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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 didn’t notice a surveillance camera watching him was arrested for stealing a man’s wallet and using his credit cards last month, authorities said. Dale Joseph Pringle, 53, of Commandant Gade, was arrested about 9 a.m. Tuesday and charged with fraudulent use of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who fled the Customs inspection area in Red Hook and left a handgun in a backpack behind, pleaded guilty to illegal gun charges in federal court Tuesday, authorities said. Javier Enrique Lima pled guilty to possessing and transporting a firearm with an obliterated

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FREDERIKSTED — Police are investigating a robbery of a restaurant in Mount Pleasant West which two men left with the cash register, authorities said. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to a robbery in progress at Crucian Wings in Mount Pleasant about 8:42 p.m. on Sunday, the Virgin Islands

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who was brandishing a weapon near a baseball field in Anna’s Retreat has been arrested on illegal gun use charges, authorities said. Rashad Amari Creque, 23, of Estate Contant was arrested at 10:15 p.m. Saturday and charged with illegal discharge of a firearm,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police continue investigate the shooting death of a St. Thomas man near Garden Street in downtown St. Thomas Friday morning. Jamal Jacobs, 39, of Lovelund Apartments, was shot multiple times before 8:30 a.m. Friday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. Jacobs was identified by next of kin

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was shot to death after being struck multiple times by bullets this morning, authorities said. The Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired in the Garden Street area about 8:29 a.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “Officers were dispatched,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A confirmed COVID-19 patient was taken off of a cargo ship docked behind Hassel Island on Thursday and brought to St. Thomas for needed medical treatment, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Despite the fact that the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA), St. Thomas Rescue, Schneider

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CRUZ BAY — Two men dressed in black broke into a St. John woman’s home and gun-butted her in the head during a home invasion last night, authorities said. Police were notified of a residential burglary that occurred in Cruz Bay about 10:13 p.m. Tuesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police responded to a burglary in progress in La Grande Princess on Tuesday night, authorities said. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to a residential burglary in progress in La Grande Princesse at 7:58 p.m. Tuesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. Upon arrival, officers met with

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested after breaking his elderly neighbor’s arm with a pickaxe handle near Sunny Isle one month ago, authorities said. Raymond Ward, 58, of Sion Hill, was served with an arrest warrant for third-degree assault, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “Ward is alleged

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