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10 tons of PB&J collected for kids in need

MILWAUKEE — They took on the challenge, and on Monday, November 12th they got to see the results of their hard work.  78 local schools teamed up with Feeding America and collected 10 tons of peanut butter and jelly for kids in need during October.  That’s 20,929 pounds collected in the month-long challenge!

“It’s just wow.  I can’t believe how much peanut butter and jelly there is,” Keaton Cooper, a seventh-grader from St. Patrick Parish School in Elkhorn said.

On Monday, the winning schools got to sort through the PB&J and pack boxes to be delivered to shelters, pantries and meal programs to feed hungry children.

Firefighters battle grass fires in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON CO. — Firefighters spent Saturday night into Sunday battling a wildfire near Lake Mills.

Jefferson County officials say the fire started around 10 p.m. Saturday, November 10th near County Road G and Mud Lake Road.

FOX6 News viewers sent in cell phone video showing a marshy area caught fire creating an ominous orange glow in the sky.

Officials say strong winds fueled the fire. But it was contained before it could reach nearby farmhouses.

View newest trailer for the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight movie

MILWAUKEE — In advance of the national release of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight movie in December, a new movie trailer is being released. View it by watching the video above.

This movie project started with a short video on YouTube two years ago. Now’s it’s been officially submitted the film for Academy Award consideration for Best Documentary.  

Salvation Army uses QR code to make donating easy

WAUWATOSA — Smart phone owners can make a donation to The Salvation Army conveniently.  QR codes are available at Salvation Army Milwaukee County Red Kettles. Simply scan the QR code at every Red Kettle. It’s simple, easy and fast.

The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County announced the launch of its annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign on November 2nd.

The goal of The Salvation Army in Milwaukee is 3 million dollars that will sustain Toy Shop, Christmas Family Feast, emergency shelter, medical, food pantries, and meals to the homeless and care to our seniors and veterans.

To make a donation now, just scan the QR code attached to this story.

Four teens in custody for Lake Geneva home invasion

LAKE GENEVA — Four teenage boys are in custody, accused in a home invasion in Lake Geneva on Tuesday, November 6th.

Police say two adults were tied up when the boys who invaded their home on Marshall St. around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Authorities say one of the adults was able to flee with two small children and call 911 from a nearby gas station Tuesday night. The second adult was found in the home and was still restrained.

The boys, ages 13 to 16, were arrested and turned over the Walworth County juvenile authorities. 

Investigators believe this is an isolated incident — and those responsible are in custody.

One dead, one arrested after Jefferson motel shooting

CITY OF JEFFERSON (AP) — Police arrested a man after a fatal shooting at a motel in the City of Jefferson.

Police were called around 5:15 a.m. Monday, November 5th to the shooting at the Hilltop Motel. Officers found a female victim dead at the scene.

Police arrested a man in his 20s about two hours later. He offered no resistance.

Authorities said they have no evidence any other suspects were involved.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday, and the victim’s name will be released after her family is notified.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this story.

FOX6 Investigators: New device helps cops track criminals (as well as the innocent)

MILWAUKEE — Police say it’s the greatest thing to come along since fingerprints and DNA.  In a matter of years, there could be a license plate reader mounted on every squad car in the country. The new technology is helping cops spot criminals without even looking, but use of this technology has privacy advocates worried.

Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology is changing the way police find cars connected to crime, but along the way, it’s helping them compile a lot of information about people who aren’t doing anything wrong.

Take Kate Krause, for example.  She’s never been convicted of a crime. In fact, she’s never even been suspected of one. Still, Greenfield police know exactly where she was on July 17th at 6:38 p.m.