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Man Charged with STOLEN Mervin Cox Boat is Alleged Gang Member say TCI Police

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Wilkie Arthur

Eagle Legal News Media

 

#TurksandCaicos, June 7, 2024 – He is charged with two gang membership offenses. The 35 year old Haitian man appeared in court on Monday May 3, 2024, on four allegations.

GANG MEMBERSHIP #1 reads: that the accused ELVEN BALTHAZAR of La Tortuga, Haiti, along with others, on Friday April 5th, 2024, while in the Turks and Caicos Islands, was involved in gang related activity namely assisting illegals, contrary to the Immigration Ordinance.

GANG MEMBERSHIP #2:- that you on Friday August 25th, 2023 to Friday April 5th, 2024, in the Turks and Caicos Islands, were involved in gang related activity namely handling stolen property.

These offenses above were allegedly in violation of section 4 (1)(b) of the Anti-Gang Ordinance 24 of 2022 of the laws of the TCI.

BALTHAZAR was also charged in count #3: with, possession of criminal property, and it reads, that between Friday August 25th 2023 and April 5th, 2024 (for nearly 8 months) in the waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands, you had in your possession criminal property, knowing or suspecting that it was illegally obtained, namely:-

A 32-foot boat named Baja valued at $120,000.00, the property of Mervin Cox.

His count #4 (and final count):- is Handling stolen goods.  It reads that you between Friday August 25th 2023 and Friday April 5th 2024 did dishonestly assist in the retention of stolen goods namely a 32-foot boat, value $120,000.00 the property of Mervin Cox, knowing or believing same to be stolen.

The arraignment of these four charges was stalled however, unable to proceed because the public prosecutor Ms. Enjaleek Dickerson was trying to ascertain or sort out the charges.

It was a rather embarrassing few moments as she attended court totally unprepared, from what this reporter observed.

The matter was one which should have been wrapped up in around 15 minutes, which would have been dedicated to the reading of the charges.  However, due to the obvious lack of preparation, the defendant’s arraignment lasted an hour and fifteen minutes in the courtroom of Hon. Chief Magistrate Mr. Jolyon Hatmin.

The Chief Magistrate expressed concern that the suspect was held in custody for a long period of time, only to arrive in court and find that the Office of the DPP was still “fumbling over a few charges like we don’t know what we’re doing in this court.”

The Chief Magistrate further expressed that these “minor” issues should be long dealt with before it reaches the court, “but it’s clear that no one from the DPP office nor my court is checking these things before it reaches arraignment.”

He went on to say that he should not be the one having to sort out charges at the time a case is to be heard.

The accused gang member was represented by Mrs. Latisha Williams-Bruce, who invited the court to please stand the matter down to give Counsel for the Crown Ms. Dickerson time to get her house in order, “then we could come back and possibly proceed.”

The Chief Magistrate still attempted to try and fix the prosecution’s problems with the charges but eventually agreed to adjourning the matter to Tuesday May 4th.

The case has since been transferred to the Supreme Court for a sufficiency hearing set for September of this year.

The accused would most definitely be remanded until then, given the alleged charges against him.

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Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk

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#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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LAST AMERICAN TOURIST SENTENCED TO A FINE OF $1500.00 OR SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT IN DEFAULT, SHE’S ALSO SENTENCED TO 23 WEEKS IMPRISONMENT SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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