Treon "Tre" Johnson, a central figure in an upcoming Rakontur documentary on backyard brawling, died on Thursday after a confrontation with Hialeah Police. Officers responded to a report and found Johnson standing on a rooftop throwing coconuts at a dog who had bitten him. To subdue Johnson they used a taser gun and pepper spray. He died shortly after.
It's the third case of a man dying after being Tasered by police in Miami-Dade in less than a month.More »
The Miami Beach Police Department today released photos that officers took to document Justin Bieber's various tattoos, which include pictures of the popstar shirtless (because lord knows no one has ever seen that before). The release came just hours after a hearing was set in Miami-Dade Court to decide whether videos of Bieber providing a urine sample will be released as well.
Never have we had such conflicting feelings of "Hell yeah! Freedom of the press!" and "But, wait this is kind of icky and silly" before.
Update: A Miami-Dade judge ruled that indeed the media will get its hand on the video of Bieber providing a urine sample in the coming days. However, images of his penis will be censored.
"He has not lost his expectation of dignity, and that's what's most important here," he said.
Whether or not anyone else lost their dignity by fighting for this video is up to you to decide.More »
Would you like to be carrying 2.5 ounces of marijuana right now? How about tending your own marijuana garden at home with up to six plants? Or would you rather buy marijuana from a store and have the tax proceeds go to the state? Well, call your state senator and tell them you support SB 1562!
The bill, which would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, has absolutely no chance of passing, but it's the thought that counts.More »
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke responds to Spike Lee's rant against gentrification.
It took an incident close to home for Spike Lee, the Do the Right Thing director, to see the reality facing African-American neighborhoods across the country. During a Black History Month lecture recently, he grumbled about his dad being harassed by new white neighbors for playing music too loudly.
The City of Miami's latest toxic park is not even a park yet: the 12-acre waterfront parcel slated to become Coconut Grove's Regatta Park. Soil tests have confirmed the presence of arsenic, chromium and benzopyrene - all known carcinogens - at levels above what county environmental regulators consider safe for human exposure. Tests also confirmed that arsenic has contaminated the groundwater.
Although the Dinner Key site has a long industrial history, dating to the area's days as a hub for early international air travel, county records say the source of the contamination is unclear.
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Dammit LeBron, my wife is gonna kill me. She loves unicorns.
You know you had a good game when the highlight video is eligible for the Oscar for Best Short Film. After the jump is every point LeBron James scored last night. If you're watching this at work you may want to open an incognito window and tilt the computer screen away from your coworkers, because it's straight retina sex.More »
Miami-Dade police officer Albert Coriat apparently thinks law enforcement agencies giving each other special treatment is more important than public safety.
Back on February 16th, Coriat, who is 40, popped an illegal U-turn on the Florida Turnpike near mile marker 59. An FHP trooper spotted the illegal maneuver and pulled Coriat over. Coriat told the trooper he was a Miami-Dade police officer and provided his badge and ID as proof.
A Florida restaurant chain is out to make your bill political. Eight restaurants that are part of the Gator's Dockside chain are adding a one percent surcharge to customer's bills and clearly marking it as an "ACA surcharge" on customers' receipts. Signs, doors and tables at the restaurants also trumpet the fee.
Of course, the chain won't extend health coverage to all of its full-time employees until December, but they're still charging the fee now anyway.More »
The Miami area hasn't held a presidential nominating convention since both the Democratic and Republican parties held their conventions in the Miami Beach convention center back in 1972. Despite Florida's transition into one of the most crucial swing states over the past two decades, neither have returned.
Well, Miami is trying to get back in the game and local politicians have taken the first step toward trying to lure the 2016 Democratic convention.More »
Today is little Shaba's second birthday. He's spending it Jackson Memorial Hospital recovering from being shot in the head during a random outburst of gunfire in Liberty City on Sunday morning.
The Miami Springs Golf and Country Club is the oldest municipal course in South Florida. Wedged into a triangle of land just north of Miami International Airport, it dates back to the 1920s and once hosted legendary golf pros such as Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen for the Miami Open.
Courtesy of the Broward Sheriff's Office When Michael Aldridge was pulled over in Pembroke Pines, a baggie of cocaine fell out of his car and onto the pavement, an arrest report notes.
But in the 15 years since the City of Miami sold the course to Miami Springs, disastrous management has led the town into a financial hole. In the past decade, the course has operated at a loss of $8 million. And even as the club lost hundreds of thousands per year, records show, the city kept a director with multiple DUIs and drug busts.
The course was conceived by Tub Palmer, a member of the Miami Coconuts golf club, in the mid-'20s, according to the club's official history. Palmer and his friends were without a place to play their favorite sport because the Miami Country Club was private. In 1922, the Coconuts partnered with Miami Springs founder Glenn Curtiss, who provided a good chunk of land.
The Marlins aren't entering the 2014 season with many expectations, nor much hype, but there are a few story lines to keep an eye on as first pitch nears. Real baseball is still a month away, but here are a few things to watch as the Marlins warm-up throughout March.More »
Three Florida women were arrested on Friday after they allegedly slapped, kicked, and choked a 14-year-old girl. The adults then forced the girl to take off her clothes so they could beat her with a belt.
Volusia County Sheriff's Office Moriyah McGhee and two other women allegedly beat, choked, stripped, and belt-whipped a young girl
The incident took place in Orange City, Florida. When Volusia County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene, they found the teen covered in "multiple lacerations and welts," according to a VCSO press release.
The women told authorities they were just punishing the girl for getting suspended from school.
Rights extended to homeless people in the City of Miami for years will now be taken away. A federal judge approved of a plan today that will scale back an agreement reached 16 years ago that had allowed homeless in downtown Miami to pitch tents, build fires in parks, and relieve themselves in public.
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However, several landmark protections put into place by the Pottinger Agreement will be retained.More »
Six months to the day after teenager Israel "Reefa" Hernandez died when Miami Beach cops shot him with a Taser, another young man has met the same fate -- this time when Miami-Dade Police used the device.
Willie Sams was fatally Tasered by Miami-Dade Police on Feb. 5
Willie Sams was visiting family members in Liberty City on February 5 when he got into a confrontation with cops. The 21-year-old from Georgia was Tasered and died shortly thereafter, the Miami Herald reports.
Miami-Dade Police have confirmed the incident, but the Medical Examiner's office has yet to announce a cause of death.More »
After smashing his own black Ferrari and calling it a work of art, former Miami Dolphin Richie Incognito has checked himself into a psychiatric care center. TMZ reports that his admittance was not voluntary and came after the Scottsdale Police Department became involved. Incognito did accept that he needed help.
Nelson Santoni was desperate. So desperate he decided to break into his neighbors home and take her valuables. But when the woman showed up in the middle of the attempted heist, Santoni attacked her. She was strangled to death in her own home by her neighbor.