Channel5Belize.com » RSS Feed http://edition.channel5belize.com News 5 Live Wed, 19 Sep 2018 03:17:48 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 A Political Mastermind is Remembered by His Understudies http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172079 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172079#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 02:20:11 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172079

Dean Russel Lindo

Preparations are underway for the funeral services of Dean Russel Lindo, who we are told will be offered a state funeral, due to his prominence in political life beginning in 1964.  He is to be eulogized by a close friend and another powerhouse in the United Democratic Party, Michael Finnegan.  Lindo passed away on Monday afternoon after ailing for some time. Messages of condolences have been flowing to honour the deceased first leader of the U.D.P., a party which evolved from the National Independence Party.  He retired after twice winning and twice losing the Fort George Division against sitting area rep, Said Musa.  Lindo served in cabinet as Minister of Natural Resources and was also named ambassador to the United States. After retiring from active politics, he practiced law.  Tonight, News Five’s Isani Cayetano looks at the legacy of Dean Lindo.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The profound impact of Dean Lindo on the United Democratic Party, as foremost leader and chief political strategist, is still felt across the organization decades after he rose to prominence in the late sixties.  Career politician and fellow U.D.P. stalwart Michael Finnegan came up under Lindo’s tutelage.

 

Michael Finnegan

Michael Finnegan, U.D.P. Politician

“I give most of my success, if not all my success to Dean Lindo.  Everything that I have done in my life I have learned from Dean Lindo.  Oh yes, I have improved on what he taught me, but everything was from Dean Russell Lindo.  My first campaign was with Colvin Young in 1965.  I campaigned for Colvin Young in 1965.  He is alive and he is living proof to that.  My second campaign was with Dean Lindo in 1969 and brother; I will repeat again, the P.U.P. was not easy to beat.  The P.U.P., this entire country was P.U.P.   The people in Belize believed in George Price and believed in the P.U.P.”

 

Despite the overwhelming support for the People’s United Party at the time, Lindo and the fledging political movement to which he belonged held true to his ideals and philosophy.

 

Dean Lindo, First Party Leader, U.D.P.

“I thought that George Price didn’t strike me as being sincere, whereas Goldson struck me as a sincere man and as I said, he went through a hard time and he was always fighting.  He was alone in the National Assembly.  He was later election joined by Edwin Murray from Monkey River, but it was, well to me they struck me as being more sincere, more concerned about people and their problems that the people were facing at the time.”

 

Also owing her knowledge and fervor for politics to Lindo is former Collet U.D.P. Area Representative Faith Babb.  She was the first woman to be elected to the House of Representatives by the United Democratic Party.

 

Faith Babb

Faith Babb, Former Collet Area Representative

“I met Mr. Lindo at Ken Tillett’s house.  He lived on the same street that we lived on, Richard Street, and he was about at the time to form the PDM, the People’s Democratic Movement and I was interested because at the time you were having UBAD and other organizations that were political, but it wasn’t something that we could join because they were all grown people, right.  So being an enable were would have been just okay for me.  So because of the relationship with Ken Tillett and Mr. Lindo, they started having meetings at his house, so then I use to go across to the Tilletts and be a part of the meeting and when I found what was taking place I wanted to be involved.”

 

But being involved, as a member of the up and coming U.D.P., was often challenging.  Lindo speaks of the difficulties faced under his political opponents.

 

Dean Lindo

“George Price, he was a rough customer.  In fact, his whole philosophy was, I shall reward my friends and punish the enemy and he lived up to that, believe me.  So there was a time when NIP, we had to go out of town, they banned us from having meetings in the city and we had to go out of town by Cemetery out there to have meetings.  In fact, they attacked people, the supporters attacked, they actually attacked Ken Tillett, Finnegan and them when they went into the, at the time it was Collet Division.  They literally attacked them.”

 

Finnegan also recalls those days and the fact that there were defectors in the National Independence Party.

 

Michael Finnegan

“People who were in our party switched from our party and joined the People’s United Party because they wanted to win.  Did you know the then Deputy Prime Minister, or the first Deputy Prime Minister Lindy Rogers was a founder of the National Independence Party with Philip Goldson.”

 

Reporter

“I didn’t know that.”

 

Michael Finnegan

“Yes, he switched from the National Independence Party to join George Price and the P.U.P.”

 

Reporter

“Opposite of Goldson who left George Price and the P.U.P. to form NIP.”

 

Michael Finnegan

“Exactly.”

 

Lindo, in his own words during his final interview last month, shared how the United Democratic Party was formed.

 

Dean Lindo

“By this time I wasn’t NIP, I was PDM.  Well we decided eventually that it didn’t make sense to be fighting separately.  We better join forces because it was divide and conquer so that they could split up the three parties.  So then we joined NIP and PDM joined, then eventually the liberals joined us and that was how we formed the U.D.P.”

 

Babb’s foray into politics is also attributed to Dean Lindo, whom she says taught her and others how to be confident in the political arena

 

Faith Babb

“He taught us how to be fearless, don’t be afraid once you know that you are doing the right thing and you believe it from within, stand up and put up a fight for what you want.  And with that I was able to understand that it will take a lot out of you, you will have to be strong and I never hesitated to attempt to do the things that I knew are right.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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Lindo Versus Musa: A Political Rivalry for the History Books http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172077 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172077#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 02:15:17 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172077 The political rivalry between Dean Lindo and Said Musa is one for the history books.  Coming from a student of the former and a close friend of the latter, Mesopotamia Area Representative Michael Finnegan says that Lindo is virtually unrivaled as a political mastermind.  The only other politician who comes closest to him in astuteness is Fort George Area Representative and two-time prime minister Said Musa.  Finnegan says that the competitiveness between the two titans was great for the development of party politics in the country.

