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A HUGE fire ripped through the Haitian Village community off Joe Farrington Road last night, prompting a major response from emergency services.
As The Tribune was going to press last night, fire chief Walter Evans was able to confirm that 40-50 homes had been destroyed in the blaze, with an estimate of 150 people displaced as a result. There was no word of how many people had been hurt in the blaze, and no indication as to what may have started the fire...
Police still do not know what caused a fire that led to the death of a five-month-old girl on Mother's Day, according to Director of Fire Services Superintendent Walter Evans.
Evans said police are still investigating the tragedy and will not release many details about the case. He also could not say if he expected any charges to be filed in connection to the child's death. When asked if the child was left unattended at the time of the fire or was at home with loved ones, Evans said he would release that information at a later date.
He added that the family is helping police in their investigation.
"We are getting assistance but bear in mind they lost a loved one," he said. "Certainly they are grieving."
Evans said he expected to be able to release more information on the investigation by this afternoon.
The infant was killed in a fire that gutted an apartment building on Exuma Street in The Grove.
Police said the child's uncle tried in vain to rescue her from the flames.
"Due to the intense heat he was unsuccessful in his
attempt and as a result of that he received some injury to his right arm," Evans said on the scene.
When firemen arrived at the scene they met the top of the two-story building on fire. The flames were put out and firefighters found the infant's remains.
Evans said the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) was called in to disconnect the power at the house for the safety of the fire fighters.
Distraught family members crowded the scene opposite the charred apartment.
A relative of the infant identified her as Satiya Cooper.
Her mother, identified as Satanya, was inconsolable at the scene. After speaking with police, she walked to the side of the home with a friend and held her head before breaking down.
A police witness yesterday contradicted the evidence of the prosecution's star witness in the murder retrial of Stephen Stubbs, Andrew Davis and Clinton Evans.
They are on trial for the March 29, 1999 shooting death of Officer Jimmy Ambrose and the attempted murder of Marcian Scott outside the now-closed Club Rock Disco...
A small crowd shouted "justice" as a policeman convicted of manslaughter in the death of a suspect was taken away in handcuffs yesterday.
A Supreme Court jury by a 6-3 majority found Corporal Donavan Gardiner responsible for the January 19, 2008 death of Desmond Key after deliberating for two-and-a-half hours.
Key, a father of six, died in hospital seven months after his arrest on June 17, 2007.
Officers from the Grove Police Station arrested Key around 9 p.m. at the junction of Robinson and Baillou Hill Roads after they found that the license disc did not match the plate on his Nissan Maxima.
Key, who according to the evidence was drunk, reportedly put up a struggle and it took three officers to place him in the patrol car.
Constable Kevin Roberts alleged that a short time later he went into the cell block after he heard shouting. He went to investigate and allegedly saw Gardiner strike a now subdued Key in the head and side with a baseball bat.
Key was taken to hospital by ambulance. Pathologist Dr. Caryn Sands said that Key died from pancreatic failure caused by blunt force trauma.
Sands said the damage to the pancreas could have been caused by any trauma or from alcohol bingeing.
Gardiner denied beating Key with a baseball bat. Gardiner said his involvement with Key ended when he and Constable Tavares Bowleg placed him in a cell after he tried to escape from the station. Bowleg, who was charged with abetment to manslaughter before Justice Vera Watkins directed a jury to acquit him earlier this week, confirmed Gardiner's account when he took the stand on his behalf.
Gardiner and Bowleg both alleged that Key bolted when he was informed that several criminal arrest warrants were out for him. Some of those warrants authorized Gardiner's committal to prison.
After the verdict, Gardiner's lawyer Wayne Munroe said he wanted to file a constitutional motion because he alleged that a disclosure order from the court was not properly complied with.
Gardiner's sentencing has been deferred until Watkins hears arguments on the issue on March 20 at 10 a.m.
Munroe asked Watkins to consider allowing Gardiner to remain on bail. Watkins remanded Gardiner to Her Majesty's Prisons, but she will hear an application for the continuation of bail at 1 p.m. on Monday.
A group of young men, most of them with arrest histories, who were gathered outside court jeered Gardiner, shouting "justice" and "gone to jail" at the officer.
Linda Evans is the prosecutor.
