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No Cases of Canine Flu in Kenosha

Kenosha – At least 1,100 Chicago-area dogs have come down with a highly contagious strain of canine flu — and six have died — in what researchers said is a strain of the virus never seen before in the United States.

Chicago was the first location outside of Asia that has seen H3N2 cases. The highly contagious disease, which began spreading at the end of March, is a full-blown epidemic in the city.

The current outbreak, the largest and longest-lasting in the region, is caused by a strain closely related to the Asian strains of the flu virus, laboratory scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin said in a statement this week.

Symptoms include persistent and lingering cough, lethargic behavior, poor appetite and a fever, said Dr. Donna Alexander, administrator of the Cook County Department of Animal & Rabies Control.

No cases have been identified in Kenosha County, but animal clinics are getting bombed with questions from concerned pet guardians, and some are asking about flu vaccinations.

“This virus has only been seen in Korea and China and our cases in Chicago are the first of its kind on our soil,” Kimberly Cerny, the practice manager at Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, said in a statement to NBC Chicago.

Veterinarians began reporting cases of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease, or CIRD, in January, said Cook County spokesman Frank Shuftan. There may be more cases than have been reported, Shuftan said.

“A lot of vets are so busy now they’re having a difficult time even calling our office,” Shuftan said.

Veterinarians told NBC Chicago the current outbreak is a more severe strain of he virus, allowing dogs to develop the disease faster.

Having your dog vaccinated with the H3N8 strain may help lessen the severity if the dog is exposed to H3N2.

People can also take preventive measures to protect their dogs, such as avoiding close contact with other dogs. If you do come in contact with other dogs, wash your hands and clothing before making contact with your dog.

The vaccination procedure is one initial vaccine, a second vaccine shot two to four weeks later and an annual booster.

Vets are treating the cases by treating the symptoms and dispensing antibiotics to prevent secondary infections.

There is an incubation period of two or three days and a five- to seven-day period of clinical signs, but dogs can be contagious for up to two weeks.

In Kenosha, the reaction has been less urgent, with county and city dog parks remaining open.

Canine flu symptoms

The symptoms of the H3N2 and H3N8 strains of canine flu:

— persistent cough

— runny nose

— high fever

— nasal and eye discharge

— decreased eating

— lethargy

Source: Veterinarian Nikki Seibert of Westosha Veterinary Hospital

Attorney Arellano Accuses Alderman Perez of Impropriety

By Robert Miranda

Milwaukee – Alderman Jose G. Perez is alleged to have acted in a manner prominent Madison attorney, Victor Arellano considers unethical.

Arellano stated that the impropriety he charges that Perez engaged in sheds light to the reason why his client, Terra Bar on 6th & Bruce in Milwaukee, is being denied having its liquor license renewed by the City of Milwaukee.

On Tuesday, April 6 during the City of Milwaukee Licenses Committee meeting, attorney Arellano was representing his client when during the presentation Arellano made the charge that alderman Jose G. Perez approached the owners of the building that Terra Bar is operating from, and sought to have them sell their building to two individuals Perez knows who are seeking to buy the building.

Arellano contends that the reason why Terra is unable to get their liquor license renewed is because Alderman Jose G. Perez is retaliating against Terra Bar for raising questions addressing the Alderman’s attempt to broker a real estate deal with the building owners.

While Arellano was making the charge against Alderman Perez to the Chairman of the Licenses Committee, Alderman Tony Zeilinski, Perez sat at the table next to Arellano and did not respond to Arellano’s allegations against him.

The Spanish Journal contacted attorney Arellano to comment about his statement to the Licenses Committee via email.

In an email sent by attorney Arellano to the Spanish Journal Arellano stated,

“…we believe that the denial of the renewal of their license was in part in retaliation for raising questions of apparent impropriety on the part of this Alderman”.

Arellano also stated that his client is also being targeted for refusing to surrender a video tape to police for an incident involving a minor at the bar.

The video tape matter was hotly debated during the April 6 Licenses Committee meeting between Arellano and committee members. Several of the members on the committee felt that the owners of Terra were not cooperating with police seeking to investigate why a minor was lying unconscious on the floor outside of the bar.

Arellano told the committee that he advised his client not to give the video to police. Arellano in his email to the Spanish Journal stated that his client was told by him not to release the video”unless a warrant was obtained from a Court of Law” for it.

While this is a legal issue that will most likely play out in court, the allegation of impropriety against alderman Perez by Arellano will most likely come up again during a review of this matter by another City of Milwaukee committee.

Arellano believes that the licensing committee acted harshly against his client.  “We believe the committee over reached and punished my client for raising issues of public concern”, said Arellano.

Arellano told the Spanish Journal that he must respect the process and that he could not elaborate anymore about the charge he made against Alderman Perez or the incident involving the minor.

Alderman Perez did not respond to request for comment.

An official at City Hall confirmed that attorney Arellano did file an appeal of the decision by the Licenses Committee. The official stated that the appeal will be addressed at the April 21, 2015 full Common Council meeting at City Hall.

Northwest Side CDC to Host Neighborhood Clean-Up

MILWAUKEE – Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, in partnership with Wells Fargo, will team up with the Uniting Garden Homes community and other volunteers to clean up Garden Homes Park. The clean-up will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Earth Day, April 22.

