Thursday, May 31, 2012

75-year-old Man Arrested For Fatally Shooting A Teen In Milwaukee's Southside

Elderly man confronted teenager on the sidewalk and then shot him multiple times.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 31, 2012

Milwaukee - On Thursday, police arrested a senior citizen age 75 for fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy near the victims home at the 1900 block of W. Arrow St. The 75-year-old man who is the victim's neighbor apparently confronted the teenager before 9:48 a.m. at the 2000 block of W. Greenfield Ave. on the sidewalk and after a brief altercation, the senior citizen pulled out a handgun and fatally shot the teen. The teen who was identified by a family friend as Darius Simmons was shot multiple times in the chest, but managed to run back to his residence on Arrow St. The teen was later pronounced dead at the Children's Hospital.
The elderly man stayed at the scene and turned himself to police. The suspect's handgun was recovered at the scene and the teenager was not armed when he was fatally shot by the elderly man, according to the Milwaukee Police Department Source.
A preliminary investigation indicates, that the 75-year-old man believed that the teenager had broken into the suspect's home several days ago. Several shotguns worth at least $3,000 were reported stolen from the elderly man's home.
The suspect had placed surveillance cameras shortly after his home was broken in and robbed. The elderly man saw the teen on Greenfield Ave. and approached him about the previous break-in into the suspect's home.
The victim's mother told police that the suspect had blamed her son for breaking into his home, but that her son was at school when it occured and claimed he was innocent, according to police.
Police haven't released the name of the slain teen or the suspect. They continue to investigate the fatal incident that claimed the life of a teenager.

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Clemons Jr. Wanted For A Michigan Homicide Arrested By Milwaukee Police

Maurice Darnell Clemons Jr.

Milwaukee police officers stopped suspect for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk without lights.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 31, 2012

Milwaukee - On early Tuesday, several Milwaukee Police Officers Matthew Phillipson and Marte Ball spotted Maurice Darnell Clemons Jr., 27, of Michigan riding a bicycle on the sidewalk without lights at 12:46 a.m., according to the Milwaukee Police Department Source. Clemons tried to flee the area, but was stopped by the officers at the 4900 block of W. Fond du lac Ave. He refused to provide his name at the scene.
The suspect was taken to Police District 7 where a warrant check provided information that the suspect was Clemons Jr., a wanted fugitive from Michigan sought for the alleged November 28, 2010 homicide of Brandon McPherson, 19, of Muskegon.
Clemons Jr. was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service in Michigan for unlawfull flight to avoid prosecution and homicide. Clemons Jr. is awaiting extradition to Michigan.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wisconsin Gained 23,608 Jobs In 2011, The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Confirmed

The state actually gained more jobs last year, than was previously reported by the DWD.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 30, 2012

Madison - On Wednesday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has confirmed that Wisconsin gained 23,608 jobs in 2011. An estimated 96% of the state employers or 160,000 employers quarterly tax and unemployement insurance reports to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) showed job increases.
John Dipko, DWD spokesperson said, the BLS made a slight change in the numbers that were sent to them earlier this month, finding 23,608 jobs were actually created in 2011, rather than the 23,321 jobs initially reported by the state.
Governor Scott Walker's (R) administration is taking credit for the jobs increase in 2011. Walker's re-election campaign spokesperson Ciara Matthews is now seeking for Tom Barrett, a Democratic candidate for governor to apologize for alleging that under Walker, the state had lost more than 33,000 jobs. Barrett's campaign ads on television networks throughout the state have been attacking Walker on projected job losses.

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Attendant Found Fatally Shot Inside A Waukesha Gas Station

Nayyer M. Rana

Police continue to investigate the shooting death of a gas attendant.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 30, 2012

Waukesha - Police on Wednesday continued their investigation into the homicide of Nayyer M. Rana, 56, whose body was found on early Tuesday at a local gas station. Rana's body was discovered shortly after 4:00 a.m. at the Petro Mart on East Broadway, according to Police.
No one has been arrested in connection with Rana's homicide and police say that robbery might have been the motive.
Rana's family members are offering $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspected killer, according to the family spokesperson.

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Miami Police Officer Kills Man Over Biting, Ripping Off And Eating A Victims Face In Public

(L-R) Rudy Eugene and Ronald Poppo

Victim had most of his face chewed off by deranged attacker.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 30, 2012

Miami - On Saturday, a Miami police officer shot and killed Rudy Eugene, 31, after failing to stop biting and chewing off the face of Ronald Poppo, 65, according to police. Poppo had most of his face chewed off to the bone by Eugene. Poppo's upper forehead skin and meat was missing all the way to the bone, had no nose, no mouth and only had partial skin left on the lower chin.
The gruesome incident happened near the Miami Herald newspaper. Surveillance video from the newspaper captured images when the officer shot and killed Eugene. The officer was passing by when a witness flagged him down to stop. The officer ordered Eugene to stop chewing on the victim's face. But Eugene just looked up at the officer and growled and then continued to chew off Poppo's face.
The officer shot Eugene once, but failed to stop. He then fired a second shot fatally wounding the attacker. The officer had alternative, but to kill Eugene, according to police.
Both Eugene and Poppo were naked and the incident occured along highway stretch during the afternoon.
Police have not figured out a motive that triggered Eugene to attack Poppo in a grotesque manner and to have his skin ripped off and eaten by the suspect.
Poppo is considered a homeless man. He was hospitalized after losing large amounts of blood, according to police.

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Armed Black Male Suspect Sought In South Side George Webb's Robbery And Assault Of An Employee

Police are looking for a male black suspect who robbed a Milwaukee south side George Webb.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 30, 2012

Milwaukee - On Saturday, a black male suspect who covered part of his face walked into the south side George Webb restaurant at 2028 W. Mitchell St. around 10:30 a.m. with a short barrel shotgun and robbed the place. An undetermine amount of cash was taken.
Police reported that one employee was hit in the back head with the handle of the shotgun during the robbery by the suspect. The employee required medical treatment and stitches.
The lone suspect was described as a black male, 5’7″ to 5’8″ tall, 150-160 lbs. wearing a grey sweatshirt with white lettering on it and a black cloth across the lower part of his face. He wore dark pants and white gloves, according to the Milwaukee Police Department Source.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Isaac Charged For Kidnapping And Abduction Of A 4-year-old Child In Milwaukee

Lisa R. Isaac

33-year-old woman ordered to be examine to determine, if she is competent to stand court proceedings for kidnapping and abduction of a 4-year-old child.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 29, 2012

Milwaukee - On Sunday, Lisa R. Isaac, 33, was charged with two felony counts of kidnapping by using deceit to induce and abduction of a child by taking in connection with last Thursday's abduction of a 4-year-old child from a school. Isaac remained in custody and was ordered to be examine by the Forensic Unit to determine, if Isaac is competent to continue with court proceedings and eventually stand trial, according to court records.
Isaac is accused of going into the Storms Early Childhood Center 2616 W. Garfield and took the child by telling school officials that she was there to pick up the child. The child's mother was at the shool's office when she discovered the child had been taken by Isaac.
The child's mother left the school and caught up with Isaac at the 2500 block of W. North Ave. She was able to recover her child. The child was unharm, according to Milwaukee police.
Isaac once again tried to go into a nearby school to try and take another child.
Police arrived at the scene and arrested Isaac who the mother of the child confirmed, that she doesn't know Isaac.

