Today's Belize News: July 9, 2014 - 07/09/14 11:15 AM
This news synopsis will be a bit more condensed than usual for the next several days due to time constraints.
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5 and CTV 3
Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and the Dickie Bradley Specials
Canadian National burglarized of over $25,000 worth in goods
52-year-old John Webber, Canadian Construction Worker and Insulator living in San Pedro, has reported to the San Pedro Police that his home had been burglarized and over $25,000 worth of goods are missing. On Wednesday, July 2nd Webber stated that between Thursday, June 26th and Sunday, June 29th his home was broken into and a […]
Local Government awards Top PSE Scholars
On Friday July 4th, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr., Area Representative and Minister of Tourism and Culture, along with Caye Caulker Chairman Wayne Miller, awarded top Primary School Examination (PSE) scholars from San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker Village. Recipients of the awards were Shanelle Palma from San Pedro Roman Catholic School and Chelsea Rodriguez from […]
Miss Mexico Contestant Announced for Costa Maya Festival
Elisa Espinosa Gomez has been chosen to represent her country as Miss Mexico Costa Maya at the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant that will be taking place during the International Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize on Thursday, August 7, 2014. At 24 years old and standing 5’ 6” tall, Elisa Gomez has dark brown eyes and dark brown hair. She is a marketing student, loves doing crossfit, travelling, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. Elisa has held the title of Señorita Universidad de Guanajuato 2011 and Nuestra Belleza Guanajuato 2012.
Mayor’s Sneak Peak of Town Council Financial Report
Following several requests from private citizens to have a financial report of 2012 to 2014, the San Pedro Town Council finally invited Elito Arceo, Standard Bearer for the PUP, and Giovanni Solorzano, Mayoral candidate for the PUP, to view the financial report in his office. The media comprising of Ambergris Today, Reef TV and San Pedro Sun as well as Town Councilor’s legal advisor Estevan Perera were also invited to have a glimpse of the hard copy and ask a few questions before the aforementioned candidates. Arceo and Solorzano were welcome by the Mayor and told to have a few minutes to look at the document and not to take notes or photographs. Mayor Daniel Guerrero mentioned that the public would have an opportunity to appraise the financial report either on Monday, July 14, 2014 or Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
Thank You Letter from the San Pedro AIDS Commission
The San Pedro AIDS Commission, a group of local volunteers who works hand in hand with those that are affected and/or are infected with HIV, take this opportunity to send thank you to all those who helped us during LobsterFest 2014. Thanks to your contribution, in whichever way it was, and thank you to all who stopped by our booth. We are happy to say that because of our efforts combined with your support we were able to walk away with the prize for BEST BOOTH. It is because of generous people/businesses like you that the San Pedro AIDS Commission continues to provide assistance to those who need it. I also take this opportunity to thank the members/friends who worked hard to ensure that we had a very attractive booth with very delicious snacks and great drinks….You all know who you are. To all of you Muchas Gracias.
Misc Belizean Sources
Power interruption, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Friday, July 11, Placencia Peninsula
Roberts Grove to Turtle Inn, including Placencia Lagoon Estate. BEL to replace utility poles carrying high voltage lines in the area.
Belize Zoo Summer Camp
The Belize Zoo had their 21st annual Summer Camp last week, and 30 lucky students learned a lot about the nature and history of Belize. Thanks, TBZ! "For the 21st year running, TBZ hosted its summer conservation camp. 30 teenagers from all over the country took part in a week long exploration and appreciation of the natural world. Our campers and camp counselors walked the Zoo in the day and night, canoed the Sibun River, climbed the temples of Lamanai, explored the painted caves of Runaway Creek Nature Reserve, and received amazing presentations from some of our great colleagues in conservation. TBZ thanks all parents, colleagues, sponsors, and campers that made Conservation Camp 2014 a superb experience. And, to our 2014 campers, we say 'Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not!'"
