Man suspected of impersonating reporter in custody
Charges are referred to district attorney
PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. — A man suspected of impersonating a reporter and calling female high school athletes, including members of the Verona High School golf team, has been detained in Greenfield.
Gary Medrow, 68, of Greenfield was detained after an arrest warrant was issued in Ozaukee County, according to Cedarburg police.
Cedarburg police Officer Joseph Biliskov told WISC-TV that Medrow is detained on suspicion of two counts each of unlawful use of a phone and disorderly conduct.
Medrow is believed to have contacted athletes in Mequon, Cedarburg, Hartland, Franklin and Verona saying he was a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Biliskov said he contacted Cedarburg school officials after getting a call from the newspaper’s security director. The officer said he then contacted the two girls who had heard from the man.
He said a Monday meeting had been scheduled between the girls and the man. The girls stayed away from the area while police watched for the man, but he never showed up, according to police.
Biliskov said they used a phone number to connect Medrow to the case.
The officer also worked with other agencies dealing with similar cases. Biliskov said in all cases the imposter reporter asked the girls to pose on each other’s shoulders.
Verona police said five members of the golf team were contacted by the imposter reporter, but meetings with the athletes were never scheduled.
Medrow has been convicted in multiple cases for unlawful use of a phone and impersonating a police officer, according to court records. Those include a 1997 case in Dane County in which he was charged with impersonating a police officer and unlawful use of a telephone.
Biliskov said Medrow has been impersonating people, like police officers, since the late 70s.