The seven men who were arrested during an intelligence operation on September 24, 2019 during which a sub-machine gun and a quantity of ammunition were discovered at a Church Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown premises have been released from Police custody.The Police stated that the discovery was made around 14:30h on September 24, 2019 during an intelligence-led operation, where a number of items were discovered.Some of the items found in a storeroom of the premises, where a well-known businessman’s son was staying at the time included a sub-machine gun, with its serial number filed off; three magazines; a silencer; 120 live rounds of .45 ammunition and an AK-47 magazine.However, the Police stated that one of the suspects arrested was a licensed firearm holder.When Guyana Times contacted acting Crime Chief Michael Kingston, he related that the men were released from custody after legal advice was sought in the matter.According to the Crime Chief, a number of persons reside at the premises where the operation was carried out. He further stated that no charges would be brought against the men.
Among its decisions, the California Transportation Commission also approved $73 million to build car-pool lanes running north and south on the 5 Freeway between Routes 134 and 170. That approval marked a sharp reversal from earlier, when commission staffers did not include it in their second round of recommendations and also cut $97 million for car-pool lanes on the 10 Freeway in the San Gabriel Valley between West Covina and Pomona. At that time, the staff added the 405 Freeway project, one of the heaviest hitters on the list. The move drew an outcry from San Gabriel and MTA officials who saw no bond money for the county east of downtown Los Angeles. Staff Writers Rick Coca and Harrison Sheppard contributed to this report. Baldwin Park funds On Wednesday, the governor-appointed commission approved a resolution – presented by Molina as she was surrounded by MTA and San Gabriel officials – to commit $70.5 million in Caltrans funding for a Baldwin Park transition connector from the southbound 605 to the eastbound 10 freeways. The resolution also called for $15.8 million to widen sections of Route 138 in the Antelope Valley. Molina said the MTA board will consider seeking local money to build car-pool lanes in the east and west lanes of the 10 Freeway in the San Gabriel Valley. Roger Snoble, the MTA’s chief executive, said the commission’s decisions Wednesday will go far in relieving traffic congestion and travel times in the county. “It was a lot of work getting here,” Snoble said after the panel vote. “It’s almost one billion dollars more than was originally recommended, so that’s a pretty good step for us.” At the same time, the panel’s decision also shows the political significance of the county – home to 30 percent of the state’s voters and tax revenues, said Tracy Westen, chief executive of the nonpartisan Center for Governmental Studies. “It’s also a measure of where political clout is,” Westen said. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had earlier lobbied the commission to fully divvy up the $4.5 billion in funds – as well as support the 405 car-pool lane – after its staff proposed spending just $2.7 billion and saving the rest for the future. Acknowledging that some worthy projects were still unable to be funded, Schwarzenegger thanked the commission for allocating the entire $4.5 billion. “Because of our combined efforts, traffic congestion will be eased, air quality will be improved and most importantly, state government will continue to work for the people of California,” he said. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who went to Sacramento last week to press the city’s case for more funds, hailed the state decisions Wednesday. “I’m old-fashioned and I believe promises made should be promises kept,” he said. “And I can tell you that – make no mistake – this issue was an issue that was crying out for justice.” David Fleming, chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and a former CTC commissioner, said he was shocked at the initial recommendation that the 405 project not receive funding. He said the MTA believed the CTC staff had misinterpreted the construction timeline on the 405 project. “It had no opposition and had enormous public support. We knew this would be at the top of the governor’s list because he only lives a couple miles from there,” he said. “I knew that once everybody understood what the timeline was, there shouldn’t be any problem.” Brendan Huffman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, said he was surprised the commission opted to fund both the 405 and 5 projects. Huffman said heavy lobbying and the merits of the projects were probably the strongest factors in its decision. “Anyone who has spent time on the 405 or the I-5 knows how much congestion there is and what an impact there is on air quality,” Huffman said. “We’ve got to get these cars and trucks moving. “I think our partners made some persuasive arguments why the projects are very much needed. I know a lot of Valley commuters that are going to be in a better mood as they drive home tonight through traffic.” Decisions hailed [email protected] (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think that we’re on target,” said Gloria Molina, a Los Angeles County supervisor and Metropolitan Transportation Authority board chairwoman. “We got our fair share and from that standpoint we are satisfied.” For commuters, traffic could start to ease by 2010 when construction is expected to be complete on a $730 million northbound car-pool lane for the 405 Freeway between the 10 and 101 freeways. Around that time, Interstate 5 will begin expansion from six to 10 lanes, stretching from the Orange County border to the 605 Freeway, with $387 million from the bond measure. City and county officials across the state spoke Wednesday of communities crunched by gridlock and imprisoned by traffic as they jockeyed for more money and asked the panel to reconsider its positions. While those from large cities talked about the need for traffic relief, others from rural areas – especially in Northern California – pleaded for money to complete highway projects. IRVINE – Los Angeles County emerged a big winner Wednesday as California transportation officials ended weeks of uncertainty and approved more than $1.2 billion to expand the region’s roads and freeways – including a badly needed car-pool lane on the 405. The award means the gridlocked county will get more than one-quarter of the $4.5 billion set aside for congestion relief under a $19.9 billion transportation bond measure that state voters approved in November. The decision – which granted many local officials’ requests and allocated additional funds – came after weeks of intensive lobbying when an earlier recommendation had slashed funding to just $327 million. The decision for an area that’s home to nearly 30 percent of the state’s population was broadly hailed by officials and business leaders.