Thursday, June 30, 2011

Former New Holstein School Administrator Sentenced To 10-years In Prison For Soliciting Sex From Child

Christopher "Chris"  Joseph Nelson

Former school administrator facing five felony counts for child pornography in Calumet County.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 30, 2011

Milwaukee - On Thursday, Christopher "Chris"  Joseph Nelson, 59, of New Holstein was sentenced to 10 years in prison minus 79 days time served and 5 years of supervision by Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Dennis R. Cimpl. Nelson was convicted on one felony count involving use of a computer to facilitate sex from a child. Nelson will have to register as a sex offender for life.
He is also facing five felony counts of child pornography in Calumet County, according to court records.
Nelson formerly worked as the New Holstein Schools District Administrator. In January, he was stopped by Milwaukee police for a traffic violation at the 3600 block of N. 8th St. while using a computer. Nelson was trying to make contact with a 15-year-old boy who he contacted in Craigslist through the men seeking men section.
In this case, the 15-year-old boy turned out to be a Milwaukee police officer posing as a child in Craigslist.

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Flyer Circulating On Recall Elections Set For Nine Wisconsin State Senators

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Flyer shows fake candidates in recall elections being circulated on Facebook and the Internet.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 30, 2011

Madison - The Government Accountability Board (GAB) certified recall elections for nine state Senate legislators. The elections will include primaries on July 12 for candidates facing a challenger and elections on August 9, and August 16 for those not facing a challenger from the same political party. The GAB determined there were sufficient signatures for a recall election for each of the following three Senate Democrats, Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch. Also facing recall elections are six Senate Republicans, Alberta Darling, Randy Hopper, Robert Cowles, Luther Olsen, Sheila Harsdorf and Dan Kapanke.
The GAB also decided State Representative John Nygren (R) failed to collect the required 400 signatures to challenge Senator Dave Hansen (D) in 30th Senate District recall. The GAB claims Nygren had 398 valid signatures and not enough valid signatures, but Nygren filed a lawsuit challenging the GAB decision to keep him off the ballot.
The GOP encouraged for fake candidates to run in an effort to allow Republicans more time to campaign.
The Republicans have been recall for voting to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most state employees. The Democrats are being recall for leaving the state for a month to stall a vote to eliminate union state employees to engage in collective bargaining.
Governor Scott Walker (R) will be facing a recall himself after he completes one year in office. Walker signed into law Act 10, which eliminates most collective bargaining rights for most state employees. Act 10 became effective on June 29, after it was published in the Wisconsin State Journal. He also signed a two-year budget last Sunday, which eliminates in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants and cuts $800 million from public school districts in the state, but boosts tax credits for businesses.
On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Public Schools District (MPS) Superintendent Gregory Thorton announced, that the district is sending layoff notices this week to 519 employees affected, it includes 354 teachers, 155 teaching assistants and 96 District Divisions will be eliminated. Thorton blamed Governor Walker's budget cuts of $89 million from MPS. At least 418 positions left vacant by retirees won't be filled. About 200 layoff notices could be rescinded, if union workers concede to further contribute to their pensions and health insurance. Union officials say, employees have already conceded to contribute millions into both health and pension plans.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Assault Rifle Left On Top Of Seattle Police Squad Trunk

Photo: Nick Gonzales/KING 5 News

Seattle Police Department embarrassed about mishap.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 28, 2011

Seattle, WA - The Seattle Police Department (SPD) is trying to do damage control after a police assault rifle was left on top of a squad car unattended. KING 5 News reported that a pedestrian noticed the mishap in front of a hotel on Monday night and took a picture of it. Nick Gonzales took the picture about 9:00 p.m. outside the Roosevelt Hotel.
SPD confirmed that Police Officer William Collins placed the assault rifle outside another squad trunk while loading his squad, then Lt. Deanna Nolette came out and drove away without noticing the weapon on her back trunk. Collins didn't immediately report the weapon missing, until the department discovered the mishap when multiple citizens called in and reported the weapon on top of a squad car trunk.
Gonzales even flagged down several bicycle SPD police officers and told them about the incident. SPD didn't confirm, if the weapon was loaded.
The SPD Office of Proffessional Accountability released a statement, "It is unacceptable that a rifle was left unattended on a patrol car and people should expect more from their police department."
An internal investigation was initiated by John Diaz, Chief of Police, according to KING 5 News.

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30-year-old Drunk Woman Sprays Delaware County Sheriff Deputies With Breast Milk

Stephanie Robinette

Photo: Delaware County Sheriff's Office

Woman lands in jail for spraying deputies with breast milk.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 28, 2011

Bridgewater, Ohio – On Saturday, Stephanie Robinette, 30, of Westerville was arrested before 1:00 a.m. at the Bridgewater Banquet Facility on Sawmill Parkway after spraying breast milk on Delaware County Sheriff Deputies. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic violence call at the banquet facility.
Robinette's husband told deputies investigating the call that his wife had become intoxicated at the wedding banquet and began to argue with him. She got physical and struck her husband several times and then locked herself in a vehicle, according to the arrest report.
In a press release, Delaware County Sheriff Walter L. Davis III said, “When deputies approached the vehicle to speak to Robinette she began yelling profanities and refused to exit the vehicle. When deputies attempted to remove Robinette from the vehicle she advised the deputies that she was a breastfeeding mother and proceeded to remove her right breast from her dress and began spraying deputies and the vehicle with he breast milk. After more deputies arrived on scene they were able to remove Robinette from the vehicle and place her under arrest.”
Robinette is currently being held in the Delaware County Jail. She is facing charges of domestic violence, assault, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Sheriff Davis said, “This is a prime example of how alcohol can make individuals do things they would not normally do.”

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Walker Revokes In-state Tuition For Undocumented Students Attending Universities And Colleges In Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker

Undocumented students to pay higher tuition, despite living and paying state taxes along with parents in Wisconsin.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 27, 2011

Ashwaubenon - On Sunday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) signed his two-year 2011-2013 budget, which included ending in-state tuition for undocumented students attending public universities and colleges. In-state tuition for undocumented students was approved two years ago by former Governor Jim Doyle (D) after the Hispanic community struggled for 10 years to pass it.
The State Journal (SJ) reported that about 100 undocument students had applied for in-state tuition at 13-four year University of Wisconsin System public universities in 2010-2011. In 2009-2010, SJ data showed that 70 undocumented students had applied for in-state tuition to attend UW universities. UW-Milwaukee qualified 33 students in 2009-2010 and 55 in the 2010-2011 academic year. Other UW campuses had fewer applicants.
In Wisconsin, undergraduate sudents residing in the state pay more than $8,900 per year to attend UW compared to non-residents that pay more than $24,200 per year. The resident undergraduate pays 60 percent of the tuition and the state pays the other 40 percent of the cost, according to the SJ data.
With Wisconsin ending in-state tuition for undocumented students, only 11 states remain in the U.S. that offer in-state tuition to undocumented students.
Undocumented students and their parents residing in Wisconsin for years, whether illegally in the U.S. do contribute economically and do pay their fair share of state taxes, including sale taxes and other taxes as well. But, they don't get reimbursed at the end of the year.
The budget takes effect on July 1st. Walker's $66 billion two-year budget tries to balance and cap a $3.6 billion deficit without raising taxes. The budget cuts $800 million in public school aid, reduces $250 million from the University of Wisconsin System, cuts 30% or $72 million of aid to technical colleges and limits how much local governments and school districts can raise property taxes. A projected $1.6 billion in reduction of revenues for both local governments and school districts.
Walker signed his two-year budget at the Fox Valley Metal-Tech's Plant in Ashwaubenon near Greenbay. More than 200 protestors were outside the company with signs calling Walker, "You dirty rat" and "Shame, shame."
The Greenbay Press Gazette reported that according to Walker's budget, property taxes on owners of median-valued homes are projected to increase just $54 over two years.
  • Income tax credits for poor families with two or more children would be reduced by $56 million over two years, a move Democrats described as a tax increase.
  • Household income levels to qualify for a homestead tax credit for poor home owners and renters would be frozen, saving the state more than $13 million over two years.
  • Creates a new capital gains tax deferral for investments in Wisconsin-based companies worth $36 million over two years.
  • Creates a new tax credit for manufacturers and agricultural businesses worth about $129 million a year once fully phased in starting in 2016.
  • Loosens taxes charged to multistate corporations, a break to them worth more than $46 million over two years.
  • Cuts $500 million from Medicaid through a variety of reforms including increasing co-pays and deductibles, but not by reducing benefits across the board or cutting provider reimbursement rates.
  • Cuts aid to local governments by $76 million.
  • Eliminates 1,032 state positions, most of which have been vacant for more than a year.
  • Provides $225 million to rebuild the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee.
  • Provides $195 million to continue reconstruction of Interstate 94 between Milwaukee and Kenosha.
  • Closes the Ethan Allen School, a detention facility for boys, and moves inmates to Lincoln Hills School in Lincoln County.
  • Closes the Southern Oaks Girls School, a detention facility for girls, and move the inmates to Copper Lake School at Lincoln Hills, the Greenbay Press Gazette reported.
Walker also vetoed 50 items, including ending pay for Milwaukee Police Officers who are fired, while they appeal their cases. The bondsmen provision was also killed by Governor Walker who said, these items didn't belong in the budget.
Governor Walker is facing a recall for ending collective bargaining and drastically cutting public education funding, once he completes one year in office.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Vargas, Pulitzer Journalist In The U.S. Confessed To Be An Illegal Immigrant

