Archive for March, 2013

Kaufman County D.A. And Wife Found Murdered In North Texas

The bodies of Kaufman County DA and his wife were discovered at their home, which authorities say, that they were shot with an assault rifle.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 31, 2013

Kaufman, Texas – On Saturday, the bodies of both Mike McLelland, 63, Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney and his wife, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, 65, were discovered at their home. Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Texas Rangers have launched a joined investigation into the homicides.
Kaufman Police Chief Chris Albaugh confirmed that police and the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office were also investigating the McLelland homicides. Apparently, the McLelland was shot multiple times with an assault rifle and his wife once. Investigators at the crime scene found multiple spent casings inside the home and no signs of forced entry was determined, according to the preliminary investigation report.
Federal authorities are trying to determine, if the McLelland murders are connected to last January 3, cold blooded homicide of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse. Hasse, 57, was gundown after parking his vehicle in the court annex parking lot and walked to the courthouse. Authorities suspect that two men connected to the Aryan Brotherhood group in the region had killed Hasse. Police have made no arrests in Hasse’s homicide.
Authorities have added police portection for other Kaufman County DA’s Office staff.
The McLelland’s are survived by five children, two daughters and three sons, including a son, who is an officer with the Dallas Police Department.

Mike McLelland, Cynthia Woodward McLelland and Mark Hasse

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Quezada Owes $29K In Child Support, But Recently Claimed $338M Powerball Jackpot

Child support warrant for Powerball multimillionaire stayed until Monday.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 30, 2013

Passaic, New Jersey – The Passaic County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a child support warrant against Pedro Quezada, 44, has been stayed until Monday, when he is expected to be in court on a non-payment of child support hearing. On Tuesday, Quezada collected his Powerball jackpot of $338 million, but decided to take a lump-sum payout of $152 million after state taxes.
With the new income, Quezada will finally pay the overdue $29,000 of child support payments that he owes since 2009, according to court records. On Wednesday, he closed and placed his small Apple Deli Grocery up for sale. Quezada is originally from Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. At age 17, he left the Dominican Republic with one of his aunts and ended up in Passaic. Recently, Quezada had spoken to friends about retiring soon.
Family members in the Dominican Republic expect him to move back to his native country. Quezada has five children and is currently married. He vowed to use his winnings to help out his family.

Pedro Quezada

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Bieber Facing $15,191 Fine For Attempting To Smuggle Pet Monkey Into Germany

Bieber detained and pet capuchin monkey seized by German Customs at Munich’s airport.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 30, 2013

Munich, Germany – Custom and health authorities confirmed that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, 19, was detained on Thursday for attempting to smuggle his pet capuchin monkey named Mally into Germany without exotic animal health authorization permits. Mally was placed on quarantine and care until Bieber could get the required health permits to regain custody of the pet. He has four weeks to recover Mally or the monkey will be placed at an animal care facility permanently.
Bieber is facing exotic pet smuggling charges and a fine of $15,191.00 U.S. (£10,000) in Germany. He smuggled the monkey in his private rental Cessna Citation X, according to German Customs. Bieber flew from Los Angeles to Germany and landed at Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss Airport where authorities discovered the monkey in Bieber’s possession.
He flew to Germany for his scheduled concert at the Olympiahalle on Thursday.

Justin Bieber and Mally

Photo: Instagram/lastkingmm

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Body Of New Year’s Day Missing Man Found In Milwaukee River

Wilcox’s body was removed from the downtown section of the Milwaukee River.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 29, 2013

Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, the body of Nick Wilcox, 24, who went missing on New Year’s Day was recovered from the Milwaukee River. Wilcox’s body was found floating in the 1000 block of N. Old World 3rd Street section of the river by police around 6:00 p.m., just several blocks near the downtown section of the river where he went missing, according to police.
A driver’s license found with the body and dental records positively identified the body as Wilcox. The Milwaukee coroner ruled his death as accidental drowning.

Nick Wilcox

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Christians Celebrated Good Friday With 29th Annual Via Crucis In Milwaukee

Hundreds of Christians attended the 29th Annual Via Crucis in the south side of Milwaukee as passover began.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 29, 2013

Milwaukee – On Friday, the beginning of passover began for hundreds of Latinos and non-Latino Christians during Holy week that observed Good Friday with a Via Crucis, which is a re-enactment of the ritual that commemorates Jesus Christ suffering in the hours before his crucifixion. In Milwaukee, the Via Crucis began just after 1:00 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 2114 W. Mitchell St. and will end at St. Josaphat Basilica, 2333 S. 6th St. around 4:00 p.m. The event was sponsored by the Hispanic Ministry Office and Cultural Ministry of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.Parishioners and volunteers during the Via Crucis take up roles and undergo a mock crucifixion. This year, José Manuel Hernández played the role of Jesus Christ. While other volunteers read bilingual segments of the crucifixion at each station stop.
Archbishop Jerome Edward Listecki joined the Via Crucis at the IX Station at St. Hyacinth Church.
This month, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Buenos Aires, Argentina became Pope Francis the First after being elected as the 266 non-European Pontiff of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis I became the first cardinal from South America to be selected as Pope in 20 centuries (nearly 1,300) and is seen as a reformer, an advocate for democracy and representing the poor. Catholics are also celebrating Pope Francis I as their new leader of the Catholic church.
The Stations, or Way of the Cross, are a traditional method of meditating upon Christ’s Suffering and Death. In the Catholic church, you will find 14 images usually hanging on the wall. It is customary before each station to pray. The stations are, I. Jesus is condemned to death. II. Jesus takes up his Cross. III. Jesus falls the first time. IV. Jesus meets his sorrowful Mother. V. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross. VI. Veronica wipes the Face of Jesus. VII. Jesus falls a second time. VIII. Jesus meet the Women of Jerusalem. IX. Jesus falls the third time. X. Jesus is stripped of his garments. XI. Jesus is nailed to the Cross. XII. Jesus dies on the Cross. XIII. Jesus is taken down from the Cross. XIV. Jesus is laid in the tomb.
The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make in spirit, as it were, a pilgrimage to the chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death, and this has become one of the most popular of Catholic devotions. It is carried out by passing from Station to Station, with certain prayers at each and devout meditation on the various incidents in turn. It is very usual, when the devotion is performed publicly, to sing a stanza of the “Stabat Mater” while passing from one Station to the next.
On Sunday, is the observance of Easter by Western Christians. This years cost of the Via Crucis was estimated at more than $5,000, which included permits, and police escort throughout the south side route, according to the Hispanic Ministry Office.