The police constable who is charged with murder in the stabbing death of 23-year-old George Carey has been dismissed from the Royal Bahamas Police Force, a senior police officer revealed to The Nassau Guardian yesterday.
A policeman claimed that he was in fear for his life when a suspect pointed a gun at him during a chase.
Sergeant 1988 Frank Burrows was testifying in the retrial of Stephen Stubbs, Clinton Evans and Andrew Davis, who are on trial for the murder of Constable Jimmy Ambrose and the attempted murder of Constable Marcian Scott at the now closed Club Rock Disco on West Bay Street.
Evans alone is accused of having a firearm to put Officers 1988 Frank Burrows and 2250 Calvin Robinson in fear.
Burrows claimed that he was on patrol with Constables 996 Collie and Robinson around 1:40 a.m. on March 29, 1999 when he heard rapid gunfire as they passed the area of Club Rock.
After hearing the gunshots, Burrows said, he headed towards the club and saw a man whom he knew trying to put a silver handgun in his waist.
Burrows said the man, whom he said he knew as Clayton Evans, kept the gun in his hands as he ran along an alley near the West Coast Restaurant.
Burrows said that he and Robinson pursued the man, who refused to heed their commands to stop.
Burrows said Evans was about 20 feet away when he turned and pointed the firearm in his direction. He said that he pulled out his police-issued gun and fired at the man.
Burrows said he kept the man in his view until the man went to a building that was under construction on Virginia street.
He said that Evans came out with his hands up and said, "Officer, them [fellows] shooting at me. I ain' do nothing."
Burrows said that Officer 1275 Knowles came on the scene and found a Desert Eagle Magnum .357 in the sand about five feet away from Evans.
Evans' lawyer, Romona Farquharson, suggested that Burrows was unsure who he was pursuing. Burrows denied the suggestion, claiming that he knew Evans for about five to six years.
Burrows did not agree that he should have called out Evans' name.
He also denied that about 10 to 15 people were fleeing the club when he allegedly saw Evans leaving.
Farquharson noted that Burrows said he searched the area but did not find anything illegal, but Knowles "miraculously" found the gun after coming on the scene.
She said that neither Burrows nor Robinson contradicted Evans' assertions that he had done nothing by telling him that he had pointed a gun at them.
The case continues before Justice Roy Jones.
A policeman yesterday claimed that he saw Stephen Stubbs put a .45 caliber pistol under a car in the parking lot of Club Rock Disco on West Bay Street.
Stubbs, Andrew Davis and Clinton Evans are on trial before Justice Roy Jones for the murder of DC Jimmy Ambrose and the attempted murder of Constable Marcian Scott at the club on March 29, 1999.
They have denied the allegations.
Constable Gareth Ryan testified that he saw Stubbs leave the club with a gun shortly after hearing gunshots around 1 a.m.
Ryan said that Stubbs put the gun under a red Honda before he left the area in a heavily-tinted white Mustang, which headed west on West Bay Street.
Ryan said that he and his partner, officer Duncombe, were conducting surveillance in the parking lot of the adjoining Cocktails and Dreams nightclub when he heard the gunshots.
Ryan said that he collected the gun and placed it in his pocket. He said he saw Ambrose's body on the ground and arrested defendant Davis about five feet away from the body based on information he received.
Ryan said he later took the gun to the Criminal Records Office where the weapon was dusted for prints in his presence. Stubbs' prints were not found, Ryan said.
In cross-examination, Stubbs' lawyer Murrio Ducille suggested that Ryan had a personal vendetta with Stubbs over a girl.
Ryan denied this, but admitted knowing a girl called Erica Pinder.
He also acknowledged that he had arrested Stubbs on numerous occasions.
However, Ryan denied suggestions by Ducille that these arrests were the result of Ryan abusing his powers.
Attorney Ian Cargill appears for Davis and Romona Farquharson appears for Evans.
By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE investigators are on alert for possible attempts to tap the cellular phones of Cabinet ministers, although Tribune sources say there have been no formal complaints so far.
Several government ministers said there have been no discussions at the Cabinet level concerning alleged attempts to illegally access phone records.
In light of claims that BTC employees may have been involved, Bernard Evans, president of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU), said the claims were "absolutely absurd."
"No one at BTC can do that without expressed written authorisation by the courts or the po ...