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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Waukesha considers naming school after Les Paul

Nov. 16, 2012 2:00 p.m. |  A Waukesha school may join the list of Les Paul-branded landmarks across the city.

Sue Baker, program director of the Les Paul Foundation, said she sent a request to School District of Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray a couple of months ago to name a school after the Waukesha-born guitar icon.

“They’ve all been very positive all along the way,” Baker said.

Baker initially requested to rename Central Middle School, the building where Les Paul attended middle and high school. A spokesperson from the School District of Waukesha said nothing has been done with the request as of yet, but if the district were to start a fine arts charter school down the road, that would be a better option.

“The Les Paul Foundation would prefer [Central Middle School], but having any school named for Les in Waukesha would be an honor that would make him smile,” Baker said.

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Catholic Memorial triumphs in D3 title game

Nov. 16, 2012 1:34 p.m. | The Catholic Memorial football team has long been known as a running team and a program with a number of WISAA titles to its name, but never a WIAA gold ball since the governing bodies merged in 2000.

Friday was a good time for a shift in identity.

Matt Hubley still ran for close to 200 yards, but with Pat White’s three passing touchdowns and receiver/defensive back Andre Bodden’s huge game, the Crusaders won their first WIAA state championship in a Division 3 blowout over Waupaca, 42-7. Memorial did not allow a point in the second half at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison and turned a close first half into a laugher.

“It’s special for us,” said Bodden, who finished with three interceptions and two touchdowns, one on both sides of the ball. “We wanted to win for coach (Bill) Young. Everything he’s done for us and the program, we owe it to him.”

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Read the social media story of the Division 3 football championship game

Nov. 16, 2012 12:35 p.m. | Catholic Memorial trounced Waupaca in the Division 3 football championship, 42-7.

Click here to see how the game unfolded on social media.

Waukesha considers pay-for-performance for teachers

Nov. 15, 2012 11:48 a.m. | One of Wisconsin's largest school districts is considering changing its salary structure to reward teachers based on the quality of their performance, rather than on their seniority and education.

The School District of Waukesha may bring on national consultant Battelle for Kids to design a new compensation and benefits system, according to a proposal from the district's administration that emerged this week.

Waukesha's School Board on Wednesday held off on voting on that approximate $77,000 contract until next month because that contract came in late to the lineup of action items, said Christine Hedstrom, assistant superintendent for human resources and labor relations.

But Hedstrom said Thursday she thinks there's a good chance the board will approve that contract next month.

If it does, Battelle for Kids, which is known for working with teachers' unions on issues related to new compensation systems and other school-improvement efforts, would come back in about six months with suggestions for a new compensation and benefits system, Hedstrom said.

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Town of Waukesha supervisor retains attorney alleging open meetings violation

Nov. 14, 2012 4:08 p.m. | Town of Waukesha Chairwoman Angie Van Scyoc said she had “no idea” there were any concerns on the Special Town Board meeting that was held last month.

But Town Supervisor Everett German has brought forth his concerns as he has retained an attorney to alleged open meetings violations.

The Town Board will discuss this at a Town Board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall, W250 S3567 Center Road, Waukesha.

In a letter sent by Paul E. Bucher of Bucher Law Group, to Van Scyoc on Oct. 25, it states that the Oct. 16 meeting was, apparently, called on less than two hours’ notice and potentially violates the open meetings law.

“The subject matter of that meeting was not intended to avail itself on less than 24 hours’ notice,” the letter states. “This was certainly not an emergency and it was inappropriate to call a meeting potentially less than two hours notice.” 

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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.

Open house to review South East Avenue reconstruction project to be held Thursday

Nov. 14, 2012 11:30 a.m. | An open house, informational-style meeting to discuss the extensive reconstruction of South East Avenue from Sunset Drive to College Avenue will take place Thursday at Whittier Elementary School, 1103 South East Avenue. 

Representatives from R.A. Smith National, Inc., the design consultant, and engineers with the City of Waukesha will be on hand from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.

There will not be a formal presentation and those interested can attend anytime during these hours.

According to the city’s Department of Public Works, the purpose of the meeting is to review the final roadway design and to present the proposed acquisition of temporary construction easements.

The purpose of the project is to upgrade South East Avenue to current design and safety standards, improve drainage, reconstruct pedestrian ramps to Americans with Disabilities Act standards and replace the existing deteriorated pavement.

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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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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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