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Man Arrested For Strangling and Kidnapping Woman

Mug Shot - William Thelusma

CHRISTIANSTED – A 35-year-old St. Croix man was arrested for allegedly strangling a woman and holding her against her will Saturday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police said that William Thelusma of Estate Morning Star was arrested at 1:30 a.m. Saturday and charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence.

No bail was set for Thelusma as per the domestic violence statute. He was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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