Sunday, July 31, 2011

"El Diego" Second In Command Of La Linea Cartel Arrested By Mexican Federal Police And Military

José Antonio Acosta Hernández

La Linea drug lord implicated in 1,500 homicides, including the March 2010 murder of a U.S. Consulate worker and two Americans in Juarez.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 31, 2011

Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico - On Friday, José Antonio Acosta Hernández, aka, "El Diego," "El Blablazo" or "El 10" known as second-in-command of La Linea Cartel and an associate leader of the Juarez Cartel was arrested by Mexican Federal Police and the Military Police. Acosta Hernández was taken into custody along with his chief body guard Jesús Antonio Mancinas Sandoval, 33, in the city of Chihuahua at the Colinas El Sol neighborhood, according to the Mexican Federal Secretary of Public Safety (SSP).
The SSP reported that Acosta Hernández and Sandoval were involved in a brief gunfire confrontation with Federal Police and the military when they tried to raid a residence where both suspects were believed hiding. Both suspects managed to flee from the residence in a Jetta, but were later stopped by the military. Acosta Hernández and Sandoval were taken back to the residence for interrogation. The suspects were taken into custody and transferred to Mexico City for further processing.
Acosta Hernández works under José Luis Ledezma, aka, "El JL" leader of La Linea, which is the armed branch of the Juarez Cartel. Ledezma is one of the lieutenants under Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, aka, "El Viceroy," the main leader of the Juarez Cartel.
Intelligence shared between the Mexican government and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and information gathered from the 2010 arrests of Jesús Armando Acosta Guerrero, aka, "El 35," Luis Carlos Vásquez Barragán, aka, "El 20" and Rogelio Segovia Hernández, aka, "El Royser" provided how the operation functioned in both La Linea and the Juarez Cartels.
Acosta Hernández is a former Director of the Chihuahua State Police confessed to authorities that he ordered at least 1,500 homicides in Juarez and the Capitol city of Chihuahua. He is responsible for the massacre of 15 high school students that were killed during a party at the Villa de Salvarcar neighborhood on January 31, 2010. He is also implicated in the triple murder of three Americans on March 13, 2010, including Lesley Enriquez who worked for the U.S. Consulate in Juarez.
Last Summer, Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo, a member of La Linea arrested in connection with the murders of the three Americans confessed to Mexican authorities that Acosta Hernández gave him orders to kill Enriquez.
Acosta Hernández ordered the murder of Sandra Ivonne Salas Garcia, Assistant of Internal Affairs for the Chihuahua State Attorney's Office on June 30, 2010, including the 2008 murders of municipal police and ministry officers, the homicides of 19 people in a rehab drug treatment center and the October 22, 2010 massacre of 13 teenagers in the Horizontes del Sol neighborhood, the SSP reported.
La Linea fought with the Cartel del Pacifico and the Sinaloa Cartel for control of Juarez. Then, Acosta Hernández hired Los Aztecas as an armed enforcer group to help the Juarez Cartel take control of the city of Juarez.
A $15 million pesos ($1,153,846 U.S.) reward had been offered for information leading to his arrest.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Lopez, Texas Fugitive Extradited From Mexico

Simon Lopez

Fugitive was living illegally in Mexico.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 30, 2011

Mexico City - On Friday, the U.S. Marshals Service reported that Simon Lopez, 26, wanted for the murder of a 1-year-old child and charged in Tyler, Texas, with capital murder and assault has been extradited to the U.S. from Mexico. Lopez was arrested on Thursday by Mexican Federal Police in the state of Querétaro without incident and then turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service in Mexico. Deputy Marshals took custody of Lopez at the Mexican airport and returned to Houston for processing and criminal proceedings against Lopez.
Mexico’s National Institute of Migration determined that Lopez was living in Mexico illegally and expelled him.
Lopez was on the U.S. Marshals Service 15 most wanted list and a reward of $25,000 was being offered leading to his arrest.
The U.S. Marshals Service reported that Lopez was babysitting his girlfriend’s two young toddlers, ages and 3, while she went to work on the morning of Nov. 23, 2010. Soon after, Lopez contacted the children’s aunt and notified her Jeremy Sylva, 1, was not breathing. Lopez then dropped the child off at the aunt’s house. The young boy was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.
The medical examiners determined he died from a torn atrium in his hear due to blunt force trauma to his chest. They also discovered other signs of abuse including strangulation, broken ribs and severe bruising over the child’s body.
Police caught up with Lopez in a Dallas apartment and when they tried to take him into custody, Lopez struggled with the officers. He unsuccessfully tried to take one of the officer's weapon and then escaped from the scene.

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Wheeler Police Chief Charged With 9 Felony Counts For Having Sexual Contact With Teens

Gary L. Wayerski

Police Chief Wayerski on suicide watch after getting busted for having sex with two boys.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 30, 2011

Wheeler, WI - On Friday, Dunn County District Attorney James Peterson during a court hearing requested a change of venue for the criminal case against Wheeler Police Chief Gary L. Wayerski, 55, of Menomonie. Peterson transferred Wayerski's case to Eau Claire County for prosecution.
Wayerski was charged in Dunn County with nine felony counts including having multiple sexual contact with several boys ages 16 and 17 at his residence, according to the criminal complaint. Wayerski is charged with misconduct in office, two counts for causing child to expose genitals, two counts exposing child to pornography, two counts for exposing child over 13 to view and listen to sexual material, and two counts of child enticement.
Wayerski was ordered not to have contact with the two teenagers and has been place in administrative leave from the Wheeler Police Department pending the outcome of the case.
WSAW dot com reported that Wayerski provided alcohol in energy drinks and pornographic movies to the teens. The 17-year-old boy told investigators he had sex with Wayerski about 30 times since march and the 16-year-old boy admitted to having sexual contact with Wayerski about 10 to 15 times between March to July.
The teens met Wayerski when he busted them in March for a church burglary on July 16 and then offered to mentor both boys. The teens said Wayerski threaten them with jail, if they exposed the sexual encounters.
When Dunn County Sheriff investigators and police went to Wayerski's residence, they discovered his home computer was taken apart and the hard-drive was missing. Wayerski apparently admitted contact with the teens and gave statements consistent with the teens allegations to sheriff investigators.
Wayerski told investigators that the teens had access to alcohol when they visited his home and he didn't attempt to stop them from drinking. At times, the teens got into his computer without his permission and watched porno, according to the complaint.
Wayerski during the interview with investigators said that he wanted to commit suicide and remains in a suicide watch at a local hospital.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Two Men Charged In The Drowning Death Of A Homeless Man

Tracy M. Edwards

Photo: Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department

Witness saw two suspects pick up homeless man and throw him over the W. Wisconsin Ave. bridge head first into the river.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 29, 2011

Milwaukee - On Friday, Tracy M. Edwards, 52, and Timothy Larod Carr, 44, were charged with felony party to a crime of recklessly endangering safety in Tuesday's downtown drowning death of Johnny Eugene Jordan, 43. Edwards, Carr and Jordan, aka, "Monk" are all homeless.
The criminal complaint states, a witness saw Edwards and Carr arguing with Jordan on the W. Wisconsin Ave. bridge over the Milwaukee River when both men picked up Jordan and then threw him over the bridge head first. The witness pulled over before 10:00 p.m. and came over to help. As Carr went over the side and jumped into the river to help Jordan.
A Milwaukee police officer arrived shortly and threw a life preserver attached to a rope at the men on the river. Carr was able to grab the preserver, but Jordan went under. Firefighters later recovered the body from the river, according to the complaint.
Both Edwards and Carr are facing up to 12 years in prison and $25,000 in fines each, if convicted.
Twenty years ago, Edwards gain notoriety after he escaped from Jeffrey Dahmer's Oxford Apartments at the 800 block of N. 25th St. on July 1991 and exposed Dahmer's horrific and gruesome serial killings to police.

