Thursday, April 30, 2015

Chicago's Sin Censura dot net Becomes Victim Of Cyber Attack

Hackers attempted to infiltrate the Sin Censura Internet page on Thursday. So far, an $18,896.84 discrepancy is showing in the Fiestas Patrias 2014 El Grito fiscal report.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 30, 2015

Chicago, WI - On Thursday, Vicente C. Serrano, the radio host for Sin Censura, a Spanish language news investigative program on 750 AM radio reported that the Sin Censura dot net page on the Internet had experienced a cyber attack and an attempt to hack it. Serrano said, that hackers attempted on early Thursday to take over the Sin Censura Internet news page, but had failed. The cyber attack has been reported to authorities, according to Serrano.
Currently, Serrano has gained recognition for his consistent manner to press for transparency from the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago to release totals of funds, if any that were provided by the Mexican government geared for the Grito Independence Day Celebration event in 2014. So far, the fiscal report from the Fiestas Patrias 2014 El Grito event under the direction and sponsorship of Mexican Consul Carlos Jiménez Macias in Chicago has not included the total amount it received from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the event.
Yesterday during the Sin Censura radio program, Serrano confirmed that more than $18,896.84 in discrepancy exists, including a pending sponsorship payment of $10K from the Walgreens Corp. and two transactions of $3.5K paid directly from a tourism source to Elemento L2 and a direct payment from Comcast to Elemento L2 of $5K, which were not included in the fiscal report tabulation released to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) by former Fiestas Patrias Committee 2014 President Carlos Tortolero, who is the Director and Founder of the National Museum of Mexican Art whose no -profit status was used as the fiscal agent for the Mexican Consulate's project to sponsor the Grito event. 
Serrano says, that Omar López, a spokesman for the Fiestas Patrias Committee 2014 on January 30 confirmed that a contract between Elemento L2 who managed the Grito event and the Committee totaled $78,793.59, but the fiscal report released by Tortolero only reported it paid $59.896.75 to Elemento L2 and that the Committee still owed Elemento L2 $6K and it owed $2K for publicity to a service provider from the state of Guanajuato.
López claimed in an interview with Serrano that there was a long list of contributors that included local businesses, corporations and companies, but the fiscal report by the Fiestas Patrias 2014 doesn't show that many contributors.
According to the fiscal report for Fiestas Patrias, the total donations received were $61,541,74 and the total disbursement was $60,777.83, with a remaining profit of $763.91.
The Fiestas Patrias fiscal report indicates it only made $61,541.74 in donations, but according to López the contract with Elemento L2 totaled $78,793.59, a negative or deficit of $17,251.85.
The Elemento L2 break down of the services it provided to the Fiestas Patrias 2014 to charge $78,793.59 was not included in the release of the fiscal report by Tortolero to HNNUSA.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Missing Women Sought In Indiana And Utah

Two women have been reported missing, one in Indian and the other in Utah, both are of Mexican descent.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 28, 2015

South Bend, Indiana - Police are looking for information leading to the whereabouts of Alma Angelica Del Real Galindo, 22, of South Bend, Indiana. She was last seen after leaving the Studio Rumbo 305 Club with a friend who dropped her home at Ewing Ave. around 3:30 a.m. on April 12. A $5,000 dollar reward had been offered for information leading to her whereabouts. 
If you have any information concerning Del Real Galindo, South Bend police can be contacted at (574) 235- 9201 or Crime Stoppers 1 (800) 342-7867.
The second woman missing is Elizabeth Elena Luna Salgado, 26, of Provo, Utah. She was reported missing on April 16, 2015. She was last seen in the area of 500 West and Center Streets. Salgado was learning English at the Nome Global School and had left the school when she went missing. Any information leading to her whereabouts, people can contact Provo police at 801-852-7307.

Chicago Mexican Consulate Workers Get Mediator To Help Settle $350K Defamation Scandal

Two Mexican Consulate staff workers prolonging blunder by a Chicago law firm and getting a religious mediator to pursue remedy of the latest transparency and alleged extortion scandal. Free word of advice, both Alfonso Rosas Joule and Ricardo Duran Peña should just fire Ancel Glink for their recent letter and blunder, forget about a defamation lawsuit or collecting $350K, provide transparency and move on.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 28, 2015

Chicago, IL - On Tuesday, Father Marco A. Mercado told Vicente C. Serrano, the radio host for Sin Censura a Spanish language program that he will be representing two Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago staff workers in a dispute over a retraction/settlement who seek $350K for damages in a defamation allegation and threat to file a lawsuit against Adolfo Vega, owner of La Bodega, Ltd. and Sin Censura. According to Catholic Priest Mercado who is based at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Chicago and a member of the Fiestas Patrias Committee 2014 during the Sin Censura program stated, that he is now the mediator for Alfonso Rosas Joule and Ricardo Duran Peña, two Mexican Consulate workers. Mercado told Serrano that a pending defamation lawsuit filing has been suspended pending the outcome of the mediation between all parties involved.
Father Mercado wouldn't say who approached him to become a mediator, but told Serrano that it was just a "misunderstanding" between Joule, Peña and Vega. Fr. Mercado did not say what the end result of the current scandal with the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago and two of its workers would be. 
A letter dated March 11 from Ancel Glink, a law firm indicated that it represented the Mexican Consulate, Joule and Peña. After the Ancel Glink letter was publicly released, Mexican Consul Carlos Jiménez Macias denied that the law firm represented the Consulate, but said that it only represented Joule and Peña. Joule and Peña were actually working for Consul Jiménez Macias during Consulate working hours while calling businesses in Chicago to get donations for the Grito event in 2014. 
In the Ancel Glink letter threatening to file a lawsuit for defamation, it specifically asked for $350K in damages, if paid by Vega and Serrano, the lawsuit would not be filed.
Some Mexican nationals who became aware of the scandal through the Sin Censura radio program alleged that Joule and Peña were just trying to extort Vega and Serrano out of $350K. 
The whole Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago alleged extortion and scandal resulted out of a request for transparency in September 2014 by Mexican nationals and Serrano in Chicago.
When contacted on Tuesday afternoon, Father Mercado would only state, "I am acting as mediator between both parties. I am hoping for the best, but so far no change has been made in regards to the lawyers. The litigations still up to both parties if they decided to continue or not. The fiscal report is the same that you may have."
Father Mercado's role was short lived, he later stated, "It is with great sadness that I inform you that my role as mediator failed. At this point is up to them how to proceed with this dispute."
In this case many legal questions have been raised and Joule, including Peña could be accused of conspiring to commit tax fraud by suggesting for Vega to donate funds to a non-profit organization, but the funds would be funneled to the Fiestas Patrias instead of claiming they were donated to the National Museum of Mexican Art.
If Joule and Peña are serious about trying to resolve their present dilema over the current scandal that has now been reported in Mexico, they don't need a mediator to actually prolong their dilema any further or to dig the hole any deeper. All they have to do is to fired Attorney Pedro Fregoso Jr. and the Ancel Glink law firm for their blunder in writing the letter to Vega exposing the intend of the Mexican Consulate in Chicago and its two workers attempting to collect $350K for their own personal benefit.
Last Thursday, Sin Censura reported, that the Ancel Glink law firm had retracted a retraction/settlement letter sent out by Attorney Fregoso on behalf of the General Consulate of Mexico in Chicago asking $350,000 in settlement for damages. Attorney Fregoso accused Vega of recorded a conversation of several Mexican Consulate workers who were requesting donations for the Grito event in 2014. Vega released the telephone recorded conversations to Serrano who then aired it in his program last September 2014. In the conversation, Consulate staff worker Joule attempts to get Vega to donate funds to the Grito event by suggesting Vega to commit fraud by making the funds directly to the National Museum of Mexican Art and then its Director Carlos Tortolero, the former President of the Fiestas Patrias would give him a receipt showing that he donated funds to the museum, which is non-proft. Tortolero would then apply those funds directly to the Fiestas Patrias, which the Consulate would benefit and Vega could claim on his federal taxes that he donated funds to the non-profit museum instead to Fiesta Patrias, so he could get a tax credit. 
What the Consulate staff workers were doing is actually illegal under U.S. federal law and the Consulate workers could be facing federal charges for conspiracy to commit federal income tax fraud while representing a foreign government. Both of the Consulate workers could be facing deportation as well, if charged and convicted for trying to commit fraud in the U.S.
Vega was accused by the Consulate workers of recording their conversation illegally under the Illinois Eavesdropping Act. But the Eavesdropping Act does not apply, if a crime was being committed and if the Consulate workers made those calls from the Mexican Consulate in Chicago on behalf Consul Carlos Jiménez Macias.
The whole General Consulate of Mexico in Chicago debacle and scandal began last year after Mexican nationals and Serrano requested for Consul Jiménez Macias to release El Grito event funds that were provided by the Mexican government. Consul Jiménez Macias has refused.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) was able to confirm, that Tortolero never received any funds from the inappropriate actions by the Consulate staff workers. Tortolero released the Fiestas Patrias fiscal report to HNNUSA and no entry was made to show the total amount that the Mexican government gave the Consulate. Tortolero says, that he doesn't know how much the Consulate received from the Mexican government. The Mexican Consulate in Chicago generates more than $5M per year from Mexican nationals for services. 
HNNUSA first posted the Fiestas Patrias fiscal report and the three page letter from Attorney Fregoso. The HNNUSA posting went viral and people, includong organizations began to criticize the Ancel Glink law firm for trying to get Vega and Serrano to pay $350,000 to keep Fregoso from filing a dafamation lawsuit on behalf of the General Consulate of Mexico in Chicago.
Now, the law firm of Ancel Glink is saying, that it is representing both of the Mexican Consulate workers instead of the General Consulate of Mexico in Chicago, according to Serrano.
In 2014, two Consulate workers, Alfonso Rosas Joule, in charge of Community Organizations for the Consulate and Ricardo Duran Peña, the Consulate Office Coordinator were requesting up to $10,000 of sponsorships for the Grito event on behalf of Consul General Jiménez Macias.
HNNUSA has made numerous attempts to contact Attorney Fregoso and Consul Jiménez Macias about the dafamation and eavesdropping debacle and latest scandal, but they have not responded. 

