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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Quilted Bear in Germantown closes

Nov. 16, 2012 5:06 p.m. | The Quilted Bear, a longtime restaurant and banquet hall at N111-W18611 Mequon Road in Germantown, closed unexpectedly early this week.

"The Quilted Bear is closed. We wish to thank you for your past patronage," the telephone recording at the restaurant said Friday. It also said messages wouldn't be returned.

With its 17-acre grounds, gazebo and pond, the restaurant has been a popular spot for wedding receptions for decades. The Quilted Bear was built in 1983, according to Journal Sentinel files. Ownership has changed over the years; the most recent owners were Kathy and Dean Kohnke.

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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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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Developer proposes 331 apartments in Menomonee Falls

Nov. 13, 2012 7:00 a.m. | Fiduciary Real Estate Development Inc. is proposing 331 higher-end apartments for 14 acres west of the former Stolper site in Menomonee Falls, a $40 million project.

The apartments would be north of Roosevelt Drive and south of a planned extension of Richfield Way, west of Patton Drive.

There would be seven buildings, each with three to four stories, and 33 to 55 units. The development, which is have a conceptual review Tuesday night before the village Plan Commission, would include a clubhouse and outdoor swimming pool.

The proposal calls for nine studio units, 128 one-bedroom units, 144 two-bedroom units and 50 three-bedroom units.

If it obtains zoning approval, Fiduciary hopes to begin construction in 2013, when the village is scheduled to do most of the Richfield Way street extension, said Craig Raddatz, Fiduciary's director of development. The apartment community's two entrances would both be off of Richfield Way.

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