Man Gets On Stage And Goes After Comedian Steve Brown During Show At The Comedy House

Comedian Steve Brown reported no injuries after an unidentified man gets on stage and attacks him while the audience looked on.

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

January 22, 2018

Columbia, South Carolina – On Sunday, Comedian Steve Brown was attacked by an unidentified man while doing a show at the Comedy House at the 2700 block of Decker Blvd. in Columbia. Apparently a man under the influence was asked by Brown what was wrong during the show and he got mad. The man first struck a female companion and another woman who were trying to calm him down before he went up on stage and attacked Brown. Brown dodged multiple blows from the man who got a microphone stand and swung it at Brown several times and then he grabbed a stool and threw it at Brown. Brown says that he told the man, you are going to get tired and then I’m going to knock you out.
Several men from the audience went up on stage and neutralized the incident. Brown later posted on Facebook that an unidentified crazy man was not being heckled, but that he had “just got up and lost his mind”. Brown reported no injuries, but complained about a lack of security at the Comedy House.
Tumika LaSha posted a Facebook (FB) video that went viral when Brown was being attacked on stage by the man. Also, Sharad McNulty post on his FB, Brown’s response after the unfortunate attack. Brown was at the Comedy House doing weekend shows, which were packed to capacity.
Police have not released any information about the Comedy House incident or if anyone was taken into custody.

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Margarito Vargas-Rosas Charged For Making Terrorist Threats On Greyhound Bus

Vargas-Rosas extradited to Wisconsin to face charges for making terrorist threats while riding on a Greyhound bus to Chicago.

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

January 21, 2018

Racine, WI – Margarito Vargas-Rosas, 34, was extradited to Wisconsin from Lake County, Illinois after charges for making terrorist threats were filed. Vargas-Rosas is charged with one felony count for making terrorist threats and one misdemeanor count for disorderly conduct. If convicted, Vargas-Rosas is facing up to 3 years and six months in prison for a felony and 90 days and up to $1,000 in fines for the disorderly conduct. A $10,000 bond was set for Vargas-Rosas release, but an immigration hold has been placed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The suspect who is undocumented had been deported twice and had re-entered the U.S., according to ICE.
Vargas-Rosas was booked at the Racine County Jail. The suspect was taken into custody after he got into an argument with several passengers in a Greyhound bus en route to Chicago from Milwaukee. Several passengers called 911 and said that Vargas-Rosas was making death threats. He was taken into custody in Lake County, Illinois by Sheriff’s deputies after the bus stopped. The bus driver failed to stop for authorities on the highway and was stopped at least 17 miles later when authorities had to spike the front tires.
Authorities haven’t released any information about what triggered the argument with several passengers.

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DACA Recipients Contribute Billions Of Dollars To The Economy, Social Security, Medicare, Gross National Product And Gross Domestic Product

DACA recipients contribute billions of dollars to the economy, Social Security, Medicare, Gross National Product (GNP) and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

• In five years, the U.S. will lose $105B in GNP without DACA recipients. (NYTimes)

• In 10 years, the U.S. will lose $433B in GDP without DACA recipients. (Center for American Progress)

• In ten years, the U.S. will lose $24.6B in Social Security and Medicare tax revenue without DACA recipients. (AP)

• DACA recipients pay $2B in taxes per year, which includes state and local taxes, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

• More than 75% of DACA recipients are employed, according to the National Immigration Law Center.

• 6M jobs remained unfilled today in the U.S., despite DACA recipients being employed.

• Deporting DACA recipients will cost $287B including an economic loss of $215B, also a fiscal loss of $60B (from lower net tax revenue) and $7.5B in deportation costs, according to Brandon & Albright from the CATO Institute.

• DACA recipients have higher-skills and higher-paying jobs than undocumented immigrants.

• Second generation immigrants have a net positive fiscal input of $173K to $259K per immigrant family, according to Econofact.

• 21% of DACA recipients work in education & health services, according to the American Medical Association and an estimated 5,400 additional DACA physicians will enter the U.S. work force in coming decades.

• At least 70K formerly DACA recipients have received their U.S. permanent residency, according to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service.

Source: Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 21, 2018

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Wisconsin State Republicans Donated To Southside Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West Re-relection Campaigns

West accepted donations for her re-election bids from Republicans.