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Milwaukee County Board Passed Redistricting Plan To Cut One Supervisor District

County redistricting plan creates two Hispanic majority Districts.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 29, 2011

Milwaukee - On Thursday, the Milwaukee County Board voted 13-6 to approve a redistricting plan eliminating Supervisor Joseph Rice's 6th District and creating two predominately Hispanic Districts. The plan goes before County Executive Chris Abele for his signature.
By eliminating the North Shore 6th District, the number of Districts will drop to 18 from the current 19 in 2012. In mid June, Rice filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court and on Wednesday he entered a motion asking for an injunction of the current plan claiming the Board didn't allow enough time for public input when it passed a preliminary plan.
The Milwaukee County redistricting plan passed on Thursday creates two Hispanic voting-age majority Districts. The 4th District will have a 50.6% Hispanic voting-age majority and the 12th District will have a 65.9% Hispanic voting-age majority. But the recently approved Milwaukee County redistricting plan could be jeopardize by the state Republican redistricting plan SB-148 that was also passed. Most local and county governments have to adjust their redistricting boundaries to conform with the state plan.
Governor Scott Walker (R) has yet to sign SB-148 into law.
Voting in favor of the Milwaukee County redistricting plan were Supervisors, Eyon Biddle Sr., Gerry P. Broderick, Marina Dimitrijevic, Jason Haas, Nikiya Q. Harris, Lee Holloway, Willie Johnson Jr., Theodore A. Lipscomb, Michael Mayo Sr., Peggy A. Romo West, James "Luigi" Schmitt, Johnny L. Thomas and John F. Weishan Jr.
Supervisors opposed were, Mark Borkowski, Paul M. Cesarz, Lynne De Bruin, Patricia Jursik, Joseph Rice and Joe Sanfelippo.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Salvadorian MS-13 Leader Convicted In Virginia For Child Prostitution And Human Trafficking

José Ciro Juarez-Santamaria

Photo: Washington Examiner

MS-13 gang leader facing from 15 years to life in a federal prison.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 28, 2011

Alexandria, VA - On Thursday, José Ciro Juarez-Santamaria, 24, a Salvadorian national and an MS-13 gang leader was convicted for sex trafficking of a 12-year-old minor for prostitution. Juarez-Santamaria forced the female minor runaway into prostitution the day after he met her. She performed $40 sex acts for fifteen minutes and higher depending requests from clients in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland from October to December 2009, according to a May 20, federal indictment.
He was convicted on federal charges for conspiracy, sex trafficking, and transportation of a minor for prostitution. He faces from 15 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on October 28, 2011.
Both the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated the case and brought charges against Juarez-Santamaria. 
An ICE press release stated, that court records and evidence indicated Juarez-Santamaria joined MS-13 while in El Salvador. He was a leader of the Pinos Locos clique of MS-13 and known by the gang as "Sniper." At a Halloween party in Oxon Hill, Md. on October 31, 2009, Juarez-Santamaria met a 12-year-old runaway who asked for his help in finding a place to stay. Instead, the very next day, Juarez-Santamaria began providing the minor with alcohol and marijuana and then prostituting the victim throughout the metro-D.C. area.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

El Ponchis Sentenced To 3 Years In Mexican Juvenile Detention For Homicides, Illegal Weapons And Drugs

Edgar Jiménez Lugo

Child executioner for the South Pacific Cartel to be freed from detention in several years.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 26, 2011

Miacatlán, Morelos, Mexico - On Tuesday, the infamous Edgar Jiménez Lugo, 14, aka, "El Ponchis," also known as the child executioner for the South Pacific Cartel (SPC) was convicted and sentenced to three years detention in the Mexican juvenile justice system, according to José Manuel Serrano, prosecutor for the Morelos State Unitary Tribunal for Juveniles (UTJ). Serrano in a press release stated, that was convicted multiple counts of organized crime delinquency, four homicides, kidnapping, illegal possession of military weapons and drugs (marijuana and cocaine).
About 40 witnesses had testified during the week long close-door trial that left the public and media from attending the proceedings. The state of Morelos or the federal Mexican government don't have stiffer sentences for children who commit felony crimes.
Lugo admitted of being a U.S. Citizen. He was born in San Diego, California and was being raised by his grandmother while in Mexico. His mother, Yolanda Jiménez Lugo was taken into custody for illegal re-entry into the U.S. in San Diego by U.S. Border Patrol shortly after El Ponchis arrest.
On December 2, he was taken into custody at the Mariano Matamoros Airport in Cuernavaca, Morelos by the Mexican military while boarding a flight to Tijuana along with one of his sisters. Elizabeth Jiménez Lugo, 19, and Lina Éricka Jiménez Lugo, 23, were also taken into custody.
Military police found two weapons, including a semi-automatic 9mm handgun on Lugo's luggage, small bags of cocaine and marijuana were found on Lugo and cell phones with photos of his victims while being tortured and killed, according to the preliminary arrest report.
El Ponchis and his sisters resided in Tejalpa, within the municipality of Jiutepec. He worked under Jusús Radilla Hernández or Julio Jesús Padilla Hernández, aka, "E Negro," leader of the SPC who is wanted by the Mexican government. One of Lugo's sister was expecting a child from El Negro.
Lugo gained notoriety after posting videos torturing and cutting the throats of some of his victims on the Internet.

Outdoor news conference in December between Edgar Jiménez Lugo, aka, El Ponchis and reporters at posted link: http://bit.ly/ekkHAQ

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Republican SB 148 Redistricting Bill Splits Milwaukee's Hispanic Community Into Two Assembly Districts

State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa

Governor Scott Walker called to veto partisan Senate Bill 148.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 26, 2011

Milwaukee- On Monday, State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milw.) during the Nfoque Latino Spanish Radio show at WJTI 1460 AM said, the Redistricting Senate Bill 148 (SB 148) passed by the Republican controlled legislature splits the Hispanic community into two Districts. Zamarripa said, the heart of the Latino community and the Cesar E. Chavez Drive Business District will be split in half, if Governor Scott Walker signs the bill into law. Zamarripa has called on Walker to veto the bill publically, but neither Zamarripa or the Democratic leadership in the legislature have made any effort to meet with Walker to convince him to do so.
Republicans in the state legislature decided to split the Latino community along S. Chavez Drive. The East side of Chavez Dr. will become the 9th Assembly District and the West side of the street will become the 8th Assembly District. Zamarripa, an Hispanic lives within the 8th District.
In 2012, the new redistricting maps are expected to take effect. The state redistricting bill creates a Hispanic voting-age majority population with 54% from the current 22.9% in the 9th Assembly District and the 8th Assembly District was cut to 60% of Hispanic voting-age majority. The Republicans cut Zamarripa's majority and created the two Districts. Zamarripa said, they could have added a 68% to 70% Hispanic majority to the 8th District, but didn't.
The Republican state redistricting process only held one hearing, withheld the maps from the public and Democrats until a week before they were approved. They disenfranchised the Latino community from actually participatiing in the process by not providing more time to challenge the plan and rushing to approve their redistricting plan. The Republican process was viewed as a power grab before the recall elections on August 9. Six Senate Republicans are being recall.
SB 148, if signed into law by Governor Walker will automatically void the Milwaukee Common Council approval of two majority Hispanic voting-age Districts, including the two proposed Hispanic majority Districts by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Special Redistricting Committee.
The state Republicans did not take into account the redistricting efforts by the city and county government officials. The state redistricting process usually takes into account the way local governments draw their district lines, according to the U.S. Census totals every ten years in voting-age populations and the growth of minority populations. The local governments also abide by the Federal Voting Act of 1965, affording minority populations majority Districts.
Zamarripa said, that a federal lawsuit to challenge the state Republican SB 148 will most likely be filed by members of the Latino community, if Walker signs the bill. By creating two Hispanic Districts, it decreases the Latino voting-age population instead of securing a higher majority percentage District as required under the Voting Act.
In June, Democrats had filed a federal lawsuit claiming Republican legislators illegally cut Districts. They amended the lawsuit claiming the state redistricting maps were unconstitutional and violated the Voting Rights Act.
The newly approved Republican SB 148 maps also shows at least six Assembly seats, instead of seven seats for the African-American community and multiple Native American tribes were split into two Districts, which the tribes were within one District each.
Governor Walker on Monday signed a bill allowing the state legislature to draw redistricting maps before the local and county governments draw them.

