BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The decision to appoint Barbadian Julie Reifer-Jones as the new chief executive officer of the cash-strapped regional airline LIAT has been described as nothing short of a mistake by frequent flyer and airline commentator Robert Pitcher.

The regional businessman told Barbados TODAY he had absolutely no confidence that Reifer-Jones could turn around the fortunes of the troubled regional carrier, given that she had acted in the position several times in the past without making a difference.

Reifer-Jones, an accountant, was appointed as the airline’s chief executive at the beginning of this month, almost a year after Britton David Evans quit the post.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A 52-year-old Guyanese man who stole a chocolate, gave police the wrong name and has been living here illegally for the past ten years was handed over to immigration officials today after admitting to a theft charge in a Bridgetown court.

William Horold King, who resided at Park Road, Chancery Lane, Christ Church, went into the Savings Plus Supermarket on Swan Street, The City, yesterday and was seen by a security guard and cashier putting the $14.55 chocolate in his pocket.

When the police were called in King, who was given a 47-day stay when he arrived in the country back in August 2007, presented himself as 49-year-old Orin Bourne.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbadian fugitive Hainsley Browne, accused of defrauding elderly victims in Barbados of approximately USD$130,000, has been arrested in South Carolina, U.S.

His arrest last weekend follows a two-year joint investigation between the Diplomatic Security Service’s Regional Security Office at the United States Embassy and the Royal Barbados Police Force.

Law enforcement authorities  discovered that Browne had assumed the identity of Ronald Browne, and was residing in South Carolina.

On Friday August 5, Operation Intercept Violent Fugitive Task Force, the U.S. Marshals-led fugitive task force in South Carolina, asked Crime Stoppers to send Browne’s photo and description to the media.

NASSAU, Bahamas – Bahamas police say they have seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana and arrested three persons during a drug bust in Andros, the largest of the 26 inhabited Bahamian Islands on Monday.

The police said that they had gone to an area in Fresh Creek, where they discovered a “go-fast boat, which appeared to have run aground.

“The officers conducted a search of the nearby bushes, where they uncovered 78 large packages containing nearly three thousand pounds of marijuana and arrested three adult males. The estimated street value for the drugs is just under, three million US dollars,” according to the police statement.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Two Canadian sisters were held at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Saturday, August 5 and slapped with several drug-related charges. They are 31-year-old Caleece Whitney Schrouder and 38-year-old Kiyha Calissa Schrouder.

Caleece Schrouder was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, unlawful possession with intent to supply cannabis, trafficking cannabis, importation of cannabis, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and importation of methamphetamine. She was held with 8.7 kg of cannabis with a street value of $69,600. The estimated street value of the methamphetamine was $420.

Kiyha Schrouder had 18 kilogrammes of cannabis with an estimated street value of $144,000.

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