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RC School burglarized January 6, 2010

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Last week The San Pedro Sun ran an article on a burglary that occurred at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) in San Pedro Town. Well there is even more bad news; the school was the target of criminals again. Officials at the school discovered on Wednesday morning that two class rooms were broken into, books were torn apart and damaged, and the class rooms had been completely turned upside down.

While the school’s officials are strongly pleading to the public to desist from vandalizing the school, they are also making a public call. Anyone who might have information about the culprit (s) involved in the school burglaries are asked to kindly get in contact with the school management or the San Pedro Police Department.


Rapper Shyne to be deported to Belize October 21, 2009

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    Rapper Shyne has been sitting in jail, despite being set for release after serving nine years out of a 10-year jail sentence for a 2001 New York nightclub shooting. His release was put on hold, while officials determined whether or not the 30-year-old rapper (real name: Jamal Barrow) should be deported back to his native country Belize.


Jamal (Shyne) Barrow

    This week, New York radio personality, Miss Info, reported that officials have decided that Shyne will be deported.  According to her report, Shyne’s team is fighting for him to stay in the U.S., where both his mother and grandmother live and raised him, but it’s not going to happen.

    Shyne, however, plans to continue his fight from Belize, and is urging fans to reach out to New York Governor David Paterson’s office to petition for his pardon. Fans can email the Governor here or write to him at this address listed here.

    “Shyne is one of the strongest people I know and he’s handling this situation just as I’d expect him to,” Hot 97’s Angie Martinez told Miss Info. “It must be frustrating for all of his friends and family; he served his time, and keeps getting all these different dates and conflicting information. But he’s a soldier, he’s dealing with it.”

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Illegal croc feeding continues – Saga issues warning October 21, 2009

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In September, a family pet found himself in a precarious position which cost him his life. It followed some people to the WASA Lagoon where a hungry crocodile awaited. For years, the illegal crocodile feeding has taken place at the WASA Lagoon. This attracts onlookers during feeding time but, as studies have shown, this is a dangerous practice. A warning sign was placed on the site, informing the public that feeding the crocodiles is an illegal practice as per the Laws of Belize. People caught may be fined and may even face imprisonment. However, feeding continues.

The SAGA Humane Society issued a press release stating the following: The Saga Humane Society has received several complaints in the last several weeks about crocodile feedings down by the water plant area again. These feedings have resulted in the loss of two small dogs on the island. One of these dogs was a family pet now being mourned by a very distraught and traumatized child. Not only is this behavior illegal and dangerous, it is clearly being conducted by suspects. The Saga Humane Society along with the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch (SACNW) will increase patrols in the area and will prosecute to the full extent of the law anyone conducting or participating in any of these activities. The Wildlife Division has been notified of these incidents and will also carry out an investigation and remove any crocodiles now conditioned to human feedings. Anyone passing by that area and seeing any of this illegal activity is asked to notify the patrol at the SACNW station. That number is 610-4911. Please help us protect our wildlife by stopping this illegal and very dangerous activity.

It is a CRIME to feed the crocodiles. Under Chapter 220 of the laws of Belize Wildlife Protection Act molesting (including feeding) wildlife is punishable by a $1,000 fine and/or six months in prison.

Police investigate two weekend incidents October 13, 2009

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DSCF0668-smA San Pedro Town resident is recuperating at the Belize Health Care Partners in Belize City. According to a family member the woman, identified as 40 year old Deni Eiley was attacked sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning inside her home in the San Pablo Area of San Pedro Town. While neighbors heard dogs barking sometime around nine on Friday night, it was not until around seven on Saturday morning that Eiley was found by her 17 year old son.
Family members report that a lone Hispanic male stormed into Eiley’s house and attacked her. No one has been arrested in relation to this incident. Members of the public that might have any information that can assist the police in their investigation are asked to contact the police department at 226-2022.
On Sunday the San Pedro Town community joined friends and family member of Deni Eiley at BC Bar and Grill to raise money to be used to help assist Eiley pay her hospital bills.DSCF0667-sm

Meanwhile, San Pedro Police is investigating another incident that occurred on Sunday morning. According to police they received a call for help from a woman in the San Pedrito Area of San Pedro Town.
The woman told police that she found a man inside the room of her 13 year old daughter. The woman went on to explain that the man had a knife to her daughter’s neck and it appeared that the man intended to rape her but upon discovery he ran out through one of the doors and made good his escape. Based on the description given, police arrested a 16 year old male minor from the same area for this incident. The male is expected to be charged today (Tuesday) with a number of criminal offences including burglary and aggravated assault

Crime Stoppers offers $10,000 Reward October 10, 2009

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Crime Stoppers Belize in collaboration with Lord Michael Ashcroft and Past Chairman of Crime Stoppers Belize, Mr. Dean Boyce is please to announce that a reward of $10,000.00 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person(s) for the murder of Tropic Air Manager, Lorleen Young.  Young, a Caye Caulker resident was brutally murdered inside her home in Caye Caulker on Thursday, 3 October, 2009 at around 6:00 in the evening.

Lorleen Young
Lorleen Young, deceased

Mr. Francis Woods, Chairman of Crime Stoppers Belize comments, “It is again sad to learn that another innocent life has been taken; Crime Stoppers Belize extends its condolence to the bereaved family and hopes that through this program the murder(s) will be convicted.”

