Archive for June, 2012

MATC Board Committee Selects Nine To Serve On Board

Nine new MATC District Board candidates selected and final approval of nominations to be confimed by July.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 27, 2012

Milwaukee –  On Wednesday, Michael L. Burke, Ph.D., President of the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) announced through a staff e-mail that members of the MATC District Board Appointment Committee had met earlier in the week and selected nine individuals who will serve on the college’s District Board. Burke wrote that at least 20 people had applied, but only nine made the final cut. They would now have to be approved by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board when they meet in July.
Those selected were identified as:

  • Lauren Baker, Coordinator, Career and Technical Education Milwaukee Public Schools; MATC District Board member since 1995.
  • David Dull, President/CEO, Allis Roller, a machining and fabrication company in Franklin; served in leadership roles a manufacturers in New Hampshire, Arkansas, Illinois and Indiana.
  • Melanie C. Holmes, Vice President, World of Work Solutions; ManPower Group; MATC District Board member since 2008.
  • Michael Katz, President, Molded Dimensions; MATC District Board member since 2010.
  • Graciela Maizonet, Machine Builder and Repairer, Master Lock employed at Master Lock since 1979; active in Master Lock’s Community Services Committee in Milwaukee’s Metcalfe Park Neighborhood.
  • José G. Pérez, Milwaukee 12 District Alderman, who previously worked for City Department of Developement in Milwaukee, AFL-CIO and Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH).
  • Kurt J. Wachholz, Superintendent, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District; has spent 33 years in WA-WM District; helped develop several advanced standing and articulation agreements with MATC.
  • Bobbie Webber, Union Liaison/Sales Representative, Dental Associates; MATC District Board member since 2003.
  • Ann Wilson, Manager, Hillside Family Resource Center; MATC District Board member since 2006.

They replaced the following District Board members who concluded their service this year. Peter Earle, Tom Michalski Dr. Rick Monroe and Fred Royal showed exemplary dedication to the college and our students, Burke said in his Wednesday’s announcement.

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Three Of Arizona’s SB 1070 Immigration Enforcement Provisions Struck Down By U.S. Supreme Court

Provision allowing police to check immigration status of suspected illegals that commit illegal acts stands, but states exercising such provision would have to clarify implementation.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 25, 2012

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court on a vote of 4-3 invalidated most of Arizona’s SB 1070 enforcement immigration law. The court decided to leave the provision (Section 2(B)) allowing for police enforcement to check the legal status of suspected illegal immigrants when arrested for a crime or traffic violation up to state courts to review its implementation and left it opened for a future legal challenge.
The court struck down Arizona’s warrantless arrest for persons committing a public offense and being undocumented, making it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and not registering under the federal alien-registration requirement, making it a state crime to search for employment and work. The court ruled those provisions were preempted by federal law.
Governor Jan Brewer (R) in Arizona, viewed the decision as a victory. Brewer said, that it was a “victory for the rule of law…After more than two years of legal challenges, the heart of SB 1070 can now be implemented in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.” She expects further legal challenges to continue against the provision that allows officers to ask the legal status of illegal immigrants when arrested for illegal acts.
Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Charles Gonzalez (D-TX) in a news release stated, “Today, the Supreme Cour clearly directed the State of Arizona, and states with similar anti-immigrant laws, that immigration is in the exclusive purview of the federal government. Now, more than ever, it is clear that our country needs real, permanent solutions and that Congress must pass comprehensive immigration reform.
“When three out of four provisions of a state’s law are struck down, it obviously can’t be viewed as a victory for the state. Nor can an unconstitutional law be used a model for the nation, as Governor Mitt Romney suggested. The fact the Romney has said that as president he would not even challenge Arizona’s law, shows what a sad direction our country’s immigration laws would go under his administration.”

U.S. Supreme Court ruling Arizona v. United States (PDF) at:

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Mexico’s PGR Confirmed, Guzmán Salazar El Chapo’s Son Remains A Fugitive From Justice

PGR confirmed, Guzmán Salazar remains at large and is was wanted in the U.S. for conspirarcy to smuggle cocaine and heroin.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 24, 2012

Mexico City – On Friday, the Mexican Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) confirmed in a news release that Mexican Marines had actually arrested Felíx Beltrán León instead of Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar as previously announced by the Secretary of the Navy (Semar). Semar apparently on Thursday made a mistake and believed that the suspect they had in custody was one of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera’s sons. El Chapo, the kingpin for the Sinaloa Cartel is also wanted by the PGR and the U.S. government.
Semar has not officially confirmed, if Beltrán León was arrested by marines instead of Guzmán Salazar.
In a news conference, Eladia León Vega, an attorney and mother of Beltrán León acknowleged that her son was mistakenly identified as Guzmán Salazar. She requested for the PGR to release her son. The PGR said, they will continue to hold Beltrán León to determine, if he is involved with a criminal organization.
Along with Beltrán León, the marines also arrested Kevin Daniel Beltrán Rios, 19, his stepbrother. They confiscated, two weapons, four granades, $135,000 U.S. and $295,000 pesos ($22,692 U.S.), multiple ID’s and two vehicles from both Beltrán León and Rios.
Guzmán Salazar is still at large and remains a fugitive. He is the son of María Alejandrina Salazar Hernández and the infamous Sinaloa Cartel druglord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera.
Guzmán Salazar had been indicted in a federal court in April 2009 and then he was also indicted again in Illinois on 2011 for conspirarcy to smuggle multiple kilograms of drugs. Guzmán Salazar was in charge of coordinating the smuggling of cocaine and heroin into the U.S. for the Sinaloa Cartel.

