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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.

At VIFreepHealth NewsSt. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — On November 21, 2012, the V.I. Department of Health documented the first case and death from primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) in the territory. PAM, a rare and almost universally fatal condition, results when Naegleria fowleri, a free-living thermophilic amoeba found in warm freshwater, enters the nose and

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At VIFreepSports NewsSt. Croix News

 Rakeem Christmas on draft day 2015 INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers made a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday to send a 2019 second round pick in exchange for St. Croix’s Rakeem Christmas. Christmas, a 6-9 forward, played four seasons at Syracuse and averaged 7.8 points and 5.6 rebounds over

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsCrime NewsMilitary NewsPuerto Rico News

SAN JUAN – The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded a $7.5 million cocaine shipment to federal law enforcement special agents in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday. The crew aboard the cutter Dauntless seized the 275-pound shipment after they intercepted a go-fast boat July 17 in the Caribbean Sea about 80 nautical

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsCrime NewsMilitary News

SAN JUAN – The U.S. Coast Guard seized 1.4 tons of cocaine and arrested five Honduran men aboard a boat intercepted 34 miles northwest of Aruba, the office of the U.S. attorney in San Juan said this week. The joint operation with the Justice Department’s Caribbean Corridor Task Force took

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At VIFreepBreaking NewsCrime NewsSt. Thomas News

  CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A New Jersey killer who was 16 years old when he gunned down a St. Thomas man in 2012 was sentenced to a decade in prison for aggravated manslaughter today. “At 16 years of age you gunned down a man for no reason whatsoever,” Hudson County Superior Court Judge

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At VIFreepCrime NewsSt. Croix News

ST. CROIX – An 18-year-old Christiansted town man was arrested on an illegal gun possession charge after a routine traffic stop yesterday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Duval Briscoe of Queen Street was arrested at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday and charged with possession of an unauthorized firearm, the VIPD said.

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At VIFreepCrime NewsSt. Croix News

CHRISTIANSTED – A 30-year-old Estate Work and Rest man turned himself in to police yesterday after learning that an arrest warrant had been issued for him, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Adam Mason surrendered to police at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday after a search and arrest warrant was issued

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At VIFreepBreaking NewsPuerto Rico NewsSt. Thomas NewsTechnology News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – For the third time this month, a minor earthquake has registered on the ocean floor off the coast of St. Thomas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake occurred at 4:43 a.m. this morning and registered 3.2 in magnitude on the

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At VIFreepCrime NewsSt. Thomas News

                               George Ward ATLANTA – The family of a 29-year-old St. Thomas man who died during basic training to join the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office served notice that it plans to sue for “$10 million,” The Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. George Ward’s family contends that sheriff’s deputies tried

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At VIFreepBreaking NewsCrime NewsSt. Thomas News

                             Tyquill Armstrong JERSEY CITY, New Jersey — A city man who was only 16 years old when he fatally shot a 21-year-old man in 2012 will face up to 10 years in prison when sentenced tomorrow for aggravated manslaughter, officials said today. Tyquill Armstrong, now 19, was arrested on

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