By Dialogo May 23, 2012 NEW YORK CITY — Jamaican gangster Jermaine Cohen, a.k.a. “Cowboy,” said on May 22 in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan that his former boss, drug kingpin Christopher Coke, ruled an area of the capital of Kingston with a vicious army of gunmen. Coke, widely known as “Dudus,” ran the Tivoli Gardens area as a personal fiefdom and a base for local crime and international drug trafficking. Cohen told the court in New York that anyone getting in Coke’s way, or committing crimes that had not been given the green light, was punished. “People got beaten, sir, got shot up and killed,” he said. Cohen, 37, is testifying against Coke, his former mentor, in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert Patterson decides on a sentence for the drug lord. Prosecutors want the maximum 23 years, while the defense wants a reduced sentence. Coke was extradited to the United States last year after a ferocious gun battle that left scores dead in the Tivoli Gardens area. [AFP, 22/05/2012; Jamaica-gleaner.com (Jamaica), 23/05/2012]
(Image: Nick Goepper’s Facebook page)Dearborn County was represented well during Nick Goepper’s first appearance at the winter games.The 19-year-old, Hidden Valley native competed in the men’s ski slopestyle and fell during the first two qualifying runs, but turned it in his second run scoring 87.00.The United States swept the event with Joss Christensen earning gold and and Gus Kenworthy getting silver in the event.The competition will be televised on NBC at 8p.m. Thursday. A viewing party will also be held at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, the same place Goepper used to ski from age 5 to 15.