South Florida

Fun with Myron!

(Stephanie Kienzle)   Watching former North Miami Beach mayor Myron Rosner in action has been pretty much like watching a train wreck.  Over and over and over.  Yesterday he was really on a tear.  I’m no psychiatrist, but if I were, I’d be committing him to the nuthouse in a straightjacket, and prescribing a 24 hour Prozac drip with Nurse Ratched watching over him.  Yes, he really is that crazy.

My sources told me that Myron was at the city’s building department yesterday holding three employees hostage at his beck and call, while he was furiously searching through the building permits and plans of twenty five properties.  Armed with a stack of his fake Notices of Violation under his arm, he was making copies of documents and scribbling notes about all the residents in North Miami Beach who he deemed were in violation so he could report them to Code Enforcement.  After he drove those employees crazy he managed to cause enough of a scene in the lobby that the City Manager had to go stop the insanity.


Meanwhile, over in North Miami…

(Stephanie Kienzle)   The shit continues to hit the fan.  An article in today’s Miami Herald, North Miami foots the bill for Haiti president’s security detail, reports that taxpayers get to spend $8,800.00 of PUBLIC MONEY so that North Miami police officers could babysit the Haitian president while he was in town for a PRIVATE PARTY.  The party was a celebration of the eight anniversary of a PRIVATELY OWNED Haitian website.  The taxpayers shelling out for the security detail didn’t even get an invitation.  Isn’t that special?

While many residents were understandably pissed off that “roughly one third” of North Miami’s population, this is just one of the many slights the non-Haitian residents suffer at the hands of a mostly Haitian city council and staff.  Even though mayor Andre Pierre denies that he plays identity politics, stating, “It’s a blatant lie that this administration only helps or does things for Haitians,” the record speaks for itself.  The only blatant lie being told is Pierre’s claim that “his administration celebrates the culture of all residents.”

As I reported in We don’t need no stinkin’ sunshine. Part Deux., the North Miami city council is considering spending  “$270,650.00, for a “Carnival or Mardi-Gras,” which is “one of the most sacred festivities in the Haitian community,” and an additional commitment for an unknown amount to host the festival for five consecutive additional years.  Assuming no annual increase in the cost of the festival, this “commitment” will cost the City of North Miami a minimum of $1,623,900 over six years.  Probably much more than that.

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Another Florida Woman Arrested For Getting Naked and Touching Herself In Front of Traffic

(MIAMI NEW TIMES)   Forget this so called “zombie apocalypse” — Florida is currently in the throes of a full blown, naked ladies on roadsides apocalypse. For the second time in just over a week, a woman has been arrested for getting naked and causing a traffic hazard. And the threat is getting closer. The latest incident happened in Broward County.

On Tuesday at about 5:40 p.m., Tracy Mabb walked into an intersection in the 800 block of South Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach and began to take her clothes off, according to the Sun-Sentinel. She first started by pulling off her top and revealing her breasts, but didn’t stop there. She also gave drivers and pedestrians a full view of her “vagina and buttocks.” The arrest reports claims that she did so with a “complete vulgar and indecent manner.”

When confronted by police, she refused to put her clothes on, and shouted, “I don’t give a fuck.”

Well, clearly no fucks were given.

Last week near Orlando, another 35-year-old, bleached blonde lady, Ashley Holtonpulled a similar stunt when she pulled over on a highway, stripped down, and began to pleasure herself.

What is going on here? Are bath salts involved? Perhaps a contaminated batch of hair bleach making its way around the state? Come on ladies, we’re all for you being comfortable with your bodies and loving your damn selves with no apologies, but there’s a time and a place for that. It’s called amateur night at the strip club.

Nice mugshot, though.

Police: Miami cannibal was overdosing on new, super-potent LSD


(RAW STORY)   Disturbing new details have emerged about an incident in Miami, Florida in which police shot and killed a man who was tearing off and eating another man’s face. According to Miami’s WSVN, the victim, who is believed to be homeless, lost 75 percent of his face in the attack and is in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital.  Police claim that the dead man was overdosing on a new, powerful form of Lysergic Acid Diethlymide, the hallucinogen commonly known as LSD.

