A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest. This morning, that includes a meth-busting butt dial, bathroom beer chugging and the worst reason to call the cops.
On Wednesday, seven people were seriously injured in what has to be one of the craziest carjackings in Miami history. As valets at downtown's J.W. Marriott Marquis unloaded bags from a brand new Lexus, a man jumped in and plowed through cars and bystanders to escape. This morning, police have rele ... More >>
A man lead police on a wild chase this morning after he escaped from Jackson Memorial Hospital's crisis center. The unidentified suspect had been placed their under the Baker Act to undergo a mental evaluation, but managed to slip out and then tried to steal a car before successfully stealing a bike ... More >>
No one would ever call Rondell Johnson a good criminal. A creative one? Perhaps. But an adroit practitioner of the malignant arts? Never. The Jacksonville man's fecklessness was once again laid bare in Winnipeg, Canada, earlier this week when a local trial court convicted him of robbing a bank. Du ... More >>
Guayaberas Etc. is a store in downtown Coral Gables right across from the city hall that specializes in Cuban clothing and memorabilia. was the victim of a blatant smash-and-grab robbery. On September 13, just after midnight, a man and a woman smashed through the store's front door and made off with ... More >>
"Apple picking" is the newest crime du jour in South Florida, perpetrated by gangs looking to steal your smartphone. Some are even willing to kill you for it. Last July 1, two teen boys on bicycles confronted 54 year-old Jerry Wayne Sherrell near NE 2nd Ave. and 54th Street and demanded his phone. W ... More >>
John Errol Ferguson is a monster. Between 1977 and 1978, he killed eight people around Miami-Dade in a vicious, cold blooded robbery and murder spree. But Ferguson is also severely mentally ill. He truly believes he is the "Prince of God." He thinks the state wants to execute him because he can "con ... More >>
Miami is chock full of more cocaine than a Mexican narco-piñata. And yet, the city's most dangerous drug may just be imaginary. According to an investigation by USA Today, Miami is the main staging ground for controversial ATF sting operations in which undercover agents trick suspects into plottin ... More >>
A carjacking ended this morning with an assist from Mother Nature. After trying to evade police the suspects ended up crashing the stolen ride into a tree. At about 2 a.m. this morning police received reports of a carjacking near NE 33rd Street and Biscayne (you know, in the safe and trendy Edgewat ... More >>
The family that grew ganja together is now the family that pleaded guilty together. In the spring of last year, federal agents and Miami-Dade narcotics detectives dismantled a clan of marijuana growers that distributed thousands of pounds of high-grade weed from South Florida to New York City. Gilbe ... More >>
Real estate developer Craig Robins is going all in to transform the Design District into the flossiest destination in Miami. He's investing $312 million to bring in the biggest names in high-end luxury fashion, from Louis Vuitton to Hermès to Céline. To protect that investment, Robins spends 1 mil ... More >>
With a rate of 1,198 violent crimes committed per every 100,000 residents in 2011, the City of Miami has been named the 17th most dangerous large city in America, according to the latest statistics released by the FBI.
Vernon D. Jones, 21, and Jacques Saintil, 19, of East Naples were recently arrested on suspicion of a home burglary, and didn't seem too upset once they found themselves in the back of a police car. The two lit up some marijuana in the cruiser and discussed the robbery while passing the joint around ... More >>
Last week, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported the lowest crime rate across the state since the agency began tracking statistics in 1971. With population growth factored in, the overall crime rate dropped 0.8 percent from 2010 to 2011. In Miami-Dade, the crime rate dropped 0.3 percent ... More >>
Like a scene straight out of Point Break, a man wearing a Barack Obama mask and red gloves held up the Burger King restaurant at 9301 Old Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, according to Palm Beach Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera.A black male, who had a woman accomplice also wearing a mas ... More >>
You're at a bar. You're drinking a beer. You've realized you're out of money. Do you: a) call it quits; b) ask a friend to spot you; c) walk down the block and rob a bank?A Pasco County man went with option C and is now behind bars.
