Construction work on Long Bay Road nears completion

ST. THOMAS - V.I. Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls said the last phase of the Long Bay Road project should be completed this summer.

The federally funded project began eight years ago and has cost about $25.4 million.

The first phase of the Long Bay Road project began in March 2008, with improvements to drainage and the widening of Centerline Road from Mandela Circle to Lockhart Gardens at a cost of $13 million.

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Today

The Rules and Judiciary Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in Ottley Legislative Hall on St. Thomas to consider a bill codifying the Parents-Students Participation Program; a bill providing for bullying prevention education gang resistance education and training; a bill relating to captive insurance; a bill relating to corporal punishment in public schools; a bill relating to the designation of enterprise zones and the rehabilitation or condemnation of abandoned property in the Enterprise Zone; a bill relating to health insurance providers; a bill relating to renewable energy; and a bill establishing the "Feed-In Tariff Act."

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St. Thomas

Christopher Scott Blodget March 29, 2014 Pending Hurley-Davis

Elisabeth Burr April 3, 2014 Pending Hurley-Davis

Angel Paul Charles April 8, 2014 April 22 Turnbull's

Edris E. Evans April 3, 2014 Today Hurley-Davis

Ellen Guishard April 11, 2014 Pending Turnbull's

James Ryan Handley March 29, 2014 Pending Hurley-Davis

Mayfields Hobson April 10, 2014 April 23 Hurely-Davis

Godfrey King April 7, 2014 Pending Turnbull's

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Port Authority riles tour operators with marine tariff rate hikes

ST. THOMAS - Local marine tour operators are fearful that imminent marine tariff rate increases are a sign of more increases to come.

The V.I. Port Authority met with irate tour operators last week to fill them in on tariff rate increases, including jumps in ship dues and wharfage fees, that were slated to go into effect the first of this month but were postponed until next week, April 23.

"We wanted to make sure that the public understood," said Port Authority spokeswoman Monifa Marrero.

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St. Croix students showcase reading skills in competition

ST. CROIX - On Tuesday, intermediate students from two public schools showed off their reading comprehension skills in a newly developed reading competition.

The 2014 Battle of the Books competition took place at Juanita Gardine Elementary School and showcased the reading and comprehension skills of 30 students - 15 from Gardine and 15 from Charles H. Emanuel Elementary School - as the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students sparred with their competitors using analytical thinking, retention and reading comprehension skills.

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Insurance premiums increase for V.I. Government retirees over 65

ST. THOMAS - Government retirees 65 and older will see their health insurance premiums go up in their April 30 annuity checks.

Those who signed up for Plan "F" in October but have not been charged the added premium, will have the correct rates taken from the April 30 checks as well.

The rates were changed effective April 1, but it took some time for the Division of Personnel to get the information to the Government Employees' Retirement System, which issues the checks.

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Central students lose spring break to make up missed days

ST. CROIX - Central High School students are expected to forego their scheduled spring break this year to make up for instructional time lost after a noxious odor closed the school for two weeks last month.

V.I. Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory said in a prepared statement Tuesday that staff, parents and students should be making arrangements for make-up instructional days that have been scheduled for the week of April 28 to May 2 with extended classroom hours.

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Saturday: Queen Selection Show, 8 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.

Sunday: Toddlers Derby-Best-Dressed Doll, 5 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.

Sunday: Traditional Games, 7 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.

Monday: Carnival at Schneider Hospital, 6 p.m., Hospital lobby.

Tuesday: Junior Calypso Competition, 8 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.

April 23: Cultural Night-King and Queen of the Band, 8 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.

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Educational Complex students win KidWind turbine design competition

ST. THOMAS - St. Croix Educational Complex breezed through the territory's first "KidWind" turbine design challenge for high school students.

Not far behind in the challenge were Charlotte Amalie High School, which placed second, and Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, which placed third. In all, 21 students from eight high schools around the territory entered nine homemade wind turbines, built from an assortment of materials of the students' choosing.

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DPNR reminds people to get permits to camp at Salt River

The Department of Planning and natural Resources has issued its advisory that people who plan to camp during the Easter holiday at the Columbus Landing Site at Salt River Bay must obtain a camping permit.

DPNR will issue permits for camping from Wednesday through April 22.

Guidelines and permits are available at the Department of Planning and Natural Resources - V.I. State Historic Preservation Office located at Fort Frederik Museum and at the Division of Environmental Enforcement at Anna's Hope.

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St. John man linked to deadly smuggling case

ST. THOMAS - A St. John man who recently served time for smuggling illegal immigrants into the territory now has been tied to a human trafficking scheme that left eight people, including four children dead.

