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St. Lucia and Mexico emerge winners of environmental video contest

PRESS RELEASE – A creative animation dubbed “What is Principle 10?” by Ted Sandiford of Saint Lucia copped first place in a regional video/animation competition called “Our Environment, Our Voices”. While, Luis Vera of Mexico came second with a video called “We saved the Cocospera river”. The winners of the contest were announced on Monday, March 20th in Brazil at ...

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IRD launches Electronic Payment Service

PRESS RELEASE – The Inland Revenue Department today launched its Electronic Payment Service which enables taxpayers to make tax payments in the comfort of their homes or offices. Comptroller of Inland Revenue, Mrs. Sophia Henry is elated with this development which enhances our customer experience and led by example in making the first payment. This method is safer, convenient and ...

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Electrocution death in Choiseul an “unfortunate accident” – LUCELEC

St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) officials said they are “cooperating fully” with the investigation into the electrocution death of a man last weekend. Reports are that about mid-morning on Saturday, March 18, the victim, 42-year-old Tony Charlery, a.k.a, Ricardo of Palmiste, Soufriere, was electrocuted when he held onto a stay wire at a construction site in Dacretin, Choiseul. At a press ...

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PM Chastanet sends condolences to UK Gov’t following terrorist attack

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet met with Resident British High Commissioner Steve McCready on March 23rd 2017 and offered condolences on behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia in relation to the recent attack at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Four persons reportedly died in the attack which took place in London on ...

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Death of Choiseul teacher shocks education fraternity

PRESS RELEASE – The sad news about the loss of Mrs. Patricia Cheryl Brown, our beloved friend, colleague, volunteer and Junior Achievement teacher advisor came as a great shock to us all and everyone who had the honor to meet or interact with her. Mrs. Brown was a phenomenal and dedicated Junior Achievement (JA) volunteer and an outstanding Business teacher of ...

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Citizens offended by PM’s remarks

PRESS RELEASE – Members of the Vieux-Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition for Change (VFCCCC) were taken aback, when in the HTS Newscast of March 20, 2017, the Prime Minister Chastanet maliciously sought to characterize the group as a mouthpiece of the St. Lucia Labour Party. This is utter rubbish being spewed from the mouth of the Prime Minister and is further ...

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Storage of explosives “has to be” in government’s storage facility – Acting Police Commissioner

In light of Tuesday’s deadly explosion at the Cul de Sac quarry, Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir responded to a television reporter’s question at a press conference yesterday about what the law stipulates regarding the storage of explosives. The reporter asked: “The citizenry has been acting as judge and jury since the explosion and many are questioning what is the ...

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“Somebody has to pay” – Businessman wants compensation for damages caused by explosion

A number of structures located near the area of Tuesday’s deadly explosion sustained damages, however one businessman is not taking it lightly. He wants compensation. The unidentified businessman told Choice News Now that whoever is responsible for the explosion should pay for the damages to his restaurant and house. The businessman told Choice that part of the restaurant’s ceiling fell on ...

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Education ministry responds to Cul de Sac tragedy

Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert has said her ministry was mobilised to provide assistance to persons affected by Tuesday’s Cul de Sac tragedy. Dr. Rigobert noted that such a crisis would impact principals teachers and students. In that regard, she said counsellors are crafting and coordinating an approproriate response. “We have also contacted other social agencies, (for) example human services and ...

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Government of St. Lucia thanks French authorities for emergency assistance

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia has thanked Martinique authorities for their quick response in providing assistance for persons injured in an explosion at a Cul de Sac Quarry on Tuesday 21st March 2017. A team from Martinique arrived in Saint Lucia early Wednesday morning and facilitated the air transfer of four injured persons for emergency treatment. Three ...

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Vigil to be held for Kim Khodra

PRESS RELEASE – On Saturday  March 25th  2017, the Choppers United Sports Club along with the different football teams taking part in the Guinness Super League Tournament will host a Night Vigil on behalf of Kim Khodra. A “Super Star, Veteran, great Kim”, many called him through his discipline in the way he played football. As we will mourn the ...

