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Police Briefs 02/25/10

Auto dealer files for bankruptcy protection

Auto dealer Russ Darrow III of Hartland filed for personal bankruptcy protection Tuesday, according to a published report.

The filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court comes two years after his dealerships in Illinois, North Carolina and Georgia encountered financial trouble. Darrow has yet to file detailed information, but the documents listed his assets as $1 million to $10 million and liabilities of $100 million to $500 million, the report cites. Creditors include Foundations Bank, M&I Bank and Waterstone Bank, the report said.

Darrow's bankrupt business, Waukesha-based Darrow Automotive Group was liquidated last year. Darrow is the son of Russ Darrow Jr., the chairman of the Russ Darrow Group, which is not affiliated with Darrow Automotive, according to the report.

Elderly target of grandchild scam

Village of Hartland - Police are cautioning senior citizens to be on the alert of a scam.

According to police, a young person will call an elderly person and claim to be their grandchild and that they are in Canada and are in trouble with the law and need money, typically for bail. At times, a person pretending to be a police officer will also get on the phone to substantiate the story. Police said the caller claims there is a sense of urgency to their situation and they need the money quickly.

Hartland police said they have received several calls in recent weeks regarding the scam. Police in other departments have reported similar calls in recent months.

Anyone receiving such a call should report the matter to their local police department.

Man pleads not guilty to hitting firefighter

Milwaukee - A City of Pewaukee man accused of hitting a Milwaukee firefighter with his car Feb. 11, entered a not-guilty plea Tuesday

Chris A. Younger, 37, N39 W27436 Hillside Grove, waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Commissioner bound him over for trial. Younger is charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

According to the criminal complaint:

Younger attempted to drive around an area blocked by traffic cones at an accident scene at North Holton Street and West Keefe Avenue.

Firefighters told police they yelled at Younger to stop but Younger allegedly said, "I'm going through here."

Younger then pulled forward and hit firefighter Terry Saugstad in the knee, backed up and drove off as other firefighters got out of the way, the complaint says. Younger was later arrested at his City of Pewaukee home.

Younger told police he wanted to get a soda at a McDonald's on Capitol Drive before getting on the highway to go to a business meeting. He said a firefighter was pounding on his window, ordering him to get out of his car.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Younger is scheduled to appear in court March 11.

Man gets jail for assaulting girl, 16

Waukesha - A 20-year-old City of Oconomowoc man was sentenced Feb. 19 in Waukesha County Circuit Court to one month in jail for having sexual contact with a girl at a party in the Town of Oconomowoc in 2008.

Casey I. Baillargeon of 434 E. Greenland Ave. was charged with a misdemeanor count of sexual intercourse with a child 16 years or older and in January entered a no contest plea to the charge. Judge Linda Van de Water ordered Baillargeon to 60 days in the work-release jail but stayed the last 30 days. She also ordered Baillargeon to 18 months on probation.

According to the criminal complaint, a then 16-year-old girl told police she had been drinking heavily outside a Town of Oconomowoc residence at a party when she started to vomit. The girl was taken into the residence and placed in a bed in the basement.

The girl said she woke up at one point and found she was naked and Baillargeon was on top of her, the complaint said. The girl said she got out of the bed, dressed and went outside and told a friend she thought she had been sexually assaulted. The friend then told other people at the party about what had occurred, the complaint said.

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