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With schools across the territory getting ready for a Sept. 2 opening date, V.I. Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory told the community the Education Department is focused on "putting in the framework we need to support our students, our teachers and our administrators."

 
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Documentary Examines Holes in V.I. Mental Health System

Many heart-wrenching aspects of mental health care in the Virgin Islands are examined in a new film by award-winning St. Croix documentary filmmaker, Johanna Bermudez-Ruiz.

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2014-10-23 22:46:58
WAPA Board OKs Funds for Propane Conversion

The board of the V.I. Water and Power Authority approved a $4.2 million contract for design and upgrade of the fire protection systems needed for the conversion to propane gas.

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2014-10-23 20:55:56
Educational Complex Holds Spanish Spelling Bee

Top spellers in the St. Croix Educational Complex foreign language classes competed in a Spanish spelling bee as their cheering classmates filled the school’s library last Thursday -- a culminating activity for the school’s observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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2014-10-23 00:04:54
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Police ID Victim of Fatal Shooting in Estate Glynn

St. Croix police are investigating the fatal Tuesday night shooting of 27-year-old Alfonso L. Williams near the cockpit in Estate Glynn. Police have arrested one man on gun possession charges and continue to actively investigate this case, according to a VIPD release.

Police were dispatched to a discharging of shots around 8 p.m. and when they arrived on the scene they saw Williams, aka Larry Williams, lying on the sidewalk unresponsive. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene said the victim had no vital signs and he was transported to Juan F. Luis Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead by medical staff.

Police said the victim had a 9-mm firearm tucked in his waist. Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives, additional officers and K-9 canvassed the area for suspects and conducted preliminary investigations. A white 2011 Ford Escape was located north of the cockpit. The vehicle had several bullet holes, was crashed into a fence and abandoned. Inside the vehicle police found two handguns, a revolver and a Glock, which were turned over to forensic technicians along with the 9-mm.

At about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday B Command officers were dispatched to a report of a person trespassing in Estate Glynn. As they arrived near the scene, officers saw a male loitering in the area and stopped to question him. The officers saw that the male—who was later identified as Paul Girard, aka Bogus—was disheveled, muddy and had what appeared to be blood on his clothes. The officers called other detectives and took Girard into custody. Further investigation revealed that Girard was operating a white Ford Escape earlier in the day.

Girard was arrested and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and held on $25,000 bail. He was remanded to Golden Grove Correctional Facility pending further court action.

St. Croix Police Chief Christopher Howell said Girard is presently on federal probation for a 2008 gun violation, and part of the conditions of his probation prohibits him from possessing firearms. The chief said U.S. Probation officers were on the scene and had been updated on Girard’s arrest.

The investigation into this fatal shooting is ongoing and police are urging anyone with any additional information into this crime to call detectives at 712-6077, 712-6037 or you can call Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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