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Schoolgirl hospitalized after taking ecstasy pills

August 26, 2017
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SOUTH REWARD–A 14-year-old student attending Milton Peters College was admitted to St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) on Wednesday evening for experiencing the effects of taking more than one ecstasy pill. Police are tight-lipped about the incident, however, The Daily Herald understands that she got the pills from a fellow student at school on Wednesday.

https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/68922-schoolgirl-hospitalized-after-taking-ecstasy-pills

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SPACELESS GARDENS – Cultural Xpression Newsletter January 2015 Edition

January 27, 2015
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CULTURAL XPRESSION JANUARY 2015 EDITION  – The new monthly NewsLetter called ”CULTURAL XPRESSION” created by St Maarten Local  young businessman  Denicio Wyatte can now be viewed online on www.ilandvibez.com / www.stmaartenagriculture.com and www.itsabouttimesxm.com .  Cultural Xpression is geared to build awareness amounts the various communities in St Maarten in the sector of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Sport. Thanking everyone that made this possible: 37 sq Miles The Affiliate Team,  The Daily Herald Printery and most of all THE MOST HIGH!!! Always remember to give thanks for the little you have ! Wisihng everybody a strength while trying to accomplish their dreams ! – D Wyatte

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SPACELESS GARDENS – Cultural Xpression Newsletter DECEMBER Edition

December 18, 2014
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CULTURAL XPRESSION DECEMBER EDITION  – The new monthly NewsLetter called ”CULTURAL XPRESSION” created by St Maarten Local  young businessman  Denicio Wyatte can now be viewed online on www.ilandvibez.com / www.stmaartenagriculture.com and www.itsabouttimesxm.com .  Cultural Xpression is geared to build awareness amounts the various communities in St Maarten in the sector of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Sport. Thanking everyone that made this possible: 37 sq Miles The Affiliate Team,  The Daily Herald Printery and most of all THE MOST HIGH!!! Always remember to give thanks for the little you have ! Wisihng everybody a strength while trying to accomplish their dreams ! – D Wyatte

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SPACELESS GARDENS – Cultural Xpression Newsletter NOVEMBER Edition

November 24, 2014
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CULTURAL XPRESSION NOVEMBER EDITION  – The new monthly NewsLetter called ”CULTURAL XPRESSION” created by St Maarten Local  young businessman  Denicio Wyatte can now be viewed online on www.ilandvibez.com / www.stmaartenagriculture.com and www.itsabouttimesxm.com .  Cultural Xpression is geared to build awareness amounts the various communities in St Maarten in the sector of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Sport. Thanking everyone that made this possible: 37 sq Miles The Affiliate Team,  The Daily Herald Printery and most of all THE MOST HIGH!!! Always remember to give thanks for the little you have ! Wisihng everybody a strength while trying to accomplish their dreams ! – D Wyatte

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SPACELESS GARDENS – Cultural Xpression Newsletter OCTOBER Edition

October 20, 2014
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CULTURAL XPRESSION OCTOBER EDITION  – The new monthly NewsLetter called ”CULTURAL XPRESSION” created by St Maarten Local  young businessman  Denicio Wyatte can now be viewed online on www.ilandvibez.com / www.stmaartenagriculture.com and www.itsabouttimesxm.com .  Cultural Xpression is geared to build awareness amounts the various communities in St Maarten in the sector of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Sport. Thanking everyone that made this possible: 37 sq Miles The Affiliate Team,  The Daily Herald Printery and most of all THE MOST HIGH!!! Always remember to give thanks for the little you have ! Wisihng everybody a strength while trying to accomplish their dreams ! – D Wyatte

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SPACELESS GARDENS – Cultural Xpression Newsletter September Edition

September 20, 2014
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CULTURAL XPRESSION SEPTEMBER EDITION  – The new monthly NewsLetter called ”CULTURAL XPRESSION” created by St Maarten Local  young businessman  Denicio Wyatte can now be viewed online on www.ilandvibez.com / www.stmaartenagriculture.com and www.itsabouttimesxm.com .  Cultural Xpression is geared to build awareness amounts the various communities in St Maarten in the sector of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Sport. Thanking everyone that made this possible: 37 sq Miles The Affiliate Team,  The Daily Herald Printery and most of all THE MOST HIGH!!! Always remember to give thanks for the little you have ! Wisihng everybody a strength while trying to accomplish their dreams ! – D Wyatte

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Drive by shooting sends 25 year old man to the hospital

September 15, 2014
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Investigators taking pics of bullets on the ground. – Photo The Daily Herald

CUL DE SAC–A 25-year-old man from French Quarter was brought into the hospital by friends on Sunday morning after having been shot in the chest, a source confirmed.

