ST. CROIX - The V.I. Elections System office in the Sunny Isle annex closed on Thursday morning and won't be open again until Monday "as a result of an intense odor that has been identified," according to a statement Elections issued Thursday morning.
The statement said that "corrective action has been taken to address the issue," and apologized for any inconvenience.
Thursday afternoon, business at the Social Security Administration office next door to Elections was bustling, and people there said they had not smelled anything unusual. The Kmart appliance store also was open for business.
ST. THOMAS - Four men were sentenced in District Court on Thursday for the daylight armed robbery of more than $2 million worth of merchandise from a Main Street jewelry store last year.
Shaquim Fredericks, Warkim Gabriel, Alvin Thomas and Chefton Newton, all of St. Thomas, were convicted in July of interference with commerce by robbery; conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery; and conspiracy to use a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
ST. THOMAS - A St. Thomas man was arrested on rape charges in connection with the sexual assault of a homeless woman.
V.I. Superior Magistrate Judge Henry Carr III found probable cause for the arrest of 51-year-old Kenrick Smith on Thursday.
Smith, of Estate Nazareth, was arrested at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday and charged with first-degree rape and unlawful sexual contact.
According to the affidavit filed by V.I. Police Detective Nigel James, officers traveled to Schneider Hospital on Jan. 15 to investigate an assault that had been reported to police.
ST. THOMAS - One of the five boys accused of beating 65-year-old William Hyde to death in 2012 pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit murder Thursday.
Dionno Brooks, in glasses, a madras plaid shirt and khaki pants, mumbled "Yes, your honor," repeatedly as Superior Court Judge Adam Christian advised him of his rights for a second time and asked Brooks whether he understood what he was doing by entering a guilty plea.
ST. THOMAS - A St. John man was arrested and charged in connection with a Jan. 10 car crash that left a 16-year-old boy dead.
Lester Jackson Jr., 27, of Calabash Boom, St. John, was arrested at 11:06 a.m. Wednesday and charged with negligent homicide. His bail was set at $10,000.
Jackson will be advised of his rights in V.I. Superior Court's Magistrate Division at 9 a.m. today.
Police said Jackson, who was the driver of the vehicle, fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of the car causing it to crash into a utility pole.
ST. CROIX - The V.I. government is asking the court to appoint a receiver to preserve and organize HOVENSA's assets and property and to make the refinery pay up front for the costs of the receiver's efforts.
The government's six-page action for debt and foreclosure - which the territory filed in V.I. Superior Court this week - seeks a variety of other things, including a judgment to remove HOVENSA from the refinery property except to meet its obligations under its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act permit and its obligations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.