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VIDOH Reassures Public About Infant Formula Availability in the Territory

Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion on Tuesday reassured the public that there is currently no shortage of powdered infant formula in the territory.

Putting Their Future on the Dotted Line

Twenty-four seniors from the Virgin Islands Montessori School & Peter Gruber International Academy stepped up to the stage in a school assembly on Monday afternoon to sign commitment papers for their chosen endeavors.

St. Thomas Jail Inmate Dies in Custody

A 36-year-old inmate being held at the Criminal Justice Complex on St. Thomas died on Monday morning while in custody of the Bureau of Corrections.

VIPD Wanted: Omari Beltou

According to the VIPD, Omari Beltou is wanted for the unlawful sexual contact of two minor females.

AG George Honors Police Officers

Attorney General Denise George reminds everyone to recognize our law enforcement officers in honor of police week while paying homage to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Photo Focus: Lunar Eclipse

The height of Sunday's total lunar eclipse occurred around 11:30 p.m. Eastern Time, when the moon was in the deepest portion of the Earth's shadow, giving it a reddish hue.

A Day to See and Serve the Homeless

The Rothschild Francis Market Square, at the foot of Savan on St. Thomas, was once the heart of commerce and community life for a thriving neighborhood. These days it still is, but the community has changed, and those who serve the homeless in the Virgin Islands say the needs have changed, too.

Will Whim Museum Recover Its Former Glory?

Some in the St. Croix community have been asking why Whim Museum seems closed, and no efforts to repair the extensive damage after the 2017 hurricanes are apparent.

Surveillance Camera Leads to Arrest of a 70-year-Old Man

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, the Criminal Investigation Bureau was able to apprehend 70-year-old Julian “Mouleek” Testamark with the help of footage from a surveillance camera.

A Resurgence of Chess Comes to the Virgin Islands

Chess is a game that has intrigued people around the world for centuries. It requires focus, concentration, patience, strategy and tactics.

CIB Investigating Harvey Project Shootings; 1 Injured, 1 Dead

One man is dead and another is hospitalized in stable condition after a shooting on Monday night at the Profit Hills Housing Community on St. Croix, the V.I. Police Department reported Tuesday.

Board of Elections Schedules Town Halls on Primary and General Elections

A voting machine demonstration as well as a voter registration drive will be conducted. The public is encouraged to come out and participate in these very important meetings.

Secret Harbour Beach Resort Wins Tripadvisor 2022 Travelers’ Choice Award

Secret Harbour Beach Resort, a full-amenity condominium property for families and couples, announced that it has been rated in the top 10% of hotels in the world.

V.I. Fire Service Celebrates EMS Week, May 16-22

This year’s National EMS Week presents a timely opportunity for our territory to thank all EMS practitioners who continue to serve on the front lines of our war on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Board of Elections Schedules Town Halls on Primary and General Elections

A voting machine demonstration as well as a voter registration drive will be conducted. The public is encouraged to come out and participate in these very important meetings.

CIB Investigating Harvey Project Shootings; 1 Injured, 1 Dead

One man is dead and another is hospitalized in stable condition after a shooting on Monday night at the Profit Hills Housing Community on St. Croix, the V.I. Police Department reported Tuesday.

Legislature Corner: How to Bring the Number of COVID Cases Down

Sen. Kurt Vialet is concerned about the spike in COVID-19 cases in the Virgin Islands. He enumerates actions that should be taken to bring the number of cases down.

A Resurgence of Chess Comes to the Virgin Islands

Chess is a game that has intrigued people around the world for centuries. It requires focus, concentration, patience, strategy and tactics.

DPNR Extends Group Exhibition at Fort Christian Museum Through May 21

The five-artist group show, which was conceived and organized by Lucien Downes, also features artists Agustin Holder, Amy Gibbs, Jared Shomo and Jon Euwema.  

Governor Congratulates Complex Grads, Sends Regrets He Will Miss Ceremony

Bryan expressed his regrets for having to miss the ceremony because he has been called to testify before Congress at the same time the graduation is scheduled.

Julie Inez Canton Dies in Atlanta

Julie Inez Canton, also known as “Pie,” of Atlanta, Ga., died on April 25. She was 60 years old.

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CIB Investigating Harvey Project Shootings; 1 Injured, 1 Dead

One man is dead and another is hospitalized in stable condition after a shooting on Monday night at the Profit Hills Housing Community on St. Croix, the V.I. Police Department reported Tuesday.