 

Michael Finnegan

Michael Finnegan, U.D.P. Politician

“In my political life, I think they were the greatest.  I noh care weh nobody seh bout Said Musa, and this interview is not about Said Musa, this interview is about Dean Lindo.  But the closest thing to Dean Lindo, as far as I am concerned, is Said Musa.  Who noh like it, noh like it, but I’ve got to be truthful and you know I am old now, I am retiring.  I could talk from mi heart, I could mek everybody know and di nation know how I feel about things and that rivalry was a great rivalry because it was a rivalry between two political giants.”

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Trio Charged for Home Invasion at Fantaxia Restaurant http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172071 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172071#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 01:49:56 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172071 A trio busted by the police soon after a robbery at Fantaxia Restaurant on Queen Charlotte Street, Belize City has been charged with aggravated burglary and possession of an unlicensed firearm.    The men: twenty-three-year-old Trevor Guy, twenty-four-year-old Tyron Guy, and twenty-three-year-old Leon Westby where nabbed by the cops on Sunday and today they were jointly charged with the crime of Aggravated Burglary, Kept Firearm without a Gun License and Kept Ammunition without a Gun License. Tyron Guy was additionally charged with a second count of Kept Firearm without a Gun License.  The trio was found with a nine millimetre pistol, a point three-eighty special revolver as well as masks and cash stolen from the restaurant.  The three tied up an elderly woman and two other persons inside the popular establishment.  The proprietor, forty-three-year-old Zhong Qiang Zhu heard the commotion and alerted the cops. A police patrol in the area moved swiftly to capture the men who entered the building through a back door.

 

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Bar Brawl at Pier One Bar Captured on Camera http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172009 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172009#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 03:48:49 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172009 A shocking bar brawl at Pier One Bar was captured on film. The video shows a group of men violently attacking each other in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Many persons were injured but only three persons allowed themselves to be checked by doctors at the K.H.M.H.  One of the persons injured is twenty-one-year-old Kenan Faber who was stabbed on the left arm causing his lung to be punctured.  A male minor was also injured but was released after being treated. Twenty-one-year-old Keran Miguel was stabbed to the neck, but fortunately the wound was minor and he too was treated and released. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo found out today what caused the bar brawl.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Captured on camera; a shocking bar brawl at Pier One Bar in Belize City. The brawl happened at around one a.m. on Saturday, leaving at least three persons including a minor injured. The video shows a group of men violently attacking each other with bar stools as party goers quickly remove themselves from the immediate area.

 

Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

 “Police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they observed a group of persons. Several of them had apparent injuries to the body. Some of them refused to seek medical attention however the doctor attended to three persons who were admitted. This was as a result of a fight that broke out at Pier One where several persons were injured. Apparently the object that was used was a borer and other injuries were caused by the tables, chairs and stools from the bar. I understand that much furniture from the establishment was damaged from the fight.”

 

During the brawl twenty one year old Kenan Faber received a stabbed wound on the left armpit. Twenty one year old Keran Miguel received a stab wound on the right side of the neck and a seventeen year old minor, who many say should have not been there, received a cut wound on the back of the head and abrasions on the right arm. ASP Alejandro Cowo says the brawl was as a result of two women fighting.

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

What we understand that is initiated between two females. The females were in the company of different males persons and from there the fight just got bigger and bigger, involving almost everyone who was inside the establishment.”

 

Reporter

“Don’t establishments like these particularly those that sell alcohol whether they sell food and restaurant, aren’t they required to have ample security in such eventualities?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Yes they are required. There were security but I cannot tell if the crowd that was there was overwhelming. We know that normally when these types of incidents do happen, the securities move away because they might be targets or victims of the same fight. That is the reality there.”

 

Faber’s lung was punctured. He remains admitted at the KHMH. The male minor and Miguel were treated and discharged minutes after.

 

This recent incident has caused much uproar on social media. Pier One Bar is located at B.T.L. Park—essentially a children’s park. In 2014, former Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley defended Pier One Bar’s status saying it is not a bar but a restaurant.

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Former Mayor of Belize [September 17th, 2014]

“I wouldn’t concede that it is a bar for the simple reason that you can buy food there, and I don’t go there…like I go there if I’m in the park in the evenings like on Thursday or Friday, but you can purchase food there so I wouldn’t concede that. I will though say that the larger issue is the overall quality of the experience at the park, and I am satisfied that the clientele, the ambiance and the atmosphere that the Pier 1 Bar generates contributes to the visitor experience there. 

 

Only one person has come forward to provide investigators with a statement. Police are looking at footage to see if charges can be levied on any of the bar brawlers. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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Domestic Dispute Leads Wife to Stab Husband http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172008 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172008#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 03:42:33 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172008

Rhandy Quilter

A domestic dispute on Sunday night led to a near-fatal stabbing. Belize City resident twenty-nine-year-old Rhandy Quilter is at the K.H.M.H recuperating after he was stabbed by his common-law wife following a heated argument turned physical. Investigators say Quilter punched his spouse during the argument after which she armed herself with a knife and stabbed Quilter. Twenty-three-year-old Jasnique Brakeman has since been detained. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports. 

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Twenty-nine-year-old Rhandy Quilter is lucky to be alive tonight. The stevedore of Faber’s Road is recuperating after he was stabbed by his common-law- wife on Sunday night.

 

Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Sometime after nine p.m. which happened number six Faber’s Road apartment number seven where Rhandy Quilter, twenty nine year old stevedore of that address, was engaged in a domestic dispute with his common law wife resulting in he receiving two stab wounds to the left side of his back.”

 

Quilter remains admitted in a stable condition at the KHMH. ASP Alejandro Cowo says the Quilter was stabbed after he and his common law wife were engaged in an argument at their apartment on Faber’s Road.

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“They were at the residence and apparently the argument ensue between both of them where he went and he punched the female to the face and as a result she just got hold of a knife that was inside in a cabinet and allegedly stabbed Quilter causing him to receive the two injuries to the left side of his back.”

