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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Stingy defense gives Homestead football team its fourth state title

Nov. 16, 2012 6:49 p.m. | It takes heart and a bit more to break a state record 48-game winning streak, to turn back an empire that has won three state championships in a row, to shut out an offensive juggernaut that once scored 76 points on a team this year and which has not been shutout in something close to seven seasons.

The Homestead football squad had those qualities and did all of those things Friday afternoon in the WIAA State D2 championship game, defeating previously Waunakee by a 14-0 score. The title was the fourth for Homestead (12-1) since 1999 (1999, 2006, and 2008), and its first in division 2.

"It's a great day to be a Highlander," shouted defensive coordinator Fritz Rauch to anyone who listen in the late-afternoon sun at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison

And he wouldn't get any arguments from anyone wearing red and white fan gear this afternoon. His unit was on the field much of the second half but still found the will and the way to turn back the powerful Warriors (12-1) three times inside the five-yard line in the second half.

Arguably the most incredible effort was the first one on fourth and a foot situation early in the third quarter, where the interior of the Highlander line caved in the Warriors' offensive front to such an extent that quarterback Will Decorah was essentially tripped by one of his own men and his hand-off to back Tyler Reynolds was ruined resulting in a two-yard loss.

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Homestead shuts out Waunakee, wins D2 title

Nov. 16, 2012 4:03 p.m. | The Homestead football team did something no team has done in three years -- defeat Waunakee. It happened at the most opportune moment possible, with the Highlanders winning the WIAA Division 2 state title Friday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, 14-0.

Waunakee, which came into the battle with a 48-game winning streak and three consecutive D2 state titles, threatened to score on multiple occasions but never could crack the goal line, getting shut out for the first time since November of 2005.

Perhaps most important sequence came with 28 seconds left in the first half, when Homestead took the ball at its own 25 and scored two plays later. Jay Schneider ran 53 of those yards on first down, and quarterback Jake Laihinen hit freshman Jack Popp for a 22-yard score with 11 seconds to go. The Highlanders thus took a 14-0 lead into the locker room.

The defense made play after play to preserve the lead. On fourth and goal from the 1, Waunakee was turned away for a 2-yard loss on the first drive of the second half. Jacob Mehlhoff intercepted Waunakee quarterback Will Decorah after the Warriors had reached the Homestead 12-yard line on a fourth down play one series later.

Waunakee's next drive reached 1st and goal on the 8 before the Warriors turned the ball over on downs. Lineman Ryan Stendler also intercepted a pass in the first half to squelch a drive.

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Read the social media story of Homestead vs. Waunakee

Nov. 16, 2012 3:48 p.m. | The Homestead Highlanders won 14-0 against the Waunakee Warriors, ending the Warriors' 48-game win streak, in the Divsion 2 championship game.

Read the social media story of the game here.

Gynecologist sentenced to year in jail in patient sex case

Nov. 15, 2012 4:00 p.m. | A Whitefish Bay gynecologist was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail and three years of probation for having inappropriate sexual contact and conversation with four patients.

Evan Saunders was found guilty in September of four counts each of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Ellen Brostrom sentenced Saunders, 48, to four consecutive 90-day jail terms on the disorderly conduct counts. He must report by the day after Thanksgiving and will be allowed 10 hours a week of release time for child care.

Brostrom imposed a nine-month jail term for each sexual assault count but stayed that portion of the sentence in favor of three years of probation.

Among the conditions of the probation are that Saunders not practice medicine or work alone with others in a clinical setting - he surrendered his medical license last month; get sex offender and substance abuse assessments; maintain absolute sobriety; and perform 200 hours of community service.

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Falling kegs lead to surprise carbon monoxide discovery

Nov. 15, 2012 11:40 a.m. | North Shore Fire Department crews inadvertently discovered elevated levels of carbon monoxide at the Sprecher Brewery in Glendale while tending to an employee injured by several falling kegs.

According to an NSFD news release:

Bayside dispatch received a call at 4:05 p.m. yesterday requesting an ambulance for an employee who had been injured by several falling kegs.

While tending to the employee, a carbon monoxide warning device attached to a medical kit sounded, indicating elevated carbon monoxide levels. Crews on scene retrieved additional meters from the fire engine, finding readings as high as 120 parts per million (ppm) throughout areas of the structure.

The brewery was evacuated and ventilated. No employees complained of symptoms or requested evaluation from NSFD crews.

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Mequon Plan Commission recommends winery proposal

Nov. 14, 2012 7:57 p.m. | A zoning amendment that would allow approval for a proposed Mequon winery has been endorsed by the city's Plan Commission.

If approved by the Common Council, the zoning change would set the stage for relocating the Chiselled Grape Winery to 14136 N. Port Washington Road, about one-half mile south of Pioneer Road.

Under the zoning change, Chiselled Grape would seek a conditional-use permit for its operation. That would require separate council approval.

The winery, including its tasting room, would use a four-bedroom house and barn at the Mequon location. It would move from its current location at Lakefield and Port Washington roads, about 1.5 miles north of the Mequon site in the Town of Grafton.

Owners Allan Haas and co-owner Harald Tomesch opened Chiselled Grape in 2011 at a former country school, which their business is leasing.

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Sprecher Brewery evacuated for elevated carbon monoxide levels

Nov. 14, 2012 7:08 p.m. | A workplace injury Wednesday at the Sprecher Brewery in Glendale led to detection of elevated carbon monoxide levels, forcing an evacuation of employees, according to the North Shore Fire Department.