José Manuel Hernández, portrayed Jesus Christ during this year’s Via Crucis.

Photos: HNG

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2013 Via Crucis, A Milwaukee Live Stations Of The Cross

Jesus wants to know, if we are going to meet today at 1:00 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul for his annual 2013 Via Crucis/Live Stations of the Cross in Milwaukee, WI.
Archbishop Listecki will join us during the IX Station at St. Hyacinth.
Click on image flyer for more info., courtesy of Hispanic News Network U.S.A. Facebook at link: http://bit.ly/XKqQf4

Starts at: St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 2114 W. Mitchell Street, Milwaukee, then will finish at: St. Josaphat Basilica, 600 block of W. Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee, WI.

Event sponsored by the Archdiocese Intercultural Ministry and Hispanic Ministry

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Lawsuit By 49 Plaintiffs Against MC Multiservicios Tax Service Dismissed

Multiple lawsuits dismissed, including 49 plaintiffs v. MC Multiservicios Tax Service.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 28, 2013

Milwaukee, WI – Multiple civil lawsuits that were filed in Milwaukee County by various parties involving the owners of MC Multiservicios Tax Service and the MG Income Tax have been dismissed, according to court records. The legal battle ended when local Attorney Thomas M. Bartell, Jr. from the law firm of Stupar & Schuster, S.C. representing 49 plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit for money judgement (Luis Gomez v. Jenny Contreras) filed on January 29, against Jenny Contreras and Juan Contreras, owners of MC Multiservicios was dismissed on February 18.
The case fell apart for Attorney Bartell Jr. when Attorney Victor Arellano who represented the Contreras claimed that one of Bartell’s plaintiffs, Juan Vasquez Diaz denied “having any attorney/client relationship with your (Stupar & Schuster, S.C.) firm…Mr. Vasquez denies making any such claims against MC Multiservicios.” Arellano claimed that other plaintiffs against his client were dismayed “about the actions you have taken without proper authority;” therefore, Arellano asked for copies of all legal retainers that have been signed by the plaintiffs, which some retainers were not available and later forced Bartell to submit a dismissal request of the case that he filed for 49 plaintiffs against the Contreras and MC Multiservicios, according to court records.
In the case, the Contreras will receive an undisclosed amount of money by the law firm of Stuphar & Schuster, S.C. who represented 49 plaintiffs, including Miguel Garza, owner of MG Income Tax Service.
In this case, the plaintiffs had alleged that MC Multiservicios had not refunded a part of their 2009 federal tax refunds, but multiple irregularities in the lawsuit resulted in an erupt dismissal of the lawsuit by Bartell Jr. in favor of the Contreras and MC Multiservicios. Bartell Jr. has not responded to an e-mail request by Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) to comment on the merits and his decision to dismiss the lawsuit against the Contreras.
Another lawsuit for intentional tort (Jenny Contreras v. Miguel Garza) was filed by Attorney Victor Arellano on behalf of the Contreras on November 16, 2012 against Miguel Garza, owner of MG Income Tax Service, but was later dimissed on March 11. In that lawsuit, the Contreras claimed defamation allegations. The Contreras decided to dismiss their lawsuit under a settlement agreement. In that case, Bartell Jr. who represented Garza removed himself from the case, court records show. When contacted, Garza would not comment citing nondisclosure agreement with the Contreras.
In the third lawsuit filed for intentional tort on February 27, by the Contreras (Jenny Contreras v. Miguel Garza) against Miguel Garza, Bartell Jr. and Stupar & Schuster, S.C., was also dimissed by the Contreras on March 14, after a settlement in favor for the Contreras was reached.
Attorney Arellano released an undated statement by Garza concerning the Luis Gomez v. Jenny Contreras case. (Click on attached image to enlarge)
Community organizers, Luis Urdaneta from United We Stay; Felix Martinez from Centro de La Causa Org. in Chicago; Rosa Yañez from the Eighteenth Street Development Corporation in Chicago and Ivan Flores, who held public meetings to get plaintiffs for the Luis Alvarado Gomez v. Jenny Contreras case, which was dimissed could not be reached for comment.
In an unrelated case, Attorney Arellano was reprimanded on March 21 by the Wisconsin Supreme Court for lying and soliciting a client. He was fined $10,000 and must pay the fine within 60 days. Arellano’s law license was not revoked, which the Office of Lawyers Regulation was seeking in the complaint.

The lawfirm of Arellano & Phebus, S.C. released the following undated statement by Miguel Garza from MG Multiservicios and Income Tax Service, regarding to Jenny Contreras and Juan Contreras from MC Multiservicios and Income Tax Service retracting any claims of misconduct against the Contreras” and their business “because the allegations were/are not true.” Click on image to enlarge. (Photo: HNG/HNNUSA)

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