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Celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood in May

MADISON (WITI) – World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts advocating for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine. It’s celebrated May 8th — the birthday of Swiss businessman and social activist Henry Dunant, who founded the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1863. You can celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood.

The Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in communities large and small across the country, responding to natural and man-made disasters; offering health and safety training and disaster preparedness education; and assisting military members and their families.

About 40 percent of the country’s blood is also collected by the Red Cross, which meets the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

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“This is a game changer:” Investors to buy Milw. Bucks for $550 million

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Sen. Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Bucks President and Owner, has announced that he has entered into a signed purchase agreement to transfer ownership of the Bucks to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry.  Mr. Edens and Mr. Lasry are highly regarded investors who are firmly committed to the success of the franchise and its importance to Milwaukee.

Furthermore, consistent with his commitment to the Bucks and Milwaukee, Senator Kohl has pledged a $100 million gift for the development of a new arena for the team.  In addition to honoring Kohl’s requirement that the team be kept in Milwaukee, the new owners have committed to contribute at least an additional $100 million towards the development of a new arena in the city.

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Police believe man threatened 10-year-old girl for nude photos

BROOKFIELD (WITI) — Brookfield police are trying to track down a sexual predator who targeted a 10-year-old child. The suspect reportedly pressured and threatened the girl through social media.

It seems the suspect made contact with the girl as she was using an app on the family’s iPad.

An outreach group in Waukesha says there is a real danger when it comes to young children and the internet — and has tips for parents to help them keep children safe.

Angela Mancuso is the executive director of the Women’s Center in Waukesha — and provides counseling for children and adults going through various trauma.

“Unfortunately, predators are savvy. They know how to find people. A lot of is through the internet,” Mancuso said.

Members of Sikh community heal from tragedy by donating blood

BROOKFIELD (WITI) — The BloodCenter of Wisconsin says blood donations are down — and the harsh winter is to blame. The BloodCenter is working to restock its supply, and on Sunday, April 13th, the BloodCenter got some help from members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, who are working to heal from tragedy by helping others.

Members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin boarded a bus on Sunday morning for a good cause.

“I’m happy that I donated blood today. When you see accidents happen, it makes you think ‘why not?’ If I can do something — even if it like, a small benefit towards society, why not do it?” Sikh Temple of Wisconsin member Hemant Luthra said.

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Marshals seek Derrick Jones, charged with child enticement

WAUKESHA CO. (WITI) — U.S. Marshals are looking for 23-year-old Derrick Jones.

Jones was charged with two counts of child enticement back in 2013, but when the court process began law enforcement says he fled. Marshals say he could be hiding out in Milwaukee or Waukesha.

Jones was accused of victimizing two young girls. Law enforcement is concerned if he’s left unchecked there could be move victims.

U.S. Marshals say he’s got a scar underneath his left eye and that can help identify the fugitive. If you’ve seen him, Marshals want to hear from you at 414-297-3707.



Usher to headline at Summerfest on Sunday, July 6th

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials announced the ninth major show slated for Summerfest 2014.  Usher with special guest Bebe Rexha will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Sunday, July 6. Milwaukee will be User’s only stop in the U.S. this summer.

Usher is getting ready to release his much anticipated eighth studio album that is due out Fall 2014.  He will also star as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film “Hands of Stone,” a biopic of boxer Roberto Duran played by Edgar Ramirez that co-stars Robert De Niro due out late 2014.  Usher is also currently enjoying his second season as a coach on NBC’s Emmy award winning hit reality TV show “The Voice.”

Waukesha Memorial Hospital marks 100th anniversary

WAUKESHA CO. (WITI) — A group of retirees marks the 100th anniversary of Waukesha Memorial Hospital — and some of them have been with the hospital for more than half of that time.

93-year-old Vi Paulson started at Waukesha Memorial Hospital as a volunteer in the 1940s.

“During the second World War, they had aides at the hospital and I lived in the next block. And my neighbor ladies were nurses aides and they talked me into doing going over and going through the classes which I did,” said Paulson.

Paulson never left — spending 50 years on staff. She’s retired now, but still meets for breakfast each month with other retired hospital workers. They usually meet at a local restaurant. But this month, the hospital invited them over to help celebrate the hospital’s anniversary.

For Paulson, working at the hospital was a family affair.

“All my kids worked here,” said Paulson.