Welcome to the job, Ray Martinez! Less than a year after an on-duty Miami Beach cop drunkenly plowed into beachgoers on his ATV after partying with bachelorettes at the Clevelander -- an action that blackened the end of previous chief Carlos Noriega's career -- new jefe Martinez is investigating ... More >>
Chris Paciello is an old school South Beach legend, a Bonnano crime family goon who conquered the nightclub scene before being sent to federal prison for his role in a murder. These days, he's back in his old stomping grounds working for the Delano Hotel, and is very sorry about having helped kil ... More >>
In a gruesome act that certainly can't be attributed to a dog, Miami Beach found four dead cats shoved into a bag last night. One cat was found alive. The feline was taken to a local animal hospital, but it too later died.Update: The cats may have been poisoned. And it seems they weren't in a bag ... More >>
Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega sure is tired of answering questions about Nevin Shapiro. We reported yesterday that Noriega blew a digital fuse when a resident repeatedly questioned him via email about the since-convicted Ponzi schemer's role on the Police Athletic League board. ... More >>
The mainstream media doesn't quite know how to handle a lawsuit in which a convicted felon has accused Shaquille O'Neal -- one of basketball's most beloved characters -- of attempting to using police connections to try to frame an enemy for possession of child porn. The Associated Press and ... More >>
Nikki BeachWhat police termed a "melee" erupted at South Beach's Nikki Beach club early this morning, right in front of two off-duty Miami Beach cops. It left one man seriously injured with multiple stab wounds and the alleged attacker in police custody."We haven't determined a motive yet," says ... More >>
photo by Jessie LuttmanDetectives work around a body on Miami Beach this morning.An early-morning beachgoer called Miami Beach Police shortly before 7 a.m. today to report a disturbing find: a body lying near the sea around 68th Street.The dead man had a gunshot wound to the head, Det. Juan Sanch ... More >>
photo by Oxyman via Wikimedia CommonsDoctors today are still struggling to save the life of an off-duty New York City cop grievously wounded during an early morning shootout on South Beach on Saturday. Detective Harold Thomas has undergone at least two surgeries after a bullet tore through his fe ... More >>
Miami Beach Police have identified the officer who plowed his ATV into two beachgoers early Sunday morning as 30-year-old Officer Derick Kuilan, as investigators continue looking into whether he was drunk and joyriding with a woman he'd met at the Clevelander.Victim Luis Almonte tells Channel 7 t ... More >>
A second graphic video of Miami Beach and Hialeah police officers firing over 100 bullets into Raymond Herrise's car has been released, and it's one the officers really didn't want you to see. When they noticed 35-year-old Narces Benoit had filmed the incident on his phone they threatened him at ... More >>
via YouTubePolice surround a car in the first of Monday morning's two shootings. The driver was killed.As the story surrounding the two early-morning Memorial Day police shootings evolves, numerous questions have been raised about the circumstances under which one person was killed and seven peop ... More >>
Miami Beach is largely helpless to stop Memorial Day partiers from coming to town for Urban Beach Weekend, which saw seven injured and one killed in police-related shootings this year, city Mayor Matti Herrera Bower said Tuesday afternoon. According to police, more than 400 were arrested."There is n ... More >>
Ex-Miami Beach Commission Simon CruzLast Monday, Lucretia McKinney was delivering mail on her route of mansions along Pine Tree Drive when she turned the corner to a horrifying sight: Mariana Cruz -- former soft-core porn actress and wife of longtime Miami Beach Commissioner Simon Cruz -- standin ... More >>
via Miami-Dade CorrectionsWe've all been waiting for this moment: the day South Beach claimed its first NFL lockout victim. Because even when pro football players have a job to go to in the morning, they manage to get arrested on Washington Avenue at a rate that would make Rod Blagojevich blush.T ... More >>
Like werewolves drawn to milky lunar light, they gather next to the sea every 29 days or so: drummers with Rasta dreads, teens with cartons of Miller High Life, chanting Yoruba and Santería worshipers, and twirling fire dancers.Miami Beach's full moon drum circles have drawn a unique crowd for year ... More >>
This mug shot tells only half the story, but it tells it clearly: Sterling Roderick Wilde, a 26-year-old Atlanta tourist allegedly found sleeping in a South Beach hotel hallway, tangled with the wrong lady cop.
Kill a couple guys, get caught running a growhouse, no jail time: Pays to be an (ex) cop!Lady Justice hasn't exactly been harsh to Adam Tavss, no matter how badly he messes up. When the Miami Beach cop was caught with drugs in his system last year -- months after he shot and killed two different ... More >>
Last month, we were vexed by an empty police cruiser that sat for a whole month at the entrance to Palm Island. Soon after, we found out it was actually a decoy cop car and that Miami Beach Police used five others around the city to spook speeding drivers. The fuzz was so devastated that we smoke ... More >>
So you're speeding down the MacArthur Causeway in your beat-up Toyota when you spot a Miami Beach Police cruiser. Only it's the same cop car you've seen there for the past month. It hasn't moved an inch. It's been glistening in the morning, slumbering at night -- but there's no driver. Where could t ... More >>
Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega met with gay leaders earlier this afternoon at city hall, promising changes one week after the ACLU announced a suit charging that Beach cops regularly harass gay men in Flamingo Park. Noriega stressed that the two officers at the center of the ACLU sui ... More >>
More than 100 Miami Beach Police officers and members of the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter packed into the city commission chambers this afternoon with a simple -- if fiery -- message. The Beach is on its own for security at private Super Bowl events this week. As a protest, Miami Beach ... More >>
Kill two men in four days under questionable circumstances. Get caught with drugs in your system and suspended from work. Walk away from it all with $17,242.46. Not a bad deal, right? That's exactly how much Adam Tavss, the former Miami Beach cop, earned from taxpayers when he quietly resign ... More >>
Lately, the South Beach strip looks more like an enormous Lil Wayne concert than the shimmering gay playground it once was. Warehouse-size clubs that brimmed with shirtless boys have closed and hip-hop venues sprouted in their place. What was once pastel and glitter is now chrome and ice.You can' ... More >>
Would you tell your grandson to lie about an essay for a few lousy bucks?
Lumilon.com via Flickr CCJust a few weeks ago, at a county school board meeting, Bernie Winer -- a consultant for the Miami Beach Police Athletic League -- received a standing ovation. A month before that, Miami Beach city commissioners handed him an award. But Riptide has uncovered a PAL e ... More >>
Memorial Day weekend in Miami Beach is wild. In the past seven years, cops have made thousands of arrests. The craziness included: A double homicide outside David's Café II, a mini riot on Washington Avenue, and smatterings of pro sports players who enjoy drinking too much and manhandling officers. ... More >>
One of the strangest rampages in South Beach history -- which is saying something -- ended last Wednesday with police shooting and killing the suspect in North Miami-Dade.Who Is This Guy?Miami Beach Police ID'd the suspect as Oswain Brentall Walcott, a 22-year-old wanted in Georgia for breaking int ... More >>
The odyssey of 24 laborers flown to Miami and then left to their own devices.
I tremble at the thought of facing down Bat-mullah!
Or, where the boys are not
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