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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Mur ders bring total to 123 Volume: 108 No.31TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 82F LOW 71F Two deaths add to b lood y tall y TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y LAMECH JOHNSON l email@example.com POLICE reported at least f ive stabbing incidents during t he Boxing Day Junkanoo parade and are appealing to young men to leave anyw eapons they would think of bringing to Junkanoo, at home. Speaking to the press yest erday morning during the peak hours of the parade, Supt Stephen Dean of theN ational Crime Prevention Office made the request to young people, in particular young men. By DANA SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org WITH less than a week to the new year, a bloody Christmas weekend brings the countrys murder count to 123 for 2011. A Christmas morning dri ve-by and a Christmas eve shooting left two men dead, and three women hospitalised. Around 4:30am on Christ mas day, 27-year-old Bruce Sands Jr, of Prince Charles Drive, was driving his burgundy coloured 1997 Ford Ranger on East Bay Street. He and three women friends, 3By CHESTER ROBARDS Tribune Senior Reporter email@example.com POLICE suspect an arsonist was responsible for two fires at the Carlton E. Francis Primary school yesterday. The fire completely destroyed one classroom. Walter Evans, Acting Director of Fire Services, said the fire, which devastated classroom three at the school, was reported at one oclock. The second fire, which was discovered only after fire fighters contained the first fire, was confined to a trash bin in classroom number six, he said. Two other schools mysteFINDOUT WHOWON WHATAT JUNKANOOpages 11-14 FINDOUT WHOWON WHATAT JUNKANOOpages 11-14 SEE page 8 SEE page 2 SEE page 7 ARSONIST BL AMED F OR SCHOOL FIRES FIVE STABBED DURING PARADE THE WRECKAGE of a Ford Ranger on East Bay St in the wake of a drive-by shooting which killed the driver and left three passengers injured. Photo: Jamal Davis im lovin it
riously caught fire this year. Police have yet to say what c aused those fires. D esmond Bannister, Minister of Education, was at the s cene of the fire yesterday to a ssess the damage. M r Bannister said the school will try to have thec lassrooms repaired and r eady to be occupied before s tudents return from the C hristmas break. He also denounced the arson attack on the school,c alling it an attack on edu cation. Were very concerned about this trend, where persons come into our school when the children are out and set fire to the classrooms, Mr B annister said. All of us abhor any a ttempts to interfere with the e ducation of children. This is a primary school and its despicable to see what has h appened. M r Evans revealed that several other classrooms wereb roken into, though he could n ot say whether anything had b een stolen from the buildi ngs. And while the school is typically protected by securitya round the clock, Mr Bannis ter revealed that the daytimes ecurity guard had taken sick leave yesterday. He said the incident was being investigat ed. Any attack on their educ ation is an attack on our s ociety, and all of us ought t o be outraged and all of us o ught to want to do something about it, Mr Bannister said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE NASSAUIFREEPORTIABACOIELEUTHERAIEXUMAIFINANCIAL CENTREICORPORATE CENTREIwww.famguardbahamas.comFamGuard Corporation announcesSPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURSFrom Our Family to YoursBest Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season Holiday Business Hours for the Entire Company Friday,December 16.........Closed at 11:30 a.m. Friday,December 23. .........Closed at 1:00 p.m. Monday,December 26......ClosedChristmas & Boxing Day observedTuesday, December 27. ....Regular Business Hours Friday,December 30.........Closed at 1:00 p.m. Monday,January 2..............ClosedNew Years Day observedTuesday, January 3..............Regular Business Hours Arsonist blamed for school fires from page one THE DAMAGE after the fire, t hought to have been started bya n arsonist.
