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PROUD MOMENT: (From left) Gov. Kenneth Mapp, Julio Rhymer Sr., Nelson Petty Jr. and Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter. CHRISTIANSTED – Nelson Petty Jr. has been officially sworn in as Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Public Works and Julio Rhymer Sr. as Director of the V.I. Office of Management

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The entire community is invited to attend the 24th Annual Virgin Islands High School Appellate Moot Court Competition, hosted by the Virgin Islands Bar Association which will be held as follows: May 1, 2018, Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas at 10:00 a.m. May 2,

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REPEAT OFFENDER? Kareem Harrigan (far right, mouth open) was sentenced to one year today. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Hidden Valley man was sentenced today to a year behind bars because he pleaded guilty to a gun crime that occurred in August, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Kareem Harrigan,

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FREDERIKSTED — A Superior Court jury took two days to deliberate but ultimately could not reach a unanimous decision in the second-degree murder trial of former Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Sgt. Ronald Hatcher. After a more than week-long trial, and nearly five years in the waiting, a seven-woman, five-man

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CRUZ BAY — A St. John man has been ordered to serve 10 years in prison for biting off part of another man’s ear while riding a ferry. A Superior Court jury convicted Emanuel Greer, 47. of Calabash Boom, of one count of mayhem 10 months ago. Virgin Islands Superior

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 54-year-old St. Thomas woman who admitted to slashing a tire on a neighbor’s car in 2016 was identified by police as the victim of the hit-and-run driver on Tuesday. Mary Rivera of Estate Wintberg was sentenced to one year in prison in February 2017 after she admitted

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SHOT TO DEATH: Juan Carlos Ilarraza, 26, of St. Croix ORLANDO — Police are still looking for answers as to why a former St. Croix resident who was wanted for murder here was shot to death earlier this year in Orange County, Fla. About 3:20 a.m. on April 8, deputies

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ARRESTED ON ST. CROIX: Andre Auguste of Frederiksted. Auguste is 27 years old. CHRISTIANSTED — Two men have been arrested in the murder of Dean Schneider in the kitchen of a Ruby M. Rouss Housing Complex unit downtown this summer. According to police, detectives have arrested K’Shawn Hughes, 20, of

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FREDERIKSTED — The bumbling, stumbling lazy Keystone Kops who make up the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) admit that they can’t find two men on this 84-square-mile island. The first person wanted on criminal charges is Malachai Francis, who is wanted in a domestic violence case for second-degree assault, unofficial

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Former RE/MAX broker Rosemary Sauter-Frett, accused of embezzling millions of dollars from real estate clients in the early 2000’s, has been taken into local custody over security concerns, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Sauter-Frett has been incarcerated since late September and is one of two

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