Two Arima men charged with drug possession

Two Arima men pleaded not guilty when they appeared before the Rio Claro Magistrates’ court today, charged with possession of TT$11,500 worth in marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

George La Rode, 60, of Pinto Road, Arima, and Linton Dyer, 21, of Malabar, Arima, were each granted $150,000 bail with surety when they appeared before Magistrate Indira Misir-Gosine on Thursday 30th August, 2018.

The matter has been postponed to Friday 21st September, 2018.

13-year-old Arima boy missing

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 13-year-old Nicholi Hodge.

Nicholi, a student of D’Abadie Government Primary School, was last at his Clever Heights, Arima home, around 5 pm, on Saturday 26th May, 2018.

He was reported missing to the Arima Police Station, on Sunday 27th May, 2018, by his mother, Donna Basilon.

Nicholi is of mixed descent, five feet six inches tall, slim built with a brown complexion and high-top hairstyle.

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.

MY EYE: Long court line in Arima

This photo was sent to us by 'jumbo_nut' via the My Eye feature on the CNC3 App.

Junbo_nut says it "a line to go into the Arima Magistrate Court to reach the crusher", adding that "every month end is the same thing". 

Jumbo_nut is asking that the authorities look into this with a view towards bringing relief to those who come to the court monthly.

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Arima businesses forced to pay $300 coward tax

The Police Service is now investigating a claim that some 27 Arima business owners and some residents were threatened by a Muslim organisation, forced to sign a document and extorted for protection or security money.

TSTT: Rotten pole was not ours

TSTT is distancing itself from a rotting pole that fell on and damaged a car in Arima on Wednesday.

TSTT says it conducted a full review of the incident immediately upon receiving the report and notes that all of TSTT's poles of a similar age to the pole which fell, are clearly marked with TSTT labeling.

It says, however, that the pole which fell was unmarked in this regard.

TSTT adds that the pole in question had street lighting accessories and ceramic fittings attached to it, which are inconsistent with any poles which TSTT owns.

Murder in Arima

Police are investigating the murder of a man in Arima.

According to police reports, around 9 pm on Monday, the victim identified as Kevin Guy, was walking along Pinto Road when he was accosted by a man.

The two got into an altercation and the assailant subsequently whipped out a firearm and shot the victim before fleeing.

The police were called in and the man taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Investigations are ongoing.


Mayor: No $$ for Arima mas

Carnival celebrations in Arima are in jeopardy as a result of inadequate funding from the National Carnival Commission (NCC).

In light of its slashed budget, Arima mayor Lisa Morris-Julian yesterday admitted that several competitions for Carnival, organised by the Arima Carnival Committee (ACC), had to be cancelled.

Last year, the corporation received $220,000 but spent $500,000 for Carnival events.

This year, the corporation collected $100,000 with pledges from a few businesses to the tune of $50,000 to offset costs.