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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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FREDERIKSTED — A 79-year-old St. Croix man has been charged with negligent homicide after he struck and killed a teenage boy while driving near an elementary school last month. The driver, Laurely E. Henry, was arrested on a bench warrant signed by a Superior Court judge issued Thursday charging him

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CRUZ BAY — A man with a history of mental illness went on a destructive rampage in the parking lot of The Marketplace in St. John and damaged about 30 cars with a metal pipe, authorities said. Jahkoy “Killakoy” Bolques, 23, of Cruz Bay was detained Wednesday afternoon without incident and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A native of the British Virgin Islands admitted in federal court to being an illegal alien with a gun in St. Thomas. Ashan Randolph Westcott, 28, of Road Town, Tortola, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez to being an illegal alien in possession of a

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Puerto Rican sea captain and a native of the Dominican Republic were captured by the feds while operating a maritime smuggling operation in the territory. Eduardo Javier Reyes of the Dominican Republic and Arturo Serrano Arizmendi of Puerto Rico appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller

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FREDERIKSTED — One of four men arrested in 2017 for his involvement in an East End carjacking-rape incident that shocked St. Croix was found shot to death inside a house in Concordia Bay about 10:38 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said. Link Baltimore, Jr., 20, was arrested in May 2017 along with

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CHRISTIANSTED — A person of interest in a murder and other crimes is now in custody, authorities said. Abijah Isaac, 19, of Sion Farm, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession or sale of ammunition, and possession of a controlled substance, the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A South American woman is accused of attacking her boyfriend by scratching, punching and throwing stones at him — but domestic violence charges might be the least of her troubles. Rocio Esmeralda Cortez Medina, 25, of Venezuela was arrested at her place of employment in Mariendahl at

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was in federal court for a detention hearing after allegedly resisting arrest by peace officers. Amijah Charles, 36, of Mariendahl, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after his arrest on Friday by federal agents for “assaulting and threatening federal officers,” U.S. Attorney

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — FirstBank V.I. is warning its customers in the U.S. and British Virgin islands: “If it seems suspicious, don’t trust it!” “If you’ve received an email with the subject line regarding any type of transaction in your account, do not open it,” FirstBank V.I. said on Facebook. “Delete the

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man admitted in federal court on Thursday that he smuggled nearly 20 pounds of marijuana from Miami to Frederiksted last year. Dequan Forde, 21, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to one federal count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen

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