Sunday, May 9, 2021
(WGTD)---With daily vaccination rates beginning to dip, the City of Racine is planning a huge media campaign to persuade residents to get vaccinated against COVID.
City administration is proposing to hire Kane Communications to use up to $235 million in federal grant money to develop an ad campaign and buy a wide range of media.
The goal is to have 75% of the city's population vaccinated by the end of Aug. According to state data, almost 40% of Racine County's population has received at least one dose.
A Racine City Council committee will consider the proposal next week.
A separate project already underway with a $100,000 state grant is funding a partnership with several organizations, including Higher Expectations of Racine County and the Racine/Kenosha Black Nurses Association, to do direct and targeted community outreach. The project also includes hiring two-dozen community leaders in a grassroots effort.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
by Emma Widmar
RACINE – A former volunteer wrestling coach at Horlick High School has been charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office in a 27-count complaint related to child sex crimes.
Benigno Q. Velasquez, 60, of Racine, made an initial court appearance on Wednesday where cash bond was set at $25,000, according to online court records. He was placed under house arrest with GPS monitoring through the Racine County Alternatives Program. He was also ordered to have no access to the Internet, no computer devices with Internet capabilities and no contact with minor children.
Velasquez, who volunteered as a wrestling coach at Horlick between 2008 and 2012, is accused of groping underage boys and taking photos of underage boys showering in 2011 and 2012. His brother, identified by the Racine Journal Times as a Horlick assistant wrestling coach Leonard Velasquez, has been suspended by the Racine Unified School District. The investigation is continuing.
Charges filed this week against Benigno Velasquez include: use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, child enticement, three counts of sexual assault of a child by a person who works or volunteers with children, 16 counts of capture an image of nudity without consent and six counts of possession of child pornography.
According to the criminal complaint, the investigation started in February when Mount Pleasant Police were contacted by a resident who had created a profile of a 15-year-old boy named “Wyatt” on an online dating app called “Grindr.” An individual, later identified as Velasquez, was sending sexually oriented messages to the account.
The messages ultimately led to a meetup between Velasquez and “Wyatt” at Dunkin’ Donuts, 6026 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant, on Feb. 27. Velasquez was taken into custody by Mount Pleasant Police. He was later charged with use of a computer to facilitate a crime, child enticement-sexual contact and attempted sexual intercourse with a child.
After the arrest was reported by The Journal Times, police were contacted in early March by a former Horlick wrestler, who had joined the team as a sophomore in 2009. The person said that Velasquez, known to the wrestlers as “Benny”, would grab wrestlers, including him by the groin. The former wrestler also said that Velasquez had his cell phone out in the locker room and appeared to be “recording the wrestlers as they were coming out of the shower,” the complaint stated. The person also said “he stopped showering at the school because of Benny” and estimated that the defendant grabbed his genitals “over 100 times and there ‘like 3 straight years of this happening.” The wrestler said he came forward because “he did not want the defendant to get away with victimizing people.
After obtaining former wrestler’s statement, Mount Pleasant Police investigators executed a search warrant of Velasquez’ residence where they took custody of cell phones, laptops, tablets, memory cards, a memory card reader and a color photo. Images found in the electronics “included photos of naked boys in what appeared to be a locker room setting.”
In April, a second former Horlick High wrestler contacted police. That person, a student from 2008 to 2012, said his time with the wrestling staff was “emotionally traumatizing.” He also said when he was recently contacted by Velasquez, the text was “very triggering” for him. He stated that Velasquez would touch his groin while wrestling and, on one occasion, told him to take off his shirt and “wear very tight underwear.”
The two former wrestlers help investigators identify 16 different students who were photographed while nude at Horlick High School. The photo date stamps were between November 2011 and November 2012, according to the complaint.
A preliminary hearing for Velasquez is scheduled for May 13 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.
|The tender friendship of China people may bring big time happiness.|
The anti-Asian hate attacks by the blacks are continuing all across the United States.
Gates thought Epstein's lifestyle was "kind of intriguing"
In a 2011 email to colleagues, Gates wrote: "His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me."
A spokeswoman or Gates, Bridgitt Arnold, said he "was referring only to the unique décor of the Epstein residence — and Epstein’s habit of spontaneously bringing acquaintances in to meet Mr. Gates," adding "It was in no way meant to convey a sense of interest or approval." Perhaps Gates was taken aback by Epstein's "main hallway that was covered with rows of artificial eyeballs from England that had been made for wounded soldiers" (via the Daily Mail).
Also contradicting Gates' distancing are flight records, which reveal that "Gates flew with Epstein from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to Palm Beach on March 1, 2013," on Epstein's private jet - "one of the few flights that year where pilot Larry Viskoski recorded the name of a passenger,"According to the Daily Mail.
Friday, May 7, 2021
Would you, could, in a car?
Take them, take them, here they are!
I would not, could not, in a car.
I will not take them, near or far!
Would you, could you, with a fox?
I would not, could not, with a fox.
I will not rot inside a box.
Would you, could you, with a nurse?
