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Search for wanted Grafton teen enters second day

OZAUKEE CO. (WITI) — The search continues in Ozaukee County for 16-year-old Joseph Torres — an individual law enforcement officials are describing as “armed and dangerous.” The search for Torres began Monday afternoon, after police responded to a home on Lakefield Road in the Town of Grafton for a report of a domestic violence incident in which shots were fired. One person has been taken into custody — but Torres remains at large.

Joseph Torres

Tuesday, April 22nd was the first day back from Spring Break for students at Grafton High School — but Torres wasn’t among those who returned.

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Commuters beware: Stretch of I-43 to be resurfaced

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will start work on I-43 from Lexington Blvd. (just south of Silver Spring Road) to WIS 32. WisDOT will begin work Wednesday evening, April 23rd, weather permitting. The work is expected to be completed late summer.

The project includes resurfacing of the entire 14 mile stretch of freeway, lengthening the southbound exit ramp at the Mequon Road Interchange, replacing the beam guard from Bender Road to Green Tree Road and installing new beam guard south of County Line Road.

The initial work will be removal of the beam guard and median work on the southern part of the project. Resurfacing work is expected to start in May.

Lane closures will take place in the overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

This project is being done in advance of proposed reconstruction of this area of the I-43 Corridor. The corridor is currently under a comprehensive study.

“Armed and dangerous:” Deputies seek suspect in domestic violence incident

OZAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) — Ozaukee County Sheriff’s officials say a suspect is in custody in connection with a shots fired/domestic violence incident that led to a search in and around the Town of Grafton on Monday, April 21st. Law enforcement officials are currently seeking a second suspect.

Joseph Torres

Ozaukee County Sheriff’s officials say shots were fired at a home on Lakefield Road in the Town of Grafton on Monday — in what Sheriff’s officials are calling a domestic incident.

Officials continue to search for a second suspect in this case — whom they have identified as 16-year-old Joseph Torres.

“Lot of hurdles” as Bucks look for way to pay for new arena

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Two days after the announcement of the new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, these questions linger: How will the Bucks pay for a new arena and who will provide the money?

“It’s going to be a struggle, there’s no doubt about it,” said Mark Kass, editor of Milwaukee Business Journal.

Kass says when it comes to replacing the BMO Harris Bradley Center, there’s little desire outside of Milwaukee to provide public funding, either through a new tax or expanding an existing one.

“Any elected official right now is scared of that work. They don’t want to be anywhere near it and there doesn’t seem to be any public support of it,” said Kass.

While the new Bucks owners and former Sen. Herb Kohl have pledged $100 million, it will still take at least $200 million more to build a new arena.

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.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

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“This is a game changer:” Investors to buy 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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North Shore residents watching Milwaukee River level closely

MEQUON (WITI) — Although the rain had stopped on Monday, April 14th — this weekend’s rains led to flooding concerns — and Flood Warnings were issued for five counties: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine and Sheboygan, as officials monitored flooding concerns along the Fox River, the Root River, the Milwaukee River and the Sheboygan River.

The water was visibly higher along the Milwaukee River near Cedarburg Road on Monday. It caused some road closures in areas that are prone to flooding, and residents living nearby tried to prepare as best they could.

A weekend of rain caused concern on Monday for those living near area rivers — like the Milwaukee River.

“It started real light, and then it picked up. I was worried we were going to get really bad flooding,” Gerry Johnson said.

Johnson lives near Island Drive and Shoreland Parkway in Mequon.