In brazen West Berbice attackTwo armed men on Sunday evening carried out a brazen robbery on two customers and the owner of a restaurant and bar located at Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice.According to reports received, the two armed men entered the drinking spot about 22:00h and ordered two bottles of beer. At the time, the bar had two occupants, 25-year-old Ryan Hiralall, a mechanic, and 26-year-old Chrisendat Sureshpaul. They were reportedly imbibing.After the suspects collected their beer, they sat at a table close to Hiralall and Chrisendat. Guyana Times understands that less than five minutes later, one of the men held Hiralall and Chrisendat at gunpoint and ordered them into the yard where they were further instructed to lay face down on the ground.The bandits then proceeded to relieve Hiralall of his personal belongings and cash. He was reportedly relieved of his cellphone, gold and silver jewellery, and an undisclosed sum of cash. One of the bandits continued to hold the two customers at gunpoint, while the other attacked the owner of the business, Lolitta Beni, and demanded cash and jewellery.Out of fear, the woman reportedly handed over a handbag to the man. She told detectives the bag contained about $60,000 in cash, an electronic tablet, one Samsung Galaxy phone and a quantity of jewellery.After collecting the bag, the gunman ran through the kitchen door, grabbed his accomplice and they escaped in Hiralall’s Toyota Allion motor car, registration number PMM 6756. The car was reportedly parked on the parapet in front of the restaurant and bar.This publication was told that the car used by the bandits to reach the location was abandoned some distance away. When contacted, Commander of Police B Division (Berbice), Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam confirmed that the robbery did take place and that the Police were working on several leads as they continued their investigations.A Police source told this publication that the registration number on the abandoned car seemed fake and as such, enquiries are being made with the Guyana Revenue Authority. He noted that the car was taken to the Fort Wellington Police Station where it is being dusted for fingerprints.
State Rep. Dan Lauwers invites residents to two in-district office hours sessions on Friday, March 6.Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway, said he looks forward to meeting with citizens at the following locations:Big Boy, 2555 Gratiot Blvd., Marysville, from 8 to 9 a.m.; andAlgonac Flaming Grill in the Algonac Mall Shopping Center, 1065 St. Clair River Drive in Algonac, from 10 to 11 a.m.“I encourage people with questions or ideas about government to join me at these informal meetings,” Rep. Lauwers said. “Office hours are one of the many tools I use to better represent residents of the 81st House District in Lansing.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Lauwers at 517-373-1790 or via email at DanLauwers@house.mi.gov.##### 23Feb Rep. Lauwers invites residents to March 6 in-district office hours Categories: Lauwers News,News
24May Rep. Cole, House approve bipartisan solution to lower car insurance rates Majority Floor Leader Triston Cole makes a motion to take up legislation today before the House’s historic vote to reform Michigan’s car insurance system.Michigan House Majority Floor Leader Triston Cole today made the motion to take up Senate Bill 1 and helped lead his colleagues in approving legislation to significantly lower car insurance rates for drivers across the state.The House voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stopping price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, and combating fraudulent claims. The plan should soon head to the governor for her expected signature.Cole, of Mancelona, said the bipartisan solution is designed to end Michigan’s long tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.“Everyone in Michigan – seniors, families and new drivers – has been begging for relief from out-of-control car insurance rates for too long. I’m glad the governor finally started listening,” Cole said. “We’ve put together a plan that hits all of the right marks. It gives choices, combats fraud and abuse, along with providing guaranteed rate relief. Now, it’s up to the governor to follow through on her word and sign this into law so Michigan families can start seeing the savings.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating the purchase of unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance without any cost controls or limits. The bipartisan reform plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.As majority floor leader, Cole has played a crucial role helping gather the votes needed to pass the legislation through the House.“This truly is a historic achievement,” Cole said. “Reforming Michigan’s auto no-fault system is something that has eluded the Michigan Legislature for more than 30 years. Making the motion to take up Senate Bill 1 is, for sure, a pinnacle moment during my time as floor leader in Michigan’s 100th Legislature.“Perfection is not possible in politics, but this plan comes pretty close. The minimum combination of votes needed – 56 in the House, 20 in the Senate, plus the governor – has consistently eluded legislation introduced to reform car insurance in the past. Seeing nearly unanimous Republican support makes me proud to be part of this process.”### Categories: Cole News