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Published:Monday | June 17, 2024 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Rushawn Patterson, the man charged in connection with the October 2022 murder of social media influencer Aneika ‘Slickianna’ Townsend, has once again been denied bail following his latest appearance in the St James Circuit Court...

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2024 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With Jamaica’s annual hurricane season having started as of June 1, and with 1,522 reported cases of dengue fever in St James since last September, St James’ medical officer of health Dr Tanique Bailey-Small is renewing calls for...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2024 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay’s Deputy Mayor, Dwight Crawford, is lamenting that not enough families of the deceased buried in the western city’s historical Pye River Cemetery are helping to maintain the 128-year-old burial ground, even as he gives...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2024 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Parish Court will learn on September 24 whether an application will be made for the ex-girlfriend of Dorrane Bryan, who allegedly posted intimate videos of her on social media without her knowledge, to give evidence...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2024 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The presiding judge in the case of Lavaughn Cooke, who is charged with the March 17 murder of security guard Nastacia Smith, rebuked the prosecution and the investigating officer on Wednesday, arguing that the defendant, who was...

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2024 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The trial of 16 members of the Qahal Yahweh religious group, who are charged with several counts of breaching the Child Care and Protection Act and the Education Act, has been put off for continuation to July 26 due to one defendant...

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2024 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Patrick Crawford, the Dutch national who reportedly tried to smuggle $28.3 million worth of cocaine through Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport on May 9, seems to have got a rude awakening in the Jamaican jailhouse where he...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2024 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: WOMEN WHO attend the Black River Hospital in St Elizabeth to give birth can look forward to a pleasant surprise of gifts for their newborns on the gift-givers’ birthdays, in a reversal of normal gift-giving expectations, through the...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2024 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Oppley Ebanks, the St James man who reportedly used a stone to beat another man to death during a confrontation on January 14, will learn whether his case will be tried in the St James Circuit Court when he attends his scheduled...

Published:Saturday | June 1, 2024 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The community of Accompong, St Elizabeth has a decades-old legacy of kindness and family values embodied in Eglah Blake, a 100-year-old resident who recently celebrated her milestone birthday and is currently the oldest living...

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2024 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Thomas Edwards, the Manchester resident who was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle $18.7 million worth of cocaine through Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport on May 22, was offered bail in the sum of $1.2 million when...

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2024 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dutch national Patrick Crawford, who has been charged for allegedly attempting to smuggle $28.3 million worth of cocaine on a flight on May 9, is to next appearance before the court on June 10. Crawford, a 44-year-old carpenter of a...

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2024 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: St James’ custos Bishop Conrad Pitkin has vowed to do his part to encourage the parish’s citizenry to take better care of the historic Pye River Cemetery in Bogue, Montego Bay, in order to ensure the facility does not return to its...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2024 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Richard Vernon says that discussions are underway to transform the Pye River Cemetery in the Second City into a potential tourist attraction, even amid plans to formally close the decades-old burial ground due to a...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2024 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Members of St James’ disabled community say they will now have an easier time accessing several of Montego Bay’s public spaces, thanks to efforts to provide more disabled-friendly conveniences during Thursday’s Labour Day 2024...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2024 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Parish Court has set June 14 as the committal hearing date for Nigel ‘Mad Ras’ Bailey, the man charged with the 2023 murders of Kemar Henry and Owen Morris, to determine when his case will go before the St James Circuit...

Published:Thursday | May 23, 2024 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Motivational speaker Jermaine Johnson, the I Believe Initiative Ambassador for the governor general’s Programme for Excellence, is urging young people to be mindful of how their use of social media could lead to an addiction that...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2024 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is challenging Jamaica’s private sector to come on board to develop the country as a hub for health tourism. Addressing a recent press conference during a visit to the Cornwall Regional...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2024 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Alfred Dawes has accused Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton of wasting money on the ongoing restoration of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St James, along with engaging in what he...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2024 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is rubbishing suggestions that corruption is at the heart of the ballooning cost of the ongoing restoration work at the St James-based Cornwall Regional Hospital [CRH], which currently stands at...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2024 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: ABEAN COOPER, manager of band planning at Jamaica’s Spectrum Management Authority [SMA], has noted that the country will require up to 10 years to catch up to the rest of the world technologically, even amid the current global shift...

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2024 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Tanique Bailey-Small, St James’ medical officer of health, has issued a fresh reminder for residents to closely monitor the current spread of vector-borne diseases such as dengue, Chikungunya and the Zika virus, in light of the...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2024 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Richard Vernon is confident that the long-standing Bogue lands saga will soon end, with the timeline for that resolution now dependent on how swiftly the current Public Investment Appraisal Branch [PIAB] process...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2024 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Parish Court has granted bail in the sum of $600,000 to a St James man accused of the March 17 shooting death of security officer Nastacia Smith, while his son has been remanded until June 12, when the case will be...

Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2024 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite experiencing an increase in community waste-collection backlog across St James since February, the National Solid Waste Management Authority [NSWMA] is expressing confidence in its drive to promote and enforce cleanliness...

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