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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.

Zone A Command Closure, Located at Alexander Farrelly Justice Center Due to a Controlled Power Outage Saturday

The VIPD 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 the new generator online.

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

34th Legislature of the Virgin Islands to Celebrate African Liberation Day May 25

Until 3 p.m., the celebratory art exhibit will showcase various artforms, paintings and other items that capture and honor the liberation movement.

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.

34th Legislature of the Virgin Islands to Celebrate African Liberation Day May 25

Until 3 p.m., the celebratory art exhibit will showcase various artforms, paintings and other items that capture and honor the liberation movement.

Shades of Hair to Host Business After Hours

The Chamber encourage members, friends and potential members to attend.

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34th Legislature of the Virgin Islands to Celebrate African Liberation Day May 25

Until 3 p.m., the celebratory art exhibit will showcase various artforms, paintings and other items that capture and honor the liberation movement.

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.

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.

350+ Swimmers to Participate in Friends of VI National Park 19th Beach-to-Beach Power Swim

This year, over 350 participants will be swimming down St. John’s North Shore beaches from Maho to Cinnamon or Trunk or Hawksnest on Sunday, May 29 in the 19th Power Swim event.

‘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.

Department of Health to Conduct COVID-19 Outreach Events Throughout Territory

The Virgin Islands Department of Health will conduct COVID-19 vaccine events on Wednesday, May 25.

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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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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AG George Honors Police Officers

Attorney General Denise George reminds everyone to recognize our law
enforcement officers during police week while paying homage to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. National Police Week is recognized May 15-21. Peace Officers Memorial Day was recognized on Sunday.

Read Full Story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/16/ag-george-honors-police-officers/
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Health: Mandates Could Return If Cases Don’t Decline

The Virgin Islands has 901 active COVID-19 cases, Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion said Monday, with a positivity rate of 14.92 percent. There are 518 infections on St. Thomas, 362 on St. Croix and St. John has 21 cases. Sixteen people are hospitalized — 11 at the Schneider Regional Medical Center, and five at Juan Luis Hospital, with one ventilated in each hospital, for reasons other than COVID, she said.

Read Full Story by Susan Ellis (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/16/mandates-could-return-if-cases-dont-decline/

💻📸: Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion warns the community about COVID-19 increases. (Facebook screenshot)
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VIPD Wanted: Omari Beltou

According to the VIPD, Omari Beltou is wanted for unlawful sexual contact with two minor females. Beltou, 43, is a Black male weighing 135 pounds and is 5 feet, nine inches tall. He was born in Antigua but lives in Estate Frydenhoj on St. Thomas.

Read Full Story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/16/vipd-wanted-omari-beltou/

📸: Omari Beltou (VIPD photo)
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St. Thomas Jail Inmate Dies in Custody

A 36-year-old inmate being held at the Criminal Justice Complex on St. Thomas died on Monday morning while in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections. According to a statement released shortly after noon, the unidentified inmate suffered from a life-threatening illness.

Read Full Story by Judi Shimel (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/16/st-thomas-jail-inmate-dies-in-custody/

📸: Criminal Justice Complex in St. Thomas. A spokesman for Corrections said jail personnel called 911 when they saw an inmate at the St. Thomas Jail was in distress. He was pronounced dead at the scene on Monday. (Submitted photo)
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Senators Say Former WAPA Officials Guilty of Fraud and Embezzlement

Senators at the Committee of the Whole on Monday asked Kyle Fleming, chairman of the Water and Power Authority Governing Board, and Andrew Smith, chief executive officer of the Authority if a report from the Inspector General detailing serious flaws in the WAPA-VITOL contracting process should lead to a criminal charge.

Read Full Story by Don Buchanan: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/16/senators-say-wapa-officials-guilty-of-fraud-and-embezzlement/

📸: Kyle Fleming and Andrew Smith were questioned at Monday’s Committee of the Whole hearing. (Screenshot from Livestream)
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Horse Racing Updates Slow Rounding the Bend

Horse Racing Commission members may have hoped for a lightning finish as Rich Strike had, coming up the inside lane and winning the Kentucky Derby last week. However, at the Commission meeting Friday, it looked like the two contestants running for six years to get horse racing back in the territory were limping down the track, maybe around the second bend and maybe not.

Read Full Story by Don Buchanan (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/05/13/horse-racing-updates-slow-rounding-the-bend/

📸: St. Croix’s Randall ‘Doc’ James racetrack (File photo)
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