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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 St. Thomas man who allegedly turned his attack dog loose on a police officer in Old Tutu was arrested today after he voluntarily turned himself in without incident, authorities said. Jo’Quanni Cumberbatch, 26, of Annas Retreat, was arrested at 2:38 p.m. today and charged with third-degree

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CHRISTIANSTED — Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Bureau and officers in the Special Operations Bureau conducted Operation “Lock Them Up” today executing arrest warrants on three St. Croix men in separate cases. Rolando Gautier, 37, of Peter’s Rest was arrested at 5:18 a.m. today and charged with second-degree reckless endangerment,

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CHRISTIANSTED — A man who was arrested for simple drug possession of an opioid in January was sentenced by a federal judge Monday to time served. Marshall D. Miller, 44, of Illinois, was sentenced on Monday to 69 days in prison (time served) for simple possession of fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Gretchen

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department is advising the general public that there is a Social Security Administration scam being perpetuated on old people in the territory. Callers are claiming that they are law enforcement officers and they are requesting the person’s Social Security Number and demanding that you

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department is searching for Rashede “Bopps” Emanuel. Emanuel is wanted for first-degree burglary-domestic violence. Emanuel is a 39-year-old black male who stands about 5-feet,8 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds, according to the VIPD. He has brown hair in waist-length dreadlocks, brown eyes

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly shooting and killing his brother last month and leaving his body to be found in the waters behind the now-shuttered Good Hope School. Akil Santiago, 30, of Williams Delight, reportedly killed his younger brother Jahkim Santiago, 28, on

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man wanted for an armed robbery that took place outside a Crown Mountain sports bar earlier this month has been arrested by police, authorities said. Dante Tonge, 24, of Contant Knolls was arrested about 2:50 a.m. Thursday based on a warrant issued by the

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CHRISTIANSTED — A man wanted in an armed robbery of a fast food restaurant on St. Croix has voluntarily turned himself in to police, authorities said. Wayne Burke surrendered to police without incident about 1 a.m. Thursday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. Burke was subsequently arrested and charged with

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KINGSHILL — After seven years and one hung jury, former police sergeant Ronald Hatcher will not be re-tried on voluntary manslaughter charges in the 2013 shooting death of a Christiansted man. At a status conference today in Superior Court to determine a trial date, Superior Court Judge Jomo Meade asked

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Javier Enrique Lima was indicted on February 27, 2020 on multiple federal and local charges related to possessing and transporting a firearm with an obliterated serial number, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. Lima was also charged with departing a customs facility before being authorized to do

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