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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 man who was shot by police in 2014 was arrested just after midnight in connection to the shooting death of a construction worker near Veterans Drive on St. Thomas last year, authorities said. Azamba Galloway, 29 of Kirwan Terrace, was arrested about 12:24 a.m. Saturday by officers

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota — The Minnesota Vikings, winners of the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs in 2019, can get back into the black in 2020 by losing one key player on their defense: St. Croix’s Linval Joseph. And according to NFL sources speaking privately to the Virgin Islands

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SAN JUAN — St. Croix basketball star Rakeem Christmas has signed a professional contract in Puerto Rico’s Baloncesto Superior Nacional with the Mets de Guaynabo, the team has announced. Christmas last played professionally in Turkey, suiting up for four games earlier this year with OGM Ormanspor. He averaged four points and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A brave St. Thomas deli owner fought back against three armed robbers — but was pistol-whipped for his trouble, authorities said. Police are seeking three masked men for an armed robbery at the Nidal Deli and Grocery in Estate Dorothea on St. Thomas’ northside Wednesday night. On

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CHRISTIANSTED — The VIPD said it is searching for Shamal Riviere. Riviere is wanted for questioning in regards to a first-degree assault incident, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. Riviere is a 29-year-old black male who stands 5-feet,10-inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He has black hair in dreadlocks and

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FREDERIKSTED — The VIPD is trying to find Sol Belinda “Misael” Garcia to question her about a stabbing that occurred on St. Croix two years ago. Garcia is wanted for questioning in regards to a stabbing incident that took place in Frederiksted in 2018, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man driving with tinted windows was pulled over by police in a routine traffic stop and discovered to have two illegal weapons in his vehicle, authorities said. Korda Cornelius, 45 of Contant Knolls, was arrested by VIPD Special Operations Bureau officers about 1:25 p.m.

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man lost his life early Tuesday morning in a one-car accident in which “excessive speed” was a factor, authorities conceded. On February 11 at around 1:28 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a one-car accident on South Shore Road, just west

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man taking tools out of his vehicle for work was held up at gunpoint in Savan early on Tuesday morning, authorities said. The 911 Emergency Call Center received a report that a first-degree robbery occurred in upper Savan before 6:33 a.m. Tuesday, the Virgin

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A dark-colored vehicle traveling west on Moravian Highway in the vicinity of the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency headquarters hit a pedestrian who was crossing the roadway heading north about 8:29 p.m. Friday. The pedestrian, identified by next of kin as 55-year-old Rodney George, was transported

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