Oh, sure, it's that time of year when we pretend to be afraid of vampires, mummies and zombies. But let's not forget who the real monsters are: drunk drivers. Last night, a night some call "Mischief Night," a drunk driver lost control of his car and careened into the gate of Woodlawn Cemetery.
Chiquita Brands International is in damage control mode, requesting a federal appeals court block lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by Colombians whose relatives were killed in that country's decades-long civil war. The produce giant has admitted to paying a right-wing Colombian paramilitary gro ... More >>
Miami's Fraternal Order of Police president Javier Ortiz has officially now become one of the oddest characters in Miami. Which is no short order. In the past month he's been accused of abusing his power by NFL player Jonathon Vilma. He blamed teenager Israel Hernandez for his own death. News of a ... More >>
Sounds like someone is plagued by a serious amount of body thetans. Denise Gentile, the twin sister of David Miscavige, the top religious leader of the Church of Scientology, was arrested in St. Petersburg on marijuana charges over the weekend. Gentile is active in the church as well, and Scientol ... More >>
Humans can find a reason to fight over just about anything, even something as basic as the proper method of preparing a batch of Kool-Aid. Brandon Antron Crosley, a 22-year-old man in Cocoa, Florida, was arrested last week on felony charges over just such an argument with his father.
In the capital of medicare fraud, Miami therapist Paul Thomas Layman and his cohorts pulled off a doozy of a heist, stealing $63 million from the federal government through bogus mental health services. Now Layman will spend the next nine years in federal prison following his sentencing hearing yest ... More >>
The family that grew ganja together is now the family that pleaded guilty together. In the spring of last year, federal agents and Miami-Dade narcotics detectives dismantled a clan of marijuana growers that distributed thousands of pounds of high-grade weed from South Florida to New York City. Gilbe ... More >>
Ari Pregen picked the wrong strip club to throw his weight around. On January 26, the Miami-Dade assistant state attorney gained free admission for himself and two pals into downtown Miami's Goldrush by flashing his work badge at the titty bar's executive manager Jeff Levy. A few hours later, Pregen ... More >>
Miami Beach Police have confirmed that toxicology report findings show that Karlie Tomica was, indeed, drunk when she allegedly struck and fatally killed Terrazza executive chef Stefano Riccioletti on January 29. MBPD Detective Vivian Hernandez confirmed the findings to Short Order. "Yes. She was th ... More >>
Having a hard time coping with the fact that the world might end tomorrow? Yeah, we thought you might, and since the idea that civilization as we know it may be wiped out so that the dawn of a new age can begin is a little morbid, we've thought of a cynical approach to make you feel a little better. ... More >>
A Texas woman claims in a lawsuit that Carnival Cruise Lines was not only responsible for the death of her husband after he fell overboard last September, but also slandered her family by telling the media that he had committed suicide. Clint Markham, who died after falling off a Carnival cruise sh ... More >>
Carolyn Kellman, a local lawyer whose fashion sense caught the eye of the Miami Herald back in 2007, was doing some shopping at the Dolphin Mall and picked up some black denim shorts at the Forever 21. However, she decided to return them, and quickly realized that she was refunded a penny less than ... More >>
Gaston E. Cantens, a former advisory board member for Belen Jesuit Preparatory School who used his prominence in Miami's Cuban-American community to target the elderly, has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to running a $135 million Ponzi scheme.
Sea breezes and sunshine apparently aren't stress busters, as five Florida cities have found themselves in CNBC.com's top ten list of America's most stressful cities. Miami came in third thanks in part to crime, crappy traffic and high unemployment.
Police believe Steven Warren, 37, prowled the Overtown area of Downtown Miami preying on homeless women. Warren was arrested on New Years Day and charged with raping two women, and police believe he may be responsible for more. Warren has also been linked to the death of a woman in a popular ... More >>
After being convicted of second-degree murder for stabbing a classmate during school at Coral Gables High School, Andy Rodriguez, 19, has avoided life in prison, but was sentenced to 40 years in jail this morning. Following his release, at the age of 59 if he serves his full term, he will also se ... More >>
Every Friday, Riptide brings you the most eye-catching mugshots taken the previous week (or thereabouts) in Miami-Dade County. Yes, there is some mockery of bad neck tattoos, but also adulation directed at perps who just plain look more badass than we ever will. This is the italicized intro t ... More >>
Shaq has fired back at the computer hack who exposed him as a clumsy mack. The insane battle between Shaquille O'Neal and his ex-con IT guy-- who sued his former boss and leaked scandalous emails of the retired basketball behemoth being an extra-marital lothario-- got more complicated Thursday.Sh ... More >>
Jose Cassola claims that the Miami Herald , where he worked as a Neighbors reporter until Wednesday, is trying to throw him under the bus by publicizing his recent DUI arrest. He also claims that he's innocent-- although he admits to driving after five to seven cocktails-- and the victim of Miami Be ... More >>
South Florida, where Ponzi scheme convictions are as common as jaywalking tickets. The latest Miami man at the center of a collapsed phony empire is Oscar Hernandez. While relatively small compared to other cases, Hernandez's $3 million scheme operated in classic Ponzi scheme.