 

Quilter underwent surgery this morning. His mother, Beverly Neal, says he is doing much better. The common law wife remains in custody however Neal says her son will not press any charges.

 

Beverly Neal

Beverly Neal, Mother of Rhandy Quilter

“He said that he and his girlfriend had a quarrel, a dispute because she went out and she ended up stabbing him.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Do you know whether or not they had arguments on a regular basis?”

 

Beverly Neal

“They always have augments with each other. I always sit down and advise them that they cannot do that because they have two children with each other and they are together for seven years. So I told them that they ether leave each other or work it out for the two children.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“So he won’t be pressing any charges?”

 

Beverly Neal

“No. He will not be pressing any charges. He will never press charge on her and I advised him not to press charge on her because she is his children’s mother.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“The injuries that he received, they are not life threatening?”

 

Beverly Neal

“Doctors gave him fifty-fifty last night and he took four hours in surgery and came out from the theater this morning when I saw him.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“He is speaking now?”

 

Beverly Neal

“Yes he is talking. He says he has a lot of pain and every minute he goes to sleep back.”

 

Reporting for News Five I am Hipolito Novelo.

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3 Men are Nabbed in a Foiled Home Invasion at Fantaxia Restaurant http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172006 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172006#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 03:32:51 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172006 There was a brazen home invasion at a popular restaurant in the Yabra area. On Sunday afternoon, the proprietors of Fantaxia Restaurant located on Queen Charlotte Street in Belize City were held up by three masked men, who carried a knife and two guns. The armed burglars proceeded to tie up an elderly woman and two others inside the restaurant located in proximity to Bismark Club.  Luckily, forty-three-year-old Zhong Qiang Zhu was in the bathroom; he realized that something was wrong when he heard his mother screaming and alerted police at a nearby checkpoint. , Police were quick to detain twenty-three-year-old Trevor Guy, twenty-four-year-old Tyron Guy, and twenty-three-year-old Leon Westby; all residents of the same area. Assistant Superintendent of Police Alejandro Cowo says that a nine millimetre pistol, a point three-eighty special revolver as well as masks and the loot were recovered from the scene. 

 

Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“They entered through the back of the building, through a door, and they tied up four of the persons who were inside the building. One of them managed to escape and as a result he alerted the police. The police check point that was in that immediate area responded along with another police mobile and upon arrival they observed three male persons fleeing from the building. They were captured and the police found two firearms, one in a lot adjacent to the building and one inside the building. There was some amount of cash, up to now we cannot ascertain how much, but it’s not a big amount; personal cell phones and small items. All of that was recovered from the three male persons the same day. Yes they were masked, the three of them; police also found the mask on the scene.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir these persons have been charged and taken to court?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Not as yet. It will either be tomorrow morning. It was a nine mm pistol and a thirty-eight revolver that were recovered from the scene.”

 

Trevor and Tyron Guy as well as Leon Westby will be charged for aggravated burglary and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

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Female Minor Claims She was Abducted and Taken to Homeland Memorial Park http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172004 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172004#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 03:31:08 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172004 A report was made to the Police over the weekend of the abduction of a minor. On Saturday sometime after three p.m., a fifteen-year-old girl reported that she was walking on Holy Emmanuel Street heading towards La Croix Boulevard. Within minutes, a white heavily tinted SUV stopped about four feet from her before a cyclist rode up and pushed her into the back seat of the vehicle. The driver, described as a man of dark complexion, then sped off to an area near the Homeland Memorial Park in the Eight Miles Community. Threatening her with a machete, the man ordered her to remove her clothing, but she managed to get away. At its weekly press briefing, the police took the opportunity to alert parents to be vigilant with their children.

 

Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“She began screaming and she was threatened by the only person who was inside the car, who was the driver, with a machete.  She was driven up to Homeland Memorial where the person demanded for her to take off her clothes, but while he went to open the door, the female managed to open the door and ran and ask for assistance. Fortunately she returned safe.”

 

Reporter

“Is she able to describe the kidnapper?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“She gave a description of the driver and of the vehicle. It’s a white four-door vehicle, heavily tinted.”

 

Duane Moody

“Any suspects at this time?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“No. It is something for each parent to have in mind, to be careful as to when they send their children alone. Or if you are sending someone always to be on the lookout for them; not to send them at a far distance where you cannot have a look at them. Always stand on the street side and see where your son or daughter is going to.”

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Group of Mexicans Detained by Belize City Police Released http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172002 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172002#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 03:19:17 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172002 Five Mexican nationals, who were detained on Thursday evening at a boutique, were released on Saturday afternoon. After being held for almost three days, forty-seven-year-old attorney Reymundo Choc, his wife thirty-year-old Norma Gonzalez, forty-seven-year-old Victorino Rivera, thirty-five-year-old Jovita Sagredo and Blanca Sagredo were free to go without any charges. Choc and Rivera were held at Raccoon Street Police Station and the three women were in custody at the Queen Street Police Station. The group was arrested under the suspicion in the ongoing investigation into the recent drug plane landing in Tres Leguas, Blue Creek.  In that bust, two Mexicans and three Belizeans, including superintendent of police, David Chi, have been charged. The group of Mexicans was arrested while they were inside It Store on Queen Street. Their white Chevy two-door pickup truck was also impounded. Police did not address their detention during this afternoon’s police press briefing, but it is believed that other arrests may follow.

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An Attempted Rape in Corozal http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171997 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171997#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 03:11:07 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171997

Joseph Myvett

Police also reported today on an attempted rape in Corozal. A Hispanic man is in custody tonight pending charges of assault of a female minor in San Andres, Corozal. On Sunday night, a seventeen-year-old girl was riding a bicycle near the Corozal Community College auditorium when she was attacked. According to the minor, she was shoved off her bicycle, but was saved by a Good Samaritan who saw what was happening.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Shortly after seven-thirty p.m., police responded to a report of an attempted rape in San Andres Village in the vicinity of the Rudolph Wade Auditorium where upon arrival a seventeen-year-old minor who was at the time accompanied by a six-year-old riding a bicycle in that area was pushed off her bicycle by a Hispanic male person. He then attempted to tear off her clothes; however a female who was in the area came to her assistance and the assailant fled the area. Police investigations have led to the detention of three persons; one of whom has been positively identified as the person who committed this act. He is detained pending charge.”