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USPS To Expand Services Into Local Businesses, While Closing Up To 3,700 Post Offices

USPS introduced the Village Post Offices concept to replace 3,700 postal offices.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 26, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) reported losing billions in revenue through the years as customers change their mailing habits to using online E-mail, Internet and other electronic devices (cellphones) as a means to communicate. USPS is evaluating and considering shutting down at least 3,700 post offices nationwide, which are viewed as "low activity" or generate less than $50 a day, has a maximum of two hours work a day and have a minimal walk-in customer base. USPS introduced a new concept to fill the void.
On Tuesday as an innovative strategic change to update its operations and generate revenue, USPS announced in a press release it will expand its operations through the Village Post Office as a potential replacement option. Village Post Offices would be operated by local businesses such as pharmacies, grocery stores and other appropriate retailers, and would offer popular postal products and services such as stamps and flat-rate packaging.
Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Services retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self service kiosks, ATMs and USPS, open 24/7, said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. Our customers habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business. Donahoe strongly believes that third-party retailers would create easier and convenient access of postal products and services to customers at their local shopping centers and businesses. The Village Post Office will offer another way for us to meet our customers needs, Donahoe said.
Today, USPS has 32,000 postal retail offices and more than 70,000 third-party retailers as Approved Postal Providers that sell postage stamps and are providing expanded access to other postal products and services. USPS customers have about 100,000 locations across the nation where they can do business with the Postal Service.
USPS is the only postal service that delivers ro 150 milliom residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes, generates more than $68 billion in revenues annually and delivers nearly half of the world's mail. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Expanded Access Study List, affected states at link: http://ur.ly/TMJo

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Potawatomi Bingo Casino Held Up At Gun Point

Suspect fled without money bag and shot at Potawatomi guard.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 25, 2011

Milwaukee - On Monday, Milwaukee police continue to investigate an apparent attempted armed robbery at the Potawatomi Bingo and Casino. A man tried to hold up a cashier around 3:00 a.m. with a handgun. The cashier refused to give him any money. The suspect grabbed a money bag and headed out of the casino, according to Potawatomi officials.
When confronted by a guard, the suspect then fired some shots at the Potawatomi guard, but was not injured. The suspect dropped the money bag while fleeing the scene, according to a police preliminary report.
Police are looking for the suspect and a black SUV Explorer believed to be heading South of the city.

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Breivik Appears At Closed Court Hearing For Multiple Homicides And Bombing Charges

Anders Behring Breivik

Breivik facing 42 years in prison for the bombing deaths in Oslo and mass homicides at Utoya Island.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 25, 2011

Oslo, Norway - On Monday, Anders Behring Breivik, 32, has been charged with 8 bombing deaths and the mass murder of  68 people, who were mostly youths. Police confirmed the dead toll at the Utoya Island was less than previously reported. Breivik on Friday went on a shooting rampage by executing multiple youths in what he called, a horrible act, but necessary. He is a right-wing Christian extremist and a member of the Knights Templar. The Knights were a medieval order of armed monks who went on crusades to keep Muslims from a takeover.
Judge Kim Heger in a press conference said, that Breivik had acted to stop the "colonization of Muslims in Norway" and Europe by killing his victims at the island where they had gathered for a Labor Party Summer camp event. Breivik acted to prevent a Muslim takeover of Norway and blamed the Labor Party of betraying Norway by helping to import Muslims into the country, Heger explained. Heger decided to have a close-door court session and banned the media and public from the hearing. At the hearing, Breivik had admitted that they were two other cells. But, police could not confirm the existance of the cells, according to Heger.
Breivik will remain in custody and in isolation. If Breivik is convicted, he is facing 21 years in prison on each count of bombing and mass murder. Norway has no death penalty.

Norway police released the names of all the Breivik's 76 victims at link: https://www.politi.no/Kampanje_70.xhtml

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Breivik Confessed To Killing 92 Victims At Norwegian Utoya Island

Anders Behring Breivik

Several people unaccounted for and could raise the dead toll.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 24, 2011

Oslo, Norway - On Monday, Norwegian cold blooded killer Anders Behring Breivik, 32, of Oslo is expected to be charged for at least 92 homicides at a Labour's youth Summer camp and 7 other homicides at a building that was bombed. Breivik confessed to police that he had to kill the victims on Friday. Most of the victims were youths attending a youth camp at an event for Norway's ruling Labor party at the island of Utoya about 20 miles northwest of Oslo. More than 575 people were attending the weekend event.
It took Breivik more than 1.5 hours to kill most of his victims. Some of the surviving youths, including other people were able to escape from being massacre by jumping into the water surrounding the island.
Breivik wearing a police uniform arrived at the island and then began to cold bloodedly shoot at people, mostly youths with a Glock handgun and an automatic weapon, according to police. Breivik who is not an officer later surrendered to police. 
Earlier, Breivik allegedly planted a bomb in a building in the center of Oslo where the government district is located, which exploded and killed 7 people.
Investigators found a 1,500 page manifesto, which detailed the planning stages for the massacre at the island. It seems Breivik's motive for committing the massacre was political, religious and racial. He is considered a right-wing extremist and a Christian conservative who disliked Islam and Muslims immigrating to Norway and had perceived multicultural problems, according to Breivik's manifesto.
Breivik is facing multiple life terms in prison and 20 years for the bombing, if convicted. Norway doesn't have a death penalty.
No reports have been confirmed, if Breivik has been put on suicide watch.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

57-year-old Illinois Man Charged With Preditory Sexual Assault Of A Child

Jaime Salgado

Suspect admitted to having sexual contact with child.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 23, 2011

Lake County, Illinois - On Wednesday, Jaime Salgado, 57, of Wadsworth was charged with one felony count of preditory criminal sexual assault in connection with assaulting a 12-year-old girl. The criminal complaint states, Salgado began assaulting the child when she was 9-years-old and continued once a week and then Salgado graduately assaulted her five times a week in the last three years. He initiated sexual contact after the girl began to play with him. Salgado had been an acquaintance of the family for years, according to the complaint.
Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Marc Bangser said, the victim's sister walked into the room Tuesday and found Salgado sexually assaulting the child. Salgado later admitted to the child's mother that he had been taking advantage of the child sexually for years.
Lake County Circuit Court Judge Raymond Collins set Salgado's bail at $500,000, but he can post at least $50,000 cash to be released. Salgado is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing on August 16, according to court records.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Suspected Illegal Drunk Driver Charged For Going Wrong Way On I-43

Armando Rodriguez-Benitez

Wrong-way driver caught on video by freeway cameras.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 22, 2011

Milwaukee - On Friday, Armando Rodriguez-Benitez, 35, of West Allis was charged for 1st operating while intoxicated and 2nd-degree recklessly endangering safety and cited for operating a vehile with prohibited alcohol concentration of .25, more than triple the legal limit. In Wisconsin, it's illegal to drive with a Breath and Alcohol Concentration of .08 or greater. Benitez was also cited with heading the wrong way on I-43 on early Thursday.
Bail for Benitez was set at $4,321 for both offenses. He has a preliminary court hearing on August 1, and U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) has put a hold on Benitez for being in the country illegally, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's department reported that a driver crashed into a barrier near the Burleigh and I-43 exit to avoid hitting Benitez who was driving the wrong-way. The driver was not seriously injured.
Benitez drove into the freeway the wrong-way on W. Becher St. and I-43 just after 4:00 a.m. and proceeded northbound on the southbound lanes.
Freeway cameras caught Benitez driving his pick-up truck the wrong-way and almost crashing into oncoming traffic. Benitez was later stopped by a Milwaukee County Sheriff deputy near Capitol Drive.
This year, seven drunk drivers have been arrested for driving the wrong-way on the freeway. Benitez is the third drunk driver arrested this month for going the wrong-way on the Interstate highway, according to the sheriff's department.
When stopped, Benitez was taken into custody after the deputy couldn't understand Spanish and what Benitez was saying during questioning. Benitez was identified as an illegal immigrant by ICE officials who were notified automatically through the Secure Communities Program operating in the sheriff's department.

