Thursday, July 19, 2018

Felony Election Fraud Charges Filed Against Former Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West

West charged with felony election fraud by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

July 19, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office confirmed that a felony charge for election fraud was filed against former Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West stemming from forged nomination signatures. West was defeated by Sylvia Ortiz-Velez on April 3rd who became the new 12th District Milwaukee County Supervisor. Ortiz-Velez in April received 815 votes 58% and the incumbent Supervisor West received 602 votes 42%, according to the Milwaukee County Election Commission.
Ortiz-Velez had filed an ethics complaint alleging that Supervisor West had apparently forced some nomination signatures and she was able to get affidavits from those who confirmed that they never signed the nomination papers for West. West when she submitted her nomination papers confirmed that she personally circulated the nominations papers where the discrepancies were alleged.
The discrepancies happened at several locations in the 12th Milwaukee County Supervisor District including at the 1800 block of W. Becher Street and at the 500 block of S. Layton Blvd., according to the Ortiz-Velez complaint.
One of the signers in an affidavit confirmed that the person that circulated West's nomination paper was an "African woman who was thin and young accompanied by a male." Other signers  (OS) confirmed the person circulating West's nomination papers "was thin and Caucasian" and OS described the person circulating papers having  black hair and also spoked fleunt Spanish, but Supervisor West signed and certified that she collected each signature in the nomination papers in question.
Supervisor West in February posted the following statement on her Friends of Milw. County Supervisor Peggy West, District 12, "For the record specifically at the address 1800 W. Becher, I did pass nomination papers at that location in addition, at that location, I had NO one African American passing papers, I also had no one Caucasian passing papers. I can and did speak to several residents there in Spanish...1800 W. Becher St is a Senior and disabled apartment complex as were at least 3 other addresses I used to collect signatures. It is very possible that residents don't clearly remember who came to their door to get their signature..."
Former deputy District Attorney Patrick Kenney (retired) was assigned to the West election fraud case as a special Milwaukee County prosecutor and the Milwaukee Police Department Internal Affairs unit investigated the Milwaukee County Ethics Board complaint filed by Ortiz-Velez.
West will make her initial court appearance on Monday. If convicted, West is facing up to 3 years and six months in prison with fines up to $10,000.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Waukesha County Sheriff Correction Officers Complete 287(g) Certified Training With ICE

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Office to implement 287(g) ICE program targeted at suspected undocumented immigrants processed for minor traffic violations at the County jail.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

July 14, 2018

Waukesha, WI - On Friday, several Waukesha County Sheriff Correction Officers completed their 287(g) certification ICE program and the County jail will begin to process inmates for legal status in the country that have been arrested for minor traffic and other violations. Those undocumented immigrants that have been processed for booking at the jail will be turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation proceedings.
Eric J. Severson, the Waukesha County Sheriff confirmed to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that multiple correction's staff members from the jail facility had been designated to take the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287(g) training and certification from June 18, 2018 to July 13, 2018 and upon completion, the 287(g) ICE program will be implemented at the jail facility in late July or early August. 
Severson in the application for 287(g) indicated that all ICE detainer requests to hold suspected undocumented immigrants processed at the jail for traffic violations and other crimes will be honored.
According to Sheriff Severson, most undocumented immigrants at the County jail have been processed for the following violations.

• Operating while intoxicated
• Operating without a license
• Bail jumping - misdemeanor
• Operating after revocation, and
• Resisting or obstructing an officer

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department 287(g) program ICE application, the Waukesha County jail takes into custody more than 11 additional immigrants each month. With the implementation of 287(g), the County jail is expected to increase the processing of undocumented immigrants for deportation.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Milwaukee Police SWAT Break Into Alleged Drug House, No Drugs Found, But Cop Shoots Dog While 15-year-old Teen Held Him In His Arms

A Milwaukee Police Swat team officer shot a 7-year-old pit bull multiple times while a 15-year-old male teen held the dog in his arms.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

