Archive for July, 2012

Deputy Sheriff Aleman Killed After Rear-ending A Flatbed Tow Truck On Southbound I-43 In Milwaukee

Authorities investigating an accident that claimed the life of a Milwaukee County Deputy Sheriff.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 31, 2012

Milwaukee – On Tuesday, Milwaukee County Deputy Sheriff Sergio Aleman, 49, was reported killed after 12:17 p.m. on southbound I-43 highway under the Winnebago St. overpass bridge near the downtown Marquette interchange. Aleman was on duty driving a department Freeway Service TEAM truck to help stranded motorists on the highway when he slammed into the rear-end of a N&S flatbed towing truck.
The first deputy at the scene found Aleman trapped in the truck cabin, unresponsive and not breathing. CPR attempts to revive Deputy Aleman were unsuccessful. Fire fighters who arrived at the scene had to use Jaws of Life, a hydraulic rescue tool to extract Aleman from the mangled front part of the truck. Aleman was then rushed to Froedtert Hospital where he died after succumbing to his injuries. An autosy will be performed to try and determined what led to Deputy Aleman’s accident, according to Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.
Some of the deputies who first responded to the scene are receiving counseling to help them get through the traumatic incident. Sheriff Clarke described that Deputy Aleman had suffered catastrophic injuries at the scene.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) notified Deputy Aleman’s family about his injuries and were present when he passed away before confirming that Aleman had lost his life. He is the first deputy to died in the line of duty in the last 12 years.
Deputy Aleman is survived by his wife, Jenna and five children ranging from ages 22 to 6. The youngest one is from his present wife, including two step children and two children from a first marriage.
The southbound I-43 lanes were opened just after 3:00 p.m. The Wisconsin State Patrol investigators questioned the 21-year-old N&S tow truck driver and will continue with their investigation of the deadly crash. Sheriff Clarke confirmed, that the driver “in no way is responsible” for the accident.
State accident reconstruction investigators are trying to determine how Deputy Aleman lost control of his vehicle and slammed into the flatbed. It will take weeks or months to actually figure out what led Deputy Aleman to crash into the tow truck.
Aleman had worked for MCSD since 1994 and so far, the preliminary investigation indicated that Deputy Aleman was not suffering from any history of medical problems at the time of the accident.
County Executive Chris Abele ordered all county facilities to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff for the next 30 days in honor of Aleman. Aleman had received three meritorious awards in his career, including one for arresting two suspects wanted for multiple bank robberies. One of the bank robbers arrested, included Michael J. Scott, 36, who was sought in connection with at least 10 southeastern bank robberies. Scott and another suspect had just robbed a U.S. bank in Germantown on July 13 in Milwaukee County, when Deputy Aleman spotted the vehicle they were using on the freeway. The suspects were later arrested by Deputy Aleman and a Milwaukee police officer at a south side Milwaukee gas station located in the 600 block of W. Becher St.
Two separate trust funds have been set up at the Tri-City bank and M&I bank under Sergio Aleman’s name. As a warning to the public to avoid fraud, no door by door solicitations or phone calling to ask for funds will be made, according to Sheriff Clarke.

Services for Aleman:

Public visitation at
Max A. Sass and Sons Funeral Home
8910 W. Drexel Ave. Franklin, WI
Monday, August 6, 2012
From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Memorial Service at
St. Patrick’s Church
728 W. Washington Ave.
Milwaukee, WI
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
11:00 a.m.

Final Interment; law enforcement possession to cemetery immediately following church services at
St. Adalbert Cemetery
3801 S. 6 St.
Milwaukee, WI

Sergio Aleman


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Vollmer Wins Olympic Gold Metal And Set Record For Butterfly 100-meter Swim

U.S. swimmer set record for 100-meter butterfly swim and wins gold medal.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 30, 2012

London – On Sunday, Dana Vollmer, 24, from the U.S. set a world record in the 100-meter butterfly swim competition and won an Olympic gold metal. Vollmer finished in 55.98 seconds, breaking the 2009 world championship record of 56.06 seconds set by Sarah Sjostrom from Sweden.
Lu Ying from China received the silver metal with 56.87 seconds and Alicia Coutts of Australia got the bronze with 56.94 seconds in the butterfly race.

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Former MPD Officer Cates Sentenced To 24 Years In A Federal Prison For Raping Milwaukee Woman

Gates convicted for raping 19-year-old woman while investigating a brawl incident.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 30, 2012

