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Vildo Westby officially charged for Felix Ayuso’s murder
Police have formally arrested and charged 30-year-old Vildo Westby for the murder of San Pedrano Felix Ayuso. Westby, who fled to Mexico after Ayuso’s lifeless body was discovered on February 4, 2017, had been initially detained by Mexican authorities since December 2017. Westby was reportedly deported to Belize over the weekend, and has since been remanded to the Belize Central Prison. The news of Westby’s remand in Belize comes as a relief to the Ayuso family on the island. It was a long process, beginning from when they offered a large substantial amount of money as a reward for information that would lead to Westby’s detention. The effort and sacrifice paid off and within months of posting the reward notice, a resident in Las Choapas Veracruz, Mexico reported seeing Westby, and he was detained by the police on December 7, 2017.
He remained imprisoned in Mexico until this past weekend when he was released and handed over to Belizean authorities.
Chelsea Muñoz is Miss San Pedro 2018-2019
19-year-old Chelsea Muñoz became San Pedro’s 55th beauty ambassador after being selected Miss San Pedro 2018-2019 on Saturday, September 1st during the annual pageant. The anticipated show was held at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex where five lovely contestants vied for the coveted title in a show that delivered creativity, poise, elegance and the best of entertainment.
Hundreds of islanders witnessed the event organized by The San Pedro Town Council which started promptly after 8PM with the singing of Belize’s National Anthem. This was followed by a dance presentation of the San Pedro Dance Company. Master of Ceremonies (MC) Eiden Salazar Jr., then called on each on the candidates, who took to the stage and introduced themselves.
Belize Welcomes New British High Commissioner, Ms. Claire Evans OBE
Ms Claire Evans OBE has been appointed British High Commissioner to Belize in succession to Mr Peter Hughes OBE. Ms. Evans will take up her appointment in October 2018. Ms Evans began her diplomatic career in 1987 and has served overseas in Jakarta, Islamabad, Dubai and Doha. On her appointment as British High Commissioner to Belize, Ms Evans said “I feel honoured to have been appointed as British High Commissioner. I look forward to working in partnership with the Government and people of Belize to further strengthen the significant, long-standing and warm relationship between our two countries.”
BTL to donate fire trucks to San Pedro Fire Department
Following San Pedro’s most recent fire in the Boca del Rio on August 4th, which left more than 100 persons homeless, Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) has announced that they will be donating two fire trucks to the island. The announcement was made on Wednesday, August 29th by BTL’s Chief Executive Officer Rochus Schreiber, who confirmed to the media that the trucks have already been identified and are expected to be delivered to San Pedro before Christmas.
In the wake of the Boca del Rio fire, Ted Smith from National Fire Service had commented that they were working with BTL to acquire the fire trucks. He stated that BTL had approached them and they were discussing the possibility to acquire the trucks. He said the current units at the fire station on the island are very old and should have been replaced a long time ago. He hopes that these new trucks will better equip the island’s fire department.
Vildo Westby- Finally Extradited To Belize And Charged With Murder
Felix Ayuso was found brutally murdered in his home on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Jose Felix Ayuso was found lying in his bedroom with multiple stab wounds to his upper body. Lead suspect of the case Vildo Westby wanted for the murder of Felix Ayuso fled the country and after several months he was captured in Mexico and is finally in Belize Police Custody.
Almost nine months after his capture in Las Choapas, Veracruz, Mexico, Police report that Vildo Westby is now in Belize to face murder charges for the death of Felix Ayuso. He had been detained in Mexico after family and private investigator scouted the neighborhood and work place of Westby in Veracruz, where he was working as a baker under the alias (fake name) of Alejandro Lorenzo Cruz. With the assistance of the Mexican Police Department, Westby was detained on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Belize Among Countries With Highest Prevalence Of Chronic Kidney Disease
Preliminary Findings from National Survey to Identify the Epidemiological Risk Factors for Chronic Kidney Disease Belmopan. September 3rd, 2018. The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) and the Statistical Institute in Belize (SIB), jointly carried out a national survey for risk factors of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) countrywide from August 7th to December 15th, 2017.
Missing Hopkins Resident Sherris Stringham Murdered
American expat Sherris Stringham, 67 year-old of Missouri, USA, residing in Hopkins Village was reported missing on August 27, 2018. Initial reports stated that Stringham was missing along with her Green Nissan Exterra.
Chelsea Munoz – San Pedro's Newest Beauty Ambassador
Five young ladies competed at this year's 55th installment of the Miss San Pedro Pageant which took place on Saturday, September 1, 2018. Seleni Borges, Chelsea Munoz, Faith Noel Edgar, Janelly Akan and Daisy Martinez took the stage by storm and put on an impressive show of pageantry at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex, venue for this year's pageant. At event's end, Miss Chelsea Muñoz, sponsored by Ramon's Village Resort, was selected as Miss San Pedro 2018.
Misc Belizean Sources
ReefTV 19th Anniversary Party
Sept. 8, 7pm. $15 Entrance. Super Latinos, El Buki, DJ Ger,Ismael Chacon.
