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MILWAUKEE – The police officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park earlier this year has been fired, Chief Ed Flynn announced.
In a press conference Police Chief Edward Flynn said he charged Officer Christopher Manney with a violation of their Core Value 1.00, Competence.
“Based on the totality of the circumstances, including the aggravating and mitigating factors I’ve described, I signed an order terminating Christopher Manney from his employment with the Milwaukee Police Department earlier today,” Flynn said.
“While I find errors in the judgment used by Officer Manney,” he continued, “there was no malice in his decisions.”
The Milwaukee Police Association released a statement Wednesday condemning the decision.
“The decision to terminate this officer is cowardice and certainly unfounded and unsupported by fact,” the statement reads in part.
“The use of deadly force by an officer is a difficult decision that must be made accurately and instantaneously – the MPA is confident in the officer’s training and trust the action taken was of necessity.”
Protesters have repeatedly called for the officer to be charged, though a decision on that front has not yet been reached.
Milwaukee – Dr. Enrique Aleman, an associate professor at the University of Utah, arrived in Milwaukee this week to show and discuss his documentary film, “Stolen Education” at the United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS).
Aleman is a Kingsville, Texas native who made the documentary to expose the barriers of school segregation policies in Driscoll, Texas in the 1950s and to argue that those policies still exist today.
The documentary chronicled the experiences of Mexican immigrants and and raises awareness of the racism they face in South Texas.
Aleman’s documentary addressed the 1956 segregation court case Hernandez et. Al v. Driscoll Consolidated Independent School District that ended discriminatory practices that kept Mexican American children in the first grade for three years.
Aleman began began his research and interviewing people about three years ago to write a book. He said his father Enrique Aleman helped him with his work.
Aleman, is a 1989 H.M. King High School graduate, has a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University, a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
During the height to unionize Palermo’s Pizza workers, media news releases and coverage of Voces de la Frontera’s campaign to establish a union at Palermo’s Villa was always welcomed by Christine Nuemann-Ortiz, the organizations executive director.
The more media, the better it seemed.
Palermo’s Pizza workers held strike demonstrations in front of Palermo’s Pizza and with the help of Voces de la Frontera, called for a national boycott of Palermo’s Pizza.
But all that media hounding ended on July of this year when Voces de la Frontera quietly had Palermo’s workers rescind their petition to unionize with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Recent news reports have surfaced alerting the public that over two months ago Voces ended union organizing at Palermo’s Pizza when Palermo’s workers retreated by asking NLRB to cancel its petition to unionize. No media press release, no news conference, not even a last stand demonstration.
What happened? Not to the union organizing effort, but what happened to the 75 undocumented workers Voces de la Frontera manipulated into unionizing the Palermo’s workforce.
The fact that no mention of this was made by Voces de La Frontera, raises concerns about the forgotten workers and their families.
What is the status of these workers and their families? The community needs to know.
The Milwaukee Business Journal reportsthat employees working for Palermo’s Pizza in Milwaukee, WI withdrew their election petition in late July of this year. A union election had been scheduled for August 14, but the employees filed withdrawal paperwork with the National Labor Relations Board several weeks before the election date.
The union campaign had been backed by Voceds De La Frontera, an immigrants rights group, and the United Food and Commercial Workers. However, the campaign was derailed when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audited the employee’s immigration statuses.
The president of Palermo’s issued a short statement after the petition was withdrawn:
“Palermo’s is a strong, family-owned company that succeeds because of its values, its integrity and its commitment to hard work. Our company will continue to focus on the efforts that help us deliver a great pizza experience coast-to-coast. This means we will continue to engage and respect all of our employees, provide a quality work environment and offer a good, family-sustaining job with great benefits. It also means we will continue to be a leader in demonstrating our corporate commitment to Milwaukee and the surrounding area.”
Neither spokespeople for Voces De La Frontera or the UFCW would comment on whether the union effort would continue. We will keep you posted with any updates.
Workers at Palermo Villa Inc. have withdrawn their petition for union representation with the National Labor Relations Board, according to Ben Mandelman, Milwaukee officer-in-charge.
Spokespeople for Voces de la Frontera, which was representing the workers trying to form Palermo Workers Union, could not be reached for comment. The Palermo Workers Union’s website has been taken down.
