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mar J'Ouvert mas
Several shootings and stabbings
marred J'Ouvert celebrations in Port-
of-Spain, Newtown, Tunapuna and St.
Joseph - leaving one man dead and send-
ing several others to hospital.
The lone fatality occurred just before 7 am
yesterday at the corner of Prince and George
Streets, Port-of-Spain. A statement from
the Police Service said yesterday 80 people
were arrested during J'Ouvert celebrations
across the country. Several knives and cut-
lasses were seized.
In the murder case, according to police,
ex-soldier Calvert James was stabbed as he
intervened in an argument between two men.
James, 56, was said be to be employed with
the Strategic Services Agency (SSA).
Senior officers said James was standing
on the roadway when he observed the men
Attempting to "bring peace," witness-
es told police a third man walked up and
stabbed James once in the chest.
As James fell to the ground, the killer ran
towards a nearby apartment building.
James was taken to the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital by officers of the In-
ter-Agency Task Force, where he was pro-
nounced dead on arrival.
In the second incident, around 9 am, at
George Street, Port-of-Spain, Hal Kern, 28,
of East Dry River, was shot in the right knee
by an unknown gunman. Kern was reported-
ly liming on the roadway with several other
people, when loud explosions were heard.
No one else was injured in that incident.
However, both incidents led to the area
being "locked down" by police and soldiers
as several searches carried out.
Police were also able to confirm that a
Special Reserve Police officer was stabbed
at Marli Street, Newtown.
Information revealed that PC Scipio of
the Malabar Police Station was standing at
the corner of Marli Street and the Queen's
Park Savannah around 9 am, when he was
approached by a group of men who began
It is alleged that a fight broke out and Sci-
pio was stabbed twice, following which the
group ran off.
Scipio was taken to hospital where he was
treated and warded in a stable condition.
Meanwhile, senior officials in the North-
ern Division confirmed a shooting and stab-
bing during the revelry in Tunapuna, while
another shooting was said to have occurred
near the Water and Sewerage Authority
(WASA), St Joseph.
A woman was allegedly stabbed during
the J'Ouvert celebrations in Tunapuna as
a fight broke out and several people began
to pelt bottles.
This incident is said to have occurred
around 8 am, while the shooting took place
at the corner of Green Street and Tunapuna
Road a short while later.
Police said a group of men were liming
at a nearby bar, when a car drove past and
gunmen opened fire. During the incident,
two people were shot. They were taken to
the EWMSC where they remain warded in a
stable condition. Three men were later held
in connection with that incident.
Even as officers in Tunapuna responded
to these two incidents, officers from the St
Joseph Police Station were alerted about a
shooting near WASA. Officers were unable to
identify the man or the circumstances that
led to him being shot.
Cop killed, 2 critical in highway crash
A policeman was killed and
three other people seriously in-
jured after the van they were in
crashed into a concrete railing
and then toppled off the Ma-
caulay overpass in Claxton Bay
Several people ran to their assis-
tance around midday yesterday, but
Police Constable Sherwin Cedeno
attached to the Canine Unit died on
impact. Three other occupants who
live abroad are warded in a serious
condition at San Fernando General
Up to late yesterday police were
trying to ascertain how the crash
occurred and who was driving the
van. Initial reports stated that the Kia
Sportage was proceeding along the
southbound lane of the Solomon Ho-
choy Highway when it crashed into
the concrete barrier and fell off the
highway. The van landed on an em-
bankment along the Macaulay Road.
Investigations are continuing.
stall bands on avenue
A contingent of Licensing Officers yes-
terday cracked down on several music
trucks carrying food, mobile restrooms
and drinks for large mas bands, as they
crossed one of the National Carnival
Commission's judging point on Ariapita
Avenue, Woodbrook, which created a bot-
tleneck for miles along the route.
The incident left many masqueraders fum-
ing, while the licensing officers worked with
members of the T&T Police Service to ensure
that the trucks drivers were not committing
any traffic offences on Carnival Monday.
Yesterday, Transport Commissioner Wayne
Richards confirmed that a team of 15 licensing
officers had been stationed on the Avenue to
ensure the drivers had been complying with
Yesterday, Richards said there was no reason
for the crackdown.
"This is what we do ever year for Carnival....
we work. We have to ensure there are prop-
er road users...especially at a time like this"
Richard said, defending his staff.
Richards said his team have also been looking
out for those who drive under the influence.
"We do breathalyser testing and these things.
It's nothing new. It's all part of our work rou-
A music truck which falls under the category
of a "goods vehicle" Richards said was only
authorized to carry a driver and two loaders.
"If you are carrying other persons you must
have permission. Plus... you must have the rel-
evant insurance in case you collide with anoth-
er vehicle that the occupants are protected."
From 10.30 am several large bands, start-
ing with Legacy's began crossing the judging
point on the avenue, even though there were
no judges and few spectators in the stands to
view their presentation Time...Then and Now.
Following Legacy were large bands Ronnie
and Caro's Fearless, Yuma's -D' Origins and
Bliss's - Al Sahra - The Great Desert.
It was while thousands of Bliss masquer-
aders were jamming and singing to Ultimate
Rejects' Full Extreme calypso the licensing
officers along with several police officers
swooped down on the drivers asking that they
hand over their insurance, driver's permit and
The music trucks are equipped with premi-
um bars, lunches, breakfasts, snacks, mobile
restrooms, on site paramedics and cool zones.
Many of the drivers readily complied.
Others were seen arguing with some licens-
ing officers, while the police took photographs
of trucks that may have broken the law.
This delayed some sections of Bliss from
moving along the route to Downtown, Port
-of-Spain and then to the final judging point
at the Queen's Park Savannah for over an hour.
After the drivers were given clearance to
go and the masqueraders began trekking up
the avenue, there was a heavy and sudden
The scene of the accident where PC Sherwin Cedeno lost his life on the Solomon Hochoy Highway,
Claxton Bay yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
A police officer observes Crime Scene Investigators search for evidence of an early
morning shooting at the corner of George and Prince Streets, Port of Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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