For a while, Raonel Valdez was like the Chris Angel of Cuban-born delinquents, mind-freaking the criminal justice system with his ability to escape hard time. His bag of tricks may have finally come up empty. Yesterday, Valdez was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center (TGK) afte ... More >>
In October 2012 just outside a pastel-painted Coral Gables apartment building, one of the largest gold heists in Florida history went down. A convicted thief named Raonel Valdez, who was supposed to be wearing a court-ordered GPS device, somehow jacked $2.8 million in gold from courier George Villeg ... More >>
An Arizona prepper with an anti-government inclination told U.S. Marshals on Wednesday that he couldn't be taken in alive. He was wrong. Now Robert Van Gundy, 29, has waived his right to extradition and is sitting in the Turner Guilford Knight correctional facility until officials from Arizona can p ... More >>
On Tuesday morning at approximately 9:35 a.m., Wilbrent Bain Jr., the 19-year-old brother of local rap legend Trina (born Katrina Laverne Taylor), was shot and killed in Northwest Miami-Dade near 91st Street after a dispute with a friend devolved into gunshots. His street name was "Goonkie." He'd s ... More >>
Sitting in a car with two unidentified men near NW 152nd Street and Sixth Avenue in the parking lot of an apartment complex, Kenneth "Nu Money" Casilla was murdered. According to Miami-Dade Police Department (via NY1), the Brooklyn-bred, Miami-based rapper and Rich Mafia crew member was shot and ki ... More >>
Several hours before dawn on Saturday, dancehall vet Captain Barkey (born Joslyn Hamilton) and his lover Tracy Bennett were shot to death in the parking lot of the Holiday Motel in the Bronx. The alleged murderer, according to New York City police: Joseph Kernizan, a Haitian music promoter and Benn ... More >>
U.S. Marshals are holding an auction out in Opa-locka today of cars seized from various convicted drug dealers through out South Florida. About 50 vehicles are up for grabs, including antiques, muscles cars, and Italian sports cars. Riptide has browsed through the inventory and picked our 10 favorit ... More >>
Earlier this month, New Times reported on how South Florida cops routinely track people through their cell phone signals without getting a warrant first. Like cops around the country, they can do so thanks to a Melbourne, Florida-based company called Harris Corp. that makes cell phone spying devi ... More >>
Theo Karantsalis, a soft-spoken librarian who teaches research classes at Miami Dade College between freelancing for Miami New Times and the Miami Herald, has become an unlikely central character in a hotly contested federal case that has free-speech advocates ready to clash with top D.C. officials. ... More >>
Can you believe these extremely irresponsible music fans (read: hippies!) who think it's "radically groovy, man" to buy reduced-price tickets to some floating freak fiesta (say, the Jam Cruise on January 9), stuff their luggage full of dangerous drugs (e.g. marijuana) instead of extra underwear ( ... More >>
"Where is Julio Llanessa!" screamed the lawman's voice on the phone. Ivanhoe Smester was baffled. The Dominican immigrant hadn't spoken to his childhood friend in more than a year, even when Llanessa was arrested for mortgage fraud. So why were U.S. Marshals calling him now? Unbeknownst to S ... More >>
In March 2010, Jonathan Labrada, 27, is alleged to have entered Botellita's Bar, a popular spot in the Allapattah area of Miami, pulled out a gun and proclaimed "someone is going to die tonight." Labrada did end up fatally shooting security guard Luis Diaz and has been on the run from the law eve ... More >>
The Captain is calling you! It's time to trip!On January 4, 2011, the ninth annual Jam Cruise got totally sunk in a sea of negative vibes when federal agents and K-9 officers from ICE, the U.S. Marshals Service, the DEA, and the Broward Sheriff's Office conducted a joint drug raid as hippies, her ... More >>
Torben Bjorn Hansen, Flickr The Bruise Cruise sets sail from the Port of Miami on Friday. And while there's plenty of dope coming through Dodge Island, y'all better think twice about sneaking some out; narcs like to prey on unsuspecting travelers, especially theme cruise passengers. In January, ... More >>
via Pinellas County Sheriff's DepartmentHydra Lacey Jr., the convicted sex offender who killed two St. Petersburg cops today.A horrible week for Florida's police officers turned even worse this afternoon. While thousands gathered in downtown Miami to remember Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth, th ... More >>
An attempt by local police and U.S. Marshals to serve an arrest warrant on a murder suspect in Liberty City turned into a violent shootout this morning, leaving multiple officers injured -- and two dead in the line of duty. Officer Roger Castillo died on the scene during the gun battle outside a ... More >>
US Marshals Service Wesley Snipes can learn a lot from Martha Stewart. He starts a three-year prison sentence tomorrow in Pennsylvania for tax-related infractions. But rather than accepting his punishment like a man, he bitched to Larry King last night on CNN about how "upset and disappointed tha ... More >>
via U.S. Marshals ServiceJose Figueroa Agosto was arrested this weekend after a decade-long run from the law. He moved boatloads of Colombian cocaine through the Caribbean to U.S. shores, bought dozens of luxury homes and built a house in the Dominican Republican with his own personal zoo, police ... More >>
via WSVNU.S. Marshals Captured two men wanted for the murder of a Maryland woman late last year after they were tipped off the pair was in Miami.Joel Milburn, 20 and Seth Jedlicka, only 17, were arrested today at the Motel Blanco at 5255 Biscayne Blvd.They are two of four men believed to be invol ... More >>
Had Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island been released in October as originally planned, perhaps FIU-grad Dennis Lehane would have had a third movie based on one of his novels up for an Academy Award.His novel Mystic River was adapted by Clint Eastwood into a six-time nominated film. Gone, Baby, Gone ... More >>
Last Friday, I told you about a wild police chase down NE Second Avenue. Well here's a mug Miami-Dade CorrectionsJonathan Henry Cobb Got A Free Ride to Dade County Lock-Upof the culprit who thought he was reprising Wesley Snipes' role in U.S. Marshals. His name is Jonathan Henry Cobb, a 25-year-o ... More >>
Joe Arriola kisses up to the future prez.
The fungus nailed Judge Ted Klein and endangers others. Federal incompetence is to blame.
Longtime con man Thomas Barrett Stringer gets caught
Special forces. National ad campaigns. Watching the backs of the big guys. Meet this Eastern European hunk
Will 2006 prove friendlier for the casino cruise business?
Rundle, Milian, or Pizzi as state attorney in '04?
Robert Altman wants your attention, if not your affection
The Federal Communications Commission can't seem to keep illegal broadcasters off the air
This summer the FCC pulled the plug on the county's most innovative radio stations. Some are already back on the air.
Miami's notoriously dirty, crime-ridden river is flowing a little cleaner these days thanks to Coast Guard Capt. Dave Miller
It's an eyesore and a hazard and its owner has thumbed his nose at everyone. Yet you may pay good money for it.
This can't be what the real estate pros have in mind when they say "Location, location, location"
Being thrown in jail was supposed to bring down the curtain on Miami drug lords Willy Falc and Sal Magluta. But there was an encore: Death threats, clandestine cameras, illegal searches, and major security violations.
Federal Judge James Lawrence King's car got caught on a mechanical gizmo at his new office building -- and boy, did he see red!
After a year of operating Savannah Moon, the popular South Dade eatery, U.S. marshals have had their fill of the restaurant business