Over 75 undocumented workers and their families were manipulated by Voces de la Frontera to form a union.
Now that the effort has failed, it seems Voces de la Frontera is trying desperately have this issue fade away into obscurity. Even Georgia Pabst of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel failed to cover this story after devoting many articles about the matter during the height of the campaign. The matter to withdraw unionization was done in July. Pabst had part of July, August and September to report the latest news, she didn’t.
The news was scooped by the business newspapers in Milwaukee. Why did Pabst refuse to cover this development?
Could it be that questions regarding the workers fate would have to be asked?
What about the 75 undocumented workers and their families? Did Voces de la Frontera help those workers find work or helped them to become legalized?
Pabst is taking great care to not report the failure of Voces de la Frontera’s Palermo’s Pizza campaign. In addition, Pabst is engaging in an injustice by not reporting what did Voces de la Frontera do to help those 75 undocumented workers and their families find peace and stability now that their efforts have failed.
Chicago, IL – The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) announced its webinar at 12 pm CDT on October 9 to unveil and discuss the findings of its new report, “Random Access: Examining the Latino Student Experience with Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)” on October 9, Pamela Tate, CAEL CEO and President announced today. PLA provides opportunities to evaluate a student’s learning from work or life experience for the purpose of awarding college credit. For students whose experiential learning is demonstrably at the college level, PLA saves students time and money on their pathway to a degree.
In announcing the webinar Tate said, “This report was conducted in partnership with Excelencia in Education and examined the experiences of Latino students with PLA at 10 postsecondary institutions in the U.S. between 2010 and 2013. The study’s findings suggest specific strategies for more effective outreach to Latino students, as well as other important target populations on PLA. This webinar will be a valuable opportunity to learn about those findings and what it means to both adult learners and the institutions that are working to meet those higher education goals.”
The study analyzed more than 32,000 student academic records, as well as interviews with Latino students and PLA administrators and examined how Latino students engage with PLA in terms of methods used, number of credits earned, and areas of study for which credits were earned. It also investigated the role that institutions play in encouraging Latino students to take advantage of PLA. The study was coauthored by CAEL Associate Vice President, Research and Policy Development, Rebecca Klein-Collins and CAEL Research Associate, Richard Olson.
Added Tate, “We know that adult students with PLA credit are two-and-a-half times more likely to earn their degrees compared to adult students without PLA credit (Klein-Collins, 2010), yet compared to non-Latinos, fewer Latino students take advantage of this opportunity. During the webinar we will discuss the study’s specific strategies for institutions to take in order to support Latino students – as well as other populations – in their efforts to earn credit for what they already know.”
A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Esperanza Unida in foreclosure proceedings” detailed some of the financial difficulties that resulted in foreclosure proceedings by the City of Milwaukee from outstanding property taxes and additionally purporting unpaid utility bills, in particular with WE Energies, and unpaid federal taxes.
However, what the article overlooked, intentionally or unintentionally, is another major factor in this organization’s fiscal woes, and that is a number of hefty, unaccounted loans that were approved and signed by its former Executive Director, Richard Oulahan, for a variety of building improvements that never came to fruition.
It has recently been discovered that two Real Estate Mortgage loan documents totaling $600,000 for Esperanza Unida, Inc. have materialized. The funds from these two loans have been in controversy because the money from these loans has been, and still is, unaccounted for. The two mortgage loans were made out to Esperanza Unida, Inc. from then M&I Marshall & Illsley Bank. Each mortgage loan was for $300,000.
Though these mortgages are from the 1990’s, Esperanza Unida is still making payments on these mysterious loans and it has been noted that there may be more unaccounted loans to be discovered. The financial obligation in continuing to make payments for these mortgages is a significant factor in the organizations financial difficulties.
These loans were intended to complete building improvements like repairing roofs, replacing fire systems and sprinklers, and remodeling HVAC units to their headquarters located at 611 W. National Avenue and 1329 W. National Avenue both located in Milwaukee. Those improvements and repairs werenever made.
It has been reported that several Esperanza Unida board members, some of which who were on the board when the loans were secured, appeared shocked upon presentation of the mortgage loan documents at a recent board meeting.
Former Esperanza Unida Chief Financial Officer Hugo Alacron was contacted and has stated that he has no recollection of these loans let alone the improvements or repairs.
