Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Open Carry A Firearm Becomes Law In Oklahoma

Oklahoma will legally allow more than 142K conceal carry license holders in the state to "Open Carry."

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 31, 2012

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - On Thursday, the State of Oklahoma will become the 15th state to allow "Open Carry" of firearms in public. Senate Bill 1733 was passed in May and signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin (R), a Second Admendment supporter. The new bill will allow more than 142 thousand conceal-carry license holders to openly carry firearms.
Conceal-carry holders will have the option to open carry in a holster, belt or shoulder holster, according to the law.
People seeking to carry weapons will have to take a firearms training course and pass a criminal background check by the Oklahoma State of Bureau Investigation before getting a permit to carry a weapon.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Con Edison Trucks Float Away On Ave. C In New York As Hurricane Sandy Hits

Top photo: YouTube

Lower photos by George Gonis

New York residents report flooded streets take toll on vehicles and trucks. Local vehicles were just floating away.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 29, 2012

New York - Hurricane Sandy creates major flooding in New York City and most of Manhattan was under water. Flood waters at the Ave. C, where upscale apartments are located has flooded vehicles parked on the street and the high rising water has taken away some vehicles, including several Con Edison trucks. The trucks were seen floating down the Ave., according to residents that remained in their condos as Sandy goes through the area causing considerable damage and havoc.
The subway system in New York City is also expected to flood as well. Power outages have been reported throughout the city and people are using Wi-Fi to keep in contact with family and friends.
Earlier in day in Manhattan, police and fire emergency crews were called to the Manhattan One57 luxury apartments after a crane on the side of the skyscraper partially collapsed. Part of the crane remained dangle facing 57 Street. Authorities did not say, how much damage was caused or if anyone was injured after parts of the crane fell into the street below.
Police blocked the area and blocked off traffic as Hurricane Sandy continues to blast winds up to 90 miles an hour. Tenants from the building and adjacent buildings were told by the New York Office of Emergency Management to move to the lower floors as emergency crews will try to secure or remove the damaged parts of the crane once the winds die down. 
Hurricane Sandy began to hit New York with high wind gusts and rain earlier than expected, according to authorities.
The aftermath of Cyclone Sandy preliminary damage in the East Coast of the U.S. was estimated at $20B in property and $13B in business, also 18K flights canceled, 8.2M people without power and 48 reported deaths.

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Crane Dangles From One57 Luxury Skyscraper In Manhattan

Photo: YouTube

A crane on the side of the One57 luxury skyscraper collapsed on Monday leaving a part of its section dangling over a New York street.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 29, 2012

Manhattan, New York - Police and fire emergency crews were called to the Manhattan One57 luxury apartments after a crane on the side of the skyscraper partially collapsed. Part of the crane remained dangle facing 57 Street. Authorities did not say, how much damage was caused or if anyone was injured after parts of the crane fell into the street below.
Police blocked the area and blocked off traffic as hurricane Sandy continues to blast winds up to 60 miles an hour. Tenants from the building and adjacent buildings were told by the New York Office of Emergency Management to move to the lower floors as emergency crews will try to secure or remove the damaged parts of the crane once the winds die down. 
Hurricane Sandy began to hit New York with high wind gusts and rain earlier than expected, according to authorities.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Milwaukee Couple Charged In the Death Of A 5-year-old Child

(L-R) Marcos A. Colin, Alyssa Marie Banda and Jayden Banda

5-year-old boy died from injuries sustain during child abuse by mother's boyfriend.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 28, 2012

Milwaukee, WI - A Milwaukee couple have been charged for the October 18, death of Jayden Banda, 5. Both Alyssa Marie Banda, 20, and Marcos A. Colin, 23, appeared at a Milwaukee County court on Saturday for Jayden's homicide resulting from neglect and child abuse in the hands of Colin, according to the criminal complaint.
Banda was charged with one felony count for neglecting a child resulting in death. Colin was charged with two felony counts for neglecting a child resulting in death and child abuse, including recklessly causing great bodily harm and one misdemeanor count for bail jumping.
The complaint states, that on October 18, Jayden had stayed home from school due to being sick. Colin spend the day playing football with Jayden on the street. Later that day, both Banda and Colin took Jayden to the St. Francis Hospital for medical treatment for some injuries. Banda told the doctor that Jayden had fallen from the apartment stairs, suffered some bruises and injuries in the fall. Her claim didn't match with the injuries Jayden had suffered, according to doctors. He died at the hospital from the injuries.
Doctors reported to police that Jayden had suffered a blown pupil, a baseball-size bruise to the head, a scrape to the chin and at least 20 bruises to his body, according to the criminal complaint.
Banda told police that Colin was "toughening him up" by jabbing him back handed with boxing gloves. But a doctor claimed, Jayden was punched multiple times with abusive and aggressive force causing severe injuries resulting in his death. 
Both Banda and Colin are facing up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines, if convicted. Cash bond for Banda was set at $10,000 and for Colin at $75,000.

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U.S. Government Avoids Paying Benefits To Deported War Veterans

Photos: Facebook

The U.S. Government is accused of keeping earned benefits from thousands of War Veterans that have been deported for minor crimes.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 27, 2012

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Veterans that have been deported to Mexico are planning to file for benefits that were unjustly taken away when they were removed from the country. Most War Veterans (non-citizens) lost all their benefits allowed under federal law after they were deported to their native countries and left with no means of support or medical benefits for medical issues sustained while in the military service, despite serving multiple combat duty tours. For these deported Veterans, they would have to apply for Veteran benefits from abroad.
The U.S. Government, including the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) would have to set appointments for Veterans to present their need, but deported Veterans are banned from ever returning to the U.S. They would face long federal prison sentences, if they illegally reenter the U.S. to claim benefits. An integral issue of securing an appointment to certified such benefit requests by deported Veterans that the VA would have to overcome or go through a U.S. Consulate in Mexico.
A group of U.S. deported War Veterans now living in El Rasarito Beach, a suburb of Tijuana, Baja California will soon apply for certain Veteran benefits they rightfully earned. 
Deported Army Veteran Hector Barajas, 35, posted in his Facebook account that he and other deported Veterans who recently opened a U.S. Deported Veteran Support House (Safehouse) in El Rasarito will turn in their requests for Veteran benefits with the VA. The outcome and response by the VA to Barajas and other deported Veterans would certainly set precedent, since thousands of War Veterans have been previously been deported. 
In 2011, ICE figures showed that at least 3,000 War Veterans were facing deportation proceedings for minor to serious crimes.
The El Rosarito safehouse is the first of its kind in Mexico and is operating with a limited budget. Most food donations for the safehouse are provided by family members and limited monetary funds are sent through a PayPal account (banishedveteran@yahoo.com). The safehouse offers support and other necessary help for deported Veterans facing removal trauma once they are removed from the U.S.A. by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Those Veterans seeking support at the safehouse will be able to get spiritual advice, shelter, food, assistance in getting a local Mexican ID. They will also have access to a phone and Internet, according to Barajas. But the safehouse was recently left in the dark when a Mexican utility company shut off their electricity (including water and Internet) due to an outstanding bill. Barajas posted on Facebook that someone had offered to pay the light bill, but couldn't confirm, if it was actually paid. 
Veteran health care, patient care, disabilities, federal benefits and etc. were awarded to Veterans by the U.S. Congress and are not automatically taken away when they are deported.
For example, one of those benefits is U.S. recognition upon death, a deported Veteran can return as an American and is buried with full military honors. The U.S. Government provides the bannished Veteran a plot and a marker.

