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Former King Airport employee gets 1...

Former King Airport employee gets 151 months in drug case

ST. THOMAS - District Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced a former airport employee to 151 months in prison for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. A federal jury found Isa Noel, 25, guilty of the charges in November after four co-cons
2 Senate cars park illegally, block...

2 Senate cars park illegally, block handicapped person

ST. THOMAS - A handicapped person was left stuck for about 90 minutes when two V.I. Legislature vehicles parked illegally, trapping the person's vehicle in a handicapped parking space on Wednesday. The person's employer, who said that the individual who
What's closed for Easter holidays

What's closed for Easter holidays

- Public schools are closed today and all of next week. - Government offices are closed today and Monday. - V.I. Superior and V.I. Supreme courts are closed today and Monday. - District Court is closed today and open Monday. - Post Offices are closed to
Schneider lab aces inspection

Schneider lab aces inspection

ST. THOMAS - Schneider Hospital's laboratory passed a surprise visit from the Joint Commission last month with flying colors. The commission showed up for the unannounced survey March 11 and spent three full days evaluating the lab's compliance, accordi
Judge sentences Tapia to 70 months

Judge sentences Tapia to 70 months

ST. THOMAS - District Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Roberto Tapia, former director of enforcement for the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources, to just less than six years in prison on Thursday, while former V.I. Police Sgt. Angelo Hill was s
Crucians camp out for Easter weeken...

Crucians camp out for Easter weekend

ST. CROIX - Almost 60 years ago, before Delores Hansen had even thought about having children, she and a few friends decided to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the routine way of life and relax on the beach for just a few days. Little did the

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Thanks to ASCAP Grant, JESS Student...

Thanks to ASCAP Grant, JESS Students Learning Songwriting from a Master

 

Resident musician Terre Roche, above, helps JESS students with their songwriting, along with SJSA Instructor Luba Dolgpolsky, below center.

St. John School of the Arts may just have tapped the next Irving Berlin or Otis Redding.

Thanks to a lasting impression by SJSA co-founder  Ruth ?Sis? Frank and continued excellence at SJSA,  Julius E. Sprauve School sixth, seventh and eighth grade students have been learning the finer points of songwriting and music composition.

Many years ago in New York City, Frank met Attorney Peter Strauss, who oversaw the trust for the famed lyricist Irving Caesar, who penned ?Tea for Two.? Frank?s meeting with Attorney Strauss proved to leave a lasting impression, SJSA Executive Director Kim Wild explained.

?Most of Irving Caesar?s money went to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers [ASCAP] and the ASCAP Foundation,? said Wild. ?But $100,000 of it came back to us at SJSA and that?s when we did the renovations to the school on the outside.?

Roberto Tapia Sentenced To 70 Month...

Roberto Tapia Sentenced To 70 Months in Prison

 

District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez today sentenced Roberto Tapia, 55, to 70 months in prison for using the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) as a criminal enterprise to engage in illegal drug trafficking activities, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

Tapia, DPNR?s former Director of Environmental Enforcement, pleaded guilty on September 19, 2013 to using DPNR as a criminal enterprise to engage in illegal drug trafficking activities. He was arrested on May 17, 2013, and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. On September 12, 2013, he was charged in a 34-count second superseding indictment, along with six other defendants, including Virgin Islands police sergeant Angelo Hill, Raymond Brown, Hector Alcenio, Edwin Monsanto, Stephen Torres, and Eddie Lopez-Lopez.

The indictment and plea followed an extensive investigation conducted by the Federal Public Corruption Task Force, which culminated with the arrest of Tapia while in possession of seven kilograms of cocaine.

?It?s a sad day when a high-ranking law enforcement officer has to be sentenced for violating the public?s trust,? U.S. Attorney Sharpe said. ?The egregious criminal conduct perpetrated by this individual, who chose to abuse his position for selfish gain at the expense of the safety and welfare of the community, taints every hard-working law enforcement officer. My office will continue to vigorously fight public corruption, and target individuals who undermine the public trust.?

The case was investigated by the Public Corruption Task, which comprises the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA; Virgin Islands Police Department; U.S. Marshals Service; Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI); U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); United States Coast Guard; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly B. Lake.

Angelo Hill Sentenced to 21 Months ...

Angelo Hill Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine

 

District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez today sentenced Angelo Hill, 51, a former Virgin Islands Police Department sergeant, to 21 months in prison for conspiracy to possess with  intent to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

On December 18, 2013, Hill pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine after he was arrested on May 24, 2013, and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Hill was arrested as part of the investigation of Roberto Tapia, Director of the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Division of Environmental Enforcement. On September 12, 2013, he was charged in a 34-count second superseding indictment, along with six other defendants, including Tapia, Raymond Brown, Hector Alcenio, Edwin Monsanto, Stephen Torres, and Eddie Lopez-Lopez.

The case was investigated by the Public Corruption Task Force, which comprises the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA; Virgin Islands Police Department; U.S. Marshals Service; Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI); U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); United States Coast Guard; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly B. Lake.

St. Thomas Man Sentenced to 151 Mon...

St. Thomas Man Sentenced to 151 Months for Conspiracy to Possess and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine

 

District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez today sentenced Isa Noel, 25, to 151 months in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, to be followed by five years of supervised release, announced United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe.

On November 14, 2013, after a three-day trial in federal court, a jury found Noel guilty of the three charges. Evidence at trial established that Noel, a supervisor at GCG Ground Services at the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas, used his position to smuggle cocaine past security checkpoints at the airport. Specifically, on or about September 16, 2012, Noel and another co-conspirator smuggled six kilograms of cocaine to a waiting courier in the public bathroom of the airport. The courier was arrested as he attempted to board a flight to the mainland United States. The courier received a 120-month prison sentence.