Eyewitness Larry Vega was bicycling on the MacArthur parkway on Saturday afternoon when he saw the two naked men locked in a grisly struggle.  The scene, he said, was like something from a horror movie.

“And the guy was like tearing him to pieces with his mouth, so I told him, ‘Get off!’” Vega said, “You know it’s like the guy just kept eating the other guy away like ripping his skin.”

Vega flagged down a police officer, who ordered the attacker to let his victim go.  The attacker ignored him, but when the officer jumped the concrete divider and shouted, Vega said, “the guy just stood his head up like that with a piece of flesh in his mouth and growled.”

The officer opened fire, striking the suspect, who barely paused as he continued to rip away the homeless man’s face.  The officer fired several more times until the attacker was dead.

More police swarmed the scene and the victim was caught on Miami Herald surveillance cameras as he struggled to sit up.  His face, said Vega, “was just a blob of blood.  You couldn’t really see, it was just blood all over the place.”

Police spokesman Armando Aguillar told reporters that the suspect may have been overdosing on a new, super-potent form of LSD.  ”What’s happening is whenever we see that a person has taken all of his clothes off and has become violent, it’s indicative of this excited delirium that’s caused by overdose of drugs,” he said, “What’s happening is inside their body their organs are burning up alive.”

Neither man’s identity has been released to the public.

Watch video about this story, which originally aired Monday, May 28, and is embedded via WSVN, below:

Miami Police Shoot Man Who Was Eating Another Man’s Face

(WSVN)    Disturbing new details and surveillance video have been released in the fatal police involved shooting off a causeway that involved naked men and cannibalism.

While Larry Vega rode his bicycle off the MacArthur Causeway on Saturday afternoon, he witnessed something that can only be described as savage: a naked man chewed off the face of another naked man. “And the guy was like tearing him to pieces with his mouth, so I told him, ‘Get off!'” he said. “You know it’s like the guy just kept eating the other guy away like ripping his skin.”

Upon witnessing what he describes as a scene out of a horror movie, Vega managed to flag down a Miami Police officer. “Police officer came over, told him several times to get off and a police officer climbed over the divider and got in front of him and said, ‘Get off!’ And told him several times and the guy just stood his head up like that with a piece of flesh in his mouth and growled,” said Vega.

When the attack continued, Vega says the officer fired but the man continued to chew flesh off the victim. The officer fired several more times, eventually killing the attacker.

A Miami Herald surveillance camera caught the aftermath as the two men laid side by side on the ground. “It was just a blob of blood,” said Vega. “You couldn’t really see, it was just blood all over the place.”

Rescue crews rushed the victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital with missing flesh. According to a 7News source, the victim was not recognizable.

Vega says both the men, who have not been identified, appeared to be homeless and he believes the attacker may have been on drugs. “He looked like he was on something,” he said. “Either he was really psychotic or he was on crack.”

Now, Vega says he cannot shake the image he expected to see on the big screen and never on the streets of Miami. “Pretty gruesome that’s for sure. One of the most gruesome things I have ever seen in my life in person,” he said. “You know, you see these things in the movies.”

The victim remains in critical condition. Sources tell 7News the injuries the victim sustained are some of the worst injuries they have ever seen.

Water, Water, Everywhere

(Stephanie Kienzle)   Just how vindictive is North Miami Beach councilman Frantz Pierre?  Based on a recent suspicious incident reported to the Police Department, it sure seems to me that he’ll go to just about any length to get even with his “enemies.”

According to yet another Internal Affairs Memorandum dated April 13, 2012 from Sgt. Richard Silberman to Interim Chief Larry Gomer, there was an incident on March 28, 2012 at the home of one Antonio Ortega involving his water meter.  Yes, folks, this is the very same Water Meter Reader Antonio Ortega who had the run in with Frantzie a scant 24 days earlier when Mr. Ortega tried to read Pierre’s water meter, which I reported to you only two days ago in “Don’t You Know Who I am?”