Crime Stoppers Belize encourages the public to call its hotline number 0-800-922-8477 and provide eye witness information that will assist in closing this case.   

Crime Stoppers Belize reassures the public that calling the hotline number remains confidential.



Caye Caulker marches against crime October 9, 2009

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In response to the recent murder of Caye Caulker resident Lorleen Young, residents organized a march against crime. People from Ambergris Caye as well as the mainland joined in the protest, which was spearheaded by the Caye Caulker Neighborhood Watch Program. Their message was clear: Stop the violence. Their hope is that their message will be heard, and that it is time for change so that Caye Caulker can once more be considered safe and crime free.

Police investigate assault October 8, 2009

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San Pedro Police is still gathering information regarding an assault that occurred late yesterday evening. Magdalena Chi told police that sometime around 5:00 PM her husband stormed inside her store “Cool Island Clothing,” apparently under the influence of alcohol and started a fight.DSCF0229sm

Magdalena told police that her husband tried to hit her and at that time ran to a nearby store where she got help. Her husband, 37 year old Geraldo Ack kicked the glass door of the store and sustained injuries. Ack managed to escape after a woman assisted Chi from being hit. The San Pedro Sun will have more information in the next issue of the newspaper.

Caye Caulker to protest against crime October 6, 2009

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The Caye Caulker Neighbourhood Watch Program Limited (C.C.N.W.P.L.), firstly, would like publicly express its heartfelt condolences to the Young and Badillo families on the untimely passing of Mrs. Lorleen Young. Mrs. Young will always be remembered in our thoughts and prayers as a woman that was loved by many.
Secondly, time and time again there have been reports by tourists and residents alike of criminal activity or intended criminal activity on Caye Caulker to the Caye Caulker Police Department. On numerous occasions these calls for assistance to the Caye Caulker Police Department have gone unanswered and uninvestigated. Time and time again tourists and villagers have been turned away or actively discouraged by the Caye Caulker Police Department not to report any attempted wrongdoing or criminal activity on the island. There are further allegations that many officers of the Caye Caulker Police Department are in collusion with various persons who are connected to criminal or drug related activity.
Finally, the C.C.N.W.P.L. also asks all residents of Caye Caulker to participate in a “March Against Crime” walk on Thursday, October 9th at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Park to express their solidarity in combating crime on Caye Caulker. Together we must protect Caye Caulker.

The C.C.N.W.P.L. appeals to Hon. Manuel Heredia – Area Representative for Caye Caulker and San Pedro – Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture; the Belize Tourism Board; the Commissioner of the Police Department – Crispin Jeffries for a full and immediate replacement of all members of the Caye Caulker
Police Department as this police contingent presently stationed on the island has had the worst performance of any police contingent ever in the history of Caye Caulker. This must be done to safeguard the interests of Caye Caulker’s tourist industry.

Finally, the C.C.N.W.P.L. also asks all residents of Caye Caulker to participate in a “March Against Crime” walk on Thursday, October 9th at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Park to express their solidarity in combating crime on Caye Caulker. Together we must protect Caye Caulker.

Tropic Air employee found dead in Caye Caulker October 2, 2009

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The Caye Caulker community is still shaken following the death of a well known villager. The incident unraveled just before 6:00 on Thursday evening inside the home of 51 year old Lorleen Young. Young, who was employed as the Caye Caulker Tropic Air Manager had just returned from work when she was accosted inside her home and brutally murdered.

According to the husband of the victim, Charles Young Sr., he arrived from work when he went to use the bathroom. Charles stated that there he saw his wife lying on the ground, face down in a pool of blood. Charles went on to explain that at first he felt that his wife had fallen and hurt herself. It was not until he picked her up that he saw Young had been wounded. “When I picked her up I saw a large cut to her neck,” stated a tearful Charles. That is when he realized that his wife had been the victim of a robbery.

In speaking to the media, Officer in Charge of the Caye Caulker Police Station Sergeant Dirk Dyers stated that sometime around 6:00 p.m., they received a call that a woman had been murdered. Dyers stated that the police then visiting a home on Pueblo Nuevo Avenue in the southern part of the village. Upon arrival they observed a female, later identified as Lorleen Young, lying on the bathroom floor in a large pool of blood. The body had a large cut wound to the throat. Initial police investigations reveal that Young had just arrived from work and was inside when her home was invaded. It was during the burglary that the perpetrator (s) attacked her, slit her throat and left her to bleed to death. There was no visible sign of forced entry and police believe that the culprit (s) gained entrance through the front door. According to police, the only thing that was stolen from the victim was a small purse containing her personal documents.

    Police have not found the murder weapon but have detained two male persons for the murder. Young, who is the mother of three, was employed at Tropic Air for 15 years. Prior to working with Tropic Air, Young was teacher for 14 years at the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School. Police say that Caye Caulker Village had not seen a murder for years. Anyone with information that can assist the police in their investigation is asked to call the nearest police station.

    Press Release – Tropic Air –  Oct. 2nd, 2009 – Tropic Air is sorry to announce that Lorleen Young our Station Manager in Caye Caulker was killed during a robbery of her home yesterday evening. Lorleen was a 15-year employee of Tropic Air, and a loyal and valued member of our management team. Lorleen was a dedicated wife and mother. She is survived by her husband and children. Funeral arrangements to be announced.

The San Pedro Sun extends our deepest sympathy to the Young family.

James Jensen Wanted October 2, 2009

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Jim Jensen Wanted