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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 — A St. Thomas man who had 50 pounds of cocaine in his checked luggage at the Cyril E. King Airport got 2.75 years in prison from a federal judge today. Shahime “Prettyboyswagg” Ludvig, Jr., 22, of St. Thomas, was given that term today after his conviction for

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MIAMI — As Tropical Depression 13 continues to spin on a forecast track north of the U.S. Virgin Islands, a second tropical depression formed this morning in the Caribbean with a path projected towards the Texas coastline, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. update. As of 11

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas serial offender who was arrested for a nightclub shooting that took place two months ago, was re-arrested in prison on separate East End burglary charges today, authorities said. Matthew Fontaine, 28, of Dominica, was arrested at 11:24 a.m. today and charged with third-degree burglary,

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CHRISTIANSTED — A motorcyclist killed in a head-on crash in Mount Welcome on Tuesday night has been identified, authorities said. Richard M. “Derryck” Boehm, 55, of Cane Bay was riding a motorcycle when it collided with an off-road vehicle on the East End Road near Spyglass Hill shortly before 8:37

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SAN JUAN — The U.S. Coast Guard set Port Condition WHISKEY for the maritime ports in the U.S. Virgins Islands and Puerto Rico at 4 p.m. Tuesday, due to the strong possibility that tropical wave Invest 98L could be in the islands within 72 hours. Coast Guard port assessment teams are

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MIAMI — A broad area of low pressure about 1,000 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, which has been designated as Invest 98-L, is producing a concentrated area of showers and thundershowers, and environmental conditions are favorable for additional development, the National Hurricane Center reported in its 8 p.m.

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police are investigating the shooting of two males — at least one of them a minor — that left at least one teenager dead in Sion Farm last night, authorities said. Tintawee Christian, 16, of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas was positively identified by next of kin as being

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department released two dramatic photos of a “person of interest” in the fatal shooting that took place at the corners of Market and King Streets late Sunday afternoon. In the photos, a Black man with a slim build in a white t-shirt with blue

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KINGSHILL — A teenage girl who went missing on St. Croix 14 months ago — and then was found safe and sound — has gone missing again, authorities said. The Virgin Islands Police Department is asking the community for assistance in locating 16-year-old Makayla Leona Melissa Khodra. She was last

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FREDERIKSTED — Police are investigating a fatal shooting near West Yam Yam restaurant early Sunday evening downtown that left one St. Croix man dead and and put a 7-year-old boy from a passing vehicle in the hospital, authorities and social media said. Joseph Leonardo Clarke, 27, of Grove Place, was

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