In the lakeside tourist city of Granada, Nicaragua, visitors strolling along La Calle Libertad come upon a blue Colonial-style building with a small sign reading, "Salon La Libertad." On a recent afternoon, a slim Cuban-American woman with short blonde hair and intense blue eyes chats on her cellpho ... More >>
Miami Beach residents are happy, the city is a well-oiled machine and -- despite a string of embarrassments by the police and a mass FBI corruption bust last month -- the majority of city employees do good work. That was City Manager Jorge Gonzalez's upbeat message, at least, to an angry, packed roo ... More >>
At the University of Miami, William Joseph was a star of the 2001 national championship team's fearsome defense, leading the Canes in QB sacks and tackles for a loss. Joseph has since retired from football after an eight-year NFL career, but he'd better hope he's still got some killer defense left i ... More >>
Filmmaker Steve PetersonWhen he was a kid, Steve Peterson had a cameo role alongside Don Johnson in an episode of Miami Vice, the epic fictional crime series that captured the city's heady cocaine-fueled era during the 1980s. As a teen, he interned at the Miami Herald where he met great reporters ... More >>
After a thorough beatdown in the Iowa caucuses last night, Newt Gingrich turned this morning to Miami, announcing a new gala fundraiser at the Biltmore that he hopes will re-energize his presidential campaign. Too bad Newt can't ring up legendary Miami arms merchant Sarkis Soghanalian, ... More >>
In many ways, 2011 was a great one for movies. Some really good films came out this year -- some that broke the mold and swirled genres together in unprecedented ways. Several icons of the movie world made remarkable contributions that should be mentioned at the year's close. On the other hand, y ... More >>
Arthur Balom, an Opa-locka police captain, has been arrested on allegations he helped protect a South Florida drug ring and had knowledge of the murder of a Brinks armed truck guard that happened last year. The arrest was part of an FBI investigation. Three other men, members of the drug ring, were ... More >>
via Miami-Dade CorrectionsJorge Uscamayta was arrested along with more than 20 other baggage handlers yesterday.How's this for a truly bizarre crime connection? Last night, Miami-Dade police announced the arrests of more than 20 curbside baggage handlers at MIA on charges that they'd taken cash b ... More >>
A handmade t-shirt displaying the group's insignia with guns we found on one possible members MySpaceThe Murda Grove Boys are not, as their name would suggest, a horror-core boy band but actually one of Miami-Dade's most violent criminal gangs. CBS4 reports that Miami Gardens police, the FBI and ... More >>
Two armed robbers entered the home of several migrant workers on SW 141st Avenue at 282nd Street last night. They demanded cash and valuables, but one man decided to fight back. They subdued him and held him at gunpoint, eventually shooting him the mouth.The man's son went inside, retrieved a gun, a ... More >>
Gov. Charlie Crist's security team is on alert this afternoon after an anti-government group called "Guardians of the free Republics" (sic) sent threatening letters. They aren't just nut-job anti-government extremists -- they're also terrible at capitalizing properly in their propaga ... More >>
Who knew Cubans even liked Puerto Ricans? On Tuesday, boricua reggaetoneros Calle 13 threw a concert in Habana and 200,000 Cubans showed up.from diplo's twitter It was the second major concert by an international star in Cuba in the last year, following August's Juanes show. Singer René Pérez J ... More >>
Not so flattering nude pictures of Miami rapper Trina leaked to the internet yesterday, and the Diamond Princess is calling in the FBI.Trina tells MTV news that a thief stole her cell phone at the BET Awards last October, and that the criminal tried to shake her down for money."I just think it wa ... More >>
Robert Kelly certainly has the tricks of the spy trade down pat. He talks in mysterious acronyms, like "NOC" -- which stands for "no official cover." He refuses to have his photo taken. He talks about elaborate take-downs and ruses straight out of a Burn Notice plot.Getting the full truth is much ... More >>
via FlickrOne of the FBI's longest-known fugitives turned himself into federal law enforcement officers in New York yesterday after hiding in Cuba for more than four decades.Louis Armando Peña Soltren, 66, and two other men hijacked a Pan American flight in November 1968 after entering the cockp ... More >>
So, about a year ago some fisher-folk went out shark fishing in Flamingo Bay in the Everglades National Park. The crew of the boat was never heard from again, and now the FBI has arrested a group of men connected to the Governor for what they believe could be politically motivated murder.  ... More >>
Just when you thought the saga of the "Liberty City Seven" was finally over, the five men who actually ended up with convictions are asking for either an acquittal or yet another retrial. The Seas of David group was originally arrested in June 2006 for suspicion that it was plotting with Al-Qaeda ... More >>
The National GOP wants Charlie Crist to run for Senate. [Hill]Ex-FBI agent John Connolly gets 40 years for his role in a mob murder. [Herald]Beware the dreaded lube ring thieves. [CBS4]With the Orange Bowl demolished, where will we have our official Fidel Castro death party? [CBS4]Burger King hired ... More >>
So this Police Officer, Mr. Geovani Nunez, a 13-year veteran of the City of Miami Police Department, thought he was helping some flashy trucking company owner smuggle around things like stolen iPhones and 12 kilograms of cocaine. He used his police car to escort the trucks and was paid a total of $2 ... More >>
Hang on tightly to those Picassos at Basel. Art crime is on the rise.
He hasn't struck lately, but South Florida's fourth serial prostitute killer is likely still on the loose
"Leave bees to the experts."
The federal indictment against the so-called Liberty City 7 was TV at its finest
During Miami's cocaine heyday in the Eighties, weird and interesting and scary things happened all over town all the time. Our coke map of Miami is by necessity incomplete, but even selected highlights make the point: Blow knew no neighborhood boundaries.
Everything you didn't know -- and would never have asked -- about the newspaper biz
He stumbled into a group of Muslim extremists with plans to attack America. Then he stumbled into Miami. Today Shaheed Mohamed is nowhere to be found.
Live from OJ's front yard, this is Brian Andrews!
Where can terrorists find safe harbor? If you're of the Cuban exile variety, right here.
"Newspaper rewrites paragraph, reveals possible Castro infiltration of U.S. government radio station"
For years the infamous Wasp Network collected reams of data on Miami's anti-Castro forces -- and the sundry, sometimes bizarre, attempts to infiltrate them
Danny Felton admitted to betraying the public trust when he worked as a Miami cop. Now his apparent misdeeds are forgotten.
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.
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Having lost their case against the drug kingpins, federal prosecutors vowed to convict jury foreman Miguel Moya of bribery. Didn't quite work out that way.
A Marked Man
Taped conversations helped convict George Gandelman of money laundering. Now the Miamian tries an unusual appeal: Don't believe everything you hear.
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