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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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FREDERIKSTED — A woman was on the phone with a 911 operator telling her that a former star basketball player was under attack — when suddenly she heard sounds like he was being shot to death on Thursday morning, authorities said. Jonathan Adrian Fontenelle, 28, of Grove Place was positively

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Alert police noticed an overturned vehicle on St. Thomas’ East End and tried to help the occupants safely out of their car late Wednesday night. When police did, they noticed that the two St. Thomas men had a handgun and rifle in the incapacitated vehicle — and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two St. Thomas men face federal charges after they were arrested last month for allegedly carjacking two women at gunpoint in Havensight, authorities said. Jahvid Alexander, 20, of Charlotte Amalie and Jestus Francis, 18, of Charlotte Amalie were arrested on June 23 and charged with numerous local crimes

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FREDERIKSTED — A second St. Croix man accused in the non-fatal shooting of three people in Castle Coakley in January was arrested by police on Tuesday night, authorities said. David Semper, 22, of no fixed address, was arrested at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday and charged with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment,

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man caught drunk driving in the Impaired Driving Crackdown initiative late Sunday night also had enough cocaine and marijuana on him to be considered a drug dealer, authorities said. Marlon R. Richardson, 46, of Anna’s Hope, was arrested at 11:19 p.m. Sunday and charged with

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix teenager accused of murder in the territory was found hiding about 110 miles from New York City, authorities said. Jerome “Romes” Wallace III, 19, of Strawberry Hill, was apprehended near Poughkeepsie, New York on June 24 on an active arrest warrant out of St. Croix

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man who was charged with murder after allegedly gunning down a man at Ruby M. Rouss Apartments more than two years ago apparently was free to shoot another man at Ruby M. Rouss Apartments in June, authorities said. Manuel “Matatan” Davis, 23 of Williams Delight

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix woman who founded a faith-based organization on island to help at-risk youth, allegedly used her vehicle to assault her ex-boyfriend, then maced him, authorities said. Kimberly “Rae” Gereau, 33, of Estate St. Georges was arrested at 9:52 a.m. Saturday and charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence,

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CHRISTIANSTED — A police crackdown on drunk drivers traveling St. Croix’s East End and Cane Bay netted three arrests in the last two weeks, authorities said. Officers of the VIPD have been conducting traffic checkpoints to find and arrest those driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, and

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man who realized that he had been caught in a routine vehicle traffic stop near Villa La Reine early Tuesday morning, attempted to get way on foot, but was quickly captured by police, authorities said. Eardley U. Pant, 39, of Williams Delight, was arrested at

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