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Caught by Stray Bullet; Police Looking for Suspect http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171996 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171996#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 03:08:54 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171996 Police are looking for a suspect in a shooting on Sunday night in which a man was injured. Twenty-nine-year-old Darryl Berry it seems was at the wrong place at the wrong time because as he rode his bicycle towards the intersection of Fabers Road Extension and the George Price Highway, he was struck in the leg and ankle by bullets. Investigation has since revealed that an altercation between two persons escalated into a firearm being pulled out. The gunman fired several shots, which caught Berry who was passing by on bicycle.  ASP Cowo say that while no one has been detained at this time, the police do have a suspect.

 

Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Darryl Berry, twenty-nine-year-old of Hunters Lane, was riding his bicycle heading from Fabers Road towards the George Price Highway, just before the Puma Gas station when he was approached by a short dark-skinned male person who fired several shots at his direction injuring him to the right knee and the left leg. He was treated and then he was discharged the same night.  What the investigation has shown us is that there was an argument between the suspected shooter and somebody else and the person fired a shot and at the same time this person was passing and he was injured.”

 

Duane Moody

“So a stray bullet basically?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Yes.”

 

Duane Moody

“So in terms of that incident, where the shooting happened, what do you have on that?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“There is no report in regards to that one.”

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3 Week Later, Wayne Welch is Charged for the Attempted Murder of Dawn Parchue http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171993 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171993#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 03:05:18 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171993

Wayne Welch

In late August, we reported on a shooting incident on Mahogany Street where Dawn Parchue had been shot multiple times to the body. The attempt made on her life was as a result of an altercation minutes earlier with a group of persons at a restaurant in the area.  Three weeks later, police were able to detain the alleged shooter, who had been on the run. On Friday, police formally arrested and charged twenty-four-year-old plumber Wayne Welch with the crime of Attempted Murder, Dangerous Harm and Use of Deadly Means of Harm.

 

Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“She was involved in a dispute an establishment in the Mahogany Street area with some people and as she left from the establishment, that is at a distance that she was shot several times. He was one of the persons that she had an argument at the restaurant.”

 

Reporter

“Is there a reason why it took weeks to make an arrest?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“He was on the run.”

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Pair of Minors from Saint Martin’s Arraigned for Belmopan Robbery http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171991 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171991#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 03:03:32 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171991

Joseph Myvett

Going into the weekend, we reported on the brazen robbery in Belmopan in which two minors were involved; they were caught at the bus terminal with the loot and a recreational weapon in hand. The two young men, a fifteen and a sixteen-year-old from the Saint Martin’s area of Belize City, were today arraigned in court for the robbery with a firearm of Tai San Shop in the Capital. The entire incident was captured on surveillance footage as they held up the owner with a pellet gun before trying to escape by returning to the Old Capital. Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett gave the media an update today.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Quick police into this investigation led to the detention of two Belize City minors, who have since been arrested and charged for the crime of robbery. Some monies were recovered along with liquors, cigarettes and a handgun which is a pellet gun that was suspected to have been used in the commission of the crime.”

 

Reporter

“Is it your belief that these minors travelled from Saint Martin’s area of Belize City where they live and all the way to Belmopan for the purpose of the commission of a robbery?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Well we have not been able to establish that other than to say that they are both from Belize City—one is from Evergreen Street while the other is from Santa Barbara Street.”

 

Reporter

“Do they have any relatives or any case of abode in Belmopan?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“So far, our investigation has not been able to establish that.”

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Housekeeper Charged for Trafficking over 7 Pounds of Weed http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171990 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171990#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 03:01:44 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171990

Dorla Morales

A twenty-eight-year-old housekeeper of San Pedrito area of San Pedro has been arrested and charged for drug trafficking. According to the report, Dorla Morales was caught red-handed at the boat dock in San Pedro with four parcels of compressed cannabis. Three thousand two hundred and seventy-seven grams or the equivalent of seven point one-one pounds of weed were discovered and she was taken into custody and charged for the crime.

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San Pedro Fisherman Missing Since September 10th http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171988 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171988#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 02:59:56 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171988

Miguel Arroyo

A twenty-three-year-old fisherman of a Pelican Street address in San Pedro is also missing.  Miguel Arroyo left home on September tenth en-route to a store and has not been seen or heard from since. He is described as a person of Hispanic decent five feet seven inches in height, slim built, green eyes and black hair with a mole under his right eye. Arroyo was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, grey dickies pants and had on a red and white Jordan slippers.

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Group of Mexicans Detained by Belize City Police http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171928 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171928#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2018 03:02:43 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171928 Five Mexican nationals, two men and four women, were detained by Belize City Police on Thursday evening.  They are forty-seven-year-old attorney Reymundo Choc, his wife thirty-year-old Norma Gonzalez, forty-seven-year-old Victorino Rivera, thirty-five-year-old Jovita Sagredo and Blanca Sagredo.  Choc and Rivera are being held at the Raccoon Street Police Station, while the three women are in custody at Queen Street Police Station.  The men and women were seen on Thursday morning in front of the Magistrate Court during the arraignment of the men who were arrested for the recent drug plane landing in the north.  Following the arraignment, the group parked a white Chevy two-door pickup truck in front of It Store on Queen Street, a few yards away from the Queen Street Police Station. They went inside the boutique where they reportedly went shopping.  But in a matter of minutes, heavily armed police officers and members of the Gang Suppression Unit entered the store and whisked the Mexican nationals away.   The group is detained under suspicion that they might be connected to the Mexican men, who were charged for the illegal drug plane landing in Tres Leguas, Blue Creek.  We are told that Choc was brought to Belize City by a Belizean living in Corozal. Up to news time, the men and women remain in police custody and the vehicle remains impounded. We understand that the Belize Police Department is working along with its Mexican counterparts to properly vet the Mexican nationals to determine if they are connected to any drug cartels in Mexico. From reports received, Choc was hired by the family of one of the accused Mexican nationals so he came to monitor the arraignment.

