A look back at 2013 in the Virgin Islands


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April

April 3: Fred Yeo, the chief financial officer of one of the companies the V.I. government wanted to do business with in 2012 to develop and operate a comprehensive sports complex in Frederiksted, is sentenced to 42 months in federal prison for conspiring to commit bank fraud.

April 4: A Virgin Islands grand jury indicts Rodney Miller Sr., accusing him of fraudulently under-reporting his income in his tax returns for two years during his tenure as chief executive at Schneider Regional Medical Center.

April 4: The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses the criminal contempt conviction against retired V.I. Superior Court Judge Leon Kendall. In Oct. 2011, the V.I. Supreme Court found Kendall guilty of indirect criminal contempt for a legal opinion he published in 2009.

April 5: Orbitel, LLC, owned by St. Croix resident Todd Klindworth, announces its intent to invest $70 million to expand fiber-optic networks for Internet service and create 80 to 100 permanent jobs.

April 6: Government House announces that, per the agreement between HOVENSA and the government, HOVENSA will be sold within 14 months.

April 6: Adisha Penn is crowned 2013 V.I. Carnival Queen.

April 6: St. Croix native Kevin Krigger, 29, rides Goldenscents to victory in the Santa Anita Derby in California and becomes the first black jockey to win the Grade 1 race. The win qualifies the horse to run in the Kentucky Derby.

April 7: St. Croix Country Day School wins the Territorial Quiz Bowl competition.

April 8: Bernard Wheatley begins his tenure as Schneider Regional Medical Center chief executive officer.

April 9: Gov. John deJongh Jr. nominates Rodney Querrard Sr. as V.I. Police commissioner.

April 13: St. Croix native Victor LeBron rides Frac Daddy to a second-place finish in the Arkansas Derby and qualifies the horse to run in the Kentucky Derby.

April 16: The 30th Legislature delays a law approved in June 2012 that moves the start of the school year for V.I. public schools to early August. The change of the original bill making the first semester of the school year end by Dec. 23 will apply to the 2014-2015 school year instead of the 2013-2014 school year.

April 16: The 30th Legislature passes legislation outlawing synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

April 16: Jalen "King Yellow Man" Fredericks wins the secondary division of the Junior Calypso competition. Kennifer "Lady Bachanal" Edwards wins the intermediate division, and Ny'kel "Prince Short Shirt" Emanuel wins the primary division.

April 17: In response to a December 2011 joint local and federal audit of the 26th, 27th, and 28th Legislatures, Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone details policies aimed at increasing transparency, limiting spending and becoming more accountable to taxpayers. The policies include aims to reduce Senate vehicle fleet, lessen travel and eliminate cellphones.

April 18: Patrick "Soljah" Farrell is crowned V.I. Carnival's Calypso Monarch.

April 19: Sgt. Maj. Delores English-Edwards is appointed as the V.I. National Guard's state command sergeant major.

April 24: Luis Hospital terminates 24 employees in an effort to avoid payless paydays in May. Included are 13 graduate nurses and one physician.

April 25: Christian "Te" Thompson, an original member of the iconic band Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights, dies at age 68.

April 28: The second floor of Little Switzerland's main street store is destroyed in a fire.

April 30: Education Commissioner Dr. LaVerne Terry resigns. Assistant Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory serves as acting commissioner..

May

May 3: John H. Woodson Junior High School earns accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

May 3: Charlotte Amalie High School wins the 19th Annual Appellate Moot Court Competition.

May 4: Jockeys Kevin Krigger and Victor LeBron become the first Virgin Islanders to compete in the Kentucky Derby.

May 7: V.I. Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty testifies before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee about the barriers preventing more international visitors from coming to the territory and the rest of the country.

May 13: Students at Central High School are dismissed after administrators and police investigate a weekend burglary that resulted in the theft of thousands of dollars in equipment from the campus.

