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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police are investigating an early morning shooting of at least two people in Hospital Ground that left at least one St. Thomas man dead, authorities said. Cedric Henry, 32, was identified by next of kin as the man who died today in St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands

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CHRISTIANSTED — The St. Croix hospital was put on lockdown after four gunmen tried to assassinate a man in broad daylight in the parking lot of gas station in front of the Sunny Isle Shopping Center on Thursday afternoon. The shooting took place about 2:51 p.m. on Thursday as the

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CHRISTIANSTED — Within three days of testifying before the Virgin Islands Legislature and supporting a bill to curb financial exploitation of the elderly and dependent adults, the Virgin Islands Police Department arrested 30-year-old Rasheda Bell on charges pertaining to exploiting the elderly. Bell, whose nickname is “Crazo,” allegedly forged the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas resident lost his cool in a dispute with a neighbor and allegedly pulled an illegal gun out to settle the argument earlier this week, authorities said. Travis Mitchell, 49 of Estate Mandahl, was arrested and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm at 11:51

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Croix cocaine dealer was handed a term of 4.25 years in prison by a federal judge on St. Thomas today. Mikhail “NastyMik” Munoz, 32, of Estate Campo Rico, was sentenced for possessing with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, U.S. Attorney

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two men admitted in federal court that they tried to bring seven figures in currency to the territory by sea. Jose Ernesto Vazquez Colon and Abnel Belordo Colon pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle over $1 million into St. Thomas by boat, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man admitted in federal court on Wednesday that he tried to move 4.4 pounds of cocaine to the territory. Zion Hazel, 22, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert

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FREDERIKSTED — Two men implicated in the brutal beating death of a church deacon in 2015 were given murder convictions Wednesday after just 45 minutes of jury deliberations. Enock Justin Cole and Avondale George, Jr. were convicted of murder, assault and robbery charges in connection with the August 17, 2015

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A man who allegedly stole a motorcycle in St. Thomas and then contacted the motorcycle’s owner trying to get ransom money to ensure its safe return — turned himself in to authorities after he learned he was about to be arrested. Kemar Alex Campbell, 29, was arrested

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A North Carolina man drowned off the southeastern coast of St. Thomas on Wednesday morning, authorities said. Matthew Brown, 62, was identified as the man who drowned off of Buck Island, St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. About 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, the Major Crime

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