Between Something and Nothing

Cocaine case no-actioned; pigeons are rats with wings

 Shoegazer: Hey, at least it's not emo. Sometimes The Bitch's addiction to the music that has evolved into the more flatteringly termed "dreampop," thrumming with the alien wail of guitar reverb and a Dagwood sandwich of effects, is soothed with the live music methadone known as Internet radio. No, it is not the new My Bloody Valentine album, but nothing is, so there you go.

Still there was much happiness in the land when Slowdive's "Watch Me" suddenly came droning out of the hard drive. What are the chances of finding aficionados of Ride, Bailter Space, and Flying Saucer Attack in Miami? The Bitch has listened to the broadcast of Sonic Sound System for months, but was astounded to learn last week that the station originates not in Manchester but in Kendall. It turns out that the enthraller is local musicologist Alex Caso, a.k.a. "Detective Severino," further self-described as "Cookieheadz" and "once in a while known as Alex Christ, King of the Dudes."

Caso is one of the resident DJs at Poplife at I/O Lounge, where he spins what he calls "a hodgepodge of obscure and classic retro music" in the side room. Caso also spent quite some time on the turntables at Revolver, but became too busy for the extra night owing to his numerous music and screenwriting projects.

In Miami, billboards are less than advertisements for South of the Border and more  than homes for pigeons
Jonathan Postal
In Miami, billboards are less than advertisements for South of the Border and more than homes for pigeons

"The station is actually an outlet for music I can't play at these trendy nightclubs, since these barely legal hipsters don't really care for this type of stuff. Then again, we live in Miami, where nightlife is an escape, not a place to discover new or forgotten music," says Caso. "Don't get me wrong, I love this city, and it has come a long way, but it still needs a push."

The station also features the occasional wildcard cut from Blur, the Who, and Magnetic Fields.

"It is still a baby, and I try my best to update it weekly," Caso says of Sonic Sound System, adding that he hopes to present live streams and have some guest DJs within a few months. Those programs will likely take place at night so as not to interfere with his day job.

"I am actually an arbitrator, but detective sounds more interesting," he offers with a shrug. Tune in at stations/detectiveseverino?play

Felony Charges Take a Powder

The mythical Snow Queen must be smiling on Armando Perez-Roura, Jr., the 49-year-old son of el exilio's leading AM radio moralist, Armando Perez-Roura, Sr. This past January 4, a Miami cop pulled over Armando, Jr., in Little Havana and busted him. Charges: cocaine possession with intent to distribute, and driving with a nonvalid driver's license. In his police report, Ofcr. Pablo Camacho writes that he had observed Armando, Jr., conduct "a narcotics transaction" in the Wendy's parking lot at NW 32nd Avenue and NW Seventh Street. When Armando, Jr., noticed Camacho's marked squad car, he climbed into his own vehicle, drove away, parked again, "was observed stuffing something under the passenger seat," and walked off. "Vehicle inventory after arrest revealed a black pouch containing sixteen clear plastic bags with cocaine powder, thirteen clear pink plastic bags with cocaine powder, four clear plastic bags with cocaine rock, and two clear yellow plastic bags with cocaine rock. Cocaine field tested positive on scene." That's a nice bit of yeyo, but a snowball compared to the avalanche of kilos that a younger Armando, Jr., imported from Colombia in the early Eighties. That is, until 1984, when the U.S. Customs Service caught him. He was convicted and sentenced to five years, but served only two, after agreeing to be a government informant.

Still 35 baggies is a substantial drift, and moreover, Camacho discovered that Armando, Jr., had an outstanding arrest warrant stemming from a worthless $920 check he wrote in 1997. That year state prosecutors dropped the case after Armando, Jr., agreed to repent by entering a counseling program. He didn't complete the counseling, hence the warrant.

How does a convicted felon escape being put on ice? Apparently it has nothing to do with the fact that State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle's dad and Armando, Jr.'s pop are buddies, or that Rundle has appeared on Armando, Sr.'s Radio Mambí talk show, suspicions recently floated to journalists by former state prosecutor Al Milian, who is one of Rundle's challengers at the polls this fall.

Deputy chief state attorney José Arrojo explains: On January 8 at 2:45 p.m. Tom Wessel, a prosecutor in the SAO's felony screening unit, sent a memo to Lt. Steve Rossbach at MPD's court liaison unit at the county courthouse requesting more information about the alleged crime. "Was the defendant alone in the vehicle? Was there anything else under the seat that could have been what the defendant placed there?" Wessel wrote.

The memo warned that if Wessel didn't receive the info by 6:00 a.m. January 22, he would have no choice but to "no-action" the case. Arrojo says Camacho did not respond. "Rather than actually bringing officers in for face-to-face meetings, we will allow the officer to file an affidavit," says Arrojo. "If this were a more serious case -- homicide, robbery, sexual battery -- we would require a face-to-face meeting."

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