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April 15, 2012
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Fishing expedition ends in tragedy; one dead
There are reports of a drowning near St. George’s Caye. The victim has been identified as forty one year old Herbert Moore. Police say that on Monday afternoon, Moore and his wife, and two friends were on a fishing expedition near St. George’s Caye when one of the fishing lines became entangled on something in the water. Police say their investigations reveal that Moore decided to go and untangle the line; but never made it back out alive. According to the wife of the victim, about three minutes after he entered the water, she says her husband underwater on the left side of the boat moving as if though he was diving. She said that she assumed that he had already resurfaced for air and was just swimming around as he usually does. When Herbert Moore did not resurface, his wife contacted the coast guard for assistance. Upon their arrival, personnel from the Belize National coast guard found Moore’s body around four-twenty yesterday afternoon. The body of Herbert Moore was transported to the KHMH, where it was pronounced dead on arrival at 5:23 yesterday evening.
SP resident remains critical
at the KHMH
A resident of San Pedro Town remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after he was rushed off the island on the afternoon of Easter Monday. Ian Cabañas, a resident of Boca del Rio Area was found in an ally by family members with what appeared to be severe head injuries sometime around 2:30pm on Monday, April 9th. Because he was none responsive and in an unconscious state, Cabañas was taken to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Poly Clinic II for initial treatment and later airlifted to the KHMH.
In speaking with Dr. Laurenzco Nicholson, it appeared that Cabañas had intracranial damages possible due to a “traumatic” blow to the head. Dr. Nicholson explained that they attempted to stabilize Cabañas but his condition became critical. Once in Belize City at KHMH a CAT-scan was performed in which it was determined that he had “epidural hematoma” (a traumatic accumulation of blood between the inner layer of the skull and dural membrane). Because of the severity of his injury, Cabañas underwent surgery where he remains listed in critical condition.
According to Sergeant Basil Reyes of the San Pedro Police Station, on the given date Cabañas was involved in several brawls which could have contributed to his injuries. However, because Cabañas has been unconscious, the police have been unable to obtain an official statement. When asked if the Police have been in contact with the family, Reyes explained that the Police have been in constant communication with the family. Reyes further stated that the bits and pieces of information the Police have received so far is information the family have given to police. Family members of Cabañas told Police that he was hit in the head with a bottle and was left abandoned in an alley in the Boca del Rio Area. According to Police, the family has been unable to say who hit Cabañas.
Cabañas, who is known to police as a substance abuser, is in the intensive care unit at the KHMH in critical condition. All attempts to speak with family members regarding Cabaña’s prognosis have been futile.
San Pedro Sun
Ernesto Bernardez still on the run
and wanted by Police
Ernesto Bernardez remains on the run and on the Belize Police Department Wanted List. The 17 year old is wanted in connection with a chain of incidents that occurred on Caye Caulker that eventually led to a police officer being shot in the head and two firearms stolen from the police. Police had originally launched a man hunt for Bernardez on Caye Caulker but have moved focus to the mainland where a Wanted bulletin for his capture has been released.
“It appears that Bernardez is on the mainland now. We are circulating a bulletin countrywide with the hope of capturing him and recover the two firearms that were stolen,” explained Sergeant of Police Basil Reyes who was leading the manhunt operation on Caye Caulker. On April 1st a police officer, who was reportedly socializing, attempted to detain Bernardez after several reports were made against him. During that incident it is alleged that Bernardez got a hold of the police officer’s pistol and attempted to shot him. When it failed to fire, the Police Department reported that Bernardez hit the policeman in the forehead with the pistol and then made good his escape. The following day on April 2nd, Bernardez attempted to flee the island by booking a flight on a local airline. When police got word that Bernardez was about to take a flight off Caye Caulker, Police Constable John Valerio was sent to the airstrip. When Valerio arrived at the end of Avenida Mangle near the airstrip, Bernardez shot twice at PC Valerio hitting him once to the left side of the head. Bernardez then disarmed PC Valerio of his firearm and made good his escape. Luckily for PC Valerio, he was only grazed by the bullet and was treated and released the same day from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
Despite an intensive land and sea search for Bernardez it appears that he made it off the island to mainland Belize. Police believe that he still has in his possession a .9mm and a .38 pistol, both stolen from two policemen in the two separate incidents. Ernesto Bernardez is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who has information that can lead to the capture of the 17 year old is asked to call the police at 911.
San Pedro Sun
TEACHERS' UNION HOLDS 42nd ANNUAL CONVENTION
The 42nd Annual BNTU Convention kicked off this morning in Orange Walk with a short parade from the Banquitas House of Culture to venue, D Star Victoria Hotel. Teachers from across the country have gathered for the two day meeting with the intention of discussing and coming out with plans and strategies of how to address issues affecting teachers in performing their duties. This year’s theme is “BNTU - Demanding decent working and learning conditions for all.” In his address at the opening ceremony, BNTU National President Luke Palacio spoke on how significant the theme is to the issues teachers want addressed by the government. Palacio says the demands being made by the teachers are non-political. Other resolutions are planned to be discussed at the meeting as well such as the union’s national finances. Keynote address was delivered by veteran and retired educator Armando Leiva. Activities for the teachers have been planned for the two day stay which includes a trip to the re-known Cuello Maya site, the oldest in the Maya world. A pageant is being held tonight at Gala Lounge starting at 7:30.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Saga Humane Society
When: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: Wet Willies
“SEAFOOD” is the theme!Come out to Wet Willies and meet the new owners Bruce, Diane & Steve, listen to some nice, live music, and enjoy the ‘SEAFOOD’ cuisine all while supporting the island’s Humane Society, SAGA.
The monthly cook-off is always a fun social event for the whole family. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Saga Humane Society needs your support to operate the Shelter. Without fundraising & your generous donations, Saga would not be able to care for the homeless, sick and/or abused animals of San Pedro Town.
Thank you for your continued support.
ONLY BZ$10 to sample all the entries! You vote for the winner!
*Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place.
To enter a dish, please call the clinic at 226-3266, or contact any Saga representative. Your dish needs to serve a minimum of 65 bite size or sample size servings. Registration is not required, but encouraged. Please bring your entry by 6:00 p.m. on the night of the event. Food serving starts approximately 6:20pm. Tickets sell fast!
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