Wednesday, June 27, 2012

MATC Board Committee Selects Nine To Serve On Board

José G. Pérez

Nine new MATC District Board candidates selected and final approval of nominations to be confimed by July.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 27, 2012

Milwaukee -  On Wednesday, Michael L. Burke, Ph.D., President of the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) announced through a staff e-mail that members of the MATC District Board Appointment Committee had met earlier in the week and selected nine individuals who will serve on the college’s District Board. Burke wrote that at least 20 people had applied, but only nine made the final cut. They would now have to be approved by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board when they meet in July.
Those selected were identified as:
  • Lauren Baker, Coordinator, Career and Technical Education Milwaukee Public Schools; MATC District Board member since 1995.
  • David Dull, President/CEO, Allis Roller, a machining and fabrication company in Franklin; served in leadership roles a manufacturers in New Hampshire, Arkansas, Illinois and Indiana.
  • Melanie C. Holmes, Vice President, World of Work Solutions; ManPower Group; MATC District Board member since 2008.
  • Michael Katz, President, Molded Dimensions; MATC District Board member since 2010.
  • Graciela Maizonet, Machine Builder and Repairer, Master Lock employed at Master Lock since 1979; active in Master Lock’s Community Services Committee in Milwaukee’s Metcalfe Park Neighborhood.
  • José G. Pérez, Milwaukee 12 District Alderman, who previously worked for City Department of Developement in Milwaukee, AFL-CIO and Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH).
  • Kurt J. Wachholz, Superintendent, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District; has spent 33 years in WA-WM District; helped develop several advanced standing and articulation agreements with MATC.
  • Bobbie Webber, Union Liaison/Sales Representative, Dental Associates; MATC District Board member since 2003.
  • Ann Wilson, Manager, Hillside Family Resource Center; MATC District Board member since 2006.
They replaced the following District Board members who concluded their service this year. Peter Earle, Tom Michalski Dr. Rick Monroe and Fred Royal showed exemplary dedication to the college and our students, Burke said in his Wednesday's announcement.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Three Of Arizona's SB 1070 Immigration Enforcement Provisions Struck Down By U.S. Supreme Court

Governor Janice K. Brewer

Provision allowing police to check immigration status of suspected illegals that commit illegal acts stands, but states exercising such provision would have to clarify implementation.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 25, 2012

Washington, D.C. - On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court on a vote of 4-3 invalidated most of Arizona's SB 1070 enforcement immigration law. The court decided to leave the provision (Section 2(B)) allowing for police enforcement to check the legal status of suspected illegal immigrants when arrested for a crime or traffic violation up to state courts to review its implementation and left it opened for a future legal challenge.
The court struck down Arizona's warrantless arrest for persons committing a public offense and being undocumented, making it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and not registering under the federal alien-registration requirement, making it a state crime to search for employment and work. The court ruled those provisions were preempted by federal law.
Governor Jan Brewer (R) in Arizona, viewed the decision as a victory. Brewer said, that it was a "victory for the rule of law...After more than two years of legal challenges, the heart of SB 1070 can now be implemented in accordance with the U.S. Constitution." She expects further legal challenges to continue against the provision that allows officers to ask the legal status of illegal immigrants when arrested for illegal acts.
Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Charles Gonzalez (D-TX) in a news release stated, "Today, the Supreme Cour clearly directed the State of Arizona, and states with similar anti-immigrant laws, that immigration is in the exclusive purview of the federal government. Now, more than ever, it is clear that our country needs real, permanent solutions and that Congress must pass comprehensive immigration reform.
“When three out of four provisions of a state’s law are struck down, it obviously can’t be viewed as a victory for the state. Nor can an unconstitutional law be used a model for the nation, as Governor Mitt Romney suggested. The fact the Romney has said that as president he would not even challenge Arizona’s law, shows what a sad direction our country’s immigration laws would go under his administration."

U.S. Supreme Court ruling Arizona v. United States (PDF) at: http://tinyurl.com/7dcjsjs

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mexico's PGR Confirmed, Guzmán Salazar El Chapo's Son Remains A Fugitive From Justice

Felíx Beltrán León

PGR confirmed, Guzmán Salazar remains at large and is was wanted in the U.S. for conspirarcy to smuggle cocaine and heroin.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 24, 2012

Mexico City - On Friday, the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) confirmed in a news release that Mexican Marines had actually arrested Felíx Beltrán León instead of Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar as previously announced by the Secretary of the Navy (Semar). Semar apparently on Thursday made a mistake and believed that the suspect they had in custody was one of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera's sons. El Chapo, the kingpin for the Sinaloa Cartel is also wanted by the PGR and the U.S. government.
Semar has not officially confirmed, if Beltrán León was arrested by marines instead of Guzmán Salazar.
In a news conference, Eladia León Vega, an attorney and mother of Beltrán León acknowleged that her son was mistakenly identified as Guzmán Salazar. She requested for the PGR to release her son. The PGR said, they will continue to hold Beltrán León to determine, if he is involved with a criminal organization.
Along with Beltrán León, the marines also arrested Kevin Daniel Beltrán Rios, 19, his stepbrother. They confiscated, two weapons, four granades, $135,000 U.S. and $295,000 pesos ($22,692 U.S.), multiple ID's and two vehicles from both Beltrán León and Rios.
Guzmán Salazar is still at large and remains a fugitive. He is the son of María Alejandrina Salazar Hernández and the infamous Sinaloa Cartel druglord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera.
Guzmán Salazar had been indicted in a federal court in April 2009 and then he was also indicted again in Illinois on 2011 for conspirarcy to smuggle multiple kilograms of drugs. Guzmán Salazar was in charge of coordinating the smuggling of cocaine and heroin into the U.S. for the Sinaloa Cartel.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Unique Bicycle Chopper Trike Roams Milwaukee Southside Streets

Wesley Poytinger posed to show his eye catching trike.

Photos: HNG

Home made trike can reach up to 40.2 miles an hour.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 22, 2012

Milwaukee - On Friday, Wesley Poytinger stopped at a local gas station in the 3000 block of W. Lincoln Ave. to gas up for only $2.00 worth of gas. It wasn't a usual vehicle fill it up, but a OCC Chopper Schwinn Stingray trike, as Poytinger described it.
The trike drew interest from people at the station because it has a rear motorized trailer type attacked to the trike. It has a distinct sound much like a lawn mower, but a thicker rumble and can reach of up to 40.2 mph, according to Poytinger.
It took Poytinger about 53 days to custom built the trike and one day for the attacked rear trailer.
The mechanics and technology used to built it is very unique and for the motor to actually push Poytinger along the streets of Milwaukee's south side is astonishing.
Poytinger says, he hasn't had any problems with local police for riding the trike on streets.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

$62.5 Million Claim Filed In U.S. Against ATF, ICE And FBI For ICE HSI Special Agent Zapata's Death In Mexico

Jaime J. Zapata

A wrongful death claim filed states, three U.S. law enforcement agencies were negligent, failed to follow policies and procedures resulting in ICE HSI Special Agent Zapata's death in Mexico.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 21, 2012

