ST. THOMAS - The Police Benevolent Association has filed a temporary restraining order against the territory's police commissioner, Gov. John deJongh Jr. and the V.I. government, claiming they are trying to surreptitiously push through police promotions by circumventing the law.
The union, which represents police officers, detectives and corporals, has filed the order with the V.I. Superior Court claiming that the V.I. Police Department is attempting to unfairly promote officers to the rank of corporal by bypassing a test requirement that is mandatory under the V.I. Code.
ST. THOMAS - The Friends of Mandahl Bay have sued Gov. John deJongh Jr. over the 99-year lease agreement he entered into with developers to build two hotels and a marina in Mandahl Bay.
The civil lawsuit, filed in V.I. Superior Court last week, asks for the court to take action to stop the proposed development because deJongh violated the public's trust by signing the lease.
The lawsuit says the area is the only undeveloped wetland left on St. Thomas, and should be protected as an ecological resource for the people and wildlife of the Virgin Islands.
Gov. John deJongh Jr. has signed a contract with General Engineering Corporation - GEC - for the reconstruction of Frederiksted's Paul E. Joseph Stadium.
The $20 million contract calls for the demolition of the current structure and design and construction of a new stadium, sports complex, Little League field and Carnival Village.
The project is being funded by bonding authorization approved by the Legislature this year and is being handled by the Public Finance Authority.
ST. CROIX - While the V.I. Attorney General's Office tries to figure how and where to begin to find evidence and witnesses in a 23-year-old murder case, V.I. Superior Court Judge Robert Molloy will consider granting releases to two men pending decisions to be made in their case.
Last month, Assistant Attorney General Maurice Nwikpo-Oppong, filed a notice of intent to refile charges against Ruben Rivera Moreno and his co-defendant, Harold Ovesen, in connection to two shooting deaths - that of V.I. Police Officer Dexter Mardenborough in January 1991 and that of Juan Rodriguez in February 1991.
ST. CROIX - Police are investigating two armed robberies that occurred Saturday, including one that resulted in a shootout between the suspects and police and left two people injured and four people in police custody, and a second robbery in which a store owner was shot multiple times.
In the first robbery, gunmen stormed a Sunny Isle Shopping Center jewelry and gift store wielding guns and threatening the owners inside to hand over their valuables, V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said Saturday night.
ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Port Authority is completing the removal of a damaged aircraft involved in a 2011 accident at King Airport on St. Thomas.
On Friday, a Port Authority contractor, Patrick Charles Enterprises, began the 10-day process of dismantling and disposing of Convair N8277Q, also known as the bread plane.
After the plane is disassembled, the metal will be taken to the Bovoni Landfill for disposal, according to a statement issued Friday by the Port Authority.