Archive for January, 2013

University of Puerto Rico Board Voted To Eliminate $800 Tuition Surcharge

Governor Garcia Padilla providing additional funding to the University of Puerto Rico system.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 27, 2013

San Juan, Puerto Rico – On Saturday, the Board of Directors of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) voted to eliminate the $800 tuition surcharge it initiated several years ago that sparked student protests and the resignation of the university system president. Luis Berrios Amadeo, the UPR Board President says, the Board decided to eliminate the surcharge, which takes effect on July 1. After the newly elected Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla pledged and pushed to introduce legislation to provide additional funding for the university system.
The statewide university system operates on a $1.5 billion budget shared among 11 campuses that includes more than 64,000 students and more than 5,000 faculty members.
Several years ago, the UPR Board approved an increase of $800 tuition surcharge to help offset a $70 million budget deficit.

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Lieja-Sanchez Brothers On Trial For Racketeering, Murder And Fake ID Operation In Chicago

The Lieja-Sánchez criminal organization from Chicago manufactured fake driver licenses, green cards, social security cards for illegal aliens who paid hundreds of dollars and then forced them to work for the organization to pay off their debt, according to the federal prosecutor.

By H. Nelson GoodsonJanuary 26, 2013

Chicago, IL – On Thursday, the federal racketeering, illegal alien smuggling, contract murders and fake ID operation trial of Julio Lieja-Sánchez, including Manuel Lieja-Sánchez and Gerardo Salazar-Rodriguez began. A federal jury on Thursday saw a video where U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents went undercover to buy fake ID’s in the parking of the Little Village discount mall and then went to a business owned by Elias Muñoz that provided photos for ID’s and passports. Elias is the father of Alderman Ricardo Muñoz. Elias later pled guilty for his involvement in the Lieja-Sánchez operation and was sentenced to 4 years in prison.
A wiretapped conversation will show that Julio Lieja-Sánchez gave orders to kill Freddy Ramirez-Camella, aka, “Bruno,” a once trusted insider of the Lieja-Sánchez operation that conspired with another fake ID competitor known as “Montes” in starting their own operations. In 2007, Montes was killed in Mexico by orders of the Lieja-Sànchez brothers. Julio also wanted Bruno to be kidnapped from Montes funeral in Mexico and then burned alive and chopped into little pieces.
Next week, Bruno will testify against Julio, Manuel and Gerardo. The defendants have denied their involvement in the criminal organization and homicides. But damaging federal wiretapped conversations implicated them.
Julio is one of three brothers, Manuel Lieja-Sánchez, Pedro Lieja-Sánchez and 24 other defendants who were busted in April 2007 resulting in charges that led to the dismantling of an alleged fraudulent document ring that operated in and around the Little Village Discount Mall and generated nearly $3 million in annual profits. The indictment was unsealed after their fake ID operation at the 26th Discount Mall was raided by federal agents and confiscated ID making equipment.
Video surveillance footage, wiretapped conversations and witnesses testimony during trial will show how the Lieja-Sánchez criminal organization used violence, the Latin Kings gang who were paid to protect their operation in Chicago’s Little Village area for 20 years (since 1993), according to the feds.
Montes, a rival who tried to muscle in on their operation was killed in Mexico. The Lieja-Sánchez criminal organization operated in both Mexico and Chicago.
The Mexico-based Leija-Sánchez organization was supervised by an overall leader living in Chicago, and the leadership position rotated among the three Leija-Sánchez brothers, according to an October 2007 indictment. The leader in Chicago and others allegedly ordered violent acts against competitors, rivals and others. The indictment alleged that the organization sold as many as 50 to 100 sets of fraudulent identification documents each day, charging customers approximately $200 to $300 cash per “set,” consisting of a Social Security card and either an Immigration “green card” or a state driver’s license.
Julio Leija-Sánchez and his brothers allegedly conspired to murder Guillermo Jimenez-Flores, a former member of their organization who became a fledgling rival and was allegedly shot to death in Mexico in April 2007 by co-defendant Gerardo Salazar-Rodriguez, who was paid by and conspired with the three Leija-Sánchez brothers. The same four defendants also allegedly conspired about the same time to kill a second victim in Mexico.

