A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest. This week, that includes police pinning their shooting on someone else, a misguided grandma and the worst television commercial ever.
Seventeen days ago, Louis Salgar was murdered. The well-known Miami punk musician and Gramps/Broken Shaker bartender had been shot in his own home and left to die. His car was stolen. And the murderer fled. The next day, Palm Beach Police located Salgar's gray Honda Accord, abandoned on the edge ... More >>
This week, New Times pulls back the spattered porn curtain on one of the most bizarre and brutal stories in South Florida history. It's the tale of Miami's biggest male porn performer, his rise to smut-screen stardom, and his descent into murder. But John Snavely -- better known as "Champ" from Ban ... More >>
If you worked hard earlier this month to avoid the gruesome Facebook photo Derek Medina posted of his just-murdered wife, beware: The death scene is now plastered across a tabloid in the supermarket aisle. The National Enquirer has reprinted the bloody shot of 26-year-old Jennifer Alonso that Medina ... More >>
Prison guards make sure to keep their jails free of items that could be used as makeshift weapons, but what do you do when you have an inmate who is already in custody for allegedly killing his girlfriend with toilet paper? Do you treat toilet paper as contraband? Apparently the Pinellas County Ja ... More >>
Across the nation, Americans have been gripped by the amazing escape of three young women kidnapped and imprisoned inside a house in Cleveland for a decade. Here in Miami, the horrific tale happens to bear an eery resemblance to this week's cover story, in which two sisters suffer unspeakable horro ... More >>
Miami-based Burger King is in the news again, not because of its food, but because of a senseless murder.Jose Reyes Mejia-Varela, the former manager of a BK located in Maryland, has pleaded guilty to the murder of Jacinta "Patty" Ayala, assistant manager at the same location.Ayala, 32, was the mothe ... More >>
Ever wanted to own the autograph of a man who gunned down an unarmed teenager guilty of nothing more than being black in his own neighborhood? If you agree with that sentiment, probably not. But the legion who think George Zimmerman is a Second Amendment hero who bravely killed a violent intruder to ... More >>
Police across Florida are looking for a 19-year-old accused of killing his own grandma as brutally as possible: By stabbing her more than 100 times, beating her in the face with a wrench and even shooting her in the head with a crossbow.Jason Aristotle Smiddie has been on the run since police in ... More >>
After being convicted of second-degree murder for stabbing a classmate during school at Coral Gables High School, Andy Rodriguez, 19, has avoided life in prison, but was sentenced to 40 years in jail this morning. Following his release, at the age of 59 if he serves his full term, he will also se ... More >>
The fallout from ex-chief Miguel Exposito's reign hasn't ended yet.Miguel Exposito may be gone, but the blowback from his turbulent reign atop the Miami Police Department hasn't ended yet. Eight months after the last of seven fatal shootings of young black men by Exposito's force, the U.S. Just ... More >>
At the end of the day, jails have one job: to keep prisoners on the inside. Miami-Dade County Jail has pretty much failed its basic duty today by letting a man convicted of attempted murder walk free. He didn't even try to escape. They just let him go.Dexter A. Davis, 36, was released this mornin ... More >>
Det. Ed Hill of North Miami Beach has already broken one giant police no-no: sleeping with the Russian mail-order bride of a man he'd just arrested for murder. Just for good measure, he went ahead and took over the jailed man's driveway-paving business, too.Now Hill is accused of forging a signat ... More >>
A new druggy detail has emerged in the shocking case of Tyler Hadley, the Florida teen who killed his parents with a hammer over the weekend and then threw a party in their house: Hadley's best friend now tells the media that the teen claimed he was high on ecstasy when he bludgeoned his parents ... More >>
Eighteen-year-old Jay Stubbs is behind bars and facing charges that he fatally shot his 16-year-old girlfriend, Tracy Gabriel, in the face. Police booked Stubbs just a little more than 24 hours after the early Tuesday-morning murder.
Miami-Dade PoliceMore than three years after she went missing, Miami-Dade Police investigators believe Lilly Aramburo was a victim of foul play. At least, that's what an updated missing persons flyer seems to indicate. New Times wrote a cover story about the young single mother's June 1, 2007 dis ... More >>
Miami police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a live-in boyfriend and girlfriend couple that happened sometime in the last 24 hours, reports The Miami Herald. Police believe the girlfriend shot and killed her boyfriend before shooting herself.
