Housing Authority will open waiting list for Sugar Estate senior living facility in February
The V.I. Housing Authority plans to open a waiting list in February for the senior affordable housing development being built in Sugar Estate on St. Thomas, after the agency's board on Wednesday approved a measure that clears the way for the new list.
Schneider board OKs $2M in raises for nurses
ST. THOMAS - The Schneider Hospital board voted Wednesday to give $2 million in raises to the hospital's nursing staff.
After an executive session - which is a closed-door meeting allowable by law for a very specific set of reasons - board member Maria
Sauter-Frett's trial to begin Oct. 19
ST. THOMAS - Almost five years after she went on the run from the law, Rosemary Sauter-Frett is scheduled to stand trial in October.
At a court hearing Wednesday, V.I. Superior Court Judge Denise Francois set Sauter-Frett's trial date for Oct. 19.
ST. THOMAS - Former V.I. Police Capt. Enrique Saldana posted a reduced bail amount and will be out on supervised release pending his May 4 trial.
Saldana, the former head of the V.I. Police Department's Criminal Investigations Bureau, is facing murder ch
St. Croix man charged with forging proof of insurance for 4 vehicles
ST. CROIX - Police on Monday arrested a man accused of forgery for a second time in less than a year, this time in connection with the cards he presented as proof of insurance on four of his vehicles when he registered them.
Aswad Petersen, 31, of Mount
Golden Grove inmate gets 10 years for stabbing, killing fellow prisoner
ST. CROIX - A judge on Wednesday handed down a 10-year sentence to a prisoner who killed a fellow Golden Grove inmate inside the prison during the summer of 2011.
Jahni Hamilton, 28, pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the
Police find 23 lbs. of pot in man's New Works home
ST. CROIX - Police executing a warrant Tuesday morning on a New Works man accused of brandishing a weapon and shooting at a man in Mon Bijou in November said they discovered almost 23 pounds of marijuana in the house.
So, in addition to reckless endanger
Jury finds St. Thomas man not guilty of killing convenience store owner
ST. THOMAS - A V.I. Superior Court jury found Errol Nisbett Jr. not guilty Wednesday in the 2012 murder of Soto-Town Mini Mart owner Ali Yanes.
In closing arguments Wednesday, Nisbett's defense attorney, Alex Moskowitz, said his client should be cleared
The Caribbean Writer is calling for submissions to its 30th Anniversary edition.
The Caribbean Writer is an international, refereed, literary journal published annually by the University of the Virgin Islands.
Issues unique to the Caribbean should be ce
The snowy weather in the northeastern United States caused more delays and cancellations on Tuesday for travelers in the territory.
More than 6,700 flights into and out of the northeast were canceled Monday, including several into and out of St. Thomas.
Legislators, delegate praise Mapp for frank, hopeful tone of State of the Territory address
V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett and members of the 31st Legislature gave Gov. Kenneth Mapp props for his first State of the Territory address, praising its frankness while they also spoke of feeling hopeful.
"I thought that it was a very substa
Trial begins for St. Thomas man charged in shooting death of convenience store owner
ST. THOMAS - Errol Nisbett Jr. is on trial in V.I. Superior Court this week for the 2012 shooting death of Ali Yanes, the owner of the Soto-Town Mini Mart.
The jury was selected Monday and heard opening statements from the prosecution and defense befor
Police ID man killed in shooting at Hidden Valley
ST. THOMAS - Police have identified the man killed on St. Thomas Monday night as 21-year-old Ezekiah Joseph.
Police initially said Monday night that Joseph's body was found in Tutu Hi-rise, but on Tuesday, a news release corrected that information, clari
Quantum of the Seas
Gross Tonnage: 168,666
Length: 1,141 feet
Max beam: 136 feet
Draft: 28 feet
Cruising speed: 22 knots
Double-occupancy capacity: 4,180
Maximum capacity: 4,905
Balcony staterooms: 1,570
Ocean-view staterooms: 147
National Park hosts open house today to discuss proposed fee hikes for mooring, Trunk Bay entrance
The V.I. National Park is hosting an open house and discussion today to get public input about a proposal to raise the Trunk Bay entrance fees and overnight mooring fees in the park on St. John.
The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Virgin Islands
ST. CROIX - In his first State of the Territory address Monday night, Gov. Kenneth Mapp painted a bleak picture of the territory's financial state, said things would get worse before getting better and described some steps he believes will help turn thin
"Our problems are great, and there are no easy fixes. Personality conflicts which tend to obscure our path to a brighter future will have to be set aside for the greater good of this territory if we are to be successful."
