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St. Croix Woman Faces Legal Consequences for Selling Public Housing Appliance

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Without a provided mugshot from the VIPD, the focus shifts to the renovated first 82 units of the Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion in Frederiksted, St. Croix, showcased on October 5, 2023, by the Government House.

A significant legal issue has emerged within the Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion, a public housing community on St. Croix, following allegations against a former resident. The individual is now facing serious felony charges for purportedly selling a refrigerator, an asset of the housing unit, highlighting the critical importance of respecting property rights within community living spaces.

The incident came to light when police were alerted by the housing complex’s assistant manager about the disappearance of the appliance from one of the apartments. The call for investigation was part of a broader eviction procedure. Reports from fellow residents indicated that Shamyra Alicea was seen earlier that day engaging in the sale of the refrigerator to an unknown buyer for $200. This discovery prompted an immediate inspection by the complex’s management, confirming the absence of the refrigerator, a piece of property owned by the housing complex, from Alicea’s apartment.

Further inquiry into the situation revealed that the lease agreement Alicea signed upon moving in included the refrigerator as part of the apartment’s amenities, underscoring the unauthorized nature of the sale. When confronted by authorities, Alicea admitted to the sale but claimed she had yet to receive payment. The value of the refrigerator was estimated at nearly $700, marking a significant loss for the housing complex.

The legal proceedings against Alicea swiftly moved forward, with her arrest on charges of grand larceny and a subsequent court appearance. Magistrate Yolan Brow Ross confirmed the validity of the charges against Alicea, setting the stage for future legal deliberations. The case is currently pending further action, with Alicea’s arraignment scheduled for March 6, as the community awaits the outcome of this distressing situation.

This incident underscores the broader challenges faced by public housing communities in maintaining the integrity and security of their properties. It serves as a reminder of the legal and ethical responsibilities residents hold towards communal assets, ensuring a harmonious and respectful living environment for all.

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Former Deputy Park Superintendent of St. Croix Sentenced for Property Conversion and Fraud

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ST. CROIX, VI – Gregory Camacho, 43, previously Deputy Park Superintendent for the National Park Service in St. Croix, received a sentence of nine months of home detention and four years of probation for unlawfully converting property, according to U.S. Attorney for the USVI, Delia L. Smith. The sentencing was handed down by District Judge Wilma A. Lewis on Thursday.

In addition to home detention and probation, Judge Lewis imposed a $6,000 fine and a special assessment of $75 on Camacho. He was also ordered to pay restitution amounting to $29,502.20 to the National Park Service.

According to court filings, Camacho, during his tenure as acting park superintendent from June 2019 to August 2020, occupied two housing units owned by the National Park Service without fulfilling rental payments, causing a loss of $14,192.10. In another instance in July 2019, Camacho deceitfully claimed relocation expenses for his family’s move from Titusville, FL, to St. Croix, even though he moved alone. This action led to unjust reimbursements totaling $13,387.50.

Furthermore, between October 2018 and September 2019, Camacho was found to have submitted overlapping travel vouchers for the same trips from his primary duty station, resulting in an additional $1,922.50 in improper gains.

These findings were brought to light through an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior, with the case prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel H. Huston.

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Daylight Assault in St. Thomas Leaves Man Injured

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A distressing incident unfolded on St. Thomas when a man suffered injuries in a daylight assault in Simmonds Alley, according to a statement from the V.I. Police Department. The attack occurred on Wednesday around 12:15 p.m.

Authorities were alerted to the situation when the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call about a man found bleeding from the neck near the Jala Jala establishment on Kronprindsens Gade. Responding officers discovered the victim with a severe laceration on the left side of his neck, believed to be the result of the assault.

Despite the seriousness of his injuries, the victim refrained from providing a statement to law enforcement at the scene. He was quickly transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center for medical attention.

The VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau has taken charge of the investigation and is urging the public to assist by providing any relevant information. Individuals can contact the CIB at (340) 774-2211 or call 911. For those preferring to stay anonymous, tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers USVI by calling 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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Six Arrests Made in St. Thomas Drug Trafficking Crackdown

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ST. THOMAS — A targeted joint operation by the Virgin Islands Police Department, alongside the Drug Enforcement Agency and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, resulted in the arrest of six men accused of drug-related crimes in the Red Hook area, a noted hub for illegal narcotics activity.

Throughout February, these coordinated efforts focused on dismantling drug trafficking networks, culminating in several key arrests:

  • N’Kel Morton, 30, was taken into custody at Red Hook Plaza on March 8, 2024, facing charges of cocaine possession with intent to distribute.
  • On March 7, 2024, Jaamal Bell, 42, was arrested at American Yacht Harbor, charged with intent to distribute narcotics.
  • Peter Francis Jr., 33, encountered the same fate at the same location, on identical charges.
  • Anwar Lockhart, 40, was arrested on March 15, 2024, on Cassi Hill for cocaine distribution.
  • Niah Henry, 35, was apprehended on March 16, 2024, at Red Hook Plaza, with charges similar to Morton’s.
  • Kenson Plasimond, 43, was arrested on March 7, 2024, at Tutu Park Mall, also charged with possession with intent to distribute.

These arrests signify a continued commitment by local and federal law enforcement to curb the flow of illegal drugs in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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