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Friday, September 29, 2017
dead by police
Police shot and killed three men
in separate instances between
Wednesday night and yesterday.
In the most recent killing, an off-
duty of icer shot and killed Leshon
Villafana during an attempted rob-
bery of a roulette machine in Arima
Earlier, of icers of the La Hor-
quetta Police Station were on pa-
trol along Cocorite Road, Arima
when they responded to a report of
a break-in at a bar.
The of icers arrived at the scene
around 12.30 am and found Nyal
Fernandez, 25, and a 32-year-old
man, both from Mohagany Trace,
Malabar, breaking into New House
Side Recreation Club.
Police said the men opened ire
on the of icers returned ire, killing
Fernandez while the other man was
In the second incident, of icers
identi ied the victim as Tabati Hy-
land who was wanted for question-
ing in connection with two murders
in the Santa Cruz area.
According to police reports
around 7.30 pm of icers ap-
proached Hyland at Ryan Street,
San Juan, when he reportedly
opened ire on them. The of icers
returned ire and Hyland was killed.
Police said Hyland, who lived at
La Canoa, Lower Santa Cruz, was
linked to the killing of Jason
Thomas, of Kingston Avenue, off La
Canoa Road, Santa Cruz on Septem-
ber 24. He was also wanted for the
murder of Amado Hernandez, 21, of
Pipiol Road, Santa Cruz.
Hernandez was killed outside his
girlfriend's home at Sam Boucaud,
Santa Cruz on September 18.
The killing of the two men has
taken the number of police killings
for the year to 37.
killed in drive-by
A 27-year-old Barataria man was
killed shortly before noon yester-
day in a drive-by shooting.
According to police reports,
around 11.30 pm Aaron "Son Son"
Hillaire was standing along Second
Street, Sixth Avenue, Barataria
when a car stopped near him and
an occupant opened ire before the
driver sped off.
Police said Hillaire collapsed
in a nearby drain and was taken
to the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex where he was
pronounced was dead on arrival.
The murder toll, following
Hillaire's killing, pushed the mur-
der toll to 364 for the year.
in flash floods
JENSEN LA VENDE
Motorists were left in gridlock
traf ic for hours yesterday after
flash-flooding occurred in Mara-
val, Santa Cruz, Diego Martin and
along the Eastern Main Road.
In Santa Cruz, ire of icers from
the search and rescue team were
called out to assist a man who
was stranded in his vehicle at Ho-
lolo along the Saddle Road.
Fire of icials said by the time
they got to the man, he had al-
ready rescued himself. The man,
the T&T Guardian was told, after
sitting on the hood of his car for
some time, waded through the
flood waters to safety.
There was also flooding at the
Water and Sewerage Authority
sub-of ice in Santa Cruz as the
river nearby overflowed.
There was bumper to bumper
traf ic along Saddle Road into
Maraval where there was more
Videos posted on social media
saw roadways gushing with water.
Businesses at Royal Palm hotel,
in Maraval, were flooded and
workers were seen sweeping
water out of the various estab-
In parts of Diego Martin mo-
torists took the chance to drive
through the flood.
Motorists were also stalled after
attempting to navigate through
the flooded streets.
In Morvant cars parked at a pri-
mary school were submerged in
flood waters as well. There were
reports of landslides and fallen
trees in some areas of the coun-
t r y.The Met of ice issued a bul-
letin stating that due to rainfall
associated with the passage of
the Inter-Tropical Convergence
Zone (ITCZ) major rivers were
approaching threshold levels in-
cluding the Caroni River.
The bulletin forecasted that
rainfall is expected to continue
"Citizens in general, and those
residing in the Caroni River Basin
in particular are asked to be on
the alert for rising river levels
and possible overspill. All neces-
sary measures must be taken to
preserve life and property," me-
teorologist Albert Alexander said.
No new leads on babies in dump
Investigators are using footage
from close circuit television
cameras to help them ind those
responsible for dumping twin
stillborn babies at Forres Park
land ill site in Claxton Bay on
The tiny bodies of the girl and
boy were discovered around 7
am by a scavenger who went to
investigate what a corbeaux was
pecking on. When he walked
closer he saw a baby's foot pro-
truding from a soiled grey blan-
ket. He then found the body of a
Also responded to the horri ic
incident, the Children's Associa-
tion has appealed to parents who
are unable to care for their chil-
dren to seek help.
"The Authority, which is re-
sponsible for the care and pro-
tection of children, believes that
every child should be given the
opportunity to achieve his or
her full potential. Parents and
guardians are entrusted with the
responsibility to provide a loving,
nurturing and safe environment
for their children. However,
when expectant mothers and fa-
thers are uncertain about their
ability to care for their unborn
child, they are invited to contact
the Authority to explore their
options, in a con idential and
according to a release.
The Authority also appealed to
other parents who are concerned
that their children are not re-
ceiving the best possible care to
also contact the organisation.
The Authority also reminded
the public that alternative fam-
ily options such as adoption and
foster care can only be arranged
by the Authority which can be
contacted at 996 or 800 2014.
An autopsy on the bodies at the
Forensic Science Centre was
inconclusive. The police have
been checking with health cen-
tres, hospitals and private clin-
ics to determine whether any of
the pregnant women, especially
those expecting twins, were due
to give birth around this time.
Investigators have also ap-
pealed to members of the
public who may have any infor-
mation about the parents of the
babies or those responsible for
discarding the babies bodies to
Workers clean the compound of the Royal Palm Hotel, Maraval after flooding in the area yesterday.
PICTURE KERWIN PIERRE
A motorist drives through flood waters along Saddle Road, Maraval,
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