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Putting Their Future on the Dotted Line

Graduation season has come to the Virgin Islands for 2022. For educators, friends, and family, it’s a time to celebrate the aspirations of the young as they move from high school, technical education, or continuing education and prepare for what comes next. But at the Virgin Islands Montessori School & Peter Gruber International Academy on St. Thomas, there’s one special occasion that comes before the day to march in cap and gown.

Read Full Story by Judi Shimel (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/17/putting-their-future-on-the-dotted-line/

📸: Amir Ottley signs up for Howard University and studies in mechanical engineering. (Photo by Judi Shimel)
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Island Green Living Named “Sustainable Company of the Year” by Clinton Global Initiative & Island Innovation

In partnership with Island Innovation, Clinton Global Initiative named the USVI-based nonprofit Island Green Living Association the “Sustainable Company of the Year” during the inaugural Island Innovation Awards ceremony held recently (view recording here, 46.45-minute mark).

Read Full Story: https://stjohnsource.com/2022/05/17/island-green-living-named-sustainable-company-of-the-year-by-clinton-global-initiative-island-innovation/

📸: From left, Island Green Living Staff Member John Baker, Operations Manager Anthony Novelli, Board Treasurer Curtis Penn, Board Vice President Mark Lichtenstein, Board President Harith Wickrema, Executive Director Kelly McKinney, Resource Depot Manager Kat Bodish, and staff member Kobe Liburd. (Submitted photo)
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DOH Public About Infant Formula Availability in the Territory

Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion on Tuesday reassured the public that there is currently no shortage of powdered infant formula in the territory. All Virgin Islands vendors that serve the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program participants with powdered infant formula products are currently stocked with adequate supplies of formulas, she said.

Read Full Story by Source Staff (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/17/vidoh-reassures-public-about-infant-formula-availability-in-the-territory/

📸: Similac US Infant formula
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Surveillance Camera Leads to Arrest of a 70-year-Old Man

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, the Criminal Investigation Bureau was able to apprehend 70-year-old Julian “Mouleek” Testamark for entering someone’s vehicle without permission and removing a bag containing money, an iPad, and other items valued at over $500 because of footage from a surveillance camera. He was arrested and charged with grand larceny.

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AG George Honors Police Officers

Attorney General Denise George reminds everyone to recognize our law
enforcement officers during police week while paying homage to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. National Police Week is recognized May 15-21. Peace Officers Memorial Day was recognized on Sunday.

Read Full Story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/16/ag-george-honors-police-officers/
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Health: Mandates Could Return If Cases Don’t Decline

The Virgin Islands has 901 active COVID-19 cases, Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion said Monday, with a positivity rate of 14.92 percent. There are 518 infections on St. Thomas, 362 on St. Croix and St. John has 21 cases. Sixteen people are hospitalized — 11 at the Schneider Regional Medical Center, and five at Juan Luis Hospital, with one ventilated in each hospital, for reasons other than COVID, she said.

Read Full Story by Susan Ellis (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/16/mandates-could-return-if-cases-dont-decline/

💻📸: Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion warns the community about COVID-19 increases. (Facebook screenshot)
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VIPD Wanted: Omari Beltou

According to the VIPD, Omari Beltou is wanted for unlawful sexual contact with two minor females. Beltou, 43, is a Black male weighing 135 pounds and is 5 feet, nine inches tall. He was born in Antigua but lives in Estate Frydenhoj on St. Thomas.

Read Full Story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/16/vipd-wanted-omari-beltou/

📸: Omari Beltou (VIPD photo)
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St. Thomas Jail Inmate Dies in Custody

A 36-year-old inmate being held at the Criminal Justice Complex on St. Thomas died on Monday morning while in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections. According to a statement released shortly after noon, the unidentified inmate suffered from a life-threatening illness.

Read Full Story by Judi Shimel (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/16/st-thomas-jail-inmate-dies-in-custody/

📸: Criminal Justice Complex in St. Thomas. A spokesman for Corrections said jail personnel called 911 when they saw an inmate at the St. Thomas Jail was in distress. He was pronounced dead at the scene on Monday. (Submitted photo)
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Senators Say Former WAPA Officials Guilty of Fraud and Embezzlement

Senators at the Committee of the Whole on Monday asked Kyle Fleming, chairman of the Water and Power Authority Governing Board, and Andrew Smith, chief executive officer of the Authority if a report from the Inspector General detailing serious flaws in the WAPA-VITOL contracting process should lead to a criminal charge.

