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Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 05:45
Written by Andrea Milam
Ken Schaddeg and Rob Upham were duped by Bret Watkins.
Bret Watkins, alleged scam artist
Ken Schaddeg and Rob Upham worked hard to build their Wharfside Village island pet outfitter business, St. Johnimals. So when the time came for them to sell the business and move on, they hoped it would continue to be a successful venture for the new owner. Unfortunately for Schadegg and Upham, that new owner was Bret Watkins.
Upham took to the St. Johnimals Facebook page late last month in an appeal to fans of the business for Watkins’ contact info after Watkins skipped out on monthly payments to the former owners and subsequently began selling St. Johnimals inventory on eBay.
“When we sold St. Johnimals to him, we financed the business and the inventory and took a promissory note in exchange,” said Schadegg from his home in Rhode Island. “He was supposed to make monthly payments and right off the bat we had to harangue him. The fellow out and out lied; it was incredible.”
Read more: Former St. Johnimals Owners Duped by Alleged Scam Artist
Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 05:44
Written by Tom Oat
A leading St. John businessman is bringing a fuel station to Coral Bay more than three years after the isolated community lost its former Domino’s station as its only source of fuel.
James Boynes of Boynes Trucking told Tradewinds March 7 that he has signed a lease with owner Wilma Marsh Monsanto for the former Domino’s service station site.
The building site was left restored with clean fill after the former station near the bay was dismantled, leaving the east end of St. John without a fuel station.
“We’re trying to put it back together to get some fuel out there as soon as possible,” Boynes told Tradewinds March 7. “We hope to put everything together within a week or two.”
Read more: There Will Be Fuel in Coral Bay!
Created on Monday, 10 March 2014 21:35
Written by VIPD Press Release
A 24-year-old female St. Thomas resident was found dead in a vehicle in Tutu Valley at about 10:15 p.m. on March 7. While police were still at the crime scene area residents called 911 regarding a male who was acting in a suspicious manner. Police responded to the tip and subsequently arrested 34-year-old Adisa Bertrand of Chocolate Hole, St. John, and charged him with Murder in the First Degree among other charges.
The 911 dispatch alerted police to a one car traffic accident in Tutu Valley involving a gold Honda Accord that crashed into a fence. While investigating the accident police saw the unresponsive body of a female in the vehicle, later identified as Shantee Seivewright. Police said the victim had injuries to her body that were not the result of an auto accident.
While at the scene police received information that a man was at a nearby bar telling patrons that he wanted to kill himself. When police went to the location they saw the man had blood on his clothes. He was taken to the Schneider Regional Medical Center and seen by the medical staff. He was subsequently released to Major Crime detectives. Police identified the male as Bertrand who admitted being involved in the Murder. Bertrand was arrested at about 1:30 a.m. on March 8.
Bertrand was charged with 1st Degree Murder; 2nd Degree Murder; 1st Degree Assault; 3rd degree Assault and four counts of Possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence. He was held without bail and remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advise of Rights at the VI Superior Court.
Major Crime detectives said while an arrest has been made, they are still seeking additional information on this crime. If you have any information contact the Major Crimes Unit directly at (340) 642-8449, Emergency 911 or Crime Stoppers VI. All information will be kept in the strictest confidence.
Created on Monday, 10 March 2014 08:23
Written by Andrea Milam
More than $150,000 was raised at the 28th Annual Gift Hill School auction on Saturday, March 8, at the Caneel Bay Resort.
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Bidders walked away with big prizes like a seven-night Mediterranean yachting holiday and brand new cars at the 28th annual Gifft Hill School auction on Saturday night, March 8, but the big winners of the evening were the school’s students, who will benefit from the funds raised.
A final tally was still being counted at press time, but as of Sunday morning, GHS Development Director Beth Jones reported that more than $150,000 had been raised at the auction for the school’s scholarship fund.
The school — and the amount raised at its annual fundraiser — have grown exponentially since the founding of the Pine Peace
School in 1975, explained one of the school’s founders, Andy Rutnik.
“Our first fundraiser was organized by my wife,” said Rutnik, whose grandson now attends the school. “We raised maybe $5,000, and we were ecstatic. To see the energy, happiness, and joy of everyone wanting to participate and donate to the school makes you realize what a special place St. John is.”
The auction took place at the Caneel Bay Resort for the first time in several years, with silent auction items available for bidding under a tent on the resort’s manicured lawn, while the live auction, complete with exciting bidding wars over items like a three-night BVI sailing charter and a brand new Jeep Compass Sport, took place at the resort’s waterfront restaurant as attendees enjoyed a well-stocked buffet provided by Caneel Bay. The atmosphere was festive, with the sound of corks popping and bidders, dressed in their finest island fancy wear, sipping complimentary wine and champagne.
Read more: GHS Students Win Big at School’s 28th Annual Auction at Caneel Bay
Created on Sunday, 09 March 2014 09:43
Written by Jaime Elliott
Water views and the sound of the surf are some highlights at this Calabash Boom property.
Imagine enjoying the sound of the surf gently crashing on the shoreline not far from your bedroom window as you drift off to sleep, already excited to awake early and catch the sun emerging above the Caribbean Sea as you sip coffee on your deck.
A three-bedroom, two bathroom property in Estate Calabash Boom offers all of that plus two separate income producing units on a third of an acre for $655,000, explained 340 Real Estate broker/owner Tammy Donnelly.
“What makes this property unique is being able to listen to the great sound of the surf from the quasi waterfront location,” said Donnelly.
Read more: On The Market: Enjoy the Sound of the Surf and Stunning Sunrises from this Calabash Boom Property
Created on Saturday, 08 March 2014 05:39
Written by Press Release
SJHS board members Bruce Schoonover, Robin Swank, Eleanor Gibney, and David Knight, below, introduce the society’s first book, “St. John, Life in Five Quarters,” in 2009. Reggie Callwood of the National Park Service and SJHS member Helen Gjessing, above, work on the restoration effort at Annaberg in 1987.
The St. John Historical Society invites the St. John community to celebrate its 40th anniversary at a party at the Battery on Tuesday, March 11, at 5 p.m. The event will feature catered food and drinks and a slideshow of St. John and Historical Society images. A video entitled “Flight to Freedom: Hans Jonathan,” which follows the quest of a modern-day Icelandic family to discover the true story of their enslaved Crucian ancestor, will be shown, along with a presentation by V.I. historian and SJHS board member George Tyson. All are welcome to attend. Non-members are asked to consider making a donation at the party.
The SJHS began in February 1974 with a meeting of 19 residents at the V.I. National Park headquarters at the Creek in Cruz Bay. The goals and objectives of the SJHS were laid out that day, and have remained largely unchanged since.
SJHS volunteers have played a major role in promoting and preserving the island’s unique history and cultural heritage throughout the society’s 40 years. The clearing and stabilization of the ruins of the Annaberg Country School was one of the first projects undertaken by the society, and stewardship of the site continues to remain a high priority for the SJHS, which completed its annual clearing of the school’s ruins on February 15.
Read more: St. John Historical Society Celebrating 40th Anniversary Tuesday, March 11