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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

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‘You Took Away My Kids’ World and I will Never Forgive You For That’: Wife Mourns Husband, Mother-in-law Killed

A family was ripped apart at the hands of a man who was being electronically monitored when he killed a father and his mother on Friday in Kemp Road.

And the wife of the man killed is overwhelmed with grief as she envisioned life raising her sons without their father and grandmother.

The wife Shana McPhee described her husband Bertram as her heart. “I was your Bonnie and you were my Clyde.” She said despite the challenges the couple faced, Bertram “always had my heart.”

“The past two years were rocky, but nonetheless, you knew I loved you,” she said.

Bertram and his mother Bernadette Tynes died when police said Kevon Brown, 31, a man who was on bail for murder and being electronically monitored, shot the pair in the vicinity of their home Friday morning, after an argument.

Bertram McPhee and Bernadette Tynes are shown dancing at his wedding.

It is believed Bertram and Bernadette who both worked at Sandilands Rehabilitation Center, knew the assailant.

“My question is, ‘Why?’” Though Shana was separated from her husband, she said, “We were still basically family.”

They met in 2001 and later married in 2017.

Shana said Brown took away the two people her sons loved and cherished.

“I found letters both of them wrote to their dad telling him in spite of the situation, they loved him and they appreciate their bicycles he bought them. And, how they missed him and wanted him to come back home.

“They would never again hear that loud voice from their Grammy saying ‘Looka Grammy babies.’

“You took away my kids’ world and I will never forgive you for that.”

Bertram McPhee is seen with Shana and their two sons

Brown removed his ankle monitor after the killing and remains on the run. Police are appealing to the public to help locate him.

‘Loving, Sweetest, Selfless Being’: Plane Crash Victim Identified as Aleitheia Newbold, 22

The sister of the twenty-two-year-old woman killed in a plane crash on Sunday said she will remember her as the “most loving, sweetest and selfless being.”

Aleitheia Newbold was killed when a plane, she and seven others were on crashed in bushes after takeoff in Long Island.

Police said after the crash, they found the extensively damaged twin-engine plane two miles from the airport after it took off from Deadman’s Cay after 9 am.

The other passengers onboard the PA-31-310 plane, sustained injuries, but Newbold died on the scene. With the assistance of the United States Coast Guard, the injured passengers were airlifted to New Providence around 1:30 pm for medical assistance.

Newbold’s sister said she wished she had called Newbold which may have discouraged her from taking the flight.

“Why couldn’t I be a big sister today like I always was to you. Why didn’t I call you this morning? Why couldn’t I have avoided this whole thing from happening by simply calling you as I would?”

Her sister said she is “broken, confused and hurt” since her death.

“Never in a million years…would I dream, think, imagine [or] believe that you would be leaving me so soon.”

After news of her death circulated on social media, Newbold’s boyfriend, Tevin Newbold, with whom she shares a child, showed up at the airport and was informed of her death.  He took to social media to express his disbelief.

“Had to check the ambulance and helicopter myself to find out if it’s really you. They [were] right. You [are] gone forever.”

Newbold’s sister says she will cherish the baby left behind. “Thank you for leaving such a beautiful gem here with me because you knew we’d need her to comfort us in your absence. You made it extra special by having me choose her name. Don’t even worry about her because she’s in the best hands.”

   

The daughters of Works Minister Alfred Sears and Motivational Speaker and Talk Show Host Spence Finlayson were also passengers on the plane.

Later on Sunday evening, Acting Director in the Department of Meteorology Jefferey Simmons said bad weather did not play a role in the crash.

The Civil Aviation Authority continues its investigations.

 

Photo credit: Facebook

 

13 Suspects Dead in Police Involved Shootings. Are There More Attempts to Shoot Officers?

Another suspect attempted to shoot at police in Grand Bahama resulting in the suspect being shot in the arm, before running in bushes where he was found injured by a police firearm.

Police Commissioner revealed that the suspect shot at officers, shooting out the police vehicle’s windshield. Officers later found a 7.62 AK-47 assault rifle in the vehicle of the suspects.

This accounts for a recent spate of police-involved shootings that saw 21 incidents recorded for the year.

Though this latest incident did not end in a fatality, 13 police shootings ended in deaths, while 8 were non-fatal.

“Thirteen idiots crazy enough to pull gun on my officers. Officers will not sit by and let someone shoot at them,” he said.

In recent days, some in the public raised concerns about the recent increases in police-involved shootings, but Rolle assured that he will reveal the facts and is transparent in his dealings.

“Whatever the information is, we will make it public. I will not cover [anything]. The pressure is on me.”

He acknowledged specific concerns for 5 of the cases which are being investigated by an internal committee based on concerns raised by the public.

He said after the internal review, he will make recommendations to the coroner.

What did PM Davis say?

Prime Minister Philip Davis addressed the issue of police-involved shootings before Rolle came to the podium. Davis said he is talking to Rolle and is concerned that the incidents can affect the public’s confidence in the organization.

State of Play

In 2020, twenty police-involved shootings were recorded and 11 suspects died; and for 2019, thirteen cases are on record and 8 suspects died.

The Coroner’s Office has been slow in adjudicating these cases. There remains only one coroner.

 

 

 

Father Remembers Missing 17-Year-Old as Greatest Blessing, After Grim Discovery

The death of 17-year-old Lavard McKenzie sent a shockwave through the Carmichael Road community on Sunday afternoon.

Family and friends were stunned at the discovery of his body after he went missing last week Thursday.

Father, Lavard Mckenzie Sr described his son as a special blessing and lamented that the people responsible will be held to account.

“Lavard McKenzie was my greatest blessing and they took him from me. They will pay and their family,” he said.

Lavardo McKenzie Photo credit: Mar Ley Facebook
Father of Lavard Mckenzie      Photo credit: Lavard McKenzie Sr Facebook

Lavard was a student of Carlton E. Francis Primary School and C.V Bethel Senior High School.

His body was discovered around 4 pm through a winding, narrow track road, through bushes off Millar’s Heights, London Avenue.

Neighbors recall smelling a strong odor in the area, as family members canvassed the area in search of Lavard.

The area where searchers found the body of Lavard Mckenzie

After the discovery was made just one corner away from where he lived, cries echoed the Carmichael Road area.

Distraught family members congregated near the scene, and were heard saying, “Why you’ll bring grammy? I told you’ll not to bring her.”

Searchers said the body sustained an injury to the head.

An infuriated family member posted to Facebook, questioning why the suspects killed Lavard.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force issued a missing person flyer on Friday after Lavard never returned home.