To celebrate Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd in the evening, the Coral Bay Community Council will unveil its new “Follow Nature’s Way” and “Pollution Solutions” posters at the Open Microphone night at Pickles Deli in Coral Bay.
People are welcome to take posters to put up in their business places or in other public areas.
The messages are: Keep your Yard Waste at home – Build Brush Berms for Erosion Control, and Reduce waste reaching the landfill by Recycling, Reducing Trash, and Re-Using items.
ST. THOMAS — After more than a year of persistent efforts — including federal political contacts, a private investigator and measured public criticism of V.I. Police Department — to keep attention on the unsolved murder of their son on St. John, the family of James Malfetti III, 41, responded succinctly to the announcement of the arrest of a suspect in the case.
“We are filled with gratitude and joy at the news of an arrest,” Ro Malfetti of New Jersey e-mailed St. John Tradewinds after the arrest was announced late Friday, April 18. “It has been a long, trying, and difficult 15 months, yet the love, prayers, and support of others sustained us and gave us the much needed strength to carry on.”
Malfetti, 41, an internet entrepreneur, was found dead in his newly-rented south shore apartment on St. John with his throat stabbed and slit in January 2014, the apparent victim of a burglary. His parents, James and Rosemary, reached out publicly for help in the face of apparent missteps in the investigation of their son’s death which may have begun with the initial police response to the scene on a burglary report at the main house on the property one day before Malfetti’s body was discovered.
Subsequently, there were questions raised about Malfetti being the victim of mistaken identity having recently moved into the apartment whose previous tenant was scheduled to testify in a criminal case which was dropped after the murder.
The V.I. Police Department issued a simple three-paragraph press release announcing the 5:30 p.m. Friday arraignment of Mekel Blash, 27, of Nadir “who was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Third Degree Assault, Use of a Dangerous Weapon during the Commission of a Crime of Violence, Grand Larceny and first Degree Burglary.”
The arrest of Blash was made in connection to January 19, 2014, homicide of Mr. James Malfetti that occurred in Chocolate Hole, St. John.
“No bail was issued for Mekel Blash by order of the Honorable Judge Kathleen McKay of the Superior Court,” the VIPD statement concluded. “Mekel Blash was processed and remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advise of Rights Hearing."
CORAL BAY — Albert Henry Guzman, 23, was still being held unable to post $10,000 bail after being placed under arrest and charged with Disturbance of the Peace and Vagrancy on April 14 in connection with an incident involving inappropriate contact with St. John child that occurred on the VITRAN St. John ferry and a VITRAN bus on Monday, April 13.
Guzman, who authorities said is from Texas and may be homeless, was arrested on Tuesday night after witnesses reported his behavior. He remained in jail on Friday unable to post $10,000 bail set by the court.
Guzman, reportedly from Texas, had been positively identified by a witness as the individual who was harassing and disturbing the peace of a minor who was riding from St. Thomas on the St. John Ferry with three siblings and an escort. Witnesses told police that Guzman followed one particular child onto the VITRAN public bus, according to a VIPD release.
Witnesses Observe Behavior Guzman invited the minor to play video games at his house and continued to speak to the minor even though he was being ignored, according to a VIPD press release on the preliminary investigation. Several citizens observed Guzman’s behavior, according to the VIPD statement.
CHOCOLATE HOLE — Soak up jaw-dropping water views from every window at Vida De Mar as you enjoy the cooling breezes right at the water’s edge at this unique St. John property.
A five bedroom, five bathroom beachfront villa in Estate Chocolate Hole, Vida De Mar is for sale for $2.649 million, explained St. John Properties broker/owner B.J. Harris.
Nestled along the Devers Bay shoreline, you’ll enjoy true Caribbean island living at Vida De Mar.
While this luxurious villa is only 10 minutes from the shopping, dining and nightlife of Cruz Bay, you’ll feel worlds away from it all as you listen to the waves lapping the coastline while swaying in a hammock between two palm trees.
The famed alabaster sand beaches of the island’s North Shore are only a short drive from Vida De Mar, yet you might have a difficult time pulling yourself away from your refreshing swimming pool. Work on that tan as you stretch out on the expansive, tiled pool deck as you enjoy those stunning water vistas.
ST. THOMAS — At 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, Mekel Blash, 27, of Nadir was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 3rd Degree Assault, Use of a Dangerous Weapon during the Commission of a Crime of Violence, Grand Larceny and 1st Degree Burglary.
The arrest of Blash was made in connection to January 19, 2014 homicide of Mr. James Malfetti that occurred in Chocolate Hole, St. John.
No bail was issued for Mekel Blash by order of the Honorable Judge Kathleen McKay of the Superior Court. Mekel Blash was processed and remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advise of Rights Hearing.
Alex Ray is the son of Eleanor Gibney and Gary Ray.
GIFFT HILL —Alexander Ray, Class of 2015, has been selected as a finalist in the 60th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program, Gifft Hill School officials have proudly announced.
Alex is one of only three students chosen from the U.S. Virgin Islands and 16,000 academically talented seniors nationwide who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth $33 million that will be offered next spring.
To become a finalist, Alex was required to submit a detailed scholarship application including information about his academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, and honors and awards received.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2015 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 308,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.