Lamorthe Delva, 44, who has been living on St. John for about eight years was arrested Friday, as was Dieuseul Mompremier, 45. Delva and Mompremier, both Haitian nationals, are facing charges of conspiracy to smuggle illegal immigrants into the territory, based on a 10-count indictment from a federal grand jury.

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Gallow's Bay Hardware employee charged with stealing from company

ST. CROIX - A longtime employee of Gallow's Bay Hardware made his initial court appearance Monday, after being arrested Friday on charges that he had stolen at least one bathroom faucet from the company.

Noel Jeffers, 68, of Hermon Hill, appeared before Magistrate Jessica Galivan and was advised of his rights on charges of grand larceny, embezzlement and possession of stolen property.

According to the probable cause fact sheet filed by V.I. Police Officer Kai Joseph, police were contacted by the owners of the company Friday afternoon, seeking assistance to handle reports that Jeffers, who is the store's floor manager and had been employed there for more than 30 years, had been seen routinely taking items from the store without paying for them.

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Angela Stokes-Williams

Services will be held April 29, 2014, for Angela Elaine Robinson Stokes-Williams, 69, who died April 4, 2014, at her residence.

The viewing is from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church, with the service at 10 a.m. at the same location. The body will be cremated.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Alvara Petersen Robinson; and father, James Alfred Todman Robinson, better known as Little Man.

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Feds arrest man in connection with box of guns checked on flight to V.I.

ST. THOMAS - Federal agents arrested a man they said checked a box of firearms at the airport before taking a flight to the territory on Sunday.

Emmanuel Benel Cuadrado, 24, faces charges of knowingly shipping, transporting and receiving firearms in interstate foreign commerce without being a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer or licensed dealer.

Cuadrado appeared for the first time in federal court Monday before District Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller, who advised him of his rights. An interpreter was present to interpret the court proceedings into Spanish.

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Attorneys for 4 men accused in jewelry store robbery protest clients' continued detention

ST. THOMAS - Attorneys for four of the men arrested in connection with the armed robbery of the Imperial jewelry store in downtown Charlotte Amalie are accusing prosecutors of unfairly dragging out their clients' detention.

The defendants, who were arrested the same day of a March 22 robbery along with two boys, have now been through three separate sets of initial hearings.

However, the charges keep changing for each new hearing, forcing the defendants to remain detained, according to their attorneys.

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Elections supervisor, board clash over hiring

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas-St. John District Board of Elections chairman is butting heads with the supervisor of Elections over the hiring of an administrative assistant for the board.

Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes said the board voted and Rose Marie Berry was the successful candidate.

Board chairman Arturo Watlington Jr. said the vote taken by secret ballot was not a real vote and was simply intended to gauge the most popular candidate. He said the board would have to take a real vote at the next district board meeting and determine the salary for the selected person.

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DPNR completes maintenance dredging at St. Croix's Altona Lagoon

ST. CROIX - Plants, animals and residents will be able to enjoy Altona Lagoon a bit more, after maintenance dredging there ended last week.

Norman Williams, assistant director of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources' Division of Coastal Zone Management, said sand fills up the culverts from time to time in the small area of the lagoon that has been a popular spot for swimming and net fishing over the years.

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Today

No meetings.

Wednesday

The Rules and Judiciary Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in Ottley Legislative Hall on St. Thomas to consider a bill codifying the Parents-Students Participation Program; a bill providing for bullying prevention education gang resistance education and training; a bill relating to captive insurance; a bill relating to corporal punishment in public schools; a bill relating to the designation of enterprise zones and the rehabilitation or condemnation of abandoned property in the Enterprise Zone; a bill relating to health insurance providers; a bill relating to renewable energy; and a bill establishing the "Feed-In Tariff Act."

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Senate on St. Croix closes its doors for a week

ST. CROIX - Senators and staff at Fritz Lawaetz Legislative Hall were dismissed from the complex about midday Monday and will take off from work until next Tuesday, as a result of ongoing sewage maintenance work in the area.

Senate Vice-President Sammuel Sanes said the building is being closed because of maintenance work at the sewage pumping station, located directly adjacent to the Legislature on its northern side.

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V.I. Supreme Court questions government's rejection of lowest bid for Main Street project on St. Thomas

ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Supreme Court has sent the case involving the procurement process for the Main Street Enhancement Project back to the V.I. Superior Court to be considered on the merits.

Tip Top Construction, the low bidder in the federally funded project, took the government to court in December after the project was awarded to Island Roads.

Tip Top asked for a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order to prevent the project from going forward until the court had heard the legal arguments of the case.

