Archive for June, 2016

Mayor Barrett Unveiled Policing Plan As Milwaukee’s Auto Thefts Decrease And Carjackings Increase

Police to increase bicycle cops on Southside neighborhood and high crime areas throughout the city as auto thefts decrease by 2% and carjackings increase by 5%.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 30, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn and members of the Common Council unveiled their 2016 policing plan to reduce crime in the Southside and the city. According to Mayor Barrett, last year there were 69 homicides compared to 53 today, an decrease of 23% of homicides; robberies are down by 9% with 1,489 today compared to 1,642 last year; motor vehicle thefts are down by 2% with 2,860 to this date compared to 2,928 in 2015; non-fatal shootings are down by 10% from 290 to 261 and there has been a 5% of carjackings increase from 210 in 2015 to 221 today, a crime behavior that is unacceptable, according to Mayor Barrett.
Barrett says, the police deployment will expand throughout Milwaukee to make the city safe this Summer. The police plan will focus on making areas of recreation and gatherings of people safe, building trust with residents and stakeholders in the area.
Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn says, that police continue to concentrate on data where the high crime rate occurs and about 10% of neighborhoods are generating 60% of the crime and 10% of the offenders are generating 50% of the crime during the Summer.
In regarding to auto thefts, Flynn says that a local gang is involved and most of its members are known to police and have been arrested before, but continue to commit crimes. More police foot patrols will be deployed in high crime areas including bicycle police patrols so, they can be in the area quicker when a crime is reported. Also to reduce fear in people who are targeted by criminals and to create a safe environment for people to enjoy their outdoor areas instead of criminals taking over certain areas by creating fear, according to Chief Flynn.
Chief Flynn advised the public not to leave anything of value in plain sight in the vehicle or in the passenger glove compartment to avoid auto thefts or break-ins.

Video of Mayor Tom Barrett’s press conference at http://bit.ly/296aXxC

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Sherman Park Teen Melee Planned, No Arrests Made MPD Reported

The Milwaukee Police Department reported that no arrests have been made at Sherman Park, despite mainstream news reports that four teens were taken into custody.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 30, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) reported that no arrests were made on Wednesday night during a melee by teens at Sherman Park located on N. Sherman Blvd. and W. Burleigh Street in the north side of the city. Police were called to the park around 8:00 p.m. about a disturbance involving dozens of teens. The teens dispersed and about an hour and half later they returned and began to throw bricks and rocks breaking windows at a BP gas station nearby and a Milwaukee County Transit bus had several broken windows including a police vehicle.
Police and Milwaukee County Sheriff deputies responded to the chaotic scene and teens began to throw rocks at police in riot gear. A gas canister was ignited by the teens and thrown inside a garbage can, according to police.
No officers or deputies were reported injured and no arrests were made, despite mainstream media reports that four teens had been arrested. Police suspect the teen melee was planned and organized in social media.
The incident is still under investigation.

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Customer Base Most Likely Exposed To Business Improvement Districts Toxic Lead Pipe Lateral Fresh Water

The City of Milwaukee is facing pressure by FLAC, local residents and a growing concern by area business owners after learning that lead toxic pipes laterals are still used for freshwater flow into their businesses.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 28, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) learned that Southside residents, businesses, restaurants, neighborhood bars and nightclubs located in Business Improvement Districts continue to use federally banned toxic lead pipe laterals for freshwater flow into homes and businesses for decades. Unknowingly most customers that patronize these Southside businesses could be exposed with levels of lead poisoning that could be harmful to health. The City of Milwaukee doesn’t regularly check for toxic levels of lead, not even on a monthly basis or conducts constant monitoring to determine, if lead is actually mixing with the freshwater flow. These toxic lead pipe laterals should all be removed as soon as possible to eliminate the potential of long term lead poisoning.
Last week, the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) called for the City of Milwaukee and Mayor Tom Barret to begin the removal process of all toxic lead pipe laterals within the city limits. Southside 12th District Alderman José G. Pérez including fellow aldermen haven’t scheduled any informational forums to discuss the removal of such toxic lead pipe laterals from homes and local businesses.
Robert Miranda, the spokesman for FLAC released the following statement, “Alderman José Pérez has yet to make a statement on this very important issue. He hasn’t called for removing these lead pipe hazards and he hasn’t sent any message from his office urging caution to residents on 13th street about the water. Lead is a very dangerous toxin to children. Perez being silent on this matter is a disservice to his constituents.”
According to Miranda, city bureaucrats are recommending for residents to use water filters as a band-aid solution to reduce contaminants, but the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t test filters to check, if it reduces toxic lead in water. The actual solution is to remove the toxic lead pipe laterals from homes.
Unfortunately, residents pay for safe city freshwater to flow into their homes, but the delivery process is through a federally banned toxic lead pipe lateral.
In March, State Representative Lena Taylor (D-Milw.) in a press release reported, lead is extremely toxic and affects the liver, kidneys, reproductive system and nervous system. Lead’s most dangerous impact is on the brain and can cause serious development problems. It’s been linked to everything from violent crime to low IQ. 
Wisconsin Public Television did a great story on the lead issue in which they revealed 4,000 Wisconsin Children tested positive for elevated lead in their blood. 60% of those kids live in Milwaukee. In fact, 8.6% of our kids tested positive for dangerous lead levels compared to 4.9% of Flint Michigan kids. In Flint, Michigan, kids had so much lead in their system that the Mayor declared a state of emergency. Where’s our state of emergency? Where’s our lead poisoning abatement plan?
Is Milwaukee too cheap to save money (and likely save lives) in the long run? The City of Milwaukee estimates it will cost between $511 and $756 million to replace the lead laterals like Madison did. The city currently spends $393,000 per year to add ortho-phosphoric acid to lake water to treat it before we run it through lead pipes in order to keep the lead from seeping into our water. But given our kids’ lead levels, that doesn’t seem to be our best solution.
HNNUSA with Miranda’s cooperation have provided Business Improvement District corridors in the Southside including some residential addresses of the 70,000 homes that have toxic lead pipe laterals, which data from the Milwaukee Department of Public Works and Milwaukee Water Works has released. A City of Milwaukee map showing properties with lead service line from water main to crub stop includes most Milwaukee aldermanic districts except two that have toxic lead pipe laterals today.