Every Friday, Riptide brings you the most eye-catching mugshots taken the previous week (or thereabouts) in Miami-Dade County. Yes, there is some mockery of bad neck tattoos, but also adulation directed at perps who just plain look more badass than we ever will. This is the italicized intro to ... More >>
One of the strangest chapters from Miami's pot-smuggling glory days came to an end in federal court today, when a judge sentenced Mark Steven Phillips -- a long-lost associate of the Black Tuna ring -- to five years in prison. Phillips fled during the gang's infamous 1979 trial and hid under fake ... More >>
Nevin Shapiro lived like a modern-day Caligula. He seemed to have it all: a luxurious Miami Beach mansion on the bay, parties that attracted local notables and sports superstars, fast cars, big yacht, women and the athlete's lounge at the University of Miami named after him. It all came tumbling ... More >>
Jeffrey Brown, a 19-year-old red shirt Freshman on the University of Miami Hurricanes football team, has been charged with raping a woman on the school's Coral Gables campus. Brown has been suspended from the team indefinitely.
Marguerite Martial Jean, accused of running a $3.4 million Ponzi scheme that targeted her fellow Seventh Day AdventistsSeventh Day Adventist? More like Seventh Day A-hole.According to investigators, Marguerite Martial Jean ran a $3.4 million Ponzi scheme targeting nearly 300 of her fellow Haitian ... More >>
Watch out for Freddy Krueger! He'll kill you in your dreams! Or, apparently, rob your grocery store. Police are on the search for a man in a Freddy Krueger Halloween mask who pulled off an armed robbery at a Food Giant grocery store this weekend.
No longer a suspected dong-dangler.At last, our long national nightmare is over: the long deceased Jim Morrison will no longer have a record for drunkenly dangling his dong at a Miami concert. But while Morrison's pardon -- which should be made official at 9 a.m. -- closes a sordid footnote in ro ... More >>
via JustNewsAn unruly high speed car chase that lead police on a pursuit of one or possibly two armed robbery suspects through out the streets of Miami this morning ended when the driver violently crashed his car into the back of a tanker truck on I-95. The driver survived and was taken into cust ... More >>
St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield, CT where Coleman worked at the time of the alleged abuseIt's not just disgraced Latin American dictators who come to South Florida to bury their dirty pasts. Apparently, men of the cloth do as well.Walter Philip Coleman, a retired priest now living in Pompa ... More >>
In today's round up of crime, death and other travesties: a woman is threatening to jump off the Epic hotel, a teen girl is gunned down on the street of Miami, Lobster mini season claims its first victim, and a police chasing involving three different forces ends in a shooting in Hialeah.
Michael Lyons might have found some of his victims in Miami, where he owned a house.Michael Lyons, also known as Mohan Singh, led a bizarre spiritual cult; lived a lavish, globetrotting lifestyle; and claimed to know Hollywood stars. He is also accused of raping many of his female devotees, telli ... More >>
Kim Rothstein and friend Stacie Weisman leaving the courthouse after the sentencing.Unless you've been under a rock for the past few months, you should know that South Florida got stuck with its own mini-Madoff who goes by the name of Scott Rothstein. Yesterday, Rothstein was sentence by U.S. Dis ... More >>
Florida International University's campus is still in shock this morning after Kendall Berry, a junior running back on the football team, was stabbed to death in the heart of the Miami campus last night.via FIUSports.comJunior running back Kendall Berry died after a stabbing on FIU's campus last nig ... More >>
Nine companies have joined the proposed class action lawsuit against Yelp, the San Francisco-based Internet giant, attorneys in Miami and California announced this morning. The new plaintiffs are located everywhere from Tujunga, California to Washington, D.C. They include businesses ranging from ... More >>
Christopher Herwig via Flicker CC.The photo of Calvin Kingcade, inmate 09-9975, shows a fit 25-year-old with a black eye, a broken jaw, and a mouth fastened shut with silver wires. He drools while he talks to his mom at Ward D of Jackson Memorial Hospital. After getting jumped at Miami-Dade Pretr ... More >>
Part thug, part street fighter, Rene Martinez flattens his opponents. Can his punch save him from himself?
A wealthy couple disappears, the slumbering Metro-Dade Police Department awakens, and the ghastly deeds of Miami's Sun Gym gang at last come to an end.
Jimmy Sabatino, self-described child of the Mafia, displayed a prodigious talent for confidence games even as a teenager. If he hadn't threatened to kill President Clinton, he'd probably be scamming today.