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Don't forget to turn in taxes today: Tips and info for V.I. taxpayers

Today is tax day, and taxpayers must file their annual individual income tax returns with the V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue.

The Internal Revenue Bureau will have extended hours to help taxpayers make the deadline. Offices will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Returns also can be mailed on St. Thomas to 6115 Estate Smith Bay, Suite 225, St. Thomas, V.I. 00802 and on St. Croix to 4008 Estate Diamond, Plot 7-B, Christiansted, V.I. 00820-4421.

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Feds prosecuting Golden Grove contraband cases

ST. CROIX - Federal indictments in three separate cases accusing men of contraband-related offenses while they were being held at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility were unsealed on Thursday.

The indictments are not directly connected to a massive nighttime search of the prison that occurred about a week ago by federal agents seeking contraband, and instead pertain to allegations involving prison contraband from last year.

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Former mission now serves only as a refuge for storm water

ST. THOMAS - The Rev. Henry Lanclos stands in front of his property, a former mission and homeless shelter, and he laments the damage done.

A broken manhole and clogged storm drains on Krondprinsens Gade have forced sewage and storm water runoff into his Anna's Fancy building for years.

While the manhole was repaired and the cover replaced by the V.I. Waste Management Authority last week, the other necessary road work is waiting on funding, according to government officials.

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Today-Tuesday

No meetings.

Wednesday

The Rules and Judiciary Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in the Lawaetz Conference Room on St. Croix to consider a bill codifying the Parents-Students Participation Program; a bill providing for bullying prevention education gang resistance education and training; a bill relating to captive insurance; a bill relating to corporal punishment in public schools; a bill relating to the designation of enterprise zones and the rehabilitation or condemnation of abandoned property in the Enterprise Zone; a bill relating to health insurance providers; a bill relating to renewable energy; and a bill establishing the "Feed-In Tariff Act."

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Elections hires two new administrative assistants

ST. THOMAS - As election season begins in the territory, the district boards of Elections are getting some extra help.

Two new administrative assistants have been hired, one for each board.

Terrell Alexandre was hired as the St. Croix District board's administrative assistant in March.

Friday, Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes announced that Rose Marie Berry has been hired for the St. Thomas-St. John District Board.

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HOVENSA adds 6ยข to price of regular gas

ST. CROIX - The wholesale price for regular gasoline went up today as HOVENSA adjusted its rack rates.

The changes will increase the rack rate - the price of fuel purchased wholesale at the HOVENSA truck-loading station on St. Croix - for regular gasoline by 6 cents per gallon. The price for premium gasoline and diesel fuel did not change.

Under today's adjustments, independent gas station operators in the territory now are paying $3.42 per gallon for regular gasoline, $3.83 per gallon for premium gasoline, and $3.49 per gallon for diesel fuel when they buy their fuel wholesale at HOVENSA. Those prices include the 14-cents-per-gallon tax that the refinery collects for the government.

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FamilyWize prescription cards available at United Way offices

ST. THOMAS - Uninsured and underinsured locals stand to benefit from a nationwide program that grants discounts on prescription medications.

FamilyWize came to the territory in 2011, and it is expected to stay for at least a decade more.

This week, FamilyWize, which has partnered with United Way for the past 10 years in the states, distributes free prescription savings cards to all individuals and families that would like the cards.

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2014 income tax filing tips

The deadline to file income tax returns is Tuesday. Here are tips to help make the annual ritual as painless as possible.

- The V.I. Internal Revenue Bureau will accept returns at its offices in Nisky Center and Red Hook on St. Thomas and at Sunny Isle on St. Croix. All locations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- The Internal Revenue Bureau office in Cruz Bay, St. John, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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2 dead in Anna's Retreat shooting

ST. THOMAS - A young man and woman died shortly after they were gunned down in their vehicle Friday night, according to police.

Jaquan Murrell, 20, and Tiquana Petty, 18, were driving in Anna's Retreat near Tutu Hi-Rise housing community when they were struck by multiple gunshots just after 10 p.m. Friday.

V.I. Police responded to reports of shots fired and found a blue Suzuki riddled with bullet holes when they arrived. Murrell was in the driver's seat of the vehicle, and Petty was in the passenger's seat. Petty was unresponsive when police arrived, according to V.I. Police Department spokeswoman Melody Rames.

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Public Finance Authority approves contract to finish Turnbull Library

ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Public Finance Authority on Friday approved a contract to finish the construction of the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library.

The authority's board of directors approved a $120,000 contract with NIMAL LLC, a St. Thomas-based project management company, that will oversee the final touches to the library, which already is partially functioning.

