Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Captain Alexander "Alex" Ramirez Assigned To Milwaukee Police District 2

Captain Ramirez took over the Milwaukee Police District 2.

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

August 30, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Sunday, Captain Alexander "Alex" Ramirez took over the Milwaukee Police District 2 Station replacing Captain Heather N. Wurth. Ramirez in July was promoted to the rank of Captain by Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn making him the third Latino to serve as Captain in police district 2 station. Ramirez for the last 26 years served as a Lieutenant in the Milwaukee Police Department. Ramirez as a Lieutenant briefly served as acting Captain in the Narcotics Division until he was promoted to Captain in May by Chief Flynn.
Two other previous former Captains at police district 2 station were Alfonso Morales and Eduardo Negron who became the first Hispanic to lead district 2. As a Lieutenant, Ramirez served under Captain Morales and as a police Sergeant, Ramirez also worked at district 2.
Captain Ramirez has a Masters Degree in Public Service-Administration of Justice from Marquette University.
On Tuesday, Captain Ramirez accompanied by Captain Steven Caballero from the Homicide Unit, Inspector Jutiki Jackson and Officer Kevin Vodicka attended the Walker's Point Association community gathering at the newly opened Snifters Tapas & Spirits on S. 5th Street by co-owners Gabriel Lemus, Julio Maldonado and Terrell Morgan. Ramirez made a brief presentation and was introduced as the new assigned Captain to the Milwaukee Police District 2 Station.
Alderman José G. Pérez was also present at the community gathering at Snifters.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Man Killed At The 800 Block Of W. Becher Identified As Timothy John Robinson-Webb

Robinson-Webb was fatally shot outside of a tavern shortly after an altercation broke out.

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

August 29, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Family members identified Timothy John Robinson-Webb, 22, as the victim who was fatally shot after an altercation broke out on August 20, 2017 around 1:45 a.m. just outside a Southside tavern at the 800 block of W. Becher Street. Robinson-Webb died from his injury and a 21-year-old woman was also shot and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The suspect involved in the Robinson-Webb homicide fled the scene. Police continue with the ongoing homicide investigation.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Mother Of Slain Angel J. Ortega Seeks Public Help In Locating Alleged Murder Suspects

20-year-old Angel J. Ortega was fatally shot during an altercation at the parking lot of Kaña Mojito Club, a local night club in Milwaukee's Southside.

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

August 28, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, Tina Ortega posted on Facebook (FB) several FB account photos of what she identified are the two suspects wanted by police in connection with her son's homicide, Angel J. Ortega, 20, at Kaña Mojito Club, a local night club in Milwaukee's Southside. Apparently, Angel and his brother went to Kaña and security refused to let Angel's brother from getting inside due to a dress code issue, but allowed Angel walk inside without checking his ID, according to his brother. Angel was 20 and wasn't carrying an ID with him at the time.
The suspects got into an altercation inside of Kaña over a woman and were kicked out. They were outside when they pulled out guns and fired hitting Angel and two other victims. A female victim was also struck in arm as she ran to her vehicle.
The shooting actually happened outside in the La Fuente parking lot and not inside as it was reported earlier.
Rafael Ortega who is Angel's uncle told Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that Angel didn't have his ID with him and that police reported his age at 23, but he is only 20. Rafael says, there were two shooters (Estrada and Sánchez) and they began to shoot at those exiting the back door after an altercation broke inside. As a 23-year-old male victim was exiting the suspects who were kicked put of Kaña began to fire and he was shot in the stomach twice. Angel then walked out from Kaña and was struck in the chest and heart, he managed to walk back inside Kaña and told those inside he was just shot and then fell.
Police recovered 6 spent cartridges from a .380 Caliber handgun and 5 spent cartridges from a .45 Caliber handgun in the parking lot.
Police responded to a shooting at Kaña just after 1:45 a.m. on Saturday and found that three people were shot and Angel died from his injuries. The two other victims survived with none life threatening injuries.
Sánchez, 24, and Estrada, 25, were each charged on Monday 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.
According to Tina, she is seeking for the public and FB users help in locating the two alleged suspects connected to her son's murder. Tina identified the suspects as Omar Estrada and José Sánchez and posted their FB account photos.
Milwaukee police confirmed that two suspects have been identified and felony warrants have been issued for their arrest. The U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI have been also notified and are helping to located the two suspects.
Angel Velazquez, the owner of Kaña was contacted by HNNUSA and did confirmed that the shooting had occurred at the adjacent parking lot from Kaña and that video surveillance of the shooting outside by the suspects was turned over to police.
If anyone has any information leading to the whereabouts of both Estrada and Sánchez, police should be notified, according to Tina.

