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Crime/Police

BREAKING NEWS: Dominican shot during drug bust in St. Lucian waters

A Dominican man was shot during a drug bust at sea Friday that saw police recovering about 900 pounds of marijuana from a vessel, according to sources. The victim has been identified as Alick Puyol, who sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was admitted to St. Jude Hospital in stable condition. Puyol and another man, identified as Brian ...

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Couple accuse local lawyer of deceiving them

A British couple who hired a local lawyer to register a piece of property which they bought in Monier, Gros Islet in 2006 are crying foul more than a decade later, as the land has still not been transferred to them. A frustrated Donald and Pamela Nelson clams that they contracted the services of the lawyer to deal with the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Thieves empty Vieux-Fort business: “They took…. flour, rice, sweets, fries, raw chicken..”

Thieves plundered a business house in Vieux-Fort last night and some people living in the vicinity are perplexed as to how no one heard any noise coming from the building during the incident. The incident has left its owner, Fitz Gerald Daniel, who made the discovery this morning (Thursday) frustrated and aggrieved. His restaurant, Shanz Restaurant and Bar, located on ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Counterfeit EC currency notes in circulation, ECCB advises

The public is advised to be on the alert for counterfeit EC Currency notes, particularly during this time of heightened regional festivities. Vigilance should be exercised when conducting cash transactions to ensure the authenticity of notes. Counterfeit notes do not have any value and it is a criminal offense to pass them on. If you encounter any suspicious looking note, ...

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St. Lucian arrested in Florida after pointing gun and allegedly threatening to shoot friend

A St. Lucian-born man was charged earlier this month for pulling a firearm at his longtime friend at a barbeque in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., according to police statements. Larry Kenson Charlery, 28, was arrested and charged shortly after midnight on July 3 with aggravated assault with a firearm. According to arrest documents obtained by our newsroom, the complainant Francis Jean ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Firearm recovered by police may be linked to several homicides in Vieux-Fort

Vieux-Fort police say they strongly believe the .38 pistol which a resident of Westall Group, Vieux-Fort, had in his possession may be linked to several homicides which took place in the community over the past few years. Also discovered were seven rounds of ammunition. The incident occurred on Sunday at Westall Group, one of the troubled areas in Vieux-Fort. “We ...

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BREAKING NEWS: ‘Dangerous’ St. Lucian escapes from Guadeloupe prison

A St. Lucian man, who was sentenced to life imprisonment last year for murder by cutlass and extortion, is among two inmates who have escaped from the Baie-Mahault Penitentiary Center in Guadeloupe, according to media reports. The escapees have been identified as 31-year-old Henry Reagan, also known as ‘Zero’ or Paul Henry, of St. Lucia, and Peters Orvel, a 32-year-old native of ...

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Gruesome chopping incident in Vieux Fort

A young man is in critical but stable condition at St. Jude Hospital following an attack in Cantonement, Vieux Fort earlier this week, according law enforcement sources. The victim, Nerius Batchoo, 21, of Black Bay, Augier sustained chop wounds to his head and legs. According to reports, the chop to the head split his skull and has resulted in bleeding ...

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Video footage shows aftermath of Grand Riviere shooting

St. Lucia News Online (SNO) has received exclusive video footage of the aftermath of a shooting that occurred in Grand Riviere, Gros Islet at mid-afternoon Friday, July 14. The victim, Elijah Breedy, also known as ‘Eli’, of Ravine Macock, Monchy, was shot in the vicinity of a bar.  He reportedly sustained about three shots. The 34-second video shows several persons ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Grand Riviere, Gros Islet

A male was shot in Grand Riviere, Gros Islet this afternoon, according to law enforcement sources. The victim reportedly sustained three shots. His condition is unknown at this time. The incident occurred between 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. near a popular bar and caused a pile-up of traffic in the area. This is the second reported shooting for the day. Around ...

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UPDATE: Rodney Bay shooting victim identified

A man is in stable condition after being shot in Reduit, Gros Islet Friday afternoon, according to law enforcement sources. The victim has been identified as medical doctor Michael Nelson, who is in his 40’s. He was reportedly shot in the buttocks region during a robbery, sources said. He was transported via ambulance to Victoria Hospital in stable condition. The ...

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Police confident of solving 2015 Yana Auguste homicide

The investigation into the 2015 murder of 32-year-old Yana Auguste of Reduit, Gros-Islet is still active and the police are confident that they can solve the case, pending forensic analysis. This was revealed by Superintendent of Police Andre Collymore at a press conference on Wednesday. Collymore said the force is now awaiting forensic results that may lead to an arrest ...