Milwaukee – On Monday, former Milwaukee Police Officer Ladmarald Cates, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller to 24 years in prison, the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) announced. Cates was found guilty by a federal jury on January 11, 2011, of a civil rights charge stemming from his July 16, 2010 sexual assault of a 19-year-old Milwaukee woman.
The DOJ stated that the evidence at trial established that on July 16, 2010, Cates, while acting as a Milwaukee Police officer, responded to a 911 call for police assistance at the victim’s home. Cates then used a combination of coercion and intimidation to force the victim to commit sexual acts before forcibly raping her.
The federal criminal complaint revealed that the woman made a 911 call, while Cates was investigating a brawl at the 1500 block of W. Center St. In Milwaukee He allegedly assaulted the victim and forced her to perform sex acts, including oral sex inside the residence, while his partner and her family were outside. When the victim complained to police, they held her for 12 hours before taking her to the hospital to get evidence from the alleged sexual assault.
She apparently begged local police to be taken to the hospital for medical help, but it was not until officers from the internal affairs department had finally interviewed her, that she finally received medical attention, according to an investigation by the feds.
“The 24-year term of imprisonment imposed upon this defendant reflects both the flagrant violation of the fundamental civil rights of a member of our community and the unconscionable conduct of a law enforcement officer sworn to protect our citizens,” said James L. Santelle, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. “The message to all of our constituents, including the police, is that horrific behaviors of this sort will result in prompt investigation, focused prosecution, and prolonged incarceration.”

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Holmes Charged With 24 Counts Of Murder For The July Batman Primiere Movie Massacre

Defense attorneys on Monday attempted to surpress a notebook from evidence sent to a Colorado university psychiatrist by Holmes detailing his premediated intent to murder people at the premiere Batman movie showing.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 30, 2012

Centennial, Colorado – On Monday, James Eagan Holmes, 24, aka. “The Joker” was formally charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder, including 12 counts for “universal malice manifesting extreme indefference to value of human life.” He was also charged with 116 counts, that included 58 counts of first-degree attempted murder and 58 other counts of related charges to attempted homicide in connection with the July 20 shooting massacre. Holmes allegedly shot 12 people dead at point blank and injured 58 others inside an Aurora theater showing of the latest Batman primiere movie “The Dark Knight Rises.” In addition, he was charged with possession of explosives as well. Holmes agreed to waive his upcoming preliminary hearing.
Holmes is facing multiple life sentences in prison without parole, if convicted on all counts. Prosecutors are also considering the death penalty, but have several months to decide whether they will actually impose the death penalty.
Porsecutors and police say, Holmes acted in premeditation to commit the homicides by buying a shotgun, two Glock hanguns, an AR-15 asault rifle and 6 thousand rounds of various ammunition calibers just weeks before committing the murders.
Holmes was a student at the University of Colorado-Aurora. The university confirmed, that Holmes had dropped out of his PH.D neuroscience program on June 10.
He even sent a notebook to Lynne Fenton, a psychiatrist and medical director at the University of Colorado-Denver detailing his intent to kill people at the Batman movie. Defense attorney’s confirmed that Holmes was Fenton’s patient and attempted during the court hearing to surpress the notebook as evidence arguing it was privilege information between Holmes and Fenton. Arapahoe County Circuit Court Judge William Sylvester will hold another court hearing to discuss further challenges to surpress the notebook as evidence. The notebook was found at the university’s mailroom after the massacre took place and was turned over to police.
Holme’s defense lawyers are requesting a copy of the notebook from prosecutors.

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Local Racine Organizations To Sponsor A Two Day Fiesta Mexicana In August

Three Racine local organizations unite to present a two day Fiesta Mexicana in Racine, Wisconsin.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 27, 2012

