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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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CRUZ BAY — A St. John man who returned a rental car observed fleeing the scene of a shooting was arrested Wednesday afternoon on assisting in the commission of a crime charges, authorities said. Hasani Liburd, 27, of Enighed was arrested at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday and charged with accessory after

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — One of three suspects accused of stealing pitbull puppies near Fairchild Park on St. Thomas last month voluntarily surrendered herself to police on Friday, authorities said. Heather R. McBrayer, 38, of Anna’s Retreat, was arrested at 5:15 p.m. Friday and charged with grand larceny and trespassing, the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who fired off gunshots in a crowded residential area has been arrested by police, authorities said Jo’Quanni Cumberbatch, 26, of Anna’s Retreat, was arrested at 12:26 a.m. today and charged with illegal discharge of a firearm and possession of an unlicensed firearm, the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that an information document has been filed in U.S. District Court against Raquel Rivera for allegedly attempting to smuggle at least 11 pounds of marijuana into St. Thomas. Rivera, of St. Croix, is scheduled to be arraigned on June 3 in St.Thomas,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Fugitive from justice Nijohntea Walker was arrested Friday afternoon by special agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), authorities said. A complaint was previously filed against Walker on April 30, 2020 for Possession of a Firearm within a school zone and Unauthorized

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FREDERIKSTED — A Mississippi martial arts instructor whose hands and feet are considered lethal weapons, allegedly broke into a St. Croix resident’s home and brutally attacked the victim with a corkscrew, authorities said. Joshua Felder, 42, current resident of Grange Hill, was arrested at 5:32 a.m. Tuesday and charged with

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FREDERIKSTED — The VIPD Criminal Investigation and Special Operations Bureaus conducted a joint operation which resulted in the arrest of a Sprat Hall man over the weekend. Jonathan Scribner, 35, of Sprat Hall, was arrested at 5:59 a.m. Saturday and charged with third-degree burglary, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

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FREDERIKSTED — A Whim man was charged with a crime related to a recent abduction of a man off the street in Frederiksted town. Aliek J. Hatchett, 20 of Estate Whim was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “Hatchett was in possession of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department is looking for 29-year-old Jabaar Mactavious. Mactavious is wanted in connection to the homicide of Shaq’kil Roberts that occurred on April 16 in the Tutu area, according to the VIPD. Mactavious was described by police as being a black man who stands

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police confiscated about 50 marijuana plants near a private residence in Hospital Ground on Wednesday morning, authorities said. Detectives searching for a suspect in Hospital Ground discovered an illegal marijuana cultivation site about 11:19 a.m. Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “Detectives were at a location

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