Humberto Martínez Pelayo, the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago administrator in 2014 sent out sponsorship packages for the Grito event from $1,000 to $15,000. It is not known, if any of those packages were sold by Pelayo in the guise of a donation in 2014.


Editors note:

Vicente C. Serrano from Sin Censura Radio program has announced that on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, a major protest calling for transparency of all events and El Grito 2014 sponsored by the Mexican Consulate will take place in front of the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago beginning at 11:00 a.m., 204 S. Ashland Ave. People are invited to attend to participate and call on Consul Carlos Jiménez Macias to release information about how much funds the Mexican government gave the Consulate for the Grito event.

Monday, April 27, 2015

State of Emergency Declared In Baltimore As Multiple Fires Spread In A Four Block Radius

Firefighters are trying to control four fires within a four block area after chaos, looting, vandalism and destruction of property was reported shortly after the Freddie Gray funeral earlier in the day.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 27, 2015

Baltimore, Maryland - On Monday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) declared a State of Emergency in Baltimore, shortly after Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake declared a State of Emergency for the city and set a curfew beginning on Tuesday from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Governor Hogan confirmed that at least 4,000 guardsman have been activated and placed on standby, 80 state troopers have joined Baltimore police after looters, vandals, thugs and gangs engaged in destructive chaos after the Freddie Gray funeral earlier today. 
A CVS drug store was looted and then set on fire. A Check Cashing Place was broken into and looted as well and a corner store near the North and Pennsylvania Avenues.
Firefighters later at night were trying to control four fires. A large fire began at a senior housing complex under construction. The foundation of a senior housing from a local Baptist Church was destroyed. Another fire ignited at a vacant warehouse about a block away and homes near the senior housing caught fire from the ambers.  
Fifteen police officers have been reported injured and multiple vehicles have been set on fire near the North and Pennsylvania Avenues, according to police. Two dozen people have been arrested.
During a press conference, Governor Hogan and authorities confirmed that more than 1,500 law enforcement officers have been assigned to the Baltimore area to restore order. An additional 5,000 law enforcement officers from the adjacent states will join Baltimore police and State police in attempting to take control of the streets.
The armed Maryland National Guard will be working with police and the State police. The guard will begin patrolling the streets on Monday night.
Governor Hogan said, that thugs, out of state agitators and local gangs had turned a peaceful protest into a riot and causing chaos in the city. The agitators have broken up into multiple groups and are causing vandalism, looting, crime and setting fires to businesses.

Baltimore mom beats son after she catches him throwing rocks at police and forces him to go home. https://youtu.be/VRlmCf1Kj2o

Update:

Since Monday, police reported 15 structure fires, 144 vehicle fires and 200 arrests.

Victor Santiago Sentenced To 13 years In Prison For Hit-and-run Death

Santiago will do 8 years in prison and 5 years of supervision for the hit-and-run death of Alfred De la O. Silveira.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 27, 2015

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, Victor Santiago, 50, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the hit-and-run death of Alfred De la O. Silveira, 63, in late November of 2014. Santiago will serve 8 years in prison and 5 years supervision, according to court records.
Santiago struck Silveira while crossing the 900 block of S. César E. Chavez Drive in November.
Santiago failed to stop and he was later taken into custody after police located his vehicle. A small bag with 0.23 grams of cocaine was found in his possession, according to the criminal complaint. 
Santiago's blood-alcohol concentration was .187, more than twice the legal limit.

Bustos Media Buys Back WDDW La GranD 104 FM From Adelante Media

La GranD 104 FM WDDW was bought by Bustos Media for $1M, according to the FCC.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 27, 2015

West Allis, WI - According to a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission, Bustos Media, LLC of Portland, Oregon has bought back WDDW 104 FM La GranD Spanish language station from Adelante Media Group, LLC for $1M. Bustos Media owns the property in West Allis where WDDW is located today.
In March, Adelante Media placed WDDW for bid and Bustos Media won the bidding.
Adelante Media from Salt Lake City, UT also sold Television Station LP-WBWT 38 to DTV America Corp. from Sunrise, Florida for $425K. WBWT is a Mundo Fox affiliate. 
Bustos Media website is temperarily down.

Transparency Protest At Consulate General Of Mexico In Chicago On May 6

Mexican nationals will hold a major protest to seek transparency from the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 27, 2015

Chicago, IL - A major protest to seek transparency from the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago will be held on May 6, staring at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Consulate at 204 S. Ashland Ave., according to a united front of Mexican nationals. The Mexican Consulate in Chicago and Consul Carlos Jiménez Macias have been criticized for not reporting how much the Mexican government had provided in funds to the Consulate to sponsor El Grito event in 2014.
The latest transparency request has become another scandal for President Enrique Peña Nieto's narco-government.  

For more information: Pedro Fregoso Jr. Representing Mexican Consulate Big Blunder Over Alleged Retraction/Settlement Letter To Chicago Businessman http://bit.ly/1yYjB8y

GOP Attempts To Strip Citizenship Of U.S. Born Children To Illegal Aliens

The Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives are attempting once again to take away the citizenship of U.S. born children to illegal aliens or immigrants.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
April 27, 2015

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. to possibly strip the citizenship of U.S. born children to illegal aliens. http://1.usa.gov/1zfPv0s

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Antonio Coasaca Mamani Freed After Video Showed Weapon Planted By Peruvian Police

An agriculture worker and protester in the District of Chiguata in Perú is freed after a video showed that a federal police officer picks up a sharp metal object known as "Miguelito" and placed it on the victim's hand to frame him. So that a photographer can take a photo and it was later posted on El Correo Daily Newspaper website.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 26, 2015

Hacienda Pampa Blanca, Arequipa, Perú - The El Correo Daily newspaper in Arequipa is now facing criticism after it posted a photo showing Antonio Coasaca Mamani, 46, holding a sharp metal pointed object known as "Miguelito" while a Federal Special Police officer "FILOSOFE XXX" from the Policía Nacional de Perú forces him to hold the metal object. The unknown photographer's picture was then posted the next day, April 23, 2015 in the Correo's website with the headline, "La otra cara de la moneda: así atacaron a los antimineros."
A protest by agriculture workers took place on April 22 at the Valle de Tambo in Chiguata in the province of Islay.
The false news headline and photo caption was later removed when a video surfaced showing that the unidentified Peruvian federal officer picked up the sharp metal object from the ground and placed it on Mamani's hand as the photographer saw it happened and then takes a photo. A video capturing the deception was released by Mollendinostv and then it went viral.
When El Correo was confronted about the false photo caption report, it removed the photo from its website.
Mamani was facing 4 years in prison, if he would have been convicted of the false charges. He has since been released and the Peruvian federal officer and the photographer have not been charged for corruption and making a false charge.
El Correo Newspaper is now saying, that the editorial staff made a mistake and posted the wrong information on the photo. They don't know who took the photo of Mamani. The Correo says, that the photographer doesn't work for them and that they have requested for the federal government to investigate the incident.
The photographer who took Mamani's photo was identified as Julio Ángulo Delgado who works for El Comercio. 
Why did the Correo publish a photo, if it didn't have the correct information? El Correo editor, Carlos Marcelo Rodriguez Rivera handled the Mamani photo and caption. The photo of Mamani was send to Rivera by the Comité Pro Desarrollo de la Provincia de Islay.
Peruvian authorities confirmed that Police Special Forces Colonel Walter Meza Ayala has been removed from command, including a general and two other colonels. The federal officer who planted the object on Mamani has been identified and weapons of a group of officers have been confiscated to do ballistic tests to find out who fired the fatal shot that killed Victoriano Guayana Niña, an agriculture worker and land owner during the protest.
Agriculture workers protest and strike against the Tía María Southern Copper mine project has halted operations for the last 35 days.
General Clever Vidal of the Peruvian Federal Special Police forces and three colonels, Ricardo Talavera Fuentes in the region of Mollendo replaced Col. Meza Ayala, Hector Holguin in the region of El Fiscal and Amador Bacaya Guadalupe in the region of Pampa Blanca in the province of Islay have replaced the former commanders after the revelations of abuse and murder of agriculture workers have been denounced by agriculture protesters.