The clean-up is part of a larger effort in the Garden Homes neighborhood, which includes partner organizations the Northwest Side CDC, Uniting Garden Homes Neighborhood Association, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) of Milwaukee, 30th Street Corridor, and Clean Wisconsin.

“The commitment of Wells Fargo, not just in terms of manpower for this clean up, but also funding for our larger project in Garden Homes, greatly increases our collective ability to achieve meaningful, lasting progress in the Garden Homes neighborhood,” said Howard Snyder, Executive Director of Northwest Side CDC.

Demetrius Brown of Uniting Garden Homes, along with Snyder,will speak briefly at the clean-up about the historic Garden Homes neighborhood and larger collaborative efforts to bring renewal and growth to the area.

For more information about the Northwest Side CDC or the Earth Day Neighborhood Clean-up, please or


Milwaukee – The Milwaukee Bucks and their design team today released the first images and details of their vision for the development of a new multi-purpose arena and sports and entertainment district to help revitalize downtown Milwaukee. These conceptual images are an important step in the process as Bucks ownership continues to present their preferred site and vision to public officials, whose partnership is necessary for the proposed development.

The images depict early conceptual drawings of a new multi-purpose venue and entertainment district that anchor an ambitious new development

vision activated by sports, entertainment, residential and office uses. The proposed site, which primarily sits between Fourth Street and Sixth Street from State Street to McKinley Avenue, will seamlessly link with active development on all sides, including Old World Third Street, Schlitz Park, The Brewery, the Milwaukee riverfront, Water Street and the Wisconsin Center.

The vision is for an arena designed for maximum flexibility and year-round use. A dynamic entertainment district will serve as a destination that draws the people of the region together for unforgettable experiences and a place people will love to gather for generations to come.

“We’re not just trying to build a new home for the Milwaukee Bucks, but create a 365-day attraction for Wisconsin residents that will help revitalize downtown Milwaukee,” said Bucks president Peter Feigin. “We’re excited to share this glimpse of our vision for the future as we continue to work with our local and state partners to arrive at a viable plan. This collective effort will create a ripple effect of growth, development and transformation for the entire community and region.”

The Bucks recently announced the hiring of Populous to lead a group of prominent global, national and local architects including HNTB and Eppstein Uhen.

“These early conceptual renderings represent the owners’ vision to create a world-class facility and year-round destination that will help revitalize downtown Milwaukee and spur growth and development throughout the region,” said Brad Clark, senior designer at Populous. “We envision this dynamic entertainment experience as one that could seamlessly connect to the greater Milwaukee community. The goal is to design a lasting symbol for all of Wisconsin, pairing the crafted scale of Milwaukee’s architecture and innovative spirit with the natural beauty of the state.”

Highlights from the renderings include:


The arena and entertainment live block anchor an ambitious new vision activated by sports, entertainment, residential and office uses.

Fronting existing Fourth Street and proximate to Old World Third Street, the site connects to the greater Milwaukee community including across the Milwaukee

river to the vibrant downtown core.


The arena design evokes Wisconsin’s natural beauty and Milwaukee’s rich heritage of industry and craftsmen, with expressive structure, transparency and

fluid forms inspired by the rivers, lakes and forests of the region.

A diverse material palette includes warmth and color, reflecting the region’s natural beauty. Selectively placed glass and moments of transparency throughout the building open views from within to Milwaukee’s skyline.


The arena arrival experience is augmented by a transparent façade that marks the front door and monumental atrium within.·

The dynamic entertainment live block will serve as both arena forecourt and community living room. This will be the year round destination that draws the people of the region together for unforgettable experiences and a place people will love to gather for generations to come.


Kenosha – The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board suspended former County Board member and physician Dr. Angelina Montemurro’s license to practice medicine and surgery.

Montemurro was a longtime family practice doctor with United Hospital System were she was suspended and fired.

Kenosha News reports that “hospital officials alleged they were concerned with ‘potential issues with mental stability.'”

Montemurro sued United Hospital after she was terminated.

The Medical Examining Board alleged that after Montemurro claimed to be “a victim of a vast organized crime conspiracy that has so far resulted in the loss of her job and medical practice, the suspicious deaths of people who are somehow related to her fight against corruption, and a wide array of graft by which millions of dollars have been embezzled”, concerns that she is “suffering from an undiagnosed and thus untreated mental health condition that was not identified” forced the board to act.

All lawsuits filed by Montemurro have been dismissed.

After refusing to comply with the board’s ordered second exam, the board decided that her license to practice be suspended due to Montemurro’s “refusal to follow the board’s orders, orders which were intended for the purpose of determining whether (she) may safely and reliably practice medicine and surgery.”

Montemurro could be reinstated if she complies with the board’s orders, exams, education and training recommended by a competence evaluator.

Montemurro served as a Kenosha County Board supervisor from 2012 to 2014.

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By Robert Miranda 

Editor’s Commentary

Part 2 of 2 part series

Editor’s note: This is part 2 of a 2 part series. Last week we ended part 1 of this commentary asking “Why did Alderman Jose G. Perez clam up and not speak a word of support for the Cesar E. Chavez proposal, when before this meeting, he told the community he was all for the library being placed on Cesar E. Chavez Drive?” Attempts to reach Alderman Perez to comment on this matter failed because Perez did not respond to my repeated emails to his office asking him for an interview. Also, Perez ignored answering questions I forwarded to him. So, the series continues.

