Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Two women, Prisicilla Pena and Michelle Blassingdale were recently caught trying to smuggle cocaine through JFK airport. It is said that they tried to smuggle in total 6.5 kg of the illegal narcotic.
Both women departed a flight coming from the Dominican Republic when bomb sniffing dogs alerted officials toward Pena’s midsection. Officials declared that upon searching Pena’s luggage, there was no evidence of drugs but the woman appeared to be nervous and during a pat down , the cocaine wrap was discovered.
It was Pena who revealed to officials that she was travelling with Blassingdale , who was then searched. As of up to yesterday, Pena was released on $150,000.00 bond while Blassingdale was held in custody.




Student hospitalized after shooting at Atlanta middle school
Published January 31, 2013

Authorities say a 14-year-old student was hospitalized Thursday after being shot in the head at an Atlanta middle school.
Authorities say the student was shot outside of a building at Price Middle School.
WAGA reports the student was alert and conscious before being taken to the hospital. Atlanta Fire Capt. Marian McDaniel says the student was taken to Grady Hospital.
McDaniel says a teacher suffered minor cuts and bruises but was treated on the scene.
Police say a suspect, tentatively identified as a male student, has been taken into custody.
The school was placed on lockdown, but authorities say all remaining students are safe. Price Middle School is located south of Atlanta.
Shakita Walker, whose daughter is an eighth-grader at the school, said she received a text from her that said “Ma, somebody’s shooting and somebody got shot.” Walker, who works at another school, said she jumped in her car and was thinking “just hurry up and get there.”
Walker said her daughter called to tell her that they were being kept in the gymnasium, but she said she was anxious to see her to make sure she was OK.
The fear and anxiety was palpable in the crowd, as one person yelled “Does anyone know what happened?”
Laquanda Pittman said she still hasn’t heard from her sixth-grade son. She said she heard the news of the shooting on TV and immediately came to the school.
“All types of stuff went through my head. I’m wondering whether it was my child who got shot, is my child OK, did he see what happened?” Pittman said.
She said she just wants to see her son.
“As a parent, you just think you can send your child to school and you hope they come home OK,” she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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14-y-o girl, constable, businessman brutally murdered
Bloody Day!
BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver
Thursday, January 31, 2013

THE gruesome discovery of the body of a 14-year-old girl wrapped in a sheet on the side of a road in Kingston 11; the killing of a special constable by gunmen dressed in police garb along Grange Lange in St Catherine; and the brazen attack on a businessman in the upper St Andrew community of Temple Hall kept detectives in the Corporate Area and St Catherine busy between late Tuesday and yesterday morning.
The slender, badly bruised body of Shariefa Saddler, who hailed from Joshua Edwards Avenue in Olympic Gardens, was dumped on Lothiam Avenue — which is in close proximity to where she lived — by men in a motor car shortly after 11:00 am.

Crime scene detectives inspect the body of 14-year-old Shariefa Saddler, which was found wrapped in a sheet on the side of the road on Lothiam Avenue, Kingston 11, yesterday. (Joseph Wellington)