Video where Peruvian federal police Officer FILOSOFE XXX planted weapon on Antonio Coasaca Mamani: https://youtu.be/bGboIqrI0mI

Radio interview with Antonio Coasaca Mamani: http://alturl.com/7x5kr

The photographer that took Antonio Coasaca Mamani's photo when he was framed by a federal police officer was identified as Julio Ángulo Delgado who works for El Comercio in Peru. Ángulo Delgado was the personal photographer for Yamila Osorio Delgado, the regional President of Arequipa when she took office. She supports the Tía María Southern Copper mine project and is against the agricultural workers interests.

Freddie Gray Protest Ends With Destruction And Violence In Baltimore

Reports of looting, riots, assaults, vandalism and robberies during Friday's Baltimore protest for the killing of Freddie Gray.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

Baltimore, Maryland - At least a dozen people were arrested after a violent and destructive riot ignited near the end of what was suppose to be a peaceful gathering to seek justice for Freddie Gray, 25, an Afro-American who was murdered by police. It is still unclear why Gray was stopped, severely beaten and resulting with a broken spine. He later died from the injuries. 
Seven Baltimore police officers connected to Gray's homicide have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the homicide investigation.
Hundreds of protesters gathered yesterday near the Baltimore stadium when Black anarchists began to break the windows of civilian vehicles, police squad cars and beat other people in the protest. In some cases, Black anarchists attacked and beat Whites who joined the peaceful protest to seek justice for Gray. The Black anarchists even turned on other Blacks trying to calm them down or attempting to stop them from committing crimes against their own community members.
Most of the peaceful protesters criticized the anarchists for tainting the peaceful protest. Police were tolerant even when anarchists threw bottles, debris and other items at them. They were verbally cursed with profanity and had the middle finger (bird) thrown at them.
Most of the Ustream TV recorded videos were removed to prevent identifying anarchists and gangs engaging in violent crimes during the Gray protest. Some reporters at the protest were assaulted and had their cameras damaged by the anarchists.

Friday, April 24, 2015

HBPA And Racine Fiesta Committee Cancels Three-day Summer Festival For 2015

Three-day Mexican and Tejano music festival in Racine County has been canceled, according to organizers.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 24, 2015

Racine, WI - On Tuesday, the Hispanic Professionals Business Association (HBOA) and Racine Fiesta Committee have decided to cancel this year's Mexican and Tejano three-day festival, according to Wally Rendon, the executive director of the Racine Fiesta. Rendon posted on his Facebook account, "...Like several other festivals around here and other places, our funding sources began to dwindle, last year we lost one of our major sponsors so we had limited dollars to work with.
Our three-day festival last year had an attendance of less than 1000 people...So, we barely broke even in our 2014 Fiesta.
We will see what the future (2016) brings. In the meantime, please support other local Tejano festivals."
In 2012, the Racine Fiesta, previously known as the Racine Mexican Fiesta had to cancel the summer festival after the non-profit organization were almost scammed by a fake music band promoter who promised to bring an array of groups. Days before the event, organizers discovered the scam.
In 2011, Fiesta organizers had to invest more funds than they had planned when the music venue focusing on regional Mexican music had to be change at least seven days before the August 12-14, 2011 lakefront festival. Luis Enrique Martínez from L.E.M. Marketing and Productions in Milwaukee had entered into a contract agreement to bring Bobby Pulido and at least 22 Mexican groups in a package deal to Fiesta Mexicana, but Fiesta organizers discovered that Martinez was allegedly trying to scam the organizers.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pedro Fregoso Jr. Representing Mexican Consulate Big Blunder Over Alleged Retraction/Settlement Letter To Chicago Businessman

Ancel Glink law firm associate Attorney Pedro Fregoso Jr. under fire for sending out a retraction/settlement letter in behalf of the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago to businessman. Ancel Glink law firm now retracts blunder made by Fregoso.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 23, 2015

Chicago, IL - On Thursday, Vicente C. Serrano, 750 AM radio host for the Sin Censura Spanish language program in Chicago reported, that the Ancel Glink law firm has now retracted a retraction/settlement letter sent out by Attorney Pedro Fregoso Jr. on behalf of the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago asking $350,000 in settlement for damages. Attorney Fregoso sent out the letter on March 11 to Adolfo Vega, owner of the Bodega, Ltd. alleging that Vega recorded a conversation of several Mexican Consulate workers who were requesting donations for the Grito event in 2014. Vega released the telephone recorded conversations to Serrano who then aired it in his program last September 2014. In the conversation, a Consulate staff worker attempts to get Vega to donate funds to the Grito event by suggesting Vega to commit fraud by making the funds directly to the National Museum of Mexican Art and then its Director Carlos Tortolero, the former President of the Fiestas Patrias would give him a receipt showing that he donated funds to the museum, which is non-proft. Tortolero would then apply those funds directly to the Fiestas Patrias, which the Consulate would benefit and Vega could claim on his federal taxes that he donated funds to the non-profit museum instead to Fiesta Patrias, so he could get a tax credit. 
What the Consulate staff workers were doing is actually illegal under U.S. federal law and the Consulate workers could be facing federal charges for conspiracy to commit federal income tax fraud while representing a foreign government. Both of the Consulate workers could be facing deportation as well, if charged and convicted for trying to commit fraud in the U.S.
Vega was accused by the Consulate workers of recording their conversation illegally under the Illinois Eavesdropping Act. But the Eavesdropping Act does not apply, if a crime was being committed and if the Consulate workers made those calls from the Mexican Consulate in Chicago on behalf of Consul Carlos Jiménez Macias.
The whole Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago debacle and scandal began last year after Mexican nationals and Serrano requested for Consul Jiménez Macias to release El Grito event funds that were provided by the Mexican government. Consul Jiménez Macias has refused.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) was able to confirm, that Tortolero never received any funds from the inappropriate actions by the Consulate staff workers. Tortolero released the Fiestas Patrias fiscal report to HNNUSA and no entry was made to show the total amount that the Mexican government gave the Consulate. Tortolero says, that he doesn't know how much the Consulate received from the Mexican government. The Mexican Consulate in Chicago generates more than $5M per year from Mexican nationals for services. 
HNNUSA first posted the Fiestas Patrias fiscal report and the three page letter from Attorney Fregoso. The HNNUSA posting went viral and people, including organizations began to criticize the Ancel Glink law firm for trying to get Vega and Serrano to pay $350,000 to keep Fregoso from filing a defamation lawsuit on behalf of the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago.
Now, the law firm of Ancel Glink is saying, that it is representing both of the Mexican Consulate workers instead of the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, according to Serrano.
In 2014, two Consulate workers, Alfonso Rosas Joule, in charge of Community Organizations for the Consulate and Ricardo Duran Peña, the Consulate Office Coordinator were requesting up to $10,000 of sponsorships for the Grito event on behalf of Consul General Jiménez Macias.
The latest issue has prompted Mexican nationals in the tri-state area to allege corruption within the Consulate for a lack of transparency and want to oust Consul Jiménez Macias.
HNNUSA has made numerous attempts to contact Attorney Fregoso and Consul Jiménez Macias about the defamation and eavesdropping debacle and latest scandal, but they have not responded. 

Audio recording of Alfonso Rosas Joule, in charge of Community Organizations for the Consulate http://alturl.com/tt8a5

Illinois Eavesdropping Act section that exempts a person from an illegal act to record a conversation, if the person suspects a criminal act is about to be committed.

