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  • Non-profit gives heroin addicts 4-million needles to combat surge in Hepatitis C

    MILWAUKEE — You can’t get free crack pipes in Wisconsin, but you can get as many heroin needles as you want. In fact, if you call one local non-profit, they’ll deliver the needles right to you. It may sound like it goes against common sense. As the heroin crisis rages on, why give addicts the very tools they need to shoot up? The answer lies in a deadly disease that thousands of Wisconsin residents are carrying right now and may […]

  • “It’s overwhelming!” Staffing shortage prompts 911 call and walkout at troubled assisted living center

    BEAVER DAM — $4,000 per month. That’s roughly the mortgage payment for an $800,000 house. It is also the going rate for a one-bedroom, assisted living apartment in Wisconsin. Whatever you expect for that kind of money, you probably don’t expect your loved one to be yelled at, laughed at, or left sitting on a toilet, unattended, for hours. All of those things have happened to residents at Prairie Ridge Assisted Living. What happened a few weeks ago led to […]

  • Homeless gambler claims he lost thousands on ‘illegal’ gas station machines

    MILWAUKEE — The City of Milwaukee is pulling the plug on video slot machines at a local gas station. At least, temporarily. The state says the machines are against the law, but one customer was playing them so often, it’s like he practically lived there. Nate Garski is a convicted felon, a former drug addict, and a self-described alcoholic who showed up to meet FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn with a Styrofoam cup full of beer in his hand. “A guy […]

  • “No letter, no phone call, no email:” Why MPS kept lead test results quiet for months

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Public Schools officials are still adding up the cost of testing nearly 13,000 water fixtures, not to mention the cost of repairing or replacing those that showed dangerous amounts of lead. Now, the FOX6 Investigators are asking why it took the district five months to tell parents about lead in the water. For the first time since results were posted on the MPS website in December, a top administrator sat down with FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn to […]

  • Slot machines or phone chargers? Lawsuit could determine future of ‘gasinos’

    WEST BEND —  We’ve all been there. Your phone is running out of juice and you forgot your charging cable. What if you could pay to charge your phone at the gas station? If a West Bend man gets his way, you’ll be able to, but the state is trying to shut him down. There may or may not be a market for paid cell phone charging kiosks in gas stations. The Wisconsin Department of Justice says the ones the FOX6 Investigators […]

  • High-level drug dealers rarely charged with drug-related homicides as Wisconsin death toll reaches 10K

    WAUKESHA — It’s no accident, it’s homicide. Hundreds of heroin addicts across Wisconsin are going to prison for giving someone else the drugs that killed them. However, police and prosecutors are finding it hard to pin homicide charges on those who are profiting the most. There is no government agency in Wisconsin that keeps track of drug-related homicides, so the FOX6 Investigators spent months building a database of more than 500 cases filed since the turn of the millennium. What […]

  • “Uncharted territory:” Wisconsin set to determine if betting on fantasy sports is gambling

    MILWAUKEE — While football season is officially over, fantasy sports are not. You can place bets right now on the NBA, NHL, soccer, golf, even NASCAR. But are those bets legal in Wisconsin? It all boils down to a question of luck versus skill. Playing chess takes skill. Playing a slot machine takes luck. Playing fantasy sports falls somewhere in between. “You have to sit there and do your research each week,” said Derek Schilling, a Packers fan who plays […]

  • Flight for Life responds to collision between dump truck, van in Johnson Creek

    JOHNSON CREEK — Emergency officials were dispatched to a collision between a dump truck and a panel van on Thursday, January 26th. The incident happened in front of the Johnson Creek Elementary School — and Flight for Life was also dispatched to the scene. PHOTO GALLERY Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

  • “Chasing a career:” FOX6 learns more about background of former Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown

    MILWAUKEE — Former Milwaukee Police Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown had only been an officer for three years before he shot and killed Sylville Smith on August 13th near 44th and Auer. The FOX6 Investigators have learned more about the officer’s background. Community activists across the country say urban police departments should reflect the communities they serve. Heaggan-Brown didn’t just reflect Milwaukee’s inner city — he grew up there. But an old Twitter account discovered by FOX6 News lays bare a great irony. […]

  • That’s how the cookie crumbles! State orders ‘Lucky Taco’ founder to stop seeking money from residents

    HUSTISFORD – The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions has ordered a Dodge County businessman to stop seeking new investments for his cookie-making business after a FOX6 Investigation found he’d misled investors. Timonty McQuiston of Hustisford launched Lucky Taco in 2007 and told local investors he was in the business of making taco-shaped fortune cookies. By 2015, the FOX6 Investigators found he’d produced few cookies, despite taking millions of dollars from local investors, some elderly and heavily dependent on his promises […]

  • Lawmaker calls for state audit after FOX6 investigation on felons with guns

    MILWAUKEE— A FOX6 investigation has found felons caught with guns often spend little or no time in prison.  Now, one elected official says he plans to take action. He asked to see the data the FOX6 Investigators spent eight months collecting. The Milwaukee Police Department relies heavily on data analysis to catch criminals, but if you want to know what happens to them after they get caught, the data trail quickly goes cold. That’s why FOX6’s painstaking analysis of felons with firearms caught […]

  • Stolen valor: FOX6 Investigators prove disabled, retired Marine officer is a fake

    WEST ALLIS — Nearly four-million American veterans suffer from a disability connected to their military service.  John Hemphill is not one of them, but the FOX6 Investigators discovered the West Allis man has been posing as a disabled Marine for years. He’s known to many as Lieutenant John Hemphill.   At least, that’s what it says on his bank statement, his electric bill, and his cell phone bill. But he’s no lieutenant.  In fact, he’s not even a Marine. The FOX6 […]