White House Won’t Influence Justin Bieber’s Deportation From U.S.

Bieber hasn’t been convicted for any criminal act or sentenced to one year incarnation that would automatically put him on deportation status.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 19, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The White House declined to comment on a “We the People” petition requesting for the U.S. government to deport pop star Justin Bieber, a Canadian national. More than 273,968 thousand petition signers seeking for the Obama administration to deport Bieber.
Bieber has been involved in several alleged criminal acts, but hasn’t been convicted for a misdeamenor or a felony act. He holds an O-1 U.S. residency card afforded to exceptionally talented artists working in the country.
In January, Bieber was charged with one count of assault in connection with the December 30, 2013 beating of a limousine driver in Toronto.
Last year, Bieber was charged in Miami Beach, Florida with one count of driving under the influence (smoking marijuana and taking medication), resisting arrest and driving with a Georgia expired license for six months.
Bieber was facing felony vandalism charges in California for throwing dozens of eggs at a nieghbor’s home causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. He was caught on video audio by the neighbor threatening to throw more eggs. The neighbor released Bieber’s audio indicating he was also trespassing when he committed the vandalism.
A statement posted by the White House in response to the petition to deport Bieber cited immigration issues and broken down immigration system. “We need a smart, effective immigration system — one that can keep up with the demands of a 21st century economy,” according to the statement. The White House posted, “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one…to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition…Not only is it the right thing to do morally, it’s the right thing for our country: Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next 20 years. For those of you counting at home, that’s 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber’s debut album.”

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Tenosique Viacrucis Participants Denied Access To Ride La Bestia Freight Train In Tabasco

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants gathered in Tenosique, Tabasco for their annual Viacrucis and started their pilgrimage by walking to Palenque, Chiapas.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 17, 2014

Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico – On Thursday, Franciscan priest Fray Tomás González Castillo, director of the La 72 Immigrant Refuge Shelter reported that more than 400 undocumented immigrants from Central America gathered at the shelter for the annual Viacrucis (Stations of the Cross) along the Bestia (Beast) freight train death route in Tenosique. The participants were expected to board La Bestia in the morning for a ride to Palenque, Chiapas, but the operators of the freight train refused to allow about 400 Viacrucis participants to take the ride, according to Rubén Figueroa, an immigrant rights activist from Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano. Figueroa on his Facebook account posted that the operators of La Bestia refused to let the Viacrucis participants board the train in protest that the State of Veracruz Attorney General Luis Ángel Bravo Contreras and Governor Javier Duarte de Ochoa had filed a complaint and lawsuit against the operators, both the Ferrosur and the Kansas City Group of La Bestia for allowing undocumented immigrants ride the train into their state.
Immigrants riding La Bestia fall victims of several gangs and criminal organizations operating in the tri-state area who charged between $100 to $300 dollars in quota to ride the train. Those victims that fail to pay the quota are either thrown off the moving train, shot or stabbed to death.
The participants began their journey of the Station of the Cross (Viacrucis) at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday by walking to Chiapas, according to Figueroa. The Viacrucis organizers haven’t decided, if they will also walk to the state of Veracruz.
The Viacrucis had began in Naranjo, Guatemala and those participating were transferred by vehicles to Tenosique where hundreds of immigrants await the arrival of the Viacrucis. The Viacrucis is expected to follow the death route of La Bestia through central Mexico.
Fray Castillo and immigrant activists are advocating for government visas to allow legal transit of immigrants through Mexico and government protection of immigrants against violence resulting from extortions, murder, quotas, rape and forced prostition by local gangs known as Los Zetas, Mara Salvatrucha’s (MS-13) and corrupt Mexican immigration agents, including local, state and Federal Police.
Exploiting undocumented immigrants has become a multi-million operation. An estimated 70,000 undocumented immigrants from South and Central America travel through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border every year.

La 72 Viacrucis 2014 video

Photo courtesy of Ruben Figueroa

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76-year-old Husband Fatally Shot Wife For Nagging In Oak Creek

Lang confessed that he shot his wife for nagging him for weeks and finally lost it.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 17, 2014

