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Excise Tax on V.I. Manufactured Goods Only Begins Jan. 1

After a costly, court-ordered two-year pause on excise tax collections by the U.S. Virgin Islands, due to it being applied only on imported goods, starting on Jan. 1, the tax will be imposed on goods manufactured in the Virgin Islands.
The Ron deLLugo Federal Courthouse. (File photo)

Court Will Hear Case Arguing Inmates Deserve Stimulus Checks

The Virgin Islands District Court will hear next week a legal challenge arguing that incarcerated prisoners in the U.S. Virgin Islands should receive coronavirus stimulus checks from the federal government.
Former Casino Control Commission Chairwoman Violet Anne Golden and her attorney, David Cattie, prepare to leave the Ron deLugo Federal Courthouse Wednesday after an arraignment hearing. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

Convicted Casino Chief Golden Asks for Compassionate COVID-19 Relief

The former head of the Casino Control Commission is asking a federal judge to free her from prison, where she is serving a 24-month sentence.
The Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex in St. Thomas is a source of concern following recent allegations of corrections officers asleep on the job. (File photo)

St. Thomas Woman Allegedly Used Debts, Immigration Status To Control Undocumented Women

A federal magistrate ordered a St. Thomas resident who is accused of operating a brothel into detention on Wednesday, pending further court action.
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Gerard Pleads Guilty in Child Sex Trafficking Case

A 2019 sting operation by federal authorities led to a plea deal on Oct. 14 in St. Croix District Court in which Rashead Gerard admitted he answered an online ad from an agent posing as the father of a 14-year-old girl.
The Ron deLLugo Federal Courthouse. (File photo)

Former Officer Among Three Pleading Guilty in District Court

A former officer of the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs and two other men all pleaded guilty in three separate cases in St. Thomas District Court recently, according to U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert.

Federal Sting Operation Produces Guilty Plea in STT District Court

John Michael Burgos, the man who was apprehended in February during a foot chase through Estate Tutu has pleaded guilty to drug and weapons charges.
Khaliem Tang-Yuk (VIPD photo)

Judge Tells Airport Defendant to Stick Around

Khaliem Tang-Yuk, a 27-year-old from Puerto Rico, was arrested Saturday after police found ammunition in his bag during a security search at the Cyril E. King Airport.
St. Thomas GERS building (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Judge Tells Government Lawyer Court Can’t Stop Pension Penalties

A lawyer representing the V.I. government asked a federal judge to waive penalties and interest owed to GERS. During a Tuesday morning hearing in District Court, the judge said the law does not allow him to do so.
A Virgin Islands Police Department vehicle sits parked in front of the V.I.P.D. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Police Use-Of-Force Compliance Lapsed, Monitor Tells Court

One and one-quarter years after the top brass at the Virgin Islands Police Department cleared a hurdle towards successfully meeting the terms of a federal consent decree, they learned Wednesday how close they are to losing all they’ve worked for.

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