Archive for April, 2012

CSSS Did Not Violate City Ordinace For Distributing Alleged Dafamation Flyers Against Former Alderman Witkowiak

Second District Police Captain Rebecca L. Pixley and the Milwaukee Police Department denied request to interview both officers in the Citizens for a Stronger South Side alleged dafamation flyer incident investigation.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 30, 2012

Milwaukee – On Monday, the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) confirmed that both Officers Douglas Lemke and James Bunker didn’t write a police report after investigating an alleged dafamation flyer distribution targeted at former Alderman James “N” Witkowiak, because no city ordinance violation had occurred on April 2nd. The officers while passing through the 1300 block of W. Greenfield Ave. were flagged down by a Witkowiak campaign supporter who complained that an elderly man and a 22-year-old woman were distributing dafamation flyers. The flyers were from a non-existant group called Citizens for a Stronger South Side (CSSS). The flyers were directed at Alderman Witkowiak alleging that he had forced bar owners to give him money and accused him of corruption. (CSSS flyer http://bit.ly/HSrdca)
The officers on April 2nd spent almost three hours investigating the incident. But on Monday, Anne Schwartz, Media Director for MPD confirmed that the incident was discussed with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office and they found that no city ordinance was violated in distributing a flyer from CSSS.
“We did an investigation, we discussed it with the district attorney, there was no crime committed. If there is no crime, there is no charge or citation. There was no violation of a city ordinance in this case.
“There was no police report generated from this incident because no crime was committed. This was an investigation into the disbursement of fliers, a city ordinance issue. No citations were issued,” Schwartz wrote on a reply e-mail to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA).
In addition, Captain Rebecca L. Pixley from the Second Police District Station denied a request from HNNUSA to interview both Officers Lemke and Bunker about the April 2nd incident, since they didn’t write a report. Several questions were raised by HNNUSA, did the officers actually identified the two suspects distributing the flyers, was a warrant check done on both suspects and why isn’t their identities being released by MPD? Some kind of written or logged information must have been generated in the course of the investigation concerning CSSS, but MPD says, it has none to release. A coverup by MPD?
Some allegations have been raised that the elderly man involved in the distribution of the CSSS flyers is a block watch captain in the 12th Aldermanic District. Another person of interest who appeared at the scene was Juan Carlos Ruiz, a José Pérez for Alderman campaign supporter who seemed to be in charge of the distribution of the flyers, according to Witkowiak’s supporter who witnessed Officers Lemke and Bunker questioning the suspects involved.
Ruiz later described the two suspects on a Facebook comment. Ruiz wrote, “One of the people…is a Latino retired from the NAVY after 30 years of service and also fought for the freedoms we all experience today. He is also a Block Captain in the 12th District…the other person was a 22 years old Latina woman.”
The CSSS flyer even had in its disclaimer an address, which turned out to be one of Witkowiak’s properties on W. Historic Mitchell St. The flyer was distributed with the acknowledgement of José Pérez who defeated Alderman Witkowiak on April 3rd.
Witkowiak has said, that he will pursue legal action against CSSS and those involved in distributing the defamation flyer on the 12th Aldermanic District.
On April 17, Pérez was sworned in as Alderman to the Common Council. But Pérez took office with a black cloud over his head due to the extreme dirty politics that included racism, discrimination, woman bashing, the fake CSSS group and false accusations against Witkowiak, according to residents who opposed Pérez and Sachin Chheda, the Pérez campaign manager’s dirty and sleezy politics in the last several months.

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Annual VDLF May Day Solidarity Workers March Drew Thousands Of Participants In Milwaukee

Voces de la Frontera seeking to repeal former Democrat Governor Jim Doyle’s 2005 state law that prevents undocumented immigrants from applying for diriver licenses.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 29, 2012

Milwaukee – On Sunday, Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) held its annual May Day Solidarity Workers March, which drew an estimated seven thousand people seeking justice for immigrant workers. Primitivo Torres, former VDLF Board President and an employee for the workers and immigrant rights organization said, that the actual head count of participants would be officially announce later. Torres became a U.S. Citizen last Thursday.
This year’s march focused on demanding for President Barack H. Obama’s administration to halt the deportation of undocumented immigrants who are head wage earners of families and the separation of families.
José Pérez, the newly elected Alderman for the 12th District marched with immigrants, including Peggy Romo West, 12th District Supervisor, JoCasta Zamarripa (D), from the 8th Assembly District and Josh Zepnick (D) from the 9th Assembly District. U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) was scheduled to be the main spaeker at Veteran’s Park on the lakefront where the march ended.
Sunday’s march was geared to “stop the criminalization of immigrants and the poor, to restore driver licenses and in-state tuition, to hold elected officials accountable to good job creation, instead of cuts to public education abd Badger Care and to defend the right to Vote,” Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director for VDLF wrote in a statement in the March edition for the non-profit organization’s newspaper.
VDLF is seeking to repeal a 2005 Wisconsin state law that prevents undocumented immigrants from applying for a driver licenses and to allow for in-state tuition for undocumented students. In-state tuition was repealed last year and eliminated by the Republican controlled legislature.
In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker’s (R) two year budget 2011-2013 repealed in-state tuition for undocumented students who attend universities and colleges. The in-state tuition bill for undocumented immigrants was signed into law by former Governor Jim Doyle (D) in 2009.
Also, former Governor Doyle enacted a law in 2005 preventing undocumented immigrants from getting a state driver’s license without a Social Security number.

