Marc Sarnoff's Propane Huffing Nemesis Arrested Again for Violating Restraining Order

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Reid Welch, the self-appointed nemesis of Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff who once told Riptide, "I inhale propane gas to get high, but I am not the least bit nutty," has been arrested once again. Welch has been charged with aggravated stalking for breaking a restraining order that ordered him to have no contact with Sarnoff or his wife.

Welch was well known for riding around Coconut Grove after huffing propane and tearing down Sarnoff's re-election signs. In late October, Welch was removing sings from Sarnoff's very own home when the commissioner and the propane enthusiast got into a skirmish that was captured on video.

After the incident, Sarnoff took out a restraining order against Welch. Welch had already been arrested in December for sending an email to Sarnoff. Even email contact was forbidden by the order, despite Sarnoff being Welch's own city commissioner.

The details of the latest incident are unknown, but Welch was in court today in a gray a-shirt.

His bond was set at $5,000, but he will be held until Monday because of a preexisting misdemeanor charge.

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35 comments
Abuse of power
Abuse of power

This is height challenged Sarnoff abusing power.

Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee

Miami New Times misses the main issue which is "abuse of power".

Reid Welch is a well meaning guy who hates Sarnoff for many reasons.

Sarnoff uses all the powers of government to squash harmless Reid Welch.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 Okay, okay, quick conference, guys. Everyone, keep their eyes peeled for drifting. All right, people here they love... look at this guy, he's definitely a drifter, all right? He's going to his car and he's going to slide it sideways, ya know what I mean?

Who is investigating?
Who is investigating?

Sarnoff makes the taxpayers pay for the attorneys who harass and bully this poor activist. Sarnoff makes the police do his dirty work.

Why is Sarnoff allowing the drug clubs like Club Space to operate illegally? Why is Sarnoff protecting a club that condones rape and murder? Who is investigating?

Lissette Villalobos
Lissette Villalobos

This all started when Sarnoff sent a police officer to harass Welch because Sarnoff was upset that Welch was removing campaign signs that violate a city code. This is the real story here. Sarnoff has a long history of abuse of power and using the police to do his dirty work. Reid Welch has succeeded in keeping the spotlight on Sarnoff, hence all of the spin from Sarnoff and his cohorts. Reid Welch is a hero, we just don't like to admit it, because we don't want to publicly support someone with a weird addiction. The media seems to find Welch's addiction to propane more news worthy than Sarnoff's abuse of power. Is police harassment okay when it happens to the unstable? I think not. And how sad that it never crossed anyone's mind to help Welch get treatment for his addiction. Where are his friends and family? 

F. Bailey
F. Bailey

Reid Welch sits in jail and Sarnoff sips champagne. How ironic.

Get him out
Get him out

Sarnoff's chauffeur'd SUV blocks traffic in our neighborhood. Taxpayers pay. The chauffeur is a City policeman making $130,000. Enough already.

Jose Regalado
Jose Regalado

How does Sarnoff stay out of jail? His campaign manager is a lobbyist for vendors seeking City business. Everything is rigged. Bribes?

Baker Act them please
Baker Act them please

Sarnoff needs to be Baker-Acted and so does the crazy lady in the blonde wig (Sue McConnell).

Jose Alvarez
Jose Alvarez

The wrong guy is sitting in jail. Sarnoff attacked Welch. From behind. It's on tape.

Indict the corrupt
Indict the corrupt

There were never any blacks in Center Grove, just the Mexican landscapers.

Center Grovite
Center Grovite

Thanks to Marc Sarnoff and the police, there are no more blacks in my neighborhood.

R. Nader
R. Nader

Sarnoff only got re-elected because he makes City employees work on his campaign on City time. Then he forced lobbyists and City vendors to contribute over $1 mil to his campaign account. He still barely avoided a run-off.

Richard Cohen
Richard Cohen

I listened to the court recordings that Welch posted online. Sarnoff is clearly delusional. He says that people call his wife a "trophy wife" when in reality they call her a "phony wife."  Trophy wives are not old and do not weigh 200 pounds, Mr. Sarnoff. (In court he refers to her as "voluptuous," (yeah right). He also says that he is being stalked because he is a "celebrity."  In reality, Welch has not gone near his house or called him in months, he just sent him a few unsolicited emails called SPAM. Us non-celebrities take .001 second out of our day to DELETE  unsolicited emails, called SPAM. To use the police, the courts, the jails, because you don't like SPAM, is beyond DELUSIONAL. HOW did this idiot get ever get elected???? 

