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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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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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FREDERIKSTED — A four-year-old boy who was not fed properly and had healing cuts and healed cuts on his body was found dead on a bathroom floor in Grove Place on Friday afternoon, authorities said. Aaron Benjamin, Jr. was found dead inside Lorraine Village Apartments about 12:59 p.m. on Friday,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man investigating a “banging” noise coming from upstairs at his exclusive northside peninsula house got shot in the face for his trouble today, authorities said. “During preliminary investigation, victim stated he was inside of his residence and heard a banging sound coming from the

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EAST END, St. Croix — One man was found to be injured seriously after 911 emergency dispatchers received calls of shots fired at Teague Bay near the Yacht Club this afternoon, authorities said. “A male victim sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body and was transported in a private vehicle to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A wanted Florida fugitive from justice was arrested when he tried unsuccessfully to clear airport screening at Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas yesterday, authorities said. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Bureau traveled to Cyril E. King Airport to detain 33-year-old Randolph Donovan Jr., after they were notified

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested on domestic violence-related charges after his girlfriend was found dead in a shallow grave near Annaly, authorities said. Daivys Renaldo Vasquez, 51, of Annaly, was charged with first-degree burglary and home invasion, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. The family of Robin Hitesman reported

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CHRISTIANSTED — At least five men and two women were arrested in connection with a July shooting at the New Cool Out Bar on St. Croix, authorities said. Mario Magras 27, Eric Acosta 22, Kaleem Fleming 22, and Reynaldo Philbert 24, allegedly discharged firearms and struck a man in his chest inflicting

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CRUZ BAY — St. John Deputy Police Chief David Cannonier said that the search for missing Kentucky native Lucy Schuhmann is still ongoing.   Recently the VIPD deployed its K-9 unit cadaver dogs to join in the search with the National Park Service Rangers, St. John Rescue and other law enforcement entities

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two men have been charged with attempting to smuggling about $287,000 into St. Thomas by boat, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said today. Arioc Diaz Melendez and Juan Carlos Diaz Melendez were arrested at 2:00 a.m. Monday morning and made their initial appearances in federal court on

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who fled the territory when he knew he was a wanted man on assault charges … has been caught in California, authorities said. Emergency 911 dispatchers fielded a call reporting an assault had occurred in the area of Lindberg Bay about 9:55 a.m. on January

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