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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 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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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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SCRAPPED FOR SUNDAY: Linval Joseph  EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with a foot injury, meaning Sharrif Floyd will start at nose tackle and Tom Johnson will be at three-technique tackle against the Seahawks’ second-ranked running

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ARRESTED: Yennifer Bisono of the DR CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 31-year-old Dominican national is accused of pointing a gun at another woman in a St. Thomas bar and pelting her with beer bottles on Thanksgiving Day, according to police and social media sources. Yennifer Bisono of Hospital Ground was arrested

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CHRISTIANSTED – Two different service stations are tied for having the lowest price for gasoline on St. Croix, according to the latest survey of gas stations by the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs. Five Corners Service Station at 1-C Little Princesse and the In & Out Service Station at

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ADDITIONAL CHARGE: Malik Cheatham CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Authorities have added another charge to the court docket of a 64-year-old St. Thomas man accused in three separate criminal acts in October and November. Police said Malik Cheatham of Solberg, currently in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, has been charged

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – In its weekly beach advisory the Department of Planning and Natural Resources said four beaches on St. John and one beach on St. Croix was not safe for swimming or fishing. Although DPNR said earlier in the week that Magens Bay beach was under a “no swim”

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                 Linval Joseph of St. Croix EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph didn’t practice for the second straight day on Thursday with a foot injury, and his status could be in doubt for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Now that Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Limetree Bay Holdings have come to an agreement on the operating terms for the HOVENSA oil storage terminal, the question becomes: Will the Legislature sign off as well? Mapp said that the deal with Limetree is expected to bring a likely

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Artist Victor Cepeda of St. Croix CHRISTIANSTED – A 20-year-old St. Croix native who is best-known for his colorful murals all over the island is getting his own solo art show here starting this weekend. Victor Cepeda, aka the “Mural Man,” told the Virgin Islands Free Press that the show

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   Statue of Edith Williams in St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Police on St. Thomas reported two arrests on charges ranging from assault and battery to drunken driving on Tuesday. On December 1 at 6:24 p.m., Ishmael Abdulmutaal, 61, of Annas Retreat was arrested on Weymouth Rhymer Highway and charged

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