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UPDATE: PEP postponed at Ramble Primary after teacher, baby chopped in Mandeville, Manchester Jamaica Thursday, May 30, 2019

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Lenford Pinnock, principal of the Ramble Primary School, close to Porus in Manchester, said that PEP examination was postponed today to allow the school community to deal with the trauma from one of the grade 4 teachers being chopped, allegedly by her child's father, early this morning.
The woman is undergoing surgery in hospital, while unconfirmed reports are that her eight-month-old baby has died.
Residents said that the incident took place at her McKinley Road home in Mandeville.
Pinnock said that the directive to postpone the examination for today was given by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information head office and school is being dismissed early.
He said that a trauma team from the ministry visited the school to console the Grade 4 students as a group as well as the entire school body.
Pinnock described the wounded teacher as “dedicated,” noting that she is known to go beyond the call of duty and have classes on Saturdays and Sundays for free, especially as her students prepared for the PEP examination, which is scheduled to take place today and tomorrow.
A search is now on for the man believed to have wielded the machete used in the incident. “Him run taxi. Him quiet but friendly. We grow up as one,” a resident of Ramble told OBSERVER ONLINE.
He said the taxi was found burnt out and it is believed that he set it ablaze.
“It is heartbreaking for everybody,” said the resident, who was among community members in Ramble speculating about the whereabouts of the alleged perpetrator.
Pinnock said that he is awaiting guidance from the Ministry of Education on the new PEP schedule for the grade 4 students at the school.

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Search underway for taxi-man in deadly Manchester domestic dispute Thursday, May 30, 2019

MANCHESTER, Jamaica — The police are reporting that the eight-month-old baby boy who received chop wounds during a domestic dispute on McKinley Drive in Manchester this morning has succumbed.
The baby has been identified as Roshane McPherson.
Meanwhile, a search and rescue operation is currently underway in Broadleaf district in the parish to reach the taxi operator who is alleged to have also inflicted serious chop wounds to the boy's mother.
The police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) said the accused car was found ablaze in Porus, Manchester. It is further alleged he may have jumped into a sinkhole in the Broadleaf community.
Reports from the Mandeville police are that about 6:30 am, a team responded to reports of a domestic dispute at a house on McKinley Drive.
On arrival of the lawmen, the mother and child were seen with chop wounds. They were taken to hospital where Roshane succumbed to his injuries and the woman admitted in critical condition.
The CCU said the police have engaged other stakeholders with the relevant resources to assist in locating and removing the man from the hole. At the same time, Lenford Pinnock, principal of the Ramble Primary School, close to Porus in Manchester, reported this morning that PEP examination was postponed today to allow the school community to deal with the trauma from the incident as the mother is a grade four teacher at the school.

R Kelly hit with 11 new sex crime charges Thursday, May 30, 2019

CHICAGO, United States (AFP) — Chicago prosecutors on Thursday filed 11 felony sex crime charges against R&B superstar R Kelly, in what his lawyer said was a re-filing of counts from an existing case.
Kelly is already facing 10 felony charges, filed in February, for the alleged abuse of four women.
The latest counts are re-filed charges from an allegation from 10 years ago, and not a new case, Kelly's lawyer Steve Greenberg said.
"These are the same conduct, just charged differently, same alleged victim, same time frame, same facts," Greenberg said on Twitter.
"It changes nothing," Greenberg said.
Kelly is currently out on bail. He will appear in court June 6 on the new charges, US media reported.
The Cook County State's Attorney's office, which is prosecuting the case, did not immediately return a request for comment.