Archive for January 16th, 2010

Haiti quake occurred in complex, active seismic region

| 16/01/2010 | 0 Comments

Cayman Islands News, Science & Nature, Earthquakes, (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution): The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that triggered disastrous destruction and mounting death tolls in Haiti this week occurred in a highly complex tangle of tectonic faults near the intersection of the Caribbean and North American crustal plates, according to a quake expert at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) who has studied faults in the region and throughout the world. Jian Lin (left), a WHOI senior scientist in geology and geophysics, said that even though the quake was “large but not huge,” there were three factors that made it particularly devastating: First, it was centered just 10 miles southwest of the capital city, Port au Prince.

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Laundry robbed by armed cyclist

| 16/01/2010 | 12 Comments

Cayman Islands News, Grand Cayman local news, Cayman Islands crime(CNS): A man escaped with an undisclosed sum of cash on a bicycle last night after robbing the Quick Wash laundry, Dolphin Centre, Eastern Avenue, with what appeared to be a gun. George Town detectives are appealing for witnesses to the incident which occurred at about 7:11pm Friday evening, 15 January. The man entered the laundry with his head covered by a jacket, threatened staff and demanded money before making off from the premises with the money. When he left the laundry he was seen to get on a red bicycle, but police said they did not know his direction of travel is unknown.

No shots were fired and no-one was injured as a result of the incident. The suspect is described as being of chubby build with a dark complexion. He was wearing a black and white shirt, blue jean pants and had a black jacket in his possession.

Anyone who was in the area at the relevant time who may have information about the robbery, or who saw the suspect making off from the scene on the red bicycle, is asked to contact George Town CID on 949 – 4222 or Crime Stoppers 800 – 8477 (TIPS).

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Crash claims one man’s life

| 16/01/2010 | 99 Comments

Cayman Islands News, Grand Cayman local police news(CNS): Update Saturday 12:50pm – Police have now officially named the man who was killed in a car smash last night (Friday 15 January) around 10.20pm. He was 23-year-old Matthew Antonio Bodden from Bodden Town, and the RCIPS is appealing for witnesses. Two men are in hospital and another two have been arrested for dangerous driving and DUI. The crash took place on Shamrock Road close to Wil T Drive involving a Honda Torneo and a Toyota Altezza travelling east on Shamrock Road. Police say that the driver of the Honda attempted to negotiate a right hand bend, he apparently lost control of the vehicle and collided with a concrete fence.(Picture courtesy of News 27)

The vehicle spun and debris flew across the roadway striking two oncoming vehicles. The four male occupants of the Honda where thrown from the car. The Toyota which had been travelling close behind collided with the Honda.

Following the arrival of emergency services three passengers from the Honda were taken to George Town Hospital and Bodden was pronounced dead on arrival.

The two remaining passengers, aged 21 and 23, are being treated for minor head injuries and leg injuries respectively. The 20-year-old driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

No injuries were sustained by anyone travelling in the Toyota, however the 23-year-old male driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI and dangerous driving. No-one travelling in the vehicles struck by debris were injured.

Sergeant Butler of the RCIPS traffic department is appealing for any witnesses to the accident to contact the traffic department on 946-6254.

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