"Today, this new admin
Woman extradited from Fla. to face forgery charges in V.I.
ST. THOMAS - Antionette Warner, 27, was extradited to the territory from Florida and advised of her rights Monday in connection with a scheme to steal more than $60,000 from the V.I. government.
Warner is charged with obtaining money by false pretense an
VIPA pays company $5K/day to idle in V.I. until it gets Crown Bay dredging permits
ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Port Authority is paying a dredging company $5,000 a day to keep its equipment in the territory, in hopes the federal permits come through and work can begin on the Crown Bay dredge project.
Port Authority Director of Engineering Da
Man killed in shooting Monday at Tutu Hi-Rise
ST. THOMAS - Police had few details Monday night on the territory's fourth homicide of the year.
A call came in to 911 dispatchers at 6:13 p.m. Monday to report shots fired in the Tutu Hi-Rise area on St. Thomas.
When police arrived on the scene they fou
BVI boat accident kills 2, injures 4 early Saturday
A boating accident in the British Virgin Islands last weekend left two people dead and four others in the hospital.
The Police Marine Unit and Virgin Islands Search and Rescue responded to a call about 2:45 a.m. Saturday morning reporting a boat crash o
Gov. Kenneth Mapp's 2015 State of the Territory address
Mr. President and members of the 31st Legislature, Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter, honorable justices of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, honorable judges of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, honorable members of the District Court of the Virgin
HOVENSA has held gasoline prices steady now for a dozen weeks
ST. CROIX - For the 12th week in a row, HOVENSA left the wholesale price of gasoline and diesel fuel at its truck racks unchanged today.
HOVENSA, which has said it plans to shut down operations on St. Croix by March 1, does not intend to replenish its fu
Quantum of the Seas to make first V.I. visit on record-breaking day
ST. THOMAS - Tuesday will see a record-breaking amount of visitors arrive in on St. Thomas as the Quantum of the Seas makes its maiden voyage to the island.
"Tuesday is going to be an incredible record-breaking day for the Virgin Islands and the port of
Mapp to set forth his agenda tonight
Gov. Kenneth Mapp will offer his perspective on the current state of things at 7 tonight, as he takes the podium before the 31st Legislature to deliver his first State of the Territory Address.
With his fledgling administration just three weeks in office
Diase Coffelt says she refused to be Mapp's puppet
ST. THOMAS - During a press conference Friday, Gov. Kenneth Mapp's initial choice to be his V.I. Attorney General, Soraya Diase Coffelt, said she quit 10 days into her tenure because she refused to be a puppet.
During her press conference, Diase Coffelt
St. Croix students bring island history to life
ST. CROIX - The idea for the "Who Lived Here" project - which teaches children local history by embracing the past and the future - hit Valrica Bryson in the middle of the night.
"I have insomnia. I don't sleep," said Bryson, a teacher who chairs the mus
St. Thomas man pleads guilty to gun charges
ST. THOMAS - A man pleaded guilty to two firearms charges in District Court on Friday.
A federal grand jury handed up an indictment for Joseph Roberts Jr. in December in connection with a shooting that took place near Julius Sprauve School on St. John on
ST. THOMAS - Shandos Powell was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison for shooting 33-year-old Akil Greig 15 times in the Motor Vehicles Bureau parking lot.
The sentencing was interrupted Friday when, after addressing the court in an emotional plea for
Authorities investigate fire, murder at Mandahl house
ST. THOMAS - Firefighters and police are investigating a house fire that they believe was set to cover up a murder.
Just after 8 a.m. Friday, a 911 call was made to report a house on fire in Estate Mandahl.
V.I. Fire Services Assistant Director Daryl Geo
Firefighters extinguish blaze in Mongoose Junction
A fire in Mongoose Junction on St. John on Friday took all day to get under control and left several businesses in ruins.
No one was hurt in the blaze.
Assistant Fire Service Director Daryl George said the fire was called in about 11:13 a.m. Friday, and
Free screenings of 'Selma' for V.I. high school students
ST. CROIX - ViVid Streaming and NBA superstar Tim Duncan are offering local high school students a chance to view the motion picture "Selma" at no cost to them during two screenings, one on St. Thomas this afternoon and one on St. Croix on Tuesday evenin
WAPA signs off on 2 new St. Croix solar facilities
ST. CROIX - The V.I. Water and Power Authority on Thursday signed off on two 25-year agreements to purchase six megawatts of solar power for St. Croix from facilities that are under development.
WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr. said the agreements
WAPA board OKs fuel deal with Puerto Rico supplier
ST. CROIX - The V.I. Water and Power Authority board on Thursday approved a new source for obtaining the No. 2 fuel oil that fires its generators, after HOVENSA's plan to shut down its petroleum storage terminal on St. Croix by March affected the utility
St. Thomas man gets 31 years for coercion, producing child porn
ST. THOMAS - A St. Thomas man was sentenced to 31 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release Thursday for tricking young girls into sending him sexually explicit photos and then trying to use the photos to coerce them into having sex wi
Gov. Kenneth Mapp sent 12 nominees names to the V.I. Legislature for confirmation on Thursday:
- Pedro Cruz - Sports, Parks and Recreation commissioner.
- Vivian Ebbesen-Fludd - Human Services commissioner.
- Milton Potter - Personnel director.
Staff shake-up adds to drama at Justice
ST. THOMAS - A week after her resignation - which came after only 10 days on the job - Soraya Diase Coffelt is holding a press conference today to talk about her experience and her reasons for leaving the post of V.I. Attorney General under Gov. Kenneth
Excerpt from the letter sent by "The Staff of the Virgin Islands Department of Justice" on department letterhead:
"We, the employees of the Department of Justice are in a state of shock after becoming aware that our new Attorney General Soraya Diase Cof
Family Resource Center honors 2015 Peacemakers
ST. THOMAS - The Family Resource Center honored three St. Thomians who, by their passion and care for others, demonstrate the essence of a peacemaker at the nonprofit's 2015 The Peacemaker Gala on Thursday night at Prior-Jollek Hall at The Antilles Schoo
4 V.I. soldiers return home
ST. CROIX - Four airmen of the V.I. National Guard's 285th Civil Engineering Squadron who had been deployed in Kuwait returned home Thursday to the USVI and a joyful crowd of family and friends who met them at Rohlsen Airport.
Sr. Airman Keithlyn Bailey
GERS raises contribution rates for Tier II employees by 1% per year
During its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Government Employees Retirement System board increased contribution rates for Tier II government employees.
The new rates will be implemented Feb. 5.
In November, the board voted to increase the contributi
Luis Hospital board reaffirms wage, hiring freezes
ST. CROIX - The Luis Hospital board on Wednesday reaffirmed a March 2013 board mandate requiring a wage and hiring freeze at the hospital, except for certain positions or circumstances.
"We have decided we would just like to reaffirm so that those mandat
Fort Christian gets a fresh paint job
ST. THOMAS - Fort Christian is returning to the deep red color that so many people know and love.
Last weekend the contractor, Custom Builders, began to paint the eastern wall, turning the white-washed exterior walls the familiar color.
The fort first w
St. Croix Elections Board finally elects leadership
ST. CROIX - After failing twice this month to muster a quorum, the St. Croix Board of Elections on Wednesday finally was able to get enough members at a meeting to conduct business, and they elected Lilliana Belardo de O'Neal chairwoman.
After some back
PFA gives all board members full access to bank accounts
ST. THOMAS - The new Public Finance Authority board changed the signatories on the authority's bank accounts Wednesday, giving all of the board members present at the meeting access to the agency's bank accounts.
Under the V.I. Code, the governor, Financ
Mapp returns to Public Finance Authority board as chairman
ST. THOMAS - Gov. Kenneth Mapp returned to the V.I. Public Finance Authority on Wednesday after almost a decade, this time as chairman of the board.
Mapp had served as the director of finance and administration at the Public Finance Authority from 2002 t
Gov. Mapp set to deliver annual State of Territory address Monday
Gov. Kenneth Mapp's first State of the Territory address is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday.
He will deliver the annual address, which will be televised, before the 31st Legislature in Ottley Legislative Hall at the capitol building on St. Thomas.
ST. THOMAS - A Sea Tow crew found the body of local fisherman David Turbe, who had apparently drowned Tuesday morning while diving for lobster near Frenchtown.
Capt. Alan Wentworth of Sea Tow was on his boat with two crew members about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday
Ex-Golden Grove guard pleads guilty to providing contraband
ST. CROIX - A former V.I. Corrections Bureau officer pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to a single charge of providing prison contraband.
Marcel Scotland, a former officer at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility, is facing up to five years in
St. Croix members are no-show to Joint Elections Board Meeting
ST. THOMAS - The Joint Board of Elections met Tuesday on St. Thomas, but could not muster a quorum because none of the St. Croix District board members showed up.
In order for the joint board to have a quorum to do business, a minimum of three members fr