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Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Gun, Drug Arrest

VIPD discovered an unlicensed firearm and a large amount of marijuana at a routine traffic stop on Tuesday.

Medical Simulation Center Opens on UVI Campus

A ribbon-cutting for the first visible image of the medical school being built in the U.S. Virgin Islands - the Medical Simulation Center - was attended by local and federal dignitaries on the St. Croix campus of the University of the Virgin Islands Wednesday.

2022 Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline Is July 7

In addition, the Elections System of the Virgin Islands has extended voter registration hours effective Tuesday, July 5 through Thursday, July 7.

Campaign Disclosure Reports Due on June 30

Fawkes said that, “failure to submit the campaign disclosure report by the deadline will result in candidates and political committees incurring fees.”

Kent Bernier Sr. Announced His Bid For Governor

On Thursday, Kent Bernier Sr. and Oakland Benta held the first half of their official announcement for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the US Virgin Islands at the Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas.

Island Analytics and Marketing Launches Primary Election Survey for Public Opinion

This survey will collect the opinions of USVI residents about the candidates running in the Aug. 6, 2022 primary elections.

Berry-Benjamin Touts Record, Praises Staff, Students in Farewell Video

Former Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin delivered an upbeat and heartfelt farewell address to staff and students in a video posted to YouTube early Tuesday morning.

Officials Heighten Precautions Against Animal Diseases

Efforts to protect the U.S. meat and poultry industries have prompted the federal government to step up aid to local officials who regularly monitor farm animals in the Virgin Islands for a variety of diseases.

Jury Selection in Glitters Robbery-Murder Set for Dec. 5

Suspects charged in the Dec. 4 robbery and fatal shooting at the Havensight Mall on St. Thomas remain in custody while awaiting a trial scheduled for December.

Tashani Williams Wins Ruby Rutnik Scholarship for 2022

The Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund has announced that Tashani Williams, a 2022 graduate of the Gifft Hill School, is the winner of a $5,000 scholarship.

Territory Awarded $50M for Restoration of Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute

After extensive negotiations, the territory is on track to reestablishing cancer treatments, according to the Office of Disaster Recovery.

St. Croix Man Arrested for Attempted Murder

Tyrique Parris turned himself in at the Wilbur H. Francis Command Police Station on St. Croix Tuesday after a warrant for his arrest on attempted murder and other charges was issued on May 25.

Officials Monitoring Tropical Wave that Could Be Rainmaker

While the National Hurricane Center is currently monitoring three systems, only one is expected to track near the U.S. Virgin Islands, and there is a low probability it will develop over the next five days, according to the latest forecast.

VIWMA Releases Independence Day Schedule

VIWMA advises the community of the following hours of operation in observance of the Independence Day holiday, Monday, July 4.

Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Gun, Drug Arrest

VIPD discovered an unlicensed firearm and a large amount of marijuana at a routine traffic stop on Tuesday.

VIWMA Releases Independence Day Schedule

VIWMA advises the community of the following hours of operation in observance of the Independence Day holiday, Monday, July 4.

Cruise Ship Schedule for St. Thomas for July 2022

These are the ships that will be calling on St. Thomas docks at the West Indian Co. (WICO) Dock in Havensight, unless otherwise indicated.

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VIWMA Releases Independence Day Schedule

VIWMA advises the community of the following hours of operation in observance of the Independence Day holiday, Monday, July 4.

Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Gun, Drug Arrest

VIPD discovered an unlicensed firearm and a large amount of marijuana at a routine traffic stop on Tuesday.

Open forum: League of Women Voters VI Pays Tribute to Casandra Paul

The Board of Directors of the League of Women voters of the Virgin Islands thinks of “…Casandra [Paul] as a wonderful role model for everyone, to reach out and work on behalf of those in need.”

Virgin Islands Athletes Arrive at CANOC Youth Games in Guadeloupe

The Opening Ceremony starts the games on Wednesday, June 29. The athletes have four days of competition.

“Expressions of Freedom” Opens at Cane Roots Art Gallery June 23

Expressions of Freedom's major group show of 15 artists opens at the Cane Roots Art Gallery on Company Street in downtown Christiansted. The preview on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. is a "sneak peek" before the opening reception on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

AARP Nationwide Program Awards Community Challenge Grant to VI Organization

One organization in the territory will receive the 2022 Community Challenge grant, which is part of the largest group of grantees to date, with $3.4 million awarded among 260 organizations nationwide.

