Wellington Police notes for Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24, 2013:Â Friday, March 22, 2013â€¢7:39 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 200 block. N. Haslet, Wellington.â€¢11:08 a.m. Shelly M. Tevington, 27, Mayfield was issued a notice to appear charged with illegal registration/expired tag.â€¢12:25 p.m. Officers investigated theft and forgery in the 100 block. S. Washington, Wellington.â€¢6:02Â p.m. Brendan A. Auzat, 23, Wellington was arrested and confined charged with forgery.â€¢2:49 p.m. Daniel B. Gressel, 23, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large, no city tags and no rabies vaccinations.â€¢2:50 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 100 block W. 3rd, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Lois M. Crawley, 71, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by William R. Mertes, Wellington.â€¢4 p.m. Non-injury accident at 17th and Washington, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Sean D. Granger, 43, Wichita and Sandra L. Proffitt, 57, South Haven.â€¢5:19 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic disturbance by a known suspect in the 700 block E. 7th, Wellington.â€¢8:18 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 400 block S. C, Wellington. Saturday, March 23, 2013:â€¢1:26 a.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject in the 700 block. N. Blaine, Wellington.â€¢1:35 a.m. Officers investigated possession of stolen property, fleeing or eluding law enforcement, reckless driving and driving while suspended in the 600 block N. F, Wellington.â€¢1:35 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the area of 12th and Poplar, Wellington involved a vehicle operated by Zane R. McHenry, 27, Wellington and a fixed object/curb.â€¢4:53 a.m. Zane R. McHenry, 27, Wellington, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, fleeing or eluding law enforcement, reckless driving and driving while suspended.â€¢7:35 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.â€¢10:19 a.m. Officers investigated a theft and forgery in the 300 block S. Blaine, Wellington.â€¢12:22 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 800 block of E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢8:29 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington. Sunday, March 24, 2013â€¢1:02 a.m. Non-injury accident in the 600 block. N. B, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Treavor C. Smith, 39, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Ivan L. Redford, Miami, Okla.â€¢1:06 a.m. Treavor X. Smith, 38, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with no proof of insurance, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.â€¢8:32 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of an ATV which was recovered in the 1200 block. E. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢1:28 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 900 block N. B, Wellington.â€¢2:32 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of gasoline in the 1200 block. E. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢6:06 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of purse in the 1000 block of W. 8th, Wellington.
By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” A trial date for Spencer Weikal, 24, of Wellington has been set for Dec. 3, 2013 in Sumner County District Court.Weikal is charged with two felonies – first degree murder and aggravated endangering of a child – stemming from the death of 2-year-old Larrissa Foster, on Nov. 30, 2011.Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin also recently denied Weikal’s attorney’s request that videos, including a taped confession to law enforcement during the night of questioning, be suppressed from the pending jury trial.Â Weikal Attorney Christopher Williams of Kansas City, Mo. filed a suppression motion resulting in a May 8, 2013 hearing that included seven testimonies from the Wellington Police Department and Sumner County Sheriff’s office. During the hearing, McQuin closed the courtroom to view a video tape of the alleged confession with only the prosecuting and defense attorney present.McQuin would eventually deny the defense suppression request stating Weikal “knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently waived his Miranda rights, twice”; and “that his statement to law enforcement were the product of his free and independent will.”