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Nassau, Bahamas - Police is requesting the public's help in solving an overnight shooting incident that occurred at Marigold Farm Road off Joe Farrington Road, that has left one man dead and a man and woman in hospital.
The murder count reached triple digits over the weekend, as five violent deaths recorded in the space of 48 hours pushed the count to a staggering 100 for the year so far.
This is the highest number of murders ever recorded in a single year since records have been kept in The Bahamas.
Four murders took place between Friday night and Saturday afternoon in separate incidents.
Another man who was shot Thursday died in hospital on Saturday night, police confirmed yesterday.
The first murder of the weekend occurred on Friday around 9 p.m. at West Bay Street, west of Nirvana Beach. When investigators arrived on the scene they discovered the body of a man with several gunshot injuries, according to Superintendent Stephen Dean.
Up to yesterday, police were still uncertain about the circumstances surrounding the man's death, and appealed to members of the public for their assistance in solving the crime.
Police believe the victim was a Haitian. Dean said the man was reportedly riding a bicycle when he was shot. Police said the second incident took place around 3:43 a.m. on Saturday in the area of the Corner Pocket Bar, Kemp Road.
According to police, the victim got into an altercation with another man which resulted in both men receiving gun shot injuries. Police said they were taken to hospital. One died and the other was hospitalized in serious condition.
The dead man was identified as Damian Bowe, 29.
The third incident reportedly occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on Saturday on Cordeaux Avenue. Initial police reports indicate that a man got into an altercation with another man and was stabbed to the abdomen.
The victim was taken to hospital by emergency medical services personnel where he died.
Dean said police believe the Kemp Road and Cordeaux Avenue murders stem from a shooting that happened in Kemp Road earlier last week. Dean added that police are following significant leads in both matters. However, police are asking anyone with information to come forward.
"We want to bring these persons into custody, particularly those who continue to wreak havoc on our streets," he told The Nassau Guardian on Saturday. "We say to the criminal element, the police will be aggressively pursuing you. We will find you. We will seek you out and we will not stop until we bring you to justice."
Police are also investigating the death of a handicapped man, who was found at the Centre Burial Ground, north of Eastern Cemetery on Shirley Street. The unidentified man was found around 2:55 p.m. on Saturday lying on his back with a stab wound to the abdomen, police said.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Hulan Hanna, who was on the scene, said a wheelchair and several used alcoholic bottles were found near the body.
The victim was last seen alive around noon that day. He reportedly frequented the area. Hanna said the man appeared to be in his early 40s. Police are unsure of the circumstances surrounding his death.
Police are investigating all matters and are appealing to members of the public who may have any information regarding any of these incidents to contact police at 911, 919, 322-3333, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991, 502-9910 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS.
Meantime, police reported yesterday that the man who was injured on Thursday during a double shooting in Ridgeland Park died in hospital around 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Police said they met a white Maxima parked in the middle of the road with two men inside early Thursday. They said one man, who has been identified as Clayton Smith, was shot in the back of the head and died on the scene.
The second victim who died in hospital on Saturday was also shot in the head, according to police.
A third man was killed in a separate incident on Thursday at about 5 a.m. on Palmetto Avenue.
Police said the man, who has not yet been officially identified, was shot and killed moments after he walked out of his girlfriend's home. He was shot multiple times to the upper body.
This same time last year the murder count stood at 68, according to The Nassau Guardian's records. This means that the murder count has increased by 47 percent over this time last year.
Since earlier this year, some analysts predicted that there would be more than 100 murders in 2011. And with just over three months remaining in the year, that prediction will likely be realized.
"The work never seems to end," Hanna said.
"It is  and it is foreboding for the country that here just passed the middle of September this is the stark reality today. But when we put it in perspective we can determine -- now I don't speak with particular reference to [the recent murders] -- but in a lot of instances we are satisfied that it appeared to be people of certain categories [who were killed].
"Now a life is a life and a murder is a murder, but if there is a perspective to all of this, it seems to be a constituency of people who are falling victim to these heinous offenses."
They came, they listened, they applauded, and applauded again and again, so loudly you couldn’t hear past the thunder of 200 hands. The clapping exploded from an audience of accomplished women, members of the Corona Society, who had gathered for their annual meeting October 20 in a decorated banquet hall of the British Colonial Hilton, expecting light lunch and hearty camaraderie. What they got was a whole lot more. They got a powerful woman delivering a powerful message, telling them to ignore the negative noise around them that could take them down with it, decide who they wanted to be, what they wanted to stand for and begin to shape the future that was in their hands. What was past was past, said Suzanne Black. “The best is yet to come.”