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Salas-Gayton Gets 22 Years In Prison For New Year's Day I-94 Freeway Death

Illegal immigrant asks for forgiveness, but received a maximum sentence.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 22, 2011

Milwaukee - On Friday, Leopoldo R. Salas-Gayton, 41, was sentenced by Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Dennis R. Cimpl to 22 years in prison for one felony count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and 9 months to run concurrent for a misdemeanor count of operating vehicle without a valid license and causing death to another person in connection with a New Year's Day fatal accident. Gayton will serve at least 15 years and 7 years of extended supervision on count one. He was ordered to pay restitution totalling $11,075 to one of the surviving victims from another vehicle that Gayton hit.
Before sentencing, Gayton in tears said in Spanish, that he was sorry for the pain he had caused. An interpretor translated Gayton's statement to English.
Gayton, of Milwaukee pleaded no contest on May 15 for driving drunk and causing death, while going the wrong way on I-94 freeway and crashing into Corrie A. Damske, 34, of Wauwatosa and killing her on New Year's Day. Gayton was found intoxicated almost twice the legal limit of .08.
Damske of Wauwatosa died at the scene and her blood alcohol was also above the legal limit, according to an autopsy report from the Milwaukee County Coroner's Office.
U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement officials have a hold on Gayton and is expected to be deported after serving his prison term.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Three Mexican Nationals Charged With Kidnapping And Homicide of U.S. Citizen In Chihuahua

Antonio Tarango Montes, Victor Alfonso Cano Molina, aka, "El Gordo," and Lizbeth Nayeli Rodríguez Alanis

Photo: Tiempo

Three suspects arrested and fourth suspect sought.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 21, 2011

Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico - On Thursday, the Chihuahua State Attorney General's Office (PGR) reported that three suspects, Antonio Tarango Montes, 60, Victor Alfonso Cano Molina, 25, aka, "El Gordo," and Lizbeth Nayeli Rodríguez Alanis, 22, were arrested early Tuesday in connection with the kidnapping and homicide of Jorge Luis Dieppa, 57. Dieppa a U.S. Citizen worked for the U.S. District Court El Paso Division as an interpreter for almost seven years and worked part time as a lecturer in the Languages and Linguistics department at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), according to its website.
U.S. federal authorities confirmed that Dieppa had been reported missing on July 5 and on July 6 Mexican authorities found his body at the Morenita neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez. The victim had been bound with duct tape and stabbed multiple times.
PGR sources confirmed that Dieppa was killed before his wife refused to pay a $10,000 ransom. Authorities didn't release Dieppa's name, but sources in the U.S. and in Chihuahua identified Dieppa as the murdered victim.
The PGR says, Alanis a nightclub dancer admitted to knowing Dieppa and was having a relationship with him for about five years. She told investigators, Dieppa would give her money and financially supported her. But, when she discovered he was working as a lecturer at UTEP, Alanis and the other suspects decided to kidnap Dieppa when they spotted him in Juarez. Dieppa was having car mechanical problems and crossed the border into Juarez to get his vehicle repaired.
The suspects apparently killed Dieppa and contunued to negiotiate for a ransom. Dieppa's family members requested proof of life before paying the ransom and Molina tried to imitate Dieppa's voice, but the family didn't believe it was Dieppa and decided not to pay the ransom, according to the PGR.
The suspects were arrested during an argument with another group. When Juarez police booked them, they found the suspects were wanted in connection with Dieppa's kidnapping and homicide.
Authorities are looking for a fourth suspect, according to the PGR.

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Wisconsin State Representative Zamarripa Called On Governor Walker To Veto Partisan Redistricting SB 148 Bill

Partisan state redistricting bill prevents the Hispanic community from getting more than one majority voting-age District.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 21, 2011
(Updated)

Madison - On Wednesday, State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milw.) called on Governor Scott Walker (R) to veto partisan redistricting Senate Bill 148 (SB 148), which the Republican controlled legislature passed. The bill creates majority Republican Districts and disenfranchised the Hispanic community in the state by preventing more than one majority Latino voting-age Districts.
If Governor Walker signs SB 148 into law, Democrats and members of the Hispanic community are planning to file additional federal lawsuits claiming the Republicans violated the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. In June, Democrats had filed a federal lawsuit claiming Republican legislators illegally cut Districts. They amended the lawsuit claiming the state redistricting maps were unconstitutional and violated the Voting Rights Act.
The newly approved Republican SB 148 maps shows at least six Assembly seats, instead of seven seats for the African-American community and multiple Native American tribes were split into two Districts, which the tribes were within one District each.
Every ten years, legislators and public officials have to redraw District lines to meet the voting-age of the population growth recorded by the U.S. Census. Minorities would have to be given the opportunity to have majority Districts. The newly approved redistricting maps take effect on 2012.
The City of Milwaukee recently approved two majority Hispanic voting-age Districts, which were the 8th and 12th Aldermanic Districts. With the SB 148 passage, the Milwaukee Common Council would have to scrap the two Hispanic Districts and might only get to approve one, if Governor Walker signs the bill into law.
Last week, Governor Walker was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he is now willing to work with Democrats in the legislature. Walker is expecting a recall once he completes one year in office for ending bargaining collective rights for most state employees and cutting $800 million of aid from the state public schools system.
In a press release, Representative Zamarripa blasted the process that the GOP employed to rush the bill through the Legislature. "Seven days ago only one hearing was held on this massive plan that impacts every single citizen of our great state," said Zamarripa, "The GOP leadership allowed virtually no public input and passed this plan through both houses of the Legislature only one week after the public hearing."
Zamarripa expressed outrage that the Latino community in Milwaukee was cut out of the process. "In order to satisfy their own thirst for a partisan monopoly, the majority party has thrown Wisconsin’s growing Latino community under the bus," said Zamarripa.
"On Saturday, it was reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Governor Walker wanted to work with Democrats," said Zamarripa. "A veto of the blatantly partisan SB 148 is an excellent starting point, if the Governor is serious about working with Democrats."
In other state legislature news, the Wisconsin Republican State Assembly adopted an amendment to prevent people from getting unemployment benefits in the 1st week they are unemployed. On Thursday, the Assembly bill was passed with the amendment and then it was stalled in the Senate.
On Tuesday, the Senate voted 30-3 to rejected holding one week from those unemployed and passed their version of the unemployment bill.
Both the Senate and Assembly passed slightly different versions of the bill, which automatically stops the bill from moving forward. The bills have to be compatiable before the extended benefits bill for the unemployed is passed. The Senate will take up the issue once again next week.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kid Exposing Erection To Women

Photo by HNG

Kid amitted to exposing himself

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 20, 2011

Milwaukee - On Wednesday, a 12-year-old juvenile admitted to exposing himself to women in the 2200 block of S. 30th St. A woman walking her dog on S. 30 on Tuesday at about 6:30 p.m. was approached by the juvenile.
The juvenile asked her for the time and then raised his shirt and exposed his erection to the woman. She told him, that what he had just done was every inappropriate for his age and shouldn't be exposing himself. He walked North and then turned around and yelled "Hey bitch, come (pointing down at his penis) and suck this."
The woman is sending out an alert to other women in the area as well as young teenage girls, including children to be aware and call police, if they have been also exposed to the juvenile.
The child is being identified only as a juvenile due to his actions and causing alarm among the children in the neighborhood. Several of the children were able to locate where the juvenile lives after they saw a picture of him. The juvenile lives in the same block and other neighbors a block East have said, the same juvenile had gone to their homes and knocked on the door. When the women opened the door, the juvenile asked them, if they're married and if Adrian lives there.
Earlier in the day, the juvenile was walking barefooted in the 98 degree hot and humid weather, which to some of the kids who saw him seemed weird.
Milwaukee police are investigating the penis exposure incident by the child and around 10:30 p.m. went to the juvenile's residence and are expected to talk to his mother. Police are treating this incident as a priority two, according to Officer Anthony Bialachi from Police District 2.
The hottest day of the Summer was Wednesday, according to the weather report.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Menomonee Valley Passage Mural Painted By Artist

Chad Brady

Photos by HNG

Mural should be finished by next month.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 19, 2011

Milwaukee - Chad Brady, 49, an artist began painting the Menomonee Valley Passage mural since last Fall and on Tuesday was doing some more painting in the passage. Two other walls of the passage need to be finished and Brady says they will be done by next month. The entrance of the passage begins from S. 37 St., just about a block North of W. National Ave.
The mural is colorful and represents the Miller Park area, Potawatomi Casino, the Brewers, The Milwaukee Road, bridges, buildings, birds, deer, Native Americans, fish, the Menomonee River, trees, manufacturing and canoeing. In the North walls Brady said, a mural representing the Hispanic and Asian community will be painted.
The Menomonee Valley passage connects to the Hank Aaron Trail and to Miller Park.
Brady has been doing murals professionally for the last ten years.
The project is funded by the WIsconsin Department of Natural Resources, Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc. and Menomonee Valley sponsors, according to Brady.

