Crime

LaToya Dennis

MPD Sergeant Sheronda Grant talks about being a black police officer in Milwaukee, a minority-majority city, and during an era when police face a mix of harsh criticism and volatile situations. Grant is president of the League of Martin, an African American police association. She says the job can be especially stressful these days because what happens with police anywhere affects officers everywhere, yet she encourages young people to consider a career in law enforcement.

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Some Milwaukee residents are arming themselves with signs and cell phones in an effort to take back their neighborhoods and their streets from people who break the law.

Florence Burt and George Gage are standing on the corner of Capitol Drive and N 60th Street in the blistering heat, waving hand-made signs saying, "Stop Means Stop." Burt says she can no longer sit at home and complain about the reckless driving on the north side. Gauge agrees. He says he’s sick of drivers in his neighborhood doing whatever they please.

'Unsolved' Chapter Six: Blinded By Science

Feb 26, 2016
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By 2009, Detective Kent Schoonover fears the chance to solve John Zera's murder has slipped away, in part because the eccentric medical examiner who did the autopsy made a mess of it.

Read the Journal Sentinel's full story. 

Our broadcast of the Unsolved podcast over the next week is presented in partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

'Unsolved' Chapter Five: What Did We Miss?

Feb 25, 2016
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Two years after John Zera was murdered, an anonymous tip about a Franklin High substitute teacher with an unusual interest in boys' feet would generate a new prime suspect.

Read the Journal Sentinel's full story. 

Our broadcast of the Unsolved podcast over the next week is presented in partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

'Unsolved' Chapter Two: Where do we start?

Feb 22, 2016
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Before John Zera, Hales Corners Detective Howard Hingiss had only handled one murder case. While he narrowed down the suspect list, with the help of the F.B.I. and other departments, he would never discover the identity of the murderer. Twenty-five years after his retirement, and almost 40 years after the crime, the question of who killed John remains unsolved.

Read the Journal Sentinel's full story. 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of John Zera, a 14-year old Franklin High School student. Zera was murdered, and his body was found eight days later in Whitnall Park. Despite several seemingly promising leads in the case, no one has ever been charged in connection with his death.

The case re-emerged in the public eye recently with a print series and podcast by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Gina Barton.

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Parents consider a number of factors when they choose a high school for their kids. Safety is often one of those considerations.

But right now, parents can’t access data about crime that happens in Wisconsin’s schools.

Sergeant Marla Martin is a parent. She's also a West Allis police officer who sees most everything that goes on at Nathan Hale High School -- good and bad. 

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We’ve reported before on the reputation Milwaukee has gotten as a hub for human trafficking.  The story has been covered in Wisconsin media and as far away as the international newspaper, The Guardian.

For the past six months, our Precious Lives series has told stories of how children in the Milwaukee area are affected by gun violence. There is an increasing number of children becoming victims of gun violence as well as a rise of young people being involved in violent crimes.

Essay: We Shouldn't Charge Children as Adults

May 15, 2014
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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.

Homicides in Milwaukee: Fact Vs. Fiction

May 7, 2014
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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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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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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.

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

A Step-By-Step Guide to Bounty Hunting

Jul 9, 2013
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What would bounty hunting look like if made legal here in Wisconsin?

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