Friday, September 29, 2017

Police Investigate Several Reported Shootings In Milwaukee's Southside

No injuries reported after shots fired in several Southside locations, according to police.

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

September 29, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Multiple shots fired within a three block radius in the Southside of Milwaukee on Friday around 7:00 p.m. According to police, the shots originated between the 1100 and 1200 block of W. Orchard St. and multiple shots were fired along the 1500 of S. 11th Street and several more spent cartridges were recovered at the 1100 block of West Lapham Blvd.
No one was reported injured in the shooting, according to police.
Also around 8:43 p.m., Milwaukee police responded to shots fired at 2018 S. 1st. Street. No further information was released by police.


Milwaukee Taquiza Sponsors Donated $33,618 To Red Cross Relief Aid For Mexico And Puerto Rico

Sponsors donated to the Red Cross a total of $33,618 in relief aid generated during a 2-day Taquiza in Milwaukee's Southside for Mexico and Puerto Rico.

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

September 29, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Friday, the 2-day Taquiza (Taco Sale) sponsors, John Torres owner of 97.9 FM Radio Caliente also Mario Arias and Alex Preciado from 97.9 FM, Francisco Salazar from Loncheras Cabrito, Ramon Orozco from Tres Hermanos Restaurant, Marco A. Santos from Loncheras Tapatio in Milwaukee's Southside donated $33,618 of generated funds to the Red Cross for relief aid to Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Alderman José G. Pérez was also at the press conference to donate to the Red Cross.

Taco sale sponsors/Patrocinadores de la Taquiza: Loncheras El Charrito, Taqueria El Cabrito, Salas Burgers, Loncheras Tapatío, Berta's Tamales, 97.9 FM Radio Caliente, Tres Hermanos Restaurant, Fiesta Garibaldi, Pete's Fruit Market, National Liquor, National Mufflers, El Tucanazo Restaurant, NANA's, Rancheritos Rentals. Hugo L. Alarcón from H Tax Accounting LLC.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

West Chicago Church Has Become The Epicenter Of Donations For Disaster Victims In Mexico And Puerto Rico

More than 900 tons of food, water, clothing and other items have been collected by a church group in West Chicago and have distributed donations to Houston, Texas, Florida, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is preparing to sent 24 trailers full of donations to Mexico.

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

September 28, 2017

West Chicago, Illinois - On Wednesday, a 53 foot trailer full of food, water and other donations worth more than $50,000 arrived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in a 53 foot trailer transported by JR Transport Inc. to be unloaded by volunteers. The donations were unloaded within 3 hours at Candela's Bar and Hall and will be sent to Puerto Rico, according to Rosa Figueroa and Virginio Miranda from Acción Ciudadana de Wisconsin who organized the relief effort.
The West Chicago donations for Puerto Rico originated from the Faith, Life and Hope Church in West Chicago, which one of the lead organzers, Juan Sánchez of Chicago approved the transport of donations to Milwaukee in coordination with Miranda. Pastor José Sigfredo Landaverde confirmed that more than 900 tons for food, water, clothing and other donations have been collected from the surrounding Chicago metropolitan community. 
Pastor Landaverde released the following statement, "We are informing all of the community that we have gathered more than 900 hundred tons of donation goods that will be giving out to the victims affected by the earthquake that hit Mexico City and surrounding states. All the donations will be sent out to all of the affected areas by the earthquake. We are reaching out thru this media source to thank  everyone that collaborated and helped in this cause. America Carrillo had Informed us that we Will be continuing  helping the people affected in Mexico's affected states and also Puerto Rico. We are reaching all media sources to make public one of the biggest accomplishment by DuPage County."
According to Sánchez, at least 24 trailers full of donations will depart from Chicago in the coming days and will be escorted by Illinois state troopers by order of the governor. The Faith, Life and Hope church has become the epi-center of food donations, which is operating a massive volunteer effort to help bag and package the donations and is now collecting money through a gofundme to help pay the cost of diesel fuel for the trailers to travel more than 2,000 miles to Mexico and deliver the food donations to other religious groups who will distribute the donations to the effected victims of the earthquake in different parts of Mexico.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

El Rey Family Market Has Raised More Than $31K For Disaster Victims In Mexico And Puerto Rico

El Rey Family Market & Taco Loco confirmed that more than $31K has been raised in conjunction with the help of its customers and Western Union.

El Rey confirmó una recaudación de fondos de más de $31 mil de dólares para los afectados del terremoto de México y el huracán Maria en Puerto Rico con la ayuda de sus clientes y Western Union.

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

September 27, 2017

Milwaukee,  WI - On Tuesday, El Rey Family Market & Taco Loco announced on its Facebook (FB) account that a fundraising campaign has raised more than $31,000 and will continue through Sunday, October 1st. The El Rey posted the following notice on FB, El Rey is extremely proud of our customers in their active support towards the disaster relief in Mexico and Puerto Rico.  Together, in partnership with Western Union, we have raised over $31,000 since Friday!!!  If you are looking for an avenue to help, we will continue our campaign for Mexico and Puerto Rico disaster relief through Sunday!  Thank you for helping us make a difference!!  We love serving you and the people you are!!!

