Last November, Maryland resident Charles Atwell boarded Pride, a 1,000-foot, 12-deck Carnival cruise ship that sails from Baltimore and Tampa to the Caribbean and carries more than 2,000 passengers. The ship features a nightclub, piano bar, and water slide, and Atwell was also likely attracted by th ... More >>
The lawsuit between Seasalt and Pepper owners has been settled, with partner Carlos Miranda taking sole charge of the restaurant. It also seems that Miranda is already moving forward with plans for an expansion of the tony seafood restaurant. Modern Garden at Seasalt and Pepper is scheduled to open ... More >>
Sandy Cenin's body was found on July 5 stuffed inside a green trash can in Little Haiti. It stood near the corner of NW 54th Street and North Miami Avenue with a yellow tarp covering the top. Thirty-two-year-old Cenin's body had a single gunshot to the head. Now police have arrested 32-year-old Da ... More >>
University of Miami football players Alexander Figueroa, 20, and JaWand Blue, 20, were arrested this morning on charges that they sexually assaulted a juvenile victim on campus on Saturday. According to police, both have admitted to the incident. They now both face charges of sexual battery on a p ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke says the Redskins are protected by free speech Civil rights activists are hailing the recent decision by the U.S. Patent and Tra ... More >>
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 >>
An argument between two men at a Little Havana restaurant took a violent turn over the weekend, when one man shot another, then apparently killed himself. This past Saturday evening, a man pulled a gun on another man inside Sabor Nica Restaurant at 49 NW 12th Ave. around 5 p.m., shot the other in f ... 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.
Last time we checked in with Chad Johnson, he was hanging out with a homeless guy in South Beach. Next time we check in he could be hanging out with prisoners behind bars. The Broward Sheriff's Office has issued a warrant for Johnson's arrest stemming from a possible violation of his probation.
An innocent childhood game turned nearly fatal on Saturday after a 13-year-old boy shot his six-year-old sister during a game of hide-and-go-seek. The incident happened Saturday night around 7 p.m. at the family's home in Oakland Park.
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 >>
Because the world of adult entertainment is eminently classy, a pornography company has decided to capitalize on a domestic violence case for its own publicity purposes by offering Chad Johnson $100,000 to star in porn.Before Johnson was arrested this weekend and subsequently cut from the Miami Dolp ... 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 >>
via Miami-Dade CorrectionsKellyd RodriguezThe orishas must be looking out for Carlos Valdes. We wrote this week about the local Santería priest's legal battle with Kellyd Rodriguez -- a man Valdes says has stalked his family for four years because he hates the Afro-Cuban religion.Yesterday Rodri ... 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 >>
Four women have come forward and claimed they were sexually assaulted by employees at the spa at Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Two woman came forward with their allegations in early February, and now, according to NBCMiami, two other women plan to sue the resort for sexual assault by spa work ... More >>
Efraim Diveroli, the young Miami Beach gun runner who stirred national outrage two years ago with a fraudulent a $300 million Pentagon ammunition deal, listened with downcast eyes yesterday as a federal judge read aloud his sentence: four years in prison, a $250,000 fine and $149,000 in restituti ... 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 >>
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 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 >>
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 >>
The biggest identity theft case ever. Right here in Miami.
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 >>
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 >>
''Toothless, dead crack whore -- dead at age 19? Is that the destiny you're looking for?," is what Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Spencer Eig barked at a 15 year old defendant on Tuesday. The girl was in juvenile court after running away from a foster home where she claims she was abused.The chief juvenil ... More >>
With indoor grow houses taking over the marijuana market, you don’t hear about people smuggling weed into the U.S. much anymore. But this past Saturday, at the Port of Miami, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement found 6,000 pounds of pot in burlap sacks, sent from Jamaica. Were talking about a str ... More >>
He's behind bars for life.
Miami police busted a couple of dozen burglars yesterday, including one dude who had 59 -- yes, fifty-nine -- prior arrests. Lt. Orestes Chavez, one of the commanders who led the so-called Operation B.R.A.A.T. (Burglary, Robbery, Auto Theft Apprehension Team, gotta love the acronym), said that they ... More >>
This past March Steve Barret, a former Opa-locka city commissioner and vice mayor, filed a class action lawsuit against the city after finding he was charged the equivalent of a 126.5 percent APR in water bill penalties from September to November of 2002. Opa-locka charged more than 10 percent comp ... More >>
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.
Terry Brown, before the storm Wednesday, as lightning licked the skyline and a wall of thunderclouds bore down on Miami, New Times took a bicycle along the shoulder of the Julia Tuttle Causeway to meet Terry Brown, soon to be its newest resident. Last March, New Times wrote about three sex offend ... More >>
Less than a month after news broke that a former schools computer services technician had been convicted on child porn charges, former schools inspector general Herb Cousins is suing the school board. Cousins alleges a conspiracy to "defame" him through a "campaign of character assassination," an ... More >>
Couey The media frenzy surrounding the trial of John Evander Couey -- the five-foot-four-inch man charged with kidnapping, raping, and killing nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford in 2005 -- continued yesterday. During a break in jury selection Monday, Circuit Judge Ric Howard rejected a motion fil ... More >>
For 17 years, Tony Wayne Dixon worked for the Miami-Dade school district, monitoring computer systems and ensuring no inappropriate material made it through web filters to impressionable kids. This past Friday, Dixon was sentenced to five years probation, having been convicted on 17 counts of po ... More >>
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