We've never had to take a field sobriety test so we're not sure what exactly it is they ask you to do, but we don't think that doing the complete choreography to "...Baby One More Time" is on the list. Well, a Florida man recently pulled over for a DUI told deputies he was unable to complete his f ... More >>
Hate crimes in Florida were up 22 percent in 2012, according to information just released by Attorney General Pam Bondi's office. In all, there were 170 instances of people being charged with a hate crime in Florida, up from 139 in 2011. That's also the highest number since 2008.
Life in Florida imitates art -- especially the kind of art that deals with drug dealing. Last week we noted a Miami cocaine shipping case that eerily mirrored the second season of The Wire. This week we bring you something of a real-life Breaking Bad. Well, at least it involves tons of meth and Walt ... More >>
A Miami man was caught trying to bring a green Christmas up to the folks of Pennsylvania. Randy Jesus Valdivia, a 38-year-old resident of Surfside, wasn't driving a sleigh, but instead a 2014 Dodge Caravan. On Thursday afternoon, police pulled over the vehicle for displaying "criminal activity ind ... More >>
Miami Police are saying the armed robbery that occurred over the weekend at Ni.Do. Caffe might be linked to a similar incident that occurred at the District Miami a few weeks ago. According to police, on November 19 around midnight, two men wearing hooded sweatshirts and balaclavas accosted the Dis ... More >>
Despite the fact there's no argument that Derek Medina pulled the trigger that killed his wife shortly before he posted a photo of her dead body on Facebook, Medina plead not guilty to first-degree murder charges in court this morning. Medina's case will now head to trial as soon as March. It's expe ... 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 comes to the defense of a superstar college quarterback in Tallahassee. Whenever a celebrity athlete gets accused of sexually a ... More >>
Daniel Medina, who fatally shot his 26-year-old wife and uploaded a picture of her corpse onto Facebook aside a confession, now faces a first-degree murder charge and, if convicted, the death penalty. Initially the state only charged Medina, who claimed he'd shot his wife out of self defense, with ... More >>
Roger Mason Jr. was robbed of his Rolex watch at gunpoint at Ni.Do. Caffe in Miami this past Sunday evening while the Miami Heat guard was dining with his sister after his team's earlier victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. According to the Miami Police Department, four armed men entered the eatery ... More >>
Last year, Miami Beach police popped just 492 people for driving under the influence. This year, they're on track to arrest 442, with only 221 in the first six months. In 2009, they arrested just fewer than 1,300 people for DUI. The plunge comes not because people in Miami Beach appear to be drink ... More >>
Eighty-three-year-old Marian Hill is recovering in the hospital after her grandson, 23-year-old Kenneth Smith, Jr., accidentally shot her in the leg yesterday. The incident happened after Smith argued with his brother, Robert Hill, 28, over his cell phone and decided to pull out a gun in the famil ... More >>
How crazy is that Crazy White Boy gang? So crazy members brag about being in gangs on Facebook and, get this, they don't even give a fuck. Whatever. Whatever. They do what they want. Or they did until they got arrested.
Fast food really isn't all that fast. Especially in Miami (we've got a great work ethic in this town, don't you know), but apparently that pops up in other parts of the state. An attempted robbery at a Wendy's in Longwood, Florida, was foiled after the workers took too long complying with the woul ... More >>
The last time Brenda Heist's children saw her, she had dropped them off at school. They returned home to find dinner defrosting, and laundry half done, but mom was missing. An extensive search was undertaken, but Heist was never found. Three years ago, Heist's husband even petitioned to have her leg ... More >>
Lane Rees is a current Republican state committeeman, a former Walton County commissioner, the 2011 Walton County man of the year, a Jeb Bush appointee and a former board chair for the Foundation for Evangelism. He's also now a suspected child pornographer. Rees, who is 61, was arrested yesterd ... More >>
Talk about sins of the father. David James Mahn, a 49-year-old from Montverde, Florida, is now charged with 200 counts of child porn possession after his 16-year-old son confided in his youth group leader.
It's official: Karlie Tomica will be charged with DUI manslaughter for the hit-and-run death of Shore Club executive chef Stefano Riccioletti. The self-described South Beach "Party Princess" will be in court today where she'll officially be hit with the charges.