THE CAYE CAULKER MUNICIPAL AIRPORT POISED TO RESUME FLIGHTS
The Belize Airports Authority (BAA) is pleased to announce that the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport Project has been successfully completed and the airport will be ready for the resumption of much needed flights to the island in the first week of September 2018. The official inauguration is set for Friday, September 7., 2018 at the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport.
The Caye Caulker Municipal Airport is now one of the latest most modem municipal airports in the country. Substantial work was done to the runway's shoulders and the laying of thousands of yards of geogrid to provide greater earth stability. Over 24,000 cubic yards of filling material were also spread and compacted.
Attention Justices of the Peace:
Monthly Meeting will be Wednesday, September 5, 2018, in Room 1G at San Pedro High School at 7:00 PM. Please make plans to attend!
Preliminary Findings from National Survey to Identify the Epidemiological Risk Factors for Chronic Kidney Disease
The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) and the Statistical Institute in Belize (SIB), jointly carried out a national survey for risk factors of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) countrywide from August 7th to December 15th, 2017.
The preliminary statistics for the final data indicates that 13.9% of citizens between ages 20-55 years show some evidence of kidney impairment. The prevalence of CKD worldwide is estimated to be 8-16%. These findings put Belize among countries with the highest prevalence.
This national survey interviewed a total of 10,343 persons. From that total, 7,506 participants also provided a blood and urine sample to be tested. The information gathered was used to identify other potential risk factors for the development of CKD such as age, ethnicity (Mestizo/Hispanic) and specific conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. It will also help to design more targeted policies and programs to address kidney disease.
Belize Disputes Guatemala's Claim: Roots and Routes
We are getting ready to hear David Gomez, David Gibson and Carlos Clarke speak on the history and future of Guatemala's claim over Belize.
This is the BHA Annual September Lecture Supported by Institute for Social & Cultural Research, National Institute of Culture and History, and University of Belize
Facebook streaming will be happening in HD thanks to the coverage of The National Channel!!
Thursday, September 13 at 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM,
Belize History Association,
Mountain View Blvd, Belmopan.
Benque DYS Summer Camp Finishes
Summer is coming to an end, as are all the wonderful Summer camps different organizations put on. Benque's Neighborhood Watch Summer camp ended last week.
"Last week Friday, the Benque 11th Zone 4 Neighborhood Watch Summer Program came to an end. Participants completed the summer program which was organized by the Neighborhood Watch assisted by the Community Policing Unit in Benque, and our Department of Youth Services through our officers. Everyone enjoyed a week full of arts & craft activities, games, presentations and a luncheon to conclude the summer program."
8th Annual MetalHaven Bash
The 2018 Metal Haven Bash is just 2 months away. It'll be on Saturday, November 3rd, at the Cancha Marshalleck, and will start at 9:00pm. They have quite the lineup this year, with Verge of Umbra and SonicBrew representing Belize and Cayo. They have t-shirts for the event.
"Metalhaven Bash - 8th Annual. Lock down the date as we will be hosting our 8th Metalhaven Bash at Benque Viejo. We will feature bands that have represented Central America in the past at the Wacken Open Air festival. We are preparing our biggest show this year with beer competition, raffles and also body suspension by Carlos Lopez. You can's miss Metalhaven 2018!!"
Water interruption in parts of Belize City today
Belize Water Services informs customers in parts of Belize City that there will be an interruption in the water supply, today, Tuesday, September 4, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The area to be affected is all that area that is bounded to the North by Fabers Road, to the South by the Caribbean Sea, to the East by Central American Boulevard, and to the West by the BWS Sewer Lagoon.
The Placencia Breeze September 2018
What’s Inside: Placencia Family Business Owners Donate Hottest New Attraction at the Point ... pg. 3 September Celebrations Calendar Highlights ... pgs. 3, 10-11 Organizer of Popular New York Festival Hosting Placencia Beach Party to Attract Belizean Diaspora ... pg. 3 Top Five Reasons Why You Should Visit Placencia in October ... pg. 5 Peninsula News Briefs: ... pg. 6 Croc Corner ... pg. 6 Add Halloween to Your Placencia Bucket list ... pg. 7 Diver Shares the Magic of a Whale Shark Encounter ... pg. 9 From the Fire Hearth: The Ongoing Journey to Belize's Culinary Independence & Identity ... pg. 13 Fragments of Hope Updates ... page. 13 This is Not Normal; Peninsula Takes on Sargassum ... pg. 25 Rotary Club of Placencia News Roundup ... pg. 26 Marisha Betancourt: Carnival Queen of Queens ... pg. 29 Seine Bight Youth Running Events Updates ... pg. 26 PHS Welcomes Two New Board Members ... pg. 27 Placencia Humane Society Pet Clinic Dates ... pg. 27 Peninsula Happenings ... pg. 32
Routes for Jouvert and Carnival Road March 2018
The Carnival Jouvert is set for September 8th, 2018 and will be commencing at @ 4 AM. The program and route for the Jouvert is as follows:
3:45 AM - Ceremony for the souls that have gone ahead in the name of Carnival in honour of Jermaine Madrill, followed by a moment of silence and laying of wreath.