The teen is believed to have been abducted while on her way to classes at the Haile Selassie High School earlier in the morning. The body was still clad in the Haile Selassie uniform she had left home in with a men’s tie knotted around her neck.
“Ah pass people a pass on the road this morning and seh dem see a car drive up in the area and dump the body [wrapped] in a sheet,” one woman said.
Speculation that Shariefa may have been raped remains unsupported by the cops who say it’s too early to tell.
“Police are waiting on [the results of the] post-mortem before they disclose additional details in the case,” said one policeman on the scene.
The police also could not say what was the motive for the killing.
“We are still trying to gather information in the case and are also trying to establish a motive,” Senior Superintendent Delroy Hewitt told the Jamaica Observer.
Superintendent Hewitt was accompanied to the area by several senior officers, including Assistant Commissioner of Police George Quallo.
The police search of the area led to the discovery of a bag belonging to the girl in a nearby gully, some metres away from where her body was found lying face down.
The killing and the dumping of the body in broad daylight left residents in shock.
“How man can be so cold? As a mother, to see how the criminals deal with the little girl it makes you afraid to send your child on the road,” one woman said, as she and others argued that the child’s killers, when found, should be subjected to jungle justice.
Shariefa’s killing happened hours after Special Constable Duan Peart died from multiple gunshot wounds sustained while on his way to his home in Portmore, St Catherine.
His attackers were said to have been dressed in uniforms similar to those worn by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
He became the second member of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) to have died at the hands of gunmen in a week.
Peart’s killing has been condemned by Police Commissioner Owen Ellington and ISCF Commandant James Golding.
“It has now become abundantly clear to all that the criminals among us will murder, shoot at, and confront the police in order to perpetrate their life of crime,” said Ellington in a release yesterday.
“The police will not be deterred or moved and will continue to lawfully respond to all threats against our personnel. As such, I urge all members to conduct their duties with extreme caution and care,” continued the commissioner, describing Peart’s murder as inhumane, heartless and vicious.
Golding, meanwhile, said ISCF members remained “committed to the cause of policing in a professional manner, despite this unprecedented attack on ISCF members by lawless gunmen”.
The St Andrew North Police said yesterday that they were following several leads in the murder of businessman Fabian Latibeaudiere, who was peppered with gunmen’s bullets as he tried to enter his Toyota Prado motor vehicle in the rural St Andrew community of Temple Hall early Wednesday morning. The incident triggered shock and fear among residents in the area.
“Reports we have received are that the businessman, Fabian Latibeaudiere, was at a house when he was approached by gunmen who opened fire, hitting him several times,” said a police source.
Police reports were that the gunmen then fled the scene by car and Latibeaudiere was rushed to the Medical Associates Hospital in St Andrew where he was pronounced dead.
The cops could not confirm claims that a firearm and a large sum of cash were stolen from the victim.
Latibeaudiere’s son, Jamoy, fought hard to hide his pain as he spoke with the Observer.
“The last time I saw him was yesterday, but I never got the chance to say anything to him,” said the teenager.
Others, who streamed to the scene, spoke of his kindness.
“That man was a good man. He was a person who provided employment to more than 20 people. Mi still cannot believe it,” said one man as he and others talked among themselves in the community.


Four-year-old killed in Allman Town
Thursday, January 31, 2013 | 10:05 AM


KINGSTON, Jamaica — A five-year-old boy was killed by gunmen in Allman Town this morning.
The child has been identified as Ricardo Burford.

Reports are that the child was shot dead about 7:30 am.
More details to come.
— Kimmo Matthews

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Man arrested for killing Englewood woman and her 5-year-old daughter
Police say Michael Brady killed his girlfriend Tammy Pitts-Gaddy and her 5-year daughter, Natasia, after he got into an argument with Pitts-Gaddy. He was among the family members who discovered the two bodies on Tuesday.

Michael Brady was arrested for the murder of Tammy Pitts-Gaddy and her 5-year-old daughter, Natasia, in Englewood, N.J., on Tuesday.
A school janitor butchered his girlfriend in front of her helpless 5-year-old daughter and then smothered the tiny witness with a plastic bag, New Jersey authorities said Wednesday.

Cops busted Michael Brady, 34, of New Jersey in the heinous murder of Tammy Pitts-Gaddy, 40, and her daughter, Natasia, inside the woman’s Englewood, N.J., apartment.

Brady, a Jamaican citizen, stabbed Pitts-Gaddy repeatedly with a knife after the couple got into an argument Monday morning, Bergen County prosecutors said. They said he then suffocated little Natasia with a black plastic garbage bag.


Police say the murder of Tammy Pitts-Gaddy, 40, her daughter, Natasia, 5, was committed by Pitts-Gaddy’s boyfriend, Michael Brady. Pitts-Gaddy was stabbed repeatedly and Natasia was asphyxiated by a plastic garbage bag.

The couple had dated for about three years, prosecutors said.


The cold-blooded killer returned to Pitts-Gaddy’s West Palisade Avenue home on Tuesday with the woman’s worried relatives and pretended to discover the victims, prosecutors said.


The scene on Jan.29 in front of the two story brick building in Englewood, NJ., where the bodies of Tammy Pitts Gaddy and her daugher Natasia Pitts were found.

Pitts-Gaddy’s body was found in her first-floor bedroom with the knife left implanted in her head, sources said. Natasia was found in the family’s basement TV room.

Police charged Brady, a custodian at the Leonia (N.J.) Middle School, with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and hindering apprehension.

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