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Family Quarrel Escalates into Violent Confrontation, Results in Multiple Arrests

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ST. CROIX — A vehicular mishap report took an unexpected turn as it led to the arrest of a woman, who allegedly assaulted her children’s father last Saturday.

Around 3:45 p.m., law enforcement officers were en route to Cane Carlton, following a collision report by Timmisha Evans. However, before reaching the scene, officers were intercepted by a visibly injured Grenville James.

James reported being assaulted by Evans and their two minor children. He narrated that a pipe strike to the head by Evans and subsequent physical assaults from the teenagers ensued after a disagreement over collecting clothes from his residence. The altercation escalated when his son forcefully removed him from his vehicle and attempted to strangle him, momentarily causing loss of consciousness.

This dispute stemmed from a prior restraining order Evans had against James, which required police presence for any visitations. However, the visit was unaccompanied by authorities, triggering the violent episode, court records reveal.

Following the confrontation, medical staff attended to James’s injuries, requiring four staples for a head laceration. At the Juan F. Louis hospital, his teenage son also sought treatment for a head wound, which was glued shut.

The son acknowledged the heated argument, but claimed the violence only erupted after a retaliatory kick from James. The brawl escalated further when James allegedly rammed his truck into Evans’s car, with their two younger children inside. In a bid to halt further aggression, the son restrained James, only for their altercation to be interrupted by Shamoy James, Grenville’s other son, who arrived and struck his brother with a firearm.

Upon questioning, Evans corroborated the contentious sequence of events, admitting to the initial assault, as triggered by a heated argument. She also affirmed the vehicular collision as intentional, necessitating her son’s intervention to subdue James.

Police later apprehended Shamoy James, who described his actions as protective, clarifying that he struck his brother with his hand while holding his holstered firearm, contradicting earlier claims of using the weapon.

The altercation culminated in multiple arrests. Evans faces charges of third-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon during a violent crime, and disturbance of the peace by fighting. James was charged with negligent vehicle operation and property destruction, while Shamoy James faces third-degree assault, dangerous weapon possession and use during a violent crime, and weapon brandishing charges.

All three defendants appeared before Magistrate Ernest Morris Jr., with the charges upheld, and bail set at $1500 for Evans, $100 for James, and $500 for Shamoy James. Their next court hearing is slated for November 15, with further details on the pre-trial release order pending.

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Kansas Man Charged for Not Declaring Firearm During St. Thomas Visit

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ST. THOMAS — A Kansas man is facing charges in the District Court of the Virgin Islands for failing to declare a firearm during his visit to St. Thomas.

Customs and Border Protection officials, conducting routine inspections at the Cyril E. King Airport on Thursday, discovered the undeclared weapon during a secondary search prompted by a canine alert on a bag belonging to Robert Dean Zoch’s travel partner.

The search revealed a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver in Zoch’s checked luggage. The firearm, packed with five rounds of ammunition, was accompanied by an additional 10 rounds in speedloaders.

Zoch, a resident of Kansas, was on his way home on a Spirit Airlines flight with a layover in Orlando, Florida, when he was detained and questioned by Homeland Security Investigations agents. He admitted to knowingly packing the weapon in his bag without securing it, citing haste as the reason for his oversight. Zoch also confessed to not informing the airline about the firearm on either leg of his trip and admitted to lacking a federal license for the firearm.

According to court documents, Zoch claimed he carried the gun for protection due to reports of shootings in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Charged with failure to provide written notice of a firearm to a common carrier, Zoch appeared before U.S. Magistrate Ruth Miller. He was ordered to sign an unsecured $15,000 bond for his release pending trial. His travel will be restricted to Shawnee County, Kansas, and St. Thomas. Additionally, his firearms will be held by authorities, and he must report regularly to the U.S. probation office.

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BVI Pastor and Radio Host Arrested on Allegations of Fraudulent Government Contracts

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Claude Skelton Cline, a well-known pastor and radio personality in the British Virgin Islands, has been arrested and charged with obtaining property by deception, false accounting, and proceeds of crime.

The arrest follows an announcement from former Governor John Rankin last March, revealing that an audit, recommended by the Commission of Inquiry, scrutinized government contracts awarded to Cline between 2008 and 2010. According to Rankin, the audit uncovered “failures in good governance and improper use of public funds.” The findings were forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecution, and the police.

BVI police stated that Cline’s arrest on Friday culminated an 18-month criminal investigation initiated by the audit’s findings. The audit revealed that Cline received over $350,000 during this period with negligible results from his consultancy work, leading auditors to conclude that the contracts primarily benefited Cline financially rather than providing value to the government.

“The government failed to receive value for money on these contracts,” the report stated. In response to the public disclosure of the audit findings last year, Cline asserted his innocence, claiming, “I did a phenomenal job for my part in a two-part contractual arrangement.” He further stated, “I feel no compunction to defend myself.”

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Joseph Anthony Ramirez Faces Attempted Murder Charges After Assaulting Officers in St. Croix

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At the Candido Guadalupe Housing Complex in St. Croix, a report of domestic violence on Sunday afternoon quickly turned perilous for responding officers, culminating in attempted murder charges for 37-year-old Joseph Anthony Ramirez.

The sequence of events unfolded when the Virgin Islands Police Department received a call around 2:33 p.m. from the 911 Emergency Call Center regarding a disturbance at apartment 85, building 7. Upon arrival, officers were informed by the victim that Ramirez had vandalized her apartment. As one officer began to investigate, Ramirez unexpectedly attacked, initiating an assault by placing the officer in a chokehold, threatening his ability to breathe.

The attack escalated even after a good Samaritan and the victim intervened, enabling the officer to momentarily escape. Despite being informed of his arrest, Ramirez attacked again, this time inflicting a severe laceration above the officer’s eyelid and resuming the chokehold. The situation required backup, with two additional officers arriving at the scene before Ramirez could be subdued and arrested.

Charged with attempted murder and third-degree assault, Ramirez was subsequently read his Miranda Rights, booked, and transported to the John Bell Correctional Facility. Unable to meet the initial $100,000 bail, Ramirez was held until a court hearing on Tuesday where his bail was reduced to $10,000. He remains in custody, with a bail hearing scheduled for later today, May 15.

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