4:00 AM - Jouvert utilizing the following route:
Police: Sherris Stringham Was Killed By Teenaged Burglars
Hopkins residents are still trying to come to terms with Sherris Stringham's ruthless murder. Stringham's body was found on Friday night under a bridge at mile 17 and a half on the Stann Creek Valley Road. It looks to investigators like a case of a home invasion turned murder. But Police have made major headway, they have reportedly gotten confession statements and charged two men and a 16 year old minor. The two men are related: they are 18 year old Anthony Nunez and 18 year old Wilhlelm Nunez. Courtney Weatherburne has the full story from the time Stringham went missing to this morning's arraignment at the Dangriga Magistrates court. Here's her report:
Courtney Weatherburne reporting The joy and warmth that once filled Sherris Stringham's Hopkins home is gone.
Now there is only sorrow, this black bow and a makeshift message board that her friends pinned on the gate.
Alleged Killers Menace Stringham’s Friends In Court
And, in more bad news, one of Stringham's friends who was at court this morning says one of the accused men threatened to kill her. She told us more about it. She also discussed how the crime situation in Hopkins is affecting them as foreigners as well as Belizean born residents.
Leslie Sorrelo, Friend:
"Two of the people charged with Sherris' murder I was taking notes because LOVEFM saw that and they threatened my life and said they will murder me too and the other one said yeah we will. So these are dangerous men and we hope for Sherris's sake justice is served with the appropriate action."
Police Discuss Stringham Investigation
Now, reports say police have gotten confession statements from at least one of the suspects - and that is how they found the body.
Today, the Head of National Crimes Investigation told us more:..
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, NCIB:
"Around 11:45am, police visited an area between miles 18 and 19 on the Stann Creek Valley Road where they discovered the body of Miss Stringham in a state of decomposition. The body was removed from there where a post-mortem was conducted where she died from traumatic asphyxia. As a result, police have since arrested and charged eighteen-year-old Wilhem Nunez and eighteen-year-old Anthony Nunez and a sixteen year old minor for the crime of murder."
Shellshocked City Sees 6 Murders In 30 Hours
And while that murder was in the south, we turn now to the city where this weekend saw a stunning and scary succession of murders, most of them gang related.
Between Friday afternoon and Saturday night - there were 6 murders in Belize City - 5 of them the result of gunplay on the southside.
It has shaken a city that's pretty numb to violence - and police were left scrambling to keep up with the bad guys - after a month of relative calm.
We start our coverage on Friday night - just before 8:00, when Francis Pollard was killed close to home.
Jules Vasquez reporting:
Francis Pollard, known as Tito was an ex-con - trying to change his life. Sounds familiar, but he was working to make it real:
Senior Cop’s Vehicle With Two Kids Inside Shot By “Friendly Fire”
Police Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood has 22 years of experience in the police department. And that's why he was shocked beyond words when his vehicle came under what he believes is friendly fire from a specialized police unit yesterday afternoon just after 1:00. He was about to cross the Yabra Bridge with two of his friend's kids in the back seat when he heard a bang and realized his windows had been shot out. He told us more at the police station yesterday when he was making a complaint:...
Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood- Shot at:
"Jules, I could only say it's fire from no other than my own comrades. I was taking my time driving over Yabra Bridge and the only vehicle in sight was the MIT vehicle; when I heard a loud bang. I had two children, friends of mine's children, on the back seat. They were seated immediately behind me and after I heard that loud bang I heard them scream so I stopped on the bridge, checked on them and after checking on them I realized that the bullet did enter the rear passenger class..."
Chon Saan Delivery Man Killed For No Reason
And now back to the weekend murders in the city…..We already told you about Francis Pollard who was fatally shot around 8:00 on Friday night.
Well, three and a half hours later, a delivery man was killed in the middle of a gang turf. Now he was just making a food run for Chon Saan but it seems he went into the wrong neighborhood, where a gunman with a .45 pistol and no regard for human life shot him for no reason at all. Here's the story:..
Jules Vasquez reporting:
Daniel Lopez was making a delivery here at the corner of George and Basra Streets - the base of a well-known city gang:
Seine Byte’s “Mabutu” Killed In Front End Blowout
We'll tell you about Saturday's murders in our next segment, but first to a fatal accident in the south.
A 62 year old Seine Bight resident died in an accident on the Stann Creek Valley road on Saturday morning. Before 8:00, Japhet Marin also known as "Mabutu" was heading to Belmopan when he lost control of the vehicle and it flipped - killing him. Courtney Weatherburne has the story.
Courtney Weatherbourne reporting:
This morning the Marin family was going through their loved one, Japhet Marin's clothes, picking out the ones they could share among themselves and putting away the others to remember him by. Marin was killed in an accident early Saturday morning between miles 21 and 22 on the Stann Creek Valley Road.