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National Security Minister pleased with meeting with PWA

National Security Minister Hermangild Francis and the Police Welfare Association (PWA) had a “very cordial” meeting this week as they discussed the way forward on a number of issues affecting police. Working conditions, the promotions policy, and the IMPACTS report are a few of the items which took centre focus during the gathering. Francis said that salary increases, manpower problems, ...

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St. Lucia’s BCF sympathises with Guyana Prison Service following fiery riot that killed officer

The Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) has expressed sympathy with its counterparts in the Guyana Prison Service which lost one of its officers in a riot on Sunday, July 9. The Camp Street Prison in the capital city, Georgetown, which housed just over 1,000 prisoners, was destroyed by fire during a riot that was allegedly masterminded by a death-row inmate who ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St Jude Hospital calls for increased security measures

On Saturday, July 8, 2017 a patient brought in from the Bordelais Correctional Facility absconded briefly while admitted at St Jude Hospital. CLICK HERE TO SEE PR ON THE ESCAPE This incident highlights a longstanding concern at St Jude Hospital regarding the level of security surrounding prisoners who visit the institution to access medical services. There have been other incidents ...

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UPDATE: Homicide victim from Babonneau identified

Saint Lucia’s homicide rate continues to spiral out of control. The latest victim is 32-year-old Charles Justin Plateau, Babonneau who sustained fatal stab wounds on Jeremie Street, Castries Tuesday evening, shortly before 8:00, according to law enforcement sources. Justin, also known as Stanley, reportedly sustained two stab wounds, one to the neck and the other to the chest, sources said. ...

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Joachim Henry comments on crime and Jimmy Henry allegations

Ladies and Gentlemen: I join my Political Leader and colleagues to address you on a number of issues facing our country at this time. I will specifically address the crime situation and the matter relating to Hon. Jimmy Henry. You will recall that during the election campaign, a key issue was the state of crime and in particular the number ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Police investigating alleged robbery and rape incident

A couple in their early 20’s was last evening abducted by about three masked gunmen, taken to Rat Island/Islet beach where they were robbed, the male victim severely beaten and his girlfrend raped, relatives have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). The incident occurred around 9 p.m. on Monday, July 10. According to relatives of one of the victims, the ...

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Suspected slippers-wearing burglars caught on camera stealing slippers from Soufriere store

A businesswoman has been left counting several thousand dollars in losses after her store was burglarised in the town of Soufriere last Friday night, July 7. The good news however, is that one of the suspected burglars was caught on camera. The other suspect was barely visible in the surveillance footage. The suspected thieves broke into Impressions Boutique, located on ...

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BREAKING NEWS: BCF inmate recaptured

PRESS RELEASE – On Saturday, July 8, 2017, inmate Kevin Brian Richardson escaped lawful custody from the St. Jude Hospital where has been admitted for the past two days. On Thursday July 6, 2017, inmate Kevin Brian Richardson formerly from Beausejours, Gros Islet attempted to commit suicide by jumping from the upper tier of the residential unit at the Bordelais ...

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BREAKING NEWS: St. Lucia records homicide #30

A 61-year-old man who died in hospital on Monday, July 3 after he was severely beaten, has been added to the island’s homicide record. A post mortem examination conducted today, July 7 on the body of Julian ‘Norway’ Henry revealed that he died as a result of “subdural hematoma secondary to traumatic head injury”. Henry was found barely conscious in ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Police officers return from high level training

  Two City Police Officers on Sunday returned from Trinidad and Tobago after the successful participation in a Security training exercise. Sergeant Yone Camchon and Officer Joshua Lubin from the City Police Department were among the participants who came from over ten Caribbean countries. The three day intensive training program was done by the Miami Dade College and the Caribbean ...

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British-St. Lucian woman wants answers to her house break-in

A London woman has revealed how she came home from a holiday in St. Lucia to find her house in a complete mess after being broken into. Camilla Walter, who lives in Tooting, Southwest London, said she was in total shock and disbelief when she opened her front door to find her property in shambles. “The house was in a ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man shoots at another on busy Vieux-Fort street

A scene from a ‘Western movie’. That’s how horrified onlookers described an incident in Vieux-Fort yesterday where a young man fired several gunshots at another who was running for his life. And as he maneuvered his way among passersby to evade being fatally wounded, others had to make a dash for safety to avoid being injured. The incident occurred about ...

