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MIAMI — An undocumented immigrant from the Dominican Republic has pleaded guilty in a case in which he falsely claimed to be a citizen to obtain a U.S. passport and a Florida driver license, court records show. Rodolfo Martínez, 36, has not been sentenced, but plea agreement documents indicate that

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                      Rudolf Efremov By RUDOLF EFRAMOV/Special To The V.I. Free Press To think that the United States of America has not achieved full democratic status because of its Constitution as interpreted by its federal courts should be absurd. It should be an unrealistic work of a science fiction writer, a

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  SAN JUAN – Carlos Arce-López, aka “Ferretero,” was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, according to U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Velez. On April 23, 2015, Arce-López pled guilty to three counts from two separate indictments, charging conspiracy to possess

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CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands Department of Education St. Croix District Office of the Insular Superintendent and the leadership of the Elena Christian Jr. High School are appealing to residents living in the Aureo Diaz Heights housing community and surrounding neighborhoods to keep a watchful eye out for suspicious activity

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         Mona Island near Puerto Rico SAN JUAN – United States authorities say they have detained 13 people from India who were part of a group of migrants heading to Puerto Rico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jeffrey Quinones says it’s the first time in more than a decade that

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SAN JUAN — NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Working with

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s governor signed an executive order on Friday banning the use of plastic bags across the U.S. territory, defying legislators who just days ago rejected a similar bill. The ban will take effect in mid-2016 and will be preceded by a six-month educational campaign, Gov. Alejandro

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ATF’s Carlos Canino in his office in Miami. MIAMI – Raised in an Army family that eventually settled in the Boston area, Carlos Canino considered three career choices when he graduated from college with a degree in criminology: law enforcement, military service or coaching. But after working as an assistant

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Violent offenders will be released early under new federal sentencing guidelines. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two drug felons are expected to be released to the territory around November 1 under new federal sentencing guidelines, according to the U.S. Justice Department. The early release will affect 6,000 drug felons nationwide, with 1,869

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An Ulla Muller student gets up on stage and sings. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Principal Symra Dee Brown thought she had a way of exposing students to some of the biggest names in the St. Thomas music scene while at the same time raising money to purchase uniforms for the Ulla

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