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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 — Police on St. Thomas are investigating the shooting of a high-powered assault rifle in a heavily-populated housing project yesterday, authorities said. Jahcori Potter, 20 of the Bovoni Housing Community, was arrested by VIPD officers and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm about 7:57 p.m. Thursday, the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A man liming outside a downtown St. Thomas bar and restaurant in his vehicle was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight Thursday morning, authorities said. Police were dispatched to the Delicia Bar & Restaurant in Estate Honduras in reference to a robbery about 11:38 a.m. Thursday, the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas resident has been arrested after a heated argument allegedly led to a brutal domestic violence assault, authorities said. Jason E. Raymond, 39, of Agnes Fancy, was arrested at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday and charged with third-degree assault-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “The

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FREDERIKSTED — Police in St. Croix say that a 34-year-old Concordia West man has turned himself into authorities. Edictor “Puddy” Esquillin is accused of the attempted stabbing murder of an unidentified St. Croix man, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. Esquillin was arrested at 10:39 a.m. based on a Superior Court

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CHRISTIANSTED — The opioids crisis — a major problem on the U.S. mainland that claims the lives of rich and poor alike … including pop star Prince — is officially a problem in the territory now, too. Marshall D. Miller, 44, of unknown address, pled guilty today to the charge

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix couple apparently works better with an audience — an official one. Knowing a police officer was in their presence, a local man and a local woman allegedly attacked another person in Estate Golden Rock on Monday morning, authorities said. Kiwayne Cruickshank, 23 and Jahmisha Bethelmie,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — One of the four St. Thomas men accused of robbing a man of his jewelry at gunpoint near his Mariendahl home last month was charged in the case on Tuesday, authorities said. Jevon Thomas, 19, of Bovoni was arrested at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday and charged with first-degree

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who shipped about a pound of cocaine disguised in colorful cellophane candy bags to the U.S. mainland has admitted in federal court to sending about half that amount in return for a reduced prison sentence, authorities said. Kemo Riley, of St. Thomas, pleaded

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man already facing illegal ammunition possession charges was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to mail 16.3 ounces of cocaine from the USVI to the U.S. mainland, authorities said. Damian Anthony Lang, 41, of St. Croix was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to possess with

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JUNEAU — A convicted sex offender Alaska police have identified as a suspect in a homicide at a hotel in Anchorage has been arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands nearly two months after the crime, authorities said. Brant Marshall, 40, of Anchorage, who is known to acquaintances as “Joey Snow”

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