Florida Keys Teens Arrested For Snapchat-Inspired Robbery

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Don't believe everything you see on Snapchat, kids.

Earlier this month 15-year-old Patrick Lopez from the Florida Keys received a video on Snapchat of his cousin holding a large amount of money. Naturally, the boy decided to round up four of his friends and rob his own cousin.

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FBI Delayed Returning Stolen Matisse Painting to Venezuela Over Concerns It Was Looted by Nazis

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The stolen Matisse painting, left, next to its cheap counterpart
Hugo Chávez could have had his odalisque if it weren't for those damn Nazis.

In a rare interview, FBI agents say that they delayed the return of a stolen $4 million Henri Matisse painting to Venezuela because of concerns that the painting had originally been looted by Nazis during World War II.

It's a strange twist to an already incredible story involving a fraudulent painting, a fake Venezuelan colonel, and a beautiful undercover agent.

See also: Chavez, Matisse, and the Heist That Shook the Americas

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Online Date Leads to Homeless Woman Being Held Captive

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A budding online romance lead to involuntary imprisonment in southwest Miami-Dade this week.

Police say 19-year-old Jazzima Barnes and 25-year-old James Myles met on an online dating site. The two met up sometime this weekend, and Barnes ended up staying at his home for three days. On Tuesday, however, Barnes, who is listed by police as homeless, wanted to leave. Myles wouldn't let her.

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Teen Arrested for Nearly Stabbing Mother to Death

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Nineteen-year-old U'Laun Jamar Volthire is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center this morning on charges of domestic violence and attempted murder.

His mother, 38-year-old Yolanda Ferguson, is at Kendall Regional Medical Center recovering from emergency surgery after she was stabbed multiple times by her son.

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Amid Ferguson Conflict, Activists Decry Miami Cop Rehired After Killing Travis McNeil

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Sheila McNeil holds a poster showing her son, Travis, who was unarmed when a Miami police officer shot and killed him three years ago.
As Ferguson, Missouri, has descended into a nightmarish vision of a dystopian police state, few have watched the growing clashes between protesters and authorities with a perspective quite like Sheila McNeil's. As a young woman in Overtown, McNeil lived through Miami's own version of Ferguson -- the McDuffie riots that tore through the neighborhood in 1980. And three years ago, a police officer shot and killed McNeil's unarmed son, 28-year-old Travis McNeil.

Worst of all, the very same day that the unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, McNeil got word that Officer Reynoldo Goyos -- the Miami cop who had been fired after killing her son -- would be rehired and awarded all of his back pay.

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Two Boat Burglars Jump From Rickenbacker Causeway After Chase

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Police caught two suspects burglarizing boats at the marina near the Miami Marine Stadium in the early hours of Friday morning. Police than chased the men, but the suspects ended up jumping off of the Rickenbacker Causeway.

One suspect was caught and detained, but authorities are still on the search for his accomplice.

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Hialeah Couple Arrested for Spending $10,000 at Palm Beach Four Seasons on Fake Credit Card

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Who wouldn't want to trade in the blue-collar life of Hialeah for a night in a swanky hotel in Palm Beach? Just make sure you can actually pay for it before you head there.

A Hialeah couple -- Javier Roura, 25, and Joanna Sanchez, 28 -- were arrested after ringing up a $10,000 bill at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach and then skipping out on it.


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Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi Acquitted on Corruption Charges

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Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi has been acquitted by a federal jury on charges that he took a nearly $7,000 kickback for supporting a grant for his city.

See also: Feds case against Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi is Weak, Transcripts Suggest

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Maximo Caminero Pleads Guilty to Destroying Ai Weiwei Artwork, Will Not Face Prison Time

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Máximo Caminero in his Miami studio.
Máximo Caminero, the Miami painter who earlier this year deliberately smashed an expensive urn at Pérez Art Museum Miami, will not be headed to prison.

Miami-Dade prosecutors announced today that Caminero pleaded guilty to criminal mischief for destroying an Ai Weiwei vase at PAMM February 16. Caminero will serve 18 months of probation for the "protest," but the deal allows the 51-year-old to avoid incarceration.

"I find it hard to live with what I did because it still haunts me," Caminero wrote in an apology letter. "I cannot repair the damage caused to so many, but given a second chance I will demonstrate that redemption is still a way to recover one's humanity."

See also: Breaking Point: Máximo Caminero's Million-Dollar Attack on the Miami Art World

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Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Charged With Plying Boy With Drugs, Groping Him

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James H. Edwards III, a Miami-Dade Police sergeant and 27-year veteran of the force, now finds himself behind bars. Edwards allegedly provided a 15-year-old boy with booze and drugs, groped the boy, and then masturbated in front of him. He now faces charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and exhibition.

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