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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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FREDERIKSTED — Four-year-old Aaron Benjamin died from blunt force trauma to the head, according to the results of an autopsy released by the Virgin Islands Police Department. Kyle Christopher, 22, and Delicia Daniel, 29, were charged Monday with first-degree murder, third-degree assault-domestic violence, aggravated child abuse and child neglect and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The New York Times Company was forced to sue the U.S. Virgin Islands government in order to get needed documents about one of the late Jeffrey Epstein’s businesses in the territory, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The fourth-largest newspaper in America sued USVI Lieutenant Governor

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police put out a missing person poster on a California woman who was last seen near Estate Coakley Bay on St. Croix. Belinda Pauline Flannery, 50, was last seen walking out of E-6 Coakley Bay Condominiums on St. Croix’s East End about four days ago, the Virgin Islands

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SAN JUAN — At least six people were killed during a massacre at a public housing project in Puerto Rico on Monday night. Videos recorded by residents captured the terrifying moment a group of armed men stormed the Ernesto Ramos Pianini residential complex in Río Piedras at 6:45 p.m. One

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CHRISTIANSTED — Alert police on patrol in the Gallows Bay area arrested a wanted 20-year-old St. Croix man who allegedly had two illegal guns in his possession — one of them the same type of semi-automatic weapon used by the U.S. Secret Service to protect President Trump. Jiovoni Smith of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Florida contractor has accepted a plea deal with the federal government after admitting to getting money back in connection with government subcontract work on the U.S. District Court buildings on St. Thomas. David Wikel, president of West Palm Beach-based Therma-Seal Roof Systems, LLC, pleaded guilty Tuesday

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man faces federal charges that he knowingly tried to hide one of the territory’s biggest alleged drug dealers in a garage apartment on the hillside facing historic Salt River. At the time Paul “Bogus” Girard, Jr. was being sought by local and federal authorities during

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A rogue U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer who allegedly duct taped about 2.2 pounds of cocaine to his underwear prior to boarding a flight to Puerto Rico had his day in court in St. Thomas yesterday. Former TSA officer Miguel Batista, Jr., 26, appeared before U.S.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 29-year-old St. Thomas man was found shot to death in Estate Thomas early this morning, authorities said. Andre Martin was positively identified by family members as being the murder victim, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. It was the 12th homicide on St. Thomas since the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department issued a wanted poster today on a St. John man who they want to talk to about a domestic violence incident that allegedly happened on Friday. Henry “Trouble” Richards, Jr. of Estate Pastory is accused of second-degree burglary—domestic violence in connection with

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