Don Whittington charged up to a desk inside a gargantuan Fort Lauderdale warehouse built from blue corrugated metal. He was seething. "You're a bitch," he hissed at the receptionist. Then, the five-foot-11 Whittington, who was once a championship racecar driver before earning an 18-month federal pr ... More >>
There's really no doubt that Florida leads the nation -- if not Planet Earth -- in insane crimes. In the past month, we've had an elderly guy showing up pants-less and masturbating at a McDonald's drive-thru, a woman twerking obscenely in front of a school bus full of kids, and the inventor of the W ... More >>
A man leaving the Swinging Richards strip club in North Miami Beach claims he was beaten savagely by Miami-Dade Police officers and still doesn't know why. The attack was captured on cell phone video, and the friend who took the footage was also arrested.
When Whitney Houston died, we were "So Emotional." And when Donna Summer danced her "Last Dance" a few months later, we went into full breakdown mode, eating nothing but the leftover crumbs in our beard and salty teardrops. It was tough, still is. But that's life. The (drag) show must go on. And n ... More >>
In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court has upheld President Obama's health care mandate, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the surprising, deciding vote that the sweeping reform is constitutional. The ruling is a blow to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who spearheaded the first national court ch ... More >>
Photo by Marta Xochilt PerezOn September 21, 2011, at 11:08 p.m. in Jackson, Georgia, a death row inmate named Troy Davis, convicted 20 years ago for the murder of off-duty Savannah policeman Mark MacPhail, was executed by lethal injection. For decades, though, Davis, his supporters, and many j ... More >>
Anthony Mangione, the chief of the the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's South Florida department, was arrested today on charges related to child pornography. Mangione had been suspended in April after federal investigators found images of child porn on his computer in his Broward County ... More >>
Poor Mike Miller. He sat out a good chunk of last season with a thumb injury, only to return to not win the NBA Finals. Now it turns out he was taken for a financial ride by Ponzi schemer John Johnson. Guy just can't catch a break. Of course, maybe Miller should have done his homework before inve ... More >>
LeBron James might be the most hated man in basketball, but at least he's not involved in a bizarre scandal involving gang members, robbery, kidnapping, and a sex tape. Can't say the same for Shaquille O'Neal. Los Angeles prosecutors are investigating a weird case allegedly centered on a tap ... More >>
The University of Miami touts its diverse student and faculty population proudly, but a new lawsuit filed against the school claims it practices racial discrimination in its hiring policies. Though, there's no complaint that UM is judging applicants directly on the color of their skin, rather the sc ... More >>
Christopher Albert Debanos, charged in connection to a recent string of taxi cab robberiesMiami Police have arrested a suspect in a recent rash of taxi cab robberies.Christopher Albert Debanos, 21, was arrested yesterday on robbery, burglary, and gun charges in connection to as many as seven stic ... More >>
Some parents are never prosecuted. Antonio Balta got 20 years.
Photo via dave_mcmt's flickr and wikimedia commons.What's gotten into Miami robbers this week? Just a few days after the made-for-Hollywood heist of a Coral Gables Bank of America -- complete with a kidnapped teller with a bomb strapped to his chest -- another gang of bandits knocked over a Wendy ... More >>
It's already been a busy week for the drug that made Miami -- or at least for the feds' perpetual war on the white stuff. First, the DEA arrested 10 people, mostly from Miami and Hialeah, and charged them with organizing a ring shuttling coke from Juarez to South Florida.Then came word that a muc ... More >>
China Grill in South Beach is in hot water over a recent lawsuitWhen we head to most South Beach restaurants, we customers expect to get fleeced: $200 steaks, $50 sushi rolls, $15 mineral water. But the employees? According to two lawsuits filed earlier this summer, fancy South Beach restaurants ... More >>
The Magic City's violent summer just keeps boiling on, as Miami police shot and killed another suspect early this morning-- the fourth police shooting in just over a month.Details on the latest clash, which ended just a few hours ago, are still sketchy. Sometime after midnight last night, cops we ... More >>
via CBS4In today's news roundup: A dead body is found in a truck, a teacher drives while under the influence of booze and Xanax, and those huge LCD billboards in downtown Miami have a long way to go before they're erected.
