Congressional critic of Miami cancels visit

Published December 14, 2006

Colorado U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo's office has canceled a much-hyped visit to Miami, a city he likened to a Third World country, following reports of a threat made against the restaurant where he was scheduled to speak today. But Randy Palmer, general manager of the Rusty Pelican restaurant on Key Biscayne where Tancredo was to address the Miami Rotary Club, said the cancellation was unrelated to any threat - it was decided to ask Tancredo not to come because the likely crush of media and protesters would disrupt holiday parties. "We thought it was in everyone's best interest if he didn't speak," Palmer said. In a statement, Tancredo said, "I hope to some day return to Miami when it has been able to extricate itself from the clutches of the radical multiculturalists." Last month, Tancredo riled local leaders and Gov. Jeb Bush by telling a Web news site, "Look at what has happened to Miami. It has become a Third World country. You just pick it up and take it and move it someplace. You would never know you're in the United States of America."

Chief's son gets prison in drug case

ALBANY, N.Y. - The son of Miami police Chief John Timoney was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison for trying to buy 400 pounds of marijuana from an undercover agent in November 2005. Sean Timoney, 26, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in December 2005 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. He and Jae Seu, 24, were arrested in a hotel room after handing an undercover agent a gym bag filled with about $455,000 in cash as partial payment. Federal officials said the two planned to distribute the drugs in and around Philadelphia, where Timoney lives. Seu pleaded guilty to the marijuana conspiracy charge in February and was sentenced July 27 to 37 months in prison. After his release, Timoney will be required to enter a drug treatment program. Chief Timoney was in court Wednesday but did not comment.

11th panther road death is a record

A 130-pound Florida panther became the 11th one killed by a vehicle in the state this year - a record. The body was found on an isolated Collier County road Tuesday. There are fewer than 100 of the cats left alive in Florida, as state and federal efforts continue to save the species from extinction. "It's just a tragic result of the increased development in the area," Elizabeth Fleming of Defenders of Wildlife told the Naples Daily News. "The only place in the world where Florida panthers are found is one of the fastest-growing areas of the country."

Class president could be expelled

Cooper City High School's senior class president faces felony charges for hacking into the school's computer system and tampering with grades, authorities said. Ryan C. Shrouder, 18, was charged Tuesday with two counts of computer crime with intent to defraud. He was suspended from school and expulsion will be recommended, said a Broward County School District investigator. Shrouder was an alternate student adviser to the School Board, which entitled him to a district laptop computer. He allegedly used it and an employee password to access and change the grades of 19 students.