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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 – The 29-year-old son of a well-known St. Croix senator was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in Williams Delight just after midnight Tuesday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police at 12:34 a.m. Wednesday to an area in Estate Cane, behind

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DPW Commissioner Gustav James CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Public Works Commissioner Gustav James said today that the Pilgrim’s Terrace Bypass Roadway is closed to through traffic but open to residents due to work at the Catherinberg Intersection. Motorists will not have access to Catherinberg Road (Garden Street) via the intersection until Wednesday

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MISSING: Emmanuel Fraticelli Davis FREDERIKSTED – Police on St. Croix are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Emmanuel “Manuel” Fraticelli Davis, a 20-year old missing person. Fraticelli Davis was last seen on Thursday, October 22, 2015 in the vicinity of Marley Homes wearing a black t-shirt with red basketball

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CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands Department of Education St. Croix District Office of the Insular Superintendent and the leadership of the Elena Christian Jr. High School are appealing to residents living in the Aureo Diaz Heights housing community and surrounding neighborhoods to keep a watchful eye out for suspicious activity

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Rajkumarie Hendrickson of Guyana CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The 42-year-old woman who was killed in a drive-by shooting near the Jala Jala Night Club on October 24 has been identified by police. Rajkumarie Hendrickson, a resident of Pflugerville Texas, was shot to death about 4:15 a.m. on Kronprindsens Gade near the Jala

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday pledged more resources for the eastern Caribbean under the Petrocaribe program during a one-day visit to the nearby island of St. Vincent. Maduro said he was seeking to find a regional hub that would serve as the center for the

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MID-ISLAND – Two unidentified people were found shot and burned by authorities Monday night, according to the VIPD. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to Old Fredensborg Village at 9:37 p.m. Monday with a report of a disturbance. Police went to Fredensborg across Centerline Road from the North entrance

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 24-year-old man was gunned down near a grocery store in St. Thomas early Sunday morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to an area near Bargain Grocery (formerly the Lima Grocery Store) and Such Is Life Bar located

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     Shedrick Jones Sr. of NABVETS LOUISVILLE — The National Association for Black Veterans is a nationwide association of veterans.  Established in 1969 during very turbulent racial tensions, NABVETS has always served to highlight and preserve the significant and historical contributions of African Americans in the United States military. For more than 40 years

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         Mona Island near Puerto Rico SAN JUAN – United States authorities say they have detained 13 people from India who were part of a group of migrants heading to Puerto Rico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jeffrey Quinones says it’s the first time in more than a decade that

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