armed men in his vehicle and forced to surrender more than sixty thousand dollars in cash and cheques as well as his car keys. The robbers got away…

A Deadly Crash in Roaring Creek; Francisco Polanco Perishes

Source: Channel 5 Belize Francisco Polanco Two friends were returning home on motorcycle when they were involved in a deadly collision with another motorcycle on the George Price Highway.  Francisco Polanco perished when he crashed into another motorcycle, driven at the time by twenty-eight-year-old Camalote resident, Raul Garcia near the Westar Gas Station.  From…

Dr. Errol Elrington Still on the Run

Source: Channel 5 Belize Errol Elrington Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington has signed the documents relating to a request for extradition for attorney Andrew Bennett from the U.S. State Department. But closer to home, a relative of his remains on the run from U.S. authorities. Doctor Errol Elrington, brother to Wilfred and Hubert…

Rigo Vellos Demands Guardian Apology, Retraction

Source: Channel 5 Belize P.U.P. mayoral aspirant Rigo Vellos is demanding a formal retraction, as well as an apology from the Guardian Newspaper after publishing a recent article which purportedly defames the municipal elections candidate in Corozal.  Earlier today, the law firm of Musa and Balderamos wrote to the editor of the Guardian Newspaper…

Charges Upgraded after P.C. Enid Tillett Dies

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jesus Enrique Muñoz Police have laid additional charges on twenty-four-year-old Jesus Enrique Muñoz of Orange Walk Town. Today, he was charged with manslaughter by negligence and causing death by careless conduct in connection with the accident that claimed the life of twenty-seven-year-old police constable Enid Tillett. Munoz was arraigned before…

C.C.J. Says Let the Sunshine In

Source: Channel 5 Belize This morning, the Caribbean Court of Justice heard arguments in the matter of Sunshine Holdings—the company which acquired shares in Belize Telemedia Limited using a Social Security loan in 2005. Back in October, the highest court refused an application from the company, acquired by the Government of Belize from the…

Tsunami panic!

Source: Amandala News A powerful earthquake in the Caribbean Sea was to have triggered flood waters over three feet high at the coast, and city dwellers fled for higher ground BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 11, 2018– An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter […] Link: Tsunami panic!

Kerosene in short supply

Source: Amandala News Kerosene is reportedly mixed with diesel to offset high fuel prices BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 11, 2018– Kerosene, like Vicks, is an essential component of the Belizean universe. In the past, kerosene was widely used to light kerosene lamps, keep […] Link: Kerosene in short supply

Dodging the “BULLET’ is no joke

Source: Amandala News “Social support is a biological necessity, not an option, and this reality should be the backbone of all prevention and treatment. Recognizing the profound effects of trauma and deprivation on child development need not lead to blaming parents. We can […] Link: Dodging the “BULLET’ is no joke

Disappearance of Mark Pollard Linked to Possible Family Feud

Source: Channel 5 Belize Mark Pollard Forty-nine-year-old Mark Pollard, a resident of Peter Seco Street, was reported missing in early July 2017.  He has not been seen or heard from since he set out on a routine jog along the Phillip Goldson Highway near the Haulover Bridge.  But is his mysterious disappearance the result…

Why Are Guats Still Following B.D.F. Up Sarstoon?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington Following last week’s encounter between a team of Belizean youth basketballers and members of the Guatemalan Armed Forces, in which the latter tried but failed to stop them circling Sarstoon Island, it appears the Guatemalan army is up to its old tricks again. The GAF have made…

Minister Undertakes to Lift Veil of Secrecy on Raid

Source: Channel 5 Belize It is a position that Elrington, himself a former defense counsel, agrees with.  The family should have been given the opportunity to contact its lawyers and should have been provided with a reasonable explanation for being raided.  He promised them that he would personally look into the incident and prepare…

San Pedranos’ Response to Tsunami Threat

Source: Channel 5 Belize The tsunami threat caused a panic in the prime tourism island of San Pedro where residents took no chances and moved to safer buildings and shelters that were immediately opened to accommodate the rush of persons. Sea waters were reportedly receding, but in the following story News Five’s Duane Moody…

Did Belizeans Confuse Tsunami Threat for ‘Spring Tide?’

