Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fuentes, Milwaukee Eastside Mafioso Gang Member Arrested By U.S. Marshals

Gualberto Fuentes

Fuentes was on the run for more than three years.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 30, 2013

Milwaukee, WI - On Tuesday, Fox6Now reported that the U.S. Marshals Service had arrested Gualberto Fuentes, 37, who was wanted for a parole violation from a 1994 second-degree sexual assault conviction of his girlfriend. On March 9, 2012, a state arrest warrant was filed for one felony count for a sex registry violation, according to court recourts.
Fuentes is a known Eastside Mafioso Gang member. In March, a segment from Fox6Now profiled Fuentes who was wanted by the U.S. Marshals. A viewer tip led to his arrest on Tuesday at a home near the 700 block of Fiebrantz Ave. in the Estabrook Park neighborhood. Fuentes barricaded himself at the home, but was taken into custody by authorities.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Divest Rally Of Palermo's Pizza Products At Campus Ends With 12 UW-Madison Student Arrests

Photos: Facebook

Multiple students arrested after occupying UW-Madison Chancellor's office.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 29, 2013

Madison, WI - On Monday, campus and Madison police just after 5:00 p.m. arrested 12 University of Wisconsin-Madison students in Bascon Hall after occupying Chancellor David Ward's office during a protest rally demanding for the university to break ties with Palermo's Villa, Inc. Pizza products. The students at the rally were demanding for Interim Chancellor Ward to follow the recommendation made in November by the Labor Licensing Policy Committee (LLPC) to cut ties with Palermo. The LLPC found that Palermo violated the university's code of conduct and recommended for the university to cut ties with Palermo's products.
Several striking Palermo's Pizza employees, religious and student groups spoke at the rally.
Also on Monday, the National Labor Relations Board (LRB) in Washingtion, D.C. upheld the local decision of the LRB decision that Palermo Villa, Inc. did not violate labor laws when the company terminated multiple Hispanic employees suspected of being undocumented and not authorized to work in the U.S. after failing to provide legal status documents to work in the country.

31-year-old Man Facing Three Homicide Charges In Lafayette County

Jaren M. Kuester

Photo: Facebook

Triple murder suspect arrested by Waukesha police.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 29, 2013

Waukesha,  WI - On Sunday, Jaren M. Kuester, 31, of Waukesha was taken into custody in connection with a triple homicide in Lafayette County on the same day. Kuester was arrested around 3:00 p.m. at the Willow Park apartment complex, 1001 Delafield St. after a brief standoff.
Kuester was taken back to Lafayette County to face murder charges and remains in jail. Homicide charges could be filed by Tuesday.
He is facing three homicide charges for the deaths of Gary L. Thoreson, 70, his wife Cloe A. Thoreson, 66, and brother Dean W. Thoreson, 76, all of South Wayne, Wisconsin. Their bodies were discovered on Sunday. The Lafayette County Sheriff's Office sent out an alert of a missing truck from the crime scene. A stolen blue 1998 Ford F-130 truck taken from the murder scene.
Kuester's abandoned vehicle was found about six miles from where the Toreson's bodies were discovered in Wiota Township. Kuester did not know the Thoresons, according to Lafayette authorities. 

Gary L. Thoreson, Chloe A. Thoreson and Dean W. Thoreson

Sunday, April 28, 2013

11 Band Members Of La Reyna de Monterrey Reported Dead After Crash

Members of the band Reyna de Monterrey take last photo on Friday inside a van while heading to a gig and posted it on their Facebook account.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 28, 2013

Monterrey,  Nuevo León, Mexico - On Saturday,  the Mexican federal police confirmed that 11 band members of La Reyna de Monterrey died and four members were reported injured, including the band singer Oliver Palomo Dàvila, 28. He told police that they were returning to Monterrey from an overnight gig at the Lagito Bar in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas when the accident occurred around 7:50 a.m. on Saturday in the municipality of Hidalgo along the Nuevo Laredo-Monterrey highway stretch.
Police suspect, the driver of the van transporting the band members became drowsy, deviated from his lane and then struck head-on a TNL Express transport trailer. Most of the band members were ejected from the van and killed on impact, according to the federal police highway division. 
The other surviving band members are,  Lino Obregón Vázquez, Alejandro Vázquez, 21, and Marx Rogelio Garcia Muñoz, 23.
Alberto López Vázquez, 20, died in a local hospital. The other 10 members of the band died at the scene.
Six of the deceased have been identified as, Miguel Angel Torres Arellano, 19, Antonio Torres Arellano, 22, Rubén Paz Martínez, 28, Luis Antonio Arellano Ortega, 22, Josè Guadalupe Flores Paderes, 21, and Diego Armando Vázquez Vázquez, 20.
The band played Sinaloense style of music and were from Guanajuato, Oaxaca and Querétaro.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Ortiz, Local El Conquistador Writer Engages In False And Inaccurate Reporting

Manny Ortiz, Mariella Godínez and Victor Huyke

El Conquistador writer falsely and inaccurately reported in an article "MC Multiservicios Gana Demanda Contra MG Multiservicios."