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Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke Calls For Arms And Partnership To Protect Public

Sheriff Clarke urges Milwaukee County residents to take up arms in order to defend and protect themselves against violent criminals until help arrives.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 25, 2013

Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. has released a public safety message on the radio urging the public to take a gun public safety course to learn how to handle a gun in order to defend and protect themselves and their families. “So you defend yourself until we get there,” Clarke said, your personal safety is no longer a spectator sport and “I need you in the game.”
Clarke continues, “With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?”
Sheriff Clarke came short of actually asking for and creating an arm Posse of volunteers in Milwaukee County.

Sheriff Clarke audio public safety message at following link:

Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.

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Jimmy Kimmel Sucks!, Show Segment Hosted By Damon Hilarious

An array of stars appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Sucks! show on ABC network.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 25, 2013

Hollywood – On Thursday, Matt Damon in revenge hosted Jimmy Kimmel Sucks! show, while Jimmy was gagged and tied up with an array of stars who showed up to mock Jimmy. All through the show, Jimmy never said a word.
Damon began with “Welcome to tonight’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Sucks!” Then he asked the audience, if they liked it and everyone cheered and applaided while Jimmy remained bound in the backdground in a wheelchair.
Damon said, he took over Jimmy’s show as a pay back for being skip from the show at least 1,205 times over a period of ten years. Due too, Jimmy always running out of time to have Damon on the show.
Some of the stars were Demi Moore, Andy Garcia (who replaced Guillermo), Jennifer Lopez, Robin Williams (who did jokes), Ben Affleck (who did cue cards), John Krasinski, Robert De Niro, Don Cheadle, Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Oprah Winfrey, Sara Crow (who tookover Kimmel’s band leader Cleto Escobedo III), Nicole Kidman, Gary Oldman and Amy Adams.
During the show Williams before leaving and Kidman when she arrived went up to Jimmy who was tied up to a wheel chair and then sat on top of him and candidly grind on him.
It was a hilarious and unique show to watch on the ABC network. ;)

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Rubio And Karsten Charged In El Rey Family Market Arson

Two suspects have been charged in the early January El Rey Family Market blaze.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 24, 2013

Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, both Miguel Rubio, 18, and Alexander J. Karsten, 17, of Milwaukee were charged each with one felony count of arson for the early January El Rey Family Market fire at the 5200 block of W. Oklahoma Ave. Karsten is being charged as an adult. Both Rubio and Karsten remained free on a $10,000 signature bond and are expected back in court next month.
Both suspects were caught on video surveillance cameras in the front of the store before the blaze was started.
The blaze caused more than $750,000 in food and building damages, according to the store manager. The store reopened last Friday.

Alexander J. Karsten and Miguel Rubio

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Cassez, A French Convicted Kidnapper Freed From Mexican Prison

The Mexican Supreme Court freed a convicted kidnapper.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 24, 2013

Paris, France – On Wednesday, Florence Cassez, 38, a Fench citizen was released from a Mexican prison after being convicted for kidnapping in 2005. Cassez was sentenced to 60 years in prison.
She was accused of being a member of a kidnapping gang led by her boyfriend who is originally from Mexico.
Cassez was known to ask kidnapped victims what would they rather choose to be cut off, a finger or an ear to send family members in order to force them to pay a ransom. Some of the victims were murdered after the ransom was paid.
A Mexican Supreme Court panel voted 3-2 to release Cassez citing that procedural and her rights were violated during her arrest. Police were also accused of staging an arrest raid to detain Cassez for media outlets.
The court didn’t say whether she was innocent or guilty, but that multiple irregularities occurred during Cassez’ arrest.
Cassez arrived in Paris on Thursday as a free woman and told media outlets that she had been vindicated.
Kidnapped victims relatives and a victim who testified against Cassez said, that it was unjust to free a convicted kidnapper. Cassez says, now she will focus on writing a book about her ordeal while being incarcerated in Mexico.
Cassez’ boyfriend is still awaiting trial, after seven years.

Florence Cassez

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Feerick, The Alleged Southeastern Bathroom Bandit Arrested For Theft

Bathroom bandit is accused of stealing thousands of dollars ($50K) of bathroom automatic flush valves from area batrooms and then selling them for scrap at a junk yard.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 24, 2013

Greenfield, WI – Greenfield police confirmed that Cory Feerick, 30, of Brookfield has been arrested for alleged theft. For several months, Feerick allegedly went to southeastern area businesses, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and the Marquette University Campus to steal automatic bathroom flush valves worth thousand of dollars and then selling them for several hundred dollars as brass scrap. He stole at least 30 valves between UWM and Marquette University.
A scrap junk buyer tipped police that Feerick had been supplying the junk yard with the valves. The scrap buyer saw a segment of Crack that Case on Today’s TMJ 4 news cast and recognized Feerick. He then called police who later took Feerick into custody.
Feerick’s charges are pending, according to Greenfield police.