Hector Barajas can be contacted at banishedveteran@yahoo.com or at U.S. area code 626-569-5491 for more information about the safehouse.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Petarius Charged With Nine Felony Counts In Waukesha Domestic Abuse Case

Richard A. Petarius and Phyllis D. Petarius

76-year-old man remains in custody after being charged with multiple felonies and surviving a gunfight with Waukesha police who discharged 26 rounds at the suspect.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 26, 2012

Waukesha, WI - On Thursday, Richard A. "Dick" Petarius, 76, was charged with nine felony counts and one misdemeanor count for Tuesday's shootout with police, an hour-long standoff and violating a court injunction. Petarius was charged with nine felony counts for 1st-degree intentional homicide; two counts for 1st-degree recklessly endangering safety; armed burglary with a dangerous weapon; false imprisonment; intimidating a witness by damaging property; possession of a weapon contrary to an injunction; possession of a short barrel shotgun and aggravated battery of an elderly. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count for violating a domestic abuse injunction.
A $500,000 cash bond was set for Petarius and remains at the Waukesha County jail. He is facing more than two life sentences, if convicted on all counts and more than $100,000 of fines or both.
With his current age, Petarius will most likely die in prison of old age before doing to much time, if convicted.
Last Tuesday, Waukesha police responded to a domestic violence call at the Wynwood Condominiums at the 1800 block of Racine Ave. where a 75-year-old woman was being interviewed when her former husband appeared from inside the condo with a short barrel 12-gauge shotgun and fired at police. Petarius had a restraining order against him since 2010 lasting until 2014. Petarius had just appeared in a Waukesha County court that same day for contempt of court for not paying alimony and not signing over tax refunds to his former wife, Phyllis D. Petarius.
Phyllis D., 75, had been married to Petarius for more than 53 years. She suffered a broken arm around 4:00 p.m. when Petarius allegedly grabbed her arm and pushed her to a concrete garage floor when he forced his way into the condo. 
Her daughter called police. When police arrived minutes later and were conducting an interviewed with the victim, Petarius suddenly appeared from inside the condo with a shotgun and pointed it at his ex-wife, including police and then fired. 
Phyllis D. was removed from the entrance of the condo to another location by an officer, while another officer fired multiple rounds at Petarius and into the condo to keep him distracted when the gunfight ignited. Police fired at least 26 rounds at Petarius.
The victim and her daughter were later taken to the Waukesha Memorial Hospital for treatment due to injuries suffered at the scene. 
One officer was grazed in the head by debris and survived, according to Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack. The officers involved were placed in administrative duty until the outcome of the shooting investigation.
Chief Jack confirmed, that Petarius was not injured during the gunfight with police and was taken into custody unharmed after an hour-long standoff ended with police. Petarius' attorney helped defuse the standoff, according to police.
Petarius was living in Watertown, according to Waukesha court records.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waukesha Police Discharged 26 Rounds At 76-year-old Man During Domestic Violence Call

Richard A. Petarius and Phyllis D. Petarius

76-year-old man taken into custody after gunfight and standoff with Waukesha police.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 24, 2012

Waukesha, WI - On Tuesday, Waukesha police responded to a domestic violence call at the Wynwood Condominiums at the 1800 block of Racine Ave. where a 75-year-old woman was being interviewed and her former husband, Richard A. "Dick" Petarius, 76, showed up with a shotgun. Petarius had a restraining order against him since 2010 lasting until 2014. Petarius had just appeared in a Waukesha County court this week for contempt of court for not signing over tax refunds to his former wife.
The 76-year-old woman was identified as Phyllis D. who had been married to Petarius for 53 years, suffered a broken arm around 4:00 p.m. when Petarius allegedly grabbed her arm and pushed her. Her daughter called police and when they arrived minutes later and were conducting an interviewed with the victim. Petarius then appeared at the condo with a shotgun and pointed it at police and fired. Two officers at the scene returned fire, discharging at least 26 gunshots inside and outside the condo. One officer was grazed in the head by debris and is expected to survive, according to Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack.
The woman was taken to a safe location when the gunfight ignited. Phyllis D. and her daughter were later taken to a hospital for treatment due to injuries suffered at the scene. 
Chief Jack confirmed, that Petarius was not injured during the gunfight with police and was taken into custody unharmed after an hour standoff ended with police.
Petarius now living in Sussex is expected to be charged on Thursday with multiple counts of domestic violence related crimes, including violating a restraining order.
Multiple police agencies and the FBI responded to the scene in Waukesha.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Judge Won't Stay Decision Striking Down Parts Of Governor Walker's Bargaining Law

State failed to show that irreparable harm would result, if parts of the Act 10 bargaining law remained moot.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 22, 2012

Madison, WI - On Monday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas decided not to suspend his ruling striking down parts of Governor Scott Walker's Act 10 collective bargaining law. The state failed to show irreparable harm would result, if Colas' ruling striking down sections of the collective bargaining law eliminating certain bargaining rights for city, county and public school district unions would cause harm to the state. The state sought a stay to put on hold Colas' ruling, so the state could continue to ban certain collective bargaining rights for workers until an appeals court decides, if Colas' ruling would be overturned.
Judge Colas on September 14, ruled that sections eliminating certain collective bargaining rights for municipal and public school employees were unconstitutional and restored their collective bargaining rights, except for state employees.
Colas wrote, "The constitutions are the fundamental expressions of the will of the people acting in their sovereign capacity...Even laws enacted by the legislature and the governor, though they may manifest the popular will of their time, are subordinate to them. Even a temporary infringement of fundamental rights of speech and association protected by the constitutions is an irreparable harm."
Allowing the state to continue to violate state and federal constitutional rights such as free speech, freedom of association and equal protection of city, county and public school district workers would result in irreparable harm contrary to public interest, according to Colas.
Governor Walker's collective bargaining law eliminated most bargaining rights for state, municipal and public school district union workers when it took effect on June 2011.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had tried to appeal Judge Colas' September decision. Van Hollen now plans to ask the state Court of Appeals to stay Colas ruling.


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U.S. Veteran Considered Non-Citizen Will Exercise His Right To Vote In Colorado

Jesus Manuel Valenzuela-Rodriguez

Photos: Facebook

Vietnam U.S Veteran considered a non-citizen by the U.S. Homeland Security Department will vote in the next election.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 22, 2012

Colorado Springs, CO - U.S. Marine Veteran Jesus Manuel Valenzuela-Rodriguez, 59, confirmed that he will cast his vote in the upcoming November 6 elections in Colorado, despite an attempt by the U.S. Homeland Security Department (DHS) to bar him from voting because he is considered a non-citizen. On September 12, he was notified by the El Paso County Office of the Clerk and Recorder that DHS had sent a list of registered voting non-citizens to the Colorado Secretary of State, which included his name.
Valenzuela-Rodriguez challenged the DHS non-citizen notification with the State of Colorado by providing documents that he is an U.S. Citizen and succeeded to be recognized as an American by the state clearing his way to exercise his right to vote in Colorado.
"The State of Colorado says I am a Citizen of America and I can vote. I showed all my documents and they took copies, and for once in 7 years of hell, I was told welcome home you are a Citizen of America. So now, I will exercise my rights and who stops me, will have to answer. For, I am an American Citizen," Valenzuela-Rodriguez posted on his Brothers Valenzuela Facebook page on Monday.
On October 12, both Manuel and his brother Valente Valenzuela, 62, an Army Veteran from Colorado addressed and spoke about the issue of the banished U.S. Veterans at the University of Texas El Paso Campus in El Paso, Texas. The Valenzuelas who have become advocates for deported Veterans had faced the threat of deportation themselves for misdemeanor crimes, but were able to stay in the U.S., until their immigration case gets resolved. The Valenzuelas were born in Mexico to a U.S. Citizen mother from New Mexico. Their father was a Mexican national, but later legalised and became a U.S. Citizen. By birth right to a U.S. Citizen in another country, their born children become automatically U.S. Citizens, according to federal law.
Since then, they have learned of hundreds of Veterans facing deportation or who have been deported regardless of their contributions and honorable service in the armed forces protecting the freedom of Americans and the U.S. Constitution. 
In 2011, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) figures confirmed that at least 3,000 War Veterans were in process of being deported to their native countries.
The Valenzuela brothers have put forth the issue of the deportation of U.S. Veterans in the national political ring, despite President Barack H. Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney's exclusion of the issue in their debates or in their current campaigns for U.S. President.
On October 13, a group of U.S. Deported Veterans led by Army Veteran Hector Barajas opened the first U.S. Deported Veterans Support House (Safehouse) in El Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico to help other deported Veterans from the U.S. ajust to being dislocated and facing removal trauma caused by DHS and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when separating families.