Part 2.

Alderman Perez, according to sources, was sent an email from Ernesto Villarreal, asking that Perez read a statement on behalf of the Villarreal El Rey network; Perez did neither read the statement nor spoke in support of it at this meeting.

Why didn’t Alderman Jose G. Perez speak at the library’s Building & Development Committee at the Forest Home Library on Tuesday, December 2, in support of placing the Forest Home library at the S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive location?

Sources told me that before the December 2meeting; Perez indicated total support for the Cesar E. Chavez Library proposal submitted by Capital/Journey House.  The Spanish Journal asked the alderman three times via email for an interview regarding this matter. Alderman Perez did not respond. Questions were sent via email to Perez office, Perez did not respond to the questions.

As I stated before, Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) did a survey asking for community input regarding the two competing proposals. MPL provided the Spanish Journal with an internet link to the survey results. The results of the survey showed that the Cesar E. Chaves proposal received 83.9% of the community support over the Gorman proposal which received 16.1%.

Why would the Milwaukee Public Library refuse to uphold the community’s overwhelming support for placing the Forest Home Library on S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive?

When asked about community support for the Cesar E. Chavez Drive proposal, John Gurda, President of the Milwaukee Public Library Board, (who during the December 2and December 9 meetings appointed himself as a member of the Library Building & Development Committee to ensure quorum) stated that the Hill Building had support from Jorge Franco and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  But that support from the HCCW CEO did not come about until after theDecember 2 and December 9 meetings.

The Spanish Journal obtained minutes of the Library Building & Development Committee meetings held on December 2, 2014, at the Forest Home Library, and on December 9, 2014. at the Mill Road Library. Jorge Franco does not appear in the minutes of either meeting as a presenter or speaker. Further, the minutes revealed that, after theDecember 2 meeting, the committee decided to put off making a decision on the matter, asking instead for more proposal details from each of the competing parties.

It wasn’t until a couple of weeks later that Jorge Franco of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce all of a sudden appeared as a representative of the Hispanic community, going on record to support the Mitchell St. Hill Building proposal.

Why did Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Jorge Franco all of a sudden mysteriously appear to support the proposal to put the library on Mitchell St., going against the majority of residents in the area?

Attempts to make contact with Franco to speak on this matter met with silence.

A service map provided by the director of the Milwaukee Public Library shows that the Chavez plan does appear to benefit more residents west of Cesar E. Chavez Drive than the Hill Building location does for residents east of 9th and Mitchell.

Clearly the Cesar E. Chavez proposal would be the biggest benefit to the community, providing cultural benefits to the area.

In addition, the library being placed at this location would have been an anchor to creating what could be Milwaukee’s Latino downtown, helping to cement the Latino community footprint in Milwaukee.

The Chavez proposal fits perfectly with the aims of the “South Side Plan” adopted by the city in 2009, which calls for the City of Milwaukee to support establishing the Cesar E. Chavez Drive area into a “cultural, arts and entertainment district that would promote Hispanic and other ethnic group businesses and cultural facilities within a concentrated area”. This includes a mixture of arts, entertainment venues, retailers, restaurants, museums, cultural attractions, office space, and public squares to enhance the Cesar E. Chavez district.

Since the community backed this proposal overwhelmingly, and it was supported by community leaders, why didn’t the city follow its own “South side plan” for this area and go with what the community supported?

And, again, why didn’t Alderman Jose G. Perez speak in support of the library being placed at the Cesar E. Chavez Drive site during the meeting of the Library Building Committee held on December 2 at the Forest Home Library?

These questions were not addressed, but responses did raise concerns regarding the Cesar E. Chavez Drive library proposal having financial uncertainties.

Such argument flies in the face of one of Wisconsin’s most successful Latino developers.  Ernesto Villarreal and his El Rey network have, over the years, proven themselves to be one of the most successful Latino investors/developers in Milwaukee. To question the fiscal sustainability of their proposal is to ignore their success and commitment to this community as one of its biggest Latino investors.

The manner in which the Forest Home library selection process was conducted should be reviewed.

Questions regarding why Milwaukee Public Library requested public input, then ignored it when overwhelmingly the public supported Cesar E. Chavez Drive to be the site of the new public library, are concerns that need to be answered.

These concerns clearly point to a process that was at best suspect, and at worst, fixed.

3onlinefpbottom-pix1MILWAUKEE  —  Milwaukee Fire and Rescue crews responded to a three-alarm fire this week on South Cesar E. Chavez Drive.  The fire forced residents to jump to an adjacent building in order to get out alive.

A tavern and several apartments were destroyed and the building had to be demolished.

City officials say the building had prior fire safety violations.  The fire initially started around 10:30 p.m. Monday, March 30th.

Firefighters were called back to the building around 8 a.m. the following day after smoke was reported coming from the building. The fire was upgraded to a four-alarm.

The American Red Cross is helping 19 people who lost their homes — 16 adults and three children from eight families. Also destroyed was the Indios bar.

Firefighters tell FOX6 News that some residents had to be rescued from the roof of a building next to the structure. They apparently jumped to that roof to escape the flames.

Officials say five people were treated on scene for smoke inhalation. Additionally, two firefighters were injured while battling the blaze — one sustained an ankle injury and one sustained an injury to their shoulder.