Brownsville - On Wednesday, the parents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata, 32, of Brownsville and ICE HSI Special Agent Victor Avila of El Paso filed wrongful death notices of claim totalling $62.5 million against three federal law enforcement agencies in the death of Zapata and injuries sustained by Avila on February 15, 2011 in Mexico. Both Zapata and Avila, the driver were travelling to Monterrey to pick up some equipment on an amored SUV when they were intercepted and attacked by members of the Zeta Cartel. The door locks of the SUV malfunctioned and automatically opened allowing the Zetas to get access into the vehicle killing Zapata and injuring Avila. The agents were not armed.
The lawsuit claims, government supervisors for the ICE agents required them to travel to Monterrey, Mexico to pick up equipment, despite the danger it posed for U.S. agents. The weapon used to killed Zapata was apparently bought by a strawbuyer (someone who buys a weapon for someone else) in Texas and then it was allowed to be illegally transported into Mexico under U.S. surveillance. The feds were following the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico to monitor who got the weapons. The weapon used to kill Zapata was lost in Mexico and ended up in possession of the Zetas.
The claim holds the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation negligent resulting in wrongdoing for violating their own policies and procedures.
Zapata's parents, Mary M. Zapata and Amador Zapata Jr. and the estate of Jaime J. Zapata are claiming a combined $50 million and Avila is claiming $12.5 million, according to the wrongfull death claim filed in federal court.
Feds charged Julian Zapata Espinoza, aka"El Piolin," a Mexican national in connection with Zapata's homicide. Espinoza was extradited from Mexico in December 20, 2011.
On April 19, a federal grand jury returned a four count felony indictment against Espinoza. Espinoza was charged with one count of murder of an officer or employee of the United States, for the homicide of ICE HSI Special Agent Zapata and one count of attempted murder of ICE HSI Special Agent Avila and one count of using, carrying brandishing and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death.
A successful and legal U.S. prosecution of Espinoza is still in the process, since Zapata's murder occurred in Mexico.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Leonel Pulido, Accordion Player For The Roberto Pulido y Los Clasicos Band Passed Away In Texas

Leonel Pulido

Photo: Facebook

Leonel was considered one of the best regional Tejano music style accordion players in the profession and entertainment industry.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 20, 2012

McAllen, Texas - On Tuesday, Leonel Pulido, 67, the accordion player for the Roberto Pulido y Los Clásicos Tejano band passed away. Leonel was Roberto Pulido's uncle.
He was reported to have suffered a heart failure and was being transported to the Edinburg Regional Medical Center.
Leonel died enroute to the hospital at about 10:45 p.m., according to Facebook postings in the area and the Roberto Publido y Los Clásicos Facebook page.
Leonel was born in La Palmita, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and lived most of his life in Elsa, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Nieves Pulido of Elsa and family, including grandchildren.

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Castellon Sentenced To Nearly 20 Years In A Federal Prison For Possession Of Explicit Child Porno

Domingo Castellon

Photo: Fort Worth Police Department

Castellon had over 2,000 images of child pornography and multiple videos in thumb drives.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 20, 2012

Fort Worth, Texas - Last Friday, Domingo Castellon, 56, of Fort Worth was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to 19 years and seven months in a federal prison. Castellon was convicted in March after pleading guilty to one count of possession of a visual image showing a minor in an explicit sexual act, reported to U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem also from the Northern District of Texas, prosecuted the case, according to Saldaña.
On January 23, Fort Worth police arrested Castellon for possession of drug paraphernalia. During booking and processing at the police station, officers discovered three thumb drives in Castellon's front pants pocket. When officers opened the thumb drives in a computer, they found at least 2,000 images and multiple videos of child porno downloaded on them.
Police executed a warrant and were able to confiscate Castellon's home computer that was used to download the child pornography. Castellon admitted to police the thumb drives belonged to him.
The investigation was conducted by the Fort Worth Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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Ingram Charged With Petro Mart Gas Clerk's Homicide In Waukesha

Billy J. Ingram

Ingram's weapon matched markings left on spent bullet casings found at crime scene.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 20, 2012

Waukesha - On Tuesday, Billy J. Ingram, 20, was charged with three felony counts, first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery with use of force, possession of a firearm by a felon and one misdeamenor count for possesion of THC (marijuana) in connection with Nayyer M. Rana's murder at a local gas station. A $1 million dollar cash bond was set for Ingram.
Rana, 56, a Petro Mart gas station attendant on East Broadway was found murdered on May 29. Police were able to connect Ingram to the homicide. A weapon that Ingram had in his possession matched the markings left on the spent bullet casings.
The criminal complaint states, Ingram apparently killed Rana to steal cigarettes, cigars, an undetermined amount of money and the victim's cellphone.
If convicted on all counts, Ingram is facing life in prison without parole.  

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Monday, June 18, 2012

58-year-old Illegal Immigrant Pleads Guilty To Sexual Gratification With An Animal (Dog) In Milwaukee

Jose L. Mora

Diego

Undocument immigrant facing up to 21 months in prison for raping dog.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 18, 2012

Milwaukee - On Monday, Jose L. Mora, 58, pleaded guilty to three misdeamenors, one count each of sexual gratification with an animal (dog), intentional mistreatment of an animal and disorderly conduct. Under a plea agreement, the court dismissed Mora's three other charges of dognapping, sexual gratification with an animal and intentional mistreatment of an animal.
Mora an undocumented immigrant is facing deportation for his minor criminal offenses. He is facing up to 21 months in prison and $21,000 in fines or both.
Several U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were at Mora's plead hearing and after the trial, Mora was taken into custody for deportation proceedings. He was taken to the Dodge County Jail for deportation processing and on Tuesday will be returned to Milwaukee County.
Mora's sentencing court date is scheduled for July 2. He is expected to be deported after completing his sentence.
Maribel Sánchez-Murillo, the dog owner said, Mora's family doesn't understand why they are making a big deal about Mora raping her dog Diego. In certain isolated parts in the state of Michoacan, it's considered normal for men to use animals for sex where a shortage of women prevails. To other Mexican nationals, they consider the act of having sex with animals abnormal or a sickness, but to another part of the population it's an animal sex fetish that many try to ignore that it exists in farms and ranches in their region.
On March 9, Mora was taken into custody by Milwaukee police after Sánchez-Murillo, 29, filed a complaint alleging that she witnessed Mora raping her dog named "Diego" in a family garage at the 1500 block of S. 9th St. A video surveillance camera inside the garage was live stream and transmitted horrid and cruel images to an inside house monitor showing Mora forcing the 1-year-old German Shepherd to have sex with him.

Caution: The following five images are copies of the initial Jose L. Mora criminal complaint, which portrays disturbing and graphic details prompting a need to take precautions. Click on each image to enlarge.