Valenzuela will cast his vote on Tuesday, November 6, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hailey Meets Bieber At Milwaukee Concert

Justin Bieber and Hailey Charlotte Roser

Photos: Healing Hailey Facebook

Child suffering from a rare childhood brain cancer gets to meet Justin Bieber.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 21, 2012

Milwaukee, WI - On Sunday, Hailey Charlotte Roser, 4, fulfilled her dream to finally meet Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, 18, the Healing Hailey Facebook page reported. Roser was taken from the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin by ambulance to the Milwaukee Bieber concert where she finally met her idol.
Roser had her hospital room filled with wall posters and items of Bieber and considered him a make belief boyfriend.
Justin Bieber who heard about her plight with cancer decided to meet Roser. Bieber took time from his Milwaukee concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center to personally meet Roser who is suffering from a rare childhood brain concert.

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Azana Salon & Spa Gunman Commits Suicide After Shooting Seven Killing Three Victims

Radcliffe Franklin Haughton

Suspect killed himself of a self-inflicted wound to the head after killing three victims inside a salon.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 21, 2012

Brookfield, WI - Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer apparently killed himself with a self-inflicted wound inside the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield after shooting seven women and killing three of them, including Zina Haughton, 42, his estranged wife. Haughton's body was found just after 4:00 p.m. inside the salon.
Haughton went inside the salon on late Sunday morning with a weapon and began to shoot at customers and workers at the Azana Salon. Four injured women ranging in ages, 22, 30, 32 and 40 suffered non-critical injuries and were taken to Froedtert Hospital for treatment.
Haughton apparently walked into the Azana Salon located at the 200 block of N. Moreland Rd. after 11:00 a.m. and proceeded to fire a .40 Caliber semiautomatic handgun killing three victims at the scene and injured four others. 
A young barefooted woman ran out of the salon pleading for help, shouting that her mother was shot inside the Azana Salon and that her stepfather was inside the Azana Salon trying to kill as many people as he could with a machine gun , according to some witnesses.
Brookfield Police received a 911 call at 11:09 a.m., when police arrived at the Azana Salon, they discovered a suspected improvised bomb at the scene making it difficult to remove injured victims still alive. 
Haughton is the estranged husband of Zina, an employee at the salon who was also shot and killed. The Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victims who were killed as Zina of Brown Deer, Cary Robuck, 35, of Racine and Maelyn Lind, 38, of Oconomowoc. The Azana salon is across from Brookfield Mall.
ATF, FBI, Brookfield Police, New Berlin Police, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and Milwaukee Police responded to the shooting scene and are investigating the incident.
The suspect's vehicle was found at another location. Authorities were at the suspect's home in Brown Deer and no explosives were found at the home, according to Brown Deer Police.
Haughton, a manager at a Jaguar dealership in Madison had his Brown Deer home listed for sale. The suspect is a Marine Veteran who served four years. His has a 14-year-old daughter, an older step daughter and a third child. The daughters and a third child were reported safe and unharmed.
Recently, a restraining order had been issued against Haughton after he allegedly last week slashed the tires of his estrange wife's vehicle. He was ordered to turn any weapons on his possession to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department.
Under Wisconsin Conceal Carry, if a shooting occurs inside a place where a posted sign bans weapons, the owners can become liable and are not protected against liability under the CCW law. It is unclear, if Azana Salon had a posted sign banning weapons.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Palermo Pizza Strike Supporters Seeking State Probe To Determine Job Creation By Company Justified Tax Credits

Palermo workers union and the AFL-CIO testified at the Joint Audit Committee in Madison about employees getting paid less than the WEDC's required minimum wage, including WEDC's lack of transparency and accountability to justify tax-credit-eligible jobs claimed by Palermo Villa Inc.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 17, 2012

Madison, WI - On Wednesday, Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) reported that Julie Farb Blain, the author of the newly released AFL-CIO's Center for Strategic Research report (CSR), and Cheryl Maranto, Chair of the Department of Management at Marquette University, joined Palermo's Pizza striking workers in Madison to provide testimony at the state legislative Joint Audit Committee hearing. They testified about the lack of transparency and accountability of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), including the conflicting and impossible to confirm new job creation numbers provided by Palermo claiming earned tax credits for jobs that were redacted out by the WEDC.
The AFL-CIO's Center for Strategic Research authored the report that was released on Tuesday detailing the $26 million dollars in public subsidies that Palermo Villa Inc. has received from city, state, and federal sources for economic development and job creation.
According to news release by VDLF, a FOIA request has revealed documents by Palermo so heavily redacted that it was impossible to know whether the company met job creation benchmarks, for which new jobs the company claimed or received tax credits, and whether any new jobs Palermo Villa created actually meet the full-time, permanent, and minimum wage specifications of $10.88 per hour the company committed in its contract with the WEDC.
The WEDC claimed yesterday to have released job accountability data and Palermo's claimed to have met all of Its job creation benchmarks, but examination of the document released by the WEDC on Friday, shows total job numbers that conflict with the numbers from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Agency. The WEDC disclosure form is also too vague to determine the quality of the jobs Palermo's Pizza claims to have created and for which it has claimed tax credits, according to both VDLF and the CSR report.
Today, Palermo's Pizza has fewer full time permanent employees than it had before it applied for half a million dollars in tax credits promising to create 56 full time positions, according to the CSR report.
The CSR report says, that many jobs at Palermo pay about $10.55 per hour and "have paid less than the WEDC's minimum wage requirement ($10.88 per hour) for tax-credit-eligible jobs as well as less than the Menomonee Valley Partners living wage ($12.00 per hour)."
In 2010, Palermo reported it had 369 full-time and 27 part-time employees for a self-reported total of 396 employees. In October 11, 2012, Palermo Villa Inc. in a press release stated it employed 374 people, including 189 plant employees, according to the CSR report. The latest job numbers by Palermo strongly indicates it might not have met its commitment with the WEDC to claim tax credits.
Palermo Villa Inc. will most likely have no option, but to confirm that they have met all the requirements to claim earned tax credits to justify their millions of public subsidies. 
A state probe into Palermo's claim of meeting the WEDC's wage requirements, including job creation and the lack of transparency and accountability by the WEDC will be paramount to resolve in order to justify taxpayer subsidies.
The CSR recommended in its report  that WEDC should improve disclosure of company reporting on accountability, tax credit programs should adopt minimum wage requirements that match reputable living wage index for the region it serves, should enforce "clawback" measures for companies failing to meet the minimum wage requirement to pay back any job creation tax credits received and should deny subsidy eligibility and enforce "clawback" provisions when companies violate labor laws.
Palermo Pizza employees have been on strike since June and have launched a national boycott. Striking workers are seeking better wages, safe working conditions, additional sick days, reinstatement of fired workers and a union.

The CSR report at link (pdf): http://bit.ly/R3fuQf


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pregnant Daughter Of Druglord El Chapo Caught Trying To Sneak Into The U.S.

Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar

31-year-old pregnant woman caught trying to cross the U.S. Border to give birth, admitted to being Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera's daughter.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 16, 2012

San Diego, CA - On Tuesday, Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, 31, appeared before a federal judge to face a felony charge for fraud and a court bail hearing was set for October 25. Salazar was stopped while attempting to walk across from Tijuana at the U.S. Border in San Ysidro with false documents. 
On Friday, federal authorities arrested Salazar at the border crossing around 3:27 p.m. when they discovered her fingerprints and real name did not match the documents (Visa and Mexican passport) in her possession.
Salazar admitted to authorities that she wanted to go to Los Angeles and give birth to her child. She is seven months pregnant, according to the feds. 
Salazar also confirmed that she is the daughter of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, the Sinaloa drug cartel leader. Salazar's mother Maria is one of three former wife's Loera had.