Delivery-man and Father Of 3 Killed For No Reason
Before the break we told you about the murder of a 25 year old father of 3, a Chon Saan delivery-man who was killed just for the sake of it. That was Friday night at 11:30 - and 21 hours later, at 8:55 on Saturday night - a pre school watchman would be killed in similar fashion. We found out more on a sad first day of school today:...
48 year old Orson Stephens had been working and living here at the Port Loyola Preschool as a watchman and custodian for about 10 years - but when school opened this morning, his presence was sorely missed.
Michelle Dolmo- Teacher:
"It's hard, it is sad, it is a sad day for us. We lost a student, my personal student Trajan Gough in March. So, when I got the phone-call it was shocking and it took me back to that place that I will never want to visit again..."
Not Far Away, Another Murder
Now, fifteen minutes before Orson Stephens was killed in very deliberate fashion - a resident of Pelican Street was murdered about half mile away.
It happened close to his home. 22 year old Leroy Meighan had just left home - and was walking down the street when he was killed. We found out more from police, his family, and a friend:
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"Mr. Meighan was walking from the corner of Central American Blvd towards Pelican Street to where he lives and just approaching number 19, a male person came out a small bushy area and fired several shots at him causing the fatal injuries."
Was Shadiki Murder The Index Incident For Weekend of Violence?
Now, this entire spree of weekend killings started with one murder on Friday afternoon. That was the killing of Shadiki Baizar near the Matron Roberts clinic.
As we told you on the Friday newscast, police feared retaliation - and retaliation there was. Police discussed his murder today - they say a shooter cornered him in the alley when he was coming for the clinic.
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"What we know so far is that Mr. Baizer, the deceased was inside of the Poly Clinic receiving medical attention and about exiting, he was walking on magazine road and then he took that ally that leads from magazine road into Johnson Street. Whilst he was about half way he was approached form behind by a male person who just approached him and fired indiscriminately at him causing the fatal injuries."
Umpire Found Bound and Strangled In Hotel Room
And the city's only weekend murder that wasn't committed with a gun - happened in a Belize City hotel room on the northside - and the victim was a softball umpire visiting from Independence Village.
Allin Anthony Portillo was in town for a ladies softball tournament and was staying at the Bayview Guest House. But he didn't show up for the game on Saturday morning, and around noon on Saturday, a cleaning lady at the guest house found him dead in his room. Police told us more:.
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"Making checks inside room number four they discovered the body of a male person who was covered with a blanket. Upon inspection of the body he was observed to have his hands tied up to the front and both of his feet were also tied up. Inside of the room was kind of ransacked, however we could not determine if anything was stolen from inside of the room..."
OW Woman Killed At Horse Race
An Orange Walk woman was trampled and killed by a horse. It happened yesterday evening at 5:30 at a village horse race. Information is that Suliema Celiz darted across the finish line but didn't make it. A horse ran over her. She died from the impact. Today police say they are also looking into another angle in this case where the jockey might have fallen off the horse - sending the horse galloping into the crowd. Here is more from the police briefing.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, NCIB:
"Yesterday sometime around 5:30p.m. Police were called to an area in San Felipe Village where a horse race was ongoing where on arrival on Evelina Suliema Celiz, thirty six years was seen with injuries. She was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital where she eventually succumbed to her injuries while undergoing treatment. Initial investigation revealed that a horse race was in progress when Miss Celiz attempted to cross the track somewhere after the finish line and was ran over by one of the horses that was involved in the race causing her injuries. An investigation is ongoing into this matter."
Akeem Lopez Targeted By Determined Gunman
The senseless violence in the city continued on Sunday. At around 1:25 PM, Akeem Lopez was riding his motorbike on Neal's Pen Road when he came under sustained fire.
Police told us more:
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"He was coming from Central American Boulevard towards Kraal Road and whilst traveling approaching an alley on Neal's Pen Road, a male person just came out from the alley and fired a barrage of shots towards his direction, causing the abovementioned injuries."
Long Time Fugitive Comes home From Mexico
He's been wanted since February of 2017, and over the weekend 30 year old Vildo Westby was returned to the country to face murder charges for the San Pedro murder of Jose Felix Ayuso. Police told us more:...
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"The Mexican Interpol handed over to the Belizean authorities, Belize Interpol, Vildo Westby who was being sought by police for several months for the murder that happened in San Pedro. He is presently in police custody and police are following a procedure for him to be charged later on today."
Snakeman Catches Boa Watching Him Eat
Taking a break now from all the bad news - today on Faber's Road we met a man was charmed by a snake that looked like it wanted to eat his lunch. PC James Jones told us more about the "facey" boa:
True to his word, Jones set the snake free this afternoon at mile 2.5 on the George Price Highway in a wild bushy area. He did this after calling the Audubon which referred him to another NGO - and neither of them could deal with the capture of wild animals.
The Flash And The Fury of the Carnival King And Queen
And while murder dominated the news - it didn't dominate the consciousness of Belizeans this weekend. After all, it's September, time to dance, and party and celebrate. And that's what Carnival Goers did on Saturday at the King and Queen of Carnival competition at the Marion Jones. 7News was there..