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Canadian Armored-car Triple Murder Suspect Arrested At U.S. Border Crossing

Travis Baumgartner

Photo: Edmonton Police Service

Triple murder suspect was attempting to cross into the U.S. to avoid prosecution in Canada.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 18, 2012

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - On Monday, the Edmonton Police Service reported that homicide suspect Travis Baumgartner, 21, is expected back in Alberta to face three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder for last Friday's G4S Cash Solutions armored-car robbery. Baumgartner was arrested at the Lynden, Washington U.S.-Canada border while attempting to cross into the U.S.
U.S. Border Protection agents at the border discovered Baumgartner was wanted in Canada for murder and arrested him on Saturday shortly after 4:15 p.m. The suspect was driving a dark blue Ford F-150 truck and when border agents detained him and searched the rear section of the truck. They recovered a backpack with $334,000 in Canadian cash, the U.S. Border Protection agency reported.
The suspect was turned over to Canadian police on Saturday night, since no extradition order was required because he was stopped before entering the U.S. The suspect tried to use his Canadian license to cross over to the U.S., but was identified as a wanted triple murder suspect in Canada.
Baumgartner had been working at the G4S Cash Solutions company for only three months when he committed the robbery. He allegedly shot and killed three of his armored-car partners and critically wounded another while they were loading up bank money machines at the University of Alberta campus just after midnight on June 15. The victims were identified as Michelle Shegelski, 26, Eddie Rejano, 39, and Brian Ilesic, 35, who were found deceased at the scene and the other critically wounded victim Matthew Schuman was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The suspect then took the money and fled the scene.
Edmonton police confirmed that Baumgartner has been cooperating with the investigation, but the weapon (pistol) and bullet proof vest used in the robbery have not been located.
Baumgartner is facing three consecutive life sentences in prison, if convicted on the murder charges.

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Rodney King, 47, Found Dead In His Pool

Rodney King

Rialto police investigating King's dead. King's body found at the bottom of the pool in his home.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 18, 2012

Rialto, California - On Sunday, Rodney King, 47, was found dead in his pool, according to police. Police responded to an emergency call that King's body was discovered by his fiancée Cynthia Kelly around 5:25 a.m. in the bottom of his pool.
Kelly told police that King had been drinking and smoking marijuana late Saturday and when she woke up the next morning, King's body was in the pool, attempts to revive him failed and he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
King became famous after police in Los Angeles chased and then stopped him for a drunk driving incident on March 3, 1991. Police then beat King with batons for 15 minutes after he resisted and then tased him multiple times. The police beating was captured on videotape by a nearby witness. King was beaten between 53 to 56 times with wooden batons, one officer admitted he kicked King six times and another confessed to kicking King once.
Three L.A. officers and a supervisor were later acquitted from criminal charges sparking riots in California resulting in 55 deaths.
The officers acquitted were Theodore Briseño, Lourence Powell, Timothy Wind and Sergeant Stacey Koon. Powell and Koon were later convicted for civil rights violation in King's case and sentenced to 30 months in a federal prison.
King also won $4 million in a civil case against the officers and the City of Los Angeles.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Palermo's Pizza Posted Statement On Property That Unions Can't Change Immigration Status

Photos: HNG

Public statement place on Palermo Villa's property coincides with immigration policy.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 17, 2012

Milwaukee - On Saturday, a posted banner in front of Palermo's Pizza property at 3301 E. Canal St. seemed to portray the Palermo Villa, Inc. owners and its marketing director have finally come to realize unions can't change federal immigration laws or policy. The message Palermo Villa owners are attempting to convey read "A union will not change your immigration status. Only the right documents will."
The U.S. Congress reserves the right to pass and regulate immigrations laws. Most Americans do know that unions can't change immigration laws. But they can be very influential and instrumental in helping to change unfair immigration laws or policies affecting workers.
Palermo Villa is focusing on an issue, which can be construed as elementary. Who ever thought of the statement concerning unions not being able to change immigration status should be replaced for such an inept statement.
Palermo Villa owners could have used the banner space more efficiently to welcome business and to actually value their workerforce. Because without a fair contract for their employees and safe working conditions at the work place, Palermo will be facing difficult times ahead.
A national boycott was called for Parlermo's Pizza products. The employees went on strike late last month when Palermo Villa owners failed to recognized a Palermo workers union.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Certain Illegal Immigrant Children To Avoid Deportation Under New Policy, DHS Confirmed

Children illegally in the U.S. that pose no treat to national security and have been law abiding citizens will be granted work permits and stays from deportations.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 15, 2012

Washington, D.C. - The Obama administration unveiled a new immigration policy that partially enacts similar provisions from the DREAM Act just within five months before the November presidential election. President Barack Obama and his administration has deported more non-criminal undocumented immigrants than any other former president in U.S. history.
Republican federal legislators and the GOP say, the Obama administration is just trying to attract the Hispanic vote once again after failing to deliver a fair Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation when Democrats had control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, which President Obama had promised to do. The Republicans have rejected any type of immigration reform that provided amnesty for more than 12 million undocumented immigrants, including the DREAM Act for children brought to the U.S. by their parents. Border security and closing the border became the Republicans main driving issue to reject any measures for immigration reform laws.
The Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has made it clear that the issue of undocumented immigrants and their children brought into the U.S. at no fault of their own should be a long term solution by Congress and not a short term policy solution as Obama has enacted. If elected, Romney is most likely to void the new policy for low risk undocumented children and would engage in massive deportations of illegals, according to immigrant rights activists around the U.S.
Obama's new short term illegal immigrant stay and work policy for young adults would effect more than 800,000 illegal immigrants 30-years of age and younger who entered the country before the age of 16. Obama said, "it's the right thing to do," to help those brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents at no fault of their own.
Obama's short term stay and work immigration policy doesn't provide a pathway to citizenship for the young adults illegally in the country.
Obama from the White House Rose Garden addressed the new policy from the Department of Homeland Security aimed at making the nation’s immigration policy more fair and more efficient -- by removing the threat of deportation for young people who are low enforcement priorities.
Obama said, "Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.
Now, let's be clear -- this is not amnesty, this is not immunity.  This is not a path to citizenship.  It's not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people."
Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on PBS dot org said, "First of all, the DREAM Act was rejected by a Democratic Congress in 2010," and then criticized both President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano for adding "800,000 more people who are competing for jobs against Americans who have not broken the law. That is unfair to unemployed and underemployed Americans.
The principal problem facing our economy today is jobs. What the president is doing is flooding the job market with illegal immigrants that he is giving temporary work permits to. Not fair."
On Friday, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced in a news release that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and wil be eligible to apply for work authorization.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will continue to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a national security or public safety risk, including immigrants convicted of crimes, violent criminals, felons, and repeat immigration law offenders. Today’s action further enhances the Department’s ability to focus on these priority removals.
Under this directive, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, specifically deferred action on a case by case basis:

  • Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
  • Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  • Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
  • Are not above the age of thirty.

Only those individuals who can prove through verifiable documentation that they meet these criteria will be eligible for deferred action. Individuals will not be eligible, if they are not currently in the United States and cannot prove that they have been physically present in the United States for a period of not less than 5 years immediately preceding today’s date. Deferred action requests are decided on a case-by-case basis. DHS cannot provide any assurance that all such requests will be granted. The use of prosecutorial discretion confers no substantive right, immigration status, or pathway to citizenship. Only the Congress, acting through its legislative authority, can confer these rights.
While this guidance takes effect immediately, USCIS and ICE expect to begin implementation of the application processes within sixty days.
For individuals who are in removal proceedings and have already been identified as meeting the eligibility criteria and have been offered an exercise of discretion as part of ICE’s ongoing case-by-case review, ICE will immediately begin to offer them deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, according to Secretary Napolitano's news release.

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Chinese Family Planners Forced Abortion On A Seven Month Pregnant Woman To Enforce One-child Policy

Feng Jianmei layed in bed after the abortion, while her deceased baby was placed next to her by the medical staff.

