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Grand Bahama records seventh traffic fatality for 2011
Submitted by the RBPF   
Friday, 07 October 2011 16:13

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama --This morning, Friday 7th October, 2011, officers at the Police Traffic Division here on the island of Grand Bahama are continuing their investigation into a traffic accident that claimed the life of a 19 year old resident of Freeport.

Reports are that early this morning, at approximately 1:11am a traffic accident occurred on Warren J. Levarity Highway, in the area just east of Bahama Rock involving a burgundy 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara Jeep. The driver who was alone, was traveling south on the named highway and upon reaching the area as aforementioned, the driver reacted to a situation on the asphalt surface and lost control her vehicle where she traveled on the western shoulders and uprooted a few trees before the vehicle over turned and then came to rest on its tires.

The victim was transported to the Rand Memorial Hospital via ambulance where she succumbed to her injuries shortly after 2:00am.

Local educator on Grand Bahama arraigned on fraud charges
Submitted by the RBPF   
Thursday, 06 October 2011 19:43

Aleada Elaine WhiteFREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Thursday 6th October, 2011, Jamaican born, Aleada Elaine White DOB 14th May, 1956 of Lucaya, Grand Bahama was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court No3. before Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Jones in Freeport on the following charges:

  • Thirteen (13) counts of Forgery,
  • Eleven (11) counts of Fraud by False Pretences and
  • Two (2) counts of Attempted Fraud by False Pretences.

The accused woman who was represented by Attorney Simeon Brown for Attorney Carlson Shurland pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges. She was granted bail in the amount of $50,000.00 with one surety. White is also required to surrender her travel documents to the Court and report to Central Police Station every Monday before 6:00pm. The matter is adjourned to 2nd May, 2012 for trial in Magistrate’s Court No.1 before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson.

The arraignment is in relation to a report made by officials from the Ministry of Education on behalf of the ‘Board’ of a government high school here on the island of Grand Bahama on 1st October, 2011. It is alleged that between 29th July, 2010 and 1st September, 2011, the accused woman forged thirteen cheques and received funds totaling $73,500 from eleven cheques and she also attempted to obtain $24,200 from the remaining two cheques.

Grand Bahama Police make early morning firearm arrest
Submitted by the RBPF   
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 07:35

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- This morning, Wednesday 28th September, 2011, a 26 year old male of Grand Bahama is now in police custody for Possession of Unlicensed Firearm and Ammunitions.

It was approximately 12:40am, early this morning, when officers responded to a call at East Sunrise Highway and Caravel Road. On arrival, the officers observed a white 1997 Pontiac Grand Am causing obstruction at the aforementioned junction with one occupant on the inside. Uniform and plain clothes officers in a team effort conducted a search of the vehicle resulting in a Sig Arm Exeter-NH 9mm pistol one magazine containing six rounds of live 9mm ammunitions being recovered. The driver of the vehicle was arrested and taken into police custody along with the firearm and ammunitions.

We commend the officers for their quick response and their effort to remove another illegal firearm from the streets of Grand Bahama.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force encourages you to be a good citizen and report crime.

Police disrupt shop-breakers' operation - one to serve 5 years at Her Majesty’s Prison
Submitted by the RBPF   
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 15:39

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- It was a combined effort of officers from the Eastern Division, Mobile Patrol Division, Central Division and the Central Detective Unit which resulted in the arrests of five adults (one female and four males) for thirty counts of Shop-breaking and Stealing, one attempted Shop-breaking and one count of possession of Dangerous Drugs. These charges are in relation to matters that occurred in the Eastern and Central Divisions between 4th July and 21st September, 2011.

On Monday 26th September, 2011, the accused persons were all arraigned in Magistrate’s Court No.1 before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson on fourteen (14) counts of Shop-breaking and Stealing. Additionally Alcegaire and Bethel were also arraigned for Possession of dangerous drugs. Alcegaire pleaded ‘guilty to all charges and was convicted and sentenced to five years at Her Majesty’s Prison.

Newbold, Brown, Mortimer and Bethel pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges. Brown and Newbold were remanded until 3rd May, 2012 at HMP. Mortimer and Bethel were granted bail in the amount of $4,000 with surety to return on the 3rd May, 2012 for the trial.

Alcegaire was also arraigned in Magistrate’s Court No.2 before Magistrate Andrew Forbes on ten (10) counts of Shop-breaking and Stealing. He pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charges and was convicted and sentenced to three (3) years imprisonment at Her Majesty’s Prison.  Alcegaire also appeared in Magistrate’s Court No.3 before Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Jones where he was arraigned on eight (8) counts of Shop-breaking and four (4) counts of Stealing. He pleaded ‘guilty’ to all counts and was placed on probation for seven years by the Magistrate and in default he would serve three (3) years at Her Majesty’s Prison.

Police close internal investigations into sexual assualt complaint on Grand Bahama
Submitted by the RBPF   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 08:39

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- On 2nd September 2010 Ms. Cindy Williams of Freeport, Grand Bahama went to the Central Division, Freeport, Grand Bahama, where she alleged that she was sexually assaulted by two (2) Police Officers shortly upon her return to Grand Bahama after travelling to New Providence.

Ms. Williams’ allegations were that upon her return to Grand Bahama, on Wednesday, 1st September, 2010, while travelling in an eastern area of the island, two police officers made her get out of her vehicle, and one of them sexually assaulted her with his firearm.