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Gov’t: Refrain from eating corned beef from Brazil until further notice

STATEMENT – Following a series of media reports regarding the sale of unwholesome meats and meat products from Brazil, the Government of Saint Lucia on March 21, 2017 requested and received information from the Brazilian Embassy as follows: 1. The Government of Brazil has launched an investigation (named Operation Weak Flesh), relating to the sale of unwholesome meat and meat ...

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Several injured after SUV rolls down hill

Police are investigating a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Marigot this morning, March 22, according to information reaching St. Lucia News Online (SNO). At least four persons, including three Caucasian women, sustained minor injuries when a sports utility vehicle (SUV) rolled down a hill, according to an eyewitness. Three persons were transported to the hospital by ambulance. The driver did ...

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Sudden death of beloved teacher shocks SJC

Students and staff of the St. Joseph’s Convent (SJC) secondary school for girls in Castries are mourning the loss of French teacher Kerri Lawrence Clovis who died suddenly yesterday, March 21. Clovis,30, died on Tuesday, according to her close friend and co-worker Loraine Francois. The death was “shocking” to everyone because Clovis was not known to be ailing, Francois said. ...

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Dolphin cove to pump US$3.5m into St Lucia Marine Park

JAMAICA GLEANER – Dolphin Cove plans to pump another US$3.5 million ($450 million) into setting up its marine parks in St Lucia, its largest investment in nearly four years, which follows a change of ownership of the marine park. Dolphin Cove Limited wants to grow regionally beyond its present operations within Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. It has already secured ...

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UPDATED: VH responds to mass casualty event in Cul de Sac (video added)

PRESS RELEASE – Tuesday’s massive explosion in Cul-de-Sac triggered the full mass casualty response from the Victoria Hospital as the casualties came steaming into the Accident and Emergency Department. A total of 15 patients presented at the hospital suffering from various injuries with some requiring immediate surgical procedures. One patient succumbed to his injuries while others were stabilized. Additional nurses, doctors, ...

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SUITS lead actor visits St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia, world renowned for its stunning landscape, breathtaking vistas and friendly people, last week played host to renown actor Gabriel Macht, Jacinda Barrett and their family. Best known for his role as Harvey Specter in the USA Network series SUITS, Macht has become one of the most beloved characters on this American legal drama television series. ...

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CARICOM Youth Ambassadors of St. Lucia extends condolences to family of quarry explosion victims

PRESS RELEASE – The CARICOM Youth Ambassadors of Saint Lucia would like to extend its sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who passed during the devastating explosion yesterday afternoon (Tuesday March 21) at the quarry in Cul-de-Sac. To those who are injured, we stand in solidarity with you and extend our wishes for a speedy recovery. Dean of ...

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PM calls for prayers, commends emergency response personnel

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has called for prayers and support for the families of those affected by an explosion which occurred in the Cul de Sac area on Tuesday evening (March 21st). Early reports indicate that there has been loss of life and significant injuries to several persons. Speaking from the Victoria Hospital where several of the ...

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UPDATED: 12:31 a.m.: Summary of dead, injured and missing

At least four people have been confirmed dead and multiple injured following an explosion at a Rayneau Construction-operated quarry and construction site in Cul de Sac, Castries this afternoon, according to official sources. Reports are that a container exploded after 5 p.m. The cause of the explosion is not yet clear. Below is a summary gathered from official sources: * ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Deadly explosion at Cul de Sac

At least four people are dead and many others injured following an explosion at a quarry in Cul de Sac. Reports are that a container exploded after 5 p.m. The cause of the explosion is not yet clear. The first report came in at 5:23 p.m. from a resident who lives in a nearby community. “Loudest explosion ever…. They must ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Ex-inmate, shot by BCF officer, had drugs and cell phones

A former inmate, who was shot outside the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BC) today, was not only armed with a machete but had cell phones and marijuana in his possession, several law enforcement sources have reported. Reports are that around 12:45 p.m. the former inmate was spotted acting suspiciously and was approached by a correctional officer near the BCF farm. It is ...