The building was built in 1897. It had a history of violations at the time of this fire — about 20 open violations, all were for maintenance.

Kenosha – An article in Businessweek reported not long agothat the number of drive-ins in America has dwindled from over 4,000 in the 1960s to about 360.

America’s last remaining drive-ins — the majority of which are still family-owned and seasonally operated — could soon be gone.

The Keno Drive-in in Kenosha joins the list of a dying culture in America.

Just weeks before a public hearing on a new plan for the site at 91st Street and Sheridan Road, owner Bear Development terminated its lease with Cinema Management Corp. The Glenview, Ill.-based company was on its last year of a nine-year contract to run the drive-in.

Bear Development is seeking adoption of an alternative for the Barnes Creek Neighborhood Plan that would include a 150,000-square-foot retail center, possibly a Wal-Mart Supercenter, for the site.

A “Save The Kenosha Keno Drive In — April 2015 Group” has been started on Facebook. Organizers are calling for a protest and a letter-writing campaign to save the Kenosha Keno Drive In.

“The community is lacking family-friendly activities. I can take my 12-year-old and my 3-year-old to a drive-in movie. We don’t need more stores,” said Kenosha resident Kelly Pederson.

There is a public meeting planned to discuss the site beginning at 3 p.m. April 13 in the Pleasant Prairie Village Hall, 9915 39th Ave.

By Robert Miranda 

Editor, Wisconsin Spanish Journal

Editor’s Commentary

Part 1 of 2 part series

In January of this year, Jorge Franco, CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Wisconsin (HCCW), announced at their 25th Annual Awards Banquet held at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, a partnership endeavor to produce a publication called “Vision” with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

This announcement started a war of words on Facebook when the publisher of the “El Conquistador” newspaper, a member of the HCCW, criticized the partnership as another example of the HCCW ignoring its mission to the Latino community for not working with Latino owned small businesses.

Joining in on the criticism, among many others, were Jessica McBribe an independent journalist who said “I would think the “Hispanic Chamber of Commerce” would support Hispanic-owned businesses, not help non-Hispanic businesses compete against them. That’s pretty shocking, really.”

Another member of the HCCW who criticized the partnership was Julio Maldonado, César E. Chávez Drive Business Improvement District (BID) executive who said, “I actually said the same thing to my wife while at the banquet, wow another Aqui! Then again, this move from Franco, is not surprising to me. The only business that is gained from the HCCW is that from the board themselves!…maybe it’s time to revive Hispanic Entrepreneurs of Wisconsin! He did ask me this last summer “why don’t we merge”? I laughed, as I read right through that…. He wanted our membership numbers and to say they “actually” help out small businesses! What a joke!”

And another who expressed dissatisfaction towards HCCW was Olivia Villareal, one of the owners of El Rey Grocery Stores located on Milwaukee’s south side.  She posted on the Facebook page of the publisher of the newspaper critical of HCCW this comment: “This would NOT be first time Mr. Franco kicked a Hispanic business or Hispanic organization in the teeth! Ask him why he made the Cesar E Chavez library NOT HAPPENED ON Cesar E Chavez Drive?…El Rey is tired of lip service and no positive action from this organization for us Hispanic businesses but they’re the first to put out their hand for donations!”

Tough words from Ms. Villarreal, a woman known to be reserved and very business-like. When she made this comment, she set into motion my curiosity as to why she would post this comment.

What I found out during my research is that what Olivia Villarreal was referring to was a Milwaukee Public Library decision to relocate the Forest Home Library on Milwaukee’s Southside.

The Milwaukee Public Library Building & Development Committee selected the winner between two proposals. One submitted by Gorman & Co., seeking to relocate the library and develop property known as the Hill Building on 9th & Mitchell St.  The other was Cardinal Capital Group / Journey House, seeking to relocate the Forest Home Library on to S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive.

The Cesar E. Chavez Drive site is property owned by Olivia Villarreal and her husband, Ernesto Villarreal.

Ultimately, Milwaukee Public Library selected the Gorman & Co. Proposal. Gorman & Co has representatives who have contributed to Mayor Tom Barret’s reelection machine, records show.

Although the decision has been made, questions regarding the role of certain players in the matter, and the manner in which the selection process was conducted are now surfacing.

This Cesar E. Chavez Drive proposal had overwhelming community support.  At a public hearing held by the library’s Building & Development Committee at the Forest Home Library on Tuesday, December 2nd, supporters overwhelmingly attended the meeting. In addition, support for this proposal was reflected in a survey conducted by the Milwaukee Public Library. However, efforts by the Spanish Journal to obtain the Milwaukee Public Library survey have been arduous.

Sources familiar with the library’s survey say that close to 80% of respondents to the survey supported the library proposal submitted by Cardinal Capital Group / Journey House, which was the proposal to place the library on Cesar E. Chavez Drive.

The disregard shown towards the comments made by the public and the public’s support for any public funded project is counterproductive and goes against the ideas of our democracy.  The public’s wishes should be respected by government bureaucrats.

Review of documents the Spanish Journal received under the open records law (several documents were redacted and others requested were not released), revealed overwhelming support from the community for the Cesar E. Chavez Drive proposal by Hispanic leaders and community residents.

