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Billy Cypress, Miccosukee Tribe Casino Probed by IRS

9 years ago by Erik Maza
The Internal Revenue Service is investigating Billy Cypress, the former leader of the Miccosukee Tribe for income tax violation. Cypress, who oversaw the construction of the tribe's casino in Southwest Miami Dade, had a high roller's reputation that included frequent trips to Las Vegas, says the Miami Herald. Guess the...

Thomas Cypress Pleads Guilty to DUI Manslaughter

9 years ago by Francisco Alvarado
The 55-year-old brother of former Miccosukee Indian Chairman Billy Cypress is pleading guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter. On February 19 of last year, Thomas Cypress was behind the wheel of his truck on Tamiami Trail when he swerved into oncoming traffic and had a head-on collision with a...

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

6 months ago by Jesse Scott
Thursday Since its 2009 inception, Miami Beach Pride has simply been a blast. The 2019 edition looks like it won't buck that trend. After attracting more than 145,000 people to its events in 2018, Pride this year will boast special events, social mixers, a VIP gala, a two-day festival, and...

Thomas Cypress Ordered to Pay $5 Million for DUI Crash That Killed Two Tourists

6 years ago by Kyle Munzenrieder
Thomas Cypress, the brother of Billy Cypress, the former chairman of the Miccosukee Indian Tribe, has been ordered by a civil court to pay $5 million for the deaths of Robert and Paulette Kirkpatrick. The elderly tourist couple was killed back in 2009 when Cypress hit their car with his...

Miccosukee Holdout Insists 1800s Treaty Gives All of South Florida to Tribes

4 years ago by Deirdra Funcheon
Bobby C. Billie was born in the Everglades, about a mile off Tamiami Trail, in 1945. For years, that was all he knew of the world. Children planted pumpkins and corn, hunted deer or raccoons, and stuck their feet into alligator holes to see if turtles were hiding inside. No...

Miccosukee Casino Ripping Off Winners? Gamblers Sue The Tribe For Bingo Taxes

7 years ago by Gus Garcia-Roberts
Miami husband-and-wife John Ricone and Francys Tolon-Ricone were apparently wielding a hot blotter when they played bingo at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Indian casino in 2008. In two trips that year, they won just under $5,500. When the tribe paid them their winnings, they remitted $1,500 for taxes, just...

A Gay -- or "Two-Spirit" -- Miccosukee Man Fights for the Everglades

5 years ago by Deirdra Funcheon
Just off the six lanes of Tamiami Trail, west of Florida's Turnpike and behind a Kentucky Fried Chicken, a secret gate leads to a backyard where dugout canoes rest under a chickee hut. Across the grass and through a sliding-glass door is a living room that doubles as the Medicine...

Miccosukee Tribe Again Avoids Lawsuit Over Fatal 2009 Car Crash

7 years ago by Jon Tayler
A wrongful death lawsuit against the Miccosukee Tribe over a fatal car accident on tribal lands has once again run into resistance in the courts. On January 20, 2009, Coconut Grove resident Tatiana Furry left Miccosukee Resort & Gaming after a night of gambling and drinking and then got into...

Tatiana Furry, Killed in Mysterious Miccosukee Crash, Had Blood Alcohol Content of .32

9 years ago by Gus Garcia-Roberts
Twenty 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 (BAC) of .32, four times the legal...

The 15 Greatest Moments in Miami Music History

4 years ago by Miami New Times staff
What do you think about when you think about Miami music? Loud nightclubs on South Beach? Latin beats pulsing from Calle Ocho? The Churchill's bathroom?  Like the rest of Miami, it's an overwhelming pot of diversity. But it's easy to forget just how important Miami has been to music history...

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