April 26, 2013

Milwaukee, WI (HNNUSA) - On Friday, El Conquistador newspaper published an article "MC Multiservicios Gana Demanda Contra MG Multiservicios" dated April 26, Volume 16, Issue 17, page 6 written in Spanish by Manny Ortiz, one of its newspaper writers. Ortiz falsely and inaccurately wrote that H. Nelson Goodson from Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) worked for El Corre Caminos Newspaper. He also wrote that Goodson in a HNNUSA had written that some alleged victims filed a criminal investigation complaint with the IRS, which is inaccurate. 
Ortiz wrote that Goodson in mid November had tried to get him to write an article or "do something" about the matter and issue, that is definitely false.
When contacted on Friday, Victor Huyke, Publisher of El Conquistador said, that he believed what Ortiz had written in his article without contacting Goodson or Martinez from El Corre Caminos to confirm Goodson's employment.
Goodson on Friday, sent a retraction request to Huyke of certain false and inaccurate pieces of an article written about Goodson. "Ortiz obviously intended to falsify and inaccurately report about my person without professionally trying to confirm his comments in an article. It seems, Ortiz lacks any professional experience, investigative skills and any ethics when reporting or writing articles," Goodson said. "I sent Huyke a retraction request concerning the false and inaccurate comments written by Ortiz. Huyke apparently laxed to contact me, confirm and investigate what Ortiz was claiming about me."
Huyke said, he "would talk to Ortiz" about the article concerning Goodson.
Ortiz also wrote that Mariella Godínez collaborated in the article. When Godínez was contacted, she said that she did some investigative research about the case dealing with scams and provided a comment to Ortiz. Ortiz failed to include and cite her comment in the article, but instead added her name as a collaborator.
Godínez stated, "I have not read the article...I did not write anything, I will have my attorney read the article." If Godínez is correct, it seems Ortiz and Huyke decided to include her name on the article without Godínez actually reading it and making it seem she had approved the false and inaccurate comments Ortiz made about Goodson.
Ortiz even claimed that Goodson was accused of negligence and defamation when he broke the story about allegations raised by some victims. Goodson attempted to get statements from the owners of the MC Multiservicios business accused by the victims. But the owners would not comment at the time. Ortiz failed to mention, the lawsuit in which Goodson was named got dismissed and no negligence or defamation was ever established against Goodson for just reporting about the allegations made by the victims, an outdoor protest at MC Multiservicios and lawsuits filed. Other media outlets were notified in advance of the protest as well. Goodson said, he was called about the protest a half hour before it took place and he went to report on it, since it was made in public and drew attention from the public at a busy south side street.
Goodson in an exclusive report did write an article that all parties involved in the registered lawsuits were dismissed a month earlier in favor of MC Multiservicios. Goodson even contacted the attorneys involved in the lawsuits, the law firm representing the alleged 49 victims never responded and the law firm representing MC Multiservicios, including the owner released documents of the outcome of the case, which Goodson had requested.
Goodson said, the owner of MC Multiservicios had even placed a full page paid ad in both El Conquistador and El Mañanero local newspapers claiming Goodson along with a group had intentionally engaged in defamation against MC Multiservicios. The owner of MC Multiservicios later decided to dismiss the case under a settlement agreement with other parties involved, after a statement was signed that allegations raised against MC Multiservicios were false or untrue.
El Conquistador and El Mañanero never contacted Goodson or the parties named in the ad, if the full page ad, which was published claiming Goodson was involved with a group that intentionally engaged in defamation against MC Multiservicios was true. Goodson said, it was clear negligence by both El Conquistador and El Mañanero not to substantiate, confirm the allegations and the accusations made by the owner of MC Multiservicios that I was intentionally involved, which the only act by me was to report what was transpiring between the parties involved in the lawsuits, since they were being made public.
On April 4, the MC Multiservicios attorney even send out a letter to media outlets saying, as a result of a settlement agreement involving the MC Multiservicios lawsuits, some newspapers, radio stations and TV might have been used to report allegations that were later determined false.

Four Milwaukee County Supervisors Attempting To Oust Board Chairwoman Dimitrijevic

Marina Dimitrijevic

A memo sent out to 14 Milwaukee County Supervisors by four supervisors is seeking support to oust County Board Chairwoman.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 26, 2013

Milwaukee, WI - On Friday, four Milwaukee County Supervisors sent out a memo to 14 other supervisors asking for support to oust Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, according to county sources. They would like an answer by Monday, April 29, so they could request for Supervisor Dimitrijevic to resign as Chair. If some fail to answer to the memo, Supervisors Deanna Alexander, Mark Borkowski, Steve Taylor and John Weishan will initiate a procedure to oust Dimitrijevic from her position. Mostly, the supervisor coup won't have enough votes to succeed in the attempt to remove Dimitrijevic as Chair, according to county sources.
No reasoning was provided for an attempt to oust Dimitrijevic as County Board Chairwoman, but it comes a day after the Board voted 15-3 to slash their own salaries by 20%, including staff and Board budget by half of $6.6 million. Also, four year terms will be cut to two year terms after 2016 provided the state legislature approves the resolution passed by the Board.

El Mariachi Villanueva Moves Forward In "Tengo Talento Mucho Talento" Show In Estrella TV

Salvador Villanueva-Garcia

Villanueva-Garcia, a local Mariachi singer from Milwaukee moves forward in the Estrella TV talent show "Tengo Talento Mucho Talento."

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 26, 2013

Los Angeles, CA - On Tuesday, Salvador Villanueva-Garcia, 31, who resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin moved forward in the talent competition contest for a grand prize of $100,000 dollars and a contract with Estrella TV to further promote his Mariachi singing career. People voted on his video taped on Tuesday and it made to the final four to be posted. The video was posted on Friday by the Tengo Talento Mucho Talento show on Estrella TV.
Villanueva-Garcia is originally from San José Caídas, Jalisco, Mexico and is well known in the Milwaukee Hispanic community for his Mariachi singing style of music (a form of folk music from Mexico) and presentations at Mexican Fiesta, local outdoor church festivals, UMOS 16 de Septiembre festival and other events.
The Tengo Talento Mucho Talento (TTMT) show can be seen at 8:00/7:00 p.m. Central on Estrella TV or its website at tengotalento.estrellatv.com. The TTMT TV hosts are Don Chelo, Ana Bárbara, Pepe Garza, Sergio Catalán and La Chupitos.

Senator Wants Mexican Legislature To Dissolve The National Migration Institute

Layda Sansores San Román

Federal Mexican Senator Sansores San Román alleged the National Migration Institute is useless and its operation in the Southern border of Mexico and Guatemala is to costly to maintain.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 26, 2013

Mexico City - On Tuesday, Federal Senator Layda Sansores San Román (political party Moviemento Ciudadano) in a compelling speech during the Mexican Federal Senate hearing told other Senators to dissolve the National Migration Institute (INM-Mexico's Immigration Department) for its inability to provide security, control of the southern border and its lack to protect foreign undocumented immigrants against organized criminal organizations targeting immigrants from Central and South America while crossing into Mexico through the Guatemala border. She called for the removal of Ardelio Vargas Fosado, the INM Commissioner for his failure to protect immigrants and his inability to act against criminal organizations extorting, mutilating immigrants, raping women, robbing and killing foreign immigrants while traveling from Tabasco, Veracruz, Chapias, Baja California to the U.S. border.
Sansores San Román said, a criminal organization affiliated with the Zetas is operating in Tenosique, Tabasco. Recently, four immigrants came forward to expose the criminal activity in the area. One of the witnesses was killed, one was reported shot and two from Honduras were presently getting help from her office.
Four suspects were identified by Sen. Sansores San Román as El Chakira, El 30-30, El Mudo, El Tartamudo and El Fantasma who were arrested for extorting immigrants. They spent 15 days in jail, paid a bond and were freed, according to the senator. The suspects then filed a complaint with the Tabasco Department of Justice against La 72 Refuge immigrant shelter operator, Franciscan Priest Tomás González Castillo and Rubén Figueroa, an immigrant rights activist from the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement organization for defamation of moral character. Both Castillo and Figueroa along with the four victims had filed a complaint with local, state and federal authorities in March about the extortions taking place in Tenosique train route to Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. 
The five suspects were arrested and they even confessed to authorities about their involvement in the extortion of immigrants. Castillo and Figueroa had their lives threaten by a local criminal group that has vowed to behead them.
They asked for protection, but now police and federal authorities surround the refuge shelter preventing undocumented immigrants from seeking temporary shelter, according to Sen. Sansores San Román. About 80 to 90 immigrants used to seek shelter at La 72 per night. She called for local, federal authorities and the military to be assigned along the border and route of La Bestia to provide security and protection to immigrants. 
Immigrants are fequently extorted by criminals and if they don't pay a $100 to $300 dollars quota to board a freight train called the Beast (La Bestia), they are thrown off the moving train, killing them, mutilating them or causing severe injuries for life.
About 450 immigration and federal police personnel are assigned to the southern Mexican border with Guatemala making it easy for criminal organizations to target immigrants. Sen. Sansores San Román also called for more national security (military) of the southern border and protection for those immigrants traveling through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border.
Senator Angelíca del Rosario Araujo Lara (PRI) told senators, that between January 2007 to July 2012, the INM had helped or provided assistance to more than 1 million immigrants, and the INM station Siglo 21 in the Southern border can hold 900 detainees and had deported at least 70,200 undocumented immigrants. From the 140,000 of undocumented immigrants that travel through Mexico every year, about 9% are females and 21% are children, according to INM statistics. 
Senator Zoé Alejandro Roblero Aburto (PRD) also stated, that while traveling with a delegation of senators, he received testimonials of abuses perpetuated on immigrants and more abuses would escalate to catastrophic proportions, if Mexico fails to provide the needed security and human rights protections for immigrants. 
Senator Victor Hemosillo y Celada (PAN) stated, that Mexico should stop treating the Mexican nationals deported from the U.S. differently, its continued denial to provide economic aid and assistance to help them relocate and adjust in the country. He also voiced his support to push for immigration reform of the INM and additional national security for the southern border to combat organized crime targeting undocumented immigrants.
In the last six years, about 70,000 undocumented immigrants have disappeared while traveling through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border. Only 80 of those missing have been found alive, according to Figueroa.