Neville E. Samuel Sr. Dies in Atlanta

It is with great sadness and broken hearts that the Samuel family of St. John announces the passing of Neville E. Samuel Sr. on June 10.

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Minor Charged as an Adult with Armed Carjacking, Robbery-Theft

Read Full Story: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/06/29/minor-charged-as-an-adult-with-armed-carjacking-robbery-theft/

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Coast Guard Rescues Mariners Sailing from BVI to Bermuda

Coast Guard crews rescued three mariners, all U.S. citizens, and completed a three-day tow of the distressed sailing vessel Valour to Puerto Rico on Sunday after it started taking on water in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 300 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico.

Read Full Story by Source Staff (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/27/coast-guard-rescues-mariners-sailing-from-bvi-to-bermuda/

📸: The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos tows the sailing vessel Valour in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, approximately 300 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico. The four-day response involved Coast Guard air and surface crews, which rescued three mariners and brought the sailing vessel to safe harbor in Fajardo, Puerto Rico on Sunday. (Photo by Ricardo Castrodad/U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET San Juan)
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Senior Singalong Will Return for a Second Season on WTJX

Sing St. John has won a grant to produce another year of Senior Singalong, thanks to a grant from the Hodge Senior Citizen Fund through the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands.

Read Full Story by Amy H. Roberts (Link In Bio): https://stjohnsource.com/2022/06/27/senior-singalong-will-return-for-a-second-season-on-wtjx/
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Berry-Benjamin Resigns Post as Education Commissioner

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said Monday that he had accepted the resignation of Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin, effective immediately.

Read Full Story by Source Staff (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/27/berry-benjamin-resigns-post-as-education-commissioner/

📸: Racquel Berry-Benjamin (Source file photo)
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USVI Focus Of World Chess Turmoil

Shock waves rippled through the world’s zealous checkmating community when Nigel Short suddenly resigned as vice president of chess’ global governing body last week. Online speculators wondered if the move was a protest of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine or if there was some scandal afoot.

Read Full Story by Mat Probasco (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/06/27/usvi-focus-of-world-chess-turmoil/

📸: Alleged cheating in St. Croix has the eyes of the chess world. (Photo: Mat Probasco)
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A Sunset Cruise Welcomes 13 Students To Become Yacht Captains in the US Virgin Islands

While sailing into the warm, orange Virgin Islands sunset on the catamaran Lady Lynsey, 13 graduates of the V.I. Professional Charters Association’s 2022 Marine Apprenticeship program received their certificates for the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping, and with it, an international standard in basic safety for all working seafarers.

Read Full Story by Adisha Penn (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/27/a-sunset-cruise-welcomes-13-students-to-become-yacht-captains-in-the-us-virgin-islands/

📸: Graduates of the 2022 VIPCA Marine Apprenticeship program. (Source photo by Adisha Penn)
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Pretrial Deadlines Extended for Fahie, Pickering Maynard

Andrew Fahie and Oleanvine Pickering Maynard will get more time to prepare their defense against drug and money laundering charges after delays with downloading and copying the U.S. government’s purported evidence against them, a Florida judge has ruled.

Read Full Story by Sian Cobb (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/27/pretrial-deadlines-extended-for-fahie-pickering-maynard/

📸: Andrew Fahie (Source file photo.)
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No Sign Yet of COVID BA-4 or BA-5 in the USVI

So far, the Virgin Islands has not recorded the newest COVID variants – BA-4 and BA-5 – the V.I. Health Department reported at the Government House weekly press briefing Monday.

Read Full Story by Susan Ellis (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/27/no-sign-yet-of-covid-ba-4-or-ba-5-in-the-usvi/

📸: Screenshot during GH press conference.
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Who doesn’t love Carnival? We have lots more photos and videos from Sunday’s Food Fair on St. John, but in the meantime enjoy the sweet sounds of Yard Vibes during the finale of Pan-O-Rama. ...

Proficiency Certificates Awarded to 24 Students from My Brother’s Workshop

Families and friends joined 24 vocational education students as they celebrated their progress through their chosen fields of study at My Brother’s Workshop. Trainers and educators said the certificates handed out Saturday morning at St. Thomas Reformed Church marked different stages of study where students had achieved proficiency.

Read Full Story by Judi Shimel (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/25/proficiency-certificates-awarded-to-24-students-from-my-brothers-workshop/

📸: Zakijah Anthony, Shaquanda Audain, Ta’Quanda Audain and JoNijah Bazile lead the march into St. Thomas’ Reformed Church Saturday morning for their certificate presentation ceremony. (Photo by Judi Shimel)
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Editorial: What next?

