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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 woman says she was attacked from behind and robbed of a gold chain early Sunday morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center alerted police at 7:50 a.m. Sunday that a robbery occurred near Kenia’s fashion on Kronprindsens Gade,

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RESEARCH SCIENTIST: Linnea Veinotte ST. GEORGE’S – Police in the Caribbean country of Grenada are searching for 36-year-old Linnea Veinotte, who they believe was taken while out for a run Sunday morning. According to a social media post, Veinotte was last seen near her home in the southern tip of

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  NOT SO SWIFT: Michael Swift of Bordeaux CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 56-year-old St. Thomas man was arrested by police Sunday after a citizen spotted him loading a stolen television set into his vehicle. Michael Swift of Bordeaux was arrested at 5:20 p.m. Sunday and charged with grand larceny, according

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     Barry Thiel of 13D Research CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 49-year-old finance executive from Ohio was found near death in the ocean Sunday in what published reports called a scuba diving accident. Police said officers were dispatched to Veteran’s Drive at 11:51 a.m. December 6 on a report from

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 51-year-old St. Thomas woman made her initial appearance in a federal courtroom Friday before U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez after her arrest on Thursday for the sex trafficking of a 13-year-old girl. Judge Gomez remanded Jennifer Bowen-Dodoo to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment against a 45-year-old St. Thomas man Friday after agents testified he was selling marijuana. Edridge Clyne was arrested Friday after a federal grand jury indictment on Thursday charged him with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, U.S. Attorney Ronald

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 71-year-old French national was sentenced to two years in federal prison for admitting to smuggling nearly 40 mostly Cuban migrants into the United States through St. John, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez on Friday sentenced Alain Rene Leichtnam of

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WILMINGTON, Del. – A federal bankruptcy judge sitting in Delaware made a ruling on the controversial sale of oil company HOVENSA on Monday, but said details of a large portion of the sale hearing could not be made public, under penalty of contempt, until the Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced them

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Linval Joseph when he played for the Giants When he would return to visit his father in St. Croix, Linval Joseph and his brother, Isaac, would make a makeshift basketball hoop out of a piece of board and a milk crate, attaching it to a telephone pole. Growing up in

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ARRESTED: Megan Peabody of Smith Bay CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Police on St. Thomas said four arrests took place on charges ranging from assault to robbery and credit card fraud this week. On Wednesday about 2:30 p.m., Daniel Everton, 54, of Oswald Harris Court was arrested and charged with disobeying a

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