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Car overturns at Choc (see photos)

The driver of a white Toyota Corolla (PB7650) escaped injuries after his vehicle overturned at Choc this afternoon. The accident occurred after 3 p.m. in front the Sagicor Insurance building on the Castries-Gros Islet Highway. The driver has been identified as Zannick Lawrencin. No further details available. (0)(0)

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“Hypocrite” – Hunte’s government had approved dolphin park project, says Chastanet

Former Chairman of the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Julian Hunte has been called a “hypocrite” for his opposition against the proposed dolphinarium at Pigeon Island which his party, when in power, had approved. That’s according to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. “… he is a hypocrite because he is the chairman of a party that approved the same ...

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATED: Shooting at Bordelais

An individual was shot in or around the area of the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) this afternoon, March 21, according to reports reaching St. Lucia News Online (SNO). A police source confirmed that an individual sustained a gunshot wound to the right leg around 12:45 p.m., and was transported to the Dennery Hospital by ambulance, but could not provide further information. SNO has ...

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Sir Derek Walcott to get state funeral

PRESS RELEASE – Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL OBE OCC, who died at home in Saint Lucia on Friday March 17, 2017, is to receive a state funeral. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the decision on Monday in light of the contribution by Sir Derek Walcott to Saint Lucia. This highest national honour, normally reserved for heads of state and ...

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Ministry of Labour issues warning to persons employed in St. Lucia illegally

PRESS RELEASE – Ministry of Labour issues warning to persons employed in Saint Lucia illegally.  The Ministry of Labour is embarking on a drive to clamp down foreign nationals working in Saint Lucia illegally. It has been brought to the attention of the Labour Department, that there are individuals employed at various organizations here without a valid Work Permit. The ...

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SLP outraged at SSU officers being deployed to DSH site

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party has expressed outrage over the decision of the Allen Chastanet Government to send armed SSU officers to patrol the DSH site to deter any public protest. The SLP believes the action of the Chastanet government was out of proportion and hasty in response to a posting which appeared on Facebook. The Government ...

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SLNT “disrespectful” to investors, Tuslie asked to retract “false” statements

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said he is disappointed at the way in which investors are being treated by the St. Lucia National Trust (SLNT). Speaking to reporters yesterday, Chastanet was referring to the SLNT’s first membership meeting on March 11 where officials from Dolphin Park Inc made a presentation on the proposed dolphin park at Pigeon Island. “On record again, ...

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Mayor’s office says work on broken metal grills underway

The Office of the Mayor is calling on members of the public to inform the Office of faulty metal grills and drains in the city. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) contacted the mayor’ office for a comment in light of yesterday’s incident in which a man’s leg got stuck in a metal grill on Jeremie Street. A similar incident occurred ...

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St. Lucia discussing corned beef ban in Jamaica

The relevent authorities in St. Lucia said they are aware of the Jamaican government’s immediate ban on corned beef from Brazil. Outgoing Assistant Chief Environmental Officer Claudius Prospere told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that St. Lucia must meet and discuss the matter like their Jamaican counterparts before making a decision. “We are aware of Jamaica’s action. We have to have a meeting ...

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Soufriere Foundation supports sports development in District 8

PRESS RELEASE – On Monday, March 20th, 2017, schools in District Education 8 became beneficiaries of financial support for sports development from the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF). In a small ceremony held at the organization’s Board Room, cheque presentations were made to a number of school as part of the ongoing vision to see the impact of sports grow ...

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Adventist pastor calls for boycott of inter-sports because it will be held on Sabbath

Warning that the “hour is near”, a Seventh-day Adventist official has asked high school students to boycott the upcoming inter-school sports meet after the church failed to persuade government to change the date of the meet from Saturday, March, 25, to suit Sabbath-day worshippers. Pastor Quigley Morris, youth director of Saint Lucia Mission of Seventh-Day Adventists, made the announcement in a letter ...

