Thursday, November 27, 2014

11 Bodies Found Along Road In Chilapa de Álvarez In Guerrero

Authorities found 11 Bodies along a road in Guerrero.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
November 27, 2014

Ayahualulco, Guerrero, Mexico - On Thursday, Ministry police in the state of Guerrero recovered 11 bodies along the side of a road after a tip led them to a location in the municipality of Chilapa de Álvarez, according to state officials. The bodies ages between 20 to 25 showed signs of being shot multiple times by AR-15 and AK-47 weapons, decapitation, torture and were set of fire near the town of Ayahualulco.
An overnight gunfight was reported, according to neighbors. No suspects have been arrested.

Live Goose Trapped On Frozen Greenfield Park Pond And No Rescue From Firefighters

A live goose remained trapped in a frozen pond at a Greenfield Park.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 27, 2014

West Allis, Wisconsin - As of Thursday, a goose was reported trapped in a frozen southwest pond near a building located around S. 118 to S. 124 and W. Greenfield and W. Lincoln at a City of West Allis Milwaukee County Park while attempts to have it rescue by officials go without success. At first, it was reported that the frozen pond was in the City of Greenfield, but the Greenfield Fire Department contacted Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) and stated, "We had not heard of this but then again it is not in our jurisdiction but in the City of West Allis. Only to make it further confusing, Greenfield Park in West Allis is a Milwaukee County Park." According to Stacy Krafczyk, she posted on her Facebook account that a live goose was trapped  in a frozen Greenfield Park pond and that she notified the local fire department, local police, wild life department and apparently they won't do anything to rescue the goose. Another goose has been hanging around its mate, but water froze around the live goose and has been trapped, since yesterday.
The last entry that Krafczyk posted on FB, was that she was going to attempt to walk out to the lake and free the live goose on Thanksgiving Day, but didn't.
HNNUSA contacted Krafczyk and she confirmed that the goose is still alive and it's mate is nearby.

Victor Santiago Charged For S. Chávez Drive Hit-and-Run Death While Intoxicated

Santiago was charged with the hit-and-run vehicular homicide while intoxicated.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 27, 2014

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, Victor Santiago, 49, was charged with three felony counts for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by use of a vehicle with prohibited alcohol concentration and hit-and-run involved death of Alfred De la O. Silveira, 63, last Sunday in Milwaukee's Southside. Santiago struck Silveira while crossing the 900 block of S. César E. Chavez Drive around 12:30 a.m.
Santiago failed to stop and he was later taken into custody after police located his vehicle. A small bag with 0.23 grams of cocaine was found in his possession, according to police. A drug test was performed to determine, if Santiago was positive for cocaine use when he struck Silveira.
A cash bail of $50,000 was set for Santiago and he is expected back in court on December 4 for a preliminary hearing.
Santiago's blood-alcohol concentration was .187, more than twice the legal limit. If convicted, Santiago is facing up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

City Files Property Tax Foreclosure Action To Seize Esperanza Unida Building

The Esperanza Unida Board has until January 5 to pay owed taxes to the City of Milwaukee.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
November 26, 2014

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Department of City Development delivered a property tax foreclosure action notice to all the tenants and Manuel "Manny" Pérez, the Esperanza Unida, Inc. executive director that it has filed legal action in a Milwaukee County Court to seize the 611 W. National Ave. property. The foreclosure action notice to Esperanza Unida was sent by Martha Brown, the Deputy Commissioner from the Department of City Development. According to Brown's foreclosure notice, Pérez has until January 5, 2015 to pay over $176,771.60 in property taxes in order to keep the building, which has nearly $700,000 in bank liens.
The 611 property is assessed at $1,948,000, but owes delinquent taxes for 2013, $66,556.24; for 2012, $64,103.63 and for 2011, $46,111.73, a total of $176,771.60, plus incurring tax delinquent penalties per month. 
The Esperanza Board in May accepted an offer from an Oshkosh developer to buy the building for $1.3M, but several banks need to release the liens in order for the Esperanza Unida Board to sell the building before the city will seize it for tax delinquency and later sell it for several cents to a dollar. The Oshkosh developer is planning to invest more than $7M to convert the 611 building into a 55-unit apartment complex.
The former and late Esperanza Unida executive director Richard Oulahan took out several real estate mortgages totalling $600,000 ($600K) in loans from Marshall & Ilsley Bank (M&I, now BMO Harris Bank) without a Board Chair signature. Pérez has confirmed that there is no record on file about what ever happened to the M&I loans or how they were actually spent.
Pérez on Wednesday stated, "The 611 international building will either be sold by December 31 or foreclosed on January 5. As I have pointed out before, this is due to inappropriate loans made by Richard Oulahan and the 1994 Esperanza Unida Board, low rents below market rate, and lack of economic development by the City of Milwaukee in the Milwaukee South Side for many years. Under my administration, the building was drastically improved and readied to either increase rents or be sold so, creditors can get paid off. This demonstrates the need for coordinated economic development, urban planning, and workforce development to maximize benefit to workers and businesses."
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) learned that the Mayor's office, the Milwaukee Common Council and Esperanza Unida had a partnership to make sure the non-profit organization would receive the support from the city and any financial help to succeed, but the city apparently failed to live up to its partnership with Esperanza Unida. Esperanza Unida had attempted to get the promised help, but Mayor Tom Barrett and the Common Council turned their backs on the non-profit organization. The city has financially invested millions of dollars to helped other non-Hispanic organizations and businesses to economically succeed.

