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Brookfield Central's LaChance ties single-game conference scoring mark

Feb. 21, 2014 12:37 p.m. | Riley LaChance tied Brookfield Central's singlegame conference scoring record, scoring 44 points in a 81-53 victory over West Allis Central on Thursday at Brookfield Central.

The Lancers finished 14-0 in the Greater Metro Conference and 22-0 overall, by defeating the second-place Bulldogs(11-3, 18-4) for the second time in six days, this time without all-star Elijah Goodman, who sat out with a bad back.

The Lancers led 25-21 after one quarter and 36-31 at halftime, as LaChance had 16 of his 44 points at intermission. He tied the Lancers single game conference mark set by Charlie Jack in 1965.

The Lancers blew the game open and took a 57-42 advantage after a 21-11 third quarter.

Ron Turkvan and Juquan Martin led WAC with 16 points, while LaChance had 44 points on 5 3-pointers and 9-for-11 from the free throw line. Brad Newman added 19, including 8-for-8 from the FT line.

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West Allis skate park finally rolls ahead

Feb. 19, 2014 12:19 p.m. | It looks like a skate park will become a reality in West Allis.

The Common Council on Tuesday approved a $409,998 construction contract to New Berlin-based Western Contractors Inc. for the facility, to be located in Radtke Park at 84th Street and National Avenue.

The skateboarding park is being paid for with federal Community Development Block Grant dollars with a private donation. Construction is expected to begin in spring with completion in late summer or fall.

The park plan was delayed a year because bids came in dramatically higher — the low bid was $651,175 — than the $300,000 the Common Council expected when it approved the skate park in January 2013.

Officials said when those high bids arrived August, the timing was wrong to get the best prices. So, all the bids were rejected in favor of trying again this year.

West Allis officer dies moments after giving birth to twins

Feb. 19, 2014 12:10 a.m. | Stacie Napoli had rituals for every ultrasound she underwent. She held a St. Anthony medal given to her by her mother, prayed to St. Gerard and held a holy card from her grandfather's funeral.

"You've never found anyone who wanted children as much as she did," said her mother, Kerri Livermore.

Napoli, who served in Iraq and was a 17-year veteran of the West Allis Police Department, died Monday just moments after giving birth to twins.

As word spread, the department was inundated with condolences and offers of support. A special fund to help the family had already raised more than $20,000 by Tuesday evening. Many donors had never met Napoli, but were heartbroken.

Napoli, 39, died of a pulmonary embolism — a sudden blockage of a major blood vessel in the lungs, usually by a blood clot — after giving birth by Caesarean section at West Allis Memorial Hospital, according to a medical examiner's report.

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'Poster child' of drug addiction gets 2 years for stealing from uncle

Feb. 18, 2014 9:15 a.m. | A West Allis man was sentenced to two years in prison Monday for stealing thousands of dollars from an uncle to buy heroin, the Racine Journal Times reported.

Christopher J. Rademacher stole $8,900 cash from a safe in his uncle's home in the Town of Norway in August 2012, the article said. He spent the money on heroin in two weeks.

The prosecutor, Racine County Assistant District Attorney Noah Wishau called him a poster child of drug addiction, according to the Times.

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