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El Ponchis, South Pacific Cartel Infamous Teenage Killer Goes On Trial In Juvenile Mexican Court

Edgar Jiménez Lugo

El Ponchis facing five years in juvenile detention for cocaine possession, illegal possession of weapons exclusively used by the military, delinquency and organized crime, crimes against the public health, kidnappings, multiple tortures, including homicides and decapitations.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 19, 2011

Miacatlán, Morelos, Mexico - On Monday, the infamous Edgar Jiménez Lugo, 14, aka, "El Ponchis," also known as the child executioner for the South Pacific Cartel (SPC) went on trial in the Mexican juvenile justice system. Lugo admitted, he was born in San Diego, California and was being raised by his grandmother in Mexico. The U.S. State Department hasn't released a statement confirming Lugo as a U.S. Citizen. He is charged in the state of Morelos with multiple murders, torture, kidnappings, crimes against the public health, possession of cocaine, including marijuana, possession of weapons reserved for the military only, and decapitations while he worked for the cartel.
The trial will take between a week to several weeks and at least 60 witnesses are scheduled to take the stand, according to Juan Carlos Castro, spokesperson for the Morelos State Unitary Tribunal for Juveniles (UTJ).
On December 2, he was taken into custody at the Mariano Matamoros Airport in Cuernavaca, Morelos by the Mexican military while boarding a flight to Tijuana along with one of his sisters. Military police found two weapons, including a semi-automatic 9mm handgun on Lugo's luggage, small bags of cocaine and marijuana were found on Lugo and cell phones with photos of his victims while being tortured and killed, according to the preliminary arrest report.
Two of Lugo's sisters, Elizabeth Jiménez Lugo, 19, and Lina Éricka Jiménez Lugo, 23, were also taken into custody. Lugo and one of his sisters were trying to flee into the U.S. by crossing into San Diego from Tijuana. El Ponchis alleged mother, Yolanda Jiménez Lugo who lived in San Diego was taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol shortly after he was arrest. Her husband, Gabriel Manuel Aguirre was arrested along with Yolanda. She has two children with Aguirre.
In 1997, Yolanda was convicted on one count for possession and intent to distribute cocaine. She served 90 days in jail and was given three years probation, but was deported, according to court records in San Diego County.
El Ponchis and his sisters resided in Tejalpa, within the municipality of Jiutepec. He worked under Jusús Radilla Hernández or Julio Jesús Padilla Hernández, aka, "E Negro," leader of the SPC who is wanted by the Mexican government. One of Lugo's sister is expecting a child from El Negro.
El Ponchis confessed to killing at least four people in Cuernavaca and hanging some of the corpses in a local bridge. He told authorities that he was kidnapped at the age of 11, then was forced to take drugs and threaten to be killed by El Negro, if he didn't torture, killed and decapitate his victims, according to the criminal complaint.
The trial is taking place behind closed doors and numerous witnesses, including investigators are expected to testify against Lugo. The trial has been closed to the media and public due to security reasons, according to Ana Virginia Pérez, Chief Magistrate Justice for the UTJ.
If convicted, Lugo is facing up to five years in juvenile detention. Mexico has no severe federal penalties for juveniles accused of felony murder and other serious crimes.

Outdoor news conference in December between Edgar Jiménez Lugo, aka, El Ponchis and reporters at posted link: http://bit.ly/ekkHAQ

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Dahmer's 1991 Multiple Killing Site At The Oxford Apartments Property Being Develop By Odgen

Construction equipment at the former Oxford Apartments property. Top photo by HNG
Bottom photo: Jeffrey L. Dahmer (Media pool photo)

Milwaukee developer remodeling apartments adjacent to Dahmer's killing site property.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 18, 2011

Milwaukee - On Monday, the City of Milwaukee sold the former vacant Oxford Apartments property, 924 N. 25th Street to Odgen and Company Inc. for a mere $500.00, where infamous Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer killed most of his victims, according to city records. Dahmer's killing site had remained as a green space for the last 18 years. The city stipulated that no building should be erected in the property and must remain a green space.
Odgen is remodeling and renting 2-bedroom multiple apartment units at the adjacent North-East property to the former Oxford Apartment property.
The Oxford Apartments building was demolished in 1992 and the property remained vacant. Dahmer as a serial killer consumed victim's body parts to keep them closer to him. He frequent gay nightclubs and lured male victims to his apartment to pose as models for pictures. Once inside the apartment, he then drugged them to make them unconsicous. Dahmer later injected chemicals into their brains to murder them and have sex with the corpses.
Most of the Dahmer's victims were African-American, one Laotian and one Hispanic.
He dismembered some victims and dissolved a majority of bodies in a blue acid barrel inside the apartment. He was convicted of murdering at least 17 victims between June 6, 197I to July 19, 1991. Most of the homicides occurred between 1987 to 1991, according to court records.
Dahmer was sentenced to 15 life terms in prison, without parole. While serving time at the Columbia Correction Institute in Portage, Dahmer was killed by another inmate on November 24, 1994 at the age of 34.

Jeffrey Dahmer's complete criminal complaint posted at link: http://ur.ly/QPOR

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Largest Marijuana Plantation Found Near Rosario In Baja California Cultivated By The Sinaloa Cartel

Photo: El Vigia

Mexican soldiers burned about 120 tons of marijuana.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 16, 2011

El Rosario, Baja California, Mexico - On Friday, the Mexican National Defense Secretary (Sedena) confirmed that the 300 acres of marijuana plants growing in the desert were cultivated by members of the Sinaloa Cartel. The Sinaloa Cartel is operated by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera.
About 200 soldiers began burning 120 tons of marijuana plants on Friday near El Rosario in the municipality of Ensenada. To date, 58 people believed to have been working in the plantation have been arrested. Six of the suspects arrested have confessed to working for the Sinaloa Cartel. The plantation has been considered the largest ever discovered in the state of Baja California and in the country, according to Sedena.
On Thursday, Mexican Army General Alfonso Duarte Mujica first reported that military personnel discovered 300 acres of marijuana plants growing in the desert. A military plane patrolling the zone came upon a large area in the desert that was covered with a black screen-cloth. Ground soldiers on Tuesday went in to investigate the suspicious area and found the marijuana growing.
General Duarte Mujica said, that the military operation involved 300 military personnel. 16 men working at the plantation had been arrested earlier in the week nearby El Rosario as they tried to escape in a bus. The men are originally from the state of Sinaloa and several had confessed that they worked at the plantation. At least, 60 people worked to maintain the huge plantation and attempted to hid the marijuana plants among tomatoes.
Soldiers found an electric power plant source and water for irrigation came from two water holes. Water was pumped through pipes and gutters into the plantation.
Duarte Mujica estimated that the plantation had about 120 tons of marijuana growing worth about $1,800 million pesos ($150 million U.S.).
The plantation was located between the city of El Rosario and Cataviña, about 223 miles South of Tijuana.

On Friday, Mexican military burned 120 tons of marijuana plants found at the plantation, video at link: http://bit.ly/nlPWBo

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Mexican Military Discovers Plantation With 300 Acres Of Marijuana Growing In Baja California

Photos: El Vigia

Largest marijuana bust in recent months

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 15, 2011

El Rosario, Baja California, Mexico - On Thursday,  Mexican Army General Alfonso Duarte Mujica reported that military personnel discovered 300 acres of marijuana plants growing in the desert. A military plane patrolling the zone came upon a large area in the desert that was covered with a black screen-cloth. Ground soldiers on Tuesday went in to investigate the suspicious area and found the marijuana growing.
General Duarte Mujica says, that the military operation involved 300 military personnel. 16 men working at the plantation were later arrested nearby El Rosario in the municipality of Ensenada as they tried to escape in a bus. The men are originally from the state of Sinaloa and 6 of them confessed that they worked at the plantation. At least, 60 people worked to maintain the huge plantation, which tomatoes were also being grown to hide the marijuana plants.
Soldiers found an electric power plant source and water irrigation came from two water holes. Water was pumped through pipes and gutters into the plantation.
Duarte Mujica estimated that the plantation had about 120 tons of marijuana growing worth about $1,800 million pesos ($150 million U.S.).
The plantation was located between the city of El Rosario and Cataviña, about 223 miles South of Tijuana.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wife Cuts Off 51-year-old Husband's Penis Over Divorce And Argument In California

Paramedics found portions of penis inside garbage disposal.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 14, 2011