Find City of Milwaukee properties with lead pipe laterals by address at http://goo.gl/poY5yv

Editor’s note: With Summerfest opening on Wednesday, thousands of festivalgoers will be visiting the City of Festivals venue now that more than 100 outdoor festivals will take place during the Summer and many will visit area bars, nightclubs and restaurants, will they be exposed to the freshwater that flows through toxic lead pipe laterals? Mostly likely the chances are that they will and those who drink water from outdoor bubblers and cold water fountains will be exposed to freshwater delivered by toxic lead pipe laterals as well.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel also reported that to replace 70,000 lead pipe laterals, it will cost the city between $511M to $756M and will take from 5 to 7 years, if the city gets federal funding. So far, the city received a $1M loan from the state to replace at least 385 lead pipe laterals at day-care centers as a priority. No public schools get freshwater flow from lead pipe laterals, according to city officials.
Worth mentioning, Robert Miranda from FLAC told HNNUSA that a new study released in April 2016 claims to have found a link between the high murder rates and the use of lead water pipes in U.S. cities. Scientists at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley analysed homicide rates and the cities’ use of lead pipes to distribute drinking water.
Although the use of lead pipes was halted in the United States in 1986, many cities in the US, including Milwaukee, still have lead pipes in operation distributing water to homes.
The study was published by James J. Feigenbaum of Harvard University and Christopher Muller of the University of California, Berkeley in the journal Explorations in Economic History. It says that on average “cities that used lead water pipes had homicide rates that were twenty-four per cent higher than cities that did not.”
Previous studies have said that the use of lead can lead to lower IQs amongst children and higher rates of violent crime after people were exposed to lead in air pollution. The report added that the acidity levels in the water can also change how much lead is dissolved in it — and how much is ingested.
The study says: “Even if lead removal will not reduce crime, it will remove a dangerous toxin from the environment. Other strategies to reduce crime may not have similarly positive side effects.
The study says, “We found evidence broadly consistent with the prediction that more lead will leach into more acidic water and increase the homicide rates of cities with low-pH water and lead service pipes.”
The Huffington Post reports that “Feigenbaum and Muller compiled historical information on pipe materials in 545 cities from 1921 to 1936, and after controlling for a variety of demographic factors, found that “cities that used lead pipes had between 14 and 36 percent higher homicide rates than cities that did not.”

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FBI Offers $100K Reward For Information Leading To The Arrest Of Shanika S. Minor

24-year-old Milwaukee double homicide suspect added to the Ten Most Wanted FBI fugitives list, Shanika S. Minor is considered armed and dangerous, a $100,000 reward leading to her arrest has been offered by the FBI.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Newtork U.S.A.

June 28, 2016
Updated

Milwaukee, WI – Shanika S. Minor, 24, is wanted for the alleged March 6, 2016 Milwaukee murder of Tamecca Lashae Perry, 23, originally from Chicago, who was nine months pregnant. Minor has been placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Minor has been charged with 1st-degree intentional homicide and 1st-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child. If convicted of both felony homicide charges, Minor is facing two consecutive life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Milwaukee County criminal complaint says, that Minor invaded the apartment where Perry was staying and fatally shot her in front of Perry’s boyfriend, Minor’s mother and Perry’s children over a loud music dispute. Perry was about 39 to 40 weeks pregnant, according to the criminal complaint.The FBI says, Minor allegedly shot Perry, who then collapsed inside her residence and died in front of her two children. The Perry’s unborn child, due within a week, also died before emergency medical personnel arrived.The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Minor.
Minor may have contact with people in Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio, and possibly Georgia. Minor’s last known address was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Additionally, Minor does not have any history of prior travel outside of the United States or any contact with individuals residing internationally, according to the FBI.