Cory Feerick

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Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Villarreal’s Death

Villarreal had been assaulted by an inmate or inmates at the Walworth County jail and was taken to Aurora Lakeland Medical Center for treatment, according to family members.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 24, 2013

Town of Geneva, WI – On Monday, a Walworth County deputy sheriff fatally shot Alfredo Emilio Villarreal, 18, of Janesville, an inmate being held for probation and parole hold who was taken to the Aurora Lakeland Medical Center (ALMC) in the Town of Geneva for treatment. Villarreal was “undergoing tests and observation for a personal medical issue,” according the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) press release. Villarreal had been convicted for a battery charge.
At ALMC, Villarreal attempted to escape by attacking the deputy guarding him. Villarreal struck and kicked the deputy multiple times in the face and then tried to hit the deputy with a chair. The deputy tried to used his Taser to control Villarreal, but the Taser failed to operate it. The deputy then fatally shot Villarreal at the scene.
Walworth County Sheriff David Graves said, the deputy’s Taser failed to work. The incident occurred shortly after the deputy had released Villarreal’s shackles from his bed so, he could go to the bathroom.
The WCSO released the following statement, “At approximately 6:47 p.m., Villarreal attacked the Deputy in an attempt to escape custody, punching and kicking the Deputy in the face multiple times. The Deputy called for assistance and multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the medical center. The Deputy deployed (his) Taser, which failed to stop the inmate.
Villarreal then used a chair to try to break out the window in his room. When this attempt failed, the inmate attempted to strike the Deputy over the head with the chair. The Deputy discharged (his) handgun, striking the inmate. Lifesaving measures were immediately implemented by law enforcement and medical staff.
Villarreal died at the scene,” the WCSO reported. The Deputy has not been identified and has been placed in administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
Villarreal’s family says, Villarreal had no medical issues, but had beenrecently assaulted by an inmate or inmates while in custody. That’s why he was taken to ALMC for treatment. The WCSO hasn’t confirmed, that Villarreal had been beaten by an inmate at the jail.
The WCSO has turned over the investigation of Villarreal’s death to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office.

Alfredo Emilio Villarreal

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Collins Charged With Double Homicide in Milwaukee

Second murder suspect yet to be charged.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 23, 2013

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, Dajuan Shaquille Collins, 19, was charged with two felony counts of murder for the January 15, homicides of Arthur L. Robinson, 29, and Michael J. Parker, 44, at the 1100 block of S. 24th St. Collins is facing two life terms in prison without the possibility of parole. A $500,000 cash bail for Collins was set and he remains in custody.
The criminal complaint stated, Maltese Williams and Collins’ girlfriend told police that Collins had fatally shot both victims.
Collins confessed that he and Williams had gone to Parker’s residence to steal drugs and money. When they arrived at Parker’s home, Parker and Williams went to the kitchen to make a transaction while Robinson slept on the couch. Then a scuffle ignited and Williams shot both men.
In contrary, Williams told police that Collins had fatally shot both men and Collins’ girlfriend told police that Collins had confessed to her that he actually shot the victims. After shooting the victims, Collins jumped out of the living room window dropping a hat and his cell, which police recovered at the crime scene and traced back to Collins.
Parker apparently fled the scene after being shot and dropped dead at the southeast corner of S. 24 and W. Scott. Police recovered his body and went into the residence where they found Robinson’s body inside.
Williams has not been charged in the crime.

Dajuan Shaquille Collins

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Russian Bolshol Ballet Director Attacked With Acid

Filin suffered third-degree burns to his face and intensive damage to his eyes.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 23, 2013

Moscow, Russia – The daily Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that Sergie Filin, 42, remained in stable condition after last Thursday’s acid attack to his face. Filin is the artistic director of the Bolshol Ballet.
On late Thursday, a suspect attacked Filin with acid when he was getting out of his vehicle near his residence in Moscow. The suspect threw sulfuric acid in Filin’s face and then fled.
Nearby video surveillance camera caught the attack. Filin underwent surgery and is expected to have multiple plastic surgeries. He received intensive damage to his eyes, but won’t lose his eyesight, according to Pravda.
Filin acknowledged that he had received threats, but didn’t expect an attack. Police continue to investigate the incident and are confident that they will make arrests on Filin’s attack.

Sergei Filin

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