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Two St. Thomas Men Arrested On Illegal Gun Charges

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Smith and Wesson .40-caliber firearm with magazine

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two St. Thomas men were arrested on illegal gun charges after police spotted them with guns under their clothing on Friday.

Vlaugn Edwards, 33, of Savan and Shamoi Charleswell, 22, of Estate Bolongo, were each arrested and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm, the VIPD said.

Edwards was arrested after he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm a 40-caliber Smith and Wesson and a magazine containing nine (9) rounds, according to police.

Charleswell was observed reaching for his weapon under his shirt and then threw the weapon about six feet away from his body, police said.

Bail for Edwards and Charleswell was set at $25,000 each by order of the court. They were remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending Advice of Rights hearings.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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