Archive for April 16th, 2011

Hitch-hiker mugged in GT

| 16/04/2011 | 17 Comments

(CNS): A man has been treated at the Cayman Islands hospital for injuries to his face and upper body today after he was assaulted during a robbery in the early hours of the morning.Police say that George Town detectives are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which took place near Funky Tangs store on Sheddon Road and was reported to police around 5:20am Saturday, 16 April. Four men, all believed to be under the age of 25, reportedly robbed and assaulted the victim after picking him up as he was hitchhiking along the West Bay Road. Police did not say if the man was a local resident or visitor to the island but it is understood he was walking along the West Bay Road sometime after 2:16am  when he hitched a ride from four young men in a green sedan car.

The victim was taken to the vicinity of Funky Tangs on Sheddon Road, where he was allegedly assaulted by the occupants of the car and his wallet, cell phone and other personal effects stolen. The suspects were described as Caymanian and under the age of 25, but no other details were given of them or the car in which they were travelling.

Anyone who was along West Bay Road and saw the man getting into a green sedan vehicle sometime after 2:16am or anyone seeing a green sedan vehicle or any suspicion activity in the vicinity of Funky Tangs between 2:16am and 5:22am are asked to contact George Town CID.

Information can be passed to George Town Police Station 949-4222 or the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477 (TIPS).

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Driver arrested after hitting woman on West Bay Rd

| 16/04/2011 | 13 Comments

(CNS):Police have confirmed that a woman was run down by a car last night, Friday 15 April, as she tried to cross the West Bay Road near Calico Jacks at around 11pm. A driver has been arrested in the wake of the incident in which the 28 year old woman sustained minor injuries. She was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital, George Town, where she was treated and subsequently released. The 48-year-old male driver of the vehicle involved, a brown Nissan Laurel, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, a police spokesperson revealed. (Photo by Dennie Warren Jr)

Traffic officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward. Information can be passed to the Traffic Department on 946-6254, George Town Police Station 949-4222, or via the Crime Stoppers tip-line 800-8477 (TIPS).

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CAL makes emergency landing at Owen Roberts

| 16/04/2011 | 11 Comments

(CNS): A faulty landing gear indicator on a Cayman Airways aircraft bound for Jamaica forced the plane to turn around and make an emergency landing around twenty minutes after take-off on Friday. At around 8:30pm the Emergency Services were called out to Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport to be on standby for the landing of the flight. The aircraft landed safely and without incident as it was the indicator light not the actually landing gear that appeared to be at fault. Cayman Airways CEO Fabian Whorms said the request for emergency services was a precautionary measure. (Photo Dennie Warren Jr)

CNS has contacted the airline but so far has had no response. However; the CEO spoke to the local television channel Cayman27 and revealed that the aircraft’s landing gear was in working order.

“After selecting the gear up, the indication for one of the gears did not correctly indicate that the gear was up and locked as expected even though the gear was in fact operating normally,” Whorms said, adding that the captain of the aircraft immediately elected to return as a precautionary measure. “The return was normal and uneventful with correct indications that the gear was down and locked.”

He said passenger safety and security was the national flag carrier’s highest priority which is why an abundance of caution, or precaution in this case was exercised to ensure operation safety.

The flight 606 for Kingston should have left Grand Cayman at 6:50 pm and arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport at 7:50pm. It is understood that passengers were eventually taken to Jamaica on the CAL aircraft which returned from Miami later in the evening.

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