Due to the seriousness of the allegations, an intensive investigation was launched. A senior team of investigators from the Complaints and Corruption Branch in New Providence were flown to Grand Bahama to investigate. Nothing was spared in the investigation including very costly forensic examinations, to identify the alleged culprits of what appeared to be a heinous violation of Ms. Williams’ rights and dignity.

The Bahamian public may recall that Ms. Williams went public with her allegations. She appeared on a local television programme that received widespread coverage, and her claims were published on one of the internet’s social media.

After the investigation was completed, the entire file was submitted to the Office of the Attorney General for legal advice. This was done in an attempt to ensure that no stone was left unturned, and that persons, independent of the Police Force, reviewed the evidence.

Grand Bahama Police investigate alleged armed robbery in Eight Mile Rock
Submitted by the RBPF   
Monday, 19 September 2011 06:33

EIGHT MILE ROCK, Grand Bahama -- On Saturday, 17th September, 2011, at about 8:34pm, a male resident of Caravelle Beach, Freeport, reported that while in Hanna Hill Eight Mile Rock sitting in his 1993 Honda Civic #22304 waiting to pick up someone, he observed two males clad in dark camouflage clothing wearing masks approach a female and saw her lie down on the ground while one of them was pointing a long gun on her.

In the process he attempted to phone the police but was unsuccessful because the men immediately approached his vehicle opened his door, demanded money and took a box which contained some receipts and tools from him and then fled the scene on foot into the nearby bushes.

The female, a resident of Jones Town Eight Mile Rock stated that the men relieved her of $6.00 worth of chips and $4.00 worth of Vienna sausages while exiting her place of work “Job Incorporation” situated in Hanna Hill Eight Mile Rock.

This matter is being investigated by officers from the Central Detective Unit.

Grand Bahama Police investigating serious traffic accident
Submitted by the RBPF   
Saturday, 17 September 2011 07:34

EIGHT MILE ROCK, Grand Bahama -- On Friday 16th September 2011 at about 3:30am; a traffic accident occurred on Queens Highway, Sea Grape in the area of Every Day is Friday Night Club (EDF).

This accident involved a blue 2002 Buick Regal driven by a male resident of Martin Town, Eight Mile Rock, a silver 1993 Buick Century driven by a male resident of Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock, a white 1995 Audi A4 driven by a male resident of Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock, and a White 2000 Buick Century driven by a female resident of Caravelle Beach.

Two other female residents both of Eight Mile Rock were also involved as pedestrians and all persons were injured and taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital where they are being treated by doctors. The female driver was subsequently released from hospital but all others are detained in serious condition.

All vehicles were extensively damaged and Investigations into this matter are continuing by officers from the Traffic Police Station.

Grand Bahama Police investigate traffic accident with injuries
Submitted by the RBPF   
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 06:54

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- On Monday, 12th September 2011 at about 6:30 pm a traffic accident occurred on Pinta Avenue, involving truck #GB6054, a GMC Sierra Truck, which was driven north on Pinta Avenue by a resident of Freeport, who was also accompanied by another male passenger. It is reported that the driver lost control of the vehicle and went off the road where he collided into a tree on the western side. This left the vehicle extensively damaged to the entire front and right side. The Jaws of Life was used to extricate the passenger, and both the driver and passenger were taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital via ambulance for medical treatment. This matter is being is being investigated by officers from the traffic police station.

Official Identity of Accident Victims Released - With reference to the traffic fatality which occurred at South Mall Drive and East Atlantic Drive on Saturday 10th September, 2011, the police wishes to officially release the identity of the female who succumbed to her injuries as Ann Penn DOB 10/10/41 of Fairway Manor Apartments. The officers involved in the accident were Corporal 1953 Elwood Lundy who is still listed in stable condition at Doctor’s Hospital in New Providence. The female passenger Constable 2871 Deidra Nesbitt was discharged from hospital sometime earlier on today’s date and is said to be in good condition.

Update Possession of Dangerous Drugs Court Arraignment - With reference to the drug seizure of 18 kilos of suspected cocaine from which two Freeport residents were arrested on 10/September 2011, both men Theo McPhee and Pedro Anthony McKenzie, were taken to New Providence where they were arraigned for possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to supply, on Monday 12 September 2011 before the Magistrates Drug Court. Pedro McKenzie was sentenced to 40 months at Her Majesty’s Prison after he pleaded guilty and Theo Mcphee was remanded in custody after her pleaded not guilty pending a bail hearing to be determined at a later date.

Two men arraigned for grievous harm after stabbing incident
Submitted by the RBPF   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 16:20

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- On Tuesday 23rd August, 2011, two men, TRONN PINDER, DOB 31st March, 1984 and DONALD JEAN PIERRE, DOB 19th March, 1986, both of Freeport were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court No.1 before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson. The accused men pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge of Grievous Harm and the matter was adjourned to 1st November, 2011 when the trial is expected to commence in Magistrate’s Court No.2 before Magistrate Andrew Forbes. Both Pinder and Pierre were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison by the Court until the trial date.

This arraignment is in relation to the stabbing incident that occurred on East Sunrise Highway and Coral Road in the area of the Service Station and a popular Restaurant during the early morning of Sunday 21st August, 2011 at approximately 4:00am.  Click here for details.

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