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Two masked gunmen robbed the Burger King Restaurant near Queens Highway of an unde termined amount of cash on Saturday. According to witnesses, the suspects fled the scene in a dark purple coloured vehicle, which was reported stolen last week during an armed rob bery at a residence in Royal Bahamia Estates. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, said sometime shortly before 9.30am two dark men armed with guns, and wearing masks and dark clothing, entered Burger King on Yellow Pine Street. The gunmen demanded cash from the employees. After robbing the business, they were seen leaving the scene in a dark purplecoloured Skyline vehicle. ASP Mackey said the getaway vehicle that was used by the suspects to escape was reported stolen on December 19. A resident of Dominica Avenue, Royal Bahamia Estates, reported that two masked men robbed him of his 1995 dark purple coloured Nissan Skyline car, license plate No. 52058, just as he arrived at his residence. Ms Mackey is appealing to anyone with information that can assist the police with their investigations into both robberies to call 350-3107/8, 3529774/5, or 911. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011, PAGE 3 Students wishing to take the BGCSE Examinations in June, 2012 are advised to register immediately or before the year end at Institute of Business and Commerce. Courses are registered and approved by M inistry of Education and Dept. of Public Service.Tel: 324-4625 INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS AND COMMERCEA NNOUNCESBGCSE T o adv er tise in The Tribune call 502-2352. POLICEOFFICERS on watch outside the Burger King after the armed robbery. B y DANA SMITH d email@example.com POLICE are on the hunt for four men responsible fortwo separate armed robberies, which occurred on Friday. M eanwhile, two more men w ere taken into custody in connection with another armed robbery that occurred the same day. The robberies come in the w ake of a new crime prevention initiative announced b y police in which officers are trying to reduce incidents of armed robbery by visiting businesses and promising a higher policep resence in shopping districts. Around 8:40pm, police received information that a M ackey Street business was robbed by two men. P olice immediately r esponded and on arrival at t he area saw two men in a champagne-coloured Chevy Tahoe, fleeing the area. Officers pursued the SUV, which came to a stop in thea rea of Abraham Street off K emp Road. Police searched the vehicle and found a handgun, ammunition, as well as cash believed to be the property of the business. T he men, ages 21 and 32, b oth of Marathon Road, were taken into custody in connection with the armed robbery. Earlier that evening, around 5:15pm, two mene ntered VIP Restaurant in t he Ritchie Plaza on Soldier R oad, armed with handguns. T he men robbed the restaur ant of an undetermined a mount of cash before fleeing the area on foot. A similar incident occurred around 7:10pm. Two men, one of whom was armed witha handgun, entered Rickys B eauty on Bahama Avenue off Market Street, demanding cash. The culprits robbed the business, as well as its patrons, of an undetermineda mount of cash and jewe llery, and then fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. Police are investigating all incidents and appeal to members of the public who mayh ave information regarding t he robberies to contact the p olice. MASKED GUNMEN IN BURGER KING RAID Four men hunted for armed robberies
EDITOR, The Tribune. AS A CONSTITUENT of Marco City, I am verya mbivalent about the decision o f the Free National Movement party to move Mr Zhivargo Laing to the Fort Charlotte constituency in New Providence. Laing, who i s the Minister of State for F inance, has represented Marco City since May 2007. H e had also represented Fort Charlotte from 1997 to 2002. He defeated the ProgressiveL iberal Party (PLP of Parliament for that constituency Franklyn Wilson in t he 1997 General Elections. H e lost his seat to Alfred Sears in 2002. According to the Press, the d ecision to not run Laing in Marco City was recently made by the FNM Council. Iu nderstand that he has already been introduced to FNM supporters in that Nassau constituency. I am surprised that this decision was made at this juncture. If anything, I initially thought thatt he party would have moved Laing to either the new Cen tral Grand Bahama constituency or even to the East Grand Bahama constituency. Both of these constituencies a re considered to be safe seats f or the FNM. Instead, the party has made the decision to move the minister of state forf inance to the shark infested waters of the PLP in New Providence. In my view, this is a very risky move by the F NM. I say this because Sears has won that seat by comfortable margins in the last two e lections. Perhaps the prime minister has a very good plan in place to help Laing win thats eat which can rightly be c alled a PLP stronghold. As far as I am concerned, the FNM will