2020 Dry Season on its way

It’s official… the 2020 Dry Season is on its way!

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) says there is evidence to suggest that the region has transitioned to a drier state.

Forecasters say overall, a near normal dry season is forecast, with near average rainfall totals during January through March, while slightly wetter than average conditions are forecast for April through May.

The TTMS is expecting February and March to be the driest months, with one or two short hot spells between March to May 2020.

Alleged kidnap victim arrested and charged

The man who claimed to have been kidnapped and held hostage by Venezuelan gangsters in the forest, is expected to appear at the Rio Claro Magistrates Court today, following his arrest by Barrackpore Police.

24-year-old coconut water and juice salesman, Shane Ramjattan, was called into the Barrackpore Police Station at about 1pm yesterday.

He was asked to give a statement on his abduction by investigating officers.

However, Ramjattan reportedly changed the story he initially gave to the police. 

He was subsequently arrested and charged.

Duke moves for dismissal of sedition charges

Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Pub­lic Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA) Pres­i­dent Wat­son Duke have sought to have a sedi­tion charge against him dis­missed. 

Duke’s lawyer John Heath made the ap­pli­ca­tion as his client reap­peared be­fore Chief Mag­is­trate Maria Bus­by-Ear­le-Cad­dle in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trate’s Court, yes­ter­day morn­ing. 

Trinis convicted on marriage fraud

Two Trinida­di­ans, a pas­tor and an Army sergeant have been con­vict­ed of con­spir­a­cy to com­mit mar­riage fraud as part of an il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion scheme, ac­cord­ing to fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tors in the Unit­ed State.

Ra­jesh Ram­cha­ran, 45; Di­ann Ram­cha­ran, 37; Sgt. Gal­i­ma Mur­ry, 31; and the Rev. Ken Harvell, 60, were found guilty on Thurs­day af­ter a nine-day ju­ry tri­al, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice in Col­orado.

Crimefighter dies

Re­tired Deputy Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice (DCP) Crime, Mau­rice Pig­got has passed away at the age of 68.

Pig­got died on Mon­day at about 6.20 am while be­ing treat­ed at the St Au­gus­tine Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal.

SRP granted $1.5 million bail

 Bail in the sum of $1.5 million has been granted to a female police officer on three charges stemming from the disappearance of a firearm and ammunition from a police station. 

As a condition of her bail, Christine Deowah, a special reserve police constable, also has to surrender her passport and report twice a week at the police station. 

She appeared before Senior Magistrate Alicia Chankar in the Point Fortin First Court this morning.