Source: Channel 5 Belize Catherine Cumberbatch Adding to the frenzy following the offshore tremor was the perceived recession of seawater ahead of a resulting tsunami.  As we said, it turns out that a phenomenon known as a spring tide has been occurring for the past several days, prior to the earthquake.  Many took to…

Barrier Reef Getting Healthier but Work Continues

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Mesoamerican Reef provides economic, social and cultural benefits to Belize. It is valued around a billion dollars and recent reports show that just four of Belize’s seven marine protected areas provide up to nineteen million U.S. dollars per year in economic benefits from tourism recreation.  But the reef is…

Butane “pain” coming soon to consumers

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 8, 2018– Exactly one year ago, the Belize Bureau of Standards issued a statement announcing an 18% increase in the cost of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), or butane. That increase put the cost of butane at […] Link: Butane “pain” coming soon to consumers

“Bullet”, 76, arraigned for sexual assault of boy, 16

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 8, 2018– Popular taxi driver and known supporter of the United Democratic Party and regular, vocal caller to the government radio station’s morning talk show, Roy “Bullet” Craig, 76, also known as “Street Vibes,” was calm […] Link: “Bullet”, 76, arraigned for sexual assault of boy,

Supreme Court’s ceremonial opening 2018

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 8, 2018– The ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court got underway this morning with an ecumenical service at the Wesley Methodist Church, from where the members of the judiciary and the legal profession paraded to the […] Link: Supreme Court’s ceremonial opening 2018

Things very, very good for brother Denys

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 8, 2018– In 2017, the administration of Prime Minister Dean Barrow paid out a jaw-dropping total of $5.3 million to the Barrow and Company law firm owned by none other than his brother, Denys Barrow. Leaked […] Link: Things very, very good for brother Denys

Roy “Bullet” Craig Denies Assault of Minor, 16

Source: Channel 5 Belize Roy “Bullet” Craig Taxi driver Roy “Bullet” Craig is out on bail for the sexual assault of a sixteen-year-old minor in whose company he was surprised with when he was busted by the police on Thursday night at a hotel that is located not too far from where he resides. …

UNIBAM’s Caleb Orozco Rebuts Reports of Family Relationship

Source: Channel 5 Belize Caleb Orozco Prominent LGBT activist Caleb Orozco has, for better or worse, become the face of the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation in Belize. In 2016, he won a monumental decision in the Supreme Court which decriminalizes consensual sexual acts in private between adults who are capable of consenting.…

Orozco Says Inaccurate Reports Hurt Advocacy for LGBT Community

Source: Channel 5 Belize Caleb Orozco Before the Section fifty-three decision, in 2013 the National Assembly passed a raft of amendments to the Criminal Code to reform the law in relation to sexual offenses against children. Under that amendment, sexual crimes against male minors were criminalized – like crimes against female minors. Orozco, along…

Teenager Knocked Down and Killed in Burrell Boom

Source: Channel 5 Belize Kendell Goff A nineteen-year-old truck driver was knocked down and killed this morning in Burrell Boom Village. Police say Kendell Goff was heading to work when a pickup truck hit him as he crossed the street. His family, however, claims that eyewitnesses told them that Goff had already crossed the…

Jerry David Charged with Accident Death; He Blames Blinding Lights

Source: Channel 5 Belize Police have arrested and charged Jerry O’hara David with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and driving without due care and attention for the fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of fifty-two-year-old Andres Philip Diego. Diego was riding his bike between miles ten and eleven on the…

Roy “Bullet” Craig, 76, Charged for Sexual Assault of Minor

Source: Channel 5 Belize Since last Thursday, there were reports circulating that vocal Belize City taxi man, Roy Craig, better known as ‘Bullet’ and ‘Street Vibes’ was in trouble with the law. Tonight Bullet is on bail after arraignment this afternoon for the crime of sexual assault of a minor. The seventy-six-year-old outspoken cabbie…