Why did the Milwaukee Public Library disregard the public input it requested?

Before December 2, 2014, Alderman Jose G. Perez was a staunch supporter of the plan to place the library on Cesar E. Chavez Drive.

However, during the Library Building & Development Committee meeting on December 2, 2014, Alderman Perez failed to speak in support of the Cesar E. Chavez Drive proposal.

Why did Alderman Jose G. Perez clam up and not speak a word of support for the Cesar E. Chavez proposal, when before this meeting, he told the community he was all for the library being placed on Cesar E. Chavez Drive?

RICE LAKE – Community leaders from across northern and western Wisconsin spoke out yesterday against the proposal to impose devastating budget cuts and a public authority on the University of Wisconsin System, at the third Joint Finance Committee hearing of the budget cycle.
“As President of a precision engineering company in northwestern Wisconsin I rely on being able to hire well-educated engineers to grow my business,” said Rod Kleiss, President of Kleiss Gears in Grantsburg. “UW-Stout has one of the best plastics engineering programs in the county and is one of the reasons why I moved my business to Wisconsin ten years ago. But as I see the UW budget being cut to the bone, I worry that my business will no longer have access to the engineering talent needed for the next surge of growth in the company. This is the wrong direction to take the university and to take our state.”
The proposed $300 million budget cut, and move to a public authority, have come under intense scrutiny throughout the budget process. Students, faculty, staff & community supporters have asked lawmakers to reject the proposals and protect the university system.
“The university develops an educated workforce of future employees, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs,” said Prof. John Heppen, Chair of the Dept. of Geography & Mapping Sciences at UW-River Falls. “We cannot simply hand over control without fully and transparently vetting the proposal. The budget process is too accelerated to ensure we get this right, so we must find the resources to invest in education and take the public authority idea back to the drawing board.”
“This budget hurts my fellow students and me in tangible ways,” said UW-Stout student Amerika Vang, a senior in business administration who serves as president of the UW-Stout Student Association “These cuts mean it will take us longer to graduate, and we’ll take on more debt along the way. Furthermore, any cuts will most negatively impact minority and disadvantaged students across the state.”
“We are also concerned that the university will be less responsive to community needs if we end the legislative guarantee of shared governance,” said Seth Hoffmeister, a 2014 graduate of UW-Stevens Point and current resident of Eau Claire. “We cannot risk the unknown, including the likelihood we will see massive tuition increases in the future. I encourage legislators to reverse course and remove these harmful items from the budget.”
“Our state depends on our local UW campuses, both for economic and civic support,” said Peter Nordgren, a retired UW-Superior graduate from Cornucopia in Bayfield County. “Investing in the UW System campuses is a proven way to grow the economy of our state. In each community with a two- or four-year UW campus it is easy to see the economic benefits. Lawmakers need to protect funding for, and the integrity of, our great university system.”

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission panel ruled that former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney violated MPD policy in patting down 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park last April. That pat down preceded Manney’s fatal shooting of Hamilton. The panel then ruled Manney should remain permanently discharged from the Milwaukee Police Department — unanimously upholding Manney’s firing.
Late Monday, in phase two, the commissioners ruled that Chief Flynn’s firing of Manney was appropriate and justified. Dontre Hamilton’s family members addressed the media and said the panel made a decision they are happy with. Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn testified during the panel review.
“In this set of circumstances, the employee’s blunders created a chain of events which you’re well aware of that would ultimately end up in a use of deadly force and a death,” Chief Flynn said.
The following witnesses testified briefly before the Fire and Police Commission panel again went into closed session to deliberate phase two of this hearing:
MPD Lt. Kenneth Harris
MPD Sgt. Jeffery Intonen
MPD Lt. Philander Hanyard
After testimony, it was announced that the commissioners, in a unanimous decision, upheld Manney’s permanent discharge from the Milwaukee Police Department. He will not get his job back.
“Now – we go to Washington. We’re going to the federal government to tell them we won’t stop. We are going in a month. We have about 200 organizations all around the state that are going to meet us there. We want to live in our communities and feel safe with the police — not afraid to leave their home. We want to call people that are actually going to do their job and protect us, and that’s why we’re going to Washington,” Maria Hamilton said.

