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Two females arrested for drug possession.

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PHILIPSBURG:---- On Sunday April 19th, at approximately 10 a.m. and at 12.45 p.m., two females who came to visit and inmate in the Point Blanche Prison were caught with trying to bring in drugs into the institution. The first suspect with initials L.D. (19) was caught with three small plastic bags each containing an amount of marihuana and a small Ziploc bag containing 8 XTC-pills. The second suspect with initials C.C. (22) was caught with 2 small plastic bags containing an amount of marihuana and a Ziploc bag containing 30 XTC pills. The suspect were arrested by police and taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where they remain in custody pending further investigation. The marihuana and XTC-pills were also confiscated for further investigation.

KPSM Police Report

Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:35 )

 

Five suspects arrested for armed robbery

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Five suspects arrested for armed robbery

PHILIPSBURG:--- Police are presently investigating 3 armed robberies which took place on Saturday April 18th 2015. The first robbery took place at approximately 08.00 p.m. at "Yen Yen" Supermarket in Sucker garden, when three armed men dressed completely in black stormed into the supermarket and robbed the establishment of an undisclosed amount of cash. After committing this act the robbers took-off running in the direction of Hope Estate.
The second robbery took place at Golden City Supermarket in Cole Bay at approximately 09.20 p.m. where according to reports two armed men dressed completely in black stormed into establishment. One robber had a handgun and the other a machete. After stealing all the money from the cash register the robbers took running and fled behind the supermarket.
The third robbery took place at Trey Wha Restaurant in Cole Bay at approximately 10.20 p.m. where according to reports four men dressed in dark (black) clothing armed with knives and guns stormed into the establishment. They threatened the clients that were present and forced the manager to open the cash register. After taking the money from the register they took off running and jumped into a black Suzuki Ignis with license plate P-6042 and drove into the direction of the Kruythoff round-about. This information was immediately given to the 911 call taker who immediately informed the patrols on the streets.
A police patrol located the suspect vehicle in which was driving on the Link One road in the direction of Philipsburg. The patrol chased the vehicle down and forced the driver to stop at the entrance of Fort Willem in the vicinity of Great Bay Hotel. The driver refused to stop the vehicle and in his attempt to get away slammed into the police vehicle causing quite some damage to the left fender and bumper. (See pic of damage police vehicle).
All five male occupants of the suspect vehicle ages 12, 14, 15, 18 and 25 years old were arrested on the spot suspected of armed robbery and taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where they remain in custody pending further investigation. During the search of the vehicle a revolver was found. The firearm and the suspect vehicle were both confiscated for further investigation. One of the suspects is employed with a well-known security company on the island. At present it is too early in the investigation to determine if these suspects are responsible for all three robberies.

KPSM Police Report.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:36 )

Female arrested in the possession of a knife.

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PHILIPSBURG:--- On Friday April 19th at approximately 11.15 p.m. was arrested by police at the Festival Village after being searched and a knife found in her possession. In connection with ongoing "zero tolerance policy" which is in place for the carnival season, the female with initials Y.M. was taken to the Philipsburg where she brought before the Acting prosecutor. The possession of a weapon (not being a fire-arm) or an item intended as such is in violation of the Weapons Ordinance and is on the Transaction list for the 2015 carnival period. The victim chose not to appear in court and paid a fine of 500 Guilders (U.S$ 283,-). The suspect was released. This is the first 2015 carnival related criminal case since the implementation of the new policy that was dealt with thus far.
The police department wants to remind the general public that strict enforcement of this "Pay or Stay" policy will be maintained.

KPSM Police Report.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:35 )

A peculiar request by the Council of State of the Dutch Kingdom -- MP Wescot Williams

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A peculiar request by the Council of State of the Dutch Kingdom -- MP Wescot Williams

 PHILIPSBURG:--- Democratic Member of Parliament Sarah Wescot Williams has dispatched a letter to the Council of Ministers through the chair of Parliament on the draft integrity law that was discusses last week in a central committee of parliamemt. Below is press release from the DP MP along with the letter sent to the Government of St. Maarten.

Much of the past weeks has been spent deliberating the draft national ordinance to establish an integrity chamber for St. Maarten.
While some have argued against this draft ordinance (law), stating to be in favor of our "own thing", fact is that the draft as presented to Parliament and dealt with in central committee meetings of Parliament is "our own".
It is totally up to the Parliament of St. Maarten to reject, amend and or pass this law, if a majority of the 15 members wishes to do so.
The draft ordinance establishing an integrity chamber for St. Maarten has undergone the various stages of legislation; council of advice, central committee of Parliament, amendments by government etc.
A public meeting of Parliament is next, during which ultimately it will be decided whether Parliament (a majority) is for or against an integrity chamber for St. Maarten, established by the Parliament of St. Maarten.
On behalf of the Democratic Party faction, I have made my position on this matter crystal clear. An integrity chamber, yes, but the draft put before Parliament needs to be seriously tweaked.
In addition to my deliberations in Parliament on the subject, I have submitted to the government, my specific proposals for changes to the draft.
During the debates in Parliament, members of Parliament were admonished by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice to "do the right thing" and approve the integrity chamber by means of a St. Maarten law, before the integrity chamber is rammed down our throats by means of a Kingdom Decree, which in fact is a measure of higher supervision, imposed on the government of St. Maarten.
Additionally, the 2 ministers emphasized the need for urgency in handling the draft St. Maarten ordinance, as the deadline loomed for the Council of State in the Netherlands to render its advice on the proposed higher supervision measure.
The Minister of Justice is traveling to the Netherlands this weekend to be heard by that Council of State on the measure of higher supervision.
What I had to learn from media reports regretfully, is that since last week Thursday, the very same Council of State has asked the Government that the Parliament of St. Maarten holds off on voting on (passing) the St. Maarten law on the integrity chamber.
Mind you, the central committee of Parliament met on Monday last week. The results of that meeting and the statements by members of Parliament are public knowledge.
The request by the Council of State in the Netherlands should have immediately upon receipt been communicated to THE PARLIAMENT of St. Maarten. After all, only the Parliament can hold off from voting on the law, unless the government retracts its draft law.
I am curious as to this request from the Council of State, given that the Government of St. Maarten was supporting just the opposite. The government of St. Maarten wanted the Parliament to pass this integrity law post haste.
I guess we will have to await Monday to see what strategy (pass or not pass) will be advantageous to the country St. Maarten.
See also attached my proposals for amendments to the draft national ordinance to establish an integrity chamber on St. Maarten.

Click here to view the letter sent to the Government with various proposals on the integrity chamber.

DP Press Release

Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:35 )

Committee of Petitions to meet on Tuesday on work methods

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PHILIPSBURG:---  Parliament's Committee of Petitions will meet in a House session on April 21.
The permanent Committee meeting is set for Tuesday at 9.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg. The initial meeting was adjourned on April 9 and is now being reconvened.

The agenda point is the committee's work method.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com and via www.sxmparliament.org.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:35 )

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