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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 – A high-end jewelry and accessories store at Yacht Haven Grande was burglarized sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Police responded to a call of a burglary at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday and were dispatched to the Gucci store in Yacht

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ARRESTED: Michael McCrystal CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 24-year-old St. Thomas man was arrested on drunk driving and gun charges Friday morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Michael McCrystal of Lindbergh Bay was arrested at 8:30 a.m. Friday and charged with driving under the influence, negligent driving, possession of

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PINE BLUFF, Arkansas – Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 52,486 pounds of chicken wing product that may be adulterated because of having an “off odor” scent, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The fully-cooked, buffalo-style chicken wing section item was produced on

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today $4.8 million in grants for 74 projects spanning 39 states that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) efforts to connect child nutrition programs with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program. “Farm

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Health’s Juan Figueroa-Serville PARAMARIBO – A new mosquito-transmitted virus called “Zika” could mean more bad news for Caribbean tourism. In response to the latest report by the Caribbean Public Health Agency of five confirmed cases of Zika virus in an unnamed Caribbean country, Grenada has heightened its disease surveillance system,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two Virgin Islanders – a 29-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were sentenced to one year in prison and 30 days in prison respectively by a federal judge in St. Thomas for impersonating FBI agents, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Yamini Potter of St. Thomas was

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VING Maj. Sherrymae Barnes Morales CHRISTIANSTED – A 54-year-old St. Croix real estate broker was given one year and one day in prison by a federal judge for submitting duplicate time sheets in her job at the Virgin Islands National Guard, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Sherrymae Barnes Morales

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Ernice Gilbert with Robert Shrader of Monarch Energy on YouTube CHRISTIANSTED – St. Croix oil refinery HOVENSA LLC has asked a bankruptcy judge to block a bid by its rival Monarch Energy Partners to acquire the debtor’s shuttered refining facility in St. Croix for $40 million, saying Monarch is attempting

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A recall of DaVinci brand cribs has been expanded following additional reports of the mattress support brackets breaking and detaching. Nearly 11,700 of the cribs were recalled this summer. It has now been expanded to include about 6,000 more cribs. It covers certain DaVinci brand, full-size cribs with model names

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KILLED SUNDAY: Giorgio Bertrand WATER ISLAND – The two people killed in a boating accident at Crown Bay Marina on St. Thomas on Sunday night have been identified as Giorgio Bertrand and Lydia Lima, according to social media. Additionally, there is a memorial service “celebrate the life” of Bertrand to

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