They came, they listened, they applauded, and applauded again and again, so loudly you couldn't hear past the thunder of 200 hands. The clapping exploded from an audience of accomplished women, members of the Corona Society, who had gathered for their annual meeting October 20 in a decorated banquet hall of the British Colonial Hilton, expecting light lunch and hearty camaraderie. What they got was a whole lot more. They got a powerful woman delivering a powerful message, telling them to ignore the negative noise around them that could take them down with it, decide who they wanted to be, what they wanted to stand for and begin to shape the future that was in their hands. What was past was past, said Suzanne Black. "The best is yet to come."
"In these challenging times, we need to reflect on who we say we are, what we say we want and why we do what we do," said Black, who has held executive and leadership positions in banking, management, insurance and real estate and earned accolades, admiration, official and private sector recognition, including an honorary doctorate in letters and a medal during the country's Silver Jubilee. How, she asked the audience, "can I say the best is yet to come" when challenges seem greater than ever before?
"Because so much of what we see, hear and read tends to reflect what is negative that we often tend to overlook what is positive... Getting to the better begins within each of us... The challenge is to choose what you wish to think about and what you say. In other words, do you think with words that will build and effect positive change or do you think with words that portray no light at the end of the tunnel? Our choices are demonstrated through the words we say that reflect the thoughts in our minds."
Choosing, she said, is not a one-shot deal. "It's a Monday to Sunday every day deal and it requires that we act with the courage of our words."
Paraphrasing and crediting Dr. Joseph Murphy's famous line, "to change our mind is to change our world", she encouraged the women, from bank executives to supermoms, to think of change as a ride on a seesaw, fear pulling you down, faith helping you to rise up. Fear of change stops change in its tracks, dooms it, faith in the positive leads to positive words, thoughts, encourages positive thinking people to gather round you. She might have added that if the path to doom is paved with gloom, the path to change is an open field planted with positive seeds.
"No one can make us feel inferior without our permission. No one can make us feel that we cannot achieve desired objectives without our permission," said the sought-after speaker, a frequent panelist.
"Earlier this year I was interviewed by Dr. Keith Wisdom for his television show "Portraits". When asked by Dr. Wisdom about the future of The Bahamas, I said that I believed that The Bahamas could become not only a better country, but one of the best countries in the world."
Though Black has a record of about as many firsts as any living Bahamian - first Bahamian to head an offshore bank, first (and only) woman president of the Lyford Cay Club, founder of the Bahamas Women's Forum, among other achievements, she challenged the audience to action, because if the best is yet to come, it has to start with a belief in change. It begins with one person who believes, but grows with conviction and courage and teamwork.
"You are fund-raisers, organizers, professionals, you manage relationships, homes and your own lives. I believe there is enough skills power in this room to not only change The Bahamas, but to help change the world, to grow towards the best that is yet to come."
During the thunderous applause, a clinical psychologist to the writer's left leaned over and mouthed the words, "Wow, I've never seen this room so quiet. These women took in every word. Maybe the best IS yet to come."
They came, they listened, they applauded, and applauded again and again, so loudly you couldn't hear past the thunder of 200 hands. The clapping exploded from an audience of accomplished women, members of the Corona Society, who had gathered for their annual meeting October 20 in a decorated banquet hall of the British Colonial Hilton, expecting light lunch and hearty camaraderie.
Anyone who has started a business has his or her own rules and guidelines, so I thought I would add to the memo with my own. My "rules" below aren't just for those founding the companies, but for those who are considering going to work for them, as well.
1. Don't start a company unless it's an obsession and something you love.
By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
A 13-YEAR-OLD junior high school student was in critical condition last night after he was shot on his way home from school.
According to sources, the young boy was an eighth grade student at T A Thompson Junior High School and his gunman was believed to be another male student.
However, police cannot confirm any details of the incident or why it might have happened.
The student was said to have been waiting at a bus stop at John Road, off Baillou Hill Road, with other students when "an incident" occurred shortly before 4pm yesterday.
As a result of gunshots fired, the boy was reported to have sustained injuri ...
Athletes competing in the BAAA Scotiabank National Track and Field Championships smashed 15 national high school records over the course of the three-day meet, which culminated on Saturday night. On the track, the Saint Augustine's College (SAC) senior girls quartet of Devynne Charlton, Danielle...