El Rey esta extremedamante orgulloso de sus clientes y su continuo apoyo hacia la recaudacion de fondos para aliviar los desastres causados en Mexico y Puerto Rico. Juntos, en union con Western Union, hemos juntado mas de $31,000 desde el pasado Viernes!!! Si esta buscando un lugar para ayudar, continuaremos nuestra campaña para mexico y Puerto Rico hasta el Domingo! Gracias por ayurdarnos a hacer la diferencia!!! Es un honor servirles y estamos orgullosos de ustedes!!!

In other Milwaukee area fundraising events for disaster victims in Mexico and Puerto Rico by members of the Latino community included a two-day Taquiza at S. 16th Street and W. National Ave. in the PNC Bank parking, which raised $33,618. The event was sponsored by 97.9 FM Radio Caliente, Loncheras El Charrito, Taqueria El Cabrito, Salas Burgers, Loncheras Tapatío, Berta's Tamales, Tres Hermanos Restaurant, Fiesta Garibaldi, Pete's Fruit Market, National Liquor, National Mufflers, El Tucanazo Restaurant, NANA's, Rancheritos Rentals and Hugo L. Alarcón from H Tax Accounting LLC.
Also, El Conquistador Newspaper reported that they had a food, water and clothing collection over the weekend at their location. Members from Acción Ciudadana de Wisconsin volunteered in the relief effort headed by El Conquistador. The United Latino Fundraiser by El Conquistador will continue for October 21-22 at their next two-day event at 4807 S. 2nd Street in Milwaukee from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. where people can drop off shoes, batteries, clothing, non-perishable food, water, blankets, hygiene products and etc.
The Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee announced on Monday that they had collected at least $3,000 for the Puerto Rico and Mexico relief efforts, Which the Brewers Community Foundation matched $1K and an anonymous donor agreed to match the next $1K that they raise.
On Wednesday, more than $50K of dollars of donated food, blankets clothing, water and other items arrived in a 53 foot trailer from a church in West Chicago to Milwaukee. Juan Sánchez of Chicago approved the transfer of donations to Milwaukee and another 23 semi-trailers full of donations from West Chicago will head to Mexico in coming days. The donations for Milwaukee were unloaded at Candela's Bar and Hall and will be sent to Puerto Rico, which was organized by Rosa Figueroa and
Virginio Miranda from Acción Ciudadana de Wisconsin.
Children and adults helped unload the donations at Canadela's and thanks to owners, Martin Jimenez and Claudia Jimenez for temporarily storing the donations.

En otros eventos de recaudación de fondos en la área de Milwaukee para las víctimas de desastres en México y Puerto Rico por miembros de la comunidad latina incluye la Taquiza de dos días en la calle sur de la 16 y oeste de avenida National en el estacionamiento de PNC Bank, que recaudó $33,618 mil. El evento fue patrocinado por 97.9 FM Radio Caliente, Loncheras El Charrito, Taqueria El Cabrito, Salas Bugers, Loncheras Tapatío, Berta's Tamales, Tres Hermanos Restaurant, Fiesta Garibaldi, Pete's Fruit Market, National Liquor, Nacional Mufflers, El Tucanazo Restaurant, NANA'S, Rancheritos Rentals y Hugo L. Alarcón de H Tax Accounting LLC.
Además, el periódico El Conquistador informó que se llevó acabo una colección de alimentos, agua y ropa durante el fin de semana en su ubicación. Los miembros de Acción Ciudadana de Wisconsin se ofrecieron en el esfuerzo de ayuda organizado por El Conquistador. La recaudación de fondos Latinos United por El Conquistador continuará para octubre 21-22 en su próximo evento de dos días en el 4807 Sur de la calle 2 en Milwaukee de 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. donde la gente puede dejar zapatos, pilas, ropa, alimentos no perecederos, agua, mantas, productos de higiene y etc.
Los Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee anunciaron el lunes que habían recaudado $3.000 dólares para los esfuerzos de ayuda para México y Puerto Rico y que la Fundación Comunidad Cerveceros igualó con $1mil dólares y un donante anónimo decidió también si recaudan $1mil más, el/la donante lo hace doble con $1mil dólares más.
El miércoles, más de $50,000 dólares de donaciones de alimentos, ropa mantas, agua y otros artículos llegaron de una iglesia en West Chicago en un trailer de 53 píes. Juan Sánchez de Chicago aprobó la transferencia de donaciones a Milwaukee y otros 23 trailers  llenos de donaciones de West Chicago se dirigirá a México en los próximos días. Las donaciones para Milwaukee fueron descargadas en el Bar y Salón de Candela's y serán enviados a Puerto Rico, que fue organizado por Rosa Figueroa y Virginio Miranda de Acción Ciudadana de Wisconsin.
Los niños y adultos ayudaron a descargar las donaciones en Canadela's  y gracias a los propietarios, Martin Jimenez y Claudia Jimenez para almacenar temporalmente las donaciones.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Fake Southwest Airlines Hiring Agent Scammed Victims For $220 At Milwaukee County Airport

30-year-old suspect taken into custody and facing charges for posing as a Southwest Airlines hiring agent at the Milwaukee County Airport to scam victims.

