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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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FORT-DE-FRANCE – Martinique is just the latest Caribbean country or territory in the Americas to report autochthonous, or local transmission of Zika virus, according to a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Epidemiological report this week. This makes the island in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea the 11th

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CHRISTIANSTED – Two beaches on St. Croix have been found to be unfit for swimming or fishing after water testing by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). DPNR said that the ocean near Breezez restaurant/Club St. Croix condominiums in Golden Rock and the shores near Grapetree Bay on

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Dennis Vanterpool III (left) and  Delroy Richards Sr. FREDERIKSTED – The son of a Virgin Islands Police Department lieutenant has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship for college. Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. said that Dennis Vanterpool III is the U.S. Virgin Islands recipient of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of

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VIPA’s Carlton “Ital” Dowe CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands government has signed a 10-year deal with the world’s second largest cruise line to help boost tourism and generate revenue. The V.I. Port Authority said Tuesday that Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) has pledged among other things to guarantee a

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ARRAIGNED: Jahraun Brodhurst CHRISTIANSTED – A 24-year-old St. Croix man was arraigned in federal court after authorities said he mailed guns from Florida to St. Croix through the mail. Jahraun Malachi Brodhurst, 24, a native of St. Croix, was arraigned on December 17 before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon on

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ARRESTED FOR RAPE: Gleavorn Wrensford CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 31-year-old St. Thomas man was arrested on Friday after he paid to have sex with an underage girl, according to police. Gleavorn Wrensford, 31 of Habbets Gade was arrested a warrant, issued by the Superior Court on Friday,  police said. Wrensford

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COZUMEL – An 8-year-old boy drowned onboard Liberty of the Seas on Monday. According to a letter from Royal Caribbean to the guests onboard the ship on the Cruise Law News site, the young child drowned in one of the ship’s pools. The boy was spotted by one of the

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ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT: Kiwanda John CHRISTIANSTED – Police said a 27-year-old St. Croix woman attacked another woman with a high-heeled shoe in a dispute over a man on Sunday morning. Kiwanda John of William’s Delight was arrested about 5:42 a.m. Sunday after police said she was involved in an assault

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FOUND DEAD: Martin P. “Marty” Merrick CHRISTIANSTED – A 77-year-old Illinois man was found dead in his St. Croix condominium after fellow residents noticed that he hadn’t been seen in days. Martin P. “Marty” Merrick of Estate St. John was declared dead on arrival (DOA) when emergency personnel arrived at

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STOLEN FROM BIR: 2003 Chevy Trailblazer (LGO-6)  CHRISTIANSTED – Police on St. Croix today announced that a government vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) near Sunny Isle was stolen last week and that the fence around the lot was damaged. The 911 Emergency Call

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