Popular Milwaukee Hairstylist Alfonso Muñoz Calixto, aka, “La Movida” Death Ruled Accidental

La Movida’s death ruled accidental, his body was discovered at his apartment in late January, which many in the LGBTQ community, family and friends mourned his untimely death.

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

February 18, 2019

Milwaukee, WI – On Monday, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office (MCMEO) confirmed that Alfonso Muñoz Calixto, aka, “La Movida”, 46, was the victim of a combined drug intoxication. The MCMEO determined that the cause and manner of death for Muñoz Calixto was “Acute Mixed Drug Intoxication (Cocaine, Heroin, and Ethanol) Manner of Death: Accident”, according to toxicology results.
Muñoz Calixto, was also known as Arturo Rios, “Poncho”, who used the Drag Queen stage name Cassandra Muñoz, including singing karaoke for entertainment gigs, and a very charismatic and popular flamboyant Latino hairstylist in Milwaukee. La Movida was reported deceased on January 31, 2019 at his residence. A friend discovered the body and notified police.
La Movida was originally from the City of Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. La Movida was a very friendly individual who was a well known transvestite and liked to dance cumbia and to party well. He also was in touch with his feminine side and a proud member of the LGBTQ Latino community in Milwaukee.
La Movida became well known for his hairstyling career with the Paul Mitchell Hair Styling Salon formerly known as Fashion Impressions in the South Side of Milwaukee. He also volunteered in many local Latino events and did complimentary hairstyling jobs for young girls and women including males participating in pageants.
La Movida was known to advocate for LGBTQ rights and also marched for comprehensive immigration reform.
Last weekend, with the outpouring support and donations from the Latino LGBTQ communities from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois including friends, his body was returned to Mexico for final interment and family funeral services.

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Tejano Legend Vocalist Joe Ernest Salas Puente “JP” From El Grupo Sueño Passed Away

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Tejano Legend Vocalist Joe Ernest Salas Puente “JP” From El Grupo Sueño Passed Away

Joe Ernest Salas Puente, 52, aka stage name, “JP”, the lead vocalist of the Tejano band JP y Sueño and Los Big Katz passed away on February 14 in Houston, Texas. JP began his Tejano singing career in 1984-85 with the group Lighting, then Lumbre, Aventura, Josefa, Avizo and Grupo Fuerte.
JP was hospitalized in early February for health complications and later passed away.

Funeral services for Joe Ernest Salas Puente will be at:

The Compean Funeral Home, Main Chapel, 2102 Broadway Blvd., Houston, Texas 77012 on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Visitation: 4p.m. to 9p.m.

Rosary: 7p.m.

Funeral mass at the Compean Funeral Home, Main Chapel: Friday, February 22, 2019 at 9a.m.

Interment: Santa Teresa Morales Cemetery, 912 Buschong Street, Houston, Texas 77039

Music video: https://youtu.be/FCg0DvzOUoI

Posted by H. Nelson GoodsonHispanic News Network U.S.A.

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Toni J. Rivera-Joachin Resigns As CEO Of The Centro Hispano In Milwaukee

Joachin notified all the employees and staff members of the Centro Hispano that she had resigned effective next week.

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

February 15, 2019

Milwaukee, WI – On Friday, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) learned that Toni J. Rivera-Joachin, the President and CEO of the Centro Hispano (Council for Spanish Speaking) had announced her resignation to the entire staff and employees of the Centro. No further information was available about her future plans and what led to her sudden resignation from the Centro Hispano.
Also, no information from the Centro Hispano Board of Directors spokesperson has been made public in regards to who will become the new interim director of the Centro after Rivera-Joachin’s unexpected departure.

