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    One-third of police officers discharged from duty get new police jobs in Wisconsin

    EAGLE — He lied to supervisors, falsified reports and got fired from the police force.  Now a  former Milwaukee police officer is back on patrol about 45 minutes away. Fox 6 Investigators show you how he got back on patrol and why his case may not be unusual. It’s Friday afternoon and a squad car is blazing through Bay View blowing through red lights and stop signs. Nearly hitting a semi and driving over a curb. All because of a […]

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    New information: Sylville Smith, officer who shot him did not attend same high school

    MILWAUKEE — 23-year-old Sylville Smith did not attend the same high school as the officer who fatally shot him. At least, that is what the officer’s family is telling the FOX6 Investigators. The 24-year-old police officer is a three-year veteran of the force who graduated from high school in 2010. We are not identifying him because the shooting investigation is ongoing — and he has not been accused of any wrongdoing in the death of Smith. On Monday, Smith’s sister claimed the officer and […]

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    FOX6 Investigators: Who is the police officer who fired the fatal shots at Sylville Smith?

    MILWAUKEE — FOX6 Investigators have learned the Milwaukee police officer who fired the fatal shots at Sylville Smith comes from the very neighborhood he patrols. Because the investigation is ongoing and the officer has not been accused of wrongdoing, we are choosing not to name him in this story. The 24-year-old officer was first appointed to the Milwaukee Police Department as a police aide in 2010. He became a probationary officer in 2013 — and his probationary period was extended […]

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    FOX6 Investigators take a closer look at the criminal past of Sylville Smith

    MILWAUKEE — The unrest in the City of Milwaukee stems from the officer-involved fatal shooting of Sylville Smith. At 23 years old, Smith had already racked up four criminal cases — three of them felonies — two involving guns. But one of those cases was dismissed. “My brother gonna walk around with his gun regardless. That was his way of saying, ‘I’m safe,'” said Sherelle Smith, Sylville’s sister. Sherelle Smith is one of eight siblings mourning the death of Sylville. […]

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    “I made a horrible decision:” Marcus Lee sentenced to 10 years in prison for crash that killed child

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY — A Milwaukee County judge on Friday, July 29th sentenced 35-year-old Marcus Lee to ten years in prison and another ten years of extended supervision — in connection with a fatal crash that happened near Sherman and Teutonia in Brown Deer on February 25th. Lee did one thing right. He devoted himself to being a father figure to another man’s children. But on February 25th, he did everything else wrong — and it cost a three-year-old girl her life. On […]

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    “What’s taking so long?” Couple files complaint after call to 911 flagged as ‘non-emergency’

    MILWAUKEE— They called for emergency help, but say they got a glorified cab ride.  Now a local couple is asking the FOX6 Investigators to find out why it took so long for help to arrive. Emergency responders call it ‘siren anxiety.’ You think it’s taking too long for help to arrive because you are in a stressful situation. Our investigation finds there could be something else that’s slowing down your ambulance response. It might just be something  you said — […]

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    “It’s just totally wrong:” Nursing home workers share invasive pics and videos of seniors on social media

    FRIENDSHIP — It’s a good bet your grandma’s not on Snapchat. At least, not on purpose. Across the country — and in Wisconsin — young nurse aides are sharing photos and videos of elderly residents on social media, without their knowledge.  It’s invasive, embarrassing, and – in some cases – it’s a crime. John L. Miklavicic was born in 1927, the same year the first transatlantic telephone call was placed from New York to London. 87 years later, it’s a […]

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    “Dad taught me well:” Son of Ponzi scheme operator dodging investors and FOX6 Investigators

    WATERTOWN — The mastermind behind a $10 million Ponzi scheme is dead. More than a year later, his son is trying to dodge a swarm of angry investors. He’s also dodging questions from the FOX6 Investigators. Among the victims of the Ponzi scheme are dairy farmers, factory workers, plumbers and elementary school teachers.  They trusted their life’s savings to a man who turned out to be a liar. But what role, if any, did his son play in the scheme? […]

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    Transgender issues are driving a wedge in LGBT community, says activist ousted from Pride Parade

    MILWAUKEE— Like it or not, America is undergoing a profound transition.  From Caitlyn Jenner to public restrooms, gender identity has taken center stage. But not everyone is happy about that. The FOX6 Investigators found some of the harshest criticism coming from a place you might never expect. When it comes to fighting for gay and lesbian rights, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more battle-tested soldier than Milwaukee’s own Miriam Ben-Shalom. “If I have to march in lock step to some […]

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    “There’s no way I can fight this myself:” Combat vet battling Uncle Sam over government error

    JEFFERSON — The federal government made a big mistake and now, a disabled Wisconsin veteran is paying the price. An error in the federal Workers’ Compensation Program could force the father of four to sell his home. Ron Bearce did nothing wrong.  The letters from the government say so, but that has not stopped Uncle Sam from treating this decorated combat veteran like a deadbeat. Nine years ago, Bearce was in the Army — fighting for his country, but today, […]

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    Researchers test new approach to fighting fires; critics say it could delay victim rescue

    NORTHBROOK, Illinois — A groundbreaking study in Illinois could change the way firefighters attack the hottest and most dangerous fires. The Milwaukee Fire Department is taking part in the study, but a retired New York City battalion chief says the researchers are all wet. It may sound elementary, but scientists in suburban Chicago are studying whether applying water on a fire from the outside should come before search and rescue on the inside. “It’s an inherently dangerous profession,” says Erich […]

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    FOX6 Investigators track the man who took a smartphone — should you?

    MILWAUKEE — More than a million smartphones are stolen in the United States every year and almost all new phones come with software designed to help you find them, but what should you do with that information? FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn shows you what happened when he went looking for the man who walked off with his phone. Scroll down for information on how to track your phone if it’s lost or stolen Mobile phone theft is unlike almost any […]