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Homicides 2016

A chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2016 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as reported by the VIPD. Cases…

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Three events are slated for the opening of the school year – V.I. Fathers Back to School Barbecue and Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 27; the Back to School Days of Prayer on Saturday , Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4; and the V.I. Fathers March on Sept. 6, the first day of school for public schools in the territory. Organizers are encouraging fathers to take their children back to school starting on the first day.

 
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Man Drowns at Independence Boat Yard

A man whose identity was not released drowned Friday evening at the Independence Boat Yard in Frydenhoj, the V.I. Police Department reported.

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2016-09-30 23:20:00
Fraud Experts Advise Seniors

Ponzi and pyramid schemes, Publishers Clearing House, mystery shopper and home repair scams have all been perpetrated on Virgin Islanders, and were the subjects of a fraud watch forum Thursday.

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2016-09-29 23:29:20
Territories to Receive $126 Million-Plus for Zika fight

Congress budgeted $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus in legislation approved Wednesday to fund the government through December, with more than $126 million allocated to the territories.

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2016-09-29 23:27:21
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HFA Board Fires Director Clifford Graham

Few details have been released about the abrupt firing of V.I. Housing Finance Authority Director Clifford Graham, but there has been some speculation about why it happened, and who might be taking his place.

Graham could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but VIHFA issued a release after the authority's board made the decision last Friday to terminate Graham's contract.

The termination was effective as of 5 p.m. Monday, and the VIHFA's chief operating officer, has been appointed interim executive director until the position is filled.

Speaking Tuesday, VIHFA Board Chair Debra Gottlieb said the board cannot comment on personnel issues but did say the position would be advertised.

"We have a job description that we will be posting, and we will get to that as soon as is possible and practicable," she said.

One candidate that has been mentioned by some as next in line for the job, Frankie Hoheb, said Tuesday there is no truth to reports that he has already been tapped to fill the position, but added when asked if he would be submitting his resume, that he was "pondering his options."

"The position will be put out for public notice, so anyone who has an interest can apply," Hoheb, chief of staff to Sen. Celestino A. White Sr., said Tuesday.

Sen. Louis P. Hill, meanwhile, sent out a release Tuesday night decrying the actions of the board to terminate Graham and asking that board members make public the reasons for their decision.

"I am clearly disturbed that the board has terminated Clifford Graham for reasons that have nothing to do with his competence, performance, or his absolute dedication to the people of the Virgin Islands for nearly 18 years, addressing the chronic housing shortages in this territory," Hill said in the release. "I am convinced he is the best person for the job…and I hope the board can produce a paper trail of cause to justify its action."

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