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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A construction worker died Friday after an apparent accident in Sub Base on Friday, authorities said. Hunter Blackwell, 23, of Greer, South Carolina was driving a telescoping forklift near Victor’s New Hideout about 10:53 a.m. when the machine apparently malfunctioned and fell off a steep embankment, the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Superior Court marshal was seriously injured in an early morning shooting at the 1st Stop Gas Station on Centerline Road in St. Thomas on Tuesday, authorities said. Junior Clarke sustained a bullet wound to the abdomen in the shooting on Tuesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department

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CHRISTIANSTED — A “drug kingpin” who played ball with the feds in order to entrap the underlings in his crack cocaine operation received a reduced sentence in federal court on Monday. Robert Klyvert, 47, of St. Croix, was sentenced to five years in prison for distribution of crack cocaine, United

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CHRISTIANSTED — The partially decomposed body of a St. Croix man was found inside a downtown home on Saturday evening, authorities said. Marvin Guy Forson, no age given, was discovered inside a home at Plot 5A King Cross Street in Christiansted about 6:27 p.m. on Saturday, the Virgin Islands Police Department

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MID-ISLAND, ST. CROIX — A 14-year-old boy was seriously injured after being struck by a car Monday afternoon on St. Croix. A black SUV was driving down Mon Bijou road about 3:14 p.m. and tried to make a left turn onto the Alfredo Andrews Elementary School property when it hit

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CHRISTIANSTED – A Puerto Rico man who brought 191 pounds of cocaine to St. Croix by boat got a decade in prison from a federal judge on Monday. Visiting U.S. District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson sentenced Jean Cruz-Albert, 28, of Puerto Rico, to the mandatory 10 years in prison

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was arrested recently for his connection to a stabbing-broken bottle attack in Smith Bay last month, authorities said. Jamil A. Bell, 38, was arrested May 1 and charged with third-degree assault, use of a dangerous weapon, brandishing, simple assault & battery, obscene-indecent conduct,

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police said on Monday that they are trying to find a St. Croix man who is wanted for questioning about a 2018 armed robbery of a jewelry store. Abijah Isaac, 20, is a black male who stands 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. Isaac has black

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CHRISTIANSTED — After a three-day trial, a former Virgin Islands National Guard major and acting commander was convicted of fraud charges in federal court on Thursday. Aesha Rivers, 43, of St. Croix, was found guilty following a jury trial in U.S. District Court of 48 counts of wire fraud; one

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Government and other local entities are monitoring a developing public health issue in St. Lucia, where a cruise liner has been quarantined due to a reported measles infection on board. The vessel, named “Freewinds,” is still moored there, and no one has been allowed to

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