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    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Complete strangers came together tonight to remember Roxana Abrudan — the victim who was brutally killed by estranged husband with a hatchet. The vigil was held just steps from the motel where police found Roxana Abrudan in her final hours alive. There are strangers brought together by terrible grief. “We feel the pain, we actually do. Anytime something like this occurs in Racine Co., we all feel it,” said County Board Supervisor, Monte Osterman. In the shadows […]

  • Dontre Hamilton protest

    “Dontre’s blood is in this park:” Hamilton supporters on hand to protest during Christmas tree lighting

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It’s an event that helps to kick off the holiday season — and some used it as an opportunity to demonstrate. City leaders gathered Thursday evening, November 20th to light the 2014 City/County Christmas Tree in Red Arrow Park, and on hand — demonstrators protesting the shooting of Dontre Hamilton. Hamilton’s family says holding the tree lighting ceremony in Red Arrow Park was “insensitive.” 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed in Red Arrow Park in April by […]

  • Serenity Rose

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    KENOSHA (WITI) —Kenosha police are investigating the homicide of 11-month-old Serenity Rose. It’s a crime Kenosha’s police chief says is the “most violent child death” he’s ever seen in his years of law enforcement. He said the child was brutally beaten — killed by her own father, 34-year-old Russell Rose. “The words I would use to describe this person are not fit for the media. So I’m calling him a monster,” said Police Chief John Morrissey. Morrissey said officers were first […]

  • Dontre Hamilton and Michael Brown

    “To stand in solidarity with Ferguson:” Dontre Hamilton supporters plan rally following grand jury decision

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  • snow

    Wisconsinites have mixed emotions over season’s first measurable snowfall

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The snow came quickly in Milwaukee on Saturday evening, November 15th. There has been consistent snow for the past few hours and it has really blanketed the area — like it or not, it is here! Every year there is a range of emotions that come with the first real snowfall of the season. “It’s happy, it’s pretty. I love snow,” said Sarah Shaw, from Madison. “I don’t like it,” said Natalie Braden. Sometimes the snow is […]

  • winter prep

    “I bought 50 pounds of salt, I want to be prepared:” Residents gear up for an early Wisconsin winter

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  • sisters

    “They’ve been robbed of their womanhood:” Two sisters face one life-changing diagnosis

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  • Kris Zocco

    Jury finds Kris Zocco guilty on 16 of 17 counts of possessing child pornography

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A Milwaukee County jury found Kris Zocco guilty on 16 of 17 counts of possession of child pornography. The verdict came down just after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 13th. That 17th count in which Zocco was found not guilty involved a CD-R found inside his residence. Zocco is believed to be the last person to have seen 27-year-old Kelly Dwyer before she disappeared last October. But he has not been charged in connection with the disappearance. Police say the charges Zocco […]

  • Genie Webb

    IDENTIFIED: Racine police release name of suspect in hit-and-run involving pregnant woman

    RACINE (WITI) — Racine police say the man accused in a hit-and-run incident that involved a pregnant woman and her three-year-old daughter is 69-year-old man Dean Cepukenas of Wind Point. He hasn’t yet been officially charged — but Racine police say they expect charges of hit-and-run causing great bodily injury (two counts), and hit-and-run causing injury. Racine police say Cepukenas contacted police last Wednesday, November 5th — one day after the hit-and-run occurred, saying he had seen surveillance video on the […]

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    “This is a horrific act:” Chief Flynn brought to tears over shooting of Laylah Petersen

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee Police wrap their arms around the family of 5-year-old Laylah Petersen — she was shot and killed Thursday night. Alongside Milwaukee Police and Mayor Tom Barrett, Petersen’s family thanked the public for their support, and asked for help — it was an emotional day. During moments of unspeakable grief, it is difficult to find peace. On this day, comfort is found through a meaningful embrace. A family holds tightly to the men and women who were […]

  • Laylah Petersen

    “We’ll find out who would’ve done this:” Increasing reward for information on Petersen’s killer

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A reward is being offered for anyone with information regarding the shooting of 5-year-old, Laylah Petersen. Friday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) announced a $5,000 reward — and this evening, FOX6 News has learned that will be matched by business owners. They want to ensure someone is arrested. A heartbreaking crime that has crushed a community. “It’s disgusting, it’s disturbing. Enough is enough. We can’t tolerate this,” said family friend, Tory Lowe. 5-year-old Laylah […]

  • Sylvester Lewis

    “He hurt a lot of people:” Jury convicts Sylvester Lewis in shooting death of Sierra Guyton

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A Milwaukee County jury quickly convicted 19-year-old Sylvester Lewis on Wednesday, November 5th of three criminal charges. Lewis is the man who was charged in connection with the playground shooting that killed Sierra Guyton. Guyton was shot in the head while playing on a playground near 28th and Clarke in Milwaukee — feet from her home on Wednesday evening, May 21st. She passed away on July 13th. Her family is calling the guilty verdict bittersweet. While they’re satisfied with the conviction, […]

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