2 Charged in Attempted Murder over Weekend

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jason Anderson Gang violence isn’t letting up, despite the roundup of gang members across the Old Capital. Tonight, a fifty-six-year-old man is fighting for his life at the K.H.M.H. following broad daylight shooting on Saturday afternoon on Iguana Street, near the Belize City Racoon Street Police Station. Steve Finley and…

Detentions, But No Arrests in Recent Murders

Source: Channel 5 Belize Today, Leon Garcia was laid to rest in Belize City; he was the first murder victim for 2018. Heavy police presence was noted in the Saint Joseph Church area where funeral services were held.  Garcia was savagely stabbed during an ambush by at least thirty persons, believed to be gang…

Police Say Murder Count is 142

Source: Channel 5 Belize Full details are to come from the Police Department, but Belize’s rate of murders remains high. Official statistics from the Department as revealed by Minister of State Elodio Aragon Junior at Friday’s House meeting, confirm a total of one hundred and forty-two murders countrywide, an increase of four from 2016’s…

September 2017 unemployment down 1.4% over last year

Source: Amandala News Amandala note: Latest SIB (Statistics Institute of Belize) statistics reveal that the unemployment rate for Belize in September 2017 stands at 9.7%, an improvement over September 2016, when the unemployment rate was 11.1%. In September 2015 the unemployment rate was […] Link: September 2017 unemployment down 1.4% over last year

Vacationing Belizean murdered in Belama

Source: Amandala News Police believe he was mistakenly targeted BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 4, 2018– On the second day of the New Year, a second, senseless murder shocked Belize City residents. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, the sickening sound of […] Link: Vacationing Belizean murdered in Belama

Krem New Year’s Classic 2018 winners

Source: Amandala News Giovanni Lovell, first time Elite Champion; Alicia Thompson, 4-peat Female Champion; Shawn Armstrong, first-time Junior Champion BELIZE CITY, Tues. Jan. 2, 2018– A light, cool northerly wind, following a couple early morning showers, accompanied bright sunshine and blue skies by […] Link: Krem New Year’s Classic 2018 winners

Rak to lead substanceless UHS Enquiry

Source: Amandala News CJ: Hello, hello, just call me a, the concerned journalist (CJ), okay. I’m here with this High Level Red Operative (HLRO) who’s going to give us the scoop on the latest story about the UHS scandal, open paki, fish from […] Link: Rak to lead substanceless UHS Enquiry

Ahmad family member discloses threatening texts

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 4, 2018– In the wake of the shocking murder of the popular barber, Fareed Ahmad, late last month, members of his family have come forward to inform the media that they believe that they are still […] Link: Ahmad family member discloses threatening texts

P.M. Lashes Out as U.H.S. Motion is Tabled

Source: Channel 5 Belize The House of Representatives met today in a chilly Belmopan for the first time in 2018.  The widely anticipated 2018 General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation Bill dealing with the UHS judgment was presented for first reading. This follows the arrival of the official certificate of judgment from the C.C.J. on Thursday,…

Can Belize Avoid Paying Debt?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow The Prime Minister repeated in greater detail his earlier sentiments from the November twenty-second press conference which seemed to present a legal basis by which Parliament could decide not to pay the judgment. He cited cases, lawyer-style, from other Commonwealth jurisdictions facing similar issues, and even suggested means…

Settlement Offer Open, but P.U.P. Says It’s U.D.P.’s Fault

Source: Channel 5 Belize John Briceño But Opposition Leader John Briceño appears unconvinced by any of it. Following the House meeting he told reporters that none of the Prime Minister’s arguments or those of the attorneys the government has paid over the years have succeeded where it counts; indeed, the only success has been…

U.D.P. Turns the Tables on Former Administration

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow The Prime Minister indicated that there will be at least a month’s grace period to the next House meeting when the debate takes place. In that time, the interest continues to accrue. But apart from the legal arguments, the moral question is a much easier one for the…

What Will Commission of Inquiry Find?

