Canine Courtesy Please! Police cracking down on dogs

Many Brickell neighbors are fed up with dog owners who don’t abide by the laws that require dogs to be on leashes and to be picked up after. Police and BHA have been inundated with complaints, so our Neighborhood Resource Officer Daniel Rodriguez informs us Miami Police will be enforcing the Dog Leash and Pooper Scooper (Nuisance) Laws and imposing fines.

The Dog Leash law is straightforward:

Your dog is not permitted to roam free off your private property. When your dog is off your property, it must be leashed at all times. Running at large: $150.00 fine for an unsterilized dog (plus a $10.00 surcharge), $50.00 fine for sterilized dogs (plus a $10.00 surcharge).

The “Pooper Scooper” law is also straightforward:

Not picking up your dog’s poop is considered a public nuisance. You must exercise proper care and control of your dog. It is creating a public nuisance when it chases vehicles or persons, or when it trespasses or causes damage to another person’s private property, or on public property.

The law in Miami-Dade gets into more detail for those interested. See below from Section 5-20:

“It shall be unlawful for a responsible party to allow, whether willfully or through failure to exercise due care or control, a dog to commit any nuisance upon: the sidewalk of any public street; the floor of any common hall in any apartment house, hotel, or other multi-family dwelling; or any entranceway, stairway or wall immediately abutting on a public sidewalk; or the floor of any theatre, shop, store, office building or other building used in common by the public. “Nuisance,” for the purposes of this section, shall be defined as defecation and/or public urination. If a dog defecates on the grassy swale of a public right-of-way or other such public property, or on private property without the express or implied consent of the property owner, the responsible party shall remove the defecation and deposit it in an appropriate trash receptacle, sanitary disposal unit, or other sealed container.”

Cops Bust Coconut Grove Car Burglary Ring, Find Loads of Stolen Stuff TIM ELFRINK

Acting on a tip, Miami Police recently raided a squat ranch house on a quiet side street a few blocks south of Bird Avenue in Coconut Grove.

Inside the house, at 3152 Elizabeth St., police found a mother lode of goods stolen in a spate of car break-ins around the neighborhood over the past month — thousands of dollars’ worth of GPS devices, schoolbooks, stereos, and golf clubs, says Officer Jeffrey Giordano, a spokesman for the Miami PD.

The cops arrested three men inside — 33-year-old William Vanwinkle, 48-year-old Michael Wriggens, and 32-year-old Daron Johnson.

Two of the men have colorful records.

Both Vanwinkle and Johnson have been arrested scores of times for cocaine and pot possession, burglary, loitering, and public intoxication; Wriggens had a clean record before this arrest.

Police distributed pamphlets about the crime wave around Coconut Grove before the tip came in leading them to Vanwinkle and his cohorts, he says.

And last Wednesday, a seperate tip led police to another area car burglar, Giordano says.

Dunel Olivia-Diaz, a 27-year-old Hialeah resident, was charged with breaking into two cars.

Miami police arrest suspect in death of Boca man over cigarette

Miami police on Friday arrested a homeless suspect they say fatally sucker-punched a Boca Raton man after asking him for a cigarette.

Sosthene Louis, 35, was charged with second-degree murder in the Monday killing of Lisney Oliveira Jr., who died when his head struck the sidewalk after being punched, police said.

Louis was arrested in the 9300 block of Northwest 27th Avenue in Miami. A tipster recognized him from surveillance video blasted in media reports and called police, said Miami Officer Jeffrey Giordano.

“It was a sad start, but at least it’s a positive ending,” he said.

The attack happened as Oliveira, 26, walked with a friend to the club Mekka near Northeast Second Avenue and Ninth Street about 5:30 a.m., police said.

Louis asked the pair for a cigarette, but the friend, whom police didn’t name, said they didn’t have one and kept walking. At that point, Louis punched Oliveira in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground, police said. Oliveira died at Jackson Memorial Hospital shortly after the attack.

“Nothing will bring him back, but at least I know that man wouldn’t do that to someone else,” the victim’s mother, Heloisa Oliveira, said.

Her son was outgoing and never started trouble with anyone, she said.

