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Pistols and assault rifles confiscated in Hospital Ground over the past week were on display during Tuesday’s news briefing.

STT Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge in Hospital Ground

Appearing before Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller in District Court, Akeem Julien, 25, of St. Thomas, entered a guilty plea to the charge of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. updated the public Friday on the territory’s COVID-19 response efforts.

Bills for New Office of Gun Violence Prevention, Behavioral Health in the Works

Coming on the heels of back-to-back incidents of gun violence on St. Croix, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said that a bill setting up a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention will use a community-based approach to policing local neighborhoods, while another bill will look at proactively treating behavioral health issues that can be linked to criminal activity.
Pistols and assault rifles confiscated in Hospital Ground over the past week were on display during Tuesday’s news briefing.

$10K Reward Offered for Information on Hospital Ground Murders

A $10,000 reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers USVI for any information leading to the arrest of individuals connected to the murders of three Hospital Ground residents.
Gov. Albert Bryan takes a question during Monday’s news briefing. (Government House photo)

Governor Announces $7.8 Million CARES Grant to U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands has received a $7.8 million grant from the U.S. Interior Department through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security bill approved last week by Congress.
Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor looks down over the Hospital Ground neighborhood Saturday. (VIPD photo)

VIPD Commissioner Velinor Tours Hospital Ground

Following three homicides in as many days in the Hospital Ground area, Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor walked the neighborhood Saturday meeting residents.

Saturday Morning Finds Police at Checkpoints Around Hospital Ground

Three police officers were standing outside their patrol cars at the intersection of Polyberg Road east of the Puma Gas Station on Saturday morning. A half mile or so to the west of Lionel Roberts Stadium, another group of officers and squad cars offered a show of support.
Police secure the scene of Friday's fatal shooting in Hospital Ground. (Photo by W. Bostwick)

Hospital Ground Rocked Again Friday by Gun Violence

After three days of non-stop gun violence that resulted in two deaths, residents of the neighborhood which lies four blocks from the V.I. Police Department on St. Thomas and about the same distance from Government House was rattled to the bone by shots fired around 8 a.m. Friday. “I was brushing my teeth,” said one resident. “I don’t even remember dropping my tooth brush.” Another resident said they could hear the little children upstairs running for cover. By 8:30 a.m. police were on the scene and had set up roadblocks at all access points into the Hospital Ground neighborhood. The ongoing “nightmare,” as one resident described it continued with the death of 35-year-old Junior Akimo Freeman. The recent heightened violence which as long plagued the community began Tuesday when a woman was shot on Goat Street. She was taken to Schneider Regional Medical Center. Two men shot within within 16 hours of each other on Wednesday were not so lucky. Both died. On Friday afternoon, Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor held a town hall type meeting on WSTA 1340 radio to specifically address the Hospital Ground violence. He promised a lot more police presence while the investigations were underway, saying people would be stopped and questioned. He also called upon a frightened population to “say something.” He said the police can’t solve the crimes without their help. Meanwhile, people who live there have been reluctant to talk with the Source, and have been completely unwilling to give their names. Many live their lives holding a collective breath and waiting for the next round of violence and death, hoping it will not be them or their loved ones.  

Velinor Calls for Community Help in Hospital Ground Violence

Only one life so far has succumbed to the novel coronavirus in the territory, but V.I. Police Department Commissioner Trevor Velinor said the recent homicides in the Hospital Ground area have taken three lives, including one Friday morning, and injured two more.
Pedestrian-driver accidents across the Virgin Islands prompts action. (Shutterstock Image)

Latest Spate of Violence in Hospital Ground Has Residents ‘Terrified’ *see correction

After three homicides and a fourth shooting that sent a woman to the hospital, all within 48 hours and all in the heavily populated St. Thomas neighborhood known as Hospital Ground, residents want to know where the police are.

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