South Florida couple arrested for second time for impersonating Adele’s manager, police say

A South Florida couple was arrested Tuesday for the second time in recent months on allegations that they impersonated Adele’s manager, Jonathan Dickins, in order to get free concert tickets and sneakers from NBA players.

The Miami Herald reported that the couple was first arrested in May after they posed as Adele’s manager to get free tickets to Miami’s Rolling Loud hip-hop festival on May 6 to see Kendrick Lamar.

According to a 28-page arrest report, Justin Jayce Lii, 30, and his wife, Angel Lii, 26, purchased the website domains www.septembermgmt.com and www. septembermagmt.com in order to create email addresses that resembled the victim’s actual email address.

Authorities said the couple offered Adele concert tickets in exchange for sneakers from numerous basketball players, including Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook.

Police said the Liis claimed that the sneakers would be auctioned off to benefit charities.

According to their arrest warrants, the accused con artists succeeded in getting sneakers from Paul George, Victor Oladipo and Richard Hamilton.

Authorities said the couple’s criminal activity has been going on for years, accusing them of having tried to get thousands of dollars’ worth of sunglasses and other merchandise for free, and having tried, sometimes successfully, to get free concert tickets.

Police said they have even tried unsuccessfully to get artists such as Chris Brown and Katy Perry to make birthday videos for a “dear friend and assistant” of Adele’s. 

The couple now faces more than a dozen felony charges, including identity theft and organized scheme to defraud.

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Cocaine found in Cookie Monster doll leads to Key West man’s arrest

A 39-year-old Key West man is in jail after he was caught with a large amount of cocaine hidden in a Cookie Monster doll, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Camus McNair was arrested Wednesday on a charge of cocaine trafficking.

A deputy initiated a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 1 in Marathon after a car drove past him with its license plate obscured and windows illegally tinted, sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

When the driver, identified as McNair, rolled down his window, the deputy could smell marijuana coming from inside the car, Herrin said.

During a search of the car, the deputy found a backpack with a Cookie Monster doll inside. Noticing that it weighed more than it should, the deputy found a slit cut in the doll and found two packages of cocaine stuffed inside, Herrin said.

Paperwork found inside the backpack indicated that it didn’t belong to McNair, Herrin said.

McNair was being held without bond on the felony charge.

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Victim speaks about shark attack off Haulover Beach

A Miami man spoke to reporters Tuesday about the moment when he was attacked by a shark off Haulover Beach.

Elvin Lanza said he was in the water Sunday afternoon with friends when they heard lifeguards call out to swimmers that there was a shark in the water.

Lanza said he initially thought the shark was far away from him and he didn’t believe he was in danger.

“We heard the whistle, but we didn’t think it was for us,” Lanza said. 

But the shark quickly attacked Lanza, biting his left leg.

Lanza said he kicked the shark with his right leg and hurried to shore.

“I see the blood in the water and I think the shark is coming (again), and I’m thinking go, go, go,” he said.

Lanza said he initially didn’t feel any pain because of the adrenaline.

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He was taken to a local hospital, where he received 29 stitches and seven staples. He has since been released and is recovering at home. 

“It’s a miracle,” Lanza said. 

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said they believe Lanza was bitten by a 4- to 5-foot bull shark.

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Houseboat caretaker who found Versace’s killer looks back 20 years later

Fernando Carreira was just a houseboat caretaker 20 years ago when he stumbled upon serial killer Andrew Cunanan. Now, the 91-year-old reflects on his role in one of South Florida’s most notorious murder manhunts.

It was one afternoon in July 1997, during a routine check on a closed-up houseboat docked off Collins Avenue and 54th Street, that Carreira would discover the man who killed fashion icon Gianni Versace on the steps of his South Beach mansion more than a week earlier.

“I remember everything,” Carreira recently recalled from his home, just blocks from where Cunanan killed Versace.

Carreira, then 71, said he noticed immediately that the lock on the houseboat was broken.

“When I seen the lights on, I told my wife, ‘Somebody (has) come here already,” Carreira said.

He saw the sofa moved. Then he saw shoes.

“I pulled the gun, did one step to this side to check it out,” Carreira said, reenacting the encounter. “I hear, ‘Boom.’ I thought it (was) somebody (who) tried to shoot at me and missed.”

