For a while, Raonel Valdez was like the Chris Angel of Cuban-born delinquents, mind-freaking the criminal justice system with his ability to escape hard time. His bag of tricks may have finally come up empty. Yesterday, Valdez was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center (TGK) afte ... More >>
The doctor and the lawyer showed up at Opa-locka Executive Airport ready for a fight. As they rolled down the tarmac toward the yawning hangars, the pair was well past the boiling point. For months, they'd dealt with evasions and lies, and now -- after weeks of detailed forensic accounting -- they k ... More >>
Cuban gangster Raonel Valdez won't have to worry about his victim George Villegas testifying against him. Over the weekend, Villegas died of a heart attack in his Coral Gables apartment, the same one Valdez had been staking out for months in late 2012 hoping to catch Villegas slipping. On October 12 ... More >>
Antonio Vecchio is on the phone. It's a weekday at noon at his tiny Coral Gables restaurant, Gusto Fino, and the place is slammed. "Hot pastrami or cold pastrami?" he asks. The soup of the day, he says, is spicy chicken with pancetta and vegetables. He scribbles on a scrap of paper, hangs up, and s ... More >>
A lawsuit was filed in Miami-Dade County Court last week against Coral Gables restaurant La Dorada and restaurant president/director Domingo Gandara.According to the complaint, Amanda Gonzalez, an 18-year-old hostess at the restaurant, was harrassed by Gandara from "the very beginning of her employm ... More >>
Coral Gables has joined seven other local municipalities and Miami-Dade County in passing a Domestic Partnership ordinance which grants LGBT city employees partnership benefits.The issue came to a head after an openly lesbian police officer was denied bereavement leave after the death of the father ... More >>
A massive sting on Wednesday uncovered 49 hydroponic labs in Miami-Dade and put 42 people behind bars. The pot is believed to have a street value of $9.2 million. Police also found 11 grams of cocaine, 40 grams of processed marijuana, 126 Oxycontin pills, an Audi, and $9,562 in cash.The sting, known ... More >>
To hear University of Miami music school dean Shelton Berg tell it, jazz piano professor Doug Bickel was pulling stunts that would make John Coltrane blanch. The 41-year-old jazz pianist, says Berg, smoked pot in his office, tried to barbecue inside a classroom, mooned his students, and sexually ha ... More >>
Gunfire broke out last night during a women's flag football game at West Perrine Park, at SW 168th Street and 104th Avenue. Three assailants opened fire on the crowd. Four men were shot, and a woman broke her arm while trying to escape. Three of the men were hit in the leg, ... More >>
Will next year's student films have to use finger blasters? We don't know if you've ever had the pleasure of watching University of Miami student films, but a heck of a lot of them use guns (it's almost like The Office's Michael Scott in improv class). As a graduate of UM's famed motion pictures ... More >>
The University of Miami has received $500,000 from the Clinton/Bush Haiti Fund to keep operating a 240-bed hospital on the island. [CBS4]Up to 2,000 workers at Jackson Health System could lose their jobs. [NBCMiami]Wackenhut might pay $7.5 million to the county to settle a lawsui ... More >>
Coral Gables Police DepartmentThe BB gun shooter rode in this silver Volvo, cops say.About 200 students are locked inside a gym at University of Miami as we speak, thanks to an alleged BB gun shooter. School President Donna Shalala sent text messages and e-mails around 3 p.m. today asking folks to " ... More >>
A guy who claims he was shot by fake cops has an extremely dubious history.
Coral Gables Police have identified and charged armed robbery suspect Kenneth Maurice Smith, 20, who attempted an escape that led police on a two-hour chase that close U.S. 1 Sunday night.Smith is charged with armed robbery, attempted burglary to a residence, and resisting police without violence. ... More >>
Jacob Katel Donut with two sides of bacon. I was reading The Coconut Grove Grapevine early Thursday morning when I ran across a post from Wednesday called "Police To Be Armed With Sprinkles And Frosting Tomorrow."HAHAHAHA, awesome," I said to myself. You already know.So I rode my bike d ... More >>
A Coral Gables man stakes out speed traps in the name of justice.
Gbalogh via Flickr/CC Miami-Dade police began an unholy crackdown on speeders this past week, leaving plenty of bad South Florida drivers to gripe about record-high $600 tickets. For road demons who are still stewing, meet the county's latest citizen watchdog: A self-appointed speed trap sleuth ... More >>
They give new meaning to the term blood diamond.
This author is one of the victims.
Criminals are everywhere at the nation's best-known Cuban eatery.
The Junior Orange Bowl is takin it to the streets.
Longtime con man Thomas Barrett Stringer gets caught
Johnny Law finally caught up to my most wanted fugitive. The Coral Gables Gazette and WPLG reported today that Coral Gables Police nabbed identity thief Thomas Barrett Stringer late last night. Stringer is the man North Bay Village Police allege stole my identity last year. --Francisco Alvarado
Stringer has eluded the authorities for now Attention citizens of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Be on the lookout for Thomas Barrett Stringer, a 42-year-old con artist with a fox-like ability to elude capture from Johnny Law. Stringer is wanted by the Coral Gables Police Department ... More >>
Remember how the Miami-Dade cops announced last week that they had a MySpace page in hopes of deterring online perverts? It seemed as though Coral Gables had a similar page -- until MySpace realized that the page was bogus. The popular networking site this week closed down pages claiming to repr ... More >>
Aha! The plot thickens in the Coral Gables Building & Zoning fraud probe, with a re-arraignment hearing held this past Tuesday to up the charges against former employee Jorge Reyes -- to north of $100,000 in funds allegedly stolen from the city. As Reyes awaits a March 2007 trial, the saga plays ... More >>
In the wake of Miami's fire fee scandal, the city manager goes nuclear on the Herald, Tomas Regalado, and taxpayers
Just put them in your patrol car and take them to Miami
The mysterious suicide of supergenius Alex McIntire begged for answers. His former stepdaughter, Lisa Hamilton, is now providing them.
When the Coral Gables city manager leaves his post, he may be a very rich man
University of Miami police claim they are underequipped. Some people want to keep them quiet.
Arnold Wiseman just wanted to make a tree sculpture. But in Coral Gables, that can lead to major problems.
What happens when the object of your road rage turns out to be an off-duty police officer? Bad things.
After allegedly attempting to hand-cancel a postal clerk for addressing him incorrectly, 66-year-old Marlon Green is receiving mail at the Dade County Jail
Everybody heard about the tussle between white cops and black students but the discord at Coral Gables High goes far deeper than that
Mike is a DUI attorney with a nose for legal loopholes. Alan is a crusading cop with a jones for drunk drivers. Vendetta, anyone?
Lewd magazine publisher Dugent experiences the ultimate masochistic thrill - a spanking from its neighbors in prim and proper Coral Gables