Jose Antonio Vargas

Photo: Facebook

Immigrant wanted to come clean about his illegal status in the U.S., after the U.S. Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 25, 2011

New York - This week, self confessed illegal immigrant and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas originally from the Philipines admitted that he worked for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post with altered documents. Vargas on Friday during ABC Nightline confirmed, he has been living illegally in the U.S., since 12-years-old. He even altered documents to a get a driver's license, including a Social Security card to work and study in college.
Vargas decided to come public after the U.S. Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act in December. He got tired of living a lie and decided to make his status public.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has become aware of Vargas illegal status, but have no comment. ICE hasn't decided to act on Vargas self confession about his illegal status.
The New York Times is publishing a featured article about Vargas on Sunday.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mexican Federal PGR Raised Rewards For Suspects In Mother And Daughter Escobedo Homicides In Chihuahua

Rewards for murder suspect in sketch has been raised to $3 million pesos ($230,770 U.S.) and Bocanegra has been raised to $5 million pesos ($384,616 U.S.), the Mexican government announced.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 23, 2011

Mexico City, Mexico - On Thursday, the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) announced that it had raised the rewards for several suspects connected to the homicides of a mother and daughter. The PGR had released the sketch of the alleged 30-year-old suspect who shot Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, 52, several times including a fatal shot to the head.
The PGR is now offering $3 million pesos ($230,770 U.S.) from $200,000 pesos ($16,000 U.S.) it had previously offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. The suspect is believed to have been working with Sergio Rafael Barraza Bocanegra, 24, the alleged boyfriend and confessed killer of Ortiz' daughter Rubi Marisol Frayre Escobedo, 16, from Ciudad Juarez.
Bocanegra is accused of taking part in the planned killing of Ortiz on December 16 and the September 2008 murder of Rubi Marisol. He had confessed to killing Rubi Marisol and even led police to a hog farm where her dismembered body was found. Mexican authorities are now offering $5 million pesos ($384,616 U.S.) from $500,000 pesos ($41,000 U.S.) it had previously offered for information leading to the arrest of Bocanegra. They issued an international warrant because Bocanegra could have left the country, but family members of the Escobedo's believe he is leaving with his girlfriend and several kids in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico.
Bocanegra is an alleged member of Los Zetas and the Cartel de Sinaloa has also joined in the manhunt for Bocanegra, according to several large hand written poster signs discovered around Ciudad Juarez and the Chihuahua Capitol city.
Ortiz had struggled for two years to bring Bocanegra to justice for the murder of her daughter Rubi Marisol in 2008. The day Ortiz was killed, she was outside the Chihuahua state government building in the city of Chihuahua for nine days staging a protest and demanding justice from Governor César Duarte and the Chihuahua Attorney General's Office. (Building video of chase and murder: http://bit.ly/h9EKBP)

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81-year-old Boston Alleged Mobster Connected To 19 Homicides Arrested By FBI

James J. "Whitey" Bulger

Bulger and Greig (Undated)

Tips led to Bulger's capture after FBI publicity campaign on wanted fugitive.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 23, 2011

Los Angeles, CA - The California based Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced Wednesday it had arrested James J. "Whitey" Bulger, 81, of Boston, who was wanted since 1999. Bulger an alleged mobster was indicted by feds in connection with 19 homicides, racketeering (RICO), conspiracy to commit extortion, money laundering and drug distribution. He was on the FBI's 10 most wanted list. He was the alleged leader of the Winter Hill Gang, according to the FBI.
Bulger and his long time girlfriend, Catherine Elizabeth Greig, 60, were taken into custody in Santa Monica, California without incident. The FBI had offered a $2 million dollar reward for information leading to Bulger's arrest. A $100,000 dollar reward was also offered for any information leading to Greig's arrest.
On Tuesday, the FBI spent $50,000 for 350, 30 second TV media spots and public service announcements, including digital billboards in major cities featuring Greig and Bulger in 14 cities, including San Diego and San Francisco, California and throughout the U.S. (View FBI video http://bit.ly/kuh66C) The FBI confirmed that tips after the TV campaign publicity to locate both federal fugitives led to their arrests.
Both Greig and Bulger are expected to appear in federal court on Thursday and the FBI rewards are the largest ever offered for fugitives in the bureau's history.
Bulger's case inspired the 2006 movie making of the "Departed," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

El Chango Méndez, La Familia Michoacana Cartel Leader Arrested By Mexican Federal Police

José de Jesús Méndez Vargas, aka, "El Chango Méndez"

Photo: SSP/Milenio

El Chango Méndez and Los Zetas agreed on alliance that resulted in sending 200 Zetas to Michoacan to help La Familia regain control of the state.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 22, 2011

