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    The never-ending lawsuit? School district legal tab tops $186,000 over pond of water

    FREDONIA —  It’s the lawsuit that won’t seem to go away.  And the bill for taxpayers keeps on climbing. For the third consecutive summer, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn shows you how a battle between neighbors is still sending money meant for school children down the drain. After spending more than $150,000 of taxpayer money chasing after an $8,300 dollar repair bill, the Northern Ozaukee School District finally dropped its own case last year. So why were they back in court […]

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    Kids in crisis: Suicide among young people in Southeast Wisconsin on the rise

    RACINE —  More kids in Wisconsin are killing themselves. Suicide, especially among young people, is a public health crisis that affects all of us. After an extensive review of medical examiner reports in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, and Waukesha counties, we’ve calculated that in the last five years in Southeast Wisconsin 71 kids and teenagers have died by suicide. Some were as young as 11 years-old. Seven young people have already taken their lives in 2015. Cameron Langrell, a 15-year-old freshman […]

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    “They’re like bandits!” In the middle of the night, towing company takes cars, shocks drivers with new fees

    MILWAUKEE — In the middle of the night, cars are disappearing from private parking lots all over Milwaukee. They’re not being stolen. They’re being towed away. One company is towing far more cars from private property than anyone else. And their bill could leave you with a bad case of sticker shock. $380 is a lot of money. For that price, you could: Buy a pair of tickets to see the Packers host the Chiefs at Lambeau Field in September […]

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    “Are you a doctor?” Former patients accuse optician of doing eye exams without a license

    KENOSHA — They say the eyes are like windows to the soul. Would you trust just anyone to examine your eyes? FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn has a word of caution before you make your next eye appointment. A local optician is accused of doing eye exams without a license. The first complaint came in 21 years ago. He’s still in business today. And when it comes to being a threat to the public, FOX6’s investigation finds there may be more […]

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    Grocery store allowed to stay open despite “severe rat infestation”

    MILWAUKEE —  In June, customers who shopped at Lena’s Food Market on Oak Street near Fond du Lac Avenue started sending FOX6 News photos on Facebook. The photos showed huge rats scurrying around the store. “That rat that they showed on Facebook was big, and it was just crawling across the floor,” says shopper Latrice Braggs. Milwaukee Health Department inspectors had documented the problem nearly a month earlier. “This has been going on for years I heard,” says Kenneth Dupree, […]

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    IRS still keeping costly secret from some taxpayers, victims of identity theft: “I will never give up”

    PRINCETON — It’s been two years since FOX6 Investigators exposed a federal law that prohibits the IRS from telling you if someone else is using your social security number to file their taxes. Now, a bipartisan effort is finally underway in Congress to change that, thanks in part to relentless hounding by a husband and wife from a small Wisconsin town. But will it be enough? This is not the first time Robert and Debi Guenterberg have welcomed TV cameras […]

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    “You suck!” Local business owners want money back after advertising in Kids Directory

    MILWAUKEE— Mark Harmaan’s great-grandfather started Homestead Animal Farm in Hartland 138 years ago. You might say it’s the American dream. “We love it,”  Harmaan said. So do all the kids who visit each fall to see the farm in its full glory. But if you leave the farm, and head 20 miles southeast to Milwaukee you’ll see a different kind of American dream; a little magic hidden in a trailer off North 76th street at YETA Studios. “Arts are disappearing […]

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    “You will address me as Master:” Wauwatosa teen tells harrowing story of ‘sextortion’

    WAUWATOSA — All she wanted to do was flirt. A Wauwatosa teenager took a selfie and sent it to someone she’d never met. That photo quickly became a tool for sexual blackmail. And what happened to this teenager could very easily happen to you or your child. The 17-year-old Wauwatosa girl exposed more than her private body parts. She exposed herself to a powerful new form of digital extortion. Now, she’s telling her story so you and your children know what’s really at stake […]

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    Woman accused of stealing her own sister’s identity: “Nobody should have to go through this”

    LAKE GENEVA — When police pull you over, one of the first things you can expect is to prove who you are. But in Walworth County, police might not believe you are who you say you are. “I saw four tickets on my record that I 100% did not do,”Jane Bowler said. “I wasn’t even there. I wasn’t even in Wisconsin.” In 2014, Bowler discovered someone had been using her identity to get out of traffic tickets. She went to […]

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    “You have 30 seconds to take that towel off:” Prosecutors say ‘sextortion’ is a growing problem

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — What would you do to keep nude images of yourself from going public? For a growing number of people, the answer appears to be — whatever it takes. And that is giving rise to a new and disturbing category of crime, commonly known as ‘sextortion.’ It’s a form of blackmail that usually involves threats to release sexual images of a victim unless the victim pays money or performs sexual favors. It’s happening to adults and kids in […]

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    Working the system: Bill would take “two strikes, you’re out” approach to unemployment fraud

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The unemployment insurance fund is supposed to be a safety net for people who want to work, but can’t find a job. But a FOX6 investigation finds that many of the people defrauding the unemployment system actually have jobs. They just claim they don’t, so they keep collecting benefits. In other words, they are literally working the system. In order to keep a roof over his own head, Nick Brzezinski repairs and installs them for others. For more […]

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    “We should intervene sooner:” Truancy rate among young kids skyrockets, what can be done?

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — In the last five years, truancy among young children in Wisconsin has skyrocketed. Statewide, the habitual truancy rate among kindergartners is up 41%. It’s the same story for first, second and third graders too, according to data collected by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Students are habitually truant when they miss five or more days of class, without an excuse. During the 2013-2014 school year, 5,770 kindergartners were habitually truant — nearly 10% of the 61,000 kindergartners […]

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