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Updated: Brothers in Custody in STX Shooting That Left Victim Paralyzed

On Friday at midnight, 21-year-old Marcelino Rivera and 25-year-old Samuel Rivera Jr., turned themselves in at the Anselmo Marshall Command on St. Croix in connection with a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Tide Village service station, the V.I. Police Department reported Saturday morning. Their legal counsel Jeffery Moorehead was present.

Bail Reduced for Suspect in Home Depot Slaying, But Release Unlikely

Justin Matthews' bail has been reduced from $1 million to $200,000, though it is unlikely to lead to his release from jail while he awaits trial in the shooting death of Keoner Baron on Sept. 4 in the Home Depot parking lot on St. Thomas.

STJ-CZM Approves Improvements to Cruz Bay Ferry Dock

Sometime in the foreseeable future, passengers lining up to buy tickets at the Cruz Bay ferry dock will not have to stand out in the sun and the rain but will be sheltered by a canopy.

Human Services Issuing Pandemic Emergency Assistance Funds

The Department of Human Services Division of Family Assistance announced Wednesday that a one-time cash allotment totaling $192,000, authorized by the federal American Rescue Plan through the Administration of Children and Families, will be issued to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families recipients during the week of May 16.

V.I. Plans to Dump Garbage Bins

A plan to eliminate the largely-unmonitored bin sites and reroute garbage to central collection points will reduce illegal dumping, environmental damage, and general miasma, said Roger Merritt, Jr, executive director of the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority.

Election System Presents 2022 Electoral Candidates

By 5 p.m. on May 17 there were six hopefuls for the governor’s race, three for the at-large seat in the Legislature, and one unopposed bid for delegate to Congress.

Bryan Speaks to U.S. House of Representatives

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., with Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero of Guam and Lemaro Peleti Mauga of American Samoa, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources Wednesday in support of the Interior Department’s 2023 budget proposal.

Education: COVID-19 Tests Not Required to Attend Public School Graduations

COVID-19 testing is not required for friends and family to attend graduation ceremonies at the territory’s public schools, the V.I. Education Department said Wednesday.

Hud Announces $3.3 Million To The U.S. Virgin Islands for Housing and Economic Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $3,377,000 in grants to the U. S. Virgin Islands Monday. They are earmarked for community planning and development activities, ranging from the development of affordable housing to expanding economic opportunity for people with low and moderate incomes

Beach Advisory for May 16-20

DPNR announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:

Updated: Brothers in Custody in STX Shooting That Left Victim Paralyzed

On Friday at midnight, 21-year-old Marcelino Rivera and 25-year-old Samuel Rivera Jr., turned themselves in at the Anselmo Marshall Command on St. Croix in connection with a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Tide Village service station, the V.I. Police Department reported Saturday morning. Their legal counsel Jeffery Moorehead was present.

Lieutenant Governor Extends Amnesty Period for Property Taxes Until May 31

The amnesty period was originally scheduled to expire on Monday, May 16, but has been extended for an additional two weeks.

St. Croix Hosts Second Annual USVI Cup, Welcomes Global Athletes

The Virgin Islands are traditionally known as a sun, sand and sea destination, but with events like the USVI Cup, that’s all changing.

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Lieutenant Governor Extends Amnesty Period for Property Taxes Until May 31

The amnesty period was originally scheduled to expire on Monday, May 16, but has been extended for an additional two weeks.

Updated: Brothers in Custody in STX Shooting That Left Victim Paralyzed

On Friday at midnight, 21-year-old Marcelino Rivera and 25-year-old Samuel Rivera Jr., turned themselves in at the Anselmo Marshall Command on St. Croix in connection with a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Tide Village service station, the V.I. Police Department reported Saturday morning. Their legal counsel Jeffery Moorehead was present.

Legislature Corner: How to Bring the Number of COVID Cases Down

Sen. Kurt Vialet is concerned about the spike in COVID-19 cases in the Virgin Islands. He enumerates actions that should be taken to bring the number of cases down.

D’Amour Has Strong Performance at Stage 2 of World Cup 2022

D’Amour competed in the World Cup Stage 2 in Gwangju, South Korea.  Fifteen of the top 20 ranked archers in the world competed in Gwangju this week. D’Amour is presently ranked number 10 in the world.

‘The Political Season,’ a Poem by Filippo Cassinelli

The Source Arts & Literature section highlights the work of our creative readers. All visual artists and creative writers are encouraged to share with us new works.

Beach Advisory for May 16-20

DPNR announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:

Samuel Emanuel Spencer Dies at 86

Samuel “Sam” Emanuel Spencer transitioned peacefully at the age of 86 at home in Georgia with his daughters by his side.

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Lieutenant Governor Extends Amnesty Period for Property Taxes Until May 31

Lt. Gov. Tregenza A. Roach Esq. reminds the public that the amnesty period, during which interest and penalties assessed against all outstanding real property taxes in the territory are waived, has been extended until May 31.

