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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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    “He probably sent them to 20 more people:” A financial crime, three arrests and a lesson for all of us

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY/RACINE COUNTY —  There is a new victim every three seconds. Nationwide, last year, 17 million people were hurt by this crime. Police rarely catch this type of crime as it happens, but FOX6’s Contact 6  got a rare look at a financial  crime in progress: identity theft. 25-year-old Detroit native Jamarr Bowens probably wishes he was anybody else right now. In fact, that’s the reason he ended up in court in the first place.  He used credit cards […]

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

    MILWAUKEE— Mark Harmann’s great-grandfather started Homestead Animal Farm in Hartland 138 years ago. You might say it’s the American dream. “We love it,”  Harmann 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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    Small businesses say they were wronged by couple running Kids’ Directory, Bright Day Cleaning

    GREEN BAY—A year ago small businesses all over the state told the FOX6 Investigators they had tried to place ads in the Kids’ Directory. “I thought ‘Hey! This is a perfect place for us to advertise,'” said Lauren Ashley, owner of YETA (Youth Empowered Through Art)  Studios in Milwaukee. Former customer Mark Harmann, who owns Homestead Animal Farm, thought the same thing. He and his wife paid for an ad during busy fall months. Those companies, like many others, paid to place […]

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    Father frustrated, searching for son after mom disappears and takes toddler

    SHEBOYGAN —  Last month a local mom was criminally charged when she took off with her kids to Georgia without informing their father. It’s a common problem in Wisconsin, but a review of court records show it’s rare for parents who take off to be held accountable. Two years ago James Wolfe became a dad. “There’s nothing like it in the world. You’re afraid at first, because you don’t know, but when you see that little baby for the first […]

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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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    High speed pursuit for “doing doughnuts” ends in fatal crash

    WAUPACA — The controversy surrounding high speed police pursuits has mainly focused on the Milwaukee Police Department, but if you leave the city and head to more rural communities, police policies can change dramatically. Sometimes, they can be deadly. The FOX6 Investigators received a tip about a sheriff’s deputy in Waupaca who is known around town for his high-speed chases. In August 2015, he tried to stop a driver who was doing donuts in an intersection. When the driver failed to pull […]

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    Police chases up 130% in 2015 in Milwaukee despite so-called ‘no pursuit’ policy

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Department has gotten a lot of heat for its so-called “no pursuit” policy. Critics have said the city needs more police chases to drive down crime, but as the FOX6 Investigators have found, there were more police pursuits in 2015 than there have been in more than a decade. In January 2016, Karen Vega, who had just moved into a new neighborhood on the south side of Milwaukee, was carjacked in front of her children. […]

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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 […]


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