Update: In an exclusive video by HNNUSA, Alex Ramirez, the newly assigned Captain to the Milwaukee Police District 2 Station (MPD2) confirmed during a Walker's Point Association community gathering that Kaña Mojito "is on a nuisance status." Officer Kevin Vodicka from the Community Prosecution Unit at MPD2 says that several battery incidents have occurred at Kaña.
In December 2016, a 10-day Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises license suspension was approved for Kaña Mojito Club, 625 S. 5th St. operated by Angel Velazquez. Alderman José G. Pérez voted for license suspension along with other aldermen. The Common Council voted 10-5 to reduce the 60-day suspension to a 10-day suspension under recommendation by Alderman Pérez.
Velazquez has been billed for police services at least for two prior incidents and will most likely be facing another bill up for $5,000 for last weekend's incident, according to Officer Vodicka.

Exclusive: Milwaukee police speak about fatal shooting at Kaña Mojito Night Club

Sunday, August 27, 2017

3,600 Digital Images Of Mexican Fiesta 2017 Shot By Photojournalist Cy White

Photojournalist Cy White a former U.S. Marine Corps Veteran has documented thousands of digital images of Latino and non-Latino events including Mexican Fiesta through the years in Wisconsin.

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

August 27, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Photojournalist Cy White documenting Mexican Fiesta 2017 with digital images for posterity. Cy confirmed to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. that between Thursday through Sunday, he shot at least 3,600 digital images. Cy is a photojournalist for El Conquistador Latino News. Congrats Cy!

Roberto Hernández Center From UW-Milwaukee Celebrates Its 47th Anniversary At Mexican Fiesta 2017

After 47 years of its creation, the Roberto Hernández Center formerly the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute continues to service the Latino community by providing an educational pathway for Hispanic students to enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee today.

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

August 27, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Sunday, the Roberto Hernández Center (RHC) formerly the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute (SSOI) celebrated its 47th Anniversary at Mexican Fiesta 2017. Alberto Maldonado, the Interim Director of the RHC confirmed that there approximately 2,200 Latinos enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and more than 150 Latinos are expected to enroll each upcoming semester for the next 5 years.
The current UWM Chancellor Mark Mone was invited to help celebrate the 47th Anniversary of the RHC.
Jesús Salas and Ernesto Chacon were recognized for their instrumental leadership for the August 27, 1970 UWM Chapman Hall takeover, which five educational activists were arrested including Salas, Jose Luis Huerta-Sanchez, Gregorio "Goyo" Rivera and the late Marla O. Anderson and Dante Navarro. The educational activists and about 500 community members for the Latino community decided to takeover the UWM chancellor's office after the then chancellor cancelled a meeting with community members. UWM under Chancellor J. Martin Klotsche practice a discriminatory policy that kept Latinos from enrolling at UWM. In that year, there were only 15 Latino students compared to 25,000 Anglo-American students.
The educational activists succeeded in taking down the discriminatory UWM policy and the university began to accept Latinos and created the SSOI. On September 1, 1979 then UWM Chancellor Klotsche decided to admit Latino students into the universary.

RHC 47th Anniversary video at Mexican Fiesta 2017

RHC 40th Anniversary video with news footage

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Three-day Mexican Fiesta Entry Bracelets A Scam Event Organizers Claim

Mexican Fiesta organizers confirmed that no three-day entry bracelets to get into the Summerset grounds are being sold by the WHSF.

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

August 23, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc., which operates the three-day Mexican Fiesta at the Summerset grounds exposed an alleged scam by Javi Reyes who has a Facebook (FB) account offering and selling bracelets to enter the Fiesta this weekend. Organizers confirmed that Mexican Fiesta (MF) is not selling any three-day bracelets to enter the even and that Reyes' bracelet offer in the Compra y Venta FB page are not valid and patrons attending the MF should purchase their tickets at authorized distributors only or at the event.
MF did not say, if anyone had purchased the fake bracelets.

