Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Granny busted for cocaine makes history in Trinidad by: – June 15, 2012 Share Share Tweet Seventy-one-year-old Grace Pierre-Holder is the oldest person ever jailed in Trinidad for attempted drug trafficking..PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday June 15, 2012 – Seventy-one-year-old Grace Pierre-Holder may have landed herself in the slammer for the next six years, but the old gal did so in style, making history as the oldest person in Trinidad to be jailed for attempting to leave Piarco International Airport with cocaine in her possession for the purpose of trafficking 12 years ago.The silver-haired grandmother’s 29-year-old co-accused, Daenah John-Finn, carved her own niche as the youngest Trinidad national on record to be charged in an airport case in relation to possession of cocaine.The elderly Pierre-Holder, of Simon Street, Gasparillo was ordered to serve six years simple imprisonment, while John-Finn, of Old Southern Main Road, Claxton Bay Junction, Claxton Bay, was sentenced to five years with hard labour.The sentences were handed down by Justice Carla Brown-Antoine in the Fifth Criminal Court at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain.Both women were found guilty of the offence on May 3, but sentencing was postponed to allow their attorneys to make pleas of mitigation on their behalf.Leading evidence on behalf of the State were attorneys Renuka Rambhajan and Taterani Seecharan while Pierre-Holder was represented by Senior Counsel Theodore Guerra and attorney John Heath.John-Finn was represented by attorneys Ravi Rajcoomar and Jenna Lucky-Samaroo.Pierre-Holder and John-Finn were among a group of four arrested at Piarco International Airport while waiting to board an American Airlines flight to London via Miami on February 10, 2000.All appeared to be mooching along smoothly until police officers discovered they had packages of cocaine concealed in the male Clarks leather shoes they were wearing.All four were scheduled to return to Trinidad on February 13, 2000, but neither they nor their now-famous shoes ever left the ground.Pierre-Holder’s daughter Michelle Leslie and John-Finn’s boyfriend Jason Connell were the other members of the well-heeled group.Connell was found guilty on May 11, 2006 at the Arima Magistrate’s Court and ordered to pay $25,000 forthwith or serve three years in prison. The fine was paid. Leslie pleaded guilty on January 30, 2008 and was fined $50,000 by an Arima Magistrate.In passing sentences on Pierre-Holder and John-Finn, the judge said those involved were part of a very carefully planned operation.She went on to disagree with the assertion by made by Pierre-Holder’s attorney that his client’s age was a mitigating factor.“Age should bring wisdom and society expects that our more mature citizens would be an example to our younger ones. To put it plainly, (she) should have known better,” Brown-Antoine said.Caribbean 360 News 82 Views 2 comments Share
WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence visits central Iowa today to discuss the importance of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s not aware of any timeline for the trade deal to be sent to Congress.The measure would go to the U.S. House first where Grassley says Speaker Nancy Pelosi is still working to get her freshmen troops organized.“Every day, you read about her having problems with these new members on this subject or that subject or some other subject,” Grassley says. “She has the same problems with the Mexico Canadian agreement with the United States and she’s got to get her people comfortable with it.”Grassley, a Republican, says he met with Democrat Pelosi about a month ago to talk about USMCA and he says he believes she’s “very sincere” about getting it passed. He notes the House has 75 or 80 new members, the largest such class since 1974.Vice President Pence will visit Accumold in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny, a company that makes molds for the high-tech industry and ships globally.“I’m certainly glad the vice president is going to Ankeny because trade is so important to Iowa,” Grassley says. “Good for the administration to see first-hand the need to do it.”Grassley says he fully supports USMCA and he knows it has bipartisan backing, including from former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, who served eight years as U.S. Ag Secretary under President Obama.“I kinda’ think that a month ago or whenever Secretary Vilsack had an announcement that he supported it and that it was good for Iowa, particularly Iowa agriculture,” Grassley says, “that probably was the best boost that it could possibly have.”The USMCA is designed to replace NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which went into effect in 1994.
The Lee County Sheriff Office says they have arrested a 28-year-old man who was reportedly videotaped kicking and punching his dog.The incident occurred in the area of Hannah Ave South and 17th Street SW in Lehigh Acres.According to the report, a resident turned over a Ring.com video on Sunday, showing the suspect, Joshua Ray Schlotmann pin the dog to the ground and “deliver three closed-fisted blows” to the dog.Authorities then identified and interviewed Schlotmann before officially arresting him.Schlotmann is now facing aggravated animal cruelty and Inflict Pain/Torture/Serious Injury/Death to an Animal charges.The dog named “Thanos” has since been removed from the suspects custody and is now in the care of Lee County Domestic Animal Services.