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In Loving Memory Of Maria E. Vargas

In Loving Memory Of Maria E. Vargas

Milwaukee, WI – On Friday, February 8, 2019, Maria E. Vargas, 65, the daughter of Francisco Vargas (deceased) and Anastacia Vargas who was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico passed away peacefully accompanied by family. Maria’s sisters include, Rosa Talamantes and Minerva Vargas (deceased), brothers; Jesús Vargas, José L. Vargas (deceased) and Rogelio Vargas.
Surviving daughters: Leticia Mata (Joe R. Mata), Verónica Garza (Noe Sanchez Villa), Christy W. Juarez (George Roman), Rebecca Juarez (Rey Crespo) and son, Gregorio Garza III (Shelly Smith).

Grandchildren: Lorraine Mata, Joe Christopher Mata, Cassandra Mata, Ilani J. Roman, Viviana Sanchez, Noe F. Sanchez, Isaac Crespo, Aurelio Smith, George Roman Jr., Danny Crespo, Mathew E. Roman and Liam C. Roman.
Great grandchildren: Isaiah Mata, Truly E. Mata, Rene Terrazas, Mercy R. Mata and Nevaiah Mata.

Maria arrived in Milwaukee in 1987. She worked alongside tavern owners, eventually opening her own tavern “Mi Mexico” in the Southside of Milwaukee.

Maria was a beautiful daughter, an amazing mother and loyal friend who always shared her laughter, kindness and love. She was a true Cowboy fan.

Maria as business owner in Milwaukee was well known among other local business owners and would continue to work with tavern business owners in the area. She was a vibrant and well respected woman that raised four daughters and a son. Her family roots originated in Mexico with strong ties to Texas and Oregon, which she always instilled in her family.

Maria will be greatly missed by family, relatives, grandchildren. great grandchildren and friends.

Funeral services for Maria E. Vargas will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the Witkowiak Funeral Home, 529 W. Historic Mitchell Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204.

Vigil from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. including prayer and following interment at the Forest Home Cemetery, 2405 W. Forest Home Ave. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Jordan Paul Fricke Charged With 1st-degree Intentional Homicide For The Death Of TEU Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner

Fricke confessed to being a small scale marijuana dealer and using an AK-7 pistol to shoot multiple times through an opening of his kitchen door, despite hearing someone yell “Police”.

