Cops, NFL Covered for Dolphins Player Accused of Hitting Pregnant Fiancée

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Ex-Dolphins lineman Phillip Merling received lenient treatment from cops after beating his pregnant fiancée, a new report alleges.
In May 2010, Broward dispatchers received a call from a terrified woman cowering in a bathroom. She was pregnant, she said, and her much larger fiancé had just hit her in the face. "Please help," the woman begged.

Police showed up and arrested her alleged abuser. But because the woman's fiancé was none other than Miami Dolphins defensive end Phillip Merling, the case soon went well outside the normal track for a domestic violence incident.

In fact, according to a New York Times investigation, the team pressured police to treat Merling leniently. Neither the NFL nor the Dolphins did anything to punish the hulking lineman. And Merling's ex tells the Times that the harassment only got worse and has lasted all the way through this year.

See also: Miami Dolphins Prove Even When NFL Gets It Right on Domestic Violence, Still Gets It Wrong

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Operation "Willy Wonka" Leads to Arrest of 17 "Get Money Soldiers" Gang Members

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Dumb names. Serious crime.

Miami-Dade Police's yearlong "Operation Willy Wonka" investigation into the "Get Money Soliders" street gang has ended in the arrest of 17 members as well as 14 other individuals.

The Get Money Soldiers were operating out of the Arthur Mays Villas Public Housing complex down in the Goulds neighborhood of South Miami-Dade. Starting off as kiddie cliques involved in small-time crime, the group eventually turned into a violent criminal organization that took over the area's drug trade and was also involved in guns, theft and murder.

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Production Truck Booked for Dolphins Game Stolen From Miami Lakes Hotel

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An example of a production truck rented out by NEP
DirecTV's pre-game show for tomorrow Dolphins vs, Bills game is in question thanks to some local thieves.

A producer for the network's Rich Eisen Show went out to the parking lot at the Marriot Hotel in Miami Lakes to check on the production truck they had booked to help produce tomorrow's show only to realize it was missing.

Eisen himself tweeted about the theft.

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Insane Car Accident Leaves Sedan Upside Down in Middle of North Miami Avenue

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Courtesy of Allie Conti
A dramatic traffic accident created a bizarre scene last night in Little Haiti.

Around 1:30 a.m., a red sedan lost control on North Miami Avenue near 79th Street, flipping upside down and landing on its roof. Afterward, the car's occupants appeared unhurt and could be seen making phone calls. Passersby in both directions had to veer around the disabled vehicle, which was strewn perpendicular to traffic.

It's unclear if another car was involved in the crash. More details to come.

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Florida Man Gets Six Months In Jail For Trying To Ignite "Race War" Near Disney World

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Marcus Faella (left) plotted a race war from a compound only 11 miles from Disney World.
On a rural compound just 11 miles from Disney World, Marcus Faella and his followers spent years stockpiling weapons and food, erecting barbed wire, and conducting elaborate paramilitary drills. Their goal, according to federal agents: igniting a "race war" in Central Florida.

Two years ago, the feds busted the Aryan compound before they could carry out any of their plans. Yesterday, Faella was sentenced for his role as the group's leader.

So what does plotting a race war carry in Florida these days? Just six months in jail, apparently.

See also: Marcus Faella and His Florida White Supremacist Group Arrested For Plotting a Race War

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Wonderland Strip Club Raided for Drugs and Prostitution

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via Google Maps
Wonderland strip club, which occupies 7778 Biscayne Blvd., a space that has housed just about every type of adult business under the sun, was raided early this morning after a months-long investigation.

Thirteen people were arrested after police say they discovered prostitution, drugs, and the selling of alcohol after-hours at the establishment.

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Mom Arrested for Bringing Gun to School Has Very Interesting Mugshot

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Dalisia Traella Barnes' legal problems just got a lot more complicated than her facial aesthetics.

The 28-year-old mother was arrested yesterday when police found a gun in her car after she threatened to harm others at Myrtle Grove Elementary School in Miami Gardens.

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A-Rod to Feds: Yes, I Bought Steroids From Biogenesis

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In January 2013, here's how Alex Rodriguez reacted to a Miami New Times exposé that a Coral Gables clinic had been selling him steroids for years: "Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch's patient," he said in a statement, "he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him."

That's been A-Rod's story for the past 22 months, from the tumultuous aftermath of that investigation through a knockdown fight with MLB over a record drug suspension. But when the Yankees star finally went under oath to talk to the feds earlier this year, he changed his tune.

In a 15-page tell-all, A-Rod at last admitted everything: It was all true. He'd been buying steroids from Bosch for years -- and then lying to public and MLB officials about it for months.

There's not much in his confession that hasn't already been reported. But the pure cynicism of A-Rod openly lying about so much of his role in Biogenesis is sure to be the last nail in the coffin of whatever public goodwill the slugger had left.

See also: Tony Bosch and Biogenesis: MLB Steroid Scandal

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A-Rod Paid His Miami Cousin $900,000 to Keep Quiet During Biogenesis Scandal

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Yuri Sucart, from a 1993 arrest that left him a felon. Sucart later became his cousin Alex Rodriguez's assistant and often his drug connection.
In June 2013, Alex Rodriguez was sweating the biggest drug scandal in MLB history. Six months after Miami New Times had revealed a local clinic called Biogenesis was selling steroids to scores of top players, MLB was closing in on Tony Bosch, the clinic's owner. Bosch was a big problem, but first A-Rod had to plug another hole in the dam.

His cousin Yuri Sucart had been his assistant -- and often his drug connection -- for years until November 2012, when A-Rod fired him. Ever since Biogenesis blew up, Sucart had been threatening to talk.

Now, new documents show A-Rod finally caved two months before his record suspension, agreeing to pay his cousin $900,000 in exchange for keeping his mouth shut.

See also: Yuri Sucart Faces a Decade in Prison After Years of Doing A-Rod's Dirty Work

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Alexander Tyler, 22, Arrested for Murder of Homeless Man Outside Laundromat

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Police have connected 22-year-old Alexander Tyler to the murder of a homeless man.

The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was in his late 40s. According to NBC Miami, he was believed to have lived under the 836 bridge, and came to a Little Havana laundromat once a month to despot his Social Security check into an ATM.

His body was found at 7 a.m. on Friday morning outside of the laundromat.

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