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  • Open Record: More than meets the eye

    MILWAUKEE — If you need to find a licensed optometrist in Wisconsin, you can do so by checking out the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services website. But the truth is, most people don’t take the time to check out those kinds of things before they get an eye exam. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn goes in-depth about a story he did with a local woman who wishes she had. Her story leads us […]

  • Tow company sues to block ordinance passed after FOX6 investigation

    MILWAUKEE — A FOX6 Investigation leads to a new city ordinance. Now, a Milwaukee towing company is suing the city to stop that law from taking effect. On the first day of court hearings in 2020, the Milwaukee City Attorney’s Office nearly missed a big one. It all started with a FOX6 Investigation last summer which found Always Towing charging for the use of special equipment to remove cars from private property — even when no special equipment was used. […]

  • Open Record: Death & Dying

    MILWAUKEE — It’s something we encounter repeatedly as journalists: Death and dying. But how often do we actually talk about how it affects our jobs? In this episode of Open Record, something we’ve never done. A live recording of a brutally honest conversation about one of the toughest parts of the job. Jenna Sachs, Amanda St. Hilaire, and Bryan Polcyn were recently asked by Assistant Professor of Psychology, Lauren Beverung at the Milwaukee School of Engineering to come talk with […]

  • Open Record: It’s all perfectly legal

    MILWAUKEE — Building a home can be a rewarding, but tedious process. A lot of people who have done it will say they’ve experienced some sort of delay or unforeseen cost. In this episode of Open Record, Jenna Sachs takes an in-depth look at one man who filed a complaint with Contact 6 after he had an unusual cost pop-up that he didn’t think he should have to pay. In the Dinner Party Question, the Open Record team reveals their […]

  • Bill would make it a crime to harass sports officials in Wisconsin: ‘You feel threatened’

    MADISON — A FOX6 Investigation blows the whistle on referee abuse. Now, state lawmakers are taking action. If there is anyone who knows about obnoxious youth sports fans, it is State Rep. Don Vruwink — who still umpires at the age of 67. “You feel threatened,” Vruwink said. “You do it because you love the game, but you don’t love the game when you get yelled at for making a call that somebody thought was wrong.” Vruwink, a Democrat, is […]

  • ‘I thought I was at an eye doctor:’ Man accused of unlicensed optometry referred for ‘possible criminal charges’

    PADDOCK LAKE — Aside from your brain, your eyes are the most complex organs in your body. That’s why it takes years of schooling to become a licensed optometrist. The FOX6 Investigators find a local eyeglass salesman is once again accused of practicing optometry without a license — four years after the state ordered him to stop. If there is one eye that seems to trouble Lee Hagopian the most, it is the public eye. “I have some people that […]

  • ‘The potential is great:’ Public DNA databases are solving violent crimes (and raising privacy concerns)

    PORT WASHINGTON — Your DNA could help catch rapists and killers, but should police be able to use it? The FOX6 Investigators found the emerging investigative technique is cracking cold cases across the country, and privacy advocates are worried. For millions of Americans, genealogy is a hobby. For Cindy Stirmel, it is a path to finding her biological father. “I look at this, honestly, at least, you know, 10 times a day,” Stirmel said as she scrolled through vital records stored […]

  • ‘It’s sad:’ Dementia leads to dropped charge against caregiver accused of stealing $17K

    FRANKLIN — Stealing from the elderly is a growing problem across Wisconsin, and the FOX6 Investigators found caregivers suspected of financially abusing their elderly clients sometimes go unpunished. Franklin police said they had a “tight case” against a personal care worker accused of fraud, until something happened that derailed it. It is something millions of Americans face that makes them especially vulnerable to financial exploitation. When Grace Rutkowski arrived to chat with Franklin police in summer 2018, she still had […]

  • ‘I thought we’d slayed the dragon:’ Legal settlement leaves amputee drivers feeling singled out

    WAUKESHA — If you had to take a driver’s test again like you did when you were a teenager, do you think you’d pass? Due to a recent change in state regulations, thousands of Wisconsin amputees are facing a question that could put their driver’s license at risk. If you think you have a good excuse to workout, Fritz Rudy may convince you otherwise. “I do more now than I ever did before,” Rudy said. The U.S. Army veteran and […]

  • Committee approves submission of towing receipts ‘to ensure that people aren’t being scammed’

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee’s Public Safety and Health Committee wants more transparency from towing companies when they perform so-called “non-consensual” tows of unauthorized vehicles off of private property. The proposal approved Thursday, Oct. 24 met some resistance from a handful of local towing companies, which prompted a series of delays. Committee Chairman Bob Donovan held up the legislation at the past two meetings to give the city time to meet with towing companies and hear their objections. This time, he called […]

  • Cold case solved: Killer in 1984 Ozaukee County homicide ID’d through ‘genetic genealogy’

    OZAUKEE COUNTY — A 1984 cold case homicide just south of Saukville is finally solved thanks to an emerging area of forensic science. The Ozaukee County Sheriffs Office announced on Tuesday, Oct. 22 that open-source DNA databases helped lead them to the killer. When 18-year-old Traci Hammerberg was found raped and beaten to death in a snow-covered driveway south of Saukville, Ronald Reagan was president, Lynn Dickey was the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, and Jim Johnson was serving […]

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    ‘It’s something, but it’s not enough:’ 3-year sentence for OWI death highlights call for 5-year minimum

    RHINELANDER — He was convicted in a fatal drunk-driving crash, but did the punishment fit the crime? The FOX6 Investigators followed one man’s road to justice and found some who said the price for taking a life is too low. When a drunk driver is sentenced for killing one of his own friends, there are no winners. The parade of family members of both of the drunk driver and the young man he killed was evidence of that at the […]

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