Title: STAR Newspaper
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Title: STAR Newspaper
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Alberto Orlando August
Place of Publication: Santa Elena, Cayo, Belize
Publication Date: September 16, 2007
Copyright Date: 2007
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"The Newspaper That Cares And Dares To Bring Out The Truth" ^^^^^^^^ |
No. 127
Sunday, September 16, 2007
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SAN IGNACIO TOWN, Cayo, Friday, September 14,2007:
Police are today reporting a major breakthrough in last weekend's shooting death of San Ignacio taxi driver Leopoldo "Polo" Austin Waight, 47
The investigation has led to the arrest, on murder charges, of Thomas Ivan Caretella Jr., 23, and William Pagett Jr., 18, both residing on High Street in Santa Elena Town, Cayo.
The case was cracked by Benque Viejo police in the process of investigating the September 5,2007 robbery of the Texaco service station in that municipality.
Our investigation revealed that on the night of Friday, August 31,2007 Caretella and Pagett reportedly traveled to Benque Viej o Town along with another unnamed male person from San Ignacio where they teamed up with a fourth male person reportedly residing in Benque Viej o Town.
Thomas Ivan Caretella Jr., 23
William Pagett Jr., 18
The original intention was to rob the were not right and so the mission was Texaco Gas Station but the timing and reportedly aborted. All four persons the opportunity to commit the crime
Please Turn To Page 2
Crimes Committee Dressing COP
SAN IGNAIO TOWN, Cayo, Monday, September 3,2007:
The Twin Towns Crime Committee today donated uniform shirts to the Cayo COP programme as a symbol of their unwavering support for the programme.
The COP programme was set up earlier this year. It is administered by the police and is made up of local civilians volunteering their time to assist the police in various duties. There are currently nine volunteers serving on the COP programmes
operating in the Twin Towns and it is hoped that additional volunteers will be recruited in the not so distant future.
In donating the shirts, Chairman of the Twin Towns Crime Committee, John Acott, said that "members of the Crime Committee offer their full support to these dedicated people who are giving up their own free time to make these towns a safer place for everyone. If we had more people willing to get involved, we could easily make
these towns an unwelcome place for criminals to operate in" said Chairman Acott.
He added that the Twin Towns Crime Committee will shortly be introducing a programme of their own in which local citizens will be invited to confidentially provide information on crimes and criminals and he hopes that the public will give it their full support. He said that it's time to take back our towns from those who would steal our hard-earned goods and have us live in fear.
COP Volunteer, Desol Neal (c)
accepting shirt from Crime Committee member, Eduardo Alvarez (r) while Supt. Louise Willis, acting CO. Cayo (Police) District, looks on
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Continued From Front Page
then reportedly walked to the small bridge at the entrance to Benque Viej o Town where they waited for a ride to travel to San Ignacio.
It so happened that taxi driver Polo Waight was on the return trip to San Ignacio when he was stopped. He reportedly offered to bring all four persons to San Ignacio for a $3.00 taxi fare.
They reportedly told the taxi driver that they were heading to the Roomba Room Nightclub for a night of partying. However, upon approaching that junction of the
Western Highway and the road leading into the Kontiki area, one of the passengers requested that they first be taken into the Kontiki area. The taxi driver reportedly refused to deviate off the highway telling them that he had received an urgent telephone call requesting his presence at home. He however complied with their request to stop at the payphone near the Texaco gas station at the Kontiki/Western Highway junction, to allow them to make a telephone call.
When the vehicle stopped, Caretella and Pagett reportedly alighted, walked to the telephone
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booth and returned shortly thereafter brandishing a sawed-off shotgun and a pistol. They reportedly approached the driver who was still sitting behind the wheel and with guns to his head ordered him out of the car. He was reportedly placed inside the trunk. One of the unnamed passengers then took control of the car. He proceeded to drive into the Kontiki area on a road almost parallel with the Western Highway heading toward the Cahal Pech area.
Upon reaching an isolated area on the hilltop, the car was stopped; Caretella and Pagett alighted, walked to the back of the vehicle and ordered the driver to pop the trunk. They then pulled Waight out and shortly thereafter the sound of three distinct gunshots broke the silence of that Friday night. The two accused then rushed back to the car for the drive into San Ignacio.
