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Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Following Rampant Violence In Montego Bay

Jamaica's prime minister, Andrew Holness, reportedly announced a state of emergency for St. James Parish Thursday (Jan. 18) in response to violence and shootings at Montego Bay. The parish is under martial law until things get under control, according to CNN.

“Well, as you can see, it is a very strong police-military presence deployed in the area since this morning,” civil-military cooperation officer at the Jamaica Defence Force Maj. Basil Jarrett told The Gleaner. “It is in response to the rampant criminality - the murder rate, the extortion, the general lawlessness in Montego Bay and other parts of St. James. We are here to see if we can arrest the situation.”

Security forces started the operation early Thursday morning (Jan. 18), searching houses, vehicles, abandoned buildings, and residents. People may be stopped at checkpoints and asked to verify their identity, CNN reports. Although the parish is under martial law and security forces are given extraordinary powers, the Prime Minister said resident’s rights will still be intact.

Locals are more than happy about the military intervening.

“This is the best thing that could happen to Montego Bay at this time. It is like a belated Christmas gift,” an elderly resident told The Gleaner.

According to CNN, British and Canadian authorities sent out a warning to people visiting Montego Bay to limit their movements.

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John Singleton In Coma After Suffering From A Stroke

John Singleton is reportedly in a coma after suffering from a major stroke, TMZ reports.

The Boyz N the Hood filmmaker has reportedly been in the ICU since last weekend. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Singleton's mother, Sheila Ward, is asking a judge to appoint her temporary conservator of his work because he is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter." Singleton was reportedly working on several projects and preparing to sign a lucrative settlement agreement at the time of his stroke, according to Ward.

As previously reported, Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17, after returning from Costa Rica. After experiencing problems with his legs, he reportedly checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he suffered a stroke in his hospital room.

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Bun B's Lawyer Provides Update On Attempted Armed Robbery Aftermath

On Tuesday (April 24), Bun B confronted an armed robber, who was later identified as 20-year-old DeMonte Jackson. The latter attempted to rob the legendary rapper's home but acted swiftly with his own registered firearm. When Bun B's wife, Angela "Queenie" Walls answered a knock on the door, a masked Freeman entered with his weapon but was later met with the Trill rapper's fire and was detained at a hospital while being treated for his wounds.

In a statement provided to XXL, lawyer Charles Adams said he doesn't expect charges to be filed against the Texas native. "In Texas, you can defend your home. And if an armed home invader breaks into your home and puts a gun at your wife's head, you can shoot the guy if he's still in your home," Adams said. "Honestly, this might sound cheesy, thank God that Bun had a gun. Thank God that he was courageous enough to defend his home and his wife [Queenie]. And thank God Queenie was courageous enough to not let the man go upstairs."

As Queenie led Jackson to the garage, Bun B, born Bernard Freeman, became aware of the incident from another part of the house and opened fire on Jackson. The latter was charged with one count of burglary plus two levies of aggravated robbery.

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Former Felons May Have To Pay Court Fines Before Voting In Florida

Florida made history when it passed Amendment 4 restoring voting rights to the state's nearly one million former felons.

However, on Wednesday (April 24) the GOP-House passed a bill that would require former felons to pay court fees, fine,s and restitution prior to voting. The Senate bill requires that just restitution be paid. If this measure is passed it could prohibit thousands of ex-cons from being able to vote.

The state reportedly also doesn't have a method to properly tally restitution and to create a system could cost millions. On Wednesday, the House considered a proposal by the Senate that would allot $2 million to hire more workers at the Florida Commission on Offender Review to review the applications of former felons.

That commission would then report their findings to local supervisors of elections.

“Obviously, the individual is responsible for determining whether they’ve completed all the terms of their own sentence,” Sen. Jeff Brandes “If they have questions, they should go to local supervisors of elections.”

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