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Unlicensed Vehicle and Alcohol Suspicions Lead to Negligent Driving Charges for St. Croix Resident

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ST. CROIX — A local resident, who was found behind the wheel of an unregistered truck after an accident, has been charged with negligent driving among other charges.

On Monday, August 7, at roughly 2:45 p.m., law enforcement authorities were alerted to an accident scene on the Queen Mary Highway in Estate Barren Spot. The collision involved a truck and an SUV.

When officers arrived, they interviewed a distressed driver of a cerulean Ford Escape. She narrated that as she was progressing eastwards on the highway, she noticed a jet-black Ford F150 veering into her lane. Despite her desperate efforts to swerve left and slamming on the brakes, the two vehicles inevitably collided.

Aaron Obrien, the 34-year-old truck driver, was subsequently approached by the officers. Opting for reticence, Obrien chose not to comment about the incident. However, the officers couldn’t help but notice the overpowering aroma of alcohol emanating from him, coupled with the distinct redness and glossiness of his eyes. Despite these observations, Obrien firmly asserted he hadn’t consumed any alcoholic beverages. His puzzling query about whether the officer could “detect the scent of the dog in the yard” further raised suspicions.

When asked to undergo standard field sobriety tests, Obrien declined. He was informed that refusal to partake would equate to an automatic failure, but this didn’t persuade him. He also chose not to consent to a blood alcohol content analysis. These refusals, coupled with the evident signs of intoxication, led to his arrest for DUI.

To further complicate matters for Obrien, when he handed over a Florida driver’s license for identification, a quick verification with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles revealed that the Ford F150 he was driving wasn’t registered.

Consequently, Obrien faced multiple charges: operating an unregistered vehicle, negligent driving, and DUI. When he made his court appearance on Wednesday, Magistrate Ernest Morris mandated a release condition, which comprised a $100 cash payment. The finer details concerning bail and bond are expected to be made public on the court’s official information platform soon.

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Violent Robbery at Starz Hotel in St. Thomas Leaves Man Injured

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A violent encounter unfolded at Starz Hotel in the Contant area of St. Thomas, where an armed robbery took place in the early hours of Saturday. Local authorities were summoned to the location around 2:48 a.m. on April 13, following reports of the distressing event.

The V.I. Police Department reported that upon arrival, they learned from the victim that two assailants, described as black males, had exited a vehicle and confronted him. The robbers, armed and aggressive, knocked the man to the ground and struck his head with a gun. They proceeded to steal his chain, rummage through his pockets, and take his wallet before escaping in an SUV heading east.

Emergency responders transported the victim to Schneider Regional Medical Center. He received treatment for multiple injuries, which included a head contusion, chest bruising, lacerations inside his mouth, and damage to his left palm.

The VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau is actively pursuing leads in this case. They urge anyone with information related to this crime to contact them at 340-774-2211 ext. 5574, dial 911 for immediate assistance, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers V.I.

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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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