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Investigations are being conducted into the origins of a house fire at Lower Monkey Hill on Sunday 16th March 2008. Preliminary enquiries have revealed that a neighbor saw smoke coming from the home of Florette Williams and promptly informed the owner who immediately requested help. Members from the Fire and Rescue Services responded to the scene and proceeded to extinguish the fire. There were no personal injuries but the house was extensively damaged along with its contents. One person is in police custody assisting with the investigations.

Shorna Samuel of Ogee’s, St. Peters and Canetta Pascal of Shear Lane, were both arrested and charged on Friday 14th March 2008 with the offence of Disorderly conduct by fighting.

Kumar Nadesapillar of Canada was on Friday 14th March 2008 arrested for the offence of Driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Sunday 16th March 2008, Vikesha Garvey of Sandy Point and Makita McCall of Ponds Pasture were both arrested and charged with the offences of Battery and Malicious damage committed on 14th February 2008.

Deveron Flemming of Jessup Village, Nevis, was arrested on Sunday 16th March 2008 with the offence of Driving when not covered by insurance.

All persons will appear before the court shortly.

Officers awarded for smart turn out

On Wednesday, March 12, 2008, the monthly Commissioner’s parade was held in Sandy Point at the Old Recreation Ground. This was the first such parade to be held out of Basseterre. The decision to hold these parades in the various communities was made as a result of recommendations made by residents, at a town hall meeting in Sandy Point. The High command therefore decided to spread the monthly parades throughout the island.

Commissioner Williams inspected and paraded the ranks, and then he along with Deputy Commissioner Stafford Liburd and Assistant Commissioner Joseph Liburd led the parade through Sandy Point to the Police Station where they took the salute.

Four officers, one from each of the four platoons on parade, were rewarded with an extra day off from work having been adjudged by the Commissioner to be the best turned out officer in their respective platoons. The officers were Const. Lauston Percival, Const. Dexter Jacobs, WPC Kashina Burke and Const. Winston Thompson.

An appreciative crowd comprising mainly of students of the nearby High and Primary Schools as well as the pre-school, witnessed the event.

Next month’s parade is expected to be held in Cayon.

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