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Senate Passes Court, Elections Unification

The full Senate voted Wednesday to restructure sections of the V.I. government, moving toward a unitary elections board and a more unitary administration of the Supreme Court and Superior Court.

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2016-06-30 11:00:49
New Gun Law: Register Guns at Port of Entry

Anyone bringing a firearm into the territory will be required by law to immediately register it with the V.I. government at the port of entry. Failure to register will be a felony, as it is now.

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2016-06-30 01:45:04
PFA Approves $10 Million Loan, Police Training Funds and New Contract Authorization for Executive Director

PFA board members discussed Wednesday a loan from Banco Popular for first responder needs, including new ambulances and other equipment for the VIPD, Health and Public Works.

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2016-06-29 23:31:47
Local news — St. Thomas
WAPA Bucket Truck Hits Utility Pole Causing Power Outage

     At 6:13 p.m. Tuesday a Water and Power Authority bucket truck apparently lost control on Solberg hill striking a utility pole and overturning. 

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WAPA bucket truck overturned on Solberg hill. (Photo courtesy WAPA)

The cause of the accident was unknown as of publication time, but a statement from WAPA early Wednesday morning said the truck malfunctioned and the driver made a quick decision to turn into the bushes rather than continue into a steep turn in the  road.  Hugo Hodge Jr.,  WAPA executive director, said in the statement that the accident could have been "catostrophic"  had the driver continued down the steep hill.

The accident knocked out power to five feeders.

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By 7:20 p.m. all power was restored to feeders affected by the accident with the exception of the lower Solberg hill area and another section near the Contant Car Wash and John Thomas Funeral Home on Harwood Highway in Altona.

The two personnel in the truck at the time were treated by emergency medical technicians at the scene and then transported to rhe Roy L. Schneider Hospital where they were being observed. The extent of their injuries was unknown, but did not appear to be ex tensive, according to Greaux.

In the later statement,  Hodge expressed gratitude that the linemen were not seriously injured and apologized for the service interruption that continued after midnight in a few areas.

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