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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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FREDERIKSTED — A prisoner was arrested by police in Estate Golden Grove after a homeowner recognized him as the person who burglarized his home before he was an inmate, authorities said. Wayne Burke, 18, an inmate at the Golden Grove Correctional Facility, was served with an arrest warrant for third-degree

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A gas station cashier who tried to make off with $200 cash from the register on Saturday afternoon was arrested by police, authorities said. Wesly Jean, 27, of Anna’s Retreat, was arrested at 1:20 p.m. on Saturday and charged with embezzlement, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man who allegedly raped a woman after first offering her a ride home has been arrested by police, authorities said. Francisco Tirado III, 29, of Frederiksted was arrested at 5:17 p.m. Wednesday and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree assault, and first-degree unlawful sexual contact, the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who repeatedly raped an underage girl on St. Thomas was arrested by police on Thursday night, authorities said. Timothy Brewer, 32, of Smith Bay, was arrested about 8:18 p.m. Thursday and charged with first-degree rape and unlawful sexual contact, the Virgin Islands Police

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Hospital Ground woman who was reported missing Tuesday by family members has been found safe and sound on St. Thomas, authorities said. Jamequa Kuntz, 22, came to the Richard Callwood Command in Charlotte Amalie about 9:40 p.m. Thursday “and told officers that she was okay,” the

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FREDERIKSTED — Police discovered an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in a St. Croix home while executing a search warrant early this morning, authorities said. D’Andre George, 20, of Sugar Mill Estates was arrested at 3:47 a.m. today and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession or sale of

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FREDERIKSTED — A Salt River area man is accused of getting into an argument with his former girlfriend in Frederiksted and firing off his gun to make a point, authorities said. Malik Rohlsen, 21 of Concordia Bay, was arrested about 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department is asking for the community’s help in finding Jamequa Kuntz. Kuntz, 22, of Hospital Ground was reported missing by family members yesterday. Police described Kuntz as a black female with a brown complexion who stands 5-feet-6 inches tall and weighs about 225

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EAST END, St. Croix — The partially-decomposed body of a man who had been shot to death was found near Cramer’s Park early this morning, authorities said. The 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of what appeared to be a body in the bushes east of Cramer’s Park about 6:51

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CHRISTIANSTED — The U.S. Virgin Islands recorded its fourth death from COVID-19 over the weekend, a 67-year-old woman on St. Croix who died at home, according to Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. The woman who died was never hospitalized, but was tested for presence of the coronavirus “post mortem,” Bryan said,

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