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Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin Supports Palermo's Pizza Instead Of Workers On Strike

Newly released report indicated, it would be impossible to know, if Palermo Villa Inc. kept its commitment for job creation and required minimum wage after receiving millions of public subsidies.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 16, 2012

Milwaukee, WI - The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (HCCW) recently announced their support for Palermo's Pizza after a third of their work force was either terminated prematurely to avoid an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) verification audit of employment for more than eighty employees. The Palermo employees have been on strike since June claiming unjust termination for seeking better wages, additional sick days, improve safety conditions and an employee's union. 
Maria Monreal-Cameron, President of HCCW in a public statement admitted that Palermo's Pizza should be put "on a pedestal," despite Palermo being accused of terminating employees by using tactics such as an ICE audit notification that an estimated 89 employees could not be verified for legal employment. 
In 2011, Palermo provided the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (ICE) I-9s from 394 employees and ICE determined in May 2012 that 89 employees could not be verified for legal employment in the U.S. ICE later notified Palermo that it was suspending their audit to avoid any influence in the employer-employee labor litigation (strike). 
A day after receiving the notification from ICE suspending the audit, Palermo's Pizza management decided to take action prematurely and terminated those 89 employees in question, including those workers that could legally work in the U.S who went on strike.
Palermo's Pizza has since replaced those employees with temporary staffing workers, resulting in reduction of production. The current five month employee national strike has been a major factor of production loses for Palermo. 
In June, the company initially shut down production lines for the third shift resulting in a steady loss of revenue and profits.
Recently, Monreal-Cameron and the HCCW Board publicized support for Palermo, which is no surprise for the Hispanic community at large, since the HCCW has a history of standing for big business as usual even, if Hispanics continue to be used as a cheap labor force for big business. Hispanics working for low wages continue to face opposition by entities such as the HCCW and profitable companies when workers attempt to change their working conditions to gain and assure better wages to help support their families in the Milwaukee area.
It seems, Monreal-Cameron and the HCCW Board have failed to take into account the actual employee grievances filed with the NLRB and the labor conditions at Palermo that led to an employee strike.
ICE has refused to explain what option Palermo faced, after ICE suspended the employee work verification I-9s. No doubt, Palermo's premature termination of certain employees has cost the company major economic problems that could easily be remedy by ending the strike.
Today, Palermo's Pizza has fewer full time permanent employees than it had before it applied for half a million dollars in tax credits promising to create 56 full time positions, according to a newly release report by AFL-CIO's Center for Strategic Research.
The former employees filed a labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which began an investigation against Palermo's Pizza for alleged intimidation and interference with employees right to organize and to form a union under the authority of the federal labor law.
Voces de la Frontera (VDLF), an immigrant and workers right non-profit organization has been criticized for backing and legally challenging Palermo's decision with the NLRB for terminating striking employees to prevent a union.
Palermo has pushed for current employees to vote on a union, but a third of them are temperary workers. The NLRB has stayed any vote for a union at Palermo until the issue challenging Palermo's decision to terminate the striking employees gets resolved.
The report authored by the AFL-CIO's Center for Strategic Research (CSR) indicates it can not determine, if Palermo Villa Inc. has met the required minimum wage for employees as specified by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) since 2005, due to a lack of administration of accountability and transparency by the WEDC. The CSR report says, that many jobs at Palermo pay about $10.55 per hour and "have paid less than the WEDC's minimum wage ($10.88 per hour) requirement for tax-credit-eligible jobs as well as less than the Menomonee Valley Partners living wage ($12.00 per hour)."
The CSR report also found that taxpayers would find it impossible to determine, if the public funding was wisely used by Palermo Villa Inc. or if Palermo has met the WEDC minimum wage requirement to receive public subsidies.
So far taxpayers will most likely continue to question, if Palermo has come short in fulfilling their commitment for economic development and job creation after receiving $26 million dollars in public subsidies and loans from city, state, and federal sources. 
The CSR recommended that WEDC should improve disclosure of company reporting on accountability, tax credit programs should adopt minimum wage requirements that match reputable living wage index for the region it serves, should enforce "clawback" measures for companies failing to meet the minimum wage requirement to pay back any job creation tax credits received and should deny subsidy eligibility and enforce "clawback" provisions when companies violate labor laws.
VDLF in press release, indicated that a Palermo Pizza employee now on strike continued to earn $7.50 an hour for the last five years. "I worked at Palermo's for over 5 years and only earned $7.50 an hour," said Flora Anaya of the Palermo Workers Union. "That is not a living wage. I couldn't support my children and sick parents with so little."

The CSR report at link (pdf): http://bit.ly/R3fuQf


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Monday, October 15, 2012

UWM Student Association Criticized Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn In Local Paper Ad

Edward A. Flynn

Half page ad in local newspaper by the UWM Student Association says, Chief Flynn "took it upon himself to proclaim that UWM students are merely visitors" at the urban university.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 15, 2012

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Association (SA) joined other citywide members of the community in criticizing Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn. The SA in a half page ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (JS) criticized Chief Flynn for inadvertently saying that UWM students were merely visitors in response to the recent arrest of 30 rowdy students.
Flynn's statement was deemed as a huge slap in the face to students that their student government had to spent a hefty amount of cash to advertise their open letter to the Eastside Community and Chief Flynn in the JS newspaper.
For the most part of the letter, it says that students pay rent, taxes and live in Milwaukee, just like Chief Flynn who most likely will leave the city someday.
The SA ad states, Chief Flynn is trying to use "diversionary tactics to cover up the police department weaknesses, in an attempt to change the public focus away" from Flynn's "department failures, as well as his own."
Chief Flynn and department chose to "instead manufacture over-exaggerations and flat out lies designed to draw police into our neighborhoods to arrest a few dozen students for noise violations. The selfishness displayed through that process demonstrates little respect for other areas of our city that have REAL crime issues that deteriorate neglected neighborhoods."
Last Friday, an African-American community coalition began circulating signature petitions to get at least 10,000 signatures as an attempt to oust Chief Flynn in wake of the Derek Williams homicide while in police custody and other controversial incidents within the police department, which has led to some loss of credibility with the Black, Hispanic and now the UWM student body.
Since 2008, Chief Flynn has been involved in several scandals, including and extramarital affair with a married reporter and his department accused of allegedly changing certain crime statistics to report later that crime had dropped when in fact, it did not for certain crimes. Flynn attributed the crime statistic errors as human error.


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State of Wisconsin Largest Rainy Day Fund Contribution Makes History

The State of Wisconsin ended its fiscal year with a $342 million surplus due to budget cuts and will deposit a record $108.7 million into the rainy day fund.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 15, 2012

Madison, WI - On Monday, Wisconsin State Senator Alberta Darling (R) announced through Facebook that for the first time in state history over $108 million will be deposit by the state to the rainy day fund.
Senator Darling posted, "Thanks to responsible budgeting, the State of Wisconsin will deposit $108.7 million into the rainy day fund." The largest rainy day fund contribution of its kind in state history.


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SUV Backs Up Into Air And Vacuum Dispenser In Milwaukee's Southside

Photos by Eduardo Velez

Newly acquired SUV gets its rear end wheels logged on top of a concrete barrier after using air dispenser due to driver error.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 15, 2012

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, a driver backed up his SUV unexpectedly after using the air and vacuum dispenser at the Mobil Gas Station at the 3500 block of W. Oklahoma Ave. A witness says, the driver around 1:15 p.m. was getting ready to leave a gas station after using a tire air dispenser and unexpectedly put the gear in reverse forcing the SUV to backup into the dispenser. 
No one was reported injured, but the driver and passenger were stunned to discover their SUV's rear end was up in the air on top of a concrete barrier and couldn't move.
The SUV had no license plates, indicating it was just acquired by the owner. The SUV remained logged on top of a concrete barrier.
It turned out to be an embarrassing incident for the driver, according to the witness.