Racist Rant By Bruce Thomas Draws Criticism By Facebook Users Over Student Punching SDHS Teacher

Thomas posted in the CBS 58 News report on Facebook that "Why did they blur the sixteen-year-old he's a f****** little Niger Thug" referring to a video of a South Division High School student who punched a special education teacher during class.

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

August 23, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Apparently, the incident of a 16-year-old South Division High School student repeatedly punching a special education teacher during class and getting recorded on a cell phone video by another student, which was later posted on Facebook (FB) has gone viral. CBS 58 News reported the incident and posted a blur video of the act on FB and it didn't take long for White racists to post racist rants on the comment thread. One of those White racists was identified as Bruce Thomas who posted on the CBS 58 news thread, "Why did they blur the sixteen-year-old he's a f****** little Niger Thug" and "Mps is 98% black mongrels" has drawn criticism by other FB users as well.
Bruce actually operates his Thomas Apparel and Embroidery business and also claims to work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee doing embroidery screen printing as well, according to his FB account.
The 16-year-old student involved in the incident was taken into custody by Milwaukee police and charges are expected to be filed for battery to a school official. Police will refer the pending assault case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office for possible prosecution.
The special education teacher that was assaulted by the 16-year-old student was identified as S. Baity who was expected to retire in a few weeks.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

South Division High School Student Arrested For Punching Teacher

A 16-year-old male student punched a South Division High School teacher and incident was video recorded in a classroom.

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

August 21, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - 16-year-old unidentified student arrested by police for punching and hitting his teacher during class at South Division High School in the Southside of Milwaukee. The SDHS injured teacher was identified as S. Baity who teaches in the Special Education Department.
Video courtesy of Javale Nash
(Source: Hispanic News Network U.S.A.)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Everett Glenn Miller Facing Death Penalty For Killing FL Kissimmee P.O. Matthew Baxter

Miller facing the death penalty in the homicide of Kissimmee Police Officer Matthew Baxter and a second officer has died from his injuries.

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

August 19, 2017

Kissimmee, Florida - Everett Glenn Miller, 45, has been charged with 1st-degree premeditated murder in the shooting death of Kissimmee Police Officer Matthew Baxter, 27, on Friday. Miller was also charged with carrying a conceal weapon where prohibited and resisting arrest without violence. He is expected to be charged with an additional 1st-degree premeditated murder for the homicide of Sergeant Richard "Sam" Howard. Sgt. Howard, 36, died on Saturday afternoon from his injuries, the Kissimmee Police Department in Osceola County, Florida reported.
Both Officer Baxter and Sgt. Howard just after 9:30 p.m. on Friday were responding to a suspicious person at Palmer and Cypress Streets and were shot by Miller. The officers were in uniform and didn't have time to return fire.
If convicted of two counts of premeditated murder, Miller is facing the death penalty.
Officer Baxter was a three year veteran with the Kissimmee Police Department (KPD). He is survived by his wife who is also a Kissimmee police officer and three children. 
Sgt. Howard is a ten year veteran with the KPD.
At least four other law enforcement officers were also reported shot on Friday, two County Sheriff deputies in Jacksonville, Florida and two officers in PA.

Friday, August 18, 2017

White Supremacist Puerto Rican Michael Alex Ramos Says He Is Not Racist

Ramos was video recorded by a news crew along with neo-Nazis, White nationalists and KKK members beating up an Afro-American in Charlottesville last weekend.

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

August 18, 2017

Charlottesville, Virginia - Michael Alex Ramos of Georgia who happens to be of Puerto Rican descent was identified as one of the attackers who assaulted an Afro-American man in Charlottesville during a protest of anti-White supremacists at the 'Unite The Right' rally near Emancipation Park. Ramos who has participated in alt-right activities along with members of the neo-Nazis, White supremacist group and the KKK attacked and beat Deandre Harris at a parking structure. The Harris assault by White supremacists and Ramos was captured by a news crew. Ramos was wearing a wearing a Trump red cap that says "Make America Great Again" and a white sleeveless t-shirt and jeans.
Ramos in a video posted in YouTube says he is not a racist simply because he is Puerto Rican, but his group affilitions and marching with small Puerto Rican flag in support of White Power in Charlottesville along side neo-Nazis, White Nationalists and the KKK indicates otherwise. 
Ramos is associated with the Atlanta Proud Boys/FOAK and the III% Georgia Security Force, which are White supremacist groups.
Ramos is the first Latino to be identified as a White supremacist sympathizer who bragged on Facebook (FB) about assaulting and stomping on Harris and that he was glad to do it. Ramos will most likely be facing felony charges in Harris assault.
Ramos deactivated his FB account once he learned that a warrant could be issued for his arrest in connection with Harris assault. Ramos in his FB account actually confessed to assaulting Harris.
The U.S. Department of Justice is now involved in the investigation regarding multiple assaults and the murder of Heather Heyer by White supremacists in Charlottesville, according to Trump who on his second address to the nation fonally condemn identified the White nationalists, neo-Nazis and the KKK involved in attacks on protesters.
James Alex Fields Jr., a neo-Nazi has been charged in connection with the vehicular homicide of Heyer.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Emmanuel Sanchez Charged For The Stabbing Murder Of Crystal Leopold

