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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.

Government House NewsSt. Croix NewsSt. John NewsSt. Thomas NewsTerritorial Affairs

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp says he has renounced his state-funded residence on the island of St. Thomas out of economic concerns. Mapp made the announcement in a statement May 30 following public criticism of government expenditures. The government paid $14,500 a month plus $50,000 in incidental expenses to

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Crime NewsSt. Croix News

CHRISTIANSTED – Police are asking for your help to find a 24-year-old St. Croix man wanted in connection with a domestic assault, according to the VIPD. Akeem Herbert is wanted for first-degree burglary, grand larceny, aggravated assault and battery-domestic violence, police said. Herbert is a black male, with a dark

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Crime NewsSt. Croix News

FREDERIKSTED – The Virgin Islands Police Department needs your help tonight to locate a 20-year-old Frederiksted man. Khadeem Rosario is wanted for second-degree burglary-domestic violence, according to police. Rosario is an Hispanic male with a light complexion, brown hair, brown eyes, stands 5-feet tall and weighs 130 pounds. He has

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Crime NewsSt. Croix News

CHRISTIANSTED – People with access to the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority grounds in Estate Richmond purposely torched equipment and transportation valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars in protest over off-island workers being hired to do jobs local workers could do. Sen. Novelle Francis, Jr. – a

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St. Croix NewsSt. John NewsSt. Thomas News

  Mick Jagger famously said you’ll never make a saint of him. But plenty of Caribbean islands vied for the saintly destination name. Christopher Columbus named the Virgin Islands after St. Ursula and the 10,000 virgins, but only the virgin part stuck. The New York Post did a rundown of the

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Business NewsSt. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – DirecTV has increased the number of commercials in rotation that feature Virgin Islands supermodel Hannah Davis. Davis replaced actor Rob Lowe as the public face of DirecTV in April in commercials that are currently airing both locally and nationally. The commercials were shot in St. Thomas and show the

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British Virgin Islands NewsCrime News

ROAD TOWN, TORTOLA, BVI – A suspected drug smuggler was shot and killed by U.S. agents during a chase off the British Virgin Islands, federal officials said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said its agents were fired upon late Sunday night in the waters of the British Caribbean territory as

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Breaking NewsSt. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Juan José Santovena flew out of Cuba on a plane bound for Panama one day in March, the beginning of a long journey to rejoin his son, Hansell, who lives in Hialeah, Florida. Santovena is now stranded in the Virgin Islands, one of 20 Cuban migrants whose

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Environmental NewsSt. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials might take control of some mismanaged Virgin Islands environmental programs that allowed issues such as bacteria-infected drinking water, a watchdog group reported.  The territory for years has neglected duties required by its millions of dollars in grants, such as monitoring water and

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Crime NewsSt. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The devoted parents allegedly stabbed to death by their adopted Russian son while on a St. Thomas vacation recently let a restraining order against the boy lapse before deciding to take him with them, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Mikhail Young — who went by the names

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