Summerfest officials announced over 90 headlining acts that will perform at the 2015 festival.
Performance dates are available Times and stage locations as well as additional headliners will be announced in the coming weeks.
Summerfest 2015 takes place June 24-28 and June 30-July 5 at Milwaukee’s Maier Festival Park.
• Kaskade • Bastille • The Flaming Lips • Sheryl Crow • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros • LeCrae • Santigold • Jane’s Addiction • Aloe Blacc • Buddy Guy • The Doobie Brothers • Sammy Hagar and The Circle • Halestorm • The Kooks • Lindsey Stirling • Timeflies • Blind Boys of Alabama • AWOLNATION • Sublime with Rome • Lupe Fiasco • Motion Cit Soundtrack • Walk the Moon • The Isley Brothers • Dirty Heads • Mavis Staples • Billy Currington • Gogol Bordello • Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness • Brand New • Magic! • Public Enemy • Phil Vassar • Delta Spirit • Trampled by Turtles • Gary Clark, Jr. • Kip Moore • Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo • Vance Joy • Coheed and Cambria • Chase Rice • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue • DJ Paris Hilton • The Faint • Martina McBride • The New Pornographers • Gaelic Storm • Whitesnake • Flogging Molly • Punch Brothers • Mat Kearney • PHOX • Blackberry Smoke • Sheila E. • Third Eye Blind • Andy Montañez • “Weird Al” Yankovic • New Politics • Brett Eldredge • Atlas Genius • Dirty Dozen Brass Band • Kansas • Charles Bradley • Kellie Pickler • Sylvan Esso • Manchester Orchestra • Toad the Wet Sprocket • Mates of State • Bruce Hornsby • Dark Star Orchestra • Kenny Wayne Shepher • Foghat • Kristian Bush of Sugarland • Meg Myers • Leftover Salmon • Keller Williams • Pepper • Tommy Castro • Otis Clay • Smash Mouth • The Infamous Stringdusters • J. Roddy Walston & The Business • Shakey Graves • Sloan • The Mowgli’s • Mother • Sam Llanas • Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 • Tonic • Big Smo • Field Report • Taylor Dayne • Elvin Bishop • MisterWives • Willy Porter • Saint Motel
Performance dates can be found by clicking here.
Previously announced Marcus Amphitheater Headliners include Florida Georgia Line with special guests Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard, Kings of Leon with special guest Kongos, Keith Urban with special guests Phillip Phillips and Dan + Shay, Zac Brown Band, Linkin Park with special guest A Day to Remember, Kendrick Lamar with special guest ScHoolboy Q and Ed Sheeran with special guest Rixton, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
“Absolutely fantastic,” said Don Smiley, President & CEO of Summerfest, in regard to the 2015 line-up. “It’s the best line-up of bands in the U.S. and possibly the world. A true, quality choice of music for everyone.”
Fest-goers can purchase tickets for the event at an incredibly low price. General admission tickets are only $19 and Weekday tickets (valid prior to 4:00 pm) are only $12.
The 3-Day Pass is available for $45 and is valid for one general admission per day on three different days of the festival ($57 value). For added convenience, 3-Day Passes and General Admission tickets are available to be printed at home or scanned from a mobile device.
The “11-Day Power Pass” presented by Pick ’n Save will be available again this year in limited quantities and sold exclusively at 68 Pick ’n Save locations across southeastern Wisconsin from now –June 1 or until supplies last. For the first two weeks of sale, the “11 Day Power Pass” is available for $70 with the qualifying purchase of a Gatorade, Quaker or Nabisco product. For the remainder of the sale, the pass will be available for $80 ($209 value).
Summerfest 2015 will take place June 24 – 28 and June 30 – July 5 from Noon until Midnight and will be closedMonday, June 29.

PHOENIX – The Harlem Globetrotters have recognized Miles Rodriguez, Scooter Terrien, and Chase Vazquez from Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha, WI., as Junior Phenoms for standing up to bullies during a basketball game.

The eighth graders walked off the court in the middle of their game to come to the aid of cheerleader Desiree Andrews, who has Down syndrome.

“The boys used the ABCs. They took Action, they showed Bravery, and they demonstrated Compassion, as they continue to strengthen a friendship with Desiree.”

Hi-Lite and teammates Cheese Chisholm and Hammer Harrison congratulated the boys with a special video salute.

Known as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, the Globetrotters look for stories of amazing kids who spread their own goodwill and demonstrate traits like helping others, assisting in the community, outstanding teamwork and being positive role models.

The Globetrotters Junior Phenom Award is the team’s way of saying, “Thank you,” and applauding those individuals who go above and beyond.

The Globetrotters bring “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention” to over 400 schools and youth centers each year in an effort to impact communities around the world.

Stars of the team present the program, which focuses on Action, Bravery, and Compassion, comprising the ABCs.

The Globetrotters designed the assembly in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence. To nominate a youngster for the Globetrotters’ Junior Phenom Award, and to view the team’s full schedule, visit


MILWAUKEE -As Milwaukee’s city streets defrost from the cold, potholes are beginning to emerge.  City pothole crews are out in force getting a head start on the bumpy roads.

City officials say that they’ve put a couple more trucks out than normal to deal with the potholes now exposing themselves after the snow has melted.

City Department of Public Works days that its crews are taking about 30 to 45 reports per day of pothole sightings a day, and its taking workers about a day-and-a-half to address pothole complaints.

City of Milwaukee officials say that if you have a complaint about potholes, you can have something done about it  by calling the city or by using a new app called MKE MOBILE.

The app is available for free download forAndroid and iOS devices.

Milwaukee – Search warrants were executed by Milwaukee Police, with the help of several law enforcement agencies on March 11 netting the arrest of eleven suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery spree that spanned three counties.

MPD alleges that the suspects are believed to be responsible for more than a dozen armed robberies in Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, and Racine County, with most taking place in District Two on Milwaukee’s South Side.

Officials from Milwaukee Police, Racine Police, Greenfield Police, the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and Wisconsin HIDTA took part in the operation.

Milwaukee Police report that the suspects started their crime spree in late fall of 2014 with their crimes stretching into January of 2015 (see partial list of victims below).

The suspects used different members and vehicles to conceal their patterns and spread their crime spree throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

This robbery crew is connected to a group of Spanish Cobra gang members imprisoned in 2013. During the execution of the search warrants, evidence related to the robberies and firearms were recovered.

