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Fugitive Forger From Illinois Picked Up At St. Croix Airport


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FREDERIKSTED — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations Officers at the Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport identified and arrested a female with an outstanding arrest warrant in Wisconsin for violating probation on forgery charges.

Leah Marie Peters, 42, a citizen of the United States and place of abode in Illinois, was identified after she presented herself for CBP inspection before boarding a flight to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Law enforcement databases alerted to a warrant issued by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, which was later confirmed.

“Customs and Border Protection is an agency committed to securing our borders while at the same time cooperating with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of U.S. laws”, stated Area Port Director for the United States Virgin Islands Louis Harrigan. “CBP officers will ensure that individuals that have transgressed the criminal justice system and are encountered at our borders are identified.”

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) assumed custody for extradition proceedings.

CBP officers detect many individuals wanted by authorities in the continental U.S., upon their arrival to the USVI, or upon their return to the mainland from the USVI.

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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