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

September 25, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, Rey Antonio Figueroa-Diaz, 30, of Milwaukee was taken into custody by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) and is facing three felony counts for unauthorized use of an entity's information or documents. If convicted, Figueroa-Diaz is facing up to 6 years in prison for each count for posing as a Southwest Airlines hiring agent and scammed at least three victims of $220 in deposit to be considered for a job.
According to the criminal complaint,  MCSO Airport deputies were able to identify Figueroa-Diaz who used social media to attract his victims. He would meet his victims at the airport where he told them they needed to complete an application. Figueroa-Diaz would wear a reflective vest during the meetings. Once the victims completed the bogus applications, Figueroa-Diaz would tell 
them that they needed to give him $220 as a deposit for equipment. After receiving the money, Figueroa-Diaz would then disappear.
Figueroa-Diaz confessed to MCSO detectives of scamming a total of three victims from August to September, the MCSO reported.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Milwaukee Southside Two-day Taco Sale Fundraiser For Disaster Victims In Mexico And Puerto Rico Totaled $33,618

Funds raised over the weekend will be shared by those victims affected by Mexico's earthquake and Puerto Rico Maria's huracane disaster.

Los fondos recaudados está fin de semana se compartirán para la ayuda a las víctimas del desastre del huracán Maria en Puerto Rico y el terremoto en Mexico.

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

September 24, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Sunday, organizers for the Taco sale at S. 16 Street and W. National Ave. in Milwaukee, WI generated a total of $21,272 and on Saturday a total of $12,346 dollars with a combined total of $33,618 was raised in two days for victims affected by Mexico's earthquake and Puerto Rico's Maria hurricane.
The food vendors donated all the money that was generated by food sales to the a relief fund for both Mexico and Puerto Rico.
50% of the funds will be donated to the Red Cross in Mexico and 50% to the Red Cross in Puerto Rico.

El domingo, los organizadores de la Taquiza en S. 16 y W. National Ave. en Milwaukee, WI confirmaron un total de $21,272 y el sábado se reporto un total de $12,346 dolares con un total por los dos días de $33,618 de recaudación de fondos para los afectados del terremoto en México y el huracán María en Puerto Rico.
Los vendedores de comida donaron todo los fondos de ventas de comida para la ayuda a las víctimas del terremoto en México y en Puerto Rico afectados por el huracán Maria.
50% de los fondos se donaran a la Cruz Roja de México y 50% de fondos a la Cruz Roja de Puerto Rico.


Taco sale sponsors/Patrocinadores de la Taquiza

• Loncheras El Charrito
• Taqueria El Cabrito
• Salas Burgers
• Loncheras Tapatío
• Berta's Tamales
• 97.9 FM Radio Caliente
• Tres Hermanos Restaurant
• Fiesta Garibaldi
• Pete's Fruit Market
• National Liquor
• National Mufflers
• El Tucanazo Restaurant
• NANA's
• Rancheritos Rentals 
• Hugo L. Alarcón from H Tax Accounting LLC

21 Suspects Indicted, 19 Taken Into Custody For Drug Distribution In Milwaukee

Several suspects sought by feds in connection with drug distribution in the Milwaukee area.

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

September 24, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Gregory Haanstad, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin reported that 21 suspects were indicted in federal court for conspiracy related to the distribution of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine in the Milwaukee area. The following 19 suspects were taken into custody on September 19 in Milwaukee during a law enforcement operation involving 200 federal agents, state and local police including sheriff deputies from different jurisdictions.

The 19 suspects are:

• Luis F. Gomez, age 39
• Pablo Hidalgo-Sanchez, age 28
• Fernando Reyes, age 39
• Mario Esquivel-Sotelo, age 24
• Oscar Garnica-Manriquez, age 32
• Juan Avina, age 32
• Jonathan Martinez-Acosta, age 36
• Helder Rodriguez, age 39
• Sergio Camacho-Gonzalez, age 20
• Ricardo Cervantes-Vargas, age 34
• Carlos Flores-Gomez, age 24
• Ricardo Rodriguez, age 32
• Kristian Yanez, age 24
• Luis Torres, age 24
• Bryan Banks, age 41
• Dante Williams, age 44
• Tommie Cole, age 36
• Alejandro Casteneda, age 28
• Maria Gomez-Gonzalez, age 31

According to a press release by the feds, all of the defendants currently reside in the greater Milwaukee area. This case is a part of a long-term federal drug and money laundering investigation based out of Milwaukee. The federal investigation has led to the seizure of multiple kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamine and the seizure of over $800,000 in United States currency.
The defendants are charged with drug offenses including: distribution of and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy. If proven that the offenses involved more than a kilogram of heroin, and / or five kilograms or more of cocaine each defendant will face up to life in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison.
Law enforcement officers executed 13 federal search warrants in Milwaukee targeting members of this drug-trafficking organization. Approximately 200 federal, state and local officers participated in these arrests and searches. Law enforcement recovered approximately 1½ kilos of heroin, two (2) kilos of cocaine, 50 pounds of marijuana, 12 firearms and one assault rifle, $500,000 in United States currency, six vehicles, a money counter, kilo press and drug paraphernalia.
U.S. Attorney Haanstad stated, "The large-scale distribution of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other controlled substances presents a clear, significant danger to public safety and public health. The pernicious effects of large-scale organizations like this one are not only felt locally, but also extend beyond state and international borders. These charges and this prosecution are the result of an aggressive, coordinated approach to dismantling drug-trafficking organizations, and the United States Attorney's Office is committed to continuing to work with our law enforcement partners to attack these public safety and public health threats." U.S. Attorney Haanstad specifically commended the local, state, and federal law enforcement officers and units involved in the investigation for their hard work and inter-agency cooperation.
The investigating agencies include the Drug Enforcement Administration, Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation, North Central High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigation / Enforcement Removal Operations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshals Service, Wisconsin State Patrol, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Waukesha County Metro Drug Enforcement Unit, Wauwatosa Police Department, Greenfield Police Department, West Allis Police Department, South Milwaukee Police Department and the Oak Creek Police Department.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kaña Mojito Building Up For Lease Where August Deadly Parking Lot Shooting Occurred

The U.S. Marshals Service has added both murder suspects, José Sánchez, 24, and Omar Estrada, 25, to most wanted list.

