Former embattled Broward Circuit Judge Ana Gardiner has been disbarred from practicing law by the Florida Supreme Court. Back in 2008, New Times broke the story of Gardiner's improper sexual relationship with then-prosecutor and Assistant State Attorney Howard Scheinberg during a death penalty tri ... More >>
The girlfriend of Miami Police Officer Carl Patrick, who was fatally shot at his Pembroke Pines home, has been booked into the main Broward County jail on a second-degree murder charge. Tiniko Thompson was arrested Wednesday shortly after a warrant for her arrest was issued, and she was booked into ... More >>
The identity of the machete-wielding man who was shot and killed by a BSO deputy has been released by the Broward Sheriff's Office. Homicide detectives say Deosaran Maharaj, 51, was the man who allegedly threatened a woman with a machete and was later shot and killed by BSO Deputy Paul Yesbeck aft ... More >>
Detectives are set to announce who they believe to be the suspect in the 1989 disappearance of Tiffany Sessions, a University of Florida student. The Sessions case has been one of Florida's most notorious unsolved crimes, but now the Alachua County Sheriff's Office is poised to announce that Paul R ... More >>
Former New England Patriot and Florida Gator, Aaron Hernandez, was in an SUV when someone inside the vehicle shot two people to death in Boston in 2012. This according to a recently released search warrant filed in Connecticut. According to the Hartford Courant, the warrant goes into some details o ... More >>
Gus Boulis' green BMW was pinned between two cars. One had halted directly in front of him as he pulled out of his office building parking lot. The other appeared from the opposite direction as a dark blur in the vacant Ft. Lauderdale street. Boulis' killer was facing him from the opposite car. Boul ... More >>
So is Stand Your Ground on the ropes or here to stay? Since the outrage boiling over after the George Zimmerman trial verdict, there's been a lot of talk across the state about reforming the shoot-first legislation. But even if -- somehow -- the political will shifted toward dismantling the NRA's ... More >>
A Broward County grand jury has indicted the man who gunned down David Herr, the 36-year-old tow truck driver that tried to tow his illegally parked vehicle several weeks ago. According to a BSO report, the man, 31-year-old Triston Johnson of Lauderdale Lakes, pulled a gun and shot Herr several tim ... More >>
George Zimmerman's lawyers want the 911 tape of screaming voices to be played in court. They say the voice belongs to Zimmerman, who is supposedly screaming for help while grappling with Trayvon Martin. The prosecution says the voice belongs to Martin, moments before he was slain by Zimmerman. On ... More >>
Three men are facing charges in connection with the shooting of a manager/bartender at Josephine's Italian Restaurant in Boca Raton.According to WPEC, Channel 12 news, Quinton Redell Sylvestre, 26, of Fort Lauderdale; Samuel Magic Walker, 27, of Lauderdale Lakes; and Adalberto Junior Montalvo, 29, o ... More >>
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives think that former Coral Springs firefighter Santiago Gonzalez maybe, possibly, might have been part of the infamous Pain & Gain killings (now a major motion picture starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, based on a New Times stor ... More >>
South Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson took to the House floor yesterday and slammed authorities for their inaction in the case of Trayvon Martin, the Miami Gardens 17-year-old who was killed in Martin County last month, calling shooter George Zimmerman "a renegade wannabe policeman neighbo ... More >>
Improbable as it may sound, there is an entire television series devoted to people who hire hit men to kill their loved/hated ones. The Investigation Discovery show Nothing Personal is hosted by Steve Schirripa, the jovial comedian who played Bobby Baccalieri on The Sopranos. Now ... More >>
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrested a second suspect in the death of Belle Glade grocery store owner Jimmy McMillan, after he was identified by the mother of the alleged shooter.Jonathan Jones now joins Corey Graham Jr. in the Palm Beach County Jail on charges related to McMillan's death ... More >>
He's a Ponzi schemer, a fraudster, involved with corrupt politicians and the Mob, but Scott Rothstein insists he's not a murderer.Under intense questioning by attorney Mary Barzee Flores during a deposition last month, the "Prince of Darkness" vehemently denied being involved in the 2008 mu ... More >>
Broward Sheriff's OfficeCheryl HepnerExpecting that some sort of confrontation might take place when he picked up his son from his estranged mother-in-law's house, 39-year-old Salvatore Miglino started the video recorder on his iPhone.Sure enough, the cops say she shot him.Cheryl Hepner, 66, is n ... More >>
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is currently investigating the deaths of two men who were killed six days apart and only a few doors down from each other.The first victim was 51-year-old Eugene "Bow-Leg" Lynch, who was found shot to death in a residence at 837 NW Tenth Terrance on the after ... More >>
St. Augustine Police DepartmentAmanda Rice Stevenson, 96, is charged with murder.Amanda Rice Stevenson is 96 years old.She also allegedly shot and killed her nephew last night by firing a round from a .357 Magnum into his chest.St. Augustine Police Department spokesman Mark Samson says the co ... More >>
Palm Beach County Sheriff's OfficeClem BeauchampClem Beauchamp has been charged with the murders of his girlfriend's children -- who were found dead and stuffed in suitcases in a canal between Delray Beach and Boca Raton -- as well as the death of the girlfriend herself, who turned up dead at a t ... More >>
Dragic's Facebook profile photo.On Thursday, deputies say, Slobodan Dragic's divorce from his wife, Jelena, reached a bloody end. During an argument on their front lawn, Dragic pulled out a .38-caliber gun and shot her in the shoulder. "You are killing me," Jelena cried out, before Dragic leveled ... More >>
Calvin Williams was killed May 14.This week's New Times feature story focuses on the murder of Calvin Williams, 41, a special-ed teacher at L.C. Swain Middle School in Greenacres. In May, a lover allegedly shot and killed Williams in his Riviera Beach apartment.Lawrence Hunt, 20, told police that ... More >>
Tony Villegas' trial is on hold.Tony Villegas arrived in Broward County Court this morning looking weary after more than two years in jail, his thin face hidden by a scruffy brown beard. He sat quietly, cuffed hands in his lap, wearing a black-and-white striped shirt that set him apart from the d ... More >>
Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Geoffrey Brown injured his leg Saturday night after he and his partner interrupted a burglary at an unoccupied Southwest Ranches home. But a BSO news release indicates Brown was released later that night. One of the suspect burglars was not so lucky.
