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Black Flag Defendant Gets 4 Years, Suspended, Admits Mental Illness

After admitting to taking a set of international flags from the poles at the Cyril E. King Airport and replacing them with black flags a year ago, 30-year-old Alla H. Salem of St. Thomas was sentenced to no more time behind bars.
The Virgin Islands Supreme Court, from left, Chief Justice Rhys S. Hodge, Associate Justice Ive Arrington Swan and Associate Justice Maria M. Cabret. (Government House photo)

Lolo Willis Loses Appeal on Balbo Construction Tax Case

Former USVI tax director Louis 'Lolo' Willis – who is wrapping up a five-year federal prison term for bribery and extortion – has more worries ahead, now that the V.I. Supreme Court struck down his appeal on a separate criminal case.
Casino Control Commission Chair Violet Ann Golden testifies before the Legislature in 2015. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, the V.I. Legislature)

Federal Grand Jury Charges Violet Anne Golden with Embezzlement

Violet Anne Golden, a former lawmaker and former head of the Casino Control Commission, became the subject of a grand jury indictment alleging embezzlement, conspiracy, wire fraud and obtaining money under false pretenses.
Attorney General Denise George-Counts delivers testimony during Wednesday's meeting of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Justice and Public Safety. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Senate Panel Debates Loitering Bill

A proposed increase in fines and imprisonment for loitering in the Virgin Islands could be excessive or infringe on the constitutional rights of residents, senators were told Wednesday.
Raydin Ortiz (VIPD photo)

Monsanto Charged with Firing Shots

An 18-year-old St. Thomas resident, Tasheem Monsanto, was arrested by the V.I. Police Wednesday and charged with firing shots in the area of Fort Christian.
VIPD patrol car. (Linda Morland photo)

Police Seek Information in Thursday Morning Homicide

A man whose identity was being withheld pending notification of next of kin as of mid-morning Thursday was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in the area of Subbase.

Police Arrest Kidnapping Suspect Moses

Members of the VIPD's Criminal Investigations Bureau arrested 41-year-old John “Cutter”Moses at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to the V.I. Police Department, Moses was arrested without incident in Estate Wintberg.

Trial Slated for Contractor Accused in Kickback Scheme

The head of a Puerto Rico-based engineering firm accused of paying $1.2 million dollars in exchange for federal contracts is scheduled to stand trial on Aug. 5.
Motorists document damage to their vehicles in the St. John Marketplace parking lot on Wednesday. (Judi Shimel photo)

Vandalism Arrest Spotlights STT Jail’s Need for Mental Health Care

The recent mass destruction of car windows in a St. John parking lot provides a painful illustration of a protracted dispute between the American Civil Liberties Union and the USVI government. That dispute cites ongoing deficiencies at the St. Thomas jail.
Ivan Hansen (VIPD photo)

Man Charged with Negligent Homicide in February Accident

The V.I. Police Department on Monday arrested 60-year-old Ivan Hansen on a Superior Court warrant charging him with two counts of negligent homicide in a traffic accident that took place in February.

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