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Saturday, January 22, 2022


Law Enforcement’s Two-Day Effort to Resolve Use of Force Complaints

Police, government lawyers, and court-appointed monitors met on St. Croix this week to resolve the use of force reports recently filed against police personnel. It's been four years since a federal judge said the Virgin Islands Police Department was on its way to meeting the terms of a consent decree over how and when police use force in the performance of their duties.

John Jackson Denied Bid for Review of Bail Conditions

John Jackson, the onetime Olympic boxer awaiting trial on rape and child pornography charges at a detention facility in Puerto Rico, has been denied a review of his bail conditions and the return of property seized during his arrest.

Mexican Man on St. Thomas Faces Deportation For Third Time

A man was under home arrest in the Virgin Islands Friday after federal prosecutors charged him with being in the U.S. illegally — the fifth time he's been apprehended in the United States and potentially his third deportation, officials said.

Crucian Sentenced to 13.6 years for Violent Robbery

A federal judge has sentenced a St. Croix man to more than 13-and-a-half years in prison for his role in a home-invasion robbery in which he terrorized a couple for $200 and some electronics, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced Friday.

Department of Health Confirms the Ninety-Fifth Death Related to COVID-19

After further investigation and notification of next of kin, it has been confirmed that a 67-year-old male from St. Thomas has died. According to the Virgin Islands Department of Health, this is the territory's 95th death related to COVID-19.

Legislature to Host Governor’s 4th State of the Territory Address on January 24

The public will be able to access the proceedings on various television and radio stations, over internet livestream, or via social media platforms.

DPNR Informs Public of St. John Coastal Zone Management Meeting

This meeting will be held via the video conferencing platform Zoom at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27. The agenda is as follows.

CDC Officials Urge VI Kids to Get COVID Vaccines

Pediatric vaccines are safe and effective, officials for the Centers for Disease Control said Thursday, and a vital tool in preventing severe illness from COVD-19. As V.I. children return to in-person learning Monday, vaccines become more urgent than ever.

Kean High School Anniversary Brings About Reflection on St. John Students Access to Education

Starting in 1971 as the Nazareth Bay Secondary School, 50 years later the Government Operations and Consumer Affairs Committee has advanced a resolution commending what is now Ivanna Eudora Kean High School teachers and students.

The Tonga Eruption – A Sound Heard Round the World

In the early morning hours of January 15, 2022, an underwater volcano near the South Pacific island of Tonga erupted. The enormous explosion accompanying the eruption created an acoustic shock wave in the earth’s atmosphere analogous to the pebble in the pond.... That shock wave expanded until it encircled the earth.

Five Victims Including One Fatality in Contant Drive-By Shooting

The victims were transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance for medical attention. Another gunshot victim was discovered unresponsive in Upper Contant.

Orendain Wins ‘Poetry Out Loud’ for STX Central High School

Arielle Orendain captured first place in the annual “Poetry Out Loud” school-wide competition at the 2021-2022 program in December

Homicides 2022

A chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2022 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as reported by the VIPD. Cases are broken down by island.

Carjacking in Estate Donoe on St. Thomas

On January 19, at 8 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Whispering Hills housing development in Estate Donoe to investigate a carjacking.

Logan Cruz 2-year Battle with Leukemia Has Ended

Logan’s journey began in 2019 when he was only 7 months of age and captured the attention of many Virgin Islanders and people abroad.

$99M in Federal Funding to Build Flood Control Projects, Ease Supply Chain Bottlenecks

Congresswoman Plaskett announces $99 million in new funding for vital V.I. projects through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Disaster Relief Law.

Homicides 2021

A chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2021 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as reported by the VIPD. Cases are broken down by island.

Committee Advances Bill Assembling the Sixth Constitutional Convention

Though five failed attempts precede it, the Government Operations and Consumer Affairs Committee forwarded legislation Wednesday in hopes of establishing a Sixth Constitutional Convention of the Virgin Islands for the purpose of drafting a U.S. Virgin Islands Constitution.

Election of Board Chair Stalls VIPA’s Agenda

Tensions were raised at the start of the meeting as board members argued over who should be elected as the board’s chairperson.

Former Lumberyard Complex Is Home to Love City Ice

With the opening of Love City Ice at the former site of the Old Lumberyard Complex in Cruz Bay, St. John residents once again have a storefront to refill their water jugs and buy ice made with highly filtered water.





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