Editors note:

Vicente C. Serrano from Sin Censura Radio program has announced that on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, a major protest calling for transparency of all events and El Grito 2014 sponsored by the Mexican Consulate will take place in front of the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago beginning at 11:00 a.m., 204 S. Ashland Ave. People are invited to attend to participate and call on Consul Carlos Jiménez Macias to release information about how much funds the Mexican government gave the Consulate for the Grito event.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mexican Federal Police And Military Massacred 16 Unarmed Civilians In Apatzingán

A Federal Police supervisor ordered his officers to shoot and kill unarmed civilians, referring to the victims as dogs not worth living.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 22, 2015

Apatzingán, Michoacán, Mexico - New evidence, testimony from dozens of witnesses and victims of police abuse, including a video and a report released by Aristegui News, Proceso and Univision alleged that the Mexican Federal Police and military were involved in the massacre of 16 unarmed civilians during two incidents beginning on early January 6, 2015. On January 6, 2015, Mexican Federal Police opened fire on dozens of unarmed civilians who were at the Apatzingán City Hall seeking justice and protesting a federal government order to disarm a security armed protection community civil defense group.
A group of civilian leaders had received communication that more than 20 Federal Police units were heading into the city and that it was believed that a group of the Caballeros Templarios, a criminal drug cartel were planning to attack the civilian security forces. The civilians leaders decided not to arm themselves, so that federal authorities would conceive that they were criminals. That decision turned out to be one of the deadliest chain of events for several days that resulted in the murder of 16 civilians and dozens of injured people, including 11 missing. 44 civilians were arrested by the corrupt authorities.
In a news conference after the incident in Apatzingán, Alfredo Castillo, the Michoacan Security Commissioner appointed by President Enrique Peña Nieto claimed that a group of armed civilian security forces attacked Federal Police and were repelled. For the last four months, Castillo and Peña Nieto's narco-government had engaged in false information about what actually happened at Apatzingán until the latest report and video released by the three news reporting agencies exposed that it was the Federal Police and military who fired upon the unarmed civil security forces and civilians.
Witnesses say, that civilians were gunned down in cold blood and a family with teenagers was massacre by Federal Police despite pleas for help and shouting at police that they were unarmed. Another witness said, a man was brutally executed by Federal Police after he surrendered.
The lasted revelation of the mass murder at Apatzingán by Federal Police and the military has forced the Mexican National Commission who oversees the Federal Police to launch an investigation to the alleged massacre at Apatzingán. Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, the Minister of Interior Relations confirmed that an investigation has been initiated to look into the allegations of a massacre by Federal Police.
Castillo told a media outlet during an interview that he hadn't fully seen the newly released video of the massacre in Apatzingán. Apparently, Castillo is now implicated in a cover-up and knowing of the massacre or had even approved the use of deadly force.
Medical staff and a doctor in charge at the Ramon Ponce Alvarez General Hospital at Apatzingán told the investigative news agencies that Federal Police and the military wouldn't allowed wounded civilians to be treated and wounded civilians were left at scenes to bleed to death. The video released by the three news agencies show a man still alive, moving and bleeding without authorities providing any effort to render aid for hours. The doctor confirmed, that the military wouldn't allow for the wounded to he transported to other near by hospitals for treatment and some wounded civilians as a result had died.
In another massacre, Federal Police and the Military allegedly were involved with corrupt Iguala and Cocula municipal police in the murder of six people, including students and in the disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa missing students.  
The current allegations that the Mexican Federal Police and military have been involved in multiple massacres has created a division between corrupt and non-corrupt PRI party members who have joined bipartisan support to condemn the massacre and are pushing for justice. President Peña Nieto is from the PRI political party.

News video of the January Apatzingán massacre https://youtu.be/IHqx8WBpOOU

More than $10,776 Raised For Fabela's Funeral And Support For Surviving Son

Friends of the late Victor Fabela have managed to raise nearly $11K.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 22, 2015

Milwaukee, WI - On Tuesday, fundraising organizers and friends for the late Victor Fabela, 29, reported that more than $10,776 has been raised in support of Fabela's son and to help pay for Victor's funeral expenses.
A fundraising event on Tuesday at the Delaware House Dance Studio raised at least $5K, a Gofundme fund raised another $5,176 in three days and on Saturday, the Latin American Motorcycle Association in Milwaukee reported that it also had raised at least $600 for Fabela's funeral expenses.
Fabela is originally from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, including a member of the Pulaski Boyz Motorcycle Association. He was well known in the Salsa dancing and performing social circles in both the Milwaukee and Chicago area.
Fabela died on early Saturday in a motorcycle accident while driving in the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago. According to the Illinois State Police, Fabela lost controlled of his motorcycle and crashed on the freeway. No other vehicle was involved. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
He is survived by a 5-year-old son.

Victor Fabela's funeral services will be held at the Marin Funeral Home, 2744 W. 51st Street (and California Ave.) in Chicago, Illinois from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.

25-year-old Man Reported Fatally Shot In Milwaukee's Southside

Neighbors on Monday night called police after multiple shot were fired at the 800 block of W. Hayes Ave.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 21, 2015

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Police on Monday night found Randall R. Radtke, 25, fatally shot outside a home in the 800 block of W. Hayes Ave. Neighbors in the area called police after hearing multiple shots fired before 11:00 p.m.
Police have an ongoing homicide investigation.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Milwaukee Common Council Denies Approval Of Terra's Bar Liquor License And Votes Against Food Truck Ban Measure

Several incidents at the Terra Restaurant and Bar led to a non-renewal of the Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises licenses by the Milwaukee Common. In another measure, the Common Council voted 10 to 4 and 1 excused vote to deny a Food Truck ban ordinance on most of the 11th and parts of the 13th Aldermanic Districts.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 21, 2015

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Common Council voted on a 14-1 excused vote to approved the Common Council Licensing Committee recommendation not to approve the Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises licenses to Jenny Contreras, 35, and Juan Contreras, owners of the Terra Restaurant and Bar at 600 S. 6th Street. In an appeal for reconsideration, Attorney Douglas J. Phebus representing the Contreras's said, that Jenny was new at managing the bar and had now made efforts to change how she managed the bar. Some of the members of the Common Council disagreed and claimed that the Contreras's lack of taking responsibility and for Juan not even making an effort to help an 18-year-old woman who was knocked out unconsciously by her boyfriend, a visiting nephew from Texas related to Juan and not cooperating with an officer's request to release a surveillance video recording of the assault inside the bar resulted in denial of their liquor license.
On April 6, the Milwaukee Common Council Licensing Committee members on a vote of 4-1 denied renewal of the Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises licenses to Jenny and Juan Contreras. The Licenses Committee cited bad management skills of the business for denying the Contreras to continue to operate the business. Alderman José G. Pérez opposed granting the renewal of their Class B Tavern license citing several incidents. 
Attorney Victor Arellano who represented the Contreras's during the Licensing Committee hearing had claimed that "Ald. Pérez went to the owner of the place and mentioned he had a couple of buyers and so, now we know why he is not in support of Jenny Contreras" getting her license renewed. The 600 S. 6th Street property is owned by Pedro and Gloria Castillo, who owe $13,215 in taxes for 2014 and the property where Terra Restaurant is located is assessed at $429K. Arellano alleged Ald. Pérez had an interest for the Contreras not to get their liquor license renewed. Ald. Pérez who was present did not dispute Arellano's allegation.
According to police reports, police were called to the Terra Restaurant on July 17, 2014 around 11:20 a.m. after someone (a service provider) called to report a young female unconscious in front of the bar. Police say, that Juan Contreras was seen pulling on the female's arm in a bar video. It was later determined when police viewed a surveillance video from inside the bar, that Juan, a male cousin of his from Texas and an 18-year-old girlfriend of the cousin, including an unidentified person had been drinking for hours and serving drinks after 3:00 a.m. The video caught the girlfriend hit Juan's cousin and in returned, the boyfriend knocked her out for three minutes.
The video was viewed at the time by a Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Anderson and Jenny Contreras. Police arrested Juan Contreras for not rendering aid to the girl and his cousin for assaulting his girlfriend, including the girl for underage drinking and fighting. A court hearing on that underage drinking case is scheduled for April 23.
Juan was accused of allowing a minor and his cousin at the bar after hours and serving drinks. The Contreras refused to release the bar video to police and contacted Arellano who advised them not to release the video to police unless they had a warrant. A Licensing Committee member said, that it is the first time that they have heard a liquor license holder has ever refused to cooperate with police by not releasing the video. Police obtained a warrant to confiscate the video, but it was erased after seven days, according to the video system. 
The second incident happened on February 3, 2015, when a Milwaukee police sergeant noticed a crowd at the Terra Restaurant and Bar after the bar closed at 2:00 a.m. The Contreras were cited in that incident as well for having over 14 people at the bar and several still drinking, according to police. The Terra Restaurant and Bar bartender admitted to police that they usually closed at 2:20 a.m. when the law requires the bar to close at 2:00 a.m.
The Committee members were not to happy that Juan Contreras didn't even called 911 after his cousin's girlfriend was criminally assaulted and left in the floor. Juan didn't attend the hearing, but his wife said that Juan had a kidney transplant about a year ago and wasn't  feeling to well to be at the hearing. Alderman T. Anthony Zeilinski, Chairman of the Licensing Committee couldn't understand how Juan had a kidney transplant and was drinking, but couldn't attend the hearing to renew a liquor license. The rest of the Committee members determined that the Contreras's badly managed the business, which indicated that it wasn't anyone's business how they ran the business after hours, according to the hearing.
Jenny Contreras told the Committee members that she did know that she couldn't have people or family at the bar drinking after the bar closed. All business bar or restaurant owners who are approved to have a Class B Tavern license in the City of Milwaukee know the restrictions and hours they can legally operate and serve liquor.
Jenny and Juan Contreras to beat the City of Milwaukee liquor licensing system they separated the bar from the restaurant last year by placing a door between them and got a Class-B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises licenses for the bar now called Pachangas Bar and Grill. The Contreras continue to operate Pachangas, despite being singled out by the Licensing Committee for mismanagement of the same bar under Terra Restaurant and Bar and denied a liquor license for it on April 6. 
Jenny and Juan Contreras are the owners of MC Multiservicios and Tax Service located at the 1000 block of S. César E. Chávez Drive.
In March 2013, Attorney Victor Arellano, 69, was reprimanded by the Office of Lawyers Regulation for making false statements. He was disciplined by the State Supreme Court judge for two counts, misrepresenting information (lying) to investigators and for soliciting to represent one of the complainants when she didn't request representation. Arellano had to pay $10,240.13, but kept his license to practice law.
On February 28, 2011, the OLR filed a 14 count misconduct case seeking to revoke Arellano's law license. Arellano was accused by four women, including Marilyn Figueroa who testified that in 2000 he solicited to represent her and then staring up a sexual relationship in violation of attorney's rules of conduct. He also was accused of starting sexual relationships with three other women while representing them in various cases. 
The Licensing Committee minutes state, that "Officer Michael Anderson - He investigated the July 18th incident. A service worker observed a woman unconscious on the floor with the applicant's husband, Mr. Contreras, sweeping up glass. The worker then called 911. After police arrived, the applicant then arrived on premises and gave them access to the security camera footage. He observed four individuals on premise drinking. When he arrived, Mr. Contreras was on premise with intoxicated individuals. There was broken glass and spilled items on the floor. All individuals were uncooperative. The applicant arrived on premise and offered access to security cameras. The video showed that Mr. Contreras allowed patrons in after bar close time. The video also showed patrons drinking after 3 AM. The woman who was assaulted and knocked out was 18 years old. 
Ald. Perez present at the table. He has concerns with the application because of drinking after hours, minors in the establishment, an assault occurring, and the lack of action taken after the assault. He is also concerned that both police incidents occurred within the first year of operation."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Javier López Fatally Shot While Driving In Milwaukee's Southside