Sen. Sansores San Román speech in Spanish at video link: http://bit.ly/15TrHz0

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Milwaukee County Board Voted To Slash Salaries, Staff And Budget

Marina Dimitrijevic

The Milwaukee County Board voted 15-3 to slash their own salaries, staff and budget in an attempt to prevent the GOP controlled state legislature from cutting the Board in half.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 25, 2013

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday,  the Milwaukee County Board on a vote of 15-3 voted to slash their salaries by 20%, cut their staff and budget by 50% in an attempt to stop the Republican legislature from cutting the Board in half and drastically cutting their budget to one million dollars. They also agreed to cut the four year term to two years by 2016, provided the state legislature approves it.
The Board will conduct efficient audits throughout all County government levels and will appoint a mediator to address and enforce those efficiencies, according to Marina Dimitrijevic, Chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Board.
"This is the kind of local reform our constituents have demanded," Dimitrijevic stated in a news release.
The Board operates on a $6.6 million annual budget, which includes salaries for 18 supervisors and 38 staffers.
On April 11, the State Assembly Government Operation Committee approved Assembly bill 85 that would cut Milwaukee County Supervisors salaries from $50,679 to $24,000 after 2016, cut the number of supervisors and would cut the County budget drastically allowing the County government to operate with a $1 million annual budget. The Republican bill would also increase power for Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.
The bill was temporarily blocked in the legislature by Democrats until May. 

Two Gang Members Indicted For Gonzales Tilted Cap Homicide

Jose M. Garcia and Jose Rebollar-Verara

Suspects indicted for tilted cap murder of a 19-year-old Zion 

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 25, 2013

Round Lake Beach, Illinois - On Wednesday, both Jose M. Garcia, 18, of Mundelein and Jose Rebollar-Verara, 24, of Round Lake Park were indicted by a grand jury for the March 10, first-degree murder of Gabriel Gonzales, 19, of Zion. The indictment states, that the suspects believed Gonzales was a member of a rival gang when he walked into the One Stop Food and Liquor with his cap tilted. When Gonzales exited the store, Garcia, Rebollar-Verara and an unidentified accomplice followed Gonzales outside into the parking lot. The suspects began to make gang signs at Gonzales and while the victim attempted to leave the scene, Garcia pulled out a .22 Caliber weapon and fired ten times at Gonzales. Gonzales was shot once in the back and died at the scene.
Several witnesses identified the suspects. Both Garcia and Rebollar-Verara confessed to authorities of killing Gonzales.
They remained at the Lake County jail unable to post bond of $3 million dollars each. Their next court date will be on May 2, for an arraignment hearing, to Assistant State Attorney Ken LaRue.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MCEB Had Found Supervisor Romo-West Guilty Of Minor Ethic Violations

Peggy Romo-West and Sylvia Ortiz

(Click on MCEB document images to enlarge)

The Milwaukee County Ethics Board placed Milwaukee County Supervisor Romo-West in probation for three years after it was found she committed ethic violations in two separate occasions while in office, but decided to dismiss the complaint with stipulations.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 24, 2013

Milwaukee, WI - Recently released documents dated October 15, 2012 by David Carr, Chair of the Milwaukee County Ethics Board (MCEB) confirmed that Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy Romo-West had committed several ethic violations while campaigning in 2011. The MCEB later determined the violations were minor and dismissed the complaint filed by Sylvia Ortiz, but with stipulations.
In September 2012, during a closed meeting with MCEB, Supervisor Romo-West agreed to refrain from committing similar or other minor violations in the future and to take training on how to maintain separate Facebook accounts. The MCEB can reopen the case, if she commits another ethics violation within the next three years, Carr wrote.
In February, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) broke the story and reported that the MCEB found that Supervisor Romo-West used her position to gain unlawful advantage during an election and using a County vehicle while campaigning. Ortiz, a former candidate for supervisor in the 12th Milwaukee County District had previously confirmed to HNNUSA, that she was notified by Veronica Robinson, executive director of the MCEB that Romo-West was found in violation of two ethic codes. According to Carr, in one violation, Romo-West used her position to gain unlawful benefits, advantages or privileges during an election, a violation of campaign prohibitions by wearing a Milwaukee County name tag and wearing a campaign T-shirt while riding a Milwaukee County vehicle. In a second violation, Romo-West used her personal Facebook account to post comments while on County time, including using a County official page for the purpose of keeping constituents informed as well as for fundraising purposes, while at a committee meeting at the courthouse where the Milwaukee County Board has its offices.
After July 2012 under an agreement with the MCEB, Romo-West attended a conference to learn about how to further separate her personal and professional Facebook pages. She agreed to maintain three separate Facebook pages, one which would be used as personal, a second for fundraising purposes and the third for her County official page for communicating with constituents.
The minor ethic code violations were dimissed with conditions that Romo-West must refrain from campaigning while in an official capacity, must refrain from using her elected position to gain unlawful influence and to keep three separate Facebook accounts, one for personal, a second for fundraising and campaigning, and a third for her County official page. 
An Order letter by Veronica W. Robinson, executive director of the MCEB dated, February 12, stated, "the MCEB makes no recommendation that the subject (Supervisor Romo-West) of this investigation be censured, suspended or that any action be taken to remove the subject from office." Robinson's letter didn't explained that in fact, the MCEB found Romo-West in violation of several ethic code violations and that she was placed on a three probation.
Today, Romo-West continues to deny that she actually violated any ethic code violations, but in fact she did, according to Carr.
When contacted on Wednesday, Ortiz stated, "It's disappointing that Supervisor Romo-West continues to deny that she committed any ethic violations, when in recently released documents by the MCEB shows, that she in fact violated ethic codes in several occasions by her actions."