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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Coalition Formed To Oust Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn

Edward A. Flynn

Black community Coalition for Justice for Derek Williams and others is seeking victims of police brutality and abuse to come forward.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 14, 2012

Milwaukee, WI - On Friday, a group in the African-American community began to circulate petitions to get about 10,000 signatures from Milwaukee residents demanding the ouster of Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn. Flynn has said, he is not going anywhere, regardless an attempt by the Black community's citywide organizing efforts to get him fire.
Flynn since getting hired in 2008 has put the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) in the middle of scandals including his extramarital affair with a married reporter, the department was accused of changing certain crime statistics to indicate low crime in the city. Flynn blamed the crime statistic errors incident as human error.
Flynn's lack of inquiry in the death of Derek Williams, 22, whose last moments of his life were captured on a squad camera pleading for help because he had a difficult time breathing. Several officers ignored his pleas and Williams died in the squad car. 
Chief Flynn admitted that he learned about the Milwaukee Coroner's report that first indicated that Williams had died of a medical illness and didn't see the squad car video showing Williams pleading for help until later. A year later, the Coroner's Office reclassified Williams death as a homicide.
The recent illegal strip search case involving police officers who conducted cavity and anal searches in public involved mostly Black victims. Four officers were charged in the case. 
Chief Flynn was forced to investigate the illegal strip search cases after initial complaints were not taken seriously by the department. After continued pressure by victims and their attorney's to investigate the alleged illegal strip searches by officers, Flynn had to act after months of a John Doe strip search investigation ended and determined that crimes were committed. Flynn pursued charges against Police Officers Jeffrey Dollhopf, Jacob Knight, Brian Kozelek and Michael Vagnini for allegedly committing illegal and unauthorized strip searches.
In late 2007, Flynn became the first controversial chief applicant in the hiring process for a new police chief in Milwaukee when Mayor Tom Barrett decided to bring in Flynn at the last minute after the applicant deadline had long past and Barrett wasn't happy with the Hispanic and Black high-ranking Milwaukee officers left to choose from in the hiring process. Barrett sent a strong message by choosing Flynn an outsider who was sworn in as chief in January 8, 2008, that no Milwaukee high-ranking officer was well trained enough to become chief. 
This year, Flynn's contract was renewed, but he has yet to efficiently manage the department and to adequately train officers dealing with minority communities. Flynn has changed some policies, since becoming chief.
Mayor Barrett continues to support Flynn, despite under Flynn's commend, the MPD has gradually lost credibility throughout the years in both the Black and Hispanic communities.
The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission can only terminate Flynn. If Williams would have been White, most likely Flynn's future in the MPD would definitely be cut short.
The FBI is now involved in the Williams and strip search cases to see, if Milwaukee police officers engaged in civil rights violations of victims.


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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Support House For U.S. Deported Veterans Opens In Baja California

Photos: Facebook

A group of banished U.S. Veterans opened the first Deported Veterans Support Home (Safehouse) of its kind in Baja California, Mexico.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 13, 2012

Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico - On Saturday, the first modest support house for deported U.S. Veterans opened in the town of El Rosarito in Baja California. Dozens of banished Veterans from the U.S. now living in the municipalites around Rasarito made their presence at the inaugural event, according to a Facebook post by one of its founders Hector Barajas. Barajas posted that the support house is in need of donations and a PayPal account has been established to received needed funds to keep the Deported Veterans Support House (DVSH) open.
Last Monday, U.S. Veteran Fabian Rebolledo, one of the multitude of Veterans that have been been deported by the U.S. Government also posted on Facebook that only upon the death of a deported U.S. Veteran presently living in another country can they be fully honored and recognized by the U.S. military and government as Americans. The U.S. Government provides a plot and marker.
Rebolledo posted that 12,000 or more U.S. Veterans have been deported by the U.S. Rebolledo, who served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne will face between 7 to 20 years in a federal prison, if he illegally returns to the U.S. Rebolledo stated, "Currently in Eloy there are 17 Veterans being deported. One of hundreds in federal detention centers around the country. If I die today, I can be buried as an American with full military Honors...only upon my death may I be able to be an American!" He is now residing Baja California in Mexico along with another deported Veteran Hector Barajas. Both men and a group of other Veterans began a support group to provide help for other U.S. Veterans in the same predicament brought upon them by unjust immigration laws and the same government and country they honorably served.
The group of banished Veterans were instrumental in establishing a safehouse that will provide support to other Veterans that have been deported as well. One of those deported Veterans, Barajas with the assistance of Rebolledo, another deported Veteran, has turned Barajas Rosarito Beach home into a Deported Veterans Support Home where Barajas resides after being deported to Mexico.
Barajas, who served in the U.S. Army between 1995 to 2001 indicated that the safehouse will provide the needed support for those deported U.S. Veterans facing preliminary removal trauma and dislocated shock after being deported from the U.S. by the same government that they proudly and honorably served. Veterans facing removal proceedings from the U.S. will eventually get deported to Mexico or to their native countries. The safehouse will be the first of its kind in Mexico.
Those Veterans in Mexico seeking support will be able to get spiritual advice, shelter, food, assistance in getting a local Mexican ID. They will also have access to a phone and Internet, according to Barajas.
At the moment, Barajas is seeking contributions and donated furniture, food, clothing, contacts for job skill training and future job placement for the banished U.S. Veterans in Mexico.
"Since 1996, the U.S. government has deported Vietnam, Persian, Gulf War, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan combat/peace time Veterans who had legal residence, VA benefits and strong ties to the U.S.," Barajas stated.
On Friday, both Manuel and Valente Valenzuela from Colorado Springs addressed and spoke about the issue of the banished U.S. Veterans at the University of Texas El Paso Campus in El Paso, Texas. The Valenzuelas who have become advocates for deported Veterans had faced the threat of deportation themselves for misdemeanor crimes, but were able to stay in the U.S., until their immigration case gets resolved. The Valenzuelas were born in Mexico to a U.S. Citizen mother from New Mexico. Their father was a Mexican national, but later legalised and became a U.S. Citizen. By birth right to a U.S. Citizen in another country, their born children become automatically U.S. Citizens, according to federal law.
Since then, they have learned of hundreds of Veterans facing deportation or who have been deported regardless of their contributions and honorable service in the armed forces protecting the freedom of Americans and the U.S. Constitution. They have put forth the issue of the deportation of U.S. Veterans, despite President Barack H. Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney's exclusion of the issue in their first debate or in their current campaigns for U.S. President.

The safehouse opened on Saturday at 
614 Jorge Estonol 
Colonia Reforma
Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico

Hector Barajas can be contacted at Banishedveteran@yahoo.com or at U.S. area code 626-569-5491 for more information about the safehouse. Barajas email can also be use to donate needed funds through PayPal.
The Valenzuela brothers could be contacted at brothersvalenzuela@gmail.com for more information about the banished Veterans.