López was driving his SUV when he was fatally shot on early Sunday.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
April 19, 2015

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Police reported that a 29-year-old man was shot adound 3:00 a.m. while driving his SUV in the Southside. The victim was identified as Javier López, 29, who is originally from Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
When López was fatally shot he crashed into the side of a building at the 1300 block of W. Holt Ave. Police are reviewing surveillance cameras from a grocery store across from where he crashed.
No suspects have been arrested in connection with López homicide.
Friends of López stopped by on Sunday afternoon to place a makeshift memorial with candles. They say that López was a nice person and didn't bother people and hardly went out on the club scene. They say that he will be greatly missed and hope police find the person or persons who killed López.
López was a popular local promoter for Trafikando Music Entertainment, booked artists and gigs in the Milwaukee area.

Raw video taken about a minute after Javier López was fatally shot through the window while driving and then crashed into a building. https://youtu.be/lmuq1uffaak

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Eavesdropping And $350K Defamation Lawsuit Brewing Between Mexican Consulate And Several Chicago Businessmen

The Mexican Consulate in Chicago is claiming through a local law firm that a businessmen recorded a telephone conversation between two of its agents and a businessmen over a request to donate and funnel at least $10K from El Grito event in 2014 by using a non-profit entity, but the Consulate would actually get the funds, apparently the agents were exposed after it went public for doing something deemed inappropriate.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 18, 2015
 (Updated)

Chicago, Illinois - An international incident is brewing between the Mexican Consulate in Chicago and several businessmen over an alleged Illinois Eavesdropping Act violation over a questionable donation request and making a telephone recorded conversation between two Mexican Consulate agents and a businessman public. The Mexican Consulate agents in a telephone conversation wanted Adolfo Vega, the owner of Bodega, Ltd. to donate at least $10K to the non-profit National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) and in returned the NMMA would provide a receipt for whatever amount and the funds would then be funneled to the Consulate account. 
The NMMA President and Founder Carlos Tortolero was elected as the President of the Fiestas Patrias Committee (FPC) last year, which Consul Carlos Jiménez Macias and members of the Chicago Mexican community created. The NMMA non-profit status would then be used by the Mexican Consulate in Chicago to raise funds for its Grito event. Tortolero recently resigned from the Committee.
When contacted, Tortolero confirmed to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that he had resigned on March 30 or the 31 and the FPC has not met to replace him as President. Tortolero stated, "I resigned as President of the Committee and as a member of the committee. When I was elected President. I stated numerous times that it would be for just one year. I attended the 2013 Grito at Grant Park and unfortunately it was a disaster. "Consequently, I wanted to work hard to ensure that it would be a great event in 2014. The Committee organized a great event in 2014 with over 8,000 people attending. Portions of the event were broadcast across the country and to Mexico. I resigned as the President for two reasons. Being President of the Museum requires a tremendous amount of time. Also my mom was dying of cancer (She died last Saturday) and we were taking turns caring for her at my house.
"Interestingly, only twice has there been a public report of the funding and expenses of the Grito and both times, it occurred when the Museum was involved. I forgot exactly what year it was about 10 years ago, the Museum served as the fiscal agent and a full report was given. Earlier this year, a full fiscal report was given to about 80 people and reviewed by Maria Prado, a well respected auditor.
"The Museum never received any funds. In fact, whenever the subject came up about what to do with any excess funds, I said that the Museum is not interested in receiving funds and if we have any excess funds that they should go to future Gritos or to support educational programs done by other arts groups and not the Museum.
"Obviously, with my resignation, there will be some changes such as the museum being the fiscal agent that will be resolved once a new President is selected by the committee." Tortolero released the fiscal report of El Grito to HNNUSA. Tortolero said, that he doesn't know if the Mexican government ever gave any funds to the Consulate for the Grito event.
Maria Prado is the current President of the Council for Transparency for the Fiestas Patrias 2014.
El Grito de la Independencia de Mexico is the Midnight shout of the Mexican Independence celebration on September 16.
The recorded conversation in question was made public by Vicente C. Serrano, the radio host for Sin Censura in Chicago's 750 AM Spanish language radio program last September. Serrano and other Mexican nationals had requested for the Mexican Consulate in Chicago, the Fiesta Patrias Committee (FPC), the Council for Transparency for the Fiesta Patrias 2014, NMMA and the Mexican government to release the revenues generated through the inappropriate fundraising tactics. None of the groups involved have released the funding sources and revenues generated for the Grito event, except Tortolero who released a statement.
The Ancel Glink law firm who is representing the Mexican Consulate in Chicago sent a letter of notice to Vega that included Serrano and requested a retraction/settlement and $350K in damages for defamation against the Consulate and it's agents. Glink claims the exposed telephone recorded conversation was altered and has damaged the reputation of the Mexican Consulate in Chicago. Mexican nationals in Chicago might dispute that claim in a joint counter lawsuit.
Serrano during his Friday morning show made the Ancel Glink letter requesting $350K public and he wanted to know who was actually paying for the law firm to represent the Consulate. Lic. José Antonio Meade Kuribrena, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs who oversees the Consulate has not confirmed, if the Mexican government has agreed  to allow one of its Consulates in the U.S. to sue Mexican nationals for exposing inappropriate activity on behalf of their government. The Mexican nationals in Chicago have requested for the total revenue that it provided the Consulate to sponsor the annual El Grito event, including revenue generated by the groups on behalf of the Consulate. Also, who actually benefited from those funds or donations? 
Another question, does the Eavesdropping Act apply between Mexican Consulate agents and Mexican nationals in the U.S.? Did the Mexican Consulate agents made those calls from the Consulate in Chicago, which is considered foreign? And who benefits from the $350K, the Mexican government or Consul Jiménez Macias and the Mexican Consulate agents involved?
In 2014, two Consulate workers, Alfonso Rosas Joule, in charge of Community Organizations for the Consulate and Ricardo Duran, the Consulate Office Coordinator were requesting up to $10,000 of sponsorships for the Grito event in behalf of the Consul General Jiménez Macias.
It is the first time in Mexico's government history that a Mexican Consulate in the U.S. has ever attempted to file a defamation lawsuit against someone exposing inappropriate activity by its Consulate staff workers and attempting to keep Mexican nationals abroad from exposing such activities in the U.S.
The Ancel Glink law firm gave a March 25, 2015 deadline for a retraction and for Vega and Serrano to pay $350K or a defamation lawsuit would be filed. If the lawsuit is filed, Vega and Serrano would definitely request all of the revenues generated by the groups for the Mexican Consulate in Chicago El Grito event. Consul Jiménez Macias would have no option, but to release any of El Grito revenue totals and who benefited.
Serrano has received support from community leaders and even one has offered attorney's to challenge the Mexican Consulate's defamation lawsuit citing that Mexican nationals have a right to know how much funding was generated for the Grito event.
Mexican federal Senator Benjamin Robles (PRD) has vowed during Serrano's radio program on Friday to investigate Consul Jiménez Macias threat of defamation lawsuit against any Mexican national in the U.S. and the lack of transparency of funds for the Grito event. Robles confirmed he will put legal attorney's to investigate and will bring the matter to the Mexican federal General Senate Assembly to look into the allegations raised by Serrano.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has contacted Ancel Glink, Consul Jiménez Macias, Alderman George A. Cardenas, the VP for FPC and Prado for comment, but none have responded yet.