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

February 10, 2019

Milwaukee, WI – On Sunday, Jordan Paul Fricke, 26, was charged with three felony counts in connection with Wednesday’s homicide of Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner, 35. Fricke was charged with one felony count for 1st-degree intentional homicide while using a dangerous weapon (if convicted, Fricke is facing life in prison, without the possibility of parole and an additional 5 years for using a dangerous weapon), one felony count for 1st-degree recklessly endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon (if convicted, Fricke is facing up to 12 years and 6 months in prison and a $25,000 fine), one felony count for maintaining a drug trafficking drug house (if convicted, Fricke is facing up to 3 years and 6 months in prison and a $10,000 fine). A cash bond of $1 million was set for Fricke.
According to the criminal complaint, Fricke confessed to being a small scale marijuana dealer and using an AK-7 pistol to shoot multiple times through an opening of his upper flat unit kitchen door, despite hearing someone yell “Police”. The TEU officers were executing a “No Knock” search warrant at Fricke’s duplex when Officer Rittner was shot once in the left side of the chest with an AK-47 pistol while attempting to breach a kitchen door with a ram. Fricke fired four shots through an opening at the door missing two other officers and striking Rittner once in the chest. Fricke immediately surrendered to police.
Police investigators recovered an AK-47 semi-automatic pistol, four spent cartridges and one unspent cartridge on the kitchen floor including 8 additional weapons and multiple parts to assemble assault rifles at the scene.
Fricke’s girlfriend told police that she and Fricke were sleeping when they heard loud banging noises and when they got up, Fricke went to kitchen and grabbed his AK-47 pistol and she could hear someone yell “Police, Search Warrant” multiple times before Fricke shot through the door. Fricke told police that he only heard someone yell “Police”, but he didn’t think it was police and fired multuple shots though an opening at the door caused by a ramming police tool, until an officer came through the door pointing a rifle at him. He had his hands up and was arrested by police.
Fricke is also accused of buying and having associates engage in strawbuying weapons at gunshows and later selling the weapons for a profit.
The criminal complaint states that $3,000 in cash was recovered from a safe, but it didn’t mention, if any drugs were also recovered at the scene.
Also charged in the case was Marlon Tirado, 23, who was taken into custody along with Fricke. Tirado and Fricke allegedly asked other associates to buy guns (straw purchasers) at gun shows and then sold them to others, a police informant told police, according to the criminal complaint. Tirado was charged on Sunday with two felony counts, one count for possession with intent to sell THC (marijuana) and one count for maintaining a drug trafficking place with count including a second and subsequent offense. If convicted on both counts, Tirado is facing up to 3 years and 6 months in prison and $10,000 fine for each count. Tirado has a cash bond set at $7,500, according to court records.
Fricke became a target of an investigation for selling drugs and guns after police arrested a felon on December 27, 2018 for having a 9mm Ruger, cocaine and ecstasy on him at the 2400 block of S. 5th Place. Police did a background check on the seized weapon and discovered the Ruger had been purchased by an associate of Fricke just 13 days before it was recovered from a felon. Police learned from informants that at least 13 to 15 weapons were bought by a “straw purchaser” within 4 to 5 months. Straw purchasing is when someone else with no criminal record buys guns or weapons for another person.
Last Wednesday, Fricke was taken into custody in connection with the homicide of Milwaukee Police Officer Rittner at the 2900 block of S. 12th Street. Officer Rittner, a 17 year police department veteran was shot and fatally wounded around 9:17 a.m. when his TEU unit was executing a “No Knock” search warrant at Fricke’s residence and was taken to Froedtert Hospital where he later passed away.
Officer Rittner is the third officer killed in the line of duty within the last 8 months.

Criminal complaint:

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Demonizing Individuals That Have Been Killed Ignites Controversy In Milwaukee Targeting WISN 12 News And The Milwaukee Police Department

The Milwaukee Police Department and City of Milwaukee Alderman Donovan have lashed out at WISN 12 News for posting a news article about a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Rosales who became a victim of a beating by a cop in 2017 and claiming that multiple Milwaukee police officers including deceased Officer Rittner had lied and filed false police reports to cover up incident.

