ST. THOMAS - During its regular meeting on Wednesday, the V.I. Port Authority board went into executive session and awarded a contract to Veriown Energy Inc. for a 1.62 megawatt photovoltaic system at Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix.
While some details will still be negotiated, the project is expected save about $6.2 million over the life of the 20-year contract, according to Port Authority officials.
ST. THOMAS - With the high season upon the territory, the necessary dredging to allow bigger cruise ships into Crown Bay remains stalled and awaiting federal permits.
The original project was split into two phases. The first phase, dredging Crown Bay Marina, has been completed and the work is being reviewed by Port Authority staff.
The second phase, dredging the East Gregorie Channel that leads to the Monsanto Marine Terminal, cannot begin until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit has been approved.
The Elections boards in each district on Wednesday began counting the absentee ballots from Tuesday's runoff election.
Despite the fact that the number of outstanding ballots could not possibly make up the difference Donna Christensen would need to overcome governor-elect Kenneth Mapp, the boards must count every vote before certifying the election.
By law, the boards have until Nov. 28 to receive and count absentee ballots.
Kenneth Mapp 15,268 63.89%
Donna Christensen 8,573 35.87%
Write-in 58 0.24%
* V.I. Elections System report run at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday with 33 of 37 precincts reported. The printed results are the most up-to-date vote count available from the Elections System.
ST. THOMAS - V.I. Police officer Kisha Monsanto recalled the date, a little more than one year ago, when she discovered the body of a young man who had been shot to death behind the Motor Vehicles Bureau in Sub Base on St. Thomas.
Monsanto had been at the V.I. Police Department's motor pool when she heard what she described as a "bang, bang, bang, bang," coming from the back of the bureau, near the inspection lane office, she testified in V.I. Superior Court on Wednesday.
ST. THOMAS - Authorities have sealed documents detailing rape charges against a St. John man.
V.I. Police arrested Nathaniel "Natty" Richardson, 31, of Upper John Dunkoe, St. John, about 3 p.m. Tuesday and charged him with first-degree aggravated rape; first-degree rape; first-degree unlawful sexual contact; use of a dangerous weapon during a crime; and grand larceny.
His bail was set at $75,000.