be the underdog inN ew Providence heading into the general elections. I believe that Laing stands a better c hance of winning in Grand Bahama. According to the Press, the PLP will be running Dr A ndre Rollins in Fort Charlotte. Dr Rollins used to be a member of the National D evelopment Party (NDP He ran in the Elizabeth byeelection in February 2010. Ifm y memory serves me cor rectly, he came in fourth place in that election contest behind the PLPs Ryan Pinder, the FNMs Dr Duane Sands and Cassius Stuart of the Bahamas Democratic Movement (BDM Dr Rollins is very dynamic and intelligent. Even though Laing faces an uphill battle in Fort Charlotte, he can still win that seat. Nowadays, anything is possible in Bahamian poli-t ics. I am one of several Grand B ahamians who is saddened by the news that Laing will b e leaving Marco City. The FNM party has yet to give a reason for this abrupt decision. Just recently Laing held h is annual Marco City Christm as Party at Independence Park, Freeport City. This was o n Saturday, December 17. O ne can only surmise that the FNM party was still in the p roverbial valley of indecision regarding Laings futurei n Marco City on the day the p arty was held. I can tell you that some FNM supporters in Marco City are not too happy about this decision. S ome PLP political analysts a re now saying that Laing and the leadership of the FNM h ave made the decision to move the Marco City incumbent to Fort Charlotte because the party knows that he would be defeated by the P LP's Gregory Moss. These PLP political analysts b elieved that Marco City resi dents would have rejected Laing because of the present recession in the nations sec o nd City. The PLP public relations machine has done a good job at getting people to believe that Laing, as the min i ster of State for Finance, had run Grand Bahamas economy aground. These people h ave conveniently ignored the Great Recession that has dev astated the economy of our n umber one benefactor, the U nited States of America. They have also ignored the fact that Grand Bahama hasb een in this recession since the year 2000, or thereabouts. That is some seven years b efore Laing became the MP for Marco City. The detractors of Zhivargo Laing have also convenientl y forgotten to remind residents on Grand Bahama that the Christie administration also experienced difficulty in jump-starting the economy between 2002 and 2007. The only thing that I can point to on Grand Bahama that came under the PLPs watch is the Ginn Development. And to say that Ginn has been a major disappointment would be a major understatement. Granted, the economy on Grand Bahama wasnt as bad as it is now. But it was bad nonetheless. My point is this, you cannot place the blame for Grand Bahamas economic woes at the doorstep of the minister of state for finance. If the PLP wins theu pcoming general elections, t hey too will experience difficulty in fixing Grand Bahamas economy. Mark my words. All the same, I too believe t hat Laing was in for the fight o f his political life in Marco City. This was due to the fact t hat his detractors had waged a relentless campaign against him over the past two years.L aing was relentlessly attacked in the Press by his political opponents, including B ahamas Press. Critics have a ccused Laing of not being a good member of Parliament for Marco City and of doing ah orrible job of managing the national economy. As I have stated already, you cannotc hide Laing for our economic woes. With respect to him not being a good representative, I think that he has done a decent job, considering the fact that we are in the midst of a devastating global reces s ion. Moreover, there are many members of Parliament whose level of performance is nowhere near Laings. Yet Laing is the only MP who has been relentlessly targeted by t hese people. This is unfair. L aing is one of the few MPs who is always available to his constituents at his Marco Cityc onstituency office in May field Park. He is also one of the best debaters in the House of Assembly. If youl isten to these people, one would think that Laing has done absolutely nothing in M arco City. Laings detractors have given people the impression that the MarcoC ity MP had totally neglected G rand Bahama during the past four-and-a-half years. Now they are the very oness aying that he has abandoned the residents of Marco City. Marco City is losing a r emarkable MP. He will be greatly missed. The residents of Fort Charlotte are fortu nate to have such a fine can d idate in Laing. I hope they give him an opportunity to represent them again in the H ouse of Assembly. In the final analysis, Laings decision to leave Marco City isu nderstandable, at least from a political standpoint. His detractors have caused too many residents on Grand Bahama to view him with a jaundiced eye. After what they have done to him in the Press, I really dont blame him for leaving Marco City. I wish Laing all the best in Fort Charlotte. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama, December 22, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama THE OBAMA administrations cautious response to the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il reflects unease and uncertainty about the leadership transition in the reclusive country that has confounded US presidents since Harry S Truman. F or the past 60 years, the hermit kingd om has vexed the United States and its allies with war, nuclear tests, missile launche s, belligerence and bellicose bombast. But s ince he took office, President Barack Obam a has had to deal with the country at perhaps its most secretive point: an unclear succession at the very top at a time of deepc oncern about the stability of the regime. Thus, the administrations carefully worded public messages have underscored the administrations desire for better relations with thea utocratic nation and its concern about the w elfare of the North Korean people. They are also gentle reminders that Washington expects Pyongyang to follow through on denuc learisation pledges and improve ties with its neighbours, particularly South Korea. The kid gloves treatment accorded to the Norths youthful new leader, Kims twenty-something son Kim Jong Un, has attract-e d criticism from some who see this as a moment to make a forceful case for dramatic reform and regime change. But without solid intelligence of the o paque transition process and fearful of misunderstandings that could lead to provocations with the notoriously erratic North, US o fficials concluded that the best course is t o say little, wait and watch. Indeed, the administrations initial reac t ions to Kims death have contained little s ubstance at all and were couched in niceties. All I can say is that were monitoring the situation closely, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Wednesday as North Korean state media broadcast pic tures of wailing mourners, apparently overcome with grief. Kim Jong Il had designat ed Kim Jong Un as his official successor, a nd at this time we have no indication that that has changed. C arney added: We hope that the new North Korean leadership will take the steps n ecessary to support peace, prosperity and a better future for the North Korean people, including through acting on its commitments t o denuclearisation. T hose comments echoed words from Sec retary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. On Monday, more than 16 hours after Kims death was announced, she was the first senior US official to comment publicly on the developments. In intentionally vague comments, she called for a peaceful and stable transition in North Korea and e xpressed hope that it would not affect regional peace and stability. Ironically, it w as Clinton who first stirred the pot about a possible succession crisis in North Korea. Nearly three years ago, on her first trip to Asia as secretary of state, she stunned diplomatic circles with a frank appraisal of US concerns amid rampant speculation about the health of Kim Jong Il, who had suffered a stroke in 2008, and his choice of a successor. If there is a succession, even if its a peaceful succession, that creates more uncertainty and it also may encourage behaviours that are even more provocative as a way toc onsolidate power within the society, Clint on told reporters on her way to South Korea on Feb. 20, 2009. H er remarks on a previously taboo subject s parked great debate. In Seoul the next day, s he expressed surprise at the uproar, noting that reports of Kim choosing his youngest son Kim Jung Un to succeed him had beeni n the news for months. I dont think that its a forbidden subject to talk about succession in the hermit kingdom, Clinton said. In fact, it seems to mei ts got to be factored into any policy review t hat one is undertaking. ... I think it would be irresponsible for it not to be factored into what you were thinking about. T hat same month, US diplomats were scrambling to collect any information they could about Kim Jong Un from South Korean, Chinese and Japanese officials and experts, according to leaked State Depart-m ent cables published by WikiLeaks. Unfortunately for the Americans, their interlocutors had sharply divided opinions, according to the cables. Some predicted the N orth Korean regime would collapse politically within two to three years of Kim Jong Ils death. Others foresaw a power struggle b etween the young and untested Kim Jong U n and rivals in the elite but differed over who would prevail. Others believed there w ould be little change. O ne apparent area of convergence, how ever, was that most South Korean experts believed the challenge for the younger Kim would come after his fathers death. Thus, as North Koreas transition is under way, the lack of clarity has put US policy on hold. Before Kims passing, the administration had been expected this week to announce ther esumption in food aid to North Korea and a potential bilateral meeting on nuclear dis a rmament. Although the State Department said there had been brief exchange with N orth Korean officials in New York on Monday, both