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10 Best Cities for Trick-or-Treaters

Oh, to be a kid in Philadelphia

(Newser) - Kids in Philadelphia who come home with pillowcases stuffed with candy on Halloween probably have no idea how lucky they are. Philly is the best city in the country for trick-or-treaters—and possibly dentists, too—according to the eighth annual Zillow Trick-or-Treat Index , per Parade . The index ranks cities based... More »

Police Violence Leads to Far Fewer 911 Calls

Especially in black neighborhoods

(Newser) - The so-called "Ferguson Effect" says homicides go up after high-profile police-on-citizen violence because police become too worried about being investigated for use of force. But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a new study published Thursday has another explanation. Researchers found that 911 calls related to crime dropped 20% in... More »

Medical Examiner's Son Dies of Drug Overdose

'No family is immune,' Wis. senator says

(Newser) - There have been more than 160 drug-related deaths in Milwaukee County, Wis., this year, 70 of them in the last seven weeks, and that is more than just a grim statistic for Chief Medical Examiner Brian Peterson. His own son, Adam Peterson, a 29-year-old with a history of drug use,... More »

Milwaukee Teens Get 10pm Curfew

As unrest continues in city

(Newser) - Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood has seen two nights of unrest after the fatal shooting Saturday night of a black suspect by a black police officer , and on Monday, Mayor Tom Barrett announced a 10pm curfew for teenagers in the neighborhood. In addition, Sherman Park will close at 6pm each... More »

Milwaukee Cop Who Killed Suspect Is Black

Protests continue for a 2nd night

(Newser) - One person was shot and a police officer was injured as unrest gripped Milwaukee on Sunday for a second night after the fatal shooting of a black suspect . Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says the officer who shot 23-year-old Sylville K. Smith is also black, and that officer is now... More »

Milwaukee Erupts Over Police Shooting

Officials plead for calm amid protests after 23-year-old killed by cops

(Newser) - Simmering anger over the fatal shooting of a man by police erupted in violence on Milwaukee, reports the AP , with protesters skirmishing with officers over several hours and setting fire to at least four businesses. The uprising that broke out Saturday didn't subside until after midnight, after Mayor Tom... More »

FBI Catches a Most-Wanted Woman

Shanika Minor allegedly killed a pregnant woman over loud music

(Newser) - Shanika Minor became just the 10th woman ever to make the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list when she was added this week for allegedly killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child, the Washington Post reports. On Friday, she was captured. Back in March, Minor's mother complained... More »

How This Woman Just Made the FBI's Most Wanted List

Shanika Minor has been on the run for months after alleged murder

(Newser) - Three days after 24-year-old Shanika Minor allegedly shot and killed a nine-months-pregnant neighbor in Milwaukee on March 6, she was charged with murdering both the woman and her unborn child. Then in late April, the feds added charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, reports CBS News . Now, nearly four... More »

Frozen Custard Stand Dinged Over Uncool English-Only Policy

The owner is willing to fight anyone who says he's racist

(Newser) - A frozen-treat shop is in hot water over an English-only policy for its employees. Joey Sanchez, a customer at Leon's Frozen Custard in Milwaukee, tells WISN he heard an employee tell a Spanish-speaking customer she had to order in English. The employee then told Sanchez she wasn't allowed... More »

2-Year-Old in Backseat Shoots, Kills Mom

Gun reportedly belonged to security guard boyfriend

(Newser) - A young mother of three was fatally shot while driving with her kids on Tuesday. But this was no road-rage shooting, and the bullet came from the seat behind her. Patrice Price, 26, was driving her boyfriend's car on Highway 175 in Milwaukee around 10:30am when she suffered... More »

FBI: Man Planned Massacre to 'Defend Muslims'

Feds say he targeted Milwaukee Masonic center

(Newser) - A man plotted to massacre dozens of people at a Masonic hall in Milwaukee in what he called an operation to "defend Muslims," federal agents say. According to an FBI affidavit, 23-year-old Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was recorded by two undercover agents plotting to storm the Humphrey Scottish Rite... More »

Partygoer Leaves in Shorts, Quickly Freezes to Death

The wind chill had dropped to -27.5 degrees Fahrenheit

(Newser) - When 21-year-old Elizabeth Luebke traveled an hour and a half south from her home in Oshkosh, Wis., to Milwaukee for a concert, she wound up at an after-party wearing a tank top, shorts, and fishnet stockings—and at around 4:30am left angrily after arguing with a friend, reports FOX6... More »

3-Year-Old Found Safe Hours After Carjacking

She was found with Milwaukee suspect

(Newser) - A little girl in Milwaukee is safe after what must have been the most terrifying few hours of her and her parents' lives. Aubri Degeffered, who turned 3 a few weeks ago, was in a Volvo SUV that was carjacked at around 6:50pm on Sunday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel... More »

Guy Calls Station About '82 Cold Case, Gets Arrested

Jose Ferreira confessed to cops about killing 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek in 1982

(Newser) - In 1982, 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek went missing in Milwaukee after she got suspended from school. Her body was found 17 months after she vanished, buried under a neighbor's porch, but the search for her killer eventually went cold, the AP reports. Now her mom, Carolyn Touisgnant, may finally... More »

Gun Store Loses Landmark Case, Owes Shot Cops $6M

Jury agrees that Badger Guns was negligent

(Newser) - It could be the biggest blow to the gun industry in years, and it came not from the White House, but from a jury in Milwaukee. On Tuesday, Badger Guns was ordered to pay $6 million to two police officers who were shot in the face with a handgun bought... More »

Jittery Milwaukee Thinks a Lion Is Roaming Its Streets

No sign of the animal since Monday, except on Twitter

(Newser) - Milwaukee residents, do not panic. That's an order from officials fielding dozens of calls since Monday, when a woman spotted what she claimed was a "lion" in her backyard on the north side of the city. A cellphone video appears to show a lion-like animal that wildlife experts... More »

Dead Man Wakes Up Before Trip to Morgue

His family was notified of his 'death' before he started moving

(Newser) - Another entry for the not-dead-yet files: A man who had been pronounced dead in Milwaukee began moving around as a medical team was preparing to take him to the morgue, reports WISN . The strange tale of 46-year-old Thomas Sancomb began earlier this week when his worried girlfriend called 911 because... More »

Toddler Runs Into Street, and 4 End Up Dead

Uncle shoots at driver of car that killed 2-year-old: Milwaukee police

(Newser) - Two Milwaukee families are grieving after what started out as a fatal accident turned even deadlier afterward. The terrible domino effect started Sunday when 2-year-old Damani Terry dashed into the street and was struck by a van driven by 40-year-old Archie Brown Jr., the AP reports. Brown reportedly jumped out... More »

Ex-Cop Who Killed Mentally Ill Black Man Not Charged

Christopher Manney shot Dontre Hamilton in self-defense: Milwaukee prosecutor

(Newser) - Christopher Manney, a white Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man, won't face criminal charges because he shot Hamilton in self-defense, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said today. Manney shot 31-year-old Hamilton on April 30 after responding to a call about a... More »

Police Find Stolen 300-Year-Old Stradivarius

Three arrested in connection with case

(Newser) - Ah, the sweet sound of justice. Police have arrested three people in connection with the armed theft of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin, and recovered the instrument, which is valued at a hefty $5 million. Police consulted Taser International about the stun gun used in the robbery, and traced it to... More »

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