Photo: All Girls Allowed

Pregnant woman couldn't afford to pay more than $6,270 ($40,000 yuan) in fines for second child and was forced to have an abortion.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 15, 2012

Zhenping County, China - World leaders and Chinese nationals have condemned the Chinese government practice of enforcing the One-child Policy by enducing abortions on low income mothers. On early June, a woman who became pregnant for a second time and was on her seven month of pregnancy was forced to abort her child.
The Chinese family planners in Shaanxi Province fined Feng Jianmei $6,270 ($40,000 yuan) for getting pregnant a second time. She couldn't afford to pay the fine and on June 2, five men from the planners office went to Jianmei's house and abducted her by force. They beat and dragging Jianmei from her home. Her husband, Deng Jiyuan says, that he was at work when the family planners took matters on their own and forced his wife to have an abortion at the Zhenping County Medical Center.
She was also forced to sign a consent form and they forcibily placed her ink thumb print on the form, according to Jianmei.
She was taken to a local medical center where the child received an injection with toxins in her brain the next day.
On the third day, the child was born dead, according to the Chinese Skynet Centre for Human Rights, who first reported the incident.
Jianmei's story spread through China's internet and generated condemnation for the One-child Policy and the family planners involved. The family planners are expected to conduct additional forced late term abortions this month, since they received a low grade from the Chinese government for failing to conduct pregnancy preventive measures in their province.
Chai Ling from the All Girls Allowed organization was able to speak to the couple and confirmed the forced abortion. After the injection, Jianmei endured painful contractions at the hospital until 3:00 a.m. local time on June 4. Then she gave birth to her deceased child without any anesthesia. "It was much more painful than my first childbirth. The baby was lifeless, and she was all purple and blue,” Jianmei said.
In 2009, more than 13 million abortions were reported each year by Chinese health officials. Women having abortions in China ranged in ages between 15 to 44.
China in the 1970's passed the One-child Policy to control their population of 1.3 billion. Ajazeera reported, Chinese health ministry data since 1971 showed, 336 million abortions were done, 196 million men and women were sterilized under the 1-child policy.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Editor's Body Found A Day After Being Kidnapped In Xalapa, Veracruz

Víctor Manuel Báez Chino

Photo:  Cambio Digital

The Milenio Xalapa editor was kidnapped on Wednesday night by a group of armed men.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 14, 2012

Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico - On  Thursday, the body of Víctor Manuel Báez Chino was discovered at about 5:00 a.m. near the Juárez Park in the Capitol city of Xalapa, according to the Veracruz State Attorney's General Office. Mexican federal authorities have also joined the homicide criminal investigation and indicated that members of a criminal organization had been involved in Báez Chino's murder. No one or any criminal entity has come forward to take credit in Báez Chino's death.
At least nine journalists, including Báez Chino have been reported killed in the state of Veracruz, according to state authorities.
Báez Chino, an editor for the daily Milenio El Portal de Xalapa who handled police news reports was reported missing around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The editor was kidnapped by three armed men near the Milenio offices. After taking Báez Chino, they fled the scene in a gray vehicle, according to the daily Milenio El Portal de Xalapa.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

22-year-old Suspect In Auburn's Triple Murder Held Without Bail In Alabama

Desmonte D. Leonard

Murder suspect turned himself in to U.S. Marshals on Tuesday, the Auburn Police Department reported.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 13, 2012

Auburn, Alabama - On Tuesday, at approximately 7:57 p.m. Desmonte D. Leonard, 22, turned himself in without incident to U.S. Marshals at the Federal Court House in Montgomery, Alabama, the Auburn Police Department reported. Leonard's surrender was negotiated by his defense attorney Susan James. James and the U.S. Marshals Service were able to agree that Leonard would turn himself in without any incident to assure a safe surrender. Media was not invited to record Leonard's surrender to federal authorities.
Leonard was transported from there to the Montgomery County Facility where he is currently being held without bond. He is charged with three counts of Capital murder and two counts of Assault in 2nd Degree.
On Saturday night, Leonard allegedly open fire with a weapon inside a University Heights apartment and hit multiple victims resulting from a dispute over a woman. When police arrived on the scene they located multiple gunshot victims. The victims were identified as Edward J. Christian, 20, of Valdosta, Georgia who was pronounced dead at the scene by Lee County Coroner Bill Harris. Two others, Ladarious K. Phillips, 20, of Roanoke, Alabama, and Demario A. Pitts, 20, of Opelika, Alabama, were taken to the East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) where they were later pronounced dead.
Three additional victims, Xavier D. Moss, 19, and John Q. Robertson, 20, both of Roanoke, Alabama, and Eric R. Mack, 20, of Cameron, South Carolina, were also taken to the EAMC for treatment of gunshot wounds. Moss was treated and released, while Mack was admitted to EAMC and Robertson was transferred to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama for treatment, according to police.
Both Christian and Phillips who died were former football players for Auburn University and Mack, a surviver is still listed as a football player at the university.
On Monday, Jeremy S. Thomas, 18, and Gabriel Thomas, 41, both of Montgomery were taken into custody in Montgomery by police on warrants for Hindering Prosecution in the 1st Degree. They are two of the three subpects, along with Leonard, who fled the scene following Saturday night shooting on West Drive.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Feds Busted Zeta Cartel Scheme Laundering Millions Through Tremor Enterprises For Horse Racing

José Treviño-Morales

Seven suspects taken into custody in connection with laundering money from the Zeta Cartel.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 12, 2012

Lexington, Oklahoma - On early Tuesday, several hundred U.S. federal agents raided both the Tremor Enterprises Ruidoso stables in New Mexico and the Oklahoma 70-acre Zule Farms of José Treviño-Morales, 45, and arrested him and his wife, Zulema Treviño, 38, in connection with operating an elaborate multi-million horse purchasing, breeding, training and racing operation with alleged Zeta Cartel funding, according to an unsealed federal indictment. José and Zulema owned Tremor Enterprises, LLC, which focused on horse racing. Tremor Enterprises was registered as a Domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) on November 30, 2009 with the Texas Secretary of State and identified José Treviño-Morales as the President and Director, with office location in Balch Springs, Texas. The Zule Farms (ranch) was named after his wife.
Feds confirmed that in 2008, both José who is a legal resident in the U.S. and his wife earned a combined income of $70,000 and in 2009, they earned a combined income of $60,000. In 2011, they were able to move to Oklahoma after purchasing the Zule Farms.
U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman from the Western District of Texas announced that another 12 suspects were also indicted and five suspects have been also taken into custody in Ruidoso, New Mexico, Los Angeles, California and Austin, Texas. The five suspects arrested were identified as, Fernando Solis Garcia, 29, of Ruidoso, New Mexico; Carlos Miguel Nayen Borbolla, 26, Adan Farias, 32, Felipe Alejandro Quintero, 28, all three from Los Angeles, CA and Eusevio Maldonado Huitron, 4I, of Austin, Texas.
Being sought are, Raul Ramirez, 20, of El Paso, Texas, Francisco Antonio Colorado Cessa, 51, of Veracruz, Mexico, Victor Manuel Lopez, 31, of Nuevo Laredo, Texas, Sergio Rogelio Guerrero Rincon, 40, of Mexico and Luis Gerardo Aguirre, 35, of Mexico.
The five suspects remained at large, including the second in command of the Mexican Zeta Cartel, Miguel Ángel Treviño-Morales, 38, aka, "40" and his brother, Oscar Omar Treviño-Morales, 36, aka, "42" believed to be in Mexico and are both brothers of José Treviño-Morales.
If convicted for conspiring to launder money, the suspects face up to 20 years in a federal prison.
The U.S. has offered $5 million reward for any information leading to the arrest of Miguel Ángel.
The federal indictment states, both Miguel and Oscar conspired to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars from illicit Zeta drug cartel sales from Mexico to Tremor Enterprises operated by José and his wife to be used for the purchasing, breeding, training and racing of American quarter horses in the U.S. The money laundering scheme began in 2008 and in 2010 a tip led federal authorities to investigate a $1 million dollar purchase of two prize quarter horses. The federal probe discovered that the Zeta Cartel had funneled about $1 million a month to Tremor Enterprises and other business fronts operated by José and other suspects named in the indictment.
The Zetas in Mexico had business owners invest and provide hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase horses from their bank accounts in Mexico, then the Zetas would reimburse them and the horses ownership would be transferred to Tremor Enterprises, according to the indictment.
Jose and his wife acquired more than 400 horses (stallions and mares) by using various clandestine business fronts in Texas, California, New Mexico and Oklahoma to hide their involvement and ownership.
Tremor Enterprises managed to win at least three major horse races totalling $2.5 million in winnings, according to the feds.