In order to avoid passing in front of the San Ignacio police station, they drove down Joseph Andrews Drive towards the Santa Rita Cemetery and onto Savannah Street. The glove compartment of the car was emptied of its contents and upon passing in front of Hode's Place in the Savannah area, they began throwing the documents through the window before traveling over the wooden bridge into Santa Elena and onto the road leading to Cristo Rey Village where the car was driven off the road into the bushes. All four of them reportedly walked the short distance to the house that Caretella and Pagett were renting on High Street after which the group dispersed.
They reportedly kept a low profile for the next four days before regrouping in Benque Viej o Town to pull off the robbery at the Texaco Gas Station resulting in their arrest, last Wednesday night, from which point the cookie began to crumble.
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We Know Them We Feel For Them
There comes a time in every profession when unique difficult moments present themselves. This week is one of those times for us at the STAR.
We live in a small community where almost everyone knows everyone and where, as we go about our daily lives, by sheer proximity, due to the size of the community, our interaction increases.
Thomas Caretella Jr. and William Pagett Jr. are no strangers to us. We know them to be respectful and mannerly boys, William especially. He is the kind of person who would never pass our home, see us, and not respectfully bid us the time of the day.
Thomas Jr. and William Jr. both come from humble, hardworking and most of all law abiding Santa Elena families.
Thomas Sr. and his wife Hannie are good people. Their food stand, located just across the street from us, is a convenience for many of us. We eat from them on a regular basis and they work hard to provide for their family. This development must be hard on them and their family. We feel for them.
The very same can be said for Bill Pagett Sr. and his wife Amalia. These are decent people in this community. We likewise feel for them as they go through these difficult times.
On the other side, who in this community did not know Polo Waight? Very, very few if any. Polo also comes from a well known Cayo family. We all knew his father and mother, Mr. Lyle and Miss Maudie Waight.
In fact. Miss Maudie was the first and still the only person to have had a zoo in town.
As children, we can still remember, leaning against her fence as we teased and stoned her many monkeys as they performed for us in Miss Maudie's yard on Burns Avenue. We still remember her many colorful birds especially the big black one.
Many of us were afraid of the big black bird because we were told the big black one would "pick" out our eye if we teased it.
We know Polo's sisters, Doris, Desol and Octavia personally. They have all touched our lives in some form or the other and so
we must share their grief at the untimely passing of their brother.
How can we ever forget Doris and her husband Wally who provided us with FREE accommodations at their Tropicool Hotel for almost a week when our roof blew off during a freak storm a few years ago?
How can we ever forget the many trips, at her own expense, that Desol and her husband, Cecilio Neal, made to Belize City in order to provide crucial testimony in the Supreme Court case connected with the senseless murder of my son?
Having lost this son, over three years ago, to this senseless crime wave, we therefore know of the associated pain and accompanying sense of hopelessness.
Octavia "Acty" and her husband, Michael Craney, residing in California, have been STRONG supporters of the STAR Newspaper. In fact, they are among the first international subscribers on our mailing list. They have been with us ever since we moved to Cayo over three years ago.
So, dear readers, the Waight family, just like the Caretella family and the Pagett family, are real, and so it is only natural that we feel for all of them during these difficult times.
Oh how we wish, even hope and sometimes pray, that we could report on many more positive accomplishments in the community. Unfortunately, we are so overtaken by this senseless wave of violent crime sweeping across our once peaceful nation that we have reached the point of feeling helpless and useless.
If there is ever a silver lining within this dark cloud or even a glimmer of light at the end of this dark tunnel, in reporting on these senseless incidents, it is our FIRM desire for those with criminal intentions to realize how the truth eventually rises to the surface.
It is also our unwavering desire for those with criminal intent to see the drastic life changing consequences for everyone involved.
If exposures like these could result in a single youth changing course in the right direction, then we would feel like we would have, at the very least, accomplished something worthwhile.
My Most Sincere Apology To You And Danny
Dear Alberto,
We received the newspaper and enjoyed reading it.
I loved your editorial, I believe the police were on a wild goose chase regarding Polo's murder.
I do hope that they find my brother's murderer or murderers.
I know that you will keep on doing a wonderful j ob reporting the news. On behalf of my family, my most sincerest apologies to you and Danny if we had any doubts about
his involvement, but what could one do when it was the very police giving the family misinformation.
We trusted the police department not realizing that they are using Polo's murder to fulfill a vendetta against you.
