Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens teenager was arrested in Baldwin on Friday and charged in a string of burglaries that took place over the course of a month, while two other teens, both from Baldwin, were also taken into custody in connection with the case, Nassau County police said.The first of five alleged burglaries occurred on Dec. 11 when 17-year-old Courtney Cross of College Point, Queens went to a house on Washington Street in Baldwin and rang the front door bell, police said. When no one answered he allegedly entered the house through a back window and walked away with jewelry and electronics, police said.Six days later, Cross made his way inside a home on Jeffrey Drive through an open window, police said, and allegedly took a handbag, GPS, liquor, an iPad, camera and a video game system.On Jan. 7, police said Cross returned to the home of the first burglary but wasn’t able to get inside the house.He allegedly struck again four days later at a home on Hastings Street but was scared away by a 27-year-old man who confronted Cross inside the house, police said.And then on Jan. 17, Cross and a 16-year-old Baldwin resident went to a house on Iris Lane and when no one answered he kicked in the back door and allegedly grabbed jewelry, fur coats and a laptop, police said. The 16-year-old remained outside during the incident, police said.Police caught up with Cross on Friday in Baldwin and placed him under arrest. The 16-year-old from the previous day’s burglary was apprehended later in the day.During the investigation, police said the 16-year-old’s brother, Nathaniel Marcelin, 19, allegedly concealed and attempted to dispose of items from the burglaries. He was also taken into custody and charged with tampering with physical evidence.Cross was charged with five counts of burglary. The other teen was charged with second-degree burglary and criminal possession of stolen property.They will all be arraigned on Saturday.
The Jamaican government collects millions pulling in revenue from amnesty offered to residents who have not paid fines in traffic tickets.The Jamaica government says it has collected some J$160 million from unpaid traffic ticket fines, under the Traffic Ticket Amnesty that started on August 2.National Security Minister, Robert Montague, told the Jamaican Parliament earlier this week that the three-month amnesty which will end on October 31, is pertinent to tickets issued between September 1, 2010 and July 31, 2017.Pay without incurring penaltiesUnder the amnesty, persons are given the opportunity to pay outstanding ticket fines without incurring penalties or any additional fees.“I want to use this opportunity to urge all members of the public who believe they may have any outstanding ticket or tickets to make that call before the new Road Traffic Act comes in with harsher penalties,” Montague said.Pay onlineMotorists may pay outstanding traffic tickets online, using Tax Administration Jamaica’s website – jamaicatax.gov.jm – or at any Tax Office located island-wide.According to official figures, the outstanding traffic tickets in the courts total J$2.283 billion, with the Inland Revenue Department records indicating that there is J$565.92 million in outstanding tickets as at December 31, 2016.Notorious offendersAccording to reports some Jamaican motorists are notorious for paying scan attention to traffic tickets issued to them by law enforcement officers for various traffic violations. This lax action has costed the Jamaican government significant in loss of revenue.The tax holiday is meant to correct the situation by allowing those who were given traffic tickets the opportunity to pay the fines without penalty. After, October, the penalty for ignoring payment traffic ticket fines is expected to be very stern.Several officesTax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has opened several offices on Saturdays during the three month Traffic Ticket Amnesty to facilitate members of the public paying their outstanding traffic ticket fines. The following Tax Offices operate between the hours of 10am – 4pm:Constant SpringMontego BaySpanish TownMay PenMandevilleSavanna-la-marSt. Ann’s BayThe Portmore Tax Office will continue its regular Saturday opening.