The indictment seeks the forfeiture of multiple quarter horses, including three that are prize winners. The feds provided care for about 384 horses and seized 41 horses, including the following.

  • Tempting Dash, who won more than $600,000 on October 24, 2009 in the Dash for Cash race at the Lone Star Park race track in Grand Praire, Texas.
  • Mr. Piloto, the $1 million winner of the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, NM on Labor Day, 2010.
  • Separate Fire, the $1 million winner of the Ed Burke Futurity at Los Alamitos, CA, 2011
  • Dashin Follies, who was purchased for $875,000 and Coronita Cartel.

The feds are seeking forfeiture of properties, including a farm and a ranch in Bastrop County, Texas, equipment and money from three bank accounts used in the Zeta Cartel money laundering scheme in the U.S. They are also seeking a judgement for $20 million that was generated from the scheme.

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Two Injured After Porch Collapsed Over The Weekend In Milwaukee's Southside

Damage porch remained in back yard after falling from upper level duplex.

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Two people were hospitalized after their upper level porched collapsed.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 12, 2012

Milwaukee - On Saturday, a couple ages between 43 to 52 were taken to a local hospital by a Fire Rescue crew for treatment after their porch fell. The couple were on the upper back level porch around 8:30 p.m. at 2240 S. 29th St. when it collapsed, according to a neighbor.
The woman suffered a injured right leg and was released and the man was reported injured in the right arm.
The neighbor said, he was outside by the alley when he heard the porch collapsed. Another nearby neighbor said, she heard the injured couple frantically screaming for help.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Palermo's Pizza Workers Uphold Union Organizing Rights In Private Sector Despite Governor Walker's State Union Busting

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Union organizing in the private sector becomes the new battle ground for Wisconsin union workers at Palermo's Pizza.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 11, 2012

Milwaukee - On Monday, a press conference was held by public officials, religious groups, union representatives and Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) calling for a national boycott of Palermo's Pizza products. It began as a statewide boycott last week and has gained enough support nationally to make Palermo Villa the new battle ground or epicenter for private sector union organizing in Wisconsin.
Last week Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker (R) defeated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett for a second time in the historical Recall Walker election. Democrats and union organizers wanted to remove Walker from office for approving Act 10, which eliminated union bargaining rights for most state public employees. Governor Walker will finish his term, but the Democrats took control of the Wisconsin State Senate by a margin of 17-16.
From last week's recall election to January 2013 no major legislative bills are expected to be introduced in the legislature, which Republicans still remain in control of the State Assembly. The August primaries and the November Presidential elections will define whether Republicans regain control of the legislature and if Wisconsin will become a "Right to Work" and Red state.
One of Palermo Villa owners donated $5,000 to Walker's campaign. Governor Walker and his administration has been promoting big business and have provided a billion in tax credits to corporations in the state. Walker has remained silent about the Palermo's Pizza strike and boycott of its products.
The Riverwest Co-Op Grocery & Cafe became the first to announced that it has pulled all Palermo's Pizza products from its location until Palermo Villa allows their employees to freely organize a union.
Palermo's Pizza workers went on strike about ten days ago for health and safety concerns and union busting tactics by Palermo Villa owners. The striking workers became the first private sector employees to organize a Palermo union after Governor Walker eliminated the collective union bargaining rights in the state for most public workers.
About 80% of the Palermo's Pizza employees who are mostly Hispanic petitioned to form a union at Palermo Villa. The company declined to recognized the employee union and began to use union busting tactics such as engaging in an immigration work place audit, replacing striking workers with temperary workers and continued a long practice of limiting days that a worker can take when getting sick, forcing employees to work and prepare food while sick or get terminated.
Fox6Now dot com reported Chris Dresselhuys, Palermo's Marketing Director had stated, that Palermo's Pizza notified VDLF of a pending I-9 forms audit requested by ICE in February 2011 to verify employees eligibility to work in the U.S. About 89 of 450 employees were targeted by the ICE audit. Palermo Villa requested VDLF to help the employees, according to Dresselhuys. But VDLF claims that it was Palermo Villa workers that requested their help in the strike after Palermo management engaged in immigration work audit intimidation to keep employees from organizing a union and seeking a safe work environment, including a fair labor contract to work at Palermo Villa.
Dresselhuys claimed VDLF allegations of ICE intimidation "level against Palermo's are categorically false," Fox6Now reported. He told media outlets that if all of the employees want a union, Palermo Villa would recognize a union. Only 30% of the employees are actually needed to form a union, according to the National Labor Relations Board. Palermo Villa management have not shown any attempt to resolve the union issue.
Attorneys from both sides have met, but no definate agreement or any labor contract negotiations have been initiated, VDLF confirmed.
Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed that they had suspended any immigration or employment audit at Palermo Villa as a result of the strike.
So far, Palermo Villa has shut down three production lines and has kept two lines operating for both the 1st and 2nd shift's and the 3rd shift is kept for cleanup and maintenance work crews.
More than 150 Palermo's Pizza workers went on strike after Palermo Villa, Inc. refused to recognize their union late last month. "Workers state that threats of termination and immigration audits began almost immediately after workers attempted to form a union in order to address safety concerns," VDLF reported.
The employees have filed a union petition with the National Labor Relations Board citing that Palermo Villa is in violation of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, which allows union organizing recognition, if 30% of employees decide to form a credited union.
Palermo's Pizza employees on Monday demanded for Palermo Villa to recognize their union, a fair labor contract, to re-instate all terminated employees due to the strike and safe working conditions. Employees will elect Palermo union representatives on July 6, according to VDLF.
VDLF stated that, Palermo's health and safety record is a major problem. Palermo's Pizza has paid $7,000 in fines to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for unsafe working conditions. In the past four years, Palermo’s has been responsible for three separate incidents of worker amputation.
In two of these incidents OSHA fined Palermo Villa for their role in maintaining dangerous work environments. These are significant penalties and indicative of an extremely unsafe working environment.

