A look at some of the top stories making the news today, March 24, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.
Jamaican Andre Hugh Saunders has been sentence to six and a half years in prison for a sweepstake scam targeting the elderly. Saunders, who ran the scam while living in Florida and New York, told victims they won millions in a sweepstakes, but needed to pay administrative fees to collect the winnings. Saunders has also been ordered to repay over $505,000.
The Broward County Sheriff’s office has announced that they will be expanding the pilot police body camera program to 1500 officers by this summer. Sheriff Scott Israel said the program seeks to promote transparency among the force. The body cameras will cost tax payer $1000 per officer, per year, costing about $1.5 million.
Highlighting the importance of entrepreneurship, the City of Miami Gardens will again host the Roots Collective Black Marketplace this Saturday, starting 11 a.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex. The event seeks to shed the spotlight on the various goods and services produced by local and black-owned businesses.
In sports, several Caribbean teams fight for a competitive spot tomorrow in the fourth round of the CONCACAP World Cup tournament. Jamaica will face Costa Rica in Kingston, Jamaica, while Haiti battles for a spot against Panama in Port-au-Prince. St. Vincent and the Grenadines also face Trinidad at the Arnos Vale Stadium in St. George.
Reggae icon Jimmy Riley has passed away at 61, following a long battle with cancer. Celebrated as a solo performer and member of the Sensations and the Uniques, Riley produced such hits as “Tell the Youths the Truth” and “Nyah Bingi.” Riley is the son of reggae star, Tarrus Riley.
For Today’s Weather Forecast:
Scattered thunderstorms in Broward County with a high of 81 and a low of 71. For Miami-Dade, scattered thunderstorms with a high of 81 and a low of 73.
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