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ATHLETIC SUPPORTER: Gov. Kenneth Mapp (left) stands next to Nels Hawkinson on Thursday. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The popular basketball festival, Paradise Jam, returns to the Virgin Islands next month. Governor Kenneth Mapp met with Executive Director of the Basketball Travelers, Nels Hawkinson on Thursday to discuss the tournament schedule for

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BLUEBEARDS BEACH: Is on the East End of St. Thomas near Turquoise Bay and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen. Bluebeards beach has failed DPNR water quality testing two weeks in a row. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Six beaches in territory failed water quality testing for bacteria

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MID-ISLAND ST. CROIX — A high school student who attacked a teacher on Thursday was found to have a loaded handgun in his bag, authorities said. On Thursday, October 11, 2018, at approximately 2:05 p.m., 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of a possession of an unlicensed firearm that was

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Democratic challenger Albert Bryan Jr. are in a statistical dead heat in the weeks leading up to the November 6th general election, according to a new poll released yesterday. The University of the Virgin Islands poll said that Mapp and Bryan are tied

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Over the last month the Virgin Islands government has worked to eliminate the retirement backlog for former government employees waiting for their pensions, Government House said. This includes recent payments totaling $1,182,064 for 96 retirees, Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens said on Wednesday. The Mapp-Potter administration said it

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CHRISTIANSTED — The National Crime Prevention Council has designated the month of October as Crime Prevention Month.  The theme for 2018 is “Celebrating communities that are making a difference.” The Virgin Islands Police Department’s Crime Prevention Bureau said it “will acknowledge and celebrate the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas armed robbery getaway driver got only five years in prison when he was facing a maximum count of 20 years in prison. Devon Davis, 28, of St. Thomas, was sentenced today for his role in the armed robbery of the Gems and Gold Corner

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he and “his administration have received high praise for their handling of the post-hurricane crisis in the territory and their success in the continued rebuilding of the tourism sector.” At a press conference on Tuesday, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) President Michele Paige applauded

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – An Anguilla native who agreed to cooperate with prosecutors to get a lighter sentence — refused to testify again in court — and was promptly given an additional three years in prison by a federal judge. Nilda N. Morton, 33, of The Valley was sentenced on Thursday

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A former Department of Planning and Natural Resources officer who masterminded a smuggling operation that moved 220 pounds (100 kilos) of cocaine through the territory was given nearly sixteen years in prison for his federal conviction on cocaine distribution-related counts. Gerald W. Mercer, 42, of St. Thomas

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