Sanchez had a four year restraining order against him before stabbing Leopold to death.

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

August 17, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, Emmanuel Sanchez, 27, of West Allis was charged with one felony count of 1st-degree intentional homicide and a misdemeanor for violating a no contact restraining order for the August 11 stabbing death of Crystal Leopold, 24. Sanchez is being held on a $100,000 cash bond. If convicted for homicide, Sanchez is facing life in prison.
According to the criminal complaint, Leopold filed a restraining order against Sanchez and Sanchez was ordered to stay away from Leopold for four years. Apparently, Sanchez couldn't stay away and became jealous when Leopold began to date. Sanchez went to Leopold's apartment near the 2500 block of W. Orchard St. and began to attack Leopold with a butcher knife. 
A male witness who moved in with Leopold heard her screams coming from the bathroom and when he went to check, he saw Sanchez on top of Leopold. He pulled Sanchez off Leopold and took him out of the apartment. Sanchez then fled from the scene and when the male witness went back to check on Leopold, he saw a butcher knife stuck to her chest. He attempted to help Leopold, but she died at the scene, according to police.
The male witness told police that he and a woman recently moved in with Leopold to help her out.
Sanchez was later arrested near the 3800 block of W. Lincoln Ave. by police after his brother called 911 when Sanchez told him that he had stabbed Leopold with a butcher knife. 
Leopold and Sanchez had a history of domestic violence in their relationship, at one time Sanchez tried to strangle Leopold.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sylvia Ortiz-Velez Announced Candidacy For Milwaukee County 12th District Supervisor Seat

Ortiz-Velez filed a Declaration of Candidacy to seek the 12th District seat in the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors for the 2018 Spring election.

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

August 16, 2016

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, Sylvia Ortiz-Velez announced her candidacy to seek the 12th District seat in the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. In a press release, Ortiz-Velez stated, "I believe in representative leadership, I promise to do the right things for our community and to listen to all of your voices. I believe that public servants should be attentive to pressing issues that the 12th District faces on a daily basis.  I humbly look forward to  serving and representing you as your County Board Supervisor."
The Friends of Sylvia Ortiz-Velez says, that Ortiz-Velez is a long time residents of the Southside and "she really cares about her community and would be honored to represent the 12th District on the Milwaukee County Board. Mrs. Ortiz-Velez has a proven track record of effective leadership, in taking action for the betterment of her community, because it is the right thing to do. She is dedicated, hardworking and ready to continue her effective leadership on the Milwaukee County Board. Mrs. Ortiz-Velez has a degree in political science and has been a Real Estate Broker for 15 years."
Ortiz-Velez will be visiting Southside voters and knocking at doors in the 12th Supervisor District in the upcoming months, according to the Friends of Sylvia Ortiz-Velez.

A.B. Quintanilla Held In Texas Nueces County Jail For Child Support Non-payment

A Nueces County judge ordered A.B. Quintanilla into custody at a child non-payment suuport hearing.

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

August 16, 2017

Corpus Christi, Texas - On Wednesday, Nueces County Judge Missy Madery revoked A.B. Quintanilla's, 53, community supervision and ordered him into custody during a child non-payment support hearing. Quintanilla allegedly owes $87,000 in child support since 2012, which he had failed to make full payments as required. Quintanilla has eight children. He actually made a $16.84 child support payment in September 2015, according to court records.
William Dudley, Quintanilla's attorney told media outlets that his client had paid all of the child support, which was supposed to be paid, but the Texas State Attorney General's office and Nueces County court records indicate otherwise.
Judge Madery told Quintanilla during the court hearing on Wednesday that she wants him to think about his "responsibility as a father" is and his child's rights while he sits in jail. Judge Madery has not scheduled the next court hearing on the case, Quintanilla will sit in jail for now.
Quintanilla's ex, Summer Clary filed a non-payment of child support for her son who is now 18-years-old. 
Quintanilla, is a former band member of the Kumbia Kings and brother of the late Selena. In late July, he was listed as one of the ten most wanted in Nueces County in the State of Texas for non-payment of child support and contempt of court.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lone Gunman Kills Three Men At Great Lakes Dragaway In Kenosha County

The three slain men were from Illinois, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Office.

