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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Police & Courts

V.I. Police Department Unveils New Uniforms

The VIPD revealed its new uniforms at a ceremony Thursday at the Patrick Sweeney Police Headquarters on St. Croix. The reveal was also broadcast live on the VIPD’s Facebook page, arresting the attention of 2,500 views and garnering 50 comments.
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One Man Killed, Two Injured by Gunfire on St. John

One man was killed and two others treated for gunshot injuries after shots were fired on Wednesday in Estate Enighed on St. John, the V.I. Police Department reported. The victim was identified by next of kin as 20-year-old A’Jahnie Bramble.
Police Commissioner-designee Trevor Velinor tells Monday news conference the VIPD is 'stepping up.' (Image captured from the V.I. Government's livestream of the press conference)

VIPD’s Economic Crime Unit Issues Holiday Season Fraud Alert

Police Commissioner Trevor A. Velinor advises the public that the Christmas season is fast approaching and there are those among us who seek to prey on those in the community they consider vulnerable.
Alexander A. Farrelly Justice Center (Source photo by James Gardner)

Momentum to Repair Public Buildings Accelerates

The mission to repair damage from hurricanes Irma and Maria to public buildings has led to $3 million awarded through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program for numerous recovery projects in the territory.

V.I. Judicial Branch Expands Public Access and E-filing for All Cases

Effective Nov. 16, public access to case information and documents in criminal cases filed after Oct. 26 that do not require redaction of personal or confidential information will be available through the judiciary’s public access portal.
V.I. Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor testifies about the department's proposed budget at a hearing Thursday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Police Unions Call for Removal of V.I. Police Commissioner Velinor

In a letter to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., members of three police unions signed an official notice of no confidence in the Virgin Islands Police Department Commissioner Trevor Velinor and called for his removal.
VIPD patrol car. (Linda Morland photo)

Purse Snatcher Assaults Couple Waiting for Red Hook Ferry

Two men assaulted a couple in Cruz Bay Sunday night and sent the male victim to the Myrah Keating-Smith Clinic for treatment of an injury, the V.I. Police Department reported.

*Update* Missing St. John Man Found, Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

The Virgin Islands Police Department has asked for the community’s help in locating 33-year-old Lubens Besse, who was reported missing since Oct. 11 by his girlfriend.

Crime of the Week: Crime Stoppers Focuses on Kidnapping, Theft, Homicides

Crime Stoppers USVI has focused on a kidnapping and attempted bank robbery, a pair of homicides and theft of $100,000 worth of video equipment as the Crimes of the Week.
A Virgin Islands Police Department vehicle sits parked in front of the V.I.P.D. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Police Chase, Arrest Viya Employee Accused in Gunplay

Police are trying to piece together the circumstances that led to the arrest of a phone company worker, accused of firing a handgun at another individual while on the job. The suspect was arrested Friday on St. John at the end of an islandwide car chase.