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Oxycodone deal caught on tape

Police arrested a Long Island doctor after he was caught on video selling prescription Oxycodone.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 08:30 AM on December 11, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Hit-and-run driver runs over nurse

Surveillance video captured a hit-and-run driver running down a nurse outside a hospital entrance in Syracuse, New York. Local media reports that police have found the car. They are still trying to locate the driver. (Dec. 10)

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:35 PM on December 10, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

33 students protesting budget cuts and hikes arrested

San Francisco city police entered the San Francisco State University Business Building at about 3:15 a.m. and arrested 23 people for misdemeanor trespassing. Ten protesters outside the building were arrested for misdemeanor unlawful assembly and resisting arrests.  Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:25 PM on December 10, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Fatal shoot-out caught on dash cam

A dashboard camera recorded a shoot-out between a suspect and two police officers in Kansas City, Missouri in which the suspect was killed in September. On Wednesday, the officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:47 PM on December 10, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Neo-Nazi gets makeover

Judge Michael Andrews ruled that the state must pay a cosmetologist up to $150 a day to cover John Allen Ditullio's tattoes, which include a large 6-inch swastika. A new and improved Ditullio, 23, will face murder and attempted murder charges deemed as hate crimes in a  Florida courtroom. Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 10:14 AM on December 9, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Cops: Robber took own photo with stolen camera

Posted by Andrea Torres at 09:47 AM on December 8, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Murder suspect goes ballistic in court

AP: Five deputies restrained a man during an outburst in a southern Wisconsin courtroom. He is being accused of killing a police officer and her boyfriend.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 09:14 AM on December 8, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Commissioner accused of corruption is the face of 'Crime Doesn't Pay' ads

Crime Doesn't pay It doesn't take a marketing genius to know that former Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones may not be the best face for an ad campaign encouraging citizens to report wrongdoing.   

She is facing charges for illegally securing county grant funds for a family business. But her bus bench ads that read  "Just Report It. Crime doesn't pay" have not been removed.

"We are keeping the ads because she is innocent until proven guilty," said Daniel Wilcox, Executive Director of People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality.

P.U.L.S.E. is helping to sponsor the campaign, which also bears the faces of R& B group Pretty Ricky, and Miami Northwestern Football Captain Todd Chandler.

"A lot of people in our community still trust her and are very suspiscious about the prosecution," said Wilcox.

According to a press release, Spence-Jones spearheaded the campaign in 2007, and claims to have canvassed the neighborhood passing out "HotSpot" cards with a phone number that allows residents to provide anonymous tips.

"I just thought it would be funny to share this picture," said downtown Miami resident Brad Knoefler in an e-mail. "What a crazy city we are living in!"

(Photo is courtesy of Brad Knoefler)

Posted by Andrea Torres at 11:34 AM on December 4, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Former Police Chief Timoney and graffiti mix

Former Miami Police Chief John Timoney and former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz admired the work of street artists in Wynwood on Thursday night.

"If I catch any of these guys doing graffiti, I will get them arrested," said Timoney. Diaz laughed.

Vandals, lovers of graffiti and wealthy collectors also turned out to view the outdoor mural project produced by Deitch and Goldman Properties.

The list of about 15 artists who painted the murals included Aiko, of Japan; Os Gemeos and Nunca, of Brazil; Stelios Faitakis, of Greece; and from the U.S. Shepard Fairey and Futura.  


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Posted by Andrea Torres at 10:14 AM on December 4, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Legendary vandal hits Miami for Art Basel

Artist Shepard Fairey said on Wednesday night that he is not planning on breaking the law during his Miami visit this week. 

Fairey's love for graffiti has had him arrested about 14 times, and will keep him on probation for the next two years.

"I was very brazen about my postering, my stenciling and my stickering," said Fairey. "I used to go out bombing ... now I will be laying low."

Fairey and his crew are creating several street murals, and will be exhibiting a collection of his work titled Arab Woman 2006/2009 at the Exterior of Miami Art Museum on Thursday.  

He remembered his first adrenaline rush as a vandal was in 1989, after he became obsessed with an icon of AndrĂ© the Giant Has a Posse.

"I saw his picture on a newspaper and I thought it was funny," said Fairey. "I told a friend he should stencil it. He didn't, but I did ... It started as a joke."

Fairey reproduced the image and took it to the streets with stickers, put it on T-shirts and in the 90s turned it into a commercial brand named Obey.

Obey "My art is meant to be accessible and populist," said Fairey, "I love the passion of just going around all the bureaucracy and taking it straight to the people."

Fairey used his propaganda style to create the bold iconic image of President Barack Obama commissioned during Obama's political campaign. It remains on displayat the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

"Graffiti is empowering," said Fairey at the Mondrian, after attending the Russell Simmons' benefit for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on arts education. Fairey donated a painting that was auctioned for about $2,000.

Thursday at 2 a.m., he transformed into DJ Diabetic and played some beats to a young graffiti loving crowd at the Shore Club's Sky Bar in South Beach.


A local graffiti writer from the TSC crew spraypaints on plywood in front of a large crowd at a party at the Shore Club in South Beach on Wednesday night.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 08:33 AM on December 3, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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