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I'm excited to be a part of the FOX6 team. It's amazing to be living out my dream and working as a news reporter in a great city. I come to FOX 6 from WCIA in Champaign, IL. Before that, I worked at WAND as a Champaign bureau reporter. As WCIA's lead nightside reporter, I covered the fall of former Governor Rod Blagojevich, the largest admissions scandal in the history of the University of Illinois, and even rubbed elbows with Roger Ebert at his acclaimed film festival "Ebertfest." It is nice to be working with so many reporters I used to rub elbows with in Champaign like Brittney Sager, Bret Buganski, Ben Handelman, and A.J. Bayatpour.

I knew I wanted to be a TV reporter since I was a kid. I used to stay up late to watch the 10 o'clock news every night, against my parent's wishes, on my couch in Northwest Indiana. Being a Hoosier, it was in my blood (and family history) to attend Indiana University. There, I double majored in political science and Hoosier basketball. After graduation I earned my Master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

I enjoy hearing from viewers, so shoot me a line. By the way, you can follow me on twitter at twitter.com/AshleySears6!

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    “We wanted this guy caught:” GPS tracking device helps police nab a suspected serial burglar

    GREENDALE (WITI) — FOX6 News is learning more about a man police say is responsible for dozens of crimes across the area. New documents show the man was arrested with the help of a GPS tracking device. Late last month a man was stopped in Greendale — tackled to the ground. New documents show the man had been tracked — suspected of committing several burglaries in a matter of months. For more than 30 years, Nancy Witte-Dycus has been committed to her […]

  • Jacob Wayne Rogers

    Now in custody: Police say Jacob Rogers, Katelyn McGraw have turned themselves in

    RACINE (WITI) — A criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Tuesday for 27-year-old Jacob Rogers — wanted in connection with the death of 27-year-old Andrew Jones. Jones was found dead inside the Allegro Apartments near Three Mile Road and Erie Street in Racine on Monday, March 2nd. Details of this alleged crime unfolded on Facebook — and on Tuesday afternoon, Jacob Rogers was posting on his Facebook page — seeming to confess to the crime. On Tuesday night, police told FOX6 News […]

  • hwy3

    Accident in the Zoo Interchange: 33-year-old construction worker killed; investigation underway

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A construction worker was killed while working on the Zoo Interchange project near 91st Street in Milwaukee on Saturday morning, February 28th. That construction worker has been identified as 33-year-old Ryan Calkins of Brookfield. He was killed due to a construction-related accident involving machinery on the westbound side of I-94 at approximately 7:41 a.m. Calkins was pronounced dead at the scene. The Wisconsin DOT says this is a very rare occurrence. There is a lot of safety training involved […]

  • dog rescue

    Rescuers work 4 hours to save dog stranded on Lake Michigan ice

    CUDAHY (WITI) — A heroic ice rescue. A dog stranded on the ice in Lake Michigan and a team of firefighters and animal control worked to save her. 2-year-old Genevieve is safe tonight after a very stressful 24 hours. She ran off after her owners let her out in the morning. If it wasn’t for a photographer spotting her near the lakefront, it might not have ended so well. Along Lake Michigan in Cudahy, ice, wind and whip along the lakeshore. […]

  • Sharon Staten, Tawanda Staten, Angela Staten

    CHARGES FILED: Three Milwaukee sisters face 90 felony charges for filing fraudulent tax returns

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Three sisters from the Milwaukee area are facing a total of 90 felony charges for filing fraudulent income tax returns following a two-year investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s (DOR) Criminal Investigation Section. Authorities say they are part of a scheme to defraud the state of close to a million dollars. “This was a very complex scam,” said Stephanie Marquis with the Department of Revenue. Sharon, Angela and Tawanda Staten are being prosecuted by the Milwaukee […]

  • gas station beating 50th and Lisbon

    LATEST: Man accused in violent beating of gas station workers has lengthy criminal history

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — FOX6 News is learning more about a man accused of brutally beating two gas station employees near 49th & Lisbon in an incident that was caught on camera. The video, captured via a cell phone camera on Saturday evening, February 21st is disturbing. Around 9:20 p.m., the 21-year-old suspect confronted two Mobil gas station employees who accused him of stealing items. The suspect took a wooden bat that belonged to the employees and started beating them with it […]

  • Todd Champeau

    “I was ticked!” Man says a driver who fled the scene totaled his car in rush hour hit-and-run on I-94

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — One minute, he was stuck in traffic. The next, he was the victim of a hit-and-run crash. Now, he says he wants one thing — for the hit-and-run driver to be brought to justice. Todd Champeau says he was headed home from work when it happened. “Just merging onto 94 from 41. I was stopped because it was rush hour. I hadn’t been stopped for more than two, three seconds and the guy came barreling into me,” […]

  • 10th and Concordia1

    18-year-old suspect hospitalized, 21-year veteran of MPD on leave after officer-involved shooting

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — An 18-year-old Milwaukee man was taken to the hospital after a police officer-involved shooting near N. 10th St. and Concordia Ave. Saturday, February 21st. Around 1:00 p.m., the Milwaukee Fire Department was called out to the scene for a medical emergency. Investigators say while they were treating a patient, they realized there was an on-going violent encounter happening and they called police. When police arrived, they say they secured the safety of others inside the home. While searching […]

  • marijuana

    Menominee Tribe considers growing marijuana to help boost revenue

    KENOSHA (WITI) — A Kenosha casino was not in the cards for the Menominee Tribe. Now, they all say options are on the table — including growing marijuana. It is one of several money making options the tribe is now exploring. Tribal leaders say they are researching if marijuana could grow their economy. It is a controversial proposal the Menominee Tribe says is one way to help its waning economy. It’s a possible plan to start growing marijuana. Friday, February […]

  • N-bomb

    “A newer drug:” Drug enforcement agents tracking synthetic acid “N-bomb,” trying to stop its spread

    EAU CLAIRE (WITI) — It’s a new drug with some extreme side effects — and it’s showing up in Wisconsin schools. Law enforcement officials say it’s pretty easy for your kids to get their hands on it. In West Central Wisconsin sits the quiet city of Eau Claire. More than 65,000 people work and live in the city surrounded by hills and rivers. Eau Claire is now on the map due to something called “N-bomb” or “Smiles.” It’s a small piece of […]

  • Hamilton

    Halted by demonstrators: Hamilton supporters shut down Fire and Police Commission meeting

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A Milwaukee city meeting was shut down by demonstrators. Supports of Dontre Hamilton’s family halted tonight’s Fire and Police Commission meeting. They are upset an appeal hearing for the former police officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton has not been set. Thursday, they made known, they’re fired up. On the third floor of City Hall, business as usual was halted by demonstrators. About 50 people stood up while the Fire and Police Commission tries continuing on […]

  • Car

    BEWARE: Warming up your car in freezing temperatures could cost you

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — When the temperatures drop, it is tempting to start your car and walk away while it’s heating up — but it could cost you. There is never a dull moment for one Cudahy mom. Taber Lottouzee has her hands full with two young boys to look after. “I’m a single mom. I work two 24 hour shifts a week,” said Lottouzee. Now, her hectic life has become more complicated. “I need my car. That’s how I support my […]


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