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Acting Prime Minister Reacts to Drug Plane Bust http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171927 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171927#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2018 03:01:48 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171927 Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber today chimed in on the recent drug plane landing in northern Belize for which two Mexicans and three Belizeans including superintendent of police, David Chi, have been charged. The fourteen million dollar cargo on board the CESSNA plane was cocaine packed in bales.  Faber says that Belize is a victim of the narco-trafficking trade because of its strategic location for drugs heading to the US.  The arrest of the top cop, says Faber, gives the department a black eye.

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Acting Prime Minister

“The reason why drug planes see Belize as a target is because we are a small nation, we don’t have the ability to police the borders in the manner in which…it is evident that planes that land here and other transhipment that goes on, passes through Belize in an effort to get to the United States. If we were not geographically located here, that kind of trouble would not exist for us. And so we must always remember that and keep that in mind. I think it was Commissioner Whylie who said there are good cops and bad cops; even in our own families, there are some members that are wayward and some that are doing the right things. This is how it is. Once there are human beings involved in any entity, there will be that element of wrongdoing at times. And so it puts a really black eye on the police if that is indeed the case. I believe that people are innocent until proven guilty, but if it is that police officers—especially the kind of senior ranking police officers that we’ve been hearing about are involved in that—then that is indeed sad and in fact we ought to be taking measures against such officers who are giving the department a black eye.”

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Patrick Faber: “Drastic Time Calls for Drastic Measures” http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171926 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171926#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2018 03:00:41 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171926 The proclamation on a “State of Public Emergency” on two south side neighbourhoods in Belize City has been met with criticism from various quarters on the basis that it violates the human rights of persons living in these areas. The measure was approved by Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber on September fourth as a reaction to a bloody weekend in which six persons were killed on south side Belize City. As many as forty persons, believed to be gang members from the George Street and Mayflower/Banak areas, are in lock down at the Central Prison for the remainder of the month.  Today, Faber told News Five that it was a case of “drastic time calls for drastic measures.”

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Acting Prime Minister

“It was not done without consultation from the people. We have heard the outcries of the citizenry, especially here in Belize City where as you know I am a Belize City representative, and there have been many, many suggestions in line of that. In fact, you know that some time ago, there were measures that Prime Minister Barrow tried to put in having to do with preventative detention and we heard people loud and clear. It was a different climate, it was a different time and I think the rate of murders have since then gone up tremendously and there were many people who said we need that kind of measure, although it is not the same thing. And to tell you the facts, the truth is that the measures that have been put in place to declare those zones in an emergency state did not just come while I was acting Prime Minister. You would remember in March when we had another terrible spate of murders, that decision was announced. All that happened; the government was full of restraint and in fact did not move to declare the particular zones. And after a little while when things calmed down we thought that we’d just hold off until things flared up and we saw the absolute need to do it and last weekend was in fact that opportunity where we thought that it was absolutely necessary. And by and large, I think what it happening now, in terms of the lack of the murders now—at least those that are connected with the gangs and with the drugs and all of that—very minimal now compared to what we would have had if that measure was not in place. I believe that that is a positive measure on the part of the government. There are many people in the society who are saying that as well. I understand all of those who are complaining about it being against human rights and all of that, but when the entire society is being held ransom by just a few, then I think drastic times does indeed call for drastic measures.”

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Teenage Robbers Caught Red-Handed by Belmopan Police http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171925 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171925#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2018 02:59:00 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171925 Two minors are in police custody pending charges of armed robbery. The two young men, one fifteen and another sixteen years old, believed to be from Belize City, were captured on camera holding-up the owner of Tai San Shop in Belmopan with a pellet gun. The robbery lasted for about a minute, before noon on Thursday, and the pair of thieves was detained by the police at the Belmopan bus terminal, attempting to return to the Old Capital. On them, police found a pellet gun, an assortment of items and an undisclosed amount of cash stolen from the grocery store. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

At eleven nineteen on Thursday morning, security footage of Tai San Shop in Belmopan shows two male minors, one armed with what a seems to be a firearm, holding up the store owner, Junyoung Wu. One of the robbers pulls out the gun from his pants pocket. Wu is visibly shaken up. The first robber directs Wu away from the store’s counter while his partner in crime quickly makes his way behind the counter and steals the cash. Meanwhile, Wu is seen stooping on the floor, guarded by the first thief. Seconds after, three young girls enter the store; one quickly exits while the two others remain. The second perpetrator walks away from the counter, and leaves the grocery store. One of the girls quickly realizes that a robbery is in progress and pulls on her companion’s left arm, signaling her that they too need to leave the store. They waste no time and flee the store unharmed. Within seconds, the first perpetrator is seen with two bottles of rum. He grabs an item from the counter before rushing from the scene.

 

Supt. Henry Jemmott, O.C., Belmopan Police

There was a robbery on Garza Street of a Chinese business establishment. Quickly receiving the call, police swung into action. Members of the Clap Down Operation began combing surrounding the other streets. We got information that the persons had taken a cab so we posted people at the terminal. After making checks they saw the male persons fitting the description which were two minors.”

 

Believed to be Belize City residents, the teenagers were captured at the Belmopan Bus Terminal, attempting to return to the Old Capital. On them police found an amount of cash, a black pellet gun, two bottles of rum and one pack of cigarettes.

 

Supt. Henry Jemmott

“Further search of their bag also revealed that they had a firearm and a knife in their bag. After that they were arrested and escorted to the station.”

