Archive for November, 2014

No Federal Charges Filed Against UNAM Mexican Activist Student

Student was kidnapped by Federal Police without a warrant near a college in Mexico, D.F. and the dramatic scene captured on cell phone video by witness.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 29, 2014

Mexico, D.F. – On Saturday, Sandino Bucio Dovalí, 25, a philosophy and letters major and university student poet at UNAM was freed around 2:30 a.m. after alleged Federal Police officers dressed as civilians wearing black t-shirts identifying them as police kidnapped him on Friday just after 5:05 p.m. without a federal warrant. Dovalí told media outlets shortly after his release, that he was walking from the university campus when he was kidnapped by Federal Police. They beat him, drove him around the historic district for several hours, threaten to killed him as the 43 Ayotzinapa students and would be sexually violated, a gun was pointed at his head and was dragged outside a vehicle when he was taken against his will, according to Dovalí.
Dovalí was taken to the Federal Ministry building and interrogated by the Federal Attorney General’s Office of Organized Crime Bureau (SEIDO), but was released and no charges will be filed against Dovalí. Dovalí who is a member of a student movement #YoSoy132 was picked up and accused of carrying explosives in his back pack. No explosives were found, according to SEIDO.
The corrupt feds attempted to get Dovalí to reveal his passwords for his Facebook and social network sites. They tried to get Dovalí to provide names of other students involved in the student movement calling for Mexican President Enrigue Nieto Peña to resign and for the 43 Ayotzinapa missing students to be located alive.
Dovalí says, that other students have been picked up by the feds in previous days and accused of false charges. The feds told him, that they had orders to pick up other students as well.
The Mexican feds believe that the missing 43 Ayotzinapa students were massacre by Iguala, Cocula municipal police, including the Guerreros Unidos (a criminal organization) and then their bodies burned and ashes placed in garbage bags, which were discarded in a nearby river by Cocula in the state of Guerrero.
The Office of the Federal Commissioner for Security from the Secretary of Governance (Segob) announced on Saturday that the Federal Police officers that arrested Dovalí on Friday has been temperarily suspended after an internal investigation into whether they legally followed protocol in detaining Dovalí was initiated. The suspension of the federal officers followed after video surfaced showing an alleged unlawful arrest of Dovalí who was forced into an unmarked vehicle.
Segob says, all federal officers are expected to follow laws in detaining a suspect and should not violate the suspect’s rights. It will also provide transparency of the outcome of the internal investigation it had launched involving Dovalí’s arrest, the Segob announced.
Multiple photos showing Dovalí participating on the November 20 melee at the Zócalo have surfaced, but the photos are questionable and one is showing Swiss flags in the background. Dovalí was released after being arrested without facing any charges pertaining to the November 20 demonstrations and melee at the national palace.

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Geese At WI Frozen Greenfield Park Pond Alive But Injured

One female geese has a broken leg and it’s offspring has an injured wing, according to rescuers.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 28, 2014

West Allis, Wisconsin – On Friday, a Wisconsin Humane Society worker and several people attempted to rescue what was believed to be a live goose frozen on the Greenfield Park pond, but as it turned out, a mother goose had a broken leg or foot and her offspring has a broken wing and was bleeding. Apparently, someone with a kayak attempted to rescue the family geese of three early in the morning and the female goose believed to be stuck on the frozen ice had moved and a steel rod was left behind. Later a Wisconsin Humane Society worker arrived, while several people had gathered at the spot to help and feed the geese.
According to a Facebook posting by Hannah Meyers, she posted, “Update: when I first got there, Junior walked right up to me talking, & probably looking for food. He followed me around so definitely not scared. However, when Scott took the raft out there, Papa blocked Mama in a protective way. Junior ran towards him for food. But eventually, they all moved farther away. Scott noticed Junior has a broken wing that is bleeding so he’s probably in worse shape than Mama. Joyce, a volunteer, is going to try & bait them & earn their trust to capture both Mama & Junior. If we scared them too much today we might have lost our chance, so we stopped for now. Food has been left & she’s going to check back later & tomorrow. We had to tell people with dogs to stay away so she wants to go when less people are around. We can check the Wisconsin Humane Society Facebook page or call for an update. Whew! Stacy Krafczyk, you may have saved TWO geese.”
Krafczyk was the one who spotted the geese on the frozen pond several days ago and sought help for them.
Yesterday, the Milwaukee County Parks department contacted Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) who broke the geese story and said, that a parks unit coordinator would be notified of the situation with the geese at the frozen pond.
The family of geese are roaming in the frozen pond and those helping to save two of them are hoping they can be taken alive and rehabilitated. The geese saving efforts continue to develope.
A humane saving effort by those few people during the Thanksgiving Holiday has given hope for the geese to get a surviving chance to life.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society released the following statement on Saturday, November 29.