The San Pedro Junior Sailing Club put on a great regatta this last weekend for the 5th regatta of 6 for the National Series leading up to Nationals in Placencia in November. 55 kids from around the country came and sailed for two days in 6 races. The San Pedro Junior Sailing Club did exceptionally well, placing six in top ten. The next regatta is at St.George’s Caye over the holiday August 30, 31 and Sept 1. All are welcome to attend. As it stands presently San Pedro Junior Sailing Club have won first place in all five regattas this season amoungst their team racers. They are practicing with intensity and passion almost daily. Next month August 15th, 16th and 17th with the full support of Town Board, Mayor Danny Guerrero, Gabby Nunez in charge of San Pedro Sports Counsil and all of the Town Counsil Board members. San Pedro will host the first ever International Invitational Regatta in the Boca Del Rio Park.
SALAD BAR – RED ONION, TOMATO & HERB SALAD
Arrange the tomato slices in a shallow bowl or serving plate. Sprinkle with sugar (if using) salt and pepper. Seperate the onion slices into rings and sprinkle them over the tomatoes. Sprinkle the herbs over the top. Any fresh herbs that are in season can be used. Tarragon, cilantro, sorrel or basil are great examples. Place the dressing ingredients in a jar with a screw top lid. Shake well. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix gently. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 20 mins.
Travelport and Tropic Air Sign Global Distribution Agreement
Travelport and Belize’s Tropic Air have unveiled a new global distribution agreement. Agents connected to Travelport’s three brands: Galileo, Worldspan and Apollo, will now be able to access and sell Tropic Air’s services. We are pleased to offer our inventory to Travelport’s extensive network global travel agents,” said Steven Schulte, CEO, Tropic Air. “Travelport’s innovative tools and technology offer us an efficient and economic distribution solution, on both a regional and global level. We look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with Travelport in the coming years.” Tropic air, Belize’s biggest airline currently links 16 destinations in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The airline also charters flights to more remote location throughout Belize. “Tropic Air provides valuable flight services for travelers in Belize and nearby Central American countries,” said Jonathan Sutter, senior director, Americas, Travelport. “The addition of Tropic Air’s flight and fare inventory to Travelport’s systems is a content advantage for our subscribers and is indicative of our continued commitment to provide our customers with unparalleled air content.”
Scarlet Six Checks Chiquibul
The Scarlet Six have been in the Chiquibul to check up on some of the scarlet macaws. Cuteness follows. "The S6 Crew came out today after two weeks of monitoring in the depths of the Chiquibul. Good and bad news. BAD first - One chick which is the furthest out of our protection grid was poached. GOOD - Two chicks at Scarlet Creek are almost ready to fledge, these would be the first for the season, while another two fully developed, follow close behind."
Another Body Found On Honey Camp Road
Another body has been found on the Honey Camp Lagoon Road in Orange Walk. At this hour, police are dis-interring human remains on a farm on the Honey Camp Road - the property is a short distance from where Ramon Cervantes Sr.'s body was found buried in a shallow grave. Details are sketchy at this time, but we understand that it may belong to a woman who has been reported missing. Reports say that under questioning from Orange Walk Investigators, one of the men who are detained in connection to the Cervantes murder, gave them information that this other body is located in a similar grave.
OW Residents Demand Charges For Cervantes Sr.
Today, Orange Walk residents again gathered outside of the Town Court House to see who will be charged for the abduction and murder of 71 year-old Ramon Cervantes Sr. But, again, they waited in vain; no one was arraigned - no alleged perpetrators exposed. This afternoon, we spoke with one of the concerned residents about why she felt it important to keep watch. She says that she's doing it because the police need to know that they take Cervantes' murder very seriously, and they are demanding justice. She added that police need to release the identity of the alleged mastermind, a deportee who has reportedly absconded to Mexico: Elizabeth Mejia Perez, Concerned Resident "It's an innocent man they killed. They should have started to poster the man picture all over so that people can see how he looks, that's it."
City Man Slain; Did His Street Life Catch Up?
Last night there was a murder at the far end of Holy Emmanuel Street in the Lake Independence Area last night. The area is very dark and at 10:30, fire came from the muzzle of a handgun: 13 shots were fired in an execution where the shooter or shooters took no chances. Still, family members say their target Leon Burgess survived for 30 excruciating minutes before an ambulance came. His family told us what it was like for this working man who was trying to turn the corner on a violent life:.. Monica Bodden reporting Leon Burgess and his girlfriend lived in this small plywood shack off Holy Emmanuel Street. Today it is marked with bullet holes from the shots that tore through last night: Voice of: Common Law Wife "What woke up is because I started hearing the sound of bullets passing my ears, so he got up and I ask him what happen and he just nodded his head on the side and watch me like..... And he just laid back down in a position like he was watching the TV and I ask him what it is but he was not answering me and he was getting stiff. I just jumped on top of him telling him to answer me.