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Friday, October 12, 2012

Zavala Arrested For The Escobedo Ortiz Homicide In Chihuahua

José Enriquez Jiménez Zavala, aka, "El Wicked"

Suspect charged with the 2010 homicide of activist mother seeking justice for her daughter's homicide.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 12, 2012

Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico - The Governor of Chihuahua, César Duarte has confirmed the arrest of José Enriquez Jiménez Zavala, 29, aka, "El Wicked" for the December 16, 2010 homicide of activist Marisela Escobedo Ortiz in front of the state goverment building. Ortiz spend weeks outside the government building in an attempt to bring justice for her daughter Rubí Marisol Fraire Escobedo, 16, who was murdered by her boyfriend Sergio Rafael Barraza Bocanegra who remains a fugitive.
Zavala was taken into custody on October 4, in Chihuahua city the Capitol of Chihuahua by the Chihuahua State Preventive Police. He was traveling in a vehicle with his wife and two children including another man. Both Zavala and the man had handguns and were confiscated by police.
A warrant had been issued for Zavala in connection with 16 murders that included two journalists inside the Colorado Bar on April 20, in Chihuahua city.
Zavala led a gang known as the Aztecas that are associated with La Linea, the armed branch for the Juárez Cartel. Zavala apparently confessed that he killed Ortiz to keep her quiet by orders from Jésus Antonio Chávez, aka, "El Tarzan." Chávez thought that Ortiz was putting to much heat on La Linea for pursuing justice for her daughter's homicide and seeking for state authorities to search and arrest Bocanegra. Bocanegra was sentenced to 50 years in prison in absentia for Escobedo's homicide.
In 2009, Bocanegra was arrested, confessed to killing Escobedo and than burning her body in a pig ranch. He led authorities to the crime scene. But a tribunal of three state judges released Bocanegra believed to be a member of the Zetas for a lack of evidence, despite his confession and leading police to where he burned Escobedo's body.
The three judges later resigned after a public outcry of injustice and to avoid alleged corruption charges. A federal judge vacated their ruling and convicted Bocanegra in absentia.
Last December, state authorities had reported that Héctor Miguel Flores Morán, aka, "El Payasso" who was killed in September 2011 had been the actual killer of Ortiz, but a composite photo drawn by description details provided by Ortiz' brother did not match the facial appearance to Morán. 
Police did recover a Sig Sauer Model P239, 9mm Caliber gun from Morán, which forensic and ballistic tests showed it was the handgun used in the Ortiz homicide.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

UW-Milwaukee Post Pleading For Student-fee Subsidized Funding To Survive

Last publication for the UWM Post projected for November and beyond depends on student input with subsidized funding.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 11, 2012

Milwaukee, WI - In the latest issue of the UWM Post, the entire staff published a front page in an attempt to plea for students to help subsidized the newspaper in the fall. The Post cites, financial problems to raise funds through advertising and projections show that it would make little profit in the following issues.
The entire staff of the Post has taken a 50% pay cut to help continue with the publication stretching to November. In its 56 year in existence, it would be the first time in its publishing history to ask for student-fee subsidized funding. 
In the 1980s, student publications like El Satélite Newspaper (a UWM Hispanic student run paper), The Times and other minority student clubs were awarded funding by the Student Government at UWM to publish their newspapers. 
Today, the weekly UWM Post, publishes about 10,000 copies for the campus and UWM community. The Post will most likely succeed in getting at least $3.00 per student allocation to continue publishing.
Students need a voice and the UWM Post can continue to provide that voice as other prior student newspapers have done and been instrumental in ensuring and protecting student rights, opinions on issues would continue to get a forum and can help expose issues affecting them.
Once student funding is secure for the Post in the fall, the editor ensures redefinition and innovation of the Post.

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U.S. Deported Veterans Can Only Become Americans Upon Death

Fabian Rebolledo

Photos: Facebook

Former U.S. Veterans who were previously deported to Mexico and other countries can only become Americans upon death and can be buried with full military honors. Also, the first Deported Veterans Support Home (Safehouse) will open in Baja California, Mexico.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 11, 2012

Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico - On Monday, U.S. Veteran Fabian Rebolledo, one of the multitude of Veterans that have been been deported by the U.S. Government posted on Facebook that only upon the death of a deported U.S. Veteran presently living in another country can they be fully honored and recognized by the U.S. military and government as Americans. The U.S. Government provides a plot and marker.
Rebolledo posted that 12,000 or more U.S. Veterans have been deported by the U.S. Rebolledo, who served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne will face between 7 to 20 years in a federal prison, if he illegally returns to the U.S. Rebolledo stated, "Currently in Eloy there are 17 Veterans being deported. One of hundreds in federal detention centers around the country. If I die today, I can be buried as an American with full military Honors...only upon my death may I be able to be an American!" He is now residing Baja California in Mexico along with another deported Veteran Hector Barajas. Both men and a group of other Veterans began a support group to provide help for other U.S. Veterans in the same predicament brought upon them by unjust immigration laws and the same government and country they honorably served.
The group of banished U.S. Veterans who were deported to Mexico by the U.S. Government plan to open a safehouse on Saturday, October 13, that will provide support to other Veterans that have been deported as well. One of those deported Veterans, Hector Barajas with the assistance of Fabian Rebolledo, another deported Veteran, has turned his Rosarito Beach home into a Deported Veterans Support Home where Barajas resides after being deported to Mexico.
The support group reported that 4,000 flyers about the group and safehouse has been distributed in Tel Vista, Plaza Rio and Tijuana, Baja California and they expect to attract more banished Veterans living in those areas. 
Barajas has confirmed through Facebook that other mass media from the U.S. and Mexico will cover the Grand Opening of the safehouse on Saturday.
Barajas, who served in the U.S. Army between 1995 to 2001 reported that the safehouse will provide the needed support for those U.S. Veterans facing removal proceedings from the U.S. and will eventually get deported to Mexico. The safehouse will be the first of its kind in Mexico.
Those Veterans seeking support will be able to get spiritual advice, shelter, food, assistance in getting a local Mexican ID. They will also have access to a phone and Internet, according to Barajas.
At the moment, Barajas is seeking contributions and donated furniture, food, clothing, contacts for job skill training and future job placement for the banished U.S. Veterans in Mexico.
"Since 1996, the U.S. government has deported Vietnam, Persian, Gulf War, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan combat/peace time Veterans who had legal residence, VA benefits and strong ties to the U.S.," Barajas stated.
On October 12, both Manuel and Valente Valenzuela from Colorado Springs will be speaking about the issue of the banished U.S. Veterans at the UTEP Campus in El Paso, Texas. The Valenzuelas who have become advocates for deported Veterans had faced the threat of deportation for misdemeanor crimes, but were able to stay in the U.S. until their immigration case gets resolved. The Valenzuelas were born in Mexico to a U.S. Citizen mother from New Mexico. Their father was a Mexican national, but later legalised as well. By birth right to a U.S. Citizen in another country, their born children become automatically U.S. Citizens, according to federal law.
Since then, they have learned of hundreds of Veterans facing deportation or who have been deported regardless of their contributions and honorable service in the armed forces protecting the freedom of Americans and the U.S. Constitution. They have put forth the issue of the deportation of U.S. Veterans, despite President Barack H. Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney's exclusion of the issue in their first debate or in their current campaigns for U.S. President.
The mother of deported U.S. Veteran, Fabian Rebolledo will also be a guest speaker at the event. The event on October 12, starts at 1:30 p.m to 3:00 p.m., at the University of Texas El Paso, Quinn Hall, Room 212.

The safehouse will open on Saturday, October 13, at 
614 Jorge Estonol 
Colonia Reforma
Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico

Hector Barajas can be contacted at Banishedveteran@yahoo.com or at U.S. area code 626-569-5491 for more information about the safehouse. Barajas email can also be used to send donations through PayPal.
The Valenzuela brothers could be contacted at brothersvalenzuela@gmail.com for more information about the banished Veterans.


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14-year-old Pakistani Activist Expected To Survive After Being Shot By The Taliban

Malala Yousufzai

Teenager shot in the head and neck by Taliban.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 11, 2012

Islamabad, Pakistan - On Wednesday, hundreds of people gathered with signs to condemn the Pakistani Taliban who took responsibility for attempting to kill a teenager advocating for children rights. Malala Yousufzai, 14, suffered several gunshot wounds to the head and neck on Tuesday. Yousufzai gained popularity for blogging and speaking against the Taliban atrocities.
Doctors confirmed that Yousufzai is expected to survive after she was shot. Her shooting incident drew major protests against the Taliban shooting to keep Yousufzai from speaking and condemning the atrocities they commit against children and people.
The Pakistani government has offered 10 million rupees ($105,000 U.S.) reward for those members of the Taliban responsible for Yousufzai's shooting.


