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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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SAN JUAN – A federal grand jury on Wednesday returned a five-count indictment charging four convicted felons with conspiring to rob a police firing range of its weapons in 2010 – and when they pulled it off it was the biggest weapons heist in Puerto Rico history, according to U.S.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Beaches near some of the most expensive vacation properties on St. Thomas remain unfit for swimming or fishing for the second week in a row, according to the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources. DPNR said today that Frenchman’s Bay and Bolongo Bay remain unsafe due

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       Jet ski “accident” in the Bahamas NASSAU – The U.S. State Department has issued a “critical” crime warning on The Bahamas after American tourists have been targeted for rape, kidnapping and murder, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The State Department charged that Bahamian water sports rentals are

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U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez SAN JUAN – Carlos Juan Cruz-Rivera, aka “Cano Llorens,” was found guilty Thursday in federal court of all counts related to gun possession by a convicted felon and carjacking charges, according to U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. U.S. District Court Judge José Fusté presided over the trial

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         U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 47-year-old Mexican national was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for re-entering the United States after previously being deported, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Carlos Salvador Fernandez to 25 months in prison and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two units from the Virgin Islands Fire Services responded to a structural fire on Cecilia Gade at 1:24 p.m., according to the VIFS. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters from Hotel Company saw a two-story residential building fully engulfed in flames, fire services said. It took about

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   Journalist Peter Bailey of St. Thomas NEWARK, Delaware – St. Thomas native Peter Bailey held a frank discussion about race relations in the United States at his alma mater in which he said the issue is of race is of “critical” importance to the nation right now. Bailey shared

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Alfredo Andrews students receive iPad minis CHRISTIANSTED – Rotary St. Croix Mid-Isle donated 20 iPad minis to a kindergarten classroom at Alfredo Andrews Elementary in Estate Kingshill today. Alfredo Andrews classroom teacher Karissa Thurland-Perez was the recipient of one of the many educational programming grants given out by Rotary Mid-Isle

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Milly Reuter of the Dominican Republic NEW YORK – The second-most shared story on Vogue’s website today is that Dominicana women have replaced Brazilian models as the new, most in-demand exotic models in the world. The article features five women from the Dominican Republic: Ysaunny Brito, Lineisy Montero, Milly Reuter,

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Puerto Rico police seized 1.1 tons of cocaine Tuesday SAN JUAN — Police in Puerto Rico have seized roughly 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of cocaine worth an estimated $7 million. It’s the second large seizure this week in that U.S. commonwealth. Police said Wednesday that the drugs were found aboard

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