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Felíx Beltrán León

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Unique Bicycle Chopper Trike Roams Milwaukee Southside Streets

Home made trike can reach up to 40.2 miles an hour.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 22, 2012

Milwaukee – On Friday, Wesley Poytinger stopped at a local gas station in the 3000 block of W. Lincoln Ave. to gas up for only $2.00 worth of gas. It wasn’t a usual vehicle fill it up, but a OCC Chopper Schwinn Stingray trike, as Poytinger described it.
The trike drew interest from people at the station because it has a rear motorized trailer type attacked to the trike. It has a distinct sound much like a lawn mower, but a thicker rumble and can reach of up to 40.2 mph, according to Poytinger.
It took Poytinger about 53 days to custom built the trike and one day for the attacked rear trailer.
The mechanics and technology used to built it is very unique and for the motor to actually push Poytinger along the streets of Milwaukee’s south side is astonishing.
Poytinger says, he hasn’t had any problems with local police for riding the trike on streets.

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Wesley Poytinger posed to show his eye catching trike.

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$62.5 Million Claim Filed In U.S. Against ATF, ICE And FBI For ICE HSI Special Agent Zapata’s Death In Mexico

A wrongful death claim filed states, three U.S. law enforcement agencies were negligent, failed to follow policies and procedures resulting in ICE HSI Special Agent Zapata’s death in Mexico.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 21, 2012

Brownsville – On Wednesday, the parents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata, 32, of Brownsville and ICE HSI Special Agent Victor Avila of El Paso filed wrongful death notices of claim totalling $62.5 million against three federal law enforcement agencies in the death of Zapata and injuries sustained by Avila on February 15, 2011 in Mexico. Both Zapata and Avila, the driver were travelling to Monterrey to pick up some equipment on an amored SUV when they were intercepted and attacked by members of the Zeta Cartel. The door locks of the SUV malfunctioned and automatically opened allowing the Zetas to get access into the vehicle killing Zapata and injuring Avila. The agents were not armed.
The lawsuit claims, government supervisors for the ICE agents required them to travel to Monterrey, Mexico to pick up equipment, despite the danger it posed for U.S. agents. The weapon used to killed Zapata was apparently bought by a strawbuyer (someone who buys a weapon for someone else) in Texas and then it was allowed to be illegally transported into Mexico under U.S. surveillance. The feds were following the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico to monitor who got the weapons. The weapon used to kill Zapata was lost in Mexico and ended up in possession of the Zetas.
The claim holds the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation negligent resulting in wrongdoing for violating their own policies and procedures.
Zapata’s parents, Mary M. Zapata and Amador Zapata Jr. and the estate of Jaime J. Zapata are claiming a combined $50 million and Avila is claiming $12.5 million, according to the wrongfull death claim filed in federal court.
Feds charged Julian Zapata Espinoza, aka”El Piolin,” a Mexican national in connection with Zapata’s homicide. Espinoza was extradited from Mexico in December 20, 2011.
On April 19, a federal grand jury returned a four count felony indictment against Espinoza. Espinoza was charged with one count of murder of an officer or employee of the United States, for the homicide of ICE HSI Special Agent Zapata and one count of attempted murder of ICE HSI Special Agent Avila and one count of using, carrying brandishing and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death.
A successful and legal U.S. prosecution of Espinoza is still in the process, since Zapata’s murder occurred in Mexico.

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Leonel Pulido, Accordion Player For The Roberto Pulido y Los Clasicos Band Passed Away In Texas

Leonel was considered one of the best regional Tejano music style accordion players in the profession and entertainment industry.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 20, 2012

McAllen, Texas – On Tuesday, Leonel Pulido, 67, the accordion player for the Roberto Pulido y Los Clásicos Tejano band passed away. Leonel was Roberto Pulido’s uncle.
He was reported to have suffered a heart failure and was being transported to the Edinburg Regional Medical Center.
Leonel died enroute to the hospital at about 10:45 p.m., according to Facebook postings in the area and the Roberto Publido y Los Clásicos Facebook page.
Leonel was born in La Palmita, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and lived most of his life in Elsa, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Nieves Pulido of Elsa and family, including grandchildren.

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Leonel Pulido

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Castellon Sentenced To Nearly 20 Years In A Federal Prison For Possession Of Explicit Child Porno

Castellon had over 2,000 images of child pornography and multiple videos in thumb drives.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 20, 2012

Fort Worth, Texas – Last Friday, Domingo Castellon, 56, of Fort Worth was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to 19 years and seven months in a federal prison. Castellon was convicted in March after pleading guilty to one count of possession of a visual image showing a minor in an explicit sexual act, reported to U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem also from the Northern District of Texas, prosecuted the case, according to Saldaña.
On January 23, Fort Worth police arrested Castellon for possession of drug paraphernalia. During booking and processing at the police station, officers discovered three thumb drives in Castellon’s front pants pocket. When officers opened the thumb drives in a computer, they found at least 2,000 images and multiple videos of child porno downloaded on them.
Police executed a warrant and were able to confiscate Castellon’s home computer that was used to download the child pornography. Castellon admitted to police the thumb drives belonged to him.
The investigation was conducted by the Fort Worth Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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Domingo Castellon

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