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2 held as police investigate stabbing of girl, 12, in Waukesha

May 31, 2014 4:27 p.m. | Waukesha police were questioning two people after the stabbing of a 12-year-old girl Saturday morning in an incident that occurred around Big Bend Road on the city's south side.

The girl was treated for unspecified injuries at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, and police said she was in stable condition.

Police said they were notified about 9:50 a.m. Saturday by a concerned passerby about the stabbing.

The Waukesha Police and Fire Department responded and found the victim, according to a statement from the criminal investigation division of the police department.

The Waukesha Police Department, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, New Berlin Police Department, Town of Brookfield Police Department and Flight for Life searched the woods to the south and east of Big Bend road for evidence and suspects.

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Waukesha GuitarTown returns for third straight year with just students

May 30, 2014 12:14 p.m. | For the first time last year, students were involved in the Waukesha GuitarTown project.

Now, in the third installment of the community art project that is done in collaboration with Gibson Guitar Corp., students across the city have taken on an even bigger role.

They are painting all of the guitars this year. 

And the project is wrapping up quickly as the 10-foot fiberglass and playable guitars will be turned in this weekend and will be unveiled to the public Friday, June 6, in downtown Waukesha.

The GuitarTown event will once again coincide with the kickoff of Friday Night Live, a weekly summer music concert series in downtown.

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Man killed in one-car crash was dragged 240 feet under his vehicle

May 30, 2014 11:06 a.m. | The 75-year-old man who was killed in a one-car crash Thursday in Waukesha was dragged for about 240 feet before his vehicle stopped on Madison Street at Comanche Lane. 

Kirk Bechtel was still in his seat belt as he was dragged under his car on Madison Street, Waukesha police said. 

Lt. Joe Hendricks of the Waukesha Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division said Bechtel was crushed by his own vehicle. 

The man was pronounced dead at the scene after life-saving efforts were unsuccessful. 

The investigation remains ongoing, Hendricks said.

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Man, 75, killed in Waukesha crash was dragged under car

May 30, 2014 10:56 a.m. | The 75-year-old man killed in a one-car crash in Waukesha on Thursday night was still in his seatbelt as he was dragged under his car, according to Waukesha police.

The man, identified Friday as Kirk Bechtel, was dragged about 240 feet before his car came to rest, an accident reconstruction specialist determined.

Police discovered Bechtel trapped underneath his car at the bottom of a hill near Comanche Lane and Madison St. about 7:45 p.m. Life saving efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fatal crash is still under investigation.

Crash causes backups on I-94 at Moorland Road in Brookfield

May 29, 2014 5:06 p.m. | A crash on eastbound I-94 at Moorland Road in Brookfield has resulted in delays in excess of three miles in both directions, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The two left lanes of eastbound I-94 are closed and motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes to avoid delays, according to a notification from the DOT.

No information was immediately available on the crash.

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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State upholds Waukesha's firing of school locksmith for tampering with security camera

May 28, 2014 10:29 a.m. | The Waukesha School District's decision to terminate a long-time maintenance worker for tampering with a security camera in a warehouse full of technology equipment, then lying about it, has been upheld by an arbitrator for the state.

District surveillance video footage shows Keith Jamieson, the district locksmith, taking technology equipment out of a warehouse on Dec. 18, 2012, and then returning to use a broom to move the security camera so that it was no longer facing the equipment.

The district had installed a new security camera in the warehouse after noticing that security cameras in the room were repeatedly being moved somehow to face the wall.

The district terminated Jamieson on Dec. 27, 2012, and then Jamieson, a union leader with the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, fought the decision by filing a grievance.

Christine Hedstrom, assistant superintendent for human resources, said last week that the district has spent more than $64,000 in attorney fees defending the decision to terminate Jamieson.

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