Fatal Accident In North
Earlier we told you about the fatal accident down south that claimed the life of a Seine Bight resident, well there was another fatal accident but this time up north in Ranchito Village. Police told us more.
Man Critical After Ladyville Shooting
And finally tonight, a man is critical after a shooting in Ladyville last night. It was the weekend's last act of violence and it happened at around 8:30 on Sunday night. TWO MEN, one 19 and one 45 were shot.
Police told us more:...
Again more than one dozen expended shells were found on the scene.
Sherris Stringham is Found Dead; 3 Teens Charged with Her Murder
It was a crazy weekend in which the blood spilled across the city and elsewhere. As many as seven persons were murdered beginning on Friday in one of the most [...]
Sherris Stringham Died from Traumatic Asphyxia
The Hopkins community is stunned at the murder of Sherris Stringham, who by all accounts was well-liked in the village, where a memorial is being organized for later this week, [...]
Shakedi Baizar’s Killing is Gang Related
As we said there were six murders in less than thirty hours in the Old Capital. It began on Friday afternoon when Shakedi Baizar was gunned down in an alley [...]
Another Murder: Francis Pollard Gunned Down on Doris Brooks Crescent
Less than six hours after Shakedi Baizar was gunned down, a retaliatory murder occurred on Arlington Drive. Twenty-three-year-old Francis Pollard was shot several times while on Doris Books Crescent, a [...]
Delivery Man Shot and Killed on George Street
Victim number three, also on Friday night, was Daniel Lopez, a delivery man for Chon Saan Palace. The twenty-five-year-old was sent to deliver food at the corner of Basra and [...]
Independence Umpire Strangled to Death Inside Room at Belize City Guesthouse
Three murders on Friday and another three on Saturday. On Saturday morning, a guesthouse housekeeper found forty-year-old Allin Anthony Purtillo dead, covered by the hotel linen with his feet and [...]
Leroy Meighan is Gunned Down Near Home on Pelican Street
The unabated wave of gun violence over the weekend also claimed the life of a twenty-two-year-old resident of Pelican Street, who was shot and killed a short distance away from [...]
One Struggle Reaches Out to Grieving Mothers
In the wake of the violent weekend, grassroots organization One Struggle has been reaching out to grieving families in each of the affected neighborhoods. Led by former city councilor Philip [...]
Orson Stephens is Murdered at Port Loyola Preschool
While processing the Pelican Street murder, fifteen minutes later, a school security guard was shot and killed while on duty. Orson Stephens was inside the Port Loyola preschool compound when [...]
Vildo Westby, Wanted for Murder of Felix Ayuso, is Handed over to Belize Police
Police confirmed today that Vildo Westby, wanted in the murder of Felix Ayuso, has been deported to Belize from Mexico. Westby was detained in Veracruz, Mexico in December 2017 for [...]
Fitzroy Yearwood Comes Under Attack. Was the Shooting Friendly Fire?
Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood is a former press officer of the police department. He is a well-known for being outspoken and at times for going against the grain of the department. [...]
An Elderly Woman is Pepper Sprayed as GSU Faces Off with Ghost Town Residents
There was a confrontation between residents of the Mayflower Street area and the Gang Suppression Unit, which raised the temperature in the area. On Sunday night, a truck full of [...]
Ranchito Resident Dies in Accident in the North
There was further loss of life, but on the highways. A traffic accident in the north claimed the life of a young woman in the early hours of this morning. [...]
Seine Bight Man Perishes in RTA
Another fatal traffic accident claimed the life of sixty-two-year-old Seine Bight resident, Japhet Marin. On Saturday, sometime around nine-thirty in the morning, police were called out to an area between [...]
NEMO Coordinator Dies after Being Trampled by Racing Horse
A freak accident on Sunday ended in the death of Orange Walk Town resident Evelina Suliema Celiz. The thirty-six-year-old NEMO Coordinator was at a horse race event at San Felipe [...]
Sunday Afternoon Shooting Leaves Akeem Lopez Hospitalized
Three persons were injured in separate shootings over the weekend. Twenty-seven-year-old Akeem Lopez is not known to police for any gang or criminal activity, but on Sunday afternoon he was [...]
2 Men Shot in Ladyville
A shooting in Ladyville, also on Sunday, has left two persons hospitalized in a serious, but stable condition. Police say they have no idea what motivated the shooting that targeted [...]
Elderly Man Robbed and Tied Up
Sixty-one-year-old James Bradley had a terrifying experience early on Saturday morning. Bradley was sleeping inside his house at mile twelve of the George Price Highway when he was awoken by [...]
BCVI Belmopan Office Burglarized
No one or organization is spared from the hands of criminals. Sometime over the weekend, the Belmopan Clinic of the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired was burglarized. When staff [...]
Jenny Lee Cruz is the New National Queen of the Bay
There is a new national Queen of the Bay to be crowed on the morning of September tenth. The title was clinched by Miss Belmopan, Jenny Lee Cruz, after her [...]