A McDonald's in Hialeah was robbed not once, but twice by a man dressed like a ninja, in head-to-toe black. Turned out the robberies were perpetrated by Michel Quiroz, an 18-year-old employee at the restaurant. He even continued to show up for work after the robberies, but eventually his co-worke ... More >>
via Miami Dade CorrectionsYankier Crespo faces a charge of second-degree attempted murder.Just after 10 this morning, a 32-year-old Cuban immigrant named Yankier Crespo got into a fight with another man riding in his black Camry. The yelling turned into a fistfight, and the men spilled out onto S ... More >>
Michael J. Muzio, one of four co-conspirators in a Ponzi scheme that targeted South Florida Haitian-Americans, has been sentenced to 163 months in federal prison. In April, New Times told you about the $14.3 million dollar scheme, which offered to double investors' cash in 90 days. Two of Muzio's ... More >>
Police have released the name of the victim and information that they've made several arrests in connection with last Saturday's bizarre fatal shooting at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa, but they remain tightlipped about other details. Among those details: a report that the victim was shot by a p ... More >>
Turns out the shooting at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa Saturday had nothing to do with hookers, but drugs. At least that's what the Miami Beach Police Department is saying. Oh, and that weird smell? It was pepper spray.
As we reported in a January investigation, toxic Chinese drywall is forcing thousands around Florida to make an impossible choice between abandoning brand new homes or exposing their families to dangerous fumes. The state continues to drag its feet, protecting politically connected builders. ... More >>
The extradition saga of Jamaican druglord Christopher "Dudus" Coke, leader of the ultra-violent South Florida-connected Shower Posse, has become yet more bloody today. The Associated Press is reporting that at least 30 people have been killed in gunfights between bandits, soldiers, and cops in th ... More >>
The biggest identity theft case ever. Right here in Miami.
via CurbedLAA minor candidate in California's governor race has proposed an oddly familiar idea for dealing with convicted sex offenders and pedophiles: he wants to put them all on an island. No, Ron Book has not moved to the Golden State.Douglas Hughes, a dark horse Republican candidate, has mad ... More >>
Richard von HoutmanRemember Dwyane Wade's baron nemesis Richard von Houtman? You know, Wade's incessantly inflammatory former business partner with a sketchy past, sued by the Miami Heat superstar last May after he claimed in an e-mail to Heat coach and president Pat Riley that Wade was using cocain ... More >>
One person is murdered every two hours in Venezuela, according to new statistics released by the independent Venezuelan Observatory of Violence.The murder rate in the South American country has more than quadrupled since Hugo Chávez came to power in 1999. There were 54 homicides per 100,000 people ... More >>
Three Miami-Dade police officers lied under oath last year when they told a judge that they read a suspect his Miranda Rights during a traffic stop that led to a felony weapons charge, federal officials say. The three officers -- patrolmen Jorge Luis Gonzalez and Alkibiades Dodge, and Sgt. Wa ... More >>
At federal prisons across the country, guards are preying on inmates. FDC Miami is no different.
The Julia Tuttle becomes a colony. Politicians pass the buck.
Justice in Motion minivan comes to the State Attorney’s Office
Since 2000, dozens have died in county jails. Poor medical care has contributed to the problem.
A lawyer offered convicts reduced sentences for a price
Scheming snitches, dirty detectives, intrepid investigators. This ain't The Shield's Strike Team.
This is a dangerous place, and dangerously divided as well
Despite the risks, local pot farmers have taken homegrown high-tech
When you grow up in the migrant labor camps of South Dade, sometimes it's gang life -- and sometimes it's no life