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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 — The VIPD needs the St. Thomas community’s assistance with identifying the person depicted in these photos. The woman was found by a concerned citizen wandering in Estate Frydenhoj, disoriented, according to the VIPD. “She says her name is Alicia Veronica Thomas, but she does not remember her

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CHRISTIANSTED — October is recognized nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence has been defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner, a friend living in the same household or a family member. Domestic violence can take

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan released a statement on Congress’ passing a continuing resolution to fund the government through December and avoid a government shutdown that also waives the U.S. Virgin Islands’ debt of $300 million in Community Disaster Loans that resulted from the 2017 hurricanes: “It is with great

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Human Services employee was charged with gaming the federal health care system so that an illegal alien and others could access at least $54,000 in Medicaid funds that they weren’t entitled to, authorities said. Everton Garvey of the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services surrendered himself

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — One man was injured in a shooting near the Home Depot in St. Thomas on Wednesday night, authorities said. Officers were dispatched to the Schneider Regional Medical Center to investigate a reported gunshot victim at 10:03 p.m. Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “The male victim

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CHRISTIANSTED — A complaint about child abuse led police to a St. Croix residence that was allegedly being used as a marijuana grow house, authorities said. Mikey Luke, 48, of Anna’s Hope, was arrested Tuesday on criminal charges related to his alleged marijuana grow house, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — When trying to crawl out of the wreckage of her crossover SUV after a two-car accident this morning, the mini van shifted slightly and fell back on top of the injured driver — killing her, authorities said. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to an auto

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Health on Monday confirmed two COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total number in the territory to 71. The dead are an 89-year-old man on St. Croix and a 44-year-old woman on St. Thomas, according to a Health Department press release. Territorial Epidemiologist Dr.

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MIAMI — Hurricane Sam went through a weakening spell yesterday when an internal process collapsed the storm’s eyewall and a new larger one formed. Now the new one is contracting, Sam is re-strengthening and the overall system has grown in size. It’s a normal process in strong hurricanes. In fact,

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FREDERIKSTED — A homeless man who allegedly broke into a man’s home, stole his car keys and wallet — and then proceeded to take the car for a joyride as the homeowner slept — was arrested on Monday night, authorities said. Syel Williams, 32, of no fixed address, was arrested

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