So, a stand up comedian walks into a bank ...and robs it twice in one week. 27-year-old Jeffrey Lluis was arrested on Thursday after making his second robbery at a SunTrust branch in Citrus Park. He pulled off the second heist on Thursday even after police had interviewed about the Tuesday r ... More >>
Every Friday, Riptide brings you the most eye-catching mugshots taken the previous week (or thereabouts) in Miami-Dade County. Yes, there is some mockery of bad neck tattoos, but also adulation directed at perps who just plain look more badass than we ever will. This is the italicized intro to that ... More >>
You're a suspect in an armed robbery. Your get away car has just crashed after you've lead police on a high speed chase. You get out of the car and pull an "unknown object" that may or may not be a gun on an officer. You're shot. You're down. You're incapacitated. Does the officer then have the r ... More >>
via Miami-Dade CorrectionsJorge Uscamayta was arrested along with more than 20 other baggage handlers yesterday.How's this for a truly bizarre crime connection? Last night, Miami-Dade police announced the arrests of more than 20 curbside baggage handlers at MIA on charges that they'd taken cash b ... More >>
In today's news roundup: A local high school is on lock down, not one but two separate incidents of Carbon Monoxide poisoning sent 13 people to hospitals, a deadly crash on I95 kills two, while a boat crash near Haulover Marina send a woman to the hospital. The only good news in today's news wrap ... More >>
An armed bank robber is on the lose in Coral Gables near the University of Miami campus. The college is on alert, while two public schools with young children in the area, Sunset Elementary School and Henry S. West Laboratory School, are in precautionary lock down.
via FlickrIn today's roundup of horrible things and other news: a tourist couple is robbed at gunpoint, a 15-year-old is fatally shot in Overtown, an 11-year-old is accidentally shot by his own mother, and two people are found hanging in a South Florida park.
Last Wednesday, the early contender for young 2010's most senseless murder of the year went down at the People's Self-Storage on NW 79th Street. via Miami Dade Corrections Police say Wesley Benard Henton shot and killed Joslin Augustin last Wednesday.Just after 12:30 in the afternoon ... More >>
After this weekends fire, Miami has cut power to Jimbo's, everyone's favorite quasi-legal, homesteaded fish and beer shack. [Herald]A pizza delivery man was shot in the foot last night after a robbery attempt by four men. [Herald]A malnourished, former racing pony found in a slaughterhouse is being ... More >>
Coral Gables Police DepartmentThe BB gun shooter rode in this silver Volvo, cops say.About 200 students are locked inside a gym at University of Miami as we speak, thanks to an alleged BB gun shooter. School President Donna Shalala sent text messages and e-mails around 3 p.m. today asking folks to " ... More >>
Miami Police arrested four young suspects, including two teenage girls, on suspicion of robbing a Little Havana man at gunpoint early this morning.Salene Cala, age 14, and Estefay Ferrera, 16, were arrested after police pulled their car over just after 6:30 a.m. They're accused of helping an ... More >>
via myspace.com/brisco305This is a little late, but we just got word from the City of Miami police that Brisco got got last Wednesday, in the middle of the afternoon, while trying to get a haircut at a barbershop at NW Sixth Avenue and NW 63rd Street. Four men invaded the store at about 12:51 p.m ... More >>
Washington Mutual got jealous of all the attention Lehman, Merrill and AIG got yesterday. Its credit rating was cut to junk, and the bank may be sold to JPMorgan Chase. [Daily Mail] Yes, these bank failures can effect you. The Lehman Brother's collapse could have repercussions in the South Florida r ... More >>
O.J. Simpson: Friendly Kendall family man, storied NFL superstar, and eternal source of courtroom drama. How do you keep getting into all of this legal pain Orenthal James? Not a year goes by where you are not involved in some headline-grabbing shenanigans. If only someone could have put you in a ... More >>
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With the FBI in pursuit, black activist Nehanda Abiodun a decade ago fled to Cuba, where she still dreams of fomenting a socialist revolution in the United States
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A case of mistaken identity cost Max Pierre six weeks in jail and two months under house arrest. Now he says it's payback time for the Miami Police Department.
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Of approximately 55,000 people arrested and charged with felonies in Dade County every year, more than 20,000 are released under the aegis of Pretrial Services while awaiting trial