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Published:Monday | February 17, 2020 | 12:14 AM

No conflict of interest in Bernard Lodge — Jackson

 

The leasing of lands by joint-venture company Celestial Farms, from Sugar Company Holdings (SCJ) three months ago, is not in conflict with his opposition to the use of prime agricultural lands in Bernard Lodge for housing and commercial activities, says St Catherine South Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson.

The People's National Party chairman said that his involvement in the project was no secret affair, having been publicly declared and subject to parliamentary approvals.

Celestial Farms, of which Jackson is a director, sought from SCJ 20 acres of land for agricultural activities.

Jackson said that SCJ Holdings proposed farmlands in Bernard Lodge, outside of his constituency and the proposed Bernard Lodge new town development.

“I have been defending the small farmers and their right to remain on the lands for some time. I will continue to argue for the farmers who are there and push to keep our best arable lands in agriculture,” he said.

 

 

 

Man held for Vermont killings extradited from Jamaica

 

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT (AP):

A man arrested in Jamaica in the 2018 killing of his girlfriend in South Burlington has been transported to Vermont and will be arraigned on Tuesday, police said.

Leroy Headley, 38, was found and arrested by Jamaican authorities on February 5 in Negril, Jamaica, officials said. He was transported to Vermont on Saturday and was being held without bail at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, South Burlington police said.

Headley is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the May 3, 2018, shooting death of his partner and mother of his children, Anako 'Annette' Lumumba. He is originally from Jamaica, authorities said.

He had a second warrant for his arrest for sexual assault, alleging that he engaged in a sexual act with a child under the age of 16, police said.

 

 

Man accused of slashing girls with machete as mom readied to fly to Jamaica

 

LAUDERHILL, Fla (AP):

A man accused of slashing two children with a machete was ordered by a judge Saturday to be held in a Florida jail without bond.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that 47-year-old Dennis Anthony Reid appeared in court on charges of attempted murder and aggravated child abuse.

The judge also ordered him not to contact the girls, who remain in Broward Health Medical Center in serious condition.

According to police, Reid went to care for the children on Friday while their mother prepared to fly to Jamaica. But the visit turned violent, and witnesses said he grabbed a machete and started slashing the children.