Multiple union supporters and local activists known as the Overpass Light Brigade stand with a boycott sign in front of the Palermo's Pizza Milwaukee plant at 3301 W. Canal St. on Monday evening.
Jenna Pope, one of the activist and organizers said, their group takes an issue affecting the community and they make lighted signs to portray a message. The last lighted sign exhibited in an overpass in Milwaukee was "Recall Walker" and the latest "Boycott" for Palermo Villa stike and boycott.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Evans Targeted By Milwaukee County D.A. Probe For Misuse Of Funds At Sheriff's Detention Services Bureau

Nancy Evans

Sheriff's Department and the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office investigating Major Evans alleged misappropriation of funds geared for the County Detention Services Bureau.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 10, 2012

Milwaukee - The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Fran McLaughlin has confirmed that Major Nancy Evans from the Sheriff's Office had been suspended with pay on May 25 by Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. Major Evans joined the department in 1997 and this year, Sheriff Clarke Jr. promoted Evans to manage the County Detention Services Bureau, which includes electronic monitoring of inmates, court services and both the Milwaukee County Jail and the County Correctional Institute-South in Franklin.
An internal investigation by the sheriff's department and a county audit into alleged misappropriation of funds at the jail and corrections facility in Franklin led to Evans suspension and paid leave pending the outcome of the case. McLaughlin didn't confirm how much money was involved, but sources at the county indicated it could total in the 10's of thousands of dollars.
No criminal charges have been filed against Major Evans in the probe. The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office is reviewing allegations against Evans, but has not released any information about the investigation.

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Eugene Had No Human Flesh In Stomach After Chewing Off Homeless Man's Face Autopsy Revealed

(L-R) Rudy Eugene and Ronald Poppo

The Dade County Medical Examiner confirmed, no human flesh was found in suspect's stomach.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 10, 2012

Miami - A preliminary autopsy report by the Dade County Medical Examiner released to police investigators indicated that Rudy Eugene, 31, who was killed by an officer while mauling a homeless man's face off had no flesh in his stomach, according to the Miami Herald Newspaper. The autopsy stated, several undigested pills were found, but couldn't determined the source or identity of the pills. The report also says, Eugene was missing his two front teeth, had flesh between his teeth and THC (marijuana) was found in his blood.
The autopsy report is expected to be released after the fatal shooting investigation of Eugene is concluded, which will take up to a year, according to the Miami Herald.
Police found flesh on the ground near the flesh eating frenzie scene that prompted an officer to shoot Eugene multiple times killing him inorder to stop his attack on Ronald Poppo, 65 on May 26. Both Eugene and Poppo were found naked near the Miami Herald Newspaper building.
Poppo remains in critical condition and had most of his facing missing, including his nose and mouth. 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.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Suspect Sought In Two Bank Robberies In Milwaukee

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Suspect connected to two bank robberies.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 9, 2012

Milwaukee - On Friday, police responded to the North Shore Bank at the 4200 block of W. Oklahoma Ave. around 9:13 a.m. after a suspect robbed the bank. A black male suspect wore a multi-color wig with shoulder lenght blonde wig.
The suspect walked into the bank and took an undetermined amount of money. He also tried to take money from a female customer when she resisted, the robber ripped the money from her hand and took half of it. He then fled to the parking and then a red dye detonated on him or might have exploded inside his bag.
Police described the suspect as a black male between the ages of 30 to 40-years-old, 5′ to 5’4″ tall, medium build and had a three day old beard with salt and pepper in color, according to the Milwaukee Police Department Source.
He wore a black baseball cap with a Nike swish on the front, dark sunglasses, and a black hooded sweatshirt with three letters on the front – the center letter appears to be a “C.” The letters are maroon with a white outline.
The suspect is also wanted for the robbery of the Tri City National Bank, at the 3300 block of S. 27th St. on May 29 at 11: 53 a.m.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Police Detective Gomez Jr. Won't Face Criminal Charges, Milwaukee County DA Confirmed

Rodolfo Gomez Jr.

Detective Gomez Jr. was released from the Milwaukee County jail after spending more than a day in custody without bail pending alleged charges.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 8, 2012

Milwaukee - On Friday, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office (DA) decided not to charge Milwaukee Police Detective Rodolfo Gomez Jr., 45, citing it didn't have enough evidence to pursue criminal charges. Gomez Jr. was released in late afternoon, after no charges were filed by the DA.
The Milwaukee Police Department hasn't confirmed, if the department would lift his suspension. The department can take disciplinary action against Gomez Jr. without being charged with a crime. If Chief Flynn decides that Gomez Jr. in fact violated department policy by his actions while off-duty, he could recommend dismissal for Gomez Jr.
On Thursday Police Chief Edward Flynn had announced that Gomez Jr. had been arrest around 4:59 a.m. for an off-duty incident involving allegations of disorderly conduct and sexual assault at his residence. Gomez Jr. is a 10 year veteran in the department and currently is assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau. He was suspended with pay pending the outcome of the internal investigation case.
Gomez Jr. a board member of the Milwaukee Police Association is being held without bail and is facing criminal charges. He was taken into custody by police, according to Chief Edward Flynn.

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Milwaukee Detective Gomez Jr. Arrested And Suspended From Job Pending Criminal Charges

Rodolfo Gomez Jr.

Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn announced the arrest of a detective involved in a sexual assault incident at his residence.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 8, 2012

Milwaukee - On Thursday, Milwaukee Police Detective Rodolfo Gomez Jr., 45, was arrest around 4:59 a.m. for an off-duty incident involving allegations of disorderly conduct and sexual assault at his residence. Gomez Jr. is a 10 year veteran in the department and currently is assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau. He was suspended with pay pending the outcome of the internal investigation case.
Gomez Jr. a board member of the Milwaukee Police Association is being held without bail and is facing criminal charges. He was taken into custody by police, according to Chief Edward Flynn.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pérez Charged For Vazquez Hit and Run Death

Luis Omar Pérez

Hit-and-run suspect admitted to hitting Vazquez Jr. on Memorial Day weekend.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 7, 2012

Milwaukee - On Thursday, Luis Omar Pérez, 32, was charged with one felony count of hit-and-run involving death for the May 26 injuries sustained by Gilbert L. Vazquez Jr., 25, who later died on May 31. Pérez is facing up to 25 years in prison, if convicted. A judge set $20,000 cash bail for Pérez.
Vazquez Jr. was walking near the 1600 block of W. Mitchell Street when Pérez crashed into him and then fled the scene.
The criminal complaint states, Pérez told his girlfriend that Vazquez Jr. had stepped in front of his moving vehicle and he couldn't avoid hitting him. Pérez got scared, didn't stop and fled. He later heard on the news that Vazquez Jr. had died in a hospital.
Police had wanted to talk with him and asked him to come in. Pérez then decided to confess about the hit-and-run incident to police.