Police Looking For Burgess' Killer
And police haven't made any arrest for that first murder, nor do they - at this time - have anyone detained for last night's murder. Today Sergeant Ismael Westby from Precinct Two CIB briefed the media on what police know so far about the case:.. Sergeant Ismael Westby - Crimes Investigation Branch "Last night 7th July, 2014, sometime around 12:25pm police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they found the lifeless body of Leon Burgess of a Street at the back of Holy Emmanuel area with suspected gunshot wounds to the upper back and to the head. Initial investigations reveal that Leon Burgess was at his premises along with his girlfriend where some shots rang out and as a result he received the said injuries whilst inside the said house. Our investigations also revealed that during this incident the scene was process and 6 expended shells were recovered from the scene along with 2 slugs. The matter is under investigation."
Slain Youth's Family Remanded For Gun Bust
Tonight an entire family from Giles Street in the Lake Independence Area is on prison remand ager police found a firearm in their house yesterday evening. But, as we reported, it wasn't during a routine search; police found the gun during the repass after the funeral for 17 year old murder victim Myron Smith. They arrested the entire grieving family: Myron's mother, sister, father, and brother. Today, they were all taken to court and remanded for possession of an unlicensed firearm and 13 rounds of ammunition. Now, we stress, there are two sides to this story, but we start with the police account: Sergeant Ismael Westby - Crimes Investigation Branch "This is an incident where police were on normal routine patrol sometime around 5:25pm on the 7th July, 2014, and they saw a person running off the street into an open yard and went upstairs to a wooden house and police pursued the person. The person was found hiding inside a bathroom. As a result police conducted a search in that house where they discovered a 9mm pistol and it is not license and everybody who was inside that house were detained, arrested and charged with reference to that incident."
BWS 6 Still Fighting Their Termination
The BWS 6 - they are the employees who were fired from the water company in February of 2013. Don Gillett, Colin Morrison, Charlette Barnett, Michael Novelo, Journett McKoy, and Mark Menzies were fired - officially - for redundancy, but they say it was really victimization, a purging of the ranks after emails and letters were circulated around about sex scandals happening within the company. Today their wrongful termination suit went to trial before Justice Michelle Arana. When arguments broke at noon, the attorney for Mark Menzies, Senior Counsel Said Musa, told us about the suit:.. Rt. Hon. Said Musa, Attorney for Terminated BWSL Employee "The company is maintaining that they were release on grounds of redundancy, when in fact their clear ascertian is that they terminated wrongfully based on some investigations that the company people were carrying out concerning letters that were circulating attacking staff members and they were being accused, investigated and as a result they were wrongfully terminated."
Embattled Sugar Season Closes; All Quotas Met
At a half hour before news time tonight, the 2013-2014 sugar cane grinding season came to a close. The final amount delivered was estimated at 1.213 million tonnes of cane, which produced approximately 123 thousand tonnes of sugar. So, despite a rocky start to the season, the expected quota of 1.2 million has been exceeded, and this afternoon, 7News spoke with some of the cane farmers and factory owners about how the last few hours of delivery played out: Belizario Carballo, CFO - BSI "Up to this evening at 6 when the crop ends we have expect to have received 1,213,000 tonns of cane and we would have with that cane produce close to 123,000 tons of sugar. I think it has been a very good crop. I think that from all the indications we have had a good crop. We were certainly not expecting to have been able to take in this amount of cane given the very late start. As the country knows it was very unusual for the crop to start at the end of January when in fact the crop normally starts at the end of November or the first week of December."
Who's Developing Goff's Caye?
Goff's Caye - it's a small and well-loved island just about 7.6 miles from Belize City. It's national land and is one of the few places where regular Belizeans can go for an island picnic or beachfront recreation. And on weekdays, it's also a major tourist attraction for cruise ship visitors. And that's why eyebrows went up when survey pegs appeared on the island last week. What even more puzzling is that the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute - which has been managing the Caye since 2002 - doesn't know anything about it! Today, Director of the Institute CHANTEL CLARK SAMUELS told 7News that they are quote, "working on trying to find out who gave the individual authority to start the survey," end quote. She says that any structure planned for the Caye would have to pass by her office and the Ministry of Natural Resources. She couldn't speak for the ministry and we couldn't speak with them.
