ST. CROIX - Two fishermen are recovering at home after their fishing boat capsized, triggering a rescue mission to save them.
Ricardo Castrodad, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman, said Monday afternoon that a Coast Guard boat crew rescued the two men Monday, after their 21-foot Boston Whaler vessel capsized about seven nautical miles northeast of St. Croix.
The two fishermen have been identified as Juan Reyes Serrano, 49, and Benigo Rodríguez, 27, who both are residents of St. Croix.
ST. CROIX - Attorney Marshal Webster said he intends to prove self-defense in the murder trial of Julian Viera, who is accused of killing a man outside a bar in Christiansted in August 2013.
Viera's trial began Monday in V.I. Superior Court, and he is charged with first-degree murder; first-degree assault; unauthorized possession of a firearm; possession of ammunition; first-degree reckless endangerment; carrying a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence; and failure to report a firearm brought into the territory.
ST. THOMAS - Police released additional information Monday about the weekend shooting in downtown Charlotte Amalie that left a 22-year-old man dead.
Police said an 18-year-old woman was also shot during the attack, but she survived her injuries.
The shooting took place just after 4 a.m. Sunday morning outside Blitz Night Club on Norre Gade.
Shacoi Benjamin was shot at least once and taken by private vehicle to the hospital.
ST. CROIX - Police have arrested two men on rape and related charges after police said a 14-year-old girl said she had sex with the men and it was determined that one of them had impregnated her.
Aswad Petersen, 30, of Estate Whim, and Romig "Georgie" Francis, 33, of William's Delight were arrested just after 6 a.m. Monday and charged with second-degree aggravated rape and second-degree unlawful sexual contact in connection with reports made to police in February.
ST. CROIX - Chief Justice Rhys Hodge signed an order Monday granting an expedited appeal in the V.I. Supreme Court for the latest motion filed by St. Croix Board of Elections Chairman Adelbert Bryan in his drive to keep Sen. Alicia Hansen off the General Election ballot.
Bryan is seeking a review of V.I. Superior Court Judge Douglas Brady's denial of his motion to have an August V.I. Supreme Court order enforced and to impose sanctions against Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes for placing Hansen's name on the ballot for the General Election, which now is only two weeks away.
ST. THOMAS - Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone said the 30th Legislature is willing to reconsider a few measures passed at last month's session, including restoring $7 million they cut from the governor's budget.
Malone sent a letter to Gov. John deJongh Jr. on Thursday in response to the governor's statements made in the transmittal letters he sent down earlier that week when he signed the Fiscal Year 2015 budget into law.