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Palermo Villa Forced To Shutdown Three Pizza Production Lines Due To Employee Strike

Daniel Caamano

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Palermo's employees on the picket line continue to strike and demand union rights to organize at the plant.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 7, 2012

Milwaukee - On Thursday, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. has learned exclusively that Palermo Villa executives have been forced to shut down three pizza production lines from the existing five lines for 1st and 2nd shifts, leaving the entire third shift for cleanup and maintenance work. Attorneys representing both sides have been in contact and are trying to solve differences between Palermo Villa owners and the employees who decided to go on strike since last week.
Employees called for a statewide boycott of Palermo's Pizza products on Tuesday. The boycott is steadily gaining support in the south side of Milwaukee and is spreading throughout the city and other parts of the state.
The employees on the picket line claim, Palermo's Pizza, 3301 W. Canal St. have forced ill employees to work or get fired after taking three days of leave to get well. Employees who get sick are at risk of contaminating the food production at Palermo's and they have been trying to get additional days to recuperate from an illness.
They are also attempting to form an employee union, but Palermo Villa management has threaten employees with termination, if they join the picket line. There are about 130 employees at the plant.
Temperary services have been trying to provide workers, but many of them don't return after experiencing the hard work at the plant. Temperary workers are paid $7.50 an hour by the agencies compared to local employees who get between $9.00 to $13.00 and hour depending on seniority or years of employment at Palermo's Pizza located in the Menomonee Valley.
Daniel Caamano, an employee at Palermo's Pizza for 10 years decided to help organize a union and found himself on the picket line after the company refused to negiotiate or recognize a union when 80% of the employees petitioned for one. Caamano was an experience machine operator and was injured on the job. He injured his back at work and received medical treatment totaling more than $6,000. When he submitted his medical bill and paper work for the treatment, Palermo's Pizza failed to cover any medical bills and expenses, despite having Caamano insured at the plant. He is now seeking legal advice to take action against Palermo Villa.
Employees at the picket line are seeking better working conditions, sick leave, higher wages, benefits and to be able to form a credited workers union at the company.
They have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board that Palermo Villa has refused to regognize their effort to form a union. The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 requires companies to recognize a union, if 30% of employees petition for a company to recognize their union. Which Palermo Villa has failed to do, according to employees at the picket line.
A meeting will be taking place on Thursday night to discuss any portential agreements that Palermo's attorneys have proposed, if any. The employees plan to stay out as long as it takes to remedy their current strike situation.
A Palermo's workers strike fund was created to help the striking employees.

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Ford SUV Where Multiple Charred Bodies Were Found In Arizona's Vekol Valley Registered To Missing Family

Conflicting reports made by both local and county authorities regarding five charred bodies found in Vekol Valley.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 7, 2012

Florence, Arizona - On Wednesday, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) reported in a news release that a Zeta hitman could be the prime suspect in the multiple homicide scene at Vekol Valley where five charred bodies were found in a smoldering Ford SUV by U.S. Border Patrol agents. The PCSO would not confirm, if in fact a Zeta Cartel hit took place last Saturday morning before 8:30 a.m., but made reference to other media reports indicating the possible connection citing a federal source.
The preliminary investigation report stated, the PCSO "Homicide Unit was called to the scene to investigate. The area had several shoe prints and also “sleepy feet” (shoes made of carpet remnants or burlap by smugglers to hide their footprints). It also appeared that an accelerant was used when the vehicle was torched as it and its contents were so badly burned."
PCSO also reported, it had received two different notifications of cases involving missing persons with Ford SUV's missing as well. The PCSO confirmed that on Saturday afternoon they received a call from an individual who didn't want to be identitied and indicated his brother-in-law, four others and their Ford SUV was missing and could be connected to the multiple homicide case. The individual told PCSO, "he feared his brother-in-law was among the dead. The brother-in-law had told him the night before that he was “going to Vekol Valley to make money.” The brother-in-law had left to Vekol Valley with four other acquaintances. Homicide detectives asked the reporting party if his brother-in-law was involved in drug or human smuggling and he said he didn’t get involved in his business but he “knows its illegal.” The reporting party said that when he tries to call his brother-in-law or his friends on their cell phones they go straight to voicemail."
PCSO says it knows the names of the family members involved including those who are missing, but PCSO has been asked to withhold the names as the family fears possible retaliation from the drug cartel.
The bodies have not been identified, but dental records would be used to identify the victims, according to PCSO.
The PCSO was also notified by the Tempe Police Department of a missing persons case they are working. The Tempe Police Department advised the PCSO that they had responded to a residence and the husband, wife and three children were all missing. All five individuals, James Butwin, 47, his wife, Yafit, 40, their children, Malissa, 16, Daniel, 14, and Matthew, 7, were confirmed missing along with their full size Ford SUV.
Local media is reporting that the Ford SUV found burned in the Vekol Valley and the bodies found are those of the Butwin family. Tempe police had confirmed on Tuesday, that the Ford SUV found burned in the Vekol Valley was registered to the Butwin residence and are treating the missing persons case as murder-suicide. But other local, state and federal authorities, including both the Pinal and Pima's County Medical Examiner's Office haven't confirmed the identities of the bodies, which will take up from two to six weeks to determine their identities and cause of death.
James Butwin and his wife were engaged in a divorce and might have triggered the disappearance, according to news reports.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Suspect In Vazquez Jr. Hit and Run Homicide Arrested While Police Seek Damaged Vehicle For Evidence

Gilbert L. Vazquez Jr.

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Vehicle involved in the hit-and-run death of Vazquez Jr. sought by police.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 6, 2012

Milwaukee - On Wednesday, Milwaukee police confirmed that a suspect in the May 26, hit-and-run death of Gilbert L. Vazquez Jr., 25, has been arrested and is pending charges. Police are searching in the south side for the vehicle used by the suspect to cause the death of Vazquez Jr. near the 1600 block of W. Mitchell Street.
Police decribed the vehicle as a 1992 Honda Accord 4-door, gold, with license plate number 703-RYW from Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Police Department Source reported, the vehicle could have damage to the front right side fender, including windshield damage and could be parked somewhere in the south side.
Police haven't released any information about the driver, other than they need to locate the vehicle as evidence to charge the suspected driver.

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Democrats Take Control Of The Wisconsin State Senate

John W. Lehman

Democrats take control of State Senate as Lehman (D) defeats incumbent Wanggaard (R) and Republican Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch survived the Recall Election of 2012.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 6, 2012

Madison - On Tuesday, the Democrats took control of the State Senate after former State Senator John W. Lehman regained his seat by defeating the incumbent Van Wanggaard who served briefly and didn't finish a four year term in the senate. Lehman (D), received 36,255 votes, 51% and incumbent Senator Van Wanggaard (R), got 35,476 votes, 49% of 100% precincts reporting in Senate District 21. With Lehman's victory, the senate control now shifts to the Democrats by 17-16 seats, which will make it difficult for Republicans and Governor Scott Walker (R) to continue with their agenda without bipartisan support.
Democrats in the past recall elections have gained three seats by successfully electing Jen Shilling, Jessica King, including Lehman to reclaim the State Senate.
In 2011, Wanggaard defeated Lehman who served as a state senator from 2007 through 2011. Lehman who regained his seat again says, that Wanggaard has yet to concede and he hasn't received a call from Wanggaard to congratulate him either. Wanggaard lost by 800 votes and less than 600 absentee ballots have yet to be counted, but it doesn't look good for Wanggaard of regaining his seat. Wanggaard hasn't decided, if he will call for a recount.
Other unofficial results, both Republican Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch were re-elected by a majority of Wisconsin voters in the historic recall election. Governor Scott Walker (R), received 1,334,430 votes or 53% and Tom Barrett (D), 1,161,870 with 46% of 100% of precincts reporting.
In the Lt. Governor race, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R), received 1,300,184 votes or 53% and Mahlon Mitchell (D), 1,154,515 with 47% of 100% precincts reporting.
Walker became the first Governor to win and survive a recall election in the nations history. Democratic challenger Tom Barrett conceded early and called Walker to congratulate him.
Two Republican State Senators, Scott Fitzgerald and Terry Moulton who were being recall also won re-election and Jerry Patrowski who ran for the first time in a senate race also won.
All national news major outlets began reporting early that Walker had defeated Barrett at 53% of precincts reporting with merely less than a million votes counted in Wisconsin. As it turned out later, Walker and Kleefisch were re-elected.