Oak Creek, Wisconsin – On Wednesday, police responded to a call by Jack Lang, 76, from Oak Creek who later confessed of murdering his wife, June Lang, 75, for nagging him for several weeks. Police found his wife deceased in the bedroom with a fatal shot to the face at 1131 W. Wayland Drive around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Lang told police that he finally lost it after she wouldn’t stop nagging for stuff dealing with house repairs and his uselessness to clean the yard. Lang after killing his wife, attempted to commit suicide with a .22 Caliber handgun by shooting himself in the head, but just got grazed.
He explained to investigators, that he had warned her to stop nagging and that he had a loaded gun, which she wouldn’t believe him. Lang got close to his wife who is legally blind and fired while she continued to nag him.
Lang also said, that while heading to the Patowatomi Bingo Casino to eat with some friends. She just began to nag, nag and nag. He felt sick and wanted to go home, but his wife got mad and continued to nag him.
While at home, Lang finally lost it, went to his room and loaded a handgun. He shouted at his wife to stop nagging or he would shoot her with a loaded gun. She didn’t believe him until he just walked up to her and fatally shot her in the face, according to the criminal complaint.
Lang was charged on Thursday with one felony count for 1st-degree intentional homicide, if convicted he is facing life in prison.

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Suspect Sought For Attempted Homicide Behind D’Matrixx Salon Parking Lot

Police looking for a Hispanic male suspect involved in the shooting of a 22-year-old woman sitting in a vehicle behind a hair and spa salon parking lot.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 17, 2014

Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee police have released a composite of a Hispanic male suspected of attempted homicide for the shooting of a 22-year-old woman who sat in a vehicle behind the D’Matrixx Hair and Spa Salon parking near an alley. On March 22, the suspect approached the woman in the parking lot behind the spa salon located at the 4700 block of W. Forest Home Ave. at around 8:55 a.m. and fired multiple shots striking the woman. Neighbors heard between five to six shots fired.
The D’Matrixx spa salon was forced to close that day, but posted on Facebook that it had closed due to an electrical problem and didn’t mention the shooting incident.
The 22-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5’6”, 160 pounds, and between 25-35 years-old. He was last seen wearing a black waist-length jacket with a zipper, a gray shirt, black boot-cut type jeans, and black shoes. He was driving a 2005-2013 silver, four-door, Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck. The truck had an extended bed with a silver tonneau cover and a distinctive four-to-six inch white butterfly sticker on the rear window, according to police.
Anyone with information is asked to call Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360.

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Missing Educators Credit Union Former Employee Involved In 2013 Robbery Arrested By U.S. Marshals

Benson was taken into custody in Illinois and extradited to Wisconsin in connection with the May 2013 robbery of the Educators Credit Union robbery.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 17, 2014

Mikwaukee, WI – On Thursday, Milwaukee police reported that Jessica M. Benson, 23, was arrested in northern Illinois on April 4 by the U.S. Marshals Service and extradited to Wisconsin in connection with the May 7, 2013 robbery of the Educators Credit Union. Benson was booked into the Milwaukee County jail, where she remains today. Her boyfriend Nathaniel Robinson, 36, was also arrested for a parole violation and was wanted in connection with the robbery of a financial institution. Charges for planning to rob a financial institution are pending against Robinson.
Benson was working at the financial institution when both Benson and Robinson planned to rob it. They had two suspects rob the credit union, but were caught shortly after the robbery. The suspects got about $6,000 in cash.
Benson disappeared three days after the robbery and before taking her final exams to graduate from Mount Mary College. She called in sick about four days after the robbery.
When police went to do a welfare check, they discovered that her apartment was empty and she had moved. Neighbors told police that they saw her and her live in boyfriend moving out at night. She had cut and tinted her hair, according to a friend who loan her $200.
Police were able to connect her to the robbery after her mother told police that Benson had admitted that she had been talked into robbing the financial institution where she worked at. Benson’s mother said, that Robinson had convinced her daughter to help him rob the place, according to the criminal complaint. She was charged with one felony count of robbery of a financial institution and party to a crime in November 2013.
The two bank robbers, Kevin Blackburn, 26, was convicted in the case after a jury found him guilty of robbing a financial institution, operating a vehicle without consent and eluding an officer. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 6 years probation. The second suspect, Ricardo Lorenzo Perkins, 32, was convicted for robbing a financial institution and operating a vehicle without the owners consent. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison and 4 years probation, according to court records.
A police search warrant was issued in 2013 to get rental car records from a car rental place that Benson used after the robbery. Police investigators alleged that both Benson and her live in boyfriend, Robinson had planned the robbery, but managed to move out from their apartment on or after May 3. Court documents indicate, a probation agent had visited Robinson’s apartment earlier and furniture was still at the place. Soon after, both Benson and Robinson moved out and disappeared.
Robinson didn’t report his new address to his parole agent and had missed a meeting with the agent. A warrant was issued for Robinson after violating his parole conditions.

