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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 – Two beaches on St. Croix have been found to be unfit for swimming or fishing after water testing by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). DPNR said that the ocean near Breezez restaurant/Club St. Croix condominiums in Golden Rock and the shores near Grapetree Bay on

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Dennis Vanterpool III (left) and  Delroy Richards Sr. FREDERIKSTED – The son of a Virgin Islands Police Department lieutenant has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship for college. Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. said that Dennis Vanterpool III is the U.S. Virgin Islands recipient of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of

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VIPA’s Carlton “Ital” Dowe CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands government has signed a 10-year deal with the world’s second largest cruise line to help boost tourism and generate revenue. The V.I. Port Authority said Tuesday that Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) has pledged among other things to guarantee a

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ARRAIGNED: Jahraun Brodhurst CHRISTIANSTED – A 24-year-old St. Croix man was arraigned in federal court after authorities said he mailed guns from Florida to St. Croix through the mail. Jahraun Malachi Brodhurst, 24, a native of St. Croix, was arraigned on December 17 before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon on

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ARRESTED FOR RAPE: Gleavorn Wrensford CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 31-year-old St. Thomas man was arrested on Friday after he paid to have sex with an underage girl, according to police. Gleavorn Wrensford, 31 of Habbets Gade was arrested a warrant, issued by the Superior Court on Friday,  police said. Wrensford

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COZUMEL – An 8-year-old boy drowned onboard Liberty of the Seas on Monday. According to a letter from Royal Caribbean to the guests onboard the ship on the Cruise Law News site, the young child drowned in one of the ship’s pools. The boy was spotted by one of the

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ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT: Kiwanda John CHRISTIANSTED – Police said a 27-year-old St. Croix woman attacked another woman with a high-heeled shoe in a dispute over a man on Sunday morning. Kiwanda John of William’s Delight was arrested about 5:42 a.m. Sunday after police said she was involved in an assault

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FOUND DEAD: Martin P. “Marty” Merrick CHRISTIANSTED – A 77-year-old Illinois man was found dead in his St. Croix condominium after fellow residents noticed that he hadn’t been seen in days. Martin P. “Marty” Merrick of Estate St. John was declared dead on arrival (DOA) when emergency personnel arrived at

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STOLEN FROM BIR: 2003 Chevy Trailblazer (LGO-6)  CHRISTIANSTED – Police on St. Croix today announced that a government vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) near Sunny Isle was stolen last week and that the fence around the lot was damaged. The 911 Emergency Call

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DEAD FROM SWINE FLU AT 28: Stacy Ramkissoon PORT OF SPAIN – The Ministry of Health is awaiting the result of an autopsy on the body of Stacy Ramkissoon, to confirm that she died from the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. If confirmed, it will be the fourth known swine flu

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