The problem with Mr. Ortega’s meter was discovered quite by accident when one of his neighbors had her water turned off due to an unpaid bill.  According to the Internal Affairs Memo, once she paid the bill, employee Lucio Gutierrez went to her house to turn her water back on when he “apparently miscounted the number of houses in the alleyway and subsequently went to the wrong meter box which was located behind … (Ortega’s residence).  When Gutierrez opened the concrete box to access the meter, he noticed that the meter was in the reverse position,” which means that “any water flow would cause the meter to reverse the odometer count, which could in effect reduce the amount of water consumption a customer may be billed for.”

Then everything snowballed.

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FLASHBACK: 71 Year Old Marine Veteran Shoots Suspects Who Attempted To Rob Sandwich Shop


(WSVN) — A 71-year-old former Marine opened fire on two robbers at a Subway Sandwich Shop in Plantation late Wednesday night, killing one and critically wounding the other.

According to police, two masked men entered the Subway off Pine Island Road and Sunrise Boulevard in the Jacaranda Square strip mall after 11 p.m. Wednesday. “As I was about to go into the store, I noticed a man with a gun pointing down,” said Sebastian Shakespeare. “I really didn’t think it was a real gun.”

According to reports, one of the suspects first attacked the store’s employee before the second suspect attacked the customer. “He told him to give him all the money and asked if there’s any more money in the back,” said Darrell Mendez, the employee’s cousin. “My cousin doesn’t speak good English. He told them that’s all the money, and he ducked down on the ground.”

After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove John Lovell who happened to be an ex-Marine into a bathroom and rob him. “As the customer was being forced into the restroom at gunpoint, the customer, who was in fear for his life and was legally armed, shot the robbery suspect,” said Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department.

But the ex-Marine pulled out his handgun and shot one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head. When police arrived, they found one of the men in the shop and cash strewn around the front of the Subway. Police found the second suspect next to a nearby business. “The second subject was hiding in the bushes where a K-9 and his handler apprehended the suspect,” said Rettig.

Paramedics transported both men to Broward General Medical Center, where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale, remains in critical but stable condition. Police say if Gadson survives, he will be charged with armed robbery and murder of his alleged accomplice.

According to police, the ex-Marine will not face any criminal charges because he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. However, the State Attorney’s Office have yet to confirm that.

The restaurant closed for the day.

Miami Beach sinking in a vast swamp of dishonesty

(MIAMI HERALD)   In places other than Miami Beach City Hall, human resource officers are not encouraged by certain notations in employee personnel files.

Petty larceny, for instance. Or arrests for cocaine possession. Two busts on coke charges are not considered career builders.

Neither are charges of DUI or battery on a spouse. None of these behaviors, outside Miami Beach, would be considered promising attributes for, say, someone vying for an integrity-testing job like city code compliance officer.

An arrest for tossing rocks at policemen. A history of profound credit problems. A history of restraining orders. A history of probation. A charge of hit-and-run. None of these entries in a personnel file quite translates to “trustworthy prospect.”

Same with an attack on two policemen who showed up to intervene at a rowdy party. Ask any human resource officer (outside Miami Beach), and they’d suggest considering another applicant.

Lying about an illegal gambling conviction would not be considered a smart career move. A code inspector who fakes inspections is not exactly what one hopes to find in an employee’s work record.

In most towns, if a human resource officer found all of these transgressions bundled inside the personnel files of the city’s code compliance and fire inspectors, they’d run through corridors of City Hall like an apocalyptic street preacher, warning that an awful scandal loomed.

The April 11 arrest of five code officers and two fire inspectors — charged with running an extortion racket — was plenty predictable, given that those very transgressions were, indeed, in the files of the inspectors the city let loose amid the temptations of South Beach.

The FBI charged the code officers with extorting $25,000 from an unnamed nightclub owner. In return, the racketeers didn’t bother with inspections or worry about the club’s unpaid tax bill.