Greenfield Park Injured Goose

Over the last couple of days several people have called or e-mailed us to report a Canada Goose that they believed was frozen on or into the ice on the pond at Greenfield Park.

Our Director, Scott, who has 30+ years of wildlife rescue experience, went to the park yesterday morning to see if we could free the bird. He was joined by our Volunteer Wildlife Rescuer par exellance, Joyce. When they arrived the “frozen” goose was accompanied by two other geese, one which appeared to be her mate, and a younger bird which possibly was one of their offspring (but we can’t know for sure).

We got our safety gear ready for going out on the ice and planned our approach. (Thanks, “Jason” for your help).

Scott moved slowly out onto the ice, tossing food to the trio, which were about 40 feet from the shore, to get their attention and hopefully gain their trust to allow for a closer approach.

The younger bird readily ate the food but the “frozen” goose and her “mate” were more wary. When Scott got to within about 15 feet of the “frozen” goose she stood up! Great! She wasn’t really frozen at all. But she did have a broken leg. Unfortunately, she was too wary to allow Scott to get close enough to catch her and she limped and then flew much further out, onto ice that was too thin to allow a safe second approach.

Because the bird is so wary, Joyce will offer the bird a little food daily in the hope that we can lure her onshore and get close enough to catch her.

As of today the goose’s two companions had left, perhaps to find food or spend some time on open water.

Please don’t go to the park and dump food for the goose as this may distract her away from our bait and actually make it harder for us to capture her. Also, please don’t attempt to go out and catch her yourself as it is dangerous to be out on the ice without proper safety equipment and these attempts will only make her warier and harder for us to approach.

Thanks!

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11 Bodies Found Along Road In Chilapa de Álvarez In Guerrero

Authorities found 11 Bodies along a road in Guerrero.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 27, 2014

Ayahualulco, Guerrero, Mexico – On Thursday, Ministry police in the state of Guerrero recovered 11 bodies along the side of a road after a tip led them to a location in the municipality of Chilapa de Álvarez, according to state officials. The bodies ages between 20 to 25 showed signs of being shot multiple times by AR-15 and AK-47 weapons, decapitation, torture and were set of fire near the town of Ayahualulco.
An overnight gunfight was reported, according to neighbors. No suspects have been arrested.

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Live Goose Trapped On Frozen Greenfield Park Pond And No Rescue From Firefighters

A live goose remained trapped in a frozen pond at a Greenfield Park.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 27, 2014

West Allis, Wisconsin – As of Thursday, a goose was reported trapped in a frozen southwest pond near a building located around S. 118 to S. 124 and W. Greenfield and W. Lincoln at a City of West Allis Milwaukee County Park while attempts to have it rescue by officials go without success. At first, it was reported that the frozen pond was in the City of Greenfield, but the Greenfield Fire Department contacted Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) and stated, “We had not heard of this but then again it is not in our jurisdiction but in the City of West Allis. Only to make it further confusing, Greenfield Park in West Allis is a Milwaukee County Park.” According to Stacy Krafczyk, she posted on her Facebook account that a live goose was trapped  in a frozen Greenfield Park pond and that she notified the local fire department, local police, wild life department and apparently they won’t do anything to rescue the goose. Another goose has been hanging around its mate, but water froze around the live goose and has been trapped, since yesterday.
The last entry that Krafczyk posted on FB, was that she was going to attempt to walk out to the lake and free the live goose on Thanksgiving Day, but didn’t.
HNNUSA contacted Krafczyk and she confirmed that the goose is still alive and it’s mate is nearby.

