Two years ago, Jamalco FC narrowly missed out on a historic berth in the Red Stripe Premier League football competition. Now, two years later, the Clarendon-based team is back and firmly on course for a spot this time around. Back then, Jamalco ended the play-offs on 10 points but were edged on goal difference by Reno FC. They currently have maximum six points from two games in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Charley’s JB Rum Red Stripe Premier League play-offs series. However, head coach Rayon Johnson, who guided the club in 2014 is fully aware that his team needs another four points from four games in order to make the step up to the nation’s highest league. “What we looked at is how we had approached the 2014 play-offs series. We didn’t win any game on the road and that was our downfall,” Johnson reflected. “This season, the plan is to win at least two games on the road in addition to wins in the home games. And, that would see us through to the 2016-17 Premier League,” he told The Gleaner yesterday. After winning on the road against Brazil FC, 1-0, on Sunday, the Jamalco team followed through with a similar score line against Granville United FC at home at the Wembley Centre of Excellence field in Clarendon on Wednesday. “The players are putting in the work. However, we need to convert the chances as we have not conceded any goal,” Johnson informed. Looking ahead, he said: “If we win the three games in the first round, we would need at least another point to be safe.” Jamalco provides funding for the team and the coach says that they are doing a wonderful job. “The bauxite company is fully involved. They really want the team to step up to the Premier League,” he disclosed. The team’s involved in the play-offs are South Central Confederation Super League champions, Jamalco; the Eastern Confederation winners, Brazil FC; the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association Super League champions, Maverley/Hughenden FC and the Western Confederation winners, Granville United FC. At the completion of the home and away series, the top two teams on points will qualify for the 2016-17 Red Stripe Premier League. Jamalco lead on six points, ahead of Maverley/Hughenden (4), Brazil (1) and Granville, who are rooted at the bottom without a point. The series continues next Sunday with Maverley.Hughenden hosting Jamalco at Maverley Complex and Granville against Brazil at Granville Community Centre in St James.
LANCASTER – The contributions keep coming for the victim of a Lancaster burglary in which cold-hearted culprits put her Chihuahua into a freezer. Kimberly Holzer, a Lancaster woman whose tiny 2-year-old pet Roxy survived being left in an industrial freezer when Holzer’s home was burglarized on Jan.31, was presented $800 this week from Lancaster sheriff’s station employees. Holzer’s east Lancaster home was ransacked during the burglary, and the intruders destroyed $600 worth of new maternity clothes. The wife of an Air Force technical sergeant stationed in Afghanistan, she is pregnant with twins. Holzer said she was overwhelmed by the deputies’ presentation Wednesday morning, noting that she had only been told in advance that station employees purchased toys for her dog. Sullivan said a neighbor who reported the burglary in progress could be eligible for a $1,000 reward from Lancaster city government for providing information leading to the arrests of five suspects in the case: a man, 20, and four minors, all from Lancaster. The reward is given in a conviction. Anyone with information about a suspected burglar or robber can call the sheriff’s tip hotline at (661)948-COPS. “I hope something good can come out of this whole incident,” Sullivan said. “If people see something that’s not supposed to be happening, call us.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It means a lot,” Holzer said. “The generosity in the Sheriff’s Department has been amazing, and it’s not just them. A lot of people have helped.” Edwards Air Force Base employees cooked dinner for her and repaired a broken door lock. A San Fernando Valley-based security company installed a free alarm service on Saturday. The $800 was raised by sheriff’s Deputy Melissa Sullivan and her partner, Deputy Lee Schriever, who responded last week to reports of the burglary at Holzer’s home. Sullivan found Roxy in the freezer. Sullivan said the donations she and Schriever collected far exceeded the goal of raising a few hundred dollars. A gift bag of toys for the dog also was presented to Holzer. “We just felt it was important to do this because it was so unbelievable how disgusting people could be,” Sullivan said.