Archive for September, 2016

Hector Colón Reappointed To A 2-year Term For Lack Of Transparency To Milwaukee County Board

Colón, the Director of the DHHS was placed on what some Milwaukee County Supervisors are calling it a probation period.

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

September 22, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, the Milwaukee County Board on a vote of 11-6 approved a 2-year term reappointment of Hector Colón, the current Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for Milwaukee County, which otherwise would have been a 4-year term. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele was forced to take a compromise by the County Board to accept a shorter term for Colón.
Multiple supervisors on the County Board cited a lack of transparency from Abele and Colón for the last 5 years, including Colón’s disrespectful attitude towards members of the County Board Human and Needs Committee and his lack of providing information about the Mental Health facility to other Board members as well, which some claimed that Colón had ignored requests to visit department facilities too.
Supervisor Peggy West introduced a 2-year term amendment and voted for Colón’s two year reappointment. West went on record and told the Board that she was a little jealous after receiving many calls from those supporting Colón to get reappointed, but that none of them ever called her to support her when her salary position was cut in half, position turned part-time and they didn’t even called to congratulate her for becoming the first Latina Vice-chair on the County Board.
Colón will be back in October of 2018 before the full Board for reappointment consideration, if Abele reappoints him once again.
A campaign “Stand with Hector” was questioned by some Board members and asked who was funding it. The Hector campaign to get reappointed spend thousands of dollars to sway public opinion to support Colón.
The County Board can no longer be involved or provide an oversight in private contracts negotiated by Abele regarding Milwaukee County facilities and selling properties.
Supervisor Marcelia Nicholson released the following statement on Thursday, Dark Money has no place in County Board Proceedings. “As a democratically elected Supervisor, I represent my district and my constituents. The events of this week clearly demonstrated that the vote to reappoint DHHS Director Hector Colon was not intended to be democratic.”
“I am disgusted with the dark money that has been spent in an attempt to swing my vote. Instead of swinging my vote, this effort has strengthened my resolve. I should not have to be concerned that my future as a Supervisor is in jeopardy because I didn’t vote the way this dark money group, “Milwaukee Works,” wants me to vote.
“I took a stand today against the privatization efforts that are bleeding our County dry and voted against the reappointment of Hector Colon because I chose not to be bullied. Instead, I chose to stand with my constituents and against the privatization of our mental health services,” Supervisor Nicholson stated.
Colón did affirm that he is more willing to work with the County Board in the next several years.
Colón has served five years as the director of the DHHS and last year in May 2015, Abele gave Colón a 39% raise, his annual salary increased from $126,318 to $175,000 a year, making Colón the highest paid executive at a Milwaukee County department.

Under Director Colón’s leadership throughout 2015 the, DHHS reached many outstanding milestones…

• At Behavioral Health, we closed our final long term care unit and expanded our support for community based behavioral healthcare.
• With partners across business, government and nonprofit, our Housing Division launched Housing
First, an initiative to end chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County by 2018. We have already seen a 70% reduction in chronic homelessness.
• Disabilities Services began a tremendous program to provide employment opportunities for all exiting high school students with a disability in Milwaukee County.
• Delinquency and Court Services accelerated our juvenile justice reforms while advancing data-driven decision making tools and evidence-based practices that are yielding better outcomes and improved public safety.

Editors note: Hispanic News Network U.S.A. has learned that the “Stand with Hector” campaign to get Hector Colón reappointed as the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services was spearheaded by a unofficial group composed of community leaders and the support of local businesses that funded Colón’s campaign and are not connected to Milwaukee Works, Inc. or “Dark Money” as some Milwaukee County supervisors were led to believe. Most of those community and business leaders were from the Milwaukee Latino community, according to one of those leaders that participated.
They managed to send out several mass mailings to specific Supervisor districts, according to the inside source who wanted to remain anonymous.
The inside source says, “It was a good campaign. Effective, but, honestly, it worked because Hector is honorable. People know him as fair. So when they hear the supervisors trying to smear him, it doesn’t fit.”
According to a flyer supporting Colón, the Milwaukee Works, Inc., a non-profit organization distributed the flyer in Supervisors Jim “Luigi” Schmitt and Eddie Cullen’s districts.
The non-profit group website, Milwaukee Works, Inc. says, the group is committed to educating citizens about the value of good government, risk-taking enterprise, and inclusive communities.
MKE Work is considered a pro-Walker right wing group, according to some Latino community activists.

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Major Electrical Blackout In Puerto Rico Due To Central Aguirre Power Plant Fire

Power in most of the Island in Puerto Rico remains out.

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

September 21, 2016

Salinas, Puerto Rico – On Wednesday, a fire destroyed part of the Central Aguirre Power Plant transformers in Salinas and caused a major electrical blackout on the entire Island of Puerto Rico. The blaze began near electrical transformers causing an electrical outage to 3.5 million people including homes, hotels and businesses around the island.
The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority officials say that two transmission lines with 230,000 volts each failed and resulted with a 30% of an electrical outage throughout the island.
Workers at the power plant are trying to restore power by Thursday. Authorities say that their first priority is to restore power to airports, hospitals, police stations and water plants.
The power company is facing a $9B debt and its executive management is accused of engaging in corruption, according to a government investigation.

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Domestic Terrorist Ahmad Khan Rahami Charged With Bombing Acts Resulting In Mass Injuries

Rahami is charged with several acts to conduct bombings in NYC and New Jersey.

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

September 21, 2016

New York City, New York – On Tuesday, Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, aka “Ahmad Rahimi” originally from Afghanistan was indicted in federal court for conducting and attempting to conduct bombings in New York City and various locations in Elizabeth, N. Jersey on September 17-18, 2016, according to a federal indictment. The U.S. Department of Justice (U.S.DOJ) announced that, Rahami is charged in a Complaint filed in the Southern District of New York with one count of using and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2332a, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment; one count of bombing and attempting to bomb a place of public use, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2332f, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment; one count of destroying and attempting to destroy property by means of fire or explosive, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 844(d), which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; and use of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence, namely, the use and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c), which carries a mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of 30 years in prison, all in connection with Rahami’s alleged detonation of an explosive device and efforts to detonate explosives in New York City.
Rahami is also charged in a Complaint filed in the District of New Jersey with two counts of using and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2332a, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment on each count; one count of bombing and attempting to bomb a place of public use and public transportation system, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2332f, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment; one count of attempting to destroy property by means of fire or explosive, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 844(i), which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; and two counts of using a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence, namely, the use and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c), each count of which carries a mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of 30 years in prison and, if convicted of both counts, a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, all in connection with Rahami’s alleged efforts to detonate explosives in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and Elizabeth, New Jersey, according to the federal indictment.l, according to the U.S.DOJ.
Rahami was taken into custody on Monday morning after a gun fight with Linden police.

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Posted Video On FB Shows Nasty Green Liquid Dumped Into Menomonee River

An unknown green liquid substance was dumped into the Menomonee River flow.

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

September 20, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, a man on his break noticed a green liquid being dumped into a Menomonee river from a drainage outlet under the Hawley Rd. Bridge, according to a partial sign that was also recorded in a Facebook (FB) posted video by Earnest Ulysses. Ulysses even says that the Milwaukee drinking water is supposed to be safe to drink, but doubts it now.
The FB video is being shared by users. It sure seems the river is being polluted by an unknown substance.

Unknown green liquid being dump into the Menomonee River under a bridge, video: http://bit.ly/2cHw4ce

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Several Catholic Priests Found Dead After Being Kidnapped

Two kidnapped catholic priests were found dead hours later.

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

September 19, 2016

Poza Rica, Veracruz, México – On Monday afternoon, the bodies of two catholic priests who had been kidnapped earlier in the day along with their driver from Our Lady of Fatima were found around 1:00 p.m. at a roadway with their hands and feet tied, exhibited gunshot wounds and signs of torture, according to Mexican police. Father Alejo Nabor Jiménez Juarez, 50, and Father José Alfredo Jiménez Suárez de la Cruz, 30, were reported missing on early Monday to police. The priest’s driver managed to escape from his armed kidnappers.
No arrests have been made.

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Milwaukee Police Officer Lisa Baake Suspended After Crashing Into Rear Of Squad Car While OWI

A 22 year police veteran with the Milwaukee Police Department has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an OWI crash investigation.

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

September 19, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – A 22 year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) has been suspended with pay after she was taken into custody for OWI involving a crash on Saturday afternoon. Milwaukee Police Officer Lisa Baake was not on duty when she crashed into the rear of a police squad car stopped at an intersection in the 7600 block of W. Florist St. around 4:20 p.m. Officer Baake was booked for OWI-1st offense and charges are pending.
According to police, a 45-year-old officer in the police squad car was injured and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The officer injured was from Milwaukee Police 7 District Station.
Baake was a Field Training Officer and assigned to Milwaukee Police 4 District Station.

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Police In New Mexico Investigating 3 Stolen H-D Custom Bikes Worth $120K

Three custom motorcycles inside a black trailer were reported stolen over the weekend in New Mexico.

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

September 19, 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico – On Friday, three custom motorcycles were reported stolen including a trailer, according to police. Police are investigating the theft, which is worth at least $120,000, reported by Joseph Vigil, the owner of the three customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles on his Facebook account.
Vigil parked the trailer with the motorcycles inside at a friend’s house as he was getting ready to participate at a bike and car show at the local Rock and Brews over the weekend.
A suspect or suspects were spotted by neighnors in a black truck with no headlights that hitched the trailer and drove off, according to police.

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