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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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CHRISTIANSTED — In a time of coronavirus, there was a celebrity spotting on St. Croix’s beautifully-scenic North Shore. Longtime St. Croix resident Michael Belcheff said he struck up a conversation with Canadian-born American funnyman Dan Aykroyd at Leatherback Landing Bar & Restaurant (formerly Eat At Cane Bay) about 4 p.m.

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man who illegally entered his ex-girlfriend’s home last month and beat her and stole things from her was arrested on arson charges Saturday night, authorities said. Dasha Graham, 24, of Candido Guadalupe Terrace in Estate Slob was arrested at 9:20 p.m. Saturday and charged with

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix refinery worker “fell” from a third-floor condo balcony to his death on Frenchman’s Hill in Estate St. John on Saturday night, authorities said. The 911 Emergency Call Center got a report of an injured male who reportedly fell from the 3rd floor at St. C

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department said today that a St. Thomas man was arrested on rape charges Friday. Adala Donastorg, 52 of Estate Bovoni Apartments was arrested about 7 p.m. Friday and charged with first-degree rape, according to the VIPD. “Donastorg was positively identified as the suspect

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who police caught red-handed with four pounds of marijuana, a Glock handgun and $6,226 cash got four months in prison from a federal judge, authorities said. Thomas Olive, II, 29, was sentenced Thursday on a conviction for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute,

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested after police alleged that he raped a relative. Makhi Tonge, 19, of Sion Farm was arrested at 12:47 p.m. Thursday and charged with first-degree rape-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “Tonge was identified as the suspect who sexually assaulted a

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man wanted on a domestic violence charge has voluntarily surrendered to authorities without incident, police said. Rashede “Bopps” Emanuel, 39, of Sion Farm was arrested about 11:27 p.m. Thursday and charged with first-degree burglary-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.. “Emanuel was arrested for

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CHRISTIANSTED — Two St. Croix men died after being shot multiple times near the “old cockpit” in Estate Glynn on Friday night, authorities said. The shooting victims were identified as: Malik Graham, 29, of Estate Glynn and Malcolm Francis, 23, of St. Croix, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. The

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CHRISTIANSTED — Two Estate Richmond residents were arrested today and charged with child abuse in connection to an alleged child rape at a St. Croix housing community, authorities said. Francisco J. Carmona, 34 ,and Joanne Ruiz-Carmona, 38, each of D. Hamilton Jackson Terrace were arrested early today on bench warrants

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who allegedly turned his attack dog loose on a police officer in Old Tutu was arrested today after he voluntarily turned himself in without incident, authorities said. Jo’Quanni Cumberbatch, 26, of Annas Retreat, was arrested at 2:38 p.m. today and charged with third-degree

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