Following the second murder in a month in their community, residents of Oropune Gardens are appealing for intervention from the authorities to deal with an upsurge in gun violence and other illegal activities in the area
The latest murder occurred on Thursday at about 9.38 pm when a man was fatally shot outside Building 4A. The victim has been identified as Calvin Carlton Straker, 27, who had addresses in Oropune Gardens and Samaroo Village, Arima.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has given the assurance that his officers will continue to assist in the eviction of illegal occupants from Government housing units throughout the country.
Griffith gave this commitment during a meeting with Housing Development Corporation (HDC) managing director Brent Lyons.
The meeting, held at the Police Administration Building, was called to discuss HDC’s safety and security issues.
Repair works will soon begin on homes in Oropune Gardens following floods in October.
The homes are being refurbished by the Trinidad and Tobago Housing Development Corporation (HDC).
Plans have been approved for work to begin next week.
The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) fired six procurement and contract assistants in order to “outsource” their jobs to a single yet unnamed consultant.
Among those dismissed is Carrie-Ann Moreau, the woman at the centre of the sexual misconduct allegations made against former sport minister Darryl Smith.
The other officers are Camille Le Gendre, Allan Gour, Lisa Sharma, Abiola Clarence and Afta Jemmot-Bharath, according to documents obtained by Guardian Media.
The Housing Development Company says that a number of fake social media profiles of executives and senior members of staff of the HDC have been recently created.
According to the HDC, these profiles use bonafide images of the executives and staff members and engage individuals, through online platforms, in an effort to defraud them of their hard-earned money.
The HDC says it is aware of the fraudsters’ efforts and has transferred all information to its security department for transmission to the Fraud Squad of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
A gush of sewer waste has been spraying from the ceilings of Housing Development Corporation apartments at Building Three, Lady Hailes Avenue in San Fernando over the past month, causing distress to scores of tenants.
Frustrated residents say the waste has made many of them ill and a few elderly people have moved out of their homes.
During a tour of the apartments yesterday, the Guardian got a firsthand glimpse of the suffering of the residents.
The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) says its Health and Safety Officers will conduct an assessment of the building where an 11-year-old child fell in Maloney today.
The HDC issued a statement today saying it is in receipt of information related to the child at its Maloney Gardens housing community.
It says that according to the reports it received, the girl climbed on to the railing of her fourth floor, Building 15 apartment and fell four levels.
The incident occurred early Monday afternoon.