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Milwaukee County Courthouse partially reopens Monday

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The Milwaukee County Courthouse is partially reopening Monday, nine days after an electrical fire heavily damaged the structure.

Most of the first three floors are still closed, but the 4th through 7th floors are now open – as well as the adjoining Safety Building.

Two of the three main courthouse entrances are still closed. Visitors can use a skywalk at the Criminal Justice facility.

Criminal trials will resume Monday for the first time in a week-and-a-half, and there’s one high profile case on the docket.

It’s a scheduled one-day trial for 76-year-old John Spooner, who’s accused of killing a 13-year-old African-American boy over missing guns last year in a case that critics called racially-motivated.

Family and small claims courts are also reopening. Most other Milwaukee County government services continue to be provided from other facilities. 

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