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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man who maintained an ongoing sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl in his own household was arrested on Monday morning, authorities said. Jacoy Q. Kentish, 20, of Campo Rico, was arrested at 11:55 a.m. Monday and charged with second-degree aggravated-rape-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – With the assistance and coordination from the Virgin Islands Department of Health, service members were able to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Community Vaccination Centers, September 11, 2021. The rise of the Delta variant, and the speed at which it transmits among

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Although Dwight E. Isaac was arrested in April and charged with first-degree unlawful sexual contact, the Virgin Islands Police Department only released that information to Twitter in a late night post. The VIPD did not release the public information about Isaac through the normal media channels, such

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CHRISTIANSTED — Territorial epidemiologist Esther Ellis revealed that the USVI now has had one COVID-19-related death in a fully-vaccinated person. “Therefore, 98.5 percent of our deaths have been among unvaccinated individuals,” Ellis said. The vaccine was developed to lower the risk of transmission and lowers the risk of hospitalization and

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HOUSTON —Tropical Storm Nicholas hit the Texas coast early this morning as a hurricane and dumped more than a foot of rain along the same area swamped by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, drenching storm-battered Louisiana, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people and bringing the potential for life-threatening flash

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Virgin Islands government agency with the second-most employees says it will follow a sweeping new federal plan to fight COVID-19 that requires teachers and healthcare workers to be vaccinated, among other measures announced by President Joe Biden last week. “We will implement the president’s mandates

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FREDERIKSTED — A Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority blackout sent some west end elementary school students back to learning from home. The Virgin Islands Department of Education, St. Croix District, announced the early dismissal of Claude O. Markoe Elementary School’s in-person classes on September 13, “effective immediately, due to

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FREDERIKSTED — A special police unit conducting a routine traffic stop of a motorist discovered that the driver had a gun, drugs and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle on Friday night. Kaheem Roberts, 37, of Mon Bijou, was arrested at 7:13 p.m. Friday and charged with carrying a firearms openly

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Police have arrested a St. Thomas man on a charge that he raped a child on a beach at Benner Bay near a popular marina early Saturday morning. WiCliff Gue, 19, of Frydendahl, was arrested at 7 p.m. Saturday and charged with first-degree rape, the Virgin Islands

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Capt. Kai Callwood, HHC 786th, returned home after a year of deployment on September 11, 2021.  Friends, family, loved ones and fellow service members were there to welcome home the returning service member, Capt. Callwood. “Family and comradery is big on any deployment and I appreciated everyone

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