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

August 14, 2017

Union Grove, WI - The Kenosha County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) confirmed that three men (all Afro-Americans) were fatally shot at point blank by a lone gunman, described as an Afro-American in his 20's at the Great Lakes Dragaway Black Sunday event. Two slain men were from Aurora, Illinois.
The deceased were identified as David L. Watson, 30, of Oswego, IL, Khalid R. Howard, 30, of Aurora, IL, and Derek K. Edwards, 26, of North Aurora, IL.
According to KCSO, the three deceased victims were at a vendors booth during the Larry's Fun Fest (Black Sunday) when a suspect opened fire around 6:59 p.m. striking the victims. Two of the victims died at the scene and the third victim died on his way to a local hospital.
Kenosha County Sheriff Sergeant Mark Malecki, the Public Information Officer stated that the three men killed on Sunday at the Great Lakes Dragaway were known gang members from the Aurora area and the triple homicide investigation is now looking to a possible rival gang member shooting massacre.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

White Supremacists, The KKK And Neo-Nazis Domestic Terrorism Claims Three Lives In Charlottesville

Charlottesville police confirmed one dead and 15 injured after a neo-Nazi driver targeted protesters and crashed into them.

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

August 12, 2017

Charlottesville, Virginia - On Saturday, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) during a press conference sent out a stronge message to White supremacists, the KKK and neo-Nazis to go home and that their hatred and bigotry was not welcome in the state. The Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) confirmed that a 32-year-old woman was killed and 15 others were injured when a suspected White neo-Nazi plowed his car into protesters causing a three vehicle crash on Water St. and 4th St. The 32-year-old deceased victim was identified as Heather Heyer, a paralegal for the Miller Law Group in Virginia.
Maurice Jones, the City Manager for the City of Charlottesville confirmed three fatalities due to anti-racist protests on Saturday.
Another 19 people were reported injured during protests at the Emancipation Park rally. Charlottesville Police Department Chief of Police Al Thomas says that one suspect (neo-Nazi) was taken into custody in connection with a deadly crash that claimed the life of a woman.
The suspect was identified as James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, of  Maumee, OH and was charged with one count of second-degree murder.
President Donald Trump on Saturday failed to name or condemn White nationalists, neo-Nazis and the KKK as domestic terrorists.
Trump supporters and White nationalist (neo-Nazis) on Friday marched with lighted torches to promote hate, racism and bigotry at the University of Virginia-Charlottesville chanting "You will not replace us...Blood and Soil...White Lives Matter."

Two Teens Charged In Connection With The Chayse Olivarez Homicide In Rio Grande

Olivarez was last seen alive on July 29 and never made it to a basketball game with friends, according to the criminal complaint.

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

August 12, 2017

Rio Grande City, Texas - On Friday, Jose Luis Garcia, Jr., 17, of Rio Grande was taken into custody by Texas Rangers and charged with capital murder in connection with the disappearance and homicide of Chayse Olivarez, 17. Olivarez was reported missing on July 30, 2017, according to the Starr County District Attorney's Office.  
Olivarez body was discovered buried near a pizza business. A $15,000 dollar reward was being offered for any information leading to Olivarez whereabouts.
The Starr County Sheriff's Office reported that another juvenile was also charged for tempering with evidence and failure to report a felony.
Both juveniles including Garcia are being held at the Starr County Juvenile Detention facility and are expected to be waive to adult court for prosecution. Garcia, if convicted is facing life in prison or the death penalty.
The investigation continues by the Texas Rangers, Rio Grande City Police Department, Starr County Sheriff's Department, 229th District Attorney's Office and the Starr County Special Crimes Unit.


Friday, August 11, 2017

José DJ Galvan Charged With The Homicide Of Maria E. Mexicano In Milwaukee

Galvan allegedly choked Mexicano while driving, according to the criminal complaint.