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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Frazier Charged In Griffin's Death At Southside Papa John's Pizza

Mark Frazier

Papa John's Pizza manager admitted Griffin was killed by a handgun bought on the street.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 10, 2012

Milwaukee, WI - Mark Frazier, 22, has been charged with 2nd-degree reckless homicide in Milwaukee County Circuit Court in the shooting death of Joseph Griffin, 24, on October 2, inside the Papa John's Pizza at the 3200 block of S. 27th St. Frazier is facing up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines, if convicted. A cash bond of $15,000 was set for Frazier on Oct.5.
Frazier the manager at Papa John's was closing the place when Griffin, a friend stopped by. Frazier began to show off his handgun to Griffin and the weapon discharged fatally striking Griffin in the chest. 
At first, Frazier told police that the place had been robbed and Griffin had been shot. A witness told police a different story, which did not collaborated with Frazier's account of what had happened. Frazier later recanted his story and admitted the handgun that he bought on the street for $300 had the safety on, but fired as the gun was being handled, according to the criminal complaint.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Four MPD Officers Charged In Strip Search Felony Violations

(L-R) Officers Jeffrey Dollhopf, Jacob Knight, Brian Kozelek and Michael Vagnini

A six month strip search John Doe investigation involving 4 Milwaukee Police Officers ends with multiple state charges.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 9, 2012

Milwaukee, WI - On Tuesday, four Milwaukee Police Officers were charged in Milwaukee County with multiple criminal charges stemming from conducting illegal strip searches on the field of nine detained citizens (victims). The officers charged abused their police powers while engaged in unauthorized and illegal activity involving strip searches, the criminal complaint states.
The charges included Second Degree Sexual Assault, Third Degree Sexual Assault, Fourth Degree Sexual Assault, Illegal Body Cavity Search, Illegal Strip Search and Misconduct in Public Office (Act in Excess of Lawful Authority). The officers were taken into custody, booked and were ordered released on their own recognizance, according to the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) Source.
The MPD Source reported, the investigation showed that the criminal behavior was localized to a small group of officers at police District Five. The four officers being criminally charged are Jeffrey Dollhopf, 41, Jacob Knight, 31, Brian Kozelek, 33, and Michael Vagnini, 34. The officers years of service and number of charges filed are as follows: Dollhopf has 17 years of service, charged with two felony and two misdemeanor counts; Knight, 13 years of service, charged with one felony and one misdemeanor count; Kozelek, 5 years of service, charged with one felony and one misdemeanor count; Vagnini, 8 years of service, is charged with 14 felony counts and 11 misdemeanor counts. 
Each sexual assault and illegal strip search felony counts are punishable by 40 years in prison or a fine of $100,000 or both, if convicted. Each misconduct in public office misdemeanor count is punishable by 90 days in prison or a $1,000 fine or both, if convicted.
Some cavity searches included an officer using his finger to probe the anal of a detained suspect looking for illegal drugs, according to the criminal complaint.

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Lazcano, Zeta Founder Confirmed Killed In Mexico

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, aka, "El Lazca"

Left photo of Lazcano released by Semar is missing both ears.

Mexican federal authorities confirmed with fingerprints, corpse photo, DNA and body identification by another Zeta leader arrested a day earlier that "El Lazca," the Zeta Cartel founder was killed by Mexican Marines.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 9, 2012

Progreso, Coahuila, Mexico - On Tuesday, the Mexican Secretary of the Navy (Semar) confirmed that Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, 37, aka, "El Lazca" founder of the Zeta Cartel was killed on Sunday in a confrontation with Mexican Marines. Two Zetas were killed, including Lazcano and a Marine was reported injured in the gunfight. 
Apparently, the Navy received a call that a group of armed men were located in Progreso. When a convoy of Marines went to investigate the report, they were met with gunfired and grenades were launched at them. The Marines repelled the attack on Sunday, Lazcano and another Zeta were killed around 1:30 p.m.
Lazcano's body was also identified as the leader of the Zeta Cartel by Salvador Alfonso Martínez Ecobedo, 31, aka, "El Comandante Ardilla" who was taken into custody on Saturday for masterminding the execution of 272 Central and South American immigrants for refusing to join the Zetas near San Fernando, Tamualipas between 2010 and 2011. Authorities also say that registered fingerprints and DNA confirmed that it was Lazcano.
The bodies were later released to a funeral home where family members could  recovered them. But armed masked men forced their way into the funeral home and made the funeral director move the bodies to an undisclosed location.
The U.S. Government had offered $5 million dollars for information leading to the arrest of Lazcano. The Mexican government had also offered $30 million pesos ($2.3 million U.S.).


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Zeta Cartel Founder Reported Killed By Mexican Marines

Heriberto Lazcano, aka, "El Lazca"

Mexican federal authorities say, it is currently waiting for DNA confirmation that "El Lazca," the Zeta Cartel founder had been killed by Mexican Marines.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 9, 2012

Progreso, Coahuila, Mexico - On Monday, the Mexican Secretary of the Navy (Semar) announced that Heriberto Lazcano, 37, aka, "El Lazca" founder of the Zeta Cartel had been killed on Sunday in a confrontation with Mexican Marines. Two Zetas were killed and a marine was reported injured in the gunfight. 
Apparently, the Navy received a call that a group of armed men were located in Progreso. When a convoy of Marines went to investigate the report, they were met with gunfired and grenades were launched at them. The Marines repelled the attack on Sunday and two Zetas were killed around 1:30 p.m.
One of the bodies is believed to be Lazcano and DNA was taken to determine, if in fact it was the Zeta founder. The bodies were later released to family members after an autopsy was concluded, according to the MP de Coahuila, a local newspaper.
The U.S. Government had offered $5 million dollars for information leading to the arrest of Lazcano. The Mexican government had also offered $30 million pesos ($2.3 million U.S.).


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Monday, October 8, 2012

Cesar E. Chavez National Monument In California Inaugurated

President Obama inaugurated the César E. Chávez National Monument.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 8, 2012

Keene, CA - On Monday, President Barack H. Obama officially inaugurated a National Monument honoring César Estrada Chávez, leader of the United Farm Workers (UFW) and civil rights advocate under the Antiquities Act. Obama took off from his re-election campaign and stopped at Keene, California for the special occassion where estimated 7,000 people including farmworkers from 25 states attended the inaugural.
Chávez began the UFW along with 150 farmworkers about 50 years ago and seven years later founded La Paz. He lived his last 22 years at the property of UFW headquarters.
The monument will be managed by the U.S. National Park Service and will be built in donated lands known as Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), which is owned by the Chávez Foundation and the Chávez family. The site in the San Joaquin Valley near Bakersville in Kern County was designated a historic site last year and is the home of the UFW headquarters, legal defense branch of the UFW that also includes the house and resting place for Chávez remains. Chávez passed away in 1993 and was known for his affords to bring awareness to the plight of farm workers in California and was instrumental in changing laws to protect farm workers, fought for their civil rights and was best known for calling a national boycott of grapes. 
Chávez efforts inspired other Hispanics struggling in the U.S. to fight for higher educational opportunities, local and federal government job opportunities, political empowerment and civil rights.

