Crime

Essay
2:34 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Essay: We Shouldn't Charge Children as Adults

Lake Effect essayist Paul Heinz believes the cycle of imprisonment ought not to start so early.
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Essayist Paul Heinz examines the trend of charging youths as adults for serious crimes.

A child is not an adult. Even if we ignore recent research that concludes human brain development continues well into our 20s, there is long-held support that teenage brains are developing throughout adolescence.

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Essay
1:30 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Homicides in Milwaukee: Fact Vs. Fiction

What are the facts and what's fiction when it comes to crime statistics?
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True or false: From 1993 to 2013 there has been nearly a 50% increase in homicides in the City of Milwaukee.

The answer is…. False! Actually, during those years there has been a 35% decrease in homicides in the city, from 164 to 106. That decrease has been uneven but steady.

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Regional
11:53 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Witnessing a Crime, Do You Know What to Do?

Experts say it's best to get to a safe location and call the police if you see a crime in progress
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Some people are upset with Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm for not filing charges in connection with the death of a West Allis teen.

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Politics & Government
11:52 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Chief Flynn: "Most Violent Period in 5+ Years"

Murders and non-fatal shootings have surged this summer in Milwaukee.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn was among a group of chiefs of police who met with US Attorney General Eric Holder this week to discuss a surge in youth violence.

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Regional
12:23 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Alderman: Parents Should Teach Children Acceptable Behavior

Ald. Joe Davis says violence in Milwaukee is the result of a poor upbringing

Milwaukee Ald. Joe Davis says the blame for violence in the city lies, in part, with residents’ upbringing.

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

A Step-By-Step Guide to Bounty Hunting

Zip ties can be used by bounty hunters to restrain fugitives.
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Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews bond agent and bounty hunter Derek Nelson.

What would bounty hunting look like if made legal here in Wisconsin?

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Regional
3:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Milwaukee Mother Charged in Death of Infant

A 22-year-old woman is facing a charge of first degree reckless homicide, in the death of Michael Johnson III.

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Politics & Government
2:29 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Before Boston, Another Manhunt Captivated the Nation

Jason McVean and Alan Pilon were suspects in the shooting death of a Colorado police officer in 1998.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Dan Schultz about a 1998 manhunt in the West.

In last month’s manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, many analysts – including some on NPR – termed it unprecedented in recent history. Certainly, the search, which effectively shut down much of the Boston area on Friday, was massive in scale.

But writer Dan Schultz says unprecedented is the wrong word.

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