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Doctor, nurse and entrepreneur from Texas are the three drowned in Middle Caicos



#MiddleCaicos, Turks and Caicos Islands – August 7, 2019 – An emergency room doctor, a part-time nurse and a transport services company owner are the three American tourists who drowned on Bambarra Beach in Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands on Monday August 5, 2019; news of the tragedy has elicited comments of shock and heartbreak from loved ones back home in Texas.

Dr. Richard Okoloise is described as an ‘excellent emergency room physician who loved to travel and who loved his daughter’.

Thirty-four-year-old Irma Barrera, a part-time nurse along with her husband of ten years, Roy Perez, 38 were travelling with their eldest daughter, according to reports from family members. 

Barrera and Roy Perez, who according to his LinkedIn profile, owns Caliber Transport Services, had left their younger daughters – ages two and four – at home.

A search on Monday, involving TCI Police, Department of Coastal Resources and civilians like Reverend Evan Williams was suspended on Monday night; at that time two bodies including first found, Barrera, were retrieved and transported to Providenciales.

The search, for the third missing person resumed on Tuesday morning with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard.

District Administrator for Middle Caicos, Frederick Johnson made the discovery around 6 a.m. yesterday, according to a Police statement.  The final body found was that of Dr. Okoloise and now all three remains are being held at the morgue in Providenciales. 

Relatives are due to arrive in Providenciales today to assist with the two girls, who were found traumatized on the beach.  The teens have been in the care of the Social Services Department since Monday afternoon.

The five tourists, made up of two families from Texas; Lake Jackson and Sugar Land are believed to have been caught in a ‘quick-rising’ tide as they attempted to cross the half-mile distance between Bambarra Beach and Pelican Cay. Authorities have expressed grave sorrow on the loss and have given highest commendation for the teamwork in this horrible tragedy, which is described as ‘the worst the Turks and Caicos has ever seen on its beaches.’

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#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2023 – An investigation has commenced into the shooting death of a male.

The murder occurred today (January 24th).

Based on preliminary reports, at around 3pm, the Police Control Room  received a call from a resident stating that gunshots were being heard in Five Cays

RTCIPF officers responded to the given location at Reece Street and found the lifeless body of a male, lying face down on the ground with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

Based on initial information received, the victim resided at Sand Bar Street, Five Cays.

Officers are at this time gathering pertinent details to ascertain a motive behind the murder of  the deceased.

The public is being advised to notify the closest police station or to contact Crime Stoppers and give any information regarding this murder or  any illegal activity anonymously.

Please note, that Crime Stoppers calls are answered in Miami and in Houston by Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers which is a non-profit and not a police agency.

The calls are anonymous and cannot be traced in the United States or the TCI.

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Drunk Driver charged says TCI Police



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer



#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2023 – Turks and Caicos’ road fatalities remain at zero.  But a serious traffic accident had residents concerned that an individual may have died.  With those concerns voiced by residents, Police have confirmed to Magnetic Media that while an accident did occur last weekend near the Chicken Shack, no one died.

Press Officer Denyse Renne explained that in the case of that accident a 59 year old Grand Turk man was arrested  for driving with alcohol consumption above the legal limit and that  the Traffic Department is continuing investigations.

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‘Greening Our Schools’ Campaign launches nation-wide



#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2023 – The Department of Education’s (DoE) Curriculum Development Unit in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources’ (DECR) Outreach Unit today launched the ‘Greening Our Schools’ initiative across the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The initiative will work with primary and high schools around the islands to foster environmental awareness and action by developing resource, energy and environmentally literate citizens through service projects, leadership and activism. The program, which will take effect in September this year, encourages schools to choose from four themes and to creatively solve the problems faced by the school and their community under the chosen theme.

Schools will have to choose from the following themes, namely Biodiversity, Electricity Conservation, Water Conservation, and Waste Management.  Schools will systematically be guided through the initial process and will be reviewed at the end of the school year, where they may qualify for ‘Green Flag’ status upon successful review of their project. The coveted prize, the ‘Green Ribbon’, will be awarded to the school with outstanding performance – enhancing sustainability practices among all schools with Green Flag status.

The DoE and the DECR are excited to foster environmentally-minded young people who will responsibly benefit the future of the Turks and Caicos Islands, especially in a world fraught with negative environmental impacts.

Look out for Rocky the Iguana and representatives visiting schools in promotion of Greening our Schools!

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