Marianas Variety - Marianas Variety - Today's Headlines http://www.mvariety.com/component/content/?view=featured Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:57:57 +1000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb NEWS UPDATE (5): Police officer shoots woman, self; both are dead http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72183-breaking-news-2-wounded-in-shooting-incident http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72183-breaking-news-2-wounded-in-shooting-incident

THE police officer, PO1 Christopher Santos, was rushed to the hospital where he passed away. The woman, Joanna Vitug, was a staffer at the Mailman & Kara law office. Variety was told that the couple had one child.

At past 4 p.m., Friday, the Department of Public Safety issued the following statement:

"On Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at approximately 11:08 a.m., DPS Dispatch received a call of a shooting at the Mailman & Kara Law Offices in Garapan. Police officers from the Department of Public Safety responded to the scene and immediately secured the area and observed two victims of apparent gunshot wounds. Both victims were rushed to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. where they succumbed to their injuries.

"Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the verbal altercation was between an on-duty DPS police officer and a female in which he had a relationship with. According to witness accounts, the two individuals engaged in a minor verbal altercation before the police officer fired his DPS-issued firearm at the female victim before firing upon himself.

"VICTIM INFORMATION:

Vitug, Joanna T.
DOB – 10/31/1984
Pronounced deceased by Dr. Kotheimer at 11:55 a.m.

Santos, Christopher S. DOB – 4/10/1990
Pronounced deceased by Dr. Tudela at 12:56 noon.

Police Officer 1 Santos is a four-year veteran, Uniform Services officer with the Department of Public Safety.

"The Department of Public Safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation processed the crime scene and collected evidence. The Department of Public Safety will release more information at the at the conclusion of the investigation."

In an earlier media release, the Office of the Commissioner of Education said that at 11:41 a.m., Friday, it was informed by the  vice principal that gunshots were heard in the vicinity of Garapan Elementary School. The emergency lock-down procedure was then implemented, requiring all teachers, staff and students, including visitors, to remain inside the classrooms until an all-clear signal was given by the Department of Public Safety. The all-clear signal was received by the school at 11:50 a.m.

Garapan Elementary School and the Public School System have responded accordingly to ensure the continued safety of their students, and are joining the rest of the community in expressing their deepest sympathies to the victims' families.

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[email protected] (Andrew O. De Guzman & Junhan B. Todino) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:59:25 +1000
Shortage of skilled labor continues to be a challenge for Guam, Saipan http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72168-shortage-of-skilled-labor-continues-to-be-a-challenge-for-guam-saipan http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72168-shortage-of-skilled-labor-continues-to-be-a-challenge-for-guam-saipan

THE serious shortage of skilled labor and a lack of people who want to enroll in trade schools are among the biggest challenges facing Guam, Saipan and the rest of the world, according to Dr. Herbert Johnston, education director of the Guam Contractors Association Trades Academy.

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[email protected] (By Raquel C. Bagnol - [email protected] - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +1000
Elmer Sablan gets 4 years for burglary, copper-wire theft http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72167-elmer-sablan-gets-4-years-for-burglary-copper-wire-theft http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72167-elmer-sablan-gets-4-years-for-burglary-copper-wire-theft

SUPERIOR Court Judge David A. Wiseman sentenced Elmer John Duenas Sablan, 40, to a total of four years in jail for separate cases of burglary and copper-wire theft, two years of which are to be served without parole. He was remanded to custody to continue serving the remainder of his jail sentence.

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[email protected] (By Andrew O. De Guzman - [email protected] - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +1000
Hafa Adai Beach Hotel not for sale http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72166-hafa-adai-beach-hotel-not-for-sale http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72166-hafa-adai-beach-hotel-not-for-sale

THE 434-room hotel across from T Galleria and adjacent to the Joeten Shopping Center in Garapan is not for sale.

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[email protected] (By Alexie Villegas Zotomayor - [email protected] - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +1000
CUC may reduce rates again http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72165-cuc-may-reduce-rates-again http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72165-cuc-may-reduce-rates-again

THERE may be another reduction in power rates in January if the fuel charge pass-through levelized energy adjustment clause or LEAC goes down again, Commonwealth Utilities Corp. Executive Director Alan W. Fletcher said yesterday.

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[email protected] (By Junhan B. Todiño - [email protected] - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +1000
Animal advocate encourages community to support dog adoption program http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72163-animal-advocate-encourages-community-to-support-dog-adoption-program http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72163-animal-advocate-encourages-community-to-support-dog-adoption-program

A VOLUNTEER with the Saipan mayor’s office dog-control program will make a “small appearance” during the Christmas Health Walk and Parade in Garapan on Saturday.

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[email protected] (By Junhan B. Todiño - [email protected] - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +1000
Another price roll back; gas now $4.05 http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72172-another-price-roll-back-gas-now-4-05 http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72172-another-price-roll-back-gas-now-4-05

IN just four days, gas prices at the pump went down by another $0.15.

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[email protected] (By Alexie Villegas Zotomayor - [email protected] - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +1000
Time to consider options, say immigration lawyers http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72173-time-to-consider-options-say-immigration-lawyers http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72173-time-to-consider-options-say-immigration-lawyers

WITH the passage of the massive $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill into law, which included provisions relating to CNMI labor and immigration, immigration lawyers urge employers to consider options beyond the 2019 deadline.

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[email protected] (By Alexie Villegas Zotomayor - [email protected] - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +1000
Tebuteb needs only 1 more vote to be the next speaker http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72174-tebuteb-needs-only-1-more-vote-to-be-the-next-speaker http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/72174-tebuteb-needs-only-1-more-vote-to-be-the-next-speaker

ONE of the three contenders for the House speakership, Ramon A. Tebuteb, now has the support of 10 of the 20 members.

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[email protected] (By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa - [email protected] - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +1000
Transit authority to conduct a public meeting about its location plan http://www.mvariety.com/community-bulletin-sp-595/72177-transit-authority-to-conduct-a-public-meeting-about-its-location-plan http://www.mvariety.com/community-bulletin-sp-595/72177-transit-authority-to-conduct-a-public-meeting-about-its-location-plan

(Press Release) — The Commonwealth Public Transportation Advisory Board and the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority will be conducting a Title VI Equity Analysis on the location plan of COTA’s new bus/vehicle maintenance, repair and storage building and facilities.

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[email protected] ( ) Featured Community Bulletin CNMI Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +1000