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LAX SUPERVISION? Golden Grove Inmate Sets Fire To Another Prisoner’s Cell

Stedroy Hurst

   FIRE BUG: Stedroy Hurst of St. Croix

CHRISTIANSTED – The number of incidents pointing out a lack of proper supervision at the territory’s only prison continues.

Police arrested a 29-year-old St. Croix man on charges related to setting fire to the belongings in another inmate’s prison cell at the Golden Grove Correctional Facility on Tuesday.

Stedroy Hurst of Estate Work and Rest, who is an inmate at the Golden Grove Correctional Facility, was charged with first-degree arson, according to police.

Police said that Hurst set fire to the cell of another inmate, within the same cell block on Tuesday. The blaze caused damage to bedding, photographs and DVDs of the inmate in that cell.

No one was injured during the fire, according to authorities.

Hurst arrested and charged with first-degree arson by Order of the Court. His bail set at $75,000.00 and the accused inmate was placed into custody once again at the prison in Golden Grove.

In April 2014, 29 inmates of the Golden Grove Correctional Facility were indicted by the federal government for having contraband such as drugs and weapons in their prison cells.

Bureau of Corrections Director Rick Mullgrav did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the arson incident at the prison.

Rick Mullgrav

     BOC Director Rick Mullgrav

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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