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The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee was divided Thursday on whether to move forward a bill that requests $200,000 to establish the Virgin Islands Office of Gun Violence Prevention under the Office of the Governor, or to table the discussion altogether.
The U.S. Virgin Islands does not seem to have recorded a spike in crime during the two months since a state of emergency was declared over the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” a documentary that takes the viewer into the story of the courageous Liberian women who brought peace in the midst of a bloody civil war, will be screened at 6 p.m. Friday.
Arrests for firearm violations and violent crimes jumped 32 percent from 2018 to 2019, the V.I. Police Department reported Friday to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs.
Lawmakers in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety and Veteran Affairs push forward a gun violence bill on Wednesday after various testifiers cautioned senators of budget apprehensions and redundancies.
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.
A St. Thomas man was shot as he pulled into his driveway early Monday and treated for his injuries at the Schneider Regional Medical Center, the V.I. Police Department reported.