ST. THOMAS - On Monday, Imperial Jewelers staff testified about the March 15 armed robbery that lasted only a minute, at the most two, but left the store short of more than $1 million worth of jewelry.
The incident led to the arrest of four young men, who sat quietly in federal court Monday during their first day of trial before District Judge Curtis Gomez.
Shaquim Fredericks, 19; Warkim Gabriel, 18; Chefton Newton, 25; and Alvin Thomas, 18, were arrested the day of the incident alongside two 17-year-old boys whose identities have not been disclosed because of their ages.
ST. THOMAS - There is little need to worry about a tropical depression that has formed more than 1,200 miles off of the Lesser Antilles islands, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.
The weather service alerted local agencies to the depression, which is expected to diminish in strength by the time it reaches the Virgin Islands late this week.
"It is entering a hostile environment," said Odalys Martinez, a meteorologist with the service in Puerto Rico.
ST. THOMAS - An Inspector General's report has found that the territory's Head Start programs may have neglected the territory's neediest children.
The joint report was written by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' and the Department of the Interior's Offices of Inspectors General. The purpose of the report was to review the V.I. Human Services Department processes for determining Head Start eligibility in the territory.
ST. CROIX - Police are investigating a shooting incident late Sunday night that resulted in shots being fired at police as they responded to an emergency call.
V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said Monday that shots were fired in the Aureo Diaz housing community after officers were called to a report of shots being fired about 9:51 p.m. Sunday.
A police vehicle was damaged by gunfire, but no officers or others were injured.
ST. CROIX - What started out as a routine advice-of-rights hearing Monday for a man charged with drunken driving escalated into a confrontation between the man and law enforcement officials inside the courtroom.
Ireneus Stanislas, 47, of Estate Mount Pleasant appeared before Magistrate Miguel Camacho to be advised of his rights on a single charge of driving under the influence of alcohol after being arrested just before 9 p.m. Sunday.
ST. CROIX - A 37-year old man trying to board a flight at Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix was arrested Saturday on an outstanding warrant from Florida.
Imron Stewart Mathurin, 37, who last resided in Georgia, was identified after he presented himself for customs inspection at Rohlsen Airport as he prepared to board a flight that was bound to Miami with Atlanta as his final destination, according to Customs and Border Protection.