Cosío, Aguascalientes, Mexico - On Tuesday, Alejandro Poiré Romero, spokesperson for the Mexican Federal Secretary of Public Safety (SSP) announced in a press conference that José de Jesús Méndez Vargas, 50, aka, "El Chango Méndez," "El Pastor" or "Médico" was arrested by Federal Police. Vargas, originally from Ahuaje, Michoacan is considered the main leader of La Familia Michoacana Cartel, who was captured without incident in the municipality of Cosío in the state of Aguascalientes.
Vargas is accused of masterminding extortions, kidnappings, drug trafficking and killings. The Mexican Attorney General's Office had offered $30 million pesos ($2.5 million U.S.) for information leading to his arrest.
Vargas was transported by Federal Police to Mexico City for processing at the Mexican Attorney General's agency for Special Investigations of Organize Crime (Siedo), according to Romero.
Arrested along with Vargas on Tuesday were four members of his security detail identified as, Luis Alfonso Reyes Ramírez, 32, Luis Paredes Cárdenas, 35, Carlos Vizcaíno Tapia, 29, and Juan José Esquivel Barragán, 25.
According to the Federal Police report, Vargas became the leader of La Familia Michoacana, when he and Nazario Moreno, aka, "El Chayo" founded the criminal organization. They became notorious after the group disposed and threw five severed heads of rival gang members into a crowded night club dance floor in Michoacan.
Moreno was killed in a confrontation with Federal Police on December 9, 2010 in Apatzingán. He apparently was attending his own birthday party at a nightclub.
Vargas is also wanted by the U.S. government for smuggling and trafficking large quantities of marijuana into the U.S.
La Familia Michoacana expanded its operations into the following Mexican states, Guanajuato, Mexico, Guerrero, Colima, Jalisco, Baja California, and Tamaulipas. Vargas and La Familia took over the following cities and townships of Uruapan, Apatzingán, Los Reyes, La Ruana, Buenavista, Tancítaro, Sahuayo, Peribán and Cotíja in Michoacan.
In January 2011, La Familia split up into two separate groups. Vargas remained the leader of La Familia and Enrique Plancarte Solis and Servantes Gómez Martínez, aka, "La Tuta" began Los Caballeros de Templarios, which ignited a drug war between them.
On May 27, 2011, Federal Police arrested 40 members of La Familia, including five leaders in Las Lomas, Jalisco. Information taken from the suspects led to the arrest of Vargas. Vargas admitted to Federal Police that he arranged a meeting with the leaders of Los Zetas and resulted in an alliance between both groups. Los Zeta agreed to send 200 Zetas to Michoacan to help La Familia regain control of the state from Los Caballeros Templarios, according to the Federal Police report.
The Federal Police confiscated two vehicles, two handguns, two grenades, a 9mm automatic UZI, communication equipment and various documents.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Romero Facing Deportation After Serving Time In Marriage Sham Case

Fernanda Romero

Romero and husband Kent Ross convicted in immigration marriage sham serving 15 weekends in jail since last April.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 21, 2011

Los Angeles, CA - Actress Fernanda Romero, 28, or Maria Fernanda Romero Martinez is facing separate immigration charges, which could lead to her deportation from the U.S. Romero, a Mexican national and her husband Kent Ross, 28, were convicted after pleading guilty in April for making false statements to immigration officials. U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real sentenced both Romero and Ross to 15 consecutive weekends in jail, including five years of supervision and 1,000 hours of community service.
Assistant U.S. Jim Left confirmed that Romero is facing separate immigration charges, which could result in revoking her green card legal status and permanent residency.
Romero's immigration marriage sham was exposed by her former boyfriend Markus Klinko, a professional photographer after their split-up. Klinko contacted immigration officials and reported that Romero had been living with him instead of her husband.
Both Romero and Ross made false statements when they applied for her green card. They submitted documents to immigration officials, admitting they were living together in 2005 and 2006. When in fact, she was already living with Klinko, according to court records.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Services Held For Estrada, An U.S. Citizen Killed In Front Of Girlfriend In Mexico By Gunmen

Photo by HNG

Alejandro "Alex" Guadalupe Estrada

Photo: Facebook (Undated)

Hundreds attended funeral services of Estrada, former popular D.J. Twist who founded Envisions Clothing.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 20, 2011

Milwaukee - On Monday afternoon, Alejandro "Alex" Guadalupe Estrada, 35, took his final ride through the 1200 block of S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive passing through Envisions Clothing followed by a two mile funeral procession. Estrada founded Envisions Clothing in 1996 and was known as D.J. Twist to many.
He grew up in Milwaukee, but Estrada, an U.S. Citizen was residing in Mexico. He was fatally shot on June 11, while inspecting a home he and his girlfriend, Martha Eugenia González Navarro, 26, were remodeling in the neighborhood of Campo de Polo Chapalita, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
An armed group of men invaded the Estrada home and an altercation ignited over a vehicle when Estrada was shot 8 times in the torso with a high caliber weapon, according to the Jalisco State Attorney General's Office (PGR).  The PGR investigators recovered between 8 to 17 armor piercing, 5.7MM X 28MM Caliber cartridges at the scene.
Estrada died at the scene, Navarro was wounded on her left leg and a third person was slightly injured. The seven suspects fled the scene afterwards in several vehicles, according to neighbors.
Last week, Estrada's body was brought back to the U.S. On Monday after a traditional mass service with Mariachi's at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he was taken to St. Adalbert's Cemetery for his eternal resting place.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Peruvian Pollada Held In Milwaukee's Southside

Pollada held at church grounds.

Photo by HNG

Peruvian annual picnic set for July 23 in Greendale.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 19, 2011

Milwaukee - On Saturday, members of the Peru Club and Peruvian community held a Pollada to raise funds for their annual picnic. Charcoal cooked and fried chicken with salad and potatoes with green sauce was the main dish on the menu. The Peruvian Pollada was held at the St. Hyacinth Church parking lot in the 1400 block of W. Becher St. in the predominately Hispanic South side community.
The Peruvian Annual Picnic is scheduled for July 23 at the Root River Parkway on S. 76th Street and Grange Ave. in Greendale, according to Fredy P. Canales from the Peru Club.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Rosga, Milwaukee Outlaws Leader Sentenced To 20 Years In Federal Prison For Racketeering

Jack Rosga, aka, "Milwaukee Jack"

Outlaws engaged in drug trafficking and armed assaults to protect their criminal enterprise, according to the USDOJ.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 18, 2011

Washington, D.C. - In April, the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) in a press released announced that U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson sentenced the national president of the American Outlaw Association (Outlaws) motorcycle gang to 20 years in prison for leading a violent criminal organization. The national president of the Oulaws organization, Jack Rosga, aka, “Milwaukee Jack,” 53, was found guilty on Dec. 21, 2010, of conspiring to engage in racketeering activities and conspiring to commit violence in aid of racketeering. To date, 27 individuals have been charged as a result of a long-term investigation into criminal activities of the Outlaws motorcycle gang. Twenty have either pled guilty or were convicted at trial, according to U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia; Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division; and Rich Marianos, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division.
“Jack Rosga led an outlaw motorcycle gang that was violent at its core,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “As the gang’s national president, Mr. Rosga declared war on the rival Hell’s Angels and ordered violent acts on rival gang members. Mr. Rosga admitted to undercover federal agents that he expected to go to jail for leading this violent motorcycle gang, and the jury convicted him of conspiracy to commit racketeering and violent acts. He spent decades dedicated to a criminal way of life, and he’ll now spend decades in prison paying for those crimes.”
Leaders and members of the Outlaws in multiple states including Wisconsin, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia are charged in a June 2010 indictment. Under Rosga’s leadership, the enterprise is alleged to have engaged in violent racketeering activities with the intent to expand its influence and to control various parts of the country against rival motorcycle gangs, particularly the Hell’s Angels.
Court records indicate that the Outlaws planned multiple acts of violence against rival motorcycle gangs, including shows of force at the Cycle Expo in Henrico County, Va., in 2006; Dinwiddie Racetrack in Virginia in 2008; the Cockades Bar in Petersburg, Va., in 2009; Daytona Bike Week in Florida in 2009; and the Easyrider Bike Expo in Charlotte, N.C., in 2010. The indictment alleges that in the Cockades Bar show of force, members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club joined the Outlaws in the assault against rival gangs.
In addition, the evidence showed that in 2008, the Outlaws established a clubhouse in Rock Hill, S.C., in territory traditionally controlled by the Hell’s Angels. The Outlaws understood that this act would create violent friction between the two organizations.
Court records also established that in September 2009, two members of the Outlaws were assaulted in Connecticut by members of the Hell’s Angels. This caused the Outlaws to increase their already violent approach to the Hell’s Angels in retaliation. In October 2009, this led to the alleged attempted murder of a Hell’s Angels member outside the Hell’s Angels’ clubhouse in Canaan, Maine. The victim was seriously injured from gunshot wounds to his neck.
Evidence during trial showed, that on April 17, 2010, Outlaw members of the Milwaukee and other Wisconsin chapters in the Gold Region participated in a charitable event known as the Flood Run crossing from Wisconsin into Minnesota where they brutally beat members of the Hell’s Angels and stole their club patches, also known as “colors.”
Witnesses at the trial also testified that the Outlaws regularly used and distributed narcotics and regularly used firearms or other dangers weapons, according to the USDOJ press release.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Chicago Mexican Consul Arnal Palomera Established 24 Hour Toll Free Emergency Number For Nationals

(L-R) Gilberto Gonzalez, Mexican Consul Eduardo Arnal Palomera, Zonia Lopez and H. Nelson Goodson.

