Archive for September, 2011

Gonzalez Arrested For The Murder Of San Jose Hells Angels President

Campus police spotted suspicious vehicle, investigated and later identifed Gonzalez who was wanted in Nevada for murder.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 30, 2011

San Francisco, California – On Thursday, Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez, 53, from San Jose was taken into custody during a routine traffic check about a block from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Police Department, according to Paul Berlin, UCSF Assistant Police Chief. Gonzalez, a member from Los Vagos Motorcycle Club was wanted in connection for the September 23, homicide of Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, 51, president of the San Jose Hells Angels chapter at John Ascauga’s Nugget Casino.
Gonzalez was inside a parked 2011 Chevrolet Malibu with Washington State plates, the UCSF police reported. UCSF Police Sergeant John Gutierrez was patrolling the area due to recent reported burglaries in the neighborhood when he noticed a vehicle with a driver inside parked half a block from the University’s Mission Center building (MC) at the 1800 block of Folsom Street.
Sgt. Gutierrez parked behind the Malibu and approached Gonzalez who seemed nervous at the time. When his name was checked in the computer for warrants by Sgt. Gutierrez, Gonzalez name came up with a warrant for homicide in Nevada.
Gonzalez was taken into custody around 8:20 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday and is awaiting an extradition request from Sparks, Nevada authorities to face homicide charges.
UCSF Police Chief Pam Roskowski gave credit to Sgt. Gutierrez for the arrest of Gonzalez.
The criminal complaint states, that Gonzalez shot Pettigrew four times in the back with a .40 Caliber handgun. A video surveillance camera caught Gonzalez walking up to Pettigrew in the casino and then shot him multiple times. Gonzalez after the shooting put his gun away on his waist belt and just walked away from the scene. Pettigrew was attending the 18th Annual Street Vibrations Motorcycle Rally in Sparks, Nevada.
The five day motorcycle rally was cancelled by City of Sparks Mayor R. Geno Martini to avoid further bloodshed. The rally draws more than 30,000 people annually.

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Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew

Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez

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Gonzalez From Los Vagos Sought For Fatally Shooting San Jose Hells Angels President In The Back

Washoe County DA issued a warrant for Gonzalez, a member of Los Vagos Motorcycle Club in connection with the San Jose Hells Angels president Pettigrew homicide .

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 29, 2011

Sparks, Nevada – On Thursday, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office unsealed an affidavit that identified Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez, 53, as the alleged suspect who fatally shot Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, 51, at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino. Both Gonzalez and Pettigrew are from San Jose, California. Pettigrew, president of the San Jose Hells Angels Chapter in California was gunned down inside the casino. Gonzalez is a member of the Vagos Motorcycle Club.
Sparks Police Detective John Patton stated in an affidavit, that Gonzalez was caught on video surveillance walking up to Pettigrew and then shot him in the back multiple times. Pettigrew suffered four fatal shots in the back from a .40 Caliber handgun. Patton confirmed that seven fired .40 Caliber casings were recovered nearby where Pettigrew was killed on Friday.
The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for Gonzalez arrest.
Pettigrew and members of the Hells Angels were attending the 18th Annual Street Vibrations Motorcycle rally in Sparks, which draws more than 30,000 motorcycle enthusiasts for the five day event. The rally was cancelled by Sparks Mayor R. Geno Martini to avoid further bloodshed after Pettigrew was killed and three members of a rival motorcycle club Los Vagos were wounded in the shootout.
Two Vagos members shot in the melee were identified as Diego Garcia, 28, who was shot in one leg and Leonard Ramirez, 45, who was reported shot in the abdomen and is recovering from the injury. Shane Smith, 40, another Vagos member was shot in a drive-by the next day at another location.
Cesar Villagrana, 36, a member of the Hells Angels was arrested and charged for assault with a deadly weapon and in possession of a stolen weapon, according to the criminal complaint. Villagrana was caught on video surveillance shooting at a crowd of bikers and people. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on October 12, and is being held on a $500,000 cash bail, according to court records.
California court documents state, that Villagrana was charged in March for possession of a handgun. He got into a motorcycle accident in Aptos on March 17 and police investigating the scene found a loaded baretta handgun among his gear on the road. He pleaded not guilty. The case is pending.

