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Delanno Hodge Sr Pinched For Allegedly Setting Two Cars On Fire In St. Thomas


     ARRESTED: Delanno Hodge, Sr.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 42-year-old St. Thomas man has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to two vehicles downtown.

On Tuesday, police were dispatched to the Contant area with a report that two vehicles that were on fire.

Upon arrival to the scene, officers made contact with the two vehicles that were fully consumed in flames.

Units from the Hotel Company fire station were present on the scene along with the Fire Marshall and Fire Investigator.

The fire was extinguished by Virgin Islands Fire Services (VIFS) and the act that caused the fire was deemed to be arson by investigators on the scene.

During the investigation, video surveillance footage was obtained which resulted in the arrest of 42 year-old Delanno Hodge Sr. for second-degree arson.

No bail was set for Hodge as per the V.I. Code. He was turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing scheduled for today.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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