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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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 — Police officers assigned to the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative (VICI) team conducted a traffic stop after seeing a silver Toyota Corolla run a red light  near Wendy’s restaurant in Mandela Circle, authorities said. When police made a traffic stop of the vehicle about 9:10 p.m. on Thursday they

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CHRISTIANSTED — A 29-year-old St. Croix man was arrested on drug charges after his vehicle was searched during a routine traffic stop. Asha Felix of #20A Estate Slob was arrested about 10:02 p.m. on October 16 and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, the Virgin

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man accused of being a serial gold chain snatcher … had the book thrown at him by a federal judge… after he used an assault rifle in a petty crime. Arthur Greaves, Jr., 20, of St. Thomas, was sentenced today after being convicted of

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CHRISTIANSTED — A Puerto Rican subcontractor has signed a plea deal with federal prosecutors that includes a possible three-year prison sentence and a promise to pay $1.2 million in restitution for paying kickbacks on a government contract, authorities said. Reinaldo Cruz Taura, the president of Puerto Rico-based RCT Mechanical Engineering,

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EAST END, St. Croix — Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place near a condominium complex and popular bar and restaurant in Estate Southgate on Sunday night. A masked gunman held up a woman outside of Southgate Courtyard Villas next door to Cheeseburger in Paradise about 8:51 p.m.

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FREDERIKSTED — Police need your help to find an elderly Montserrat native who has not been heard from in a month. Joseph Michael Ryan, 68, relocated back to St. Croix on September 18 from Dorchester, Massachusetts, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. Ryan’s daughter, and family members reported to the

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FREDERIKSTED — Four-year-old Aaron Benjamin died from blunt force trauma to the head, according to the results of an autopsy released by the Virgin Islands Police Department. Kyle Christopher, 22, and Delicia Daniel, 29, were charged Monday with first-degree murder, third-degree assault-domestic violence, aggravated child abuse and child neglect and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The New York Times Company was forced to sue the U.S. Virgin Islands government in order to get needed documents about one of the late Jeffrey Epstein’s businesses in the territory, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The fourth-largest newspaper in America sued USVI Lieutenant Governor

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police put out a missing person poster on a California woman who was last seen near Estate Coakley Bay on St. Croix. Belinda Pauline Flannery, 50, was last seen walking out of E-6 Coakley Bay Condominiums on St. Croix’s East End about four days ago, the Virgin Islands

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SAN JUAN — At least six people were killed during a massacre at a public housing project in Puerto Rico on Monday night. Videos recorded by residents captured the terrifying moment a group of armed men stormed the Ernesto Ramos Pianini residential complex in Río Piedras at 6:45 p.m. One

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