Source: Channel 5 Belize Dean Barrow As noted in our top story, Prime Minister Dean Barrow is going ahead with the Commission of Inquiry agreed on with the National Trade Union Congress of Belize. But before any appointments can be made and a schedule set, the Congress has to draft terms of reference for…

Charles Foreman Sr. Shot; Family in Trauma

Source: Channel 5 Belize Charles Foreman Sr. As the GSU cracks down on rivalry gangs in the City, another act of violence overnight left an elderly man in critical condition. A bullet penetrated the cheek of fifty-nine year old Charles Foreman and exited his neck as he sat with this family at his house…

Vellos Attackers Got Away by Haulover Creek; 1 Sought

Source: Channel 5 Belize Jermain Vellos The Foreman and Vellos families are still reeling from the deadly attack on their loved ones on Tuesday night in Belize City.  Husband and wife couple Jermain and Stephanie Vellos returned to their home on Doris Bishop Street sometime before eight o’clock that night, only to be ambushed…

P.U.C. George Price Highway HQ Will Cost Big

Source: Channel 5 Belize On Wednesday, we reported on questionable transactions queried by certified public accountant and auditor Cedric Flowers in respect of the 2016-2017 audit of the Public Utilities Commission. He questioned among other things excessive spending on salary and payments to Commission members totaling four point five million dollars. There were also…

“Uncle Sam” Closing in on Andrew Bennett

Source: Channel 5 Belize The Office of the Attorney General has completed the requisite paperwork and is awaiting Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington’s signature before proceeding with the extradition request for attorney Andrew Bennett, who is wanted for extradition to the United States on money laundering charges.  His freedom, however, may be cut short in…

P.U.C. Faces Questions on Audit; Chair Says They Were Answered

Source: Channel 5 Belize Tonight, there is information that tells a tale of obscene spending at the Public Utilities Commission.  News Five has obtained a copy of an audited report done by certified public accountant Cedric Flowers for the year ending March thirty-first, 2017. In a letter dated August eleventh, 2017, he addresses P.U.C.…

Fareed Ahmad’s Brother Says Police Still Trailing Him

Source: Channel 5 Belize Abdul Ahmad At this time, a vigil is taking place to celebrate the life of the fallen barber, Fareed Ahmad and we’ll come to that. But tonight the Ahmad family believes they are under heavy police surveillance.  Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams is on record saying that they are…

Text Messages Reveal Special Assignment Team Hunting Ahmad Family

Source: Channel 5 Belize Fareed Ahmad Aside from the alleged surveillance, text messages purportedly indicating that Fareed Ahmad had been threatened and coerced by members of the Special Assignments Team prior to his murder are said to be in the possession of his family.  Those electronic correspondences were set to be reviewed with investigators…

Remembering Fareed Ahmad and Others at Late Evening Vigil

Source: Channel 5 Belize Now to the vigil which is underway on Euphrates Avenue in honor of Fareed.  The late-evening peace march is organized by family and friends of the Muslim brother who was shot and killed inside his vehicle in Hattieville on December twenty-seventh.  Dozens of customers, friends and family members descended on…

WPC Michelle Brown Arraigned for Murder of Fareed Ahmad

Source: Channel 5 Belize Michelle Brown In this our first newscast for 2018, we start with a story which was the headline at the close of 2017; the murder of popular barber Fareed Ahmad. This morning, a heavily armed detail of police officers cordoned off the perimeter of the magistrates’ court in Belize City…

WPC Brown Also Disciplinary Charged

Source: Channel 5 Belize On the night of December twenty-seventh, WPC Brown reportedly signed off from duty at the Raccoon Street Police Station around eight p.m. and is said to have departed the compound with her service weapon.  That firearm, a Bersa brand nine millimeter handgun, as it turns out, was to have been…

Disgraced WPC Exercises Her Right to Remain Silent

Source: Channel 5 Belize Chester Williams Despite facing a single charge of murder, the police constable has opted not to provide a caution statement.  Instead, she has clammed up by exercising her right to remain silent.  But eyewitnesses attest that Brown was the sole passenger inside Ahmad’s vehicle at the time of the incident. …

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