If there is anything I can help you with, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Acty and Mike Craney, California, USA
Your editorial this week shocked and utterly embarrased me
Thank you for the e-version of the Star Newspaper. It is my news source and sole link to occurrences back home.
First, let me commend you and your staff on the excellent work you put out every week.
Your editorial this week shocked and utterly embarrassed me. It weakened the frail trust I had in those charged with "protecting"us.
It takes a lot for a story to get me emotional to the point where I have no choice but to respond.
The people of Cayo are blessed to have a voice that represents them and reports on news happening in their surroundings rather than getting news from the other Belize City based newspapers.
It saddens me to see that people
with "leepowa" are hasty to abuse it.
When I read your editorial, it is apparent that you are doing something right because you only become a topic of interest when you are instrumental to a community.
It is unfortunate that your brother had to endure what he did because someone needed to show "who has the powa" in Cayo.
My advice to you is to keep up what you are doing. Your newspaper is excellent! Like you rightfully said "you don't make the news, you just simply report it."
Cayo needs a strong voice and your newspaper is effectively fulling that viod!
Keep on doing what you do. Janel Morgan
A faithful reader in California
I hope you win this battle
Dear Alberto,
I read with great interest the account of your brother's mistreatment at the hands of two local policemen during their investigation of the murder of the taxi driver on Sept. 1.
Let me know what happened to your brother and how the Commissioner of Police replied to your letter.
I know you are always fighting for justice.
I hope you win this battle. All the best
Brian Babineau, Canada Dear Brian:
After being in police detention for 98 hours (with 48 hour being the constitutional limit to which a person can he held without being charged) my brother was released without a single charge.
The Commissioner of Police has responded with a verbal apology conveyed to us by Sr. Supt. James Magdaleno with the promise of taking appropriate action against the abuse.
This is harrassment of the Press
Dear Alberto,
It was very disturbing to read about what happened with your brother.
This is harassment of the press and of a private citizen, and it ain't right.
The STAR has my support in your complaint to the police. Jules Vasquez News Director Tropical Vision Channel 7 Belize City
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PRESSRELEASE September 78,2007 OAS MEETING OF FRIENDS OFBELIZE AND GUATEMALA GETS PROGRESS REPORT ON RESETTLEMENT OF SANTA ROSA COMMUNITY IN THE ADJACENCY ZONE A progress report on the proj ect to resettle the Santa Rosa community of Guatemalans living in a part of the Adjacency Zone administered by Belize was delivered today at a meeting of the Friends of Belize and
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Secretary General Insulza described the resettlement of the community of Santa Rosa to Guatemalan territorythe topic of the meeting of countries forming the Group of Friends of Belize-Guatemalaas "the last remaining material obstacle before we directly move into the substantive issues." He also thanked the Group
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In the exchange the private vehicle, belonging to one of the officers, parked near the booth, received
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Investigators retrieved seven expended 9mm shells from the scene. The Police investigation continues as several leads are being pursued.
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BELIZE CITY, Thursday, September 13,2007:
The death of a loved one, regardless of the circumstances, is always hard on any family. The grief becomes even more burdensome when that loved one is here all healthy and well one moment and then gone the next.
It is therefore only fitting that we take this opportunity to express sincerest condolences to the Fonseca and Balderamos families on the sudden passing of their sons Ralph Fonseca Jr. and his friend, Ralph Balderamos. Jr.
Apolice report on the tragic incident informs that at about 4:20 p.m., on Tuesday, September 11, 2007, Orange Walk Police visited the scene of the fatal traffic accident in an area between miles 51 and 52 on the Northern Highway.
Preliminary investigations revealed that about 20 minutes earlier, at around 4:00 p.m., Alberto Chan, 33, Belizean driver of Nuevo San Juan Village, Orange Walk District, was driving a truck bearing license plates OW-A-3673 which was towing a 15 foot trailer loaded with steel rods. Chan was reportedly traveling from towards Orange Walk Town when upon reaching the location, the trailer
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SAN INGACIO TOWN, Cayo, Wednesday, September 12,2007:
After over five weeks of intensive investigation, San Ignacio police are of the opinion that they have laid their hands on the man responsible for the August 4,2007 incident resulting in the injuries to three members of a police team.
