Guyana news, breaking updates and in depth reports covering crime, politics, education, health and the environment for Georgetown, other towns and rural areas.

Lawyer on three traffic charges

Attorney-at-law James Bond appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday on three traffic-related charges and was granted self-bail by Principal Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle.

One year jail for abducting newborn

Marcel La Cruz, the woman who grabbed a newborn baby from a 13-year-old mother nearly a year ago, was sentenced to one year imprisonment in the High Court yesterday for the kidnapping.

Eteringbang miner remanded on gun and ammo charges

Magistrate Hazel Octive-Hamilton remanded to prison a 27-year-old miner accused of unlawfully having a gun and ammunition at Etering-bang, when the man appeared at the Georgetown Magis-trate’s Court yesterday.

Accused airport cocaine trafficker remanded

A man who allegedly had over two kilogrammes of cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri was remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Berbice drivers decry new fines

Hire car and minibus drivers yesterday blocked the main thoroughfare at Tain, Corentyne to show disapproval over the hike in ticket fines and a number of schoolchildren were left stranded on the road because of a spontaneous increase in fares.

Mocha girl died from asphyxiation, blunt trauma – police

Police said yesterday that a post-mortem examination conducted on 9-year-old Sade Stoby, who was found in a clump of bushes early Sunday morning, revealed that she died from asphyxiation due to submersion, compounded by blunt trauma to head.

Guyana, Russia boosting drug war collaboration

Guyana and Russia are in the process of finalizing several aspects of an agreement as part of a collaborative fight against trafficking in narcotics, the Government Information Agency (GINA reported yesterday.

Fire Service receives $30M in equipment

The Guyana Fire Service’s (GFS) capability has been significantly boosted with the acquisition of equipment and gear from the Toronto City Council in partnership with the Toronto Fire Service, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported.

Kara Kara accident survivors transferred to city

The four survivors in Sunday’s accident at Kara Kara on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway have been transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital as police investigations continue.

Officers in key border, port security training

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee has lauded a five-day training session for Customs and Immigration officers by United States Customs and Border Protect-ion Homeland Security facilitators and acknowledged the country’s inability to effectively monitor its borders.

‘Biscuit’s’ relatives want more access

Relatives and friends of wanted man David Leander called David Zammett and ‘Biscuit’ yesterday staged a protest at the Georgetown hospital charging that they are not allowed to visit him.

OBE for distinguished Guyanese artist

Frank Bowling, the distinguished Guyanese artist, was last week nominated to receive the award of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Academic Board wants meeting with full UG council on ‘disturbing’ events

Amid a deepening rift that has seen the postponement of the annual convocation the University of Guyana’s Academic Board has called for a meeting with the full university council to iron out what it says are gravely disturbing events such as the erosion of the authority of the Vice-Chancellor (VC).

Landfill fire under control

A small fire reportedly set by copper burners on Sunday afternoon in the rotting garbage at the Mandela landfill is under control but residents in the surrounding areas are still coping with acrid, black smoke from the site.

Missing Mocha girl found murdered

Nine-year-old Sade Stoby, who went missing on Friday afternoon, was found brutally murdered early yesterday morning not far from her North Barnwell, East Bank Demerara home, and there was evidence that she was sexually molested.

Conductor stabbed to death

A 25-year-old mini-bus conductor was early yesterday morning fatally stabbed while hanging out on Sheriff Street.

Two die after speeding car flies off Kara Kara bridge

Two persons died yesterday afternoon and three others including a baby were injured when a speeding car on its way to Linden toppled off a bridge at Kara Kara on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway, turning what should have been a family day of fun into mourning.

Turkeyen lecturers withdraw from Tain campus over ‘abuse’

Some 31 lecturers, mainly from the University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus have withdrawn their services from the Berbice branch over allegations of abuse and disrespect from the campus director, leaving students without instructors.

Seized diamonds charges being finalised

As days run into weeks since the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) announced that it had seized some 4,000 carats of diamonds suspected to have been smuggled here, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds says that the agency was still concluding its investigation into the Belgian firm that had the gems.