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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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 California resident was detained by federal officers for an outstanding warrant at the St. Thomas airport on Friday, authorities said. Raquel Antoinette Huff, 24, of Oakland, was flagged by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about 3:45 p.m. Friday at the Cyril E. King Airport for

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MID-ISLAND, ST. CROIX — Police are investigating an armed robbery involving two masked men that took place in Estate Glynn this afternoon, authorities said. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched the officers to a reported robbery in Estate Glynn about 2:48 p.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. A

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CHRISTIANSTED — The man who was shot down dead as he exited a Castle Coakley bakery after buying fresh-baked bread on Saturday has been identified by police, authorities said. Gyasi Chiverton, 22, was identified by next of kin, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. On January 18 at 12:11 p.m.,

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CHRISTIANSTED — Four people, including one minor, have been shot in Estate Castle Coakley in the last 27 hours, authorities said. At least one person has been airlifted off island for treatment. One unidentified man shot near Thomas Bakery on Saturday is dead, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. Two

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A routine traffic stop in Sugar Estate netted a St. Thomas man on illegal gun charges Thursday, authorities said. An underage passenger in the car at the time is being held in child protective custody. Ke-ion K.S. Gabriel, 18, of Oswald Harris Court, was arrested about 12:16

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CHRISTIANSTED — A man exiting a Castle Coakley bakery with fresh-baked bread in his hands was recognized by a waiting gunman outside the store and shot dead early Saturday afternoon, authorities and eyewitnesses said. Police did not identify the victim or state if a suspect or suspects are wanted in

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A shooting in Contant left one self-employed electrician dead in St. Thomas on Friday evening, authorities said. A suspect remains at large. Ferdinand N. Marshall, 46, was identified by police as the shooting victim, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “Officers worked long into the night to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Puerto Rican boat captain was sentenced to a half year in prison and will lose his boat after he knowingly transporting illegal aliens for “commercial advantage or private financial gain,” authorities said. Arturo Serrano-Arizmendi, 27, of Culebra, Puerto Rico, was sentenced Thursday after being convicted of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The owner of a Puerto Rico-based construction company who fraudulently obtained about $800,000 in disaster relief funds intended to help the territory rebuild after the 2017 hurricanes has been sentenced to 1.16 years in prison. Juli Campbell of Florida was sentenced to 14 months in prison for

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man accused of stabbing another man during a fight downtown on Wednesday evening has been arrested by police, authorities said. Antonio Matos, 25 of Dronnigens Gade, Charlotte Amalie was arrested about 7:43 p.m. and charged with first-degree assault, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

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