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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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PHILIPSBURG — The Dutch navy intercepted at least 400 kilograms of cocaine in the Caribbean. The drugs were in packages thrown overboard by a boat sailing under the Venezuelan flag, ANP reports. The crew of naval vessel Zr. MS. Friesland noticed that the boat’s sailing behavior was odd and decided to

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WASHINGTON — Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of the Interior for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech this week has announced $3,000,000 in fiscal year 2018 Maintenance Assistance Program (MAP) grants to the U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to address critical

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three beaches in territory failed water quality testing for bacteria and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to the latest Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Beach Advisory. DPNR said that Bluebeards, Secret Harbor and Water Bay beaches on St. Thomas have high bacteria counts

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp expressed his condolences today to the family, friends and many fans of acclaimed singer and civil rights activist, Aretha Franklin. Franklin, who passed away early Wednesday, was known internationally as the Queen of Soul and had 40 Grammy nominations during her more than six

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GUILTY AS CHARGED! FORMER ST. CROIX SENATOR WAYNE JAMES WAS FOUND GUILTY OF WIRE FRAUD AND THEFT OF FEDERAL PROGRAM FUNDS IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT ON ST. THOMAS TODAY. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – After a two-day trial and one day of deliberation a federal jury found former St. Croix Senator Wayne

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SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR: INDICA GREENIDGE CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix woman was given one year in prison by a federal court on Wednesday for her admitted role in a tax fraud scheme. Indica Greenidge, 27, was sentenced before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Wilma A. Lewis to 12 months’

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CHRISTIANSTED – Two more Venezuelan nationals admitted in federal court today that they tried to smuggle at least 357 pounds of marijuana into the region. Jesus Garcia, 35, and Jhoan Gomez, 28, each pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of possession of a controlled substance on board

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The intersection of Dronningens Gade and Cuttets Gade will be closed beginning tomorrow as the Main Street Enhancement Project enters a new phase. The Public Works Department said on Tuesday that the intersection would be closed until further notice “to accommodate the steady progress contractors continue to

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola — Nearly a year after Hurricane Irma knocked out power across the British Virgin Islands, electricity boss Leroy Abraham will be among the last residents to have their homes reconnected. But Abraham, general manager of the British overseas territory’s electricity corporation (BVIEC), has barely had time to

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TYRONE LAKE’S WINNING ENTRY FREDERIKSTED — Tyrone Lake of St. Croix is the winner of the Junior Division of the 2018 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Foundation Children’s Environmental Poster Competition. The 11-year-old Alexander Henderson Elementary School honor roll student topped the regional competition with a poster entitled “Present and Future.”

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