Suspects to be placed on ID parades for other crimes

first_imgSupply poultry farmer robbery…expected to face the courts todayThe six men who were all taken into Police custody after they attempted to carry out a daring robbery on a Supply poultry farmer on Tuesday night are to be placed in a number of identification parades for other crimes.The men have been identified as Steve Hercules, 30, of Lot 2-3 Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WDB); Nabadinghi Gobin, 33, of Lot 181 Charlotte Street, Bourda, Georgetown; Renard Khan, 31, of Lot 147 Cooper Street, Albouystown; Mark Prince, 39, of Lot 52 Parfaite Harmonie, WBD; Edward Skeete, 30, of Lot 309 Independence Boulevard, Georgetown and Marvin Blackman, 27, of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown.According to Crime Chief Paul Williams, their descriptions are similar to those previously reported to have been involved in similar crimes.He noted that as such, the men were to be placed in several identification parades before charges were laid.Charges are, however, expected to be laid today, or Tuesday at the latest, the Crime Chief revealed.Swift action by Police ranks of the A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) saw the bandits being nabbed after they attempted to rob the Supply, East Bank Demerara (EBD) poultry farmer, 69-year-old Michael Chang Yuen.The men who escaped from the scene after the failed robbery at the Lot 13 Supply, EBD premises were apprehended in Grove, EBD.At the time of the attempted robbery, Yuen was at home with his wife and his two sons relaxing when they heard a noise coming from outside their house about 19:30h. Upon checking, Yuen saw four men at the eastern door of his property.As such, an alarm was raised, which prompted the men to quickly enter a waiting motor car, HC 4543, which was parked some distance away, and flee the scene.However, the Police were alerted, and a roadblock was set up in the vicinity of the Grove Public Road, which saw the four men, along with two others in the said car, being captured.A search carried out on the motor car saw the discovery of two 9 mm Glock Pistols, one with the serial number filed off, along with 22 live rounds; one Beretta Pistol with 11 live rounds, one .32 Taurus Pistol, with the serial number filed off with six live rounds; one sledgehammer, two pairs of latex gloves, and trade plates.Further investigations carried out revealed that the motor car in which they were found was stolen from a Princes Street, Georgetown resident on March 25, 2018.When this publication visited Yuen’s home, his sons were hesitant to speak; he, however, revealed that this was the second time in the last two months that bandits attempted to rob his home.They were unable to enter the property on that occasion as well. He noted that CCTV footage was handed over to the Police.Yuen has been working in the poultry business for some 30 years.Charged multiple timesSkeete, called “Pretty Boy”, first came under Police watch in 2008 when he was arrested and charged for carrying out an armed robbery at John Street, Werk-en-rust where his accomplice was shot and killed by Police Officers.Then in 2011, Skeete was freed of the murder of Bedi Ramjewan, who was killed in April of 2011 during a robbery at Industry, East Coast Demerara (ECD).And just two months ago, that is on February 8, 2018, he was again freed by Justice Navindra Singh for the July 14, 2015 Turning Point, Tucville murder of Ryan Clementson for which he was jointly charged with Gobin, called “Dangles”.Prince, called “Fine Man”, was charged in several robbery-related issues. He was first charged in 2016 for attacking and robbing a woman of her cellphone.He was then charged earlier this year with two robberies, one committed on Regan Singh and the other on Gobin Singh. Both victims were robbed following a visit to a city bank.Khan was detained in 2017 for robbing a pastor of some $1.8 million just as he left a city bank.And Blackman was first charged, along with two others, for robbing a supervisor attached to the Wild Caught Fresh Fish Depot while being armed with a gun.Then in August of 2017, he was charged with discharging a loaded firearm at Carl Welshman with intent to commit murder. He was also charged for carrying out an armed robbery on the said Welshman while in the company of two others. That same month, Blackman was also charged with the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.In November of 2017, he was again charged with armed robbery, this time committed on Bramanand Chetramand and Danny Singh.He was remanded in August 2017 on charges of illegal possession of a Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol and eight live rounds of 9mm ammunition.He was also charged two months ago for robbing a Diamond Housing Scheme resident after she left a city bank.last_img read more

Consumer Groups Chronically Ill Still Face Insurer Discrimination

first_imgPatient advocacy groups are complaining to federal officials that some insurers’ policies, such as the high prices charged for certain drugs, “are highly discriminatory against people with chronic health conditions.” Other stories look at whether the health law has helped young people get mental health treatment and how hospitals are rethinking their charity policies.The Associated Press: Have Insurers Found New Ways To Avoid The Sick?Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation’s health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers. The insurance industry responds that critics are confusing legitimate cost-control with bias. Some state regulators, however, say there’s reason to be concerned about policies that shift costs to patients and narrow their choices of hospitals and doctors. … Coverage of expensive drugs tops [the patients’] concerns. (Alonso-Zaldivar, 8/17).Kaiser Health News: Hospitals Reconsider Charity For Patients Who Decline Health CoverageAs more Americans gain insurance under the federal health law, hospitals are rethinking their charity programs, with some scaling back help for those who could have signed up for coverage but didn’t. The move is prompted by concerns that offering free or discounted care to low-income uninsured patients might dissuade them from getting government-subsidized coverage (Appleby, 8/18).The Fiscal Times: Insurers Say Obama’s ‘Fix’ Is Driving Up PremiumsPresident Obama buckled under political pressure last fall and exempted a wave of plans that would have otherwise been cancelled under the Affordable Care Act. He made the decision after critics blasted him for his famously flawed promise, “If you like your plan, you can keep it.” While the new rule to grandfather in these non-compliant plans may have been beneficial for some people who didn’t have to find new policies this year, it could ultimately mean higher premiums for 2015. That’s what some insurers are saying (Ehley, 8/18). NPR: Has Health Law Helped Young People Get Mental Health Treatment? MaybeA popular provision of the Affordable Care Act that took effect in 2010 aimed to make it easier for young adults to get access to health care, by allowing them to stay on their parents’ insurance until they turn 26. So, are more young adults getting help with mental health issues because of the provision? Maybe, suggests a study published in the September issue of Health Affairs. Before 2010, just over 30 percent of young adults with mental health issues said they were getting treatment. And that went up by about 2 percent in the two years after the ACA provision took effect (Singh, 8/15). Consumer Groups: Chronically Ill Still Face Insurer Discrimination This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more