Following months of an extensive training and grooming regimen, the 15 beauties vying for one of two titles — Miss World Bahamas and Miss Bahamas Universe — are in the final push to the finale.
Miss Lucky Restaurant Sasha Joyce was fast-tracked into the semi-finals by virtue of her winning the Sportswoman title. The five foot, nine inch former CARIFTA athlete, took the trophy in the contest that was not about the fairest or the finest, but rather, survival of the fittest in a fun, but challenging track and field competition.
Joyce and the 14 other contestants competed in five disciples — 100 and 200 meter sprints, shot put, discus and high jump. They were awarded po ...
The St Andrew's Hurricanes junior girls soccer team started their Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) season on a high note on Monday, as they blasted the Temple Christian Suns, 18-0. Pictured above are shots of that blank job on Monday. All four of the Hurricanes' teams are currently undefeated and are anticipating strong seasons. Photos: NICOLE TRECO KNOWLES
By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A 19-YEAR-OLD man was arraigned in a Magistrate's Court yesterday charged with murder and a list of other serious crimes.
Rashard Paul, alias "Eyes", of Baillou Hill Road, is accused of causing the death of Brenda Mae Johnson.
Ms Johnson, of Pinewood Gardens, was shot on July 19 as she and her daughter sat in a car in the Rupert Dean Lane area.
She died in hospital on August 27.
Paul is also accused of the attempted murders of Burton Sands and Lathario Morley.
He is also charged with two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
He is accused of being in possession of a fire ...
Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas - On Saturday 19th January 2013, around 6:20pm, police received information of a shooting in the Deadman Reef area. Officers responded to the scene where it was reported that sometime around 6:15am, a male and female while at their resident at Deadman Reef was approached by a lone male clad in dark clothing, armed with a firearm.
Nassau, Bahamas - Officers of the Mobile Division removed two (2) firearms from the streets of New Providence. Initial police reports indicate that around 1:45 pm on Monday 19th December, 2011 police received reports of gunshots being heard in the area of Mars Road, Golden Gates.
Nassau, Bahamas -
Two (2) men are dead and three (3) detained in hospital following three (3) separate shooting incidents overnight.
The first shooting reportedly occurred around
10:30 pm on Saturday 1st June;
The second shooting reportedly occurred
11:30 pm on Sunday 2nd June, 2013 and resulted in the death of a
54 year old man and a child being injured; and
The third shooting reportedly occurred
2:45 am on Sunday 2nd June, 2013 at a business establishment,
located Baillou Hill Road south and resulted in two (2) males being
Three (3) business
establishments on Market Street were ordered closed by officers of the
Central Division on Saturday 1st June, 2013. The establishments were
closed during an operation held between the hours of 12:30pm and 2:00pm,
for Breach of the Business License Act....
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are questioning
two (2) men in connection with a recent shooting incident that has left
a man in hospital. The incident reportedly occurred around 12:20 am on
Friday 12th April, 2013.
reports indicate that the victim was attending a party at Tobago
Street, Elizabeth Estates when he and the suspects got into an
altercation which resulted in the victim being shot to the legs.
A 20-year-old man yesterday became the country’s latest murder victim after he was shot multiple times to the head. The victim was was found dead outside his home on Apple Street off of Wulff Road at around 5am. Police say they received a phone call that a man was lying on the ground unresponsive.
An entire community gathered around the scene of the country's latest murder yesterday afternoon, after a 20-year-old man was shot to death during an apparent robbery just off the Charles W. Saunders Highway, according to police officials. This latest murder brings the country's murder count to 73 for the year.
Saturday 15th December 2012 6:00 PM
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Friday 14th September 2012
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Nassau, Bahamas - The 2012 events Supermodel of the Bahamas, Super Talent of the Bahamas and Le' Face Cover Girl Search took place on April 15th and it was an evening to remember. The event was held at the British Colonial Hilton and had a panel of five judges: Mr. Cedric Bernard (designer) Kedar Clarke (fashion stylist) Lee Callender (vocal and speech coach) Anthony Smith (marketing guru) and Nadia Cash (physiologist), all who had a very tough task of contestant screening just hours before the event. They had their work cut out for them as the contestants took the stage. The outstanding candidates wore high fashion designs from Javotte Bethel of Javotte's Haute Couture, master designer, Mr. Cedric Bernard and Mrs. Jeniffer Pearce McPhee. Exquisite pieces were displayed to a sold out show with an audience that was fully entertained and uplifted.
