Ranks come under fire during drug eradication exercise at Kara Kara

first_imgA drug eradication exercise by Police ranks attached to E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) on Wednesday reportedly ended in a shootout at a marijuana farm at Kara Kara, Mackenzie, Linden.The plants before they were destroyedAccording to information received, ranks attached to the Mackenzie Police Station and Community Policing Group ventured 20 miles up the Kara Kara creek in Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice), where they conducted a drug eradication exercise between 06:30h and 15:00h.They reportedly discovered a marijuana farm, which measured approximately two acres and contained approximately 4000 cannabis plants measuring eight inches to four feet in height.The 12-gauge cartridges found at the sceneRanks also discovered a makeshift tent, a quantity of clothing, and a wooden boat, along with five live 12-gauge cartridges.The farm was subsequently destroyed by fire, and samples of the cannabis plants retrieved.However, on their way out of the location, ranks reportedly came under fire by unknown persons. They reportedly returned fire. However, the persons managed to escape. The area has since been marked as Police try to ascertain the owner of the land.An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

School bond talks revived

first_imgWEST WHITTIER – Los Nietos School District board members, at a special study session tonight, will discuss a possible multimillion-dollar bond measure next year to upgrade facilities. Nothing has yet been decided, said Superintendent Lillian French, but the board has previously considered a bond to pay for badly needed repairs. “This is the second or third \ study session we’ve had, and right now we’re really just focusing on the timeline,” French said. “We really do want to take advantage of the state bond monies that are available. “We’ve exhausted all of our modernization money, so our facilities are now at a point where we need to consider doing something.” Last year, the board voted 3-2 to place a bond measure on the November 2006 ballot. But the move prompted a series of anti-bond rallies and protests by teachers. Two board members, Nicholas Aquino and Art Escobedo, voted against it. Ultimately, the board majority of Oscar Payan, Diana Villalba and Grisel Vasquez reversed the decision and decided not to pursue a bond. The Los Nietos Teachers Association also opposed the proposal. Carroll McCrory, the association’s co-president, said teachers felt the board was moving too fast. “But now they’re doing a study and following the proper procedure to decide if a bond is something we can support here in the community,” McCrory said. “I feel better about that.” The Los Nietos district is the oldest operating school district in the state. The infrastructure, such as water pipes and electrical systems, is just as old, officials said. “They are the kinds of things you can’t see but are very important for running a good facility,” French said. Aquino said he has no problem with this year’s bond discussion “as long as we follow the process.” The maximum bond amount the district could try for is about $30 million, Aquino said. And the infrastructure is “absolutely the most pressing need we have,” he said. “We had gas leaks at Aeolian and electrical problems at the middle school, and we need to address those issues,” Aquino said. “It’s something that needs to be done.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want 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