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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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    Trans teacher to MPS days before suicide: “I’m being subtly bullied and it’s taking a toll on my health”

    MILWAUKEE — It was called “a tragic suicide of one of Milwaukee’s brightest teachers.” The FOX6 Investigators have obtained the emails the teacher sent to school leaders asking for help. Karis Ross was a transgender special education teacher at the Milwaukee German Immersion School. According to her suicide note, she killed herself after years of being bullied by co-workers. Just days before her death she wrote to the school principal, “I feel that I am being subtly bullied and it’s taking a toll on my […]

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    “Disappointed in you:” MU student shares recording of instructor who refused gay marriage discussion

    MILWAUKEE — Embattled Marquette University professor John McAdams is hinting at plans for a lawsuit.  He’s suspended without pay for blogging about a graduate teaching assistant who was secretly recorded by one of her students. The FOX6 Investigators have obtained a copy of that recording and you can listen to excerpts of it below for the first time. The student who made the recording gave the FOX6 Investigators exclusive permission to play portions of it for you.  In exchange, we’ve […]

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    FOX6 investigators go undercover to show how easy it is to buy synthetic pot in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — Scooby Snax. Angry Birds.  K2. Spice. Green Giant. The Joker.  Whatever you call it — it is a designer drug, most commonly marketed as synthetic marijuana. Even though it’s supposed to be illegal, it’s still pretty easy to buy in Milwaukee. “It turned into something very scary,” said a local man, who says he was addicted to the drug for nearly four years and took it to avoid failing a drug test at work. “It’s something that I never […]

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    “We had a law changed!” Mother, daughter team up to turn invasion of privacy into public victory

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — A shocking invasion of privacy has led to a change in public policy, and a 12-year-old girl has been one of the driving forces. She and her mother teamed up to change state law. Christina Walker brought the whole family to the Capitol in Madison recently for “signing day.” Her husband, Kelly, and daughters, Mykaela and Mia, gathered in the office of Representative Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem), as they waited for their bill to be called. Their bill was one of 57 […]

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    Offenders threatened, jailed for ‘false’ alerts from alcohol-monitoring bracelets: “I didn’t do anything wrong!”

    MILWAUKEE— He swears he was not drinking, but his ankle bracelet detected alcohol and that almost landed him back in jail. A Milwaukee man has shared his story with the FOX6 Investigators with the hope that the same thing won’t happen to someone else. Dave Matthews Band played a long show, but not long enough for Joel Clifford to sober up before leaving Alpine Valley last summer.  Body camera video obtained by FOX6 shows Clifford telling police he thought he was “OK […]

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    “I couldn’t breathe:” State changes course after placing rapist within blocks of his victim

    PEWAUKEE —  It’s one thing to know a sex offender lives in your neighborhood. It’s quite another to learn it’s the man who raped you. FOX6 Investigators show you what happened when a rape survivor told the state about the man they unwittingly placed right around the block. With more communities restricting where sex offenders can go, the state is having a tough time finding places to put them. That may explain how the Wisconsin Department of Corrections responded when […]


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