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

August 11, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, Jose DJ Galvan, 33, was charged with 1st-degree reckless homicide for the August 6 murder of Maria E. Mexicano, 40. Galvan's bail was set at $100,000 and remains on an immigration hold, according to court records. If convicted, Galvan is facing 60 years in prison. Galvan next court appearance is scheduled for August 17 for a preliminary hearing.
According to the criminal complaint, Galvan during an argument while he was driving choked Mexicano, a passenger and apparently she grabbed the steering wheel and caused the vehicle to crash. Galvan told police that he accused Mexicano of having an affair with another man. 
Police released the following statement, "The August 6 fatal crash in the 4700 block of W. Hoyt Place has now been determined a homicide. The investigation has revealed the 40-year-old female victim was strangled before the crash occurred and died as a result of those injuries."
Mexicano died at the scene and Galvan was taken into custody and showed signs of intoxication.
The Milwaukee Medical Examiner's office ruled Mexicano's death as a homicide by strangulation. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Two Pending Wisconsin Anti-immigrant Bills By State Republicans Remain In Limbo

The Republican controlled legislature has two anti-immigrant bills pending, which would enforce federal immigration laws in the state.

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

August 8, 2017

Madison, WI - Republican legislators in Wisconsin have introduced two anti-immigrant bills, which Assembly Bill 190 (AB190)/Senate Bill 275 (SB275) would allow law enforcement to hold a suspect involved in a crime that they believed to be an undocumented immigrant for an additional 48 hours by complying with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests and Assembly Bill 127 (AB127) would allow Wisconsin residents to filed civil lawsuits against their local government, if they believe immigration laws are not being enforced. AB127 relates to "prohibiting local ordinances, resolutions, and policies that prohibit immigration status inquiries and reports to, and cooperation with, other units of government about the presence of illegal aliens, authorizing a resident of this state to commence an enforcement action, and providing a reduction in shared revenue payments."
ICE detainer requests have been ruled by a federal court of not being legal binding to hold individuals and law enforcement agencies can ignore such ICE requests. Only a court warrant signed by a judge are consideted legal binding to hold an individual.
Both AB190 and AB127 have been introduced in the Wisconsin State Assembly and are pending in committees, which no scheduled hearings have been set for public review. 
If the anti-sanctuary bills AB190/SB275 move forward and are approved by the Republican controlled legislature, the dairy industry will be affected by the lack of dairy immigrant workers and the price of milk will reach $8 per gallon. About 80% of dairy and farm workers in Wisconsin are immigrants.
In June, immigrant rights activists and Voces de la Frontera, a workers and immigrant rights organization held a protest rally against the bills in Madison. Luz Sosa, a local immigrant and civil rights activist and a Professor of Economics at the Milwaukee Area Technical College who was at the rally to protest several ant-sanctuary bills in Madison says, that Wisconsin residents could see an increase of $8.00 in the price of a gallon of milk at grocery stores, if the anti-sanctuary bills are approved and immigrant dairy workers leave their jobs to avoid being targeted by local immigration enforcement efforts.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Desiree Anderson And Robert Beasley Arrested For Having Sex At Wisconsin State Fair Concession Seating Area

Anderson and Beasley were video recorded having sex at a concession seating area at the Wisconsin State Fair.

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

August 7, 2017

West Allis, WI - On Monday, the Wisconsin State Fair Police and officials confirmed that a couple was taken into custody for having sex at the Coliseum concession seating area at the state fair. The public sexual encounter was video recorded and posted on the social media and it went viral. The couple were identified as Desiree Anderson, 28, and Robert Beasley, 28, and are both facing charges for having sex at the state fair where families and children attend events.
State Fair officials described the sexual encounter as disgusting and when State Fair Police became aware of the video on social media, they were able to identify the couple and made the arrest.

Couple arrested for having sex in public at the Wisconsin State Fair 2017

H-2A Guest Worker From Mexico Died From Heat Stroke After Being Forced To Work In Hot Conditions At Sarbanand Farms

An estimated 80 H-2A guest workers from different parts of Mexico are out of a job for complaining of unfair working conditions and being forced to work on hot days in temperatures over 100 degrees even when sick due to the heat.

