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Outer Cove Marina unsafe, says DLNR chief

ONE injured tourist can have a major impact on tourism, the CNMI’s only industry, Department of Lands and Natural Resources Secretary Anthony T. Benavente told lawmakers on Thursday when he was asked to explain the closure of Outer Cove Marina.

GCA K-5 students shine in speech competitions

(GCA) — All of the eight Grace Christian Academy Kinder 5 students who competed in the  Primary Grades Forensic Conference excelled and bagged awards in different events.

CHCC coding personnel pass national exam

SEVEN of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s coding personnel have passed the national coding certification examination.

Class Grill-Off moved to Tronkun Da’ok Pavilion

(MCS) — Mount Carmel School’s AlumKnight Association recently announced that the location for the Class Grill-Off has been relocated to the Tronkun Da’ok Pavilion, otherwise known as the Bicol Pavilion, across Marianas High School. The Grill-Off is this Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. There is no fee to participate.

Principal’s Month

HAPPY Principal’s Month to Dr. Rizalina Liwag, Admiral Herbert G. Hopwood Middle School principal.

Food stamp fraud trial may be pushed to 2020

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The trial in federal court for two people who allegedly made $560,000 in fraudulent food stamp transactions could be pushed to next year.

GMS Falcons dominate forensic competition

(GMS) — Green Meadow School’s students have proven once again their prowess in the first Primary Grade Forensic Conference at Francisco M. Sablan Middle School in San Antonio on Oct. 12, 2019, as they won the top five places in the different events for the K-2 and 3-5 division.

Michael Jordan Palacios Cabrera arrested in connection to recent robbery

Michael Jordan Palacios Cabrera

(DPS) — On Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at about 3:42 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting an injured female who had been robbed behind Shun Fu Market in Gualo Rai, Saipan. Officers were dispatched to the scene.

At the scene, officers met with the victim who was bleeding from her head. She said she felt a continuous burning sensation around her face after the suspect sprayed her with a liquid substance. Medics were summoned and the victim was brought to the Commonwealth Health Center where she received a total of five staples (stitches) for two lacerations sustained on her head. 

Detectives learned that the victim was in her home with the front door closed but left unlocked. While in her home a male individual wearing a dark colored headwear (hat), dark colored sunglasses, with a white colored tank top entered her home. The suspect sprayed the victim with a liquid substance later determined to be pepper spray. The suspect then began attacking the victim by repeatedly striking the victim with an unknown hard object. The victim then fell to the ground, as the suspect ran off with the victim’s purse and cellphone.

Detectives later obtained video surveillance footage from a nearby establishment and noticed a male individual matching the description given by the victim, holding an orange object on one hand and a brown purse on the other. The suspect was seen entering a silver Hyundai Elantra before fleeing the scene. Detectives immediately identified the suspect in the video as Cabrera from previous criminal cases. A still image of the suspect was shown to the victim for positive identification. The victim identified the male individual in the surveillance photo as the same suspect who attacked her and stole her purse and cellphone.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at about 9:32 p.m., Judge Teresa K. Kim-Tenorio signed and authorized the issuance of an arrest warrant for Michael Jordan Palacios Cabrera for the charges of burglary and theft, assault and battery, and assault with a dangerous weapon with a cash bail set at $30,000.

On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at about 4:19 p.m., detectives arrested Cabrera at his residence in Chalan Kanoa. He was later transported to the Department of Corrections where he was booked and detained.

DPS highly encourages the public to call 911 anytime to report a crime or an emergency. Police officers are here to help you.