Manuel Noriega: former Panamanian dictator, former decades-long resident of Miami-Dade's Federal Correctional Institute, unwilling video game star. Yes, Noriega was featured as a character in Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and now he's suing the video game makers from his Panamanian jail ... More >>
In last summer's Michael Bay movie Pain & Gain, bodybuilders portrayed by Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson conspire to kidnap and extort a random rich prick named Victor Kershaw (played by Tony Shalhoub). In real life and the Miami New Times series that inspired the movie, bodybuilders Daniel Lugo a ... More >>
Regelio Lopez, 20 of Richamond, Virginia, apparently had big dreams of heading I-95 and starting a new life in Miami. The problem is he didn't have anyone to move with. Even his own mother wouldn't come. So he stuffed her in his trunk and tried to make her move anyway.
Demetrick Cooks told the stripper she might as well get into the car because he planned on following her wherever she went. A week earlier, on New Year's Day, he had gone to the Central Florida bar where she worked, but the exotic dancer had eluded him. After that incident, security guards escorted ... More >>
Baseball is America's pastime. But it's also an international business that sucks in scores of foreign-born players every year. Behind that business are men who secret ballplayers into the United States in exchange for a slice of their future earnings. This side of baseball tends to remain in the s ... More >>
Well, this certainly is a whole new way to get stuck on the Palmetto. Earlier this morning a man was found walking along the busy Palmetto Expressway with his feet bare and his hands bound behind his back. When police questioned the man he claimed that he had been abducted by police impostors and ... More >>
He's been dubbed "Florida's dirtiest cop," and he finally found himself on the other side of the law this weekend after he was arrested for an incident two years ago during which he allegedly kidnapped a man who was trying to file a complaint against him.
Not exactly a good day for the Miami Police Department. Hours after announcing that they've fired a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man, another officer has now found himself in trouble.Twenty-seven-year-old officer Luis Hernandez has been arrested on charges of kidnapping and sexual batt ... More >>
After getting a tip that two kidnapped teenagers were being held at a trailer park in Homestead, police shot and killed an armed female suspect. Five men were also arrested following the incident.
via WSVNShatevia Rice, an 18-year-old mother who went missing on Sunday has been found alive, but says she was kidnapped by a pimp who forced her into prostitution.Rice and her 6-month-old daughter Tamia were returned home safely this morning. Rice says she was kidnapped by a pimp who goes by the ... More >>
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 >>
LeBron James might be the most hated man in basketball, but at least he's not involved in a bizarre scandal involving gang members, robbery, kidnapping, and a sex tape. Can't say the same for Shaquille O'Neal. Los Angeles prosecutors are investigating a weird case allegedly centered on a tap ... More >>
Last we checked in on Real Housewives of New Jersey's Danielle Staub's past in Miami, we'd established she was a model/stripper/high-class prostitute who was somehow involved in a drug-related kidnapping back in the '80s. Now, Radar has uncovered documents that claim Staub actually tried to enter ... More >>
Anthony Williams is being charged with aggravated child abuse. In this morning's roundup of crime: A man punched a baby in an attempt to kidnap it and left it with fractured bones; a security guard runs over a "suspicious" man with a golf cart; another baby thought to have been kidnapped in Tenne ... More >>
A former Miami Beach cop has pleaded guilty to charges that he kidnapped and tortured a Russian man in an attempt to extort more than $100,000 from him, bringing to an end one of the strangest crimes connected to the troubled police department.via Miami Beach Police DepartmentAnastasi was one of the ... More >>
Need an excuse to keep partying well after the weekend is over? Leave it to the Opium Group and Mokai (235 23rd Street, Miami Beach) to give you a solution to your problem with Ransom, the Monday night party at the recently renovated Collins Park lounge.The party, hosted by Mark Lehmkuhl, sort of ... More >>
Richard Anastasi, who served as a Miami Beach Police officer until last December, kidnapped a Russian national last week, tortured him with threats of violence and tried to extort $100,000 from his family, federal prosecutors say. via Miami Beach Police Department Richard Anastasi, a former M ... More >>
Florida Department of Corrections Then: Sentenced to 18 and a half years for kidnapping. Okay, we admit it: we know nothing about pro wrestling. But if we find an extra $39.99 lying around between now and this Sunday, we might watch the WWE Summer Slam on Pay-Per-View because- how often do yo ... More >>
Staub's Mugshot from Cop Without a BadgeLast week it came to light that Real Housewives of New Jersey anti-hero Danielle Staub had a shadowy, cocaine and sex filled past in the 80's heyday of the magic city. Now, The Star-Leger has dug up details of her 1986 arrest. Apparently, she was sus ... More >>
LocalA lady who faked her own kidnapping in hopes of getting a ransom from her husband is in jail. [CBS4]The man who shot his wife and daughter Easter Sunday before shooting himself died in the hospital. The victims remain in stable condition. [Herald]The son who shot South Miami Commissioner Jay Be ... More >>
This unfortunately is not a headline from The Onion; it's a story from the Austin Statesman about the kidnapping of Felix Batista, a Cuban-American, Miami-based expert in kidnapping negotiations. Batista apparently worked for a Houston-based security firm and was invited by Mexican police to part ... More >>
Brilliant thug Harrel Braddy has terrorized South Florida since 1984. The death needle awaits.
A frightful journey into the art of darkness
Years after the Haitian diaspora, Papa and Baby Doc's children are still wandering
Inspired by Patty Hearst, Cecil B. Demented rails against the dying of cinema
One of the best plays this year tackles the funny topic of sex and violence
Miami's Sun Gym gang developed a taste for blood and money. The police could have stopped them before they killed somebody. But they didn't.
They were local bodybuilders with a penchant for steroids, strippers, and quick cash. And they became expert in the use of a peculiar motivational tool: Torture.
Attorney Russell Carbone played dirty. How dirty? Try conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury.
James and Emma Somerset came to Miami to rescue their son's girlfriend. They wound up going to jail for kidnapping.