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John McCarthy

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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CHRISTIANSTED — A 33-year-old St. Croix man was arrested in connection with the murder of Kelvin “Gerbil” Woodson on Thursday, authorities said. Pernell Adulphus “Pete” Towers, Jr., is charged with the March 20 murder of Woodson and assault of another person near the Harmony Grocery and Bar in Watergut, the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy on at least five occasions by threatening to kill him with a knife if he didn’t submit to his demands, authorities said. The Virgin Islands Police Department will not release the name of an 18-year-old

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FREDERIKSTED — St. Croix Senator Kenneth Gittens has once again denounced the spate of violence that has held our community and law-abiding citizens hostage. He said the sequence of violent events that unfolded Sunday night at Fort Frederik beach on underscores three concerns he has repeatedly raised this term. “These events

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police say they need your help to solve a series of armed robberies that have occurred in the St. Thomas-St. John District. The latest of these armed robberies happened at the Galaxy Bar located at the bottom of Cassi Hill in Smith Bay about 4:15 a.m. Sunday, the Virgin

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FREDERIKSTED — Police are investigating a shooting that left six people injured at the Floatopia event near Fort Frederik beach last night, authorities said. The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) and 911 received numerous calls of shots fired at a beach event in Frederiksted about 9:27 p.m. Sunday.  “All identified victims were transported in the Juan

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FREDERIKSTED — A 20-year-old St. Croix man was shot multiple times and died at St. Croix Mutual Homes in Grove Place last night, authorities said. Taheem “Debo” Samuel of Grove Place was positively identified as the murder victim, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. The 911 Emergency Call Center first

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MIAMI – To build on strong investment interest from hotel developers, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism said it will participate in two “important” hospitality conferences in Florida this week. Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte will address several hundred participants at the 23rd Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Florida man repairing hurricane-damaged property for the Virgin Islands Port Authority in St. Thomas discovered blank marine revenue checks in a filing cabinet and hand-wrote at least $93,000 in checks to himself and co-workers. Alain Rodriguez Rionda, 39, of Miami was arrested on a Superior Court

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix bookkeeper admitted in federal court that she stole $85,510 in charitable donations intended for the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix in 2014 and 2015. Kira Lee Encarnacion, 41, of St. Croix pled guilty on July 26 in U.S. District Court to one count of federal program

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Croix man who went on a wild shootout near Sunny Isle Shopping Center and once convicted of that escapade, escaped from prison two days later, had an additional 2.33 years in prison tacked on to the time he will have to serve. Nathaniel “Jahreek” Thomas,

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