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Thousands Of Early Voters Cast Their Votes In The Recall Governor Scott Walker Election In Wisconsin

Close to the June 5th election and thousands have already cast their votes in Wisconsin.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 29, 2012

Madison - More than 165,000 early voters have cast their votes in the recall Republican Governor Scott Walker election in Wisconsin. The last day to cast an early absentee ballot by mail is 4:00 p.m. on Friday or 5:00 p.m. in person at an available polling place.
Most of the votes were reported in the Madison, Milwaukee and northern counties, according to the state Government Accountabliity Board (GAB).
By last Wednesday, at least 90,000 voting-age residents had cast their absentee ballots. In Milwaukee by the second day of voting, more than 1,100 had voted early. The GAB is expecting a turnout of 60% to 65% or between 2.6M to 2.8M voters for the June 5 election.
Voters are not required to show a valid ID to vote.
For the first time, the voting absentee polling places in Madison and Milwaukee remained opened over the Memorial Day weekend. Get out the vote organizers having been taking early voters to the polls in vans or vehicles. Lines of voters could be seen throughout the weekend of the Memorial Day holiday in Milwaukee and other areas.
Republicans are accusing the organizers as Democrat partisans trying to influence early voting in support of Tom Barrett, a Democrat attempting to unseat Governor Walker. Walker defeated Barrett in 2010. But get out to vote organizers say, they are just getting people out to vote early and are not trying to influence the vote.
The GOP believes that most of the early absentee voting taking place throughout the state could be a treat to getting Governor Walker re-elected.
Last Friday, investigative information released by a reliable source indicated that Governor Walker and up to five others in the governor's circle while he was Milwaukee County executive are expected to face multiple charges resulting from the John Doe criminal investigation. The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office (DA) is expected to file charges against Walker and five other suspects on allegations that they used county time to campaign to help elect Walker as governor while working and restricted other Walker employees from exposing alleged unethical acts to the DA probe.
Walker has denied any wrong doing or having any knowledge of an underground e-mail operation that was discovered adjacent to his former Milwaukee County executive office created to help him get elected as governor. Walker maintains that the Milwaukee DA has no evidence implicating him of any wrong doing in the John Doe probe, but created a legal defense fund and has hired two attorneys costing Walker more than $100,000 in wake of the John Doe probe. Hispanic News Network U.S.A. has learned that another $100,000 has been transferred into the legal defense fund from Walker's campaign.
At least 6 people have been charge in the John Doe investigation, including three Milwaukee County former aids, who worked for Walker when he was the county executive.
Some GOP members doubt that Walker would be charged at all, but if the information proves to be reliable then indeed Walker and five others are facing charges that will no doubt set the GOP back on its agenda to make Wisconsin a Red state.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cognitive Dissidence Blogger Engages In False And Inaccurate Information On Walker's John Doe Probe

Christopher Liebenthal, aka, "Capper"

Photo: 620 WTMJ

Editorial:

A known socialist blog "Cognitive Dissidence" provided false and misleading information without getting the actual facts about an HNNUSA report.

May 27, 2012

Milwaukee (HNNUSA) - On Saturday, Christopher Liebenthal, aka, "Capper" who blogs on a known socialist and leftist blog "Cognitive Dissidence" provided false and misleading information about H. Nelson Goodson, editor of Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA). Liebenthal posted that Goodson's article "Walker And Five Others To Be Charged In John Doe Probe After The June Election" at link: http://bit.ly/KhvWsM was false. Liebenthal reasoning to write that it was false, simply because in his belief, the HNNUSA report would some how keep voters from voting in the June 5 election. HNNUSA was just breaking news and no actual studies exist that such news reporting would actually keep people from voting.
Liebenthal, a social worker at Milwaukee County and member of Local 645 Milwaukee Area Labor Council failed to provide any fact finding investigative information that Goodson's breaking news that Governor Scott Walker (R) and five others are expected to be charged after the June 5 election in the John Doe probe was inaccurate. But how ironic, Liebenthal in his posting also agreed, that he expects Governor Walker to be charged some time after the election. "I do believe that Walker and several others will be indicted, but I have no idea as of when," Liebenthal wrote.
Liebenthal was suspended for 10 days without pay in early 2011 from his Milwaukee County job for using a work computer over a course of a year for his personal business and wasting county time, Geri Lyday, interim director of the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed last year.
Liebenthal has attempted to distort certain facts about Goodson and actually seemed to have lost any credibilty that he had left as a blogger, one might assume. His readers with any common sense should also question Liebenthal where he got the idea that a news breaking report will keep voters from voting.
Liebenthal claimed that Goodson is a right wing and a close associate of Aaron Rodriguez, a conservative blogger with the Hispanic Conservative, which Goodson denied and said, "It is blatant inaccurate and false information that Liebenthal is posting on his socialist blog."
Goodson said, "I'm not a right wing as Liebenthal wants people or his readers to believe. He must be dreaming or sleep writing in his blog, one might think."
"Mr. Liebenthal never took the time to actually verify his information about my person. I don't know Mr. Rodriguez personally, but have followed his posted and published articles, as I do with all media and blog postings that are of interest and news worthy," Goodson said. 
It seems, Liebenthal also failed to do a follow up when Goodson and HNNUSA broke a story back in November 2011 when Goodson first reported that the Recall Walker campaign organizers had surpassed the halfway mark to recall Walker, shortly after the recall began. In fact, the Democrats and organizers were forced to release the actual numbers several days later showing that indeed they had surpassed the halfway mark of petition signatures needed to recall Walker.
Liebenthal must have missed the Democrat announcement because Goodson indeed was the breaking HNNUSA blogger news source to report that they had surpassed the halfway mark.
One thing for sure, Liebenthal is just expressing his sole opinion on his blog and shouldn't be taken seriously due to a lack of any fact finding skills for a mere blogger. He strongly believes that a conspiracy by HNNUSA is trying to hamper the recall election, but in real life reporting, Goodson was just reporting breaking news as it was happening before anyone else or main stream media.
Mr. Liebenthal should no doubt continue to blog for entertainment purposes, but someday he might become a credible blogger. If he stops dreaming while sleep writing in his blog, we hope.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Wisconsin Governor Walker And Five Others To Be Charged In John Doe Probe After The June Election

Governor Scott Walker

The GOP is facing a big blow after the next June 5 election, if Governor Walker and five others are charged in the John Doe probe in Milwaukee County.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 26, 2012

Milwaukee - On Friday, investigative information released by a reliable source indicated that Governor Scott Walker (R) and up to five others in the governor's circle while he was Milwaukee County executive could face several felony charges resulting from the John Doe investigation. The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office (DA) might file charges against Walker and five other suspects, if allegations that they used county time to campaign and help elect Walker as governor while working can be proven. Also, that other Walker employees were restricted from exposing alleged unethical acts to the DA probe.
So far, at least six have been charged in the John Doe investigation, including two Walker former staffers and another that is waiting sentencing for being convicted for two misdemeanor counts of political solicitation by a public employee. But the former Walker's staffer sentencing has been postponed to a later date to prevent an influence of the June election. Three others were also charged in connection with the John Doe probe, including one conviction for funneling at least $72,800 of illegal funds to Walker's governor campaign race in 2010.
The DA and Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered an underground e-mail network being operated by Walker staffers in an office adjacent to Walker's Milwaukee County Executive office. Walker denied that he had any knowledge of the underground e-mail operation to elect him governor.
Walker has set up a defense fund and has hired attorneys. Speculation about Walker being charged in the John Doe probe has been circulating throughout political circles in both the Republican and Democratic parties.
Some GOP members doubt that Walker would be charged at all, but if the information proves to be reliable then indeed Walker and five others are facing charges that will no doubt set the GOP back on its agenda to make Wisconsin a Red state.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

ICE Detainer Policy Limits Of Illegals Approved By Milwaukee County Board

If the ICE detainer limit resolution is adopted by Milwaukee County Executive Abele and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, it would limit hold detentions by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 25, 2012

