Friday, May 10, 2013
Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber was the keynote speaker at Friday's ceremony in Madison, which paid tribute to Jennifer Sebena and four other officers.
Madison — The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial stands at the north corner of Capitol Square, a low circle of gray granite surrounding a bed of cheerfully bright flowers. A less ostentatious monument you are unlikely to find here, compared to the looming statues of Civil War officers and the incomparable Capitol itself. You’d be forgiven if you failed to recognize it as a memorial at all, or thought it just a convenient and decorative place to sit. Then you might notice the names. More than 260 names inscribed in the hard, pale stone. Every one of them a Wisconsin law officer lost in the line of duty. Today there are five more, representing the two officers who fell while on watch last year, and three more whose deaths nearly 100 years …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Shoplifters all around Milwaukee — and the country — are pushing the limits to get their hands on expensive canisters that are often being resold by other business owners.
Thefts of baby formula have been occurring, well, as long as baby formula has been sold in stores. But a rash of recent thefts in Wauwatosa, other Milwaukee suburbs and even across the country appear to have escalated in terms of the boldness and brazenness — or maybe desperation — of the offenders. The most recent large-scale bust happened in April when police say Ebony Sims, 26, and Johnetta Webb, 23, both from Milwaukee, loaded 69 cans of formula into plastic totes they had grabbed off the shelves at Walmart in Greenfield and waltzed out of the store. Two days later, the same couple tried again, this time planning a “push out” of about 60 cans before ditching the cans when alerted by an accomplice that police were outside waiting for …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
A Milwaukee man made threats to a Wauwatosa police officer’s life after a fifth drunk driving arrest. He claims his son is part of white supremacist group the Aryan Brotherhood.
A 53 year-old Milwaukee man arrested Saturday and now charged with his fifth count of drunken driving threatened a Wauwatosa officer and his family, invoking the Aryan Brotherhood and a Texas double murder in the threat, police reported. He also claimed to have once actually tried to kill a Wauwatosa police officer – and court records suggest that he may have been telling the truth. Jeffrey Louis Strasser was charged Tuesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with operating while intoxicated, fifth offense, a felony punishable by up to six years in prison, and with disorderly conduct. According to police report and court records: At 4:24 p.m. Saturday, first a Milwaukee County deputy and then two civilian drivers reported Strasser swerving …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
After a year that will never be forgotten for heroism and tragedy, the Wauwatosa Police Department is walking a tightrope on staffing at every level.
On paper, the Wauwatosa Police Department began 2013 fully staffed. On the streets, no Wauwatosa citizen would think it otherwise. There are officers patrolling the roads and staffing the schools at all times, ready to respond. But as of this week, the true situation for the department is far from steady or stable — and no one is more aware of it than its leaders. Wauwatosa police are down 10 officers from their normal full complement, thanks to a series of departures whose replacements are hired but not yet ready to take on an officer's full duties. What's more, from the chief on down, waves of imminent retirements have and will continue to change the makeup of the department — and challenge those filling the shoes of departing veterans…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Todays TMJ 4 reports that Ben Sebena, charged with first-degree homicide in the shooting death of Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena, has gotten preferential treatment in jail.
A ranking officer and several deputies of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department could be fired for giving special treatment to Benjamin Sebena, accused of killing his wife, Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena, according to Today's TMJ4. The station reported Thursday night that a lieutenant and four correctional officers provided or allowed candy and possibly other amenities to be given to Sebena while he is on secure watch at the County Jail. County Sheriff David Clarke is contemplating firing the officers, according to the TMJ4 report, which could not be independently confirmed at the hour. Benjamin Sebena stands charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the murder of his wife in the early morning of Christmas Eve, and is…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Through shared grief and support, Wauwatosa police have bonded with Jennifer Sebena's mother and brother as one big family, Weber says.
After reading Wauwatosa Patch's story Monday about the Wauwatosa Police Department's "Jenny Bears" – gifts from her mother for all to remember Officer Jennifer Sebena after her death while on duty Christmas Eve morning – our media partners at WISN sat down with Police Chief Barry Weber to learn more and share it with all of metro Milwaukee. Weber explains to reporter Christina Palladino how Jen's mother, Violet Gerhat, and brother, Jacob Wernitznig, through their shared grief with the personnel of the police department, have bonded as family. Gerhat stopped in Monday with lunch for the entire department and also brought along teddy bears for everyone from Chief Weber down – something warm and comforting to remind them of their missing …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Even in tragedy, there can be some triumph. The sincere graciousness of the Wauwatosa community is appreciated by those in blue who will always have Jennifer Sebena's watch.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, February 13
Editor's note: This is a letter to the editor from the Wauwatosa Peace Officers' Association. On behalf of the Wauwatosa Peace Officers’ Association, which represents the police officers and detectives of Wauwatosa, we would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to the greater Wauwatosa community. After Officer Jen Sebena’s death on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2012, the gracious outpouring of support from the community was humbling and nothing short of remarkable. Clearly, her kind and caring spirit lives on, as witnessed by the support offered by residents, businesses and area law enforcement officers. The WPOA would like to thank: Those who brought in food to get us through long work hours in the first weeks of the investigation... Those …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Tosa officers began to rotate off duty Friday, with other departments taking over, in preparation for a full show of support for Jennifer Sebena, killed in the line of duty.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jim Price
Saturday, December 29, 2012
All members of the Wauwatosa Police Department were excused from regular duty Saturday to attend to another duty, one every bit as sacred to them as their sworn vows as peace officers. The entire force was excused and encouraged to attend the funeral of Jennifer Lynn Sebena, who was killed in the line of duty on the morning of Christmas Eve. But Wauwatosa's streets are safe, and no calls for police service will go unanswered. Officers from other towns, villages and cities, sheriff's deputies and state police, are covering Wauwatosa while it grieves. In fact, police from other departments began to quietly take over shifts Friday as Wauwatosa officers were rotated off the road to prepare for Sebena's services. An officer from Bayside …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Slain Wauwatosa police officer had tremendous impact on the community as a youth group leader and as an up-and-coming law enforcement member.
Jennifer Sebena had a major impact on the lives of high school students at Elmbrook Church. She reached out to them, mentored them through ins-and-outs of high school and comforted them during tough times, like the deaths of classmates. But as the students are mourning the loss of a young woman who they would normally turn to, they are leaning on each other instead. “She always would be able to help us with anything that we had,” said Kristen Overstreet, 18, a senior at Arrowhead High School. “She could relate to anything that we said, which was really, really helpful. We knew that she is not just making it up or isn’t going judge us because she has been through a lot of it.” Sebena, 30, was shot and killed early Christmas Eve while on …
Monday, December 24, 2012
The death of 30-year-old Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena is being investigated as a homicide. The on-duty officer was shot multiple times and found about 5 a.m. in the Tosa Village.
A homicide investigation is under way in the death of Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena, 30, whose body was found early Christmas Eve morning in the Village area of the city. Wauwatosa Police Lt. Gerald Witkowski said at a noon press conference that the on-duty officer was struck by multiple gunshots. Dispatchers had tried to reach her between 3 and 5 a.m. without success, and officers searched for her. A fellow officer found her dead about 5 a.m. Sebena's body was reportedly found in a parking lot at or very near Wauwatosa Fire Station No. 1, at 1463 Underwood Ave. According to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial web site, Sebena is the first Wauwatosa officer to be killed in the line of duty. Officer Abby Pavlik was shot …