H. E. David Wu's Farewell To Belize
Taiwan's Ambassador to Belize David Wu's four year tour of duty in Belize has come to an end and he is leaving on Saturday. He is going to New Zealand - and as a sendoff he invited the media to lunch today. He says leaving is such sweet sorrow:.. H.E. David Wu, Taiwan Ambassador to Belize "In the past four years and three months I really enjoyed my work in this beautiful country. We have a very good partnership with the government of Belize, but also many Belizean people treat me as a very good friend. There are so many people who I do not know their names, they greet me in the streets, the supermarket, in the places we went and this is really an amazing experience. It's a very unique country because we enjoy the support, the friendship and the goodwill so much. I will remember this beautiful country always." Wu also commented on the recent trafficking in persons report that the US Government compiled on Belize. It referred specifically to certain Asian establishments where human trafficking is a concern. Wu said that in fact Taiwan and Belize plan to sign a cooperation agreement against Human trafficking shortly:..
Court: Couple Threw Weed Out The Window
An ex-common-law couple, 39 year Jaime Pernillo and 42 year old Martha Alfaro, have to come up with $10,000 each after they were convicted of drug trafficking in the Magistrate's Court today. The bust occurred on September 15, 2012. The ex- couple was traveling in a pick-up truck on the Burrell Boom /Hattieville Road when a police vehicle pulled up beside them and retrieved a bag containing the cannabis that was thrown out of the truck. The total weight of the drugs was 456 grams - or 1 pound. Pernillo testified and denied that the cannabis belonged to him. Alfaro also testified and denied ownership of the cannabis. But the police officers who were in pursuit testified that they saw the bag of cannabis being thrown from the passenger side of the truck where Alfaro was. Pernillo said that he asked Alfaro where she got the cannabis from and she told him that she got it from the Belize Zoo.
Rt. Hon. Musa Remembers Ramon Cervantes Sr.
There are dozens of murders in Belize annually, but Ramon Cervantes Sr is one of the biggest we've ever reported on. And that's because he is the first businessman and community leader in memory to have been abducted, possibly held hostage and then killed - and not just shot, apparently tortured in particularly gruesome fashion. Reliable sources tell 7News that he was found handcuffed, with his eyes taped closed, four ribs broken in a shallow grave on an abandoned farm. It is a cruel end, and a most unbecoming one for a three time candidate for the PUP, former opposition senator and Orange Walk Mayor. Today his former political colleague Said Musa told us how he remembers Ramon Cervantes Sr. Rt. Hon. Said Musa "It a very shocking thing that has happened to Mr. Ramon Cervantes, I mean to be abducted, to be kidnapped and murdered and in the course of his murder he was badly beaten up, tortured in fact. It should shock the conscience of the nation because here this man was a public figure for many years, a mayor, actually he was a school teacher for many years and a senator as well. And now his son is running, he is in the political arena. I knew Ramon very well from my previous years in politics, under Mr. Price in particular. He was always a very gentle man, very quiet, a quiet disposition, a very honest hard working Belizean and the whole thing is very shocking to me."
Breaking News – Another Body Found In Shallow Grave Near Honey Camp
The brutal murder of Ramon Cervantes Senior from Orange Walk Town is shrouded in mystery and up until tonight no one has been charged. But there is breaking news tonight [...]
Orange Walk Police Tightlipped on Details of Ramon Cervantes’ Murder
It is exactly one week since seventy-one year old Ramon Cervantes Senior was reported missing, and three days after his decomposed body was discovered in a shallow grave on a [...]
Another Youth Apprentice Gunned Down Inside His Home In Belize City
In the old capital, gun violence is relentless and grows even more brazen. On Monday night, a young man was gunned down in his bed inside his home. Leon Burgess [...]
Fire In Hattieville Leaves A Family of Thirteen Homeless
Over the weekend, sixty-six persons were left homeless when a fire spread through the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro gutting eight houses. The origin of that fire remains [...]