The cost will cover the installation of the library's 105-kilowatt photovoltaic system; landscaping; signage; and an exterior wall that will surround the library, according to V.I. Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls. The photovoltaic system is hoped to save the library as much as $30,000 annually in utility costs, he said.

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V.I. Government accepts GEC's proposal for Paul E. Joseph Stadium reconstruction

ST. CROIX - The V.I. government has selected a proposal from General Engineering Corp., or GEC, for the demolition and reconstruction of the Paul E. Joseph Stadium in Frederiksted - a step toward starting to rebuild the ball park.

The government still is in the process of negotiating the specifics on a design-and-build contract with GEC for the project, which is expected to cost approximately $20 million, Government House spokesman Jean Greaux Jr. said in written response to a Daily News inquiry.

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The deadline to file income tax returns is Tuesday. Here are tips to help make the annual ritual as painless as possible.

- The V.I. Internal Revenue Bureau will accept returns at its offices in Nisky Center and Red Hook on St. Thomas and at Sunny Isle on St. Croix. All locations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- The Internal Revenue Bureau office in Cruz Bay, St. John, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Wounded warrior Col. Benedict Mitchell returned home Friday night, arriving at Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix with his fellow soldiers, Sgt. Ricardo Perez-Ramos, of Puerto Rico, and Sgt. Ian Parkinson, of Arizona.

The three men, who were flown to the territory with sponsorship from NBA superstar Tim Duncan's Caribbean Education Initiative, will attend the Sun Stroke V.I. Hoop Classic basketball tournament today at St. Croix Educational Complex.

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St. Croix man charged with raping 14-year-old girl

ST. CROIX - A 22-year-old man remained jailed unable to meet the conditions of his release after being charged with having sex with a 14-year-old girl last year.

Alexis Rivera, of Mutual Homes housing community was arrested Thursday evening and made his initial court appearance before Magistrate Miguel Camacho on Friday morning. He was charged with second-degree aggravated rape, unlawful sexual contact and having obscene Internet contact with a minor.

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Monday-Tuesday

No meetings.

Wednesday

The Rules and Judiciary Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in the Lawaetz Conference Room on St. Croix to consider a bill codifying the Parents-Students Participation Program; a bill providing for bullying prevention education gang resistance education and training; a bill relating to captive insurance; a bill relating to corporal punishment in public schools; a bill relating to the designation of enterprise zones and the rehabilitation or condemnation of abandoned property in the Enterprise Zone; a bill relating to health insurance providers; a bill relating to renewable energy; and a bill establishing the "Feed-In Tariff Act."

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ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Human Services Department celebrated The Week of the Young Child throughout the territory with various fun fairs, storytelling sessions and other events with the theme "Play: Where Learning Begins."

The week ended with a fun fair on St. Thomas for preschool and elementary school-age children at the cricket pitch near Addelita Cancryn Junior High School on St. Thomas.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration established and sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world's largest early childhood education association.

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Glacial Energy, St. Thomas-based EDC beneficiary, files for bankruptcy

ST. THOMAS - Glacial Energy, an Economic Development Commission beneficiary, has filed for bankruptcy, and the company is up for sale. According to a statement released Thursday, the voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court was filed in the District of Delaware.

As part of the bankruptcy filing, Glacial Energy will be restructuring its operations, including selling most of the company's assets.

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GERS board votes to sell Carambola Beach Resort

ST. THOMAS - In a closed-door meeting Friday, the Government Employees Retirement System board voted to sell Carambola Beach Resort and Spa.

GERS has owned the Carambola for two years, following the hotel's default on a $15 million loan it had obtained from GERS in 2009. GERS took possession of the property on St. Croix's remote northwest shore in 2012.

On Friday, the board voted to put the resort up for sale, and directed the GERS staff to publish an invitation to bid for the sale of the Carambola Beach Resort.

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V.I. soldier back on his feet after losing his leg during a training camp accident

ST. CROIX - It was a lovely spring day, just more than two years ago, when V.I. National Guard Col. Benedict Mitchell was in the middle of weapons training at Camp McCain in Mississippi.

He said the training was going well, he was looking over the other soldiers, conscious of maintaining a safe area, when out of nowhere he was hit by a high-caliber bullet in the back of his knee, sending him crashing to the ground in agony.

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WAPA announces short list of companies for solar energy production

ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Water and Power Authority has narrowed the latest round of proposals for large solar arrays to supplement the territory's power grid down to six applicants.

Last year, several large-scale solar contracts were terminated before they began, delaying a $65 million solar investment by about a year.