Garden Grove, California - On Wednesday, Catherine Kieu Becker, 48, a real estate broker was charged by Orange County District Attorney's Office with multiple felony counts of false imprisonment, torture and aggravated mayhem, which carries a maximum life sentence, including causing great bodily harm with a dangerous weapon, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony and poisoning. Becker allegedly cut off her 51-year-old husband's penis over a divorce and an argument. Prosecutors speculated in court, the couple had argued over "friends staying at the residence," which later resulted with the castration.
She appeared in court on Wednesday, but Becker's arraignment was rescheduled for July 22 and is currently being held at the Orange County jail. Becker is facing life in prison with the possibility of parole, if convicted on all counts.
The criminal complaint states, on Monday, Becker added an unknown drug to her husband's food knocking him out after an argument. Her husband later woke up tied to the bed and unable to move or free himself.
Becker then castrated her husband in bed and disposed of the penis in the garbage disposal. Afterwards, around 9:00 p.m., she called 911 and requested medical assistance.
When firefighters and police arrived, they found Becker's husband in bed unconcious bleeding. Firefighters recovered parts of the husband's penis inside the garbage disposal. Becker told police that he "deserved it," according to the criminal complaint.
Garden Grove Police Lt. Jeff Nightengale confirmed, investigators recovered a knife and rope at the crime scene. No information was released, if the garbage disposal was removed for evidence.
The couple were married 2009 and had been separated since April after her husband filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences," according to court records.
Becker's husband remains in stable condition at the Irvine Medical Center in the University of California.
A similar case in Manassas, Virginia, in June 1993 Lorena Bobbitt of Bucay, Ecuador severed her husband John Wayne Bobbitt's penis with a knife for being unfaithful, physically abusing her, spousal rape and not making her reach her climax (orgasm) during sex, according to court records. Doctors were able to reattach it.
After seven hours of deliberations a jury found Lorena not guilty due to insanity.
In 1995, both Lorena and John W. Bobbitt were granted a divorce.

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Catherine Kieu Becker

Photo: Garden Grove Police Department

Wife Cuts Off 51-year-old Husband's Penis Over Divorce And Argument In California

Catherine Kieu Becker

Photo: Garden Grove Police Department

Paramedics found portions of penis inside garbage disposal.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 14, 2011

Garden Grove, California - On Wednesday, Catherine Kieu Becker, 48, a real estate broker was charged by Orange County District Attorney's Office with multiple felony counts of false imprisonment, torture and aggravated mayhem, which carries a maximum life sentence, including causing great bodily harm with a dangerous weapon, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony and poisoning. Becker allegedly cut off her 51-year-old husband's penis over a divorce and an argument. Prosecutors speculated in court, the couple had argued over "friends staying at the residence," which later resulted with the castration.
She appeared in court on Wednesday, but Becker's arraignment was rescheduled for July 22 and is currently being held at the Orange County jail. Becker is facing life in prison with the possibility of parole, if convicted on all counts.
The criminal complaint states, on Monday, Becker added an unknown drug to her husband's food knocking him out after an argument. Her husband later woke up tied to the bed and unable to move or free himself.
Becker then castrated her husband in bed and disposed of the penis in the garbage disposal. Afterwards, around 9:00 p.m., she called 911 and requested medical assistance.
When firefighters and police arrived, they found Becker's husband in bed unconcious bleeding. Firefighters recovered parts of the husband's penis inside the garbage disposal. Becker told police that he "deserved it," according to the criminal complaint.
Garden Grove Police Lt. Jeff Nightengale confirmed, investigators recovered a knife and rope at the crime scene. No information was released, if the garbage disposal was removed for evidence.
The couple were married 2009 and had been separated since April after her husband filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences," according to court records.
Becker's husband remains in stable condition at the Irvine Medical Center in the University of California.
A similar case in Manassas, Virginia, in June 1993 Lorena Bobbitt of Bucay, Ecuador severed her husband John Wayne Bobbitt's penis with a knife for being unfaithful, physically abusing her, spousal rape and not making her reach her climax (orgasm) during sex, according to court records. Doctors were able to reattach it.
After seven hours of deliberations a jury found Lorena not guilty due to insanity.
In 1995, both Lorena and John W. Bobbitt were granted a divorce.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

GOP's Fake Democrats Booted Out In Wisconsin's Primary Elections

All six fake Democrats lose in Tuesday's Primary elections.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 12, 2011

River Hills - On Tuesday, Democratic candidate Sandy Pasch defeated a GOP fake Democrat by 63% of the vote. Pasch advances to the August 9th General Election and is challenging incumbent State Senator Alberta Darling from River Hills in the 8th Senate District.
All six GOP's fake Democrats lose in Wisconsin's primary recall elections. ​Republican​s had ran as Democrats, ​but have been booted out by large voter turn out.
The following three Senate Democrats, Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch are facing recall elections, including six Senate Republicans, Alberta Darling, Randy Hopper, Robert Cowles, Luther Olsen, Sheila Harsdorf and Dan Kapanke.
The GOP encouraged for fake Democrat 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 and passing Act 10. The Democrats are being recall for leaving the state for a month to stall a vote on Act 10, which eliminated union state employees right to engage in collective bargaining.
Governor Scott Walker (R) will also be facing a recall himself after he completes one year in office for signing Act 10 into law.

Primary Results:

Senate District 2, Democratic REPORTING 100%

Nancy Nusbaum (D)      14,200     65%
Otto Junkermann (D)        7,576     35%

Senate District 8, Democratic REPORTING 100%

Sandy Pasch (D)      20,915     64%
Gladys Huber (D)      11,660     36%

Senate District 10, Democratic REPORTING 100%

Shelly Moore (D)      17,496     54%
Isaac Weix (D)          14,990     46%

Senate District 14, Democratic REPORTING 100%

Fred Clark (D)    14,989     67%
Rol Church (D)      7,281     33%

Senate District 18, Democratic REPORTING 100%

Jessica King (D)       19,562     69%
John Buckstaff (D)    8,957      31%

Senate District 32, Democratic REPORTING 100%

Jennifer Shilling (D)     25,338    70%
James Smith (D)          10,664     30%


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Milwaukee County Mitchell Park Lagoon Drowning Victim Identified By Sheriff's Department

Drowning at Mitchell Park lagoon ruled a suicide by the Milwaukee County Examiner's Office.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 12, 2011

Milwaukee - On Tuesday, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (MCS) released the name of a 45-year-old man who drowned on July 5 at the Mitchell Park lagoon. The victim was identified as Dean Dupuis, according to Fran McLaughlin, MCS Public Information Officer.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the cause of death as asphyxia by fresh water and manner of death as suicide.
Dupuis went into the lagoon and was found by a dive team from Milwaukee Fire Department Engine 26. He went under the water for a half hour. Dupuis body was later found on the West side of the lagoon.
The lagoon is more than 8 feet deep in the middle, muddy, and has plant growth, which could entangle any experience or unexperience swimmer underwater, according to a firefighter.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Major Drop Of Illegal Border Crossing Into The U.S. From Mexico

File photo

Mexican authorities and U.S. study indicate a major drop of illegal crossings into the country.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 11, 2011