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

September 23, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - The building where Kaña Mojito is located at the 600 block of S. 5th Street has been put up for lease. Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) on Saturday attempted to contact Angel Velazquez, the business owner of Kaña Mojito for comment, but was unsuccessful. Police believe, Velazquez has voluntarily decided not to renew his Kaña Mojito tavern liquor license. A local business owner on S. 5th Street told HNNUSA that most of the businesses including restaurants and bars from W. Virginia and W. Mineral along S. 5th Street have seen a 20% to 30% of business drop, since last month's shooting incident at Kaña.
On Saturday, the Walker's Point Association held the 1st Annual S. 5th Street Fest to boost business along the business corridor.
In late August, José Sánchez, 24, and Omar Estrada, 25, got ino an altercation inside Kaña and security was able to break it up and remove those involved in the altercation over a female. The suspets returned to the Kaña after retrieving several handguns (.380 Cal. and .45 Cal.) and began to shoot at patrons exiting Kaña striking a male and a woman including fatally wounding Angel J. Ortega, 20. Sánchez and Estrada fled the scene and have been on the run, since then. Police believe the suspects are trying to enter Mexico and the U.S. Marshals Service has added both suspects to their wanted list.
Sánchez and Estrada were each charged with three felony counts that include 1st-degree reckless homicide and party to crime and use of a dangerous weapon, if convicted they're facing up to 60-years in prison; 1st-degree reckless injury and party to crime and use of a dangerous weapon, if convicted, they're facing up to 40-years in prison and 1st-degree reckless endangering safety and party to crime and use of a dangerous weapon, if convicted they're facing up to 12-years and six months in prison and up to $25,000 in fines, according to court records.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Racism, Not Being Undocumented Has Divided The U.S.

Undocumented immigrants have become the backbone of today's economic and development of our nation.

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

September 20, 2017

For those who don't realize that undocumented immigrants have become contributing members in their communities and stake holders in cities across the U.S., undocumented immigrants have been part in boosting the economic well being of this nation and continue to do so, despite the racist agenda by the Trump administration and the extreme GOP elected officials in local, county, state and federal level.
Racism and the belief that Latinos will come a majority in the U.S., which in some states and cities have surpassed the Afro-American population has become a threat to White nationalists, the KKK and neo-Nazi groups including the racist GOP Party political members and their followers.
Racism has been the leading campaign to detain and deport undocumented immigrants simply for the color of their skin, culture, traditions, bilingualism, religion and etc. and no longer because of their unauthorized stay in the U.S.
Their economic empowerment and contribution as stake holders including investing in their communities to make their communities a better place to live in the U.S. has shown that they have become the backbone of today's economic and development of our nation.
Here are some stats, which show their tax generated income benefiting states across the U.S. and in Wisconsin, including the City of Milwaukee.

City of Milwaukee economic stats about Latinos and State of Wisconsin http://bit.ly/2mndbia

Monday, September 18, 2017

Se inicia Mega operación de ICE en EE.UU, ICE initiates Mega Operation in the U.S.

Se inicia Mega operación de ICE en EE.UU

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

18 de septiembre del 2017

El domingo, la agencia federal de Aduanas y Migración (ICE) inicio una redada nacional para detener al menos de 8,000 personas indocumentadas arrededor de los EE.UU entre el 17 a 21 de septiembre. La abogada Susan Reed del Centro de Drechos de Inmigrantes en Michigan reporto en Facebook que el operativo 'Mega' de ICE se está llevando acabo en las ciudades de Flint, Grand Rapids y otras cuales se han confirmado agentes de ICE en operación.
¡No abra la puerta, no diga nada y no firme ningún documento si agentes de migración lo visitan en casa!

ICE initiates Mega Operation in the U.S.

On Sunday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiated the 'Mega Operation' to locate and detain at least 8,000 undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S. illegally. Susan Reed, the managing attorney for Michigan Immigrant Right Center reported that ICE agents began an operation to detain undocumented immigrants in the cities of Flint, Grand Rapids and other locations in Michigan.
Warning: Do not open the door to ICE, remain silent and don't sign any documents, if ICE agents come to your door.


Update: Trump's ICE Mega Operation raids began in the Midwest including Michigan and Wisconsin.

WI: Feds leaving in vehicles after Trump's ICE Mega Operation raid in Milwaukee's Southside https://youtu.be/XAOEV1dYV6I


Feds initiate Trump's ICE Mega Operation raids in the Midwest https://youtu.be/lDqo1om-3eo


When contacted by Hispanic News Network U.S.A., Voces de la Frontera in Milwaukee released the following statement, "ICE has said they are looking for a list of specific people in the Milwaukee area today. Know your rights! If you encounter ICE agents, you have the right to remain silent. If you are at home you have the right to not open the door if they don't have a warrant for you. You always have the right to remain silent and to not sign any document without consulting an attorney."