But in February, Fort Lauderdale police charged Oliveira with sexual battery, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after finding him in a secluded section of a parking garage in the 300 block of South Andrews Avenue.

There, at about 2:45 a.m. on Feb. 15, according to a police report, he was sexually battering a woman who was passed out in the back seat of a car. When police woke up the victim, she told police she did not know Oliveira or how she got to the car.

Lisney Oliveira Jr. moved from southern Brazil to South Florida more than 11 years ago, said his family.

He loved to go dancing and have fun and often didn’t return home until after sunrise, said his father, Lisney Oliveira Sr.

Lisney Oliveira Jr. worked as a debt consultant and modeled on the side. He also was an aspiring photographer, according to his family. He was the oldest of three siblings. His sister, Paula Oliveira, 21, said his happiness was contagious.

“He taught us how to live life,” she said.

Staff Writer Jerome Burdi contributed to this report.

Rapper Brisco is robbed, but not rattled

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — Miami rapper Brisco lost $40,000 in jewelry and his luxury SUV when armed robbers stormed the barber shop where he was getting a trim, but the artist says the hold up may help his creativity.

Security camera video showed Brisco, whose real name is British Mitchell, sitting in a barber chair when four armed men rush into the Miami, Florida, business, fire a few shots and order everyone, including the rapper, to the floor.

“He went to a barber shop to get his hair cut,” Miami Police Officer Jeffery Giordano told Miami TV station WSVN. “They took a little bit more off the top than expected.”

Brisco’s gold watch, bracelet, chain and pendant were taken from him, along with the keys to his Range Rover. The vehicle was later recovered, Giordano said.

“For a rapper to have his bling stolen, they might as well stolen that man’s heart,” Giordano said.

Brisco, known for his songs about ghetto street life, said he was still alive and looking at the bright side.

“I’ll get bigger jewelry and still go hard,” Brisco said. “It’s great material for my next album.”

Music fans also know Brisco by his other nickname, the Opa Locka Goon, a reference to his south Florida hometown.

The armed robbery took place July 29 in Miami’s Model City neighborhood.

[FL] Miami Detective Flynn asked girlfriend “Is this the way you want to die?”

As Miami-Dade Police Narcotics Detective Michael Flynn’s kidnapped and beaten girlfriend spoke to a 911 operator, he pushed her onto the floor and shoved his gun down her throat — splitting her lip and chipping her front tooth. With the phone off the hook, operators heard and recorded him yelling at her, “Is this the way you want to die?”
He was arrested & demoted to officer, but not fired. That was 2003. While he was out on bond awaiting trial in 2004, he got busted on video and audio tape in a sting – trafficking cocaine and buying 51 bags of heroin. He was arrested but not fired. He also got caught twice soliciting a prostitute from his patrol car. Back in 1991, although Flynn was never “charged,” county prosecutors officially stopped prosecuting his cases because he was found to be falsifying arrest information to inflate his statistics. That should have been the end of his police career. Instead, it wasn’t until after the kidnap, assault, battery with a weapon, cocaine trafficking, heroin possession, and prostitute solicitation that he decided to resign. (Miami. Miami. I’m shakin’ my head.)
Yesterday he did a “surprise plea” of guilty saying he wanted to get it over with – pleading guilty to the kidnap and possession.

His victim said,

“I had a fully loaded firearm stuck in my mouth, somebody asking me if I was ready to die.

Only God decides that.”

Florida Rapper Brisco Robbed In Miami Barbershop

Florida rapper Brisco was robbed at gunpoint in Miami recently, while inside a barbershop getting a fresh cut.

According to local news station WSVN, the rapper was getting a trim at a local Miami barbershop last Wednesday (July 29) when four robbers stormed in with their faces covered and ordered everyone to lie face down on the floor.

During the robbery, Brisco was reportedly pistol-whipped and robbed of $40,000 in jewelry, including a chain, watch, and bracelet. They also took cash and his SUV.

