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News from around Wisconsin (7:34 p.m. 11/5/09)

FBI refuses to talk about arrest in NM nun slaying

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal and tribal law enforcement agents descended on a small community on the Navajo Indian reservation early Thursday to make an arrest as part of their investigation into the slaying of a nun whose body was found in her home on church property.

The FBI said agents arrested one person in Navajo, but refused to say how that person might be connected to the death of 64-year-old Sister Marguerite Bartz. The nun’s body was discovered after she didn’t show up as scheduled for Sunday Mass in a neighboring community.

FBI spokesman Darrin Jones would not say why federal investigators were not releasing any information about the arrest, and Samson Cowboy, the head of the Navajo Nation’s public safety department, also declined to comment, saying only: “It’s a very sensitive issue.”

The FBI did confirm that the person arrested Thursday morning would remain in custody for the night.

News of an arrest has resulted in some relief for the community in northwestern New Mexico, said Lee Lamb, a spokesman for the Diocese of Gallup, which oversees the St. Berard parish in Navajo where Bartz lived.

“I’m sure that community hasn’t been sleeping well for many nights. I think with this arrest they’re going to have a better night’s sleep tonight and feel a little safer in their homes,” Lamb said.

Lamb said with the arrest, the community as well as the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament — the order to which Bartz belonged — can focus on the nun’s funeral, the grieving process and the celebration of her life.

Charges: Wis. teen coerced girls to send nude pics

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 14-year-old former high school student is charged with 10 felonies for coercing teen girls into sending him sexually explicit photos of themselves.

Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Torbenson says on Thursday that the former student at Whitnall High School was charged in Children’s Court.

Greenfield police say the boy used threats to get at least six girls to send him nude and semi-nude photos of themselves.

The boy allegedly told the girls he would spread rumors about them. Police say he also told some girls he would distribute nude photos of other girls if they didn’t send him photos.

He was a freshman before being expelled last month after the allegations surfaced.

Torbenson says the boy is in custody. He has pleaded not guilty.

Wis. woman says her daughter injured at Fort Hood

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Random Lake woman says her daughter was shot in the stomach at Fort Hood, Texas, but is stable at an area hospital.

Lisa Pfund says her daughter, 19-year-old Amber Bahr, was shot during an attack that left 12 people dead and 31 wounded at the Army base.

A Fort Hood public affairs officer would not confirm any identities of the injured.

Pfund told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that she didn’t know anything more than Bahr had been shot and that she hoped to get more details soon. She talked to emergency room personnel, who filled her in on her daughter’s condition.

Pfund says her daughter joined the Army reserves when she was 17 and she last saw her in May. She was unsure of Bahr’s rank or unit.

Random Lake is about 35 miles north of Milwaukee.

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