Jessica M. Benson, Kevin Blackburn and Ricardo Lorenzo Perkins

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Feds Indicted 27 Suspects And Shutdown Milwaukee Family Drug Trafficking Enterprise

Multi-million drug smuggling operation involved family members and friends.

By H. Nelson GoodsonApril 16, 2014

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced that 27 suspects were indicted in a poly-drug conspiracy case, which included homicide, money laundering, and firearms offenses. They were identified as Kevin R. Arms, 40, John Bailey, 37, Trevan Brown, 29, Cecil Arms, 70, Timothy Cunningham, 44, Maurice Handy, 42, Roosevelt Lee, 40, Phillip Moffett, 32, Brandon Owens, 30, Joe Parker, 73, Sam Spears, 37, Roger Walker, 33, and Carl Wilson, 41, who were charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, and five kilograms or more of cocaine. They allegedly smuggled, trafficked and distributed about 660 pounds of cocaine in the City of Milwaukee, the indictment states.
In addition, John Cleveland, 38, Demerius Sholar, 28, Ronnie Reid, 45, Kyle Carrington, 22, and Brandon Trotter, 27, are charged with possession with intent to distribute or distribution of controlled substances.
Kevin R. Arms, Bailey, and Moffett are charged with causing death by discharge of a firearm. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Kevin and two of the suspects in connection with the November 18, 2008 murder of Paula P. Jackson, 40.
Cleveland, Lee, Owens, Walker, Wilson, Carrington and Trotter are charged with possession of firearms to commit and engage in drug-trafficking offenses.
Kevin R. Arms, Cecil Arms, Kevin C. Arms, 21, Shenese Arms, 33, Shenita Arms-Nicholas, 33, and Tremell Nicholas, 34, are charged with money laundering offenses.
Malik Danun, 28, is charged with obstruction of justice. Ricky Shaw, 38, and Patricia Arms, 65, are both charged with misprision of a felony. Katilia Jackson, 26, and Brenda Arms, 55, are both charged with maintaining a drug-involved premises. All of the suspects currently reside in Milwaukee, except for Kevin R. Arms (Pewaukee), Ricky Shaw (Atlanta, GA) and Malik Danun (Atlanta, GA).
On Wednesday, law enforcement officers arrested 18 of the suspects. Three of the suspects were already in custody. Six remained at large, including: Trevan Brown, John Cleveland, Ronnie Reid, Demerius Scholar, Sam Spears, and Roger Walker. In addition, law enforcement executed eight search warrants and recovered 31 firearms and approximately $143,000 in cash. They also seized 11 homes, several vehicles, a 2008 and 2014 Cadillac Escalades and jewelry, including a money judgement for $3 million.
The feds confiscated two businesses, True Boss Entertainment and Arms company, including its money assets.
The drug conspiracy and firearms offenses are all punishable by up to life in prison. The other offenses have lower maximum penalties, including: money laundering (20 years); maintaining a drug involved premises (20 years); possession with intent to distribute or distribution of controlled substances (20 years); obstruction of justice (20 years); and misprision of a felony (3 years), according to the federal indictment.
The defendants were charged based on a multi-year investigation by law enforcement officers from the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Milwaukee Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, assisted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice- Division of Criminal Investigations, and the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Heroin Task Force.
Law enforcement agencies assisting on Wednesday’s arrests include the U.S. Marshals Service, Waukesha Metro Drug Unit, and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department.

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Immigrant Viacrucis Travels Along La Bestia Freight Train Death Route To U.S. Border

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants gathered in Tenosique for annual Viacrucis pilgrimage.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 16, 2014

Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico – On Wednesday, Franciscan priest Fray Tomás González Castillo, director of the La 72 Immigrant Refuge Shelter reported that more than 400 undocumented immigrants from Central America gathered at the shelter to prepare for the annual Viacrucis (stations of the cross) along the Bestia (Beast) freight train death route and then embark to the U.S. border from Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico.
The Viacrucis began in Naranjo, Guatemala and those participating were transferred by vehicles to Tenosique where hundreds of immigrants await the arrival of the Viacrucis. The Viacrucis is expected to follow the death route of La Bestia through central Mexico.
Fray Castillo and immigrant activists are advocating for government visas to allow legal transit of immigrants through Mexico and government protection of immigrants against violence resulting from extortions, murder, quotas, rape and forced prostition by local gangs known as Los Zetas, Mara Salvatrucha’s (MS-13) and corrupt Mexican immigration agents, including local, state and Federal Police.

Photo courtesy of Ruben Figueroa

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