Cop accidentally shoots himself with high-powered gun

A police constable was shot and wounded by his own firearm – an MP5 sub-machine gun during a patrol in San Juan on Tuesday night.

According to a police report, at about 8.15 the officer assigned to the North Eastern Division Task Force was on a routine police patrol along Don Miguel Road, San Juan in a marked police vehicle when the sling of his MP5 sub-machine gun got caught in the hand-brake lever.

In an attempt to free the sling, the officer’s finger accidentally squeezed the trigger of the gun, causing the weapon to fire one round of 9mm ammunition.

$150,000 bail for man accused of robbing casino

Elisha Lingchung, one of the men allegedly involved in the casino robbery in Debe, was granted $150,000 approval bail on Thursday.

Lingchung, 23, a painter, was also granted a cash bail alternative of $30,000 after it was confirmed by prosecutor Sgt Harold Ishmael that he had no previous convictions or pending matters.

Lingchung of Edinburgh 500, Chaguanas, first appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates Court on Tuesday but was remanded into custody for tracing to determine if he had a criminal background.

Tanker catches afire along highway

Fire officials were able to stave off a major disaster when a fuel truck caught afire on the northbound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway on Thursday.

The truck caught afire near the Claxton Bay flyover around noon and the driver managed to escape without serious injury,

Fire officers responded and doused the vehicle with foam in order to container the fire which was restricted to the front of the tanker.

It is unclear where the tanker as wat the time carrying fuel.

Guardian Media's Rishi Ragoonath captured these photos.

Committee set-up to absorb SRPs into Police Service

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has established a committee to treat with the terms and conditions of the Special Reserve Police (SRP) officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

This followed a meeting between Griffith and members of the executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA) at the Office of the Commissioner of Police Thursday morning.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the absorption of SRP officers into the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service as regular officers.

Mother in shock over murder of security guard

Camille Taitt, 40, mother of security officer Ricardo Dixon, 22, was yesterday lost for words as she tried to come to terms with having lost her second son in six years to crime violence.

Dixon left home at 5.20 am Thursday to pick up first-day duties at Heller Security Services.

Just under two hours after, Taitt said she went into an immediate state of shock and disbelief when she saw the body of her son fully clad in his security uniform with his beret intact lying as though he was peacefully asleep on the roadway at Xeres Road in Carlsen Field.

WASA: Reservoirs below average, water restrictions continue

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says the existing Water Use Restrictions and revised water supply schedules that were implemented in keeping with its Water Supply Management Plan during the 2019 Dry Season, remain in effect.

WASA issued a statement Thursday saying that notwithstanding the commencement of the 2019 Wet Season as declared by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, the intermittent showers experienced thus far have had no discernable impact on the levels at WASA's four main impounding reservoirs.

Barrackpore teen girl missing

Police are seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 16-year-old Salisha Hosein.

Hosein was last seen at her, Carrat Hill Road, Barrackpore home, around 12 noon last Friday.

She was reported missing by her mother to the Barrackpore Police Station around 9:30 am on Monday. 

Hosein is of East Indian descent, 5 feet 3 inches tall and slim built, with a light brown complexion.

She was last seen wearing a blue dress and a pair of black slippers.

Dr Farrell: Sustainability of downstream petrochemical sector under threat

A study by Dr Terrence Farrell has found that the sustainability of the downstream petrochemical sector is under threat because of uncompetitive natural gas prices. 

Dr Farrell this morning presented his year-long study of the country’s downstream sector.

The economist said both natural gas shortage and price has led to a reduction in methanol and ammonia production and a loss of jobs in the sector.

He predicted that unless there is a change in policy the sector will get to a point of no return and there will be a collapse of the Point Lisa’s Industrial Estate.