…demanded owners pay up or face drug possession charges – sourceA policeman attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the Reliance Police Station, Canje, Berbice, was arrested on Saturday after a series of reports that he had been “planting evidence” at various locations and forcing innocent persons to pay him to avoid being arrested.Guyana Times understands that the policeman was placed under close arrest on Friday after the owners of a SuperBet location in Berbice made a report at the police station. The business owners reported that the rank had placed marijuana at their premises during a police search and then accused them of possession of the illicit substance.Guyana Times was told that the CID rank along with another officer had gone to the SuperBet location to conduct a search but while the other officer walked straight into the establishment, the alleged corrupt rank stood at the corner of the building and “threw” an item to the corner.This was the item he picked up during his “search”, which he used to accuse the owners at the SuperBet location of having marijuana on their premises.A source close to the investigation told this publication that when the embattled CID rank confronted the owners about “his find”, they vehemently denied ownership or having knowledge as to where the marijuana could have appeared from or to whom it belonged.However, the police constable continued to press the issue and allegedly told them that they had a choice; either pay him to “drop the matter” or they would be arrested for the marijuana possession.The owners reportedly refused to pay him but rather went to the police station with Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage showing the rank’s action.According to the police source, upon reviewing the footage provided by the SuperBet owners, it showed the policeman throwing an item at the corner of the establishment as soon as he walked into the yard. The footage also showed him picking up the same item before confronting the owners.A senior police rank, who is probing the incident, told this publication that regardless of what was inside of the package, the search conducted by the CID rank along with his partner had not been authorised. In fact, no other rank at the police station was aware that the duo was going to visit the SuperBet location to conduct a search.As such, the rank was placed under close arrest on Friday.However, on Saturday other persons visited the Reliance Police Station where they also alleged that the same CID rank had “planted evidence” to have them arrested. Persons also purported that he had requested they pay him to avoid being arrested for matters in which they claimed that they were innocent.In light of this, he was re-arrested and is presently in the lock-ups as investigations into the matters continue.Meanwhile, another police source told this publication that the said CID rank had been stationed at the Number 51 Village Police Station, Corentyne, Berbice, earlier this year but after a series of allegations by residents in the area he was transferred.“He was transferred to the New Amsterdam Police Station following claims by people that he had planted illegal items and would have arrested them if they did not give him money. So because of the allegations, they transferred him from the Number 51 station to NA,” the source added.
FONTANA – Kevin Harvick has been through a whirlweek week following his victory Sunday in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season opener at Daytona. He spent Tuesday in New York and is scheduled to be in Hollywood on Thursday. He’ll get no rest at California Speedway. “I am looking forward to this weekend,” said Harvick. “It will be the first time I have run all three races since September 2005 at Richmond.” On Friday night, Harvick will drive one of his own Chevrolet Silverado trucks in the Craftsman Truck Series San Bernardino County 200. He’ll also complete Saturday in a Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevy in the Busch Series Stater Bros. 300. On Sunday, Harvick will climb back into the Shell/Pennzoil Chevy that carried him to victory at Daytona for the Auto Club 500. However, success at Fontana has been elusive for Harvick. “California has been a little bit of a struggle for us as a race team the last couple years,” said Harvick, whose best finish was sixth in the 2005 Auto Club 500. “It’s probably been one of our worst race tracks, to be honest with you, going in there. We want to go in there and have a solid weekend and see where we fall with everything. “It doesn’t get any bigger than the Daytona week. Finding the focus to race the car is usually not a problem for us.” Harvick’s the first to admit there’s less pressure competing in the truck series than in Cup. “You can just go out and race as hard as you can and go for the win,” said Harvick, who hails from Bakersfield. “I am doing four races in a KHI truck this year. Clint (Bowyer) will drive in four truck races for me this year and Cale Gale will drive in three more. “I like the truck series, I like being at the track. When I am at the track, I just like being a part of what is going on. I will continue to run truck races this year and just really enjoy what I do.” Ron Hornaday Jr., a former Palmdale resident, is Harvick’s full-time CTS driver. Hornaday returns to the area where he established his reputation. “Going to California is always good for me because of the fans; the race track is close to my hometown,” Hornaday said. “In the last California race, we lost the master cylinder and had no brakes. Heading into the second race with a seventh place finish at Daytona, is a good way to start the season off.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has been named Player of the Year by the Football Supporters’ Federation.The 26-year-old forward scored 20 goals in 2015, including a superb long-range effort in the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa.Sanchez topped the fans’ vote ahead of runner-up Jamie Vardy, with Sergio Aguero, David De Gea, Harry Kane and John Stones also on the shortlist.The Chilean said: “I’m delighted to receive the FSF Player of the Year award. Personally, it’s been a great 2015 for me on the pitch with both my club and country.“Arsenal have enjoyed a good start to the season and it was disappointing to pick up an injury. But I’m hoping to be back soon to help my team-mates have another successful year.”Gunners manager Arsene Wenger added: “Alexis has had a great 2015 – winning the FA Cup with us and the Copa America with Chile.“He has made a huge impact on English football since his arrival at the Emirates and I’m very happy that his skill, ability and dedication has been recognised by football fans across the country.”The presentation of the FSF Awards, in association with William Hill, takes place in London on Monday night. Alexis Sanchez scored 80 goals in 166 appearances for Arsenal. He has just 5 in 37 for Man United 1