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Cop shot in back during search
A Chaguanas police officer remains
warded at the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex yesterday after
he was shot by an unknown assail-
ant at Edinburgh 500, Chaguanas.
A report said around 2 am, the
officer only identified as PC Maraj
was shot in the back while respond-
ing to a report of an intruder on a
The bullet struck the officer’s
bullet-proof vest, investigators
Police said Maraj and another of-
ficer were searching the area when
a man opened fire on them from
The officers returned fire and
Maraj was injured.
The suspect fled the scene on
foot and was not found by the po-
Driver robbed of van
after stopping to urinate
Members of Vibez rhythm section show off their fire-breathing skills during the launch of San Fernando
Carnival on Saturday night at Rising Star Restaurant San Fernando.
PICTURE TONY HOWELL
Police are trying to determine the source a gre-
nade which was found at an abandoned house at
Crown Trace, Chaguanas on Friday.
Officers of the Special Patrol Unit, who received
a tip-off, found the grenade after they searched an
Investigators said the grenade was found
wrapped in some plastic bags and garbage. No one
was arrested in connection with the find. (KF)
Police are urging motorists to equip
their vehicles with security tracking
devices after yet another robbery.
This time a Couva man was held
up and robbed of his $185,000 Mazda
BT-50 pick-up while urinating on the
shoulder of the Solomon Hochoy
Highway on Friday night.
Within the past two weeks in the
Southern Division, seven motor vehi-
cles have been stolen, including one
on Saturday night at Gulf City Mall, La
Motor vehicle larcenies around San
Fernando had decreased earlier this
year when key players of a robbery
gang were arrested.
Confirming the robberies yester-
day, Insp Don Gajadhar said there
was a need for people to arm their
vehicles with alarm systems, GPS and
kill switches in order to prevent theft.
A report stated that around 9.40
pm Friday, the 60-year-old victim
was driving along the highway.
On reaching the Debe interchange,
he stopped on the shoulder and ex-
ited his vehicle.
While he was urinating, a white
Nissan sedan pulled up and an occu-
pant came out and robbed him of his
He reported the incident to police
but his vehicle was yet to be found up
Gajadhar said Nissan’s Almera,
Sunny B-14 and Sunny B-13 were pre-
ferred by car thieves.
He said some of the recently stolen
cars were recovered in Diego Martin,
Santa Cruz and parts of East Trinidad.
He added that a Northern Division
team led by Insp Joseph was instru-
mental in retrieving some of these
“We continuously see people go
into shops to play lotto or stop to
buy doubles and leave their vehicles
idling. When they do this, they give
criminals an opportunity.
The criminals might be passing
and watching movement, especially
in this season so motorists need to be
careful,” Gajadhar said. (KF)
A 25-year-old man was shot dead
and another man wounded after
being shot at Persad Lane, El So-
corro, on Saturday night.
Antonio De Roche was shot
multiple times and died at the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Another man, who was not
identified, remains warded in
critical condition at the hospital,
A report said around 9.30
pm, De Roche and another man
were liming on the street when a
gunman walked up to them and
opened fire. Both men were shot
multiple times and the injured
men were taken to the hospital.
Investigators said they had no
motive for the shooting. (KF)
One dead, one injured in El Socorro shooting
Find new ways
to promote mas
San Fernando Mayor Junia Re-
grello says mas makers must
now take their mas to the peo-
ple in order to boost Carnival in
the southern city.
Regrello spoke at the launch
of San Fernando Carnival on
Saturday night, which was held
at Rising Star Restaurant and
He said masqueraders were
no longer going to the mas
camps, therefore the onus was
on the mas makers to attract po-
One option was to visit the
clubs and parties to show what
they have to offers in terms of
costumes and prices.
Regrello said the given the
lack of financial resources for
hosting events, the San Fer-
nando City Corporation (SFCC)
decided to partner with the res-
taurant to launch Carnival.
He said the venue was free
while the music and patrons
were already there.
He said while it saved money
for the City, it also brought in
cash and promotion for the
business. He said it was a model
that the corporation may adopt
from now on.
Although Port-of-Spain has
been touted as the mecca of Car-
nival, he urged locals to stay in
San Fernando, saying that it was
a celebration like no other.
The launch included a parade
of costumes and well as tradi-
tional mas characters.
Sando Mayor to bandleaders
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