Carreira still has the gun used at the houseboat. He called it the gun that saved his life.

“I’m supposed to be dead because Cunanan killed five people,” he said.

Police, the FBI and even the International Police Organization arrived. What was first considered a standoff became Cunanan’s apparent suicide.

It wasn’t until the next day that police announced the hunt for Cunanan was over. Police kept Carreira with them until dawn.

“Police found the body because I called them,” Carreira said.

Carreira collected considerable reward checks from grateful organizations. It was money Carreira said he lost in bad business investments.

“No more ring. No more chain,” Carreira said. “Nothing. No money. Nothing. Everything’s gone.”

He still shakes his head at rumors and gossip he hears about Versace’s death. He also remembers when detectives initially scoffed at the notion that Cunanan had been found.

Carreira said he believes police wanted all the credit.

As the 20th anniversary of Versace’s death soon approaches, so does the spotlight.

The story of Versace’s death is being retold in an FX series titled “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” which is currently in production. Filming took place in and around South Beach, including the old Versace mansion, renamed the Villa Casa Casuarina.

ABC’s “20/20” is also profiling the events of that summer.

Carreira said all he really wants now if for people who tell the story about what happened to do so truthfully and factually.

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Body found next to debris of small plane in Florida Everglades

A small airplane that apparently crashed in the Florida Everglades has been found.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine Cessna 152 was found in a swampy area about seven miles west of Homestead.

The FAA said the pilot was the only person on board.

Miami-Dade police Detective Argemis Colome said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue found the wreckage at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.  

A view from Sky 10 showed a body in the swamp next to the wreckage. An alligator was wading next to the body that is believed to be Mark Ukaere, a student pilot. 

“I don’t want to believe this thing has happened,”  Patrick Shedrack, the victim’s roommate, said. “I don’t want to believe that.”

Shedrack said he realized something was wrong when Ukaere left to fly Saturday from Miami Executive Airport and never made it to church the following day. 

“All he does is go to college, (come) back home (and) on Sundays, church,” Shedrack said. “That’s all. And I go to church with him on Sundays as well.” 

The plane was registered to Air Christian Inc. in Miami. The same plane was forced to make an emergency landing on U.S. Highway 41 in Collier County in December 2015.

A logo for Dean International Flight Training & Aircraft Rentals was on the side of the plane. The company is based at Miami Executive Airport. 

Local 10 News reporter Liane Morejon spoke to the flight school’s owner, who said the pilot took off on an unauthorized solo flight at 8:40 p.m. Saturday.

Robert Dean said he called different places he thought the pilot might have gone and people who might have been with him before contacting the FBI  on Wednesday night. 

The business owner said he believes the pilot suffered from spatial disorientation as he flew in pitch darkness over the Everglades. 

Investigators with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the scene Thursday morning.

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Miami-Dade County immigration policy prompts federal lawsuit

Miami-Dade County is facing a federal lawsuit over its immigration policy.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Miami on behalf of Garland Creedle, an 18-year-old man who was born in Honduras and came to the United States in 2015.

Creedle was arrested in March after an alleged domestic dispute in which no charges were filed. He posted bond, but Miami-Dade County corrections officers received a detainer request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and held him on the assertion that he was “a removable alien,” the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit seeks to challenge the validity of the county’s immigration policy, based on a Jan. 26 directive from Mayor Carlos Gimenez to “honor all immigration detainer requests.”

Gimenez’s decree came after President Donald Trump threatened to cut off funding for “sanctuary cities.” Gimenez is listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Miami-Dade County “has engaged in a practice of detaining all individuals subject to an immigration detainer beyond the time they would otherwise be entitled to release,” the lawsuit alleges. “Mr. Creedle’s detention was therefore made under color of law.”

The lawsuit also claims that Creedle’s constitutional rights were violated when he was unlawfully held against his will.

Attorneys representing Creedle are seeking compensatory damages and demanding a jury trial.

“We warned the county about the dangers posed by the premature decision to cave in to the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant threats,” American Civil Liberties Union of Florida attorney Amien Kacou said in a statement. “Miami-Dade County has long prided itself on being a place welcoming to immigrants, and should honor that legacy by joining other cities large and small across the country in refusing to serve as tools of overzealous immigration enforcement policy.”

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