A Peek at the Winners of the 2018 Carnival King & Queen Competition
Even as the city recorded a bloody weekend, over on the north side, there were several festive events taking place; the Belikin Bash at the B.T.L. Park and the Carnival [...]
The Weekend in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend in sports...]
2 Ladyville Residents shot
On Sunday night in Ladyville, two persons were shot in the New Site area, only a few blocks away from the police station. 19 year old Patrick Canelo and 45 year old Emmerito Reyes were shot in front of Canelo’s yard. Canelo and Reyes were transported for medical treatment. Love News spoke to a neighbor …
Who targeted Yearwood’s vehicle?
A vehicle belonging to former Police press officer, Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood was shot yesterday afternoon. ASP Alejandro Cowo updated the media on the incident. ASP Alejandro Cowo – Head of CIB: “Mr. Fitzroy Yearwood Police officer reported that he was driving his Mazda Tribute on Yabra Rd. and upon reaching an area by the bridge he …
Murder inside Bayview Guesthouse
Saturday was particularly violent. And it is unclear how a murder had occurred in the Bay View Guest House on Baymen Avenue in Belize City without raising any alarm. The guesthouse has security on site but yet a 40 year old man was killed in his room. The police say Allin Anthony Portillo left Independence …
Three persons arrested for the murder of Stringham
Three persons from Hopkins Village, including a minor, have been charged for the murder of US national, 68-year-old Sherris Ann Stringham. Harry Arzu has the story. Harry Arzu: “Three persons from Hopkins Village were arraigned today in the Dangriga Magistrate court for the Murder of 68 year old American National Sherris Stringham whose body was …
Killed because he lived on Arlington Drive
The second murder occurred some hours later on Friday night and Police say the incident was directly connected to the earlier shooting. Jose Sanchez: “23 year old Francis Pollard had recently become a father. The shootings that happened earlier caused a gunman to kill him because he was walking in a targeted area, Boots Crescent. …
Chon Saan Delivery Man killed while on the job
A deliveryman was killed while on duty on Friday night. Daniel Lopez was working for Chon Saan Palace when he received an order that took him in the vicinity of George Street. At 11:30 p.m. while at the corner of George Street and Basra Street, a man approached him and fired numerous shots at him. …
Principal Speaks about killing of Port Loyola Security Guard
Forty eight year old Orson Stephens, a security guard by profession was working at the Port Loyola Community Pre- School compound when he was mortally wounded. On Saturday night at 8:55 p.m. a man went to the school and shot at Stephens once, killing him. The police are investigating that murder. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “They …
Killed near Home on Pelican Street
Leroy Meighan had been charged with serious crimes before, but his family had said he was wrongfully accused. He had lived his entire life at his family home on Pelican Street in Belize City. He became another statistic to the violence. ASP Cowo, the Officer Commanding CIB, Belize City explained how Meighan was killed. ASP …
Bloody weekend in old capital
There were a total of 6 weekend murders, a strangulation and four other shooting incidents reported this weekend in the Belize District. The shooting spree began on Friday afternoon when thirty-three year old, Sakidi Baizar was fatally shot. The revenge murders were mostly innocent people who either lived or worked in the areas. However, Assistant …
Woman killed in freak accident
A woman from Orange Walk Town was killed in a freak accident yesterday. Today Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett shared what Police have gathered so far about the accident. ACP Joseph Myvette: “Yesterday sometime around 5:30 pm Police was called to an area in San Felipe Village where a horse race was ongoing where …
Traffic accident claimed one life
A fatal road traffic incident occurred on Saturday morning between miles twenty one and twenty two on the Stann Creek Valley Road. ACP Joseph Myvette said one man was killed and another was hospitalized following the incident.
Jenny Lee Cruz is the 73rd Queen of the Bay
Miss Belmopan, Jenny Lee Cruz walked away with the title of Queen of the Bay last Friday night. Cruz beat out the competition to become the seventy third Queen of the Bay, a title she will take on September 10th when she receives the crown from the reigning Queen of the Bay, Aaliyah Ysaguirre.
Belize Red Cross targeted by thieves
Thieves burglarized the office of the Belmopan branch of the Belize Red Cross. Correspondent Fem Cruz stopped by and got the details.
Fem Cruz, Love FM: “There was a burglary reported at the Red Cross building in the Salvapan Area of Belmopan sometime between last night and this morning. According to the office administrator Maria Pena the thief or thieves gained entry by cutting the burglar bars and removing the glass louvers from the back window of the building.
Man Shot in his yard but survives
One of the victims from the weekend of many shootings was very fortunate. On Saturday night at 7:35 p.m., 18 year old Michael Gladden was standing in his yard in the West Canal area of Belize City (VO STARTS) when an assailant shot him to his lower left thigh.
Thieves wiped out BCVI
The thieves also made a stop at the office of the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired.
Fem Cruz, Love FM: “Love News was called out to an area on Cemetery Road in Belmopan where a burglary was reported a the Belize Council for the Visually impaired. Monique Lovelle the optometrist explains.”