San Ignacio police today reports the arrest of Anthony Roaches, 27, of a Red Creek Santa Elena Town address
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SANTAELENA, Cayo, Thursday, September 13,2007:
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We are left to wonder what effects will this new record high cost of fuel have on small and fragile economies like ours.
Is the HUGE increase this week in the price of KLIM reflective of the new oil price? The 41b tin of this product mostly used as infant formula has sky rocketed from $26.25 to an unbelievable $32.35 while the 21b tin in our neighborhood grocery store has gone up from $12.75 to $16.25 and
the smallest 400 gram tin has seen a sharp increase from $6.50 to $7.65.
While we were inquiring of the shop owner for the reason behind this massive increase, a customer inside the store informed that the increase in the price of KLIM is chicken feed when compared to the overnight MASSIVE $20.00 increase in the price of dog food which went up from $47.00 per sack to $67.00 for the very same product.
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Clifford Mapp or Generoso Romero? Fatal Head Injury
SAN IGNACIO TOWN, Cayo, Saturday, September 8,2007:
It was shortly after 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8,2007, when an altercation erupted in front of Courts Store in the heart of San Ignacio Town which ultimately resulted in the death of one man.
Police reports that it was around 7:20 p.m., that Saturday night when Joseph "Coolie" Garcia, 53, Belizean taxi driver of a Kontiki Area address in San Ignacio Town rushed up to the station and lodged a report.
In the report to the police, Garcia informed that a few minutes earlier he was at the Taxi Stand in front of Courts (Belize) Limited's San Ignacio Branch Store when he was approached by an individual he knows as Clifford Anthony Mapp who pulled up to the taxi stand in a large blue pickup truck.
According to Garcia, "Mapp" appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and he began accusing Garcia of owing him money. Ayounger male person reportedly exited from the passenger side of "Mapp V vehicle, he moved up to Garcia and began choking him and punching him in the face. With very punch Garcia began retreating towards his taxi car that was parked
in the area. He then proceeded to open the trunk of his car and pulled out a baseball bat. Upon seeing the weapon, the individual ran back to the truck. This was when the deceased Generoso "Nasho" Romero, carrying an American passport under the name, Clifford Anthony Mapp, jumped from behind the steering wheel of the vehicle. Garcia reportedly took one swing at the approaching man with the blow landing squarely to the right side of the head.
The man reportedly fell to the ground in an unconscious state. He was subsequently picked up off the ground, loaded into the front passenger seat of his pickup truck and rushed to the nearby San Ignacio Hospital.
Realizing that the case was too much for the hospital to handle, the injured man was prepped and subsequently transferred to Belize City Hospital. Although the police report on the matter indicate that "he was pronounced dead on arrival at the San Ignacio Hospital" reports reaching us indicate that he actually passed away on the journey to Belize City.
Up to press time on Thursday the body was still in Belize City awaiting
the legally required post mortem examination while the family makes burial preparation in Benque Viejo Town.
Police have since arrested and charged Joseph "Coolie" Garcia, 53, on a single manslaughter charge. He appeared in court on Wednesday, September 12,2007 and is currently on remand at the Hattieville Prison. An interesting aspect of this incident is that while the deceased is referred to as Clifford Anthony Mapp and while a daughter refers to the mother as Mrs. Mapp instead of Mrs. Romero, an individual actually known to us as Clifford Anthony Popper Mapp is reportedly very much alive in California.
Generoso "Nasho" Romero (Clifford Anthony Mapp),60, is originally from San Ignacio but has been living in California for several years. He arrived in Belize from Los Angeles a few days prior to the incident with intention to spend two weeks vacation.
Generoso Nasho" Romero is survived by his wife Mrs. Ruth Romero Mapp. Two sons Julio and Sergio and one daughter Yadira all living in Los Angeles, California. He is also survived by four sisters
Sally, Elda, and Paulita all residing in California as well as Eloisa living in Belmopan.
He is additionally survived by two brothers Roberto Romero residing in Guatemala City and Luis Caliz residing in Punta Gorda Town.
This was among one of those particularly peculiar incidents as we noted that the police were somehow reluctant in releasing a photograph of the accused Joseph "Coolie" Garcia.
Furthermore, although we traveled all the way to the family house in Benque Viejo Town, we somehow got the strange feeling that "Mrs. Mapp", as her daughter Yadira prefered us to address her mother, was not too keen in providing us with a photograph of her deceased husband for publication.
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