â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Weikal’s actionsMcQuin also allowed the admissibility of evidence surrounding Weikal’s actions after leaving the hospital in Wichita and returning to Wellington on Nov. 29, 2011 and early morning Nov. 30.According to a court document submitted by prosecuting attorney Lee Davidson of the Kansas Attorney General’s office, Weikal was the live-in boyfriend of Kayla Murphy, mother of Larrissa Foster. On Nov. 29, 2011, Murphy and Weikal spent most of the day together at his uncle Brian Brown’s house. In the late afternoon, Weikal drove Foster and Murphy to the Oak Tree Inn where Foster was scheduled to work the evening shift. Weikal and Foster allegedly returned to Brown’s home. Murphy then talked to Foster on the phone at about 8 p.m.“It was the last time she would speak to her daughter,” Davidson said in the document.Allegedly, at 10 p.m. the defendant drove Foster back to the Oak Tree Inn and had a co-worker find Murphy because Foster was having trouble breathing.The two of them took the toddler to Sumner Regional Medical Center where the staff found the child to be unresponsive and in cardiopulmonary arrest. They intubated the child and readied her for transport to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.According to the document, Weikal and Murphy returned to the Oak Tree Inn to borrow money for gasoline for the trip to Wichita. After fueling up their vehicle, the two drove to Wichita and eventually located Wesley Medical Center.At Wesley, medical workers questioned the two about Foster’s injuries and eventually called law enforcement. Before the Wichita Police officers could question him, Weikal allegedly left the hospital without telling Murphy. He returned to Wellington.Meanwhile, Sumner County E911 broadcasted a “be on the lookout” alert for Weikal, who reportedly was driving Murphy’s red Toyota Corolla.According to the document, Sumner County Sheriff Deputy Lee Patterson was parked in the SRMC parking lot visiting with Wellington police officer Kurt Vogel. He spotted the Corolla traveling southbound on A Street at a high rate of speed. By the time Patterson was at the corner of 15th and B Street, the car was traveling south on B Street just crossing 10th Street, still at a high rate of speed.Patterson tried to catch up to the vehicle as it turned east onto Lincoln Street then south on Ash Street then east on First Street then south onto Cherry Street where it ran the stop sign and turned east on Mill Street before coming to a stop at 901 S. Cherry Street, the Brown residence.Weikal then, allegedly, fled the Corolla and hid near a parked vehicle. Patterson found him hiding a short time later and placed him under arrest. Patterson had E911 search for Weikal’s driving record and learned that his license was suspended.Patterson read Weikal his Miranda Rights and briefly questioned him at the scene, according to the document. In the process, Patterson recounted Weikal’s driving violations. Patterson then transported Weikal to the Wellington Police Department for further questioning.Later that morning, Wellington Police Department Detective John Defore and Sumner County Sheriff’s Detective Frances Stevenson interviewed Weikal. They asked him about his departure and he explained he was traveling to Wellington to pick up his mother for emotional support and getting some clothes before returning to Wesley.In its analysis on the document, the state concluded that Weikal’s flight from Wesley when he had a suspended license, his flight from Patterson by driving in a reckless manner and hiding thereafter was proof of his guilt.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Case backgroundFoster would eventually die on Nov. 30, 2011 and Weikal was subsequently charged that day by the county attorney’s office, who was then Evan Watson.A Sumner County District Court preliminary hearing was held in May, 2012 which McQuin determined there was enough evidence for a trial. Weikal pleaded not guilty.The original date for a jury trial was set for November, 2012. However, after several delays, the case was turned over to the state attorney general’s office after the Sumner County Attorney changeover from Watson to Kerwin Spencer, who said he could not adequately prosecute the trial because of the already cumulated workload in the case. Davidson, an assistant attorney for the attorney general’s office, took over the case. Weikal also switched attorneys: from court appointed Elaine Esparza to privately hired Williams. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? 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Tried of all this BS every time he is put in the paper. The only concern is a little helpless girl is gone. When the court has a verdict then someone can say I told you so. Report Reply 0 replies · active 366 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 366 weeks ago Ok, I’m done. I’m putting out a warning. No more family bashing. If you want to talk about the case itself, I’ll allow that. Anything that is outside the realms of the story above, will result in the elimination of comments from this or any further Weikal stories. Report Reply 0 replies · active 366 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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ATHENS, Ohio — Longtime Ohio coach Frank Solich surveyed the locker room moments after Tuesday’s 66-24 victory against Bowling Green. Solich had just become the Mid-American Conference’s all-time wins leader with his 111th victory with the Bobcats, and in that moment the 75 year old thought about everyone else. “The thought that went through my head was how fortunate I’ve been to be able to work with so many great players, so many guys who were dedicated to winning and moving this program forward, and the same with our coaches,” Solich told Sporting News on Wednesday. “That’s the thing that popped up at me.” (Photo courtesy of Ohio University) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/fe/6c/frank-solich2-011919-ou-ftrjpg_142k3gysi0gti1jhrio3sd9hx8.jpg?t=-1946827266&w=500&quality=80 Everybody did after watching him serve as an assistant at Nebraska from 1979-93. He took over for legendary coach Tom Osborne in 1998, compiled a 58-19 record, led the Cornhuskers to a BCS national championship game in 2001 and was fired after a 9-3 season in 2003. To this day, Solich still has a legion of fans among Huskers faithful. “That’s a really great thing,” Solich said. “I was fortunate there to obviously be involved in a program that was run by Tom Osborne and played under Bob Devaney. That was in my blood, obviously, and to be able to coach under Tom and get the head job was tremendous. I had a lot of great moments from those times and still have a lot of great friends from Nebraska.” That is a part of Solich’s story, but the stint at Ohio has come to define the elder statesman among FBS coaches. He is the longest-tenured Group of 5 coach. Only Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz (1999) and TCU’s Gary Patterson (2001) have been at their current schools longer. In that sense, Solich is one of the best Group of 5 hires of all time considering the stability he brought to a program that had caught only fleeting glimpses of success. MORE: College football bowl projections for Week 13Ohio won its last MAC championship with a 10-1 season in 1968. Several lean years followed. The Bobcats had only two seasons with at least seven wins — both under Jim Grobe before he left for Wake Forest after the 2000 season. Grobe continues to watch the Bobcats under Solich and remains impressed with the consistency. “It says a lot for the coach, and it says a lot for Ohio University,” Grobe told SN. “They knew they had the right guy, and they stayed with him. To me, that’s really, really refreshing. So many times, you have people who get tired of the coach. In this case, it was just a great match.” It took two games for that match to materialize into something special. In a Friday night ESPN game on Sept. 9, 2005, Ohio upset Pitt 16-10 in overtime at Peden Stadium on a walkoff interception return for a touchdown by Dion Byrum for Solich’s first victory. “It’s pretty cool — it’s an awesome feeling and experience,” Byrum told SN. “I never thought it would resonate as big or play a role in a special play in Ohio football history.” Even in that moment, however, Solich was thinking of others. That’s what he remembers from that game. He was thinking of building something that would last more than that one night. “Part of me loves taking over a program that needs to be restructured and rebuilt,” Solich said. “One of the best things that a player has ever said to me was actually Dion Byrum when he said, ‘Thanks, coach, for helping us feel like we are a Division I program.’ That meant the world to me.” That victory against Pitt still resonates in Athens, and the program remains stable even in tough seasons. Solich lauded this year’s team for fighting through the struggles of a 5-6 year after being preseaon favorites to win the MAC, and that another quality Deromedi and Grobe appreciate more than most. “It’s really been his leadership and the quality of terms he’s produced here,” Deromedi said. “It’s an easy thing to admire. At some point it was going to be broken. You couldn’t have it be broken by a better person than Frank.” “He’s always been regarded as one of the better football coaches in the country,” Grobe added. “What he’s done at Ohio has been remarkable.” “Fearless Frank” has become to be known as “Ageless Frank,” but the only question now is how long his run will continue. Solich, whose contract is up on Jan. 3, hopes to return to Ohio for a 16th season in 2020. He is still hoping to lead the program to its first MAC championship since 1968. He also can pass Don Peden, who compiled 121 wins at Ohio before the school joined the MAC. There is always another moment to chase, and Solich will do that as long as it benefits everyone else. “There’s no immediate plan that is there to retire,” Solich said. “I feel like I’m still relating to the players. I think they still feel good about me being head of the program. The administration does. As long as I feel like I can contribute to our athletes and to our program and my health is good and my energy is good — they’ve all got to be there. I’ll just kind of take it a little bit at a time and keep moving forward.” Solich molded those players and coaches with a toughness that defined him as a fullback, assistant coach and head coach at Nebraska. That “tough” label still sticks with “Fearless Frank,” and it’s what helped make possible the long-term project at Ohio.CFB 150: Top coaches of all time”Toughness is one of the very first things we look for when we are recruiting, and so when other coaches mention something about that, that’s great to hear,” he said. “It kind of reinforces that we are always on the right track.”Solich took over at Ohio in 2005 and has put together a 111-81 record. He has led the Bobcats to 10 winning seasons. A win in the regular-season finale at Akron on Nov. 26 would make Ohio eligible for an 11th bowl appearance. It’s a remarkable display of stability in a volatile profession, and Solich cultivated that approach with his first two Nebraska high school coaching jobs at Omaha Holy Name (1966-67) and Lincoln Southeast (1968-78). He simply adapts with the scenery around him. “When I took the job over here, and no matter which I job I took of the four, I never looked down the road and said, ‘Hey, this is where I want to be. This is where I want to go down the road,'” Solich said. “I just show up and do the best job I can.” With Tuesday’s victory, Solich passed former Central Michigan coach Herb Deromedi, who had a 110-55-1 with the Chippewas from 1978-94. Deromedi knew that day was coming, and he made the drive from Mount Pleasant, Mich., to Detroit on July 23 to congratulate Solich in advance at MAC Media Day. “I have nothing but respect for him,” Deromedi told SN. “I knew of him when he played for Nebraska as a 165-pound fullback and admired the way he played the game. He was tough. Then, I followed him when he was a coach at Nebraska.”
Five England players have been picked for the GB&I team of eight which will defend the Curtis Cup in June’s match against the USA.They are India Clyburn, Annabell Fuller, Alice Hewson, Lily May Humphreys and Sophie Lamb. The team is completed by Ireland’s Olivia Mahaffey and Paula Grant and by Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam.Fuller, 15, and Humphreys, 16, are the youngest members of the team – but bring much experience and success with them.Humphreys has just won the Scottish women’s open, to add to her English women’s amateur title and other wins in Europe and the USA. Fuller was the youngest player for Europe in the women’s Patsy Hankins Trophy match against Asia Pacific – and the team’s lead scorer, losing only one of her five games. She was runner-up in the Portuguese women’s amateur after being pipped in a play-off.This will be Hewson’s second Curtis Cup, having been in the team which won in Ireland in 2016 and which also included Mehaffey.Hewson, together with Lamb and Clyburn, also represented GB&I in last year’s Vagliano Trophy match against continental Europe and the trio were in England’s winning team at last year’s European championship.Clyburn completes a family double with her selection, following her sister, Holly, who played in two Curtis Cup matches before turning professional.The Curtis Cup will be played from 8-10 June at Quaker Ridge, New York. The team, announced today by The R&A, will again be captained by Elaine Farquharson Black and managed by England’s Helen Hewlett.Farquharson-Black said: “There have been a number of players throughout Great Britain and Ireland who have been in impressive form recently and it was a difficult decision to select only eight.