The V.I. Police Department on Thursday arrested 35-year-old Darren Giddings, a corrections officer assigned to the Golden Grove Correctional Facility, and charged him with promoting prison contraband and introduction of narcotics or an addictive drug into the prison.
According to the police, the arrest took place around 2:10 p.m. The police report contained np details on the nature of the contraband in question or any other informtion on the alleged crime.
Bail for the 35-year-old Gidding was set at $10,000. He posted 10 percent of the bail and was released into the custody of a family member pending his advice of rights hearing.
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Volunteers came from many agencies, organizations, schools and non-profits. Conservatively, organizers estimated more than 3,000 pounds of trash were removed from mangrove shorelines of STEER. The vast majority of debris originated from land-based versus marine-based sources (90-95 percent of items), and most of the items collected, approximately 65-70 percent, were plastic. These patterns are consistent with marine debris patterns globally. ...
The Great Mangrove Cleanup, the first large-scale community cleanup of the St. Thomas East End Reserves, took place April 21. STEER is a marine-protected area on the east end of St. Thomas. Some 126 volunteers gathered to remove debris, large and small, from the area's mangrove shorelines.
A team of salvage operators from the U.S. Navy completed a three-day preliminary visit to the territory on April 19 and inspected every boat that had sunk or was ashore in park waters on St. John and St. Thomas, Black said. They’ve set June as a target date for wrapping up operations.
The salvage operation is set to begin, “as soon as we give them the check,” Black said. The paperwork is working its way through Washington where “a letter from the Secretary of the Interior [on behalf of the National Park Service] will be taken across the street to the Secretary of Defense.” ...
Almost 50 boats that sunk or went aground in federal waters when hurricanes Irma and Maria struck will soon be removed, according to Steve Black, acting superintendent for the Virgin Islands National Park.
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