Read Full Story by Don Buchanan: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/16/senators-say-wapa-officials-guilty-of-fraud-and-embezzlement/

📸: Kyle Fleming and Andrew Smith were questioned at Monday’s Committee of the Whole hearing. (Screenshot from Livestream)
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Horse Racing Updates Slow Rounding the Bend

Horse Racing Commission members may have hoped for a lightning finish as Rich Strike had, coming up the inside lane and winning the Kentucky Derby last week. However, at the Commission meeting Friday, it looked like the two contestants running for six years to get horse racing back in the territory were limping down the track, maybe around the second bend and maybe not.

Read Full Story by Don Buchanan (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/05/13/horse-racing-updates-slow-rounding-the-bend/

📸: St. Croix’s Randall ‘Doc’ James racetrack (File photo)
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Editorial: “Local Tourists” Feel Unheard

It’s been two weeks since we started our experiment asking locals to review our community with fresh eyes, as a tourist might, and report back what is working well and what could be improved.

Read Full Story by Mat Probasco (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/14/editorial-local-tourists-feel-unheard/

📸: Fort Christian
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Rays, Lady Hawks, and Lady Barracudas Crowned 2022 IAA Volleyball League Champions

The final day of the 2022 St. Thomas/St. John Interscholastic Athletic Association Volleyball League was filled with four exciting games played at the MCM Center on Saturday afternoon.

Read Full Story by Mark J. Daniel (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/14/rays-lady-hawks-and-lady-barracudas-crowned-2022-iaa-volleyball-league-champions/

📸: 2022 St. Thomas/St. John Interscholastic Athletic Association Volleyball Varsity Girls Champions – Charlotte Amalie High School Lady Hawks. (Photo by Mark Daniel)

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Operation Python Make Illegal Drug Arrest After Traffic Stop

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, a gray vehicle was stopped by Operation Python Officers conducting Traffic Enforcement at 4:14 p.m. on Weymouth Rhymer Highway in the vicinity of Carlos Furniture. The vehicle had no license plate, and the officers stopped the vehicle and observed an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Read Full Story by Source Staff (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/15/operation-python-make-illegal-drug-arrest-after-traffic-stop/
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Fatal Hit-and-Run on St. Croix

On May 14, 2022, at approximately 10:16 p.m., the Traffic Investigation Bureau was notified by the Ancilmo Marshall Command Police Station and dispatched to a collision involving a pedestrian in the Estate Catherine’s Rest area on St. Croix.

Read Full Story by Source Staff (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/05/15/tib-investigating-fatal-hit-and-run-on-st-croix/
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Man on St. Croix Arrested for Simple Assault and Battery

On Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 8:05 a.m., a domestic disturbance in the Walter I.M. Hodge Housing Community, Frederiksted, St. Croix, was reported to the 911 Emergency Call Center. According to the officers who responded, upon arrival, they spoke with the victim, who said that 33-year-old Khamir L. Clarke, a family member, assaulted her. The victim stated that Clarke threw a bowl of porridge and a cup of tea at her, soiling her dress.

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Will Whim Museum Recover Its Former Glory?

Some in the St. Croix community have been asking why Whim Museum seems closed, and no efforts to repair the extensive damage after the 2017 hurricanes are apparent. Residents have voiced concerns about the lack of communication from the board of St. Croix Landmarks Society, the managing organization, and the executive director.

Read Full Story by Susan Ellis (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/05/15/will-whim-museum-recover-its-former-glory/

📸: Hurricane damage on the north side of Whim Museum from 2017. (Photo courtesy of Michael Connors)
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A Day to See and Serve the Homeless

Volunteers working with local charities and the Departments of Health and Human Services teamed up Friday for a day of service called Project Homeless Connect. Those who have worked with the annual day of service say the project’s aim is to bring services closer to those who might not otherwise seek them out.

Read Full Story by Judi Shimel (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/15/a-day-to-see-and-serve-the-homeless/

📸: Moses Carty sets up his makeshift barbershop under the bungalow at the Market Square during Project Homeless Connect (Photo by Judi Shimel)
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Photo Focus: Lunar Eclipse

The height of Sunday’s total lunar eclipse occurred around 11:30 p.m., when the moon was in the deepest portion of the Earth’s shadow, giving it a reddish hue.

Take a Look (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/16/photo-focus-lunar-eclipse/

📸: Photo by Joshua Crawford Barry
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🚨 Missing Person: Emanda Hartzog

On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 54-year-old Emanda Hartzog of Estate Richmond, Christiansted, St. Croix, was reported her missing by her children.

Read Full Story: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/05/15/missing-person-emanda-hartzog/

📸: Emanda Hartzog was reported missing on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (VIPD photo)
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