MILWAUKEE, WI – Tragedy strikes on Mother’s Day. A 19-year-old Navy sailor was killed in West Allis Sunday morning, May 8. Phoenix Castanon is usually the first sibling to tell his mom “Happy Mother’s Day.” This year he didn’t get a chance to call her.
He was shot to death near 84th and Rogers around 2:40 a.m.
“He had a heart of gold, he was a protector,” Tiata Nez-Dunklin said. She is Castanon’s mother.
Protecting was what he was doing the night he was murdered.
West Allis police say Castanon was hanging out with a few friends. One of the women was harassed by a man in a car while she was walking down 84th Street. She was scared and ran to the car Castanon was sitting in at the time. He got out and approached the man. The two exchanged words. The man pulled out a gun and shot Castanon.
“I’m proud of him, that’s how we raised him, defend the weak. He’s my hero.”
Fiancée of slain Arizona sailor held him as he died.
Castanon is originally from Arizona. He was stationed in Great Lakes, Illinois. Castanon was at the end of his training to become a Gunner’s Mate. That goal was ripped away.
‘I’m mad at the world for being the way it is,” Nez-Dunklin said.
West Allis police say the shooter is still out there. Anyone with helpful information should call police at 414-302-8019
JACKSONVILLE, NC – A Marine arrested in 2016 in child abuse charges was pronounced not guilty by jury.
Justin Teeter was charged by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office in February 2016 with intentional child abuse causing serious physical injury and assault by strangulation. He was accused of strangling a 3-year-old and at the time of his arrest was an active-duty Marine with II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, The Daily News reported.
According to Teeter’s defense attorney, Matt Silva, the verdict was a long time coming for Teeter, who is no longer with the Marine Corps.
“I think he can go back and fix things now, which was a part of our goal — to restore his reputation,” Silva said.
The trial began with jury selection Tuesday and closed on Thursday, with the jury returning a verdict in just about an hour, Silva added.
Ultimately, Silva said he and Teeter were pleased with the verdict, which will allow Teeter to move on from the felony allegations he’s faced the last three years.
“I’m just happy he can move on with his life,” Silva said.
Fort Hood leaders and community members gathered for the 2018 Fort Hood Child Abuse Prevention Month and Month of the Military Child proclamation signing ceremony at the III Corps Headquarters Tuesday.
The ceremony honored military children, raised awareness of child abuse and its long-term effects and recognized military and civilian leaders who contribute to child safety.
“We want to celebrate our military children and celebrate the necessity for their safety and well-being,” Billy Floyd, Fort Hood Family Advocacy program manager, said. “We want to make sure that the community does not forget that all children deserve the right to be safe and to be protected.”
Organizations that prioritize child safety such as law enforcement units, Child Protective Services, Communities in Schools and counsel personnel attended the event.
Floyd pointed out that sometimes parents argue and don’t consider the serious effects it could have on children.
“We have to be cautious of that and model how to manage conflict,” Floyd said. “How to agree to disagree. We all have stressors, but how do you manage your situation so that no one is in harm’s way? That is the biggest key.”
Mayuana Hutt, the guest speaker for the event, experienced the effects of living in a home with domestic abuse, first hand.
“I was born to two young individuals that were in a long on-going volatile relationship,” Hutt said. “Most children’s earliest moments don’t involve high-speed chases on the highway or violent late night encounters, but for me, these are the memories I have of my parents.”
Hutt revealed to the crowd of approximately 100 attendees that she still remembers the night when her father would hold a knife to her mother’s throat and held her mother at gunpoint for long periods of time.
“Individuals in chaotic situations don’t always think of how the situation affects their child,” Hutt said. “I can still picture those days like they were yesterday.”
Hutt’s mother, Drenda Williams stood on the side lines to support her daughter through the difficult speech.
“I didn’t know that being a survivor, how much it affected her until we actually talked about it,” Williams said. “It kind of made me take a step back and see how my actions affected her and make sure that she has healed from that situation as well.”
Fort Hood police officer Lt. Andrew Samarripa beelined toward Hutt after the ceremony to commend her for her courageous speech.