 

The minors are in police detention pending charges. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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An Orange Walk Driver is Reported Missing http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171914 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171914#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2018 01:51:00 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171914

Julio Estuardo Choc

A missing person report has been filed by a thirty-year-old domestic of Orange Walk Town who told police that her husband, Julio Estuardo Choc left home on September ninth for work in Belmopan and has not been seen or heard from since.  The driver did not arrive at work on that day and there has been no trace of him.  Julio Estuardo Choc is of clear complexion, stands about five feet, five inches tall, is of medium built and has his middle name tattooed on the right hand.  He was last seen wearing a red and black striped shirt, long grey pants and a pair of black shoes.  Police are investigating his disappearance.

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2 Mexicans & 3 Belizeans, including Senior Officer, Arraigned for Blue Creek Drug Bust http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171830 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171830#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2018 03:38:10 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171830 Three Belizeans and two Mexican nationals were arraigned in court this morning on charges relating to a drug plane that landed on September eleventh in Tres Leguas, near Blue Creek, Orange Walk District.  The cargo was one thousand two hundred and twenty-six pounds of cocaine, with a value of fourteen million dollars.  The arraignment took place before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. The most senior in the group is Commanding Officer of the Orange Walk formation, Superintendent David Chi, who it is alleged led the operation to land the single engine Cessna that originated from Venezuela. He is also the highest ranking officer to be implicated in a drug seizure of this magnitude.  Along with Police Constable Norman Anthony and Peter Friesen Junior, Chi was the last to exit the court room.  Friesen’s mother and other family members of the group waited outside the courtroom as the men filed out.  Anthony was released on Tuesday night and within twenty-four hours, on Wednesday night around ten o’clock; he was picked up and then hauled to court.  News Five’s Duane Moody has the details of the arraignment.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Around eleven-thirty this morning, five persons: three Belizeans and two Mexicans, including a senior officer of the Belize Police Department were hauled to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court, under heavy police guard, and charged in connection with the illegal landing of a drug plane in Tres Leguas, near Blue Creek, Orange Walk. The men were arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford after which bail was denied and they were remanded to the Central Prison in Hattieville until November first when they are to re-appear in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court, the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred.

 

Dickie Bradley

Dickie Bradley, Attorney for Peter Friesen Jr.

“Five persons who have been charged; there are four charges of which two are new, have just been added where a senior police officer who was in charge of the Orange Walk Police jurisdiction has now been charged. The police officer who the country was told was not going to be charged and would have been put on police interdiction and taken to a police tribunal has been charged.”

 

Azariaz Manzano & Eli Figueroa Nunez

The men are identified as: Eli Figueroa Nunez, a thirty-one-year-old who claims to be a businessman from Campeche, Mexico; Azariaz Manzano, a twenty-year-old farmhand from Quintana Roo, Mexico. And Belizeans: Peter Friesen Junior, a thirty-two-year-old carpenter of Blue Creek Village as well as Police Constable Norman Anthony, a Lemonal resident, stationed at the Blue Creek Police substation and Commanding Officer at the Orange Walk Police Station, Superintendent David Chi. All five were charged with abetment to importation of a controlled drug for purposely facilitating the importation of cocaine to Belize. Chi, Anthony, Friesen and others were also charged for conspiracy to land a plane at an unlicensed aerodrome. Mexican nationals, Nunez and Manzano, were additionally charged with drug trafficking. As it relates to the crime of abetment, it is believed that other persons will be charged.

 

Peter Friesen Jr.

Dickie Bradley

“The additional charges; the police originally charged persons—two Mexicans and one Belizean from Blue Creek had been charged for importing the drugs into Belize and for drug trafficking. And now the additional charges are that it is abetment to import the drugs into Belize and that has been levied against police officer Norman Anthony and senior officer David Chi. And the police have also charged conspiracy to land a plane at an airstrip which is not licensed for landing planes. And Norman Anthony and David Chi along with Mister Peter Friesen have been charged for that other. I think one of you pointed out that on the charge sheet for abetment to bring in the plane, the persons who are charged are also charged along with others, so the police are probably looking for others.”

 

Norman Anthony

It is a historic case because it is the first time that a senior officer at the rank of superintendent has been charged for having been involved in a fourteen-million-dollar drug bust. What came as a surprise, however, was that PC Anthony, who the Commissioner of Police announced would not have been charged was re-arrested on Wednesday night and slapped with multiple charges. His attorney is Leeroy Banner.

 

Leeroy Banner, Attorney for Norman Anthony

“He was been charged with two counts of like you rightly mentioned, but I wouldn’t want to say anything at this time because the matter is before the court and I think it would be unfair to say what I want to say.”

 

Leeroy Banner

Reporter

“Have the police provided any sort of details to substantiate these charges as yet?”

 

Leeroy Banner

“No, no. Not as yet. But the matter is pretty much new, so hopefully before the day is done or before next week, we will get something to indicate why he has been charged but so far nothing as yet.”

 

Duane Moody

“When were you guys notified of this?”

 

David Chi

Leeroy Banner

“About ten last night.”

 

But according to Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, even as Anthony was released, the investigation continued into the crime and there was enough evidence uncovered for charges to be proffered against him.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations)

“At that particular juncture, we had no evidence, sufficient enough for us to have been able to lay charges against him. But as you know the investigation was still ongoing and his forty-eight-hour period was up. And so as the investigation progresses, we obtained additional information and based on that, he was re-detained and charged this morning. We do have evidence and whenever the matter goes to trial we will be marshalling those evidence before the court and it will be a matter for the court to decide his guilt or innocence.”

 

Reporter

“Is it expected that there will be other persons who will be charged—either within the police department or outside the police department?”

 

Chester Williams

“The investigation is still ongoing and if it is that evidence should manifest itself as to the involvement of any other individual—whether police or not—then we will follow the evidence wherever it takes us.”

