Man arrested for not telling woman cookies had marijuana

Renee Holloway told police officers at Port Orange, Fla., that she was hungry when she ate all of the peanut butter cookies that a man gave her. 

Holloway said she knew something was wrong with the cookies, when she started to “feel woozy,” according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal

She told police officers that William Van Arsdale had given her the cookies. Police officers would later learn that the 70-year-old man didn’t tell her that they were laced with marijuana.

Van Arsdale allegedly told officers that he didn’t mean any harm. He just didn’t think there was enough there to affect her. 

He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in excess of 20 grams, possession with intent to sell, reckless tampering with a product with risk of injury or death, and possession of paraphernalia.


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Woman of ‘cop gets pulled over for speeding’ video gets restraining order against union president

With some 1.28 million views, Claudia Castillo’s YouTube video embarrassed a Miami-Dade police officer. When she asked him to stop, the polite police officer said he thought she needed help. But instead, she told him she was stopping him for speeding.

In the January 2016 video, Castillo said she followed him from Kendall to downtown Miami on the Palmetto Expressway. She accused him of pushing 90 miles per hour and said it was important that police officers “lead by example.”

In response to her daring request, Miami Police Department Lt. Javier “Javi” Ortiz used social media to target her as a “wanna be cop” and “cop hater.” The police union president said it was to show his support for MDPD.

The doxxing incident was about a year ago. The department relieved him of duty with pay on Friday. 

Castillo claims that when Ortiz started to face consequences over the social media attacks, she was afraid and filed a request for a restraining order on Wednesday. After Ortiz got served with the restraining order, the department reassigned Ortiz with pay pending an April 5 hearing.

Castillo first filed a complaint  against Ortiz on Feb. 3, 2016. The official investigation revealed that after her video went viral officers from both MPD and MDPD requested her record from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle. Ortiz shared it on social media.

Ortiz also posted a picture of her business card on his Facebook account asking his friends to “feel free” to contact her.  He also posted a picture of her at the helm of a boat with an unknown drink can in her hand and wrote “let her know drinking and driving on a boat isn’t safe.”

An internal affairs investigation first accused Ortiz of “discourtesy and improper procedure” and submitted their report to the city’s Civilian Investigative Panel Dec. 16. The panel recommended on Tuesday that “harassment” be added to the official list of violations.

Ortiz who was hired on March 22, 2004 has 29 citizen complaints, one driving complaint and 17 use of force incidents, according to the CIP record. Ortiz was involved in the 2011 beating of Jesse Campodonico at the Ultra Music Festival. He was cleared of wrong doing. But he was reassigned just in time to avoid another encounter at Ultra this year. 

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Miami jewelry store sold counterfeit items, police say

The owners of a Miami jewelry store were arrested for selling counterfeit luxury items, police said.

Jimmy Hernandez, 40, and his mother, Tania Verona, 57, the co-owners of Lord of the Rings Jewelry at 6230 SW Eighth St., were each booked on charges of selling counterfeit items more than $20,000.

Detectives were tipped off to the counterfeit items and found them displayed inside the store. According to the police report, the counterfeit jewelry was being sold for one-tenth of the normal retail value.

The normal retail value of the jewelry exceeds $31 million. Police said the items appeared to be identical to the authentic products to the ordinary person.

“You’re taking away from the owners of these companies who have taken the time to trademark these properties,” Detective Michael Hufnagel Jr. said. 

Inside the store, detectives found counterfeit items of the following brands:

  • Louis Vuitton
  • Bulgari
  • Chanel
  • Tous
  • Van Cleef & Arpels
  • Rolex
  • Gucci
  • Cartier
  • Michael Kors
  • Hermes
  • Tiffany
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Christian Dior
  • Ray Ban

“They were trying to give a defense of it’s an inspired property,” Hufnagel said. “It’s not inspired if it’s word-marked.” 

Detectives said consumers should be vigilant when purchasing designer items from third-party vendors, and said that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

“Be cognizant of your value,” Hufnagel said. “If you are looking for a $5,000 Chanel bracelet and they are selling it for $25 dollars, it very overwhelming should be known that it’s not real.”

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Man steals about $151 worth of steaks from Weston Publix

Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for a man who stole about $151 worth of steaks from a Publix in Weston.

The theft was caught on surveillance video Feb. 5 at the Publix on Weston Road.

In the surveillance video, released Friday, the man can be seen walking with his shopping cart to the meat department, where he selects skirt steaks and tenderloins.

BSO spokeswoman Joy Oglesby said the man bagged his groceries, bypassed the cashier and walked out of the store without paying.

The manager told deputies that the man is known to steal meat from several Publix stores.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the BSO at 954-389-2010 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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Teen, bystander shot near apartment complex in northwest Miami-Dade

A 16-year-old is in critical condition after a shooting Thursday night in northwest Miami-Dade County.

According to Miami-Dade police, Zackery Dixon was shot just before 10:30 p.m. at an apartment complex at 4725 NW 24th Ave.

Authorities said he went running through the neighborhood for help after the shooting.

A neighbor said she tried covering Dixon’s wounds and called 911.

Police said Dixon had gunshot wounds to his groin, hands and legs. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

A second victim drove himself to the hospital. Police said Brian Zachary, 55, was walking to a friend’s apartment when the shots were fired. He told officers that he saw two men running from the scene.

Zachary drove himself to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his forearm and buttocks.

“I’m traumatized.  I can’t stop shaking, it’s unbelievable,” Zachary’s fiancee, Tonya Burns, said. “I just wish you guys would stop shooting guns and find something more productive to do with your lives.”

A woman who lives in the area told Local 10 News that she heard too many gunshots to count.

“It’s terrible over here,” Sabrena Jones said. 

Jones said one of the bullets went through the bumper of her pickup truck.

Police are searching for the shooters.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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Alberto Carvalho reacts to shooting of student by taking to Twitter

When news broke that a Miami-Dade County student was shot in the back Thursday night, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho took to Twitter. 

“Cowardly gun violence injures one more teenager in the streets of Miami,” he wrote in part. 

The student, an unidentified 18-year-old man, was shot near Northwest 53th Street and Northwest Seventh Avenue, Miami-Dade County police said. 

Another man, 19, was grazed in the head and wrist. 

In another tweet Carvalho called for the community to speak out against gun violence. 

“Community violence will prevail to the extent the cowardly code of silence overpowers the courage to speak up about what is seen and known,” he wrote. 

The cause of the shooting is under investigation. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

Cowardly gun violence injures one more teenager in the streets of Miami. Unacceptably, 18-year old high school student is shot in the arm.

— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) March 23, 2017

Community violence will prevail to the extent the cowardly code of silence overpowers the courage to speak up about what is seen and known.

— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) March 24, 2017

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