Milwaukee - On Thursday, the Milwaukee County Board on a vote of 14-4 approved an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detainer Limit Resolution 12-135 to limit the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) from honoring requests by ICE to hold non-criminal aliens or undocumented suspects for longer periods when processed by the sheriff's department. Non-criminal illegal suspects or inmates being held by MCSO would be exempt from being held more than 48 hours when they are targeted for legal status confirmation and removal by ICE, if illegally in the country, according to the resolution sponsored by Supervisors Peggy Romo West, Russell Stamper II, Nikiya Harris, David F. Bowen and County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic.
The supervisors argued that, ICE detainer requests are not mandatory under federal law and ICE doesn't refund the high costs to Milwaukee County when execssively holding illegals. Between 2010 to 2011, the MCSO held 439 suspects under ICE detainer requests, including 193 inmates who were in the country illegally.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is expected to veto the ICE detainer limit resolution because its a federal immigration issue and a not a county issue, according to county sources. Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. says, the resolution that was passed by the County Board is politically motivated, but also agreed the immigration issue is a federal issue as well.
Under the policy, if adopted by County Executive Abele and if the MCSO honors it, only certain illegal inmates and suspects would be held on ICE detainers.
Any suspect would be detained under ICE request, if the suspect has been convicted of at least one felony or two misdemeanor offenses; convicted or charged of any domestic violence offense or any violation of a protective order; convicted or charged with intoxicated use of a vehicle; suspect is a defendant in a pending criminal case, has an outstanding criminal warrant, is identified as a gang member and/or a possible match on the U.S. terrorist watch list.
In 2010, Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke Jr. admitted that ICE has accessibility to information gathered from people they have arrested. The booking information accessible to ICE is the suspect's name, date of birth, place of birth, Social Security number and race, which the sheriff's department compiles from everyone that has been arrested or detained in Milwaukee County.
Clarke says, the department works with other law enforcement agencies by sharing information and did not dispute allegations ICE has access to information of persons processed by the department. He did confirm that the county jail has been in an agreement for the last five years with the feds to hold illegal immigrants under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program and the county was reinburse about $135,000 in 2009. In 2008, the county received at least $60,000 under the program, according to Sheriff Clarke.
Under the above agreement, the MCSO has to check the legal status of everyone they suspect is an illegal alien and report their results to ICE.

Copy of Milwaukee County Board ICE Detainer Limit Policy at link: http://bit.ly/Kwa3W9

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

33-year-old North Side Woman Arrested For Child Abduction In Milwaukee

Woman takes child from school and police arrest man for trying to give away infant on the middle of the street.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 24, 2012

Milwaukee - On Thursday, police arrested a 33-year-old woman in connection with a child abduction, the Milwaukee Police Source (MPSource) reported. The suspect went to the Storms Early Childhood Center, 2616 W. Garfield around 3:10 p.m. and told school workers that she had permission from the mother of the 4-year-old girl to take her out from the center. She managed to convince school workers to release the child to her.
Shortly after, the child's mother located the woman and her child at the 2500 block of North Ave. Police arrived at the scene and took the suspect into custody. The child was unharmed.
In an unrelated incident, a suspect was taken into custody on Sunday around 4:38 p.m. after police found him walking in the middle of the street with a 8-month-old baby girl. Numerous calls to police indicated that the man was trying to give away the infant to motorists at the 4400 block of W. Center St.
The infant was recovered by police and medical records showed that the child recently had a heart transplant and needed medication. Both officers, Kyle Baus and Dan Reilly were credited with the arrest and the safe recovery of the child, according to the MPSource.
The suspect is facing a charge for recklessly endangering safety of an infant.

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Fifth Milwaukee Police Officer Fired By Chief Flynn

Fifth Milwaukee police officer terminated in May for using a department computer system to check on a warrant and then didn't arrest suspect.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 24, 2012

Milwaukee - On Tuesday, Officer Eric D. Wurth was terminated by Police Chief Edward A. Flynn for using a department computer for personal use and to check on a warrant of an individual that was wanted who Wurth never took into custody. The Milwaukee Police Source (MPSource) stated, "Wurth used Milwaukee Police Department equipment to conduct record checks on persons for non-departmental business. Additionally, he had contact with a person who he had personal knowledge had an outstanding warrant, but he failed to make an arrest."
Chief Flynn demoted former Court Liaison Officer Joanne M. Sunn to the rank of Police Officer. Flynn determined that Sunn failed to follow an order by a supervisor to stop using her own vehicle while on duty and she was caught taking longer lunch periods in her vehicle. She had a history of being late to work, according to the MPSource. 
Chief Fynn fired another four officers in May. One of the Officers is Danielle Scott, 22, who was on a probationary period before becoming a permanent officer. She was arrested on May 4, and charged for obstructing an officer and providing false information on a homicide investigation that involved her boyfriend.
Also fired was Milwaukee Police Sergeant Christopher Gull, 44, a 16 year veteran in the department. Sgt. Gull who was assigned to the Technical Communications Division was fired on May 1, for displaying sexually explicit photos of his naked girlfriend and making inappropriate comments to co-workers and subordinates while on duty.
The third officer is Richard Schoen, 42, a nine year veteran with the department who was also fired on May 1, after an internal investigation found that he beat and stomped on a female prisoner on September 22, 2011 in the back of his squad car while she was handcuffed.
Schoen is appealing his termination with the Fire and Police Commission.
Officer Yoron Whitfield, 44, a 21 year veteran with the department was terminated on May 1, for driving under the influence of alcohol. He tested  0.12 blood-alcohol concentration just above the legal limit on February 4. In March 2011, Whitfield was taken into custody after losing control of his vehicle and ending up in Lincoln Creek.
He tested a 0.18 of blood-alcohol concentration. He had a .40 Caliber handgun in his possession when the incident occurred. Whitfield was convicted for that drunk driving incident in July 2011.
Chief Flynn has confirmed, that at least 16 officers have been suspended for various department violations, which involved claiming hourly wages they did not earned and doing other unrelated activity while working at the Milwaukee County Jail and Criminal Justice facility. Non of the work place violations committed by the officers were criminal, according to the MPSource.

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Facebook Inc. Fiasco Plunges Own Stock To -19.80 At Nasdaq Stock Market

Facebook facing financial loss for 2012 and considering moving stock to the NYSE.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 24, 2012

New York - Facebook Inc. (FB) estimated worth last week was at $104 billion. On Friday, FB price was at $38 per initial public offering share, which made $19 million in IPO stock at Nasdaq Stock Market when FB closed slightly higher by 23 cents.
By Tuesday, it lost an estimated $4 billion. FB told bank creditors of their financial trouble due to having problems with selling adequate mobile Ads. The creditors then told rich FB stock investors about FB's problem who immediately began to get rid of their FB stock by selling it.
Small public stock buyers never got the information from FB and the projected fall of stock price.
On Wednesday, FB stock closed up by $1, at $32, nearly 16% lower than the IPO price, thus stock fell -19.80 points.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday got rid of his shares and made $1.13 billion. By selling off 30.2 million FB shares at $37.58 each, he was able to save $174 billion.
Other reports, FB had lost over $20 billion and is considering moving the stock to the New York Stock Exchange.
A civil lawsuit was filed in a New York federal court by three investors and is requesting a joint class-action suit against FB for alleged inside trading that involved providing Morgan Stanley and other underwriters information about its projected loss of revenue for 2012. The FB information was also provided to preferred major investors and not to the majority of stock buyers and investors. The FB information was omitted from the Registration Statement and/or Prospectus, according to the federal lawsuit.
The major investors began to get rid of their stock at cheaper prices. Morgan Stanley says, it will reimburse FB investors some of the losses from the fiasco.
A federal investigation is being launched into FB's actions in the stock market.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

MPD Fails To Disprove Allegations That Hundreds Of Violent Assault Crimes Were Misreported To FBI

Chief Edward A. Flynn

The MPD responds to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report alleging that hundreds of violent assault cases were misreported to lower crime statistics in police reports.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 23, 2012

