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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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Youth author Gordon Korman to speak Nov. 19 at Wilson Center

Nov. 15, 2012 2:00 p.m. | Author Gordon Korman will be the featured speaker at a free presentation to be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, 19805 W. Capitol Drive.

"An Evening with Gordon Korman" will include a presentation by the author and an autograph session.

At 6:30 p.m., the author also will moderate a special trivia contest entitled "Battle of the Books" between students at Pilgrim Park and Wisconsin Hills Middle Schools.

Korman has authored more than 50 middle-grade and teen novels. His works include New York Times bestseller "The 39 Clues" as well as "One False Note," "The Juvie Three," "Son of the Mob," "Born to Rock," Swindle" and "Schooled."

His latest book, Hideout, is scheduled to be released in January.

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Brook-Falls saves 'Discount,' loses 'Liquor' in name battle

Nov. 15, 2012 1:16 p.m. | Two years after Discount Liquor began going after competitors who used the term discount in their names, one of its biggest, most stubborn targets has finally conceded to the trademark tussle.

On the verge of trial late last month, Brook-Falls Discount Liquor decided to settle an action brought by Discount Liqour. In several other cases, Discount Liquor got other stores to drop the term discount.

But the deal with Brook-Falls changes its name to Brook-Falls Discount Wine & Spirits, according to the stipulation filed last week in Waukesha County Circuit Court.  Brook-Falls, 14835 W. Lisbon Road, Brookfield, had 14 days to change the name in any electronic advertising, and 45 days to change signage at the store.

Brook-Falls agreed to immediately stop using its former name as a trade name in any way.

There's a settlement agreement as well, but that, of course, was deemed confidential and sealed by Circuit Judge Lee S. Dreyfus Jr..

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Brookfield driver charged in wrong-way trip on freeway

Nov. 14, 2012 12:32 p.m. | A Brookfield driver who authorities say sped more than 15 miles in the opposite lanes of a freeway on the weekend was charged Wednesday with a felony that could land him in prison for five years.

Joshua P. Klawikowski, 21, faces a single count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety for the dangerous drive that came to end early Saturday before anyone was injured. He is being held in the Milwaukee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint, Klawikowski reached speeds of about 100 mph while southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 43/94 south of Milwaukee early Saturday. Department of Transportation cameras show headlights streaking south between the median wall and oncoming vehicles.

A Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy driving parallel to Klawikowski in the southbound lanes tried to make him pull over and pointed a spotlight at his vehicle, but Klawikowski continued almost to Racine County before finally making a U-turn and joining the proper flow of traffic.

Klawikowski was finally stopped about 2:30 a.m. going north in the northbound lanes near College Ave. According to the complaint, when asked if he knew where he was, he looked around, noticed an Amtrak sign and replied he was at the train station.

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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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