“The players selected will now have a wonderful opportunity to perform on the international stage in one of the world’s most prestigious events and I’m sure that they will give their very best as we attempt to retain the trophy against a talented team from the United States.”England’s Bel Wardle (Prestbury), who was named in the provisional GB&I squad, was unavailable for selection having decided to focus on her school exams. Ireland’s Leona Maguire, currently the number two golfer in the women’s world amateur rankings, will turn professional next month and has ruled herself out of contention for selection.The full team to face the United States:India Clyburn (21, Woodhall Spa, England)Lily May Humphreys (16, Stoke-by-Nayland, England)Annabell Fuller (15, Roehampton, England)Sophie Lamb (20, Clitheroe, England)Paula Grant (24, Lisburn, Ireland)Shannon McWilliam (18, Aboyne, Scotland)Alice Hewson (20, Berkhamsted, England)Olivia Mehaffey (20, Royal County Down Ladies, Ireland)Non-travelling reserve:Annabel Wilson (17, Lurgan, Ireland)Image: Alice Hewson who will play her second Curtis Cup (copyright Leaderboard Photography) 26 Apr 2018 Five England players in GB&I Curtis Cup team Tags: Curtis Cup, USA
Submitted by Washington Liquor Control BoardThe Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) today posted the results of marijuana retail store lotteries on the public records section of its website. Earlier this week applicants were notified of their standing on each ranked-ordered list produced by 75 lotteries. *The independent, double-blind process took place April 21-25, 2014, and produced ordered lists of applicants that the agency will use to continue its retail licensing process. If an applicant is within the maximum allotted number of stores allotted for that jurisdiction but fails to pass the licensing process, the WSCLB will withdraw the application and move to the next license application on the list.Jurisdictions Requiring a Lottery1,174 applicants were included in the lottery 75 jurisdictions required a lottery47 jurisdictions did not require a lottery Facebook63Tweet0Pin0 The agency contracted with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center of Washington State University and the accounting firm for Washington’s Lottery, Kraght-Snell of Seattle, to independently produce rank-ordered lists of applicants in each jurisdiction where a lottery is necessary. Being identified as the apparent successful applicant is not a guarantee that the selected applicant will receive a license. There are multiple requirements for licensure such as the applicant must pass a criminal history and financial investigation as well as have a location that is not within 1,000 feet of a school, park or other area specified by Initiative 502 as places where children congregate.Next StepsThe agency has begun processing the retail applications. Licensing staff will continue to process producer, processor and retailer simultaneously. As of April 30, the WSLCB has issued 25 producer and processor licenses. The agency expects to begin issuing retail licenses no later than the first week of July. * The lottery results for Longview were stayed by the Cowlitz County Superior Court pending a May 7, 2014 hearing.
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC):Veteran opener Devon Smith carved out his 26th first-class hundred to keep Windward Islands Volcanoes afloat after left-arm spinner Nikita Miller grabbed his 400th first-class wicket to put Jamaica Scorpions on course for victory in their ninth-round encounter here yesterday.At the close of the penultimate day at the Arnos Vale Stadium, Volcanoes were battling on 245 for four following on in their second innings with the left-handed Smith unbeaten on a superb 125.He was accompanied by rookie Kavem Hodge on 27 not out, with the pair having posted 44 for the fifth wicket and eeking out a small lead of 33 for Volcanoes.Miller picked up two for 61 to move to 401 first-class wickets in his 80th game after starting the game with 496 scalps.He had earlier finished with three for 70 as Volcanoes, resuming their first innings on 149 for five, were dismissed for 223 on the stroke of lunch.Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs was the main destroyer with five or 95, claiming four of the five remaining Volcanoes wickets to fall in the morning session for the addition of 74 runs.All-rounder Kyle Mayers struck 32 off 51 balls with four fours and Hodge, 23 off 54 deliveries with three boundaries, but neither could carry on.Forced to follow on by 212 runs, Volcanoes were propelled in their second innings by Smith, who anchored two partnerships up front. He put on 46 for the first wicket with Tyrone Theophile, who made 19, and then collaborated in a 131-run, second wicket stand with Jerlani Robinson, who hit a positive 64.All told, Smith faced 272 deliveries in just under four and a half hours at the crease and lashed eight fours.AT SIR VIVIAN RICHARDS CRICKET GROUND, IN NORTH SOUND, ANTIGUA: Guyana Jaguars, following on by 240 runs, were 108 for two in their second innings on the penultimate day of their ninth-round game in the Regional four-day championship at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 430 (Montcin Hodge 149 not out, Gavin Tonge 59, Kieran Powell 55, Daron Cruickshank 43, Keacy Carty 33, Orlando Peters 29; Chris Barnwell 2-68, Veerasammy Permaul 2-77). JAGUARS 190 (Shiv Chanderpaul 48, Rayon Reifer 45, Vishaul Singh 25; Gavin Tonge 4-37, Rahkeem Cornwall 3-59, Alzarri Joseph 2-34) and 108 for two (Leon Johnson 51 not out).AT THE NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE, IN COUVA, Trinidad: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, following on by 170 runs, reached 117 for one in their second innings at the close on the penultimate day of their ninth-round clash yesterday.Scores: PRIDE 396 (Kraigg Brathwaite 123, Kevin Stoute 66, Roston Chase 59, Shai Hope 52, Omar Phillips 49; Yannick Ottley 2-10, Rayad Emrit 2-66). RED FORCE 226 (Kyle Hope 77, Yannick Ottley 37; Kemar Roach 4-45, Jomel Warrican 3-44) and 117 for one (Kyle Hope 67 not out, Imran Khan 39).SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st Innings 445VOLCANOES 1st Innings(overnight 149 for five)D Smith run out 26T Theophile b D Thomas 16J Robinson c McCarthy b Jacobs 31G Pope b Miller 14+S Ambris c D Thomas b Miller 50K Cottoy lbw b Jacobs 8K Hodge c Palmer b Jacobs 23*L Sebastien c Miller b Jacobs 6K Mayers c (sub) Brown b Jacobs 32M Matthew not out 10D Johnson c Blackwood b Miller 8Extras (b6, lb1, nb2) 6TOTAL (all out, 71.2 overs) 233Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-48, 3-72, 4-138, 5-146, 6-165, 7-174, 8-194, 9-215, 10-230.Bowling: Gordon 5-0-17-0, McCarthy 8-1-25-0, D Thomas 5-1-16-1 (nb1), Miller 27.2-6-70-3, Jacobs 25-3-95-5, Campbell 1-0-3-0.VOLCANOES 2nd Innings (following on)D Smith not out 125T Theophile b Campbell 19J Robinson c Blackwood b Miller 64G Pope lbw b Jacobs 4+S Ambris c Blackwood b Miller 1K Hodge not out 27Extras (b2, lb1, nb2) 5TOTAL (4 wkts, 87 overs) 245Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-177, 3-194, 4-201.Bowling: Gordon 7-1-19-0, McCarthy 10-4-29-0, Campbell 21-2-66-1, Jacobs 20-0-67-1 (nb2), Miller 29-7-61-2.Position: Volcanoes lead Scorpions by 33 runs.Toss: Jamaica Scorpions.Umpires: Deighton Butler, Gregory Brathwaite.
The owner of Sukdeo Sons Fishing in Brooklyn, New York, which imports fish from Guyana was convicted after being ‘caught red handed’ with a US million shipment of cocaine.Convicted drug trafficker Heeralall SukdeoHeeralall Sukdeo, 60, was convicted on Friday last in the Brooklyn Federal Court for smuggling 250 kilos of cocaine in frozen shrimp.Sukdeo claimed he was duped by a relative, who is in the fish business. Assistant US Attorney Ryan Harris told the court the defendant is a drug smuggler by while reiterating that they caught him red handed.The cocaine was shipped from Georgetown, Guyana, and arrived at the Red Hook pier in June 2015 addressed to “Randolph Fraser” which is apparently Sukdeo’s alias. It was reported that a drug-sniffing dog noticed something fishy about the container, hence drew suspicions from the US law drug enforcement unit.However, agents secretly removed the coke-filled crustaceans and tailed the container after it cleared customs on June 15, 2015. The container was delivered to an unidentified warehouse in Brooklyn where agents spotted Sukdeo “together with others… organising and supervising the unloading” of the shipment.Sukdeo’s US$500,000 bail was revoked after the verdict.