Milwaukee - On Wednesday, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Fynn got into the defensive about the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (MJS) report alleging that the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) was engaged in misreporting violent aggravated assault cases to suggest the city was experiencing lower crime rates in 2011. The MJS cited several cases that were not included in the serious violent assault cases statistic report to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), but were considered simply assaults by MPD.
The FBI reviewed those cases as a request by the MJS and the FBI considered them serious enough to have been included in the MPD report as violent crimes. But MPD did not classified them as violent and excluded some from the report or classified them as lesser crimes that included more than 500 cases and at least 800 cases dating back to 2009, according to MJS.
The MPS Source reported that reporter Ben Poston and editor Greg Borowski from the MJS had interviewed Chief Flynn and their main "premise to be proven: the Milwaukee Police Department is lying about its crime numbers." The Source confirmed that MPD is "not making excuses. We are not suggesting that errors don’t occur. We are however, asserting that there is a substantial difference between bureaucratic mistakes and purposeful misrepresentations. It is an awful big leap to suggest bad intention."
What MPD is now suggesting, that it might have been "bureaucratic mistakes" for misreporting violent crime cases. Chief Flynn said in a press conference on Wednesday, the misreporting came from possible "crime coding problems to human or computer errors" and "not intentional" as perceived in the MJS report concerning MPD reporting lower crime statistics. Flynn denied he ordered any distortion of the crime statistics.
Since Chief Flynn had taken office in 2008 as head of the MPD, the department has taken less concern with low priority calls from city residents about crime in their neighborhoods. Such calls by residents to the department are not recorded into statistics or how many residents have actually called or which of those calls did officers actually responded to and were recorded in crime statistics.
Chief Flynn confirmed, an internal investigation will be launch to figure out how violent assault cases were misreported. The FBI is also investigating by request from Flynn, to why MPD failed to include numerous violent crime cases in its statistics report to the bureau. Alderman Robert Donovan said, he will also request for the city comptroller to conduct a complete independent audit of the MPD crime statistic numbers.
State Senator Aberta Darling (R-River Hills) is also requesting an independent investigation by the Legislative Audit Bureau of MPD and wonders, if MPD failed "to follow protocol or an effort to mislead the public" about crime rates.
MJS reported, that the cases reported were only a fraction (500 cases, 20%) of the hundreds of cases left out by MPD. MJS is claiming the crime actually rosed by 1.1%, in contrary to what Chief Flynn had reported.
Will the MPD Fire and Police Commission also investigate Chief Flynn and its own department to figure out who is responsible for misreporting violent crime statistics, including dating back since Flynn took over the department to see, if violent crime statistics were misreported as well?
Union officials at the Milwaukee Police Association agreed, that an independent audit and investigation should be conducted, but they don't have any confidence that the Fire and Police Commission would do an efficient investigation of MPD.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Undocumented 18-year-old Man Charged With Four Counts Of Homicide By Intoxicated Driving In Wisconsin

Victor H. Benitez

Undocumented driver being held on a $170,000 cash bond.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 22, 2012

Madison - On Monday, Victor H. Benitez, 18, of Madison was charged with four felony counts each of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by vehicle while using a controlled substance, hit-and-run involving death and four misdemeanor counts for driving without a license causing death and one misdemeanor count for obstructing an officer. Benitez charges stem from last February's accident in Fitchburg that left four passengers dead.
Benitez tested positive for THC (marijuana) cocaine and had alcohol in his system when he was taken into custody and tested at a UW-Madison hospital, according to the criminal complaint.
Benitez, a suspected C-14 gang member is being held on a $170,000 cash bond ($10K for each count) and an immigration hold has been placed to prevent his release. Benitez is expected back in court on May 29 for a preliminary hearing, according to court records.
The criminal complaint states, Benitez walked away from the fatal accident scene as police were trying to help his passengers. He was tracked down by Nicolas Mittelstedt, a Fitchburg firefighter by using a thermal imaging camera on Benitez foot tracks.
Benitez was escorted back to the scene by Mittelstedt where he later denied being the driver of the vehicle. He told an officer, that he was sleeping in the back seat when the accident occured. Investigators say, he was the only one that had used a seatbelt and marks left by the accident on his left shoulder were consistant with the use of a seatbelt.
Benitez was heading back to Madison from Rockford, Illinois and was driving recklessly, speeding in excess of 70 miles per hour while his passengers were drinking alcohol. He lost control and the vehicle rolled over.
The following victims were killed as a result, they were identified as, Alan Michael Dickson, 25, and Phankham Chitanavong, 17, both from Rockford, IL; Martin Sánchez-Gutierrez, 17, and José Antonio Cabrera-Hernández, 18, both from Madison. 

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Mexican Reporter Avila Garcia's Body Found In Plastic Bags

Marco Antonio Ávila García

The dismembered body of a Sonora reporter showed signs of being tortured before being murdered.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 22, 2012

Cajeme, Sonora, Mexico - The Sonora State Attorney General's Office (PGRE) reported that the dismembered body of Marco Antonio Ávila García, 39, was found last Friday, a day after being kidnapped by four armed men. García was a crime reporter for the internet Sonora Regional in Obregón and the Daily Afternoon Sonora television News. The Sonora news sources where García had worked say, that he reported on crimes, but excluded names and didn't identified the drug cartels involved in crimes or homicides in his news reports.
García had taken a company vehicle to the Quihuis carwash in Obregón in the municipality of Cajeme on Thursday when four armed masked men kidnapped him. His body, which showed signs of torture before being murdered and then dismembered was found on Friday afternoon in several plastic bags in the municipality of Guaymas.
Mexican authorities in Cuernavaca also reported that René Orta Salgado, a reporter for the Daily Sun of Cuernavaca had been reported killed seven days ago.
So far, 110 reporters in Mexico have been murdered for reporting crimes by drug cartels and criminal organizations. At least another 19 mexican reporters have been reported missing without a trace, according to the Latin American Federation of Journalists. 

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El Loco Arrested In Connection With Beheading 49 Victims In Nuevo León

Daniel de Jesús Elizondo Ramirez, aka, "El Loco"

The Mexican military arrested an alleged Zeta leader based in the town of San Juan involved in multiple homicides.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 22, 2012

Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico - The Mexican Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) in a press conference announced that military police arrested Daniel de Jesús Elizondo Ramirez, aka, "El Loco" in connection with 49 beheaded homicides. Ramirez was taken into custody over the weekend in the municipality of Guadalupe after firing a weapon and throwing grenades at authorities in an attempt to elude the military. He is being charged for using exclusive weapons reserved for the military only, multiple homicides and drug trafficking.
Ramirez confessed to participating in multiple homicides and the dumping of the dismembered bodies of 49 victims near the municipality of Cadereyta on May 13, according to Sedena Brig. Gen. Edgar Ruiz Villegas Meléndez. Ramirez was identified as the Zeta leader in charge of the town of San Juan.
Meléndez said, that José Ricardo Barrajas Lopez, "El Bocinas" was also involved in the murders and had actually video taped the dumping of the bodies. The video was later posted on the internet. On February 18, Lopez escaped from the Apodaca prison, according to Meléndez.
Another suspect, El Camarón is being sought in connection with the homicides.
Ramirez told authorities that he received orders from Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, aka, "El Lazca," Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, aka, "El Z40" and El Morro, the Zeta leader in Nuevo León to kill the victims and then blame the Gulf Cartel for the homicides. The Gulf Cartel has denied the Zetas allegations that they committed the murders. But last weekend, military police detained at least 44 suspected members of the Gulf Cartel in the Monterrey area.
They have been feuding with the Zetas along the U.S.-Mexico border to gain control of the multi-billion drug trafficking routes near the border.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Monty, Former MPS Teacher Pleads Guilty To Child Enticement

Tammi L. Monty

Monty pleads guilty to having sexual contact with a child.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 21, 2012

Milwaukee - On Monday, former Milwaukee Public School (MPS) sixth grade teacher Tammi L. Monty, 40, pleaded guilty to one felony count of child enticement, including sexual contact. A sentencing hearing for Monty was set for July 10.
On January 31, Monty and an eight grade 14-year-old male student were busted by a Milwaukee police officer inside Monty's SUV in the rear seat with their underwear below the knees, according to the criminal complaint.
The teenager told the officer, that Monty had called him earlier in the night and wanted to "hang out" (see him). She picked him up from the south side of Milwaukee at about 1:30 a.m. and drove to the vacant lot near the 6th Police District Station.
Monty wanted to have sex with the teenager and asked him to undress, when he was about to put on a condom they were busted by the intruding officer.
The investigation revealed that Monty had asked the teenager to send her a picture of his genitals. She had previously send him a photo of her breasts, according to the complaint.
Monty was suspended MPS and later terminated from the Manitoba Elementary School.