Fire inspector Henry Bryant, in addition to soliciting bribes from undercover agents to grease the process for permits and fire inspections, also arranged a police escort to bring in two loads of what he thought was cocaine, according to the feds. Bryant, by the way, had been suspended back in 2007 for faking inspections.

The Herald’s David Smiley dredged up the personnel jackets on the arrested inspectors (read his story here), and it was as if the city had been running a work-release program for the Department of Corrections. The shoddy seven could probably mount a credible defense in court, arguing that after the city mixed so many miscreants together, corruption was inevitable, a kind of chemical reaction caused by a volatile concoction of obviously unreliable employees.

So, according to the FBI, a certain unnamed South Beach club owner gets a visit from code inspector Jose Alberto, who threatened to hit the nightclub with a $30,000 fine unless he was paid $3,000. That led to other city code extortionists coming through the cracks like cockroaches. Fire inspector Chai Footman promised to ward off unfavorable fire inspections in return for party favors — $3,633 in free food and drinks for Footman and his three female companions, according to the federal complaint.

“We are straight,” Alberto told the club manager, according to the feds. “As long as you ain’t no FBI.”

Except the FBI was listening. And learning that shaking down clubs was a South Beach tradition. The FBI complaint quoted fire inspector Henry Bryant bragging about past extortions. “I have worked with [Alberto] for about 12 years on every little gig that I had,” Bryant told an undercover agent. “I mean we kept a place open that had violated every [expletive] rule in the law — but the guy was paying us $4,000.”

One might think the folks at City Hall would have been a bit more diligent after three building department inspectors were busted in 2008 on charges that they solicited bribes from a Beach developer. Maybe, after that, it should have occurred to city officials to give their code inspectors’ personnel records an extra look. But maybe corruption is so ingrained in Miami Beach, no one thinks it’s worth the bother.

This latest bust follows allegations that Miami Beach had held up a $15 million reimbursement grant to the New World Symphony in an attempt to extort free tickets for city officials. And there’s an investigation of the former purchasing director over his questionable dealing with a potential bidder in the billion-dollar convention center project.

Last year, a Miami Beach cop, reckless with drink, went tearing down the beach on a police department ATV, no lights, with a woman he had just met at a bar clinging to his back. He crashed over two hapless civilians. The investigation of the brutal incident revealed Beach cops drinking on duty, roaming outside their assigned districts and on-duty supervisors gone home after working partial shifts, despite putting in for overtime. Faking overtime, it was discovered, was endemic to the department.

After the ATV incident, it looked as if Miami Beach had itself a police department gone out of control. Now it’s apparent that the problem’s much more expansive. Those cheating, partying cops were just a symptom of the pervasive rot at City Hall.


The Irony and the Hypocrisy

(Stephanie Kienzle)   Can anyone spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y?  Retired Miami-Dade County firefighter William Clark obviously cannot.

Can anyone spell i-r-o-n-y?  The Gadfly can.

On Monday, September 17, 2001, a scant six days after the terrorist attacks on American soil, then “Fire Chief R.D. Paulison ordered that flags be flown at all fire stations and on all fire trucks.”  Firefighter William Clark and two others stationed at the Opa-Locka fire house refused to ride the firetruck that was flying our American Flag, according to a Sun Sentinel article dated September 20, 2001.  They claimed the reason was because ” the flag offensive and said it represented oppression.”  The three firefighters were black.  Mr. Clark and his colleagues “expressed views about racial politics in the United States throughout the day”  Clark was also quoted as saying, “The men think that once the country’s renewed sense of patriotism dies down, racial discrimination will continue.”  Clark and his buddies claimed that if they were forced to ride on a truck with the offensive American Flag, it would violate their First Amendment rights.  The ACLU was called in and reported:

“Even if the allegations were true, the firefighters would not have a First Amendment case, said Randall Marshall, legal director of the Florida chapter of the ACLU. If firefighters were disciplined for refusing to ride on a flag-waving truck, they would have to seek recourse on other grounds.”

Mr. Clark was also quoted as saying, “It was almost like we were guilty without being properly tried.”

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