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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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CHRISTIANSTED — A fifth woman has admitted to her role in a scheme to file false tax returns, costing Virgin Islanders hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost tax refunds, authorities said. Thema Liverpool, 31, of St. Croix, pled guilty today to conspiracy to defraud the United States, U.S. Attorney

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CHRISTIANSTED — Serial offender Dequan J.J. Forde is appealing his eight-month federal prison sentence for marijuana possession to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. Forde, 22, of St. Croix was sentenced on Wednesday to less that one year in prison for marijuana possession with intent to distribute.

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man is facing a decade in federal prison after pleading guilty to having thousands of images and videos that included depictions of babies subjected to violent sexual acts. Collin Gomes, 26, of Mars Hill, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possession of child pornography,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A man from the Philippines has been charged with threatening injury in order to induce sex from a woman, authorities said. United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands said today that a federal indictment has been handed down charging a Filipino

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Dirty cop Yomont King will avoid prison time as part of a plea bargain arrangement with federal authorities. King, a Virgin Islands Police Department officer, pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said today. King, 28, of St. Croix, was charged

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two Pennsylvania women were handed sentences of 5.2 years and 6.4 years for a crack cocaine conviction in federal court. Ngoc Nguyen, 22, and Fendi Brooks, 26, both from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were sentenced Thursday for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of

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KINGSHILL — Two men and two women are charged with attempted murder in the Cool Out Bar shooting in July, authorities said today. Ana M. Magras, Melanie Adames, Jamarie K. Grigg, and Flavel Magras were arraigned today in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands on formal criminal charges of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A man wanting to fly to Florida with five bags of cocaine in his suitcase was thwarted by federal law enforcement authorities in St. Thomas this weekend. Aubrey Meyers was arrested at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas for possession of cocaine with intent to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police patrol units were dispatched to the Schneider Regional Medical Center, in reference to a man being stabbed late Saturday night, authorities said. When police arrived at the hospital early Sunday morning, they met with the victim who refused to give a statement, the Virgin Islands Police

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Emergency 911 dispatchers received a call of a reported stabbing in the area of Tap and Still restaurant near the Havensight dock about midnight on Saturday, authorities said. Members of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative (VICI) team  made an inspection of the area in an attempt to locate suspects

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