Criminal Justice

Attempting to shift balance, Janet Protasiewicz says she’ll bring fairness to state Supreme Court

BY: - December 12, 2022

Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Janet Protasiewicz says that if elected to the state Supreme Court in April, she’s not looking to just establish a liberal version of the reliably conservative voting block that currently controls the court.  The former prosecutor is one of four candidates and two liberals running for the open seat being […]

Staffing shortages and rising population still plague Lincoln Hills

BY: - December 9, 2022

Troubles with a rising population of youth and chronic staffing shortages have continued to plague the Lincoln Hills School for Boys. Recent months have seen the population in the notorious detention center remain over 70 incarcerated kids,  after shooting up to 85 youth in August. Although a recent monitor’s report highlights ways in which the […]

The Milwaukee Police Administration Building downtown. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Is ShotSpotter gunshot detection tech working for Milwaukee?

BY: - December 8, 2022

Since 2010, technology to detect and locate gunfire called ShotSpotter has steadily expanded in the city of Milwaukee. The network of acoustic sensors, operated jointly by the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) and the ShotSpotter company, is intended to boost situational awareness and responses by police to gunfire. Milwaukee’s contract with ShotSpotter will expire and require […]

The family of Brieon Green stand with attorney B’iVory LaMarr on Thursday night after having viewed video of Green's death. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Family, lawyer, activists blast Milwaukee jail for ‘preventable’ suicide

BY: - December 5, 2022

Conditions in the Milwaukee County Jail are under scrutiny following a Thursday meeting between Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and the family of Brieon Green. In June, the 21-year-old Green was found dead in his jail cell hours after being arrested for misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon, and […]

Wisconsin State Supreme Court entrance

Waukesha Co. judge announces run for state Supreme Court

BY: - November 30, 2022

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow announced on Wednesday she’s joining the race for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Dorow recently gained attention for presiding over the trial of the man who drove through the Waukesha Christmas Parade last year and killed six people. That attention from the high profile case […]

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One year since Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy

BY: - November 24, 2022

One year after the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy, residents gathered to remember and pay their respects. The memories are still raw for many Waukesha residents, still haunted by the actions of then-39 year old Darrell Brooks, who was convicted of driving an SUV through the parade on Nov. 21, 2021. Six people lost their lives, […]

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Bipartisan committee tackles National Guard sexual misconduct

BY: - November 22, 2022

Ten potential bills have been developed so far to address more than a decade of sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations reportedly mishandled by the Wisconsin National Guard. Allegations first surfaced in 2019, when Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin asked the Air Force to investigate the 115th Fighter Wing’s Security Forces Squadron, based in Madison. […]

The Milwaukee County Courthouse. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee County budget passes as some residents, board members express discontent

BY: - November 16, 2022

Milwaukee County adopted its 2023 budget, which passed the board of supervisors by a 15-3 vote last Thursday. During public listening sessions in early November, residents spoke out against budget cuts across several departments with some services in danger of being entirely eliminated. While some of those programs were saved by subsequent budget amendments, other […]

Spelman College in Atlanta canceled classes and locked down its campus early in February after a bomb threat was received. Ross Williams/Georgia Recorder

FBI confirms a single juvenile suspect behind most bomb threats to dozens of HBCUs

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — The FBI has officially announced that a single minor youth is the main suspect in most racially motivated bomb threats to dozens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities earlier this year that terrorized students. The FBI in a statement on Monday did not release any further details — only that the individual is […]

Marijuana cannabis store with open sign and tables , wall says I don't do drugs, I just smoke weed

Recreational marijuana use will be legal in 21 states after ballot measures pass

BY: - November 10, 2022

Advocates for marijuana liberalization saw mixed results as legalization ballot measures were counted Tuesday, with Maryland and Missouri voters approving recreational use for adults but Arkansas, South Dakota and North Dakota rejecting the proposal. Maryland and Missouri will bring the list of states where recreational marijuana use is legal to 21. Maryland’s referendum passed easily, […]

A Milwaukee County Sheriff vehicle parked below a bridge being crossed my protesters. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee County residents speak up on 2023 budget

BY: - November 3, 2022

The future direction of Milwaukee County’s budget weighed heavily on the minds of residents who spoke during a public hearing with the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night. County residents gathered both in person and virtually for the meeting, which offered the public a chance to weigh in on the proposed 2023 county […]

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi arrive for a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Man who attacked Speaker Pelosi’s husband wanted to break ‘her kneecaps,’ DOJ says

BY: - November 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday announced federal charges against the man who allegedly broke into U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home and attacked her 82-year-old husband with a hammer.  If convicted, David DePape could receive up to 50 years in prison. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s complaint and affidavit […]