Fire Department Confirms Arson As Motive In Kimmies Tragedy
Earlier in the newscast we reported on a fire in Hattieville, but there is a development in respect of another blaze which totally destroyed a bar and a business in [...]
Terminated BWS Employees Return to Supreme Court
This morning in the Supreme Court, the case against Belize Water Services Ltd., in a lawsuit filed by a group of six former employees of the utility company, commenced before [...]
Attorney Said Musa Says They Are Suing for Damages
According to Musa, BWS says that Menzies’ severance was included in his payout. The others, represented by Tricia Pitts-Anderson, are also seeking general damages which Musa says can range from [...]
Former P.U.P. Party Leader Remembers Ramon Cervantes Sr.
Earlier we told you that the body of a woman has been found two hundred yards away from the shallow grave that Ramon Cervantes Senior was buried in. The Cervantes [...]
Family of Slain Youth Arraigned on Gun Possession Charges
Today, the family of Myron Smith was dragged to court on firearm charges. Myron was killed on the basketball court behind the Complex building on June thirtieth, just a stone’s [...]
Honduran National Alexis Servia To Be Deported to Home Country
For seven years, Honduran national, Alexis Servia has been living in Belize illegally; his home is a boat moored at mile four and a half on the Phillip Goldson Highway. [...]
Andres Grajales Wins Smart’s World Cup Challenge
Earlier today, Germany routed Brazil in a devastating score of seven to one in the 2014 World Cup Games playing in Brazil. While the magnitude of the victory may not [...]
If You Can Sing It, Bring It Contestants Take On Rock & Roll
Fifteen performers took the stage last Tuesday with the hope of becoming this season’s champion of If You Can Sing it Bring. The three coaches have worked with them in [...]
Residents Surround Courthouse Demanding Justice for Cervantes’ Death
More than three hundred residents gathered this morning in front of the Orange Walk magistrate as they waited to get a glimpse of the alleged murders of 71 year old Ramon Cervantes Sr. Up until news time, the crowd had grown smaller but no arrests had been made as the police awaits instructions from the DPP’s office. Orange Walk police however updated the media on the ongoing investigation into the disappearance and eventual murder of the former mayor. Northern Regional Commander of the Police, Superintendent Joseph Myvette told us an onsite post mortem was conducted at the site the body was discovered. SUPT. JOSEPH MYVETTE “What happened is that the police work generally continues so there have been a lot of detentions for other crimes as well. So I would not want to say that all of those detentions are in relation to this case, there have been a lot of other people that have been detained in relation to other cases.”
16 Families/61 Persons Homeless Following Fire on Ambergris Caye
It was a blaze that lit up the western portion of the Boca del Rio area on Ambergris Caye just after eight o’clock last night. Renee Trujillo and cameraman, Luis Munoz travelled to the island to get the full story on last night’s fire on the island that left over five dozen people homeless. RENEE TRUJILLO REPORTING “On these grounds once stood eight structures that accommodated sixteen families in the western part of the Boca del Rio area in San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye…..but last night just after eight o’clock all that would, literally go up in flames as an inferno consumed the homes, leaving 61 persons homeless. During our trip to the island to view the aftermath of this disaster, we met with the Officer in Charge of San Pedro Police Station, Superintendent Luis Castellanos.” SUPERINTENDENT LUIS CASTELLANOS “Last night about 8:45pm we received information from a concerned caller that there was a fire in the Boca Del Rio Area, the western Part; the street there is called Conch Street. We responded along with the Fire Department and they immediately went into action to try to extinguish the fire. On arrival there was one building which the upper flat is of wood and the lower part is of concrete, that was already engulfed in flames when we arrived.”
Police Detains Family,Including Minors For Crack
Three adults and 2 minors were charged with 2 counts of drug trafficking when they appeared today before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. The adults were 56 year old Salvadoran national Abdulio Torres, 43 year old Salvadoran national Noe De Jesus Martinez and 34 year old Myra Lopez. The minors were a 14 year old boy and a 12 year old girl. Torres wanted to plead guilty to the charge. But a not guilty plea was entered for him after he said that he does not sell crack cocaine, he only smokes it. The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 4. The police acting on information they received went to a 2 storey house on Antelope Street Extension and when they searched a room upstairs they found 1.2 grams of crack and 1.5 grams of crack in two places. The police reported that they also found almost $10,000 U.S. currency at the house. At the time Only Martinez, Lopez and the minors were at the house. Torres was not at home.