Tim Balsam
Tim Balsam

Sarnoff forces a taxpayer paid policeman to be a chauffeur for him and his wife. Guy should be indicted for corruption.

Crap neighbor
Crap neighbor

Sarnoff is our worst neighbor. He has a City paid policeman chauffeur sitting in a City SUV 25/7 with the car running and the A/C on full blast. Obnoxious.

Indict this jerk now.

Melanie Shapiro
Melanie Shapiro

Marc Sarnoff is a chronic liar. He has been lying in court, under oath. He lied about his relationship with Reid, to make it seem less than what it really was (he's still in the closet and thinks no one knows the truth). He lied to the judge about how long he's lived on Shipping Avenue. He said he's lived there since 1995, but he bought the two houses across from the dog park in 2000. He lied to the judge about the spray can - he said Welch held it 8" from Sue McConnell's face (the crazy lady in blonde wig), when in reality she was on the other side of the street, half a block away....Welch posted the audio files online from his 2 days in court. It's two days of testimony from Sarnoff, lying his ass off. Huffing propane is not illegal, spay painting or removing signs that are banned by city code is not illegal. Assault and battery, giving false statements to the police, and lying under oath in a court of law ARE illegal and Sarnoff should be charged. Lets start a legal fund for Reid Welch's defense and lets put Sarnoff behind bars. Then we can get Reid Welch the proper help and care he needs, because THAT's what good neighbors do!

Ronald Leigh
Ronald Leigh

Abuse of the courts by an elected official. Sarnoff is using the system to for a personal battle at tax payers expense. Get him out of office and out of my neighborhood. Sarnoff has been stalking his neighbors for years. Just ask them! And he uses the police to do it, even riding around in the front seat of their police cars like Barney-Five. What a dick.

Lowlife
Lowlife

Marc Sarnoff is the guy who falsely claimed his grandpappy was the founder of RCA. Liar.

Landryphillips288
Landryphillips288

Finally, thanks to Reid Welch the truth is out - The gay love triangle, the phony marriage to Teresa Forrestal, the his and her houses  with the fake mortgages and the illegal office and illegal homestead exemptionacross from the dog park, the squandering of tax dollars over and over again on the Blanche Park dog park.... Welch is a hero, Sarnoff is a lying crook who can't even accept his own identity, hence all of the sociopolitical behaviors.  

$3 Bil wasted
$3 Bil wasted

Plus Reid Welch is pissed at Sarnoff for voting to give over $3 billion to the Marlins.

Valentino
Valentino

Welch just want's Sarnoff to take him back. They were long time "butt buddies" back in the 80's. Welch said it over and over in his videos. This is a love triangle gone awry. So sad.

Sarnoff attacked Welch
Sarnoff attacked Welch

Reid Welch is harmless. A video shows Marc Sarnoff attacked Welch from the rear. Welch was a block away from Sarnoff's townhouse in the Grove. Sarnoff should have been arrested for aggravated assault.

Huffy
Huffy

Let's just keep this creep in jail please.

Mike Anthony
Mike Anthony

They kept Welch in jail until his court date so that he would not have the opportunity to bring his recording device and post the proceedings online this time. I wonder what happened in court yesterday.....did the witnesses show up? Or were they bullied and intimidated by Sarnoff and his cohorts? The judge was so obviously biased towards Sarnoff in the the last hearing......Google "Reid Welch audio files." I bet Welch didn't even send an email to Sarnoff this time around - it was just a ploy to lock him up until the hearing.

I'm a celebrity too!
I'm a celebrity too!

Us celebrities can not take the time to delete spam!! We must spend days and days in court at tax payer expense so that people will believe that we are celebrities!!! 

Melanie Shapiro
Melanie Shapiro

That's because he's scared that all the people he's harassed over the years are gonna come-a-knock'in, like Reid Welch has! Sarnoff deserves 100 Reid Welch's.

Valentino
Valentino

And 2 very credible witnesses gave reports to authorities verifying this. What has Sarnoff done to the witnesses?? Harassed them? Intimidated them? Had them done away with? Where are they now? Like my Cuban grandmother used to say, "hablar decir la verdad y nunca se volvio a ver."  

J. Alonzo
J. Alonzo

I think Sarnoff made him "disappear." Here in the Grove Sarnoff is known for making undesirables disappear. He had the harmless homeless  woman, Barbara, who liked to dance at festivals in Peacock Park, falsely arrested and put away forever. He did the same thing to the harmless guy that slept on a massage table on Day Ave. Falsely arrested, put away, somewhere, forever.

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