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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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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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CHRISTIANSTED — Three St. Croix teenagers were arrested on illegal guns charges after being caught in a routine traffic stop near the Sion Farm Shopping Center eight days ago, authorities said. Devonte Anthony, 19, of Sion Hill, K’mani Bruce, 18, of Catherine’s Rest, and Nathan Warner, 18, of Sion Farm,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Monday two incidents where inbound passengers to the Cyril E. King Airport and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, have attempted to smuggle firearms, ammunition and bulletproof vests in violation of local law. “The U.S. Virgin Islands has its own laws

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man talking on his cell phone in his car was robbed at gunpoint of his belongings and his sedan near a soccer field in Upper Bethlehem early Monday morning, authorities said. The 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a robbery that took place

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Fingerprints allowed federal officers to make an arrest at the St. Thomas airport after a deported man allegedly claimed to be someone he was not, authorities said. Gilberto Arana Wence was arrested on Friday and charged with illegal re-entry by a removed alien, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man arrested on rape charges in November 2018 was arrested on illegal gun charges over the weekend, authorities said. Kewasi James, 29, of Estate Mariendahl, was arrested at 5:05 p.m. Saturday and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of a firearm

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A homeless man who used a brick to smash the window of a U.S. Post Office to steal from it two years ago has been arrested on burglary charges on St. Thomas once again, authorities said. Allen Springette, 49, was arrested at 7:15 p.m. Saturday and charged

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FREDERIKSTED — St. Croix Senator Kurt Vialet that that he saw firsthand the hue and cry of local horse owners at Plaza Extra West on Saturday and has persuaded Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. to sit down with them to hear their grievances. Protesters by the hundreds, some of them on

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department said it participated in the closing of an illegal horse racing path in the Williams Delight area on Thursday. Throughout the past two years, VIPD has responded to the path used for unsanctioned horse racing. Officers have gone to the location in the

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