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

January 19, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee County Election Commission reported that Supervisor Peggy West representing the 12th District in the Southside received $500 from Sally Sprenger who operates ANEW Health Care Services, which has a contract with Milwaukee County to provide services to County residents. Sally is married to Gary Sprenger who are both known Republicans and have contributed thousands of dollars to Governor Scott Walker (R) and other Republicans including Supervisor West who seems to be running as a Progressive, but is rarely seen among the circle of active Progressives in Milwaukee County.
Supervisor West is currently Chairwoman of the Finance & Audit Committee and is a member of the Judiciary, Safety & General Services Committee, according to the Milwaukee County Board website.
Supervisor West has received more than $2K since 2011 from the Sprenger couple, according to Blogging Blue dot com. The Blogging Blue in 2013 reported, “Coincidentally (or not coincidentally, depending on your perspective), Sup. Romo West just so happens to be chairwoman of the County Board’s Health and Human Needs Committee, the very committee that has direct oversight of Milwaukee County’s Family Care program. What’s more, ANEW provides the kind of community-based services that Sup. Romo West has recently been pushing/promoting in public forums.
What’s really notable about the thousands of dollars Gary and Sally Sprenger have contributed to Peggy Romo West’s campaign is that she appears to be the only Democrat and the only County Supervisor (in a county they don’t live in, mind you) that the Sprengers have contributed to. I don’t know about you, but that certainly seems curious.”
Supervisor West is running for re-election in a non-partisan race in the predominantly Democrat Milwaukee County 12th District and has received the endorsements for re-election by Milwaukee Aldermen José G. Pérez and Ashanti Hamilton (President of the Common Council); State Senators Lena Taylor (D) and Latonya Johnson (D); State Representatives JoCasta Zamarripa (D), Christine Sinicki (D) and David Bowen (D), and U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D); Milwaukee County Judge Pedro Cólon and Milwaukee Municipal Judge Phil Chavez.

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Lake County Attorney General’s Office Looking Into Inappropriate Touching And Porno Photos At Lyons Magnet Elementary School

Fiestas Patrias President Carrasco files a complaint with the Waukegan Police Department alleging multiple school officials at the Lyon Magnet Elementary School failed to notify authorities of child sexual abuse and porno photos.

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

January 16, 2018
(Updated)

Waukegan, Illinois – On Monday, Margaret Carrasco, the President of the Fiestas Patrias confirmed that she filed a criminal complaint with the Waukegan Police Department (WPD) alleging that school officials from the Lyon Magnet Elementary School, 800 S. Elmwood Ave. failed to report to authorities allegations of inappropriate touching of children and porno photos as required by state law. According to Carrasco’s complaint, the Waukegan Public School Superintendent Theresa Plascencia; Amanda Pryce, the Lyon’s School Principal and three other officials including an attorney failed to report “inappropriate sexual “incidents” and 115 porno photos” to authorities on the first week of December 2017. Carrasco sent the complaint to the WPD on January 10, 2018 after no action by school officials had taken place. Several families had complained to the Lyon’s school officials, but nothing was done, according to Carrasco.
Carrasco also confirmed that the WPD acted quickly when they received the complaint and notified the Lake County Attorney General’s Office who launched an investigation as well.
Carrasco wrote in the complaint that at least five students might be victims of “sexual abuse/porno” and that the school officials didn’t take any action as “a cover-up”.

Videos: Parents of a student at Lyon Magnet Elementary School told the Waukegan Public School Board that their son and other students were exposed to pornographic images. The father had requested a list (history) of what was logged in and still hasn’t received any list or information for 30 days, counting the day he spoke in front of the Waukegan Public School Board.

(1) http://bit.ly/2BiiW3z
In this video, a mother told the school board members that pornographic images were exposed to her son and other students.

(2) http://bit.ly/2n03sNw
In this video, the mother says, a male student on second grade in 2016 had inappropriately (sexually) touched multiple female students. Nothing was done by school officials or if parents were notified of the incident that could possibly involved their daughters. This year they moved him to a different class, which my daughter attends, according to the student mother.

(3) http://bit.ly/2Dq0oQJ
Father says, he requested information about an investigation, but no response by the school officials, so he filed complaints with various agencies and departments.

(4) http://bit.ly/2Dz8v0H
Father confirmed he will file a complaint against teachers and so far, a list or history of the computer log in to websites hasn’t been released by the school Board.

Update: Nicolas Alatzakis, the Chief Public Information Officer for the Waukegan Public School District released the following letter sent to parents regarding the article published by Hispanic News Network U.S.A. about the Lyon Magnet Elementary School.