This week's New Times feature story is an-depth look at the murder of Melissa Britt Lewis, a young attorney at the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Alder firm who was killed more than a year before Rothstein's massive Ponzi scheme imploded. Melissa's best friend, Debra Villegas, is in a federal courtroom today ... More >>
Debra Villegas (left) liked to party at Round Up.On the night her best friend was murdered in March 2008, Debra Villegas was partying with friends at the Round Up Country Western Club in Davie.This wasn't unusual for Debra, the former chief operating officer at the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law ... More >>
Photo: BSOPetignyAs I was posting this article yesterday about the search for murder suspect Tony Petigny, I noticed that in his mug shot, Petigny had a swollen right eye -- just like the Broward Sheriff's Office release said.After another New Times staffer noticed the same thing, I asked BSO whe ... More >>
Photo: Broward Sheriff's OfficeMcCallRenalto Obos was shot dead in November 2004 while sitting in a car on Northwest 3rd Avenue with his girlfriend. It was robbery gone awry. The killer wore a mask, and due to the random nature of the crime, Broward Sheriff's Office couldn't find a suspect until ... More >>
Gearing up for some courtroom drama in the Febonio murder caseIt looks like the murder trial of Jose Alfaro, charged with the premeditated, first-degree murder of his friend Steve Febonio, is gearing up to be a cliff-hanger. This month, state prosecutors told West Palm Beach Judge Amy Smith that ... More >>
Was Febonio's frozen body moved in and out of a Parkland grow house while DEA agents watched?When the DEA raided a Parkland grow house at 7773 NW 124th Terrace on September 12, 2007 -- was Stephen Febonio's body crammed into a freezer in that very garage? Or had the freezer been moved out just da ... More >>
This February 4, Yakoub Levy would have had his 10-year anniversary as a fugitive from justice. Instead, the man wanted in a 2000 homicide in Fort Lauderdale will spend it in a jail cell. The Fort Lauderdale Police are reporting that Levy, one of three suspects in a killing that took place at 2217 N ... More >>
Here's what we know: This past Tuesday, Chad Fleming, 31, from Deerfield Beach was delivered to a Massachusetts hospital -- after he had already died. In fact, doctors found he'd been dead for several hours. Fleming had been beaten to death. The man who dropped him off at the hospital, Nelson Mel ... More >>
An extra-spooky, Halloween Eve edition of the MJ:Junior Cesar, the 30-year-old man who was shot dead Wednesday night at a basketball court in Boynton Beach's Pence Park is the older brother of Jesse Cesar, who was 22 when he was murdered just before he could testify against a gang member accused ... More >>
A multijurisdictional murder case started, it appears, when Broward sheriff's deputies responded to a Crimestoppers tip that a red Mazda truck left at the Greyhound bus stop in Fort Lauderdale was involved in a murder. The truck was registered to 76-year-old Tommy Lee Kellum of Lake City, Florida. A ... More >>
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Who killed the Birdman? David Ovalle writes a great story in the Miami Herald this morning about a true South Florida character ... who was beaten to death in the daylight on a matress he slept on behind a gas station.
I know it's 2007, but it's starting to feel a lot like 1994. It's all those bullets flying I guess. News of babies and retirees being shot takes you back to the crime wave of the early 90s that started towards the end of another Bush's stay in the White House. I was in Fort Myers at the time, coveri ... More >>
A rogue FBI agent, tons of smuggled drugs, a wife in search of her husband's corpse
A mercenary knocks, almost everybody talks, and a new light shines on two mysterious deaths
Richard Scheff still can't get the story of the Frank Lee Smith case straight -- and he doesn't seem to care
The state need not look far when investigating the murder of a Broward deputy. But it will have to look deep.
The case against accused cop-killer Keith King was so weak, he's already out of prison. So why did BSO ignore evidence pointing to Keith Maddox?
After a severely flawed trial, Michael Rivera was convicted of killing a little girl. New DNA evidence may help him.
Four years after hed been convicted of murder in Belgium, Jean-FranCois Buslik was a pilot and a family man living quietly in North Palm Beach. Then justice came calling.
Billy Elledge brutally raped and murdered a woman in Hollywood 25 years ago. He has sat in prison since then, evidence that Florida's death penalty isn't working.