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Victor Santiago Charged For S. Chávez Drive Hit-and-Run Death While Intoxicated

Santiago was charged with the hit-and-run vehicular homicide while intoxicated.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 27, 2014

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, Victor Santiago, 49, was charged with three felony counts for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by use of a vehicle with prohibited alcohol concentration and hit-and-run involved death of Alfred De la O. Silveira, 63, last Sunday in Milwaukee’s Southside. Santiago struck Silveira while crossing the 900 block of S. César E. Chavez Drive around 12:30 a.m.
Santiago failed to stop and he was later taken into custody after police located his vehicle. A small bag with 0.23 grams of cocaine was found in his possession, according to police. A drug test was performed to determine, if Santiago was positive for cocaine use when he struck Silveira.
A cash bail of $50,000 was set for Santiago and he is expected back in court on December 4 for a preliminary hearing.
Santiago’s blood-alcohol concentration was .187, more than twice the legal limit. If convicted, Santiago is facing up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

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City Files Property Tax Foreclosure Action To Seize Esperanza Unida Building

The Esperanza Unida Board has until January 5 to pay owed taxes to the City of Milwaukee.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 26, 2014

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Department of City Development delivered a property tax foreclosure action notice to all the tenants and Manuel “Manny” Pérez, the Esperanza Unida, Inc. executive director that it has filed legal action in a Milwaukee County Court to seize the 611 W. National Ave. property. The foreclosure action notice to Esperanza Unida was sent by Martha Brown, the Deputy Commissioner from the Department of City Development. According to Brown’s foreclosure notice, Pérez has until January 5, 2015 to pay over $176,771.60 in property taxes in order to keep the building, which has nearly $700,000 in bank liens.
The 611 property is assessed at $1,948,000, but owes delinquent taxes for 2013, $66,556.24; for 2012, $64,103.63 and for 2011, $46,111.73, a total of $176,771.60, plus incurring tax delinquent penalties per month.
The Esperanza Board in May accepted an offer from an Oshkosh developer to buy the building for $1.3M, but several banks need to release the liens in order for the Esperanza Unida Board to sell the building before the city will seize it for tax delinquency and later sell it for several cents to a dollar. The Oshkosh developer is planning to invest more than $7M to convert the 611 building into a 55-unit apartment complex.
The former and late Esperanza Unida executive director Richard Oulahan took out several real estate mortgages totalling $600,000 ($600K) in loans from Marshall & Ilsley Bank (M&I, now BMO Harris Bank) without a Board Chair signature. Pérez has confirmed that there is no record on file about what ever happened to the M&I loans or how they were actually spent.
Pérez on Wednesday stated, “The 611 international building will either be sold by December 31 or foreclosed on January 5. As I have pointed out before, this is due to inappropriate loans made by Richard Oulahan and the 1994 Esperanza Unida Board, low rents below market rate, and lack of economic development by the City of Milwaukee in the Milwaukee South Side for many years. Under my administration, the building was drastically improved and readied to either increase rents or be sold so, creditors can get paid off. This demonstrates the need for coordinated economic development, urban planning, and workforce development to maximize benefit to workers and businesses.”
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) learned that the Mayor’s office, the Milwaukee Common Council and Esperanza Unida had a partnership to make sure the non-profit organization would receive the support from the city and any financial help to succeed, but the city apparently failed to live up to its partnership with Esperanza Unida. Esperanza Unida had attempted to get the promised help, but Mayor Tom Barrett and the Common Council turned their backs on the non-profit organization. The city has financially invested millions of dollars to helped other non-Hispanic organizations and businesses to economically succeed.

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Pedophile Cult Pastor Added To 15 Most Wanted By U.S. Marshals

Pedophile fugitive pastor from Minnesota sought by the U.S. Marshals Service.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 26, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Marshals Service has added Victor Arden Barnard, 53, a self-proclaimed pastor who is wanted by the Pine County Sheriff’s Office for 59 felony counts that includes sexual assault of teenage and underage girls in Pine City, Minnesota. Barnard was also charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, a federal offense. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Barnard’s arrest.
The U.S. Marshals Service reported that in 2000, Barnard secured a large camp site near Finlayson, Minnesota, where he started River Road Fellowship, a church into which he recruited members from all over the country. He convinced several of his followers to allow their young daughters to live with him on the camp site. Barnard then allegedly created a separate housing area on the site and designated it as Shepherd’s Camp, where he housed these young girls and referred to them as maidens.
From 2000 to 2009, Barnard allegedly sexually assaulted some of the girls living in Shepard’s Camp. After some adult members began questioning his actions, Barnard moved his family and the church to the state of Washington. A number of his followers, including maidens, left with him.
Barnard was charged with the sexual assaults in April 2014, and has been a fugitive ever since. U.S. Marshals believe there is a chance he may have left the country, because he has strong ties to Spain. It is also believed Barnard continues to receive support from his followers and some of his young victims.
“Given the nature of his charges, he poses a significant threat to the community,” said Sharon Lubinski, U.S. Marshal of the District of Minnesota.

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