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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s firefighting department said Wednesday that its database was hacked by unknown people demanding $600,000 in an act of alleged extortion. The department’s director, Alberto Cruz, said in a statement the situation has not affected its ability to respond to emergencies. Police said the department received

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man who thought he was meeting a teenage girl to have sex last summer, pleaded guilty in federal court today to trying to have illegal sexual activity. Rashead Gerard, 23, of St. Croix, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon, Jr., to attempted coercion

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A convicted felon who admitted to authorities he had a loaded semi-automatic gun and ammunition in his vehicle after a domestic dispute on St. Croix pleaded guilty to illegal gun-related charges in federal court. Deshawn Gonsalves, 26, of St. Croix, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to

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SAN JUAN — The Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser repatriated 45 of 48 migrants to the Dominican Republic Sunday afternoon, following the interdiction of three illegal voyages in the Mona Passage near Puerto Rico. Two of the interdicted migrants remain in Puerto Rico to face possible federal prosecution on charges

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ARLINGTON — A Texas death-row inmate convicted of kidnapping and killing a St. Croix teenager in 1994 has received a federal execution date in November, authorities said. If the state-sanctioned killing of Orlando Hall goes ahead as scheduled, he would be the eighth person executed this year as part of the Trump

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Croix man who lied to FBI agents about knowing the whereabouts of an alleged drug kingpin admitted in federal court to harboring a wanted fugitive two years ago. Clintford Joseph, Jr. 54, of St. Croix pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to providing a

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. John man who shot at a bystander and then led police on a high speed chase was re-arrested Monday and charged with stealing a company vehicle to try to elude police. Rashad Creque, 24, of Estate Contant, St. John, was arrested about 6:15 p.m. Monday

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A sushi chef for Celebrity Cruises has been indicted by a federal Grand Jury charging him with brutally raping a fellow crew member while the cruise ship was at sea headed to St. Thomas last year. A federal Grand Jury in St. Thomas on Thursday returned a

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced today a YouTube video promoting the partnership between the USVI Project Safe Neighborhoods, Project Guardian, and Crime Stoppers. This initiative encourages reporting violent and gun-related crimes as a means of combatting violent crime

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Yachts apparently anchored too closely together on St. Thomas earned the ire of several concerned citizens on social media this weekend. Ronnie Lockhart of St. Thomas posted a photo to Facebook which depicts a large grouping of boats near Magens Bay. Concerned citizens complained because they felt

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