July 13, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, the Milwaukee Police SWAT team broke into a home at the 200 block of S. 60th Street just after 10:00 a.m. and shot a 7-year-old pit bull multiple times while a 15-year-old male teen held him in his arm, according to his mother Tammy Prasnik, 43. Prasnik told Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that Thursday morning she and her family went through an ordeal after a Milwaukee Police SWAT team executed an alleged no-knock warrant and one of the officers with an assault rifle fired multiple shots at a family pit bull when it barked while her son, James Juarez, 15, was holding the dog in his arms. James got splattered with the pit bull's blood, but was not injured by police assault rifle fire.
Prasnik says police didn't even identify themselves when they broke into the residence and rushed in. Police later told her that they had a no-knock warrant and apparently read it to her, but she nor any member of the family was provided with a copy. Apparently, police alleged that a neighbor had made a report that it was a drug house and police had been watching the residence, according to Prasnik. Prasnik who is visting Milwaukee from Texas says, that at least 7 members of the family including her, a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old were at the residence and in addition her daughter's boyfriend was also visiting when police broke in. Prasnik's daughter was identified as Beatrice Juarez, 21, who rents the home. All except the toddlers were placed in handcuffs and restraints and taken outside. Anthony Juarez Jr., 23, Damian Krause, 23, and James were placed in a police patty wagon (prisoner transport van) and the rest were allowed to be on the curb as police searched and ransacked the residence. After several hours they were released and no one was taken into custody.
Police found no drugs at the residence indicating it was a false drug house report or their intelligence was flawed. 
The injured pit bull by the name of Muli was taken by the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) and it was later pronounced deceased. 
Prasnik says, Muli, the pit bull was not a theat to police when it was shot while her son held him. Prasnik told HNNUSA that she would like to thank the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) for cremating Muli at no cost, since the decision was based on that it was a senseless dog killing by a Milwaukee police officer.
Prasnik later discovered that Milwaukee Police Officer Lopez who was driving the police patty wagon snapped a photo of Anthony, Damian and James inside the holding area of the van and send the photo to Milwaukee Police Detective Angela Juarez who later confirmed to Anthony, her nephew through Facebook messenger that she indeed received the photo from Officer Lopez. Angela also sent the photo to her brother Arturo Juarez who shared it with others, Prasnik said. Det. Angela is the aunt of both Anthony and James who they haven't seen for some time, Prasnik said.
Prasnik told HNNUSA that she will seek legal advice and will also go to the Milwaukee Police Department to request a copy of the no-knock warrant and the names of the officers involved including any body camera videos of the incident.
The Milwaukee Police Department hasn't released any information about the debunked raid or the shooting of Muli.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Suspect Pulled Artificial Tracheal Tube During Argument Killing Mark A. Solorio At Kosciuszko Park

Solorio died from lack of oxygen after his artificial tracheal tube was pulled by suspect during an argument.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

July 11, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Tuesday, a suspect was taken into custody and is expected to be charged with the death of Mark A. Solorio, 44, who suffered from a lack of oxygen after his artificial tracheal tube was pulled during an argument. Solorio's body was found around 5:00 p.m. at Kosciuszko Park at the 2200 block of W. Lincoln Ave., according to police.
A witness who saw the altercation identified the suspect to police at the park.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Partners, Supporting Financial Institutions, Banks, Non-profits and Corporations That Help ICE To Separate Families

ICE has the support of financial institutions, banks, non-profits and corporations for the operations to separate children from undocumented parents.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Newswork U.S.A.

July 10, 2018

U.S.A. - The following information is provided to inform the public which partners, financial institutions, banks, non-profits and corporations help support and finance the operations including the incarceration and detention facilities for undocumented children and their families by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Health Services that separates children from undocumented parents under the Trump's Zero Tolerance policy.

• Partners:

Amazon, Microsoft and Vigilant Solutions (license plate recognition data)

• Retailers that still sell Trump or Ivanka brand products: 

Amazon and Whole Foods, Macy's, T.J. Maxx, Bloomingdales, Zappos, Hudson's Bay, Marshalls, Winners, Lord & Taylor, Bed Bath and Beyond, Buy Buy Baby, Dillards, 6pm, Blue Fly, Burlington Coat Factory, HSN,, Ross, Saks of Fifth, Walmart, Belk, Century 21,, Filene's Basement, Wegmans, Perfumania and Stein Mart.

