Three St. Croix men have been sentenced to 10 years in prison each for their roles in two armed robberies last year.
Chief District Judge Wilma Lewis on Monday sentenced Francisco Hassell III, 29; Edwin Hendrickson Jr. 28; and Rusiel Encarnacion, 33, to three years for third-degree robbery.
In addition, Lewis sentenced each man to a consecutive 7-year prison term for using and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in San Juan are watching a low-pressure system east of the Windward Islands that they forecast has a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.
At press time Thursday, shower and thunderstorm activity of the large storm system was slowly becoming better organized, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Additional development is possible during the next day or two, and a tropical depression could form as the system moves west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph across the Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean Sea, according to the forecast.
ST. THOMAS - At least half of the Crown Bay dredging project has all required permits and is ready to move forward, V.I. Port Authority staff told the board Wednesday.
The Port Authority is on a tight deadline to have the project completed. If the dredging does not happen by the start of the tourist season in November, the port could lose 13 ship calls, representing a potential $18 million loss for the territory, according to Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe.
ST. CROIX - Three paramilitary organizations are getting together on Saturday to spruce up Ricardo Richards Elementary School to make it fresh when school starts next month.
Annie Day Henry, past commander of American Legion Post 102, said the post has adopted the school for several years and has worked along with volunteers on a number of projects there. She said members of the post decided that they would spearhead efforts to paint the hallways at the school before school begins this year.
ST. THOMAS - After missing for more than 24 hours, a 9-year-old St. Thomas boy was found in good health and returned to his family on Wednesday.
Police have released little information about where Tenaji Wheatley was or how he was found.
Late Tuesday night, the V.I. Police Department released a statement asking for the public's assistance is locating Tenaji.
Police said he was staying at a residence in Estate Fortuna when he went missing about 11 a.m. Tuesday.
ST. CROIX - Charges were dismissed Wednesday against a Frederiksted couple arrested earlier this month on child abuse and related charges stemming from reports that they injured a 10-year-old boy with a pellet gun.
Robin Thomas, 32, and Johnathan Santiago, 31, both of Hannah's Rest, both appeared before V.I. Superior Court Judge Robert Molloy on Wednesday for their scheduled arraignment hearing, but they were advised that a statement of no prosecution was filed in their case.