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  • State allows doctor accused of ‘very serious’ sexual misconduct to retire without investigation

    MADISON — A doctor is accused of sexual misconduct, but his case was kept secret. Until now. The doctor is a 40-year veteran of the medical profession — the last 21 spent in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. Earlier this year, he retired at the age of 67.  Were it not for a FOX6 Investigators inquiry, no one would have told you why. When FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn found Dr. Michael Thom doing yard work […]

  • “Absolute scumbag!” Phony Marine could be ‘poster child’ for state’s stolen valor law

    MILWAUKEE — He claimed to have served our country for 22 years until a FOX6 investigation exposed him as a liar. Now, police are seeking criminal charges against a phony Marine in a case that could make Wisconsin history. It’s a crime in Wisconsin to falsely claim military service in order to gain any kind of tangible benefit. But while the state’s so-called ‘stolen valor’ law has been in place for nearly two years, the lawmaker who wrote the bill is […]

  • “Oh! Jesus!:” Rats among 22 violations found at house owned by city alderman

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee mother of four just wanted a place to call home. What she found instead kept her up at night, fearing for her children’s safety. But it’s what her landlord did about the complaints that prompted her to call FOX6 Investigators. “I’m sick of living here,” Patrina Shackleford told a FOX6 News producer, as she gave him a tour of her apartment on North 22nd Street in Milwaukee’s central city. She stopped to show us the rodent-droppings […]

  • 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 […]

  • “Well, they sure screwed up here:” Appeals judges grill Milwaukee police, sheriff about inmate death

    MILWAUKEE — Federal appeals judges are questioning how Milwaukee police and sheriff personnel handled an inmate who died on the jail floor in 2010. James Perry, who routinely suffered seizures, died in the booking area of the Milwaukee County Jail. During oral arguments in the civil rights case his family later filed, federal appeals judges raised questions about who should be held accountable when inmates die in Milwaukee. Police thought James Perry was just complaining. His mother says he was […]

  • Foster parents concerned companies driving foster kids not safe

    MILWAUKEE— A FOX6 investigation finds the state might be allowing dangerous transportation for Milwaukee children in foster care. When kids get placed in foster care, their biological parents may still have a right to see them, so visits are court ordered and scheduled.  How they get to and from those visits is now being questioned by foster parents who say they’re worried about car seat safety. When Barbara Abraham retired from nursing last year, it didn’t mean she would stop […]

  • 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 […]

  • “It has been a problem for quite some time:” 911 abuse wasting time and resources

    MILWAUKEE —  People should only call 911 when there’s an emergency, but in Milwaukee there are thousands of people who dial 911 when there’s no emergency at all. It can dangerous — especially if phone lines and operators are tied up during real emergencies. The FOX6 Investigators reviewed nearly two years of police 911 data. Between January of 2015 and November of 2016, 1,059,247 people called 911, excluding calls that were abandoned (someone hung up). During that same time period, 275,582 […]

  • MPD officer facing felony charges, accused of killing neighbor’s dog: “Really hard for me to take”

    MILWAUKEE —  A Milwaukee police officer is facing felony charges for shooting at his neighbors’ dogs and killing one of them after the dogs ventured into his yard. “Vinny passed and it was really hard for me to take it,”  Kyle Von Drasek said. Vinny and Effie were the family’s dogs, but they were extra special to Von Drasek, who has a cognitive disability. The week of Thanksgiving, the family let their dogs out into their backyard, like they do […]

  • 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 […]