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ICE Deported Garcia Diaz And Diaz Sales To Coverup Abuse During 2008 Wrongful House Raid

Adolfo Garcia Diaz and Julio Diaz Sales

Two Guatemalan nationals were deported on Friday after exhausting all ICE appeals.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 21, 2012

Homestead, Florida - On Friday, both Adolfo Garcia Diaz, 21, and Julio Diaz Sales, 21, who are Guatemalan nationals and cousins were finally deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after exhausting all their revenues to seek a permanent stay. On November 19, 2008, ICE agents mistakenly raided their house in Homestead south Florida during an operation called RES-Q to crackdown on brothels or prostitution houses that allegedly held undocumented women who were beaten and forced into prostitution for as little as $25 per sexual encounter.
ICE agents were accused of using excessive force when they beat and kicked both Sales and Diaz in the face, including two other men while handcuffed in the raid. A year long internal investigation by ICE's Office of Professional and Responsibility  found no credible or "substantiated evidence" that the ICE agents involved abused their authority, but the investigation couldn't explain how the four men resulted with massive injuries and who committed the assaults.
The two other men were granted stays and will remain in the U.S., but both Sales and Diaz exhausted their three year work authorization and temperary stay to appeal their immigration cases, but were finally deported on Friday.
Several immigrant rights groups and organizations launched a Change dot org petition drive that gather more than 37,000 signatures seeking to keep both cousins in the country to no avail. They claimed that Sales and Diaz became ICE crime victims and should have been allowed to stay in the U.S. They were never charged with a felony crime, but were actually deported to coverup the crime against them by ICE agents and the lack of accountabilty that continues to exist at ICE under John Morton, ICE Secretary, according to immigration rights activists.
Several organizations, AI Justice and We Count vowed to continue to seek justice for the cousins and to expose the truth about what had actually happened during the Nov. 2008 ICE's RES-Q operation in Homestead.
Sales and Diaz have not decided whether they would appeal the decision from Guatemala or would engage in a federal lawsuit against the ICE agents who allegedly beat them.

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WE Energies Utility Base Rates Frozen For 2012, But Increases Expected In the Next Two Years

WE Energies confirms that their utility base rate will be frozen for 2012 reflecting to 2010 levels.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 21, 2012

Milwaukee - On Sunday, a letter to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor by Rick White, Vice President of Corporate Communications from WE Engergies in Milwaukee confirmed, that WE Energies base rates have been frozen at 2010 levels and for the rest of 2012. Freezing the utility rates was specifically done "to help customers during the still fragile economic recovery...to below 4% annually," White wrote.
By 2013 and 2014, customers are expected to see an increase of 3.6% each year averaging a $4 increase on their montly bill raising over $199 million (2013, $99M and 2014, $100M). The electricity rate increase was filed with the Public Service Commission (PSC) on March 2012. WE Energies requested a decrease for natural gas services by $17.1M or 2.5% effective January 2013. But, it did not request an adjustment of natural gas services for 2014, according to PSC.
White says, the projected increase in the next two years, which was filed with state regulators is contributed to "previously approved projects to strengthen reliability, meet evolving environment standards and comply with the state's renewable energy mandate. Also in our rate plan for 2013 is a recommendation to lower rates for natural gas customers."
Keeping the cost down for the rest of the year will help people having difficulty paying the utility bills. But, WE Energies executives are making millions in salaries, plus bonuses per year. The current We Energies CEO Gale Kappa earned about $11,346,447 in salary per year, including a salary raise increase of $1.03 million in 2011 compared to $10,315,819 in 2010.
Other executives also received considerable salary increases as well. In 2011, WE Energies reported earnings of $526.2M. It provides utility services to more than 1.1M customers and is the largest utility service provider in Wisconsin.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

One Active, Three Retired High Ranking Mexican Military Officials Under Investigation For Alleged Drug Cartel Ties

Retired mexican General Tomás Ángeles Dauahare

Two mexican high ranking military officials ordered detained for 40 days to allow federal prosecutors time to gather evidence against them.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 20, 2012

Mexico City - Last week, a mexican federal judge ordered two retired and one active high ranking military official held for 40 days to allow the required time for prosecutors to prepare their case against the suspects. Another suspect is being questioned by federal authorities in a corruption probe that began in 2009.
The four suspects are accused of taking bribes and corruption. They are suspected of providing military intelligence and information to the Beltrán Leyva Cartel when it was once affiliated with the Sinaloa Cartel in an attempt to secure undetected trafficking of drugs and avoid drug raids in the country.
The federal attorney general's office (PGR) is currently conducting a probe into alleged accusations that involved three generals, which two have retired and one is in active duty. They were identified as both retired Gen. Tomás Ángeles Dauahare and Gen. Ricardo Escorcia Vargas. Another is active Brig. Gen. Roberto Dawe González. Also detained for questioning was retired Lt. Col. Silvio Hernández Soto. All of the suspects have denied the accusations that they worked for the Betrán Leyva Cartel.
Dauahare and González were ordered detained for 40 days and prosecutors are also seeking for Vargas to be held for the extended period as well.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

25-year-old Man Arrested For A Milwaukee Officer Hit and Run Incident In The South Side

Police arrested a suspect wanted in the hit-and-run incident of an officer on Thursday night.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 19, 2012

Milwaukee - A 25-year-old suspect was taken into custody on Friday around 1:14 p.m. in the south side after eluding police the day before when he struck an officer on W. Greenfield Ave. Police on Thursday spotted a suspicious vehicle that was doubled parked and when they tried to speak with the driver, he drove away.
Around 10:35 p.m., the officers spotted the driver again and when a 29-year-old officer approached the vehicle from the front to question the suspect, the driver accelerated striking the officer. The suspect then fled the scene at a high rate of speed, according to the Milwaukee police Source website.
The injured officer assigned to the Second District police bicycle unit was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and later released. He suffered a non-life-threatening injury and is recovering.
Off duty Officer Tommy Wilson from the Second District spotted the suspect on Friday afternoon and called for officers to arrest the 25-year-old suspect who was wanted for probation violation resulting from intimidation of a witness. The suspect has a history of drug charge violations and driving a vehicle without the owner's consent.
The suspect has not been identified by police. Charges are pending against the suspect.

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Four Victims Reported Shot Overnight Near UW-Madison

Three victims hospitalized for gunshot related injuries near the University of Wisconsin-Madison and another alleged victim left the crime scene, according to Madison police.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 19, 2012

Madison - Early Saturday, Madison police are investigating what some witnesses are describing as a lone black male shooter that left four people injured with non-life threatening injuries. Police responded to a shooting after 1:00 a.m. on Saturday at the 600 block of University Ave. A 26-year-old woman and two men, ages 23 and 18 were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment after being shot. Another unidentified victim left the scene before police arrived.
The victims were among a crowd that was outside two adjacent bars, Danny O's and the Segredo bars when the shooting incident occurred. A suspect got into an altercation with some patrons outside a bar. He then took out a handgun and fired at the crowd striking at least four victims. Police haven't confirmed, if the suspect shot the intended victim.
Investigators at the crime scene found a blood trail near the shooting and believe a fourth victim must have left the scene to avoid treatment or questioning by police. Police could not determined how serious the fourth victim had been injured and are trying to locate the victim.
Police are treating the shooting incident as an attempted homicide. Several video surveillance cameras in the crime scene vacinity caught footage of a black male suspect, between the ages of 20-25 and 5'9" to 6' in height who took out a weapon, fired multiple shots at a crowd and then fled on foot. The suspect has not been identified as of yet, but he is being sought by Madison police.
The crime scene area was closed by police until pass 5:00 a.m., according to residents in the block.