Tejano Style Allstars Continue To Keep Music Alive

(L-R) Augustin Ramirez, Carlos Guzman, Freddie Martinez, Sunny Ozuna, Carlos Miranda and Joe Bravo. Old school Tejano allstars keeping music style alive. 

Photo: Facebook

Tejano music lives on.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 24, 2013

Laredo, Texas - Some of the rare sights in Texas is to get a group of old school Tejano style all stars to pose for a group photo. Joe Bravo, one of those Tejano all stars posted a group photo of Augustin Ramirez, Carlos Guzman, Freddie Martinez, Sunny Ozuna, Carlos Miranda and Bravo, himself in his Facebook account labeling it great memories. 
The Tejano style music has entertained millions in the U.S. and abroad. There are different styles of Tejano music, which is a mixture and blend of Tex-Mex music with roots from Mexico and the Texas region. The Bravo group is just one of many groups, conjuntos, orchestras that grew out from the Tex-Mex music.
Later, Jimmy Gonzalez and Joe Lopez with the grupo Mazz helped push the Tejano music into a more modernized style attracting the younger crowds, but keeping the more mature crowds in the mix.
More and more Tejano style of music playing groups continue to florist in Texas, Mexico, California and other parts of the U.S. These countless groups have some roots to the first Tejano style groups and their music.
Selena, Los Rondels from Laredo, Low Riders, Tony de la Rosa, Bobby Pulido, Jay Perez, Conjunto Bernal, Laura Canales, Little Tina, La Sombra de Tony Guerrero, Los Chamacos, Grupo Daño, Intocables, El Poder del Norte and countless others have kept the Tejano style music alive and in the hearts of an aging Tejano population.
Tejano style music is here to stay. If you would like to experience that unique style of sound, attend a local Tejano dance, an outdoor festival featuring Tejano music or just Youtube an allstar today to enjoy it.

Man Dismembered Body Of 58-year-old Victim In A Milwaukee Home

Kou Thao and Tong Pao Hang

Milwaukee and Wausau police discover dismembered body at local residence.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 24, 2013

Milwaukee, WI - Police arrested Kou Thao at a Milwaukee home located at the 200 block of N. 38th Street for an April 6, Wausau homicide. The dismembered body of Tong Pao Hang, 58, of St. Paul, Minn. was discovered 13 days later in Milwaukee by police. 
Nouce Thao called police on April 17, about a missing person. When they went to investigate, a man at the home told police about a murder that had occurred on April 6 and that Thao had taken the  body to Milwaukee.
The next day, Milwaukee police were notified by Wausau police about Thao taking a body to a local home where it was found afterwards.
On Monday, Thao was charged in Marathon County with one count of first-degree intentional homicide, one count for hiding a corpse, repeater and one count for possession of a firearm by a felon, repeat offender in Hang's homicide. If convicted Thao is facing life in prison without parole, and 10 years for count 2 and count 3, including an additional 2 years for each repeat offender enhancer. Thao is considered homeless and his bail was set at $1 million dollars.
The Marathon County criminal complaint states, Thao shot Hang once in the forehead on April 6, while they were drinking in a basement at a Wausau home located at the 400 block of Chicago Ave. Thao's brother in-law, Yeh Lor told police that he helped Thao wrapped Hang's body in a tarp, put it in the trunk of a blue Honda Accord. Thao then drove to Milwaukee with the body. 
Lor admitted that he heard a gunshot coming from the basement of the Wausau home. When he went to investigate, Lor saw Hang's body lying in a pool of blood. Lor told police that he helped Thao with the body because he was afraid of getting shot too. Lor's sister was Hang's girlfriend, according to the complaint.
Police in Wausau learned from Lor that Thao had friends in Milwaukee. They notified Milwaukee police, when they went to the home to investigate the next day. Police located the Honda Accord matching the description parked outside of the home.
Thao fled through a rear door after police knocked on the front door, but was arrested. 
Thao confessed to police that he killed Hang and then dismembered his body in Milwaukee. Both Milwaukee and Wausau police went to the home again with a warrant and found the body parts. Thao's girlfriend and others at the home were also taken into custody for questioning, according to the criminal complaint. 
Investigators searched the Milwaukee home and found the body parts under some cushions in the basement. Hang's head was recovered from the trunk of the blue Honda Accord.
A knife and a tarp with blood on it were also taken by police for evidence.
Thao is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing on May 1.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Callaway Charged With Nani Negron's Homicide In Wisconsin

Eddie Donald Callaway and Shanel A. Negron

Callaway placed on the U.S. Marshals and FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives list from Wisconsin. 

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 23, 2013

Waukesha, WI - Local Waukesha police, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have launched a nationwide dragnet to locate and arrest Eddie Donald Callaway, 26, in connection with Monday's night homicide of Shanel A. Negron, 24, also known as "Nani" from Bronx, New York, but had lived in city of Waukesha. Callaway was charged in absentia on Wednesday and a $1 million dollars cash bond was set for the fugitive when a one count of first-degree intentional homicide charge was filed in Waukesha County.
Negron was fatally shot in the head by Callaway outside her home in the intersection of Summit Ave. and Moreland Blvd. around 7:15 p.m., according to the criminal complaint. Negron died at the scene after attempts to resuscitate her failed. 
She worked for Chartwells, a Carroll University contract food service provider.
A temperary restraining order (TRO) for domestic abuse was filed in February against Callaway, and an injunction was granted until 2017, according to court records. Callaway was restricted by owning or having a weapon while the TRO order is in effect.
Callaway is believed to be driving a 2002 Ford gray Taurus. Police had released Callaway's mugshot. He might have fled the state and probably is heading to Indiana where Callaway has family, according to police.
Callaway was placed in the U.S. Marshals Service and FBI's most wanted list in Wisconsin on Tuesday, according to Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack.
Negron is survived by her 3-year-old daughter. Her daughter was not at the scene when Callaway killed Negron, but she is safe, Chief Jack confirmed. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

26-year-old Boyfriend Sought In Connection With Negron's Homicide

Eddie Donald Callaway and Shanel "Nani" Negron

Callaway allegedly shot Negron in a domestic dispute incident.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 22, 2013

Waukesha, WI - Police are searching for Eddie Donald Callaway, 26, in connection with Monday's night homicide of Shanel. A. "Nani" Negron, 24, originally from Bronx, New York. Negron was fatally shot in the head by Callaway outside her home in the intersection of Summit Ave. and Moreland Blvd. around 7:15 p.m., according to police. Negron was shot twice and died at the scene.
She worked for Chartwells, a Carroll University contract food service provider.
A temperary restraining order (TRO) for domestic abuse was filed in February against Callaway, and the injunction was granted until 2017, according to court records. Callaway was restricted by owning or having a weapon while the TRO order is in effect.
Callaway is believed to be driving a 2002 Ford gray Taurus. Police release a mugshot of Callaway. He might have fled the state. Callaway has family in Indiana.
Callaway will be included in the U.S. Marshals Service most wanted list on Tuesday, according to Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack.
Negron is survived by her 3-year-old daughter. Her daughter was not at the scene, but is safe, Jack confirmed. 

