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Homicides 2014

A chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2014, with statistics broken down by island, as…

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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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Students Help Coast Weeks Cleanup

Students from Good Hope Country Day, St. Croix Educational Complex and Central High schools were at it early on their day off, helping Mother Nature by cleaning beaches for the annual Coastal Cleanup.

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2014-09-20 23:22:05
Tourism Speaker Advocates Less Politics, More Authenticity

In a rapidly changing tourism industry, there is a greater need to provide an 'authentic experience' and put politics aside, longtime tourism professional Alex Zozaya told the 2014 State of the Industry Conference.

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2014-09-20 22:29:44
Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Moves Forward

Possession of small amounts of marijuana in the U.S. Virgin Islands will be a civil infraction subject to a $100 or $200 fine, instead of potential jail time and permanent criminal record, if a bill approved in committee Thursday is enacted into law.

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2014-09-18 22:31:06
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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.