Photo: Juan Carlos Ruiz

Consul Arnal Palomera granted interview with Nfoque Latino Spanish Radio at WJTI 1460 AM.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 17, 2011

Milwaukee - On Friday in an exclusive interview, the newly designated Mexican Consul Eduardo Arnal Palomera for the Mexican Consulate in Chicago visited the City of Milwaukee. Arnal Palomera during a pre-recorded Nfoque Latino Spanish Radio program at WJTI 1460 AM said, that his mission was to visit every County in the tri-state area within the jurisdiction of the Consulate. Milwaukee County became the fifth County that he has visited.
Consul Arnal Palomera began his five day tour on June 14 and ended on Friday. In the last five days, he has stopped in Rockford, Illinois, and in Wisconsin, which included the cities of Pewaukee, Madison, Waukesha and Milwaukee. He met with local officials that included mayors, police chiefs, judges and businessmen to open channels of communication between them.
Arnal Palomera plans to visit 128 Counties the Consulate is assigned to service where Mexican nationals reside in the tri-state area inorder to get firsthand information about their needs and how the Consulate can provide services.
Arnal Palomera will become the first youngest Mexican Consul in history to visit each County the Chicago Mexican Consulate provides service too. He assured, that he will remain accessible to Mexican nationals and will work with Mexican community organizations and groups. Arnal Palomera considers himself as a friendly people's Consul.
He will make sure Consulate services will be provided accordingly and with respect because the staff at the Consulate works for the people they're providing services too. The Mexican Consulate operations and expenses totalled at least $5 million annually and generate more than $6 million in services to nationals, Arnal Palomera explained. There are about 1.5 million Mexican and Mexican-Americans residing in Chicago and more than 3.8 million within the Consulate's service area.
Mexico has invested in the U.S. more than $152 billion by buying American goods and part of his job in Chicago is to help increase the economic growth between both countries, says Arnal Palomera.
If Consulate workers fail to comply with his policies to provide better services that are expected from them, they should start looking for another job, Arnal Palomera said. He has been assigned to the Consulate for the next six years.
Each Consulate employee will be required to wear name tags to make it easier to locate and identify a worker when a complaint is registered by a person. All staff workers will dress casual to provide a welcoming setting for those seeking services. Arnal Palomera said, he will personally answer any suggestions or complaints put into a suggestion box at the Consulate. People have been really surprised to hear from him when he calls them about an issue, according to Arnal Palomera.
Consul Arnal Palomera was straight forward about his ability to provide transparency, better services, and becoming accessible to the community and nationals seeking services in Chicago, Illinois, including Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and Northern Indiana. The Consulate also provides mobil services in the region.
One of the first programs that was implemented when Consul Arnal Palomera took over the Chicago Mexican Consulate a month ago was to established a 24 hour Emergency Hotline in both English and Spanish. The toll free Hotline number is 1-888-755-5511 and it will be answered by bilingual staff workers. The service is for Mexican nationals seeking help from the Consulate for legal advice, about their rights and for the Consulate to provide assistance to family members needing advice while being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), local Sheriff's and police.
After the Nfoque Latino interview, Arnal Palomera in his last tour stop met with Mexican community members at South Division High School for several hours and informed them about his willingness to work with the community at large.
The full interview with Consul Arnal Palomera will be aired on Monday, June 20, at 11:00 a.m. to noon at WJTI 1460 AM Nfoque Latino Spanish Radio program with Zonia Lopez, Gilberto Gonzalez and H. Nelson Goodson.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Milwaukee County Redistricting Committee Cuts 6.9% Of Hispanic Population From 4th Supervisor District

File Photo: HNG

Tentative redistricting plan for 2012 approved in April cuts the Hispanic population by 6.9% from 58.6% in the 4th County Supervisor District and decreases the Hispanic voting age population by 8% from 51%.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 16, 2011

Milwaukee - In April, the Milwaukee County Redistricting Committee (MCRC a Special Committee) Chaired by County Supervisor Michael Mayo Sr. tentatively approved a 2012 Plan to cut 6.9% of the Hispanic population from District 4. The plan reduced the Hispanic Voting Age Population (HVAP) in District 4 from 51% to 43%, which cuts the HVAP by 8%, according to the Milwaukee County Board plan statistics.
Most of the Hispanic population that was cut from District 4 was added to District 12, which in 2010 had 70.4% of Latinos and currently has an HVAP of 66%. With the new population addition to District 12 for 2012, it will have 70.1%, which lost 3% population of Hispanics.
The current 4th District Supervisor is Marina Dimitrijevic and the 12th District Surpervisor is Peggy A. Romo West, an Hispanic. During the April MCRC meeting Supervisor West addressed the committee members and said, that the County electors in the 12th District elected the first Hispanc in 2004 in the County's 365-year history. West told the committee that information was provided to the community and she was satisfied with the new proposed plan. However, West didn't realized that she actually voted to approve the plan, which would prevent District 4 from becoming a 70% Hispanic District by adding 11.4% of Latinos, according to audio recorded during the MCRC meeting. Supervisor Dimitrijevic was also at the meeting, but did not comment about the proposed changes to her District.
With the current Hispanic population in County District 4, the Latino community only needs a projected 11.4% increase of Hispanics to make it a 70% Hispanic District to compensate the population growth. It would create a second Latino District for the community with the ability to gain political empowerment by electing an Hispanic representative (Supervisor) at the Milwaukee County level. If the MCRC tentative proposed plan to cut the 4th District by 6.9% is approved for 2012. Latinos would need to increase the population by 18.3% to get at least 70% of the Latino population, which in fact would be a major setback for Hispanics in Milwaukee County. 
Latinos involved with the last two decades, including the 2000 redistricting plan, which gained 38% of the Hispanic population in the District saw a growth of 20% of the Latino population in the District. The HVAP in Distric 4 increased from 31% to 51% within 10 years, since 2000.
The current population in Milwaukee County District 4 contains 58.6% Hispanic population and a 30.5% White population with the proposed changes for 2012, it will be 51.7% Hispanic and 37.9% White, and other ethnic groups, according to the 2012 Proposed Supervisory District Totals by Race.
The MCRC accomplished the plan by taking Wards 132, 290, 291, and part of 292 with large Latino populations from District 4 and moved them to the 12th. Ward 132 is 70% Hispanic, Ward 290 is 58% Hispanic, Ward 29 is 73% Hispanic and Ward 292 is 67.3 % Hispanic.
The MCRC to compensate for the removal of large proportions of the Latino population Wards, they moved other Wards into the 4th. Ward  59 from District 3 (Downtown area or Eastern portion), which is 86.3% White and 3.4% Hispanic. The MCRC also moved Wards 144 and 200 from District 16 to 4.  Ward 144 is just south of the current District 4. Ward 144 is 45% White and 45% Hispanic. Ward 200 is 63% White and 21.8% Hispanic.
The MCRC overall did move 4,743 of the Hispanic population out of District 4 and 5,248 were moved into the 4th District, which created a decline in Hispanic population and an increase in White population.
The total populations for both County Districts in 2010 are 4th District, 53,087 and the 12th District is 47,889. Total populations for tentative plan in 2012 are, 4th District, 53,982 and the 12th District is 53,930.
Milwaukee County had an increase of 43,000 in Hispanic population and a state wide increase of 143,000, an 74% growth in the last 10 years, according to the U.S. Census.
Members of the Milwaukee County Redistricting Committee are Milwaukee County Supervisors, Michael Mayo Sr. (Chairperson), Gerry P. Broderick, Peggy A. Romo West, Mark A. Borkowski, Johnny L. Thomas, John F. Weishan Jr. and Willie Johnson Jr.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Minnesota Governor Dayton Expecting Government Shutdown By July First