 

Today outside the courtroom, the relatives and friends of the accused narco-traffickers stood watch as their loved ones were placed in cuffs and carted away in the heavily tinted police van; they were briefly be taken to the Queen Street Police Station, before they were further transported to the Central Prison where they will spend their first night behind bars. While those for the Mexican nationals denied comment, a tearful Maria Friesen spoke out in defence for her son.

 

Maria Friesen, Mother of Peter Friesen Jr.

“My heart is broken right now for my son; I love too much my sons, I have two and one daughter. But my heart is broken. My grandsons and his wife are waiting for their dad.”

 

Maria Friesen

Duane Moody

“Ma’am, but what was he doing out there?”

 

Maria Friesen

“I don’t know. I don’t know because he is a working guy, a decent guy. He never had problems with the law, with nothing.”

 

Duane Moody

“Do you know of his whereabouts on Sunday because police are saying that they detained him out there after two that morning, on Sunday morning?”

 

Maria Friesen

“No, I can’t say that because I don’t know.”

 

Reporter

“Has he or any member of your family ever been criminally charged before ma’am?”

 

Maria Friesen

“No sir. No. never.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

A few minutes after four o’clock this evening, a group of Mexican nationals was detained in Belize City under the suspicion that they might be connected to the recent drug plane landing. According to reports, four men, including two attorneys, parked their white pickup truck with Mexican license plate in front of It Store on Queen Street. We have confirmed that the men entered the store under the pretense that they were buying. The police were tipped off and the men were arrested and are currently being detained at Queen Street Police Station. A few minutes ago, the vehicle they were in was being impounded by police. We will keep following this story.

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Chester Defends Month-long Incarceration of Gang Members http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171828 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171828#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2018 03:33:50 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171828 Forty persons including adults and minors who police have determined are gang members have been transferred to the Hattieville Central prison where they will be locked up until the end of this month.  On Wednesday, which marked the seventh day since they had been detained, the group was transported to prison from the holding cells of the Queen and Racoon Streets stations. They were handed documents stating why they were held but won’t be formally charged as permitted under the state of public emergency imposed in two south side constituencies where the gangs have been active against each other.  But their thirty-day incarceration has come under fire from human rights experts and attorneys who argue that the rights and freedoms of these people are under attack.  After the thirty-day period, the police say some can be charged with gang- related offenses. At a press conference today, sought to cool down concerns over the process of their incarceration. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

As many as forty young men from two inner city neighborhoods remain under lockdown at the Belize Central Prison tonight.  They are being held in segregation, away from the general inmate population, and, more so, away from each other, as it is common knowledge that both groups are presently at war.  Their incarceration, however, comes as a mixed bag, a polarizing state of affairs which has divided the masses.  At the heart of it all is Deputy Commissioner Chester Williams.  Not only is he a legal mind, he is also responsible for the operations of the Belize Police Department.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations)

“All the persons we had in custody have been dealt with and ferried over to prison.  Those persons who were not taken, they were released because of the fact that after we have sieved out the list those are the persons who remained.”

 

The initial number of detainees stood at approximately one hundred and ten persons as of a week ago, following a predawn operation last Wednesday during which perceived gang members were rounded up from George Street and Mayflower communities.  For many, the raid was sweeping, capturing in its breadth persons who may not have been involved in gang or criminal activity.  That figure has whittled away considerably, but whether or not the department has achieved its objective through a state of emergency is anyone’s guess.

 

Chester Williams

“We have been trying a lot, we have [borne] patience with these different groups.  I, in particular, took time late at night doing interventions, mediations with them and tried to see how we can get them to understand that the way of life they are living, instilling fear and terror in the lives of ordinary Belizeans, majority of our good citizens live in prison in their own homes because of fear of being on the streets or fear of these individuals.  It is about time that we take some measures to be able to let them understand that the way of life that they are living and the fear that they are instilling in our law abiding citizens must come to an end.  There must come a cutoff point and I believe that we’ve reached that point and the decision to have done this, I think, is the right one.”

 

With that said, the Kolbe Foundation which manages the Belize Central Prison on behalf of government, has had to take on these young men.  But was the organization or a representative of the penal system involved in that decision-making process?

 

Virgilio Murillo

Virgilio Murillo, C.E.O., Kolbe Foundation

“I, personally, never participated but we have a controller of prison who represents the Government of Belize and more than likely, because he resides onsite and he is here every day, more than likely he may have been summoned to a meeting and he was probably part of the decision making with respect to that.”

 

This short-term policy which has since been implemented by decree, is soundly criticized as a stopgap.  It is not seen as a permanent or long-term solution to the hemorrhaging that continues to take place in the city streets.

 

Chester Williams

“We will continue to monitor how it goes from here.  We are not going to say that this action will stop crime altogether.  As I have always said, crime will always occur, but I can assure you that it will surely minimize the occurrences of crime.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“In hindsight, wouldn’t it have been more surgical to go for specifically who you want, as opposed to a dragnet that corrals all of these persons and then you start weeding out the ones that you don’t want?”

 

Chester Williams

“But that’s what we did Isani.  Don’t you think that if we had gone with a dragnet we mi wahn bring een di whole ah Banak and di whole ah George Street?  We picked up a specific amount of persons because those were the ones that we wanted, but at the end of the day there are some who are gang members and are actively involved in gang activities and there are some who are gang members who have been dormant for some time.  Those who have been dormant, we don’t want to drag them into what it is that we are doing.  We’ll leave them along to continue with their life and try to continue down that peaceful path.  We don’t want to bring them back into the arena, so they were allowed to go.”

 

Those who weren’t allowed to go are in detention for the remainder of the month. Undoubtedly, it is enough time for anger to fester among them, but in a controlled environment it may be difficult to act upon.

