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Hacker gets 10 years

Pena_lg_capEdwin Andres Pena, 27, is also known as Javier Alejandro Sanchez Rinco, David Hauster and Renato Moreno. 

Pena, born in Venezuela, masterminded a scheme that allowed him to drive expensive fast cars and party like a rock star in South Beach.

He identified himself as a telecommunications security expert under a telecommunications company named Miami Tech & Consulting Inc., but what was really bringing in the dough was a fraudulent operation he was running under a company named Fortes Telecom Inc.

Pena was arrested in 2009, after he was spotted pretending to be a legitimate wholesale provider of Voice over Internet Protocol  (VOIP), a telephone call service, while offering prices that caused companies to go bankrupt.

This week, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for masterminding a scheme that allowed him to use other companies legitimate computer networks to route his customers' calls.

The Wall Street Journal has the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 11:04 AM on September 26, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Recent Bank of America robberies in Fla.

Coral Gables, Fla.
Tampa, Fla.
St.Petersburg, Fla.
Boyton Beach, Fla.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 03:29 PM on September 24, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Lindsay Lohan's Friday mug shot


Lindsay Lohan is struggling with an insidious disease. She was arrested Friday for violating her probation. The Miami Herald's Maddy Marr has the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 03:07 PM on September 24, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Porcelain pistols are so Edna


6 I love this porcelain pistol by artist Yvonne Lee Schultz.

It would look fabulous in Edna Buchanan's Miami Beach home.

The one above is a replica of James Bond's Walther PPK.

Here are the other cool styles.


Posted by Andrea Torres at 09:31 AM on September 23, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Mad about a high-speed chase

FOXNEWS vis Schnittsshow.com

Janelle Espinoza was very upset after watching the end of a high-speed chase on TV Wednesday morning.

The chase began when a Coral Springs police officer spotted a stolen 1991 white Toyota Camry.

"One car was stolen. That should not have put so many people in danger," said Espinoza, during a phone call conversation.

The Coral Springs officer followed his department's guidelines, and did not pursue the suspect after a red-light violation. A Broward Sheriff's Office deputy began to follow the suspects at Pine Island Road. 

After 15 minutes of erratic driving through Broward and Miami-Dade, a BSO deputy hit the suspect's car near Opa-Locka in Hialeah.

What followed the crash that left one person injured, infuriated Espinoza.

"The officers attacked these kids. They pulled them, and tasered them," said Espinoza. "I could not believe what I was watching ... There was excessive force. I want every one at the Herald to know that there are many viewers who are not happy with the police officers' behavior."

The three suspects who were in the car were arrested. One was injured in the process.

The Miami Herald's Jennifer Lebovich has the story.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with Espinoza?

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:44 PM on September 22, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Clumsy Darth Vader bandit

Posted by Andrea Torres at 03:53 PM on September 18, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

OMG! Lucky baby

Security cameras recorded a one-year-old toddler crawling onto a highway in Turkey. The baby startled drivers, who waved frantically to other motorists to get out of the way. (Sept. 17)

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:33 PM on September 18, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Cops decorate cruiser with graffiti

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The graffiti was not done by vandals. Miramar police officers thought it would make their 2003 Crown Victoria look a little more approachable. The in Law and Order Magazine recognized it as one of the best in the nation in their Police Vehicle Design Contest. The Sun Sentinel's Michael Laughlin shot this photo.
Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:38 PM on September 9, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Man in NY arrested for firing AK-47 to defend his home

More on the Shot Spotter Gunshot Location System

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Slow news day? Dogs in high-speed chase

On Fox news live TV, a helicopter followed a white and a black dog running away from police officers Monday morning.

The reporters nicknamed the running dogs "White Wedding and Black Beauty."

A pretty blond reporter pouted her lips and said: "I am concerned because now they are on side streets, there is no body to run -- you know. Yeeeees, it's scary ... They could be somebody's pets or they could be strays, we don't know.".

Huh? Their nonsensical commentary went on for at least 2 minutes, and when the reporters could not ignore how comical this was, a reporter asked another:

"Do you think they committed a crime and this is a pursuit?"

I guess we will never know where the dogs came from or why they were running. The Fox news helicopter, police officers and animal control lost sight of them after they ran into a residential neighborhood.

The Miami Herald's Continuous News Desk producers are always ready for a high-speed chase, but this one is just making us all "LOL."

Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:40 PM on September 7, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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