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UPDATE: Inmates involved in BCF incident are behind bars for major crimes – PRO

The three inmates who were involved in yesterday’s incident at Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) are behind bars for robbery and attempted murder, Public Relations Officer Kerwin Albert has disclosed. The inmate who sustained a non-fatal gunshot wound has been identified as Junior Duncan, who has been on remand since March 21, 2017 for robbery, Albert said. Duncan was allegedly armed ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Inmate shot, officers wounded at Bordelais Correctional Facility

An inmate was shot and two correctional officers sustained minor injuries during a flare-up of violence in the maximum security section of the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) on Wednesday, June 28, according to BCF Public Relations Officer Kerwin Albert. The inmate sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder and is in stable condition after being treated by medical personnel at ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Too many guns, says local human rights advocate

Young males are increasingly becoming victims of gun and gang-related violence. Out of 28 homicides for the year, 95% were males. This is critically alarming as males are becoming more vulnerable and susceptible to violent crimes within their communities. There is an urgent need to enact effective gun policies and community interventions that will work as deterrents against gun violence ...

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Homicide victim was to planning to get married in August

The girlfriend of Saint Lucia’s latest homicide victim Keymuel ‘Kyon’ Alexander said her lover never liked giving up. She spoke about the strength of her boyfriend who battled for his life for four days before succumbing to gunshot wounds to the head and leg at Victoria Hospital Tuesday after 7 p.m. “He is a fighter. [He] never liked giving up,” ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Homicide #29 recorded

Saint Lucia officially recorded its 29th homicide Tuesday evening (June 27) when news from Victoria Hospital emerged that a man who was shot several times in White Rock, Grand Riviere over the weekend succumbed to his injuries. The victim, born Kyon Frederick but had changed his name to Keymuel Alexander – according to his girlfriend – was found on the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Relative of Lester Daniel offers “sincere condolences” to Ike’s family and friends

A relative of murder accused Lester Daniel has offered her “sincere condolences” to the family of Ike Ephraim. Speaking exclusively to St. Lucia News Online (SNO) Tuesday evening, the relative, who prefers not to be identified out of safety concerns, said no one deserves to die in the manner Ephraim did. The relative said though she feels sorry for Daniel, ...

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Friends believe Lester “flipped” if he indeed committed Ephraim’s murder

Several persons who describe themselves as close friends of murder accused Lester Daniel, has said that the well-known photographer and Movielink Entertainment Facebook page administrator, may have finally lost his temper on the night of the alleged murder, after enduring an alleged series of harassment from known gangsters and troublemakers. Daniel, 39, appeared in court today for the offence of ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Lester Daniel charged for murdering Ike Ephraim

Lester Daniel, a well-known freelance photographer and co-administrator of Movielink Entertainment Facebook page, has been charged with the murder of Ike Ephraim whose bloodied and battered body was found in a drain in Caye Mange, Gros Islet las week, according to law enforcement officials. Daniel, 39, of Castries was formally charged with non-capital murder under section 85 of the Criminal ...

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“His chances improve with every hour he lives right now” – says relative of Grass Street shooting victim

Popular Grass Street resident Claudy Lubin, better known by his alias ‘Simon Peter’, is reported to be in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Victoria Hospital after he was shot in a drive-by on Saturday afternoon (June 24, 207) in Castries city, according to a relative. Lubin, who is a few weeks away from his 28th birthday, sustained two ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man shot in Castries city

A barrage of gunshots interrupted Chaussee Road, Castries around 3 p.m. today,  June 24, 2017. A few seconds later a man was picked up from the vicinity of Grass Street in a private vehicle and rushed to hospital. A law enforcement source said according to preliminary information received, the emergency officials were told that a male victim was shot in ...

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UPDATE: Grand Riviere shooting victim in critical condition

The victim of last evening’s shooting in White Rock, Grand Riviere, Gros Islet is still in critical condition at hospital, according to law enforcement sources. The victim, 43-year-old Keymuel Alexander (previously named Kyon Frederick), sustained two gunshot wounds to the head and one to the leg after 10 p.m. near a gym in the area, sources say. The White Rock, ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man shot multiple times in Grand Riviere, Gros Islet

A male is reportedly in critical condition after being shot in White Rock, Grand Riviere, Gros Islet around 10:00 tonight, Friday, June 23, 2017. The victim was still breathing when the ambulance left with him, according to an eyewitness. A dimly-lit video obtained by our newsroom shows the victim on the road surrounded by several persons. “[The] shooting [I] believe ...

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Police launch 5th school sports festival

The 2017 police school sports festival has been declared open and officials believe that the initiative, which fuses a relationship between the youth and police, will foster discipline, team spirit, and combat idleness and violence among the youth. The Community Relations Branch of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is organising their fifth edition of the event. Police say ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Car and shoes stolen in armed robbery at Vigie recovered

A Mitsubishi Lancer that was stolen during an armed robbery on Wednesday evening has been recovered – hours after the car’s stolen notice was advertised on social media including St. Lucia News Online’s Facebook page. The car was found – intact – close to midnight near the Upton Gardens Girls’ Centre on Cedars Road, Castries, but with the licence plates ...