Update: Shanika S. Minor has been taken into custody. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina was contacted by the FBI that a tip informed them that Minor was staying at a motel near the Fayetteville airport. She was taken into custody on early Friday, July 1st around 1:30 a.m. without incident, according to the FBI.

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Wauwatosa Cop Fatally Shot Man In Madison Park, Both Are Afro-Americans

Wauwatosa cop might have turned his body camera on before fatally shooting a 25-year-old man inside his vehicle who had a handgun.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 28, 2016

Wauwatosa, WI – The family of Jay Anderson, 25, are mourning his death after a Wauwatosa police officer shot him while inside his vehicle. Both the Wauwatosa police officer and Anderson are Afro-Americans, according to the investigation by the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD).
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has learned that a Wauwatosa police officer spotted Anderson on June 23 alone at the Madison Park and when he approached the suspicious vehicle to investigate as a routine check, the officer noticed Anderson had a handgun inside the vehicle. The officer attempted to turn his body camera on as he managed to fire multiple shots at Anderson who later died at the scene.
MPD is reviewing possible video footage from the Wauwatosa officer body camera, if in fact he was able to turn the body camera on before he fired at Anderson. Earlier preliminary reports indicated that the officer saw Anderson with a gun inside his car and he fired at Anderson for fear of his life.
No information has been released by MPD to confirm whether Anderson had actually pointed a handgun at the Wauwatosa officer, but an inside source from the Wauwatosa Police Department indicated, video footage of the deadly incident could have been recorded by the officer involved. The video would definitely determine, if Anderson actually had threaten, was reaching or pointed the handgun at the officer moments before he was killed. The officer was not injured and no confirmation has been released, if Anderson did fired his handgun.
The Wauwatosa Police Department has at least three Afro-American police officers.

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Milwaukee Lead Pipe Lateral Scandal Ignites Campaign For City To Remove Toxic Hazard From Homes

The City of Milwaukee, Common Council and Mayor Tom Barrett are facing the biggest scandal to hit City Hall in decades, the lead pipe toxic laterals being used in at least 70,000 area homes.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 27, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – Today, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the Milwaukee Common Council are facing the biggest lead pipe laterals toxic poisoning scandal to hit City Hall in decades. At least 70,000 homes in the City of Milwaukee still have the federal banned lead pipe toxic laterals connected to homes allowing fresh water to flow into homes for bathing, washing and drinking.
Last week, the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) called for Mayor Barrett to suspend all street and sidewalk construction in areas where 70,000 homes with lead pipe laterals are still being used for fresh water flow into residential areas. FLAC requested that city officials test those areas with lead pipe laterals where construction is taking place to see, if a protective phosphorus compound introduced into the water flow to serve as a protective cover to prevent lead from getting into the fresh water flow is still intact and has not been loosen causing a health lead toxic hazard. It seems that the City hasn’t been complying and residents in street construction zones have not been notified before repairs began. Water flow into most homes in the street construction zones hasn’t been tested in a weekly basis to determine how much lead is contaminating the drinking residential water.
In the Southside of Milwaukee, Alderman José G. Pérez hasn’t even informed the residents along S. 13 Street between W. Rogers and W. Becher Streets of the potential lead pipe hazards and possible lead poisoning of the water. Alderman Pérez including fellow aldermen haven’t even decided to schedule public forums in aldermanic districts to inform their residents of the lead toxic lateral pipes connected to the area homes.
The lead pipe toxic laterals should be replaced as soon as possible and taxpayers should contact City Hall and let their aldermen to provide funding to begin to remove the lead toxic pipes from homes. Will the City of Milwaukee continue to cover up the lead pipe toxic lateral scandal, its practice to stall the removal of toxic pipes and to allowed to poison Taxpayers? Taxpayers should demand for the City to replace the toxic lead pipe laterals as soon as possible.

Find City of Milwaukee properties with lead pipe laterals by address at http://goo.gl/poY5yv

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Motorcycle Driver Struck On W. Greenfield In Milwaukee’s Southside

Biker hospitalized after accident.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 26, 2016
Updated

Milwaukee, WI – On Saturday, a biker was hospitalized after being struck in the morning by a vehicle at the 2200 block of W. Greenfield Ave., according to police. The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene. The vehicle sustained front damage on impact and the motorcycle was damaged as well.
According to Katrina Todd, who knows the injured biker says, that he survived the accident, but suffered a broken arm, leg and pelvis and has several skull fractures as well. He went through several surgeries and will go through several more.
The biker apparently had just bought the motorcycle a day before the accident and wasn’t wearing a helmet, according to Todd. He will be restricted to a wheelchair as he gradually recovers.
Milwaukee Police Sergeant Timothy Gauerke from the Chief of Police Office confirmed, that a motorcycle driven by 30-year old Milwaukee man lost control, crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle.  The rider was not wearing a helmet during the crash.  He suffered serious, but what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.  He was cited for failing to have control and for not having a motorcycle endorsement on his license (no motorcycle licenese). 

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