ARTS/CULTURAL COMMUNITYSix buildings off the Fort Monmouth entrance at Oceanport Avenue in Eatontown that once served as the fort’s barracks will become a hub of arts, culture and entertainment under the vision of Kenneth Schwartz, owner of the Detour Gallery in Red Bank. Known primarily for his ownership of the area’s World Auto Group car dealerships, Schwartz has been an arts and antiques collector and patron for over 40 years.Also recognized as a philanthropist, Schwartz recently sold his auto dealerships, but retained ownership of the land. He is currently converting a former stair factory on Red Bank’s Drs. James Parker Boulevard into an additional artists’ space that will operate in conjunction with the Detour Gallery downtown on Clay Street he opened last year after two years of work to renovate a long-vacant commercial building.Schwartz’s plans to acquire the barracks and convert the 4.4-acre site into an “active arts community” have been in the works for about a year. FMERA officials said earlier this year that, while they did not initially envision such a use for the barracks, they found Schwartz’s proposals worthy of consideration. He was the sole bidder on the Semaphore Avenue location near the fort’s former marina, now redeveloped and re-opened as the waterfront Marina at Oceanport restaurant and bar that also offers small craft rentals in season. The World War II-era barracks total approximately 25,000 square feet.“I was raised in this area and wanted to do this project,” Schwartz said. “Some of the soldiers stationed here were my customers at the auto dealerships. When the fort closed it was like a cold wind came through the area; it generated a lot of nervousness. I saw the barracks they intended to rip down. I’ve been all over the world and have seen people take such sites and turn them into an arts and cultural community.” Schwartz’s plans include studios and galleries for dance, music, arts, and spaces for artists to create and show their works, augmented by classes, seminars, and other related activities. “It will be Woodstock without the pot,” he joked. FORT MONMOUTH – Among the projects moving forward on Fort Monmouth announced on Jan. 26 by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) are two by well-known Monmouth County residents. Dave Callahan, (left), and Chris Champeau, (right), discussed their plans to create a comprehensive sports complex at Fort Monmouth at the Marina at Oceanport on January 26.FITNESS CENTERRumson-Fair Haven High School Bulldogs basketball coaches Chris Champeau and Dave Callahan are successful high school sports instructors. Operating as FM Partners, LLC, the pair has been working to purchase the fort’s former fitness center in the Oceanport section for some three years. The sole bidders, they plan to renovate and expand the facility located on 7.75 acres.“This area needs fields and courts and the fitness center is a top-of-the-line jewel,” Champeau said. “We can accomplish what we’ve wanted to do, including a health club, programs, and athletic facilities for children through adults. We hope to employ veterans. We’re fired up that it’s going to happen.”“The fitness center is 32,000 square feet and we will add 2,000 more,” Callahan added. “There’s a pool and three acres of outdoor space for soccer and lacrosse fields. We want to work hand-in-hand with Oceanport.”“As businesses bring more employees to the fort, FMERA is excited at the prospect of having a facility to meet the fitness and recreational needs of the expanding workforce and the community at large,” FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman said.Related story: Coming to Fort Monmouth: Lifestyle and Retail Hub ‘Freedom Pointe’ Story and photos by Laura D.C. Kolnoski
Ben Gresley-Jones of Rossland/Trail continued his fine play at the B.C. Men’s Amateur Golf Championship Friday, placing 19th overall.David Rose of West Vancouver won the tournament. The Lower Mainland golfer took advantage of a collapse by third-round leader Richard Jung of Toronto to win the title by three strokes.Rose shot a 2-under-par 70 to finish the 72-hole tournament with a 275 total.Kevin Carrigan of Victoria finished tied for second with Jung with 278 scores.Brent Wilson of Victoria was fourth one shot ahead of Yung Gu (Justin) Shin of Pitt Meadows.Gresley Jones continued to play well by firing a final round 73 to finish in a tie for 19th spot at 287.The other West Kootenay golfer in the tournament, Josh Coletti of Granite Pointe finished the day with an 82 and a total of 308 for place 73rd. Adam Pangburn of Kaslo and Jordan Melanson of Granite Pointe both missed the cut after 36 [email protected]