Saturday, February 27, 2021


Woman Serves Time After Posing as a Lawyer

A 25-year-old woman faced the court today and pleaded guilty to posing as a lawyer to smuggle drugs into the Bahamas Department of Corrections.

Warnika Russell of Zion Boulevard appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with two counts of evading the requirements of the law by having and uttering a forged document and two counts of possession of Indian Hemp with the intention to supply.

Russell was sentenced to 1 year and three months in prison.

What happened?

  • Russell presented the Bar Association identification to guards, in the name of a professional lawyer, on Friday.
  • Russell was visiting her boyfriend, Stephen Greene who is serving a 15-year sentence for armed robbery.
  • Guards became suspicious and called the police when they realized the illegitimacy of the identification.
  • It was discovered Russell had visited the prison eleven other times using the ID of a lawyer to gain access to the prison and deliver contraband items like drugs and cellphones.
  • Police found 2.6 pounds of drugs on Russell attached to her abdomen.
  • Russell said she was promised three-thousand dollars to deliver the drugs to Greene.

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Road Rage and Car Crash Result in Stabbing Death

Police are investigating the stabbing death of a man resulting from a traffic accident that occurred at Fifth Street and Palm Tree on Tuesday evening.

Image obtained from a video showing the victim lying on the ground after being stabbed.

What happened

  • A traffic accident occurred at the intersection of Fifth Street and Palm Tree Avenue involving two vehicles.
  • Occupants of the vehicles got into a fight.
  • During the physical altercation, one of the men was stabbed and later died as a result of his injuries.
  • The suspects abandoned their vehicle in the area and fled the scene on foot.
  • Police responded to the incident met a man lying in the street unresponsive. Emergency Medical Services pronounced the man dead.
  • The Coroner visited the scene.

What is not known

  • Police are looking for the occupants of the other vehicle and the suspects responsible for the stabbing death.

What police is saying

Police Spokesperson ASP Peters said, “An accident is simply an accident. There is no need to be involved in physical altercations with anyone. Once you have all your required documents, permission to be on the road, to use the road, those things are (sufficient). Things can be replaced, but not lives and your freedom can be taken from you for decisions that are made without rationale.”

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Man Becomes Country’s 8th Homicide Victim

The Royal Bahamas Police Force is on the scene of the country’s latest homicide.

A man identified as Chadwick Curry, alias ‘Ghost’ was shot and killed on Village Road, near a bar.

So much remains unknown at this time, but the video obtained by CSJ Report shows Curry lying on the ground in front of a residence as people gather to offer assistance.

His son who carries the same name posted on social media, “First month out and daddy you are then gone. This one cut me deep.”

Condolences began pouring in on social media as many posters expressed condolences to the son of Curry.

Curry is the 8th homicide victim for the year.

The story is still developing. We will report when more information becomes available.


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Latest Murder Victim Identified

The body of a young woman was found with blunt force trauma to the head in the Marshall Road area.

She has been identified as Kendise Aliyah Pearline Smith.

Who is Kendise Aliyah Pearline Smith?

  • Kendise is 19-years-old.
  • Kendise’s mother described her as “the life of the party”  and an outgoing person.

What happened

  • Around 4 pm on Monday, the body was discovered by a group of people in a vehicle and some individuals walking by a vacant property.
  • Police discovered the body, lying on the ground in South Creek Close, Marshall Road, with injuries to the head.
  • Police report that early stages of rigor mortis had set in, suggesting she was dead for a few hours.

Where is the police in the investigation

  • Assistant Superintendent Andrew Peters says police are following leads.
  • He suggested that the murder is domestic in nature.
  • Peters appealed to the public for further assistance in solving the country’s latest murder.

Abaco Man Charged With Killing Mother of 7

A 27-year old man was charged with the killing of Abaco resident Angelita Pritchard.

Barry Swain appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis to face manslaughter charges. It is alleged he killed 35-year-old Prichard during a domestic dispute.

Swain, represented by Christina Galanos, was not required to enter a plea to the charge. He was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

Police found the mother of seven on December 26th, unresponsive in a bedroom of her home and have since listed the cause of death as asphyxia.

In a social media post, Pritchard and Swain publicly declared their love for each other. Pritchard said Swain was her “gift from God.” He returns called Pritchard, his “queen.”

Swain returns to court on March 3.

Since the killing, appeals were made to assist the children of the woman. Baby items, canned goods, and clothing can be donated to the family through the Evergreen Mortuary Services. Monetary donations can be made to Joicelin Rusell at Commonwealth Bank, account number 7044103271.


