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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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Muskego, New Berlin school districts earn AP honors

Nov. 14, 2012 3:38 p.m. | Both the Muskego-Norway and the New Berlin school districts have won places on the College Board AP District Honor Roll, a distinction achieved by only 6 percent of school districts in Wisconsin, and only 539 school districts nationally.

The honor is given for both increasing the number of students taking advanced placement college-level courses while maintaining a high learning level enabling the students to score high enough on AP exams to be eligible for college credit.

This is the first year Muskego-Norway has been named to the honor roll. New Berlin has been on it before.

The goal is to have students able to score at least a three out of five on AP exams. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the country offer college credit, advanced placement or both for that score. High schools preparing their students at the college level through AP classes save students and families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

To earn the honor, districts must among other things, increase participation or access to AP classes by 4 to 6 percent, depending on their size and make sure that the percentage of minority students taking AP exams doesn't drop by 5 to 10 percent, again, depending on district size.

Taxes remain flat in Waukesha County budget

Nov. 13, 2012 3:40 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County government will be able to balance its 2013 budget with a few dollars less from most homeowners.

The county will collect $512 in property taxes for 2013 - $2 less than this year's budget - on a home with a median value of $243,200. The taxes will help pay for a $273.77 million spending plan for 2013 adopted Tuesday by the County Board.

The total cost of county government drops 3.8% in 2013, fully $10.9 million less than this year, County Budget Manager Keith Swartz said.

Waukesha County spends less per resident than any other county in the state, Swartz said.

Much of the decline in next year's budget was due to spending less on major capital construction projects than this year.

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