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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.

Open forum: Peer Support Offers Hope to Those With Mental Illnesses

Abigail Cyntje writes that many Virgin Islanders like herself suffer in silence with mental illness and have no knowledge of vital services that could connect them with advocates in the territory, such as the NAMI STAR Center.
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.
The new governor's mother, Vashti Mapp

Territory Marks Passing of Vashti Hewitt Mapp

The territory marked the passing of Vashti Hewitt Mapp, mother of Gov. Kenneth Mapp, who died June 26 at the age of 90.

2019 Summer Camps and Programs on St. Thomas and St. John

Here is a list of summer camps and organized activities available for children or young people. Please send information on your camps and activities to offer parents a variety of choices. Please e-mail information to [email protected]
Haiti celebrates after scoring a goal against Costa Rica during group play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament. Photo by Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Caribbean Nations Making the Most of Gold Cup Expansion

CONCACAF expanded the field in the bi-annual Gold Cup competition to allow more Caribbean nations to compete, and the islanders are making the most of the opportunity. Three island nations are preparing for quarterfinal appearances this weekend.

DLCA Releases Latest Gas Price Survey

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Designee Richard T. Evangelista Esq. notifies the public of its latest territory-wide gas price survey findings.

Cruise Ship Schedule for St. Thomas for July 2019

These are the ships that will be calling on St. Thomas docks at the West Indian Co. Dock in Havensight, unless otherwise indicated.

Plaskett Announces $2 Million Grant for Immunization and Vaccines for Children

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett released the following statement regarding a $2,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Virgin Islands Department of Health Group.

USVI Soccer Association Announces Slate of Games in July

The new Bethlehem Soccer Complex in St. Croix will host the first round of Olympic Qualifier games for men’s soccer, the U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association announced Tuesday.

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