Governor Mark Dayton warns state employees of possible government shutdown come July, if the legislature doesn't pass a budget.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 15, 2011

St. Paul, MN - On Wednesday, Governor Mark Dayton (D) sent an e-mail to all state employees confirming the notices that were sent out last weekend of a possible government shutdown. Dayton wrote. "This weekend you received notices that, unless a budget is enacted by July 1st, state government will shut down most of its operations. Most of you would be laid off or placed on an unpaid leave of absence until government operations resume. This was an extremely difficult decision for everyone involved; however, we had no choice but to begin planning for this possibility... Today we have submitted a list to the Ramsey County District Court, which ultimately will decide what services will continue past. July 1st, if shutdown occurs... Thus my decisions were based entirely upon which functions of state government are so critical to protecting the lives and safety of the people of Minnesota, or which, if terminated, would cause such disorder or severe statewide economic impact, that they should be made exceptions to the Constitution's clear prohibition."
Both the state Senate and House of Representatives would have to pass a bi-partisan budget before July to keep the state government running, until a permanent budget economic solution is reached.
Today, Minnesota is facing more than $6.2 billion deficit, which is the highest on record in the state's 152-year history. Former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) left office with the largest deficit the state of Minnesota has ever experienced along with higher property taxes, more fees for the middle class and effecting small businesses throughout the state, including drastic education cuts that left most school districts with a four day week.
For the 2012 and 2013 Biennium, "Minnesota is facing a $6.2 billion deficit in the upcoming biennium, up from earlier projections of $5.8 billion. The shortfall represents about 16 percent of the state's two-year budget." Source: Minnesota Public Radio, 12/2/10

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Hank Rhon Freed After Mexican Federal Judge Ruled Illegal Weapons Case Lacked Evidence

Jorge Hank Rhon

Photo: Terra

Former Tijuana Mayor freed for lack of evidence.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 15, 2011

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico - On Tuesday, a Mexican federal judge ruled that the Federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) lacked evidence against Jorge Hank Rhon for possessing an alleged military arsenal. Rhon, 55, a former Tijuana Mayor was set free after the ruling.
Rhon's defense team had turned over about 120 minutes of five hours of home surveillance video which showed that the military didn't find a military arsenal at his home. Rhon had been accused of possessing 88 weapons, most of them exclusively used by the military and more than 9,000 cartridges at his Tijuana residence. Two handguns were also connected to several homicides, according to the PGR.
The PGR will appeal the judge's decision.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

35-year-old Man With Ties To Wisconsin Killed In Guadalajara, Mexico By Gunmen

Photo: Milenio/ Victor Fernández

Alejandro Guadalupe Estrada

Photo: Facebook (Undated)

Estrada founder of Envisions clothing had ties to Milwaukee

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 14, 2011

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico - On Saturday, the Guadalajara Municipal Police reported that Alejandro Guadalupe "Alex" Estrada, 35, was found shot multiple times at a residence undergoing remodeling in the 1200 block of Chapalita Ave. and Capuchinas Street in the neighborhood of Campo de Polo Chapalita. The Jalisco state Attorney General's Office (PGR) confirmed that Estrada was fatally shot at least eight times in the torso.
Estrada and his girlfriend Martha Eugenia González Navarro, 26, and a third person had gone to the residence that was under construction when four or seven gunmen burst into the home and then opened fire after a brief agrument with Estrada. Navarro was reported shot in her left leg and the third male victim received minor injuries. Estrada died at the scene. The male victim told authorities, that the gunmen had come to talk to Estrada about a vehicle and the altercation ended with the fatal shooting, according to the PGR preliminary report.
The PGR investigators recovered between 8 to 17 armor piercing, 5.7MM X 28MM Caliber cartridges at the scene. Authorities said, the suspects fled the scene in several vehicles after the shooting. No one is in custody, but police continue to search for suspects.
Estrada who had ties to Wisconsin was the founder of Envisions clothing in Milwaukee's South Side. He was also known as D.J. Twist. Envisions was founded in 1996.
Funeral services have been rescheduled for Monday, June 20 at St. Patrick's Church, at the 700 block of W. Washington St. in Milwaukee. The wake will be held at 9:00 a.m. and mass at noon following burial after mass, according to Envisions Facebook page.

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Videos Show Five Billion Annual Profit Operation By Three Corporations Holding Illegals In Private Prisons

Brave New Foundation political short videos in both English and Spanish detailed private prison operations, lobbing and huge profits costing taxpayers.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 14, 2011

Culver, CA - Two posted political Youtube videos by California based Brave New Foundation/Cuéntame exposes three major corporations, GEO Group, Corrections Corporation of America and Management and Training Corporation operating 200 private prisons nationally with 1,500 beds, with a combined profit over $5 billion a year by holding illegal immigrants at $200 each per day. The private run prison corporations have paid over $20 million lobbying Republican controlled legislatures in states to implement similar Arizona immigration enforcement laws like SB 1070 to ensure access to more illegal immigrant detainees. Illegal immigrants being processed and held in detention boosts revenues and huge profits for these private prisons.
The two minute videos on corporations operating private prisons, which profit from illegal immigrant detainees were posted by California based Brave New Foundation/Cuéntame in English at: http://bit.ly/jLphtr and link en Español http://bit.ly/ih59IU

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Otriz Files Campaign Registration Statement For Milwaukee County 12th District Supervisor Bid

Sylvia Ortiz

Photo by HNG

12th District Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy Romo West facing challenger for 2012.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 13, 2011

Milwaukee - On Friday, Sylvia Ortiz, 33, filed a Campaign Registration Statement with the Milwaukee County Election Commission and registered her committee as Friends of Sylvia Ortiz for her 2012 bid to run for 12th District Milwaukee County Supervisor. Ortiz plans to challenge current County Supervisor Peggy Romo West, who ran unopposed in 2008 for her second four-year term.
On Monday, Ortiz said, she wants to improve the quality of life for the entire district and fight to bring the needed resources to the 12th District. She is the proud daughter of Jose Ortiz, a well known Evangelist and live all her life in the district.
Ortiz, a Real Estate Broker owns her own business. She works and resides in Lincoln Village, which is part of the predominately South Side Hispanic district.
Ortiz graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned a B.A. degree in Political Science.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hank Rhon's Defense Team Claims Mexican Military Planted Arsenal And Turned Over Video Evidence To Judge

Jorge Hank Rhon

Photo Terra

Mexican military accused of planting arsenal at Hank Rhon's residence in Tijuana.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 12, 2011