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

February 9, 2019

Milwaukee, WI – In many cases around the U.S. including Milwaukee where an unarmed person of color has been killed by a cop, many police departments, sheriff’s departments, including other state and federal law enforcement agencies are quick to demonize the deceased victim before being laid to rest without extending any respect for families grieving, especially families of color. In this case, WISN 12 News was targeted by the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) in a press release for posting a news article that was deemed “tasteless (with) no academic value” simply because it reported that deceased Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner, 35, was named in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of Rafael Rosales on January 24, 2019 that claimed and named multiple police officers including Officer Rittner of lying and filing false police reports in the beating case that resulted in the resignation of Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Gasser who was charged with three misdemeanors, later sentenced to 14 days in jail, 18 months probation, 200 hours of community service and fined $500 for kicking Rosales, a carjacking suspect in the face after surrendering, breaking his nose and causing an epileptic seizure and almost died while handcuffed as other officers stood by celebrating his arrest. According to MPD press release on Friday, that Officer Rittner was the first cop to render help for Rosales when he went into a seizure, but it failed to mention, if Rittner reported the illegal act by then Officer Gasser to supervisors. Why didn’t the Milwaukee police officers at the scene reported the Gasser kicking incident to MPD supervisors, were they exercising the Blue code of silence to cover up for one of their own? The filed federal lawsuit will no doubt raise the question and copies of the alleged filed reports by the following officers, James Filsinger, Michael Gasser, Kim Lastrilla, Thomas Marcus, Matthew Rittner, Michael Schwandt, Joseph Scheuring, Adam Stahl and Damon Wilcox will be scrutinize for any false reporting.
None of the Milwaukee police officers named in the Rosales civil rights lawsuit reported the illegal act to police supervisors at the time. Greenfield police officers later reported Officer Gasser’s kicking incident to the Milwaukee Police Department Internal Affairs and an investigation was launched.
Today, the MPD nor the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission have a “Zero Tolerance Policy” for lying or filing false police reports by cops, if intentionally caught lying, the officers are not fired, but kept in the department creating a liability in cases.
The MPD confirmed on its Facebook account that it had requested for WISN to remove the tasteless article that named Officer Rittner in a federal civil rights lawsuit, which WISN management immediately removed the news article causing a backlash from the community at large including the African-American and Latino communities, which felt that the MPD and WISN are using double standards, which only demonize Black unarmed victims killed by cops by bringing up their criminal backgrounds and any alleged wrongdoing to justified and create public opinion for the killing of an unarmed victim of color. Other Facebook users called it selective when convenient censorship of the free press.
Also, City of Milwaukee Alderman Robert “Bob” Donovan, a Southside Milwaukee Common Council member lashed out at WISN as well in his Facebook account and posted, “media’s sick, constant war on cops”. It seems, Alderman Donovan himself would have preferred for WISN not to report that police officers are actually named in a recent filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against them including the city and any media source that reports it is in war with cops. So far, only Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has reported the MPD’s press release and the federal lawsuit naming Milwaukee police officers. The rest of the local and national mainstream media have yet to report on the MPD’s claim that WISN reported a tasteless article with no academic value.
Tory Lowe, a local Black activist posted a Facebook video criticizing the MPD for lashing out at WISN and also criticized WISN for removing the news report naming Officer Rittner in a federal civil rights lawsuit. Lowe says, since WISN removed the news report in question, then WISN should also remove all the news reports demonizing unarmed people of color killed by cops. He also commented that a vigil held for Officer Rittner yesterday, a majority in attendance were White indicating how segrated the City of Milwaukee is today.
The majority of Milwaukee police officers serving today in the department under Police Chief Morales including its diverse command staff are well respected, have valor, proven integrity, honesty, professionalism and do put their lives on the line every day.
Officer Rittner, is considered a war time veteran hero who served his country in the military and lost his life on Wednesday in the line of duty while executing a warrant with the Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU). Jordan Paul Fricke, 26, was taken into custody in connection with the homicide of TEU Milwaukee Police Officer Rittner at the 2900 block of S. 12th Street. Officer Rittner, a 17 year police department veteran was shot and fatally wounded around 9:17 a.m. when his TEU unit was executing a search warrant at a residence and attempting to enter the home. When Fricke fired several shots through the door and struck Officer Rittner who was taken to Froedtert Hospital where he later passed away.
The MPD release an outdated photo of deceased Officer Rittner.
Fricke was the target of illegal guns and drug sales and the TEU was executing a warrant at the time of the shooting, according to Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales. No information has been released by police to confirm, if in fact drugs and illegal guns were found at the home other than the weapon used by Fricke to kill Rittner.Fricke’s family members posted on Facebook that several dogs were also killed by the TEU when police entered Fricke’s residence and that Fricke’s name was not on the warrant, but included a name of another suspect. Police haven’t released any information to confirm, if several dogs were shot at Fricke’s residence or if the warrant had another name, but Police Chief Morales during a press conference stated that Fricke was the target of a warrant being executed by the TEU.
Fricke was booked on Friday at the Milwaukee County Jail facility and bond is set at $500,000, pending charges, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.

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26-year-old Suspect Arrested In Connection With The Homicide Of TEU Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner

Milwaukee police have arrested a suspect in connection with the homicide of TEU Police Officer Rittner.