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“St. Lucians really care about dolphins? Since? The hypocrisy…” (letter)

Dear Editor. I am a St. Lucian and St. Lucians make me shame to call myself  St. Lucian sometimes. Our political blindess have transformed our behaviour into the lowest levels of hypocrisy and dumbness. From my recollection, a dolphin park proposal was introduced, proposed, approved (what-ever you call it) under the Kenny Anthony led-administration in 2014. No one complained. No ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Medical students in Vieux Fort robbed

Four students of a local medical school were this afternoon the victims of a car break-in at Cedar Heights, Vieux Fort. Three backpacks containing electronic equipment and classnotes were taken from their car. The driver of the car told St. Lucia News Online that around 5:15 p.m., he and three of his classmates arrived at the supermarket’s parking lot. About twelve minutes ...

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Nine injured in Mon Repos accident (see photos)

At least nine persons sustained “minor injuries” in a motor vehicle accident in Mon Repos, Micoud this morning, March 20, police said. A minibus overturned after colliding with a car around 8 a.m. on the Micoud-Vieux Fort Highway, police officials told St. Lucia News Online. Both vehicles were travelling in opposite directions when the accident occurred, police said. The injured ...

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UPDATED: Fire damages popular meat business in Soufriere (see photos)

A popular meat and grocery business on Church Street, Soufriere suffered “minimal damages” in an early morning fire today, March 20, fire officials have reported. Around 5:40 a.m. a “passerby” walked into the Soufriere Fire Station and reported seeing black smoke coming from the flat of the two-story building that houses Kai Poule Ek Viande, fire officials told St. Lucia News Online ...

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Walcott condolence from FRC

PRESS RELEASE – The Board, staff and members of the Folk Research Centre extend their condolences to the family and friends of the late Honorable Sir Derek Walcott who passed away on Friday March 17th. Sir Derek was a frequent visitor to the FRC, and attended many of our programmes. The FRC recognizes the great achievements of Sir Derek in ...

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IRD upgrades e-filing services

GIS – Tax season is here. As such, Sophia Henry, the comptroller of the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), has urged the public to take advantage of the department’s e-filing services. Ms Henry suggests that the use of the system will result in a more convenient transaction for the user, as the process is quick, easy and efficient. “We have our ...

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Support for petition against Dolphin Facility grows

TIMES (UK) – Plans for a captive dolphin attraction on St Lucia have provoked an outcry, with critics saying that it would tarnish the island’s reputation and damage a treasured heritage site. Opponents of the scheme, which has been championed by Allen Chastanet, the prime minister, complain that it ignores public distaste for the confinement of marine mammals and could harm ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Dennery farmer’s stolen vehicle found

About 2:50 p.m. today (March 19) Rohan Wilfred got the news everyone has been hoping for: his father’s vehicle, stolen in an armed robbery last night, was found at the parking lot behind the government buildings on Barnard Hill, Castries. Rohan said based on information received, the security guard for the government building was doing a patrol when he noticed the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Missing elderly man found dead

Members of a search party have discovered the lifeless body of 74-year-old Edmund Crick, who had been missing for just over one week. Edmund’s partially decomposed body was discovered along the banks of a river in Jetrine around 11 a.m. today, March 19, by two persons of a search party, according to his daughter, Tasha Crick. She said part of ...

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UPDATED: Dennery farmer held at gunpoint while urinating, robbed

A 62-year-old banana farmer from Lumière, Dennery was the victim of an armed robbery last evening, March 18, according to a relative. Rohan Wilfred told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, his father, Gilbert Wilfred, a.k.a Spildo or Mr. Dillin, stopped in the vicinity of the Fond d’Or Heritage Park, Dennery, parked his blue single-cab Mazda ...

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“An undeniable contribution” – T&T opposition leader pays tribute to Walcott

TRINIDAD EXPRESS – Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has described late Nobel laureate Sir Derek Walcott as an “inspiring voice of Caribbean people”. In a statement, Persad-Bissessar said: “It was with deep sorrow that I learned of the passing of world-renowned poet and Nobel laureate Sir Derek Walcott.” Walcott died on Friday morning at his home in St Lucia. He was ...