A new round of bid requests was issued in December for 9 megawatts of solar energy production - 3 megawatts for St. Croix and 6 megawatts for the St. Thomas-St. John District.

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St. Croix solar cap nearly met; St. Thomas cap over half full

ST. THOMAS - The 5 megawatt cap for solar and wind net-metering systems installed on St. Croix has virtually been met, but government entities are trying to find creative solutions to eke out a little more room for pending applications.

The cap for St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island is twice that of St. Croix - 10 megawatts - and has about 5.8 megawatts left available for commercial and residential applications.

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2014 Taste of St. Croix raises funds, tempts palettes

ST. CROIX - There was an explosion of culture Thursday night at Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino as attendees at the 14th annual Taste of St. Croix were treated to an array of local dishes and live bands playing soca and reggae music.

The Taste of St. Croix was organized by Katherine Pugliese and Kelly Odum in 2000 as a small celebration of local restaurants and food, but has now grown to into a weeklong gala and fundraiser for the St. Croix Foundation that features a number of local restaurants, chefs and fresh ingredients.

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U.S. Attorney's Office objects to $50K bail for 4 men charged in jewelry store robbery

ST. THOMAS - A federal magistrate judge on Thursday set the bail for four men accused of robbing a jewelry store at $50,000 each, despite the objections of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Shaquim Fredericks, 19; Warkim Gabriel, 18; Alvin Thomas, 19; and Chefton Newton, 26, all of St. Thomas, remained detained by the U.S. Marshals Service until at least Monday.

District Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller ordered that the defendants be detained until Monday to allow the U.S. Attorney's Office time to file an appeal opposing the bail.

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About 50 restaurants and caterers turned out with their culinary masterpieces Thursday night at the 14th annual Taste of St. Croix.

Judges looked at presentation, creativity, taste, texture, composition and overall dish.

By the end of the night, the celebrity chefs had determined winners in eight categories, with one restaurant - Renaissance Carambola - winning the two prominent prizes of Best Vegetarian and Best Entree.

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V.I. students harness wind in energy competition

Students from nine high schools territory-wide are hoping to breeze through a new alternative energy competition this year.

The students will be competing in the first Virgin Islands KidWind Challenge and vying for recognition as having designed a homemade wind turbine that, of all the competing turbines, will create the most wind power.

The competition - put on by the V.I. Energy Office and the University of the Virgin Islands - starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Charlotte Amalie High School gymnasium.

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VIPD hopes to boost crime reports with Crime Stoppers' text-in tip line

ST. THOMAS - It is easier than ever to anonymously report a crime.

V.I. Police recently started promoting a service that has been around for five years, though it has not received much attention in that time.

The service, the ability to text a crime tip anonymously, is a service of Crime Stoppers USVI, a nonprofit that runs both a phone-in and text-in anonymous tip line for people who want to report crimes without running the risk of revealing their identities.

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Elections board members take primaries into their own hands

ST. THOMAS - The Joint Board of Elections agreed Wednesday to carry out the territory's primary election, taking the responsibility away from the political parties.

The issue of who is responsible for putting on the primary election - the political parties or the Elections System - is a complicated one. Many legal arguments have been made on both sides during the last few years, and the V.I. Code still contains many conflicting provisions, despite the Senate's attempt to clarify language.

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Sunday - First day candidates can begin circulating petitions.

May 6 - First day nomination petitions and papers can be filed, after noon.

May 7 - Deadline for parties to submit a party emblem to appear on the ballot on electronic voting machines.

May 13 - Last day nomination petitions and papers can be filed, until 6 p.m.

May 18 - Deadline for nominated candidates to withdraw.

May 18 - Deadline for candidates with same last names to request in writing that occupation or residence be printed on the ballot.

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Judge denies motion to suppress evidence in St. Croix murder case

ST. CROIX - District Judge Wilma Lewis has denied a motion attempting to suppress identification evidence in the federal court case of Elvin Wrensford and Craig Muller, who are charged in the 2012 shooting death of Gilbert Hendricks Jr.

A hearing on the motion which asked the court to exclude all incriminating evidence collected in the matter took place in January, and last week Lewis issued a ruling on the motion that was accompanied by a memorandum specifically denying Muller's motion that his identification be suppressed because the photographs were suggestive and prejudicial.

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Sunday: Prince and Princess Selection Show, 5 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.

April 19: Queen Selection Show, 8 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.

April 20: Toddlers Derby-Best-Dressed Doll, 5 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.

April 19: Traditional Games, 7 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.

April 21: Carnival at Schneider Hospital, 6 p.m., Hospital lobby.

April 22: Junior Calypso Competition, 8 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.

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