ST. THOMAS - Acting Attorney General Terri Griffiths went after former Gov. John deJongh Jr. on Thursday, announcing at a press conference that work done at his private residence in 2007 represented a misappropriation of funds. She said the government has returned a check for $202.831.60 to deJongh that he had said was to resolve questions about the use of the funds.
The announcement came after years of questions by senators, candidates, the public and The Daily News, and a critical 2010 Department of the Interior Inspector General audit that faulted deJongh for using federal highway funds to build security features at his house, including a guard house and fencing.
ST. CROIX - Attorneys testified and tempers flared at a hearing Friday over whether a plea deal in a tax case should stand or not.
Office drama at the V.I. Justice Department, fear of retaliation - and even the different ways an email could be interpreted - all came up during Friday's hearing in the case against St. Croix radio station owner Jonathan Cohen.
Cohen, owner of JKC Communications, is facing 21 counts of willful failure to file tax returns, provide information or pay taxes.
ST. THOMAS - The Senate rejected 11 of Gov. Kenneth Mapp's appointees Thursday and approved one.
After more than an hour of comments, the Senate chose to use their advise and consent authority to tell Mapp that they strongly disagreed with the pay raises handed out to most of the nominees.
On a vote of 10-4 with 1 abstention, the Senate approved Donald Cole as executive director of the V.I. Public Services Commission.
ST. THOMAS - Quirks of federal law and a century-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling about the shipment of oranges keep residents of territories like the U.S. Virgin Islands from having the right to vote in presidential elections.
The We the People Project - a non-profit based in Washington, D.C. - thinks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act is the right time for a legal challenges to change the antiquated rules.
ST. THOMAS - Humphrey has a home and he's happy.
Humphrey the goat - actually a Bahamian sheep - came to the Humane Society of St. Thomas more than six months ago with grievous wounds.
Shelter Manager Rhea Vasconcellos said he had been attacked by a pack of dogs and had his throat ripped.
Emergency treatment stabilized him, and as he healed he gained weight and began scampering around the shelter patios on a leash.
The territory will pause Monday to remember and honor Americans who have lost their lives to protect the nation.
In observance of the holiday, all federal and local government offices, post offices, public, private and parochial schools and banks will be closed for the holiday. The University of the Virgin Islands and Innovative Business Centers in each district also will be closed. Most small retail stores will be closed for the observance while larger stores and supermarkets will remain open. Local malls will observe holiday hours.