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BloodCenter of Wisconsin seeks donors to make up shortfall caused by storm

Dec. 21, 2012 9:48 a.m. | Blood donors and blood drive organizers canceled many appointments yesterday, and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin now estimates there will be a shortfall of more than 1,000 units of blood over the next few days, the organization announced in a news release.

BloodCenter is asking that anyone who is able to safely keep a scheduled donation appointment do so. Appointments are available for Saturday, Sunday and Monday for those who want to help.

Call (877) 232-4376 or visit Bcw.edu/snow.

The Wauwatosa BloodCenter donation location, 8733 Watertown Plank Road, has extended its hours until 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, in hopes of meeting the need.

Because platelets are critically important, the Wauwatosa location also will be open by appointment only for platelet donors on Sunday, Dec. 23.

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Tosa police: Drunken driver thought he was in Whitefish Bay

Dec. 19, 2012 10:36 a.m. | A Whitefish Bay man thought he was still in Whitefish Bay after he was pulled over in the 2100 block of Wauwatosa Avenue at 10:51 p.m. Dec. 13, according to Wauwatosa police.

Also in the police report:

Police caught the man after a driver reported a vehicle striking multiple curbs and weaving in and out of traffic.

The man alluded to his status as CEO of a company twice on the trip to the police station and asked the officer if he cared.

While he was being booked, he mentioned knowing the Milwaukee County executive. He also said he'd mention the officer's "good work" during the stop. When going over the paperwork, he asked if there could be any leniency on the documents. He also asked the officer if there was any "professional discretion" that could be used.

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Social media users share images of today's snowfall

Dec. 18, 2012 1:48 p.m. | Snow. It's here, whether you're ready for it or not. And social media users shared a bunch of photos as it began to fall Tuesday.

Read the story and see the photos of snowfall today.

Visit Today's TMJ4 for more on today's snowfall and a winter storm watch later this week.

Tosa police arrest man who missed court because he was too high

Dec. 18, 2012 11:16 a.m. | Police arrived at a Wauwatosa apartment to find a man and woman arguing about the man being too high to go to a court hearing about a drug-related offense. He was arrested shortly thereafter for possession of narcotics and bail jumping.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Police found the 21-year-old Wauwatosa man bent over, pale and coping with what appeared to be an opiate-induced stupor. He was mumbling, apparently apologizing for being so high.

His grip on reality apparently tightened when police asked him if he had any drugs on him. He pulled a pill bottle out of his jacket and dashed to the bathroom.

To the officers, he seemed to be moving in slow motion. The officer simply walked up between him and the bathroom.

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Man experiences the pitfalls of drunken driving, police said

Dec. 18, 2012 11:16 a.m. | A 21-year-old Milwaukee man was down in the pits after drunkenly driving into one at 2:46 a.m. Dec. 10.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was on the side of the 1000 block of Mayfair road trying to flag down police when he was picked up. Police, who had a call about an upside-down car lying in the 12-foot deep pit, asked him if it was his.

He said no at first, but then admitted it was his car. When asked where it was, he said "over yonder."

He had a hard time discerning which direction he was driving when the car fell in the pit.

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Wauwatosa police say drunken driver caused five-car accident on Mayfair Road

Dec. 18, 2012 10:57 a.m. | A five-car collision was the scene of a drunken-driving arrest last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A 45-year-old Milwaukee man was said by witnesses to be driving 70-80 MPH in the 1700 block of North Mayfair Road when he slammed into a car trying to change lanes at 2:19 p.m. Dec. 10.

That car caromed off his and into another car, causing a chain reaction of bent steel and broken glass.

A 50-year-old man was sent to the hospital as a result of the accident.

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NOW bloggers talk about Newtown shooting

Dec. 17, 2012 9:27 a.m. | There have been a lot of national gun-related shootings this year, but Friday's in Newtown, Conn., took the country by surprise perhaps more than any other.

And several of the NOW bloggers took up their virtual pens to share their thoughts on the latest tragedy.

  • Tom Ceparski of Oak Creek writes of the conflict he feels being a father of a young girl and a gun owner.
  • Tom Gaertner of Wauwatosa writes that he spent time cleaning his firearms after his hunting season.
  • Lester Schultz of the North Shore believes it is time to do something about gun control.
  • Karen Waldkirch of Wauwatosa says we need to look at ourselves in order to change the culture in America.
  • Robin Zdroik of Greenfield thinks we should look inward to do the best that we can.
  • Kevin Fischer of Franklin wonders what would happen if shooter Adam Lanza were alive.
  • TJ Meyers-Jansky of West Allis reminds us that the shooting occurred because of human choices.

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