The question that still remains unanswered is, where did the $600,000 go?
Milwaukee – This past week Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that two Wisconsin millionaires are underwriting radio ads aimed at persuading Hispanics and blacks in Milwaukee to vote Republican this fall, however, it appears the Chairman of the Hispanic Caucus does not believe in the effort.
Joe Medina, Chairman of the Hispanic Republican caucus of Wisconsin, instead of supporting the Republican candidate running against Democrat JoCasta Zamarripa in the 8th Assembly, has contributed $40.00 to the JoCasta Zamarripa campaign in order to help get her reelected.
The contribution to the Zamarripa campaign by Medina flys in the face of a major effort being made by Republican financiers who are spending loads of money calling on Hispanic voter to vote for Governor Scott Walker, and other Republican Party candidates.
The advertising campaign was launched by Americas PAC, a conservative organization based in Iowa.
The spokesman for the group, Tom Donelson said Americas PAC hopes to persuade African-American and Latino voters to leave the Democratic Party and support Republican candidates.
According to an article by Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “The organization’s goal is to get 35% to 40% of Hispanics and 20% of blacks in the Milwaukee area to vote Republican”.
Donelson tells the Journal Sentinel that he estimates “that Americas PAC will drop between $150,000 and $200,000 on the radio spots in Milwaukee through the group’s tax-exempt nonprofit, also known as a 527 group.”
However, this effort and money being spent seems to not be of importance to the GOPs leading Hispanic voice, Joe Medina.
However, there are other Hispanic Repuicans who believe the media outreach is a good thing.
State Rep. Jessie Rodriguez, a Republican said that “these ads make sense to a lot of Latinos. They reinforced the theme that immigrants come to this country, not for handouts, but for jobs, a better education, and the American dream — the very reasons my parents came to this country when I was young.”
There are some in the Hispanic community who are taken back by the news.
“It’s kind of surprising that the Chairman of the Republican Hispanic caucus contributed funds to the JoCasta Zamarripa (Democrat) campaign”, said Vladimir Ramierz.
On Page 4 of 21 of Representative JoCasta Zamarripa’s most recent campaign finance report, the name Medina, Joe appears on the top of the page. He contributed $40.00 to the JoCasta Zamarippa campaign. Joe Medina is Chair of the Hispanic GOP caucus and most likely sits on the GOP executive committee.
Medina or Zamarripa did not respond to request for a statement.
RACINE — A temporary shut down of Racine Horlick High School was ordered after a gun shot was fired across the street from the school.
Police officers responded to reports of a large group of youth fighting across the street from Horlick High School late morning Monday when one gunshot was fired during the fighting.
Soon there after students were let out of school shortly after the reported shooting. Horlick High School was already scheduled for an early release say school officials. Police were at the school to ensure the safety of students leaving the school.
Racine police report that no one was injured by the gunshot, and that no suspects have been arrested.
Por Scott Walker,
Gobernador, Estado de Wisconsin
Después de haber perdido133,000 empleos en el último término del ex gobernador Doyle, Wisconsin ha creado más de 100,000 trabajos durante mi término como gobernador. Wisconsin también ha creado más de 25,000 nuevos negocios y nuestra tasa de desempleoestá al nivel más bajo desde el 2008.
Los hispanoamericanos son socios del crecimiento. El Mes de la Herencia Hispana nos da la oportunidad de reconocer a una comunidad que está aportando a la recuperación de Wisconsin. Por ejemplo, nuestro plan estratégico estatal para el crecimiento económico incluye una mayor inversión en nuestras organizaciones de desarrollo económico hispano.
Durante los últimos años, hemos trabajado con la Cámara de Comercio Hispana para asistir a las personas a emprendercompañías y crecer pequeños negocios. Por ejemplo la Cámara de Comercio Hispana recibió $200,000 en financiamiento del estado para crear un fondo de préstamosrevolventes. Este compromiso del estado resultará en fondos privados adicionales para emprendedores hispanos.
Hispanoamericanos son el grupo de emprendedores con más crecimiento que cualquier otro grupo. El crecimiento denuevos negocios es importante para el desarrollo de la economía estatal y para la creación de empleos. Para ayudar en este crecimiento, el estado ha invertido en los Laboratorios de Revolución de Milwaukee, que ayuda a los emprendedores a convertir una idea a un negocio. Los laboratorios de revolución dan prioridad a las nuevas empresas en la Iniciativa Transformar a Milwaukee.