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Wisconsin Voters Re-elected Both Republican Governor Walker And Lt. Governor Kleefisch In Recall Election

Governor Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker (R) defeated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett for a second time.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 6, 2012

Madison - On Tuesday, both Republican Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch were re-elected by a majority of Wisconsin voters in the historic recall election. Governor Scott Walker (R), received 1,334,430 votes or 53% and Tom Barrett (D), 1,161,870 with 46% of 100% of precincts reporting.
In the Lt. Governor race, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R), received 1,300,184 votes or 53% and Mahlon Mitchell (D), 1,154,515 with 47% of 100% precincts reporting.
Walker became the first Governor to win a recall election. Democratic challenger Tom Barrett conceded early and called Walker to congratulate him.
Two Republican incumbent State Senators, Scott Fitzgerald and Terry Moulton who were being recall also won re-election and Jerry Patrowski (R) who ran for the Senate for the first time also was declared the winner. Van Wanggaard, another Republican incumbent being recall in the Senate District 21 was defeated by John W. Lehman (D) who was declared the winner. Lehman's victory shifts the control of the Senate to Democrats by 17-16 seats.
In 2011, Wanggaard defeated Lehman who served from 2007 to 2011 in the Senate. With Lehman's win, Republicans and Governor Scott Walker's political agenda will be difficult to continue without bipartisan support.
Democrats in the past recall elections have gained three seats by successfully electing Jen Shilling, Jessica King, including Lehman to reclaim the State Senate.
All national news major outlets began reporting early that Walker had defeated Barrett at 53% of precincts reporting with merely less than a million votes counted in Wisconsin. As it turned out later, Walker and Kleefisch were re-elected and the state legislature control is split with Republicans in control of the State Assembly and Democrats taking control of the State Senate.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Statewide Boycott Called By Palermo's Pizza Workers At Picket Line On Strike For Union Rights

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Employees claim that they are forced to prepare and make pizza while they are sick at the company or they'll be fired after three to four days of being absent for being ill.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 5, 2012

Milwaukee - On Tuesday, about 130 Palermo's Pizza workers who went on strike since Wednesday are calling for a statewide boycott of Palermo's products. The official call for a boycott will be announced on Wednesday, according to workers at the picket line.
Temperary workers were hired to replace the striking employees from multiple shifts. Palermo's executives haven't confirmed, if they have been terminated for demanding fair working conditions, sick leave, higher wages, benefits and the right to form a credited union at the plant.
Workers on strike say, ill employees are forced to work and make pizza products while being sick because they're not allowed to take extended sick leave or they'll face termination. Pizza products are at risk of contamination, if ill employees work closely with preparing food at the plant.
About 80% of the employees decided to organize and signed a petition to form a union as allowed under the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. The act requires companies to recognize a union, if 30% of employees petition for a company to recognize their union. The company refused to recognize their efforts to organize and threaten to terminate any employee that supported a union or any demand to seek extra days needed to get well when ill to prevent any health risks to customers buying products. The employees filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.
Last week, a segment of the workforce at Palermo's Pizza at 3301 W. Canal Street main plant decided to walk out and strike.
Most of the employees at the picket line are Hispanic and they say, the strike will continued as long as it takes to get a fair settlement from Palermo's Villa owners. They are calling for people in Milwaukee and the surrounding metropolitan area and around the state to stop buying Parlermo's Pizza products. The strike will continue until the Palermo Villa executives concede to reasonable negiotiations leading to a neutral settle or compromise, which would benefit both the company and employees.
The striking Palermo's Pizza employees range in seniority from one to 10 years of employment at the company. A segment of the 200 to 250 employees at Palermo's received a notice from the company last week warning some employees of dismissals, if they continue to organize a workers union at the plant in Menomonee Valley. Another large segment of employees didn't receive the letter, according to some of the strikers.
Palermo's security were preventing potential customers from speaking, associating or taking photos of strikers from the property, if they were going into the shop to buy pizza. The Palermo Villa executives could not be contacted for comment on site about the boycott of their products.
The head of security wouldn't contact anyone in charge for a comment. Media outlets are being barred from the property, according to the Palermo's head of security who didn't want to be identified.
The strike was also sparked last week by a proposed stricker U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employment vertification of workers at Palermo's Pizza. Palermo's Pizza is the brand of the frozen manufactured pizza by Palermo Villa, Inc.
Palermo's Pizza management has confirmed to local media that their employees are legally able to work at the company. The strike hasn't effected any production deadlines, according to management.
A Palermo's workers strike fund was created to help the striking employees.

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Palermo's Pizza Workers On Strike Demanding Better Working Conditions, Higher Wages, Benefits And A Union

Photo: Voces de la Frontera Facebook

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stricker worker vertification standards at Palermo's Pizza sparked workers strike.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 5, 2012

Milwaukee - On Friday, Palermo's Pizza workers at 3301 W. Canal Street engaged in a strike to demand better working conditions, higher wages, benefits and to be able to form a credited workers union at the company. The strike was sparked last week by proposed stricker U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employment vertification of workers at Palermo's. Palermo's Pizza is the brand of the frozen manufactured pizza by Palermo Villa, Inc.
The company did a lock down several days ago. The Palermo's management has considered replacing the striking employees with other temperary workers, but has stepped back from doing so for the moment, according to striking workers.
Palermo's management says, the strike hasn't disrupted any production, despite the strike.
A Palermo's workers strike fund was created to help the striking employees, according to Voces de la Frontera Facebook page.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Abele Approved Policy For Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office To Limit ICE Detainer Request To Hold Illegals

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office facing limit undocumented inmate detainer hold requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 4, 2012

Milwaukee - On Monday, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele signed a resolution to limit the Miwaukee County Sheriff's Department cooperation for holding illegals upon detainer hold requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to Primitivo Torres, from Voces de la Frontera. Torres confirmed that Abele signed the resolution that was approved by the Milwaukee County Board on a vote of 14-4 in late May. The County Board had approved an 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. The resolution was sponsored by Supervisors Peggy Romo West, Russell Stamper II, Nikiya Harris, David F. Bowen and County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic.
The supervisors had argued that, ICE detainer requests are not mandatory under federal law and ICE doesn't refund the high costs to Milwaukee County when excessively holding illegals. Between 2010 to 2011, the MCSO held 439 suspects under ICE detainer requests, including 193 inmates who were in the country illegally.
Abele was reluctant to approve the ICE detainer limit resolution and was expected to veto it because he believed that it was a federal immigration issue and not a county issue, according to county sources. But members from Voces de la Frontera and other supporters of the resolution were able to successfully lobby for the passage of the policy. Abele was finally convinced to approve the resolution, according to Torres.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. had said, the resolution passed by the County Board in May was politically motivated, but he also agreed that it's a federal immigration issue. Now, Clarke Jr. is facing enforcement of the resolution, since Abele approved it on Monday. Will Sheriff Clarke Jr. comply with the ICE detainer limit hold policy? It remains to be seen.
Under the policy, if honored by Sheriff Clarke Jr., 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, 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 Jr. 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 Jr.
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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