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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A security guard and a civilian were shot during a botched robbery attempt by three armed men at the Havensight Mall late this morning, authorities said. The three black male suspects were armed with handguns and automatic weapons when they entered Glitters jewelry store at 9002 Havensight

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A BVI boat captain who was caught smuggling illegal aliens into the U.S. Virgin Islands has been given no jail time by a federal judge after pleading guilty to a lesser included charge. Juwon Cordelle Potter, 25, of Road Town, Tortola, was sentenced to one year probation

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two St. Thomas men face criminal charges after allegedly trying to bring at least 463 pounds of cocaine into the territory by sea, authorities said. Russell Robinson and Trevor Stephen appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller on a criminal complaint Tuesday, charging the men with conspiring

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Dominican Republic national who fired on federal agents with an assault rifle on a beach used for offloading large shipments of narcotics faces a possible life sentence after a guilty plea in federal court, authorities said. Rammer Guerrero Morales, of Santo Domingo, appeared before U.S. Magistrate

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SAN JUAN — A mayor pleaded guilty yesterday to engaging in a bribery scheme in which he received cash payments in exchange for awarding Puerto Rico municipal contracts to an unnamed company (Company A). Meanwhile, a Puerto Rico contractor was arrested today for allegedly paying bribes and kickbacks to the

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BRUSSELS — Leaders from the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) met virtually yesterday. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, chaired the meeting, representing the EU alongside President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

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SANTO DOMINGO — Playing on home soil, Dominican Republic knew that they had a big responsibility to perform in front of a home crowd, and they delivered with their performance against Virgin Islands as they took on their first game of Group C. The Dominican Republic had no mercy for

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Executive Director Linda Smith of the Virgin Islands Taxicab Commission is pleased to announce that pursuant to Title 20, Section 407 (c) of the VI Code, the commission will hold its annual veteran medallion auction on December 13, 14, 15, 2021. This auction is OPEN TO VIRGIN

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Department of Health issued a two-paragraph prepared statement stating that Dr. Luis Amaro was no longer the CEO of the Schneider Regional Medical Center & Hospital. Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion forwarded an unsigned “press release” from the Government Hospitals and Health Facilities Corporation saying

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas woman who bumped into a customer while leaving a post office — only to return a couple minutes later to punch her in the face in a post office line — was given no time in jail after a guilty plea to a lesser

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