Tortolero released the fiscal report for El Grito event to Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
Tortolero stated, "Please note that this report was given on March 6 to about 80 Representatives of Chicago's Mexican community at the Museum.   There has been complete transparency.
Also as you can see, not only did the Museum not receive money, we gave money to El Grito.  My Business Director had charged the account for the food that was served at several meetings, but I decided that the Museum would pay for the food.
There is still a payment due to Elemento, the firm that was hired to produce the event - stage, lights, security, etc."
Elemento L2 was paid over $50K to do event, according to the Fiestas Patrias Committee 2014 fiscal report. Tortolero said that Elemento L2 was chosen over two other vendors to do El Grito event. "There was a committee that was formed that met with three different vendors. Elemento was actually selected over a much better known event group that the City had recommended. Elemento did a excellent job and had no relationship with either the Museum or the Consul. "I never heard of them until their proposal was presented and we interviewed them. Everyone who went to the event commented on their professionalism," Tortolero stated.
Editors note: The fiscal report does not include how much funding the Mexican government gave the Mexican Consulate in Chicago for the Grito event in 2014.

AUDIO http://bit.ly/1O8k9Q2  Vicente C. Serrano, Chicago's Sin Censura Radio host interview with H. Nelson Goodson from Hispanic News Network U.S.A. over El Grito Fiestas Patrias 2014 budget, Mexican Consulate in Chicago defamation lawsuit over alleged eavesdropping recording and transparency requests by Mexican nationals.


Audio recording of Alfonso Rosas Joule, in charge of Community Organizations for the Consulate http://alturl.com/tt8a5

Full story at: Mexican Consulate Of Chicago Seeks Retraction And $350K From Sin Censura Over "El Grito" Transparency Request http://bit.ly/1DeigWv

El Gafe, Gulf Cartel Leader Arrested By Mexican Feds After Gun Battle In Reynosa

The Gulf Cartel setup ten road blocks and attacked members of the Mexican military and Federal Police in Reynosa.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 18, 2015

Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico - On Friday, an estimated 60 members of the Gulf Cartel attempted to rescue fellow members and one of its leaders that were taken into custody by the Mexican military and Federal Police by setting up 10 road blocks and burning vehicles. In the gun battle, three armed suspects were reported killed and several state police officers were injured, according to authorities.
Valor por Tamaulipas reported that an innocent man was also killed by a stray bullet during the reported gun battle near the Bridge of Death in Reynosa. People heard the gun fire between feds and suspects. The bystanders by a bus stop fell to the ground for cover, but the victim failed to react quickly and was fatally shot.
The suspects tried to attacked a secure government instalation, but failed after they were repelled by the military, Federal Police and the Tamaulipas State Police. Authorities confiscated grenades, weapons and more than $278K in cash.
The suspects in custody are José Tibúrcio Hernández Fuentes, aka, "El Gafe", one of the leaders of the Gulf Cartel in charge of the Reynosa area, Javier Martin Anguiano Toledo, José Gilberto Zamarripa Vallejo and David Salgado García were taken to Mexico, D.F. for further processing at the Federal Investigation Agency for Organized Crime (SIEDO), Monte Alejandro Rubido, the Mexican Secretary of Governance reported.

Milwaukee 29-year-old Motorcycle Rider Killed In The Illinois Kennedy Expressway

No other vehicles involved in motorcycle accident that claimed the life of a 29-year-old man from Milwaukee.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 18, 2015

Chicago, Illinois - The Illinois State Police reported that a 29-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle accident just after 1:10 a.m. on early Saturday. He was identified as Victor Fabela.
The fatal accident happened on the Southbound lanes of I-90/I-94 Kennedy Expressway near Grand Avenue. The expressway reopened around 4:00 a.m. Authorities reported, Fabela lost control of his motorcycle and fell. He was taken to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he later died. 
No other vehicles were involved in the accident and the investigation in ongoing, according to the Illinois State Police.
Fabela is originally from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He was well known in the Salsa dancing and performing social circles in both the Milwaukee and Chicago area.
"The news of Victor's passing hits us all very hard at Latin American Motorcycle Association in Milwaukee. He was a very good rider. To many of our members he was a good friend. LAMA - Milwaukee extends our condolences to Victor's family", Robert Miranda, VP LAMA-Milwaukee.

A fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Delaware House Dance Studio in Milwaukee.

A Gofundme account has been set up for Victor Fabela to raise $5K for funeral expenses at link: http://www.gofundme.com/RIPVictorFabela

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mexican Consulate Of Chicago Seeks Retraction And $350K From Sin Censura Over "El Grito" Transparency Request

So far, the Mexican Consulate in Chicago and the National Museum of Mexican Art have not released any revenue generated during the 2014 "El Grito" event and Carlos Tortolero, President of the Fiestas Patrias Committee resigned from the group over personal reasons.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 17, 2015
(Updated)