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico - On Friday, Fernando Benítez Álvarez del Castillo, an attorney for former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon, 55, announced that the allegations against his client and the arrest report by the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) conflicts with actual events taped by home surveillance video footage from Rhon's home. Álvares del Castillo confirmed, Rhon's defense team had turn over 120 minutes of 5 hours of video footage from 8 home video cameras as evidence that will show no weapons exclusively used by the military were confiscated at Rhon's residence other than the handguns that were properly registered and licensed to Rhon's security detail.
Some of the video shows how the military disarmed the private security guards at the home and how the main gate unarmed security guard was mishandled when detained in the raid.
The surveillance video was being taped at another location and the military disabled some cameras at Rhon's residence, but failed to secure the video footage from a different location, according to the defense team.
The video footage was turned over to Judge Blanca Evelia Parra Meza, from the Mexican Federal 9th District Court in Baja California who is presiding over the case. Judge Meza who reviewed the video footage went to Rhon's residence on Saturday to inspect Rhon's residence.
Vladimir Téllez another attorney for Rhon has said, the military lacked a search warrant at the time of Rhon's arrest and the video evidence shows the weapons used exclusively by the military were not at Rhon's residence.  Also, the military did not come in through the front of the residence as the PGR criminal complaint states.
The defense team is claiming the Mexican military planted the weapons to frame Rhon for illegal possession of a military arsenal and ammunition used by the arm forces.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Laster Gets Four Life Sentences For Killing 23-year-old Mother And Suffocating Her Two Children To Death

Desmond Dejuan Laster

Convicted child killer sentenced to four life terms.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 10, 2011

Milwaukee - On Friday, Desmond Dejuan Laster, 22 was sentenced to four life sentences without parole including five years consecutive on each count as an enhancer for being an armed felon. He was found guilty on four counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the murders of Rachel Thompson, 23, her two young sons at the 900 block of S. 12th St. and Brittney Robertson, 19, on February 26, 2010. Laster will also serve 10 years in prison each for party to a crime and arson, which will be served concurrently with the previous four homicide counts.
After killing Thompson, Laster tied up both of Thompson's children with duct tape and then put plastic bags over their heads to suffocate them to death. Then, he set fire to the upper apartment to cover up the homicides.
His accomplice, Anthony Edward Barnes, 23, became a state witness and testified against Laster. Barnes pleaded guilty to three homicides, including killing Robertson when he was ordered to do so by Laster.
Under a plea agreement, Barnes will be sentenced in July and faces up to 35 years in prison, according to court records.

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State Immigration Enforcement Bills Useless, Costly And Unable To Be Legally Implemented In The U.S.

Alabama, another state to pass an immigration enforcement bill.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 10, 2011

Montgomery, Alabama - On Thursday, Republican Governor Robert Bentley signed into law a state immigration enforcement law targeting 120,000 undocumented immigrants in Alabama. The bill allows state and local law enforcement officers to determine the legal status and arrest suspected undocumented immigrants during traffic stops or civil violations. The bill allows public school officials to determine the legal status of students attending school districts as a data collection, makes it unlawful for people to knowingly give a ride to undocumented immigrants or cause traffic jams while picking illegal laborers up and requires businesses to verify the legal status of employees that they hire using the federal system E-verify. The law takes affect on September 1.
The 2010 U.S. Census reported, that 186,000 Hispanics reside in Alabama, a 3.9 growth within a decade.
Immigrant rights groups, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Southern Poverty Law Center agreed that the Alabama immigration enforcement law will lead to racial profiling by law enforcement, employers and landlords. The Alabama law is deemed unconstitutional because it's pre-empted by federal law. Only the federal government can regulate and enforce immigration laws.
Most of the provisions in the Alabama immigration enforcement law will most likely be blocked from taking effect once it is legally challenged in federal court as Arizona's SB 1070 is facing today. Arizona's own immigration enforcement law has been stalled, since it was passed almost a year ago. A federal judge blocked most of its provisions making SB 1070 useless.
It has cost Arizona more than $250 million to attempt to implement it and to legally defend. National and state boycotts have kept millions of dollars and tourists from the state creating an economic crisis and adding to the $33 billion dollar state deficit Arizona is currently facing.
Alabama is expected to spent just as much in a law that will most likely never be fully implemented. Georgia is facing the same fate and Utah's law, which actually allows undocumented immigrants to seek permits to work and reside in the state along with their families has been also blocked in a federal court challenge.
Wisconsin is currently trying to pass an immigration enforcement measure Assembly Bill 173, which will fall into legal limbo as well and cost taxpayers millions to legally defend, if approved.
Some of these states enacting immigration enforcement laws are facing major deficits and continue to create unwanted costs for taxpayers by passing useless and dead immigration bills, once they are legally challenged.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Kirt Charged With Three Felonies In OWI Roll Over Accident Involving 11 Children In Milwaukee

Akira Kirt

Woman driving drunk facing up to 70 years in prison, if convicted.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 9, 2011

Milwaukee - On Thursday, Akira Kirt, 32, was charged with three felony counts of 2nd-degree endangerment, including two misdemeanors for driving drunk while having children under 16 years of age in the vehicle and causing a roll over accident. Kirt charges includes a first offense Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) and having an alcohol content of .15, twice the legal limit allowed to drive, both misdemeanors.
Last Saturday, Sheriff deputies investigating an SUV roll over at 2:00 p.m. on the N. 10 Street exit and I-43 discovered Kirt was intoxicated. She admitted to deputies that she was drunk at the time and should be arrested. She had 11 children ages 2 to 16 including seven of her own children as passengers, which some lacked legal restraints as required by state law, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's report. Five of the children suffered minor injuries.
The accident occured after Kirt hit a concrete barrier and rolled over totalling the Dodge Durango she was driving. The SUV Kirt was driving belongs to someone else.
Kirt had a .15 alcohol content on her blood, which is twice the legal limit. She was driving without a license or insurance.
Kirt had been cited several times for driving without a license in 2008 and has never obtained one, according to court records.
If convicted, Kirt is facing up to 70 years in prison and more than $30,000 in fines or both.

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Pridemore's Immigration Enforcement Measure Moves Forward As Wisconsin Assembly Bill 173

Anti-immigrant bill in Wisconsin moves forward as Assembly Bill 173

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 9, 2011

Madison - On Wednesday, Representative Donald Pridemore's (R-Hartford) state immigration enforcement measure moved forward as Assembly Bill 173. The state immigration bill AB 173 was officially referred to the Assembly Committee on Homeland Security and State Affairs chaired by Representative Karl Van Roy (R), the Office of Representative JoCasta Zamarripa (D) announced Thursday. AB 173 will remain in committee until Roy decides to address the issue and then debate the immigration enforcement bill.
The AB 173 bill, if approved by the Wisconsin controlled Republican legislature and signed into law by Governor Scott Walker (R) will authorize state and local enforcement officers to ask and dermine the legal status of people stopped for minor and civil violations. The bill will lead to racial profiling and will outlaw cities from becoming a sanctuary to undocumented immigrants, according to Voces de la Frontera, clergy and immigration rights activists who oppose the measure.
People who can't provide legal proof when stopped and questioned about their legal status will be detained up to 48 hours at their own cost and then turned over to the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE), according to Pridemore's bill. ICE hasn't confirmed that if the bill passed, they would take undocumented immigrants arrested under AB 173. The bill relates to local ordinances determining the lawful presence of a person arrested for or charged with a crime or certain civil violations, and provides a penalty.
AB 173 is sponsored by state Republican Representatives, Pridemore (author), Evan Wynn, Daniel LeMahieu, Joel Kleefisch, Jim Steineke, Andre Jacque and one state Senate Republican Frank Lasee (co-author).
The Wisconsin immigration bill will most likely cost taxpayers an estimated $250 million to legally defend, including a state boycott keeping away tourist spending, lack of revenue in taxes and wages similar to Arizona's economic loss attributed to passing their immigration enforcement bill SB 1070. Arizona's bill hasn't been able to be implemented and major provisions of SB 1070 have been blocked in federal court.
Wisconsin is facing a $3.6 billion dollar deficit and the Pridemore immigration bill will add unwanted costs to taxpayers.

