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  • 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 […]

  • “Uncharted territory:” Wisconsin set to determine if betting on fantasy sports is gambling

    MILWAUKEE — While football season is officially over, fantasy sports are not. You can place bets right now on the NBA, NHL, soccer, golf, even NASCAR. But are those bets legal in Wisconsin? It all boils down to a question of luck versus skill. Playing chess takes skill. Playing a slot machine takes luck. Playing fantasy sports falls somewhere in between. “You have to sit there and do your research each week,” said Derek Schilling, a Packers fan who plays […]

  • That’s how the cookie crumbles! State orders ‘Lucky Taco’ founder to stop seeking money from residents

    HUSTISFORD – The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions has ordered a Dodge County businessman to stop seeking new investments for his cookie-making business after a FOX6 Investigation found he’d misled investors. Timonty McQuiston of Hustisford launched Lucky Taco in 2007 and told local investors he was in the business of making taco-shaped fortune cookies. By 2015, the FOX6 Investigators found he’d produced few cookies, despite taking millions of dollars from local investors, some elderly and heavily dependent on his promises […]

  • Cedarburg bartender tries to clear name after accusations he drugged, sexually assaulted women

    CEDARBURG — Officials with the Cedarburg Police Department say they’ve received numerous reports that Jacob Banas, the manager of the August Weber Haus in Cedarburg, had “non-consensual intercourse with females after possibly drugging them.” Banas, who has not been charged with any crime related to these allegations, says they are false, vicious rumors. Now he is suing one of the women who says she was drugged—and three other women—who have spoken out against him. He is suing for defamation and […]

  • “It’s too late to fix it:” State often buries funeral home complaints instead of investigating misconduct

    MILWAUKEE —  It’s hard enough when someone you love passes away, but what happens after death — at the funeral home— can sometimes make it even harder. FOX6 has found most complaints about funeral homes in Wisconsin are not investigated. When funeral homes make mistakes, there is very little accountability. “It was as if because we didn’t spent $8,000, $9,000 or $10,000  on a funeral, we got treated like crap,” Melody Williams said. Her mother, Lillie Williams, loved to take selfies. She […]

  • Lawmaker calls for state audit after FOX6 investigation on felons with guns

    MILWAUKEE— A FOX6 investigation has found felons caught with guns often spend little or no time in prison.  Now, one elected official says he plans to take action. He asked to see the data the FOX6 Investigators spent eight months collecting. The Milwaukee Police Department relies heavily on data analysis to catch criminals, but if you want to know what happens to them after they get caught, the data trail quickly goes cold. That’s why FOX6’s painstaking analysis of felons with firearms caught […]