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Governor Scott Walker was the target of a prank call when someone from the left-leaning Buffalo Beast web site impersonated David Koch, a major donor to Republican campaigns.
Megyn Kelly just played audio from the prank call.
Eighteen individuals, including 17 members of the Maniac Latin Disciples street gang, operating primarily on Chicago’s Northwest side in and around Humboldt Park, were arrested today by agents and officers assigned to the FBI’s Joint Task Force on Gangs, culminating a nearly two-year investigation which targeted illicit drug and firearms sales. Two additional defendants remain at-large and are now the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
The arrests were announced today by Robert D. Grant, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Jody P. Weis, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (CPD).
Some of the charges were contained in eight separate criminal complaints filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, which were unsealed earlier today and which charged 10 current or former Chicago-area residents with distribution of a controlled substance or violating federal firearms laws. Ten others were charged with violating state drug or firearms laws in charges filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
Four of those arrested today were charged in one of four federal complaints with distribution of in excess of 50 grams of crack cocaine. They are identified as RICHARD FISCHER, age 32, of 5333 West Carmen Avenue, Chicago; DAVID GONZALEZ, age 22, of 4824 West Drummond Place, Chicago; STANFIELD STEELE, age 34, of 439 Durbin Street, Gary, Indiana; and SHAROND WILLIAMS, age 30, of 2457 North Albany Avenue, Chicago. All four were arrested at various locations, without incident. A fifth defendant, identified as STEVEN RENTERIA, age 26, of Chicago, was in custody on unrelated charges, while a sixth defendant, DWIGHT JOHNS, age 33, of 11 West Division Street, Chicago, eluded capture and remains at-large.
Two others arrested today were charged in separate federal complaints with distribution of in excess of five grams of crack cocaine. They are identified as MARCUS MARINELLI, age 28, of 2622 North Sayre, Chicago; and ALEXANDER SANTIAGO, age 33, of 2942 North Nagle Avenue, Chicago. Both men were arrested at separate locations, without incident.
Also arrested today was JESUS LAGUNAS, age 24, of 1806 North Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, who was charged in a separate federal complaint with felon-in-possession of a firearm. LUIS CANCEL, age 20, of 311 East Carroll Street in Kissimmee, Florida, was also charged in a federal complaint with felon-in-possession of a firearm, but eluded capture and remains at-large.
Those arrested on state charges are identified as TONY BRITO, age 30, of 3915 West Grand, Chicago; MARCO ESTRADA, age 22, of 3906 North Christiana Avenue, Chicago; FRANCISCO GARCIA, age 44, of 1442 North Avers, Chicago; ANGEL JIMENEZ, age 32, 1849 North Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago; IVAN MELENDEZ, age 36, of 1422 North Lawndale, Chicago; NICHOLAS MENDOZA, age 27, of 2144 North Keeler, Chicago; ALPER SENGER, age 31, of 4155 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago; ELLIOT TORRES, age 22, of 1839 North Washtenaw, Chicago; and ANTHONY ZAFIRO, age 20, of 1736 North Campbell Avenue, Chicago.
A 10th state defendant, JOSE MATEO, age 27, of 1838 North Washtenaw, Chicago, was in custody on unrelated charges.
This investigation, which was code named “Operation Bruised Forks,” was investigated by the Chicago FBI’s Joint Task Force on Gangs, which is comprised of FBI special agents and officers from the Chicago Police Department, Area 5 Spanish Gang Task Force and Organized Crime Division, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office also assisted with the investigation. Investigators utilized undercover and controlled purchases of illegal narcotics and firearms, both of which helped lead to the filing of the charges announced today. During the course of the investigation, over a kilogram of cocaine—primarily cocaine base in the form of crack cocaine—35 grams of heroin, and 24 weapons were recovered.
All of those arrested on federal charges are scheduled to appear before Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow in Chicago, starting at 2:00 p.m. today, at which time they will be formally charged. If convicted, those charged with possession of in excess of 50 grams of crack cocaine face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ incarceration, those charged with possession of in excess of five grams of crack cocaine face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ incarceration, while those charged with felon-in-possession of a firearm face a possible sentence of up to 10 years’ incarceration.
