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  1. Stop OCG probe into de-bushing programme?
  2. No quick fix at CRH
  3. Police ID suspect in murder at attorney’s house
  4. Taxpayers to foot $58m W Kgn Committee Compensation bill
  5. Man on murder charge allegedly bites off inmate’s ear
  6. Brit woman caught with ganja, cocaine

1. Stop OCG probe into de-bushing programme?

Lawyers representing the principal in the construction firm that got the largest payout from the Government’s $600-million de-bushing programme went to court yesterday seeking an injunction to block part of an investigation by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) into the controversial project. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. No quick fix at CRH

It could take as long as six months for normality to return to the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St James, which has been operating below capacity since Monday because of a problematic ventilation system that has been releasing noxious fumes on the facility’s first three floors. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Police ID suspect in murder at attorney’s house

Assistant commissioner of police Ealan Powell has confirmed that the police have identified suspects in the murder which happened at the home of prominent attorney Patrick Bailey. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Taxpayers to foot $58m W Kgn Compensation Committee bill

Taxpayers are to fork out a total of $58 million to cover the expenses of the West Kingston Compensation Committee. The Government has indicated in the 2017-18 Estimates of Expenditure that it will spend $20 million on the activities of the committee in the upcoming financial year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Man on murder charge allegedly bites off inmate’s ear

A man who is in police custody for the murder of his common-law wife has allegedly bitten off the ear of another inmate at the Spanish Town lock-up in St Catherine.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Brit woman caught with ganja, cocaine

A British woman who was yesterday accosted at an airport with ganja and cocaine worth an estimated $241,000 is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court next Monday. The woman is 23-year-old bar clerk Alaha Monique Robothom, of Birmingham, England. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.