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Two in custody assisting police with latest homicide

Two persons are currently in police custody “assisting” the lawmen with the death of Ike Ephraim whose bloody body was discovered in a drain Caye Mange, Gros Islet early this morning by a passerby, according to law enforcement sources. According to sources, police are investigating allegations that an intoxicated Ephraim was severely beaten after allegedly getting into trouble at a business ...

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BREAKING NEWS: St. Lucian arrested after drug bust on cruise ship

A St. Lucian is among three Caribbean men arrested in Belize on Tuesday, June 13 in connection with a drug bust on a cruise ship, according to media reports. The St. Lucian has been identified as Jamal Nathus Celise. He was arrested along with two nationals from St. Vincent and the Grenadines Derson Frank and Renaldo Kerron Roberts. The trio were aboard ...

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“Put away the guns” national security minister advises

National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has called on individuals who may be thinking of settling conflict through the use of firearms to put away their guns and consider more amicable ways of dealing with their concerns. Francis was speaking on the heels of the police’s recovery of four firearms last week – among them was a Mac 11 gun, confiscated from ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Latest homicide victim identified

The dead body discovered in a drain in Caye Mange, Gros Islet this morning has been identified as that of Ike Ephraim of Gros Islet, according to law enforcement sources. According to the deceased’s Facebook profile, he is 27, lives in Gros Islet and is from Reduit, Gros Islet. Messages of condolences for Ephraim have been pouring in on social ...

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Prime Minister Chastanet comments on crime situation: “We have to start with the judicial system”

With the number of homicides for the year already at 28, just three less than the total number of murders for 2016, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said that his administration is taking a multi-faceted approach to addressing the crime situation in Saint Lucia. He said that improvements in the judicial system to boost crimefighting abilities, building relationships with churches ...

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Man accused of stealing from Rambally’s Funeral Parlour

A man accused of stealing from the Rambally’s Funeral Parlour’s Castries branch this morning (June 20, 2017) was arrested by the police, according to Parlour officials. A video has surfaced on social media showing the man being tied  up. According to company officials, around 8:30 a.m. two male employees, who were located upstairs the funeral parlour at the time, noticed the ...

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Violent fight in Castries captured on video (see video)

A one-minute video of two men fighting in the city of Castries has surfaced on social media. In the video one of the men is armed with a knife as he made stabbing motions towards the other man. The incident reportedly occurred in the market area off Jeremie Street last Friday, around 6 p.m., but St. Lucia News Online (SNO) ...

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PWA and SLP meet to discuss issues

The crime situation in Saint Lucia, police promotions policy and the IMPACS report are among points of discussion held between the Police Welfare Association (PWA) and the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) as they gathered at a recent meeting. PWA chairman Travis Chicot said that the association is taking the lead to meet at various levels with a number of ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Bois d’Orange

A male motorcyclist was shot in the arm in Bois d’Orange, Gros Islet this morning, June 20, 2017, according to eyewitnesses. The shooting occurred near the gas station after 6 a.m. Reports are that the motorcyclist, Dwight Barthelmy, 22, a resident of Piat, Grand Riviere, was driving his bike when occupant (s) from a car opened fire on him. A ...

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UPDATED: Vieux-Fort home invasion leaves one injured

Police are investigating an alleged home invasion in Pierrot, Vieux-Fort on Friday, June 16, 2017 that resulted in the assault of at least one person. The one-hour ordeal reportedly started around 11 p.m. when six males – without masks – demanded that the occupants let them inside the house. The intruders reportedly began breaking windows and doors when their demand was ...

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Stacy Raymond is back home, vows not to sleep out again

A 13-year-old female student from La Ressource, Dennery who failed to return home on Friday, June 16, turned herself into the Richfond Police Station this morning and is now back at home, her mother told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). The teen, Stacy Raymond, left in her Grande Riviere Secondary School uniform on Friday morning, but never ended up at the ...

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13-yo girl suspected to be in the company of “known delinquent”, drinking and smoking at man’s house

Thirteen-year-old Stacy Raymond of La Ressource, Dennery has not returned home since she left in her Grande Riviere Secondary School uniform on Friday morning (June 16). Catherine Raymond said she understands that her daughter is in the company of a 17-year-old girl, who she heard may be up to no good. According to Raymond, she knows the name of her daughter’s ...

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UPDATED: Teen charged for possession of firearm and ammunition

A teen who was arrested this week for the possession of a sub-machine gun has been charged. Police said Kerlan Leon, 18, of Gros Islet was charged yesterday (June 15) for the possession of an illegal firearm and possession of ammunition. He was arrested for the possession of a Mac-11 firearm and ammunition during a routine police patrol on Chapel Street, Gros ...

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