Copy of Pridemore's immigration enforcement bill AB 173 (PDF) at link: http://bit.ly/kXeaGX

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Alfonso-González Wanted By FBI For Car Thefts And Cloning Extradited To U.S. From Mexico

Eliener Alfonso González

Suspect extradited to U.S. to face federal car theft charges

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 9, 2011

Mexico City, Mexico - On Wednesday, the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office reported that they have extradited Eliener Alfonso González, 42, to the United States of Amercia. González was wanted in connection with cloning vehicles and providing fake VIN registration documents in order to sell stolen vehicles in several U.S. states between 2000 to 2009.
In March 24, 2009, U.S. federal authorities arrested 13 suspects in connection with car-cloning in Tampa and Miami, Florida, and Chicago, Illinois. The criminal organization totalled about $27 million of reported losses to citizens and insurance companies in car thefts and cloning, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Florida.
González was part of an operation by the criminal enterprise that provided fake vehicle identification numbers (VIN) and documents from Mexico. The fake documents were sent to multiple commercial agencies and then distributed to members of the illegal cloning operation.

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Hank Rhon And 10 Suspects Facing Federal Charges For Illegal Possession Of Military Arsenal In Mexico

Jorge Hank Rhon

Photo: Terra

Mexican Attorney General's Office found probable cause to charge former Tijuana Mayor Hank Rhon for weapons arsenal.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 9, 2011

Mexico City, Mexico - On Wednesday, the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) reported that Jorge Hank Rhon, 55, had been transferred to the Hongo federal prison in Tecate, Baja Califronia after federal investigators found probable cause to charge Rhon and 10 other suspects with illegal possession of weapons. Rhon, a self proclaimed billionaire served as Tijuana Mayor between 2004 to 2007 for the PRI political party.
On June 4, military personnel found 88 weapons, 9,250 cartridges and a gas grenade at Rhon's residence in Tijuana, Baja California. Investigators from the PGR found that only 10 of the 88 weapons recovered from Rhon's residence were legally license. Four weapons had permit numbers 186 from the State Public Security of Baja California, one had a permit number 6 from the Secretary of Federal Public Security, and 5 other weapons had individual permits assigned to other people not in custody. 78 remaining weapons had no permits or a license.
Two of the weapons, a .40 Caliber and a .380 Caliber were used in several homicides in Baja California, the PGR confirmed. Rhon has denied both weapons belong to him.
From the 88 weapons that were confiscated, 49 weapons are exclusively reserved for the use by the military and 39 weapons can be possessed by individuals, if a license or permit had been issued by a state or federal government.
Federal investigators confirmed, from the 9,250 cartridges confiscated, 8,944 were for military use only and 306 cartridges were deemed legal when a permit is issued.
Rhon and the following suspects, Juan Ignacio Parra Santos, Luis Alfonso Sánchez Solis, César Pérez Guerrero, Javier Marcopolo Ayala Roldán, Rubén Muñoz Nava, Víctor Manuel de la Torre Horta, Marco Antonio Trinidad Gómez, Rigoberto González López, Carlos Gonzalo Pérez Contreras and Ramón López Apodaca are facing federal charges for illegal possession of weapons and ammunition exclusively used by the military, according to the federal PGR.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

GAB Certifies Recall Elections For Three Wisconsin Senate Democrats Including Six Republicans

Nine Wisconsin state senators certified for recall elections.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 8, 2011

Madison - On Wednesday, the Government Accountability Board (GAB) certified recall elections for three state senate Democrats. The election will take place in July 19. The GAB determined there were sufficient signatures for a recall election for each of the following Senate Democrats, Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch.
Last week, the GAB certified the recall elections for six Senate Republicans, Alberta Darling, Randy Hopper, Robert Cowles, Luther Olsen, Sheila Harsdorf and Dan Kapanke. Their recall election will take place on July 12.
Governor Scott Walker (R) will be facing a recall himself after he completes one year in office. Walker signed into law Act 10, which eliminates most collective bargaining rights for most state employees.
Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi, recently ruled Act 10 was passed in a state legislative meeting that violated open meetings law, thus voiding Act 10. State legislators failed to give 24 hours notice for the meeting.
The State Supreme Court heard arguments about the case. The court has yet to decide, if it will take up the case.
The Republicans have been recall for voting to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most state employees. The Democrats are being recall for leaving the state for a month to stall a vote to eliminate union state employees to engage in collective bargaining.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

32-year-old Milwaukee Woman Facing Felony Charge For OWI In Roll Over Accident Involving 11 Children

Akira Kirt

Milwaukee County Sheriff seeking felony charge for OWI driver.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 6, 2011

Milwaukee - On Monday, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office is reviewing an alleged felony charge sought by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department (MCS) against Akira Kirt. Kirt, 32, is facing multiple charges and Sheriff David Clarke is seeking the felony charge for driving drunk.
She was arrested last Saturday for a first offense Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) after Sheriff deputies investigating an SUV roll over at 2:00 p.m. on the 10 Street exit and I-43 discovered she was intoxicated. She admitted to deputies that she was drunk at the time and should be arrested, according to the MCS report.
Deputies confirmed that Kirt had 11 children as passagers ages from 2 to 17 including 7 of her own children. Five of the children suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital.
The accident occured after Kirt hit a concrete barrier and rolled over totalling the Dodge Durango she was driving. The SUV Kirt was driving belongs to someone else.
Kirt had a .16 alcohol content on her blood, which is twice the legal limit. She was driving without a license or insurance. Kirt had been cited several times for driving without a license in 2008 and has never obtained one, according to court records.
She remains in custody unable to post bail at the Milwaukee County jail, the MCS reported.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mitchell Street Sun Fair Attracts Thousands To 3-day Festival In Milwaukee's South Side

Photos by HNG

Street festival drew an estimated 15,000 Sun Fair participants.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 5, 2011

Milwaukee - On Sunday, the Sun Fair, a three day festival along W. Historic Mitchell Street between S. 8th St. to S. 10th St. ended at 8:00 p.m. The event was sponsored by the Mitchell Street Business Improvement District BID 4 and provided an array of music, food and beverage vendors, rides, games, and a carnival.The event is a first time the street festival has been organized, since the last Mitchell Street Days festival took place about 15 years ago. Tony Garnica, one of the organizers, owner of Tasos Hair Studio and a member of the BID estimated the three day crowds at about 15,000 people including teenagers and kids of all ages. Garnica was in charged of the mainstage where everyday had an open microphone for amateurs to perform their best or attempted to sing. The music at the mainstage ended by 7:15 p.m.
The business BiD plans to continue the Sun Fair for next year. Police reported no major incidents within the festival area.

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Mexican Military Arrest Tijuana's Former Mayor Hank Rhon For Possession of Illegal Weapons

Jorge Hank Rhon

Photo: Terra

Illegal arsenal of weapons discovered at the home of a former Tijuana mayor.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 5, 2011

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico - On Saturday, the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) and  the Secretary for National Defense (Sedena) reported that former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon, 55, a self-proclaimed billionaire who served in office between 2004 to 2007 for the PRI political party had been arrested in connection with possession of illegal weapons. Sedena confirmed that, military personnel investigating a citizen complaint registered on early Saturday at 2:00 a.m. of three armed suspects near the Palacio Hotel resulted with a tip of illegal guns at a local home. When a military unit caught several suspects with guns, they confessed that more weapons could be found at a residence in the Hipódromo Agua Caliente neighborhood. The information led the military to a residence at 3:30 a.m. owned by Rhon where they found 88 weapons. Rhon was present at home when he was taken into custody for federal violation of possession of weapons reserved for the military only. The military confiscated 40 rifles, 48 handguns, 9,298 cartridges, a gas grenade and 70 magazines for ammunition, according to Sedena.
La Jornada Newspaper reported that Rhon during the investigation by the Baja California Attorney General's Office interview, he thought, that one of his sons was playing a joke on him, but quickly realized it wasn't a joke when Rhon saw one of his bodyguards under arrest. Rhon's wife, María Elvia Amaya de Hank and some of his children were at home when their home was searched for at least four hours. Rhon has 19 children from different relationships.
Along with Rhon, 10 of his employees were also arrested. They are Luis Alfonso Guerrero, Ramón López Apodaca, Juan Ignacio Parra Santos, Marco Antonio Trinidad Gómez, Javier Marco Polo,
Rubén Muñoz Nava, Pablo Gonzalo Pérez Contreras, Rigoberto Sánchez and Víctor Manuel Orta. Rhon and his employees were transported to Mexico City for their processing by the Federal PGR.
In 2007, Rhon ran an unsuccessfully for governor of Baja California. He owns the soccer Club of the Xolos de Tijuana, which just qualified for the first division play-offs, has multiple casinos and one of the largest Zoo's in Mexico, which has 20,000 animals in exhibition.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Gunfire Interrupts Neighborhood Outdoor Cookouts In Milwaukee's South Side