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Zeta Mastermind Of 272 Homicides Of Central And South America Immigrants Arrested

Salvador Alfonso Martínez Escobedo, aka, "El Comandante Ardilla"

31-year-old Zeta leader that ordered the killing of at least 272 Central and South American immigrants between 2010 and 2011 for refusing to join the Zeta's arrested in Nuevo Laredo.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 8, 2012

Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico - On Monday, the Mexican Department of Navy (Semar) presented to the media, Salvador Alfonso Martínez Escobedo or Carlos García , 31, aka, "El Comandante Ardilla," the alleged leader of the Zeta's criminal organization in Tamaulipas, Nuevo León and Coahuila who ordered the killing of at least 272 immigrants from Central and South America for refusing to join the Zeta Cartel between 2010 and 2011, according to Semar. On August 2010, Escobedo masterminded the mass murder of 72 immigrants who were found discarded in shallow graves at a ranch near San Fernando, Tamaulipas. Another 200 immigrants were found in 2011 in mass graves in the same area.
Escobedo was arrested with five other men on Saturday around 7:00 p.m. after a gunfight between the Zetas and the Navy earlier in the day in Nuevo Laredo, which is across from the U.S. Bordertown of Laredo, Texas.
Escobedo had escaped in a vehicle, but Navy personnel caught up with him hours later in the day after he was spotted with a weapon in the vehicle. After brief chase, Navy personnel were able to block his path that ended with his surrender.
Semar attributed Escobedo with at least 50 homicides of his own, including the September 2010 murder of U.S. Citizen David Hartley in Falcon Lake and the homicide of Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, the Tamualipas Commander of the Ministry Police investigating Hartley's murder.
Ecobedo was also the mastermind in the escape of 151 prison inmates in Nuevo Laredo in December 2010 and the recent escape of another 132 inmates from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, which 15 of those inmates were his men.
The Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office has offered $15 million pesos ($1.1 million U.S.) for information leading to Ecobedo's arrest.


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Saturday, October 6, 2012

FBI Report Indicates U.S. Border Patrol Agent Ivie's Death Might Have Been Accidental

Nicholas J. Ivie

Preliminary report by FBI says, border patrol agent's death could have resulted from friendly fire.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 6, 2012

Phoenix, Arizona - A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) preliminary report indicated that U.S. Border Patrol Agent (BP) Nicholas J. Ivie's, 30, shooting death could have resulted from friendly fire, according to James L. Turgal, FBI Agent in Charge. BP Agent Ivie and other border agents had responded in horse back to a sensor movement investigation in the Arizona remote area between the U.S. and Mexican border.
They began to discharge weapons upon what they thought could have been drug traffickers in the area. Ivie apparently fired first and wounded another BP agent. A third BP agent returned fire and fatally shot Ivie last Tuesday around 1:30 a.m.
The FBI continues to investigate the deadly incident, but initially found no evidence of drug traffickers in that area where Ivie was fatally shot. Evidence collected at the scene shows that the agents could have been confused that night and fired upon each other resulting in BP Agent Ivie's death. 
The initial report by the FBI indicates Ivie's death was accidental, but is not conclusive until the federal investigation into Ivie's death is concluded.
Another agent was injured in the incident.


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Friday, October 5, 2012

Guzior, One Of Milwaukee's Hispanic Icon Leaders Passed Away

Loyd J. Guzior

Guzior was well known for his ability to bring people to the table and negotiate results that provided educational and economic striving gains for the Milwaukee and Wisconsin Latino community.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 5, 2012

Milwaukee, WI - On Friday, Loyd J. Guzior, 63, was remembered for his major contributions to the Hispanic community in Wisconsin. Guzior was originally from New York and of Puerto Rican descent who moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 1968 to study Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later received a degree in Economics. It was there where Guzior met Ricardo Enriquez, a Mexican-American student activist from Texas who volunteered to create a committee for César E. Chávez and the United Farm Worker's (UFW) movement advocating farm workers rights and the national boycott of grapes in Wisconsin. Guzior also became a volunteer for the UFW.
When Enriquez established a local UFW committee in Milwaukee, Guzior came to Milwaukee in the early 1970's and became involved in the Hispanic community when tensions were erupting due to Latinos moving to Milwaukee's predominantly southside White community. The southside in the early 1970's was composed of a majority of German and Polish communities.
Guzior joined other iconic Hispanic leaders and community organizers like, Jesus Salas, Ernesto Chacon, Lalo Valdez, Dante Navarro, Salvador Sanchez and Tony Baez, including a group of women known as las Adelitas, Marla O. Anderson, Maria Ortega, Clementina Castro and Mercedes Rivas who were just initiating a local civil rights movement to bring down the barriers of discrimination, exclusion and inequalities in fair housing, Welfare rights, higher education and the lack of employment opportunities for Latinos in local, county and state governments.
Guzior soon became one of the key and successful negiotators for the Latino Civil Rights movement in Milwaukee between the Hispanic community and officials representing local, county and state governments. He helped bring about change in the 1970's that led to higher educational opportunities, migrant rights and job opportunities in local governments for Hispanics statewide.
Guzior was instrumental in helping to create many social programs that many current community organizations still use today.
Guzior became the first Director of the United Community Spot and was instrumental in a group negiotiating a deal to move the center to the 900 block of W. Washington St. that resulted in the creation of the multimillion dollar nonprofit organization, the United Community Center, according to Dr. Luis "Tony" Baez, Executive Director of the Council for the Spanish Speaking (Spanish Center).
Guzior passed away on October 1st, and services were held on Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on S. 4th St. He is survived by his wife Maria, including daughters and sons and other relatives.


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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dozens Of Alleged Victims Protest At MC Multiservicios Tax Preparer's Business

Felix Martinez

Photos: HNG

Numerous people gathered in front of a local southside tax preparer to protest, demand for their missing money to be returned and to show that they won't retract their allegations that MC Multiservicios failed to fully reimburse their tax refunds for 2009.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 4, 2012

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, dozens of taxpayers protested in front of both the MC Multiservicios tax preparer business and Attorney Victor Arellano's Milwaukee local office at 1010 S. César E. Chávez Drive to convey a strong message that they won't retract their allgegations of being short changed in 2010 of their 2009 tax refunds by the local tax preparer. The protest was organized by Felix Martinez, a community organizer for La Organización Centro de la Causa-Chicago. Martinez called for MC Multiservicios to reimburse the victims claiming their tax refunds were not fully returned. Some of the protesters claimed MC Multiservicios withheld between more than one hundred dollars, up to four hundred dollars in some tax refund claims.
Last Tuesday, Luis Urdaneta, the lead Community Organizer for United We Stay (UWS) confirmed that numerous individual complaints were filed on September 18, against MC Multiservicios with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation Division and not "criminal complaints" as previously reported. Urdaneta explained that more victims have come forward, since making it public.
Attorney Arellano who represents Jenny and Juan Contreras, the owners of MC Multiservicios, e-mailed a "Retraction Request" after a flyer with the HNNUSA article reporting that numerous complaints had been filed with the IRS were distributed in Milwaukee's Southside area.
Affidavit's from victims (Taxpayers) claimed the Southside tax preparer did not refund the full amount the IRS had reimbursed them for their 2009 tax returns that they were entitled too.
Attorney Arellano, who represents the Contreras claimed last week, that they believed "each and every allegation...is intentionally false and malicious...defamatory and slanderous false accusations" used to damage the name and reputation of MC Multiservicios and its owners, according to Arellano. Arellano who has advertised a local office for his law firm at the same address where MC Multiservcios is located demanded a retraction from HNNUSA, Urdaneta and two other people. The allegations raised by Urdaneta and the taxpayers who received between $155.00 to $435.00 less than was sent to them by the IRS "won't retract their initial complaints" as Arellano requested.
In an unusual attempt, Attorney Arellano also requested the Social Security number and a notarized copy of Urdaneta's U.S. Citizenship Immigration & Naturalization Lawful Permanent Resident Card, but Arellano failed to cite any federal authority granting him to request such privilege information from anyone. 
Numeous victims have come forward who discovered their original 2010 federal tax filings for 2009 tax refunds that were prepared by MC Multiservicios had discrepancies when they asked for copies of the original tax refund filings from the IRS in 2011 and 2012. 
Urdaneta confirmed, his organization had filed an individual complaint with the IRS for each taxpayer who has come forward claiming they were victimized by MC Multiservicios. 
Members from la Organización Centro de la Causa-Chicago has also joined Urdaneta in the claim against MC Multiservicios.
MC Multiservicios closed for several days this week, but reopen on Thursday. The MC Multiservicios owners, Jenny and Juan Contreras have declined to comment to HNNUSA about the allegations made by the taxpayers who strongly believed they were victimized in 2010.


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