Three Magaña Family Members Sentenced For Growing Thousands Of Marijuana Plants

Javier Magaña, Manuel Mendoza, Maria Hilda Magaña-Mendoza and Brian Magaña

Magaña family members from Marinette County get federal prison sentences for growing several thousand plants of Marijuana.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 22, 2013

Marinette County, WI - On Monday, three members of the Magaña family were sentenced to federal prison for growing more than two thousand plants at several of their properties in Marinette County. U.S. District Judge William C. Greisbach of the Eastern District of Wisconsin sentenced Javier Magaña, 51, to five years in prison, Marco Magaña, 38, got four years and Maria Hilda Magaña-Mendoza received three years in prison.
Last July, Marinette law enforcement authorities and federal authorities raided two of the Magaña properties and confiscated more than two thousand plants of marijuana. One of the Magaña's properties was located in the town of Athelstane, police confiscated more than one thousand plants and at another property in Middle Inlet, more than one thousand plants were also recovered.
A tip by several people who came upon the plants alerted authorities in May and after several months of surveillance, authorities raided both properties. 
Brian Magaña, 19, who was sentenced to time serve, admitted to feds that the properties were bought by the family to grow marijuana plants. Manuel Mendoza, 45, was sentenced earlier in the month to four years and two months in the pot case.
The defendants were facing life in prison and up to $100,000 in fines, according to court records.

Tsarnaev Charged For Boston Marathon Bombings

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Tsarnaev facing life in a federal prison or the death penalty, if convicted for Boston Marathon bombings.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 22, 2013

Boston, Mass. - On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced through a news release that Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a U.S. citizen and resident of Cambridge, Mass., has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, resulting in the death of three people, Krystle Campbell, 29, of Arlington, Mass.; Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, Mass. and Lingzi Lu, 23, also known as Dorothy Lu, a Chinese national from Shenyang and injuries to more than 200 people, including 17 people who had amputations of their limbs.
The second bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot multiple times by police on early Friday and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. He was born in Russia and became a U.S. permanent resident in 2007. Dzhokhar originally from Kyrgyzstan, a province from Russia became a U.S. citizen in 2012. Both brothers are considered Islamic extremists. 
In a criminal complaint unsealed today in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Tsarnaev is specifically charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. The statutory charges authorize a penalty of death or imprisonment for life or any term of years, if convicted. Tsarnaev had his initial court appearance on Monday from his hospital room.

Tsarnaev's federal criminal complaint (PDF) at link: http://is.gd/hIXcZf

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Navarro, Iconic Migrant Rights And Higher Education Activist In Wisconsin Passed Away

Dante Navarro 

Navarro known as a pioneer in radio programming, the first Hispanic State Assembly candidate in Wisconsin for the South Side of Milwaukee, migrant rights and higher education activist died peacefully on Thursday.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 21, 2013

Milwaukee,  WI - On Thursday, Dante Navarro, 93, originally from Mexico City, but grew up in San Luis Potosi, Mexico passed away peacefully at the Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in Franklin, according to his wife Ines. Navarro, a naturalized U.S. Citizen and who later became an instrumental Hispanic community leader for his passion and struggle in the late 1960's and early 1970's for civil rights, migrant rights, higher education and equal access to local and state job opportunities will be greatly missed, but forever remembered. He was a pioneer in Spanish language radio programming, which the first Spanish radio broadcast by Navarro was aired in 1945 in the Milwaukee area.
He led the first successful boycott of Miller Brewing in the 1970's to push for equal opportunity for Latinos to be hired at the beer making company and was instrumental for the state to hire Hispanics at the Department of Motor Vehicle, the Milwaukee Police and Fire Departments.
In 1985, Navarro was recognized as "Man of the Year" by United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS) for his contributions to the Latino Community in the state of Wisconsin.
On August 2002, Navarro and others were recognized at the annual Mexican Fiesta lakefront event after the State of Wisconsin Assembly in a Citation dated August 1, 2002 sponsored by State Representative Pedro Colón recognized and honored Navarro and 500 community educational activists for their persistence to increase enrollment of Latinos at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Also, the Milwaukee County Board; Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker; the Milwaukee Common Council; Mayor John Norquist from the City of Milwaukee; Wisconsin Governor Scott McCallum; UWM Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and Rod Paige, the U.S. Secretary of Education recognized Navarro and other community leaders for their "Stuggle for Education" in 1970.
In 2010, Navarro was honored by UMOS and the Mexican Independence Bicentennial parade committee as the Honorary Parade Marshall for that year. Navarro was well known for his community education activism in the 1970's. He was an instrumental leader in the 1970 peaceful protests and sit-ins at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor's Office.
Navarro along with four other people were arrested on August 27, 1970, while engaged in a peaceful sit-in, protest and persistence to change UWM policy to allow Latinos to enroll. The four people arrested with Navarro were Jesus Salas, Marla O. Anderson, Gregorio "Goyo" Rivera and Jose Luis Huerta-Sanchez.
Dante Navarro shared a cell with Jesus Salas. Navarro told Salas, "I feel a shame of being arrested. Jesus responded, you were not arrested for a crime. It's not a shame to be arrested for protesting against discrimination and for our children to have access to higher education in our community," Navarro recalled during an early interview.
On September 1, 1970, then UWM Chancellor J. Martin Klotsche decided to admit Latino students into the university. On October 28, Salas, Roberto Hernandez and Armando Orellana announced the creation of the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute (SSOI). SSOI was instrumental in recruiting and retention of students at UWM. In 1996, SSOI was renamed the Roberto Hernandez Center.
Today, there are 30 Hispanic faculty and more than 1,400 Latino students attend UWM per semester. The successful effort by Navarro and others led to universities and private colleges to recruit and accept Hispanics and other minorities as students.
Navarro was the first Hispanic candidate to run for public office (State Assembly) in Milwaukee's South side. He worked for the Ladish Co., Braeger Chevrolet,  Arrow Oldsmobile and at UMOS as a migrant worker advocate and later retired.
Navarro a humble and well respected man was well known to shy away from public recognition and being honored, but gracefully accepted the honor bestowed by the community for his accomplishments.
Navarro is survived by his wife Ines Navarro and brother Ovideo Navarro from San Luis Potosi. Navarro was the son of Francisco Navarro, Sr. and Cristina Ochoa Navarro. 

