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Lax Security At Superior Court Leads To Victim Being Threatened By ‘Fathead’ During Recess

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Superior Court marshals were not on top of their game when they allowed the victims of a crime to be threatened by the defendant during a court recess in St. Thomas late Wednesday afternoon.

The victims told police they were present at the Alexander Farrelly Justice Complex about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when they were threatened by defendant Ky’mani Dolphin during a recess at a pending Superior Court proceeding, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“As this is an ongoing situation, they are now in fear for their lives due to Dolphin’s behavior,” VIPD Communications Director Glen Dratte said.  

Ky’Mani “Fathead” Dolphin, 20, of St. Thomas, was arrested at the Alexander Farrelly Justice Complex at 5:00 p.m. Thursday and charged with Retaliating Against/Threatening a Witness, Preventing/Dissuading Witness from attending Trail, and Disturbance of the peace, according to the VIPD.

On May 5, 2019, Dolphin was one of two males accused of putting a gun to a man’s head and robbing him of cash, jewelry and a cell phone at night during Carnival, Superior Court records indicate.

The security guards of the Superior Court Marshals Division are widely-perceived to be the only poorly-trained, unprofessional and informally-supervised peace officers in the territory.

Bail for Dolphin was set at $10,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights Hearing.   

Lax Security At Superior Court Leads To Victim Being Threatened By 'Fathead' During Recess
Charges against Ky’mani Dolphin in February 2020.

This case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

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Son Of VIPD Police Sergeant Charged With Multiple Rapes Of Underage Teenage Girl

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was arrested and charged with rape after investigators found he had been having sex with an underage girl, according to documents filed in Superior Court.

Darren Williams, 24, of Anna’s Retreat, surrendered to police Thursday without incident after he was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree aggravated rape, and second-degree unlawful sexual contact.

Unable to post $50,000 bail, he was jailed until an advice-of-rights hearing Friday.

Williams’s mother, Virgin Islands Police Department Sgt. Denise Petersen, volunteered to serve as his third-party custodian and monitor his behavior while he is awaiting trial.

Magistrate Judge Paula Norkaitis allowed Williams to sign an unsecured $50,000 bond, meaning he does not have to post any cash in order to be released. She ordered him to stay away from the victim in the case, and to abide by a nightly curfew when he is not at work, and house arrest on Mondays.

Williams was arrested after police received a report from a witness who said Williams was having sex with an underage girl, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The girl told police in an interview that she was sexually active with Williams, who she met in 2019 shortly after she turned 15, according to the affidavit.

DUI crash leads to arrest

A St. Thomas resident was arrested early Friday morning after police said he crashed a Jeep into the fence around the Legislature.

Casey Crossland was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, driving under the influence of alcohol, negligent driving, unauthorized use of a vehicle, operating an unregistered vehicle, driving without proof of insurance, destruction of property, and driving without a Virgin Islands license, according to a probable cause fact sheet filed by police.

On Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 11:00 p.m., Williams appeared at the Alexander Farrelly Justice Complex after gaining knowledge that there was a warrant for his arrest.

Williams was booked, processed, and remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections at that time.

This case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

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BOC: St. Thomas Jail Detainee Who Tested Positive For TB Released From Hospital

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The detainee at the Criminal Justice Center on St. Thomas who tested positive for Tuberculosis (TB) on November 29, 2021, has now been released from the Schneider Regional Medical Center after receiving the necessary treatment and care, the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections said today.  The detainee remains in BOC custody.

Under the leadership of Dr. Linda Callwood, BOC’s Medical Team tested all inmates/detainees housed in the specific housing unit along with staff who may have come in contact with the TB positive detainee and no other inmate/detainee or staff tested positive for Tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body, such as the kidney, spine, and brain. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. Those who become affected and have received the necessary treatment must still maintain a TB Medication routine for an entire course of treatment.

Director Testamark stated, “our medical staff continuously conduct medical screening to identify potential illnesses and to ensure that inmates/detainees with known illnesses are identified for further assessment and continued treatment.” The Bureau has taken concrete steps to minimize medical-related risk at its facilities in accordance with CDC guidelines and best medical practices and principles.

The Criminal Justice Center (CJC) is still on modified lockdown, with continuous disinfectant and cleaning. Inmate movement has been restricted within the facility. All visits by vendors and all inmate transfers have been suspended until further notice. In-person visits, work details, and prisoner furloughs remain suspended, as they have been since the start of the pandemic. Court hearings held virtually remain unaffected. Attorneys may visit prisoners via secure video conference by contacting the facility to schedule a video visit.

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7 Detainees At St. Thomas Jail Test Positive For COVID-19, BOC Says

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Six detainees at the Alexander A. Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex on St. Thomas tested positive for COVID-19 Monday evening, the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections said Tuesday.

Corrections began testing detainees Monday night after one complained of mild, flu-like symptoms. Thus far, the positive COVID-19 tests have come only from detainees housed in the same unit. There are 76 inmates/detainees at the complex as of Tuesday.

Several hours after the six detainees tested positive for COVID-19 at CJC, the Virgin Islands Police Department arrested another person who was COVID-19 positive before being turned over to Correction’s custody. None of the seven detainees who are COVID-19 positive have required hospitalization. According to the BOC, all are being monitored closely by the complex nursing staff, under the supervision of Dr. Linda Callwood, the Bureau’s medical director.

Out of an abundance of caution, and pursuant to CDC guidelines, BOC also has begun testing inmates in other housing units. All inmates/detainees tested in different housing units have so far been negative for COVID-19, the bureau said in Tuesday’s news release. All staff at the Criminal Justice Complex who have been tested have also tested negative for COVID-19 thus far. BOC is working with the Department of Health to test all inmates and detainees weekly until CJC is declared COVID-19 free. BOC has an adequate number of physical protective equipment on hand for its staff and is collaborating with Health to supply enough test kits to conduct weekly testing of all inmates, detainees, and staff, the news release said.

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VIPD Closes Records Bureau On St. Thomas Due 2 ‘Circumstances Beyond Our Control’

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department said that “due to circumstances beyond their control,” the Records Bureau offices on St. Thomas will be closed today, August 4.

The VIPD’s Bureau of Planning, Research, Records and Statistics is located at the Alexander A. Farrelly Justice Complex in Charlotte Amalie.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

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VIPD Closes Records Bureau Offices On St. Thomas Due To Air Conditioning Problem

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Due to ongoing air conditioning issues at Police Headquarters, the Virgin Islands Police Department said that the Records Bureau offices on St. Thomas will be closed today, July 9.

The VIPD said it expects to reopen the offices at the Alexander A. Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex on Monday, July 12.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

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VIPD’s Central Records Bureau In St. Thomas Resumes Accepting Credit Cards For Payments

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The VIPD’s Records Bureau on St. Thomas can once again accept payment by credit cards.

The Virgin Islands Police Department said today that its “Central Records Bureau credit/debit card machines are now operable.”

“Our Records Bureau team and Information Technology Bureau will continue to monitor the devices to ensure proper functionality,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

On Tuesday, the VIPD advised the general public that it could only accept cash at the Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex because its credit card machine was “experiencing technical difficulties.”

“We appreciate your patience and understanding and sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused,” Derima said.