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    State’s DNA databank doubles in size — but how much of that DNA was taken in error?

    MADISON — Wisconsin’s DNA databank has recently doubled in size, and in the last three years, more than 40,000 people in the state have had their DNA swabbed according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. More people than ever before are giving up their DNA—sometimes even before they’re convicted of a crime. And a FOX6 investigation has found sometimes, law enforcement agencies around the state are collecting DNA samples when they shouldn’t be. Last spring, Wisconsin dramatically expanded DNA collection. […]

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    “I was videotaped in my locker room:” Pre-teen pleads for tougher law after hidden camera nightmare

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE —  A local mom is on a mission to change state law.  She and her then 10-year-old daughter found hidden cameras in a public locker room after swim practice. She’s sharing her story for the first time. It’s been nearly two years since Christina Walker and her little girl uncovered what turned out to be a massive spy cam operation in Pleasant Prairie. The man and woman behind the plot are now in prison. But it’s what Walker learned […]

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    FAA rushes to launch drone registry, which opens December 21st — just in time for Christmas

    FRANKLIN — More than 400,000 Americans are expected to get a drone for Christmas — and if you’re one of them, the federal government wants your name, your address — even your credit card. The FAA’s new drone registration system opens Monday, December 21st. This, as some say the new registry goes too far. Call  them drones, quadcopters or unmanned aerial systems… Whatever you call them, Scott Fisher says they’re among the hottest new technology this holiday season. He owns Gift of Wings in […]

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    Speaking up for Special Needs: State lawmakers charged with protecting children drop ball

    MADISON — State lawmakers charged with protecting Wisconsin’s children have potentially violated state law by failing to hold required public hearings on the welfare of children who have been egregiously injured or killed. In Wisconsin, when a child dies or is injured because of abuse or neglect, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has to file a special report explaining what happened and how it happened. The 90-day reports, available here, are published monthly. State lawmakers are required by […]

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    Has he got a deal for you! Fortune cookie maker who owes millions is seeking another investor

    HUSTISFORD — He’s the “kind of guy who could sell ice cubes to Eskimos.”  That’s how an elderly Wisconsin couple describes the man who promised them amazing returns on their money, but left them in a desperate financial bind. Timothy McQuiston has a lot of big ideas, but they always seem to cost other people big money. His latest venture? Fortune cookies shaped like tacos and cannolis. He tapped friends and acquaintances for millions of dollars in loans, but after […]

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    Nurses steal drugs, put patients at risk

    MILWAUKEE — In Wisconsin, impaired nurses are putting patients at risk — and it can be deadly. A FOX6 review of state discipline records shows 104 Wisconsin nurses have been disciplined in just the last two years for either stealing narcotics or being high or drunk on the job. And those are just the nurses who have been caught. In one case, a patient died. “We are proactively looking at this,” says Steven Rush, Vice President of Workforce and Clinic Practice […]

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    Aerial trespassing? Local battle over drone use highlights patchwork of laws and regulations

    RICHFIELD —  So you want a drone for Christmas?  You’re not alone. The federal government expects up to one million Americans to buy one of the remote-controlled aerial vehicles this holiday season. And the FAA is worried about what that means for the safety of the nation’s airspace. But there’s another big concern — beyond safety — that’s still up in the air. It was near a densely wooded path that circles the outer perimeter of Danah Zoulek’s land in […]

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    Back in court for his 48th adult criminal case, the ‘Moving Menace’ tries the insanity defense

    MILWAUKEE — There are criminals. And then there are career criminals. Daniel Berczyk is a relentless thief, but apparently not a very good one. After all, he’s been caught so many times, you could wallpaper a house with his mugshots. He’s been the subject of numerous FOX6 investigations over the years and he’s back in the spotlight again. You don’t have to tell Daniel Berczyk he’s a “menace to society.” He called himself one 14 years ago at a sentencing hearing for […]

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    FOX6 hidden cameras expose questionable tactics of high-dollar matchmaking service

    ELM GROVE —  Here we go again? It took years for the FOX6 Investigators to shut down a  local dating service that was lying to consumers and pressuring them into signing expensive contracts. That investigation led to a state lawsuit and a quarter of a million dollars in restitution for victims. Now, there’s a new dating service in town with a sales pitch that sounds eerily familiar. It starts with a telemarketing phone call, and then an invitation to an Elm […]

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    Woman exposes sex abuse cover-up at prestigious school; principal has ‘no memory’ of abuse report

    MEQUON — She’s kept it secret for more than 40 years. Now, a Mequon woman is telling her story of sexual abuse at the hands of a seventh-grade teacher. So what finally prompted her to come forward after all these years? Her name is Joanna Jastram. She is one of 13 women who helped expose one of the most egregious child sex abuse cover-ups you will ever hear about. It all happened more than 6,000 miles away at a prestigious private school in Japan. But it’s […]

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    Justice for veterans after FOX6 investigation: $41K judgment issued against man behind bogus fundraiser

    WAUKESHA —  Another FOX6 investigation gets results! Three years after we exposed a bogus fundraiser for injured veterans, the state is wrapping up its case against the man behind the operation. But that may not be the end of this story. When it comes to double crossing military veterans, it’s hard to top Brian Michaud. “This is one of the most alarming cases we’ve seen,” Lisa Schiller with the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau said. In 2011, Michaud sold ads for a coupon […]

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    Bluff failures accelerate near Concordia University years after jury finds rock wall a ‘nuisance’

    MEQUON — Lake Michigan bluffs are disappearing at an alarming rate and so are the beaches below them. Now, at least one coastal engineer says the problem could be headed toward Milwaukee, unless something is done to stem the tide. FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn reports a multi-million dollar project meant to preserve the bluffs could be part of the problem. Ten years ago, Concordia University embarked on project meant to protect its lakefront campus in Mequon from rapidly eroding bluffs. […]

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