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Four Suspects Arrested In Connection With 21-year-old Man’s Homicide

Victim had altercation with girlfriend before being fatally shot in front of his residence.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 29, 2012

Milwaukee – Police have arrested an 18-year-old woman and three men in connection with last Tuesday’s shooting death of Luis R. Pérez, 21. Pérez was fatally shot just after 6:00 p.m. in front of his residence near S. 5th and W. Orchard Streets in Milwaukee’s south side after an altercation with his girlfriend, according to police.
Pérez was shot three times after multiple shots were fired and had tried to run from the assailants. But, he fell a short distance away from his home due to his critical gunshot wounds. Pérez was taken to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.
The four suspects have not been charged yet with Pérez’s death. Milwaukee police continue to investigate Pérez’s homicide.

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Milwaukee Man Sentenced To 14-years In Prison In Stabbing Case

Leon-Velazquez will spend the ten years in prison before being eligible for parole in domestic abuse stabbing case.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 28, 2012

Milwaukee – On March 30, José Luis Leon-Velazquez, 42, was sentenced to 14-years in prison for stabbing a 28-year-old woman. Leon-Velazquez must serve 6-years in prison and 8-years supervision. He was also ordered to pay $8,812.61 in restitution. Leon-Velazquez is currently doing a four year sentence for a parole violation stemming from a prior drug related conviction.
Leon-Velazquez pleaded guilty to one felony count of first-degree reckless injury, including domestic abuse repeater and use of a dangerous weapon. Leon-Velazquez stabbed the victim once during a domestic incident on September 5, 2011 in Milwaukee’s South side.
The criminal complaint states, after stabbing the victim, Leon-Velazquez drove her to the hospital and dropped her off without going into the hospital. He then went home to pack his clothes on bags and was intending to flee the city.
Police arrested Leon-Velazquez at the 1400 block of W. Washington St. He was found hidden in an upper apartment building closet and several bags were packed containing Leon-Velazquez clothes.
The 28-year-old victim survived the stabbing, but needed surgery.
Leon-Velazquez was released on parole on July 5. He was convicted on drug charges and was sentenced to five years in prison, but actually only did one year on the drug charge, according to court records.

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U.S. Border Patrol Agent Won’t Face Charges For Killing Rock Throwing Mexican Teenager At Border Crossing

U.S. Department of Justice exonerates U.S. Border Patrol agent for killing Mexican teenager at El Paso border-crossing.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 28, 2012

El Paso, Texas – On Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa Jr. was exonerated by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for a “lack of sufficient evidence” to prosecute in the June 7, 2010 El Paso border-crossing shooting death of Sergio Adrian Hernández-Huereca, 14. The DOJ Civil Rights Division found no evidence that Mesa Jr. deprived Hernández-Huereca of his civil rights when Mesa Jr. fired his .40 Caliber service weapon at Hernández-Huereca killing him after throwing rocks at Mesa Jr.
Hernández-Huereca a Mexican national was allegedly involved in human trafficking, according to the DOJ.
The investigation report states that border patrol agents were responding to a call that a group of teenagers had entered the U.S. illegally through an opening in the border fence, and the group began to throw rocks at the agents when they were encountered.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had found, that Agent Mesa Jr. was surrounded by teenagers who engaged in rock throwing, but a cellphone video from a witness on the bridge overlooking the area indicates otherwise.
U.S. Border Patrol agents, including Agent Mesa Jr. were patrolling near the International Bridge between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez-Paso Del Norte in Mexico when the deadly incident occurred. The area where Hernández-Huereca was killed is known for rock throwing incidents aimed at border patrol agents.
Two other youths identified as Oscar Ivan Pineda Ayala and Augustin Alcaraz Reyes were arrested by agents in the incident.
The DOJ determined that, “with regard to the federal homicide statutes, the team of prosecutors and FBI agents concluded that there is insufficient evidence to pursue prosecution of the CBP agent (Mesa Jr.) for a federal homicide offense. This review took into account evidence indicating that the agent’s actions constituted a reasonable use of force or would constitute an act of self defense in response to the threat created by a group of smugglers hurling rocks at the agent and his detainee. The investigation also revealed that, on these particular facts the agent did not act inconsistently with CBP policy or training regarding use of force. Based on a careful review and analysis of all the evidence, the team concluded that evidence would not be sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the CBP agent violated the federal homicide laws in the shooting of Hernández-Huereca.
“The Justice Department also concluded that no federal civil rights charges could be pursued in this matter. Federal prosecutors and FBI agents determined that the evidence was insufficient to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the CBP agent acted willfully and with the deliberate and specific intent to do something the law forbids…Moreover, a prosecution under the federal criminal civil rights statutes would be barred because the investigation determined that Hernandez-Huereca was neither within the borders of the United States nor present on U.S. property, as required for jurisdiction to exist under the applicable federal civil rights statute,” according to a statement released from the DOJ’s fact findings investigation on Friday.
In a June 2010 Spanish news video, it shows U.S. CBP Border Agent Jesus Mesa Jr. arriving on bicycle, confronts two youths and then drags a youth on U.S. side of border, other youths flee back into Mexico’s border side. Agent Mesa Jr. then shoots his weapon multiple times at youths, in Mexico, afterwards one youth lies dead in Mexico’s side beside a bridge pillar.
Clearly, cell phone video shot by a witness on a bridge shows Agent Mesa Jr. was not surrounded by illegal immigrants trying to cross into U.S., contradicting the FBI’s version that Agent Mesa Jr. was surrounded. Video link at: http://bit.ly/bcYAod