“There was a local rapper who had just left the photoshoot. He went to a barber shop to get his hair cut. They took a little bit more off the top then expected,” Miami Police Officer Jeffery Giordano told the news channel. “This robbery was off the chain. Four men entered the store, guns drawn, firing shots, luckily no one was hurt, robbing each individual that was in the barber shop. For a rapper to have his bling stolen, they might have well stolen that man’s heart. They took his car also. He had a Range Rover. The vehicle was recovered in another location.”

Police gave a general descriptions of four black males between the ages of 18 and 25.

They are seeking one suspect, who was sitting in corner of the barber shop on a cellphone before robbery took place. Officials said after everything was stolen, one of the subjects tapped that man and he ran out.

Following initial reports, Brisco responded, via a statement to XXL, claiming he was not assaulted in the crime.

“Contrary to some reports, I was not assaulted in the robbery that took place yesterday,” Brisco said. “It was a random robbery of a barbershop I was in and it really is just a case of me being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Condo bust draws scams and squatters

Property managers at condos are coping with new schemes — some criminal, others plain irritating — arising from foreclosures.

 

Someone had kicked the door in on the foreclosure on the 33rd floor at The Club at Brickell Bay. Last week, Lori Rice, the building’s property manager, pushed it open. Inside, she found the tell-tale signs of a squatter: a mattress on the floor, a few toiletries in the bathroom.

”Clearly, a man was staying in there,” Rice said, adding that she called the police.

When police arrived on Monday they found the marble floors splashed with black paint. The man had fled, leaving destruction in his wake — along with a change of clothes in the washing machine.

Among the decidedly low-rent problems plaguing South Florida’s luxury condo market, squatters are the latest headache to arise from the glut of vacant foreclosures in some of Miami’s toniest condominiums.At a recent meeting at the Brickell on the River North, a room full of property managers sat down to commiserate over a slew of other troubles: Impostor landlords leasing units they do not own, collecting deposits and rent from unsuspecting tenants, and a rash of vandalism and burglaries. Investor-owners, desperate to turn a dollar, are even renting to tourists by the day, undercutting local hotels at bargain rates.

”When you come in with luggage, it’s kind of obvious,” said the outspoken Rice, who admits her building has been hit harder than the rest. ”They are advertising on 

Property Manager Lori Rice walks across the paint-splattered floor of a penthouse condominium vandalized by a squatter at The Club at Brickell Bay.


Expedia.” During the 90-minute meeting, attended by cops and lawyers from the state, stories were shared and solutions discussed.

”We foresee [crime] becoming a major problem, and that’s why we’re addressing it immediately,” said Officer Jeffrey Giordano, who patrols the Brickell area and was at the meeting.

MONEY TROUBLES

The mini-condo crime wave comes at a bad time for the buildings’ community associations, many of which are grappling with financial hardship from unpaid maintenance fees on foreclosures. Fiscal woes make taking action difficult.

”Most associations are not inclined to incur the legal expense to remove someone from a unit that has been abandoned or [that is] in bank foreclosure because the legal expense is unlikely to be recoverable,” said Kenneth Direktor, a condo attorney with Hollywood-based Becker & Poliakoff.

Rice, 30, took over management of The Club in December, riding in like a sheriff to establish order in a building overrun with outlaws. She said the problems resulted from mortgage fraud that produced an explosion of absentee owners and sketchy tenants since the building opened in late 2004. The Club has more than 260 units in foreclosure.

After taking the job, she immediately deactivated 8,000 access cards for the building’s 640 units, incurring the wrath of many residents. After forcing everyone to reapply, she whittled the number to 1,400. Several squatters have been evicted over the past six months because of strict new registration policies, Rice said.

”No one lives in my building for free,” Rice said.

Realtor lock boxes, which contain keys, and neon eviction stickers from the county announce to everyone units are vacant, Direktor said.

`THANK GOD, HE’S GONE’

Unlike the homeless in need of shelter or refugees displaced by natural disasters or war, it is not clear if this breed of freeloaders is as down on their luck.

Paola Arboleda, manager of the Mark Yacht Club on Brickell Bay, said two months ago residents noticed someone hopping among various vacant units. A little snooping revealed the interloper was a mortgage broker.

”We didn’t know who he was paying or if he was paying,” Arboleda said. ”Thank God, he’s gone,” Arboleda said. Since lenders have tightened underwriting standards and curbed fraud, the problem is easier to control, she said.