Dead rock stars are a dime a dozen. They usually drink themselves to death, overdose on narcotics, crash cars, or get on faulty aircrafts with drunk pilots on drugs who crash cars. But murdered musicians? That's where it gets gruesome. Check out these 10 tales of death by murder.
via CBS4Last Friday, we had few details about the bizarre murder that left an 84-year-old woman dead at the hands of an 87-year-old who had also shot himself. Now, Juan Adolfo Gonzalez has been identified as the gunman. He told police he had been plotting the murder of Celina Hernandez, his ... More >>
WycheTwenty-two-year-old Quentin Wyche has surrendered to police for the on-campus stabbing death of Florida International University football star Kendall Berry. Wyche had spent a few days on the football team as a walk-on before being let go. He also worked in Berry's dormitory. Repor ... More >>
Who executed a career criminal wanted in connection with a February slaying in Miami? via St. Lucie County Sheriff's Department Miami police were still looking for Travis John Lattimore when he was gunned down in Fort Pierce.That's what the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Department is trying t ... More >>
Miami-Dade CorrectionsMiami Police are investigating Jonathan Henry Cobb in connection with a murder in Overtown. Don't be surprised if aggressive cop eluder Jonathan Henry Cobb ends up on a future episode of the First 48, A&E's cop reality drama that often features Miami's top homicide inves ... More >>
Alex Izaguirre Two days ago, Los Angeles Police homicide detectives arrested Joshua Woodward, who teamed up with celebrity chef Govind Armstrong to bring their West Coast food offerings to South Beach via Table 8. The cops charged Woodward with the murder of his unborn child.According to an ... More >>
8 oz. Burger Two days ago, Los Angeles Police homicide detectives arrested Joshua Woodward, who teamed up with celebrity chef Govind Armstrong to bring their West Coast food offerings to South Beach with Table 8 and 8 oz. Burger Bar. The cops charged Woodward with the murder of his unborn child.A ... More >>
A man was found lying dead with gunshot wounds on a Northwest Miami-Dade street last night, according to Miami-Dade Police.Cops found the body of 22-year-old Israel Travis on the pavement in front of 9111 NW 29th Ct. after they responded to a call about gunshots fired at 10:25 p.m.In January 2007,&n ... More >>
Back in 2004, New Times wrote about the murder of R.J. Lockwood in the feature "Hardcore and Bleeding." The Virgina-native was found dead in a loft in Overtown on January 4, 2004, in what was first assumed by Miami police to be an apparent drug overdose, despite the objections from Lockwood's roomma ... More >>
Early this morning, Opa-Locka-based rapper Toro, was shot and killed in Miami. The artist, whose real name is Derek Johnson, 23, was killed in a drive-by shooting while leaving Coco's Strip Club at around 4 am. Toro, who was signed to Iconz Music, was a popular local rapper that didn't warrant mu ... More >>
Cocaine Cowboys sequel takes us to the web of the Black Widow.
Ten murders and Haitian gangs roil the quiet town of North Miami.
Four characters in search of a talk show.
He hasn't struck lately, but South Florida's fourth serial prostitute killer is likely still on the loose
John Connolly – a 66-year-old retired FBI agent who is awaiting trial in Miami on murder charges – told a judge Tuesday that his lawyer, Manny Casabielle, wasn’t spending enough quality time with him. “I have no problem with his ability to defend me,” Connolly told Judge Barbara Areces in ... More >>
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The Bahamas. A feast of sun, fun, and upscale resorts, right? Try adding murder to the mix, toss in a dubious justice system, and spread over a teeming underclass.
When federal prosecutors seek the death penalty in drug-related murders, the defendants are almost always black. Why should Miami's first "kingpin" case be any exception?
When it comes to crimes of passion, Hialeah is Dade's undisputed champ. Unfortunately, the competition never lets up.
MDCC English professor Wade Harris didn't share much about his life. But he might well have shared his murderer.
And to hell with life in Miami's black ghettos
Bjorn DiMaio and Anthony Vincent are going to jail for the murder of their friend Andrew Morello. Even though they didn't do it.