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Channel 7NEWS in Belize City confirmed that according to Assistant Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, the Police Department has decided to act decisively on a case of extreme police abuse during an incident that occurred on New Year’s Eve.

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Ambergris Today met with Mayor Elsa Paz on Monday, January 8, to discuss what plans the Town Council has in store this year for the betterment and beautification of the island. Mayor Paz informed us that the Town Council has many plans for different areas of the island but their main concerns at the moment are the issues of the street and crime.

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A California tourist who went on a scuba diving excursion last week Thursday died before she could be given medical treatment in San Pedro. 68-year-old Janice Redman suffered the fatal mishap while she was scuba diving near the Hol Chan area with a tour company from Caye Caulker.

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They told police they are hunters but police say 25 year old Juan Cuz and 26 year old Andrew Swan are more like pirates who have been terrorizing the seas off of San Pedro.

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U.S. Ambassador Robert J. Dieter is proud to announce the launch of a new web site of the Embassy of the United States to Belize. The website has undergone a major transformation, in a redesign process updating both the form and content of the site. It now stands as the official source of information on the United States in Belize.

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PUP Standard Bearer, Mel Spain is on a roll, helping out the residents of San Pedro, La Isla Bonita, either by giving donations to the BDF, repairing the streets or giving away toys to the children. She is making a huge impact in the eyes of island residents in a positive way. This week was no different. Mel Spain and her group of workers were out distributing paint to several residents in different areas of the island. Over 200 buckets of paint were distributed in the San Mateo Area, San Pedrito Area, D.F.C Area and San Juan Area.

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Born Sheila Audrey Grey-Wilson in Belize, formerly British Honduras, she was the youngest of six children. Sheila Audrey Hewitt, a retired homemaker, died at the age of 80 on June 10, 2004 at St. Joseph Medical Center after suffering from multiple complications following surgery.

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As you start your journey up north across the bridge, you will be attracted by a bright pink and blue building that definitely stands out amongst its neighborhood. An oasis, of sorts, the new Sweet Basil Restaurant and Bar has risen form dormancy and is now offering the same great ambience it once did but with a new menu that promises to keep the establishments reputation as one of the “sweetest” spots up north and a must visit while visiting San Pedro.

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It was a beautiful, clear day early last Thursday afternoon when Chad Zielinski joined fifteen other Tsunami skydivers aboard the DeHavilland Twin Otter aircraft for the ride that took them up to 13,000 feet in the azure skies above San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

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Twenty-seven students along with professors from McDaniel College in Maryland U.S.A. arrived this Monday in San Pedro to take part in the school’s “Fishing and Diving-Belize” course, which is taking place in Belize for the 9th consecutive year. Accompanying the students to the island for their January study tour are Professors Herb Smith (course founder) and Dr. Brian Wladkowski, a political science and chemistry instructor, respectively.

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If you have been watching, or hearing about, the current episode of American Idol this past week you would probably know that 12 women and 12 men have made it into the finals. That is from a cast of thousands. One of these 12 women is a 16 year old lady by the name of Lisa Tucker, who is the daughter of Belizean born Eleanor Gabourel from Melinda Road in Dangriga. Lisa’s father is an American name Tucker. Lisa was born in the U.S. where she lives in Anaheim, California.

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The Ministries of Tourism, Home Affairs, and Foreign Affairs, in conjunction with the Belize Tourism Board, the Belize Tourism Industry Association, the Belize Police Department, and the Belize Defense Force are pleased to advise that after several weeks of discussions and negotiation with officials of the US Embassy, the US Travel Advisory was updated today, January 4th, 2007.

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Sixty-six year old American national William “Doug” Campbell was arrested and charged with the crime of Murder and Possession of Unlicensed Firearm and Ammunition this Monday, February 20, by the San Pedro Police and will have to appear at the Supreme Court in Belize City to face the charge brought against his person. Campbell was released from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) last Saturday, where he had been recovering from a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest.

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Dr. Jacque Carter is no stranger to San Pedro and has definitely played a major role in creating awareness to protect the reef and assisted in making Hol Chan the first marine reserve in the Caribbean back in the early 1980’s.

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What is community service? This program is designed by many high schools throughout the country and San Pedro High School is no exception. This is what Principal Nuñez has to say about community service: “Community service is about teaching teenagers that it is important to give back to your community a little of what the community has given you. It is about giving unselfishly and unconditionally. Most important it is supposed to give one a lot of pleasure and satisfaction, because there is much satisfaction derived from making someone happy.”

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With the interdiction of Assistant Superintendent Patt and other five police officers because of the shocking police brutality case on Ryan Requeña, seven new police officers have been assigned to San Pedro. Inspector Dennis Arnold will now be in charge of the San Pedro Police Department, as well as Caye Caulker Police Department.

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On Friday, January 5, Mayor Elsa Paz along with Deputy Mayor Nano Guerrero and other Town Councilors met with the Commissioner of Police Gerald Westby at the Mayor’s office.

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Elvis Canul, 28 year old Belizean Manager of St. Francis Xavier of DFC Area, reported to Police that on Monday, January 14, at about 9:40 a.m. three Creole males entered the credit union dressed in full black and armed with a fire arm attacked the security officer of L.A.G Security Service and proceeded to rob the establishment.

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“I’ve had the privilege of doing many cool and crazy things in my life but I just topped them all (well... maybe with the exception of moving to Belize.) What a RUSH! If I could afford it I would go again tomorrow.” These are the words of Simon Backley who recently took the great big plunge with the Tsunami Skydivers in the name of Saga Humane Society.

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Why should San Pedro and Caye Caulker Vote for NRP’s Ernesto Caliz? As the General Elections approaches, less than a month away, three candidates have pledged their commitment to work for Belize Rural South and run for office to represent San Pedro and Caye Caulker in the House of Representatives, if elected by their constituency.

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