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Derek Walcott was a “poetic giant” – Ralph Thompson

JAMAICA GLEANER – With the death of Derek Walcott last Friday, the West Indies and the world have lost a poetic giant. I first met Walcott at the wedding of one of John Figueroa’s daughter’s. Dressed in a white sharkskin suit, he was sprawled in a lounge chair under a mango tree surrounded by admirers. I remarked that Figueroa, always ...

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Eddie Baugh remembers Walcott

JAMAICA OBSERVER – Early in his life, Nobel Laureate for literature the late Derek Walcott toyed with whether to become a painter or a writer. His friend and colleague, retired university lecturer Professor Edward Baugh is happy he chose the latter. The St Lucia-born Walcott died at his home on the sister Caribbean island early Friday morning, at the age ...

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Open letter to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force

“To provide a professional policing service and in partnership with all communities to create a safer environment for all people in St. Lucia” – the mission statement which can be found on the website of Helen’s national security team. Why then is it the loud cry of many locals and foreigners alike that there is a dearth of the aforesaid? ...

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Village of Brilliance and Excellence: Tribute to Hon. Sir Derek Walcott

The current global economic crisis has exposed the weaknesses in the structure of our tourism industry and also the weaknesses in the expert knowledge of those charged with the responsibility for managing this industry. As a result, we are witnesses to a plethora of expensive “smoke and mirrors” aimed at distracting us from analyzing our tourism leaders objectively. Therefore, we ...

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UPDATE: Electrocution death in Choiseul

Police are investigating the electrocution death of a male in Dacretin, Choiseul this morning. Residents told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the deceased, identified as Tony Charlery, a.k.a Ricardo, 42, of Palmiste, Soufriere, was doing some work on a construction site around 10 a.m. when he was electrocuted. St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) and FLOW officials are investigating. The deceased ...

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Sir Derek to be buried in full national honours

PRESS RELEASE – Hon. Derek Alton Walcott, SLC, OBE, OCC breathed his last breath in his native Saint Lucia on Friday March 17 at age 87. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, becoming the second Saint Lucian to win a Nobel Prize after Sir Arthur Lewis shared the joint Nobel Prize for Economics in 1979 with an ...

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St. Lucian woman appears in Grenada court on fraud charges (see video)

A St. Lucian woman, who was arrested on Monday for fraudulent activities in Grenada, appeared  in the St. George’s Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, March 16. Kishael Conchon, 22, residing in Grand Anse, St. George, was arrested during a police operation on Monday, March 13, 2017 after a quantity of fake ATM cards, MoneyGram and Western Union transfer receipts, along with ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Accident on Bexon Highway

A two-vehicle accident occurred on the Bexon Highway, near the Catholic church around 11 p.m., according to an eyewitness. A grey Honda CRV slammed into the left side of a Mazda motor car which hit a wall, the eyewitness said. “The black car (Mazda) was going up the hill to the church and the jeep (Honda CRV) overtook a bus ...

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‘Peeping Tom’ on the loose in La Bayee

Several female residents of La Bayee, Bexon have expressed fear of getting raped after a string of ‘peeping Tom’ incidents. The latest incident occurred close to midnight on Wednesday, March 15, according to one resident in an interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO). “We have reason to believe that there is a suspected rapist on the loose,” she said. She ...

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UPDATED: Calypsonian shot, taxi stolen

Police officials are advising the public to be “cautious” if they see a silver Toyota Alpha (registration number TX 548). The vehicle was stolen during an armed robbery near a popular restaurant at the Vigie Marina, around 1:45 p.m. today. The vehicle’s owner, known as King George in the calypso arena, was shot in the leg when his taxi was stolen. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Three arrested for attacking student

Police have arrested three females in connection with a recent brawl involving a 15-year-old Form 4 student of the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSC) that was caught on video. The three adults, including a mother and her daughter, were arrested today and will face an identification parade before they are charged, police said. The fight occurred on Friday, March 10, ...

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