Visitation for Navarro will be held on April 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. with mass service at 1:00 p.m. at the Witkowiak Funeral Home, 529 W. Historic Mitchell St., Milwaukee,  Wisconsin.
Private internment in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Post Mortem Image Of Dead Boston Bomber Leaked

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev

Photo of dead Boston bomber posted on the Internet goes viral.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 21, 2013

Boston, Mass. - On Friday, a graphic photo of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the alleged Boston terrorist bomber killed in a gun battle with police in Watertown was leaked and posted on the Daily Bail dot com. The body shows multiple bullet wounds and large injuries apparently caused by an explosive device he was wearing. Police sources have confirmed that the image is authentic.
Tamerlan was killed on early Friday by police shortly after a chase ended in a Watertown neighborhood. Both Tamerlan and his younger brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, were wanted in connection with Monday's Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people. They were identified as Krystle Campbell, 29, of Arlington, Mass.; Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, Mass. and Lingzi Lu, 23, also known as Dorothy Lu, a Chinese national from Shenyang and at least 176 others were injured, including 17 people who had amputations of their limbs. 
On Thursday, the suspects also killed an M.I.T. security Police Officer, Sean Collier, 26, and critically wounded Transit Police Officer Richard H. Donahue, Jr., 33, and 16 other officers were treated for injuries after the gunfight with the suspects. More than two hundred spent cartridge rounds were recovered by police at the scene.
Tamerlan originally from Russia, but became a legal U.S. permanent resident in 2007, was shot multiple times and an improvised explosive device he was wearing exploded. His brother who was born in Kyrgyzstan, a province of Russia was also shot in the neck and leg. But, he managed to get in a vehicle and then backed up into Tamerlan's body while he was down on the street. Dzhokhar fled in the vehicle and abandoned it several blocks away.
Dzhokhar was later taken into custody on Friday, after a man noticed blood and discovered the suspect was hiding inside a covered 24-foot boat in his back yard. The suspect was taken into custody after eluding police for more than seven hours.
Dzhokhar who became a U.S. Citizen in 2012, remains in a hospital in critical condition and is expected to be charged with multiple federal charges for terrorism, murder, using explosive devices to commit murder. If convicted of the charges, Dzhokhar could face the death penalty.
He is also expected to be charged with multiple homicide charges and attempted murder, including other related charges. Massachusetts does not have a death penalty for murder.
The Boston area was shutdown on Friday, which Boston and Watertown lost a combined of more than $130 million dollars of revenue for businesses and the cities. The five-day massive manhunt also cost the local, state and federal governments multiple millions.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Second Boston Bomber Taken Alive In Watertown, Manhunt Ends

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev

19-year-old Boston bomber taken into custody by police in Watertown.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 19, 2013

Watertown, Mass. - On Friday, the last remaining Boston bomber, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, was located at a home at 67 Franklin Street. He was surrounded by police after 20 to 30 shots were fired.
A man called police after noticing blood on the ground and on a tarp covering a 24-foot boat near a garage. Police arrived about 6:50 p.m. and found Dzhokhar hiding in the boat, which had a cover. He was taken into custody after the area was sweep for bombs. Boston Police sent out a message, "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."
Dzhokhar had escaped capture by police after his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a shootout after midnight at a neighborhood in Watertown. Both brothers were wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in connection with Monday's Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people. They were identified as  Krystle Campbell, 29, of Arlington, Mass.; Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, Mass. and Lingzi Lu, 23, also known as Dorothy Lu, a Chinese national from Shenyang and injured 176 others, 17 of those injured had their limbs amputated. 
The FBI believes Dzhokhar might have left Boston, since a seven hour door to door search in Watertown yield no evidence he was still hiding in the area. Authorities lifted a shutdown of the city and people began to come out of their homes and businesses opened.
A nationwide manhunt continued in an attempt to locate and capture Dzhokhar.
Federal authorities confiscated a computer belonging to one of the Tsarnaev's brothers and are investigating whether the bombing suspects had accomplices or ties with foreign terror groups.

Boston bomber Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, spotted in boat and later taken into custody by police.

One Boston Bomber Dead, The Other Sought In The Watertown Area

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Ruslan Tsarni and M.I.T. Officer Sean Collier

Local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Secret Service lock down the Watertown area after one bomber died after an overnight shooting with police and the other bomber eluded police.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 19, 2013

Boston, Mass. - On Friday, Ruslan Tsarni of Maryland, the uncle of the suspected Boston bombers said, that the suspects are "losers" who shamed their entire family and the Chechen ethnicity. In a news conference, he pleaded for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, the remaining Boston bomber who eluded police in Watertown to turn himself in to authorities and to ask for forgiveness from the victims and those injured. His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed earlier in the morning when they were chased by police from Cambridge to Watertown. Both suspects are from Cambridge. 
During the chase, the suspects threw improvised explosive devices (IED's) from a Honda vehicle at police, which exploded. In a shootout with the suspects around 12:40 a.m., an officer was also wounded and 16 other officers were treated for injuries.
The Watertown and Boston areas were lock down, authorities ordered schools, businesses and transportation shutdown and warned people to stay indoors. Taxi service was later restored.
Col. Timothy Manino, from the Massachusetts State Police said in a press conference that police have cleared nearly 60 to 70 percent of the homes as authorities go door to door searching for Dzhokhar. He also said, that a bomb will be detonated later in the afternoon in a control setting at a home, which has been secured by police. Governor Deval Patrick (D-Mass.) told the public to stay at home or indoors until the areas are secured and cleared.
The brothers had their photos released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Thursday afternoon. 
In an overnight shooting, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) security Police Officer Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville was shot before 10:30 p.m. in an altercation with the suspects at the campus. Collier was responding to a disturbance call when he was shot, he later died at the Massachusetts General Hospital from the injuries, according to M.I.T. Police chief John DiFava. Transit Police Officer, Richard H. Donahue, Jr., 33, was wounded in a shootout with the suspects and taken to a local hospital. He is expected to survive.
The suspects then took a man at gunpoint. The suspects took control of his Mercedes SUV and tried to get the victim to use his credit card at a ATM to get money, but they couldn't get any money. Within a half-hour, they released the victim who went for help to a nearby convenient gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. Police were called and a description of the SUV was sent out and police later located the SUV.
While on pursuit, Tamerlan was shot multiple times and then taken to the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital where he later died at 1:35 a.m., according to federal agents. He was wearing bomb and the trigger mechanism was found in the SUV. 
Dzhokhar managed to escaped and authorities suspect he could be in the Watertown area where police surrounded a home. Police say, Dzhokhar could have been wounded in the shootout. 
Tamerlan was born in Russia and Dzhokhar was born in Kyrgyzstan. Dzhokhar became a U.S. Citizen in 2012 and Tamerlan became a permanent legal resident in 2007. 
Monday's Boston Marathon bombings death toll stands at 3, they were identified as  Krystle Campbell, 29, of Arlington, Mass.; Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, Mass. and Lingzi Lu, 23, also known as Dorothy Lu, a Chinese national from Shenyang.
More than 176 people were reported injured with 17 losing their limbs (legs, arms and feet), including Richard's 6-year-old sister who lost a leg. At least 17 people were reported in critical condition and 25 were in serious condition. More than 56 people remained hospitalized. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

40 People Missing After West Fertilizer Plant Blast

Image from amateur video.

At least 35 people have been reported dead after a fertilizer plant ignited and exploded. 

