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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 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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KINGSHILL — A gun registered to a St. Croix man has been linked to the shooting death of a nine-year-old boy nearly two years ago, authorities said. Jahmeel R. Williams, 39, of Barren Spot, was arrested Tuesday and charged with failure to safely store firearm and child abuse, the Virgin

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CHRISTIANSTED — A homeless man who allegedly used the bank card of a man reported missing on St. Croix was arrested by police late Tuesday night, authorities said. Michael T. Conklin, 50, of no fixed address, was arrested at 11:40 p.m. and charged with obtaining money under false pretenses and

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police near Gallows Bay on Tuesday night found a badly decomposed of a man in the bushes near a parked car of someone reported missing on St. Croix, authorities said. Detectives discovered the vehicle at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday — parked on the roadside in Mount Welcome   —

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Coast Guard air and surface units concluded their search for a missing free diver, who was recovered deceased Monday by the crew of a St. Thomas Rescue vessel near Hull Bay in St. Thomas. The deceased diver is a man, 39, a resident of St. Thomas who

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Vincent F. Mason Sr. Coral Resort Tuesday morning on St. Croix, kicking off the first of many large recovery projects planned for fiscal year 2022. Construction will commence this week on the $2.2

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man who fled in a speed boat after shots were fired during a Buck Island brawl admitted to resisting arrest charges in federal court on Monday. Aneudis Acevedo, 32, pleaded guilty to resisting or impeding an officer of the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F.

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CHRISTIANSTED –– Following President Biden’s order to have all U.S. flags flown at half-staff, Governor Albert Bryan has ordered that all Virgin Islands flags in the territory fly at half-staff as well in memory of former Secretary of State Colin Powell until sunset on Friday, October 22, 2021. All flags should be flown at half-staff all day this week until sunset.

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FREDERIKSTED — The VIPD is asking for the St. Croix community’s assistance in locating 65-year-old Johnny E. Caines. Caines is a Black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 230 pounds. He has black and grey hair in a low haircut, with a dark complexion. He is known to frequent

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CHRISTIANSTED — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources invites the public to join in spreading awareness of local bats in the Virgin Islands during Bat Appreciation Month, celebrated nationally throughout the month of October.   “Many people may think of bats as blood-sucking, rabies-inducing

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CHRISTIANSTED — During the Government House weekly press briefing this afternoon, Communications Director Richard Motta detailed a number of projects currently underway that make up the government’s revitalization plan for the town of Frederiksted. Among those projects is the resumption of the reconstruction on the Paul E. Joseph Stadium; road and

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