Those arrested on state charges are scheduled to appear in bond court at dates and times to be determined. If convicted, they face possible sentences of up to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Copies of the federal criminal complaints filed in this case are available from the Chicago FBI’s press office at (312) 829-1199. Copies of state charging documents are available for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
To see my posts on my old hood:
I would lay money on it my ancestors are turning over in their graves seeing what Humboldt Park became JUST three short decades later.
The neighborhood Jose grew up in was a predominantly Polish and German neighborhood when I was a child. My sister danced the polka in Humboldt park at the National Polish Alliance Day. Then in the early 60′s the Latin Kings took over. Where once was beauty on the boulevard was then scattered with drug dealings and gang shootings. It became as dark as their trade. Literally. It once held a beautiful enormous pond as you can now see that dried up with the policing on gangs
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I miss my community. I can’t find a pierogi or true kielbasa in Alabama! It was wonderful watching my sister at Humboldt Park (Now owned by the latin kings) & her polish dance recitals. Which is ironic, being she was a tomboy, who hated dressing up in her outfits.
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Posted by Jim Hoft Guest post by Kristinn Taylor:
Washington Post owned Slate.com used a crude misogynist wordplay to call Sarah Palin a c*** in a headline for an article published Tuesday about a supposed secret Sarah Palin Facebook account.
The headline reads: Sarah Palin Uses Alternate Facebook Accunt To Praise Sarah Palin
The article, posted in Slate’s “Slatest” section, is based on an article from Wonkette titled, Sarah Palin Has Secret ‘Lou Sarah’ Facebook Account To Praise Other Sarah Palin Facebook Account, that in a rare show of class for Wonkette does not use the sexist slur in the article.
Two commmenters at Slatest criticized Slate for the slur with one writing, “I’ve let go of my reflexive typo pointing in the Slatest, but Facebook accunt? on a Sarah Palin’s tidbit, come on guys, at least get a basic spellcheck function.”
Given Slate’s prominence as a respected part of the mainstream media with professional standards to uphold, an innocent typo of this magnitude with this subject is highly unlikely.(For the benefit of Media Matters senior blogger Eric Boehlert, try to imagine Slate “accidentallly” doing the same to Michelle Obama or Nancy Pelosi. It wouldn’t happen.)
During the 2008 presidential campaign, liberal activists paraded in public wearing t-shirts emblazoned in large lettering, “Sarah Palin is a c***” with the c-word fully spelled out.
The Slate article itself does not bear a timestamp, but the comments begin at 5:18 p.m., meaning the article with the offensive headline has been up for nearly four hours as of this writing.
Earlier today, Palin denied having a secret Facebook account, writing on her official Facebook page “On a side note, there’s always buzz about fake Sarah Palin Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please know that this is my only authentic Facebook account and SarahPalinUSA is my only authentic Twitter account. Pay no attention to the fake accounts and their fake messages.”
Slatist is owned by The Washington Post.
Former Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Maschek wasn’t expecting to receive jeers and boos when he addressed an audience of his academic peers at Columbia University this month … and yet that’s just what he got. Hear what the message was that prompted that response … and why he says he defended the audience members’ right to express their opinion.
O’Reilly played this disturbing audio of Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Anthony Maschek being mocked during a debate about ROTC returning at Columbia University…
–FOX (N.Y.) Columbia University Students Heckle Iraq War Veteran…Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former army staff sergeant who was awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008.
Columbia University students heckled a war hero during a town hall meeting on whether ROTC should be allowed back on campus, the New York Post reported Sunday. Some students yelled “Racist!” at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former army staff sergeant who was awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008.
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Notes were being offered to protesters by doctors and our cameras were rolling when a Fox producer was offered a sick note. Plus, should these doctors lose their licenses?
Wisconsin State Senator Jim Holperin defends his views to Stuart Varney and says he would do it again