A post-mortem examination (PME) conducted on the body of the 41-year-old man, whose body was found at the Kitty Seawall one day after leaked videos went viral of him and another man allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl, has revealed that he was murdered and did not commit suicide as was earlier reported.Dead: Sherwin Apple, also called “Yellow”The body of Sherwin Apple, also known as “Yellow”, was found lying face down in the mud in the vicinity of Selena Resort on Tuesday morning. It was suspected that the clothes vendor, formerly of William Street, Kitty; and Silver Town, Wismar, Linden, had ingested carbon tablets after the videos went viral on Monday.However, an autopsy conducted on Wednesday morning by State Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh on Apple gave the cause of death as asphyxiation (strangulation) with compression injuries to the neck.The PME findings have confirmed the worst fears of Apple’s family, who have since revealed that no trace of poison was found in Apple’s system.In an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, family members noted that they were doubtful that he would commit suicide and are furthermore of the belief that the circulation of the video and its backlash led to his demise. As such, they are calling for justice.Apple’s sister, Shonette, said she spoke with her brother on Monday in relation to the viral video, noting that he did not feel good about it and had cried as he was saddened over the situation. She said it was the last time she heard from him.She explained that her brother had also told a friend and his uncle that he was receiving threats over the video. The woman noted that he promised to talk with them concerning this, however, he went missing on Monday evening.“On Monday, after five (pm) was the last time that I spoke to him… He said to me, ‘Sis, the video is not now, it’s over a year’. At the time he used to work in the interior, and he said that (incident) happened at that time. His phone was lost, so he didn’t get to delete anything out of the phone. He was saying too that it’s not a young girl,” the sister related.Shonette further stated that one of Apple’s friends recalled seeing him sometime after 21:30h on Monday, shortly after he left his home after receiving repeated calls on his cellphone.Apple’s sister continued that while she does not condone what happened in the video, her brother did not deserve to be killed, but rather should have been handled by the law.The woman added that one of the persons who put the video on social media had a “personal problem” with her brother. She is confident that whoever killed him caught him from behind in an unexpected move, as she noted that he was a fighter.Meanwhile, Apple’s mother, Valda Daniels, told Guyana Times that she did not get to speak with her son in relation to the video, but said she spoke with him on Monday morning and he was in good spirits.Following the discovery of the body, Daniels said the family travelled to Georgetown to identify the body and were shocked at what they saw. She added that there appeared to be marks on her son’s neck and head.“I want justice for my son. The Police must find whoever did this. Two sons I got and the other one crying. It just breaking me heart,” the distraught woman lamented.Daniels described Apple as very loving and called for a full investigation into his death. Daniels said she is against the sharing of such videos, noting that her son’s death can be seen as a result of these actions.“Whoever shared that video, I think the Police should hold that person… they bombard my son,” she said. Apple, a clothes vendor formerly of Silvertown, Wismar, Linden is survived by three children.On the other hand, Police have since arrested another male suspect from Linden who also appeared in the video with the teen. It is alleged that the two engaged in sexual activity with the teen against her will. The man, who was arrested on Tuesday, remains in custody as investigations by the Child Care and Protection Agency and the Guyana Police Force continues. The teen has since denied that it was her in the video.