Firefighters and an ambulance crew were called to the brewery at 701 W. Glendale Ave. shortly after 4 p.m. when an employee was struck by several fallen kegs, according to Firefighter/Paramedic Dan Tyk.

While the employee was being treated, Tyk said, a carbon monoxide alarm attached to medical kit carried from the ambulance began to sound and elevated CO levels were detected throughout the building, which was then evacuated.

The exhaust from a forklift being used inside the plant was determined to be the source of the carbon monoxide and the entire structure was ventilated, Tyk said.

The incident highlights the importance of having working carbon monoxide detectors in homes and workplaces, he said.

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Fox Point OKs run-walk organizers' request to use village streets

Nov. 14, 2012 2:10 p.m. | The Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday approved a request by organizers to use village streets in conjunction with a planned 5K run-walk in support of a child who has a form of leukemia.

Nine-year-old Audrey Parrott, who lives in the area, was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In an effort to fund a portion of the mounting medical expenses, organizers are planning the run-walk at 9:30 a.m. Sunday near Stormonth Elementary School, 7301 N. Longacre Road.

While organizers were given permission to use village streets, the board did not act on a request to waive fees associated with the usage request. The village does not have an ordinance that speaks to an organization asking to use village streets free of charge.

Firm moving Mequon, Waukesha offices to Third Ward

Nov. 14, 2012 12:41 p.m. | A firm with separate branches in two suburban locations has moved to a new office in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.

EmPowerHR, a human resources firm, and Laurus Strategies, which does business consulting, have moved from Mequon and Waukesha, respectively, to 10,000 square feet at the Warehouse No. 1 Building, 126 N. Jefferson St., the businesses announced Wednesday.

The move accommodates the current staff of 25 employees, and will allow for expansion.

Pasch commends MATC board for early collective bargaining with faculty

Nov. 13, 2012 2:00 p.m. | Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch (D–Shorewood) Tuesday released a statement supporting the Milwaukee Area Technical College Board's split decision to open collective bargaining negotiations with the union representing faculty some 15 months before the current contract expires.

“I am happy to see that the MATC board has agreed to open contract discussions with their faculty," Pasch said in the statement. "Our communities benefit when everyone has a seat at the table and we work together to find solutions to the complex issues we are facing.

“I trust that the MATC board and faculty will sit down together, roll up their sleeves, look each other in the eye, and negotiate important workplace issues that will not only benefit MATC and its students, but also employers and the wider Milwaukee community.”

When he heard about the MATC board's decision, state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) called the board "a bunch of union hacks." 

The MATC board by a split vote decided Monday to accept the union's request to open negotiations roughly a year before they normally would begin. The board voted publicly after meeting in a specially scheduled one-hour meeting behind closed doors. Closed door meetings to discuss collective bargaining are allowed under state law.

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Father arrested, apologizes for disorderly conduct after son cut from basketball team

Nov. 13, 2012 10:42 a.m. | A 37-year-old man upset that his son did not make the school basketball team was arrested for disorderly conduct last week in Glendale.

According to the police report:

The Glendale man was arrested after causing a disturbance at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road, at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7.

The man became angry after his son was cut from the basketball team. He went to the school and demanded to see the coach, who was in a meeting, and he was told to make an appointment but instead went to the meeting room and yelled and swore.

He was arrested at his home and apologized for his reaction saying this would be a teaching tool for his son on “how not to go about things.”

Shoplifting team suspected in Whitefish Bay jewelry theft

Nov. 13, 2012 10:19 a.m. | A platinum and diamond ring valued at $5,995 was taken from a Whitefish Bay jewelry store a little after 2 p.m. Nov. 2.

According to the police report:

Police were called just after the theft was discovered at Thiet Jewelers, 513 E. Silver Spring Drive, about 2:15 p.m. Nov. 2.

The suspects are two white couples in their 50s who spread out in the store and distracted a clerk who inadvertently left a display case open.

Two couples, matching the description, had visited another jewelry store in the area.

Outpost Natural Foods plans Mequon store

Nov. 12, 2012 3:02 p.m. | Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative is planning to open a new store in Mequon at the northeast corner of Mequon Road (Highway 167) and Wauwatosa Road (Highway 181).

The proposed location would primarily serve the City of Mequon and the Town of Thiensville, and is expected to draw owners and shoppers from neighboring communities, including Germantown, Menomonee Falls, Cedarburg and Grafton, the company said in a statement.

The proposal still must be approved by the city's Plan Commission.

Outpost wants to construct a building featuring many of the green and sustainable design characteristics of the existing Outpost stores.

MSI General of Oconomowoc is the company contracted for the design/build and is the firm responsible for all of Outpost's design/build and renovation projects. The 1.89-acre site would include a 16,000-square-foot building and parking for about 70 cars.

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Read the social media story of Level 4 prep football

Nov. 12, 2012 10:13 a.m. | Area teams took on other contenders for a trip to state and Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Nov. 9 and 10.

Read the social media story of the games, complete with tweets, photos and more.

In Division 1, Arrowhead took on Hudson. In Division 2 action, Homestead attempted to oust Marshfield and Whitefish Bay took on Waunakee.

And in Division 3, Catholic Memorial faced off against Mount Horeb/Barneveld.

Read the Storify story at this link or below. You can also view NOW's photo gallery of Level 4 action.

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