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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.

SRMC to Host Plaque Dedication Ceremony for Fallen Pilot Maria Rodriquez

Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is pleased to announce that along with the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) 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.

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.

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.

Actor, Director, Producer Tim Reid Speaks at UVI RTPark Business Attraction Summit

Emmy-nominated actor, director and producer Tim Reid was the keynote speaker at the UVI Research and Technology Park Corporation Thursday as it launched its two-day Business Attraction Summit that will continue Friday.

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

Coral World on Watch as Ping the Pregnant Dolphin Nears Due Date

Suspicions that Ping was pregnant were first raised last August, and then confirmed by an ultrasound in September. She is the first marine mammal at Coral World to become pregnant, and her calf will be the first dolphin to be born under the park’s care, said Kristine Tartaglio, assistant curator of marine mammals and birds.

VIDOH Reassures 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.

Putting Their Future on the Dotted Line

Twenty-four seniors from the Virgin Islands Montessori School & Peter Gruber International Academy stepped up to the stage in a school assembly on Monday afternoon to sign commitment papers for their chosen endeavors.

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.

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.

UPDATE: 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.

Health: Mandates Could Return If Cases Don’t Decline

Recently the V.I. Health Department revised its procedures for isolation with those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Commissioner Justa Encarnacion repeated them during the weekly media briefing Monday.

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