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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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  • “It’s a tragedy:” Officials recover man’s body floating in Elkhart Lake

    SHEBOYGAN COUNTY — A man in his 40s is found dead in Elkhart Lake Saturday morning, June 24th. A passerby spotted the man’s body floating in the lake and called 911. Witnesses say first responders were on scene for hours. “There was a bunch of tape down this path,” said Matthew Watson, Sheboygan. An unusual scene in such an idyllic setting. “There were a bunch of squad cars and recovery teams,” said Watson. On a picture perfect day, tragedy in […]

  • Man barricaded inside home with gun near 37th and Kilbourn taken into custody

    MILWAUKEE — A man who police say fired a gunshot during a domestic violence incident and barricaded himself inside a home near 37th and Kilbourn Avenue Friday evening, June 23rd has been taken into custody without incident. Police say students were temporarily held at a nearby elementary school as the situation unfolded. Milwaukee police responded to the scene around 4:15 p.m. Police say negotiators communicated with the suspect in an effort to resolve the situation. Story Elementary School, located near the […]

  • Faith-based groups gather for peaceful march in Sherman Park: “It’s time to spread love”

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee faith-based groups joined together in Sherman Park Friday, June 23rd. Their message: it’s time to spread love. Folks at the event gathered around the perimeter of the park, saying a prayer at the quarter mark at each block. The walk comes just two days after the former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was found not guilty for the killing of Sylville Smith. Smith’s death sparked two days of riots last summer. Friday’s event was planned in advance […]

  • “It’s not right:” Swastikas found spray painted on garage after car found engulfed in flames

    SHEBOYGAN — Investigators in Sheboygan respond to a car fire but it was graffiti found that has left neighbors speechless. It all happened early Wednesday morning, June 21st. A car is engulfed in flames and a racially offensive message was left on the garage. “I heard a boom and another boom,” said a neighbor. “I looked across the street and I saw the car on fire.” “It was just huge flames,” said Calvin Wheeler, neighbor. At 26th and Wilgus in […]

  • “This isn’t over:” Family of Sylville Smith files civil lawsuit against former officer, city

    MILWAUKEE — The family of a man slain by a Milwaukee police officer has filed a civil lawsuit against the former officer and the city. Attorney David Owens announced the lawsuit Wednesday, June 21st — minutes after a jury acquitted Dominique Heaggan-Brown in the death of Sylville Smith. Heaggan-Brown shot a fleeing Smith last August, setting off two nights of violence on the city’s north side. A prosecutor charged Heaggan-Brown with reckless homicide, arguing that Smith no longer had a […]

  • Family of woman caught on camera setting fire to home says fight with boyfriend prompted arson

    MILWAUKEE — The family of a woman caught on camera setting a home on fire Friday, June 16th in Milwaukee is urging her to turn herself in. The arson near 12th and Wright left a 72-year-old man dead, and the video shows a woman forced to run from the flames. On Saturday, piles of debris sat outside the home after the deadly arson. Neighbors said they’re shocked. “I don’t see why that happened, but it did,” Robert Neylon said. “Man, […]

  • “Y’all got a lighter?” Cell phone video shows woman setting fatal fire near 12th and Wright

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating a homicide and arson near 12th and Wright that happened Friday, June 16th. FOX6 News has obtained cell phone video that shows a woman setting the fire that killed a 72-year-old man. Authorities were called to the scene shortly before 7:45 p.m. Police say a 72-year-old man, identified as Willie Greer, died in the fire that was intentionally set by what police say is a known female suspect. One firefighter was injured as crews worked […]

  • Man speaks about encounter with Terry Williams day before lakefront shooting: “Didn’t care about nobody”

    MILWAUKEE — Terry Williams, the man who was shot and killed by a Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy on Sunday, June 11th is accused of taking part in a violent incident less than 24 hours before the lakefront shooting. Williams and another man are accused of shooting at someone’s car. On Friday, June 16th charges were filed in the case. “They didn’t care about nobody that was outside that day,” said the man who had the encounter with Williams. It was […]

  • 2 emergency landings, 1 crash in 2 years for pilot of blimp that went down near Erin Hills

    ERIN — The pilot of a blimp that crashed Thursday, June 15th near the U.S. Open, during the opening round of the golf tournament suffered serious injuries, including burns, investigators said. The CEO of AirSign identified the pilot as Trevor Thompson, and FOX6 News has learned something like this has happened to Thompson before. According to WPHT, Thompson was forced to make an “unexpected landing” on May 20th, 2016 off Interstate 95 in Fishtown, Pennsylvania. WPHT spoke with Thompson, who said his […]

  • “He shot an innocent civilian:” Family of Terry Williams demands justice after lakefront shooting

    MILWAUKEE — Family members and friends on Wednesday, June 14th rallied near where 19-year-old Terry Williams was shot by a Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy Sunday. Williams was pronounced dead at the hospital Tuesday. There was a lot of pain as about 50 people protested, coming face-to-face with deputies as they vented their frustrations. Rain fell as protesters shouted frustrations to deputies, who stood in silence. “I wanted them to feel the pain that I feel,” Michael Waits, a cousin of […]

  • Severely emaciated pit bull found in Glendale to be adopted by officer, but first, she needs your help

    GLENDALE — Glendale police on Tuesday, June 13th offered an update on Ruthie, a severely emaciated pit bull found Friday, June 9th near Silver Spring and Milwaukee River Parkway in Glendale who will eventually go home with a Glendale police officer! “You could just tell she wanted affection,” Aron Bechler, Glendale police officer said. “She kind of grew attached to me. I grew attached to her pretty much right away.” Officer Bechler met the five-year-old pit bull on Friday morning after […]

  • “Ready for summer:” Heat wave hits Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — If you stepped outside Saturday, June 10th you felt it: the heat is on! The warm weather made for a perfect day in the sun. There are few places better than being poolside during a 90 degree day. “Perfect. Perfect day for swimming,” said Latiya Zolicoffer, Milwaukee. As temperatures went up, Milwaukee cooled down. “I figured the best place to be right now is in a public pool,” Zolicoffer said. Zolicoffer joined countless others at the Schultz Aquatic […]