May Scotiabank in George Town robbed

Scotiabank was hit in an armed heist on Thursday, 3 May.

At least one armed suspect, and possibly as many as three, entered the Scotiabank on Cardinall Avenue in downtown George Town just before noon and pointed a weapon at a bank employee, according to eyewitness accounts. The incident was the first bank robbery to occur in Grand Cayman in more than a year.

CUC rates rise

Caribbean Utilities Company announced that electricity bills would be rising as of June. They revealed the news in their first quarter financial report, released Thursday, 3 May, that it had submitted plans for a base rate increase of 0.7 per cent to the Electricity Regulator Authority in March. The facilities charge was also increased, from $5.12 per bill to $5.16.

One man, one vote referendum

Lawmakers voted in favour of a bill on Thursday, 10 May determining if the Cayman Islands will elect its politicians through a “one person, one vote” and single-member constituencies system. The bill was approved by a split vote of 8-3 in the Legislative Assembly. A public holiday was declared for the 18 July referendum.

Dogs poisoned

May saw a spate of dogs fatally poisoned across Grand Cayman. Local veterinarian Brenda Bush of Island Veterinary Services, said that dogs had been brought to her clinic from East End, George Town, and West Bay and all showed typical symptoms of having ingested the deadly herbicide paraquat. The herbicide is almost always fatal once ingested, usually causing a slow and painful death. Paraquat is banned in several countries because of its high toxicity but can still be legally imported into Cayman.

Lawyers must work free

A draft bill made public by the attorney general’s office in mid-May said that all practicing attorney in the Cayman Islands would be forced to work at least 25 hours pro bono, or pay an annual fee of $2,500, according to a draft of the Legal Aid and Pro Bono Legal Services Bill, 2012.

The draft proposal would allow legal aid to be granted in criminal cases where indictments have been issued, summary court trials where an offence is tried either by way of criminal information or by indictment, certain civil proceedings and in criminal court appeals.

Minister in DUI wreck

Cayman Islands Education Minister Rolston Anglin was arrested on Wednesday, 23 May, on suspicion of DUI following a vehicle accident on West Bay Road near the Avalon apartment complex. The vehicle went into a ditch alongside the road.

$500,000 spent on paving

On Thursday, 24 May it was reported that the Cayman Islands spent an estimated $521,090 on paving private business and church parking lots in Cayman Brac between 2010 and 2011. In a public interest report released on Wednesday, 23 May, Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick states that there appeared to be no legal basis for using public funds to pave private lots.

Tragedy strikes

Corey Seymour, a 2008 graduate of John Gray High School and a repair man for the Cayman Islands Fire Service, died early Saturday, 26 May, in a two-vehicle crash on South Sound Road. Two other people, including Corey’s cousin, Cameron Seymour, were injured in the 4.30am crash that occurred just outside the San Sebastian condominium complex.

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