The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has confirmed that the grenade that was found in the possession of a Grade Five pupil of the Timehri Primary School was a training device that is predominantly used by members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).In an invited comment, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that the device is not harmful but the mere fact it was in the possession of a pupil raises some concerns while praising the teacher for being vigilant.Timehri Primary SchoolHe nevertheless confirmed that the parents and an uncle of the child were questioned in connection with the incident.However, this newspaper was told that the child’s uncle is a Sergeant attached to the Guyana Defence Force and might have unknowing taken home the device after training at Camp Stephenson, Timehri, East Bank Demerara.The Sergeant’s son saw the device in his father’s bag and as such took it, this newspaper was told. In turn, he handed it over to his cousin, who is a pupil at the Timehri Primary School.This publication understands that the military base at Timehri has been called in following the discovery of the device. This prompted an investigation.The device was discovered after the child was seen playing with it during school session on Monday. The teacher from the inception thought that it was a “real” grenade but after consulting with the head teacher, she was told that it was a toy.She nevertheless, took the devise to another teacher who has family members in the Army and she confirmed that it was a “real” grenade after an inspection. At this point in time, the Police were summoned.Classes at the school were abruptly disrupted and the child’s parents were called in. The discovery of the device did not go down well with the parents who up to Tuesday were still curious and showed some signs of concerns.
SANTA CLARITA – Congress has approved an additional $1 million for Santa Clarita’s Cross Valley Connector, a highway now under construction that will link Interstate 5 to the Antelope Valley Freeway. The Senate and House of Representatives agreed last week to help fund the project in their conference report for the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, Judiciary and District of Columbia Appropriations Act. The conference report is the result of negotiations between the two bodies in which differences in their bills are ironed out. The conference report was approved by the House and awaits a vote by the Senate before going to the president to sign. The $245 million Cross Valley Connector will consist of 8.5 miles of new six- and eight-lane arterial roadways, bridges, grade-separated crossings and intersections. The project is expected to significantly ease traffic in and around the Santa Clarita Valley. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Golden Valley Road, including a new bridge under construction over Soledad Canyon Road, and Newhall Ranch Road make up the connector. The bulk of the funding is coming from developers with contributions from the city of Santa Clarita, the state, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the federal government. The bill also includes $545,000 to widen Rancho Vista Boulevard in Palmdale, $250,000 for a $10.5 million baseball complex on the former Antelope Valley fairgrounds and $100,000 for Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club for a new roof and a heating and air conditioning system. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected]