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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday March 30th a joint control was held by several government departments, under the leadership of the Police Department, at different business-locations on Front Street and Back Street.

These departments included Immigration and Border Control, Social Security Department (SZV), Bailiffs, Tax- department, Labor Department and Economic Affairs (TEATT). At the locations that were controlled representatives of each department had the responsibility to conduct a control based on the laws pertaining to their respective department.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday March 29th at approximately 03.30 p.m. a police patrol started chasing a scooter (skeleton-scooter) in the Sucker Garden road in the direction of Bishop Hill. The patrol wanted to control this vehicle and to verify the identity of the two occupants. Both occupants of this scooter were wearing a helmet making it much more difficult to identify these persons.

As the patrol chased after the scooter the passenger pulled a gun and without any regard for the lives of persons living in that area, turned and fired numerous shots at the police patrol in order to escape. The patrol had no choice than to seek a safe area and return fire. The suspects then continued to flee and crossed the border via Coralita towards the French Quarter area.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday March 29th at approximately 09.50 a.m. a police patrol saw SUV driving on the A. Th. Illidge road with outdated license plates. The patrol followed this vehicle and directed the female driver to stop the vehicle on several occasions but she refused to. She continued driving with the intention to get away from the police. Close to the intersection at the Prince Bernard Bridge she blocked by the patrol at which time she was forced to stop.

The patrol then approached the female driver and asked her to exit the vehicle which she again refused. A towing truck was sent to the scene to have this vehicle towed. The driver however continued to refuse exiting the vehicle. The patrol then decided to have this female removed from the vehicle using the necessary force.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating two separate armed robberies which took place on Tuesday March 28th.

The first robbery took place at approximately 03.25 p.m. at Wing Da Supermarket in Nazareth where two unknown men with their faces covered stormed into the establishment.

One of these men was in the possession of a firearm. While threatening the cashier with weapon an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the register. After committing this act the suspect fled the scene.

The next robbery took place at Victory Supermarket located on the intersection of A. Th. Illidge road and Arch road at approximately 10.25 p.m.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating a very serious case of ill treatment of a prison guard at the Point Blanche prison by inmates. The incident took place on Friday March 23rd between 02.45 and 03.00 p.m.

MULLET BAY, St. Maarten - On Saturday March 25th at approximately 04.00 p.m. two men who went swimming at Mullet Bay beach was reported missing. The seas were quite rough and according to witnesses one of the men was calling for help while swimming. The other had gone to help and shortly after they disappeared under the water.

They were not seen since and are suspected to have drowned. The Coast Guard carried out an intensive search until late in the evening hours but, to try to locate the victims to no avail. Family members of the victims were informed of the situation. The missing persons were identified as Samuel Blaise (22) and Jeef Stephane (22).

ST. PETERS, St. Maarten - The Special Robbery Unit is presently investigating an armed committed by an unknown man armed with a handgun at Golden Sail Supermarket in Sint Peters on Thursday March 23rd at approximately 08.50 p.m.

According to the two victims the suspect stormed into the establishment and while threatening them with his firearm robbed the establishment of an undisclosed amount of cash and an I-phone.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Tuesday morning, March 21, 2017, another house search took place in the Emerald- investigation. The search took place at an abandoned office building on the Van Goghstraat, but where the tenant had left records and computers behind.

During search by the special anti-corruption taskforce, TBO of the Kingdom Detectives Cooperation Team, RST and led by the investigative judge, digital data carriers and records were confiscated. The investigation is still in full swing and possible new searches and/or arrests cannot ruled out.

The Emerald-investigation started in April 2016, following reports in the newspapers and questions asked in Parliament about the contract signed between the suspect’s security company the port authority of St. Maarten. During this investigation suspicions arose about tax fraud, forgery and money laundering.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Prosecutor Office (OM) St. Maarten made traffic safety a priority in 2016 and processed a total of 5,318 fines for traffic violations and violations at sea. These penalties were issued by the St. Maarten Police Force (KPSM) and the Coast Guard. This is an increase of 42 per cent of the total fines issued in 2015. Of the 5,318 fines issued a total of 3,759 in front of the judge. This is an increase of 894 (31 percent). The other transactions were not brought in front of the judge because they were paid by the offenders before the hearing date.

The top 5 offenses for which fines have been issued are:
- Driving without seat belt (1,111)
- Driving without a license (955)/Driving without being able to prove one has a license (604)
- Driving without insurance (667)
- Calling while driving (646)
- Driving without paying road tax (on time) (567)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating a case of ill-treatment with of weapon of a 14 year old boy with initials S.W. during the Cause Way Jump up. The incident took place on the Union road in the vicinity of Ace Mega Center.

The victim stated that he was unexpected pushed from behind and attacked by an unknown person who injured him with a sharp object. As a result of this attack he suffered a severe cut to his right hand and cut to his left nostril.

The victim was treated on the scene by paramedics and then taken to the Sint Maarten Medical center for further treatment.

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