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Man who went out for cigarettes fined for violating curfew

A man broke the national curfew aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 to get cigarettes, a court heard yesterday.

Police arrested Emmanuel Pelecamos on the curfew violation at First Street in Coconut Grove on May 5 around 9 p.m.

He pleaded guilty at his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

Before hitting Pelecamos with a $500 fine, Ferguson-Pratt told him that his decision “would be the most expensive smoke of his life”.

Pelecamos will spend six weeks in prison if the fine isn’t paid.

Police arrested Joland Nesbitt, 41, of Fourth Street, The Grove, around 9 p.m. on his street.

Nesbitt was out of his home and yard space and was fined $500 or six weeks in prison if he is unable to pay the fine.

Jermaine Ferguson, 41, of Oxford Avenue, was arrested on Palmetto Avenue around 3:10 a.m. on April 29.

Ferguson didn’t have permission to be on the streets. The chief magistrate fined him $500 or six weeks in prison if the fine isn’t paid.

Police arrested Jadre Evans, 24, around 8 p.m. on Market Street and School Lane.

The Apache Alley resident admitted to breaking the curfew.

He claimed that he had just dropped his mother, who is a nurse, to work.

The magistrate still fined him $350 or six weeks in prison for failing to get permission.

The magistrate issued an arrest warrant for Andrew Pinder.

Pinder, of Pinewood Gardens, is accused violating the weekend lockdown by leaving his home on May 3.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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