K.L.B. had been a passenger in a grey Kia Picanto, which had come from St. Peters and was approaching the roundabout near Le Grand Marché in Cul de Sac in the left lane, preparing to turn left towards Philipsburg.

Another vehicle pulled up next to the vehicle in the right-hand lane, and at least one shot was fired into the Kia, hitting L.B. in the upper left chest. The vehicle then sped off in the direction of Cole Bay.

L.B. is believed to have been in the car with two other men. The driver continued directly to the hospital, where L.B. was admitted in a critical condition. Detectives attended the hospital, along with forensic investigators who examined the Kia in which L.B. had been taken to the hospital.

A source at the hospital confirmed that L.B. had been brought in with a gunshot wound to the chest, and that he was initially in critical condition. However, he has since stabilised and is expected to survive the shooting.

It is unclear at this stage if the shooting is linked to any of the recent murders. The police were unable to comment, but are expecting to be able to give more information today, Monday. – Daily Herald

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Election fraud case dismissed, but Vote buying proven

August 27, 2014
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TDH – PHILIPSBURG–The Court of First Instance on Monday declared inadmissible the Prosecutor’s Office’s cases against five persons allegedly involved in selling and buying votes on behalf of United People’s (UP) party in the September 2010 election.

The Judge held it against the Prosecutor’s Office that it had decided to prosecute only five suspects, but had failed to investigate the roles of UP and its leadership in the scheme.

According to the Court, the Prosecutor’s Office had been in default. It had given the impression it was administering “class justice” in its decision to prosecute only the “vote sellers,” who had stated they had asked for money because they were in financial trouble.

In itself, the Judge considered it proven that suspects A.R.W.M. (43), C.J.L.C. (45) and R.C.H.J. (63) had sold their votes in exchange for money and that UP-representative R.H. (60) had offered money in exchange for their votes.

The case against a fifth suspect, G.P.W. (50), was thrown out because she had passed away on June 13.

During the August 4 hearing, the Prosecutor’s Office requested suspended prison sentences of three months, with two years’ probation, 150-200 hours of community service and that the Court take away suspects’ rights to vote. In addition, the Prosecutor requested that R.H. be deprived of his right to be elected.

The Judge decided not to impose any sentences, because this would be unfair and in violation of the legal principle that equal cases must be treated equally.

The Court was highly critical of the Prosecutor’s decision not to investigate the role of UP and its leadership.

The Judge agreed with the Prosecutor’s Office that this case, which had endangered free elections, had caused a lot of commotion in St. Maarten and throughout the kingdom. The case had been damaging to the island’s image.

Based on statements in the case file, the Prosecutor’s Office claimed it was “common” in St. Maarten for representatives of political parties to hand out money and goods in exchange for votes, which is punishable by law.

Selling and buying votes is against the law because these practices violate the principles of free and democratic elections. This specifically applied to the case of R.H., who had tried to influence the election results on behalf of UP, the Prosecutor’s Office had stated.

The Court agreed with the Prosecutor that election fraud is damaging to the foundation of the democratic state as laid down in the Constitution.

“Political parties that are prepared to buy votes favour themselves, as this enables them to delegate more candidates to Parliament. This would effectively mean that Parliament may no longer be considered the highest office within the democratic state of Country St. Maarten; the office which should be representing the people of St. Maarten,” the Judge said.

According to the Judge, the case file contained statements concerning R.H.’s party’s involvement in large-scale vote-buying. The Judge said people had been “standing in rows” in front of the building on Ground Dove Road in Pointe Blanche from which UP had been campaigning for the parliamentary election of September 17, 2010.

Among those obtaining money were the four suspects mentioned, all (former) officers of the then-Police Force of St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba and of Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten VKS.

