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West Allis police seek identity of bank robber

May 01, 2013 12:14 p.m. | West Allis police are asking the public for help identifying the man who robbed the West Allis Tri City Bank, 6760 W. National Ave, at 2:11 p.m. April 23.

He is described as black with a dark complexion, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall, 180 pounds with a medium build, and a large nose. He was wearing a dark/black coat with a "Lite" logo on left chest, a black brimmed hat with a Celtic cross and possible red color logo on front.

He was holding his cellphone in his left hand, and appears to be left handed based on video.

No weapon displayed. The man held up a note saying, "This is a robbery." There were no injuries.

The man was last seen running west toward 70th Street.

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DA John Chisholm clears West Allis officers of wrongdoing in death

April 29, 2013 3:14 p.m. | Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has cleared West Allis police of wrongdoing in the death of Robert W. Maurina, 46, who died the day after police punched him and used a Taser on him.

West Allis police did not use excessive force when they attempted to subdue Maurina, who was "violently resistive" when workers at Aurora West Allis Memorial Hospital tried to take a blood sample for alcohol testing on Nov. 28, according to a letter from Chisholm to Charles Padgett, West Allis' acting police chief .

The medical examiner ruled Maurina's death natural, due to heart disease, according to records.

Chisholm's letter says Medical Examiner Brian Peterson "indicated that he could draw no connection between the confrontation with the West Allis Police in the hospital and Robert Maurina's death."

"I find no evidence to contradict the conclusion of the medical examiner or to believe that the officers acted in excess of their lawful authority while attempting to recover evidence of Maurina's intoxication," Chisholm's letter says.

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