ST. THOMAS - Chief District Judge Curtis Gomez dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the residency qualifications of lieutenant governor candidate Basil Ottley Jr.
Gomez also denied a motion - filed at 8:29 a.m. Wednesday - to add four candidates as plaintiffs in the case alongside Alan Haynes Sr., who filed the original complaint as a voter in the territory.
The candidates seeking to join the case were Soraya Diase-Coffelt, John Canegata, Kenneth Mapp and Osbert Potter.
ST. CROIX - When the Joint Board of Elections meets again next week, the St. Croix board members are expected to ask the body to rescind a newly adopted policy that St. Croix Chairman Adelbert Bryan said at a district board meeting Wednesday would handicap the board.
The policy voted on at the joint board meeting earlier this month prohibits any board member who is seeking re-election from being in the same building where voting is taking place.
ST. CROIX - After fielding complaints and concerns from residents in both districts as early voting began this week, Elections Systems officials said Wednesday they are considering changing the way they will handle the processing of the early voting ballots.
Early voting began Tuesday, and voters immediately began to express frustration with a process they did not think was fair to them and that did not protect their vote.
ST. THOMAS - The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the collision of a passenger ferry and a commercial charter out on a sunset cruise that happened Wednesday evening off the east end of St. Thomas.
The collision between the Capitol Ventures ferry, which makes the Red Hook-to-Cruz Bay run for franchisee Varlack Ventures, and the New Horizons charter sailing vessel happened about 7:30 p.m. The New Horizons boards at the Sapphire Beach Resort Marina at 5 p.m., according to the boat's website.
A team of local contractors on Wednesday began working on the cannon carriages at St. Croix's Fort Christiansvaern, restoring the mountings for the guns that used to guard Christiansted Harbor.
Four of the fort's 18-pounder cannons will get new carriages, and the National Park site will be getting a fifth 18-pounder, two 6-pounders and an 8-pounder.
The carriages being replaced have deteriorated since the 1980s because of continued exposure to the salt air, tropical sun and hurricanes.
ST. THOMAS - The owner of the New Horizons sailboat, which was involved in a collision with the Capitol Venture passenger ferry Wednesday night near Red Hook, said official reports about the accident contradict information he has received from his employees and some of the guests aboard the sailboat for a sunset cruise.
Tim Krygsveld, who was off-island Thursday night tending to a personal matter, told The Daily News that two of his guests were taken by ambulance to the hospital and that the damage to his boat will cost between $60,000 and $100,000 to repair.