UM, FIU students arrested in prostitution sting

Students from the University of Miami and Florida International University were arrested during a prostitution sting in Coral Gables.

Two UM students, Acacia Friedman, 23, and Maury Noun, 21, along with FIU student Samara Charlotin, 19, were charged with prostitution after an undercover police operation Wednesday night.

Friedman and Charlotin reportedly met with an undercover detective at the Colonnade Hotel after agreeing to have sex for $5,000.

While inside the hotel, the detective handed Friedman the money and asked to verify “what he was getting” for the money.

Friedman first replied that it was a “hang out,” but later confirmed that sex with a condom would be involved.

Both Friedman and Charlotin were charged with engaging in prostitution, while Charlotin faces additional charges of possession of 1 gram of cannabis and one Oxycodone pill.

Noun was charged with aiding or abetting prostitution and directing others to prostitution.

In bond court on Thursday, Judge Mindy Glazer ordered Charlotin to stay away from the other two students.

“You’re a smart girl. If you want to see age 20, you need to find a new line of employment,” Glazer said. “A very risky thing you’re doing, alright? With someone with a lot of potential such as yourself, you need to stay away from them.”

The University of Miami declined to provide information or comment on the ongoing investigation. 

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Nail technician attacked, bitten by customer in Pompano Beach

A beauty technician said she was beaten up Monday at a salon in Pompano Beach.

“As she heads out, she says, ‘I’m not going to pay.  I changed my mind.  I’m not going to pay,'”  said the victim, who did not want to be named.  “So I stopped her.  ‘No, you have to pay.  You can’t just walk out like that.'”

That’s when the woman, trying to run out on her bill, decided to go on the attack using her shoes and her hands to beat the employee at Star Nails on Atlantic Boulevard.

She even bit the victim at one point.

“I’ve been sore, I’ve been home ice packing for the last two days,” the victim said.

Portions of the attack were caught on a surveillance camera.

“I’ve been here almost 10 years and nothing happened, just this,” the victim said, adding she hopes her attacker is caught. “Soon, I’m going to have to have people pay first.”

Anyone with information about this attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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Husband sentenced to prison for fatal DUI crash while having sex with wife

A South Florida man who pleaded guilty to a DUI accident that killed his wife while the two were having sex was sentenced to five years in prison.

Matthew Notebaert of Loxahatchee had earlier plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving in the 2014 crash that killed his wife, Amanda.

The Palm Beach Post reports Notebaert was drunk and high on marijuana when he drove his SUV into a canal embankment near the couple’s home.

Amanda Notebaert, who died at the scene, was riding on her husband’s lap and was naked from the waist down at the time of the accident.

In his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Notebaert said the couple began drinking while at a concert to mark his wife’s first night out after giving birth to their second child.

Notebaert said all he remembers of the accident is waking up next to his dead wife’s body.

Three hours after the accident, Notebaert was found to have a blood alcohol level of .149, twice the legal amount to drive.

Notebaert’s attorney had asked for her client to receive probation, but Circuit Judge Laura Johnson took the 33-year-old’s previous felony charges of cocaine possession, burglary and grand theft into account when announcing her sentence.

“This isn’t your first chance. You’ve been to jail before. You’ve been on probation,” Johnson said, according to the Post, adding: “You failed your wife. You failed your children and you failed all your family that is here today.”

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University of Miami student, 21, found dead in apartment, police say

Miami-Dade police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old University of Miami student found dead in his apartment Wednesday night.

Nicolas De Lavalette’s body was discovered in a bathroom at about 3:30 p.m. in the 6600 block of Southwest 57th Avenue.

He was pronounced dead in the apartment.

De Lavalette’s body is being examined by the Miami-Dade County medical examiner’s office.

An initial investigation revealed that were was no trauma involved in the student’s death and no foul play was suspected.

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

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Families of victims killed in unsolved cases feel Miami-Dade police prioritize their own

Several residents of the Annie Coleman housing complex where two Miami-Dade police officers were shot Monday night told Local 10 News that they don’t understand how detectives were able to arrest a suspect so soon, but have yet to solve the cases in which their loved ones were killed.

Spray paint, broken glass and police tape remained Thursday at the Annie Coleman housing complex, where authorities said the undercover officers were ambushed by four people.

Police said tips helped officers zero in on Damian Thompson, 19, at a hotel less than 12 hours after the shooting.

Families at the northwest Miami-Dade complex who have lost loved ones to violence are raising questions about the speed and intensity of the arrest, and why their cases are unsolved.

“I’m used to it. They never found the killers,” Antquanya Williams said.   

Williams’ 18-year-old sister was shot to death in a drive-by shooting that happened blocks away from the scene of Monday’s shooting. Her case remains unsolved, despite officers canvassing the area and pleading for tips from the public.

“It doesn’t mean that an officer’s life is any more valuable,” Dade County Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera said.

Rivera said a lack of cooperation is a major issue in certain investigations.

“We have thousands of leads on open homicide cases (and) we don’t have enough detectives to follow each and every lead,” he added.

Since both officers survived, authorities said Detective Terence White was able to identify Thompson as one of the gunmen.

Police said White had arrested Thompson in January.

Authorities said it’s more difficult to rely solely on witnesses, since many people fear retaliation.

Another concern for police is repeat offenders who are released from jail while awaiting trial, as was the case with Thompson.

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