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ELCA members to vote on opposition to 'religious freedom' laws

May 28, 2014 3:21 p.m. | A Brookfield Lutheran church is calling on its Milwaukee-based synod to take a stand against so-called "religious freedom" laws proposed around the country, including in Wisconsin, that critics fear would allow discrimination against certain groups under the guise of religion.

The resolution, proposed by the council at Cross of Life Lutheran Church, is one of four that will be taken up at this weekend's annual assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Greater Milwaukee Synod, which kicks off Thursday in Waukesha.

It's aimed at laws, such as the one enacted in Mississippi in April, that critics say open the door to discrimination against gay and lesbian people on religious grounds. They've emerged in the wake of lawsuits against businesses that refused to serve same sex couples, saying that to do so would violate their religious principles.

Similar proposals have failed or languished elsewhere, including in Wisconsin, where lawmakers proposed an amendment to the state constitution that would have ensured a "right of conscience" to engage in or refrain from activity based on one's sincerely held religious belief. That resolution gained no traction in the 2013 legislative session.

"Sometimes ELCA Christians need to make clear exactly where we stand on certain issues, particularly issues with religious overtones," the Cross of Life council asserts in its resolution. "We want the world to know that the ELCA and its congregations are inclusive organizations who do not discriminate or support the right to discriminate."

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Search locates 2-year-old missing in Waukesha County

March 28, 2015 12:23 p.m. | A 2-year-old from Waukesha County was found safe Friday night after a nearly three hour search.

The young child was reported missing from a home in the Town of Genesee shortly after 4:30 p.m. Friday, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies and emergency personnel from the Wales/Genesee Fire Department, Town of Delafield Dive Team, Town of Waukesha Fire Department and Flight for Life all helped search for the child.

A firefighter found the child shortly before 7:30 p.m. near a quarry about one-third of a mile east from the home, authorities said.

The child was cold but not injured, authorities said, and was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for a medical assessment.

Oconomowoc man allegedly caught in Waukesha store bathroom with heroin

March 27, 2015 12:40 p.m. | A 24-year-old Oconomowoc man allegedly locked himself in a discount store bathroom in Waukesha to get high on heroin after a store employee caught him trying to shoplift.

Cameron Hayes was charged on Monday, March 23, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with possession of narcotic drugs and misdemeanor bail jumping — both are repeat offenses.

Hayes could face up to more than four years behind bars and $20,000 in fines, if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha police responded at about 5:40 p.m. Friday, March 20, to Family Dollar, 139 E. Broadway, to a report concerning a man at that location who had locked himself in the store's bathroom and had been vomiting for nearly 90 minutes.

Store employees told police in the complaint that the man had initially walked into the store, grabbed a bottle of cleaner and tried to leave without paying for it. An employee confronted Hayes about the alleged theft and shortly after Hayes walked to the store's bathroom and began throwing up.

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City of Waukesha recommending sober server ordinance

March 27, 2015 11:58 a.m. | The city of Waukesha's Ordinance & License Committee is recommending that those who have a license to sell alcohol must not have a blood alcohol content level that is greater than 0.08.

The committee passed the "sober server" ordinance, 4-1, at its meeting on Monday.

The Common Council must approve the ordinance for it to go into law.

More on this story and reaction from local bar owners will be posted later.

Waukesha Police Report: March 26, 2015 issue

March 26, 2015 1:00 p.m. | 1 A caller found a bullet casing at Grandview Park, 1001 N. Grandview Blvd., at 3:23 p.m. March 12.

2 A woman said she believed her church friend stole one of her books while visiting her at her residence at 1537 Pine St. at 3:34 p.m. March 12.

3 A vehicle's tire was cut and the rim was scratched while she was shopping at Family Dollar, 139 E. Broadway, at 3:55 p.m. March 12.

4 A caller reported at 7:57 p.m. March 12 that a man in an apartment at 406 Wisconsin Ave. has been harassing her in person and has been taking pictures of her children from her Facebook page and posting them to his. The caller again reported the next day the man has now been leaving notes on her door.

5 A caller reported he heard an elderly man in an apartment at 521 W. Dunbar Ave. screaming at 9:06 p.m. March 12. The caller, who was crying, was told by management the apartment building has yellow juniper ants that bite. The caller then thought the man who was screaming was being swarmed or hurt by these ants.

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Kwik Trip being proposed for city of Waukesha's northwest side

March 25, 2015 4:43 p.m. | The La-Crosse-based Kwik Trip, Inc. is proposing the construction of a convenience store, retail facility and fueling station on the city of Waukesha's northwest side.

The developer will present plans to the city's plan commission at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. 

The requested hours of operation will be 24 hours for all uses, according to plans submitted to the city.

The proposed store is projected to have between 15 and 20 full and part-time employees with two to eight on staff at any given time. 

The facility would be located on the southwest corner of Golf Road and N. Grandview Blvd.

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Facial tattoo helps Waukesha police bust armed robbery suspect

March 25, 2015 3:00 p.m. | Waukesha police have arrested and charged one man suspected of participating in an armed robbery that allegedly occurred in January.

Investigators were able to identify the defendant, 18-year-old Ryan Carroll of Waukesha, by a distinctive facial tattoo reportedly seen by the victim during the incident. Carroll was accused on March 20 in Waukesha County Circuit Court of being party to the crime of armed robbery and misdemeanor bail jumping

He could face up to nearly 41 years behind bars and $110,000 in fines if convicted of the charges.

Police officials told Waukesha Now earlier this year that two males, one white and one black, around 8 p.m. on Jan. 15 stopped a third male walking along Hinman Ave. — near Carroll University — in the city of Waukesha. The suspects pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his watch and wallet.

