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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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Greenfield police officer resigns after sexting suspect in jewelry theft

Nov. 14, 2012 9:34 a.m. | A Greenfield police office has resigned for sexting a woman who was a suspect in a jewelry theft, police said.

According to Greenfield police, a tip was received in August from a third party that an officer may have engaged in inappropriate behavior.

Chief Bradley Wentlandt ordered an investigation into the matter.

Investigators said that the woman was initially unwilling to cooperate, but that she was convinced that potential misconduct was "a very serious matter" and agreed to cooperate.

The text messages were consensual, but the messages from the officer included several that were sexually explicit in nature, police said.

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