Evidence at trial also established that on October 17, 2012, Noel recruited a fellow baggage handler to deliver cocaine to another courier. Both the baggage handler and the courier were arrested and prosecuted. At Noel?s trial, four co-conspirators testified about his involvement in the conspiracy and distribution of cocaine. Joelvis Acosta Liz, Edisson Peguero Ortiz and Allen Pacquette pleaded guilty to drug charges prior to Noel?s trial. Kirsten Alexander pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony. All four testified against Noel during his trial.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Virgin Islands Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nelson L. Jones.

Shoppers Enjoy Convenience of Calab...

Shoppers Enjoy Convenience of Calabash Market

 

The new owners of Calabash Market on Route 107 in Coral Bay are ready to welcome customers to their newly refurbished shop. Ali and Maria say they set up business in November and put a lot of time and effort into shelving, display cases and refrigeration.

Customers can explore the variety of meat, fish, dairy and frozen food selections, along with ?all the basics and more.?

Because of its proximity to the Calabash Boom Apartments Ali says families enjoy the convenience of having their daily needs just a walk away.

?And it?s closer to Concordia,? said Maria, making Calabash Market a handy stop over for guests and beach goers.

The store stocks ice. Sandwiches are made fresh for picnics.    

NPS Finds ?No Significant Impact? T...

NPS Finds ?No Significant Impact? To Pave Part of Lind Point Trail

 

VINP officials hope the Lind Point Trail work will be funded in 2015.

National Park Service officials recently announced their finding of ?No Significant Impact? for the proposed construction of a shared use path to connect the V.I. National Park Visitors Center and Honeymoon Bay along part of Lind Point Trail.

While the paved path will not be an inclusive trail ? the staircase at the Lind Point trail head means people with limited mobility would still have a difficult time ? it will make walking down to Honeymoon an easier endeavor, explained V.I. National Park Superintendent Brion FitzGerald.

?The trail will not be fully accessible, but it will be easier for people with some mobility issues,? said FitzGerald. ?The trail will help some of our visitors and will be a place for people who might not be stable on their feet or who don?t want to hike some of the rougher trails. Or for someone who shows up unprepared for hiking from a footwear standpoint.?

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A Major Addition to Virgin Islands ...

A Major Addition to Virgin Islands Park

The National Park Service recently purchased the beach at Maho Beach and its surrounding hillside for the Virgin Islands National Park.
N.E.A. Grants Aim to Reach Those Wi...

N.E.A. Grants Aim to Reach Those With Limited Access to the Arts

A concerts series for veterans and an exhibition of work by artists with disabilities are among the projects awarded grants.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Vir...

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Virgin Islands

Better than boating or diving, paddle boarding is a 360-degree experience, with vistas of land and sea all around.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Vir...

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Virgin Islands

Better than boating or diving, paddle boarding is a 360-degree experience, with vistas of land and sea all around.
A Rum Battle, a Tax Hangover

A Rum Battle, a Tax Hangover

Rum has set off a dispute between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over a tax the U.S. treasury collects on it.
Resort With Tents

Resort With Tents

To the Editor: Your article on the ecological tent resort at Maho Bay on St. John, ''Resort Option in the Caribbean: A Tent'' (Dec. 6), nicely celebrated the success of the concept, its execution and its endurance. In crediting the developer, Stanley Selengut, the author pointed at the...

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UPDATE: Five on remand, two denied ...

UPDATE: Five on remand, two denied bail for money laundering and drug charges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Five men who were allegedly caught laundering money in addition to being found with a substantial amount of cocaine, appeared before the Magistrates Court today, August 13, 2012. The session concluded with the men being remanded to prison until a next court hearing; two applications of bail were also denied by Magistrate Tamia Richards, who presided.
SOL: ?We are confident that we put ...

SOL: ?We are confident that we put in a very good submission?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) today, August 13, 2012 opened bids for the supply of diesel, lubricants and gasoline for their engines and vehicles. The bids are to cover the period September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2014.
UPDATE: Court against man leaving t...

UPDATE: Court against man leaving territory for ?unnecessary? treatment

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After being remanded to the Peebles Hospital for medical evaluation, Elrys Todman appeared at the Magistrates Court today, August 13, 2012, where he was instructed by Magistrate Tamia Richards, that the request for his case to be adjourned for him to be able to travel abroad would not be granted and his bail requirements would be increased.
MVP Rymer powers ?Canes to Champion...

MVP Rymer powers ?Canes to Championship victory!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI ? The Hurricanes were crowned Eva Simmons Fast Pitch League Champions on Saturday August 11th, 2012 thanks to Kye Rhymer?s Grand Slam and some too hot to handle pitching from Neville Smith in a decisive 7-5 victory over the East Invaders in Game 5.
CCT improves service in Jost Van Dy...

CCT improves service in Jost Van Dyke

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI ? CCT would like to inform its valued customers that cellular service levels have been fully restored in Jost Van Dyke and surrounding areas. CCT's investigation in to the degradation in service revealed issues affecting one of the cellular sites used to provide service.
?Showtime ain?t sleeping!? says Jug...

?Showtime ain?t sleeping!? says Juggo

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In an exclusive interview with Showtime Band member and vocalist Raul ?Juggo? Sprauve, Virgin Islands News Online was told that the band was ?very grateful that we came up and won again?, adding that ?The band really did good this year and we?re very happy that we came out victorious once again?.
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