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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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CANE BAY — A St. Croix resident who was arrested on assault charges Sunday is a well-known politician from the state of New Hampshire, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Gary Bruce Dodds, 55, of Estate La Vallee, was arrested Tuesday night after he allegedly assaulted a woman and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — At least seven park benches were temporarily removed from Market Square this afternoon by the COVID-19 Task Force as a way to enforce social distancing and promote better health on St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. “The benches were removed by the COVID-19 Task

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed two additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the territory’s virus death toll to 14. The dead were identified only as a 95-year-old female and a 72-year-old male, each on St. Thomas. Nine of the deaths have occurred on

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police say a masked, armed suspect in a Queen’s Quarter-area home invasion entered through the homeowner’s bedroom window and robbed the woman of cash with the help of an accomplice. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Estate Mary’s Fancy in reference to a residential burglary at

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MIAMI — Tropical Storm Laura formed this morning while making its way west-northwest near the Caribbean with St. Thomas lying in its path, the National Hurricane Center said in a special 9 a.m. update. Laura’s future is unclear as the storm faces a number of factors that could stymie its growth

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who had 50 pounds of cocaine in his checked luggage at the Cyril E. King Airport got 2.75 years in prison from a federal judge today. Shahime “Prettyboyswagg” Ludvig, Jr., 22, of St. Thomas, was given that term today after his conviction for

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MIAMI — As Tropical Depression 13 continues to spin on a forecast track north of the U.S. Virgin Islands, a second tropical depression formed this morning in the Caribbean with a path projected towards the Texas coastline, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. update. As of 11

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas serial offender who was arrested for a nightclub shooting that took place two months ago, was re-arrested in prison on separate East End burglary charges today, authorities said. Matthew Fontaine, 28, of Dominica, was arrested at 11:24 a.m. today and charged with third-degree burglary,

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CHRISTIANSTED — A motorcyclist killed in a head-on crash in Mount Welcome on Tuesday night has been identified, authorities said. Richard M. “Derryck” Boehm, 55, of Cane Bay was riding a motorcycle when it collided with an off-road vehicle on the East End Road near Spyglass Hill shortly before 8:37

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SAN JUAN — The U.S. Coast Guard set Port Condition WHISKEY for the maritime ports in the U.S. Virgins Islands and Puerto Rico at 4 p.m. Tuesday, due to the strong possibility that tropical wave Invest 98L could be in the islands within 72 hours. Coast Guard port assessment teams are

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