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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 — People on St. Thomas said “enough is enough” and used social media to help police track down at least one person of interest in a shotgun robbery of a jewelry store on Saturday. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Gold Corner, a jewelry store located

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A second person has been charged in the brutal kidnapping and hours-long torture of St. Thomas man on Monday, authorities said. Louvina Pringle is accused with Troy Harrigan of presiding over the merciless kidnapping and torture of an unnamed St. Thomas man, Superior Court documents indicate. Harrigan,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man whom police originally did not know by name was arrested Monday for a Brookman Road bar assault on two people over two months ago, authorities said. Robert “Peppa” Darroux, 31, of Estate Nadir was arrested at 2:16 p.m. Monday and charged with with

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Virgin Islands police officer is being credited with saving a St. Thomas man’s life after foiling an attempted kidnapping on Monday. Troy A. Harrigan, 51, of Estate Tutu was arrested at 7:00 p.m. Monday and charged with false imprisonment and kidnapping, the Virgin Islands Police Department

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man who was at a gas station with an illegal gun on his person in plain view was arrested by police, authorities said. Robert Mason, 44, of Little Princesse was arrested at 2:14 a.m. Tuesday and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm, the Virgin

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Head Start Program said today that their 2020-2021 Head Start school year will begin virtually on September 14 until it is determined that in-person instruction can safely resume. To prepare for the launch of the virtual school year, Head Start staff will be contacting parents the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man wanted for questioning in an illegal gun possession case in Hospital Ground was arrested in Oklahoma after a traffic stop, authorities said. Romeo Walter is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm; possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial

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SAN JUAN — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Puerto Rico Police Department arrested three illegal aliens from the Dominican Republic and seized 174.07 pounds (78.96 Kilos) of cocaine after making landfall near a beach in Dorado. A concerned citizen contacted CBP Public Affairs with information on suspicious

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SAN JUAN — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered repatriated 20 of 21 migrants to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel Wednesday following the interdiction of an illegal migrant voyage in the Mona Passage west of Puerto Rico. The remaining migrant was turned over to U.S. Border Patrol (CBP) agents to face

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Office of Child Care and Regulatory Services, that administers the Family, Friends and Neighbors (FFN) portion of the Block Grant announced changes to the application limits for kids this week. For the summer months, the federally-funded program provided childcare subsidies for approved parent applicants and family,

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