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  1. Top cops meet about crime crisis
  2. Gov’t under pressure over car contract
  3. Police sick-out affects courts
  4. Funeral bloodbath
  5. Traffic, vending changes for St Ann for Christmas
  6. Body found in barrel

1. Top cops meet about crime crisis

Struggling to devise measures to stem the bloodletting in St James, where more than 310 persons have been killed since January, the leadership of the police force has scrapped its regular weekly review meeting tomorrow and instead summoned a high-level team of senior officers for a special meeting to focus on the western Jamaica parish. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Gov’t under pressure over car contract

The Opposition is piling more pressure on the Government over the controversial contract awarded to O’Brien’s International Car Sales and Rental Services to source used vehicles for the police. In a statement released last night, Opposition spokesman Mikael Phillips questioned Friday’s announcement that the Cabinet has instructed the National Security Minister to formally write to General Accident Insurance Company Limited to request payment of the performance bond put up by O’Brien’s. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Police sick-out affects courts

Several rank and file police personnel have failed to show up for duties at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in a reported sick out. The Half-Way Tree Police Station, located adjacent to the court building, was also short staffed as dozens of policemen and women failed to show up for work. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Funeral bloodbath

For some, it was a scene similar to what they had seen on television as gunmen armed with high-powered weapons yesterday sprayed mourners attending a funeral at the Kings Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church in east Kingston. “Collection [offering] pick up and di pastor ’bout fi pray, and a dat time di shot start fire,” one woman, who was inside the church, recounted. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Traffic, vending changes for St Ann for Christmas

St Ann Municipal Corporation has announced a number of traffic and vending arrangements for December. The changes will impact Brown’s Town, Ocho Rios and St Ann’s Bay especially during the busy shopping period. The municipal corporation says some streets will be converted into one-way traffic, parking will be restricted on some, no vehicles will be allowed in some area, and some streets will be used as detour routes. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Body found in barrel

The body of a man believed to be of an unsound mind was found in a barrel in Port Antonio, Portland this morning. He has been identified as Kidron Marshall, otherwise called Tete. It’s reported that about 7 o’clock residents stumbled upon the barrel at the front of a premises along Harris Crescent. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.