But most squatters aren’t in the units to just hang their hats, Giordano said.

”They are probably involved in prostitution, burglary and other criminal activity,” Giordano said. He suspects many cases are the work of an organized ring.

`I STARTED CRYING’

Ada Portillo recently fell victim to one new scheme. The single mother needed a short-term rental while awaiting delivery of her condo at Met I Miami. She posted an ad on Craigslist, got a quick reply, and ended up in a lovely new place at Loft 2 in downtown Miami. She paid the $3,150 for a three-month lease up-front. The BMW-driving con man even helped her move in.

”He was very nice,” Portillo said.

Two weeks later, the real owner surfaced and evicted her. She was out the money. After a little detective work, Portillo found the swindler had stolen the identity of a Mexican pizza maker in New Jersey. Miami police support her story and are on the case.

”I started crying. I didn’t know what to do,” Portillo said. The incident soured her on the condo lifestyle. She plans on walking away from her deposit at the Met I. Police said the scheme is happening at single-family homes as well.

How squatters find their way into buildings is anyone’s guess. Most require entry using a key card and are manned by a concierge. Some buildings don’t automatically deactivate cards and fobs of former residents either. ”If a building doesn’t have more security than just a front desk, it’s going to be pretty easy to get around,” Direktor said.

‘AGGRESSIVE’

Miami Police Cmdr. Lorenzo Whitehead is urging property managers to establish Citizens’ Crime Watch programs to combat the problems. Instead of recruiting block captains, who take watch shifts in neighborhoods, Lorenzo said floor captains would pace hallways and circle the building.

”You have to be aggressive in addressing these issues,” Whitehead said. So far, though, the idea is being received with a collective cocked eyebrow. Ann Marie Procacci, a member of the Point View Association, which represents several, smaller condo buildings on Brickell Bay Drive, feared condo commando-types could take the idea too far.

”The nosy-neighbor system is better than that,” Procacci said.

SECURITY

Managers are installing cameras at front desks. Rice snaps a mug shot of every visitor to the building.

At the meeting, they were urged to get tougher about scheduling move-ins and getting tenants to register. Several have banned lock boxes. Rice is taking them and ripping down eviction notices.

”I’m am trying to restore people’s quality of life,” she said.

“This is a nice community; I want people to feel safe and secure and enjoy living here.”

88-year-old former starlet evicted

MIAMI, June 21 (UPI) — Miami police and neighbors are puzzling over what to do with one-time aspiring starlet who has suddenly lost her home at the age of 88.

Mona Hazel Ludwig was removed from her home after it was sold for $5,300 in delinquent property taxes, The Miami Herald reported Monday.

She was taken to a nearby hospital by state welfare workers in a disoriented state while her welfare is discussed. Police were summoned after she had a spat with a boarder.

When they arrived they found piles of rubbish in the home and moved her out.

Mona Ludwig was once an aspiring cabaret singer, acted in at least one Mexican B-movie and was a cruise ship magician under the name Valentina.

“It’s a terrible story,” said Officer Jeffrey Giordano, a Neighborhood Resource Officer. “People want to step in, but they don’t know what to do. I’ve had people call saying they’ll have their accountant do her bills for her.”

Poilce Suspect Murder/Suicide In Miami

Miami, FL – Miami police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide after a man and woman were found dead Saturday in a Flagler Street apartment.

“Police were called to an apartment at 6340 W Flagler St. about 1 p.m. by the cousin of one of the victims, said police spokesman Officer Jeffrey Giordano.

“The caller told police he hadn’t seen his cousin since Thursday and he went to the apartment to check on him. Giordano said the man knocked on the door and after no one answered he peered through a window and saw his cousin lying on the floor.

“Giordano said officers entered the apartment and confirmed that the man was dead. They also found a woman dead in a separate room, he said.

“`It appears to be a murder-suicide,` he said. `At this time detectives are not looking for any offenders.`

“Police have not yet identified the victims.

“Giordano said a weapon was found in the apartment, though he declined to say what the weapon was or how the man and woman died.”