“I am writing to you today because of concerns that have been brought to my attention by several Lyon parents regarding false information that has been posted on the Internet and is circulating in the community.

“A thorough investigation was conducted concerning the intentional misuse of technology by a few Lyon students in early December of 2017.  The District and its contractors use multiple, overlapping and currently available “state of the art” technology filters to block staff and student access to inappropriate websites via District computers and technology; however, no system is capable of preventing all access to publicly posted images of partially nude figures.  Although many people would find such pictures (as are commonly found in media publications, such as newspapers, common magazines, and publicity photos) to be offensive, others do not and banning the publication of such photos is not legally possible.  Thus, the community or artistic standards that are applied by screening or blocking technologies are open to debate and some exploitation. In this case, when the students’ off-task misconduct was detected, the teacher took appropriate steps to stop the students’ misbehavior, limit future computer access and to impose consequences.  There is no evidence of misconduct or neglect by Lyon staff, inappropriate touching of or by staff or students, or a failure to comply with State law pertaining to mandatory reporting obligations.
“Modern technology is a two edged sword.  It opens up opportunity for appropriate learning, and it affords curious youth the opportunity to exploit technology to explore subjects we would prefer they avoid.  The claim by critics that there were inappropriate sexual incidents involving the  touching of children is false, misleading and disturbing, because the facts are so different from the charges.
“We share this message with you today in the spirit of transparency, to dispel persistent rumors and to allay any fears and alarm you may have felt.  I appreciate everyone’s understanding in this situation, and thank you for your continued support of Lyon Magnet.  Please accept my assurance that our vigilance is continuous and our concern for the safety and well-being of your children in all regards remains one of our highest priorities.”

So far, the Waukegan Police Department nor the Lake County Attorney General’s Office have not released any information regarding the allegations made by Margaret Carrasco concerning the Lyon Magnet Elementary School. Carrasco says that she recorded a video where family members publicly complained to the Waukegan District School Board during a meeting concerning the allegations made involving their kids.

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City of Milwaukee Massive Cover-up Of Toxic Lead Lateral Testing Data Alleged By FLAC

Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan wants for any employee or former employee that might have known of an alleged lead lateral cover-up at the City of Milwaukee Health Department to come forward.

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

January 16, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, Robert Miranda from Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC), Earl Ingram Jr. and other members of the Black Community held a press conference to call for City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barret to step down/resign over an alleged cover-up of not releasing data of tests conducted at more than 70K to 90K homes with toxic lead laterals connected to the water main. Mayor Barrett says that water tests were conducted, but the Mayor’s Office and the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) have not released any data. Miranda alleged that the City and Mayor Barrett have failed to release any data of homes tested with lead laterals.
Baven Baker, the Milwaukee Health Department Commissioner abruptly resigned after Mayor Barrett learned that 26K children were tested for elevated lead levels and 3K of those children tested positive per year. Some of the parents whose children tested positive were sent letters by the MHD and thousands were not notified, according to Barrett.
Milwaukee tested twice as much in lead poisoning in 2014 than Flint, Michigan in 2015. In 2014, 8.6 percent of children tested in Milwaukee for lead poisoning were diagnosed positive compared to 4.9 percent of children tested that were diagnosed for lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan in 2015.
Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan wants former employees or current employees from the MHD to come forward, of they know of any activity that led to a cover-up in MHD. A whistle-blower sent an email to the members of the Milwaukee Common Council exposing unfriendly working conditions at MHD and restrictions set for not cooperating or participating at any public or organization meeting inquirin about data concerning the lead lateral issue.
Donovan wants to know when did Mayor Barrett learn about the lead lateral issue and the failure by the MHD to test children and provide data.
Alderman Mark A. Borkowski says that the mandate to stop using lead laterals began in 1986 and it wasn’t until 2004 that City Aldermen became aware that they had an issue with lead laterals. Borkowski now says, that at least 90% of all Milwaukee homes could have lead lateral connections than previously reported. Aldermen couldn’t confirm, if in fact the City stopped mandating the use of residential lead laterals connections to the water main in 1951.
According to a June 16, 2016 memorandum from Kate Pawasarat, Community Analytics Analyst for the City of Milwaukee Department of Administration Budget and Management Division, she reported the following information.

There are approximately 74,600 properties with lead service lines in the City of Milwaukee.

• Based on property assessment class information, 91.5% of properties with lead service lines are residential.

• Approximately 68,300 residential properties or 54.2% of all residential properties in the City of Milwaukee have lead service lines.