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 18, 2013

West, Texas - On Wednesday, at least 35 people were reported killed and 200 injured after the West Fertilizer, Inc. plant caught fire and then exploded, according to authorities in Texas. The death toll could rise to 40, since many have been reported missing and unaccounted. Jason Reyes, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety could not confirm the death toll, but efforts are being made to go through the rubble to see, if anyone survived. Many of the missing victims might have vaporized in the massive inferno and explosion. 
About 75 homes were severly damaged, a 50-unit apartment complex was destroyed, Mayor Tommy Muska reported. Another report estimates up to 100 homes and businesses were destroyed in a several block radius and 1,000 people were without power. 
Texas Governor Rick Perry declared the town of West a disaster area. 

Two Suspects Sought By FBI For Boston Marathon Bombings

One suspect wearing black cap and the other suspect wearing a white cap backwards. Photos: FBI

FBI released photos and a Video (←click) of two suspects sought for questioning in the Boston Marathon bombings. 

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 18, 2013

Boston, MA - On Thursday, Richard DesLauriers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent in charge announced in news conference, that two suspects are being sought in connection with Monday's Boston Marathon bombings. One suspect is seen wearing a black cap and the other wearing a white cap backwards. Both suspects were carrying large backpacks. 
The white cap suspect was seen leaving what the FBI was considering a device (bomb) where the second explosion occurred. A video surveillance camera showed the suspects heading to the finish line.
Both suspects are considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information leading to the identity and whereabouts of the suspects should contact the FBI.
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to their arrest and convictions.
The Boston Marathon bombings death toll stands at 3, they were identified as  Krystle Campbell, 29, of Arlington, MA; Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, MA and Lingzi Lu, 23, also known as Dorothy Lu, a Chinese national from Shenyang.
More than 176 people were reported injured with 17 losing their limbs (legs, arms and feet), including Richard's 6-year-old sister who lost a leg. At least 17 people were reported in critical condition and 25 were in serious condition.

Arredondo Pinched Boston Bombing Victim's Leg Artery To Stop Him From Bleeding To Death

Carlos Arredondo, wearing cowboy hat and Jeff Bauman in wheelchair.  

Photo: Internet/Facebook

Costa Rican man considered a hero for saving a 27-year-old man whose legs were blown off by one the Boston Marathon bombings.
By H. Nelson Goodson
April 18, 2013

Boston, MA - On Monday, Carlos Arredondo, 52, an immigrant from Costa Rica who was at the Boston Marathon race to honor one of his son's, Lance Cpl. Alexander S. Arredondo who got killed in 2004 in Iraq and was giving out free American flags to veteran and runners in the race is credited for saving a 27-year-old man who got both of his legs blown off by a bomb blast. Arredondo who was near the finish line with his wife rushed to help those helpless victims who were severely injured in the blast. 
He managed to help Jeff Bauman, 27, who was severly injured and had both of his legs blown off. Bauman was at the race near the finish line waiting for his girlfriend who was in the race.
Arredondo is seen in several famous photos that have gone viral on the Internet holding and pinching shut an exposed left leg artery while Bauman was being moved in a wheelchair to get emergency treatment. Arredondo told media outlets that he kept telling Bauman, "Stay with me, stay with me." Bauman was in severe pain and shock, but survived after doctors at the Boston Medical Centre amputated both legs. Arredondo kept Bauman from bleeding to death, according to doctors. 
Arredondo who is wearing a cowboy hat in the photo is considered a hero, but he says, that he was just helping out those victims in critical need.
A posting on the Internet alleged that the photos with Arredondo and Bauman were fake and were created in photo shop and then, mistook Bauman for another previously injured veteran. Since then, the photos were removed by the administrator.

Gallardo, Brewers Pitcher Kept From Speaking Spanish To Local Milwaukee Telemundo 63 News

Yovani Gallardo

During a press conference, Gallardo was restricted from speaking Spanish to Telemundo 63 news crew about his arrest for OWI and apology.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 18, 2013

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) learned that during Wednesday's Milwaukee Brewers news conference with starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo focused on his recent arrest and OWI citation, he was prevented by management (public relations) from speaking Spanish to a local Telemundo 63 news team. The Telemundo news team had tried to interview and get a statement from Gallardo about his OWI incident and apology in Spanish, but were denied access to an interview and Gallardo walked away. 
After the news conference, he took no questions. The Milwaukee Brewers public relations spokesperson could not be reached for comment.
When contacted on Friday by e-mail, HNNUSA extended the courtesy for the Milwaukee Brewers Club executives and Tyler Barnes, Vice President of Communications to provide a statement in regards to not allowing Gallardo speak Spanish during Wednesday's press conference, but none was provided by the Brewers Club. Telemundo TV 63 is an affiliate of CBS-58 in Milwaukee.
Gallardo is originally from Michoacan and speaks Spanish. He was arrested and cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he was stopped by a deputy from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) around 2:10 a.m. on Tuesday at westbound I-94 near 76th Street.
Gallardo's intoximeter alochol level tested .22, almost triple the legal limit of .08. He was swerving along I-94 from lane to lane and varied in speeds from 40 to 70 MPH, according to MCSO. He was cited for a first offense OWI and is facing a fine up to $600 and a second citation was also issued for lane deviation, with a fine of $178.
He admitted to a sheriff deputy that he had been drinking at Leff's Town in Wauwatosa with friends.
Gallardo on Wednesday during the press conference stated, "Obviously, last night I made a bad decision. You know, I made a mistake. I'm sure I've lost a lot of respect from a lot of fans, but I just want to apologize. I apologize to the fans, to my teammates, my family. You know, like I said, it's just a bad call. It's something I shouldn't have done. I regret it. But at this point, you know, there's nothing I can do about it now. You know, it happened.
"Like I said, I just want to apologize to the whole organization and all the people in Milwaukee for my actions. It's not very easy. It's one of those things, I truly am sorry. I'm going to make sure something like this never happens again. Whatever circumstances, consequences, whatever I have to do so this won't happen again, I'm going to do it."
Gallardo is expected to pay the fines.

Sinkhole Swallows Three Vehicles In Chicago

Photo courtesy of WGN-TV

One man reported injured as his vehicle slides into sinkhole in Chicago.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 18, 2013

Chicago, IL - On Thursday, WGN-TV reported that an enormous sinkhole swallowed three vehicles, according to the Chicago Fire Department. The sinkhole was reported around 5:15 a.m. at the 9600 block of S. Houston in the Jeffrey Manor (South Deering) neighborhood when two vehicles fell into the hole.
Another driver of a vehicle unaware of the sinkhole apparently also fell into it. He was reported seriously injured and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is listed in critical condition, according to Chicago Fire Department.
Serious flooding conditions from the rainy weather conditions attributed to the sinkhole.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Williams Couple Arrested For Three Capital Murders Including Two Texas Prosecutors Deaths

Kim Lene Williams and Eric Williams

Photos: Kaufman County Sheriff's Office

Texas couple arrested in connection with the murder of three victims including two Kauffman County prosecutors. 

