Archive for August, 2017

Captain Alexander “Alex” Ramirez Assigned To Milwaukee Police District 2

Captain Ramirez took over the Milwaukee Police District 2.

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

August 30, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – On Sunday, Captain Alexander “Alex” Ramirez took over the Milwaukee Police District 2 Station replacing Captain Heather N. Wurth. Ramirez in July was promoted to the rank of Captain by Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn making him the third Latino to serve as Captain in police district 2 station. Ramirez for the last 26 years served as a Lieutenant in the Milwaukee Police Department. Ramirez as a Lieutenant briefly served as acting Captain in the Narcotics Division until he was promoted to Captain in May by Chief Flynn.
Two other previous former Captains at police district 2 station were Alfonso Morales and Eduardo Negron who became the first Hispanic to lead district 2. As a Lieutenant, Ramirez served under Captain Morales and as a police Sergeant, Ramirez also worked at district 2.
Captain Ramirez has a Masters Degree in Public Service-Administration of Justice from Marquette University.
On Tuesday, Captain Ramirez accompanied by Captain Steven Caballero from the Homicide Unit, Inspector Jutiki Jackson and Officer Kevin Vodicka attended the Walker’s Point Association community gathering at the newly opened Snifters Tapas & Spirits on S. 5th Street by co-owners Gabriel Lemus, Julio Maldonado and Terrell Morgan. Ramirez made a brief presentation and was introduced as the new assigned Captain to the Milwaukee Police District 2 Station.
Alderman José G. Pérez was also present at the community gathering at Snifters.

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Man Killed At The 800 Block Of W. Becher Identified As Timothy John Robinson-Webb

Robinson-Webb was fatally shot outside of a tavern shortly after an altercation broke out.

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

August 29, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – Family members identified Timothy John Robinson-Webb, 22, as the victim who was fatally shot after an altercation broke out on August 20, 2017 around 1:45 a.m. just outside a Southside tavern at the 800 block of W. Becher Street. Robinson-Webb died from his injury and a 21-year-old woman was also shot and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The suspect involved in the Robinson-Webb homicide fled the scene. Police continue with the ongoing homicide investigation.

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Mother Of Slain Angel J. Ortega Seeks Public Help In Locating Alleged Murder Suspects

20-year-old Angel J. Ortega was fatally shot during an altercation outside Kaña Mojito Club, a local night club in Milwaukee’s Southside.

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

August 28, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – On Monday, Tina Ortega posted on Facebook (FB) several FB account photos of what she identified are the two suspects wanted by police in connection with her son’s homicide, Angel J. Ortega, 20, at Kaña Mojito Club, a local night club in Milwaukee’s Southside. Apparently, Angel and his brother went to Kaña and security refused to let Angel’s brother from getting inside due to a dress code issue, but allowed Angel walk inside without checking his ID, according to his brother. Angel was 20 and wasn’t carrying an ID with him at the time.
The suspects got into an altercation inside of Kaña over a woman and were kicked out. They were outside when they pulled out guns and fired hitting Angel and two other victims. A female victim was also struck in arm as she ran to her vehicle.
The shooting actually happened outside in the La Fuente parking lot and not inside as it was reported earlier.
Rafael Ortega who is Angel’s uncle told Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that Angel didn’t have his ID with him and that police reported his age at 23, but he is only 20. Rafael says, there were two shooters (Estrada and Sánchez) and they began to shoot at those exiting the back door after an altercation broke inside. As a 23-year-old male victim was exiting the suspects who were kicked put of Kaña began to fire and he was shot in the stomach twice. Angel then walked out from Kaña and was struck in the chest and heart, he managed to walk back inside Kaña and told those inside he was just shot and then fell.
Police recovered 6 spent cartridges from a .380 Caliber handgun and 5 spent cartridges from a .45 Caliber handgun in the parking lot.
Police responded to a shooting at Kaña just after 1:45 a.m. on Saturday and found that three people were shot and Angel died from his injuries. The two other victims survived with none life threatening injuries.
Sánchez, 24, and Estrada, 25, were each charged on Monday with three felony counts that include 1st-degree reckless homicide and party to crime and use of a dangerous weapon, if convicted they’re facing up to 60-years in prison; 1st-degree reckless injury and party to crime and use of a dangerous weapon, if convicted, they’re facing up to 40-years in prison and 1st-degree reckless endangering safety and party to crime and use of a dangerous weapon, if convicted they’re facing up to 12-years and six months in prison and up to $25,000 in fines, according to court records. 
According to Tina, she is seeking for the public and FB users help in locating the two alleged suspects connected to her son’s murder. Tina identified the suspects as Omar Estrada and José Sánchez and posted their FB account photos.
Milwaukee police confirmed that two suspects have been identified and felony warrants have been issued for their arrest. The U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI have been also notified and are helping to located the two suspects.
Angel Velazquez, the owner of Kaña was contacted by HNNUSA and did confirmed that the shooting had occurred at the adjacent parking lot from Kaña and that video surveillance of the shooting outside by the suspects was turned over to police.
If anyone has any information leading to the whereabouts of both Estrada and Sánchez, police should be notified, according to Tina.

