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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands government has issued a statement saying that employees who have direct deposit might not be able to cash their paychecks Thanksgiving week, Government House said. “As a result of the shortened work-week, the Department of Finance has been informed that the posting of the

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FREDERIKSTED – A St. Croix taxi driver told police that he was held up at gunpoint in broad daylight at a West End housing project, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. A taxi driver walked in to the Wilbur Francis Command located in Mars Hill at 12:35 p.m. Monday

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PHILLIPSBURG – The investigation of three Syrian nationals who were arrested on Sint Maarten ten days ago continues, according to Dutch authorities. The three men traveled into Sint Maarten using false Greek passports and identity cards. They have not asked for asylum. Using false travel documents is a crime punishable

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MIAMI – The baby born 15 weeks premature on a cruise ship in the middle of the Caribbean has finally returned to Utah, after spending 78 days at Miami Children’s Hospital where he defied the odds for survival. The TV news media reported that 4-and-a-half-pound Haiden Morgan reunited with his

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SYRACUSE — A New York university has received $12 million from the U.S. Army to research treatment options and potential vaccines for dengue fever, a mosquito-borne virus that affects nearly half of the world’s population. The funds, which come from the Army’s Medical Research and Materiel Command, will pay for

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ARRESTED:Akil Smith ARRESTED:Franklin Cuevas CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Five people were arrested by police on St. Thomas between Friday and Monday on charges ranging from public intoxication, to illegal gun possession and assault, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. *David Schaffner, 30, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged

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ARRESTED:Lyn Fredericks Jr. ARRESTED: Tyler LaBarrie CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Three men were arrested on illegal gun possession charges after people near Subbase complained of hearing gunfire early Sunday morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Lyn Fredericks Jr., 33, of Estate Nadir, Tyler LaBarrie, 26, of Estate Bovoni, and

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FREDERIKSTED – A man with dreadlocks and a bandage on his hand held up an Estate Diamond service station early Sunday evening, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center got notification of a robbery at the Mountain Top Gas Station in Frederiksted at 6:10 p.m.

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WILMINGTON, Del. – The sale of the idled HOVENSA refinery and terminal assets has been postponed until next month, pushing back efforts by the Virgin Islands government to partially revitalize the mothballed facility. At a hearing in a U.S. bankruptcy court in the US state of Delaware Thursday, a government-preferred

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PHILIPSBURG — Police say a New Hampshire man was seriously injured in a boating accident recently in Sint Maarten. Jon Binney was heading to the Sint Maarten shore in a dingy Wednesday when he was hit by a speedboat and dragged underneath. “His entire pelvis is crushed his girdle the

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