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 17, 2013

Kaufman, Texas - On Wednesday,  Kim Lene Williams, 46, was taken into custody around 3:00 a.m. and charged with one felony count of capital murder in connection with the deaths of Mike McLelland, 63, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, 65, and Mark Hasse, 57. She admitted to Texas authorities that both her and her husband, Eric Williams, 46, were involved in the homicides. Her husband was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with one felony count for making a terrorist threat by e-mail, which an e-mail was traced back to him. But, Eric hasn't been charged for any homicide as of yet. A $3 million dollar bond was set for Eric and a $10 million dollar bond was set for Kim, according to Lt. Justin Lewis, spokesman for the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office. Both of the suspects remained at the county jail.
Authorities with warrants have confiscated 20 weapons and are being test for ballistic evidence in the homicides. A Crown Victoria vehicle stored and registered in a different name was also seized for evidence. The day the McLelland's were killed, a neighboring home with surveillance camera captured images of a similar vehicle in the area.
Court documents show, that both Kaufman County prosecutor, McLelland and assistant prosecutor Hasse had prosecuted Eric last year for stealing three computer monitors from the county. Eric was eventually convicted in the case and got probation. He subsequently lost his job as justice of the peace and his law license as an attorney was revoked.
Both McLelland and Hasse believed Eric was a threat and began carrying handguns for self-defense, according to authorities. 
The bodies of both Mike McLelland, and his wife, Cynthia were discovered at their home on March 30. Kaufman County procesutor McLelland was shot multiple times with an assault rifle and his wife once. Investigators at the crime scene found multiple spent casings inside the home and no signs of forced entry was determined, according to the investigation report.
On January 31, Kaufman County Assistant prosecutor Hasse was gundown after parking his vehicle in the court annex parking lot and walked to the courthouse. 

Lu, Richard and Campbell Killed In Monday's Boston Marathon Bombings

Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu

The three victims who died from the Boston Marathon bombings have been identified by authorities, family members and friends.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 17, 2013

Boston, MA - The Boston Marathon bombings death toll stands at 3, they were identified as  Krystle Campbell, 29, of Arlington, MA; Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, MA and Lingzi Lu, 23, also known as Dorothy Lu, a Chinese national. Campbell had worked as a manager at Jimmy's Steer House, Richard was a student at the Neighborhood House of Charter School and Lu, originally from Shenyang, China was a graduate student at the Boston University and was expect to get her M.A. in Mathematics and Statistics in 2014.
More than 176 people were reported injured with 17 losing their limbs (legs, arms and feet), including Richard's 6-year-old sister who lost a leg. At least 17 people were reported in critical condition and 25 were in serious condition.
The first small bomb device exploded at 2:50 p.m. near the finish line and seconds afterwards a second bomb exploded about one block away injuring multiple runners and spectators near by. The first bomb exploded four hours after the 26.2 mile marathon race began. 
Federal investigators say, the bombs were placed in pressure cookers and filled with nails and small ball-bearings. They also found pieces of duffle bags that hid the bombs.
More than 27,000 runners participated in this year's Patriot Day marathon race. The race was suspended.
Federal investigators are investigating the bombings as a "terrorist attack." 
No one has claimed responsibility, according to feds who have taken over the crime scene and investigation.

Second Boston Marathon bombing blast hits unsuspecting race spectator crowds and aftermath explosions blows away limbs from victims.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Three Children Locked Inside Bedroom By Mother Before Fire Engulfed Home

Angelica D. Belen

Belen is facing an additional three counts of child neglect related to her three children who died in a blaze while they were locked inside an upper second floor bedroom.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 16, 2013

West Allis, WI - On Tuesday, Angelica D. Belen, 24, was charged with an additional three felony counts of child neglect in connection with last Thursday's house fire that killed three of her children. Belen had been also charged in late March with six misdemeanor counts of child neglect for two separate incidents. If convicted, Belen is facing up to 25 years in prison for each felony count and up to $100,000 for the latest three counts of child neglect. A cash bond of $500,000 was set for Belen.
The criminal complaint states, Belen admitted to police that she locked her three kids in an upper bedroom so they wouldn't mess up her house or running the risk for neighbors to notice they were home alone. She apparently was on her first day of work and couldn't find a babysitter. Belen decided to go to work after locking Alex and Adrian Colón ages 4 and Nayeli Colón, 5, in the bedroom just before 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, according to the complaint. 
Fire investigators confirmed, that the upstairs bedroom door where the children were found was locked from the outside. The fire started after an electrical short ignited a blaze behind a wall under the bedroom. The children were trapped inside the bedroom and died of smoke inhalation and suffered severe burns, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's report.
The children were home alone when the blaze was reported and firefighters arrived at 5:19 p.m. to put out the fire. The bodies of the three children were later found in the second floor bedroom. 
A fourth child survived, the youngest was with Belen's estranged husband, Wilfredo Belen who took an extra dayoff to take care of the baby. Wilfredo had filed for a divorce. 

Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Gallardo Cited For OWI

Yovani Gallardo

Gallardo was taken into custody by a Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputy on early Tuesday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 16, 2013

Milwaukee, WI - On Tuesday, a Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call that a vehicle was changing lanes radically along westbound of I-94. The deputy stopped the vehicle near 76th Street at about 2:10 a.m. and noticed that the driver, Yovani Gallardo showed signs of intoxication. Gallardo, 26, originally from Michoacan was identified as a Milwaukee Brewers pitcher tested .22 for blood alcohol content, which is almost three times the legal limit of .08. He was arrested and cited as a first offense for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI).
The Milwaukee Brewers released the following statement, "We have been made aware of the situation with Yovani and we take this matter very seriously. We have expressed our disappointment to him and know he understands that behavior of this nature is of great concern to everyone in the organization. Yovani has acknowledged the seriousness of this incident and is taking full accountability for his actions."
In late August 2011, Gallardo and Alex Sanchez, a Brewers Clubhouse attendant were robbed of jewelry and money by a gunman while leaving Jalisco's Restaurant at the 1000 block of S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive in Milwaukee's south side.

Monday, April 15, 2013

8-year-old Child Reported Killed By The Boston Marathon Bombings

Photos of first and second explosions.

At least 176 people injured with many reporting missing limbs, two confirmed dead, including an 8-year-old child.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 15, 2013

Boston, MA - The Boston Marathon bombings death toll stands at 3, they were identified as  Krystle Campbell, 29, Martin Richard, 8, and Lingzi Lu or Lu Lingzi a Chinese national. More than 176 people were reported injured with 10 losing their limbs (legs, arms and feet), including Richard's 6-year-old sister who lost a leg. At least 17 people were reported in critical condition and 25 were in serious condition.
The first small bomb device exploded at 2:50 p.m. near the finish line and seconds afterwards a second bomb exploded about one block away injuring multiple runners and spectators near by. 
The first bomb exploded four hours after the 26.2 mile marathon race began. More than 27,000 runners participated in this year's Patriot Day marathon race. The race was temporarily suspended.
Federal investigators are investigating the bombings as a "terrorist attack."
No one has claimed responsibility, according to feds who have taken over the crime scene and investigation.

Man lost part of his legs during blast at the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday. Carlos Arredondo wearing cowboy hat, an immigrant helped the victim. Photo: Charles Krupa