ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Attorney General's Office has reopened a criminal case against former Property and Procurement Department Deputy Commissioner Halvor Hart III.
Charges of embezzlement and violation of a felony corruption law were filed Monday against Hart in connection with his use of a government-issued credit card at the Home Depot store beginning in 2009.
The new charges allege that at least $28,965.41 in unauthorized charges were made in 2009 and 2010 on a credit card used solely by Hart, and that he personally made unauthorized charges on that card.
ST. THOMAS - The Lieutenant Governor's Office won't say whether Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter has been asked to reimburse the $16,900 that the V.I. government spent to secure him a condominium.
The Daily News filed a public record request with the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Oct. 30 asking specifically for records relating to the rent of the condominium at 42 Upper Mahogany Run on St. Thomas.
The Lieutenant Governor's Office did not respond - in violation of the territory's open records law - so the request was resent on Nov. 17. That resulted in an email from Dolace McLean, legal counsel to the lieutenant governor, who wrote that "since this matter was primarily handled by the Department of Property and Procurement, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor documentation relating to this question is very sparse."
ST. THOMAS - The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is being sold for $64 million, according to an announcement from Ashford Hospitality Prime Inc., a Texas-based real estate investment trust.
The announcement said Ashford Hospitality Prime has entered into an agreement to acquire the 180-room hotel from Marriott International Inc.
The sale comprises The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, 30 acres of land, restaurants, dining venues, the spa and all indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, according to Andrea Bruce, public relations manager for the Ritz-Carlton.
ST THOMAS - The V.I. Waste Management Authority has not formally received any complaints from Frenchtown residents regarding the removal of trash bins, despite rumors reportedly circulating around the community.
There have not been any calls to Waste Management regarding the removal of solid waste collection carts from the residential area near Twisted Cork restaurant, according to Waste Management Authority spokeswoman Kysha Wallace.
ST. CROIX - Gov. Kenneth Mapp said in a radio appearance Tuesday that he hopes to have a proposed operating agreement for the HOVENSA facility inked with ArcLight Capital Partners by early next week, when he plans to send it to the V.I. Legislature.
Mapp said he may be sending the proposed agreement - which would require ratification by the Legislature - with a call for a special session sometime in December.
The territory-wide average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people exceeds $65, about $15 higher than the national average calculated by the American Farm Bureau Foundation.
That amount includes a 16-ounce turkey, 14 ounces of stuffing, 3 pounds of sweet potatoes, 12 ounces of cranberry sauce and a couple of pumpkin pies, in addition to sides of celery, carrots and green peas.
Territory averages were determined with an informal survey conducted at PriceSmart, Cost-U-Less, Plaza Extra, Pueblo and Food Center locations on St. Thomas the weekend before Thanksgiving.