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No Curfews In Effect for the Territory, Just State of Emergency For Crime


   St. Croix Police Chief Arthur Hector Sr.

CHRISTIANSTED – The St. Croix chief of police went to great pains Saturday to stress that there is no curfew currently in effect.

“I’ve received numerous calls from residents on the island of St. Croix, who’ve questioned me as to a curfew having been established for the island,” Arthur Hector said. “I want to take this opportunity to dispel the rumor and advise the general public that no curfew, has been put into effect for the island of St. Croix.”

Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter signed a state of emergency for the U.S. Virgin Islands on Saturday, which led some in the community to believe that a curfew would naturally follow.

“The police officers of St. Croix are on high-alert and working diligently, in conjunction with both local and federal law enforcement agencies,  to maintain the safety of our island’s residents and visitors alike in the wake of recently heightened criminal activity that has caused much consternation throughout our community,” Hector said.

But the St. Croix chief of police repeated that there is no curfew currently in effect for the big island.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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