A Diego Martin man is expected to appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate today (Wednesday 18th May 2022), charged with the murders of Ako Matthew, Robin Sancho Jr. and Alexsia Edwards.
According to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Kwasi Matthew, 37, of Blue Basin, was charged with three (3) counts of murder, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Roger Gaspard SC, on Tuesday 17th May 2022.
The burnt bodies of Matthew, 34, Sancho Jr., 21, and Edwards, 21, all of Diego Martin, were discovered between Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th April 2022, at North Coast Road, Maraval. The three (3) had been missing for several days prior to their bodies being found.
Matthew surrendered to Officers of the Chaguanas Police Station on Tuesday 26th April 2022, and subsequently handed over to Officers of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations (HBI), Region One office.
Investigations were supervised by Insps Lynch and Mongroo and Cpl (Ag.) Garcia, all of the HBI Region One, with assistance from Officers of the Western Division, the Inter-Agency Task Force and the Central Division.
Charges were laid by Cpl (Ag.) Pereira of the HBI Region One, on Tuesday (17th May 2022).
The Water and Sewerage Authority (the Authority) is advising customers served by the Mayaro Water Treatment Plant, who are presently experiencing an interruption in their supply, that this is as a result of vandalism and theft of electrical equipment at Mayaro Wells No's 8 and 9, which was discovered today (Tuesday 17th May 2022).
Emergency repairs currently underway, are expected to be completed by Thursday (19th May 2022).
Areas affected include:
The Authority further advises that it may take up to twenty-four (24) hours for the scheduled pipe borne water supply to normalize following the completion of these works.
For further information or assistance, customers can also contact WASA's Customer Call Centre toll free at 800-4420/800-4426. The Authority apologises for the inconvenience and thanks customers for their patience and understanding.
Pictured Above: Murder suspect Chevelle Francis, 24.
A 24-year-old woman appeared virtually before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate Court on Monday (16th May 2022) to answer to the charge of murder of Stephanie Calbio, 34, of Upper Abbe Poujade Street, Carenage, which occurred on 9th May 2022.
Chevelle Francis, 24, of Upper Haig Street, Carenage, was charged on 13th May 2022, after advice was received from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr. Roger Gaspard SC.
According to Police reports, on 9th May 2022, Stephanie Calbio was walking along the pavement at Abbe Poujade Street, Carenage, when it is alleged that Francis, whom she knew, walked alongside her and pushed her with her shoulder. A physical altercation began, during which Calbio was stabbed several times on her back. Calbio was assisted and taken to the Carenage Police Station where she was subsequently escorted by Police Officers to the St. James Medical complex, where she was attended to but later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at 11:45am.
The suspect was arrested a short while after.
Investigations were supervised by Snr Supt Singh, ASP Burnette and Insp Lynch, all of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations (HBI), Region One Office, with assistance from Legal Officer Insp Ashley Mongroo.
Francis was charged by PC Mootie, also of HBI Region One Office.
Police are currently on the scene of a drive-by shooting outside City Gate in Port-of-Spain. The incident took place shortly before 4pm this afternoon (Monday 16th May 2022). According to initial reports, the victim managed to escape any serious injuries while the suspect escaped.
Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes as there will no doubt be a build-up of traffic in the area.
No further details are available at this time.
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At least ten (10) people were killed in a racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York on Saturday afternoon (14th May 2022). The shooting occurred at the Tops Markets on Jefferson Street. Police said a suspect is in custody. According to reports, investigators are reviewing a purported manifesto posted online in connection with the mass shooting.
Stephen Belongia, Special Agent in charge of the FBI Buffalo field office, said at a Press Conferences on Saturday that the FBI is assisting in the investigation. The shooting is being investigated as a hate crime, according to Agent Belongia.
The Buffalo Police Department tweeted, “BPD on scene of a mass shooting at the Tops in the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue. Police say multiple people have been struck by gunfire. The shooter is in custody. Motorists and residents are urged to avoid the area.”
Tops Friendly Markets released the following statement following the shooting: “We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayer are with the victims and their families. Our top priority remains the health and well-being of our associates and customers. We appreciate the quick response by local law enforcement and are providing all available resources to assist authorities in the ongoing investigation.”
Meanwhile, New York Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted, “I am closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo. We have offered assistance to local officials. If you are in Buffalo, please avoid the area and follow guidance from law enforcement and local officials.”
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A 40-year-old shop proprietor was granted $200,000 bail with a surety on Wednesday (11th May 2022) after appearing before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate, charged with possession of a firearm and a quantity of ammunition. The accused was ordered to report to his local Police Station biweekly as part of his bail conditions.
Sean Sayers, also called ‘Saeed’ and ‘Butters,’ of Upper Richplain Road, Diego Martin, was arrested on 9th May 2022 and later charged on 11th May 2022 by PC Bocage of the Western Division Task Force (WDTF), following the execution of a search warrant at a shop.
According to Police reports, at 9:40pm on 9th May 2022, WDTF Officers searched a shop during which they allegedly found and seized a Glock 17 nine millimetre pistol and fifteen (15) rounds of ammunition.
The shop owner was immediately arrested and charged in connection with the find.
Sayers is expected to re-appear before the Court on 8th June 2022.
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