Chicago, Illinois - On Friday, Vicente C. Serrano, the radio host for Sin Censura Spanish language radio program at 750 AM in Chicago reported that the Chicago Law firm of Ancel Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni and Krafthefer, P.C. representing the Mexican Consulate in Chicago and Mexican Consul Carlos Jiménez Macias sent a notice of retraction/settlement on March 11, 2015 seeking $350,000 to prevent any legal action against the radio program and La Bodega, Ltd. owner Adolfo Vega for exposing inappropriate requests for funding for the 2014 Grito event by three consulate staff workers in conjunction with the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA). El Grito de la Independencia de Mexico is the Midnight shout of the Mexican Independence celebration on September 16.
Serrano stated, "I have 350K reasons to curse, but I will limit my comment to, I'm a shame and sad that the Mexican government of President Enrique Peña Nieto has decided to censor rather then to have transparency. Mexican nationals are still waiting for accountability of funds (generated by the Consulate and the National Museum of Mexican Art)."
The Peña Nieto narco-government has rather taken steps to possibly file a lawsuit claiming dafamation of three Consulate workers and one who was recorded asking a business owner to donate money between $10K to $15K for the Grito event to the NMMA, but the Consulate would actually get the funds under the table and a receipt for tax credit would be provided to the business donating by the NMMA. The NMMA had been used for its non-profit status by the Mexican Consulate in Chicago under Consul Jiménez Macias. The NMMA director Carlos Tortolero was elected President of the Fiestas Patrias Committee for the Grito event. An affiliated Council for Transparency of the Fiestas Patrias was created as well headed by Maria Prado. Prado has yet to comply with requests to release the revenues generated by NMMA and the Consulate.
Tortolero recently resigned as head of the Fiesta Patrias, according to Serrano. Serrano did not confirm, if the NMMA will continue to allow Consul Jiménez Macias to use the Museum for its non-profit 501(c) (3) status to collect revenue for the Grito event.
Serrano vowed during his program on Friday that if the lawsuit is filed by the Mexican Consulate in Chicago against him and Vega for dafamation, Sin Censura could be forced to stop airing its radio program citing lack of funds to challenge the lawsuit by the Consulate. But Serrano says he will challenge the dafamation lawsuit even if it breaks him.
Serrano says, that the Mexican Consulate in Chicago or the NMMA have not released any generated revenue for the Mexican El Grito event and the Mexican government has not released how much funding it gave the Mexican Consulate in Chicago for El Grito event, but rather attempt to censor than to have transparency of the Mexican Peña Nieto narco-government. 
In 2014, two Consulate workers, Alfonso Rosas Joule, in charge of Community Organizations for the Consulate and Ricardo Duran, the Consulate Office Coordinator were requesting up to $10,000 of sponsorships for the Grito event in behalf of the Consul General Jiménez Macias. Ancel Glink claims that Vega illegally recorded their conversation without letting both Joule and Duran know or without their permission in violation of the Illinois Eavesdropping Act. That on September 5, 2014, Serrano aired an edited version of the conversation and included edited phrases not said by Joule or Duran and made false allegations about them and the Mexican Consulate in Chicago. Ancel Glink provided a March 25, 2015 deadline to retract the allegations and to pay $350K in damages or face a lawsuit.
According to Serrano who confirmed that the Mexican Consulate in Chicago under Consul Jiménez Macias had authorized the law firm to ask for $350,000 and a retraction to avoid filing a dafamation lawsuit against Sin Censura Radio host and Vega.
Serrano during the morning radio program received support from three Chicago Mexican community leaders including Luis Pelao who offered to provide legal assistance, if needed.
Mexican federal Senator Benjamin Robles (PRD) has vowed during Serrano’s radio program to investigate Consul Jiménez Macias threat of dafamation lawsuit against any Mexican national in the U.S. and the lack of transparency of funds for the Grito event. Robles confirmed he will put legal attorney's to investigate and will bring the matter to the Mexican federal General Senate Assembly to look into the allegations raised by Serrano.
When contacted, Tortolero confirmed to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that he had resigned on March 30 or the 31 and the FPC has not met to replace him. Tortolero stated, "I resigned as President of the Committee and as a member of the committee. When I was elected President. I stated numerous times that it would be for just one year. I attended the 2013 Grito at Grant Park and unfortunately it was a disaster.
"Consequently, I wanted to work hard to ensure that it would be a great event in 2014. The Committee organized a great event in 2014 with over 8,000 people attending. Portions of the event were broadcast across the country and to Mexico. I resigned as the President for two reasons. Being President of the Museum requires a tremendous amount of time. Also my mom was dying of cancer (She died last Saturday) and we were taking turns caring for her at my house.
"Interestingly, only twice has there been a public report of the funding and expenses of the Grito and both times, it occurred when the Museum was involved. I forgot exactly what year it was about 10 years ago, the Museum served as the fiscal agent and a full report was given. Earlier this year, a full fiscal report was given to about 80 people and reviewed by Maria Prado, a well respected auditor.
"The Museum never received any funds. In fact, whenever the subject came up about what to do with any excess funds, I said that the Museum is not interested in receiving funds and if we have any excess funds that they should go to future Gritos or to support educational programs done by other arts groups and not the Museum.
"Obviously, with my resignation, there will be some changes such as the museum being the fiscal agent that will be resolved once a new President is selected by the committee." Tortolero has released the fiscal report for El Grito to HNNUSA. Tortolero said, that he doesn't know if the Mexican government ever gave any funds to the Mexican Consulate for the Grito event.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has attempted to contact both Consul Jiménez Macias and the law firm to comment on the $350K request and allegations of dafamation. 

Letter to Adolfo Vega owner of La Bodega, Ltd. from Ancel Glink dated March 11, 2015.

Tortolero released the fiscal report for El Grito event to Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
Tortolero stated, "Please note that this report was given on March 6 to about 80 represenatives of Chicago's Mexican community at the Museum.   There has been complete transparency.
Also as you can see, not only did the Museum not receive money, we gave money to El Grito.  My Business Director had charged the account for the food that was served at several meetings, but I decided that the Museum would pay for the food.
There is still a payment due to Elemento, the firm that was hired to produce the event - stage, lights, security, etc."
Editors note: The fiscal report does not include the amount of funding that the Mexican government gave the Mexican Consulate in Chicago for the Grito event in 2014.

On August 20, 2014, Evelia Rodríguez, Media Director for La Sociedad Cívica Mexicana (SCM) of Illinois wrote a letter to Lic. José Antonio Meade Kuribrena, the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs that oversees Consulates claiming that Consul Carlos Jiménez Macias had created an organization (the Fiesta Patrias Committee-FPC) for the purpose to collect funds on behalf of the Mexican Consulate in Chicago. Allegations that Carlos Tortolero as director of the non-profit National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) and who was elected as President of the FPC was used so that businesses could donate thousands of dollars to the NMMA that would eventually be transferred to the Consulate account, without any checks ever being made out to the Mexican Consulate in Chicago or Consul Jiménez Macias were made. Tortolero says, no funds were ever made to the FPC or the Consulate through NMMA. Consul Jiménez Macias, the Mexican Consulate in Chicago, FPC or the NMMA have not provided any accountability of how much revenue was generated for the Grito event in 2014, including how much the Mexican government funding it had received as well for the annual event. Tortolero recently resigned as the President of the NMMA over personal reasons.
Rodríguez indicated that Consul Jiménez Macias began to divide the community and causing the SCM to lose sponsors who had helped the organization sponsor the Grito event for 44 years.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Eastside Mafioso Leader Charles Ortiz Sr. Pled Guilty For Trafficking Heroin

Charles Ortiz Sr. one of the leaders of the Milwaukee Eastside Mafiosos is facing up to 55 years in prison and $150K in fines.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 16, 2015

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, Charles Ortiz Sr., 48, pleaded guilty to two felony counts for possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to deliver and is facing up to 55 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines. Ortiz Sr. sentencing court date with Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Johnathan D. Watts is scheduled for May 18.
Ortiz Sr. was considered one of the main leaders of the Eastside Mafiosos who smuggled marijuana, cocaine and heroin into Wisconsin via Chicago. The Mafiosos distributed marijuana, cocaine and heroin in Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee.
The Mafiosos under the leadership of Ortiz Sr. sold at least $4,000 of heroin and cocaine per day totaling more than $1.4M a year from his Milwaukee Eastside operation, according to the criminal complaint.

48 suspects were arrested and 17 were charged in November 2014. Most of the other petty suspects were released with the condition to seek rehab treatment for heroin and cocaine addition, according to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.

● Charles Ortiz Jr., 29, was charged with five felony counts for possession with intent to deliver heroin and one felony count for possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Bail for Ortiz Jr. was set at $20,000 cash.

● John D. Carter, 34, was charged with two felony counts for possession with intent to deliver heroin and cocaine. Bail was set at $20,000 cash for Carter.

● Jesus Correa, 22, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail of $10,000 was set for Correa.

● Tieommo A. Horton, 39, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail was set at $2,500 for Horton.

● Robert J. Jenks, 32, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail of $1,500 was set for Jenks.

● Nicolás R. Perez, 45, was charged with one felony count for possession  with intent to deliver heroin.

● Genaro Rodriguez, 59, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin.

● Gerald Rodríguez, 32, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin.

● Neil A. Hausknecht, 29, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail of $1,000 was set for Hausknecht.

● Ronald Hausknecht, 31, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail was set at $750.00 for Hausknecht.

● Melissa A. Heath, 26, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a $500 cash bail was set for Heath.

● William "Phill" E. Hollins, 53, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail of $500 was set for Hollins.

● Jason Gureski, 34, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail of $500 was set for Gureski.

● Benny E. Burgos, 30, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and one felony count for manufacturing with intent to deliver heroin. A cash bail of $500 was set for Burgos.

● Francesca Alicea, 23, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail of $500 was set for Alicea.

● Samuel Berndt, 30, was charged with two felony counts for possession with intent to deliver heroin and bail was set at $500 for Berndt.

Double Murder Suspect Ricky Chiles Commits Suicide In A Chicago Motel

A Wisconsin felon connected to a double homicide that included his 15-year-old nephew apparently committed suicide as Chicago police attempted to enter a motel room where he was hiding with a girlfriend.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 16, 2015 

Chicago, Illinois - On Thursday, a double murder suspect, Ricky Ricardo Chiles III, 27, of Milwaukee died of a self-inflicted wound after Chicago police attempted to take him into custody at the Presidential Inn. Ricky was in the motel room with his girlsfriend hiding, according to Chicago police.
Ricky was sought by Milwaukee police for the April 12 homicide of Archie Brown Jr., 40, and Rasheed T. Chiles, 15, or "Duke." Ricky is Rasheed's uncle.
The suspect had fled to the Chicago area and was considered armed and dangerous. Last Sunday, Ricky fatally shot Brown in the head after he accidentally struck Damani T. Terry, 2, or "Tay Tay" when he ran into the street. Brown was driving a van and immediately stopped to help Terry. Rasheed who is Terry's brother came to help too, but was shot by his uncle in the crossfire. Rasheed died later at a local hospital from a bullet wound to his back and both Brown and Terry died at the scene in the 4600 block of N. 48th Street.
Ricky after shooting both Brown and Rasheed fled the area and has been eluding police. Ricky is a convicted felon.
A $25,000 reward had been offered by the law firm of Michael Hupy for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Ricky's mother Lena Tidwell has made a public plea for the suspect who suffers from a mental disability to turn himself to police. 
Ricky's sister, Rikeesha Tidwell is morning the loss of her two children.

