SKYROCKETING BILLS “It cannot be acceptable that the industry is subsidising the consumption of electricity of residents in the surrounding communities,” Wilson’s statement read. The racetrack has been plagued by illegal connections to its utility systems, including water, over the years, sending its monthly bills skyrocketing. However, similar disconnection operations, conducted in 2011, ’12 and ’14, followed by arrests in 2015, had led to dramatic decreases in utilities cost, especially light, causing the racetrack’s monthly bill to peaked at $8.3m in April 2014. Vincent Edwards, president of the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers Association (JRTA), whose organisation yesterday staged its annual race meet at Caymanas Park, has come out strongly against alleged threats being made against grooms by persons caught abstracting electricity from the Portmore, St Catherine, racetrack. Grooms are employed by trainers to care for horses at stables spread across the 196-acre property and spend most of their time on the Caymanas compound. Edwards said his association condemned the reported threats against grooms and praised ongoing operations for clamping down on breaches to the racetrack’s electricity and water supplies by residents from informal communities, especially to the north of the property. “The leadership and members of the JRTA fully support the actions taken by the police and the racetrack’s security detail, McKay Security Limited, relating to the disconnection of electricity illegally connected by the adjoining informal settlement,” the JRTA president stated. Meanwhile, another group, the Jockeys’ Agents association, headed by Donovan Wilson, also issued a release supporting the operation which led to the apprehension of two persons.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – Police were looking Monday for the suspects in a birthday party shooting that left two men dead and two other people injured.Autopsies for Robert Ruiz, 23, of La Puente and Adam Rodriguez, 20, of West Covina were conducted Monday.Medical examiners determined Ruiz died of multiple gunshot wounds, while Rodriguez died from a gunshot to the stomach, according to Lt. Fred Corral of the Coroner’s Office.The shooting broke out early Sunday in the back yard of a house in the 2200 block of James Avenue. What started the shooting is still unknown since witnesses fled, police said.Ruiz died in the back yard while Rodriguez showed up at Citrus Valley Medical Center, Queen of the Valley campus, where he was later pronounced dead, Corral said.A 23-year-old Valinda man and a 22-year-old La Puente woman also were injured in the shooting. Their identities and conditions were unknown.On Monday, a woman who pulled into the driveway of the house where the party was held said she didn’t know anything. And another woman who answered the phone at the house declined comment.The families of the victims could not be reached.Several neighbors in the cul-de-sac didn’t want to talk. One woman who identified herself only as “Estela” said she didn’t hear the shooting. She was going to church, opened her door and saw the police. [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718