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.
Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night would deter Postal Service workers from their appointed rounds, but thugs will. Three times in the past two weeks, mail carriers have been robbed with two incidents in North Miami, and a third in Miami Gardens. Two of the incidents involved beatings, while ... More >>
Surveillance footage of a SpongeBob robbery at a 7-11 three months ago.In the end, the police found SpongeBob SquarePants not in a pineapple under the sea, but hunkered down in an apartment complex off the Turnpike with three of his convenience store robbing cohorts.Last night, Orlando cops final ... More >>
Danny Parker, a Sunday school teacher from Lakeland, Florida, was arrested and eventually convicted on child porn charges in 2009 after he was found to have cut out the faces of children from photos he'd taken and then pasted them on the bodies of explicit photos of adults. Now, a Florida appeals ... More >>
via Miami-Dade CorrectionsCrossfade is a firm believer in designated drivers. Drunk driving can not only kill you, but it can kill someone else and ruin the lives of their friends and family. We also believe rappers have a lot of money. We believe this because we watch MTV Cribs. But in the mi ... More >>
Right: photo from Bieyanka Moore's Myspace; Left: C.S.'s missing child photo.In January 2010, a 15-year-old girl from Palm Beach Shores -- though her name has already been broadcasted on the internet, we'll call her C.S. -- ran away from home. Eight months later, porn site Reality Kings, owned ... More >>
Off the hook for millions in money laundering.Happy Anniversary, Wachovia!A year after the bank admitted to laundering hundreds of millions in Mexican drug money -- and paying $160 million in fines and penalties -- the company is now off the hook for further punishment.According to the British pa ... More >>
Neil Julien, a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer, has been arrested on charges that he molested a 16-year-old girl back in 2005. According to NBC Miami, he allegedly molested the girl multiple time during the summer of 2005 while dating the girl's mother. The charges surfaced af ... More >>
via PlusBoliviaRene Sanabria helped smuggle 220 lbs of cocaine into Miami.From top drug cop to accused cocaine smuggler. That's the story of Retired Gen. Rene Sanabria. From 2007 to 2008 he ran Bolivia's anti-narcotics police, and since 2009 has been a top adviser to Evo Morales' Interior Minist ... More >>
In today's senseless murder news, a maintenance worker was shot dead while helping police evict a tenant from an Ocean Drive apartment in South Beach this morning. The shooter and a police officer were also injured, though neither seriously.
via FacebookTavaris FairStephanie Peterson, age 22, was babysitting a young child in the apartment of Kizzy Williams, 31, when her boyfriend showed up ready for an argument. Tavaris Fair, 25, fired several shots in the North Miami apartment before ending his own life after a long standoff with polic ... More >>
Miami-Dade police didn't hear the gunshots, but they did hear the phone ring. If it wasn't for an anonymous phone call they may not have found the body of a dead man in a Northwest Miami-Dade apartment. Now, with little clues and few apparent witnesses police must solve the mysterious murder.
I think a lot of people love David Cassidy, so what are they so afraid of? Maybe that he'll swerve into them in his white Mercedes while allegedly driving drunk. Yes, the former teen idol and Partridge Family star, now 60, was arrested in South Florida for driving drunk. When a Florida Highway Pa ... More >>
Police are searching for suspects in two separate firearm attacks that occurred overnight in North Miami-Dade. One was fatal; the other victim is not expected to survive. A 25-year-old man was found shot to death near his black SUV near Barry University in Miami Shores. In the other shooting, a w ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Police have released the identity of the couple involved in yesterday's apparent murder-suicide in Miami Beach.Thirty-five-year-old Sheila Mora was found stabbed to death in the couple's apartment, Unit 3707 in the beachfront Akoya building on 6365 Collins Avenue. Police discovered her body aft ... More >>
This morning, Miami Herald columnist Steve Rothaus criticized New Times' cover story "Escape from South Beach." The blogger, who focuses on gay issues, cites one statistic, writing: "It's a bit over the top."The article -- if you haven't seen it -- takes a look at three things. 1) The fact ... More >>
Sometimes they shoot, and sometimes they kill.
Do I get five years in the slammer for posting this? Thanks to a law championed by a former Miami-Dade Police officer, two Florida men face up to five years in prison for photos allegedly showing gang signs posted to their MySpace accounts. The whole thing is ridiculous. Taxpa ... More >>
In the early morning hours of Jan. 8, 2008, in a dark alley off South Glades Drive, a gang member named Andrew James Rolle walked up to a white Ford Taurus and blasted the man inside to death.The driver was an off-duty Miami detective named James Walker, and his murder helped fuel a joint local a ... More >>