Man slashes married couple with machete, says he was angry over coronavirus lockdown

first_imgMetro Nashville PoliceBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — A 35-year-old man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after an unprovoked and random machete attack on a married couple has left them in critical condition and clinging to life.The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon when Metro Nashville Police in Tennessee were called to the offices of Public Storage at 2:47 p.m. to reports of a man attacking a couple with a machete inside the main office as other customers waited inside.The suspect, later named as 35-year-old Kelvin Edwards, allegedly entered the office and, without warning, began repeatedly slashing the married victims with his machete, even after they were on the floor and bleeding badly.The couple, Kevin Craft, 55, and Leanne Craft, 50, were immediately taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and were listed in critical condition. According to the Metro Nashville Police, six officers responded to the scene of the crime and were able to apply tourniquets to the victims in an effort to control their bleeding and save their lives.Police investigators said that Edwards had expressed anger regarding the COVID-19 lockdown to them when he was interviewed after the incident.“The investigation … shows that Edwards, who is homeless, had a bin at Public Storage, which apparently contained the machete,” the Metro Nashville Police detailed in a press statement. “In an interview … Edwards spoke of his anger over the COVID-19 shutdowns and his inability to get into the Rescue Mission. It appears Edwards retrieved the machete from his bin and explained that he decided to demonstrate his anger in the violent attack on the Crafts, who he did not know.”After the attack, Edwards then allegedly walked out of the storage facility, threw the machete down and stood in the street raising his hands as the authorities approached him to place him under arrest.According to the Metro Nashville Police, this is not Edwards first run in with the law.They confirmed that Edwards has been in Nashville since at least 2016, the year of his first arrests, and was convicted of felony vandalism in 2017. While he was in jail during this period he was also charged with deliberately spitting on two Davidson County Sheriff’s deputies and prosecuted on two counts of assault. He was convicted on both charges.Edwards is now in police custody and has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in regards to this case.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Agenda set for CARICOM heads meeting in St Kitts-Nevis in July

first_imgNewsRegional Agenda set for CARICOM heads meeting in St Kitts-Nevis in July by: – June 4, 2011 32 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Flags of the CARICOM member states. Photo credit: CaribanaBASSETERRE, St Kitts — The agenda has been set by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council of Ministers for the thirty-second regular meeting of CARICOM Heads scheduled for St Kitts and Nevis in July, which will be chaired by St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas.The twenty-eighth meeting of the CARICOM Council of Ministers saw economic integration, free trade and movement of persons, foreign policy coordination human and social development meeting and security cooperation consideration on the roster of issues to be appraised.Speaking to members of the press at CARICOM headquarters on Wednesday afternoon, Grenadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, Export Development and the Environment, Karl Hood, said many of the issues tabled are of relevance to the community and follow requests made by leaders at their last retreat.He said security of the people in the region continues to be among the priority topics that require fast tracking including the development of a regional health agency in the name of CAPA (Caribbean Public Health Agency), the implementation of which awaits the signature of all countries. It is hoped that all CARICOM heads will affix their signatures as many have already done.Hood said consideration has also been given to supporting the crisis stricken island of Haiti, through a waiver of levy requirements on trade and visa requirements for national nationals.Asked about his predictions about the issue of integration making headway at the upcoming CARICOM Heads meeting, Hood acknowledged that its full implementation has been lacking in some regard even though its importance is fully known.“We do have some measure of freedom at this point in time. Some of our countries have to bring their laws into line with what we are trying to do and that process has been a bit slow but it is coming on more and more,” Hood said.During the two-day CARICOM Heads retreat leaders recognised that the process towards full implementation of the single economy would take longer than anticipated and as a result agreed to pause and consolidate the gains of the Single Market before taking any further action on certain specific elements of the Single Economy, such as the creation of a single currency.Nevertheless, the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the movement of skilled community nationals and all the related decisions previously taken in that regard. Recalling their mandate to the Inter-Governmental Task Force to negotiate a Protocol on Contingent Rights in respect of those rights which were agreed, they underscored the need for certainty and transparency in according such rights.Hood told the media that the ultimate objective is to realize the dream of a Caribbean that affords residents the right to move freely but believes that the uniqueness of some member states would cause views and perspectives on the issue to differ.“One country may feel that we don’t want to go that was too fast and another country would say ‘yes we need to go,’ so it has taken quite a lot of diplomacy and working out to come to some agreement,” Hood said.Passionate about the implementation of the integration within the region, Guyana’s President Jagdeo remarked at the opening ceremony of the 30th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference that “if we are to remain apace and compete in today’s world, we must also be extremely vigilant in preserving popular faith in the cause of our integration effort.”Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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