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

August 7, 2017

Sumas, Washington - On Sunday, Familias Unidas por la Justicia and Xolotl Edgar FranX posted on Facebook several videos showing H-2A guest workers from Mexico in dilemma and seeking help from multiple non-profit organizations after being dismissed from the Sarbanand Farms. The owner and operators of the Sarbanand Farms, where blueberries are picked dismissed the H-2A workers simply for complaining about the unsafe working conditions at the farms, after Ernesto Silva Ibarra, 28, a guest worker became sick about four days ago working in the field in hot temperatures. Ibarra was given some medical attention, but was later forced to go back to work and collapsed from a heat stroke and was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he went into coma, was in life supports, but died from brain damage, according to some of the workers. An H-2A worker contacted Ramon Torres from Familias Unidas por la Justicia who began to organize fellow farmworker rights activists to help the guest workers in need.
Torres confirmed that four other H-2A guest workers are in the hospital as well and that one side of their bodies is paralyzed and once released from the hospital, they would need medical care and medicine.
Ibarra's death was confirmed by the King County Medical Examiner's office on Monday.
The H-2A workers were given about an hour to vacate the cabins where they stayed. An encampment was set nearby by the Community to Community Development to temporarily provide shelter, tents, portable bathrooms and food for the H-2A workers who have been threatened for deportation. Apparently a private California contractor, Nidia Pérez who works for Munger Brothers LLC managed to transfer most of the guest workers to Sumas from a California farm associated with Munger farms when their visas had expired (including work permits) and had been working in Sumas at the Sarbanand Farms for about a month without valid visas, according to the H-2A guest workers. They were given work contracts in English only by the contractor and were promised that they would get the contracts in Spanish, but they haven't gotten the translated contracts, according to the H-2A guest workers.
Edgar Frank posted on his Facebook account, "H2A workers from Mexico got fired today after they found out that one of their compañeros, who had been telling the company for 4 days that he was not feeling well, is now at Harborview Hospital in Seattle and in a coma. They refused to work because they wanted to improve the overall safety of the farm by having onsite medical attention, shaded areas, and food. After they were fired the company told them they had one hour to leave the property, so they packed their suitcases and backpacks and walked for miles until they found a friendly family to help them. They worked for Sarbanand Farms in Sumas..."
Community to Community Development (C2C) posted on their FB account that "on Saturday, August 5, 2017, C2C marches with H2a workers from Sarabanan Farms in Sumas WA to the company's offices to protest the unsafe working conditions that caused the collapse of their 28 yr old co-worker that is now on life support at Harborview Hospital in Seattle. The workers have been picking blueberries under harsh production standards in high heat and smoke from the fires in BC.  They have been complaining for days of health issues; including their co-worker who finally collapsed in the blueberry field. Only then did company management act."
Other groups also helping the H-2A guest workers are WWU Students for Farmworkers Justice and Old School Boycott Committee.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, "The H-2A temporary agricultural program allows agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring nonimmigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. Employment is of a seasonal nature where it is tied to a certain time of year by an event or pattern, such as a short annual growing cycle, and requires labor levels above what is necessary for ongoing operations. Employment is of a temporary nature when the employer's need to fill the position with a temporary worker will, except in extraordinary circumstances, last no longer than 1 year."

Video of H-2A guest workers speaking in Spanish about what happened

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Tejano Singing Icon, Jessy Serrata Passed Away

After a battle with stage 3 kidney cancer, Serrata passed away and fans mourn his loss.

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

August 4, 2017

Harlingen, Texas - On Friday, the family of Tejano singing icon Jessy Serrata, 63, announced that Serrata had passed away. Serrata lost his battle with stage 3 kidney cancer, which he was hospitalized in April and later released under treatment.
Serrata singing career includes 17 albums and was nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards in 2004. RIP

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A. B. Quintanilla Wanted In Nueces County For Non-payment Of Child Support

A. B. Quintanilla, former band member of the Kumbia Kings and brother of the late Selena has been listed as one of the ten most wanted in Nueces County in Texas for non-payment of child support and contempt of court.

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

August 1, 2017

Corpus Christi, Texas - A. B. Quintanilla, 53, is wanted by the Nueces County Sheriff's Office for failure to pay child support and contempt of court. Apparently, Quintanilla owes more that $36,809 from June 2011 to July 2015, according to court records.
Quintanilla has eight children and his mugshot was placed in the Nueces County Sheriff's Office 'Top 10 Most Wanted' list on July 31.
Quintanilla remains a fugitive and a reward has been offered for any information leading to his whereabouts.