Transformar a Milwaukee es nuestra iniciativa para reunir a los socios comunitarios de Milwaukee para crear más empleos, crecer los negocios y mejorar las colonias en el área del corredor en la calle 30. A través de esta iniciativa estamos invirtiendo millones de dólares en Milwaukee para hacer crear más empleos. Un ejemplo de esto es la inversión de $7 millones en UMOS para financiar el programa de empleos de Transformar a Milwaukee.
El programa de empleos de Transformar a Milwaukee es un programa enfocado en entrenar a los trabajadores de Milwaukee para ayudar a los individuos de bajos ingresos a obtener un empleo de tiempo completo a través de la experiencia de trabajo. El programa también asiste a losempresarios que buscan trabajadores. El resultado beneficiaa los emprendedores de Milwaukee y a los trabajadores.
El crecimiento de nuestra economía es en parte por nuestras políticas de desarrollo económico. Para darles a nuestros líderes hispanos de negocios una voz sobre la política de desarrollo económico estatal, nombre a Nancy Hernández para el Consejo Corporativo de Desarrollo Económico de Wisconsin. Nancy fue miembro de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Wisconsin y presidente y fundadora de ABRAZO, una compañía multicultural de mercadotecnia y comunicaciones en Milwaukee.
Juntos, hemos establecido el Consejo de Asesoría de Desarrollo de Negocios de Minorías. Este consejo ayudará a comunicarnos con la comunidad de negocios de las minorías y alinear nuestros recursos estatales a sus necesidades.
Wisconsin se está recuperando y nuestra comunidad hispana está asociada con el estado y dirigiendo esta recuperación. La comunidad hispana de Wisconsin continuará siendo muy importante para el crecimiento económico del estado hoy yen el futuro.
Milwaukee – September was a month of celebration as local Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (SSCHC) commemorated its 45 years of service to Milwaukee’s multi-ethnic, medically underserved community.
In September of 1969, community residents voted to create the Health Organization for Public Ethics (H.O.P.E.). It operated under the philosophy that no one would be denied care, regardless of income – a mission that lives on through the organization known today as Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers. After building a presence in the South 16th Streetcommunity, and through support from H.O.P.E, the Health Contact Center, United Way, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital andother programs, SCCHC expanded from one clinic to five separate locations, including three full-service medical clinics.
In addition to providing comprehensive primary and preventive health care and social services, SSCHC is a powerful economic engine for the Latino community, with a client population that is 85 percent Hispanic.
SSCHC also is a major employer in the communities it serves. The health center provides direct employment opportunities, including critical entry-level jobs, training and community-based career building options.
In 2009, SSCHC directly generated 259.6 full-time jobs and indirectly created an estimated 45.5 jobs for a total of 305 local jobs in just one year. In this same year, SSCHC instilled almost $30million of operating expenditures directly into the local economy.
Through creating jobs, supporting local businesses and engaging in community partnerships and development projects, SSCHC plays a significant role in developing the community’s economy.
In an effort to reach more people in need of medical services, SSCHC opened a clinic in Waukesha in 2012, which createdadditional new jobs and made effective use of a formerly vacant building.
In addition to creating employment opportunities, the health center keeps people at work. SSCHC provides care to keep local workers healthy and productive, so they can provide for their families and contribute to their vibrant community.
“What sets SSCHC apart is its dedication to the complete health of the individual as well as the overall health of the broader community,” said John Bartkowski, president and CEO.
At SSCHC’s location in Milwaukee, the community health center is an anchor for local businesses. SSCHC draws at least 500 people to the area every day, which helps support surrounding restaurants and retail stores like El Rey and Family Dollar.
The health center also purchases goods and services directly from local businesses, including food from Pete’s Fruit Market.
Through its partnership with WIC, SSCHC supports local farmer markets as well. In general, community-based health centers like SSCHC alleviate stress on local ERs and drive down business health costs by serving vulnerable populations.
SSCHC has a belief in personal responsibility and wants people to be involved in their health care. To support this mission, SSCHC engages in capital development projects and community partnerships.