Students from 12 secondary schools across the country displayed exceptional theatrical skills at the National Secondary Schools Drama Festival. The three-day event saw students displaying their skills through dramatic presentations, dance and storytelling at the Theatre Guild, Kingston.One of the talents displayed at the National Secondary Schools Drama Festival held at the Theatre GuildParticipating schools included Queen’s College, Berbice High, Annandale Secondary, Berbice Educational Institute, West Demerara Secondary, North West Secondary, Kingston Secondary, Uitvlugt Secondary, Anna Regina Secondary, Lodge Secondary, South Ruimveldt Secondary, and Diamond Secondary.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), it was Uitvlugt Secondary that walked away with most of the awards for its outstanding play titled “Biodiversity”. It dethroned last year’s winner North West Secondary, in the play segment. The troupe from Uitvlugt Secondary will now go on to represent Guyana in St Lucia at the Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama Festival in November 2019.Uitvlugt Secondary student Nathan Wickham was bestowed with the honour of “Most Promising Actor” and will be leading his school next year in St Lucia. The young man said that he was grateful for the exposure, adding that it felt fantastic to win since everyone worked really hard to pull off the performance that wowed the crowd and judges.“Representing my country is something that I always wanted to do, and I am so grateful for this opportunity. It will now allow myself and colleagues to go to St Lucia to represent our country and show them the kind of talent we have in our country,” Wickham stated.Most Promising Actress, Rea Fernandes of North-West Secondary receiving her award from acting Allied Arts Unit Administrator Lorraine Barker-KingCandacie Whaul-Amsterdam was the teacher responsible for writing and directing the winning play. Whaul-Amsterdam, who also won the award for Best Director, said that it was not easy, but the students were willing and dedicated. She is of the firm opinion that creative arts should be pushed in schools.“I really feel that the creative arts is one of the ways children can express themselves. It not only helps with self-expression outside of the classroom, but also boosts their confidence which in turn helps them to perform better academically. So, I think Guyana should really go forward in promoting the creative arts,” she stressed.Acting Allied Arts Unit Administrator Lorraine Barker-King said that she was impressed with the talent displayed by the students. She also commended the teachers for dedicating their energies and time to the students to ensure they put on an exceptional show. Barker-King pointed out that aside from the brilliant performances, she was impressed with the number of social ills that were addressed through the various art forms.“We saw plays with abuse, we saw drugs, we saw teenage pregnancy; we know those are the ills of society, so this is a way of showcasing as well as showing ways in which they can be curbed,” she said.
Residents of Canal Number Two, West Bank Demerara, are calling on Government to address a number of burning matters that have been affecting them for a number of months. According to residents, their pleas for intervention have been unanswered and repudiated by the regional authorities.On Saturday, residents reached out to Guyana Times to visit their community. According to the residents, they are frustrated with the ongoing unaddressed issues in their community.WaterOne of the main concerns is the quality of water which is supplied to the village by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), which according to villagers, contains a high level of iron that makes it unfit even for household purposes.Mark Itwaru, a distressed resident, told Guyana Times that while other communities are accessing potable water, the Canal Number Two area has seen a great deal of water that is contaminated with impurities and also mineral elements in large quantities.“We can’t even use the water to wash clothes cause the iron in the water staining the clothes and everything else that you wash. Imagine if we got to drink it,” he stated.Dangerous roads, bridgesThe deplorable roadsWhile the water supply is on the forefront to be addressed, the dilapidated bridges and roads with large craters is also something of great concern. It was related that one of the bridges, which is located at the junction of the canal and leading into Belle West, is in a deplorable state and moreover unsafe for many to navigate their vehicles. Meanwhile, the roads are indented with large potholes that span several metres along the roadway and have been deteriorating constantly, which affects commuters.“This is dangerous to both the driver and pedestrians cause you have to swerve from left to right on the road to avoid breaking up your car and you can cause an accident like that.”Another villager related that in the past, the Canal’s Polder Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) was informed of the unsafe conditions, but the residents were told that these repairs do not fall under the remit of the Council. It was further stated that the regional administration should be engaged to provide a suitable outcome.Power outagesAdditionally, it was highlighted that recurring power outages are another daily dose of despair which lasts for endless hours and on most occasions, the entire day. Just last Wednesday, one of the persons residing in the area noted that the electrical supply was off from 07:00h to 18:00h.“We always getting blackout, sometimes more than two time every week and it does last the whole day. The last time it cut off at seven and they come till in the night to put it on back after more than five reports.”The residents are pleading with the relevant authorities to address the matters of concerns which can ultimately provide some level of relief to the community.