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West Allis officers respond to crash near Oscar's

Aug. 07, 2013 3:11 p.m. | A motorist having difficulty breathing after the vehicle he was driving hit a pole in the 2300 block of 108th Street in West Allis about 1:30 p.m. today, and was taken to a nearby hospital by paramedics Wednesday afternoon, West Allis police said.

A witness told officers the driver lay on the ground after the impact about 1:30 p.m. but later was able to get up and walk to the median where his car had come to rest.

Police said the driver may also have hit a tree.

The cause of the accident appears to be medical, according to preliminary findings of police as alcohol and speed don't appear to be factors.

Highway 100 remained open while police cleared the scene.

Wauwatosa West's Austin Jones named 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Player of the Year

Aug. 07, 2013 12:32 p.m. | Wauwatosa West's Austin Jones has been named the NOW All-Suburban Baseball Player of the Year for the 2013 season.

The hard-throwing senior struck out 131 batters in 80 innings while compiling a 0.70 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and a 9-3 record.

New Berlin West coach Tom Farina is the 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Coach of the Year. The veteran skipper led the Vikings to their first-ever state baseball title and was also named the state coach of the year.

You can see the complete team and more in the 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Team special section.

Contract approved for West Allis' cross-town trail

Aug. 07, 2013 12:11 p.m. | Work will soon begin on the western portion of the cross-town connector bicycle trail.

The West Allis Common Council on Tuesday approved an $828,878 construction contract, for which all but $240,000 will be covered by grants.

The city will pay its share with federal Community Development Block Grant dollars and money from an equity investment fund the city created. No property taxes will be used.

The paved off-road trail, along an old interurban railroad bed, will come out of Greenfield Park and be parallel to and a little south of Greenfield Avenue between 124th and 108th streets..

The cross-town trail will connect on its west end with the New Berlin Recreation Trail, which in turn leads to other trails going across Wisconsin to the Mississippi River.

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Sharrows will add to bike safety in West Allis

Aug. 07, 2013 11:57 a.m. | Sharrow will become a new word for West Allis motorists soon, as the painted symbols will start appearing on city streets in the eastern part of the city to make bicycling safer.

The West Allis Common Council gave its blessings Tuesday to using $20,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money to paint sharrows on selected roads such as 60th and 76th streets.

The sharrows will feature a figure of a bicyclist with arrows painted above the cyclist's head. Real bicyclists are to ride where the arrows are.

The sharrows are meant to improve bicycle safety in several ways. One is because they remind motorists that bicyclists have a right to the road. Another is by routing bicyclists farther into the street so they are away from parked cars and not in danger of being thrown off their bikes by car doors opening unexpectedly.

Sharrows are in use all over the country. Milwaukee is starting to put them in and Madison has many of them.

West Allis skate park takes a tumble this year on high bids

Aug. 07, 2013 10:58 a.m. | Stunted by construction bids that came in twice as high as expected, the skate park planned for Radtke Park in West Allis won't become a reality this year, .

The Common Council on Tuesday promised that the city will re-bid the project next spring. While the designer of the skate park estimated the cost at $300,000, the lowest of the two bids came in at $651,175, prompting aldermen reject the bids.

City officials expect a better result next spring. They acknowledged that summer is generally a bad time to bid a project, because construction companies already have their work lined up. The other factor they note is that the designer didn't provide as many specifications as usual to guide construction companies as they develop their bids.

The skate park would be paid for with federal Community Development Block Grant money and an anonymous foundation.

The facility in Radtke Park, at 84th Street and National Avenue, would be used mainly by skateboarders, scooter riders and trick bikers.

Greenfield police seeking suspect who assaulted, robbed woman at gunpoint

Aug. 07, 2013 9:40 a.m. | Greenfield police are seeking a man who assaulted a woman with a gun and robbed her while she was walking Sunday evening.

According to the Greenfield police report:

A woman who was walking on 92nd Street and Layton Avenue was approached by a man about 11 p.m. Aug. 4.

After demanding she turn over all her property to him, the suspect struck her in the head with a silver revolver, took the woman's pink backpack and white purse and ran westbound on Layton Avenue.

The victim suffered a head injury and was taken to St. Luke's Hospital by a Greenfield Fire Department ambulance.

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Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with Nora Collins and Eagle Trace

Aug. 07, 2013 9:10 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View was filled with country sounds from Nora Collins and rock music from Eagle Trace on Aug. 6 in the latest Chill on the Hill concert.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill.

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