Up at Florida Atlantic University, communications professor James Tracy has been regaling students for a decade with his thoughts on 9-11, the Oklahoma City bombing and the Kennedy assassination. He's basically that uncle who spends all week reading Infowars so he can corner you at Thanksgiving to t ... More >>
On Friday afternoon, two small-time criminals entered a CVS pharmacy in Kendall and allegedly began pocketing some of the goods. By the time Miami-Dade Police officers arrived, Yolanda Thomas and Xavier Johnson were already pulling out of the parking lot and making their getaway.Cops pursued the sho ... More >>
With another tax season descending on us, you might want to secure your W-2 or 1099 a little tighter. Over the past 12 months, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami has uncovered more than a dozen rackets involved in stealing tax refund checks using stolen identities of social security applicants, eld ... More >>
Perhaps only the occasional horrors of AutoCorrect top the accidental pocket dial as the greatest nightmare of modern cellphone use. There's nothing worse than calling a person without knowing it. Especially if you happen to be talking about that person at the time.For two thieves in Naples, Florida ... 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. Today, Luke reflects on the parallels between the Newtown massacre and the daily carnage in African-American communities.I'm saddened by the sens ... More >>
Two Miami Burger Kings were targeted by an armed robber late last night, using the drive-thru windows as a point of entry. According to CBS Miami, two different Burger Kings within three miles of each other were targeted for robbery. Though the robberies seem identical, Miami police have not yet co ... More >>
For two years now, William Britt has been subbing in classrooms around the Florida Keys, including inside a handful of local elementary schools. At home, Britt was stockpiling hundreds of images of child pornography.After a landlord spotted the illegal porn and called the police, Britt admitted he w ... More >>
Tampa rapper Money-Clipz has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for possession of over 28 grams of crack cocaine with an intent to distribute. Jeez Louise! First, they tell you that sharing is caring and then they throw you in jail for caring too much. Mixed messages, you guys. If 30 yea ... More >>
The American Beverage Institute is calling on police to forgo holiday DUI checkpoints in favor of more effective alternatives.According to ABI's managing director Sarah Longwell, "Sobriety checkpoints have been proven ineffective at stopping drunk drivers." Longwell goes on to say that "roadblocks t ... More >>
Joseph Loprete has a Google problem. The first search result for his name is a Sun-Sentinel article about his DUI arrest in 2010 for driving his car into his Boca Raton house. The article, citing a police report, calls the accident the result of mixing alcohol and "jealous rage." The 50-year-old bu ... More >>
It seems that second-degree murder charges may not be the only legal trouble George Zimmerman faces for shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. An Orlando-area news station reports that the FBI may move forward on charging Zimmerman with a hate crime. Currently the toughest sentence Zimmerman coul ... More >>
The facts seem pretty clear: On Feb. 15, Michele Traverso, a 25-year-old with a suspended license, slammed into two cyclists on the Rickenbacker Causeway after he'd spent a long night drinking in Coconut Grove. Cohen then sped away, leaving one of the cyclists, Aaron Cohen, a father of two, dying on ... More >>
Usually perverts like to keep their kinks to one genre or another, but apparently Eric Antunes's twisted sexual appetite wasn't fulfilled by just one form of deviance. Police busted Antunes, a Clearwater resident, after getting a tip he had child pornography, but then also discovered he'd been cheat ... 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 to that ... More >>
Rafael Munga, 26, was arrested Thursday after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman inside her Fontainebleau penthouse suite, Miami Beach Police say.The victim said she woke up to a naked man climbing into her bed, according to a report by CBS Miami. She left the door to her suite open becau ... More >>
What do a nonprofit hellbent on ending drunk driving and a Miami Gardens shop selling crotchless panties and see-through negligees have in common? Far too much, at least according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. MADD has filed a federal lawsuit against MaddSexy Lingerie claiming it's illegally ... More >>
Paul Michael Mira, the former PE director at a Miami charter school, has admitted to having sex with both a 12-year-old and a 17-year-old student, but because of a plea deal struck with prosecutors, the man will not have to serve any time behind bars. Instead, the sexual predator who has basically a ... More >>
Don Bartling, a 54-year-old Miami resident and a student at Florida International University, has been arrested on charges of downloading and sharing child pornography. Bartling, according to a criminal complaint, told officials that he started downloading child pornography sometime in the past t ... More >>
While gang activity is nowhere near as prevalent in South Florida as it is in South California, it should come as little surprised that Miami-Dade has one of the highest gang populations in America, the highest in the Southeast, and the second highest on the entire East Coast.
Anibal Sanchez, left, cancelled his trip home to Venezuela after Wilson Ramos's kidnappingToday is supposed to be the big day for the newly re-named Miami Marlins. Tonight the team unveils its new uniforms and, perhaps, a new blockbuster signing.But at least five players on the 40-man roster probabl ... More >>
A strange string of robberies stared occurring earlier this month in two North Miami-Dade cities. On October 5, a female mail carrier was beaten and robbed in Miami Gardens. A similar incident occurred involving another female mail carrier in North Miami on the 14th, and on the 17th yet another m ... More >>
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they haven't made a huge pot bust at the Port of Miami for months, but sometimes you just have to wait. Authorities report they discovered 3,837 pounds of marijuana, nearly two tons, stuffed inside shipping containers at the port last Friday.