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SAN ANTONIO — The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to uphold the federal prison sentence for the former financial adviser of St. Croix’s Tim Duncan. A judge ordered Charles Augustus Banks IV to pay $7.5 million in restitution following his sentencing in 2017. Banks filed an appeal, but the

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FOUND DEAD IN BURNT-OUT CAR: Emile Brin of St. Croix FREDERIKSTED — The man found inside a burnt-out vehicle Monday morning has been positively identified as 23-year-old Emile Brin, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Acting on a tip, police were sent to an overgrown, isolated area of Ham’s Bluff

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A native of the Dominican Republic was arrested Monday on federal charges for allegedly trying to mail himself 17.5 ounces of cocaine. Domingo Diaz, 40, was told in U.S. District Court that he was charged with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and attempted possession with

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man who allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl in February appeared in a federal courtroom to hear the charges against him for the first time today. Osvaldo Tavarez, 48, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after a Federal Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE —  Education officials said that temporary modular units and school repairs will be completed by August 28. Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum and her underlings appeared before the Senate Finance Committee and provided their Fiscal Year 2019 budget. “It is all on target,” McCollum said. “Foundations are being poured

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SHOT DEAD: Miguel Angel Cruz, 28, near Sunny Isle on St. Croix CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Free Press has obtained the first photos of Miguel Angel Cruz who was shot to death behind a Sunny Isle-area gas station on Sunday night. There are unofficial reports that Cruz, 28, was

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FREDERIKSTED —The body of an unidentified man was discovered in a burned-out car in an overgrown, isolated area of Ham’s Bluff on Monday morning, police sources said. Police did not identify the make and model of  the vehicle the body was found in but said they arrived on the scene

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ADJUNTAS — It was finally a night to celebrate in this village tucked into the mountains of central Puerto Rico. People pressed TV remote buttons, clicked on fans and plugged in refrigerators as electricity again flowed into homes that had been without power since two major hurricanes devastated the U.S.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – United States Attorney Gretchen Shappert and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Leff announced an upcoming Interview and Interrogation Seminar for federal and territorial law enforcement scheduled for July 30th and 31st on St. Thomas. FBI trainers from the Washington D.C. field office

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police say they are actively investigating the shooting death of a Hispanic man on St. Croix behind the Gas For Less Service Station late last night. Miguel Angel Cruz, 28, was found dead of a gunshot wound in the Diamond Crest Plaza parking lot area near Sunny Isle

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