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Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew

Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez

Photo: Sparks Police Department

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South Florida’s ICE Chief Director Charged With Three Federal Counts Of Child Pornography

South Florida ICE’s chief facing up to 20 years in federal prison.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 29, 2011

West Palm Beach, FL – On Tuesday, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Anthony Mangione, 50, from Parkland on child pornography charges. A three count federal indictment alleged that Mangione transported, received and possessed child pornography.
Mangione is the South Florida chief director for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and is facing up to 20 years in federal prison and more than five years probation, if convicted on all charges.
Mangione was placed on administrative leave in April when FBI agents, including deputies from the Broward County Sheriff’s Department found explicit images of child pornography in his computer.   

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Spin Milwaukee Employees Catch Graffiti Tagger In The Third Ward

Police detained suspected tagger in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 28, 2011

Milwaukee – On Wednesday, three employees and other good samaritans were able to chase and catch a teen suspected of being a graffiti tagger. An employee at Spin Milwaukee, a table tennis club at the 200 block of E. Chicago St. in the Historic Third Ward heard skateboarders in an alley and also heard a spray can being shaken. Some graffiti was tagged in the wall, according to an employee.
When he investigated, at least three youths fled the scene and three employees from Spin Milwaukee chased the suspected taggers for about four blocks South on E. Pittsburgh Ave. Other people came to the aid and about 8:43 p.m. they were able to catch one of the suspected taggers at the Northeast corner of E. Pittsburgh Ave. and S. Water St.
A witness said, the teen threw a backpack over a fence. The backpack was recovered and Police Officer Leno who arrived at the scene with other officers discovered multiple cans of spray cans inside the bag.
The teen was detained and police are looking for two more suspected taggers. It’s extremely difficult and rare to catch taggers vandalizing buildings with graffiti.

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Federal Laws Don’t Prohibit States From Inquiring Legal Status Of Students, Judge Blackburn Ruled

Ruling would require all schools to determine the legal status of students and police can hold illegal immigrants without bond.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 28, 2011

Birmingham, Alabama – On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn in Alabama ruled that “federal law doesn’t prohibit the state from requiring schools to check the immigration status of students or from requiring police to determine the status of suspected illegal immigrants.” Blackburn’s decision to allow the key portions of an Alabama immigration bill to stand comes from the temporary injunction last month to block House Bill 56 (HB 56) from taking effect. The injunction was set to expire on Thursday.
Police can hold illegal immigrants without bond, make it a felony for illegals to do business with the state, prohibit courts from enforcing contracts with illegal immigrants and making it a misdemeanor for illegal immigrants not to carry legal immigration documents, according to Blackburn’s decision.
She blocked four other sections of the bill until a final decision is made at a later date. The sections temporarily blocked included, making it a crime for illegals to work, for providing transportation and housing to illegals, prohibit businesses from taking tax deductions on wages paid to illegals and allowing lawsuits for discrimination when terminating legal workers and then hiring illegal workers.
Alabama had passed HB 56, which is considered one of the strictest immigration state bills in the country.

Federal judge Blackburn’s 115 page decision ruling on Alabama’s HB 56 (PDF) at link: http://bit.ly/prlhSM

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Federal Judge Sharon L. Blackburn

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Mexican IME Advisor Elected To Represent Wisconsin

Historic Mexican community election for IME advisor takes place in Milwaukee.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 26, 2011

