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

Clark County third in state in rate of growth

first_imgclick to enlarge Clark County’s population grew 2.17 percent to 471,000 from April 2016 to April 2017, making it the third-fastest-growing county in the state.Of the 9,990 residents the county gained between April 2016 and April 2017, 7,819 migrated here from somewhere else, according to annual estimates released Friday by the state Office of Financial Management. Births outnumbered deaths, accounting for the rest of the growth.Chief demographer Yi Zhao said job growth and low unemployment are major reasons for all of the newcomers.“It’s pretty much the same story as last year,” she said. “We’ll see what happens next year.”There’s been strong population growth the last few years — statewide and countywide — and Zhao doubts whether that growth is sustainable. She’s also unsure whether Clark County will reach half a million residents by the 2020 Census. Assuming a 2 percent growth rate, the population that year should fall just below 500,000.Clark County’s population growth has been affected by global factors.In the 1990s, Zhao said, growth was primarily driven by U.S. immigrants who became legal citizens and then brought family members to the United States. After that wave of new residents, growth in Washington slowed down.Growth picked up again when the economy was doing particularly well. When the recession happened, many people were stuck. People moved away from Clark County between 2009 and 2010. From 2010 to 2011, the county gained just 189 newcomers.It was a much different story from today.“This time we have (foreign) immigration, and we also have people moving from Oregon and California,” Zhao said.More people are moving here from those states than the other way around. Being on the state border, Clark County is particularly susceptible to getting newcomers from Portland.last_img read more