MOE Pays Tribute to ‘Well-Loved’ Teacher Killed in Classroom

The man found shot dead in a classroom on New Years Day at the Stapledon School has been identified as a physical education teacher at the Dolphin Drive campus.

On Sunday, officials at the Ministry of Education expressed grief at the death of its employee, Andrew Valdez.

Valdez, described as “a burst of energy,” spent three years at the school, also assisting in the school’s agriculture program.

Principal Amanda Moncur said Valdez was dependable, a willing team player, and well-loved by the staff and students.

Valdez spent five years in Long Island before his transfer to Stapeldon School.

On Friday, just before noon, police officers responded to a call and were directed to a northwestern classroom where a man was found lying in a pool of blood.

Assistant Superintendent Audley Peters said investigators were following a significant lead that can possibly lead to the closure of investigations as early as this week.

Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said he expressed sympathies to the mother and other family members of Valdez.

1 Man Dies, 3 Escape in Police-Involved Shooting

Corona Jeanine Weech-Gomez visited the scene of the police-involved shooting on Second Street, The Grove where a man died shortly after 12 noon.

The man has not been officially identified but here’s what we know:

  • Police received information about several individuals assembled in the area in possession of a firearm.
  • A description was given to police and when officers arrived and approached the individuals, the 3 individuals ran away while the 4th individual “engaged police and produced a weapon.”
  • Police shot the individual and he died on the scene.
  • Police say they recovered the weapon.

What Assistant Commissioner Solomon Cash says

Solomon Cash says he was not certain if a bodycam was used in the incident and the police do not have a description of the three individuals that ran away.

Cash warned anyone that would engage the police with a weapon, “If you find yourself engaging in criminality and you are confronted by officers, surrender. I can tell you, if you use deadly force at officers, we have to engage you and use justifiable force toward you.”

Police: 2 Found Dead in Pitt Road

With one day left in the year 2020, the murder rate in the Bahamas has increased, after two young men were found dead on Pitt Road on Wednesday morning.

What is known

  • Two men in their 20’s and 30’s were found in the area–one found in the road and the other in the yard of a residence.
  • Police made the discovery after responding to shots fired in the area.
  • One of the victims is known to the police; one of the victims is suspected of being involved in a gang and “sometimes peddles drugs.”
  •  A pistol was found on one of the victims on the scene.
  • Residents identify the victims as Calvin Archer and Amal Hunter.

What Assistant Commissioner of Police Solomon Cash says

As investigators probed the scene, Cash said, “We can appeal to members of the public who live in this area or who may have been in the area at the time of the incident to contact the police.

“This is a residential area where a lot of persons are in it, so hopefully we will be able to get a bit more information whether or not it’s a drive-by or persons.”

Cash said the police will deploy its policy strategy to prevent any further retaliation. “You can see the police presence every day throughout the day and night.”

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Man Kills Woman and Injures Another; Suspect in Custody

A woman was found dead on the bathroom floor of her home following a domestic dispute in Shabak Close off Bellot Road.

What is known?

  • The incident occurred after 10 am.
  • The woman was found by police lying in a pool of blood in the northeastern bathroom of the house.
  • She had visible injuries about the body.
  • The victim appeared to have beeen killed by a sharp object.
  • EMS pronounced her dead on the scene.
  • The daughter of the victim was also injured during the dispute and was taken to hospital
  • Police have arrested one man in connection to the killing.  Reports are that he suffers from a mental illness.

What is not known

  • Police have not confirmed the man’s relationship to the victims.
  • Police do not know if the victims and suspect lived at the same residence.

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Young Man Shot and Killed at House off Kemp Road; Police investigate

A shooting in Coopers Terrace, off Kemp Road has left a young man dead after witnesses reported that nearly 30 shots were fired from an AK-47 rifle at the victim.

The victim has been identified by friends as Alfred Bastian, aka Shotman.

What we know

  • Around noon, ShotSpotter technology alerted police to the shooting in the area.
  • The body of the man was found lying face down on the ground in a house.
  • The victim was shot multiple times. Witnesses described it as ghastly; the victim was shot in the face.
  • Emergency medical services pronounced him dead on the scene. He is the latest victim of murder in the country.
  • Reports are that the man was with others, standing at the front of a residence when four men exited a vehicle and shot at the victim.

What is not known

  • Police do not know the motive for the shooting.
  • Police do not know if others sustained injuries as a result of the shooting.