Dr. Brandy explains the importance work of the LLA in the meeting.The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) has commenced investigation into the long-running land dispute along the Schieffelin-Marshall Highway, warning land sellers and buyers to respect the rule of law.According to LLA’s statement issued in Monrovia, the Schieffelin- Marshall Highway has become the epicenter of increasing waves of land disputes, resulting into violence and the destruction of property.But the chairman of the Land Authority, Dr. Cecil T.O. Brandy, cautioned that unless these violent land conflicts are resolved, the situation will continue to threaten the country’s peace, beginning with instability in those communities.Dr. Brandy spoke in Marshall City at the start of a two-week sensitization and awareness town hall meeting with land owners, administrators, chiefs and elders from both Schieffelin and Marshall on how government intends to amicably resolve land disputes in areas identified as “hot zones.”In the meeting, some residents and “land owners” complained of being denied access to their land by imposters, who often brandish deadly weapons such as firearms and machetes.Some of the land owners, administrators, chiefs and elders at the meeting in Marshall CityDr. Brandy then reminded the public of the Act on Criminal Conveyance of Land, which was passed into law by the Legislature in 2014. This law states that anybody, who knowingly, willfully or purposely transfers or delivers something such as a right or property to another person(s) or group of persons or an institution or institutions through dishonest means will face the full force of the law.The Land Authority has therefore called on all those claiming ownership of land within Henry Town, Kprakpacon, Caterville, Mondeh Town, Ben Town and Kpein Town along the Marshall road to immediately stop the sale of land in these areas and remain peaceful and law-abiding.The public is also advised not to buy land in these areas, as the Land Authority is putting in place mechanisms to prevent the illegal sale of land and land dispute along the Schieffelin–Marshall Highway.Meanwhile, the Land Authority has requested that all those who purchased land within the Schieffelin-Marshall corridor to submit copies of their deeds, and other supporting documents to the LLA offices for verification along with information on their grantors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
CASTAIC — With the ominous warning “Our day begins when your day ends” emblazoned on a black enamel coffin, sheriff’s homicide detectives served up a killer blend of chili at the first-ever Fun In the Sun chili cookoff at Pitchess Detention Center. Held in jail’s Jack Bones Equestrian Center, the fundraiser for the Santa Clarita Special Olumpics drew some two dozen cooks, some award-winning, some first-timers. “We’re hoping to clear about $10,000 today,” said Stephanie Wilke, who with India Inez organized the event. “We wanted to do something more family-oriented than just Tip-A-Cop and we’re hoping for bigger crowds next year. We have 23 booths with chili cooks and I’m sure the word’s going to get around so this event grows next year.” While most of the cooks carry badges, the elaborate booths showed that the participants included some skilled carpenters, decorators and, um, recyclers. A homemade stove fashioned from a metal commode and sheltered by a two-story outhouse was operated by Pitchess assistant facilities director Ken West, who handed out samples of “FSB Outhouse Chili.” A middle-of-the-road taste was what cook Wilson Lee from Sheriff’s Headquartets Bureau was looking for. The popular booth sported a military Meal-Ready-to-Eat package hanging from the sun shade. “I could have made mine hotter, but I want it to move. I want people to enjoy it,” Lee said. Tasters in the mood for spicy and hot didn’t have to look farther than the Hotter Than the Serengeti booth. Decorated with camoflage netting and finger puppets of wild animals, the booth served chili containing antelope meat, courtesy of chef Sgt. Michael Bailey’s aunt in Montana. “There’s three or four really good chilis out there,” he said, settling into the cool of the shaded booth. “I’m glad they did this. It’s such a good event and to raise money for the Special Olympics.” “I have two children who are healthy and I really feel I should be thankful and give back,” Bailey said. “We raise money for a good cause and we get to interact positively with the public. “When we see someone in a restaurant or here at something like this, it’s much better than the encounter they’re used to. This is such a positive thing, it’s a no-lose situation.” Doing their best to attract tasters with their bright floral sarongs, Danielle Caples and Dori McCoy danced in front of the Chili Chicks, where Cari Carlson stirred a sweet red mixture for sampling. The real intimidators were next door, where firefighters Philip Lourito and Mauriello Velasquez cranked a siren to bring attention to their collection of chili trophies. Traffic investigator Dennis Campbell of the Lancaster sheriff’s station was behind the cauldron of “Pepe’s Mystical Chili,” an homage to Deputy Pierre Bain. a motorcycle deputy killed in a crash in March. “This is my first competition,” Campbell said, “It’s a basic recipe, but I took my time cooking the tri-tip real slow and tender. No beans in this one.” Homicide detectives Larry Brandenberg and Tom Harris, the latter a retired investigator who came back to work cold cases, shared the credit for their spicy brew. “I’ve been cooking with this recipe for 16 years,” Brandenberg said, recalling a 1991 win at a previous sheriff’s chili event. “And Tom let us use his finger to stir it. Guess that’s our secret ingredient.” Four judges, armed with clipboards and serious expressions, went from booth to booth to judge appearance, performance and taste, escorted by Capt. Joaquin Herran and Lt. Chris Cahhal. “We wanted to make sure nobody tried to unduly influence them,” Herran said with a smile. — Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 firstname.lastname@example.org AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!