“The main thing is that a lot of my law enforcement career I have been really focused on the community and the preventive aspects of things,” Samarripa said. “But to see an individual such as her, to be able to come and speak to what the victims see and how they process … it is really courageous on her behalf.”
At the end of the ceremony, grade school children from on-post schools gathered around III Corps and Fort Hood Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. JT Thomson as he signed the proclamation to stomp out child abuse.
Two horse cavalrymen attended the event in full regalia and boots as the crowd joined in with the children beating their feet against the ground to ‘stomp out’ child abuse.
“I ask that everyone involved, whether military or civilian, unite collaboratively as we continue to lay the foundation in which all children can be raised in caring relationships free of fear and free of abuse,” Thomson said. “Demonstrate our commitment as we pledge our continued support towards resilient Families.”
Dallas Celebrates Veterans Day 2017
With Parade, Flyover
DALLAS, TX – Dallas kicked off Veterans Day weekend early on Friday with a festival in Downtown.
More than 150 men and women take the Oath of Enlistment, led by Army Chief of Staff Mark A. Milley.
Thousands showed up to Dallas City Hall where a parade and other honorary events were held to show veteran appreciation.
At 11:00 a.m., planes flew over the demonstration in the Missing Man Formation. The flyover honors fallen service members, and is often demonstrated at funerals and memorial events.
More than 150 men and women took the Oath of Enlistment Friday morning at Dallas City Hall. Those men and women will enter all branches of service. Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley led the recruits in the oath and encouraged past and current service members to rededicate themselves to the cause of freedom.
The parade honors all veterans, but this year focuses on veterans who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
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Dallas Veterans Day Parade #Flyover #VeteransDay2017 @CityOfDallas pic.twitter.com/BvyyAiArbu – Jennifer S. Gates (@cmjsgates) November 10, 2017
We have overcome many obstacles as a nation yet we still face many challenges. We must show compassion and strive for unity. We must work together for the betterment of our city and our nation, not only for the citizens who are here now but for those who are not here yet. pic.twitter.com/YKAFRvUeW4 – Mike Rawlings (@Mike_Rawlings) November 10, 2017
At City Hall Plaza celebrating our local veterans!#ThankYouForYourservice pic.twitter.com/gn7Rwo8FFf – City of Dallas Parks (@DallasParkRec) November 10, 2017
Color guard from #DallasISD’s WW Samuell High School leads massing of the colors at today’s Dallas #VeteransDay Parade. pic.twitter.com/aLWdDjoZ6B – Dallas ISD (@dallasschools) November 10, 2017
.@ArmyChiefStaff leads oath of enlistment. Thank you to our new military enlistees #DallasVetsDay pic.twitter.com/198JIWMtUw – Mike Rawlings (@Mike_Rawlings) November 10, 2017
May 20 is Armed Forces Day, a time to honor all who serve in America’s Military Branches.
Hero – a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character, special strength, courage, and ability, an immortal being.
YOU ARE MY HEROES, but with so many empty places at the dinner table in Our Great Country, Our America The Beautiful, The Home Of The Free And The Brave, I can’t help but pause and Give Thanks for all the selfless people that answered the Call of Duty, and put themselves in Harms Way, MY HEROES, and I will never forget.
“Armed Forces Day…and the Memorial Day weekend that follows, is a time to honor, remember and recognize those who serve and have served our country, as well as those who have died in service. As we reflect, let’s not forget the many sacrifices made at home as well in support of our men and women in uniform.”
– Chuck Norris –
Armed Forces Day is celebrated each year on the third Saturday in May. It traces its roots to Aug. 31, 1949, when Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day to replace separate holidays for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. The day was first celebrated on May 20, 1950.
President Donald Trump signed a proclamation honoring members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard yesterday.
“On Armed Forces Day, we salute the bravery of those who defend our Nation’s peace and security,” the president said. “Their service defends for Americans the freedom that all people deserve.”
The theme for this year’s Armed Forces Day is “Courageous. Steadfast. Protectors.”