May 13: Fallen V.I. Police Officer Colvin Georges name is added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington , D.C.

May 15: U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis approves a settlement agreement between the territory and the U.S. Justice Department that allows the territory to retain control of the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility but agrees to implement all the provisions of the agreement to bring conditions at the prison up to constitutional standards.

May 17: Federal agents arrest DPNR Chief of Enforcement Roberto Tapia at the Red Hook ferry dock after he was seen using a DPNR boat for drug trafficking and found him in possession of 7 kilograms of cocaine.

May 19: Good Hope School senior Jaleel Christopher signs his letter of acceptance to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.

May 20: St. Croix native Capt. Janet Lomax assumes command of the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center at Saufley Field, in Pensacola, Fla.

May 24: Federal agents arrest V.I. Police Sgt. Angelo Hill in connection with the drug trafficking conspiracy investigation of Roberto Tapia, the director of the DPNR Division of Environmental Protection. Hill is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

May 27: Virgin Islands educator Mrs. Uller F. Muller dies at age 97. An elementary school on St. Thomas bears her name.

May 29: The St. Croix Legislature Complex is evacuated after a receptionist receives a bomb threat. No device is found.

May 30: The U.S. Small Business Administration names Delta Electric and Construction Company's president Charles King its Virgin Islands Small Business Person of the Year.

May 31: Elections Supervisor John Abramson Jr. retires.

May 31: The University of the Virgin Islands' Research and Technology Park opens on St. Croix.

June

June 4: The V.I. Bar Association publicly reprimands St. Croix attorney Lee Rohn after the Bar's Ethics and Grievance Committee found that she violated rules of professional conduct stemming from her 2003 arrest, when a small amount of marijuana was found in her luggage at Rohlsen Airport.

June 11: V.I. Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty announces Delta and JetBlue airlines plan to expand service to the V.I. Delta will keep more planes flying during the off season and add flights between JFK Airport and St. Thomas during the winter season. JetBlue will add another flight from Puerto Rico to St. Croix.

June 13: V.I. Superior Court Presiding Judge Darryl Donahue signs off on an order of reappointment for current magistrates Jessica Gallivan and Miguel Camacho. Each reappointment is for a term of four years.

June 13: The V.I. government and the U.S. Department of Justice agree on the Justice Department's nominee, Kenneth Ray, as the person responsible for monitoring conditions at Golden Grove prison and the V.I. Correction Bureau's efforts to bring those conditions up to constitutional standards.

June 15: The University of the Virgin Islands approves plans to offer a bachelor of arts in business administration in information systems and technology beginning in the 2014 spring semester.

June 17: Sugar Bay Resort and Spa on St. Thomas begins management under Aimbridge Hospitality.

June 17: The Charles Wesley Turnbull Regional Library opens in a limited initial capacity.

June 17: VITEMA along with and FBI bomb specialist detonate a pre-World War I artillery shell on Water Island after one of its residents caught it in a mooring line off the northwest coast of St. Thomas.

June 19: The V.I. Housing Authority announces plans to demolish the abandoned Ralph de Chabert housing community and sell it as vacant land.

June 22: Khadija Lee is crown Ms. St. John Festival Queen.

June 24: Owners of Dockside Bookshop on St. Thomas announce their intent to close St. Thomas' only book store later in the summer, after 35 years in business. The company cites several reasons for the closure, including the recession, the decline to retail book sales nationwide, rising costs, and the increasing popularity of electronic books.

June 25: Downtown Christiansted is evacuated for two days after a 2,500-gallon propane gas truck leaks near Caravelle Arcade.

June 28: The 30th Legislature passes legislation to close the budget gap and ensure the restoration of the government employees' 8 percent pay cuts in July.

June 28: The 30th Legislature confirms Rodney Querrard Sr. as V.I. Police Commissioner.

June 29: The 2013 USVI Culinary Team is awarded several medals in the Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition in Miami.

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