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Olivares, The Mexican Cumbia King Performs In Milwaukee

Fito Olivares

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Hundreds of fans made their way inside Club International to catch a glimpse of Fito Olivares.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 19, 2012

Milwaukee - On Saturday, Fito Olivares, the Mexican cumbia king made a rare presentation at the Club International on S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive. Hundreds of fans enjoyed the hits that made Olivares the cumbia king from Mexico.
Also Los Dados Cargados and Los Cadetes de Linares were at the club.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Sex Offender Seeks Appeal After Receiving Life In Prison For Several Child Sexual Assaults Including Incest

Rogelio Cortez Jr.

Sex offender plans to appeal his conviction for sexual assault of a child.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 18, 2012

Sheboygan - Rogelio Cortez Jr., 36, a convicted registered sex offender plans to appeal last month's decision by a judge to sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Cortez Jr. was convicted for sexually molesting a 10-year-old girl. It became a second conviction for Cortez Jr. that involved another sexual assault of a child. Police arrested and charged Cortez Jr. on April 2011.
Cortez Jr. sexually assaulted the young girl for a period of two years. He began by touching her while she slept and performed sex acts, which later led to abusing and hitting her that included leaving visible marks. The young girl would tell relatives she had fallen and had gotten bruises from the fall, according to court records.
In 1995, Cortez Jr. took advantage of a younger sister and impregnated her. He was later convicted of felony incest and received one year in prison and five years supervision.
He had been a registered sex offender since 1995.
Court records indicate that Cortez Jr. moved into Sheboygan and failed to register as a sex offender from January to March 2010. He was cited 64 times and fined up to $9,000 for violating the city's sex offender ordinance that requires sex offenders to register and seek approval to live within the city limits.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

27-year-old Man Wanted On A Parole Violation Was Critically Shot By U.S. Marshals In Milwaukee's Southside

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Mario A. Lopez

Family photo

Parole violator shot by U.S. Marshals.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 16, 2012

Milwaukee - On Wednesday, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that a 27-year-old man wanted for a supervisory violation was shot at about 1:45 p.m. within the cross streets of W. Forest Home Ave., W. Lincoln Ave. and W. Muskego. Mario A. Lopez, an alleged gang member violated his parole conditions and was located near the location where he was shot by the feds.
The U.S. Marshals Service says, several deputy Marshals spotted the suspect driving in the south side with his pregnant girlfriend and a young child inside a vehicle. They tried to do a traffic stop and take Lopez into custody, but the suspect refused to stop the vehicle. After a short chase, the suspect abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.
When several U.S. Marshals caught up to him, the suspect took a weapon out on the feds. Then the U.S. Marshals fired multiple gunshots critically wounding the suspect in a busy intersection.
The suspect was hit in the lower body and leg. Lopez is expected to survive. He was previously charged and convicted for having a weapon, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
It has not been confirmed, if the suspect fired his weapon. A weapon was recovered at the scene. Police and the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office continues to investigate the incident.
The U.S. Marshals involved are expected to be placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the case.
The suspected felon, is now facing a parole violation and a weapons charge.

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One of the bullets that was fired at Mario A. Lopez, 27, wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday ended up going through a business window nearby. The owner of the Tint Boyz said, that the shooting happened so fast and luckily no one else was shot. His business is located at the 2400 block of W. Lincoln Ave. At least four shots were fired by the feds. The bullet was recovered by Milwaukee police crime scene investigators.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

$300K Estimated Damaged To War Memorial Center Caused By 26-year-old Female DUI Driver

Rosalin M. Rodriguez

26-year-old woman facing possible civil lawsuit for damages to War Memorial Center.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 15, 2012

Milwaukee - Rosalin M. Rodriguez, 26, of Milwaukee is facing several misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence in connection with last month's crash into the War Memorial Center. Rodriguez blood-alcohol concentration tested 0.22 nearly three times of the 0.08 illegal concentration of being considered under the influence of alcohol in Wisconsin.
Court records indicate that its the third time she has been charged with DUI. Rodriguez has two DUI prior convictions.
If convicted, Rodriguez is facing up to one year in jail and $2,000 in fines. She is also facing a civil lawsuit from the War Memorial Center or a court order restitution.
An estimated $300,000 in damage to the War Memorial was caused when Rodriguez lost control of her vehicle last April and plowed into the front plate glass of the War Memorial Center. Her vehicle ended up wedged in the middle of the stairs, according to the criminal complaint.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Obama Gay? Newsweek Magazine Claiming Obama Is "The First Gay President"

Has Newsweek magazine cover headline crossed the line by now claiming President Obama as gay?

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 14, 2012

U.S.A. - On May 21, Newsweek magazine will release their controversial edition portraying President Barack H. Obama as "The First Gay President." The Newsweek front cover depicts Obama looking upward and a rainbow halo saint type of ring on top of his head.
The magazine headline claim might have crossed the line by what some critics are claiming as a poor choice of words that the editors decided to choose on its front cover headline. Obama has not openly admitted of actually being gay, but has confirmed that he supports same sex marriage. He became the first president to support gays and lesbians right to choose who they want to marry and willing to spend their lives with.
The Newsweek cover is attributed to an article by Andrew Sullivan, a conservative gay writer. Sullivan writes about his perspective about Obama's decision to publicly support same sex marriages.
Last week Obama admitted, that after talking to friends, his wife and family about gay men and lesbians being able to legally get married. Obama decided that he would "support same sex marriages."
Gay men and lesbians as individuals have constitutional rights, but when they desire to get married, they are discriminated and banned from getting married in most states.
Some state have approved legal domestic partnerships and same sex marriages.

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San Diego Black Sabbath Motorcycle Club President Fatally Shot

Clyde Thompson Jr.

San Diego police investigating homicide of biker club leader.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 14, 2012

San Diego - On Friday, unkown suspects in an SUV fatally shot Clyde Thompson Jr., 51, aka, "Wild Dogg or CJ" around 11:00 p.m. at the 4200 block of Market Street while he fixed a bike in front of the San Diego chapter (Mother chapter) of the Black Sabbath Motorcycle Club. Thompson Jr., the president of the San Diego club died of multiple gunshot wounds at a hospital, according to police. Another club member was with Thompson Jr. and he survived the drive-by shooting.
Thompson Jr. took over the club last year, which was established in 1972 by seven Black men who liked to ride on Sundays and a few years later bought a building and made it their club house gathering on Market St. Afterwards, 17 other chapters around the U.S. were established and became a multi-cultural membership.
Thompson Jr. is survived by a long time girlfriend and two daughters.
A public fundraiser for Thompson Jr. was announced on the club's Facebook page for next Thursday.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

49 Decapitated Bodies Found In Plastic Bags Along A Highway To Reynosa In Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Mexican authorities investigate the early Sunday discovery of 49 decapitated bodies including six women.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 13, 2012

San Juan, Nuevo Leon, Mexico - On early Sunday, Mexican federal and state authorities were called to a highway in the direction of Reynosa near the town of San Juan in the municipality of Cadereyte where 49 decapitated bodies, mostly men were found along the side of the highway. The bodies of the victims were missing their heads, limbs, hands and feet, which included the bodies of six women were found around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Some of the victims are believed to be immigrants from South and Central America, according to their physical features, authorities reported.
Authorities suspect the mass killings were carried out by the Zetas, who are feuding with the Gulf Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel for control of the multi-billion drug smuggling bodertown routes. On May 4, 23 bodies, including nine victims hanging from a bridge were found in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. On May 9, 18 bodies were also discovered in Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos, Jalisco.
Military police, state police, federal police and ministry agents blocked the highway stretch to Reynosa at the 47 kilometer marker of the highway near the town of San Juan for up to six hours.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