Milwaukee – On Sunday, José de Jesús Cabrera Sandoval was elected for a three year term (2012-2014) as an advisor for the Advisory Council (Consejo Consultivo) to the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior, IME) during a one day election. Cabrera Sandoval was elected in absentia and is currently in Mexico. Cabrera’s election campaign to IME advisor in Milwaukee was handled by his family while he remained in Mexico.
Mexican nationals in Wisconsin were given a rare opportunity to democratically cast their vote for a candidate to represent them in IME. Within the last ten years, IME advisors were selected among acquaintances in Wisconsin and very minimal information was made public.
Several months ago, Raul Ventura Ortiz from Chicago, Illinois, a member of the IME electorial process appeared in Nfoque Latino, a Spanish radio talk show on WJTI 1460 AM and invited people to participate in the IME election. It was actually the first time in a decade that Mexican nationals in the Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and surrounding cities learned about an IME public election process.
The IME election took place on Sunday at Voces de la Frontera (VDLF), 1027 S. 5th St. in Milwaukee. The three canidates were Jaqueline Ramos Martínez, is the Vice President Assistant/Marketing Financial Officer at Mitchell Bank; Gilberto González Martínez is the General Manager at WJTI 1460 AM radio La Nueva Ritmo and José de Jesús Cabrera Sandoval, an Ecclesiastical Judge with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Tribunal and Canon lawyer, all are from Milwaukee. Martínez received 108 votes, González 24 votes and Cabrera 120 votes.
Two people that voted apparently took the ballots with them after voting and the votes weren’t registered, according to Juan V. Ruiz, an organizer for VDLF. Ruiz who was an observer in the IME election process said, some of the people showing up to vote thought that they were actually going to vote for a Mexican Consul. He was able to explain that IME and the Mexican Consulate are two separate entities.
The Consul is nominated by the Mexican President, the nomination is sent to the Secretary for Exterior Relations (SRE) for review, background check and then to the Mexican Congress for approval.
Other election observers at VDLF were, Jorge Mújica Murias, an IME electorial process member from Chicago and Ernesto Nava from Milwaukee, according to Ruiz.
Mújica Murias stated, We decided, at the local IME Election Committee in Chicago (which covers Wisconsin), that Wisconsin’s election of the Council member should be open as we have always done it in Illinois. Also, that in Illinois there should be affirmative action and three women (out of six council members) should be elected regardless of the number of votes they got, because in the last three generations of council members (18 total), only two women had won in open elections.
The IME advisor when selected is assigned a committee within IME and he/she only serve in an advisory position and meet at least once a year in Mexico as a whole body. There are 111 elected IME members from the U.S., including three from Canada and 10 selected members from Hispanic organizations and Mexican social civic groups. They also get to meet the current Mexican president during their two year position.
An IME advisor doesn’t work with the Mexican Consulate in Chicago, which is a separate entity. Advisors can provide information to the SRE about the needs of the Mexican community abroad. The SRE later decides, if the Mexican Consulate needs to address the issues an IME advisor presents.
In Illinois, Patricia Martínez Sandoval received 197 votes and was elected as an IME advisor. She is a radio personality and Production Director for La Campeona Radio on the Internet and WPJX 1500 AM radio, both transmitted from Waukegan and Northbrook. The other elected IME advisors were Elvia Torres, 291 votes; Frank de Avila, 255 votes: Juan Carlos Cisneros Vázquez, 239 votes; María de León, 227 votes and Gerardo Carlos Torres with 215 votes, according to Ventura Ortiz.
The Mexican government created IME on April 16, 2003 to help enhance the social and human asset of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. IME developed programs to aid Mexican nationals to integrate into the U.S. life style by providing civic, health, education, financial services, immigrant rights and political awareness for immigrants while living in the U.S.
About 95 percent of Mexico’s immigrant population (more than 11 million) reside in the U.S. and 83 percent of them live in just ten states, according to a January 2010 IME report by the Migrant Policy Institute.

List of IME candidates for 2012-2014 (PDF) at link: http://goo.gl/dq3Re

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José de Jesús Cabrera Sandoval

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Primera Hora Newspaper Female Editor Found Decapitated In Nuevo Laredo

Newspaper editor found dead in Madero neighborhood.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 25, 2011

Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico – On Saturday, the State Attorney General’s Office reported the discovery of a female body that was decapitated at the Cristóbal Colón Monument. Police investigators responded to a call at 7:45 a.m. about a body that had been dumped at the monument site.
The woman was identified a María Elizabeth Macías Castro, 39, an administrative staffer (editor of information) at the Nuevo Laredo Primera Hora newspaper. Her body was found on the grass section and her head was place on top of a round cement ball, so that early commuters could notice the gruesome scene at the Madero neighborhood.
Castro was last seen on Friday afternoon when she left the newspaper, according to police.
A sign placed next to the body said, that Castro was killed for posting messages about drug trafficking and criminal activity in the area. The message warned others about placing messages on social networks and the Internet, including webpages the “Nuevo Laredo en Vivo” and “Denuncias Cuidadana.”
Castro used the alias name of Nena de Nuevo Laredo to post messages. Authorities are unsure how the killer or killers discovered who she was and then murdered her. Police believe the Zetas were connected to the homicide.
Eleven days ago, police found two bodies hanging from Los Mayas pedestrian bridge near the airport. A 28-year-old woman and 25-year-old man were tortured and killed for posting alerts about criminal activity in the city on the following blogs, “Blog del Narco” and “Al Rojo Vivo.” 

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