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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 St. Thomas man was winged by gunfire near the Nisky Center intersection late Saturday night, authorities said. Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the Nisky Center intersection about 11 p.m. Saturday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “Upon arrival to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — When Puerto Rico turned the freighter he was on away from its “rich” port in early May, things looked grim indeed for Sam the Sailor. After all, Sam the Sailor was confirmed to have COVID-19. If the couldn’t find a port to take him soon, his health

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FREDERIKSTED — St. Croix recorded two homicides in the space of seven hours today when a 26-year-old man was gunned down in an Estate Plessen-Grove Place apartment complex this afternoon, authorities said. Kaleem Ramsey of Estate Grove Place was shot to death at Lorraine Village Apartments before 3:25 p.m. today,

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man was shot to death at the island’s largest auto repair center early this morning — and the grisly, deadly scene was all captured on the company’s video surveillance system. Aaron “SavageJuice” Joseph, 27, of Grove Place, was shot to death at H.H. Tire &

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CHRISTIANSTED — Three masked men wearing dark clothing robbed a St. Croix man of his vehicle and his jewelry at gunpoint as he was relaxing in his SUV at Altona Lagoon last night, authorities said. Officers were dispatched to Altona Lagoon in reference to a robbery that occurred at 9:21

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CHRISTIANSTED — A Frederiksted man shot dead a Sion Farm man near a popular Sunny Isle-area convenience store this afternoon, authorities said. Anselmo Cruse, 33, of Castle Burke was arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. Cruse allegedly admitted that he shot to death Shamal “Indian”

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine was centered near Latitude 15.1 North, Longitude 62.1 West at 8 a.m. today. The system is moving toward the west-northwest near 23 miles per hour. On the forecast track, the system will move near or over Puerto Rico tonight, near or over Hispaniola on

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this morning, including Vieques and Culebra, which means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. As of 2 p.m. today, the developing weather

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man said his car was damaged by gunfire as he was driving through Grove Place in the early morning hours on Sunday. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police officers to Grove Place after a report of discharging of shots came in at 2:10 a.m.

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) said it is closely monitoring Invest 92-L, a tropical wave in the central tropical Atlantic, for possible development over the next few days. According to the National Hurricane Center, the broad area of low pressure is producing a wide area

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