I would not, could not, with a nurse.
I do not wish to ride a hearse.
UPDATE: This is not an invitation to demonstrate that you do not understand the concepts of poetic meter and rhythm. And FFS, don't be the little boy at the wedding who tries to follow up the joke that gets a big laugh by repeating the same joke.
Former baseball director charged with embezzling more than $165,000 from Boys & Girls Clubs of Milwaukee
A former Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee official has been charged with embezzling more than $165,000 from the club and stealing from Major League Baseball, which supported a youth baseball program through the club.
The scheme involved the theft of player fees, concessions proceeds, and blatant false billing for umpires — mostly the man's family and friends — for games they never worked and for "paid volunteers" at Brewers' concession stands. According to prosecutors, even Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship money got diverted.
Miguel Green, 54, worked for the club for about five years and had risen to direct Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities, or RBI, for the Boys & Girls Clubs, until he was fired in April 2018 over "poor judgment" during a sleepover event, according to the criminal complaint.
by Paul Holley
RACINE – The owner of One Stop Foods, 1711 N. Main St., is accused of pistol whipping a man who he said threatened him at the store on Tuesday.
Iyad M. Alabed, 36, of Mount Pleasant, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with aggravated battery, three counts of recklessly endangering safety, negligent handling of a weapon and pointing a firearm at another.
According to the criminal complaint, Racine Police were called to the store on a report of a man down and a second man with a firearm. Upon arrival, they found Alabed outside with a firearm and a man, identified as JC, on the ground “with his face and head completely covered in blood.” JC was transported to a local hospital for injuries that included a skull fracture, a ruptured eardrum and cuts requiring 10 stitches.
Alabed told police that JC had threatened to kill him in the store and made a gesture “as if to say he was armed,” the complaint stated. Alabed said he pistol whipped JC in the side of the head with his 9mm Taurus handgun, which resulted in the gun discharging into the ceiling. There were no other injuries.
Police spoke with two witnesses were inside the store delivering milk. One said that JC was using “bad words” toward Alabed and that Alabed struck him with the firearm and the altercation ended in the parking lot.
In a police review of the store’s surveillance video, JC “appears upset and is pointing in the store.” Later, Alabed is seen pressing the store’s holdup alarm and gets his firearm. He then forces through the plexiglass divider and strikes JC’s forehead with the gun. Alabed is seen striking JC across the face with the gun causing it to discharge. As JC opens the door to leave, Alabed places him in a headlock. Eventually JC is able to get away and falls back into the parking lot. While JC is on the ground, Alabed points the gun at him and repeatedly kicks him, the complaint stated.
After being placed under arrest, Alabed commented “maybe I lost my anger a little bit.” According to online court records, he made an initial court appearance on Wednesday where cash bond was set at $2,500. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 13 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
|COVID-19 vaccination clinic at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. STANISLAUS COUNTY|
Between Jan. 1 and April 28, California public health officials recorded 3,084 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in people who were fully vaccinated. That’s out of 12.9 million people who were fully vaccinated.
“As more time passes and more people are fully vaccinated, it is likely that additional post-vaccination cases will occur,” the California Department of Public Health said in a statement. “The number of post-vaccination cases remains small.”
The California Department of Public Health said it’s trying to find COVID-19 cases among vaccinated people by reviewing case and vaccine records.
by Paul Holley
RACINE – The Smart City App Development Competition, sponsored by Tech-Prize and Visioning a Greater Racine, will be held live and virtually from 9 to 11:30 a.m. this Saturday at Gateway Technical College’s Racine campus. The public is invited to watch via Facebook live here.
The competition has drawn entries from as far away as India, Europe and Africa. A juried panel will select the winners through a technical evaluation. There are $58,000 in scholarship awards available for the winning teams from event sponsors, University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Gateway Technical College. All attendees will engage in the Popular Vote so that everyone can participate. The winner of the popular vote will receive an Amazon Gift Card rewards. The nine entries received so far cover a broad spectrum of ideas, according to Kiran Vedak, a Tech-Prize volunteer. Here is a sampling:
- A team of five students from Racine’s Case High School have developed an app to connect Racine residents with jobs, internships, scholarships and volunteering opportunities.
- A student from UW-Parkside has developed an indoor software mapping app that helps administrators better understand their facilities and communicate that information with visitors.
- Krishna Raghavendran, 11-year-old middle school student from India and winner of an MIT App competition, has created an app that connects help seekers to help givers, improving the efficiency of providing aid during a crisis.
- An award-winning team of three juniors from Palm Harbor (Florida) University High School have submitted Person-to-Person platform called Rentathon that connects photography enthusiasts on a platform that allows them to conveniently rent out photography equipment.
The Smart City App Competition is the first Tech-Prize event scheduled for this year. Tech- Prize, encompassing six events, draws its inspiration from the City of Racine’s 20th century reputation as “invention city.”
Tech-Prize was originally planned for the summer of 2020 but was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic. A series of events – revolving around idea development, process and education – will take place in Racine on Sept. 10-18.