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V.I. Federal Prosecutor Honored for Role in Terminix Case

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Chisholm was awarded the Gold Medal for Exceptional Service Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan and International Trade Building in Washington DC. for her role in the Department of Justice's Terminix Enforcement Criminal Team.
Little St. James Island. (Image from Google Maps)

Jeffrey Epstein, Billionaire V.I. Island Owner, Arrested For Sex Trafficking Children

A wealthy Virgin Islands landowner was arrested by federal authorities Saturday. According to reports appearing in major U.S. newspapers, Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was apprehended as he flew into a New Jersey airport on a private plane arriving from Paris.

Suspect Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

The V.I. Police Department on Friday arrested Ruben George and charged him in a reported assault that took place Wednesday.
Horace Magras Jr. (VIPD photo)

Police Arrest, Charge Magras

Horace Magras Jr. was arrested Friday evening by the V.I. Police Department and charged with assault and battery in a June 29 domestic violence case.

VIPD Seeks Horace Magras in Assault Case

The V.I. Police Department is looking for 37-year-old Horace Magras Jr., who is wanted in connection with a case of assault and battery.
Tasheem Monsanto (VIPD photo)

Monsanto Charged with Firing Shots

An 18-year-old St. Thomas resident, Tasheem Monsanto, was arrested by the V.I. Police Wednesday and charged with firing shots in the area of Fort Christian.
Raydin Ortiz (VIPD photo)

Police Seek Ortiz as Domestic Violence Suspect

The V.I. Police Department is seeking 25-year-old Raydin Ortiz connection with a domestic violence assault that occurred June 15 at the Starz Hotel.
VIPD patrol car. (Linda Morland photo)

Police Seek Information in Thursday Morning Homicide

A man whose identity was being withheld pending notification of next of kin as of mid-morning Thursday was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in the area of Subbase.
Coast Guard cutter Hamilton. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) Four South Americans Face Cocaine Charges in USVI Federal Court Four South American men appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller and were ordered held pending trial on charges of conspiracy to possess and possession of a controlled substance on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced. The four defendants were identified as Freddy Montano Paz, 29; Calixto Tumbaco, 41; Mariano Abregon, 42; and Hector Hernandez Saucedo, 48. The charging information alleges that the four were on board a semi-submercible vessel that was intercepted by the U.S Coast Guard cutter Hamilton while on routine patrol. The Coast Guardsmen first sighted the semi-submercible vessel on May 10, approximately 250 nautical miles northwest of Esmeraldes, Ecuador. The vessel did not display any indicia indicating its nationality. After being detected, the four occupants— two Columbian nationals, one Ecuadorian national, and one Mexican national – began tossing the bales of suspected narcotics from their vessel. The USCG disabled the semi-submersible vessel, and successfully seized 40 bales of suspected narcotics, including bales that were tossed overboard. The 40 recovered bales contained approximately 1,535 kilograms of a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine. This case is being investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Drug Enforcement Agency, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Delia L. Smith.

Four South Americans Face Cocaine Charges in USVI Federal Court

Four South American men appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller and were ordered held pending trial on charges of conspiracy to possess and possession of a controlled substance on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

Police Arrest Kidnapping Suspect Moses

Members of the VIPD's Criminal Investigations Bureau arrested 41-year-old John “Cutter”Moses at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to the V.I. Police Department, Moses was arrested without incident in Estate Wintberg.

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