Are people truly good at heart? What does the word “good” mean in this sense, and if it’s internalized, when does it show?

Read Full Story by Mat Probasco: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/06/25/editorial-what-next/

📸: Democracy requires educated people with good intentions to be smart. It’s a mess sometimes. (Photo: Mat Probasco)
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Senators Concerned About Maintenance of New Emergency Vehicles

Daryl George, director of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, told members of the Senate Committee on Finance Thursday that his department needed a 7 percent budget increase from the fiscal year 2022 because of increased personnel costs due to the transfer of EMS employees.

Read Full Story by Don Buchanan (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/24/senators-concerned-about-maintenance-of-new-emergency-vehicles/

📸: Director Daryl George testifying Thursday. (Image from V.I. Legislature videostream)
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Former St. Thomas Bank Worker Sentenced for Fraud

A St. Thomas bank worker has been ordered to serve a year and a day in prison and pay restitution after pleading guilty to bank fraud. Federal prosecutors said the defendant used her position at the bank to generate two debit cards for accounts that the account holders did not know about and did not authorize.

Read Full Story by Judi Shimel (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/24/former-st-thomas-bank-worker-sentenced-for-fraud/

📸: The Ron de Lugo Federal Courthouse on St. Thomas. (File photo)
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USVI Officials Call SCOTUS Abortion Ruling A Step Backward for Women’s Rights

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that places abortion access in the hands of state governments is a step backward for women’s rights, local officials said in statements Friday that also affirmed the territory’s pro-choice laws.

Read Full Story by Ananta Pancham (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/24/usvi-officials-call-scotus-abortion-ruling-a-step-backward-for-womens-rights/

📸: The front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, with the words “Equal Justice Under Law,” where the 50-year old Roe v. Wade decision concerning the right to privacy was overturned this week. (Shutterstock image)
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St. Croix Energy Statement Questions Integrity of Limetree Bankruptcy Auction

With the release of a statement earlier this week by West Indies Petroleum Limited (WIPL) that it “is not a stakeholder in the Limetree Bay Refinery,” the attorney for St. Croix Energy is calling into question the integrity of the bankruptcy auction process, saying that bidding was reopened “not because of the emergency circumstances” but “ultimately because the successful bidder was not WIPL.”

Read Full Story (Link In Bio) https://stcroixsource.com/2022/06/25/322938/

📸: Limetree Bay Refinery sprawls along STX south shore in this aerial shot. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
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Taste of St. Croix Brings Elegance, Delicious Food, and Normalcy

The 22nd annual Taste of St. Croix brought elegance, delicious food and a sense of normalcy to St. Croix on Thursday evening at the Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino. The event was in full swing as the finest restaurants from St. Croix showcased their best dishes in hopes of reigning supreme in their category.

Read Full Story by Diana Dias (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/06/24/taste-of-st-croix-brings-elegance-delicious-food-and-normalcy/

📸: Blue Water Terrace served their local conch and mofongo dish. (Source photo by Diana Dias)
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Aliyah Boston Reflects on Upbringing in USVI and Encouraging Young Female Athletes

NCAAW superstar and St. Thomas native Aliyah Boston lives a very simple life. Her daily routine consists of waking up, lifting weights, going to practice, eating lunch, doing homework, and taking a nap.

Read Full Story by Hunter Simpson (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/25/aliyah-boston-reflects-on-upbringing-in-usvi-and-encouraging-young-female-athletes/

📸: Aliyah Boston. (File photo)
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USVI Officials Call SCOTUS Abortion Ruling A Step Backward for Women’s Rights

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that places abortion access in the hands of state governments is a step backward for women’s rights, local officials said in statements Friday that also affirmed the territory’s pro-choice laws. Read full story here: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/24/usvi-officials-call-scotus-abortion-ruling-a-step-backward-for-womens-rights/
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V.I. officials are beginning to weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s vote to overturn abortion rights. Stay tuned for more coverage. ...

Government House: WIPL Has Never Held Title to Limetree Refinery

West Indies Petroleum Limited has never held title to the assets and contracts of Limetree Bay Refinery on St. Croix, Government House said Thursday in response to WIPL’s statement Wednesday that it has no stake in, or ownership of, the shuttered facility.

Read Full Story by Sian Cobb (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/06/23/government-house-wipl-has-never-held-title-to-limetree-refinery/

📸: Limetree Bay Refinery sprawls along St. Croix’s south shore in this aerial shot. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
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