A man reported missing from St. John was being sought by police for domestic assault at the time of his week-long disappearance, and he was placed under arrest after being found safe on St. Thomas on Sunday, according to court records.

Three young St. Croix men who were staying at the Emerald Beach Resort on St. Thomas used a gun stolen from one of their mothers during a shootout Friday as they tried to fend off armed robbers, according to court records.

While COVID-19 screening has ramped up at the territory’s airports, V.I. Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion is urging the public to refrain from non-essential travel, as the number of positive cases on the U.S. mainland increases.

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands is accepting nominations for the Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award which honors young environmental leaders in the Caribbean.

V.I. lawmakers, in an effort to clarify and better enforce beach access in the territory, have advanced a bill that demonstrably opens shorelines to the public and does away with loopholes that have allowed property owners to continue restricting access.

Olson Tyson, 28, is the latest victim of gun violence in the territory, according to V.I. Police Department spokesman Toby Derima.

Alcohol was involved in a three-car crash on St. Croix that left one man seriously injured, according to V.I. Police Department spokesman Toby Derima.

A 24-year-old St. Croix man was arrested Thursday and charged with illegal gun and drug possession, according to court records.

V.I. Police Sgt. Jamale Griffin was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree assault, domestic violence, according to V.I. Police Department spokesman Toby Derima.

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With two children at home during COVID-19 lockdowns, Colette Anthony found an engaging and educational way to keep her 10-year-old son Kylan and 9-year-old daughter Shanai occupied and active.

Members of the West Indian Co. board of directors are keen to reopen the WICO dock, even as cruise ships are not expected to return to the territory until next year.

A new phase of trenching for fiber optic cable starts today on St. Croix, and will continue through month’s end, according to a news release from AT&T contractor Bermudez Longo Diaz-Masso Inc.

Figuring out how much money is owed to the territory’s debt-ridden waste haulers has so far proven futile for the V.I. Waste Management Authority. But with lawmakers recently approving $15 million to pay off those debts, the WMA is now under pressure to get those amounts fast — and get them …

The V.I. Health Department on Thursday confirmed the territory’s 21st death linked to COVID-19.

TORTOLA — An ex-convict has been charged in the slaying of popular softball player George “Shawala” Borrows inside his British Virgin Islands home on Sept. 2.

A 23-year-old St. Croix man is facing a possible 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to attempting to lure children into sex online, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert.

A 26-year-old man is facing the possibility of 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert.

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Design and repair work of the territory’s primary health care facilities, which continue to rebound from hurricanes Irma and Maria, will take another six to 18 months to complete.

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on Friday signed off on the fiscal year 2021 budget, putting in place the most conservative General Fund spending plan in years amid the economic havoc of COVID-19.

ST. CROIX — The Christiansted Bypass was dotted with shades of pink Monday morning as Zeta Phi Beta Sorority held its “Pink Across the Bypass” walk in honor of breast cancer survivors and those who lost their battle against the deadly disease.

Herminio Torres, Mirza Lampe, Jose Perez, Maria Colon-Clarke and St. Croix Administrator Sammuel Sanes take part in the Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Forum on Wednesday at Government House on St. Croix.

The V.I. Port Authority is celebrating the completion of a new hangar by fixed-base operator Standard Aviation at King Airport. The 24,000 square-foot hangar, which can accommodate jets up to a Gulfstream G550, aims to attract more luxury travelers to the territory and jumpstart the local to…

A man convicted of second-degree murder has been arrested again and charged with trying to extort another man while on parole, according to testimony in V.I. Superior Court.

ST. THOMAS — It’s never too early to realize a dream. Just ask Rhea James, a fourth-grader at V.I. Montessori School on St. Thomas who in March self-published an award-winning children’s book that has already sold well over 150 copies.

ST. THOMAS — The V.I. Bureau of Corrections has received a $14.2 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to replace the Alva Swan Correctional Annex.

A string of shootings on Friday and Saturday left one bystander dead and multiple wounded across the territory, adding to an already raging gun violence epidemic that has taken hold in the Virgin Islands.

ST. THOMAS — Aubrey Frett, who had been charged with shooting Jerome Turnbull to death in 2018, has been sentenced instead to 18 months in prison for drug crimes, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

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A new lawsuit filed by six residents of the Virgin Islands and Guam is challenging laws that prohibit territorial residents from voting for president and a Congressional representative with voting powers, according to a news release from the nonprofit civil rights group Equally American.

ST. THOMAS — In a life brimming with family, church and love, Edna Eleanor Carty celebrates her 105th birthday today.

A judge’s ruling that has prevented the local government from collecting more than $74 million in excise tax has withstood review by an appellate court, but the judges found that the lower court’s insistence on approving new tax regulations was a “bridge too far.”

ST. THOMAS — The U.S. Department of Commerce will award $21.9 million to the V.I. Port Authority to rebuild and expand cargo handling and storage infrastructure at the Crown Bay Terminal on St. Thomas.

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Mafi Hamed, Wally Hamed and Barry Francis stock shelves on Thursday in preparation for the grand opening of the new Moe’s Fresh Market in Yacht Haven Grande on St. Thomas today. Page 2

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