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Hermon Hill Man Arrested On Illegal Weapon Charge

Mug Shot - John Clay

FREDERIKSTED – A 41-year-old Estate Hermon Hill man was arrested on an illegal gun charge after the car he was driving matched the description of a vehicle involved in discharging a weapon , according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

John Clay was arrested about 9 p.m. Tuesday in Estate Anna’s Hope and charged with possession of an unauthorized firearm, the VIPD said.

Police received a report of shots being fired in Estate Williams Delight at 8:51 p.m. July 28. After receiving a description of the vehicle involved, officers saw a vehicle fitting the description in the vicinity of Estate Anna’s Hope.

Police then conducted a traffic stop of the motorist and discovered the unauthorized firearm and arrested Clay.

Bail for Clay was set at $25,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections, pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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