 

Virgilio Murillo

“We can reassure the public that certainly we do not expect these guys to come here and carry on their deviant behavior.  We have all systems in place that I am sure will be able to control them.”

 

What happens upon their release into society is yet to be seen, and is cause for concern for law abiding citizens.

 

Chester Williams

“Within the first thirty days, we will be looking at the investigations in respect to the offenses listed in the notice that they got.  If it is that we come up with evidence that will be sufficient to charge any of them for any of the named offenses then we are going to do that.  Another offense that we are looking at is the gang membership offense and other offenses relating to the gang legislation.  So more than likely, some of them will be charged under the gang legislation and if we can get evidence against them in respect of the criminal offenses then we are also going to charge for that.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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Law and Order to be Maintained Upon and After Release of Gang Bangers http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171826 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171826#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2018 03:30:12 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171826 Amid the ongoing public discourse on the state of emergency in parts of Belize City is a fear that upon release, there is potential for aggrieved gang members to retaliate on members of society.  It’s a serious concern that may not be allayed by tough talk alone.  Earlier today, Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams attempted to put to rest those worries by reassuring that the police department will maintain a handle on the situation at all cost.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner (Operations)

“When are we as a society going to stop worrying about when gang members get angry?  Why don’t we worry about when the masses of us get enough of what this handful of young men is doing to our community?  Are we going to succumb to one handful of people or are we going to try and fulfill the wishes of the majority who want to live in a peaceful society, in a peaceful community.  If they want to be angry and want to go out and perpetrate criminal or gang activities, I am not going to beg them not to.  If they do that I will know what to do.  And believe you me, I know what to do.  It’s a matter for them. As the minister said, the constitution does allow in the first instance for a thirty-day period, but when you go to Section 18, Subsection 5, it also says that it may be extended by a resolution of the House of Representatives and it can go to as much as one year, twelve months and it shall remain in force unless or until it is declared to, it is withdrawn, right.  So, I guess we will be monitoring how things go from here and we will be in dialogue with our minister and our ministry and when the one-month period is up then we will decide exactly what course we will take to be able to ensure that we can continue to maintain some semblance of peace in Belize City.”

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Top Cop Says Paperwork Has Been Drafted for Entire South Side http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171824 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171824#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2018 03:28:29 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171824

Chester Williams

With a state of emergency in effect for two south side neighborhoods, are other Belize City gangs laying low or is there potential for a flare up elsewhere?  When asked that question at today’s press conference, Deputy ComPol Williams revealed that similar documents have been drafted for the entire south side of the Old Capital and, should push come to shove, it’s simply a stroke of the Governor General’s pen to bring them into force.

 

Reporter

“Mr. Williams, in regards to a comment that was made at the last press briefing, there was reference made to other areas of Belize City which have been boiling over in terms of gang activity.  Are there any provisions which are made, because I wondered at the begin when you focus on these areas, if that wouldn’t leave the other areas free to move and act out as they will, you know.  Is there any provision that the state of emergency can be expanded to other areas if other gangs…”

 

Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner (Operations)

“You think it will make them act out as they want to?  I can tell you that we already have documents drafted for the entire south side of Belize City, but we only went after these two for now because those were the two that were in this war tit for tat and it was unbearable.  If the other groups would want to behave in such a way, then we know what to do.  Like I said, the documents are already drafted, it’s just a matter for the GG’s signature.  So it is up to them.  How we progress from will be determined by them.  If they keep their area calm they have nothing to fear, but if they want to be out there perpetrating gang activities then by all means then we would have to draw a bone as well.”

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Shane Vellos Wants Justice after Police Officer Broke His Arm http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171819 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171819#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2018 03:08:22 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171819 Two months ago, Placencia resident Shane Vellos stopped by our office to share his experience of police brutality. Vellos was locked up after he was accused of theft, but later released and never charged. However, Vellos claims that he was badly beaten by an officer who also broke his left arm. Today, his father, Rudolph Vellos, reached out to News Five saying that he has a secret recording in which the officer attempts to bribe the family, asking them to discontinue the case. Vellos says that the officer has also threatened the family, demanding that they drop the case.

 

On the Phone: Rudolph Vellos, Father of Shane Vellos

“We contacted the officer.  He took a statement from me and my son and he asked us if we wanted to press charges. We told him yes. It has been two months and nothing. My son’s hand is in cast. He cannot work for two months now. He got his hand broke by the police for no reason. The police officer who broke his hand is still working. And then he came and threatened by son. He told him that if we press any charges and if we saw what happened to a young man in San Pedro who tried to go against the police force. He told us that we can go to the headquarters in Belmopan because he is not afraid. We did go to Belmopan headquarters, internal affairs, and they told us that they will have a tribunal and nothing has happened so far. We have record that the other the police came to my house and took us into the vehicle and offered us a bribe to drop the case. We have it on record too. I also have on record that the police beat my son. We no have police record. My son has never been to court.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Do you believe that your son was targeted by this police officer?”

 

On the Phone: Rudolph Vellos

“I believe you because they locked up my son, beat him for no reason. I do not only blame that police because they could have killed my son. I blame the whole shift that was working that night.”

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Asian Businessman Robbed on September Tenth in Armenia http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171816 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/171816#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2018 03:04:05 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=171816

Joseph Myvett

An Asian businessman was robbed at gunpoint on Monday morning in Armenia Village.  According to the owner of Yung Xing Store, a duo of men entered his place of business on the tenth of September and relieved him of an unspecified amount of cash.  While no arrests have been made, police say they are following certain clues.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“There is one other matter which is a robbery in Armenia Village that had occurred on the tenth of September.  Sometime around 8:30 a.m., the proprietor of Yung Xing Store reported that shortly after opening his store, two male persons entered, one of dark complexion and one of clear complexion one of whom pointed a handgun at him and demanded money.  As a result, the culprits made off with an undisclosed amount of money.  The police investigation into this matter continues, we are following some credible leads in regards to this investigation.”

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