GTI student slapped with illegal ammo charge

first_imgA Government Technical Institute (GTI) student was granted bail on Tuesday by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he was found with ammunition hidden in a $100 bill.Renardo Morgan, of Charlestown, Georgetown, denied the charge which stated that on June 9, 2018 at Lombard Street, Georgetown, he had three rounds of live .32 ammunition without being licensed for same.His Attorney, Nikesha Persaud told the Court that the teen found the $100 bill on the road.However, Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield explained that the teen was seen by ranks acting in a suspicious manner. This led to him being stopped and searched by the ranks. He was arrested and charged. The prosecution is contending that the ammunition was found wrapped in a $100 bill in his left hand.Morgan was released on $10,000 bail. As a condition of his bail, he has to report to the Police Station nearest to his school every day. He will be assigned a social worker.last_img read more

Senate votes to ban Mexican trucks

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to ban Mexican trucks from hauling cargo on American highways. The 74-24 vote was the latest in a series of roadblocks Congress has erected to thwart a federal pilot program giving Mexican trucking companies full access to U.S. roadways. “I don’t think there’s any evidence that we have equivalent standards of safety,” said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who authored the measure banning the trucks. The Mexican truck program has drawn fierce opposition from consumer safety groups and others who contend that Mexican trucks are unregulated, dirty and unsafe. The debate has been particularly heated in California, where San Diego’s Otay Mesa is the second-busiest cargo crossing on the U.S.- Mexico border after Laredo, Texas. Coming on the heels of a major explosion on a northern Mexico highway – when a dynamite-laden truck collided with another vehicle and killed 34 people – several lawmakers called the vote an important move to protect drivers on American roads. “While this program would not allow Mexican trucks to transport hazardous materials inside the United States, this tragedy reconfirms my commitment to preventing accidents on American highways,” said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Both she and Sen. Barbara Boxer voted for the amendment barring the use of federal funds in the pilot program. The House recently passed a similar measure. Opening the border to trucks was a condition of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which required that all roads in the U.S., Mexico and Canada be opened to carriers from all three countries. Canadian trucking companies already have full access to U.S. roads, but Mexican trucks can travel only 25 miles inside the country at certain border crossings. Supporters on Tuesday – primarily Republicans – said Mexican trucks will be held to the same standards as their American counterparts. They also noted that under the pilot program, only 600 foreign trucks would be traveling across the border. “That’s a pretty minuscule number,” Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said, noting that about 5.1 million commercial trailers were registered for business purposes in the U.S. last year. “Those people who fear that Mexican trucks will not be held to the same standard as U.S. trucks in America are incorrect,” Kyl said. “It seems to me it is worth giving this program a chance.” Sen. John Cornyn – who offered a failed amendment that would have allowed the program but enforced with even tougher safety requirements – accused opponents of discriminating against Mexico. “How does it look if we’re going to hold trucks coming from Mexico to a different standard than trucks from Canada?” said Cornyn, R-Texas. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more