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Bermuda Shorts, 18 March 2011

Pair charged with violently resisting arrest on Front Street

Two 18-year-olds were charged with violently resisting arrest after an early morning Front Street brawl.

Jahsyi Smith Wilkinson, of Pembroke and Eric Thomas, of Devonshire, appeared in Magistrates' Court yesterday.

They both denied violently resisting arrest and assaulting a police constable.

Mr Wilkinson pleaded not guilty to a further charge of taking part in a fight; Mr Thomas denied willfully obstructing an officer.

The offences were allegedly committed at 3.15am yesterday near the junction of Front and Parliament Streets.

The pair was arrested after police responded to a report of a disturbance in the area.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner released both defendants on $2,000 bail with a like surety. He ordered them to return to Magistrates' Court on April 4 for trial.

Fire Service seeks help finding high-pressure hose

The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service is asking the public for assistance in finding a missing high-pressure hose.

A spokeswoman described the missing hose as blue and around 50ft long. It was believed to have been lost on March 8 in Southampton, near Heron Bay School.

“We are asking members of the public to be on the look out for a valuable piece on ancillary equipment, that works in conjunction with the Service's rescue tools,” the spokeswoman said.

“These tools are vital in rescuing persons that have been trapped due to road traffic collisions.”

Anyone who may have found the hose is asked to return it to any of the Island's three fire stations at Port Royal, Hamilton or Clearwater, or call 292-5555 to arrange for it to be picked up.

NASA image highlights Island on website

A satellite image of Bermuda glowing white and blue in a sea of darkness has been highlighted by a NASA website.

The picture was taken by the Aqua satellite on March 14.

In it the Island's beaches glow white, while the coral reefs to the Island's north appear turquoise. The image is one of a series taken by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) using NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites.

http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/individual.php?db_date=2011-03-17

Teen injured in cycle collision

A teenager suffered an injured hand after two motorcycles collided in Hamilton Parish.

Officers responded to the collision on North Shore Road near the junction with Radnor Road at around 10.30pm on Wednesday.

The drivers of both vehicles an 18-year-old man and a 24-year old man, both of Hamilton Parish escaped injury.

A 17-year-old pillion passenger from Pembroke injured his hand.

He was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment by ambulance, and has since been released.

Police issue new burglary warning

Police are reminding the public to properly lock their doors and windows following a series of burglaries this week.

Four burglaries were reported in four different parishes between 7am Wednesday and 7am yesterday.

Cash, jewellery and electronic items were taken.

A Police spokesman said: “The Bermuda Police Service continues to advise the public to remain vigilant regarding burglaries by making sure windows and doors are locked before leaving their homes unattended, even for short periods of time.”

Residents are asked to telephone 295-0011 to report suspicious activity.

Man charged with burglary, stealing car

A 31-year-old man has been accused of breaking into a woman's home and stealing her car.

Jahcai Daniel Morris, of Sylvan Dell Road, Paget, was not required to enter a plea in Magistrates' Court as his case will be heard in Supreme Court.

He faces charges of burglary, theft, an aggravated charge of taking a vehicle without the owner's consent, and driving while disqualified.

Crown counsel Cindy Clarke said Mr Morris is alleged to have trespassed at the woman's home on February 20, with the intention of causing her bodily harm.

He is also alleged to have stolen a set of keys from her and to have taken a motor vehicle and driven it dangerously on Stowe Hill, Paget.

Mr Morris is further charged with driving while disqualified.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner released him bail on $10,000 bail with one surety. He will return to court for mention on March 28.

Sandys man given ‘package deal'

A Sandys man has been jailed for three months for impaired driving.

Peleakhai Williams, 22, pleaded guilty to the offence in Magistrates' Court this week.

He also admitted driving without due care on a separate occasion, and escaping custody and using threatening words to police when he was later arrested for warrants.

Crown counsel Larissa Burgess said police responded to a report of a single-vehicle collision on Harbour Road, near Salt Kettle, last December 5.

They found Williams leaning on a car, smelling of alcohol. He denied driving the vehicle but police found keys in his pocket.

He was arrested and released to appear in Magistrates' Court, but failed to attend.

Police on patrol on St Monica's Road, Pembroke on Tuesday saw Williams and searched him.

The officers informed him there was a warrant for his arrest. As they attempted to handcuff Williams, he ran.

After a brief chase, officers caught Williams and a struggle ensued during which Williams elbowed and attempted to flip the officers.

After he was restrained he told police: “You officers need to be dealt with in a certain manner.”

Williams was informed he was being charged with escaping custody, violently resisting arrest and using threatening words.

He told the officers: “F*** the police. You guys better not let me get out of here.”

He told Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner that he missed his earlier court appearance because he didn't have the money to pay the fine.

He said of the abuse he hurled at the officers: “Them guys were asking for it, and I gave them it. He asked me if I had a comment and I gave them a comment. I said ‘f*** the police'. If they didn't want a comment, they shouldn't have asked.”

Williams had already been sentenced to three months in prison on an unrelated charge. Mr Warner said he was going to offer him a “package deal”.

He jailed Williams for periods of between one and three months for each of the offences and ordered them to run concurrently with the existing sentence.

“Go in peace, and leave the police alone,” he said.

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Published March 18, 2011 at 10:48 am (Updated March 18, 2011 at 10:48 am)

Bermuda Shorts, 18 March 2011

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