Update: In an exclusive video by HNNUSA, Alex Ramirez, the newly assigned Captain to the Milwaukee Police District 2 Station (MPD2) confirmed during a Walker’s Point Association community gathering that Kaña Mojito “is on a nuisance status.” Officer Kevin Vodicka from the Community Prosecution Unit at MPD2 says that several battery incidents have occurred at Kaña.
In December 2016, a 10-day Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises license suspension was approved for Kaña Mojito Club, 625 S. 5th St. operated by Angel Velazquez. Alderman José G. Pérez voted for license suspension along with other aldermen. The Common Council voted 10-5 to reduce the 60-day suspension to a 10-day suspension under recommendation by Alderman Pérez.
Velazquez has been billed for police services at least for two prior incidents and will most likely be facing another bill up for $5,000 for last weekend’s incident, according to Officer Vodicka.

Exclusive: Milwaukee police speak about fatal shooting at Kaña Mojito Night Club https://youtu.be/UrFbbdLzulw

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3,600 Digital Images Of Mexican Fiesta 2017 Shot By Photojournalist Cy White

Photojournalist Cy White a former U.S. Marine Corps Veteran has documented thousands of digital images of Latino and non-Latino events including Mexican Fiesta through the years in Wisconsin.

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

August 27, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – Photojournalist Cy White documenting Mexican Fiesta 2017 with digital images for posterity. Cy confirmed to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. that between Thursday through Sunday, he shot at least 3,600 digital images. Cy is a photojournalist for El Conquistador Latino News. Congrats Cy!

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Roberto Hernández Center From UW-Milwaukee Celebrates Its 47th Anniversary At Mexican Fiesta 2017

After 47 years of its creation, the Roberto Hernández Center formerly the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute continues to service the Latino community by providing an educational pathway for Hispanic students to enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee today.

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

August 27, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – On Sunday, the Roberto Hernández Center (RHC) formerly the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute (SSOI) celebrated its 47th Anniversary at Mexican Fiesta 2017. Alberto Maldonado, the Interim Director of the RHC confirmed that there approximately 2,200 Latinos enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and more than 150 Latinos are expected to enroll each upcoming semester for the next 5 years.
The current UWM Chancellor Mark Mone was invited to help celebrate the 47th Anniversary of the RHC.
Jesús Salas and Ernesto Chacon were recognized for their instrumental leadership for the August 27, 1970 UWM Chapman Hall takeover, which five educational activists were arrested including Salas, Jose Luis Huerta-Sanchez, Gregorio “Goyo” Rivera and the late Marla O. Anderson and Dante Navarro. The educational activists and about 500 community members for the Latino community decided to takeover the UWM chancellor’s office after the then chancellor cancelled a meeting with community members. UWM under Chancellor J. Martin Klotsche practice a discriminatory policy that kept Latinos from enrolling at UWM. In that year, there were only 15 Latino students compared to 25,000 Anglo-American students.
The educational activists succeeded in taking down the discriminatory UWM policy and the university began to accept Latinos and created the SSOI. On September 1, 1979 then UWM Chancellor Klotsche decided to admit Latino students into the universary.

RHC 47th Anniversary video at Mexican Fiesta 2017 https://youtu.be/WT3roNkzMyY

RHC 40th Anniversary video with news footage https://youtu.be/FzOpOxI_GKw

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Three-day Mexican Fiesta Entry Bracelets A Scam Event Organizers Claim

Mexican Fiesta organizers confirmed that no three-day entry bracelets to get into the Summerset grounds are being sold by the WHSF.

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

August 23, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – On Monday, the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc., which operates the three-day Mexican Fiesta at the Summerset grounds exposed an alleged scam by Javi Reyes who has a Facebook (FB) account offering and selling bracelets to enter the Fiesta this weekend. Organizers confirmed that Mexican Fiesta (MF) is not selling any three-day bracelets to enter the even and that Reyes’ bracelet offer in the Compra y Venta FB page are not valid and patrons attending the MF should purchase their tickets at authorized distributors only or at the event.
MF did not say, if anyone had purchased the fake bracelets.

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Racist Rant By Bruce Thomas Draws Criticism By Facebook Users Over Student Punching SDHS Teacher

Thomas posted in the CBS 58 News report on Facebook that “Why did they blur the sixteen-year-old he’s a f****** little Niger Thug” referring to a video of a South Division High School student who punched a special education teacher during class.

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

August 23, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – Apparently, the incident of a 16-year-old South Division High School student repeatedly punching a special education teacher during class and getting recorded on a cell phone video by another student, which was later posted on Facebook (FB) has gone viral. CBS 58 News reported the incident and posted a blur video of the act on FB and it didn’t take long for White racists to post racist rants on the comment thread. One of those White racists was identified as Bruce Thomas who posted on the CBS 58 news thread, “Why did they blur the sixteen-year-old he’s a f****** little Niger Thug” and “Mps is 98% black mongrels” has drawn criticism by other FB users as well.
Bruce actually operates his Thomas Apparel and Embroidery business and also claims to work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee doing embroidery screen printing as well, according to his FB account.
The 16-year-old student involved in the incident was taken into custody by Milwaukee police and charges are expected to be filed for battery to a school official. Police will refer the pending assault case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office for possible prosecution.
The special education teacher that was assaulted by the 16-year-old student was identified as S. Baity who was expected to retire in a few weeks.

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