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

February 6, 2019

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, Jordan P. Fricke, 26, was taken into custody in connection with the homicide of Milwaukee Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) Police Officer Matthew Rittner, 35, at the 2900 block of S. 12th Street. Officer Rittner, a 17 year police department veteran was shot and fatally wounded around 9:17 a.m. when his TEU unit was executing a search warrant at a residence and attempting to enter the home. When Fricke fired several shots through the door and struck Officer Rittner who was taken to Froedtert Hospital where he later passed away.
Fricke was the target of illegal guns and drug sales and the TEU was executing a warrant at the time of the shooting, according to Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales. No information has been released by police to confirm, if in fact drugs and illegal guns were found at the home other than the weapon used by Fricke to kill Rittner.
Officer Rittner is the third officer killed in the line of duty within the last 8 months.
Police arrested a woman along with Fricke at the scene. Fricke is facing homicide charges.
Officer Rittner was named in a federal lawsuit filed in 2019 by Rafael Rosales claiming that multiple Milwaukee police officers had lied and attempted to cover up that former Officer Michael Gasser had kicked him while handcuff in August 2017 and had suffered an epileptic seizure in back of a police squad car in Franklin. The lawsuit also claims that other officers present celebrated Rosales arrest and then lied in their police reports about what had happened to Rosales in order to cover for Gasser.
The attorneys for Rosales included new dash cam video in the federal lawsuit filed on January 24, 2019 where it showed Officer Gasser attacking Rosales while handcuffed and other officers present who did nothing to stop the attack and then laughed about it, including filing false reports to cover up the incident. Greenfield police officers reported Gasser’s attack to the Milwaukee Police Internal Investigation Affairs, which launched an investigation.
Currently, police officers that are caught making false police reports and lying to cover up an illegal act by another officer are not fired, but kept in the department, which later become a liability. All police officers that are caught making false reports and lying should be immediately terminated by the Milwaukee Police Department and Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission.
The Milwaukee Police Officers named in the federal lawsuit are James Filsinger, Michael Gasser, Kim Lastrilla, Thomas Marcus, Matthew Rittner, Michael Schwandt, Joseph Scheuring, Adam Stahl and Damon Wilcox. Gasser resigned from the police department and was charged in the kicking incident. He pleaded guilty for three misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to 14 days in jail, 18 months probation, including 200 hours of community service and was fined $500, according to court records.
Court records also show that Fricke had two citation incidents of being intoxicated, under age drinking and has no criminal record.

Update: The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) confirmed that it requested WISN 12 News to remove a news report that also says that a federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against the City of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Police Department, which named and claimed that deceased Milwaukee Police Officer Rittner and multiple officers had lied and filed false police reports to cover up about then former Police Officer Gasser kicking Rafael Rosales while handcuffed, when he had surrendered to police after a carjacking chase that ended in Franklin. Officer Rittner was among the officers named in the lawsuit when Gasser kicked Rosales in the face, breaking his nose and then was placed behind a police squad car where he had an epileptic seizure and almost died. The incident was video recorded.
None of the officers present at the scene from Milwaukee reported the illegal act by Officer Gasser to any police supervisor, until Greenfield police officers reported the incident to the Milwaukee Police Department Internal Affairs.
MPD received a backlash from the public in their Facebook post about WISN. MPD is now accused of censoring news not favorable to them, especially breaking protocol by commenting on a pending litigation matter, which the Milwaukee Common Council, the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission and the City of Milwaukee Attorney’s Office including the Mayor’s Office will now face a similar public backlash, if they support MPD’s decision to release such a statement admitting to requesting a news article to be removed.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has also reported about the filed Rosales federal civil rights lawsuit naming the Milwaukee police officers including Officer Rittner in the case and HNNUSA does not remove or censor any news article reporting on a filed federal civil rights lawsuit, which the public has a right to be informed of such litigation, especially involving a local, state or federal law enforcement agency or department.

City of Milwaukee Alderman Robert “Bob” Donovan posted on his Facebook account that the “media’s sick, constant war on cops” in relation to WISN 12 News reporting about Officer Rittner being named in a federal civil rights lawsuit.

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