U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert announced Wednesday that Violet Anne Golden and accused co-conspirator Stephanie Barnes have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including money laundering and conspiracy to commit theft from programs receiving government funds.

The V.I. Attorney General’s Office is aware of the alleged assault of a transgender woman by four women on St. Croix on July 7, but is not giving any further information on how it plans to proceed.

The St. Thomas man charged with stealing $70,000 from a Banco Popular ATM two days before Hurricane Irma hit the territory in 2017 has been found guilty.

Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Response Team have left the territory after completing their on-scene analysis of Royal Dane Mall following the July 4 fire that ravaged the building.

Residents enjoy a beautiful day Sunday at the Coral Bay Yacht Club flotilla fundraiser, which brought in around $2,000 for the club’s education fund, the Coral Bay fire station and the Kids and the Sea program.

Mathew Gibney leads a basket making seminar at Annaberg earlier this week. The seminars, sponsored by the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, will continue today, Friday and next week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Annaberg. At one time, St. John was well-kn…

Violet Anne Golden has been charged with 28 counts alleging that she misappropriated V.I. Casino Control Commission funds while she was chairperson of the government regulatory agency.

The V.I. Port Authority is installing two new air conditioning units at King Airport after months of hot temperatures inside.

The company contracted to operate slot machines at the territory’s racetracks has the right to intervene “at all stages” of a federal lawsuit filed by Southland Gaming against the Virgin Islands government, according to U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller.

Federal prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against eight defendants charged with operating a conspiracy that involved drug dealing, five murders and a half-dozen armed robberies, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

Virgin Islands lawmakers are taking a closer look at past campaign contributions after two freshman senators said they had received $1,000 checks from Southern Trust Company Inc. without realizing the business is owned by multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

A Water Island hotel development could be moving closer to breaking ground, but developers are waiting on the passage of two bills in the V.I. Legislature before moving forward.

On Thursday, U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands Gretchen Shappert will kick off a two-day training session for HUD Community Development and Block Grant — Disaster Recovery grantees, sub-grantees, contractors and law enforcement agencies.

ST. THOMAS — The Lieutenant Governor’s Office reportedly owes tens of thousands of dollars in late rent for its use of an Estate Thomas property. The landlord, after a failed attempt to collect the arrears in court last month, is now filing suit again.

A man found guilty on multiple counts in a 2010 shooting on St. Croix has had a single count of reckless endangerment vacated and remanded to the V.I. Superior Court for a new trial, according to an opinion filed by the V.I. Supreme Court.

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. returns to the territory today after meeting with officials of Cigna Health Insurance in West Palm Beach, Fla., according to a press release from Government House.

ST. THOMAS — The merger of the V.I. Fire Service and the V.I. Health Department’s Emergency Medical Services Division that has been years in the making is moving forward, despite concerns from lawmakers and emergency medical technicians over the process and lack of detailed plans.

Three individuals charged with constructive possession of a firearm were improperly searched by police, and will have the evidence in their case suppressed, according to an opinion issued by V.I. Superior Court Judge Denise Francois.

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Officials are planning a visit to Great St. James to assess environmental damage caused by illegal construction by the private island’s owner, multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

ST. CROIX — Christiansted town was alive with the sights and sounds of summer Friday night as the Christiansted Restaurant and Retail Association hosted its Summer Heritage Jump Up.

According to the ACLU, the V.I. Bureau of Corrections is losing track of which goals have been achieved in a 25-year-old federal consent decree meant to improve conditions at the St. Thomas jail, and is “creating an impression of progress rather than actually progressing towards compliance.”

Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein owns half of American Yacht Harbor, one of two companies Epstein has ownership interest in that are currently receiving massive tax breaks from the Virgin Islands government, according to information provided by the V.I. Economic Development Authority.

The V.I. Justice Department has been monitoring Jeffrey Epstein since 2008 when he became a registered sex offender, but local authorities have never received a criminal complaint that would prompt an investigation in the territory.

ST. THOMAS — Rental beach chairs are no longer pre-arranged on Coki Point Beach after complaints from longtime visitors led government officials to reinforce the beach’s designation as a “public space.”

Former Sen. Jean Forde has been hired as a senior policy adviser for the 33rd Legislature.

Paying homage to young crash victim

ST. THOMAS — Federal officials are expected to begin an investigation today into last week’s Royal Dane Mall fire in downtown Charlotte Amalie, raising suspicions of possible arson.

ST. THOMAS — Adjutant General nominee Col. Kodjo Knox-Limbacker is hoping to foster a “culture of dignity and respect” within the V.I. National Guard, an organization, which, for years, had reportedly taken a blind eye toward sexual misconduct.

ST. THOMAS — V.I. senators are hoping a new bill will strengthen the territory’s loitering law while not over-criminalizing or infringing on constitutional rights.