Six weeks ago, Miami-Dade County commissioners refused to touch the property tax rate, knowing that without an increase they'd have to drastically chop services. County Mayor Carlos Gimenez's solution -- shuttering 22 libraries -- was met with a rowdy public protest. This weekend, Gimenez told comm ... More >>
A 30-year-old autistic man in Sweetwater was living in a terrifying dungeon straight of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, local police say. According to the Miami Herald, Sweetwater police officers responded to a trailer at 11250 NW Third St. after receiving an anonymous tip about the man's "dungeo ... More >>
The outdoor deck of popular sports bar Shuckers collapsed into Biscayne Bay last evening, sending dozens of people into Biscayne Bay last evening. According to The Miami Herald, the incident happened around 9:45 p.m., as patrons were watching the first half of the Miami Heat finals.
Marco Rubio was campaigning with Mitt Romney in Central Florida on Saturday when he got the call that every parent fears: his 12-year-old daughter Amanda had been airlifted to Miami Children's Hospital after being involved in a golf cart accident.Luckily, Amanda has now been released from the hospit ... More >>
A parking garage at Miami Dade College's west campus in Doral collapsed unexpectedly today. The garage was under construction, and according to NBC Miami, no students were injured. However, several construction workers might be trapped under the rubble. At least one person was carted off on a stretc ... More >>
When New Line Cinema decides to make a sequel to the movie Horrible Bosses, studio executives should use Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Robert Maler for inspiration. The 33-year county veteran, who oversees more than two dozen lifeguards protecting beachgoers at Crandon and Haulover parks, has been ... More >>
Ulises Rodriguez, a 36-year-old former Miami-Dade firefighter, will avoid jail time for allegedly sending sexually explicit text messages and pictures to a 17-year-old boy. The boy later turned up dead, though his cause of death has not yet been made known, and Rodriguez played no part in the dea ... More >>
Ulises Rodriguez, a member of the Miami-Dade Fire Department since 2005, has been arrested when a string of lewd text messages were found on the phone of a 17-year-old boy who was found dead late last month.
via WSVNThe death of an 18-month-old boy is being investigated by Miami-Dade homicide detectives after his body was found in an alleyway outside a Homestead day-care center yesterday afternoon around 3:30.
Could The Real Swamp Snakes of Everglades City or America's Next Top Invasive Species be coming to your television set anytime soon? Possibly. Over the next two months, not one, but two cable channels are set to roll out reality television shows based on snakes living in the swamps of Florida and ... More >>
Miami-Dade Fire RescueThank God for Valium. Your crazy aunt's favorite pharmaceutical has helped to rescue a dog found in South Miami-Dade that had its head trapped in an abandoned boat cooler for more than a week. Of course, Miami-Dade firefighters deserve the real credit here.
Northerners like to rag on Miamians when we complain about our cold, dropping comment like "You don't even know what cold is." Which is exactly the point. We don't know what cold is! It confuses us, and we are not at all prepared to responsibly deal with it. Many of our homes aren't even equipped ... More >>
via FacebookTavaris FairStephanie Peterson, age 22, was babysitting a young child in the apartment of Kizzy Williams, 31, when her boyfriend showed up ready for an argument. Tavaris Fair, 25, fired several shots in the North Miami apartment before ending his own life after a long standoff with polic ... More >>
Tatiana FurryTwenty months after a mysterious car accident near Miccosukee Indian land claimed the life of Coconut Grove woman Tatiana Furry, the State Atorney's Office has concluded its investigation and released a shocker. According to an autopsy report, Furry had a blood alcohol content (B ... More >>
Don't you just hate it when your grow house gets discovered by firemen putting out a blaze in your home. Jorge Guzman and Yvette Garcia are the latest homeowners who suffered such a fate. According to property records, they own the house at 24644 SW 114th Court which was the scene of a house ... More >>
via Miami-Dade Fire RescueMiami-Dade Fire Chief Herminio LorenzoJoseph Mitrani was given the job of overseeing construction of a new training facility for the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Mitrani was instrumental in making sure the project was completed on time and under budget, according t ... More >>
Christopher SmithMiami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Lisa Hart and the seven-and-a-half months she failed to show up for work during a two-year period, the county police department's internal affairs office was investigating her. Well, detectives concluded their case eight months ago, yet fire rescue offi ... More >>
via Just NewsThe suspect's car was shot multiple times. Hialeah police got a call that a Farm Store at West 6th Avenue and 29th Street had been robbed.The police tracked down the suspect to a nearby residential neighborhood where a confrontation occurred. A police officer then shot at the suspect ... More >>
Danny Perez, decked out in a University of Miami jersey and cap, was riding his bike west on NW 79th Street between NW 17th and NW 22nd avenues when he was shot dead. The mysterious murder happened last Friday night at 11:30.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel pronounced the 35-year-old dead on the ... More >>
via The Daily BeastDespite its name, The Daily Beast is not a per diem review of large, threatening wild life. Well, usually anyway.Even after parting ways with Gerald Posner, Tina Brown's internet concern hasn't kept its eyes off South Florida. This week they sent former Newsweek senior rep ... More >>
Bart Sherwood passes the grisly photos around the Miami-Dade County Commission chambers.Photo by Tim ElfrinkLycra pants mingled with business suits at the county commission chambers last night.In the first image, his face is scraped and swollen, his arms are wrapped in plaster, and IVs run into h ... More >>
An up-and-coming Miami pop singer with slick looks and a Sony recording contract has been charged with vehicular homicide in a horrific hit-and-run crash near Key Biscayne yesterday. via Rolling Stone Police say Carlos Bertonatti was drunk when he plowed into a cyclist on Sunday.Carlos Ber ... More >>
By Alex IzaguirreThe incoming president of the county firefighters union, Dominick Barbera, is demonstrating a terrible lack of ethics in his personal feud with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Herminio Lorenzo. This past December 9, sent Lorenzo an audaciously snarky letter mocking the chief's prop ... More >>
Courtesy of CBS4Gonzalez's body was covered with a tarp after Miami-Dade Fire Rescue cut through the driver's side door of the crushed vehicle.Giovanni Gonzalez, a 23-year-old Miami-Dade Police officer in Kendall, died this morning when his marked patrol car collided with a dump truck while travelin ... More >>
A woman perishes in a collision with an Indian leader's kin. Her family cries coverup.
Just after 11 AM, Riptide encountered this minutes-old accident on Arthur Godfrey Road between Sheridan and Pinetree Drive. From what a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue paramedic who declined to give his name told us, an elderly man driving a Toyota Yaris (he's pictured after the jump, with a paramedic ... More >>
If there's one thing Riptide likes better than a juicy news tip, it's quotably irate citizenry. So today, Christmas came early: Sabal Chase resident Mike Grant gave us both. Construction foreman Grant has noticed his local firehouse, Miami-Dade Station 9, one of the busiest in the county, has had it ... More >>
Give money, get contracts.
Don't show up for work? Don't worry.
In Opa-locka, gang warfare, drug dealing, and decay are a way of life
Wilma brought frustration, accidents, romance, anger, substance abuse, and reflection
Bias charges raise alarms in the halls of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue academy
You may call it embezzlement, but charitable union officials have a more polite term: Misspending
Is our airport the most user-unfriendly in America? No, just one of four really unhappy landing sites.
Haitians yearning to breathe free -- in Miami
Those fun firefighters at Local 1403 are at it again
How you gonna keep 'em down on the job, once they've seen OT?
After the fire, the fire still burns
Law enforcement's attempts to muzzle the media help no one
Plus: Ros-Lehtinen's strange name game
La Carreta Restaurant