📰 Read Press Release (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/21/lieutenant-governor-extends-amnesty-period-for-property-taxes-until-may-31/

📸 (Image): Lieutenant Gov. Tregenza Roach (Screenshot)
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Brothers Sought in STX Shooting That Left Victim Paralyzed

Two brothers are sought in a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Tide Village service station on St. Croix that left the victim paralyzed, the V.I. Police Department said.

Read Full Story by Source Staff (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/05/20/brothers-sought-in-stx-shooting-that-has-left-victim-paralyzed/
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Federal Grand Jury Returns Five-Count Indictment on Three Virgin Islands Corrections Officers

On May 20, 2022, United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced two former Virgin Islands Corrections Officers and one current Officer from the John A. Bell Correctional Facility on St. Croix appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment.

Read Full Story by Source Staff (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/05/20/federal-gran-jury-returns-five-count-indictment-on-three-virgin-islands-corrections-officers/
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SRMC to Host Plaque Dedication Ceremony for Fallen Pilot Maria Rodriquez

Schneider Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that along with the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands and the family and friends of the late Maria Isabel Rodriguez, a plaque dedication ceremony will be hosted at the Charaf Family Heliport at SRMC on Tuesday, May 24 at 10:30 am.

Read Full Story by Source Staff (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/20/srmc-to-host-plaque-dedication-ceremony-for-fallen-pilot-maria-rodriquez/

📸 (Image): Maria Isabel Rodriguez to be honored at the Charaf Family Heliport at SRMC. (Submitted photo)
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Zone A Command Closure, Located at Alexander Farrelly Justice Center Due to a Controlled Power Outage Saturday

The Virgin Islands Police Department has scheduled a controlled power outage on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. to transition over to its new transfer switch and bring a new generator online. The Water and Power Authority has been notified. It is required to disconnect the power from the main transformer and be inactive for the connection process.

Read Full Story by Source Staff (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/20/notice-of-closure-of-zone-a-command-located-at-alexander-farrelly-justice-center-due-to-a-controlled-power-outage-saturday/
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Bail Reduced for Suspect in Home Depot Slaying, But Release Unlikely

Justin Matthews’ bail has been reduced from $1 million to $200,000, though it is unlikely to lead to his release from jail while he awaits trial in the shooting death of Keoner Baron on Sept. 4 in the Home Depot parking lot on St. Thomas.

Read Full Story by Sian Cobb (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/05/20/bail-reduced-for-suspect-in-home-depot-slaying-but-release-unlikely/
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V.I. Plans to Dump Garbage Bins

The greasy roadside turnouts where Virgin Islanders toss household trash will look – and smell – completely different in two years, Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) officials said Wednesday.

Read Full Story by Mat Probasco (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/19/v-i-plans-to-dump-garbage-bins/

📸 (Image): Roger Merritt, Jr, executive director of the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (Photo: Screenshot of V.I. Legislature live feed)
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US Virgin Islands Department of Human Services Issuing Pandemic Emergency Assistance Funds

The Department of Human Services Division of Family Assistance announced Wednesday that a one-time cash allotment totaling $192,000, authorized by the federal American Rescue Plan through the Administration of Children and Families, will be issued to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families recipients during the week of May 16. On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act establishing the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund which provided funding to states and territories to assist needy families impacted by COVID-19.

📰 Read Press Release (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/19/human-services-issuing-pandemic-emergency-assistance-funds/

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STJ-CZM Approves Improvements to Cruz Bay Ferry Dock

Sometime in the foreseeable future, passengers lining up to buy tickets at the Cruz Bay ferry dock will not have to stand out in the sun and the rain but will be sheltered by a canopy.

Read Full Story by Amy H. Roberts (Link In Bio): https://stjohnsource.com/2022/05/19/stj-czm-approves-improvements-to-cruz-bay-ferry-dock/

📸 (Image): The new design for the Cruz Bay ferry dock calls for a new roof and a canopy to shelter passengers from sun and rain. (Screenshot from St. John CZM meeting May 19)
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Actor, Director, Producer Tim Reid Speaks at UVI Research and Technology Park Business Attraction Summit

Emmy-Nominated actor, director and producer Tim Reid was the keynote speaker at the UVI Research and Technology Park Corporation Thursday. In a two-day summit, the RTPark is holding its first 2022 Business Attraction Summit and will continue Friday.

Read Full Story by Diana Dias (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/05/20/actor-director-producer-tim-reid-speaks-at-uvi-rtpark-business-attraction-summit/

📸 (Image): Attendants listen to Tim Reid at the 2022 Business Attraction Summit. ( Source photo by Diana Dias)
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Coral World on Watch as Ping the Pregnant Dolphin Nears Due Date

Caretakers at Coral World Ocean Park on St. Thomas are paying particularly close attention these days to one of their charges: Ping, the coastal Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.

