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.

Teenage girl among 5 arrested following police exercise

A teenage girl has been arrested following a police exercise in Arima. The following is a media release from the  TTPS:

Five persons were arrested and a pistol, a quantity of ammunition and a bulletproof vest seized, by officers of the Northern Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise, yesterday morning.

Officers conducted the exercise between 4:00 am and 8:00 am, in Arima, during which a search warrant was executed at a house at Sherwood Park, around 5:00 am.

Double murder in Arima

Two men have been shot and killed at Tumpuna Road.

Reports indicate that around 10 pm on Wednesday, 30-year-old Keon Carr and 29-year-old Anderson Alexis were at Ali Bocas Car Care in the vicinity of The Crossings on Tumpuna Road, Arima when three men, all wearing masks approached them and fired several shots.

The gunmen then made their escape in a black Nissan Tiida which proceeded south along Tumpuna Road.

The victims were pronounced dead on the scene.


Reputed 'community leader' shot dead in Arima

A man reputed to be a community leader, has been shot and killed in Arima.

Around 9 pm on Sunday, Atiba Rodriguez of Edinburgh 500, Chaguanas was in the company of a female relative at her home on Edward Street, Arima.

It is believed that Rodriguez was about to leave the house in his Nissan Tiida motor vehicle when a lone gunman ambushed him and opened fire.

He was hit about the body and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Investigations are ongoing.

Two men shot dead in Lopinot and Arima

Police are probing two murders in East Trinidad, one in Lopinot and the other in Arima.

Around 11:50 pm 25-year-old Lleron Alexander was at his business place, LA Mini Mart, at East Main Road, Lopinot when a man approached him and a struggle ensued.

Two loud explosions were heard and persons around intervened and subdued the suspect.

Officers of the Northern Division Task Force (NDTF) arrived and conveyed both to the Arima Hospital.

Alexander succumbed around 1 am.

The 24-year-old suspect is still at hospital.