If your loved ones are affected by this, please call Voces' emergency hotline at 414-418-9409.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Jury Found Anissa E. Weier Mentally Ill In Slenderman Case

Weier won't face prison term, but will be committed to a mental illness facility.

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

September 15, 2017

Waukesha, WI - Waukesha County Slenderman case: 10 jurors found Anissa E. Weier, 15, mentally ill and did not know she was committing a criminal act on May 31, 2014 when she was involved in stabbing Payton Isabella Leutner who was 12-years-old at the time. Leutner survived after being stabbed 19 times and left for dead. Weier pled guilty on 8/21/2017 to 2nd-degree intentional homicide. She will remain in custody until she gets committed to a mental illness facility, but won't face a prison term.
Morgan E. Geyser, 15, is awaiting trial for 1st-degree intentional homicide in the Slenderman case.

U.S.DOJ Hired Consultant Firm At Fault For Creating Non-factual Draft Review Of The Milwaukee Police Department Practices

Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn blamed the private consultants hired by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Obama administration for creating a non-factual draft review of the Milwaukee Police Department system, practices and lack of policy initiatives for Community Oriented Policing.

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

September 15, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn during the Milwaukee Common Council Steering and Rules Committee (SRC) hearing
confirmed that the leaked U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) draft collaborative reform report review of the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) operations and practices included multiple non-factual errors that weren't corrected by the consultants of a private firm hired by the DOJ. Chief Flynn blamed the DOJ hired private consultant firm for the numerous errors in the DOJ draft, which excluded factual proof, but he didn't named the firm. Apparently, the same consultant firm did reviews for other law enforcement agencies in the U.S. as well, according to MPD. The DOJ review of MPD began in November 2015 by request of Chief Flynn to participate in the DOJ Office of Community Orientated Policing Services (COPS) Collaborative Reform Initiative For Technical Assistance (CRI-TA) process under the Obama administration. 
Members of the Milwaukee Common Council had requested the DOJ review to determine budget funding, but Chief Flynn denied the released of the review due to numerous inaccuracies and the DOJ's request that the MPD preliminary report not be released.
After the Presidential election, Trump's DOJ Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided not to move forward in the MPD review, which left the MPD stuck with the preliminary draft review. That MPD DOJ draft review was leaked. 
Leslie C. Silletti, the Director of Planning for the MPD confirmed at the SRC hearing that MPD had corrected some parts of the review, but wasn't complete. She also stated, that MPD agreed with 90% of the DOJ draft review recommendations for improvement.
The SRC members argued that in order to built trust between elected officials, the community and MPD, those reports that were corrected by MPD should also be released so everyone should have copies to evaluate what would be the next step in creating collaborative working initiatives by community stake holders and the MPD, in order to move forward in creating trust and projected changes within the MPD to better serve the Milwaukee community. 
The SRC members, MPD and members of the community agreed to move forward in creating trust and accountability in the MPD. The SRC members agreed that Chief Flynn and MPD must create policies that would assure that MPD practices are consistant and that the Fire and Police Commission (F&PC) has access to citizen complaints filed at police district stations.
Testimony by the public included, Brian Verdin who indicated that the Milwaukee Common Council (MCC) should be focused in creating jobs to help eliminate crime in the Northside and the city. Darryl Morin from LULAC called for the MCC to adequately fund the F&PC so, it could get additional staff to help review citizen complaints and office space to interview citizens who had filed complaints involving MPD officers. Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milw.) was upfront and told the SRC members that most of what was reported in the DOJ draft review was consistent to the MPD practices that the Afro-American community had experienced and complained for years and that her teenage son was stopped, searched and questioned by police while carrying a turkey to a neighbors house, which Chief Flynn and the MPD have yet to apologize.
Vaun Mayes indicated that Chief Flynn should be replaced and cited instances of police wrong doings and the lack of accountability to discipline or terminate police officers.
Chief Flynn released a two page letter concerning the COPS and CRI-TA.
In February 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on a press release reported that, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and the law firm of Covington & Burling had filed a class-action lawsuit against the City of Milwaukee over its police department’s vast stop-and-frisk program. The ACLU claimed in the lawsuit that, the Milwaukee Police Department targets tens of thousands of people without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, the legal requirement for a police stop, making the program unconstitutional, the lawsuit says. The department’s repeated violations of Milwaukeeans’ constitutional rights are driven by racial profiling, with preliminary data showing significant disparities between police stop rates for white people and for Black and Latino people.
In 2011, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also found that Milwaukee police were seven times more likely to stop Black drivers than white drivers, and five times more likely to stop Hispanic drivers than white drivers. According to the ACLU’s preliminary analysis of records from a Milwaukee police database on stops, Black (non-Hispanic) people were the targets of 72 percent of stops from 2010 through 2012 when they made up 34 percent of the city’s population.
The department conducts far more stops and frisks in the parts of Milwaukee that are predominantly Black or Latino than in other areas, according to the ACLU lawsuit.

