The September 21, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Murder In Duck Run 3:
    San Ignacio police are investigating a murder that occurred in the mainly Hispanic village of Duck Run 3 in the Cayo District. On Sunday, September 14, Police were called out to Duck Run 3 where they found the body of Hispanic man with chop wounds to the neck. The victim was identified by the wife as that of her husband Pedro Ariel Diaz Guien, 24, Guatemalan laborer residing in Duck Run 3. The body was transported to the San Ignacio hospital where it was officially pronounced dead by the medical officer on duty. In the process of the investigation five male persons were detained for questioning which ultimately led to the arrest of Luvin Ernesto Peres, 26, Belizean laborer also residing in Duck Run 3.
  • Man And Boy Facing Burglary Charge:
    A thirty seven year old man and a fifteen year old boy are today in jail on a burglary charge. At around 4:50 pm on Tuesday, September 16, Onesimo Chi Jr., 34, Belizean mason of an Alta Vista Street address in San Ignacio, visited the police station where he filed a burglary report. Chi told the police that at around 7:30 am he properly secured his house and left for the day. When he returned later that day, he reportedly heard strange noises inside the house. He allegedly saw a pair of unfamiliar blue slippers in the hallway leading to the living room.
  • Editorial: The Swift and Decisive VS The Slow and Lame:
    Major violence occurred on the mean streets of Belize City on Wednesday night. Eight persons were shot with three fatalities. Prime Minister Dean Barrow, in his usual prompt manner, immediately began to get things moving. In less than 24 hours he had met with the police high command to find out what they have done, what they are doing and what they intended to do to immediately nip this one in the bud. In the prompt meeting with the police high command, Prime Minister Barrow offered suggestions and financial assistance to law enforcement officials to get on immediately with addressing this scourge. This is what a true leader does. This is the taking of prompt and decisive action. The ball is now in the court of law enforcement professionals. The political will to address this matter is as solid as a rock.
  • Salvadoran Man Planting Weed:
    Unable to forthwith pay imposed court fines a Salvadoran farmer was sent to jail on two drug related charges. It is reported that at around 4:30 pm on Monday, September 15, acting upon information received, police visited the Los Tambos residence of Juan Antonio Leon, 30, Salvadoran farmer and Olga Ofelia Sermeno, 35, Belizean domestic both residing at the same address. A search of the house was conducted leading to the discovery of a white plastic bag containing suspected cannabis seeds. The search, extended to the yard, resulting in the discovery of a transparent plastic bag which contained several small plants ranging from one to two inches in height, suspected to be marijuana seedlings.
  • Brazil Armed Robbers Seize Rio Archbishop's Crucifix:
    The archbishop of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil has had his crucifix and ring stolen in an armed robbery. Cardinal Dom Orani Tempesta was on his way to an engagement in the city when his car was ambushed by three men. One of the robbers, who pointed a gun at the cardinal, realised who he was and apologised, an aide said. However, the gang continued with the crime only holding back from taking his vehicle as well. The cardinal's items were later recovered. No-one was hurt in the incident, which happened on Monday evening in the Santa Teresa district of the city.
  • Violence Against Women:
    The Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow wishes to highlight the fact that violence against women in the family, workplace, community and society in general, is unacceptable and a gross violation of human rights. Violence whether occurring in the home or in the community, instils fear and insecurity in women, often leading them not to report or to withdraw reports. Mrs. Simplis Barrow encourages both women and men to report acts of violence and follow through with legal proceedings; stressing that fear, social pressures and shame should not be a deterrent to seeking help. The Domestic Violence Act is there to provide protection and the Police Department has an obligation to respond to all reports of domestic violence regardless of the perpetrator.
  • Karate Bronze Medal-Codicader Games 2014:
    The Belize Karate Federation would like to extend its congratulations to Mr. Ceasar Dyk on his stella performance at the CODICADER Games held in Guatemala on September 3-7, 2014. Mister Dyck fought his heart out against Costa Rican Champion, Daniel Alfaro to secure a bronze medal for Belize at a score of 4 points -1 point. Even though Mr Dyck was the sole karate athlete representing Belize, the auditorium roared with support from the Panamanian and Salvadoran fans. The under 76 kilograms category was was won by Guatemalan, Javier Morales, who defeated the sub-champion Nicaraguan, Andres Abrahan.
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