The hunt is on for one black Toyota Juke motor vehicle bearing registration number PWW 6930, which was taken from the owner by three knife-toting bandits pretending to be customers in the wee hours of Monday.The vehicle is owned by 30-year-old Dustin Greaves of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, who operates it as a taxi in the evening. Based on reports received, apart from the motor vehicle, the man was relieved of cash and a mobile phone.Preliminary investigations conducted by Police revealed that on Monday morning, Greaves was operating the vehicle as a taxi outside Ocean Spring Hotel on Vlissengen Road, Kitty, Georgetown. He was approached by the three men, who asked to be taken to another location at Kitty.As he was heading to their destination, one of the men informed him that they wanted to go on the East Coast of Demerara instead. Without thinking that something was amiss, the driver made his way to the East Coast of Demerara using the Railway Embankment.In the vicinity of the Ogle Airport access road, the man, who was sitting behind the driver, started to choke him while the other in the front passenger seat dealt him several blows to the body as he demanded valuables.The third suspect, who was also in the back passenger seat, reportedly took out a knife and dealt the VC several cuts to the body. Greaves was then tossed out the vehicle and the men made good their escape.Meanwhile, the injured man managed to stop a vehicle that was passing and related what took place. He was subsequently taken to the Police Station where he made a report. He was then sent to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was treated and sent away. No arrests were made and the search for the vehicle continues.
A federal appeals court issued an opinion today saying the roadless rule should not apply to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.Download AudioThe Tongass National Forest could resume allowing logging in roadless areas under a court ruling. But it won’t happen immediately — or at all. (U.S. Forest Service Image)The rule was enacted nationwide more than a decade ago. It prohibits logging and other industrial activity in national forest lands without roads.The Tongass forest, the nation’s largest, was later granted an exemption. That was struck down three years ago in U.S. District Court and the rule was re-imposed.The Forest Service did not appeal that decision, but the state of Alaska did. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted its request. (Read the decision.)Tom Lenhart is the state attorney involved in the case.“Removal of the roadless rule won’t in and of itself increase timber harvests or mining or anything like that. But it will take down the barriers that are preventing some things from happening,” he says.The 9th Circuit Court’s decision does not immediately lift the rule. It sent the case back to the lower court to decide whether additional environmental review is needed.Buck Lindekugel is attorney for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. It’s one of a dozen groups that sued to bring back the roadless rule.“The reality is the decision does not immediately reinstate the Tongass exemption. And the Forest Service’s actions have shown it has no desire to go back to the damage, expense and controversy associated with roadless area logging on the Tongass,” he says.Forest Service officials referred calls about the ruling to the Department of Justice. The staffer handling the issue could not be reached for comment by this report’s deadline.Plaintiff’s attorney Tom Waldo of Earthjustice says the decision won’t change much. That’s because the Forest Service is already moving away from the type of timber sales the roadless exemption allows.“I think that’s where the future direction of the policy debate is going to lie, rather than trying to turn the clock back in time to fight the battle of the 1990s over whether we should be logging in roadless areas of old growth on the Tongass,” he says.The state has a different view.“We’re hoping the Forest Service will meet its obligations to seek to meet timber demand. And we feel that some sale from roadless areas is necessary to do that. I’m sure the state will continue to use every means available to encourage the Forest Service to take actions that will further a certain level of development,” says attorney Tom Lenhart.The state, the timber industry and other development groups have been pressuring the Forest Service to allow more logging.That includes a proposal for the federal government to turn over or sell some Tongass lands.