Bermuda Shorts, 21 March 2011
Firefighters douse brush fire
Twelve firefighters spent two hours tackling a brush fire in Sandys last night.
An emergency call alerted the fire service to the incident at Westside Road, and three engines were sent to the scene.
An area of trees spanning approximately 200 feet was ablaze, according to Lieutenant Wenda Roberts.
“The fire started on the beach and spread up the embankment. It took firefighters about two hours to completely extinguish. Due to high winds, the fire was spreading quickly,” she explained.
“It is believed that the fire originated from a controlled burn that got out of hand.”
She explained: “A controlled burn is when someone starts a fire in good faith and it becomes uncontrollable. But this has not been confirmed yet.”
Missing teen found
A missing 16-year-old has been found.
Police issued a public appeal for help in finding Santina Harvey on Friday.
The teenager had been missing for a week.
A Police spokesman yesterday said Santina was found over the weekend.
“The Bermuda Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance in locating 16-year-old Santina Harvey.
“The teenager was located by police in the Southampton area on Saturday afternoon safe and well.”
Man robbed of a gold chain in Sandys on Thursday
Police are now searching for two men involved in a brazen daylight robbery outside a Sandys grocery.
The men are said to have wielded a bladed article as they stole a gold necklace from a man sitting in a van outside Maximart on Middle Road.
The alleged victim was not injured in the attack, which occurred on Thursday around 4.30pm.
Said a Police spokesman: “One of the suspects took the victim's gold necklace before both suspects fled the scene on foot along Fairhaven Lane.”
He continued: “One suspect is described as a light-skinned black male between 25 and 30 years old, approximately 5ft 9in tall of husky build weighing around 210 pounds with a close cut hair style.”
The man was wearing a white T-shirt, light-coloured jeans and white sneakers at the time.
“The other suspect is described as a dark-skinned black male around 20 years old, approximately 5ft 9in tall of slim build weighing around 140 pounds wearing a puffy black jacket with the hood over his head. He had on dark jeans and black-red sneakers.”
Police are now investigating the incident. Anyone with information, or anyone who may have been in the Maximart area at the time is asked to contact the Somerset Criminal Investigation Unit on 234-1010 or the independent, confidential Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline on 800-8477.
Senior charged with intruding on privacy of a minor
A 78-year-old Pembroke man has denied two counts of intruding on the privacy of a female minor.
Crown counsel Tawana Tannock told Magistrates' Court the offences are alleged to have occurred between September 1 and December 9 of 2009. Neither party can be identified for legal reasons.
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner gave the accused man bail of $3,000 on surety, and ordered him to return to court in June.
Lock your vehicles Police warn
Police have warned car owners to ensure their unattended vehicles are properly locked, following a spate of thefts.
Small quantities of change have been taken overnight from cars parked in the Fairpoint Gardens and Rosemount Avenue areas of Pembroke.
Said a Police spokesman: “The public is reminded to securely lock their vehicles before leaving them unattended and encouraged to report any suspicious vehicles, activities or individuals in their neighbourhoods to police on 295-0011.”
Motorcyclist sent to hospital after crash
A 28-year-old woman was taken to hospital after her motorcycle and a car collided in Smith's last week.
The Southampton resident was travelling along North Shore Road when her motorcycle and the car collided at the junction of Store Hill.
The accident occurred around 8.40pm on Thursday.
Said a Police spokesman: “The rider of the motorcycle, a 28-year-old Southampton woman, was injured and taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment.
“The driver of the car, a 29-year-old Hamilton Parish woman, was not injured. The motorcycle received extensive front-end damage while the car received moderate damage.”
The accident is being investigated by police.
Man fined $1,000 for biting woman
A 35-year-old Warwick man has been fined $1,000 for biting a woman employee at the Warwick Shell Gas Station.
Stuart Durham pleaded guilty in Magistrates' Court to common assault against Cheyra Bell.
He told Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner: “Your honour, I apologise, it was New Year's. I don't recall going to the gas station. I think someone put something in my drink.”
Crown counsel Tawana Tannock said Durham entered the gas station at about 6.30pm on January 2 and asked Ms Bell where she had been.
When she told him she had been away at school, he asked her to give him a hug, during which it was alleged that he bit her face and neck. She pulled away and retreated to the bathroom.
After noticing marks on her skin, Ms Bell returned and confronted Durham, who is alleged to have said: “Don't be mad, I was just trying to put a hickey on you.”
She went to the office and remained there, subsequently reporting the matter at Hamilton Police Station.
Durham was picked up by police at LF Wade International Airport on January 13.
In fining him, Mr Warner told Durham: “You're lucky you didn't get charged with sexual assault.”