PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - Two men are being held without bail accused of plotting to kidnap and extort a wealthy BallenIsles man. Fifty-year-old Michael Melillo and 36-year-old Pavlos KaimacliotisMore >>
Fifty-year-old Michael Melillo and 36-year-old Pavlos Kaimacliotis pled not guilty Wednesday in federal court.More >>
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SEBASTIAN, FL (WFLX)--Kaitlyn Hunt has refused a plea deal from the state attorney. She was charged earlier this year with lewd and lascivious battery on a minor, after she admitted to having a same-sexMore >>
Kaitlyn Hunt has refused a plea deal from the state attorney.More >>
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX)--A man at the center of an adverse possession case has accused the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office of overreaching after deputies ordered him away from the home and arrestedMore >>
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MARTIN COUNTY, FL (WFLX)--Traffic began slowly moving again just before 7 a.m. on northbound I-95 in Martin County after a crash between a tractor trailer and pickup truck. The pickup was pinned underneathMore >>
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Jodi Arias (Source: CBS 5 News)
It is now in the hands of the 12 jurors to decide if Jodi Arias will live her life behind bars or if she'll be executed. The defense and prosecution gave their closing statement Tuesday afternoon andMore >>
The judge has declared a mistrial in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial. The jury announced late Thursday afternoon that they could not reach a unanimous decision on life or death for Arias.More >>
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - The FBI has arrested two men in Palm Beach County for allegedly plotting a kidnapping in order to demand a $20 million ransom.
Michael James Melillo, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, is now sitting behind bards in a case that sounds like something out of a Hollywood movie.
Undercover FBI agents have been tracking Melillo and another man from Jupiter, 38-year-old Pavlos Kaimacliotis for months, unbeknownst to the men.
Court documents show the suspects were unknowingly working with federal agents, alledgedly, hatching a plan to kidnap an unidentified wealthy Palm Beach Gardens man because he lost $100,000 at poker.
If the kidnapped man's wife did not pay the ransom, the kidnappers planned to cut off the victim's fingers or hand and send the body parts to her, according to a federal criminal complaint made public Thursday.
FBI agents, posing as hitmen, even went as far as faking a ransom drop-off at Palm Beach International Airport Tuesday night documents show.
Later that night, both Micheal James Melillo and Pavlos Kaimacliotis were arrested at a West Palm Beach Home Depot.
Both men are now charged with extortion and kidnapping and are being held without bail at the Palm Beach County Jail in a very bizarre undercover investigation that just went public.