Racine – On Wednesday, Yolanda Adams, President and CEO of the Urban League of Racine/Kenosha announced that her organization, including the Emmaus Lutheran Church and the Hispanic Community & Resource Center of Racine have created a partnership to present and continue the yearly Fiesta Mexicana under new management. The two day event will take place on August 11-12, 2012 at the Racine Civic Center Festival Park, 5 Fifth Street in Racine, Wisconsin.
Food vendors, cultutal events and a variety of Mexican, Tejano, Peruvian and Salsa music will be provided at the festival grounds.
This year’s Fiesta Mexicana in Racine will feature a tribute to local Tejano bands and life long local Tejano musicians that have untimely passed away within the last three years. Adams says, the new organizers of the Fiesta will recognize the local talent in the area for their life long dedication to promote and keeping Tejano music alive through the years.
A special recognition will take place to remember, José Guadalupe Morales of Racine, Manuel Rivas of Milwaukee, Sammy and Manuel Avila of Milwaukee, Tommy Lugo of Chicago and others who have passed away, but had dedicated their lives and careers to promoting and playing Tejano music.
This year’s Fiesta will have an abundance of local talent, including five Mexican bands and five Tejano bands, Mexican DJ’s and eight Tejano DJ’s. Mariachis and folkloric dancers will also be showcased and a children’s area for the family will be provided at the event.
Fiesta organizers have also reserved the indoor Festival Park hall for bands and festivalgoers just in case they have a rain day.
This year’s festival organizers have made sure that all the bands, festival grounds and extra costs to present the event are paid in full, according to Adams, whose organization has taken the lead in organizing the August Fiesta event along with their two other partnerships. Fiesta organizers had actually began to organize the festival within a month ago or so, and hope to break even, if weather permits and can generate enough public support for the two day event.
For Adams, this year’s festival is definately paid for and any extra funds generated on the weekend Fiesta will be greatly appreciated and would be used to fund community programs offered by the three organizations sponsoring the Racine Fiesta event.
The new partnership created by the three organizations apparently took over the yearly festival that was operated as the Racine Fiesta Mexicana and sponsored by the Hispanic Business and Professional Association, Inc. (HBPA). Last March, Guadalupe “Wally” Rendon, Director of the Racine Fiesta Mexicana reported that the August festival had been canceled due to an incurred debt of about $29,000, but had actually paid $10,000 of it when the cancellation was reported.
Rendon blamed an independent promoter, Luis Enrique Martínez from L.E.M. Marketing and Productions in Milwaukee for trying to scam the Racine Fiesta Committee into investing more money then they had anticipated to contract musical groups. Martinez had promised in a package to present over 22 groups at the Fiesta Mexicana 2011, but days before the event Rendon noticed none would appear. Rendon and the Fiesta Mexicana Committee struggled to contract other groups for the three day event and absorbed most of the finances and incurred a debt.
Rendon confirmed, that the HBPA is planning to continue their own “Fiesta Mexicana” in 2013, but it won’t be at the lakefront Racine festival park. Last year’s debt kept HBPA from having their festival this August, but Rendon wished the Urban League of Racine/Kenosha and the two other groups luck on their two day fiesta.
The only difference between the two festival names is “La” to Fiesta Mexicana that was added by the Urban League for their August event. Rendon pointed out the difference in the festival names, but despite the similarities in the names, no copy right legal challenge is planned by HBPA, according to Rendon.
Rendon says, HBPA will actively continue to do fundraisers to pay their current $15,000 debt and will have a beer booth at the Milwaukee Mexican Fiesta 2012 during the three day event at the Summerfest grounds on August 24, 25 and the 26.
One thing for sure, by having two different Fiesta Mexicanas in Racine can only indicate one positive outlook, that Racine continues to absorb a rapid Mexican and Hispanic population growth as well as Latino economic growth associated with population growth, its needs and tourism during the summer Mexican festivals.

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Dragonfly In Amber Offered For $200K In The U.S.

Unique dragonfly amber silver pendant being offered for a mere $200K.

July 26, 2012

Milwaukee – Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) is offering a unique piece of amber with a dragonfly captured inside by nature for a mere $200,000. The natural amber piece measures about 3 1/2″ in length, 2″ in width and 3/4″ in thickness, which comes with a heavy silver (925) bevel pendant. The silver content weights at 8 grams and the amber weight is 81.5 grams totaling 89.5 grams. The amber is yellow and brownish in nature color and includes other ojects inside.
The piece of amber comes from a private owner who is offering the pendant to a serious collector or buyer inorder to generate funds to continue to offer free HNNUSA newsworthy blog postings on the internet for educational purposes.
Only serious inquiries, including collectors, national, local museums, art jewlery galleries and others having the potential to acquire the amber piece are encouraged to post their information in comments, along with an inquiry and competitive price offer. Posted inquiries will be kept confidential.
The exceptional amber piece is being offered as is shown on the images provided by HNNUSA.

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Wisconsin State Representative Zamarripa (D) Admits To Being Bisexual

JoCasta Zamarripa

Zamarripa comes out of the closet and confirms she is bisexual while campaigning to get re-elected to the State Assembly.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 24, 2012

Madison – On Tuesday, JoCasta Zamarripa, 36, (D-Milw.) admitted to her bisexual preference on her Facebook account after struggling to admit she was actually a non-hetrosexual while she first ran for public office. She is an active member with the LGBT, a gay and lesbian rights group.
Allegations of Zamarripa not being a hetrosexual first surfaced several years ago during her campaign to get elected to the state legislature when a local Spanish newspaper editorial raised and questioned her sexual orientation for standing up for gay and lesbian rights. Despite the allegations, she ran for the 8th Assembly District seat after Pedro Colón (D) decided not to seek re-election and then was appointed judge.
Zamarripa won the election and defeated Laura Manriquez, a community activist. Manriquez is once again challenging Zamarripa for the seat on the August 14 election.
It’s too early to determine, if Zamarripa’s coming out will effect her re-election bid. The south side is considered predominately Hispanic, very conservative with religious traditions and beliefs of anti-gay, bisexual, lesbian or transexual orientation. But the younger generation of Latinos are more highly educated and more receptive to recognize everyone’s sexual preference despite, Latino conservative traditions to reject gays and their supporters.
Within the last two years, the Democrats in the State Assembly have had little success in passing their own agenda or legislative bills, since the Republicans had control and continue to do so today in the Assembly.
Zamarripa on Facebook posted, “I made the decision to come out publicly today….I hope that you will all stand with me in continuing to celebrate diversity, champion equality, and always be authentic.”
She was recently selected as Wisconsin Chair of Latinos for Obama, which is a bid to get President Barack H. Obama re-elected.
Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant and labor wage rights non-profit organization in a news release on Tuesday applaud Zamarripa for making her bisexual orientation public.
State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milw.), which represents Zamarripa’s district in also openly gay.

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