Organisers: 'Capleton' still performing in T&T next month despite rape charge

The organisers of the upcoming INFERNO concert are assuring that Jamaican reggae artiste Clifton "Capleton" Bailey will be in Trinidad and Tobago for the event, despite being charged with rape last week.

A statement by ET-CET-ERA The Company says Capleton has been given the all clear to travel following Monday’s court appearance in Jamaica.

He will perform in Trinidad at the INFERNO concert event on June 9th at the Jean Pierre Complex.

Rio Claro teacher charged with fraud involving $25 million cheque

A Rio Claro primary school teacher has been denied bail after appearing before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with attempting to obtain over $25 million by false pretense.

Mavis Medina, 43, of Ecclesville, Rio Claro, was denied bail and remanded into custody at the St. Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital pending evaluation, when she appeared before Magistrate Kerri Honore-Narine, in the Port of Spain 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday to answer to the charges.

The matter was postponed to Tuesday 29th May, 2018.

Police to start crackdown on highway vendors next week

The Police Service says that from next week it will embark on an exercise to remove all vendors who operate along the nation's highways.

This includes beverage cart vendors, fruit vendors and even windshield washers.

The Traffic and Highway Patrol Unit says these vendors are hazardous to motorists and they have already been warned verbally and in writing.

The unit says the next step will now be removing the vendors and that will commence next week.

This coincides with the work being done on the Curepe Interchange Project.

Police destroy $250,000 in marijuana in Moruga

Two marijuana camps and three marijuana nurseries were discovered by officers of the Southern Division, during a marijuana eradication exercise, in the Moruga district yesterday.

The exercise, supervised by Sgt. Deodath Seepersad, of the Moruga Police Station, took place between 8:30 am and 1 pm, on Tuesday 15th May, 2018.

The exercise also included officers attached to the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit, Air Support Unit, and Trinidad and Tobago Regiment.

Arima man on firearm and ammunition charge

A Malabar man is expected to appear before an Arima Magistrate tomorrow, charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, after being arrested during an anti-crime exercise in the Arima district, yesterday.

Maurice Koon Koon, 47, of Koon Koon Trace, Malabar, was arrested around 9:30 am on Tuesday 15th May, 2018, by officers of the Arima Crime Patrol, while driving along the Eastern Main Road, Arima.

State to pay over $300,000 to businessman held as 'gang member' during SOE

The state has been ordered to pay a little over $300,000 in compensation to a Couva businessman who was charged with being a gang member during the 2011 State of Emergency.

The ruling was handed down in the San Fernando High Court by Justice Ricky Rahim.

He ruled that police officers had maliciously prosecuted Darryl Bishop as they did not have reasonable or probable cause to suspect that he was guilty of the crime when he was arrested.

Military investigates allegation of rape against soldier

The Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force is attempting to verify damning claims that a soldier raped several school girls.

Yesterday, a widely circulated post suggested that a private from the Cumuto Barracks set up a girl to visit a house where he allegedly drugged and raped her.

It also alleged that he works with a school girl to lure his victims.

She has reportedly confessed to investigators.

A statement from the Defense Force says its first objective is to determine the veracity of the allegations.

700 speeding tickets issued in last 24 hours

Seven hundred fixed penalty notices for speeding have been issued by officers of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch (THPB) over the last 24 hours, in the Central Division alone, police said in a statement.

The tickets were issued during a series of road traffic safety exercises along Rivulet Road, Couva.

The exercises were coordinated by Snr. Supt. (Ag.), Central Division, Inraj Balram and supervised by Insp. (Ag.) Dane James, of the Freeport Police Station.