MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke raised eyebrows when he released a radio ad urging residents to learn to handle firearms to protect themselves. Now he says he's using taxpayer funds to air them.
Clarke says the ads that first aired last month are public safety announcements.
Clarke's department has an $84.9 million budget for 2013. Eighty five percent comes from county property taxes. Most of the rest comes from state and federal funds.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel couldn't figure out the exact amount being spent on the ad from invoices and other department records.
But Clarke's office has agreed to buy more than $17,000 in radio ads this year. That includes the gun-themed ads.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander couple thought they were empty nesters. However, an experience volunteering made them open their doors back up to kids who need a temporary home. The Zoerb's adult children moved out years ago. But at any moment they could get a call from social services that make them bring out their parenting skills for another round. Rick and Danielle Zoerb work together as realtors putting people in homes that are the perfect fit. However, the husband and wife know their home can be a good fit for others too. "There's no reason for kids to have to fall through the cracks," said Dani. Rick met a child at a mentorship program a few years ago. It was a meeting that opened a new door for him and his wife. "There was no hesitation on our part when we felt the situation was deteriorating for this young boy," said Rick.
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