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Venezuelan aircraft released following probe

first_imgThe Venezuelan aircraft which was detained earlier this month, following an investigation by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), has been released.On Wednesday it was revealed that the investigation has been completed, and legal advice was obtained upon the submission of some necessary documents.The investigation unit involved the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), and the GCAA, along with security officials.According to the Police, the pilots and a senior official of the Venezuelan Embassy, on behalf of the foreign nationals detained, assisted and cooperated fully in theThe Venezuelan aircraft that was detained and now releasedinvestigations.The Police also revealed that the data plate was subsequently located by the investigative team on the very aircraft, and the log book was also found which indicated that the aircraft had been in operation since 2014.In addition, all outstanding documents which were required were submitted to the investigators, who later confirmed that they were authentic and confirmed by the GCAA.The Police said there consequently was no reason to further detain the aircraft, and as such, it was released.It was reported that the plane landed in Guyana at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) with a fake registration number, and the Data Plate which contained vital information was missing.Based on reports received at that time, the private chartered flight, which is suspected to be registered in Venezuela, landed on July 9 at about 15:20h.However, in keeping with security postures and intensified collaboration with the management of the various units operating at the CJIA, ranks (CANU) were alerted, and conducted a preliminary inspection of the aircraft, during which certain irregularities were discovered.Guyana Times understands that the registration number of the aircraft raised eyebrows, since another aircraft was carrying the same number. As such, the matter was reported to the CANU headquarters and orders were given for the aircraft to be detained.The Police had stated that after enquiries were made, it was revealed that the pilots and passengers were invited to Guyana by one Michael Brassington, who was at the airport to receive them.Brassington and the four passengers reported to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), while the two pilots arrived in the company of agents of CANU. Two of the passengers and the pilots were Venezuelan.last_img read more

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Men charged for killing friend, dumping body in pit latrine

first_imgTwo Region One (Barima-Waini) men were hauled before the court on Wednesday slapped with the capital offence of murder.Leroy McKentire, 41, of Port Kaituma and Rayon Robert, 18, of Tassawini, North West District (NWD) are accused of killing their friend and dumping his body in a pit latrine at Tassawini. The duo appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus on Wednesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. The charge stated that between May 17 and May 22, 2019, the men murdered 25-year-old Darvin David.Police Prosecutor Shellon Daniels, in her submission to the court, related that on May 17, the two accused and David were at a shop in Tassawini consuming alcohol when an argument ensued.The shop owner intervened and chased the men out of his shop and David left the shop in the company of McKentire and Roberts, but was not seen again, the Prosecutor said.Villagers in the area launched a search for the missing man and he was found in a pit latrine with stab wounds to his neck.McKentire and Roberts were arrested by the Police and allegedly confessed to stabbing David and dumping his body in the pit latrine.Prosecutor Daniels told the court that the Police were currently on the hunt for a third suspect, who is involved in the murder. The men were remanded to prison, and the case was scheduled to continue on July 2, 2019.last_img read more

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Carroll loves his recruits

first_imgIf the Trojans lost some commitments in the past few weeks, they made up for it Wednesday when Joe McKnight of River Ridge, La., the nation’s top tailback, selected USC over Louisiana State. McKnight touched the ball 82 times this season and scored 30 touchdowns. He averaged 15.5 yards per carry. Carroll compared him to Reggie Bush in his ability to catch passes out of the backfield or line up at wide receiver. “He’s a tremendous athlete,” Carroll said. “He can do everything, he’s incredibly versatile.” What’s more surprising is that McKnight chose USC even though Marc Tyler of Oaks Christian and Broderick Green of Little Rock, Ark., also signed. In addition, Chauncey Washington, C.J. Gable, Emmanuel Moody, Allen Bradford, Stafon Johnson and Hershel Dennis are already on the roster. LOS ANGELES – USC made a splash on signing day, but even bigger news could be looming for the Trojans as Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain will visit in the next two weeks with the idea of transferring in the fall. Mustain, who started eight games for the Razorbacks, would be more than just a finishing touch on a recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 by ESPN and No. 3 by Rivals.com on Wednesday. He would probably end doubts about whether it really was the nation’s top recruiting class. The 10th tailback on the team, Michael Coleman, will move to fullback. The first commitment for 2008, D.J. Shoemate, is also a tailback. “Each guy sees his uniqueness,” Carroll said of the new recruits. “Broderick saw we did not have a big, physical back. Marc thinks he can do a little bit of everything. Who plays is going to be determined by the competition.” Or maybe who transfers. Johnson is expected to make a decision at the end of the semester. As highly regarded as the class was by analysts, the Trojans actually lost out on two of their top targets, with wide receivers Ahmad Paige (Tennessee) and Deonte Thompson (Florida) going elsewhere. “You don’t ever get everyone you want,” Carroll said. Florida suddenly became a nuisance to USC, taking Thompson and convincing offensive guard James Wilson to change his commitmen. The Gators also signed quarterback Tim Tebow last year. “We were butting heads with them a lot,” Carroll said. USC also made one last run at cornerback Donovan Warren of Long Beach Poly on Wednesday, but Warren stuck with his original choice of Michigan. The Trojans also hurt the Wolverines by signing wide receiver Ronald Johnson, the No. 8-ranked player in the nation by Rivals. Johnson will play the same spot as wide receiver Steve Smith, Carroll said. “He can make touchdowns from anywhere on the field,” Carroll said. Another impact player is defensive end Everson Griffen, who runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and could play tailback, according to Carroll, who said he is the top prospect he’s recruited since arriving at USC. “Some people think he could play in the NFL now,” Carroll said. In a mild surprise, linebacker Jordan Campbell of Norco will be switched to fullback because of the Trojans’ depth problems. Linebacker Chris Galippo from Servite High School of Anaheim is also considered a Top 10 player and Carroll credited him with being an unofficial recruiter. “He set the tempo and did a great job at the All-American Bowl keeping things together,” Carroll said. Carroll said nearly all the freshmen will play next season, a tradition he likes to enhance at USC. “We had 16 freshmen play last season and three scored in the first game,” he said. That first game was against Arkansas, where Mustain entered in the second half and played well against the Trojans. Adding to the intrigue is that his teammate, Arkansas freshman wide receiver Damian Williams, already enrolled at USC this semester. Williams will redshirt next season. “I know he’s going to be a factor to help other people play well (in practice),” Carroll said. scott.wolf@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It looks as power-packed as any group we’ve had,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “We’ve got all kinds of big guys, tough guys, power guys. We held our own. It’s a highly regarded class. “Of the 17 we signed, 14 can make an immediate impact.” last_img read more