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Head Start Offices On St. Croix Burglarized According to Commissioner Ebbesen-Fludd

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Administrative Offices of the Department of Human Services, Head start Program was burglarized, and as a result several  computers and other associated hardware were stolen.

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), was notified and has begun its’ investigation with the help of our federal partners, according Human Services Commissioner Vivian Ebbesen-Fludd.

“I am disheartened that individuals would illegally enter this building and steal computers that facilitate the learning processes of the youngest in our community,” Ebbesen-Fludd said.

The Head Start Program, “as a whole, is vital to our ability to attract interested parents, as well as provide early childhood learning opportunities to 3-5 year old in our community.”

“We however, are not deterred by this despicable act, and it will not disrupt our daily operations or program goals in any way,” she said.

The Department of Human Services expresses full confidence in the VIPD’s ability to conduct a thorough investigation into this crime, Ebbesen-Fludd said.

“These computers and related hardware, along with the software and the information generated and stored in them are the properties of the local/federal government,” she said. “As such, I am committing myself and my staff to fully comply and cooperate with the authorities’ investigation of this crime. I will also advise all of our government and business partners to include the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA), to notify the authorities of anyone attempting to sell or dispose of our computer equipment and associated hardware.  The Department of Human services greatly appreciates the community’s assistance in bringing the perpetrators of this crime to justice. “

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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