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📣 THIRD COVID CASE CONFIRMED .                      📣 March 29, 2020: – The Ministry of Health has confirmed the third case of COVID-19 in Belize.                      📣 PRESS RELEASE: – Amendment to Quarantine Order, Belmopan. March 29, 2020. 3:32 p.m.                      📣 The Government of Belize has enacted the Quarantine Order for the entire country of Belize.                      📣 POLICE UPDATE: -Police Commissioner informed the media this morning that over the past 24 hours police have arrested 9 persons for refusing to practice social distancing.                      📣 ARTHUR SALDIVAR DETAINED; – Love News has confirmed that Belmopan police have detained Attorney Arthur Saldivar. We understand that it has to do with a post he made on his Facebook page.
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    Three Guatemalans arrested for public drinking

    Three Guatemalan men were arrested and charged after they were engaged in public drinking as well as not respecting social distancing measures enforced by the police. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, stated that this incident occurred around 8pm Saturday in Red Bank Village, Stann Creek District.

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Teenager charge for the murder of elderly woman

Today an unemployed teenager, 18-year-old, Derry Bennett,  was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer for the murder of 69-year-old, Ofelia Hernandez Cruz, which occurred on August 13 in Sandhill Village, Belize District. Bennett was unrepresented when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer.  No plea was taken since the matter is indictable. At today’s press brief, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett said that they are looking for one more person in connection with the murder.

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of Crimes Investigation Branch

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “He has relatives living in the area and was seen in that specific area prior to the incident. We are trying to confirm whether or not the motive was robbery. Based on the investigation several other pieces of evidence were gathered hence the reason for his apprehension and eventual charge for the crime.”

Ofelia Cruz, Deceased

Ofelia Cruz was bludgeoned to death inside her own home on the Salt Creek Road located in an isolated part of Sandhill Village in the Belize District.  According to reports, two men arrived on a motorcycle, went through the fence, and into the house while Cruz’s husband was out running errands.  Bennett’s case was adjourned to October 25, 2019.

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