The Judge said there were indications that UP had its own registration system in place for people requesting money to ensure they would indeed vote for this party.

Control and registration are in violation of free and secret ballots, the Judge said about the practice. “Without the willingness of a political party (leadership) to hand out money and goods in exchange for votes there cannot be election fraud,” he added.

However, the Prosecutor’s Office refrained from prosecuting UP and/or its leadership, which the Judge said was unfair, unjust and unequal treatment in comparison with the five suspects.

The Court specifically held it against the Prosecutor’s Office that the role of UP and its leadership in this case had not even been investigated, whereas the case file itself contained information warranting such an investigation.

The Judge pointed at a statement provided by R.H., who had stated that he was accountable to UP leader Theo Heyliger.

According to information obtained by the Criminal Intelligence Unit, Heyliger allegedly had deposited US $3 million into UP’s election fund out of his own pocket. There were also a number of statements indicating that UP had handed out money in Pointe Blanche.

The Prosecutor’s Office also held this to be true, as it specifically mentioned UP in the suspects’ indictments. In this light, the Judge said it was “incomprehensible” that the judicial authorities had not investigated the party’s role in the election fraud.

Statements made about the National Detectives’ lack of capacity were dismissed by the Court, because the state has to provide a well-equipped Detective Department.

Moreover, the Court said it should have been possible to launch a criminal investigation into the involvement of UP and its leadership in the relatively long period between September 2010 and February 2014, when this case was brought to Court.

The Judge concluded that declaring the Prosecutor’s Office’s cases against suspects inadmissible would serve the eradication of vote-buying and selling better than sentencing suspects four years after the crimes had been committed.

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FULL STORY – Tourist hurt while trying to stop jewelry Store Robbery

July 12, 2014
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Officer Richards assisted by another officer , stops and checks cars on the way out of town after the Jewelry store robbery on front street ..- Photo The Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Police shut down Philipsburg on Friday morning and managed to catch two of three (or four) robbers who had just executed a daring mid-morning “smash and grab” at Dazzling Gem jewellery store on Front Street.

Police spokesperson Inspector Ricardo Henson said police had been informed that three armed and masked men dressed in dark clothing had stormed into the store located opposite Pasanggrahan Hotel around 10:45am. One robber had a handgun and the other two each had a hammer.

One robber held the manager and employees at gunpoint while two others “smashed and grabbed” jewellery from the showcases. A male tourist who saw what was going on attacked one of the robbers, but was overpowered by the other two, who struck him on his head with their weapons, injuring him.

After committing their act, the robbers fled the scene. Immediately after receiving this information, several police patrols and off-duty police officers were mobilised and Philipsburg and surrounding areas were completely locked down, causing major traffic back-up.

Henson said all vehicles entering and exiting Philipsburg had been checked. A search by police and detectives to arrest the suspects and locate the vehicle used in the robbery followed, as the robbers did not have the opportunity to escape, Henson said.

He told The Daily Herald in an interview that one of the robbers had driven in front of the police station on a motorcycle at high speed shortly after the robbery. The suspect was chased by police and several warning shots were fired by police in the area of the Government Administration building.

However, the suspect continued fleeing from police, who followed him on foot. The suspect lost control of the motorcycle in the area of the Post Office, fell to the ground and took off on foot after throwing something onto the roof of a building in the area.

The suspect was arrested on the scene by the officers and taken to the Philipsburg police station. During the search on the roof, a bag containing an amount of jewellery was found and confiscated for further investigation. Based on information that came in, a second suspect in this case was arrested at his home in Sucker Garden. Both suspects remain in custody for further investigation.

The silver-coloured Kia Picanto with licence plate number P-6030 that was used in the robbery was located in the Over the Bank area and confiscated for further investigation by the Forensic Department.

The male tourist injured in this case was treated by paramedics on the scene and taken to St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) for further treatment.

Henson said the case was under investigation by the Detective Department.

Police received several calls about the incident around 10:45am and sprang into action. Callers indicated that three or four persons had been involved in the incident. The police thanked the community, in particular those persons who had called the 911 line to give information regarding the case, which Henson said had been “very instrumental” and had led to at least two arrests.

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