24-year-old Man Sentenced To 29 Years In Prison For Child Porno Related Charges In Mexico

Mauro Rodrigo Hernández Torres

Child porno producer and pedofile gets the longest and stiffest prison sentence in Mexico's history.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 12, 2012

Mexico City, Mexico - On Friday, the Mexican Attorney General's Office (PGR) reported that Mauro Rodrigo Hernández Torres, 24, aka, "Maclicio" from the city of Valles, San Luis Potosi, Mexico had been sentenced to 29 years in a federal mexican prison for producing, transmitting and possession of child pornography. Torres was sentenced on May 6, 2012 and was ordered to pay a fine of $15,755 ($207,900 pesos).
A joint task force investigation was conducted by Mexico's Secretariat of Public Security (SSP), the Mexican Attorney General's Office, with the assistance of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
A tip from the U.S. led the PGR and the mexican federal police to issued a warrant for Torres on November 22, 2011. On December 27, 2011, federal police and U.S.ICE agents working at a U.S. Embassy in Mexico arrested Torres, searched his residence and found images of child porno in his computer. Authorities discovered that Torres had also sexually abused two children and had taken images of them while being abused. Torres took advantage of the children when the parents were working. He provided video games to lure the children to his residence and paid them between $5 to $20 for sex and to take videos of them while performing sex acts, according to the criminal complaint.
A news release from ICE reported that on August 31, 2011, special agents assigned to HSI Mexico City received information from the Cyber Tip Line of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding an e-mail account that had been transmitting child pornography and using cloud technology to store the images. After obtaining the relevant information from the Internet service provider based in the United States, HSI provided this data to SSP's cyber unit, which was able to determine that Torres was the account subscriber.

Mauro Rodrigo Hernández Torres, 24, of ciudad Valles in the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico posed in front of his computer in 2009. Torres used the alias Maclicio on the Internet to play games and has a Facebook account, which is still on the Internet and last entry was made in February.

Photo: Facebook

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Friday, May 11, 2012

WI Governor Walker Talked About "Divide and Conquer" Strategy In His Quest To Bust Unions

Image: TMJ 4 News Broadcast

Governor Scott Walker on a 28 second video clip admitted in January 2011 to working on busting unions by deploying a "Divide and Conquer" strategy (video link: http://goo.gl/hqbgD).

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 11, 2012

Milwaukee - On Friday, TMJ News 4 reported that a 28 second video  clip depicts Governor Scott Walker (R) explaining his strategy to bust unions by deploying a "Divide and Conquer" political move, which would eventually end collective bargaining for some state employees. Walker explained his political strategy to a wealthy campaign donor who later donated $510,000 to his campaign fund.
So far, Walker has raised more than $25 million from out of state donors. His democratic challenger for the June 5 election, Tom Barrett has raised about $1 million of campaign funds.
The female donor wanted to know, if Governor Walker was planning to make the state a "completely red state and work on these unions" to make Wisconsin "a right-to-work state." Billionaire Diana Hendricks of Beloit, Wisconsin asked Walker, "what we can do to help you?" That's when the conversation between Walker and Hendricks transpired and was captured by a video crew filming  "As Goes Janesville," a documentary by Brad Lichtenstein focusing on Janesville's lost of jobs when the General Motors plant closed. They were video taping inside the Beloit ABC Supply company. The company is a roofing and siding company that Hendricks co-founded. Walker explained his plan to Hendricks about "divide and conquer" that led to the final outcome of busting unions, despite major march protests that drew thousands of protesters and union workers to Madison against ending collective bargaining.
Walker's campaign says, Walker had worked to balance the $3.6 billion deficit and didn't commit to making Wisconsin a right-to-work state, which would prevent workers from paying mandatory union dues. But the video clip shows otherwise and Walker's real intentions of getting rid of collective bargaining for state workers. Firefighters and police unions were exempt and kept their collective bargaining rights under Walker's budget for 2012-13.
The Barrett campaign is saying, that Walker finally told the truth about how he actually wanted to target unions and to eliminate collective bargaining.
Lichtenstein donated $100 to Barrett's campaign for the June election. He denied that he released the short video clip to influence the Walker recall election.
The full documentary flim will be released in the fall on PBS stations , according to Lichtenstein.

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Michigan Repealed Its Mandatory 1967 Motorcycle Helmet Law

Bikers or passengers no longer have to wear motorcyle helmets in the State of Michigan.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 11, 2012

Lansing, Michigan - Last month, the State of Michigan repealed its mandatory 1967 motorcycle helmet requirement. Michigan became the 31st state to have helmet use as an option. Bikers 21 years of age and over will no longer be required to wear helmets provide they have passed a safety course, have had their license for at least two years, have a $20,000 medical insurance for the motorcycle driver and passenger.
Police may not stop a motorcycle operator for not wearing a helmet  based on the mere possibilty the operator or passenger may not be exempt from the requirement to wear a helmet. Police must possess facts rising to the level of reasonable suspicion that the operator or passenger is required to wear a helmet and is violating the requirements, according to the Michigan State Police Legal Update.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Another Two Milwaukee Police Officers Fired By Chief Flynn

Chief Flynn has terminated at least four officers, since early May.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 9, 2012

Milwaukee - On Monday, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn announced that two more officers had been fired from the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), totaling at least four for the month of May. One of the Officers is Danielle Scott, 22, who was on a probationary period before becoming a permanent officer was arrested on May 4, and charged for obstructing an officer and providing false information on a homicide investigation. Chief Flynn decided to terminate Officer Scott after he "lost confidence in the ability to serve with MPD" and for being unfit to become an permanent officer resulting from the pending case against Scott. Flynn has the sole discretion to fire any officer during their one year probationary period without just cause, according to a news release by the MPD Source.
Officer Scott was hired as a police aide in February 2009 and became a Police Officer in October 2011. She graduated from the Police Academy in March 2012, according to Flynn.
The second officer terminated by Chief Flynn was Milwaukee Police Sergeant Christopher Gull, 44, a 16-year veteran in the department. Sgt. Gull who was assigned to the Technical Communications Division was fired on May 1, for displaying sexually explicit photos and making inappropriate comments to co-workers and subordinates while on duty. Gull's behavior violated the MPD Code of Conduct and was disciplined resuling in his termination from the department.
The third officer is Richard Schoen, 42, a nine year veteran with the department who was also fired on May 1, after an internal investigation found that he beat and stomped on a female prisoner on September 22, 2011 in the back of his squad car while she was handcuffed.
Schoen punched the female prisoner in the face, removed her from the squad by her hair and struck her to the body with his knee, while she was handcuffed in the squad. Schoen conducted a traffic stop of the woman at 9 p.m. in the 4100 block of N. 51st Blvd. The driver became argumentative and used profanity, resulting in her arrest.
Upon arrival at the Police District 7 garage, the prisoner began to stomp her left leg on the floor of the squad and yelled that her leg hurt. Schoen opened the rear passenger door and attempted to pull the prisoner out by the bottom of her shirt. He then entered the rear passenger compartment and struck her in the face. He grabbed her hair and pulled her from the squad. Once on the ground, Schoen delivered a knee strike to the prisoner’s stomach, according to the MPD Source.
Schoen is appealing his termination with the Fire and Police Commission.
Officer Yoron Whitfield, 44, a 21 year veteran with the department was terminated on May 1, for driving under the influence of alcohol. He tested  0.12 blood-alcohol concentration just above the legal limit on February 4.
In March 2011, Whitfield was taken into custody after losing control of his vehicle and ending up in Lincoln Creek. He tested a 0.18 of blood-alcohol concentration. He had a .40 handgun in his possession when the incident occurred. Whitfield was convicted for that drunk driving incident in July 2011.
Chief Flynn admitted that at least 16 officers have been suspended for various department violations, which involved claiming hourly wages they did not earned and doing other unrelated activity while working at the Milwaukee County Jail and Criminal Justice facility.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Final Recall Election Showdown Between Walker vs. Barrett For Wisconsin's Governorship Title