initiatives are now in flux pending the end of the North's mourning period. T he administration says it is respecting t hat mourning period by understanding that North Korean officials will not be available for discussions. Yet it has steadfastly refused to express any sympathy for the death of Kim, whose Stalinist regime is accused of having one of the worst, if not the worst, human rights records in the world. While showering the late Czech democra c y leader Vaclev Havel with effusive eulogies, American officials have refused to even utter t he word condolence in relation to Kim. With regard to the C-word, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday, I think we didnt consider it appropriate in this case. By Matthew Lee of the Associated Press Zhivargo unfairly targeted LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Caution mutes USresponse to NKorea EDITOR, The Tribune. As 2011 closes, surely we reflect and hopefully look positively forward, but can we? As Her Majesty said during that awful year in which Princess Diana died and so many royal flushes I suggest The Bahamas has gone through the same 2011 really was a horrible year. 120 murders and an hor rific number of other crimes. Financial crisis requiring the government to borrow to the hilt. Oh those roads! Electricity bills which we could not afford. Power cuts because BEC decided to do maintenance in the summer. Traffic jams everywhere. Far too many Revs in front of the courts. Justice system in chaos. House of Assembly lowers its standards almost to the street. Lack of accountability of government. Editor 2012 can't be any worse? My fear government has just borrowed $51 million to seek water leaks...the roads even those made good will be dug up again when it is easy to check if the meters are being by-passed...surely if it were leaks we would see traces of water, we dont. Tourism Jamaica is boasting that it will have a healthy winter season but not a projection from fasttalking Minister Vanderpool Wallace. Speedweek really was all that expense worth it? Surely a lot of noise and nothing really achieved...Sir Sterling is an unknown, yes a great in his days, but when was his days? The traditional Christmas Carols which this year will surely not be heard anywhere except in a church Peace on Earth can it be achieved this Christmas? The old slogan Better in the Bahamas now means something totally different. Wake up my people, wake up. W THOMPSON Nassau, December 19, 2011. Can we look f orw ar d to 2012?
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011, PAGE 5 B y AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com CUSTOMS and Immigrat ion officers opted to work d uring the holidays despite union directives to withdraw l abour over a pay dispute. B ahamas Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union vice president Sloane Smith yesterday said members who made the individual choice to work were most likely intimidated by senior officers. While workers have opted not to strike, Mr Smith said lingering issues of communication, good faith, and respects till remain. The union is agit ating for a strike certificate after a successful vote on December 2. Mr Smith said: If they did w ork, there must have been something management must have said. We dont have a difficulty i f (management f or (SundayMonday If they have made the decis ion to pay appropriate rates, t hey didnt tell (union this is the issue. Last night, a Customs supervisor at the Lynden Pind ling International Airport c onfirmed the department w as fully staffed. The strike threat was announced during a protest outside the Ministry of L abour on Friday. The BCIA WU is the official bargain ing agent for Customs and I mmigration officers. Officials advised members n ot to work on Christmas and B oxing Day as they would not receive holiday pay. In an interview with The Tribune yesterday, Mr Smith s aid it was a common yeare nd tactic to bait jaded employees with the promise o f monies owed to them. He a dded that if any negotiation was made between management and staff over holiday pay, it signaled a total lack of respect to bypass the union. These (issues crux of everything, Mr Smith said. Were in the process of completing an industrial agreement proposal, and wec ant just ignore what has b een done wrong. Whats to say theyre going to honour (new agreement dont honour what was in the p revious one. Grievances are widespread and long-standing, Mr Smith said, including health and s afety concerns, proper vacat ion leave and allowances, promotions, disciplines and d ischarges. F ridays demonstration follows a protest staged last month outside their administrative complex on Thomps on Boulevard. Some 200 e mployees were said to have p articipated. Yesterday, Mr Smith said concerns raised have yet to be resolved, even on minor m atters such as staff parking. U nion representatives met with the Immigration direc-t or, Customs comptroller, and a conciliator last week; how ever, Mr Smith said the meeting was fruitless as those