ARRESTS BASSETERRE, ST.KITTS (December 8th 2008). The Police continue to make their presence felt in communities throughout the Federation in their quest to ensure the safety and comfort of residents, and reduce crime.” Seventeen (17) persons were arrested and charged over the last weekend, Dec. 5th to 7th for various offences.” During the weekend operations, the Federation’s 33rd illegal firearm was recovered from the street. Mickey Williams and Troy Nisbett of Jessup’s Village along with Fitzroy Wilkenson, Steve, Fitzroy and Jason Browne as well as Lester Seabrookes and Jenerson France, all of Cotton Ground were arrested and charged on 5th December 2008 for the offence of gambling. Deshawn Mills of Craddock Road was arrested and charged for possession of a .38 pistol and one round of.38 ammunition.” Ryan “Flyboy” Warner of Sprott Street was on 5th December 2008 arrested and charged for offence of building breaking and larceny, committed on 5th November 2008. Kenrick Weekes of Saddlers Village was arrested and charged on 6th December 2008 for the offence of possession of cannabis. The offence was committed on 5th December 2008. Geraldo Henry of Romney Ground was on 6th December 2008 arrested and charged for the offence of possession of cannabis. Ishawn Jeffers and Delano Browne both of Cotton Ground were arrested and charged on 6th December 2008 for the offence of indecent assault, an offence that was committed on 4th December 2008. Omar Lesroy Hendrickson of Zion Village, Gingerland, was arrested and charged on 6th December 2008 for having cannabis in his possession on 5th December 2008. A juvenile from Sprott Street was arrested and charged on December 7th 2008 for Building Breaking and Larceny, committed of November 5th 2008. Lamoy Marsham” of Sandy Point was arrested and charged for possession of cannabis committed on December 5th 2008. Clyde Murray of The Alley, Sandy Point, was on 8th December 2008 arrested and charged for using threatening language. Chris Warner of Farm site, Sandy Point, was also arrested and charged on 8th December 2008 for the offence of wounding. The offence was committed on 6th December 2008. Everton Hendricks of St. Paul’s Village was arrested and charged on 8th December 2008 for the offence of larceny, an offence that was committed on 3rd December 2008. OPERATIONS Officers of the Nevis Division conducted an island wide stop and search operation on Friday December 5th 2008.” Known gambling spots were target in the operation.” Eight persons were arrested and charged for gambling, and one person was arrested and charged for possession of firearm and ammunition, at one of the gambling spots. Routine stop and search operations were conducted in West Farm St.Kitts, on Friday 5th December 2008. Irvin Woolard and Ronnel Warner both of West Farm were arrested and charged for possession of cannabis after a search revealed that they were each carrying quantities of the illegal substance. The Security Forces on St. Kitts conducted further stop and search operations on Saturday 6th December 2008 for illegal firearms and ammunition as well as for controlled drugs in the Cayon, Keys, Conaree, Newtown, Monkey Hill and Central Basseterre area and a total of 62 persons were stopped and searched and one person was arrested in connection in an ongoing investigation. A quantity of cannabis along with five knives were also found and taken into custody.” No one was held accountable for these items. Similar operations were conducted in the Lime Kiln Project area on 6th December 2008 and Damian “Nashi” Isaac of Lime Kiln was stopped and searched and a portion of cannabis, one black mask, a hooded jacket and a pair of black gloves were found in the car he was driving. The items were confiscated and Isaac arrested and charged for of possession of cannabis, driving without a valid licence and for driving when he was not covered by insurance. COURT CONVICTIONS Jason Williams of Parry Village appeared before the District “B” Magistrate Court on Friday 5th December 2008 and he was convicted and severely cautioned for battery. Williams was also convicted for assault and ordered to pay $450.00 within two months or serve one month in prison. Guyan England of Westbourne Street was convicted and fined $2,500.00 for having cannabis in his possession. The fine must be paid within five months or he will serve six months in prison. A 17 year old juvenile from St. Johnson Village appeared before the District “A” Magistrate Court on Monday 8th December 2008 to answer the charge of wounding committed on 26th September 2008 and was convicted and ordered to pay $1,000.00 in compensation. The fine must be paid within two months or the juvenile will serve one month in prison. TEN TIPS FOR AVOIDING CRIME 1. Be Alert! Keep your head up. Be aware of your surroundings. 2. Vary Your Routines Predictability makes you a more likely target. 3. Lock It! Home, car, office – locks are your first line of defense. 4. Make Your Home A Tough Target Use floodlights, motion sensors, a security system, deadbolts, etc. 5. Foil Car-jackers Keep windows/doors locked; check mirrors and blind spot when stopped. Stay one to one and a half lengths away from the car ahead of you. Sound your horn and flash your lights if you think you’re being approached by a car-jacker. 6. Avoid Car Theft Lock it! Use an anti-theft device. Turn the wheels when you park. Never leave a spare key inside the car. Park in a well-lighted place. Put packages in the trunk. 7. Be Creative Think of unusual ways to protect yourself and your valuables. 8. Be Informed Learn the crime trends in your area and work to protect yourself against them. 9. Get Involved Organize a Neighborhood Watch. 10. Don’t Give Up! Crime can be reduced – with action, not apathy! POLICE INVESTIGATE OMNIBUS COLLISION BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (Dec 8th 2008) Police are investigating a traffic accident which occurred at about 8:10 am on Dec 8th 2008 on the Island Main Road at Stonefort. The accident involved motor omnibus H233 own and driven by Nicholas Webster alias Rambo of Sandy Point and motor omnibus HA 201 own and driven by Glenroy Richards alias Chucky also of Sandy Point. Investigations reveal that Motor bus HA201 was travelling to Basseterre while H 233 was travelling in the opposite direction, when both vehicles collided head on. Twenty-one (21) passengers including six (6) children were injured. They were all taken to the JNF Hospital where they were treated. Four of the passengers including one child and the driver H 233 were seriously injured and were detained in the Hospital. Both vehicles were extensively damaged. Investigations are ongoing.