Both men were wearing scarves over the bottom halves of their faces and were reportedly in their late teens or early 20s. They fled the scene before police arrived.

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The Steaming Cup owners looking to sell downtown coffee shop

March 25, 2015 12:28 p.m. | For more than 10 years, The Steaming Cup has been a staple in downtown Waukesha.

Owners Terry and Kerry McKay want the coffee shop to remain a downtown destination in the future. But they know their time of running the shop at 340 W. Main St. is coming to an end.

The couple posted a message on the company's Facebook page indicating they are "on the short path to retirement."

As a result, the couple is looking to find someone to sell the business to and carry on The Steaming Cup legacy.

"We do not want to close our business," the McKays said in the post. "But we do want to market it to a person(s) with the passion to work the business properly."

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Waukesha bicycle shop Cyclesmith closes its doors

March 24, 2015 1:27 p.m. | Cyclesmith, a full-service bicycle repair shop at 1314 S West Ave. has closed.

A message on Cyclesmith's voicemail for incoming callers states: "We regret to inform you that Cyclesmith has closed" and that the store is "no longer accepting new business."

The message adds the store is "working diligently to complete all remaining work orders."

People with outstanding orders are asked to call the store and leave a voicemail to get a status update on their order or to make arrangements to retrieve the order.

The store's website says the family-owned and operated business had been in Waukesha for more than 10 years.

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Taylor's Peoples Park owners sue construction company for sewer lateral damage in downtown Waukesha

March 23, 2015 9:00 p.m. | Jim Taylor and his brother, Dan, have repeatedly praised the work the construction company did on the road construction near their business, Taylor's Peoples Park, last year.

They loved how the wider sidewalks are more pedestrian friendly, the look of the newly paved roads and new light fixtures outside its restaurant at 337 W. Main St.

But one incident has led the restaurant's owners to file a lawsuit against Advanced Construction Inc.

According to the lawsuit filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court on March 5, Taylor's Peoples Park says Advanced Construction was "negligent in construction and excavation activities, causing damages of $13,080.70."

Sewage problem

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The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective

March 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:

Applications flowing in for Waukesha Farmers Market

March 23, 2015 3:30 p.m. | The countdown is underway.

The Waukesha Farmers Market begins in less than two months, and, with recent warmer temperatures around the area, applications from vendors are pouring in so they can get a seat at the table.

"It's a very successful market and vendors want to be part of it," said Norm Bruce, president of the Waukesha Downtown Business Association, the private downtown organization that runs the market.

The process took longer than usual to sprout.

WDBA's initial application had been originally returned to the organization because it did not adequately address security, safety or sanitation, as required by the new special events ordinance, which applies to gatherings of more than 400 people.

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'Columbine' graffiti reference results in extra police presence at Waukesha South High School

March 20, 2015 2:40 p.m. | Following a reference to Columbine High School — the site of a 1999 school shooting — in one of its school bathrooms, an extra police presence was on hand last week at Waukesha South High School.

"This is the New Columbine," read the message.

Parents of Waukesha South students received an email early Friday morning, March 20, from Principal Timothy Joynt informing them that graffiti was found the night before that made reference to Columbine.

"Please know that we have been participating with our school superintendent and the Waukesha Police Department through the night," Joynt said.

The principal said Friday that the increase in police presence was a precaution.

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Waukesha Police Report: March 19, 2015 issue

March 19, 2015 5:00 p.m. | 1 A caller heard someone going through his vehicle at 2728 Turnberry Court at 7:53 p.m. March 6. When he looked outside he saw his vehicle door open. His hunting knife was missing from his glovebox. When the man stopped a group of teens nearby to ask them about the incident, they took off running.

2 Four males were fighting at the corner of North Hartwell and East College avenues at 11:02 p.m. March 6. One male was arrested.

3 Police were called because staff at Super 8 Waukesha, 2510 Plaza Court, wanted occupants removed from the hotel because they were driving recklessly through the parking lot and almost caused an accident at 12:34 a.m. March 7. The men in question were construction workers. A female guest also complained that the occupants inappropriately touched her while passing in the hallway. The woman did not want to make a complaint but just wanted them to leave.

4 Police were called to a homeless encampment under a brown shed next to the railroad tracks at 735 Pleasant St. at 10:15 a.m. March 7. The area is owned by La Casa de Esperanza.

5 A mailbox was damaged at 1725 Saratoga Road prior to 10:30 a.m. March 7.

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Waukesha police searching for man involved in stealing TVs

March 19, 2015 3:40 p.m. | The Waukesha Police Department is investigating a series of recent retail thefts involving a man stealing flat-screen televisions.

According to police, the suspect stole TVs from numerous retail stores in southeastern Wisconsin.

Police said the suspect leaves the stores using the fire escape exits and has an accomplice waiting outside in a getaway vehicle.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 25 to 30 years old, wearing a plaid shirt and a winter hat. He was seen surveillance video police released on Wednesday, March 18 The vehicle the man gets in appears to be a maroon 1989 or 1990 Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Anyone with information related to the thefts is asked to contact Detective Tom Casey at (262) 524-3924.

Waukesha's Main Street drops another longtime stitch with loss of Frank's Sewing Center

March 19, 2015 12:00 p.m. | The last time Frank's Sewing Center moved, it stayed within downtown Waukesha. This time, it's moving out.

Frank's Sewing Center, which has been in downtown Waukesha for 42 years, will move near the Fox Run Shopping Center on the city's southwest side.

Fourteen years ago, it was all about space. By moving from one side of Main Street to the other, it went from less than 1,000 square feet to more than 4,000 square feet, at 272 W. Main St.

But store space isn't the issue this time. A lack of sufficient parking has become a persistent issue as the business continues to grow, owner Brad Kleman said.

A park place

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