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VIPD Crime Prevention Coordinator Arrested On A Domestic Violence Charge

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ARRESTED: Leslieann Yarwood

CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix woman who has worked in various roles with the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) was arrested this morning on a domestic violence charge after police said she broke into her former boyfriend’s residence.

Leslieann Yarwood, 32, of Estate Pearl, was arrested at 11:10 a.m. Saturday and charged with second-degree burglary-domestic violence, police said. A VIPD social media post online said that she is currently the acting coordinator of the Grove Place Weed and Seed program.

Weed and Seed is a community-based program sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office that seeks to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods across the country.

Yarwood was arrested in connection with an incident that occurred today at 10:37 a.m. Police said she  entered the residence of her former boyfriend located in Estate Strawberry without his permission.

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

A Facebook post from the VIPD on Dec. 20, 2015 said that Yarwood is the acting program coordinator for the Grove Place Weed and Seed crime prevention program.

A police publication online also said that Yarwood previously worked as the VIPD’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) data entry operator.

The NCIC is a computerized database of documented criminal justice information available to virtually every law enforcement agency nationwide, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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