Read Full Story by Sian Cobb: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/18/coral-world-on-watch-as-ping-the-pregnant-dolphin-nears-due-date/

📸: Ping is the first of Coral World’s dolphins to become pregnant, which her caretakers say is a sign of her well-being. (Photo courtesy of Coral World Ocean Park)

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HUD Announces $3.3 Million To The U.S. Virgin Islands for Housing and Economic Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $3,377,000 in grants to the U. S. Virgin Islands Monday. They are earmarked for community planning and development activities, ranging from the development of affordable housing to expanding economic opportunity for people with low and moderate incomes, according to a release from HUD.

Read Press Release (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/18/hud-announces-3-3-million-to-the-u-s-virgin-islands-for-housing-and-economic-opportunity/

📸: U.S. Capitol (Shutterstock image)
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Education: COVID-19 Tests Not Required to Attend Public School Graduations

Read Full Story (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/18/education-covid-19-tests-not-required-to-attend-public-school-graduations/

📸: Graduation Day at Charlotte Amalie High School in 2018 (Submitted photo)
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Bryan Speaks to U.S. House of Representatives

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., with Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero of Guam and Lemaro Peleti Mauga of American Samoa, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources Wednesday in support of the Interior Department’s 2023 budget proposal.

Read Full Story by Susan Ellis: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/18/bryan-speaks-to-u-s-house-of-representatives/

📸: Gov. Albert Bryan, with two other territorial governors, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources Wednesday. (Screenshot from U.S. House of Representatives – YouTube)
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Election System Presents 2022 Electoral Candidates

The 2022 political campaign season took a step forward on Tuesday with the arrival of the Election System of the Virgin Islands’ filing deadline for candidates. By 5 p.m. on May 17 there were six hopefuls for the governor’s race, three for the at-large seat in the Legislature, and one unopposed bid for delegate to Congress.

Read Full Story by Judi Shimel: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/19/election-system-presents-2022-electoral-candidates/

📸: Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes & Deputy Supervisor Terrell Alexandre. (Source file photo)
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CIB Investigating Harvey Project Shootings; 1 Injured, 1 Dead

One man is dead and another is hospitalized in stable condition after a shooting on Monday night at the Profit Hills Housing Community on St. Croix, the V.I. Police Department reported Tuesday.

Read Full Story (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/05/17/cib-investigating-harvey-project-shootings-1-injured-1-dead/
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Putting Their Future on the Dotted Line

Graduation season has come to the Virgin Islands for 2022. For educators, friends, and family, it’s a time to celebrate the aspirations of the young as they move from high school, technical education, or continuing education and prepare for what comes next. But at the Virgin Islands Montessori School & Peter Gruber International Academy on St. Thomas, there’s one special occasion that comes before the day to march in cap and gown.

Read Full Story by Judi Shimel (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/17/putting-their-future-on-the-dotted-line/

📸: Amir Ottley signs up for Howard University and studies in mechanical engineering. (Photo by Judi Shimel)
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Island Green Living Named “Sustainable Company of the Year” by Clinton Global Initiative & Island Innovation

In partnership with Island Innovation, Clinton Global Initiative named the USVI-based nonprofit Island Green Living Association the “Sustainable Company of the Year” during the inaugural Island Innovation Awards ceremony held recently (view recording here, 46.45-minute mark).

Read Full Story: https://stjohnsource.com/2022/05/17/island-green-living-named-sustainable-company-of-the-year-by-clinton-global-initiative-island-innovation/

📸: From left, Island Green Living Staff Member John Baker, Operations Manager Anthony Novelli, Board Treasurer Curtis Penn, Board Vice President Mark Lichtenstein, Board President Harith Wickrema, Executive Director Kelly McKinney, Resource Depot Manager Kat Bodish, and staff member Kobe Liburd. (Submitted photo)
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DOH Public About Infant Formula Availability in the Territory

Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion on Tuesday reassured the public that there is currently no shortage of powdered infant formula in the territory. All Virgin Islands vendors that serve the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program participants with powdered infant formula products are currently stocked with adequate supplies of formulas, she said.

Read Full Story by Source Staff (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/17/vidoh-reassures-public-about-infant-formula-availability-in-the-territory/

📸: Similac US Infant formula
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Surveillance Camera Leads to Arrest of a 70-year-Old Man

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, the Criminal Investigation Bureau was able to apprehend 70-year-old Julian “Mouleek” Testamark for entering someone’s vehicle without permission and removing a bag containing money, an iPad, and other items valued at over $500 because of footage from a surveillance camera. He was arrested and charged with grand larceny.

Read Full Story (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/15/surveillance-camera-leads-to-arrest-of-a-70-year-old-man/
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