Police have recently reclassified two killings, making the murder count for 2012 so far somewhat unclear.
According to The Nassau Guardian's records, 74 murders have occurred so far this year when taking both reclassifications into account.
However, police claim that the murder count stands at 73.
Officials were unable to accurately satisfy this disparity yesterday.
The disparity has only come to light during the past week.
On Sunday, July 8, police records, as well as those of The Guardian, pegged the murder count at 72 for the year, after three murders occurred that weekend.
Since then, three more murders have occurred: the stabbing death of Calvin Stuart, 26, in Sunridge, Grand Bahama on July 11; the shooting death of an unidentified man on Bruce Avenue West on Grand Bahama on July 12, and the shooting death of Casey Adderley, 33, on Cox Way in New Providence on July 13.
However, Superintendent Paul Rolle, who heads the Central Detective Unit (CDU) told The Guardian after those three murders occurred, that two cases which occurred prior to July 8, were reclassified as manslaughter, and the reported count of 72 murders at that time should actually have been 70.
Rolle said the May 3 stabbing death of Aldean Gibson, 25, was reclassified as a manslaughter.
Police reported that Gibson was stabbed to death by a 22-year-old woman known to him during an altercation.
The death of Rashad Williams, 22, on May 7 was also reclassified from murder to manslaughter, according to Rolle.
Williams was struck down and killed by a Honda Inspire, after he reportedly attempted to confront its occupants, who he believed shot his mother, 42-year-old Bridgette Williams, to death minutes earlier.
However, Williams' murder was removed from The Guardian's count shortly after his death and would not have been included in the July 8 count.
Therefore, even with the reclassification of Gibson's death, at least 74 murders took place so far this year, according to our records.
Yesterday, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade claimed that, with the exception of armed robberies, that serious crimes - including murder - were down by six percent overall.
Greenslade provided no hard data to support his claim.
The information given by police also contradicts the commissioner's statement.
The criminal element continued to unleash fury on our paradise in 2013.
In the middle of the year, police reported that murders were down 20 percent.
At the time, the murder count stood at 58 compared to the 73 murders recorded up to the same point in 2012.
Other crimes, like armed robbery and rape, also decreased. Overall, crime had decreased by over 10 percent, according to officials.
But the criminals remained busy and the fear of crime high.
In a two-week period in August, 12 people were murdered, prompting Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage to roll out a new crime plan.
On September 6, Nottage announced that all police officers on New Providence would immediately be placed on 12-hour shifts.
Additionally, he said 150 Royal Bahamas Defence Force marines would be immediately deployed to assist with the crime fight.
Nottage said police officers serving in administrative and support service capacities, and in fire services would also be deployed to the front line.
The minister said significant resources were being added to the Homicide Unit of the Central Detective Unit (CDU). The Armed Robbery Unit and Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) were also being enhanced, he said.
Nottage said that gang and turf wars had fueled the increase in violence.
In the weeks following the announcement of the new plan, murders were recorded with less frequency.
But the Police Staff Association complained that officers were fatigued and demanded compensation for the longer hours.
Eventually, the 12-hour shifts were adjusted, according to the association.
Murders and crime in general continued to be a major national concern.
On October 24, businessman Kurt McCartney, the brother of Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney, was murdered in Gambier Village.
Many other murders followed, as did multiple armed robberies and other crimes.
Police urged residents to be extra cautious.
The United States Embassy in Nassau also advised Americans living in and visiting The Bahamas to be on the alert.
When asked about crime statistics in November, Nottage said he would no longer release figures to the press as "bad things happen" after he does so.
In early December, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis' home was invaded and he and his wife Anne Marie were held up at gunpoint.
According to police, three masked men entered Davis' home after 7 a.m. on December 9 after they assaulted Davis' chauffeur outside.
No police aides were at Davis' house at the time of the attack.
When the murder count hit triple digits in November, Prime Minister Perry Christie said the government "will do whatever it takes" to stamp out crime and decrease the fear of crime.
The killings continued.
On December 27, 11 people were shot in Fox Hill; four of the victims died.
The murders shocked the country, which in some ways was already numb to the high rate of violent crimes.
Those murders pushed the murder count for the year to just under 120.
In 2012, 111 murders were recorded.
One hundred and twenty-seven murders were recorded in 2011, a record high.