• U.S. DOJ preliminary draft 243 page report (PDF) that was leaked to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in August; Collaborative Reform Initiative Milwaukee Police Department Assessment at link: http://bit.ly/2wzlpEB 


• Milwaukee Police Department response to leaked DOJ draft recommendations; MPD Collaborative Reform Planning and Implementation Guide November 2015 to present dated September 13, 2017 at link: http://bit.ly/2f3SZMI

Video of the Milwaukee Common Council Steering and Rules Committee hearing dated 9/14/2017 http://bit.ly/2h6xefO



Thursday, September 14, 2017

75-year-old Melvin Hastings Picks Up Litter While The Neighborhood Sleeps


Hastings drives around with his electric trike scooter and picks up litter for hours while many residents in Milwaukee's Southside sleep.

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

September 14, 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - On Wednesday, Melvin Hastings, 75, was spotted around 11:00 p.m. in the Southside Lincoln Village neighborhood between S. 13th Street to S. 16th Street and W. Cleveland Ave. to W. Lincoln Ave. riding his trike scooter and picking up litter. Hastings also wears orange clothing and makes frequent stops to pick up litter and wears a reflective vest.
Hastings cares about keeping the area clean and says that he is also the Block Watch Captain for the Milwaukee Police District 2 Station. He usually starts at 10:00 p.m. and finishes around 3:30 a.m. or at 4:30 a.m., which at times fills about five 50 gallon trash bags a given night, but most of the time he get to fills about 2 to 3 bags. Hastings sometimes get help from his daughter as well. He has lived in the neighborhood for 42 years and has been going out at night to pick up litter for the last seven years.
Kudos to Hastings for helping to keep the neighborhood clean.

Abby Dominski Charged With Vehicular Homicide While Intoxicated In The Death Of Candace Franckowiak

An intoxicated 23-year-old woman while driving went over the center line and struck another vehicle going the opposite way killing a 44-year-old female driver.

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

September 14, 2017

Waukesha, Wisconsin - On Wednesday, Abby K. Dominski, 23, of Pewaukee was charged with one felony count for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in the death of Candace Franckowiak, 44, in the Town of Lisbon and one misdemeanor count for operating while under the influence (OWI) causing injury to another male driver who was injured in a third vehicle.
A Waukesha County judge set a $100,000 cash bail for Dominski, if convicted, Dominski is facing up to 25 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines for the felony charge and up to 9 months in jail including up to $10,000 in fines for the misdemeanor charge. Dominski's next court appearance is set for a hearing on September 15.
According to the criminal complaint, the fatal crash happened on Highway 164 near S. Jay Lane just after 11:20 p.m. in Lisbon. Apparently, Dominski, the sole occupant in a vehicle was driving southbound on Hwy 164 when she drove over the center line into the northbound (NB) lane and struck Franckowiak head on who was driving a Mazda and heading NB after Dominski missed another vehicle driven by a 49-year-old male driver in a Dodge heading NB who tried to avoid getting hit by Dominski's Black Cadillac SUV and lost control and the vehicle rolled over landing on its roof. The male driver survived.
Dominski told investigators that she had been drinking at a Brewers game and another tavern with her boyfriend. At first Dominski refused to take an alcohol breathalyzer test and later agreed for authorities to take a blood sample at a local hospital where she was taken for treatment, according to the criminal complaint.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Elias Burgos Sought In Connection For The Juanita J. Zdroik's 2000 Homicide

Burgos who is wanted in connection with Zdroik's homicide remains at large and believed to be hiding in Puerto Rico, second suspect Miguel A. Cruz was taken into custody in Tampa in connection with the 17 year cold case.

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

September 11, 2017

Racine, WI - On Monday, the Racine County Sheriff's Office announced that Miguel Angel Cruz, 39, was taken into custody on August 28 in Tampa, Florida and is awaiting extradition to Wisconsin in connection with the 2000 cold case homicide of Juanita J. Zdroik, 39, of Milwaukee. The second wanted murder suspect, Elias Burgos, 36, remains at large and a felony warrant has been issued for his arrest, which authorities believe is hiding somewhere in Puerto Rico.
Zdroik's body was found on February 7, 2000 alongside the shoulder of Highway K near the Town of Raymond. According to the Racine County Medical Examiner's office, Zdroik had been shot in the head and showed signs that she had been tortured for at least a month before being killed by the suspects.
Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling during a press conference stated that Zdroik's homicide was connected to a double homicide in February 7, 2000 in Milwaukee and Milwaukee authorities in January 2017 contacted the Racine County Sheriff's office with information connecting Zdroik's 17 year cold case to the murders in Milwaukee.
A criminal complaint for 1st-degree intentional homicide was filed on August 21, identifying Cruz as a murder suspect. A criminal complaint for 1st-degree intentional homicide was also filed and a felony warrant was issued on August 23 for Burgos. If convicted for Zdroik's homicide, both Cruz and Burgos are facing life in prison without parole.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Devin Katzfey Gets 40 Years In Prison For The Fatal Beating Of Delvin Mendoza-Chaparro

Devin Katzfey sentenced to 40 years in prison for the brutal fatal beating of a 20-year-old man accused of stealing a bong and a pipe from his associates that were used to smoke marijuana.


