James Wright

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Opa-locka Cops Accused of Massive Corruption

    via NowPublic​State authorities are probing what could be the most significant police corruption in years in perpetually troubled Opa-locka.According to city memos obtained by Miami New Times and confirmed by manager Clarance Patterson, officers have told internal investigators that city cops: 1. ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011
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    December 1, 2010

    Take One Cocktail Lounge: America's Wildest Strip Club?

    ​Watching bare booties jiggle can be quite a cathartic activity. But is it worth getting shot in the head? Such is the quandary at the heart of North Miami's Take One Cocktail Lounge. Take One is a tiny one-room club frequented by hip-hop stars like Rick Ross and DJ Khaled and packed nightly wit ... More >>

  • News

    August 13, 2009

    Slumlord Millionaire

    Lawsuit claims landlord pocketed thousands while tenants died.

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Lawsuit Claims Opa-locka Slumlord Stole Thousands While Tenants Died

    Residents at Opa-locka's Gardens Apartments -- perhaps the city's sketchiest property -- endured 5 murders, 656 assaults, 34 robberies, 25 shootings, and 80 stolen cars during one four-year stretch, according to police records. And the apartments remain the hottest spot in the city for cops, ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2008

    Opa-locka Boots the Boss

    Ousted police chief leaves complaints in his wake.

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    April 26, 2007

    Baghdad West

    In Opa-locka, gang warfare, drug dealing, and decay are a way of life

  • News

    November 16, 2006

    No Garden Party

    Killings and slum conditions are just the beginning