Of the eleven suspects taken into custody, five are males and six are females, ranging in age from late teens to early twenties. Ten of the suspects were arrested in the City of Milwaukee and one was arrested in Waukesha County.

All of the suspects are being held on state charges. MPD is working with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office and federal indictments may be sought.


*December 3, 2014 at Taqueria El Cabrito at 1100 S. 11th Street

*December 13, 2014 at Advance Auto Parts at 1331 W. Burnham Street

*December 18, 2014 at Advance Auto Parts at 1920 W. National Avenue

*December 22, 2014 at Family Dollar 3045 S. 13th Street

*December 23, 2014 at Brew City tap at 3105 W. Forest Home Avenue

*December 25, 2014 at One Stop Outlet at 809 S. Cesar Chavez Drive

*December 26, 2014 at El Local Restaurant at 1801 S. 11th Street

*January 9, 2015 at Mimas Food Mart at 2420 S. 6th Street

*January 10, 2015 at Taqueria Arandas Restaurant at 1531 W. Lincoln Avenue

*January 20, 2015 at Fiesta Garibaldi at 821 W. Lincoln Avenue

*January 23, 2015 at Puerto Escondido Restaurant at 1116 W. Historic Mitchell Street

American couple Jonathan Schwochert and his wife Charlotte Xiong took the championship title in the eighth annual UK Wife-Carrying Championships in Dorking, Surrey.

The pair, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, trained regularly and now move on to represent the UK in the world wife-carrying championships in Finland later this year.

Wife carrying is believed to date back more than 12 centuries to medieval times when scores of Viking marauders pillaged the north-east coast of England.

It was reintroduced in 2008 when the inaugural UK Wife Carrying Race was held some 900 years later.

Around 50 battle-hardened husbands and wives fought for glory during the eighth annual UK Wife Carrying Race in Dorking on March 8.

The 380m course is split into two sections – the first, a punishing 15m ascent over a 190m straight, followed by a 15m sprint  descent over another 190m – all while negotiating a series of tricky hay bales.

This is done while having your wife clinging onto your back, slung over your shoulders or otherwise cradled in your arms – whatever your preferred technique.

This year’s race saw 50 couples taking part, a sprightly handful of whom sprinted off the start line with gusto while the rest were left to stagger slowly into their stride.

First place went to Jonathon Schwochert and his wife Charlotte Xiong, who fought off some tough challengers, some from as far as Sweden, to become UK Wife Carrying national champions.

“We hope they’ll go on to the World Wife Carrying Championships in Finland,” said the organisers.

Each year, a diverse array of ‘prizes’ are up for grabs – with John Griffin delighted to win a  jar of Bovril for being the oldest carrier to complete the course.

Meanwhile, a special prize  of a pound of sausages is awarded to the carrier of the heaviest wife, while a ceremonial tin of dog food and a Pot Noodle are awarded to the last placed finishers.

This year, all three prizes went to Joel Hicks and his partner ‘Tiny’.

“Joel was nearly crawling when he finally got to the finish line, surrounded by the resounding cheers of the delirious onlookers,” added the organising team.

“It was worth it though for his charity fundraising. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.”

Last year’s race was won by Rich Blake Smith and wife Anna from Herefordshire, who went on to take silver in the World Wife Carrying Championships 2014 in Finland.

2,059 Arrested in ICE Operation

WASHINGTON – A five-day nationwide operation targeting convicted criminal aliens subject to removal from the United States yielded the arrest of 2,059 convicted criminals. The operation was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

“This nationwide operation led to the apprehension of more than 2000 convicted criminal aliens who pose the greatest risk to our public safety,” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. “Today, communities around the country are safer because of the great work of the men and women ofU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

The operation, dubbed “Cross Check,” began Sunday, March 1, and ended Thursday, March 5. Hundreds of ERO officers participated in the operation that focused on the arrests of public safety threats. Those arrested are from 94 countries and have a wide array of criminal convictions.

The 2,059 individuals with prior criminal convictions who were arrested include more than 1,000 individuals who have multiple criminal convictions. More than 1,000 of those arrested havefelony convictions, including voluntary manslaughter, child pornography, robbery, kidnapping and rape.

Of the total 2,059 criminals arrested, 58 are known gang members or affiliates, and 89 are convicted sex offenders.

The vast majority of misdemeanor convictions were for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). ICE considers DUI offenders, particularly repeat offenders, to be a significant public safety threat.

Of those arrested during this operation, 476 were illegal re-entrants who had been previously removed from the country.Because of their serious criminal histories and prior immigration arrest records, 163 of those arrested during the enforcement action were presented to U.S. Attorneys for prosecution on a variety of charges, including illegal re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

ICE officers arrested 40 convicted criminals in Wisconsin with convictions that include the following crimes: attempted robbery, child abuse, battery, strangulation and suffocation, sexual assault, drunken driving, and burglary. Of those, three are also immigration fugitives and three were previously deported and illegally re-entered the United States. The majority of the arrests were made in Green Bay (15), with additional arrests in Appleton (4), Beloit (5), DePere (2), Freedom (1), Janesville (1), Madison (5), Menasha (2), Milwaukee (1), Neenah (2), Seymour (1) and Sheboygan (1). The 38 men and two women are from the following countries: Mexico (34), Laos (3) and one each from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Russia.

