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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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CHRISTIANSTED — A Missouri man who used gay porn app Grindr to try to prey on underage boys in St. Croix pleaded guilty to two federal charges in Golden Rock today. Robert Black, 49, of Kansas City, appeared before Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon in U.S. District Court and entered

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — New York bartender Lubens Besse was described by the Virgin Islands Police Department as a “missing person” on Twitter Friday. The VIPD said on Saturday that his girlfriend in Susannaberg, St. John reported him missing on Wednesday … but it was not disclosed by authorities that the

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ARLINGTON — A Texas death-row inmate convicted of kidnapping and killing a St. Croix teenager in 1994 has received a federal execution date in November, authorities said. If the state-sanctioned killing of Orlando Hall goes ahead as scheduled, he would be the eighth person executed this year as part of the Trump

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George has subpoenaed 21 years’ worth of dead pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s flight logs, reportedly striking fear in the hearts of high-profile passengers who have not yet been exposed as Lolita Express riders. Passenger logs for Epstein’s four helicopters and three planes have

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A second person has been charged in the brutal kidnapping and hours-long torture of St. Thomas man on Monday, authorities said. Louvina Pringle is accused with Troy Harrigan of presiding over the merciless kidnapping and torture of an unnamed St. Thomas man, Superior Court documents indicate. Harrigan,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man whom police originally did not know by name was arrested Monday for a Brookman Road bar assault on two people over two months ago, authorities said. Robert “Peppa” Darroux, 31, of Estate Nadir was arrested at 2:16 p.m. Monday and charged with with

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Virgin Islands police officer is being credited with saving a St. Thomas man’s life after foiling an attempted kidnapping on Monday. Troy A. Harrigan, 51, of Estate Tutu was arrested at 7:00 p.m. Monday and charged with false imprisonment and kidnapping, the Virgin Islands Police Department

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man who was at a gas station with an illegal gun on his person in plain view was arrested by police, authorities said. Robert Mason, 44, of Little Princesse was arrested at 2:14 a.m. Tuesday and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm, the Virgin

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Head Start Program said today that their 2020-2021 Head Start school year will begin virtually on September 14 until it is determined that in-person instruction can safely resume. To prepare for the launch of the virtual school year, Head Start staff will be contacting parents the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man wanted for questioning in an illegal gun possession case in Hospital Ground was arrested in Oklahoma after a traffic stop, authorities said. Romeo Walter is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm; possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial

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