Due to SSCHC’s positive involvement in the community and increasing patient demand, the health center attracts investment and other businesses to the community.
The centers also are involved in the creation of countless community programs, including “Latinos por la Salud,” a group that directs health initiatives impacting the whole neighborhood.
“Latinos por la Salud” and SSCHC staff led a Healthy Grocery Store Campaign to introduce new health foods into neighborhood grocery stores and provide parent education in local schools.
SSCHC also started “The Community Health Worker Volunteer Program,” which is made up of veteran chronic care patients who act as key resources among neighbors and extend SSCHC’s influence beyond clinic walls and out intothe community.
“Our community partnerships allow us to provide a broad range of services to our patients and bridge cultural and economic barriers,” said Dr. Julie Schuller, executive vice president and vice president of clinical affairs.
For the past 45 years, and for the foreseeable future, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers has acted as an economic engine and helped people in Wisconsin lead successful lives – both by providing care that keeps community members productive at their jobs and with their families, and by supplying jobs and resources in the community it serves.
ELKHORN — Steven Zelich, the man accused of killing two women and stuffing their bodies in suitcases, will not have any hearings until a status update from Kenosha County is received by Walworth County.
Zelich is a former West Allis police officer charged with two counts of hiding a corpse in Walworth County and one count of hiding a corpse in Kenosha County. He is also charged with intentional homicide.
Because the bodies were found in suitcases in the town of Geneva; the charges are split between the counties of Kenosha and Walworth.
Zelich appeared in person during a brief hearing, but he didn’t address the court. He has entered not-guilty pleas to the Walworth County charges. No pleas have been entered in Kenosha County.
Zelich is being held in custody on a $1 million bond in Walworth County and a $2 million bond in Kenosha County.
Zelich charged with killing 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Ore., and 37-year-old Laura Simonson.
Zelich has said he accidentally killed both women during rough sex and put the bodies in suitcases.
He reportedly kept the suitcases in his home for months until dumping them. They were discovered by highway workers cutting grass.
Federal government mandate requiring that ballots be printed in Spanish, because of the growth of predominantly Spanish speaking community in Milwaukee, has moved the city to hire Spanish speaking poll workers to help Spanish voters at the polls.
According to the City Election Commission website, to qualify to become a candidate you must be bilingual in English and Spanish, qualified to vote in the City of Milwaukee, be at least 18 years old, a resident of the City of Milwaukee and a U. S. citizen.
If you are interested in working as a bilingual election poll worker you can’t be a convicted felon and can’t be a candidate for office in the election.
Those who apply will undergo a screening process followed by paid training.
Candidates will be trained starting October 9, and training for new candidates will continue throughout the month of October, said Francisco Javier Rodriquez who is coordinating this effort for City Hall.
Those selected will receive pay for the day spent training. Successful candidates hired will be paid $130 for the full election day or $67.50 for working a half day.
If you are interested you should call Francisco Javier Rodriquez at the city elections commission at414-286-0217 or email him atFrodrig@milwaukee.gov.
The annual banquet honors those who have made significant contributions to Wisconsin’s Hispanic communities.
The awards are for Hispanic Man of the Year, Hispanic Woman of the Year, Hispanic Youth of the Year, and Hispanic Family of the Year.
This year the Hispanic Woman of the Year is Dora E. Zuñiga, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County. She is being honored for her tireless efforts working with Latino children and families in the City of Madison.
Hispanic Man of the Year: Jose Ruano, retired official from Miller & Miller Coors. Ruano is being honored for his many years pushing for diversity at the company and supporting community programs around the state.
Hispanic Family of the Year: Pedro Martinez and his wife Joan and their three children of Hispanic Ministry for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Pedro and Joan organized Christmas dinners for prisoners and families at Fox Lake Correctional Institution and volunteered many years to support Cinco de Mayo and other community events.
Hispanic Youth of the Year: Caroline Maria Dannecker. Dannecker graduated with honors from Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School. She has been active at the school where she was captain of her swim team and volunteered for community events like street cleanup efforts.
They will all be honored at the 34th Annual Hispanic Awards Banquet, Saturday, October 11 at a dinner and reception at the Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago.
Tickets for the awards dinner are $75 per person. For more information call(414) 389-6002 or go to www.umos.org.