For over twenty years Milwaukee has added a phosphorous compound to its drinking water. The compound coats pipes to control lead corrosion, but recent concerns regarding heavy construction around the city has brought to light that this protective phosphorous compound is being loosened by the pounding of machines breaking apart sidewalks and streets in which many of these toxic lead pipes are located.
The following Milwaukee Southside Aldermanic Districts are among seven with the most toxic lead laterals in homes.

• Aldermanic District 15 – Alderman Tony Zielinski, toxic lead laterals in district 6,089

• Aldermanic District 12 – Alderman José G. Pérez, toxic lead laterals in district 5,585

• Aldermanic District 10 – Alderman Michael Murphy, toxic lead laterals in district 9,166

• Aldermanic District 8 – Alderman Bob Donovan, toxic lead laterals in district 6,361
Total toxic lead laterals located in Milwaukee’s Southside 27,201

Find City of Milwaukee properties with lead pipe laterals by address at http://goo.gl/poY5yv

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Unarmed Undocumented Immigrant Riding Greyhound Bus Accused Of Terrorist Threat

So far, no weapon has been found in the Greyhound bus, which the driver also failed to yield immediately for 20 miles to authorities using flashing red and blue lights responding to an alleged passenger threat by a suspect.

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

January 14, 2018

Wadsworth, Illinois – On Sunday, both the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Racine County Sheriff’s Office have not confirmed if a weapon actually existed when several passengers of a Greyhound bus headed to Chicago from Milwaukee claimed that another passenger acting irrational indicated to have. Authorities have not released any information about what triggered an argument and actually happened between Margarito Vargas-Rosas, 33, an undocumented immigrant who reentered the U.S. illegally and several passengers inside a Greyhound bus that led law enforcement agencies from three counties in Wisconsin and one county in Illinois to respond to several 911 calls from passengers riding a bus to Chicago.
According to Sheriff Christopher Schmaling, from the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, Vargas-Rosas surrendered peacefully and without incident on early Saturday and that the suspect was unarmed. The suspect threatened to kill deputies and an investigator when he surrendered, according to Schmaling.
The bus was seized and a search warrant was issued to try and locate a weapon inside the bus.
The question has been raised, why is Vargas-Rosas being charged with a felony terrorist threat when no evidence has been found or any cellphone video of the incident recorded by passengers has been turned in to authorities to support such claim. Also a misdemeanor charge for disorderly conduct was filed as well against Vargas-Rosas.
Many of the 37 passengers inside the bus didn’t even noticed that there was an altercation between Vargas-Rosas and several passengers because most were sleeping. None of the passengers who supposedly reported an altercation to 911 operators didn’t even attempt to alert the bus driver to stop after noticing county sheriff’s squads attempting to stop the bus. Was it really an intended terrorist act by Vargas-Rosas?, but to even accomplish such threat would be very unusual especially when there is no weapon involved, according to the initial report by Sheriff Schmaling. The initial investigation indicates that it was certainly an argument between several passengers, which some claimed that the suspect threaten to kill all the passengers.
The incident was escalated when the bus driver failed to stop for 20 miles until authorities had to spike the front tires to deflate them in order to stop the bus. What might have been just an argument between passengers, it simply turned out to be a terrorist threat, according to information released to the media by Sheriff Schmaling. No injuries were reported.
The bus driver claims that he thought the authorities were on a training exercise when he saw the flashing red and blue light behind him or that they were trying to stop someone else, so he didn’t stop. It certainly is no excuse for the bus driver to have failed to stop when flashing red and blue lights are used by deputies and state police.
Vargas-Rosas will appear in court on January 18, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois. Wisconsin authorities are seeking extradition for Vargas-Rosas.
Authorities haven’t been able to connect Vargas-Rosas to any terrorist group. He apparently worked at a Milwaukee restaurant, but lived in Chicago.

Update: The Lake County Attorney General’s Office (LCAGO) in Illinois was contacted by Hispanic News Network U.S.A. and a request for the criminal complaint against Margarito Vargas-Rosas had been requested. The LCAGO says, that “This is a pending case and we cannot disclose any information.  We also are not currently in possession of the criminal complaint” and that the Racine County District Attorney’s Office (RCDAO) in Wisconsin is handling the criminal complaint. The RCDAO has not filed a criminal complaint as of January 17, 2018 against Vargas-Rosas for making terrorist threats, which is a felony charge and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
The RCDAO has filed an extradition request with the LCAGO for Vargas-Rosas.

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