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sobemugsphotos via Miami-Dade Corrections; montage by David Cypkin/rakontur

Three weeks ago, Miami Beach police rolled out a new crime fighting initiative aimed at stemming a tide of robberies in South Beach, and they’ve had some recent success. Some of the arrests may be due to beefed up manpower and squads of detectives working longer hours (with overtime benefits, of course.)


darwin-castillo-mugshot-broward-sheriffBroward Sheriff's Office

Melissa Rodriguez was collecting seashells on the Hollywood, Florida beach hours after the last fireworks had dimmed on the Fourth of July when she realized her pants were missing. She had left her black jeans, wallet, and car keys on a lifeguard stand before walking to the water. When she turned around, she saw a man in a gray hoodie run off with them down Ocean Drive.

Rodriguez had become a victim of what appeared to be a string of Independence Day petty thefts on Hollywood Beach.

And, after accused robber Darwin Castillo was apprehended, police say he was wearing the very same black jeans he stole from her.



A longtime computer engineer for Arizona’s court system was arrested on Tuesday after he was caught in a police sting trying to meet a 14-year-old girl at a Gilbert park for sex.

Merrill Barton Nelson III, 57, of Gilbert, an 11-year employee of the Arizona Supreme Court, was booked into jail following the afternoon park encounter.

In a scenario that’s all too familiar in the computer age, the teen wasn’t really a teen, but an undercover officer.



derek_medinaDerek Medina was sentenced to life in prison for the grisly 2013 murder of his wife Jennifer Alonso. The case made headlines worldwide after Medina posted a picture of Alonso’s lifeless body on Facebook with the caption, “I’m going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife.”

Though Medina correctly predicted his prison sentence at the time, he now thinks his sentencing is part of some larger corruption conspiracy. Medina did not testify during his trial, and addressed the court for the first time at his sentencing trial this morning in a brief but rambling statement involving President Obama and the movie Unfriended

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