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Created on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 05:31
Written by Jaime Elliott
V.I. Police Department Assistant Commissioner Thomas Hannah urged persons who have been victims of credit card fraud to make a police report at their nearest police station.
“We understand there have been a number of persons on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix who have experienced credit card fraud, but our reports do not reflect that trend,” Hannah said in a prepared statement issued by VIPD. “It is imperative that once a victim notifies their banking institution, the next step is to make a formal report to the proper authority, which is the police department or the Attorney General’s office.”
Contrary to at least one published report, VIPD follows specific protocol when investigating fraud cases, explained Hannah.
“In the last three months the VIPD has received a minimal number of credit card fraud reports, but we know the problem is more wide spread,” he said.
Once a report is received, VIPD’s Insular Investigation Unit contacts the victim’s bank and, on a case by case basis, reaches out to other local and federal agencies, during the course of the investigation.
V.I. Department of Justice Special Investigator James McCall often collaborates with the Police Department in these investigations. McCall assured the public that investigations into credit card fraud “are not dormant.”
McCall told victims is to call authorities “as soon as it [fraud] happens.”
Read more: VIPD Urge Credit Card Fraud Victims To File Reports
Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 12:21
Written by Judi Shimel
Thirteen people received their captain’s bars in an installation ceremony at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, above, in Cruz Bay on August 15. The ceremony, held on Nicole Robin observance day, celebrated the history of the maritime industry and the contributions of St. Johnians in that endeavor. Capt. Lloyd Prince pins captain’s bars on Aleek Thomas, below, one of two 200-ton vessel operators installed during the ceremony
CRUZ BAY — A new generation of marine professionals were inducted Friday, August 15 into the VI Captain’s Association. The ceremony conferred licensed marine operator status on twelve men and one woman who have completed a course of study and hands-on training at sea.
On hand for that tribute were pioneering captains serving 35 to 40 years in the wheelhouse of companies like Varlack Ventures, Transportation Services of St. John, Boyson, Inc, Inter-Island Boat Service. Most of the thirteen will work for those companies. Representatives from Love City Car Ferries, Caneel Bay Resort, Caribbean Performance and Global Marine also pinned captains bars on the shoulders of their respective operators.
The VI Department of Health also pinned a captain who, newly licensed and commissioned, will serve that agency. Performing the honor was Liston “Huntie” Sprauve, the namesake for the St. John ambulance boat, is a retired 40-year veteran of the local marine industry. He was also a crewman on the motor vessel Nicole Robin, captured by the Cuban military in 1973.
Sprauve, along with fellow crew mates, James Penn and Loredon Boynes, Jr, received special recognition during the August 15 installment ceremony. Captain Cheryl Boynes-Jackson, granddaughter of Nicole Robin boat captain Loredon Boynes, Sr., told the story of a voyage gone awry.
Read more: New Generation of Boat Captains Inducted Into V.I. Captains Association
Created on Monday, 01 September 2014 05:49
Written by Susan Mann
Attorney General Vincent F. Frazer announced earlier this month that the US Virgin Islands Department of Justice has successfully completed its third “Operation Sweep” of both island districts. In joint cooperation with United States Marshals and the Virgin Islands Police Department, a territory-wide compliance check of all sex-offenders residing, attending school and working within the Territory was carried out between July 24, 2014 and August 11, 2014.
“All necessary actions are being taken to locate and apprehend sex offenders who are found to be in violation of territorial and/or federal sex offender laws for their failure to report to the Virgin Islands Department of Justice to register,” stated Attorney General Frazer.
The updated count indicated that a total of 59 sex offenders is currently registered in the St. Thomas-St. John-Water Island District and 36 sex offenders are registered in the St. Croix District. As of press time, the current registry indicated there is a total of eight convicted sex offenders living in the St. John community — with one absconder.
Read more: AG Releases New Count of Sex Offenders Living V.I. — Eight Registered Sex Offenders Reside on St....
Created on Sunday, 31 August 2014 05:42
Written by Tom Oat
Cruz Bay I and Red Hook I are currently not in service and docked in Cruz Bay.
As the one-year anniversary of their arrival in the U.S. Virgin Islands approaches, the $3 million-plus (each) VITRAN ferries have been parked up at the Loredon L. Boynes dock in Cruz Bay and they don’t appear to be going anywhere soon.
While there has been no announcement from Commissioner Darryl Smalls of the Department of Public Works, the bright blue, multi-hulled vessels emblazoned with the VITRAN logo were taken out of service quietly in early August after being abruptly put into service at the start of the St. John Festival in June.
There were reports that government officials are now saying the ferries had been operating under a 30-day “trial period” and other reports that the insurance had expired for the government-owned vessels, clearly emblazoned VITRAN, but DPW officials did not respond to requests for information.
The vessels had been heralded on their arrival in the territory from the stateside shipyard in November 2013, but the government could not reach operating agreements with the two companies holding franchises to provide ferry service between Red Hook and Cruz Bay. Government and ferry company officials did not release the terms of any operating agreement agreement which resulted in the two ferry companies, Transportation Services Inc. and Varlack Ventures, suddenly beginning operating the vessels in early July.
Read more: VITRAN Ferries Out of Service — Was Festival Service Trial Run?
Created on Saturday, 30 August 2014 05:32
Written by Tom Oat
The Westin Resort will be installing solar panels throughout the resort after the St. John CZM approved the resort’s request to install solar panels over its maintenance and parking areas, tennis courts, beach pavilions and any other surfaces – including the roofs of all buildings after a hearing on August 20.
Management committee granted the largest St. John resort permission to install enough solar production to be able to go “off the grid” after a sparsely-attended hearing on August 20 prior to the contentious hearing on the St. John Marina proposal.
“With this in mind, Westin will now have the ability to be ‘off the grid’ if necessary” with the massive installation of solar panels approved by the full CZM committee, according to the CZM staff report.
The St. John committee members approved the installation of a solar power generation system which will change the look of the resort from the surrounding residential neighborhoods on the hillsides above the resort – although some members admittedly weren’t sure if it would be for better or for worse for neighboring property owners — and potentially relieve the resort of the territory’s onerous public utility rates by virtually covering every usable surface with solar panels.
Read more: Westin Will Be Able To Go Off Grid with Solar Array Which Might Improve Neighbors’ View of Resort...
Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 13:19
Written by Special Posting
"Barksdal" was misspelled or the graffiti artist ran out of room on the west side of this dumpster while defacing government property, yesterday, August 28.
"Save Coral Bay Die Barksdale" was painted on the east side of the dumpster facing Centerline Road in white but someone had painted over "DIE" with light gray paint by late morning.