Immigration Nabs Kenyan Man At Airport With Wrong Passport
Twenty-three year old Adannur Abdullah, a Kenyan national who came to Belize with a Namibian passport, was fined $1,000 today by Magistrate Dale Cayetano after he pled guilty to using a document he is not entitled to use. Abdullah was ordered to pay forthwith, in default 6 months imprisonment. A deportation order was made out for him to be sent back to Kenya either after he has paid the fine or served the time. Abdullah, a student of business management, was busted on Saturday, July 5, when he arrived at Phillip Goldson International Airport via an Avianca flight from El Salvador. It was discovered that the passport was not his. Abdullah said he bought the passport for $2,000 U.S. currency for a man in Kenya. He said that he planned to go to the United States.
Woman Gets Caught Smuggling Cannabis in Prison
Twenty-five year old Natasha Lewis, a mother of a 4 year old girl who allegedly attempted to smuggle 109 grams of cannabis into Belize Central Prison, was charged with drug trafficking when she appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Lewis pled not guilty to the charge. She was released on a bail of $5,000 and her case was adjourned until September 1. The incident occurred on Friday, July 4. According to police reports, Lewis went to prison to visit an inmate and give him a package that contained a pair of tennis shoes and some food. When a search was conducted on the tennis shoes it resulted in the discovery of the cannabis hidden under the soles of the shoes. As a result, Lewis was taken into custody and charged. The cannabis was labelled as exhibit.
Teenaged Robber Gets Chopped on the Job
A teenager remains hospitalized at the Corozal Community Hospital following an attempted robbery. Police believe the teenager was one of two men who held up a business and injured a man. Police say when they went to AA Fried Chicken on the Santa Rita Road they saw one person with a cut wound to his right hand and knee and another with a chop wound to the left side of the head and right eye brow. According to the 27-year-old businesswoman, two men with warm caps and rags tied around their faces and armed with a machete entered the establishment and demanded money. She said one of the men chopped her son in the head and he struggled with the culprit causing him to drop the machete.
Shooting Victim Refuses to Cooperate With Investigators
Orange Walk police sure have their hands full as tonight we report to you a shooting incident that occurred in that municipality on Saturday morning outside a popular night club.. Superintendent Joseph Myvette gave us the details. SUPT. JOSEPH MYVETTE “We have also received information of a shooting that occurred early yesterday morning on Aurora Street near a night club. One person received three gunshot injuries and the police have made efforts to get to the bottom of this crime. The victim is not cooperating with the police in that regard. He is stable. At this point in time we do not know the motive. The Information gathered is that there was a fight and thereafter one person received gunshot injuries and was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital.”
Soldier Gets Run Over Following Bar Altercation
A traffic incident allegedly involving members of the Belize Defense Force, who were socializing at a bar near the Central Park in Orange Walk Town has left a soldier injured. Love News understands that on Saturday night, a fight ensued between two soldiers and a civilian and somehow during the altercation a pick-up truck ran over one of the soldiers. The man was transported to the Northern Regional Hospital and was treated. His condition is not known and this morning police did not have information to share with the media.
Motorcycle Collides into Pick-Up Truck; Cyclist Dies
A man from Trinidad Village is dead following a fatal road traffic accident Saturday morning in Orange Walk. Northern Regional Commander of the Police, Superintendent Joseph Myvette gave us the details. SUPT. JOSEPH MYVETTE “Police learned that one 32 year old Marvin Tillett of Trinidad Village was riding a motorbike from a north to south direction and after passing the BSI junction he collided into a white Tacoma pickup driven by Rolando Silva which was coming in the opposite direction. As a consequence Mr. Tillett sustained severe head and body injuries and is believed to have died on the spot. The motorcycles helmet was found a few yards behind the vehicle while the motorcycle was some 71 feet from the pickup. The driver of the pickup, Rolando Silva, is detained and blood samples were taken from both Silva and the deceased Marvin Tillett. We have also submitted the evidence we have in relation to that matter to the DPP pending her directive.”