1 PERSON DIED & 1 INJURED IN RTA DOWN SOUTH
A road traffic accident between Miles 21 and 22 on the Stann Creek Road yesterday claimed the life of one man and has another receiving treatment.
Police say that they found the vehicle upside down some 15 feet off the side of the road, with a passenger, Ivan Martinez,68, still inside.
CHARGES MADE IN THE MURDER OF AMERICAN SHERRIS STRINGHAM
A sixteen year old boy has been charged for the murder of American national Sherris Stringham. Police sources say three youths entered her premises to steal from her. One went inside the home while two others stayed behind as lookouts. Indications are that Stringham resisted and she was then hit on the head and killed by the minor. He is expected to be arraigned today. We’ll have more details following the Police briefing scheduled for later today.
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Daniel Alford shot in Georgeville village, Cayo
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Decomposed cattle found near water pump in Billy White; residents concerned
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Ministry of Health release preliminary findings on national survey for Kidney Disease
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Two men shot in Ladyville
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Shane Mcfoy charged for murder
Police have formally charged Shane Mcfoy of George Street, Belize city for the murder of […]
Akeem Lopez shot in Belize City
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Inspector’s vehicle shot at in Belize City
Inspector Ftizroy Yearwood yesterday reported to police that around 1:07 p.m., he was driving on […]
Celebrating Belize at 37: My top four September Celebrations events
Although still young, having celebrated only 36 years of independence so far, Belize takes its September Celebrations VERY seriously! While many other countries honor their independence with a full day of activities, Belize’s celebrations take it to the next level, honoring our sovereignty for an entire month! This year Belize turns 37, and the lineup of events is nothing short of exhilarating. We can’t hold back our enthusiasm, ready to jump up behind the “big truck” during our festive parades, and everyone anticipates gazing up at the night sky as electrifying fireworks usher in Belize’s most patriotic holiday. While there are many events to look forward to (visit the My Beautiful Belize website for a full calendar of events), these are four you won’t want to miss!
It’s Party Time – September in Belize
The San Pedro Town Council did a great job creating a poster for this year’s September Celebrations in San Pedro. As you can see there are no shortage of events to celebrate the time around Belize’s Birthday on the 21st – this year the country turns 37.
Celebrate the sunset and Coconut Cafe’s grand re-opening at Brahma Blue. Enjoy live music from Valentino, free appetizers and drink specials. A free hourly boat shuttle between 3:15 pm & 7:15 pm will pick up on the lagoon side in town. Three docks south of the international water taxi terminal by Seaduced houseboat dock. The last shuttle from the party will be at 9:30 pm.
Belize is located in Central America, south of Mexico, and east of Guatemala, and although the country is only the size of New Jersey, with a population of less than 400,000 people, it has a wide variety of weather and terrain. From 240 miles of coastline, to jungles and mountains dotted throughout the middle and out in the Cayo’s, Belize has rich geographical diversity. Typically, visitors to Belize fall love with its laidback vibe and Old-World charm, with some areas remaining unchanged for hundreds of years.
With relatively constant temperatures throughout the year, with mid 80’s F in the summer, and mid 70’s F in the winter, Belize offers a perfect winter escape for visitors from the U.S.
Richard Branson to Explore the Depths of the Great Blue Hole in Belize
The legendary British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has just informed Forbes that he plans to be onboard a submarine in Belize when it explores the depths of the Belize Blue Hole. A naturally occurring phenomenon over 1,000 feet (300 meters) across and 400 feet (120 meters) deep, the Belize Blue Hole or Great Blue Hole is a section of dark blue water in the middle of the Belize Barrier Reef that covers a large underwater cave system.
Celebrating Independence Day Belize Style
September 21 is when Belize celebrates the momentous day in 1981 when the country gained full independence from Great Britain, but the way in which Independence Day is celebrated is quite unique to Belize.
September 21 is when Belize celebrates the momentous day in 1981 when the country gained full independence from Great Britain, but the way in which Independence Day is celebrated is quite unique to Belize.
Belize in November: Weather, Places to Visit & Activities
November might be a month of increasingly cold nights across Canada and the United States, but the average daytime high in Belize is a beautiful and sunny 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius). The clear blue skies, balmy temperatures, and exciting festivals going on throughout the month of November make it the perfect time to visit.
3 charged with murder of Missouri woman in Belize
Three people have been arrested and charged with murder in the death of a 68-year-old Missouri woman who retired to the coast of Belize, authorities in the Central American nation said Monday.
The body of Sherris Stringham was found late Friday near a river in Pomona, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from where she lived in the Caribbean village of Hopkins, police spokeswoman Hortence Hernandez said in a statement.
The suspects were identified as two 18-year-old men and a 16-year-old minor, all from Hopkins.
Cayman musician Melvin Augustine passes
Much-loved musician and bandleader Melvin Aloysious Augustine died at the Cayman Islands Hospital Friday at the age of 72, following a short illness.
