Category: Breaking News

Rodriguez Promoted As The First Female Chief Master Sergeant Within The 285th Civil Engineering Squadron

KINGSHILL  — Virgin Islands Air National Guard (VIANG) Zathlyn Rodriguez, 285th Civil Engineering Squadron was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant making her the first female to ever hold the position in the squadron. Rodriguez promotion makes her the third female promoted as Chief Master Sergeant in the VIANG and the first female to achieve the rank being assigned […]

Man Calling On His Brother Late At Night Leads To Knock-Down Drag-Out Fight

FREDERIKSTED — A brother asking to see his fraternal sibling late at night caused police to be summoned to a house in Sion Farm where two brothers engaged in a knock-down, drag out fight on Thursday, authorities said. Wayne Sobratti, Jr. of St. Croix was arrested and charged with third-degree assault-domestic violence, simple assault and […]

Repeat Offender Faces 22 Years In Prison After Copping To Carjacking

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man faces a maximum of 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to his role in a 2017 carjacking of a St. Croix couple. Luis Davis, 34, of St. Croix, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court before Magistrate Judge Emile A. Henderson, III, to using a firearm during a violent […]

VIDOH Recognizes National Immunization Awareness Month

CHRISTIANSTED — The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health (VIDOH) recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month. National Immunization Awareness Month raises awareness and encourages everyone to make sure they are current on the necessary vaccinations for potentially harmful diseases. Many diseases can be easily prevented by administering vaccines, thus, protecting you from unseen viruses. […]

UK Court Convicts Chairman of Failed Harlequin Group For $274M Carib Fraud

LONDON — The chairman of failed luxury Caribbean hotel and resort developer Harlequin Group was convicted on Wednesday of defrauding $274 million from more than 8,000 investors in Britain. David Ames was found guilty by a jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court of two counts of fraud by abuse of position, the UK Serious Fraud […]

VIPD Denies Using ‘Sting Ray’ Tracking Device In The USVI 

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department said that there have been recent “unsubstantiated and reckless claims” circulating on social media  —  including Facebook and WhatsApp  — that the VIPD is using a device called “Sting Ray” to track cell phone conversations without someone’s knowledge.  The department does not use the ‘Sting Ray’ device which functions by […]

FEMA Makes On-Site Assessment of WAPA’s Sargassum Seaweed Problem on St. Croix

CHRISTIANSTED — Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 2 Administrator David Warrington arrived in the territory today to make an in-person assessment and get updates on the impact the heavy influx of Sargassum seaweed is having on the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s water production operations on St. Croix. While water production and capacity has remained […]

Bryan Taps Dionne Wells-Hedrington To Head Education

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan has named the Virgin Islands Department of Education’s Chief Operations Officer, Dionne Wells-Hedrington, as his nominee to become the next Commissioner of Education. Wells-Hedrington, PhD, is a lifelong educator who has served as a teacher, principal, interim superintendent and  insular superintendent of schools, and she is a resident of St. […]

For Those Falling Behind In Licensing Fees, DLCA Offers ‘Apply and Comply’

CHRISTIANSTED — DLCA says if you’re falling behind in keeping your licenses current — it’s better for you to come forward now and own up to the problem. DLCA’s Operation “Apply and Comply” program offers businesses and people who have experienced any type of economic hardship a 70 percent reduction of penalty fees incurred for failing to […]

As Peak Season Approaches, NHC Watches 4 Tropical Waves, CSU Monitors Ocean Temperatures

MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center is monitoring four tropical waves in the Atlantic basin, including one in the western Caribbean. No new tropical cyclones are expected during the next five days as the busiest period of the Atlantic hurricane season approaches. There have been four occasions in the past 30 years when the Atlantic has had no named storms between […]