Mexico City, Mexico - On Monday, René Zenteno Quintero, Assistant Secretary of Mexico's Population, Migration and Religious Affairs during a World Day Population press conference said that illegal migration into the U.S. has dropped. In 2005, about 500,000 Mexican nationals made their way into the U.S. illegally and within the last two years between 100,000 to 200,000 continued unauthorized crossings into the U.S., according to Zenteno Quintero. He cited statistics from both the U.S. Census and Mexico's Population Census (MPC). Some of the few factors that kept nationals in Mexico, was a growing middle class, families doing better economically and educational opportunities, anti-immigrant laws and border security in the U.S. Arizona, Alabama, Texas, Georgia and South Carolina adopted state immigration enforcement laws.
Feuds between drug cartels to control border routes into the U.S., border violence, high costs to be smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico was another indicator for less unauthorized border crossings.
MPC showed that women in Mexico are having less than three children per family. The drop in Mexico's young population indicates, there will be less job seekers in the future making it possible for people to find jobs.
In a combine study by the Mexican Migration Project (MMP) at Princeton University and the University of Guadalajara in Mexico also indicated that unauthorized immigrants crossing into the U.S. reached half a million per year between 2000 to 2004 and dropped less than 100,000 a year ago.
In a recent U.S. Census report, Hispanics make 16.3% or 50 million of the U.S. population, a 43% growth since 2000 and 12 million of Hispanics make up the voting age population. U.S. Hispanics will reach 1.3 trillion of spending economic power by 2012 and 1.7 trillion by 2013.
Undocument immigrants living in the U.S. have faced anti-immigrant bills like Arizona's SB 1070. The bill authorizes law enforcement officers to question the legal status of suspects stopped for minor traffic infractions, local ordinance violations and domestic cases. Despite anti-immigrant bills and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enhanced deportations, most undocumented immigrants have remained in the U.S. or have moved to more immigrant friendly states.
Between 2004-2007, immigrants who remained in the U.S. began to purchase their own homes and using ITIN numbers to get mortage loans at higher interest rates. Once federal strict guidelines were adopted by the U.S. Congress in 2007 preventing undocumented homebuyers from using ITIN numbers to qualify for federal housing loans, and most banks adopted a similar policy the homebuying market collapsed nationally. The collapsed of the home mortage market strongly showed the economic contribution to the U.S. economy by undocumented immigrants.
Recently, U.S. ICE deportations have increased under President Barack H. Obama. More than 1,000 of undocumented immigrants are being deported per day (387,790 per year) under Obama's administration (400,000 families with U.S. citizen members are being destroyed by deportations according to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights), compared to almost 650 daily deportations (240,000 per year) under former President George W. Bush. (Source: La Jornada Morelos, 3/9/2010)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security reported that 10.8 million of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., 62% are Mexican nationals. In 2008, more than 12 million of undocumented immigrants resided in the U.S. An estimated more than 4 million U.S. born children have at least one or both parents who are undocumented.
ICE recently reported that about 400 thousand undocumented immigrants are deported every year from the U.S. and with the Secure Communities Program (SCP) implemented by ICE, the deportations could rise to 800,000 per year. The program under agreement with states are suppose to target criminal undocument immigrants, but only several hundred thousand have been detained and deported in two years. The rest of the deportations were at least 600,000 non-criminal illegal immigrants who were deported under Secure Communities within several years, according to ICE.
The National Institute of Migration in Mexico reported 66,704 Mexican nationals were deported from the U.S. between January and February 2011, 63,970 were over 18 and 2,734 were minors. ICE deported, 30,844 in January and 35,860 in February, of the adults, 57,908 were men and 6,062 were women. (Source Notimex)
In early December, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report indicated that the approval of the DREAM Act would help cut the federal deficit by $1.4 billion, and generate $2.3 billion in corporate and social insurance taxes within the next ten years. http://bit.ly/fk6B3N
Last year, the DREAM Act was killed in the U.S. Senate because it failed to get the needed 60 votes to prevent a filibuster inorder for the bill to proceed for a Senate vote.
Today, U.S. House Republicans are trying to implement E-Vertify System for employers to use the federal system to vertify the legal status of all employees. The system has flaws, according to Obama, who wants it fixed first before it is used.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Pregnant Woman Who Tried To Sneak Lover Out Of Mexican Prison Inside Suitcase Freed On Bail

Photos: Quintana Roo Department of Safety

Two other prison inmates involved in the attempted suitcase prison escape facing charges.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 10, 2011

Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico - Last Thursday, María de Mar Arjona Rivera, 19, was released from custody after posting $5,000 pesos ($384.00 U.S.) for bail, after being charged in an attempted prison escape. Fernando Campos, spokesperson for the Public Safety Secretary's Office confirmed that Rivera had made bail at 8:00 a.m. and court proceedings will continue against her. She was charged for trying to help her boyfriend Juan Ramírez Tijerina escape from the Chetumal prison inside a black suitcase on July 2.
Rivera is six months pregnant and is facing between 6 months to 5 years in prison, if convicted in the daring escape. Two other prisoners, Manuel López and Edwin Valdemar are also facing charges for helping Tijerina inside the suitcase and even carrying it inside the facility a short distance.
The criminal complaint states, Rivera went to have a conjugal vist with Tijerina at the prison center, which has such visits. Tijerina who is serving 20 years in prison for drug trafficking and crimes against the public health got inside the suitcase in a fetal position.
Rivera after spending Friday night with Tijerina, on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. she tried to pulled the suitcase up a set of stairs, she accidently bumped the suitcase and prison guards noticed something move inside, at the first inspection station. She told the prison guards that she was taking out Tijerina's dirty clothes to wash. The guards opened the suitcase and found Tijerina curled up inside.
The prison has three inspection stations as people are exiting the facility.
Tijerina was arrested on August 2007 by military police in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco, Cancún while trying to unload two tons of cocaine from an airplane that was smuggled into Mexico from Colombia. Tijerina had a top position with the Sinaloa Cartel.

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Monterrey Massacre Death Toll Reaches 21 At El Sabino Gordo Bar

Photo: Universal

Women working as escorts among the dead and the massacre is the worst in Monterrey's history.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 10, 2011

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico - On Saturday, Jorge Domene, spokesperson for the Nuevo Leon State Security confirmed that the death toll has reached 21 at the El Sabino Gordo Bar. One of the 5 wounded victims died at the University Hospital raising the death toll to 21. Domene during a press conference said, that last month the bar was raided and drugs had been found at the establishment. The bar remained opened beyond the time recommended for it to close due to the recent increase in violence in Monterrey.
The shooting on Friday night was sparked by a feud between Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, according to Domene. Authorities found small empty packages with cocaine residue at the bar. The bar is known for attracting drug dealers and police are searching for a man by the name of Alonso, aka, "El Botella" in connection with distributing drugs at El Sabino Gordo.
16 people were killed inside the bar, when gunmen opened fire. The gunmen arrived in two vans and a vehicle. They first shot a vendor and two other people outside. Two men stood guard outside while the rest of the killers armed with automatic weapons went inside and fatally shot people.
At least 4 women who worked for the bar as escorts were killed and 16 men, including 8 men wearing vests with the bar's name were also killed. 5 were wounded, including 3 men and a women, another victim later died at the hospital, according to Domene.
The State Attorney General's Office said, that state investigators found AK-47 and AR-15 castings at the scene. The Military police and the Federal Attorney General's Office have joined the investigation.

Spanish news video about fatal shootings at El Sabino Gordo, link: http://bit.ly/pHsRfY

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Three Mexican Nationals Wanted By Feds Extradited To The U.S. For Murder, Attempted Homicide And Kidnapping

Adrián Cruz Barrón

Photo: PGR

Suspects wanted in Arizona, New Mexico and California.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 9, 2011

Mexico City, Mexico - On Saturday, the Mexican Attorney General's Office (PGR) reported that it had extradited three Mexican nationals to the U.S. wanted for various crimes. The PGR turned over Adrián Cruz Barrón, aka, El Güero or Manuel Alberto Hernández Barrón, Carlos Alberto Carpio Morales, aka, Carlos Morales or Héctor Apier Carpio and César Octavio Reyes, aka, Nano or Shorty to the U.S. Marshal Service at the Mexico City International Airport.
Barrón is wanted for murder in Maricopa County in Arizona, Morales is wanted in Bernillo County, New Mexico for attempted homicide, kidnapping and assault and Reyes is wanted in Los Anegles, California for kidnapping and murder, according to the PGR.