Photo by HNG

Police investigating shooting after 8 to 10 shots fired.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 4, 2011

Milwaukee - On Saturday, police responded to a report of gunfire around 8 p.m. in an alley at the 1500 block between S. 15 Street and S. 15 Place. Police recovered about 8 to 10 spent castings (cartridges) in the alley.
An officer said, that no one was reported injured, but neighbors alleged a person was injured.
When the shooting occurred, adjacent neighbors from both sides of the alley were enjoying family cookouts. Some of the children said, they heard multiple gunshots and ran for cover, while others became curious and watched police officers recover evidence. They were happy to see police at the scene.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Edwards Charged By Feds For Using Campaign Funds To Hide Mistress During Presidential 2008 Bid

John Edwards charged and facing six felony counts

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 3, 2011

Greensboro, North Carolina - On Friday, John Ewards, (D) former U.S. Senator and a two-time candidate for U.S. President has been charged in a federal indictment of using campaign funds to keep mistress and affair quite. The unseal indicted alleged Ewards spent about $925,000 to keep his mistress Reille Hunter and his son hidden from the public.
Edwards is charged with six counts, including making false statments, conspiracy and illegal campaign contributions, according to the indictment.
The indictment states, Edwards enagaged in a scheme to hide his extramarital affair during his bid for president in 2008 and exposure of the affair would have cost his campaign huge amounts of funds to control damage to the campaign.
An arrest warrant was issued for Edwards, but he turned himself in.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Protesters Taken Out From Wisconsin State Joint Committee On Finance For Disrupting Hearing

Voces de la Frontera from Milwaukee and student members of Youth Empowered in the Struggle were in Madison to defend public education and in-state tuition rights.

Photo by HNG

People protested education cuts and the repealing of in-state tuition.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 2, 2011

Madison - State legislators from the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance had to order State and Capitol Police to remove at least ten people who disrupted their budget cuts hearing to finalize fiscal spending for the next two years. Two protesters were arrested. They vowed to continue the protests in the coming days.
The committee finally met late on Thursday after changing their meeting time several times in the afternoon, trying to diminish crowds. The prostesters were against educational cuts and the proposed repeal of in-state tuition in Governor Scott Walker's budget cuts.
The state joint finance committee is holding a two year spending proposed budget hearing and their version once approved heads for the full Senate. State Representatives have their own budget cuts version and both the Assembly and the Senate would have to agree on a joint version to pass it.
The Republican controlled legislature is moving forward to repeal in-state tuition for undocumented students attending public colleges and universities.
In a press release statement, Voces de la Frontera states that fifty concerned Wisconsinites engaged in an organized, non-violent civil disobedience to halt passage of the state budget, demanding restoration of the cuts to education and in-state tuition for immigrant youths.
Kicking off the action were four prominent community leaders, Jesus Salas, former University of Wisconsin Regent; Larry Miller, Director on the Milwaukee Public School Board; Al Levie, Racine high school teacher and REA union member; and Christine Neumann-Ortíz, Voces de la Frontera executive director.
The disruption stopped the committee for an extended period of time as police carried off speaker after speaker, who refused to let injustice and austerity become law without resistance. Each speaker read a statement before being removed from the hearing.
They have disregarded widespread opposition to their proposed cuts to education, environment, workers, healthcare and other vital public services. Today, the Republicans on the committee delayed the hearing for 5 hours, afraid to face the public backlash, according to Voces de la Frontera.

VDLF video of actual protest at link: http://bit.ly/mS390r

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Voces del Frontera And Students At Joint Committee On Finance Hearing To Protest Repeal Of In-state Tuition

Voces de la Frontera and Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) were in Madison to defend public education and in-state tuition rights.

Photos by HNG

Students protest repeal of in-state tuition at Senate finance committee hearing, but meeting time to convene changed several times.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 2, 2011

Madison - On Thursday, members from Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) from Milwaukee and students went to Madison to address the proposed intent by the Republican controlled legislature to repeal in-state tuition in Wisconsin. The state Senate Joint Committee on Finance scheduled meeting to debate Governor Scott Walker's budget including a proposed repeal of in-state tuition for undocumented students in the state was delayed several times. The meeting was delayed for more than four hours forcing people and some students with limited time to leave and return to Milwaukee.
Republican legislators are pushing to eliminate in-state tuition for undocumented students, despite the parents of the students effected are taxpayers. The parents considered undocumented do pay property taxes, sales taxes and there income is taxed as required by state law. But, they don't get tax refunds or reimburse at the end of the year. How much has accumulated and what happens to the tax contributions that undocumented immigrants have paid for the last ten years? The state budget office or both the Representative and Senate finance committees have yet to address the issue and make public the actual tax contributions undocumented immigrants and their families including Hispanic businesses do contribute to the economic growth of the state.
The Senate committee scheduled 1:00 p.m. budget meeting for Thursday was delayed until 3:00 p.m., then again delayed to 5:00 p.m., but most people and students continued to wait for it to convene. VDLF reported at 6:30 p.m., that the meeting hadn't started as previously announced.
State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milw.) came in to the hearing room and told those waiting for hours that the Republican senators might not convene until they are ready to do so. Some of the people responded by saying, the Senate Republicans know that students who will be effected by repealing in-state tuition are present and are delaying the meeting hoping to diminish the crowds.
A VDLF press release stated that, in 2009, Wisconsin became only the eleventh state in the U.S. to pass this historic educational civil rights legislation. Under Governor Scott Walker's (R) current budget proposal, undocumented students who have graduated from Wisconsin high schools will no longer be eligible to receive in-state tuition rates.
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera stated, "The public hearings of the Joint Committee on Finance were a joke- they did not allow genuine and democratic input by the public. Senator Alberta Darling has repeatedly ignored requests to meet with diverse youth who will be affected by the education budget and repeal of in-state tuition rights. We are coming to the hearings to highlight the devastating inequities in Governor Walker's budget, which forces taxpayers to pay for the children of wealthy families to attend private schools while attacking the quality of education for working class families and the poor."
Several days ago, the state of Illinois passed an In-state tuition bill.

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Mexican Military Found Arsenal From Russia, China And U.S. Buried At Seven Sites In Coahuila

Photo: Sedena

Authorities investigating which criminal organization owned the arsenal composed of weapons.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 2, 2011

Nadadores, Coahuila, Mexico - On Tuesday, the Mexican Secretary of National Defense Department (Sedena) reported that members of the military regiment in zone 7 discovered 161 weapons and ammunition buried in seven sites. General Dagoberto Espinoza Rodríguez confirmed that military personnel during a routine search at an area in Ejido de Sardinas within the municipality of Nadadores reported the discovery of a large arsenal.
The arsenal included grenades, 4,627 magazines, 23 military camouflage uniforms, a grenade launcher and 92 thousand rounds of ammunition for different type of high caliber weapons. The weapons including the rest of the arsenal are believed to come from Russia, China and the U.S., according to Sedena.

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