Metro-Dade Police

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    September 16, 2009

    Miami Vice Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

    ‚ÄčA quarter of a century ago, South Beach was a rundown crime pit populated by cocaine cowboys, pimps, junkies, and quite a few retirees on modest budgets. Then, on September 16, 1984, along came Crockett and Tubbs, two Metro-Dade Police vice squad detectives with their trademark pastel V ... More >>

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    October 6, 2005

    Glorious and Notorious

    Casablanca had Rick's, Vegas had the Stardust, Miami's cocaine jazz age had the decadent Mutiny Hotel

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    December 12, 2002

    Officer Trouble

    Golden Beach's problem cop struggles to make a career

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    October 24, 2002

    The Preppie Pot Papers

    J. Crew models? Or young Cuban dope dealers?

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    August 3, 2000

    Ring Cycle

    Miami boasts a boxing legend who has kept on swinging through good times and bad. He's the king of the clubs. He's Tuto Zabala.

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    July 13, 2000


    Firpo Garcia has one big advantage in his school board campaign. His name is Sol Stinson.

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    April 6, 2000

    River of Sleaze

    A top Miami-Dade schools cop is the focus of a probe that recalls the area's biggest police scandal

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    January 6, 2000

    Pain & Gain, Part 3

    A wealthy couple disappears, the slumbering Metro-Dade Police Department awakens, and the ghastly deeds of Miami's Sun Gym gang at last come to an end.

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    December 30, 1999

    Pain & Gain, Part 2

    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.

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    May 6, 1999

    Inside Job

    For years people have been alleging that Miami bail-bond king Jim Viola bribes county corrections officers. For years the FBI and the State Attorney's Office have been investigating. And for years nothing has happened.

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    February 4, 1999

    Dumb and Dumber Luck

    After squandering much of his lottery jackpot, Bernardo Paz is acquitted of raping his pregnant teenage sister-in-law

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    December 17, 1998

    The Imperfect Murder

    Stanley Cohen's wife went to prison for arranging to have him killed. Years later a Miami journalist reveals a secret. Now the entire case may be unraveling.

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    July 9, 1998

    A Real Class Act

    What happens when four women accuse a high school principal of sexual harassment? So far, not much.

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    February 19, 1998

    Copping an Attitude

    What happens when the object of your road rage turns out to be an off-duty police officer? Bad things.

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    July 17, 1997

    Flunk Out

    Dade County's school district may have its own police department, but law enforcement experts say it doesn't come close to making the grade

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    August 29, 1996

    Rapist with a Badge?

    A caller to emergency 911 says she was sexually assaulted by two Metro-Dade police officers

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    August 22, 1996

    Dangerous Liaisons

    Police may never know for sure how a young gay man ended up shot to death in a field off Bird Road. But they have a theory: Cruising can kill.

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    May 23, 1996

    A CANF-Do Attitude

    When it comes to protecting Jorge Mas Canosa and crew, Cesar Odio's police force knows no bounds

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    October 5, 1995

    Sorry About That Chief

    As Miami Beach officials attempt to appoint a permanent top cop, anonymous critics try to stir up the selection process

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    June 29, 1995

    No Comment, Part 2

    Finally, some well-chosen words about Metro-Dade Police Sgt. David Simmons' s incomprehensible transfer

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    May 11, 1995

    Ruffled Feathers

    The recent Metro Justice Building bomb scare didn't result in a blast, but it sure lit a fuse

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    August 24, 1994

    Smokin' Near the Boys' Room

    When a Metro cop spotted a defense attorney sneaking a butt in the Justice Building, it was a clear case of drag erasing

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    February 9, 1994

    The Racket Club

    There's good money to be made in the game of insurance fraud. Maybe that's why some greedy people are so willing to hustle for clients, fake injuries, stage car accidents, and tell lies.

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    April 7, 1993

    The Case from Hell Part 5

    The most notorious child-custody battle in memory heads for its bitter end

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    February 17, 1993

    The Bird Road Rapist: Part 2

    A victim comes forward to claim that police misconduct led her to mistakenly identify Luis Diaz as her assailant

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    February 12, 1992
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    February 12, 1992

    Forbidden Fruit: Part 3

    A comatose Danny Donovan hits the jackpot, but there's still the question of who shot him

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    September 18, 1991
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    September 11, 1991
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    August 28, 1991

    Hialeah Does Not Believe in Volunteers

    Well, at least the mayor doesn't. Just ask Carmen Caldwell, jobless Crime Watch specialist.

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    January 30, 1991
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    July 18, 1990