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March 4, 2014
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Young Man Shot Eight
Times on San Pedro
A Belizean tour guide is admitted at the Karl Heusner Memorial hospital after receiving eight gunshot wounds on Saturday night in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Reports are that 26-year-old, Steven Bowen Jr. was heading home in the company of two friends just before eight o’clock on March 1 and upon reaching a dark area, two male persons of dark complexion ran out of the nearby bushes armed with handguns and fired several shots in their directions. The complainant fell to the ground at which time, one of the assailants stood over him and fired several shots causing his injuries. As a result, Bowen received gunshot wounds to his left ear, lower back, right elbow and his feet. San Pedro Police responded to the scene and transported the victim to the polyclinic from where he was later transferred to the KHMH in Belize City. Several expended shells were recovered from the scene and Police continue their investigations.
The San Pedro Traffic Department
acquires Speed Gun
The Transport Department on Ambergris Caye has stepped up to address one of the many traffic issues affecting the island – speeding. For some time now, islanders have been complaining about vehicles and golf cart that speed at limit far beyond what has been assigned for the island. About three weeks ago, the Transport Department acquired a speed gun that will help with this issue.
The speed gun comes in time for the Easter Holiday and traffic wardens will be using the gun to measure the speed of all forms of vehicles, including motorcycles and golf carts. Because of the size of the island and width of the streets, speed limits should not exceed more than 15 miles per hour (mph). In fact the assigned speed limit for town core area is 10 mph and 15mph on the rest of the island. School areas in particular have a speed limit of 5 mph. These speed limits are made visible by signs across the island.
According to Chris Nuñez, Traffic Department Supervisor, speeding complaints were escalating. “Many residents were complaining about taxis driving far above the limit. At many times these taxis were causing traffic problems. Speeding, especially from large vehicles such as taxis can cause major accidents. That is what we are trying to avoid by using the speed gun,” said Nuñez.
Delinquent drivers will receive a $25 speeding ticket. If the problem of speeding continues for repeat offenders, the Traffic Department will file for criminal charges at the San Pedro Police Department. Motorists are reminded to drive with care and not to drive under the influence of alcohol.
The San Pedro Traffic Department has expressed the need for more than one speed gun. Anyone interested in donating an additional speed gun can visit the San Pedro Traffic Department during normal working hours or contact Chris Nuñez at phone number 610-2402.
Coast Guard vessel runs
aground near the San Pedro Marina
The Belize Coast Guard is conducting an investigation to determine what caused one of their vessels to run aground on the night of Sunday March 2nd. The accident occurred near the San Pedro Town Marina located in the southern area of San Pedro Town. A preliminary report indicates that the vessel was returning from an operation on northern Ambergris Caye when it ran aground off the San Pedro Lagoon Channel.
According to Lieutenant Commander of the Belize Coast Guard Elton Bennett, a team of five officers were returning from an operation when they lost control. “Our vessel was deployed from our operational base in San Pedro Town after we received a signal from an emergency locator transmitter which is normally an emergency signal trigger either from a vessel or an aircraft. So the vessel was deployed to the north part of the island to search for the signal and there was nothing in sight. On its way back towards the operational base, in the lagoon side approaching the port area, the captain of the vessel lost control, causing them to run aground,” explained Bennett.
The particular location in which the accident occurred was near a “hard turn” and according to Bennett the general area is shallow and challenging to navigate. The impact sent the vessel, an all around rotated equipped aluminum base boat, into the shores coming to a stop on a mangrove patch. “None of the officers were injured and the vessel has since been recovered and pulled out of the mangrove this morning (Monday March 3rd)… the vessel made its way to the Coast Guard base in Belize City on its own power so the damage, mainly some scratches on the hull, appears to be superficial,” said Bennett who indicated that a full inspection to assess the damage on the vessel is pending.
While it has not been ascertained what caused the captain to lost control of the vessel, a full internal investigation is being conducted. Bennett said that by all appearance, initial reports suggests it was a genuine accident.
Armed Mexican soldiers enter Belize;
they are detained, but soon released
What is being called a miscommunication between the Belize Defense Force and the police department resulted in the brief detention of several armed officers who crossed into Belizean territory at the northern border last Friday. The incident occurred prior to a high-level meeting held between B.D.F. officials and members of the Mexican military and caused a stir up north. The entry into the country by armed Mexican military can be considered a breach of Belize’s sovereignty, based on the Geneva Convention which prohibits foreign military from entering another territory equipped with weapons. According to Corozal police, upon being notified by security at the Commercial Free Zone, they responded to an area adjacent to the Golden Princess Casino, where they observed four officers traveling in a black Chevy Tahoe. The men were reportedly handcuffed and their firearms confiscated before the matter could have been cleared up by the brass of the B.D.F. We are told that the meeting was being held in San Pedro. officers would be treated similarly if caught in Mexico.
Talking Trade With Guatemala
The new round of confidence building measures are in full swing, and on Friday in Belmopan, there was high level meeting with trade officials from both countries.
It's called the Belize-Guatemala Administrative Commission where Mike Singh, CEO in the Ministry of Trade, welcomed Guatemalan Vice Minister Maria Luisa Flores Villagran.
One of the Commission's first jobs is to figure out how to implement the Partial Scope trade Agreement.
And CARNAVAL PAINTING has begun!
Note to all drivers: ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING on Barrier Reef Drive and Pescador Drive.
There are many vehicles on both streets. but Tuesday any vehicles
on Barrier Reef Drive and Pescador Drive will be issued a ticket.
We appreciate your understanding
The San Pedro Smile Center is once again offering FREE DENTAL CHECK UPS and treatment to children at our San Pedro Smile Center Too located at Holy Cross School and for both children and adults at the Otto Rodriguez Memorial Poly Clinic March 3rd thru 6th 2014. This service is open to all the children of Belize but they do need a parent or guardian with them to sign papers.
You can reach the project coordinator,
Dr. Mark, with any questions at 604 7995 or
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