Latest Jamaica News

17-year-old girl stabbed to death in Queens

Nov. 16, 2019 1:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old girl has been stabbed to death in Queens. Police say Talasia Cuffie was found lying on a sidewalk in Jamaica shortly before 10 p.m. Friday with multiple stab wounds. She was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The teen was found on a...

Immigrants, led by Jamaicans, slow Baltimore population loss

Nov. 14, 2019 5:31 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Steve McMurray was not long out of high school when he moved to the United States. He left St. Mary Parish, a rural area in northeastern Jamaica, for trade school in Miami. He spent about a year and a half there, met a Jamaican girl with family in Maryland, and they moved here. Their...

ICE Agents: State judicial marshal prevented detainment

Nov. 11, 2019 3:43 PM EST

DERBY, Conn. (AP) — Immigration agents say a Connecticut court security officer tried to prevent them from entering a courthouse where they planned to detain a Jamaican man. The Hartford Courant reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents complain a judicial marshal attempted to prevent...

Rhode Island man sentenced for role in lottery scam

Nov. 1, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for his role in a Jamaica-based telemarketing scam that targeted elderly U.S. citizens. Federal prosecutors say 49-year-old Shawn Whitfield, of Pawtucket, received more than $109,000 in upfront payments from victims...

Police: Jamaican female soccer player killed during fight

Nov. 1, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Authorities in Jamaica say a member of the women's national soccer team has been stabbed to death. Police said Friday that 20-year-old Tarania Clarke was killed during a fight with another woman over a cellphone. The stabbing occurred late Thursday in the capital of Kingston....

Police name 14-year-old fatally shot on NY basketball court

Oct. 27, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York City have released the name of a 14-year-old boy shot to death on a basketball court — a youth neighbors say was disciplined and never broke his family-imposed curfew. Aamir (pronounced ah-MEER') Griffin was struck on Saturday at the Baisley Park Houses in the...

Police: 14-year-old shot to death on Queens basketball court

Oct. 26, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 14-year-old boy has been shot to death on a basketball court at a Queens public housing complex. The teen was shot at around 8 p.m. Saturday at the Baisley Park Houses in the Jamaica section of the borough. Police responding to a report of an assault found the victim on the...

Jamaican citizens sue exclusive Yellowstone Club over wages

Oct. 23, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Five Jamaican citizens who were recruited to work at a Montana ski resort for the ultra-rich just north of Yellowstone National Park say they and more than 100 other Jamaicans were discriminated against and paid less than other employees doing the same work. They sued the club and a...

LGBT asylum seekers find new life with help from task force

Oct. 8, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Maurice Newman was thriving in Jamaica, fulfilling his dreams. He was teaching the fifth grade and also traveling for the government, training fellow teachers. He was building his life, living in the upper-middle class with an apartment and nice car. Then his life flipped around in...

Peters wins javelin for 2nd-ever world gold for Grenada

Oct. 6, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As a kid, Grenadian javelin thrower Anderson Peters would hurl sticks at mangoes and apples to get them to fall to the ground. He had the best arm of all his friends. He showed it off on an even bigger stage. Peters won the javelin throw Sunday night for his country's second-ever gold...