• For-profit prisons:

CoreCivic and GEO Group

• Contractors that provide support services: 

MVM Inc., General Dynamics and Salesforce

• Non-profit that provide child detention centers:

Southwest Key Programs

• For profit that provides detention centers:

Shiloh Treatment Center

• Emergency shelters operation providers for undocumented children under contract with ICE:

Comprehensive Health Services, Dynamic Service Solutions, and Dynamic Educational Systems

• Wall Street Banks and major financial money managers:

Wells Fargo, SunTrust, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, BNP Paribas, U.S. Bancorp, Banco Bilbao's New York Branch, Lloyd Bank, Mizuho Bank, and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, BlackRock and Vanguard

• Entities that cooperate with ICE by providing immigration status information or allow ICE agents to board buses to investigate legal status of unsuspecting passengers without their permission:

Irvine Company Retail Properties (CA), Greyhound and Motel 6.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Charcoal Grill Worst Smoke Polluter At SummerFest 2018

The Milwaukee Common Council and the Milwaukee Health Department have yet to regulate the immense smoke pollution created by the Charcoal Grill at Summerfest 2018.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

July 8, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Sunday, the 11-day run of Summerfest 2018 ended and according to Donald A. Smiley, the President and Chief Executive Officer, it was the largest attendance yet in its history for the largest music festival in the World. What Smiley failed to admit is that it has become one of the worst smoke polluters as well during the 11-day run, which has gotten away with laxed pollution regulations for its food vendors during the festival. 
The Charcoal Grill food vendor located by the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage creates the most smoke pollution during the day by cooking greasy meats outdoors with charcoal. It seems, the City of Milwaukee Health Department and the Milwaukee Common Council have for years ignored the heavy smoke pollution that invades nearby areas forcing children, babies, teens and adult inhale the pollution for hours, especially at the Roadhouse stage or at any other location when the wind shifts and changes the direction of the smoke.
The Roadhouse stage on Sunday was engulfed with the Charcoal Grill smoke from noon to at least 7:30 p.m., some might see a photo and say, it's fog from the lake, but in reality it is heavy black smoke from the greasy Charcoal Grill and it becomes a hazard for those suffering from respiratory conditions or asthma.
The health department to date hasn't even tested the conditions to determine what long affect does the smoke have on those forced to inhale it while at Summerfest, especially in the immediate area where the Charcoal Grill is located.
It's about time Summerfest gets rid of the smoke pollution and City officials should begin to regulate such pollution at the Summerfest music festival.
According to Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. (MWF), which sponsors Summerfest, entrance to the festival grounds is at your own risk. MWF is immune from liability for injuries to persons or property on the festival grounds pursuant to Wisconsin Statue 895.52. Would it include injuries caused by pollution created at the festival grounds by a food vendor?

Thursday, July 5, 2018

First LULAC Midwest Region Digital Billboard Calling To Stop The Separation Of Families Goes Up In Milwaukee

One of several digital billboards calling to stop the separating of families unveiled in the Milwaukee area.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

July 5, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, a digital billboard was unveiled by the LULAC Midwest Region, which was paid by the Committee to elect Darryl Morin who is a candidate for National LULAC President. The billboard is one of two being paid by the Committee to elect Morin. Eileen Figueroa, the Wisconsin State LULAC Director told Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that the billboard, " a Midwest effort paid for the committee to Elect Darryl Morin. It is very much like how other campaigns are sponsoring trips to Detention facilities for LULAC and LULAC Texas."
A 9-year-old Cesar Acosta, an Honduran refugee boy spoke at the unveiling billboard event, he said that he was forced to sleep on the floor with a piece of plastic carton, was placed in kennel cages used for dogs along with other kids, was treated bad by border agents, was given a small sandwich and little to drink, experienced cold central air conditioned temperatures at a holding center known as the refrigerators and lights were always on, which he couldn't sleep. His mother who is pending an asylum status says that she fled her country due to death threats and her bother in-law being killed by gangs. She entered the U.S. on October 2017 and was separated from her son for two months and a 3-year-old daughter, but she was allowed to see her daughter in short periods. She described border process agents as cold and with no heart as they forced separation of families and witnessed mothers, crying and begging agents not to take their kids, but with no success to keep their sons and daughters with them. She is now residing in Waukegan, Illinois pending her immigration case.
Also LULAC Wisconsin Deputy State Director for Elderly Yolanda Santos Adams made remarks on behalf of grandparents regarding Donald Trump's Zero Tolerance policy. Santos Adams says, separating families is not just, not Christian like and opposes Trump's Zero Tolerance policy.
The billboads will stay up until Trump stops separating families and kids are reunified with their undocumented parents, according to Morin, who also spoke at the billboard event.
LULAC councils in Wisconsin will hold their State Convention on Saturday at the Mexican Fiesta Offices after it was decided on May 18, by Manuel G. Escobar Jr., the LULAC National Legal Advisor that the prior State Convention held at UMOS was not legal due to improper notification.