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Wisconsin Conceal Carry voting block, which has more than 100,000 permit holders could decide the next governor of Wisconsin.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 8, 2012

Madison - On Tuesday, both Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democrat challenger Tom Barrett won the Recall Primary Election and now move forward for the General Recall Election on June 8. Also, Lieutenant Rebecca Kleefisch (R) who didn't have a Republican challenger will face off with challenger Mahion Mitchell, a Madison Firefighter. If Mitchell defeats Lt. Governor Kleefisch, he will become the first Afro-American to become Lieutenant Governor in Wisconsin.
If Barrett defeats Walker in June, Walker will be the first state governor to lose a recall election. Walker became the first governor to face a recall in Wisconsin's history.
Barrett is the current Mayor of Milwaukee who was defeated by Walker in the 2010 election for governor. He hopes to unseat Governor Walker in June, but Barrett has been anti-Wisconsin Conceal Carry (WCC).
The Wisconsin Department of Justice has reported that more than 100,000 law abiding residents of the state have acquired their permits to carry concealed weapons in the state. The Republican controlled legislature approved the WCC law and Governor Walker signed it into law.
The WCC permit holders have become a voting block and if Barrett continues to be anti-WCC, he might be defeated once again by Walker, if the WCC voters decide to support Walker. Barrett would have to support the current WCC law to win most of those WCC voters and could add enough votes to pull the defeat over Walker.
A decision Barrett would have to make soon to win over those votes. At previous gun shows in the state, Governor Walker supporters have  announced that Barrett is anti-WCC and Walker is pro-WCC.
Governor Walker is being recall for eliminating most collective bargaining rights from most state employees. He also cut $800 million from public school funding and repealed in-state tuition for undocumented students attending state universities and colleges.

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La Tosca, Zeta Female Leader And Alleged Mass Killer Arrested In Nuevo Leon, Mexico

María Guadalupe Jiménez López, aka, "La Tosca"

Female Zeta leader implicated in 20 homicides.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 8, 2012

Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico - On Tuesday, Mexican authorities reported the arrest of María Guadalupe Jiménez López, 26, aka, "La Tosca" who is accused of leading a Zeta cell in Nuevo León. Jorge Domene Zambrano, Spokesman for the Nuevo León Investigatiion Agency (AEI) announced that on May 1, López and six members of the Zetas had been taken into custody in the municipality of Guadalupe. The were stopped by AEI agents when they were spotted driving a stolen vehicle without license plates in the Guadalupe Victoria neigborhood.
Those arrested with López were Raúl Hernández Martínez Muñoz, 20, aka, "El Negro," César Alberto Urbina Rodríguez, 18, aka, "El Pippen," Miguel Ángel Salas Valdés, 26, aka, "El Miqui," Julia Alcantar Briseño, 49, Perla Cecilia Hernández Alcantar, 18, and Virginia Elizabeth Galván Alcantar, 30. The three woman worked at a bar in Guadalupe, according to Zambrano.
López and the six suspects allegedly were involved and are expected to be charged with multiple homicides, kidnappings, extortion and the distribution of drugs in the region.
López allegedly extorted money from 14 businesses and in return her group provided protection.
López is also believed to have participated in 20 homicides and in the death of a law enforcement investigator Antonio Montiel Álvarez. López and two members of the Zetas managed to kill Álvarez during an ambuse while he patrolled an area, according to the criminal complaint.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

MPD Chief Flynn Fires Officer For Striking Handcuffed Female Suspect While Inside A Squad Vehicle

Police Officer Schoen, a nine year veteran with the Milwaukee Police Department has been fired by Chief Flynn for using excessive force on a prisoner.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 7, 2012

Milwaukee - On Monday, the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) Source reported that Edward Flynn, Police Chief had officially fired Officer Richard Schoen, 42, for using excessive force on May 1, in connection with striking a female suspect while handcuffed and sitting behind a squad car. The department described the incident as "a violation of the core value of restraint, as described in the department’s Code of Conduct."
The MPD Source report stated, that "on September 22, 2011, at 9:18 p.m., Schoen punched a prisoner in the face, removed her from the squad by her hair and struck her to the body with his knee, while she was handcuffed in the squad. Schoen conducted a traffic stop of the woman at 9 p.m. in the 4100 block of N. 51st Blvd. The driver became argumentative and used profanity, resulting in her arrest.
"Upon arrival at the District 7 garage, the prisoner began to stomp her left leg on the floor of the squad and yelled that her leg hurt. Schoen opened the rear passenger door and attempted to pull the prisoner out by the bottom of her shirt. He then entered the rear passenger compartment and struck her in the face. He grabbed her hair and pulled her from the squad. Once on the ground, Schoen delivered a knee strike to the prisoner’s stomach," according to the MPD Source.

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Sergeant Wentzel Resigns From Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department After Feds Filed Child Porno Charges

Philip H. Wentzel

Deputy Sergeant had been charged for producing child porno and molesting three young girls ranging as young as 6 to 14-years-old.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 7, 2012

Milwaukee - On Monday, Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department Captain Scott Stiff announced in a news release that Deputy Sergeant Philip "Phil" H. Wentzel, 44, had resigned from the department effective May 7. Last week, Sergeant Wentzel was charged in a federal indictment for drugging young girls ranging in ages from 6 to 14 years of age at the Campbellsport campground in Fond du Lac County and then video taping them while performing sexually explicit acts, including taking photos of them while drugged. So far, three of the victims have been identified.
Wentzel then shared the videos and images with others in the child porno internet trade. Most of the sexual assault images of the young girls were traced to two locations that were pinned down by the feds through computer ID account locations. He began sharing the child porno with other men in April 2011, according to the criminal complaint.
Wentzel was connected to producing child porno when feds raided a home in Denver in July 2011. Several of Wentzel's computer ID accounts were discovered to be sharing videos and images with the Denver location and its user.
Wentzel had been producing child porno, since two years ago. He filed for a divorce from his wife last year.
If convicted, Wentzel is facing from 15 to 30 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Alazán de Huetamo Headlines Cinco de Mayo Celebration At Chavez Drive In Milwaukee

Photos: HNG

Two day Cinco de Mayo held on Chavez Drive.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 5, 2012

Milwaukee - On Saturday, Carlos Alberto Rios-Maldonado, best known as El Alazán de Huetamo and his show of horses made a special presentation at the first annual Cinco de Mayo local festival at the Club International parking lot on S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive. El Alazán began his career in 1999 as a song writer, singer and showcases his horses during his singing performances at shows and festivals in both Mexico and the U.S. He is originally from Michoacan, Mexico, but on Facebook he added Chicago as the city where he currently lives.
El Alazán has recorded at least six CD's in his career.
Hundreds of people attended the two day outdoor festival at the 900 block of S. Chavez Drive, despite 50 degree weather on both days.
The entrance to the festival had no cover, several groups and bands performed during the outdoor event. Mexican food, crafts and beer was also available at the event.
The Cinco de Mayo is celebrated to recognize the May 5, 1862 Battle of Puebla in Mexico. A poorly equiped army of Mexican peasants defeated the mighty French army, which wanted to form an independent French empire in Mexico.
Today, the Cinco de Mayo day celebrations have become more commercialized in the U.S. and adds to the contemporary  recognition of the Mexican-American culture, its roots and traditional foods, music and dances.

El Alazán de Huetamo mounted on one of his trained horses.

Photo: HNG

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