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

September 8, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Friday, Devin L. Katzfey, 21, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the December 19, 2016 brutal fatal beating of Delvin Mendoza-Chaparro, 20 in the Southside of Milwaukee. Devin was convicted in July after he pled guilty to a felony charge for 1st-degree reckless homicide. Devin under a plea agreement will be confined for 27 years and 13 years of extended supervision and was ordered to pay $1,909.99 in restitution, according to court records. He will be eligible for probation at the age of 68.
Two other accomplices in the fatal beating of Mendoza-Chaparro received less prison sentences. Sarah Zakzesky, 21, who pleaded guilty to 1st-degree reckless homicide in June and was sentenced in July to 18 years in prison, but will do 10 years in prison and 8 years of extended supervision.
Branden L. Katzfey, 20, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in March for 1st-degree reckless homicide, but will be confined for 13 years and 7 years of extended supervision. Both Branden and Zakzesky were ordered to also pay $1,909.99 each in restitution.
According to the criminal complaint, Devin accused Mendoza-Chaparro of trying to steal a bong and a pipe that was used to smoke marijuana by the group. Devin began to beat Mendoza-Chaparro and Branden, Zakzesky also joined in the beating. The brutal beating of Mendoza-Chaparro by Devin was video recorded and posted on Snapchat, which police found three videos showing Mendoza-Chaparro being beaten by the group.
The two Katzfey brothers told on each other to police, apparently Devin confessed that his brother Branden had urinated on Mendoza-Chaparro's face by the cat litter, and Branden told police that Devin was the primary person who beat the victim and that Devin even forced Mendoza-Chaparro to eat cat excrement for stealing a bong. Also that Zakzesky even grabbed Mendoza-Chaparro's head and slammed him on a counter. Branden was mad because Mendoza-Chaparro had taken his cellphone as well, according to the criminal complaint.
Both Branden and Zakzesky were in a relationship and she told police that Branden had woken her up because he wanted a blow job after having sex in the bathroom earlier in the night before Mendoza-Chaparro was killed.
Mendoza-Chaparro's brutal beating took place at apartment number four at 600 W. Rogers Street where Devin and Zakzesky shared in Milwaukee's Southside. After the beating, both Devin and Zakzesky took Mendoza-Chaparro who was unconscious to a nearby alley and left him in the snowbank next to some garbage cans behind a rear garage of a home. Mendoza-Chaparro was not dress for the 15 degree frigid weather, which contributed to his death from exposure to the freezing temperatures.
A man at the property went to take his auto out and found Mendoza-Chaparro's frozen beaten body next to the garage door. The man noticed that the victim had a hand and some fingers from the other hand missing, according to the criminal complaint. It is not clear, if the missing hand and fingers were taken by outdoor animals.
The Milwaukee Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that Mendoza-Chaparro had died from multiple injuries caused by blunt force trauma to the head and exposure to freezing temperatures. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Group Charges UnitedHealth Care With Redlining Milwaukee And Profiting From Deaths Caused By Opioid Overdoses

UnitedHealth Care is accused of redlining the City of Milwaukee by denying increased services and contracting clinics to deal with the opioid epidemic that has claimed hundreds of lives by overdose and lack of preventable treatment.

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

September 7, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, the Advocaid Coalition (AC) claimed that UnitedHealth Care (UHC) continues to redline the City of Milwaukee by denying comprehensive services and contracting clinics to provide the needed treatment for opioid addicted individuals who are heroin users. AC held a press conference at the UHC Midwest Corporate Office located at 10701 W Research Drive in Milwaukee, WI. According to AC, the heroin/opioids overdoses have increased in Milwaukee and released the following statements.
"The body count increases every month. As more and more people die from addiction, because they are unable to get proper comprehensive treatment, UnitedHealth Care enjoys double digit profits as many die from overdose of heroin/opioids in Milwaukee," said Robert Miranda, spokesman for the group heading up the press conference, Advocaid. 
"It appears insurers have been having issues implementing parity according to substance abuse treatment programs. The Parity Law was made with the express purpose that an insured person has equal access to mental health and substance abuse treatment as opposed to other benefits of health insurance. Most Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) in the area are facing difficulty with getting some insurers to cover benefits in substance programs according to what the law should permit," said attorney Imran Kurter legal counsel for the group. 
"We have been approached by many of those suffering from heroin use seeking help who say the treatment they receive is inadequate. They seek help," Miranda said. "Our group has been informed by families that most intensive outpatient programs and patients in the area are facing difficulty with getting some insurers to cover benefits in substance programs according to what the law should permit."
The group says that clinics which specialize in treating patients suffering from addiction, specifically opioid use disorders such as pain pill abuse and heroin have been decreasing in Milwaukee while the death rate of heroin overdoses continues to increase. 
"We believe that comprehensive care clinics are being closed because big Insurance companies like UnitedHealth Care are red lining.  They are denying our inner city residents the right to proper treatment in their own back yards.
Comprehensive care clinics were created for this purpose, to serve the people of their communities in their communities," Rafael Mercado of the group MKE Heroin Diaries. 
Mercado says, if UHC doesn't help in providing additional intensive treatment service clinics in Milwaukee, a protest against UHC will be the next option. "When UHC denies someone coverage to go to an intensive outpatient treatment, they have no other recourse, but to seek a way to numb the pain they are hiding and the easiest way to do that is to go to the nearest heroin dealer and pay $5.00 for a opioid pain pill, which normally you pay $600 to $700  for it with prescription," Mercado stated.
"In Northern Milwaukee there is only one major state certified outpatient clinic that has the full capacity of services such as intensive services (IOP) with Medication Assisted Treatments (such as Suboxone and Vivitrol), comprehensive case management, psychiatric mental health care (Dual Diagnosis with medication management), AODA groups, individual counseling, and continued outpatient treatment after intensive treatments," continued Miranda.
"Members of the community are outraged," says Selahattin Kurter, MD, member of the Advocaid organization and the Executive Director of the West Grove Clinic in Milwaukee, which has a contract with UHC. "ADVOCAID has heard from the community involved in addiction that United pulled out of supporting intensive outpatient substance abuse programs for medicaid in early spring 2017. This caused individuals to lose treatment and risked relapses."
Dr. Kurter stated, "In 2016, UHC claimed $185B in revenue, which is double the reported amount in 2008. This year, UHC is expected to make $200B in revenue. Last year, UHC CEO, Stephen Hemsley claimed compensation of $31M dollars. With this fellow profits, why are they denying life saving treatment? UHC can you please answer this?," Dr. Kurter asked.
According to Miranda, the West Grove Clinic is the only full treatment service outlet for opioid addiction and has a backlog of more than 800 patients and the United Community Center in the Southside of Milwaukee has partial treatment services and refers most opioid addicted patients to other service treatment clinics outside of the city, including West Grove Clinic. 
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office reported on September 6, 2017 that so far, there have been 101 fentanyl-related deaths compared to 96 in 2016 and 65 more fentanyl-related deaths are expected. 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. contacted the UHC Communications Director, Tony Marusic on Thursday, but declined to comment about the allegations of redlining the City of Milwaukee by UHC.

