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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A couple who came to St. Thomas from the mainland on a one-way ticket have both been charged with squatting in and damaging a vacant apartment on St. Thomas and each have active warrants for their arrest in Florida, authorities said. Venessa Blanco and DePaul Hendrix, also

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COTTAGE GROVE, Oregon — Janet Grosz simply wanted to help. So when a man named John Paul Hope told her about his plans to create a place where disabled veterans could live in dignity, she was all for it. Grosz, a widowed, retired nurse, agreed to give him three acres

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COTTAGE GROVE, Oregon — Investigators say that a U.S. Virgin Islands man arrested recently was responsible for a string of fraud cases that stretched from Arizona, to Washington state, and ended in Oregon. Tyrone Curtis Powell, 40, of St. Thomas, allegedly used the alias “John P. Hope” as he established

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Accurate earnings records are vital to the Social Security Administration and to every worker in the United States. If Social Security cannot match the name and Social Security number (SSN) reported on a W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, to its records, the agency cannot credit the earnings to that worker’s

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KINGSHILL — Dispatchers, telecommunicators and communications operators are being recognized this week for their ability to act fast and manage high-stress situations. These unseen public safety heroes are being recognized during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week from Sunday, April 11 through Saturday, April 17. “Today we kick off National Public

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George joined attorneys general across the nation calling on Twitter, eBay, and Shopify to act immediately to prevent people from selling fraudulent CDC vaccination cards on their platforms. A bipartisan coalition of 45 attorneys general, led by North Carolina Attorney General

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ATLANTA — A St. Thomas-based federal agent’s double life as a law enforcement officer and drug smuggler was exposed by an alert drug-sniffing dog in Georgia, authorities said. Ivan Van Beverhoudt, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer tasked with intercepting drugs in the USVI, was indicted on federal charges

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s governor announced this week that officials will start vaccinating all those 16 and older beginning Monday, prompting celebrations across the U.S. territory facing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Currently, only people 50 years and older as well as anyone 35 to 49 with chronic health

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CHRISTIANSTED — The U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency modifying its 2011 consent decree with HOVENSA, the prior owner of St. Croix’s troubled oil refinery, now owned by Limetree Bay Ventures and ArcLight Capital. The motion requires Limetree to assume some of

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s health secretary announced Thursday that all public and private schools in the U.S. territory would close for two weeks amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. The closures would go into effect April 12, roughly a month after some 100 of the island’s 858 public schools

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