Following are two case examples of individuals arrested in Wisconsin during the operation:

• A Mexican citizen convicted of strangulation and suffocation. He was arrested March 2 in Madison, Wisconsin and remains in ICE custody pending deportation proceedings.

• A Mexican citizen convicted of two counts of attempted robbery, cocaine possession and domestic abuse. He was previously deported to Mexico and illegally re-entered the United States. He was arrested March 2 in Neenah, Wisconsin and remains in ICE custody pending removal.

ICE officers in Wisconsin received assistance on this operation from the following law enforcement partners: Green Bay Police Department Gang Task Force, Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Two targets of this operation who were not apprehended were added to ICE’s most wanted fugitives list.

“This national operation exemplifies ICE’s ongoing commitment to prioritizing convicted criminals and public safety threats for apprehension and removal,” said ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña. “By taking these individuals off our streets and removing them from the country, we are making our communities safer for everyone.”

All targets of this operation fell within the top two priorities established in Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s Nov. 20 memorandum entitled “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants.” Priority 1 targets include threats to national security, criminal street gang members, convicted felons, and aggravated felons. Priority 2 targets have convictions for three or more misdemeanors or convictions for significant misdemeanors, including DUIs.

The foreign nationals detained during the operation who are not being criminally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States.  Those who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.

Secretary Johnson has directed ICE to prioritize the use of enforcement personnel, detention space, and removal assets to support the department’s civil immigration enforcement priorities. By taking criminals who pose public safety threats off community streets and removing them from the country, ICE addresses a significant security and public safety vulnerability.

ICE began conducting large-scale national operations targeting convicted and other ERO priority aliens in May 2011. Since then, five national Cross Check operations resulted in the arrest of more than 12,440 convicted criminals as well as 774 other priority individuals for a total of 13,214 arrests.

This operation is the sixth nationwide Cross Check operation in the agency’s history.  The first nationwide Cross Check operation occurred at the end of May 2011 and resulted in the arrest of 2,442 convicted criminals. The last Cross Check operation in August 2013 resulted in the arrest of 1,517 convicted criminals, as well as 143 other priority individuals for a total of 1,660 arrests.

This week’s enforcement action was spearheaded by ICE’s National Fugitive Operations Program, which locates, arrests and removes at-large criminals. The officers who conducted this operation received substantial assistance from ICE’s Fugitive Operations Support Center and ICE’s Law Enforcement Support Center, both located in Williston, Vermont.

In fiscal year 2014, ERO removed 315,943 individuals from the United States. ICE enforcement priorities include removable aliens considered threats to national security, those attempting to unlawfully enter the United States, gang members, felons, and individuals convicted of crimes including domestic violence, sexual abuse, drug distribution or driving under the influence.

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By Rebekah Wilce

MADISON — High school and middle school students walked out of class in Madison, Wisconsin on Monday and marched on the state capitol building to demand justice for Tony Robinson, the 19-year old unarmed black man who was shot and killed by white police officer Matthew Kenny on Friday evening, March 6.

Chanting “What’s his name? Tony Robinson!” the students from West, Memorial and La Follette High Schools converged on the capitol from all directions joined by UW-Madison students and younger students from Georgia O’Keeffe Middle School. Students from East High walked out and filled East Washington Avenue throughout the morning, marching towards the capitol. Students from Sun Prairie High, Robinson’s alma mater, also made their way to the capitol building. The vibrant, peaceful demonstration was featured on national news broadcasts that evening.

One West High School junior said he was on the steps of the capitol “because I feel as a black student here in this city I need to stand up, knowing that justice has not been served yet and needs to be served.” His friend pointed out, “This could have happened to any of us. We’re all around the same age” as Robinson. Both students are black.

“Hands Up. Don’t Shoot!” chanted the crowd.

Around noon, the growing crowd began to fill the capitol rotunda, ringed by adults linking arms to “protect our babies,” as Brandi Grayson of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition urged those gathered.

When the additional stream of hundreds more students arrived from East High School, the rotunda quickly filled from bottom to top. The Wisconsin State Journal estimated that at least 1,500 were gathered.

Afterwards, the students marched through the streets of downtown Madison and staged a sit-in on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. outside the City County Building demanding to speak to the Mayor and the Police Chief Mike Koval. Some protesters were asking for the arrest of the police officer involved; some asked if the city would pay the family for Robinson’s funeral expenses. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, who addressed the crowd by bull horn, did not provide many answers.

In the afternoon, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel released a statement about the investigation into Robinson’s death. Wisconsin passed a bipartisan law in 2014 requiring an outside investigation into officer-involved deaths after the death of Michael Bell Jr. in Kenosha and Paul Heenan, who was killed on Baldwin Street just blocks from where Tony Robinson was shot.

“As the community awaits information in the officer-involved shooting in Madison on March 6, I want the public to be aware that the Wisconsin Department of Justice is expeditiously working to complete the investigation…. It will be the Dane County District Attorney’s responsibility to review the facts and then to issue a public statement concerning his conclusions. The role of the Department of Justice is to obtain the facts and present them to the district attorney for his consideration,” Schimel said.

The students, who pulled off one of the largest and most vibrant rallies that Madison had seen in years, pledged to keep up the pressure. The chant “I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win!” echoed in the rotunda.