Born in the village of Seine Bight, Belize, Mr. Augustine moved to the Cayman Islands when he was in his twenties to work for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
His love for Punta music rocked Cayman in the early ‘80s as he went on to form the band Settlers and cut his own records and CDs.
Some of his biggest hits, “Bag a Sugar,” “Munzie’s Boat in the Sound,” “Fun Neva Done,” “My Mistake” and “Show your Motion,” drew people islandwide, especially in the 1980s when Pedro St. James Castle was known as the spot for good food and good music and where Mr. Augustine’s band was the star element.
The Ministry of Health launched the National Diabetes Self-Care Program, 34min. Kathleen Cho - Technical Advisor, HECOPAB.
Anthony Castillo - President, Belize Diabetes Association
BERT discussed some do's and dont's. If there is an emergency, 26min. Leon Seguro - Fleet Supervisor, BERT.
Carla Flowers - Training Coordinator, BERT.
Marilyn Aday - Medical Dispatcher, BERT.
73rd Queen of the Bay - Miss Belmopan - Jenny-Lee Cruz, 19min. Meet the Designated 73rd Queen of the Bay Jenny-Lee Cruz! Miss Cruz hails from Belmopan. She told us a little about herself and how she was able to be victorious. Also with her, is coach, Idolly Saldivar.
Maya Land Rights, 31min.
Department of Youth Services - Music Studio, 40min.
EVENING OF PATRIOTIC SONGS & POEMS 2018, 3hr.
Induction service for Rev. Alvin Moses Benguche., 3hr30min.
Renovation of the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport Completed, 3min. The Belize Airports Authority recently completed the renovation of the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport, a modern and safe aerodrome in accordance with international civil aviation standards and Belize’s Comprehensive National Transportation Master Plan.
Safe and Secure parking at the Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport!!, 1min.
Coconut Leo getting in the action., 1.5min.
School’s Back In Session, 21min. Busy morning as parents rush to get their kids to R.C. School on time.
Supplementary Appropriations Bill, 54min. On August 31st, 2018, the Supplementary Appropriations Bill to settle the Universal Health Services debt was voted on in the House of Representatives. Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow outlined the history of the debt created by the Musa Administration and why he would not support the passing of the bill.
Last week in Belize city, 12min. Volunteering at the Inspiration center was amazing!!!!!
OVER THE WEEKEND, THE NORTHERN MAYA ASSOCIATION OF BELIZE HOSTED ITS ANNUAL MAYA HEROES DAY 2018, 6min.
ANNUAL BELIZE TOURISM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION EXPO HELD OVER THE WEEKEND IN ORANGE WALK TOWN, 8min.
Getting "400% Wet" Cave Tubing In Belize, 2.5min.
Eating Termites In A Rainforest In Belize, 2min. Moo thinks they taste like cucumbers.
BELIZE - RAINFOREST - AEROPLANE WRECK, 4.5min. Wreck of Dr. Alan Rabinowitz
Placencia Sargassum Update, .5min.
Felipe Tzul Yucatec Maya from Corozal at Maya Heroes Day, 4min. Nojoch Mak Felipe Tzul a Yucatec Maya elder from Patchakan,Corozal getting a recognition for Maya Heroes Day . Don Felipe Tzul lives the Maya way of life and have share his wisdom with the new generation . He knows alot of our Maya spirituality and History .
Nojoch Tata Pedro Carrillo is a Maya Masewal elder of San Lazaro ,Orange Walk, 2min. Don Pedro Carrillo is speaking his native Yucatec Maya language and he have shared his knowledge all this years with the youths.
Sylvia Earle "Mission Blue" Tierney Thys "Nat Geo Expeditions", 4min. Sylvia Earle- Mission Blue Interview with Michael exploring Turneffe Atoll. Nat Geo's Expedition expert Tierney Thys awards Michael
a Blue Marble as an act of gratitude for dedication while working at sea as an eco warrior.
Beautiful video from taking a walk in the jungles of Belize, 2.5min. This is a short video I put together showing some of the beautiful sights we see when out walking the dogs in the Belizean jungle. I'll be posting more content in the next few weeks, so be sure to follow along on my YT channel: Stefano Ianiro.
THERE WAS NO OTHER LIKE HARRY SHAW!, 35min. The classic Belizean Balladeer, melodic singer and musical artist, Harry Shaw, comes to us at "Belizean Legends" with great fanfare and excitement while he was honored on Sunday April 8, 2018 at the Bombay Lounge at the Little Belize Restaurant & Bar in Inglewood, California.
Harry Shaw has not changed one bit in terms of such a funny and vibrant Belizean artist who wrote the book on Belizean style ballads. As we discussed so much about "Belize" and his musical career across Belize and Central America that transcended generations of Belizean musical artists, vocalists and musicians; it became apparent that Harry Shaw was the best of them all.
Since his migration from Belize way back in 1959, Harry Shaw has compiled volumes of musical renditions in New York City where he resided; some being performances at the legendary "Apollo Theater" and "Madison Square Garden" with some legendary American musical artists like "The Platters", Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Greg Rose, and many others.