ST. CROIX - Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes said she expected to be excused for not showing up at a court hearing Monday because she told her attorney that she would be attending election visits and tours with elections officials in Florida.
V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks issued an arrest warrant for Fawkes on Monday after she failed to appear at the hearing, for which she had been subpoenaed to offer testimony and provide documents to the court.
JERUSALEM - Jews are celebrating the eight-day festival of Hanukkah with traditions that commemorate ancient miracles and symbolize triumph over oppression.
The holiday began after sundown Tuesday with families gathering to light the first nightly candle of ceremonial lamps and to exchange gifts.
In Israel, some display the lamps in special windproof glass boxes outside.
Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, commemorates the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom - which tried to force its culture on Jews and desecrated the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
The Coast Guard is urging swimmers and boaters to use caution during the holidays at beaches in the territory because of dangerous riptides in the region.
The Coast Guard said since Friday it has responded to multiple search and rescue cases in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico involving swimmers, beachgoers, surfers and boaters who were swept out to sea or overcome by the dangerous surf and rip currents in the area.
ST. THOMAS - Public Service Commission members heard a new waste-to-energy proposal during their meeting Tuesday, but the application was withdrawn while the company continues to develop a relationship with the V.I. Waste Management Authority.
The company's executives said they expect to resubmit a more complete application in the next few months.
Caribbean W2E Conversion USVI, Inc. had applied to be a qualified facility, a designation that would allow the company to be a small power producer and negotiate the sale of power to the V.I. Water and Power Authority.
ST. THOMAS - A construction crew working near Market Square in downtown Charlotte Amalie accidentally cut through a V.I. Water and Power Authority underground power cable Tuesday morning, disrupting electrical service to businesses in the area and taking out two traffic lights.
One person was injured when the crew cut through the cable at 7:50 a.m., according to a statement issued by WAPA. The injured man did not need to go to the hospital, according to the release.
ST. THOMAS - In what Public Services Commission Chairman Johann Clendenin said was, "a great Christmas present for the people of the territory," the board voted Tuesday to lower the Levelized Energy Adjustment Clause for both water and power by a significant amount.
The average residential power bill, based on 400 kilowatt-hours of electricity usage, will drop by about $39 a month.
The water LEAC was cut down by about $4.87 per month for the average residential customer using 2,400 gallons a month.