Murder Suspect Ricky Ricardo Chiles Believed To Be In The Chicago Area

A Wisconsin felon connected to a double homicide that include his 15-year-old nephew is believed to be in the Chicago area.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 16, 2015

Milwaukee, WI - A double murder suspect, Ricky Ricardo Chiles III, 27, of Milwaukee is being sought by police for the April 12 homicide of Archie Brown Jr., 40, and Rasheed T. Chiles, 15, or "Duke." Ricky is Rasheed's uncle.
The suspect is believed to be in the Chicago area and is considered armed and dangerous. Last Sunday, Ricky fatally shot Brown in the head after he accidentally struck Damani T. Terry, 2, or "Tay Tay" when he ran into the street. Brown was driving a van and immediately stopped to help Terry. Rasheed who is Terry's brother came to help too, but was shot by his uncle in the crossfire. Rasheed died later at a local hospital from a bullet wound to his back and both Brown and Terry died at the scene in the 4600 block of N. 48th Street.
Ricky after shooting both Brown and Rasheed fled the area and has been eluding police. Ricky is a convicted felon.
A $25,000 reward had been offered by the law firm of Michael Hupy for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Ricky's mother Lena Tidwell has made a public plea for the suspect who suffers from a mental disability to turn himself to police. 
Ricky's sister, Rikeesha Tidwell is morning the loss of her two children.

John E. Balistreri Charged With The Beating Death Of His 77-year-old Father

Balistreri beat his father with a 2x4 after an argument that resulted with an insult to his girlfriend.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 16, 2015

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - On Tuesday, John Edward Balistreri, 40, was charged with one felony count for 1st-degree reckless homicide for the April 10 beating death of his father, John B. Balistreri, 77. The suspect told police that he became angry after his father insulted his girlfriend during an argument at the 2300 block of S. 13 Street.
The suspect choked and then grabbed a 2x4 and beat his father with it. His father died of the injuries sustained from the beating. Edward admitted to police that he has anger problems and wanted treatment.
A cash bail of $250K was set for Edward, if convicted, he is facing up to 60 years in prison.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Southside Terra Restaurant and Bar Liquor License Denied For Mismanagement Of Business

Several incidents at the Terra Restaurant and Bar led to non-renewal of the Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises licenses. But the bar is operating separately under Pachangas Bar and Grill by the same owners, Jenny and Juan Contreras.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 15, 2015

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - The Milwaukee Common Council Licensing Committee members on a vote of 4-1 on April 6 denied renewal of the Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises licenses to Jenny Contreras, 35, and Juan Contreras, owners of the Terra Restaurant and Bar at 600 S. 6th Street. The Licenses Committee cited bad management skills of the business for denying the Contreras to continue to operate the business. Alderman José G. Pérez opposed granting the renewal of their Class B Tavern license citing several incidents. 
Attorney Victor Arellano who represented the Contreras claimed that "Ald. Pérez went to the owner of the place and mentioned he had a couple of buyers and so, now we know why he is not in support of Jenny Contreras" getting her license renewed. The 600 S. 6th Street property is owned by Pedro and Gloria Castillo, who owe $13,215 in taxes for 2014 and the property where Terra Restaurant is located is assessed at $429K. Arellano alleged Ald. Pérez had an interest for the Contreras not to get their liquor license renewed. Ald. Pérez who was present did not dispute Arellano's allegation.
According to police reports, police were called to the Terra Restaurant on July 18, 2014 around 11:20 a.m. after someone (a service provider) called to report a young female unconscious in front of the bar. Police say, that Juan Contreras was seen pulling on the female's arm in a bar video. It was later determined when police viewed a surveillance video from inside the bar, that Juan, a male cousin of his from Texas and an 18-year-old girlfriend of the cousin, including a fourth unidentified person had been drinking for hours and serving drinks after 3:00 a.m. The video caught the girlfriend hit Juan's cousin and in returned, the boyfriend knocked her out for three minutes.
The video was viewed at the time by Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Anderson and Jenny Contreras. Police arrested Juan Contreras for not rendering aid to the girl and his cousin for assaulting his girlfriend, including the girl for underage drinking and fighting. A court hearing on that case concerning a citation for allowing a minor to drink is scheduled for April 23.
Juan was accused of allowing a minor and his cousin at the bar after hours and serving drinks. The Contreras refused to release the bar video to police and contacted Arellano who advised them not to release the video to police unless they had a warrant. A Licensing Committee member said, that it is the first time they have heard that a liquor license holder has ever refused to cooperate with police by not releasing the video. Police obtained a warrant to confiscate the video, but it was erased after seven days, according to the video system. 
The second incident happened on February 3, 2015, when a Milwaukee police sergeant noticed a crowd at the Terra Restaurant and Bar after the bar closed at 2:00 a.m. The Contreras were cited in that incident as well for having over 14 people at the bar and several still drinking, according to police. The Terra Restaurant and Bar bartender admitted to police that they usually closed at 2:20 a.m. when the law requires the bar to close at 2:00 a.m.
The Committee members were not to happy that Juan Contreras didn't even called 911 after his cousin's girlfriend was criminally assaulted and left on the floor without getting any help. Juan didn't attend the hearing, but his wife said that Juan had a kidney transplant about a year ago and wasn't feeling to well to be at the hearing. Alderman T. Anthony Zeilinski, Chairman of the Licensing Committee couldn't understand how Juan had a kidney transplant and was drinking, but couldn't attend the hearing to renew a liquor license. The rest of the Committee members determined that the Contreras badly managed the business, which indicated that it wasn't anyone's business how they ran the business after hours, according to the hearing.
Jenny Contreras told the Committee members that she did know that she couldn't have people or family at the bar drinking after the bar closed. All business bar or restaurant owners who are approved to have a Class B Tavern license in the City of Milwaukee know the restrictions and hours they can legally operate and serve liquor.
The full Common Council will vote on the Contreras denial of the liquor license on April 21. Arellano filed an appeal with the City Clerk's Office and the Contreras will have an opportunity to address the issue before the full Common Council meeting.
The Contreras to beat the City of Milwaukee liquor license system separated the bar from the restaurant last year by placing a door between them and got a Class-B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises licenses for the bar now called Pachangas Bar and Grill. The Contreras continue to operate Pachangas, despite being singled out by the Licensing Committee for mismanagement of the same bar under Terra Restaurant and Bar.
Jenny and Juan Contreras are the owners of MC Multiservicios and Tax Service located at the 1000 block of S. César E. Chávez Drive.
In March 2013, Attorney Victor Arellano, 69, was reprimanded by the Office of Lawyers Regulation for making false statements. He was disciplined by the State Supreme Court judge for two counts, misrepresenting information (lying) to investigators and for soliciting to represent one of the complainants when she didn't request representation. Arellano had to pay $10,240.13, but kept his license to practice law. On February 28, 2011, the OLR filed a 14 count misconduct case seeking to revoke Arellano's law license. Arellano was accused by four women, including Marilyn Figueroa who testified that in 2000 he solicited to represent her and then staring up a sexual relationship in violation of attorney's rules of conduct. He also was accused of starting sexual relationships with three other women while representing them in various cases.

The Licensing Committee April 6 minutes state, that "Officer Michael Anderson - He investigated the July 18th incident. A service worker observed a woman unconscious on the floor with the applicant's husband, Mr. Contreras, sweeping up glass. The worker then called 911. After police arrived, the applicant then arrived on premises and gave them access to the security camera footage. He observed four individuals on premise drinking. When he arrived, Mr. Contreras was on premise with intoxicated individuals. There was broken glass and spilled items on the floor. All individuals were uncooperative. The applicant arrived on premise and offered access to security cameras. The video showed that Mr. Contreras allowed patrons in after bar close time. The video also showed patrons drinking after 3 AM. The woman who was assaulted and knocked out was 18 years old. Ald. Perez present at the table. He has concerns with the application because of drinking after hours, minors in the establishment, an assault occurring, and the lack of action taken after the assault. He is also concerned that both police incidents occurred within the first year of operation."

Licensing Committee full meeting video: https://youtu.be/qCcMV_5HzdI


Jenny and Juan Contreras to beat the City of Milwaukee liquor licensing system, they separated the bar from the restaurant last year by placing a door between them and got a Class-B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises licenses for the bar now called Pachangas Bar and Grill. The Contreras continue to operate Pachangas, despite being singled out by the Licensing Committee for mismanagement of the same bar under Terra Restaurant and Bar and denying them a liquor license for it on April 6.