A look at some of the top stories making the news today, January 12, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Delray Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating 43-year-old resident Marie Hutchinson, who went missing last week. Mom Lilly Haye made an emotional plea for her daughter, who is mentally challenged. Hutchinson recently moved to South Florida from Jamaica and is not familiar with the area. She was last seen wearing a pink, short-sleeve shirt with white flowers, pink pants and black and white sneakers.

Guyanese security officials have partnered with the FBI and U.S. Homeland Security to curb loopholes leading to the surge of gold smuggling. Reports estimates that the country loses up to 60 percent of production to smuggling, with much of the gold passing through the Miami International Airport. Authorities say illegal trade is driven by better prices overseas, as well as tax dodging.

The St. Lucian Diaspora in America is beaming proudly after 16-year-old Lee Jean Jr. recently won his gold ticket to Hollywood on American Idol. Jean Jr., who lives in Bluffton, Noth Carolina, is named after his father Lee Jean, a St. Lucian from Mon Repos, who immigrated to the U.S. with his family.

Jamaican Harbor View FC Head Coach Ludlow Bernard says the possible migration of the team’s top players will not affect their pursuit of the 2016 Red Stripe Premiere League crown. The team has lost several players traveling away for trials or joining overseas teams. Most recently, the clubs top players Kevaughn Frater and Jorginho James left for South Florida to compete in the Major Soccer League trials.

What’s trending:

Saint International golden girl Tami Williams once again represents renowned design house Valentino. The Saint International model stars in the Italian label’s latest Spring/Summer 2016 campaign.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Scattered Showers in Broward County with a high of 68 and a low of 52. For Miami-Dade, scattered showers with a high of 67 and a low of 53.

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