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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Tuesday June 13th at approximately 11.45 p.m. two masked men armed with guns robbed Abu Ghazi snack located in Madame Estate of an undisclosed of cash. An official report was filed in connection with this case and the Special Robbery Unit immediately started an investigation.

As a result of this investigation a 29 year old male suspect with initials J.C. was arrested on Wednesday June 14th.

WILLEMSTAD - A 54-year-old pastor from the Rains of Blessing Church in Curaçao is standing trial for raping 10 girls. His youngest victim was 11 years old. On Wednesday the Public Prosecutor demanded 18 years in prison against him, and that he be banned from leading any church for 20 years.

The allegations of sexual abuse refer to incidents dating back to 2003. Late in 2015 one girl was brave enough to report what happened. After that, reports started streaming in. More than 20 cases came in, with victims from Curaçao and the Netherlands - the church also has branches in Tilburg, The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Orlando Balentina is currently on trial for 10 of those cases.

PORT ST. MAARTEN – On behalf of Port St. Maarten Group of Companies (the “Port”), we hereby give you a brief update on the recent developments that have transpired over the past few days. 

On Wednesday June 6, 2017, the Chief Executive Officer of the Port, Mr. Mark T. Mingo, was detained by the local authorities in connection with the ongoing “Emerald” investigations.

The investigation team has placed Mr. Mingo under restrictive custody due to which no further details can be shared at this stage.

Mr. Mingo’s attorney has issued a press release that Mr. Mingo denies any wrongdoing and faces the future with complete confidence.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - This morning Friday June 9th at approximately 09:00 a.m. the 911 Emergency Dispatch received several calls of an armed robbery at Scotia Bank in Simpson Bay involving several men. The calls which came in also gave descriptions of the suspects and the type of vehicles they were driving in. Immediately several police patrols were sent to investigate what had taken place. At the bank the investigating officers learnt that the suspects gained access to the bank and while threatening everyone in the bank stole an undisclosed amount of cash. Off duty police officers who were also following the messages from the dispatch center also got involved in the search for the vehicles and the suspects involved in the robbery.

Shortly after one of the suspect vehicles, a silver colored Hyundai Accent without any license plate, was spotted by police driving through Simpson Bay. A high speed chase immediately followed at which time the suspects to abandon the vehicle and took off on foot. A foot chase followed on the Simpson Bay Beach at which time one of the suspects pulled high powered assault rifle from under his shirt and aimed it at the officer in pursuit. This left the officer no other choice that to fire directly at the suspect.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Marteen - Wednesday afternoon June 7th, the 46 year old M.M. was arrested at the airport of Sint Maarten. His arrest is in connection with the "Emerald" investigation.

The suspect is in the interest of the investigation in constraints. Therefore, no further information can be given in this case for the time being.

Meanwhile the investigative team, TBO and RST, under the leadership of the judge commissioned searched the house of suspect.

The Emerald-investigation started in April 2016.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The first case, "Broccoli", is regarding the murder of Franky Brunache on January 24th  2017. The suspects are H.F.M. and H.H.M.
The request for suspension by the lawyers was denied by the judge today.
The Public Prosecutor informed the Judge that the investigation in this case is ongoing. The case is now going to Court on September 27th 2017 at 9 AM. The date was set by the judge.
The second case, dealt sith today was the investigation "Mars" regarding the murder of Sarante and Rosario on December 5th 2016. 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police Department is informing the general public that after a very in depth investigation into the bomb threat which took place on Saturday May 27th 2017, that a male suspect in this case has been arrested.

On Saturday May 27th at approximately 02:00 p.m. the Central Dispatch received a phone call informing them of a bomb being on a board of one of the “Jet Blue” aircrafts on the Princess Juliana International Airport. Immediately after receiving this call all emergency services such as Airport security, Fire department and other relevant authorities were informed of the ongoing situation. A complete shut down of traffic go to and from the airport area and the diversion of aircrafts coming into Sint Maarten to other neighboring islands immediately went into effect.

The airport building was completely evacuated. A “Jet Blue” aircraft on the ground at the time was removed from the main building and taken to secure area where all passengers disembarked and were taken to a secure area for security processing.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In response to the newspaper article of the Daily Herald in the edition of June 1st 2017 in which the man by the name of Glenville Riley stated that he was attacked and ill-treated by police on Monday May 29th on Back Street and as a result of this ill-treatment had suffered injuries to his right hand the police department is responding as follow:

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police traffic Department has given an overview of all traffic accidents that were handled by this department for the month of January 2017. The amount of traffic accidents that were reported and handled by this department totaled 37:

Traffic accidents without any personal injuries were           027

Traffic accidents with personal injuries were                         010

Victims with minor personal injuries                                       007

Victims with serious personal injuries                                     003

Fatal traffic accidents                                                                  000

Cases leaving the scene of an accident (art. 9a)                     017

Amount of 9a traffic accidents solved                                     005

According to the monthly report most of these accidents that were investigated occurred due to driving at excessive speed, not giving right of way and overtaking at an intersection.

The police department is taking this opportunity to warn all drivers that they should at all times obey the traffic rules and pay good attention to all other traffic on the road.                                                

What to do if you're in an Accident

Car accidents can be very stressful and the following tips inform you what you should do if you're involved in a car accident.

Stay calm.

Keeping a normal demeanour helps you stay in control of the situation.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating three armed robberies which occurred on Monday May 29th and Tuesday May 30th 2017. The first robbery took place at Burger King on Union road on May 29th at approximately 10.35 p.m. This is when two unknown armed men stormed into the establishment with a gun and a machete and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the cash register. After committing this act they fled on foot.
The second two robberies took place at the same time on Tuesday May 30th at approximately 09.00 p.m.  by four unknown armed men dressed in black at the Great bay Supermarket and Vanke Supermarket, both located on the Long Wall road.

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