This Week’s Senate Calendar

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

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Half a dozen young people, local artists and music producers have created a peace song for Carnival 2014. To read more about the song, click here.

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Six Injured in Holiday Weekend Shootings

 Six men were injured in three separate shooting incidents that took place over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the V.I. Police Department.

2015-11-29 17:11:27
Beach Advisory for November 27 -- Dec. 4

 DPNR advises the public to refrain from using the coastal waters throughout the territory until further notification.  The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) has announced that due to heavy rains this week, the Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) anticipates that negative environmental impacts will be caused by storm water runoff.

2015-11-27 22:10:51
The Status of HIV/AIDS in the Virgin Islands

The HIV epidemic not only affects the health of individuals, it impacts households and communities. In the Virgin Islands, 1,061 HIV and AIDS cases were reported between 1983 and December 2014.

2015-11-27 22:07:42
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Joh, Jalani Williams Get Life For Almonzo Williams Murder

Joh and Jalani Williams, convicted of first degree murder in November for gunning down 25-year-old Almonzo Williams outside a dance on St. Croix in 2009, were sentenced this week to life in prison without possibility of parole. Co-defendant, Khareem Hughes, 20, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

The judge in the case -- V.I. Superior Court Presiding Judge Darryl Donohue -- sentenced Hughes to 15 years in prison: 10 for manslaughter and five for reckless endangerment, to be served consecutively.

In November, a St. Croix jury found 30-year-old Joh Williams and 18-year-old Jalani Williams guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree assault, unauthorized possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, and reckless endangerment. Khareem Hughes, 20, the purported getaway driver, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment, but not murder.

Prosecutors argued Almonzo Williams was killed by a hail of gunfire and that the defendants each had a role in the conspiracy to murder him. Thirteen bullets pierced Almonzo Williams, and 49 mixed spent shell casings were found at the scene. Some of the casings were tied to a .380-caliber automatic, which was found on Jalani Williams after he fled the scene with Hughes the morning of the murder.

Police have said the Almonzo Williams murder may be linked to several other murders which may be tit-for-tat retaliation killings. (See related links below.) Jalani Williams is brother to Rasenjoni Williams, who was shot subsequent to the Almonzo Williams murder. Rasenjoni was shot while out on bail awaiting trial for the March 2009 shooting death of 33-year-old Steve Williams of Sion Farm, all of which appear to be part of an ongoing feud.

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While incarcerated and awaiting trial, Hughes was charged last year with assaulting a corrections officer with a homemade knife.

Convicted killers (from left) Jalani Williams and Joh Williams, and accomplice Khareem Hughes. (Photos courtesy VIPD)
Convicted killers (from left) Jalani Williams and Joh Williams, and accomplice Khareem Hughes. (Photos courtesy VIPD)

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Wouldn't it be cheaper and make more ecological sense to just drag this garbage out to sea and feed the reef fish? We should not have to support this trash for the rest of their worthless and miserable lives. Give their life some purpose: Feed a needy fish.

It's all about simple math. When you subtract God from your lives, subtract bringing your children to church, add drugs (the large influx started in the early 1980's), add guns, add open prostitution, and add more bars (which will divide the presence of daddy from the family), it all equals our youth today.

Our old values are now an endangered species.