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Man suspected of impersonating photojournalist is arrested, charged

Nov. 16, 2012 8:54 p.m. | For more than 40 years, Gary Medrow has wielded a telephone the way a check forger wields a pen.

Except instead of faking signatures for financial gain, Medrow has used the phone as a disguise to impersonate people in officialdom - from police officers to accident investigators - to indulge his favorite fetish: persuading complete strangers to carry each other around.

The latest persona adopted by the 68-year-old serial impostor, according to a criminal complaint, is that of a Journal Sentinel photojournalist, calling two female high school athletes to set up photo shoots in which they would hold each other upon their shoulders.

Medrow, of Greenfield, was arrested Friday and charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with two counts each of telephone harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident involving two Cedarburg High School girls.

Authorities in Franklin, Verona, Hartland and Mequon are investigating similar incidents, which involve female athletes who have had their pictures in the newspaper, Cedarburg police Officer Joe Biliskov said.

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Greenfield panel backs plan that could accommodate Mormon church

Nov. 15, 2012 10:26 a.m. | A proposal that would lay the groundwork for a Mormon church sanctuary on an unused section of Arlington Cemetery cleared the Greenfield Plan Commission on Tuesday.

Arlington Cemetery, 4001 S. 27th St., is asking to create three parcels, one of which could accommodate the church on its 5.1 acres.

The cemetery's request could be discussed by the Common Council, which must ultimately approve the plan, as early as next week, though a public hearing on the Mormon church plan itself won't be held until Dec. 4.

Planning commissioners also approved an unrelated request, a proposed meditation garden.

Kopp's Frozen Custard, 7601 W. Layton Ave., is proposing illuminated panels for the meditation garden it wants to create. Fence panels would be separated by glass artwork cubes, which can be internally illuminated. That issue could also be discussed as early as next week before the council.

Suspected iPad thieves arrested after car chase in Greenfield

Nov. 13, 2012 2:36 p.m. | Two men are facing charges after alledgedly shoplifting more than $7,500 worth of merchandise at Best Buy, then leading Greenfield police on high-speed chase about 2:45 p.m. Nov. 7.

According to Greenfield police:

Store security from the store, 4610 S. 76th St., reported that the men had just loaded a cart full of iPads and video games and fled out the door with the unpaid merchandise.

Officers arrived while the suspects were loading the stolen merchandise into a car. One suspect fled on foot while the other sped away in the car, and a police pursued it. The pursuit was terminated at Layton Avenue and Loomis Road after police found the suspect vehicle abandoned at the Loomis Professional Building in the 4600 block of West Loomis Road.

The driver, a 24-year-old Milwaukee man, was located at Ray's Butcher Shop and taken into custody. The second suspect who fled on foot, a 25-year-old Milwaukee man, was found at the FedEx store in the 4700 block of South 76th Street, where he was taken into custody.

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