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Sergio Adrian Hernández-Huereca’s body laid under the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border-crossing.

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17-year-old Teenager Charged With Romero’s Strangulation And Stabbing Death In Milwaukee’s South Side

17-year-old teenager had sex with 15-year-old victim, then strangled her until she became unresponsive and afterwards stabbed her while she was still alive.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 25, 2012

Milwaukee – On Wednesday, Eduardo Ivañez, 17, aka, “Smokey” of Milwaukee was charged as an adult with two felony counts of 1st-degree intentional homicide and trying to hide a corpse in connection with the April 13, murder of Stephanie Romero, 15. Bail for Ivañez was set at $500,000 and if convicted, Ivañez is facing life in prison without parole and an additional 15 years.
Romero’s body was found on April 20, inside a vacant home at 2512 W. Rogers St., according to police. The body showed signs of strangulation, abrasions, and multiple stab wounds to Romero’s chest, neck and left eye.
The criminal complaint states, Ivañez had confessed to strangling Romero while having sex with her at the vacant house. He choked Romero with both hands until she became unresponsive. Ivañez and Romero went to the house to drink and have sex. Once inside the house, she refused Ivañez sexual advances, which triggered the deadly sexual assault on Romero.
On April 13, an accomplice and two relatives of Ivañez later showed up at the vacant house, which was used by teenagers to smoke marijuana. They asked Ivañez what had happened after noticing Romero on the floor bleeding from her face. Ivañez told them that Romero began to yell and scream at him and wouldn’t stop. He then kicked and stomped Romero on the face and began to stab her several times in front of the teens.
Ivañez and another suspect then dragged Romero’s body to the bathroom.
Ivañez then noticed that Romero was still alive. He grabbed a knife again and then stabbed Romero in the chest, neck and left eye.
An autopsy found that Romero suffered from being beaten, strangulation, stabbed wounds to her neck and left eye, according the Milwaukee Medical Examiner’s report. 
Ivañez and the suspects left the house and took some items, including Romero’s jewelry and cellphone.
Two days later, Ivañez who lived with his sister several houses from where Romero was killed decided to return to the house and moved Romero’s body to an upstairs crawl space in the vacant house with the help of an accomplice. Apparently, Ivañez was showing off Romero’s body and the homicide he had committed to other teenagers before Romero’s body was found a week later by a different group of teenagers who told their school principal about the body. The principal notified police.
Before the body was found, one of the suspects with Ivañez began to caress Romero’s breasts because he became bored and Ivañez thought about having intercourse with Romero’s body, according to the complaint.
Romero was considered a runaway and was staying at the St. Rosie’s group home where she had been missing for a month. But allegations have been raised that the group home failed to notify authorities.
Romero’s mother had returned to Mexico along with her boyfriend who allegedly abused Romero. Romero was left with relatives. She ran away and ended up in the group home. Romero continued to run away and started to hang out with alleged gang members.
Two juvenile suspects involved in Romero’s death were referred to the juvenile court system for possible charges and a third suspect was released because the teenager left the vacant house and didn’t participate in moving or hiding Romero’s body, according to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

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Eduardo Ivañez

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Stephanie Romero

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Mexican Hitman Lived In Ohio For Ten Years Before Being Extradited To Mexico

Hitman worked for the Garibay criminal organization in Mexicali.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 24, 2012

Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico – The Baja California State Attorney General’s Office (PGRE) confirmed that Edgar Campos Barraza, aka, “El Cholo” was extradited to Mexico from the U.S. on April 12. He was living in the country illegally. The U.S. Border Patrol turned Barraza over to Mexican authorities at the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing.
Barraza had lived in Sandusky, Ohio for tens years until he was taken into custody on January 5, by the U.S. Border Patrol agents from Sandusky and San Diego stations, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, after Mexican authorities provided information to the U.S. where the Barraza was residing.
Barraza is accused of kidnapping Raúl Bejarano Escalante in 2000 and was later released after a $900 thousand dollar ransom was paid, according to the PGRE.
Barraza worked as a hitman for the Garibay criminal organization and the Sinaloa Cartel. He participated in multiple homicides, kidnappings, drug trafficking and other crimes against the public health.

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Edgar Campos Barraza, aka, El Cholo

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