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Gunmen Massacre 20 Patrons At El Sabino Gordo Bar In Monterrey

Photo: El Universal

More than 13 gunmen entered bar and just fatally shot at patrons.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 9, 2011

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico - On Saturday, Mexico's Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) reported that military personnel reponded to a call that gunmen entered a downtown bar and opened fire at patrons. Military police, State Crime Investigators and the Nuevo Leon Attorney General's Office agents in a joint investigation confirmed the deadly shooting left 20 people dead at the scene.
Preliminary reports say, about 13 gunmen arrived in two vans and a vehicle at El Sabino Gordo Bar located at Villagrán and Carlos Salazar Streets with assaults rifles and machine guns and then opened fire at the patrons inside at about 10:00 p.m. on Friday. At least 16 men were killed inside the bar, including 3 waitresses and 8 workers wearing vests with the bar's name.
Four other people, including a food vendor were found shot outside the place. Four victims later died at the hospital, according to Sedena.
Police sources indicate, the bar is known to be frequent by Zeta members and they believe that the attackers were members of the Gulf Cartel. One person by the name of Alonso, aka, "El Botella" is being sought by police in connection with distributing drugs. El Botella is known to have been selling drugs at the bar. Police found multiple small empty packages with cocaine residue. The bar is suspected of being used as a distribution center by El Botella, according to authorities.
Authorities have yet to confirm, if the massacre at El Sabino Gordo is connected to members of the Gulf Cartel.
State authorities recovered multiple AR-15 and AK-47 castings at the scene.
A local Television news station from Televisa reported that eight people were taken by the gunmen. But, federal authorities haven't confirmed, if people were kidnapped. Authorities continue their investigation into the deadly massacre.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Teenagers Discovered Man Bleeding At Mitchell Park In Milwaukee

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Man intoxicated falls and injures himself.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 7, 2011

Milwaukee - On Thursday, firefighters from Engine 26 responded to a call of an unidentified man bleeding at Mitchell Park in Milwaukee's South side. Firefighters found the injured man at the outdoor stage area by some concrete stairs, about 500 feet from the Pavillion. The man was rendered aid, but firefighters notice the he was intoxicated and couldn't stand by himself. He lost some blood from a cut near one of his eyes when he fell down.
A group of about eight teenagers walking through the outdoor park stage noticed the injured man and call 911.
Another man walked up to a Milwaukee County Sheriff deputy who also responded to the call and told the deputy that there was another man knocked out and laying on the West side of the Pavillion by a tree. The man by the Pavillion was unresponsive.
On Tuesday, a dive team from Engine 26 recovered a body of an unidentified man at about 9:30 p.m. from the Mitchell Park lagoon. The drowned victim had been in the lagoon for about a half an hour. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office when contacted said, the name of the drowned victim was being withheld by request of the sheriff's department pending an investigation and notification of family members.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bradford Beach Concession Building Lacks Handicap Ramp To Second Level

July 6, 2011

Milw., WI (HNNUSA) - Milwaukee County officials have failed to add on a handicap ramp to the second level of Bradford Beach concession building. Discrimination? :(

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Pérez Files Campaign Committee To Challenge Milwaukee Alderman Witkowiak In The 12th District

José G. Pérez

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Pérez plans to run in 12th Aldermanic District

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 6, 2011

Milwaukee - On Wednesday, José G. Pérez confirmed he had filed a Campaign Registration form to run for Alderman in the 12th District. He registered Friends of José Pérez on June 28th, according to the Milwaukee Election Commission. Pérez is in real estate with LRG Real Estate Development, LLC and a former Program Officer with the Community Development Block Grants Administration with the City of Milwaukee. Pérez plans to announce his official candidacy in comming weeks.
Pérez expects to challenge Alderman James Witkowiak from the 12th District. He is the first to file a Campaign Registration Statement, according to the Election Commission.
The District will have 68.8% of Hispanic voting age population in 2011, according to the approved redistricting plan by the Milwaukee Common Council on Wednesday.
The Aldermanic Primary election takes place on February 21, and General election on April 3, 2012.

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Two Majority Hispanic Districts In Milwaukee Approved By Common Council

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Latino Redistricting Committee was proposing at least three Hispanic Districts.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 6, 2011

Milwaukee - On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Common Council unanimously approved redistricting Plan A proposed by Alderman Ashanti Hamilton that creates two majority Hispanic Districts for 2012. The 12th Aldermanic District will have 67.8%, a majority Hispanic voting age population and the 8th District will have 62%, a majority Hispanic voting age population as well.
Juan Carlos Ruiz, spokesperson for the Latino Redistricting Committee said, the Committee was happy that the Latino community has two majority Hispanic Districts and an opportunity to elect representatives.
Currently, the 12th Aldermanic District is represented by Alderman James "Jim" Witkowiak and the 8th District is represented by Robert "Bob" Donovan. Both aldermen are non-Hispanic. Alderman Donovan said, the best option was Plan B, but it wasn't included in the first round. I was slow on these, because I'm slow on recognizing race,,, and it should not be seen as race... but fair representation. The only way for Hispanics to be represented is by a Hispanic, I disagree with that. Donovan wanted the Common Council not to give in to Plan A that was proposed.
Alderman Hamilton said, the committee looked at the growth of the population and ethnicity of the area were taken into consideration inorder to follow the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Alderman Witkowiak said, we are recognizing the natural growth of the Latino community and supported more than two Hispanic Districts. He also supported Plan C with the intergration growth of a Latino majority population on District 13. On Plan C, District 13 would have had 39.7% Hispanic voting age population and District 12 would have had 66.2% and the District 8, 62.3%. The Plan was rejected by the Council.
The Common Council rejected Donovan's proposed Plan B.
Last week, the Common Council Judiciary and Legislative Committee voted 3-2 to accept Alderman Hamilton's Plan A, which was created by the Legislative Reference Bureau. The U.S. Census reported that the Hispanic population in Milwaukee grew by 44%.
The Latino Redistricting Committee was proposing two Hispanic majority Districts for the 12th and 8th and a possible third, District 13th that can eventually become a majority Hispanic voting age population District. The 13th District is represented by Alderman Terry Witkowski.

Plan A map and statistics (PDF) at link: http://bit.ly/nGNcuK

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Victims Alleged Attack By Mob Like Group Of Blacks At Kilbourn Reservoir Park In Milwaukee

BP convenience store ransacked and robbed by group of Black teenagers.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 6, 2011
(Updated)

Milwaukee - On Tuesday, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn admitted that a group of African-American (Black) teenagers had attacked a group of five Whites shortly before midnight on July 3 at the Kilbourn Reservoir Park. The White teenagers claim they were beaten, kicked, robbed and beer poured on them by Black youths. The White victims alleged that the attackers were laughing and yelling racial slurs at them. A 22-year-old woman was also punched in the face and was taken to a hospital for treatment. She received at least three stitches above an eye, according to police.
Some of the Black teenagers involved in three strong armed robberies at Reservoir park, are also suspected of ransacking and looting a BP Pantry 41 on E. North Ave. and N. Humbolt Blvd. minutes earlier. The youths went into the Pantry grabbed and took candy, sodas and snacks, according to video surveillance from the store released by police.
Chief Flynn said, they are searching for the Black suspects and want people who know any information about the identity of the suspects to come forward. Two 16-year-old suspects and one 18-year-old suspect have been taken into custody.
Mayor Tom Barrett during Tuesday's press conference said, the suspects will be eventually caught and they will be prosecuted.
On Wednesday during the Gordon Park community meeting, Chief Flynn admitted officers didn't take statements from victims involved because they weren't enough officers to respond to the scene. The priority for the officers was to disperse and move the crowds along and tend to the victims.
More than 195 Riverside residents, including many of the victims from Sunday's melee were at the meeting, but capacity was posted at 75. The victims were dismayed on how Milwaukee police responded and acted at the scene. They are calling for an investigation into police actions at Riverside, which some say, police acted unprofessionally and were incompetent.
The victims criticized the officers for refusing to take statements and ignoring that they were the actual victims. Reports from police weren't properly logged in and took a day to figure out what had happened. The complaints from victims being reported to police didn't match the reports of incidents in the Riverside area.
Chief Flynn has a policy directing police not to respond to minor incidents in order to keep crime statistics down, which in this case is a disservice to the Riverside neighborhood residents. Flynn confirmed that 19 victims have been identified, but actually they were 26 victims according to his statistics, which included 1 Asian, 4 Hispanics, 8 Whites and 13 Blacks.
The victims were attacked at the Reservoir Park by a group of about 100 Black youths returning from the July 3 fireworks just before midnight. Six armed robberies and numerous strong arm robberies were also reported, according to police. About 22 Black youths from the same group had entered the BP Pantry 41 convenience store earlier and spontaneously ransacked it and stole items. 17 of the 22 Black youths have been identified by police.
He stunned the residents at the Gordon Park meeting, when he admitted that he doesn't believe in curfew and will not have his officers enforce curfew. "It's not practical to have officers chasing 15-year-olds" throughout the city, Flynn said.
Flynn said, one of the suspects sought in the BP Pantry 41 melee turned himself in after seeing his picture on the news. Several parents who saw their kids in the BP surveillance video that was aired on the news, also turned them in. Police say that three female teenagers ages 13, 14 and 16 were cited for theft, curfew violation and disorderly conduct along with a 15-year-old boy.

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