Steve Bacchus, who was wanted by the Police for questioning in relation to several criminal offences, was on Tuesday charged for being in possession of a quantity of ganja.Ex-soldier Steve BacchusBacchus made his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him by Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus.Police stated that the 27-year-old labourer, of North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, had six grams of cannabis in his possession between November 24 and 25, 2019 at North Sophia.Bacchus was represented by Attorney-at-law Dexter Todd, who told the court his client should be granted bail since the offence is a bailable one.He further told the court that his client turned himself in to Police after learning that a wanted bulletin was issued for him. The lawyer stated that his client maintained his innocence throughout interrogation by Police.The Prosecutor, however, objected to bail being granted on the grounds that Police were still carrying out investigations in relation to the defendant being in possession of an illegal AK-47, a rifle and matching ammunition.The Prosecutor further opined that the defendant would not return to court if bail was granted. The Magistrate, nevertheless, granted Bacchus bail in the sum of $5000.Bacchus was then instructed to make his next court appearance on December 9, 2019.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough government says it’s conducted its damage assessment of the Sockeye Fire zone and plans to meet individually with residents this afternoon (Thursday) to report the state of their property and if their homes are still standing. The sessions will be between 1 and 7 p.m. at the Houston Middle School. The Borough says it will have mental health professionals on site.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley chose to further tax smokers by increasing excise duty on cigarettes by 25% for sticks not exceeding 65 mm and by 15% for all other stick lengths.Premium filtered cigarette sticks are of 84 mm length.The news sent cigarette stocks down with ITC Ltd recording 7.3% drop and VST Industries clocking 3% drop, reported Reuters.ITC, the manufacturers of the Wills and Gold Flake brands, has emerged as a conglomerate with a diverse set of business, ranging from hospitality to food items, with cigarette revenue contributing to lower than half of total revenue.While cigarette demand is relatively inelastic, higher taxes cut into volume growth and forces diversification pace increase.The comparative cost on health care must also be noted, as smoking cigarettes have been directly linked to heart and lung diseases, cancer and heart attacks.