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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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  • Mothers of hit-and-run victims hope their tragedies bring change: “Put down the phones”

    MILWAUKEE — Two mothers are brought together by tragedy; their lives changed by hit-and-run crashes. The Milwaukee mothers met as their children fought for their lives and now they’re trying to bring awareness. The two families came together at the Cooper Park Pavilion in Milwaukee Saturday, May 27th. “Today is a day of healing,” said Brenda Singley, mother of victim. It was a chance to relax and take their minds of what has been a trying month. “We’re leaning on […]

  • Officials identify 2 men killed in plane crash near Sheboygan County Memorial Airport

    SHEBOYGAN FALLS — Two men are dead after their plane crashed near the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport on Friday afternoon, May 26th. The single-engine plane went down around 12:30 p.m. and authorities are now trying to figure out what caused it to crash. Saturday, May 27th authorities identified the victims as 67-year-old Dennis Hall from McHenry, Illinois as the pilot. And passenger, Filip Smecko, 19, of Janesville, Wisconsin. “I heard sirens, a lot of sirens,” said Sharon Schmahl, neighbor. In rural Sheboygan […]

  • “Who’s responsible?” Family of man killed by semi debris on I-94 want answers

    MILWAUKEE — A family is looking for answers after a freak accident claimed the life of a Bookfield man. 51-year-old Jay Tichelaar was driving from Madison to Brookfield when the accident happened. A piece of a semi tractor trailer hit his SUV on I-94. His family is now searching for the semi truck responsible so they can have closure. It was a routine drive home from work along I-94 on Monday, May 22nd ending in an unexpected tragedy. “It was […]

  • “Not on this block:” Woman’s body found inside home as police searched for child abuse suspect

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police say a woman’s body was discovered inside a home near 47th and Brentwood during an investigation into child abuse. Police said around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 24th, they were searching for a child abuse suspect alleged to have previously struck a five-year-old family member, causing serious injuries and hospitalization.  The suspect was believed to be armed with a firearm and inside of a residence. The “Tactical Enforcement Unit” and crisis negotiators responded to the scene and entry was […]

  • Milwaukee stores sued over synthetic marijuana: “People get hurt by this stuff”

    MADISON — The state of Wisconsin is suing two Milwaukee stores for selling synthetic marijuana products disguised as “potpourri” and “incense.” The stores were raided Tuesday, May 23rd. Attorney General Brad Schimel and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection filed lawsuits Tuesday against Atomic Glass, a smoke shop, and Food Town Mini Mart. According to the complaints, both stores regularly sold packages of plant material sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids with names like “Scooby Snax” and “Diablo.” Schimel […]

  • Priceless memento found in home being rehabbed; now, “it’s got to go to the owner”

    WATERTOWN — A treasure was uncovered as a building was being rehabbed, and now, the contractor who found it is on a mission to reunite the priceless memento with its rightful owner. The apartment has not been occupied for 40 years, which will make this mystery even more difficult to solve. Ryan Jones has been transforming the space for the last two months. Last week, during a room demolition, his employee unearthed a priceless memento. “Always dreamed about finding something cool, […]

  • Man caught on camera attempting to steal cart-load full of baby formula from Piggly Wiggly

    DODGE COUNTY — Caught on camera, a man is seen stealing hundreds of dollars worth of baby formula from a grocery store shelf at the Piggly Wiggly located in Mayville. The Piggly Wiggly grocery store is filled with familiar faces from town, but Saturday morning, May 20th in aisle nine there was a new face that store manager, Curt Schmidt, says was up to no good. “The whole entire shelf was taken,” said Schmidt. Surveillance shows a man take every […]

  • “This doesn’t happen around here:” Shots fired by ATF agent during traffic stop

    MILWAUKEE — An investigation is underway after police say an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) fired shots during a traffic stop near North 5th Street and West North Avenue Friday afternoon, May 19th. Two people are now in custody. Around 12:30 p.m., neighbors say they heard about three gunshots before police arrived. “I’m surprised. This doesn’t happen around here,” said a neighbor. “It’s unfortunate.” Yellow tape now blocks the road near 5th and North Avenue as […]

  • “He was after the medications:” Hayat Pharmacy delivery driver carjacked on the job

    MILWAUKEE — A delivery driver is carjacked in broad daylight. The pharmacy delivery driver was on the job when a suspect put a gun to his head. The suspect got away with a lot more than the car. The delivery driver was dropping off medicines to about 40 patients unable to leave their homes. The driver believes he was targeted because of it. “He put the gun in my head, like that,” said Ahed Kadadha, Hayat delivery driver. Ahed Kadadha […]

  • Charged: 2 brothers accused of targeting auto shops, stealing catalytic converters

    MILWAUKEE — Two brothers are accused of stealing catalytic converters. Investigators say they targeted auto shops — and they found more than auto parts on the suspects. According to the criminal complaint, Alexander and Santiago Bonilla are accused of stealing catalytic converters. It all began in July 2016. Prosecutors say the Bonilla brothers’ first theft was at Direct Auto Sales. They are accused of using a hydraulic floor jack to lift up a vehicle and remove a catalytic converter. Then […]

  • Bullied on the bus: Culprit was suspended, but torment continued; at least 1 adult involved

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee mother says her child is being tormented on his school bus, and she says it’s not just other students who are picking on him. The 11-year-old boy said the past month has been terrible. He’s been targeted by bullies, and he said it all came to a head on Friday, May 12th when he was threatened by an adult. For the past two months, a walk to the corner has been a morning routine for Alphonso […]

  • Man dead in West Allis after firing shot at officer during traffic stop, standoff

    WEST ALLIS — One man is dead after an incident in a West Allis neighborhood early Saturday, May 13th that officials say involved a report of an armed robbery, a traffic stop and shots fired. It all started shortly after 1:00 a.m. when the West Allis Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at a business near 72nd and Greenfield. The initial investigation indicated the suspect in the armed robbery fled in a white vehicle. At approximately, 1:15 […]