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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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FREDERIKSTED – Hummingbird Air based out of the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix has suspended its operations here following the crash-landing of one of its three Beech C99s at St. Lucia’s Vigie Airport earlier this month, the second such incident to have occurred within the last four months.

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NEW YORK – Platinum-selling and chart-topping duo R. City, with special guest and coach Adam Levine, are set to perform their hit single “Locked Away” on the live Tuesday, November 17 telecast of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice.” R. City is the dynamic duo featuring St. Thomas-born

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Scott Fagan’s obscure 1968 album South Atlantic Blues finally sees its reissue 47 years after the fact. As Chris Campion at St. Cecilia Knows, the label reissuing the album, explains: “By rights, we should already be celebrating Scott Fagan as one of the icons of his era, alongside Donovan, Tim

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TAMPA — Memories of his last hours in Cuba come to Don Perez like a slide show with missing frames. He has a mental image of a giant glass wall in the airport in Havana. Six at the time, Perez stood on one side and his parents on the other.

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Jahmal Rivera of Estate Grove Place FREDERIKSTED – Two St. Croix men and two St. Croix teenagers were arrested Thursday in connection with the murder of a 73-year-old Grove Place man, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Police executed arrest warrants for Jahmal Rivera, 29, of Estate Grove Place,

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James “Jamie” Jenks CHRISTIANSTED – A 65-year-old Alabama man died when the moped he was driving collided with a motor vehicle on the East End of St. Croix Wednesday afternoon, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. It is unfortunate circumstances like these that make you think about how important

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CHRISTIANSTED – Police on St. Croix are asking the public’s assistance in locating Wayne Winston Burke, a runaway minor. Wayne Winston Burke was last seen on Friday September 25, 2015 at 10 p.m. in the Estate Strawberry area. Wayne was last seen wearing a pair of short pants and a

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Andelson Santiago Nova CHRISTIANSTED – A 24-year-old St. Croix man was given an additional 18 months behind bars by a federal judge for having a makeshift knife in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Andelson Santiago Nova of St. Croix was also sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge

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Delroy Thomas of St. Croix CHRISTIANSTED – A former St. Croix police cadet who was accused of impregnating a 16-year-old girl last year was held over on murder for hire charges in federal court on Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Delroy A. Thomas, 25, of Barren Spot was

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Kevin Greaves in handcuffs in BVI CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment on November 5 charging Kevin Greaves, 43, of St. Thomas, with bulk cash smuggling, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe. Greaves was arrested on August 22 and was released on home confinement with

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