Pedophile Cult Pastor Added To 15 Most Wanted By U.S. Marshals

Pedophile fugitive pastor from Minnesota sought by the U.S. Marshals Service.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
November 26, 2014

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Marshals Service has added Victor Arden Barnard, 53, a self-proclaimed pastor who is wanted by the Pine County Sheriff's Office for 59 felony counts that includes sexual assault of teenage and underage girls in Pine City, Minnesota. Barnard was also charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, a federal offense. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Barnard's arrest.
The U.S. Marshals Service reported that in 2000, Barnard secured a large camp site near Finlayson, Minnesota, where he started River Road Fellowship, a church into which he recruited members from all over the country. He convinced several of his followers to allow their young daughters to live with him on the camp site. Barnard then allegedly created a separate housing area on the site and designated it as Shepherd's Camp, where he housed these young girls and referred to them as maidens.
From 2000 to 2009, Barnard allegedly sexually assaulted some of the girls living in Shepard's Camp. After some adult members began questioning his actions, Barnard moved his family and the church to the state of Washington. A number of his followers, including maidens, left with him.
Barnard was charged with the sexual assaults in April 2014, and has been a fugitive ever since. U.S. Marshals believe there is a chance he may have left the country, because he has strong ties to Spain. It is also believed Barnard continues to receive support from his followers and some of his young victims. 
"Given the nature of his charges, he poses a significant threat to the community," said Sharon Lubinski, U.S. Marshal of the District of Minnesota.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Steve Fendt No Longer With Southside Organizing Committee

The Southside Organizing Committee Board and Steve Fendt decided to part ways.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
November 25, 2014

Milwaukee, WI - On Tuesday, Attorney Jason Cleereman, the President of the Southside Organizing Committee (SOC) Board confirmed that Steve Fendt, the executive director for SOC is no longer with the non-profit organization. Fendt's last day with SOC was on November 15, according to Cleereman.
Cleereman said, that Fendt and the SOC Board decided to part ways and wouldn't elaborate further. The SOC Board is now trying to replace Fendt.
When Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) contacted Fendt and asked what led to his removal? Fendt would only say, "You should ask them, any public organization worth its salt and worthy of its constituency would comply." Fendt had been the executive director of SOC, since October 1991.
The current Board of Directors at SOC are, Jason Cleereman, President of the Board; Graciela Hernández, Vice-president/Treasurer; Marina Borges, Secretary; Carmen Cabrera and Zonia López.
SOC is a neighborhood based organization dedicated to the development and sustain ability of Milwaukee's Near South Side Neighborhoods. We focus  on projects that support community stake holders and create safe and livable neighborhoods, according to the SOC website.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ferguson's Fury Bursts Into Flames!

Protesters ignited businesses, several St. Louis County Police vehicles and looting reported after Ferguson Grand Jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for Michael Brown's murder on August 9.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
November 24, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri - On Monday, hundreds of protesters marched demanding justice for Michael Brown, 18, and others ignited businesses, several St. Louis County Police vehicles and looting was reported at businesses, according to police. Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) on Sunday first reported that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, 28, would not get indicted by a Grand Jury for Brown's murder on August 9. HNNUSA believed a leak from the Grand Jury was circulating in social media and picked it up.
St. Louis County District Attorney Robert McCulloch announced that there was no probable cause to indict Officer Wilson for Brown's homicide. Wilson is expected to get reinstated back into the Ferguson Police Department (FPD), according to the FPD chief of police.
A spectator of the Ferguson melee says, "Why don't we see mass protests by Afro-Americans in comunities like Chicago where a high murder rate on black on black crime is reported?"
About a dozen buildings burning in Ferguson, at least 150 shots fired (no one shot), several St. Louis County Police vehicles totally burned, officers were thrown rocks, but no serious injuries of officers or protesters reported, according to Jon Belmar, St. Louis County Police Chief. Belmar was expecting a peaceful protest and didn't know that Officer Wilson was not going to get indicted. One reported carjacking and the victim was ran over by suspects during the Ferguson melee.
29 people were arrested during the chaotic protest. "We did everything to prevent this...but we will continue with the plan we had...I didn't perceived this would happen," Belmar stated.
In nearby Dellwood, multiple buildings and more than seven cars were set on fire at a car lot.
Media sources reported more than 12 businesses were burned in Ferguson.