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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 — A Florida contractor has accepted a plea deal with the federal government after admitting to getting money back in connection with government subcontract work on the U.S. District Court buildings on St. Thomas. David Wikel, president of West Palm Beach-based Therma-Seal Roof Systems, LLC, pleaded guilty Tuesday

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man faces federal charges that he knowingly tried to hide one of the territory’s biggest alleged drug dealers in a garage apartment on the hillside facing historic Salt River. At the time Paul “Bogus” Girard, Jr. was being sought by local and federal authorities during

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A rogue U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer who allegedly duct taped about 2.2 pounds of cocaine to his underwear prior to boarding a flight to Puerto Rico had his day in court in St. Thomas yesterday. Former TSA officer Miguel Batista, Jr., 26, appeared before U.S.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 29-year-old St. Thomas man was found shot to death in Estate Thomas early this morning, authorities said. Andre Martin was positively identified by family members as being the murder victim, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. It was the 12th homicide on St. Thomas since the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department issued a wanted poster today on a St. John man who they want to talk to about a domestic violence incident that allegedly happened on Friday. Henry “Trouble” Richards, Jr. of Estate Pastory is accused of second-degree burglary—domestic violence in connection with

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FREDERIKSTED — Two people — including the child’s biological mother — have been arrested on child neglect charges after a “badly abused” four-year-old boy was found dead on a bathroom floor in Grove Place on Friday. Delicia Daniel, 29, of Grove Place and Kyle Christopher, 22, were each arrested Friday and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A BVI native was given a less-than-one-year sentence by a federal judge for being an illegal alien in the territory carrying a concealed, loaded semi-automatic weapon. Ashan Westcott, 29, of Road Town, Tortola, was sentenced on Thursday for possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, United

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KINGSHILL — U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George on Friday announced the arrest of Massachusetts native Daniel Cove. Cove, 36, a registered sex offender was apprehended by Superior Court Marshals at the Village Rehabilitation Center in Sion Hill on Thursday. He was arrested on a warrant, for failing to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man went from hero to goat in just two short months. Federal authorities said that Randolph Donovan, Jr., a man working as a stilt walker for the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) at the Cyril

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EAST END, St. Croix — A man who allegedly shot a U.S. mainland lineman who was on the job working in Teague Bay on Thursday afternoon has been arrested by police, authorities said. Gary Simmonds, 47, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with first-degree assault, the Virgin Islands Police Department

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