present did not have the authority to engender a definitive outcome. A mong the concerns were: staff members not being paid hazard allowances where workers suffer from dusty substances; staff not being confirmed after years of work w ithout any credible or legal reason; persons being disciplined for lateness while they should not be as it is defined as more than four times per calendar month. Such action h as resulted in employees not being confirmed or promoted; employees shift premiums, call allowances or overtime not paid appropriately; reimbursements for courses of s tudy outstanding. Customs staff opt not to strike A MAN is in the hospital a fter being shot during a robbery in broad daylight. The 23-year-old victim was w alking on Bishop Way, off Soldier Road, shortly after 11am on Thursday when he was approached by two menw ho demandied his cash. One of the men was armed with a handgun. D uring the incident, a num ber of shots were fired, injuring the victim. He was takent o Princess Margaret Hospi tal, where he is detained in stable condition. Also, in another incident, p olice confiscated a 32ft Contender boat that was suspect ed of being stolen. A bout 2:30pm last Thursday, officers of the Southeastern Division, Central Intelligence Branch, and theI nternal Security Division executed a search warrant on a residence at Baillou Hill R oad. There, officers seized the vessel as well as a handguna nd quantity of ammuni tion. Two men, ages 36 and 26, were taken into police cus t ody in connection with incident, following the search. A round 8.45pm on Thursday, a 26-year-old man was arrested after he was found in possession of a quantity ofs uspected marijuana. The man, of Braziletta Street in Pinewood Gardens, w as arrested by police at Gum Tree Avenue and Buttonwood Avenue, both inP inewood Gardens. Police are investigating all the incidents. MAN IN HOSPIT AL AFTER BEING SHO T IN ROBBERY S UPER Value Food Stores and Kelly's Home Centre teamed up to treat more than 50 underprivi l eged children from the Big Harvest Community Sun day School on Woods Alley t o a party and gift selection at Kellys. Rupert Roberts jr, presi d ent of Super Value, and M rs Nancy Kelly, and their staff, personally catered to the children. STORES HELP CHILDREN CUSTOMS and Immiration s taff worked during the holid ays despite a threat to carry out industrial action over pay.
OFFICERS of the Royal B ahamas Police Force invited the press to attend a RapidS trike evening raid through t he streets of New Providence. Supt Stephen Dean and press liaison officer Sgt Chrisl yn Skippings said Thursday nights special raid was to allow the Bahamian public tos ee for themselves the work t hat the police are doing to make the capital a safe place for citizens, not only duringt he holidays, but on a daily b asis. The three-hour raid began a t the National Crime Pre vention Office with a prayer f or safety. O nce the press were outfitted with bullet proof vests for their protection, a group of officers took reporters from T he Tribune a nd other media houses from police headquarters on East Street North,t hrough a section of eastern a nd southern New Providence. While the tour was mostly q uiet, as officers said word h ad apparently got out that the police were not playing a round, T he Tribune w as able to capture on film twoa rrests. A young man was caught in the Fox Hill area with a foil wrap containing what was suspected to be marij uana. And in Ridgeland Park West, officers arrested two o ther young men found inside an unlicensed 1994 greenH onda Accord. T he vehicles license had expired in October and its windshield was cracked. The vehicle also matched t he description of one that had been stolen. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT A 25-yearold Freeport man will be charged with murder in the Freeport Magistrates Court today. The charge is in connection with the stabbing death of 34year-old Tyrone Anthony Dames at Hudson Estates on December 22. According to reports, police were called to a domesticrelated matter at a residence off Triana Drive. When police arrived, a man was discovered dead with stab wounds in the upper part of his body. The incident has been clas sified as the eighth homicide for the year on Grand Bahama. FIREARM FOUND In other crime news, a firearm was discovered in bushes in the Eight Mile Rock area, early Christmas morning. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey reported that at about 1.40am on Sunday, December 25, officers from the Eight Mile Rock Police Station were directed to a bushy area in King Subdivision. A brown rifle case, containing a brown, Marlin .22 rifle, was found and collect ed by officers. Ms Mackey said no arrests have been made and police are continuing their investi gations in the matter. MAN T O BE CHAR GED WITH MURDER A night on the streets with the Bahamas police POLICE head out on the streets. ONE suspect is detained during the evening. OFFICERS brief the media before the raid. A VEHICLE is stopped during the evening by officers.