MENOMONEE FALLS — Kohl’s Department Stores is hiring more than 67,000 associates for the coming holiday shopping season. The company anticipates hiring an average of 50 employees for each of its 1,163 stores across 49 states.
Kohl’s is also looking to fill 9,300 seasonal positions at distribution centers, and 670 seasonal credit operations positions.
According to Kohl’s most of these positions will be filled by mid-November. Anyone interested in applying for one of these many seasonal jobs can apply at KohlsCareers.com
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is targeted by a congressional bill aiming to transfer all its duties into the FBI and other federal agencies.
The bill, by Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, would impose an immediate hiring freeze at the ATF and seek out a plan to be submitted within six months on how to move its activities to other agencies. The bill calls for eliminating the agency in a year following the bill’s final passage.
In a statement, Sensenbrenner called ATF “a duplicative, scandal ridden agency that lacks a clear mission.””We can do the very same job a lot more effectively for less,” he mentioned. “At a time when we are approaching $18 trillion in debt, we require to demand accountability within our federal agencies and to take a closer look at cutting waste and redundancy.”
The ATF is the the nation’s lead agency for enforcing gun laws, but it also has investigated situations involving drugs and violent crime, which overlap with the FBI, DEA and other agencies.
The ATF has come under fire in current years for ill-fated operations, like Operation Quick and Furious in Arizona and Operation Fearless in Milwaukee.
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation uncovered the Milwaukee problems as properly as similar issues in storefronts nationwide. A Government Accountability Workplace report this year on the ATF identified an agency attempting to redefine itself while struggling with high personnel turnover and problems tracking its own criminal investigations.
The 43rd UMOS Mexican Independence Day parade, featuring mariachis, motorcycles, low-rider cars, dancers, and dignitaries wound its way through the south side this past weekend.
Parade-goers and marchers were led by the American Legion and Latin American Motorcycle Association to the UMOS festival grounds at the UMOS corporate headquarters, 2701 S. Chase Ave. UMOS, a non-profit that serves area Latinos, along with local businesses, sponsored the celebration of Mexican independence.
Thousands took part in the festivities, which included music, carnival rides and games, food and numerous community resource booths.
The parade celebrates what today is known as “El Grito” or “Cry” of Dolores was the Sept. 16, 1810 rallying cry by Roman Catholic Priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, sparking the Mexican War of Independence against the Spanish colonial government.
WAUKESHA COUNTY — A Waukesha County detective considered “a hazard on the job” is in trouble for domestic-related disorderly conduct.
Co-workers say that Waukesha County Detective Pete Korns is a waiting car wreck.
Having been officially reprimanded nine times since 2011 for misconduct and being suspended for three days earlier this year, the detective has been able to remain the job.
FOX6 News recently found out that Korns was placed on administrative leave, after co-workers suspected he had been coming to work high on opiates.
The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department confirms there’s an ongoing investigation.
This week, Waukesha police arrested Korns for domestic-related disorderly conduct.
That’s when the sheriff finally suspended Korns’ arrest powers.
Korns’ co-workers have caught him sleeping on the job and snoring, using his work computer for personal things — like accessing Craigslist more than 6,000 times, and researching steroids.
In January, he’s accused of driving his squad car for two months without a valid driver’s license.
He has also been in trouble for not properly storing evidence.
“I’ve been here 35 years so I’ve known this employee Pete Korns from the day he started. I’ve supervised him personally for many, many years and I’ve realized overall he is a good employee,” Trawicki said.
In June, Trawicki told FOX6 News he felt like Korns’ behavior had changed for the better.
“If I thought this was a person who deserved to be terminated, then I would make that recommendation. I’ve done it before,” Trawicki said.
The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department came under fire this summer after a FOX6 investigation revealed the laundry list of violations that have been leveled against Korns over the years.
The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department has issued this statement to FOX6 News:
“On September 9, 2014, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Detective Pete Korns was arrested by the City of Waukesha Police Department on an allegation of Domestic related Disorderly Conduct.
Detective Korns has been with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department for approximately 26 years and is assigned to the Detective Bureau.
Consistent with our normal practice, Detective Korns has been placed on administrative leave and his arrest powers have been suspended pending the outcome of the City of Waukesha Police Department’s investigation and our internal investigation. We will not be releasing any further details of the case until the conclusion of both investigations.”