AC has launch its website highlighting UHC lack of parity for Milwaukee area residents suffering from addiction. The website: www.unitedforparity.com will be asking for area residents to contact the group regarding their experiences with UnitedHealth Care.

Full video of the AC press conference at link: https://youtu.be/J_-WnmpxSso

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

DREAMers, Allies And Members Of The Milwaukee Latino Community Marched In Support Of DACA

DREAMers, allies and members of the Latino community in Milwaukee marched in support of DACA.

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

September 6, 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - On Wednesday, more than 5,000 DREAMers, allies and members of the Latino community including children marched in solidarity to support DACA. A rally was held at Walker's Square Park in support of DACA students and recipients. The rally was organized by the Young People's Resistance Committee (YPRC) formerly known as the Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES). 
The YPRC rally organizers after providing several testimonials by DREAMers, they proceeded with a impromptu march along the predominantly Hispanic community in the Southside of Milwaukee. 
There are approximately 8,000 registered DREAMers in the Milwaukee area, according to Voces de la Frontera, a workers and immigrant rights group.
The Milwaukee rally and march was one of multiple rallies around the nation since Tuesday when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Trump's decision to recind Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which will gradually end within 6 months. Sessions apparently lied during his announcement, he said that DREAMers take jobs from Americans, which they don't; that DACA recipients are adults and illegal aliens, but have temporary legal status under DACA and arrived in the U.S. when they were at least 6-years-old at no fault of their own; that DREAMers drain benefits and Social Security, which they don't receive any public benefits and are not old enough to collect Social Security and that they are a danger to the U.S. and ending DACA would provide safety and security for Americans, which none of DACA recipients have criminal records.
Trump's decision to end DACA is the worst decision he has made as president, according to both Democrats and Republicans who have come out and condemn Trump for ending the program.
Trump's decision to recind Obama's DACA will create a $14B economic gap in the U.S. economy and will cost an additional $8B to deport expired DACA recipients. The 800,000 DACA registered recipients pay $500 each every two years to renew their legal status, which the U.S. government generates $400M in DACA fees to renew applications.
Ending DACA would cost an estimated loss in Social Security revenue of about $19.9B to the government in the next ten years, according to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. DACA recipients don't collect Social Security benefits.


MKE DREAMers rally and march video links:

 • http://bit.ly/2gIYa4W

 • http://bit.ly/2gNWn2p

 • http://bit.ly/2gINcwj

 • http://bit.ly/2eMfSb4

 • http://bit.ly/2xcz5dj




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Trump Recinds Obama's DACA, Gave Congress 6 Months To Legislate Resolution

Trump's decision to recind Obama's DACA will create a $14B economic gap in the U.S. economy and will cost an additional $8B to deport expired DACA undocumented immigrants.

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

September 5, 2017

Washington, D.C. - On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed Trump's decision to recind Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) affecting 800K adult illegal aliens and gave Congress 6 months to legislate a resolution. Sessions says DACA will "Wind Down" and as the two year program limit expires for registered DACA adults, no renewals will be allowed. The lack of DACA protections, those affected will most likely be targeted for deportation by ICE.
Trump's decision was based on his campaign pledge to end Obama's DACA and "for the safety and security of Americans," according to Sessions.
Sessions says, DACA workers have taken jobs from Americans. The end of DACA will force 800K illegal aliens to lose their jobs creating a loss of $14B economic revenue for the U.S. and it will cost an additional $8B to deport DACA adults affecting the economy and result in the separation of families as well.
DACA recipients are currently attending colleges and working in all job sectors in the U.S. industry, corporate and have no criminal records.
800K DACA registered recipients also support the U.S. government as well, each pays $500 to renew legal protection status every two year, which would total $400M every two years.
Ending DACA would cost a loss in Social Security revenue of about $19.9B to the government in the next ten years, according to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. DACA recipients don't collect Social Security benefits.